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Martin C. Luff

Martin Luff Counsel, Labor & Employment

Martin’s principal area of practice is U.S., English, and international labor and employment law. He has extensive experience dealing with employment aspects of domestic and international business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.

He also counsels clients on day-to-day HR and personnel issues, and has represented clients in litigation before U.S. state and federal courts, administrative agencies, English Employment Tribunals, and the English High Court on a wide range of employment matters. Martin also advises clients on employment issues arising out of federal government contracts (including affirmative action and EEO compliance), record retention policies, and international data privacy and transfer laws. After six years in V&E’s Houston office, Martin is now based in London. He is licensed as an attorney in Texas and as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

Experience Highlights

  • Advised TPG Capital on employment issues in the $979 million acquisition of Ashland Inc.’s global chemical distribution business, which has employees in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, and Russia
  • Drafted and negotiated employment contracts and post-termination noncompetition and nonsolicitation restrictions for Pharos Capital Group in the acquisition of Seaside Healthcare, Inc., a behavioral health services provider
  • Prevailed before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal on behalf of an engineering, procurement, and construction company in a case involving a spouse’s derivative action based on his wife’s employment claims
  • Advised multinational oilfield services company on the termination of a senior Norwegian executive expat working in the United States
  • Advised private equity client on a reduction in workforce in its London office
  • Represented a leading global accounting firm during an EEOC investigation which resulted in a “no cause” finding and dismissal of all charges
  • Assisted an international oil and gas company in the preparation and implementation of an affirmative action program

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Advised a client in the finance industry on labor union issues, including successorship of collective bargaining agreements, arising out of a significant corporate acquisition
  • Advised a Master Limited Partnership on structuring its workforce to preserve workers’ compensation insurance coverage for all corporate group entities

International Employment Issues

  • Drafted employment agreements for a British consulting firm establishing operations in the U.S.
  • Assisted a client with in-house investigation of alleged employee misconduct in the United Arab Emirates
  • Advised an international chemical distribution company on application for certification under the EU-US Safe Harbor framework for compliance with EU data privacy law
  • Advised a U.S.-based construction company on compliance with the UK Data Protection Act


  • Successfully moved to strike a plaintiff’s expert in a Fair Labor Standards Act litigation, resulting in a favorable resolution of the lawsuit for our client
  • Defended client in lawsuit alleging sex discrimination and harassment
  • Successfully compelled wage and hour litigation to private arbitration, resulting in a quick and favorable settlement

Government Contracting

  • Advised a construction materials manufacturer in analyzing the implications of entering into federal subcontracts
  • Advised a midstream energy services provider on compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulations as a result of entering into a contract with a federal contractor
  • Advised a healthcare system client on evolving case law relating to OFCCP jurisdictional coverage

Record Retention

  • Drafted a document retention policy for an independent oil and natural gas producer
  • Advised a wholesale distributor of refined petroleum products on the nationwide implementation and rollout of record retention procedures

Contact Details

T +44.20.7065.6172
20 Fenchurch Street
24th Floor
London EC3M 3BY
United Kingdom
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F +1.713.615.5021
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Houston, TX 77002
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Martin's Practices

  • The University of Texas School of Law, LL.M., 2008 (Member, Texas International Law Journal)
  • Nottingham Law School, Diploma, Legal Practice with distinction, 2001
  • University of Nottingham, B.A., Law with First Class (Highest) Honours, 2000
  • Admitted to practice: England & Wales; Texas; U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas
    • Employment lawyer at a major corporate law firm in London 
    • Legal counsel at a global consulting company in Houston 
      • Member: American Bar Association; Houston Bar Association; Houston Young Lawyers Association; U.K. Employment Lawyers Association (ELA); Law Society of England and Wales

        Solicitors and Registered Foreign Lawyers. A list of partner names is available for inspection at 20 Fenchurch Street, 24th Floor, London, EC3M 3BY. Vinson & Elkins RLLP is a limited liability partnership formed under the laws of New York authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (No. 0079019).