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Helena Milner-Smith helps companies navigate complex international HR-legal compliance issues.

Ms. Milner-Smith advises clients across a range of industries on all aspects of UK and international employment law, including the HR aspects of privacy compliance and human rights regulation.

Ms. Milner-Smith has particular expertise advising on the HR-legal aspects of multi-jurisdictional transactions. She also regularly assists clients seeking to protect their business and increase international compliance by designing and implementing global policies, employment contracts and restrictive covenants.

  • Advising Microsoft Corporation on the global employment law aspects of its US$7bn acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business and subsequent corporate integration, involving over 25,000 former Nokia employees across 60 countries.
  • Providing international employment law advice to AstraZeneca in relation to its acquisition of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s interests in the companies’ global diabetes alliance across 40 jurisdictions.
  • Advising a multinational retail client on the implementation of global employment contracts, policies and business code of conduct.
  • Representing an international pharmaceutical company in defending several claims in the UK employment tribunal, including unfair dismissal and race discrimination.
  • Advising an international media company on its restructure, including managing collective and individual redundancies.

Pro Bono

  • Working with Kids In Need of Defense UK to provide children and young people with pro bono immigration and nationality legal advice and representation.
  • Advising a global charity in relation to expatriate contracts and policies.
  • Representing a global charity in defending allegations of unfair dismissal and whistleblowing.
  • Nominated for the LawWorks Pro Bono Award for Best Contribution by an Individual in 2012 and 2010.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Employment Lawyers' Association
  • The Lawyer Awards, shortlisted in the Employment Team of the Year category (2015)
  • IFLR European Awards, shortlisted in Deals of the Year: M&A (2015)
  • Legal 500 UK, Employment (2014-2015)