Stephen Levinson

Consultant Solicitor


Stephen Levinson joined Keystone in July 2013 as a consultant in the Employment team. He acts for senior executives exiting their positions or looking to take up new employment and for employers with similar issues. Stephen also regularly advises companies on handling difficult problems involving senior executives, trustees or within partnerships as well as corporate employment law issues. 

Should negotiations fail to resolve a conflict, Stephen is an ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator and an experienced litigator, with extensive experience at every level from Tribunal to the Supreme Court.

Stephen’s clients include employers in the leisure, retail and hotel sectors. He also has extensive experience of employment issues in schools as well as City-based institutions. Stephen is a member of the International and Legislative & Policy Committees of the Employment Lawyers Association and is a Vice-President of the Industrial Law Society and the Chair of the Employment Appeal Tribunal Users Group. His expertise is often called upon by the leading employment publications for comment on the latest cases and legislative changes. On behalf of the Employment Lawyers Association he is often involved in consultation with Government policy advisors concerning new law. Stephen is also a member of the editorial boards of Employment Law Briefing, Industrial Law Journal and Employment Law Journal.


  • Advising Senior Executives on leaving and entering employment
  • Advising employers contemplating reorganisations
  • Advising boards on internal disputes
  • All aspects of collective issues
  • Team moves and restrictive covenants
  • Discrimination claims
  • Contracts of employment and contractual issues
  • Employment-related litigation in the High Court or Tribunal
  • Policy issues


  • Founding and leading one of the first specialist employment law teams in London
  • Negotiating an £11m settlement for a dismissed Chief Executive
  • Advising the Chief Executive of a leading listed insurance company on his exit terms and also on his appointment to an overseas insurance company and bank
  • Advising the board on sexual harassment allegations made against the Chairman and negotiating settlement terms
  • Advising the Law Society on the departure of one of its most senior employees
  • Acting for the Chief Executive of two of the UK’s largest property owners and developers on their departure terms and also on their subsequent appointments
  • Advising many bankers and lawyers on their redundancy terms and concluding compromise agreements for them
  • Advising a group of bankers on their successful bonus claims
  • Successfully resisting a claim for union recognition made to the Central Arbitration Committee

Stephen has managed many leading reported cases including:

  • Carmichael & Lease v National Power [2000], when the House of Lords considered the essential requirements of employment status
  • Neary v Dean of Westminster [1997], which concerned a widely publicised dispute between Westminster Abbey and its organist
  • Office Angels v Rainer Thomas [1991], a leading case on restrictive covenants decided by the Court of Appeal
  • Snowball v Gardner Merchant Ltd [1987], a case on sexual harassment and detriment
  • Trusthouse Forte (Catering) v Adonis [1984], a case on the nature of disciplinary rules
  • Melon v Hector Powe [1981], a House of Lords decision on mass redundancies
  • Bouchaala v Trust House Forte Hotels [1980], a decision on the meaning of “some other substantial reason”
  • Trusthouse Forte Leisure v Aquilar [1976], a decision on the band of reasonable responses

Stephen was recommended in the Legal 500 2014 for Employment Law

Founder member of the Employment Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales

Former Chair and now Vice President of the Industrial Law Society

Former Treasurer of the Employment Lawyers Association and a member of its Management Committee

Member of the Editorial Committee, the International Committee and the Legislative & Policy Committees of the Employment Lawyers Association

Member of the Editorial Committee of the Industrial Law Journal

Career History
2013 Keystone Law | Consultant Solicitor
2008-2013 RadcliffesLeBrasseur | Partner, Employment Department
2005-2008 Manches | Partner, Employment Department
2002-2005 Maclay Murray & Spens | Partner and Head of Employment (London)
1999-2002 KLegal | Partner and Head of Employment (UK)
1976-1999  Paisner & Co | Partner and Head of Employment Law
1976 Qualified as a Solicitor

Leaving the European Union: implications for UK employment law

There has been a great deal of speculation about the effects of a vote to leave the European Union on UK employment law. Much of this debate is emotional and politically slanted but some clear analysis is needed as, together with rules relating to agriculture, trade and competition, employment is one of the principal sectors in which the influence of the EU is most significant.

Posted on 28th Jun 2016 by Stephen Levinson

Severance Issues on Executive Terminations

Keystone Law's employment law expert, Stephen Levinson, comments on the issues surrounding the severance of executive terminations.

Posted on 26th Apr 2016 by Stephen Levinson

Some thoughts on malice

Little use is made of potential criminal sanctions for harassment in the workplace. It may provide assistance when advising afflicted employees and employers should understand both the risks it creates as well as its possible use in controlling toxic employees.

Posted on 19th Apr 2016 by Stephen Levinson

Tribunals in peril

Proposals to integrate employment tribunals into the court system and scrap lay members are misguided, argues Stephen Levinson.

Posted on 18th Apr 2016 by Stephen Levinson

Tribunals in trouble

Stephen Levinson analyses the results of enquiries into the impact of the fees in employment tribunals.

Posted on 16th Oct 2015 by Stephen Levinson

Managing Sickness: How to Cope

The abolition of the rebate on statutory sick pay has hit some small businesses very hard. Until April last year the Percentage Threshold Scheme allowed employers to reclaim payments as soon as the outlay reached 13% of NI costs. Since April 2014 this benefit has been abolished. In this article, Stephen Levinson analyses the effects the reform has had on SMEs.

Posted on 24th Feb 2015 by Stephen Levinson

If you wish to contact Stephen Levinson, please or telephone 020 7152 6550.