Julia Wilson is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation team in London. She advises senior legal and HR stakeholders on a range of employment and data protection matters.
A member of the Firm's Pro Bono Committee, she plays a lead role in the Firm's pro bono relationship with Save the Children International. She also collaborates with Law Works to deliver employment law training to solicitors who provide pro bono advice to individuals.
Julia regularly presents at external and internal client seminars on a range of topics, and is often quoted in mainstream media. She authored precedent policies for the UK's Practical Law Company and co-wrote the common concepts chapter of the Tolley's Discrimination Handbook.
Julia focuses on multi jurisdictional and high-value matters involving strategic, operational, financial or reputational risk. She handles complex employment litigation, data protection and compliance, and global projects and transactions. She also advises on the implementation of organisational change and restructuring, including redundancy and collective consultation issues), as well as outsourcing arrangements, senior executive terminations and severance agreements.
Representative Legal Matters
Data Protection and compliance
- Supporting a leading financial services institution, a luxury brand retailer, and a global defence company with their GDPR readiness programmes, from inception and design of the programmes to the audit of current practices and implementation of change required for GDPR readiness.
- Advising a multinational bank on its response to an individual's complaint about the handling of their personal data. Also drafting the response and follow up with the Information Commissioner's Office.
- Leading a project advising a multinational electronics company on the implementation of a Workday HR Database for over 230,000 employees worldwide. Includes coordinating advice on implementation steps required for compliance in key European jurisdictions.
- Advising a multinational chemical company on the development of a data protection compliance framework, including drafting documentation and advising on implementation, working with colleagues in France and Germany.
High-value employment claims
- Representing a leading multinational bank in defence and settlement of an age discrimination, equal pay, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claim from an employee who was claiming compensation of GBP 5 million.
- Representing a leading multinational bank in defence and settlement of a sex discrimination, equal pay, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claim in which the employee was claiming compensation of GBP 20 million.
- Working with senior legal counsel, HR and ER of a multinational consultancy firm to develop and implement new global Workplace Conduct policies to apply to its more than 370,000 employees.
- Leading two global projects for a marine classification body related to contract review and working time advice, working with local counsel in more than 30 jurisdictions.
- Advising a multinational networks solutions firm on the multi jurisdictional HR terms of the sale of one of its businesses. Includes transfer and termination of staff, and negotiating and re-drafting several versions of the terms to reflect a significantly changing deal structure.
- Advising a food manufacturer on outsourcing/offshoring certain administrative and support functions. Includes advice on individual and collective employee consultation, addressing related grievances and coordinating advice in other European countries.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Employment Lawyer's Association
- International Association of Privacy Practitioners
- England & Wales~United Kingdom (2005)
- College of Law at York (L.P.C.) (2002)
- University of St. Andrews (M.A.) (2000)
Co-author (with Joanna Ludlam), “The beginning of the end; preparing for life (and work) after lockdown,” Impact Lawyers, June 2020
Co-author (with Annabel Mackay), “Furlough and COVID-19: looking for clarity,” Plc Magazine, May 2020
Co-author (with Bobby Sarkodee-Adoo), “Using Artificial Intelligence for decision-making in the workplace,” Lexis Nexis, November 2019
Co-author (with Annabel Mackay), “Employees and social media: when can employers take action?”, Plc Magazine, October 2019
Co-author (with Oliver Moreton), “Maternity leave: there’s no comparison,” Plc Magazine, July 2019