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Alice Yandle employment lawyer

Alice is an experienced employment lawyer, advising both organisations and senior executives on complex employment, partnership and regulatory issues. Alice frequently advises on employee competition matters, including confidential information and post-termination restraints in the context of team moves. Alice is also recognised for her extensive work advising schools on issues relating to staff, pupils and parents.    

Clients value Alice’s commercial and pragmatic approach; she has been described in the Legal Directories as being “quite exceptional”, providing “highly responsive advice”, having “great tactical sense” and a “sharp analytical mind”, “superb client care skills” and held out as a “fantastic all-round operator”.

Alice is a Partner in Farrer & Co’s Employment Team and is ranked in both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 as a Next Generation Partner and Key Lawyer.

Alice advises C-suite executives, senior employees and partners on all employment and partnership matters including: negotiating complex joining arrangements and departures including the implications for equity and incentive awards, particularly in the private equity context; advising those subject to misconduct investigations, often with regulatory considerations; advising on high value discrimination and whistleblowing complaints and on disputes concerning the enforceability of restrictive covenants. Alice is described by clients as being “strategic in her approach”; seeking out practical solutions in line with their objectives, while always being mindful of any associated legal risks and reputational sensitivities. She “always thinks a few steps ahead and with the preferred outcome in mind”. Clients are drawn to her empathetic, personable and in this together attitude.

Alice represents employers in a range of sectors including insurance, financial services, corporate, legal, and education. She advises on the full range of employment issues, including complex restructuring exercises, workplace investigations (including those with regulatory implications), TUPE, negotiating employee entrances and exits, and advising on the drafting of and enforcement of restrictive covenants. Directory feedback notes that: “Here I have to single out Alice Yandle; she has been quite exceptional…I think every Director of HR needs an Alice in their toolkit”.

Alice has extensive litigation experience when advising both senior executive and employers, and is adept at handling and defending complex and high-value discrimination and whistleblowing claims in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal. Alice also has substantial experience in High Court and Court of Appeal litigation, including on employee competition matters ranging from restrictive covenants, confidential information to breaches of fiduciary duties, including in the context of team moves. She also has experience of arbitrations under LLP and partnership agreements.

Regularly acting for both individuals and organisations means that Alice can leverage her extensive experience on both sides of any dispute to deliver the best outcome for her clients, protecting their immediate interests as well as their future objectives.

Alice also has an extensive practice in the education sector and regularly advises schools on safeguarding issues, pupil-related matters, special educational needs, the full range of Equality Act 2010 issues, parental complaints and complex investigations (including staff misconduct matters involving DBS and TRA referrals and hearings), alongside her employment work for schools. Alice also frequently advises on trade union industrial disputes, industrial action and union recognition matters. Outside of work Alice is a governor at a leading independent school. Alice is closely involved with the major associations and membership organisations in the sector and speaks regularly at conferences around the country. Alice is ranked in the legal directories as a a Next Generation Partner and rising star in the education sector.

Alice is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) Training Committee, regularly Chairing and speaking at events. She is also a member of the International Forum of Senior Executive Advisers (IFSEA), the Industrial Law Society (ILS) and the Association of Partnership Practitioners (APP). She is also a member of the firm’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and one of the partners heavily involved in the firm’s Graduate Recruitment.



"Here I have to single out Alice Yandle; she has been quite exceptional; providing superb, highly responsive advice whatever the nature of my query. I think every Director of HR needs an Alice in their toolkit." (Legal 500 2024)

"Alice Yandle is an excellent lawyer and a fantastic all-round operator. Her client care skills are superb: She takes great trouble to get to know the client well, both the institution and the individuals who work there. She always goes above and beyond for her clients, fights hard for them when needed, and is always strategic in her approach. I am confident that she will continue to be a really valuable asset to the firm and the sector." (Legal 500 2024)

"Alice Yandle has great tactical sense and can draw on her deep knowledge of all aspects of employment law." (Legal 500 2024)

"Alice is efficient, effective and personable." (Chambers UK, 2024)

"She is brilliant. Her support for us has been thorough, perceptive and unstinting. Alice really cares and feels like an extension of our senior management team because she knows us so well." (Chambers UK, 2024)

"Alice has a phenomenal brain, a keen eye and excellent instincts. She is my first port of call when a situation arises and when I want to think ahead about averting a crisis." (Chambers UK, 2024)

"Alice is a class act. She has a sharp analytical mind and superb client care skills. She always goes above and beyond for her clients and she's a fantastic all-round operator." (Chambers UK, 2023)

"I rate Alice highly. She is highly efficient, clear, concise, prepared to challenge and decisive." (Chambers UK, 2023)

"Alice grasps the issue very quickly and is brilliant at finding solutions." (Chambers UK, 2023)

“Alice Yandle is outstanding, one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with. She is super bright, strategic in her approach and always thinks a few steps ahead and with the ultimate preferred outcome in mind. Add to that her client care skills, diligence, responsiveness and phenomenal grasp of the law and issues in any situation, and you have the real deal: a solicitor who you can rely on and who will look out for their client. It is rare to find an advisor with Alice’s emotional intelligence.” (Legal 500, 2023)

“Alice Yandle is our main contact. She is truly exceptional in every way – cares deeply about her work, appears very conscientious and presents her advice to us clearly and with great skill. The advice is always practical and easy to follow.” (Legal 500, 2023)

"She is fiercely intelligent and applies that to optimal effect in every case she is instructed on." (Chambers UK, 2022)

"Alice Yandle has been brilliant on every issue we have engaged her on. Excellent, thorough advice which is both practical and easy to follow." (Legal 500, 2022)

"She is very assured, agile in her thinking, willing to be robust when needed and makes sure that the processes followed are thorough and secure." "She has excellent employment law knowledge and the ability to relate to the problem at hand rather than extraneous matters." (Chambers UK, 2021)

“Alice Yandle is outstanding – she consistently goes the extra mile. Her advice is meticulous, shrewd and invariably well-judged; her diligence and genuine care are second to none. One of the most impressive professionals it has been my pleasure to work with in any capacity.” (Legal 500, 2021)

“Alice is top notch; incredibly hardworking and accessible, good in the face of tough opposition, a strategic thinker and an excellent all-round lawyer. Alice is good at tailoring her advice to the circumstances and always has an eye for how best to minimise risk.” (Legal 500, 2021)

“Alice Yandle is extremely approachable and she brings a practical approach to legal problem solving. She looks at the bigger picture and grasps what needs to be done practically.” (Legal 500, 2021)

Reported Cases

Several of Alice’s cases have been reported, including her most recent Court of Appeal, High Court and EAT successes, a number of which have featured prominently in the media:

(1) Ryanair DAC (2) Storm Global Ltd v Jason Lutz [2023] EAT 146

Ryanair DAC (appellant) v Morais and others (respondents) EA- 2021-000275-DA [2022] IRLR 104 (EAT - covering a number of test case issues on blacklisting and the question of whether striking employees are protected against detriment under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULRCA)

British Airways v BALPA [2019] EWCA Civ 1663 (High Court and Court of Appeal)

Ryanair DAC v BALPA [2019] EWHC 3882 (QB)

British Airways Cityflyer Ltd v BALPA [2018] EWHC 1889 (QB)

Thomas Cook Airlines Ltd v BALPA [2017] EWHC 2253 (QB); [2017] IRLR 1137

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