Annabel Gillham

Annabel Gillham


University of Bristol (B.A., 1998)
University of Law of England & Wales (G.D.L., 2000)
University of Law of England & Wales (L.P.C., 2001)

Bar Admissions

England & Wales

Annabel Gillham is Of Counsel at Morrison & Foerster, based in the London office.  Her practice focuses on employment counselling, employment advice on transactional matters and investigations, and employment litigation.

Ms. Gillham works across a variety of sectors including technology, retail, financial services and energy and frequently manages multi-jurisdictional advice for international clients.  Her practice includes advice on: labor and employment; employee benefits and executive compensation; litigation; internal investigations; privacy and data security.

She regularly helps senior management and HR executives with the “people” aspects of takeovers, restructuring projects, business and share sales and outsourcings.  She also helps clients defend UK Employment Tribunal claims (e.g. for unlawful discrimination, equal pay, whistle blowing and unfair dismissal) and advises on team moves.

Ms. Gillham is also a member of the Privacy and Data Security practice. She regularly advises clients on a range of employee and consumer data privacy matters, including direct marketing, employee data protection (including data privacy policy drafting and implementation, background checks and employee monitoring), international data transfers and preparations for the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation.

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster in 2017, Ms. Gillham practised at a London-based international law firm. At that firm, she worked on a range of major transactions and outsourcings and managed a number of high-profile board changes.  She also advised on employee investigations in the UK and in the US and defended high-stake Employment Tribunal claims.

Ms. Gillham regularly designs and presents employment law training and updates to senior managers and HR executives and was a member of the UK Employment Lawyers’ Association working party responding to the recent government consultation on the gender pay reporting regulations.

Ms. Gillham is also qualified to practise in the British Virgin Islands, where she spent three years advising on cross border commercial litigation and insolvency matters, including high value board and shareholder disputes, freezing orders and third party disclosure orders.

Representative Matters

  • A major European bank on the employment issues arising from the second generation outsourcing of its banking IT platform.
  • A major Australian conglomerate on the employment aspects of its acquisition of a UK retail group.
  • A well-known energy company on the employment aspects of a landmark oil and gas asset disposal.
  • A UK public sector body on the employment aspects of several contract tenders.
  • Several major listed companies in relation to appointments and departures of senior board executives in the US and the UK.
  • The Church of England in a crucial test case concerning the employment status of clergy.
  • Several technology companies on a range of day to day pan-European employment matters.

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