Alistair McArthur

Partner, Head of Employment Law

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

Recent
  • 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.
Recognised by

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 McArthur

Partner, Head of Employment

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Practice head Alistair McArthur is widely lauded, with reviewers recommending him as an ‘exceptionally bright and discerning lawyer’, ‘commercially savvy and decisive’, ‘always making himself available’ and ‘possessing strong business acumen’. 

- Legal 500, 2019

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

Accreditations and awards

Articles Written by Alistair McArthur

Employment Law Update – September 2020

We are pleased to provide you with the Herrington Carmichael employment law update for September 2020. This is a keynote summary of some of the main developments in employment law in the last month. Material Factor Defence in Equal Pay Claims When an employer is faced...

Employment Law Update – August 2020

We are pleased to provide you with the Herrington Carmichael employment law update for August 2020. This is a key note summary of some of the main developments in employment law in the last month. Employment Status The Employment Appeal Tribunal (‘EAT’) in Varnish v...

Chancellor’s Announcement – A Plan for Jobs

Earlier this afternoon, the Chancellor made several announcements that the Government will be providing a range of financial assistance schemes over the coming months to help with the recovery of the economy and the jobs market.   This has been welcome news.  Amongst...

Employment Law Update – July 2020

We are pleased to provide you with the Herrington Carmichael employment law update for July 2020. This is a key note summary of some of the main developments in employment law in the last month. Unfair Redundancy – Competitive InterviewThe Employment Appeal Tribunal...

Flexible Furlough – Guidance Published

On Friday, 12th June 2020, the Government published further guidance on the changes to the furlough scheme, with more detail related to flexible furlough. This follows our earlier update available to view here. From 1st July 2020, employers will be able furlough...

Employment Law Updates – June 2020

We are pleased to provide you with the Herrington Carmichael employment law update for June 2020. This is a key note summary of some of the main developments in employment law in the last month. 1. Breach of Settlement Confidentiality The High Court has held that an...

Update to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Flexible Furloughing

Following the Chancellor’s announcement on the future of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, on Friday, 29 May 2020, the Government has recently published further guidance.  We have summarised the key points below: The Scheme will continue until the end of October,...

Lockdown Guidance for Employers

The UK Government has recently published two documents concerning the country’s relaxation of lockdown measures and reopening of closed businesses.  This briefing note has been prepared to assist the understanding of the guidance. The guidance is specific to each...

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Further Guidance

Further guidance on the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has now been announced giving us greater clarity on how the scheme will operate. Below we have set out some common questions we have been asked so far with some answers we can now give. Who is...

Employment Law Update – March 2020

We are pleased to provide you with the Herrington Carmichael employment law update for March 2020. This is a key note summary of some of the main developments in employment law in the last month. 1. Coronavirus – Considerations for Employers The main topic of news in...

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