David Woodward

David Woodward

Baker & McKenzie LLP


David is a mid-level associate in Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation practice based in London. He joined the Firm in 2019.

Practice Focus

David advises international organisations on both contentious and non-contentious employment law matters across a wide variety of sectors, including pharmaceutical, retail, technology, banking and financial services. David advises on employment-related disputes, provides strategic support on complex HR enquiries, and coordinates global employment projects as well as global transactions including M&As, carve-outs and outsourcing.

David recently spent 7 months on secondment to the legal team of a pharmaceutical client acting as "in-house" employment counsel advising on complex employment law and HR matters and coordinating projects across Europe.

Representative Legal Matters

David's recent experience includes:

  • Advising on strategy and process across a wide variety of HR and employment law issues across EMEA as part of a number of global employment law retainers, ranging from sensitive disciplinary and grievance procedures, to redundancies, including collective redundancy requirements as part of global restructuring projects

  • Coordinating cross-border projects including global multibillion-pound acquisitions and restructuring exercises

  • Providing guidance in relation to the handling of investigations into harassment and other misconduct

  • Defending various employment claims including a cross-jurisdiction discrimination and unfair dismissal claim in the Court of Appeal, and a high value discrimination, harassment and whistleblowing claim in the Employment Tribunal

  • Advising in relation to restrictive covenant and breach of confidentiality disputes

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Employment Lawyers Association

Corporate Responsibility

David regularly provides pro-bono advice on HR and employment law matters to organisations, including a global children's charity and a well-known symphony orchestra in London.


  • England & Wales (2014)


  • University of Law (Legal Practice Course, Distinction)
  • University of Law (Graduate Diploma Law, Commendation)
  • University of Lancaster (History & Criminology)

David has had articles published, including one regarding the EU Directive on protection for whistleblowers, published by the Employment Lawyers Association.

David has been quoted in publications including the Law Gazette and Personnel Today.