Michael Burd

Michael Burd


United Kingdom

Lewis Silkin LLP

5 Chancery, Lane Clifford's Inn
London EC4A 1BL, United Kingdom


I have nearly 25 years’ experience of advising on all aspects of my field. My clients come from a range of industry sectors including finance, professional services and marketing services, to name a few.  I represent a significant number of law firms.

Recent examples of my work include: defending a multi-million pound discrimination claim brought by a former senior executive against an international professional services company; assisting a listed-company in resolving an acrimonious dispute with its departing CEO; and advising a large communications company on the poaching of a team from a major competitor – successfully avoiding injunctions.

My practice is highly international and I sit on the Executive Committee of Ius Laboris, the global alliance of human resources law firms of which we are UK member. This work could be advising an international client on a multi-jurisdictional restructuring or co-ordinating a cross-border HR project. I am regularly asked to speak on employment issues at international conferences and events.

The Legal 500 directory recommends me for my “exceptional wisdom, negotiating skills, and ability to give difficult advice very clearly”, which is rather flattering but is certainly what I aim for! In 2014 I am also ranked in the Top 100 of the London Super Lawyers listing.