Alistair is an experienced employment lawyer with particular expertise in advising on and dealing with recruitment practices, terms and conditions of employment, discrimination and harassment, termination of contracts and dismissals, the enforcement of post-termination obligations, transfer of undertakings on acquisition and disposal of businesses, restructuring and redundancies.
With a history of acting for banks, financial institutions, manufacturers, retailers as well as companies in the hospitality, logistics and technology sectors, Alistair is accomplished at providing commercial and pragmatic advice to leading blue chip organisations.
Alistair is commercially astute, with an aptitude for negotiation. He takes on work with enthusiasm and a desire to succeed in all matters. This is, however, with the care to ensure he understands his client’s aims and problems at the outset so that strategies can be developed to obtain the best outcome possible.
Alistair is responsible for leading the Employment Department as it continues to provide high quality and effective advice and assistance to both employers and employees alike.
Key Experience | Projects
- Alistair helped achieve a positive result for a group of former employees of the London arm of what was King & Wood Mallesons. The 288 claimants in this case were bold to take on a claim like this and they have been very successful. King & Wood Mallesons failed to carry out a necessary legal process to consult with staff before redundancies were made, and we were confident that the former employees had a strong case for compensation through the Employment Tribunal.
Alistair has been recognised by both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for a number of years, and was recently named as a leading individual by the Legal 500:
“ Alistair McArthur is ‘brilliant‘ in advising on enforcement of post-termination obligations and TUPE. ” – Legal 500, 2020
Alistair is a “Recognised Practitioner” in the 2019 edition of Chambers and Partners. Chambers comment that:
” Alistair’s advice is always of the highest quality. Not only does he take into account the legal aspects of a particular matter, he also considers the personal circumstances of the client and gives pragmatic advice, making them feel valued”
Interests and Hobbies
Outside of work Alistair is married with three young children.
Alistair is always on hand to give practical, commercial advice on the various employment queries we have. Support is always provided in an effective commercial manner and with a smile.-Jennifer Hunt, Group HR Director, Tech 21 Limited
I am always pleased with the support and assistance provided by Alistair and Katie, and the employment team at Herrington Carmichael. I rely on Herrington Carmichael to be readily available to give advice relevant to our issue and our business.- Sue Ruston, Head of HR, Courtiers Investment Services
Alistair McArthur of Herrington Carmichael’s “advice is always of the highest quality. Not only does he take into account the legal aspects of a particular matter, he also considers the personal circumstances of the client and gives pragmatic advice, making them feel valued”- Chambers UK Guide, 2019
I am delighted to recommend Alistair and the employment team at Herrington Carmichael. As a business we have had a variety of complex employment related matters in recent times. Alistair and Robert are always able to provide advice and guidance on the legal considerations and commercial practicalities of the situations we are faced with.– Vicky Beckwith, Head of HR, Bovis Homes Limited
Alistair and his team at Herrington Carmichael continue to provide us with the highest level of support on the various employment law issues which have arisen. I would highly recommend them and the services that they provide- Philip Gater, Head of Human Resources, Crediton Dairy Limited