International Labor and Employment Law
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Nicola J. Bartholomew

Special International Labor & Employment Counsel

Nicola is a special international labor & employment counsel in the Labor & Employment Law Department.

Nicola advises clients across numerous sectors on a broad range of transactional and advisory employment law and HR matters. Prior to joining Proskauer, she trained and worked in leading Magic Circle firms. She also spent a number of years at another leading US law firm and completed a secondment to a global investment bank.

Nicola assists clients in proactively managing HR legal risk on a strategic and day-to-day level. She specializes in:


  • Advising on corporate and commercial transactions with a particular emphasis on the application of TUPE in business transfers, and outsourcing/services arrangements including advising and supporting clients through TUPE information and consultation processes;
  • Advising clients on the full employment life-cycle from complex hires, performance management, grievance and disciplinary procedures to reorganizations and terminations both in the UK and globally;
  • Drafting and negotiating key employment and benefits related agreements including offer letters, contracts of employment, senior executive agreements, bonus and retention arrangements, consultancy agreements, settlement arrangements, secondment and other HR documentation. Guiding clients in drafting, analyzing, and implementing non-competition and confidentiality agreements and other business protection measures;
  • Counselling and supporting teams in the design, implementation and administration of HR policies;
  • Advising on Senior Manager and Certification Regime and Remuneration Code issues;
  • Working closely with key stakeholders, HR and in-house legal teams advising on individual and collective redundancy programs and senior and executive terminations;
  • Collaborating with global employment teams on international employment HR programs; and
  • Creating and delivering training on key HR issues and advising on changes in law including on COVID-19, employee status issues and IR35.

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Post-Brexit UK Employment Reform: Three month cap on non-competes and other changes

The UK Government has published a policy paper entitled ‘Smarter Regulation to Grow the Economy’ (10 May 2023) that outlines a series of upcoming employment related regulatory reforms designed, in part, to take advantage of the UK’s post-Brexit regulatory freedom. The stated aim is to reduce unnecessary regulation for businesses to ensure economic growth whilst … Continue Reading

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