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, technology and financial services. He also advises on data protection matters relating to employees, including advising on privacy issues arising in the context of pre-employment screening, and strategic advice on data subject access requests.

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 global advice in relation to various global multibillion-pound acquisitions.

  • Advising on the UK employment aspects of a multibillion-pound acquisition of a global pharmaceutical company.

  • Defending various employment claims including a cross-jurisdiction discrimination and unfair dismissal claim in the Court of Appeal, and a discrimination and harassment claim in the employment tribunal.

  • In addition, 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.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Employment Lawyers Association


  • 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.