Employment Services

Founded fifty years ago, we are one of the leading entertainment law firms. We empower creators and those who work with them, helping to maximize potential and preserve legacies.

Quality Employment Advice

Our Employment Department advises senior executives, partners, directors and companies across the entertainment industry, including celebrities and public figures, record labels, talent managers and management businesses, media organisations, sports clubs and sports figures.

In the entertainment sector, employment agreements are often negotiated on a bespoke basis, and our aim is to take a “hands on” approach to create the deal (rather than simply advising on offered terms). However, our work also extends into other sectors including financial services, fashion, retail, sport, hospitality and beyond.

Our team has been praised by clients for taking a strategic and empathetic approach to HR. Whether you are an employer or an employee, we will get to know you and your business to provide a personalised service, which is based on clear, pragmatic advice.

Our areas of focus include:

  • Departures and settlement agreements
  • Disciplinary and grievance proceedings
  • Redundancy and restructure
  • Recruitment
  • TUPE
  • Restrictive covenants and team moves
  • Employment contracts and documentation (including handbooks)
  • Sports contracts
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Discrimination and equal pay
  • Bonuses and bonus disputes
  • Share schemes and benefits

Notable Experiences


  • An employer client in relation to a claim for breach of restrictive covenants against a former employee at the High Court
  • A Senior Executive in relation to discrimination claims against their employer, a major music label
  • A well-known footballer in relation to his exit from a Premier League football club
  • Two board members on their appointments to Chelsea Football Club
  • An employer client in relation to defending unfair dismissal and holiday pay claims at an Employment Tribunal


Please contact Nicola Tager who heads up the department on 020 7439 8692 or email nicola.tager@russells.co.uk to find out how we can help you.

Employment Team

Employment Team

Employment Team