Janette’s practice incorporates all aspects of employment law, both contentious and noncontentious. Her principal areas of expertise are in advising on board level recruitment and severance (including in relation to confidentiality/restrictive covenant issues), providing advice, support and assistance in the planning and implementation of complex restructuring and other change management programmes, many on a multijurisdictional basis, and in relation to TUPE and outsourcing. Working alongside her corporate colleagues, Janette has also been involved in managing the employment aspects of a wide range of mergers, takeovers and acquisitions, as well as a significant number of private equity transactions, acting for both investors and management.

Janette Lucas trained with Squire Patton Boggs and was appointed a partner in the Labor & Employment practice group in 2007. Janette has a broad client base which includes media and marketing services, financial services, commodities and logistics, and is not only key in supporting the employment team’s relationships with a number of its biggest clients, but also leads a number of her own client relationships.

Following a secondment to our Paris office, Janette was given responsibility for managing the relationship between our London and Paris offices and has played a key part in successfully expanding a number of key client relationships across both regions. She is also our representative for the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain, regularly attending and speaking at its HR Forum.

Janette is closely involved in our Business in the Community initiatives and is community governor for Ben Johnson Primary School in Tower Hamlets.

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  • Advising a key corporate client in relation to several acquisition related board level terminations, including review of confidentiality and post-termination obligations, bonus and incentive scheme issues.
  • Advising a major public authority regarding a fundamental change management programme involving the exit of a significant proportion of its 2000-strong workforce.
  • Advising a public relations company in relation to employee confidentiality and competition issues including possible injunctive proceedings.
  • Advising a marketing services agency regarding the application of TUPE to the transition of a major client account and the related consultation processes arising in relation to this and a related redundancy exercise involving 250 plus staff.
  • Advising the management buy-in team on its multimillion pound acquisition of a major healthcare provider.
  • Advising as part of a cross practice team on the US$1.6 billion sale of a major chemicals company, including coordination of advice across more than 15 different jurisdictions.


  • University of Warwick, LL.B.
  • Nottingham Law School, L.P.C., 1997


  • England and Wales, 1999


  • English
  • French
  • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Employment: Employer, London
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Employment – employers and senior executives
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Employment: employers

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