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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Index of tables

  1. Employment
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, the 'always solid' team is particularly knowledgeable of the education, retail, transport, industrial engineering and financial services sectors. It undertakes a broad range of employment-related mandates for its 'prestigious client base', including industrial relations matters, cross-border outsourcing and business immigration advice. Tribunal claims are a keystone of the practice and are led by recently promoted partner Mark Pipkin. Practice head Mark Fletcher is highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Mark Fletcher

Other key lawyers:Nicola Bennison; Mark Pipkin

Key Clients

McKesson UK (previously Celesio UK)



Sandwell College



University of Derby

De Montfort University

Capital One

Pendragon Plc

Crown Packaging

NFT Distribution

Work highlights

  • Advising McKesson UK on day to day matters, handling the employment tribunal caseload and acting on the restructure of the Lloyds Pharmacy head office and network.
  • Providing Brake Bros Limited with HR advice, in addition to more specialist areas such as TUPE, immigration and labour relations.
  • Advising Specsavers on an employment tribunal claim, arising from alleged discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, disability and gender, as well as constructive dismissal.
  • Advice to Sandwell College on strike action taken by union members in relation to pay.  
  • Advising Yum! on its franchising programme for KFC stores, which involved the transfer of store based staff to franchise operators.

The practice at Freeths LLP is particularly active in handling Employment Tribunal litigation. Clients from both the private and public sectors engage the group, which is headed by Rena Magdani and David Potter. Other core strengths include restructures, TUPE, discrimination, whistleblowing, restrictive covenants and injunctive relief. The caseload has had a recent uptick in cases concerning employment status in the gig economy.

Practice head(s):Rena Magdani and David Potter

Other key lawyers:Julian Middleton


'The team works to extremely high standards in providing advice to us on cases, and also horizon scanning for the future. It shows the qualities expected of a true partnership in every way through strong levels of trust, commitment and openness'

'Rena Magdani has always been outstanding, commercial and pragmatic'

Key Clients

ALDI Stores Limited

DPD Group UK Limited

Tarmac Group

Sofidel Group

Staffline Recruitment Limited

National Express Limited

Center Parcs

Paul Smith Limited

ERIKS Industrial Services Limited

Carlsberg UK Ltd

Travis Perkins

Eddie Stobbart Ltd


Work highlights

  • Among other matters, representing DPD Group in a complex multi-day employment tribunal claim for disability discrimination.
  • Assisting Aldi Stores Limited with all employment law considerations relating to its workforce of approximately 30,000 people.

Gateley Plc advises large corporates and senior executives on the full range of employment law matters. Core areas of expertise include TUPE, trade union and working time issues, equal pay, hiring and firing of senior executives and litigation. The team, which is led by Andrew Macmillan, also possesses notable experience of advising on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, insolvencies and restructurings.

Practice head(s):Andrew Macmillan


'The team is reliable and quick to respond to employment law queries'

'Andrew Macmillan is an outstanding lawyer with a real commitment to client services. He combines a good knowledge of the law with exceptional negotiating skills'

'The firm demonstrates excellence in interacting with clients'

'They provide consistently good advice - excellent legal knowledge coupled with practical application of that advice'

Key Clients

ACAS East Midlands Region

Bibby Financial Services



Deutsche Bahn

Lowe Alpine Rab

National Veterinary Services


Nottingham Building Society


Safran Landing Systems

Samworth Brothers Limited

The English Football League

Watches of Switzerland

Work highlights

  • Assisting Deloitte's restructuring services team with the employment law aspects of various high-profile insolvencies.  
  • Advising a client on an age discrimination matter.
  • Assisting a Premier League football club with the design and delivery of training for line managers on the employment law aspects of people management.
  • Representing Sevacare in a TUPE-related claim involving 43 claimants and 8 respondents.  

Howes Percival LLP’s core strengths lie in handling employment aspects of high-value corporate acquisitions, disposals and restructuring projects. Practice head Paula Bailey is an expert in TUPE projects and the negotiation of senior exits, while Graham Irons is particularly recommended for his Employment Tribunal advocacy. The team's sector expertise includes the automotive, food and drink, manufacturing and education industries. Gurdeep Boparai recently joined from Weightmans LLP.

