James Froud is a London-based partner in Bird & Bird’s international HR services group. He specialises in employment and partnership law, and has particular interest and experience in conducting high-value litigation involving trade secrets issues, including actions to prevent misuse of confidential information, and restrictive covenant disputes. He sits on the steering committee of the firm’s international trade secrets group.

Mr Froud has a diverse practice, supporting a broad range of clients, many of which are household names in a variety of sectors, and he advises on contentious and non-contentious issues at all stages in the employment cycle. His expertise extends to large international restructuring projects, corporate transactions, and executive severances.

During his career, Mr Froud has undertaken client secondments, meaning that he understands both the need for commerciality in the advice he delivers, and how his guidance may be applied in practice.

Mr Froud has participated in panel discussions and lectured extensively on HR law subjects. He has also written for and been quoted in the UK national press and industry publications, and has appeared on BBC World News. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the European Employment Lawyers Association.