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Known for his negotiation savvy and ability to impart difficult advice with uncommon clarity, Michael Burd has three decades’ experience advising HNWs, international law firms, financial services partnerships, and LLPs across the ‘full range’ of employment issues. Lewis Silkin’s firm’s first-ever employment lawyer (now chair of its partnership, overseeing more than 120 others),he specialises in senior disputes, executive departures, crossborder issues, corporate transfers and restructures. ‘For individual clients it’s about their life — indeed, sometimes it’s what they are living for,’ he says. ‘It is very personal and, as a result, can be very intense. One becomes a counsellor [and] source of reassurance.’ Recent personal highlights include acting for a family office in relation to the dismissal of a long-standing, senior member of staff for misconduct (relating to a problematic relationship with another member of the office, a particularly ‘tricky and delicate’ situation), defending an employment arbitration claim brought by a UHNW against a hedge fund and representing a bank’s CEO on their complex departure arrangements. There’s little doubt that Burd relishes the role: ‘I feel lucky every day,’ he says. ‘It’s a great privilege to do what we do. Sure, there’s stuff nobody likes to have to deal with. But we are so lucky to do something we enjoy and which can help people.’

Michael Burd