‘No day is ever the same,’ says Lewis. ‘Few areas have so much potential to get into the papers. I get to hear stories that would make your hair stand on end — but I can rarely repeat them.’ An employment specialist since 1991, Lewis began his career in Hong Kong before moving to London. He was previously at Pinsent Masons before joining boutique Golden Leaver as a partner almost four years ago, after growing weary of ‘big-firm mentality and demands’.
He acts for high-powered individuals and a smaller number of corporates and global charities across a range of employment issues, from executive retention and termination to transactions, private equity disputes and strategic career advice. ‘It’s rare that there isn’t something in the press, one day or another, that doesn’t touch on employment or HR or people,’ he says. ‘It makes you feel a little more plugged into what’s going on in life.’
The good-humoured Bikram yoga student who plays ten instruments — ‘not at the same time’ — once sang in his own rock band. He’s also keen on classic Mercedes cars and DIY. Clients appreciate his ability to perceive issues ‘beyond the narrow confines of the law’. One, represented by Lewis for more than a decade and on ‘over a dozen’ occasions both as an employee and an employer, says: ‘Wyn is far more than an excellent employment lawyer — he is a first-rate strategist, litigator and source of guidance and advice. I will not make any serious move in my career without first consulting him.’