Paul Killen heads the UK Employment Team at Osborne Clarke and has wide-ranging experience across all areas of employment law.

Working for clients including Diageo, Vodafone, Motorola, Ralph Lauren and Air Canada, he advises on matters concerning dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination claims and the management of employee relations. He spent a number of years working in industrial relations in the Newspaper industry before joining Osborne Clarke, gaining a valuable insight into the client’s perspective on resolving employment issues. 

Today he is rated as a leading lawyer in his field by both the major legal directories, and works for clients all over the country and on cross-border international issues. His expertise includes acting for clients on the employment and industrial relations aspects of commercial and corporate transactions, including in connection with major outsourcing projects.

He has been specialising in employment law for more than twenty five years and has featured on Channel 4 News and Radio 5 Business World Tonight, speaking on employment issues. Paul qualified in 1995 and became a partner at his previous firm in 2000, before joining Osborne Clarke a year later

The Osborne Clarke employment team really go the extra mile to understand the businesses they support and provide clear value add. They have an all-round excellent team. They always provide sound, practical and pragmatic advice and are user friendly and accessible.

The Legal 500, Employment

"They do a terrific job on both value for money and delivery to budget, and the client service is outstanding".


Chambers UK, Employment

Helping you succeed in tomorrow's world

Managing legal costs is a key issue for all our clients,  so providing the right advice as efficiently as possible is critical.  As an Employment Team we lead the field in our use of technology in support of our clients - providing online client platforms and Tribunal Management tools to improve efficiency and enable self-service options.


Advising Diageo on all employment matters in the UK, as well as related cross border issues in Europe.


Advising Vodafone on the TUPE and employee relations aspects of the sale and leaseback of its Newbury HQ.


Advising on the TUPE and industrial relations issues arising on the ground-breaking project to outsource the development of the heat network providing low-carbon, reliable heating to communities in Bristol.