Practice head(s):Paula Bailey

Other key lawyers:Alex Payton; Graham Irons

Key Clients

Children's Investment Fund Foundation

All3Media Group

Bosch Siemens Home Appliances

Welcome Break Group Limited

Marston’s PLC

Terex Corporation

Getronics Services UK Limited


Nampak Plastics Europe Limited


Milton Keynes College

World Vision UK

University of Northampton’s Student Union

Hillarys Blinds Limited

RS Components Limitd / Electrocomponents plc

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Fen Technology Holdings on the employment aspects of the sale of the company to Inspiralia, a Spanish technology company.

The ‘pragmatic and commercially focused’ team at Shoosmiths LLP is led by Helen Burgess, who has experience of TUPE and union issues, and also whistleblowing and dismissal matters. Her team is also active in business-critical outsourcings and restructures, complex grievances and other employee relations matters. Michael Briggs specialises in defending Employment Tribunal claims and is noted for his ‘business understanding’. Rachel Harvey, a new arrival from Shakespeare Martineau LLP, has bolstered the team with her knowledge of corporate immigration and Brexit planning. Associate Charlotte Staples is 'friendly, polite, precise and extremely professional'.

Practice head(s):Helen Burgess

Other key lawyers:Peter Duff; Rachel Harvey; Michael Briggs


'Their emphasis is on resolving issues in a practical way as speedily as possible within the framework of what the law allows'.

'They are approachable, down to earth and combine professionalism with the building of personal relationships'.

Key Clients

ATS Euromaster Limited

Techtronic Industries Limited

John Deere Limited

Caversham Finance (t/a BrightHouse)

Coloplast Limited

Deb Group Limited

SC Johnson Professional Limited

Nottingham City Homes

Albumedix Limited

Boots Management Services Limited

Saint-Gobain Group of Companies

Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited

Colour Hive Limited

Plant Lipids UK Limited

Bedrock Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising ATS Euromaster on commercial considerations associated with the transfer of staff following the client's merger with Tructyre Fleet.
  • Successfully defended Boots Management Services in Employment Tribunal proceedings brought by a former employee on the grounds of gross misconduct and health and safety reasons.    
  • Assisted Saint-Gobain group of companies with an extensive audit, review and analysis of all existing HR-related data protection documentation and processes within the client’s group of companies.

Industry expertise at Browne Jacobson LLP encompasses the commercial, education, public, health and insurance sectors. Peter Jones heads up the firm’s national employment team, and his strengths include employee termination, grievances, contentious employment issues and trade union matters. Nottingham practice head Sarah Hooton has expertise in complex tribunal claims, namely discrimination cases and transactions involving TUPE.

Practice head(s):Peter Jones and Sarah Hooton

Key Clients


Oclaro Technology Limited

Bureau Veritas UK Limited

Freshtime UK Limited

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Wolverhampton City Council

East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust

TT Electronics Plc


EM Lawshare

Work highlights

  • Advised the senior executives of a leading UK engineering company on employment issues associated with their departures from the company, which included negotiating settlement agreements.
  • Advising a local authority client on the TUPE implications of outsourcing leisure services to a wholly-owned local authority trading company.
  • Providing strategic advice to a significant commercial organisation on its workforce options following a reduction in turnover.

Lawyers at Hewitsons are noted for their ‘quick’ and ‘approachable’ service. Key strengths include TUPE, terminations and employment clauses, business immigration, discrimination and whistleblowing matters, as well as tribunal claims. The team's recent work also included employment support on various mergers and acquisitions. Headed up by Nick Hall, the group has specific sector expertise of the construction industry and also represents a significant number of clients in the education, trading charity and sports sectors.

Practice head(s):Nick Hall

Other key lawyers:Lynne Adams; Gemma Hill;


'Lynne Adams works with both empathy and great professionalism. She puts great thought into the situation'.

'The team brings a personal dimension to relationships with its clients, which is missing in this day and age'

Key Clients

Travis Perkins PLC and its subsidiaries

Perrys Motor Sales Limited

Medigold Health Consultancy Limited

Barings UK Limited

The Stephen Perse Foundation

Mace Limited

VolkerWessels Limited

Telford Holmes PLC

Accommodation Concern

Royce Lingerie Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on the employment aspects of the sale by Perrys Motor Sales Limited of its Fiat, Mazda and Peugeot dealership in Portsmouth to Snows Motor Group.
  • Advised The Stephen Perse Foundation on the employment aspects of its merger with Cambridge Centre for Sixth-Form Studies.
  • Acted for an Olympic sports organisation, defending claims issues against it in an Employment Tribunal
  • Acted for an independent school, defending claims issues against it in an Employment Tribunal.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s ‘highly knowledgeable’ practice is well-regarded for the ‘speed and practicality’ of its advice. Undertaking advisory and contentious matters alike, it is particularly well-known for handling whistleblowing and discrimination cases at the Employment Tribunal, and also acting on the employment-related aspects of corporate and commercial transactions. The 'calm and practicalPhilip Pepper leads the practice and provides expert knowledge of the food and drinks sector. Legal director Sandeep Leighs, who is 'reliable and approachable', is also a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):Philip Pepper

Other key lawyers:Sandeep Leighs


'They provide speedy responses and clear guidance with a cheerful and positive approach'.

