Jason Butwick


Jason Butwick


London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7569 | +44 20 7184 7001

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Jason Butwick practices in all aspects of partnership and employment law, focusing on the financial services sector.

His practice covers structuring and drafting tailored partnership and employment documentation (such as partnership agreements, deeds of admission, employment contracts, incentive and deferral plans, policies and procedures) and advising on SMCR and Remuneration Code implications. He also regularly advises on partnership and employment disputes (such as disciplinary and grievance processes, dismissals, unlawful discrimination and whistleblowing claims, disputed member removals, bonus and remuneration disputes, and enforcement of confidentiality and non-competition obligations).

Mr. Butwick is the author of Tolley’s Guide to the National Minimum Wage (Tolley, 1999) and is a contributor to Hedge Funds and the Law (2nd edition, Sweet & Maxwell, 2016) and to Tolley’s Employment Law Looseleaf. He has been interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme about employment law issues. He has also written numerous articles on regulatory, partnership and employment law topics and is a regular presenter on partnership and employment topics.

Mr. Butwick is recommended as a leading lawyer for employment and partnership in Chambers UK 2018 which describes him as a "technically excellent and commercially astute practitioner" who is "engaging, productive, able to get things done on time and generally very much at the top of his game". Mr. Butwick is also recommended in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 UK which cites client commentary that he is "proactive" and "manages risk efficiently". Mr. Butwick is ranked as a leading individual for employment law in the 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 editions of Chambers UK and in Chambers Global 2014. The 2017 guide states "his response rate is first-class and he provides detailed answers". He is also ranked as a leading lawyer for partnership law in Chambers UK 2017 and 2016  which states that he is "a very strong all rounder" with "a clear understanding of his clients' business goals" and "incredibly knowledgeable, practical and creative". Chambers UK 2016 notes Mr Butwick's collaborative approach, with clients commenting that he is "happy to be a sounding board on issues", as well as maintaining a "very commercial" and efficient outlook on his cases. Chambers UK 2015 also provides client testimony that he "knows his stuff from a technical hard skills standpoint whilst also being responsive and knowing how advice needs to be given in real time." Clients also note his "commercial sense" and ability to understand "urgency and the need to deliver." Chambers Global 2014 praises him for giving "succinct and practical advice." He is also noted in the directory for partnership law. His work in human resources: employment: employers and senior executives is noted in The Legal 500 UK, 2014 and he is recommended in The Legal 500 UK, 2013 as "hardworking and articulate." Chambers UK, 2013 describes him as "highly commercial and pragmatic" and "exceptionally good at complicated law matters." The Legal 500 describes him as "very talented and knowledgeable" in its 2012 edition and as "first-class" in the 2011 edition.

Chambers UK also ranked Mr. Butwick in 2011 and in 2012, where it is noted that he "guides clients to the solutions they are seeking. He is an intelligent and experienced operator, and likeable too." Chambers Global 2011 recommends him as "the firm's relationship partner on employment matters for finance heavyweights...Interviewees remark on his intelligence and commercial awareness." In Chambers Europe 2011 he is praised for having "an impressive grasp of law, which he can explain clearly and succinctly." He has also been ranked in Chambers UK 2009, 2010 and 2011. The 2010 edition describes him as "a calm, level-headed lawyer, whose work for major financial services and funds clients covers a full range of contentious and non-contentious matters." According to the 2009 edition he is "exceptionally commercially minded, hard-working and insightful. He is the driving force behind the [employment] team's work in the financial services sector and acts for numerous hedge funds. Awesome in court, he is described by clients as dynamic, on the ball and good to have on your side, as he delivers effective arguments."

  • University of Bristol, Law, 1991
  • Solicitor, England and Wales, 1994