Oliver Brettle

Partner, London


“Sources praise his ‘pragmatic and commercial approach.’”


Oliver Brettle graduated with an MA in Jurisprudence (Law) from Christ Church, Oxford, in 1990 and qualified as a solicitor in September 1993. After seven years at a major City firm, Oliver joined White & Case as a partner in late 2001.

A member of White & Case's four-person global Executive Committee since 2009, Oliver plays a key role in the direction of the Firm's international strategy and operations. He has held a number of leadership roles within White & Case, including his previous tenure as London Office Executive Partner between 2008 and May 2018. He also helped lead the Firm's trainee solicitor programme for a number of years.

Oliver is a leading English-qualified employment lawyer, who assists UK and multinational clients with a variety of employment law issues.

A partner in the Firm's Employment and Benefits practice, he has considerable experience handling contentious and non-contentious employment matters in a wide variety of contexts, including corporate transactions, as well as employment law issues with a cross-border dimension.

During his 19 years at the Firm, Oliver's successful track record, which includes some of the UK's leading employment law cases, has made him a valued resource for employers involved in high-stakes and technically complex matters such as industrial disputes and employment-related litigation.

He regularly contributes to employment law and human resources publications and is a frequent public speaker on law firm management and employment law issues.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Jurisprudence (law)
Christ Church, Oxford University


Outsourcing employment issues
Oliver advised a major outsourced service provider on all employment issues associated with a series of substantial outsourcings, both in the UK and on a crossborder basis. He has also advised on the employment law aspects of a multijurisdiction IT outsourcing for a major US/UK employer.

Employment issues in multinational transactions
Advised on the employment aspects of three substantial multinational transactions for one of White & Case's principal clients.

Multinational employment contracts
Advised on new employment contracts for several major employers, including detailed consideration of implications of multinational employment.

Dismissal of senior employees at listed companies
Advised on the dismissal of the chief executives/senior employees for numerous listed companies, major private companies and foreign-owned UK subsidiaries.

Failure to inform claim
Advised a major employer on a multimillion failure-to-inform-and-consult claim brought by a trade union upon the closure of the workplace.

Business transfer and redundancies
Advised on the contentious issues resulting from a business transfer coupled with in excess of 100 redundancies.

Mass claim against parent company
Settled, at no cost to the parent company, mass claims brought against the parent company by employees of a subsidiary, which subsidiary was insolvent.

Sexual harassment/discrimination and race discrimination claims
Successfully defended employers against sexual harassment/discrimination and race discrimination claims.

Gardening leave enforcement
Successfully enforced the garden leave obligations of a chief executive for a company in administration – a legal first in the UK.

Misuse of confidential information following "team move"
Oliver represented a leading UK professional services firm in its litigation against another, as a result of a "team move" and misuse of confidential information. Oliver was able to successfully injunct the team and achieve a complete return of all confidential information and substantial damages.