'The quality, depth and breadth of the employment advice is impressive'.

'The group comprises of very experienced, very knowledgeable and yet very human solicitors'.


Key Clients

Iceland Foods Limited

MTR Crossrail

The Chartered Institute of Marketing


Sheffield & Hallamshire County Football Association


Toyota Materials Handling (UK)

Everards Brewery Limited

Pall-Ex UK Limited

Langerine Confectionery Limited


Virgin Trains

Commonwealth Games England

Linbrooke Services Limited

Premier Tech Chronos


Greenwood Academies Trust

Fisher German Limited

Becketts Foods Limited

Whitworth Bros. Limited

Ford & Slater Limited

The Bridge (East Midlands)

Leicestershire Action For Mental Health Project

Jelson Limited

Shield Engineering (Syston) Limited

Carrs Flour Mills Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending Iceland Foods against unfair dismissal claims.
  • Retained by West Coast Trains Ltd t/a Virgin Trains to provide strategic employment advice and to defend all Employment Tribunal claims.
  • Retained by Global-e to provide strategic employment advice and support to the global head of legal, the Global HR Director and the European CEO.
  • Retained by The Pall-Ex Group to provide strategic employment advice and support and to defend all employment tribunal claims.
  • Retained by Premier Tech Chronos (UK) Limited to provide strategic employment advice.

Lawyers at Wilkin Chapman LLP are lauded for their ‘excellent expertise and support in employment law’. Acting for both public and private sector clients, the team advises numerous local authorities, educational establishments and health sector clients. It also generates work from companies in the food, logistics, warehousing and packaging industries. Practice head Teresa Thomas provides counsel on redundancy, restructuring and TUPE projects and also undertakes advocacy at the Employment Tribunal. Calum Hanrahan, who is a new arrival from Sills & Betteridge LLP, has expertise in business immigration. Elsewhere, the ‘outstanding’ Oliver Tasker recently made partner, while David Buckle retired.

Practice head(s):Teresa Thomas

Other key lawyers:Katie Davies; Oliver Tasker


'Personable and professional lawyers who deal with issues in good time'

'Very helpful, approachable, personable individuals'

'Always available and approachable with quick response times when needed'

'The team are responsive and informative regarding any type of query.  They articulate the advice in an easy to understand format'

'Approachable and understanding of the complex issues surrounding employment and HR. Prepared to give time to listen'

'Teresa Thomas is great to work with. She is always easy to get hold of, very responsive and gives a really quick turnaround'

'Katie Davies  is very approachable, nothing is too much trouble. She responds to all requests quickly and thoroughly'

'Katie Davies always goes the extra yard to ensure we have the advise needed and that we are aware all of the options available'

Key Clients

Mizkan Euro Limited

Healing Multi Academy Trust

Tollbar MAT

Fives Landis Limited

BLE Smoke & Fire Curtains

The St Lawrence Academy

Lindum Group Ltd

Lincolnshire Sports Partnership

Pilgrim Foodservice Ltd

Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust

Craven District Council

Work highlights

  • Advising on Employment Tribunal claims by a Chief Executive and a Business Support Manager following allegations of sex discrimination based on their same sex relationship.
  • Defending claims for unfair dismissal and race discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin.
  • Advising a client on a capability and grievance process, which also involved carrying out an independent investigation into the employee’s grievance.
  • Strategic advice to a client on a major restructure and redundancy project.
  • Advising a Multi Academy Trust on anonymous whistleblowing and major safeguarding issues.

The ‘exceptional’ Nic Elliott leads the team at Actons, which is noted for its ‘excellent client engagement’. Elliott predominantly handles large-scale investigations, such as those involving fraud, whistleblowing and harassment issues. Clients include several retail and leisure companies. James Symons, who joined from Freeths LLP, was recently promoted to director. Symons is experienced in tribunal matters.

