Leon Deakin

Senior Associate


Leon leads the Gatwick employment team and advises a wide range of businesses including technology companies, utilities, large retailers, education establishments and manufacturers on all aspects of employment law and HR issues.

An experienced Employment Tribunal advocate, Leon also advises on large scale restructures, redundancies, change of terms and discrimination. He has a particular interest and expertise in TUPE.

Leon also regularly speaks at events and seminars and provides training for GCs, directors and senior management and HR on employment matters. 

He also leads the firm’s technology, media and telecoms sector, which is a cross department team providing bespoke support and industry specific expertise. As part of this role Leon has a particular interest in fast growth and start up businesses.

Recent highlights

  • Advised a major national retailer on a multi-jurisdiction and multi-site outsourcing agreement with significant TUPE implications.
  • Advised a large manufacturer on changes to their shift pattern resulting in a change of terms of employment necessitating collective consultation.
  • Successfully defended a large manufacturer in relation to a 3 day multi-discrimination claim brought against them.
  • Negotiated a favourable settlement for a PLC media and technology company with an ex-employee who had brought various claims.

Market View

Associate Leon Deakin is noted for his commercial awareness by clients, one of whom reports that he "clearly explains any potential risk so we can make informed decisions." – Chambers & Partners, 2017

Identified as ‘Star Associate’ and also a notable practitioner: “Leon Deakin is an employment specialist who works on general advisory matters as well as employment litigation. According to clients he "provides good solid advice, but is also very practical in terms of whatever we want to achieve and how best to get there." – Chambers & Partners, 2016

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