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Brexit and Employment: What UK Secession from the EU Means for Multinational HR and Employment Law Compliance

Speaker(s): Donald C. Dowling, Jr., Paul Callegari
Recorded on: Jul. 21, 2016
PLI Program #: 190951

Donald C. Dowling has extensive experience advising U.S.-based companies on outbound international labor and employment laws. Don provides counsel on a wide variety of global employment law matters, including codes of conduct and HR policies that guide operations in multiple jurisdictions, international compensation and benefits issues, whistleblower hotlines, and cross-border internal investigations and HR compliance audits. He regularly advises clients on employment matters that arise with international restructurings, reductions in force, mergers, acquisitions, and outsourcing. Additionally, Don helps clients properly engage independent contractors overseas, manage expatriate programs, and develop employment agreements and employee handbooks.

Earlier in his career, Don served as in-house international employment counsel for a Fortune 500 company in Paris and as an employment law consultant for a global consulting firm. He has delivered hundreds of presentations on international employment law issues in English and Spanish in countries around the world, and regularly publishes articles and teaches courses on a variety of global employment law topics.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Advisory Board
New York University School of Law’s Center for Labor & Employment Law

Former Chair
Cross-Border HR Group


Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
Chambers USA 2017

Named, Legal 500
US Labor & Employment, Workplace and Employment Counseling

Named, Super Lawyer
New York
Super Lawyers

Named, Attorneys Who Matter
Ethisphere Institute

Named, Leading International Labor/Employment Lawyer
PLC Which Lawyer?

Order of the Coif


  • J.D., Levin College of Law at University of Florida, 1985
  • A.B., University of Chicago, 1982


  • Spanish

Bar Admission

New York


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Mr. Callegari is a partner in the firm’s Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety practice area and leads the practice in the London office. He is experienced in advising companies on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious UK employment law including advice on unfair, wrongful and constructive dismissal, all forms of discrimination, TUPE, executive severances, redundancy programs, contracts and handbooks and the enforcement of post-termination restrictions. Mr Callegari also regularly works with international businesses in relation to cross-border employment issues.

Mr. Callegari is included in the employment section of Chambers UK and Chambers Global and was selected as a London “Super Lawyer” in 2013 and 2014. Chambers UK 2016 commented that Mr. Callegari "never fails to come up with clear and sound solutions that are pragmatic and successful," according to sources. He works with a broad stable of employers and is known to be "approachable, knowledgeable and articulate."

Professional Background

Mr. Callegari qualified as a lawyer in 1998.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Employment Lawyers Association, (Member)

Speaking Engagements

Together with the other members of the Employment group, Mr. Callegari provides webinars, seminars and training to clients on all employment issues. Recent topics include “The risks associated with international co-employment”, “Effective handling of disciplinary and grievance procedures” and “Amendments to TUPE”, “Anti-Harassment Training” and “Key Risks and Issues in Global Employment Affairs”.

Recent contentious work includes:

  • Acting for an international 3D printing business in defending claims brought by a former agency worker for unfair dismissal and equal treatment under the Agency Workers Regulations 2010
  • Representing Celanese Acetate Limited in the Employment Appeal Tribunal case of Moran & ors v (1) Ideal Cleaning Services Limited and (2) Celanese Acetate Limited (UKEAT/0274/13/DM) regarding the meaning of the word “temporary” in the Agency Workers Regulations 2010
  • Defending a plc against claims from a former director for sex and disability discrimination, whistleblowing-related unfair dismissal and breach of contract
  • Acting for a software company in defending an Employment Tribunal claim for race discrimination, sex discrimination and unfair dismissal
  • Acting for a press organisation in defending Employment Tribunal proceedings for unfair dismissal and breach of the Working Time Regulations and the Part-Time Workers Regulations
  • Acting for a charity in defending claims for unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and breach of contract
  • Acting for a listed company in successfully defending claims for whistleblowing and obtaining a costs award against the unsuccessful Claimant
  • Acting for an international telecoms company in defending proceedings for breach of restrictive covenant
  • Acting for an international conferencing organization in successfully defending claims for sex discrimination, constructive dismissal and under the Part-Time Workers Regulations
  • Acting for an international media corporation in defending a £1.3m claim for disability discrimination from a former employee

Recent non-contentious work includes:

  • Advising an international data storage business in connection with the review of standard form contracts of employment in 33 countries
  • Providing day-to-day employment counselling advice to clients in a variety of business sectors
  • Advising on an outsourcing agreement between a FTSE100 insurance company and a provider of facilities management services, including associated redundancy issues
  • Advising on a property and facilities management agreement between an international technology company and an estate management company
  • Advising a national provider of care homes on an agreement for the provision of services to HM Government
  • Advising on the acquisition of a US corporation (with European subsidiaries) by an international software company, including liaising with and project managing lawyers in Spain, France, Germany and Italy
  • Advising on the acquisition of an online mapping company by an international software company and the subsequent integration of that business

Primary Practice

Secondary Practices


  • LL.B., University of Bristol, 1995, European Legal Studies


  • Solicitor, England and Wales