William Downing Partner

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Contact Details

“William Downing is noted for his ability to see things from an employer's point of view.”

Chambers UK 2018
William is head of the Employment law team based in the Thames Valley. He provides immediate and commercially sensitive advice concerning all employment law issues.

Main areas of practice

In particular William guides clients through complex situations, providing draft letters, aide memoirs and key pointers for handling difficult exits and assisting in dealing with internal client investigations and processes. He also has a wide range of experience from advising on large-scale outsourcing projects to business protection for Hi-Tec businesses in the Thames Valley.

William has many years' experience handling Employment Tribunal and Court claims for his clients and is sensitive to the pressures and reputational issues for clients that can arise in claims.

Significant experience 

  • Cobham plc: Advising on all employment matters for a number of years, including sensitive employee engagement matter
  • Bio-Techne Corporation: Providing a huge amount of advice to various group companies and head office in US on acquisitions, restructurings, share options and confidential employee matters
  • Oxford PharmaGenesisTM: Advising this long-standing client in relation to various senior level matters and Employment tribunal claims
  • Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association (bpha): Providing advice over a number of years to this large Bedford-based social housing provider on a whole range of employee relations issues, including advising bpha’s Board and the senior management team in relation to a number of sensitive and confidential matters and advising on a large-scale restructuring process.


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