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Kate Pumfrey


Kate advises on the employment and remuneration aspects of international transactions, as well as on stand-alone employment advisory and contentious employment matters. 

She helps clients to navigate employment issues arising in connection with public and private mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and IPO preparation. Kate has significant experience advising post-transaction integration matters and on board changes.

Kate has been seconded to two investment banks and supports a number of financial services clients on sensitive employment and remuneration issues, including regarding the Senior Managers and Certification Regime and the remuneration codes. Kate advises on the employment aspects of operating within the regulatory environment, including whistleblowing arrangements, investigating employee misconduct and applying malus and clawback to employee compensation.

Kate also advises on Employment Tribunal claims, business reorganisations, executive remuneration issues, corporate governance and senior hiring and departures.

Kate sits on the Employment Lawyers Association’s (ELA) City Regulation Committee and has recently been involved in contributing to ELA’s responses to the FCA and PRA’s consultation on “Diversity and Inclusion in the Financial Sector” and to the FCA and PRA’s joint consultation paper on the abolition of the bonus cap. She has published extensively on the bonus cap topic.


Pro bono

Advising Toynbee on employment law matters.

Mentoring young people through Grow.

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Member, City Regulation Committee, Employment Lawyers Association
  • Non-Executive Director, Jesus College, University of Cambridge



Solicitor, England and Wales, 2010


MA, Theology and Religious Studies, Jesus College, Cambridge University, 2005

BPP Law School, GDL and LPC, 2006-2008


A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.