Anthony Sakrouge

Anthony is Head of the Employment Team, which has been described by the Legal 500 directory as delivering "an outstanding level of service". He acts for both employers and employees, specialising in contentious work and negotiations relating to the complex starting and leaving packages of directors and other senior employees. He advises on and handles disputes involving bonuses, entitlements under incentive plans, breach of contract, restrictive covenants, confidentiality, the duty of fidelity, commission, share disputes, discrimination, whistle-blowing and unfair dismissal. He has extensive experience of litigation in both the Employment Tribunals and the Courts.

Anthony is described as a "standout solicitor" in Chambers 2014 who categorise him as a 'Leading Individual'. "I couldn't praise anyone higher" opined one source; "he's very committed to the client and is generally superb".

Chambers 2015 note that he gives "commercial, sensible and caring advice" and that "even the most discerning of clients are impressed by him".

In Chambers 2012 Anthony was referred to as a "tremendous solicitor", "hard-working and dedicated" and praised for "getting on top of each case". He is also recommended in Legal 500 as being a 'terrific lawyer'. Legal 500 (2013) describe him as 'a total star' and as being a 'teriffic employment lawyer' with Legal 500 (2014) describing him as "exceptionally bright, and brings a creative, analytical approach to all of his cases".

Anthony has represented numerous well-known organisations and often acts for high net worth individuals. Recent instructions have included:

    • Acting for high profile figures within the finance sector in relation to signing on negotiations involving seven figure guaranteed bonuses.
    • Advising senior employees wishing to protect and maximise very significant discretionary bonus entitlements.
    • Advising on team moves within the finance sector.
    • An appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the high profile claim in which associative disability discrimination was first recognised as being actionable.
    • Negotiating complex termination agreements, including on behalf both of the editor of a prominent national magazine and a governmental organisation.
    • Applying to the High Court and thereafter the Court of Appeal on behalf of a Vice Chancellor for an injunction to prevent a university acting in breach of its own procedures.
    • Successfully striking out a number of separate race and religious discrimination claims brought against a regulatory body relating to the exercise of its regulatory functions, including the major part of a claim which has attracted significant press interest.

Anthony regularly writes about and comments on employment law developments. His comments have appeared in The Independent, AOL, Money & Finance, and Computer and Telecommunications Law. He has also written a joint article with Edward Wanambwa and Alex Bearman for the International Bar Association's Employment and Industrial Relations Law Newsletter.

Anthony studied at the University of Sydney, where he completed degrees in Arts (modern languages) and law, before qualifying as a solicitor in New South Wales. He joined Russell-Cooke in 1992, re-qualified in England the following year, and was made a partner in 1999. He has lectured on Industrial Relations and Employment Law at Kingston University, presents seminars on a wide range of employment law topics and provides tailor made training to employer clients. He has been profiled in The Times and in The Law Society's Gazette and is recognised in the Thomson Reuters 2014 'London Super Lawyers' lists.

Anthony is a member of both the Employment Lawyers Association and the Discrimination Lawyers Association. He speaks French fluently and Italian competently.

Anthony.Sakrouge@russell-cooke.co.uk