Practice head(s):Nic Elliott

Other key lawyers:James Symons;


'Very personalised in their advice, with sound understanding of the client's business environment'.

'Excellent in their response times'.


Key Clients

Lookers Plc

Gullivers Theme Parks

Leicester College

J Tomlinson Limited

Chinook Sciences

The Rug Company

Iceland Foods Ltd

Nottingham City Transport

Checkpoint Systems

Work highlights

  • Acting for Reflex Vehicle Hire Ltd on an unfair dismissal claim.
  • Advised a leading listed UK automotive retailer on large scale changes to its staff terms and conditions and gender pay gap reporting.
  • Advising a company on the potential breach of a settlement agreement entered into by the company with its former Managing Director upon his departure.
  • Represented a retailer in a constructive dismissal claim and successfully resolved the case ahead of a hearing.

Flint Bishop LLP's practice head Rob Tice possesses notable expertise in acting for colleges, multi-academy trusts and other education sector clients. His team is particularly strong on employment tribunal matters, routinely handling discrimination and unfair dismissal cases, among others. It also advises on a range of non-contentious matters, including those involving TUPE and collective redundancies.

Practice head(s):Rob Tice

Key Clients

Ingram Micro (UK) Limited

Graphic Packaging Limited

Loomis UK Limited

Panasonic Europe Limited

Generation UK Limited (part of the Altrad Group)

Micronclean (Skegness) Limited

Weleda (UK) Limited


Central  Co-operative Learning Trust

The de Ferrers Trust

Bowmer & Kirkland Limited

Geldards LLP’s practice ‘combines the highest level of professional knowledge with friendly client communication’. Its team has vast experience of the employment tribunal and, on the non-contentious side, handles a wide range of non-contentious matters, such as exit packages, redundancy processes and TUPE. The education, transport, motoring, manufacturing, construction, technology and life sciences industries are all areas of expertise for the team. It also represents various religious organisations and public sector clients. Rhys Wyborn, who is ‘very knowledgeable and highly skilled’, jointly leads the group with Stephen Jenkins.

Practice head(s):Rhys Wyborn and Stephen Jenkins

Other key lawyers:Rachel Mills


'Rhys Wyborn is very strong in providing advice and assistance in this way and in providing solutions for the long term benefit of the client's business'.

'The level of his professional knowledge in all areas of employment law and litigation is absolutely outstanding'.

'They effortlessly ensure that you receive a very high level of care, service and professionalism from all levels'.

'The attention to the needs of the client and the effort put into the delivering the service is absolutely outstanding'.

'Rhys Wyborn is very professional and skilled at what he does. He also has a caring, considerate, supportive and conscientious approach and handles sensitive situations and issues very well'.

Key Clients

M J Birtwistle Ltd

Healthwatch Derby Ltd

Brinsley Parish Council

Van Oord Offshore Wind UK Ltd

Nottingham Trent University

University of Leicester

Kiwa Limited

Derby County Football Club

HAE Group Limited

Picsolve International Limited

V F Services UK Limited

Red Box Recorders Limited

ISS Labour Limited

Fathomtree Limited

League Against Cruel Sports

Camfaud Concrete Pumps Limited

Fermac Traffic Solutions Limited

Motion Picture Solutions Limited

Natilik Limited

BPR Medical Ltd

North Midland Construction Plc (nmcn)

Work highlights

  • Advised Van Oord Offshore Wind UK Ltd on asset acquisition and TUPE transfer of numerous staff.
  • Assisted Derby County Football Club with the renewal of Gary Rowett’s employment terms in January 2018, and then the subsequent departure of Gary Rowett and his back room team to Stoke City Football Club.
  • Acted for Derby County Football Club on the recruitment of Frank Lampard as its new First Team Manager, and related terms and conditions.
  • Acted for League Against Cruel Sports in Employment Tribunal case, which dealt with “ethical veganism” as an alleged philosophical belief.

Michael Cummins, Kimbra Welch  and Andrew James Rowell are new arrivals to Knights PLC, following its acquisition of legacy firms Cummins Solicitors and Spearing Waite LLP. Welch advises on discrimination issues, grievances, disciplinary issues, severance packages and litigation. Like Welch, Cummins is also experienced in employment tribunals, and he also provides advice on TUPE, restrictive covenants and injunctions to prevent competitive activities. Policy advice is a focus for Rowell, namely the avoiding of potential claims and disputes. Clients include several education institutions as well as companies active in the financial and professional services, retail and manufacturing industries, among others.

