DWF, the global provider of integrated legal and business services, has appointed Ann Frances Cooney as Partner in its employment practice.
ANN Frances Cooney joins DWF from Addleshaw Goddard where she was a Legal Director and head of the Glasgow employment team. At DWF, she will be based out of the Glasgow office and will lead the employment practice in Scotland.
Ann Frances has specialised exclusively in Employment Law for over 15 years. She has vast experience advising on TUPE & workforce restructuring, industrial relations & strike action, enforcing restrictive covenants, handling Board and C-Suite severance negotiations & settlement agreements, employment fraud, international mobility, discrimination as well as disciplinary, performance and ill health management. She is an experienced litigator and regularly appears in Employment Tribunals across the UK.
Her clients include several PLCs, household name organisations, banks and financial institutions, public sector employers as well as SMEs. Ann Frances has also acted for several senior executives across the UK and internationally. She is also an experienced employment law trainer and regular speaker at specialist seminars for HR professionals and in-house lawyers.
Commenting on her appointment, Joanne Frew, UK head of employment at DWF, said, “I am delighted that Ann Frances is joining DWF to lead our employment practice in Scotland. Her experience and reputation in the market aligns with our business’ deep pedigree in supporting clients though a huge range of employment matters. I look forward to working closely with Ann Frances and establishing a successful team in Scotland.”
Paul Pignatelli, Managing Partner of the Glasgow office, added, “Having previously worked with Ann Frances for a number of years, I am delighted to be welcoming her to the team in Scotland. Her experience, manner and style, both internally with our teams and externally with clients will be invaluable for the business.”
Ann Frances Cooney, said, “I am excited to join DWF and lead the employment practice in Scotland. DWF’s strong national identity and a clear global presence is definitely a key attraction to joining the business. My experience and drive, together with DWF’s reputation in the market, will allow me to create a thriving employment practice in Scotland. I look forward to getting started and working with the team.”