Angharad Harris



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Angharad Harris

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Angharad Harris has been a Partner at Watson Farley & Williams since 2002 and heads the employment and immigration team. Her practice includes a broad range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, acting on behalf of employers and employees.

With regards to immigration, Angharad advises businesses in relation to all aspects of UK immigration and is also very experienced in assisting individuals and their family members to work and reside in the UK.

Angharad was a member of the Employment Law Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales for nine years and previously held the role of Chair. She has also been one of the five members of the Working Party led by Mr Justice Underhill that has carried out the Fundamental Review of Employment Tribunal Rules. The new Employment Tribunal Rules came into force on 29 July 2013.

Experience Open

    Angharad’s relevant experience includes:
    • Advising an online gaming company in relation to the extent to which allowance and bonus payments must be included in the calculation of holiday pay in light of the Bear Scotland, Williams and Lock decision.
    • Assisting an international shipping company with a global restructuring, centred on moving the core agency operations of the Group’s business from the UK to Switzerland.
    • Acting for a major insurance provider in relation to an equal pay claim. The claim was successfully settled for a fraction of the original claim.
    • Acting for an international professional services firm in respect of an outsourcing contract won in relation to the provision of facilities management services across 121 properties, across 94 countries in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, China and Africa.
    • Successfully acting for a senior executive in relation to a dispute with a global insurance company and securing a significant severance package.
    • Successfully defending an international shipping group in the Employment Appeal Tribunal against whistleblowing and breach of contract claims against a former executive director.
    • Acting for a private equity firm on the share sale of one of its businesses. The transaction involved vendor due diligence, transaction documentation and more general legal support in relation to various specialist areas including employment and pensions.
    • Successfully acting for a senior executive in relation to a dispute with a global insurance company and securing a significant severance package.

Education Open

  • 1991: Law Society Finals
  • 1990: University of Wolverhampton, Common Professional Examinations
  • 1989: London School of Economics, BSc

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Brexit Briefing, How to Retain and Protect your Existing EU Talent Pool, Fenchurch Associates, 5 July 2017, London
  • ‘How to stop serial claimant in their tracks’Employment Law Journal, December 2016
  • Angharad is a regular speaker on employment law matters for clients as well as for other organisations, including the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). Angharad also provides bespoke workshop training for HR professionals and senior managers.

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Employment Law Committee of the Law Society
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Immigration Practitioners Association

Employment Record Open

  • 2002-present: Watson Farley & Williams, Partner
  • 1993-2002: Watson Farley & Williams, Associate
  • 1991-1993: Watson Farley & Williams, Trainee

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