Other key lawyers:Michael Cummins; Kimbra Welch; Andrew James Rowell

Laura Kearsley, noted as 'extremely competent and professional', leads the practice at Nelsons Solicitors Limited. Acclaimed for her ‘thorough knowledge’, she is an experienced Employment Tribunal advocate who specialises in industrial relations and whistleblowing. Unfair dismissals and TUPE matters also form the recent caseload as do a number of sex, race and age discrimination claims. Laura Evans and Peter Nicholson recently joined the team, arriving from Your HR Lawyer and Spearing Waite respectively. Andy Jamieson retired.

Practice head(s):Laura Kearsley

Other key lawyers:Lindsey Harrison-Grimes


'Nelsons has always been quick to understand our needs and provide clear guidance on the most practical approach to some of the employment related matters we face'

'Laura Evans is always very efficient, approachable and able to guide us with clear instruction'

'The employment department is very responsive, offering pragmatic legal solutions to some very complex issues'

'Amazing communication, very clear, concise and in terms that I understood. No jargon, or technical terms, just simple advice on the facts'

'Peter Nicholson has been a rock throughout the whole process. He provides clear advice and outlines strategies with all available options, and he also supplies back up information on his advice and why he has suggested what he did'

'Laura Kearsley is thorough and always on top of the case. She really goes the extra mile for the client'



Work highlights

  • Represented a client in an unfair dismissal and sex discrimination claim against a national transport company.
  • Represented a client in employment tribunal proceedings brought by two family members in which they claimed unfair dismissal and race discrimination.
  • Advised a client on serious whistleblowing concerns raised against a senior and long serving member of staff.
  • Advised a client on a large scale restructure of production and engineering staff.

Chattertons is home to a ‘knowledgeable team’ of ‘involved lawyers’ who provide ‘prompt responses’. The education sector is a key specialism, with the group undertaking a broad range of mandates, including business reorganisations, disciplinary and grievance matters, employment contracts and dismissals. Practice head Danielle Lister is recommended for discrimination and unfair dismissal claims, as well as collective redundancies and day-to-day HR support.

Practice head(s):Danielle Lister

Other key lawyers:Grant Shackleston


'Grant Shackleston is always on hand with impartial advice on the best route forward both legally and from a business perspective'.

'Extremely upfront about work and cost involved, delivers prompt responses and has a very friendly and knowledgeable team'


Work highlights

  • Advised an employer client on options to avoid a redundancy situation amid challenging trading conditions.
  • Advised an employer client on issues surrounding a senior employee on maternity leave and her return to work, where the employee wished to change terms and conditions but the business could not accommodate the employee’s request for business reasons.
  • Defending an employer client in an unfair dismissal claim against former Financial Controller.
  • Advised employer client on the employment aspects of the sale of the business (assets) including the transfer of all employees in the business.

Langleys Solicitors LLP advises employers and employees alike on the full spectrum of employment-related matters. Core strengths include tribunal claims, executive terminations and employment issues on business transfers and strategic projects. Kate Hindmarch heads up the team, which is particularly noted for representing a number of clients in the education sector; it has a notably strong track record of acting for local academies.

Practice head(s):Kate Hindmarch

Key Clients

Priory Federation of Academies Trust

Lincoln College

R.H.Smith & Sons Ltd

AAR International

Lincolnshire Action Trust

Damons Restaurant (UK) Ltd

Saria Plc

Long Clawson Dairy Ltd

Finlay Beverages

Thames Ambulance Service Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended McConnells Electrical against a claim of constructive dismissal by a former director.
  • Assisted a property management group with a grievance appeal by a company director.
  • Advised a Multi-Academy Trust on a restructure and changes to terms and conditions of employment.
  • Successfully defended AAR International against a breach of contract claim made in the Employment Tribunal.

Lawyers at employment boutique Premier Legal LLP are ‘responsive, efficient and extremely knowledgeable’. The 'professional and intelligentSarah Robinson provides 'decisive advice' and specialist knowledge of industries, including insurance and financial services, corporate finance, technology, legal services, automotive, media and the public sector. Employment Tribunal matters are a particular strength, as are TUPE, restructures and insolvency, restrictive covenants and HR policies.

Practice head(s):Sarah Robinson

Other key lawyers:Adrian Barnes


'Always helpful and prompt replies to all queries'.

'Adrian Barnes is highly knowledgeable and always on hand to provide consistent, reassuring advice in a patient yet direct tone'.

'Adrian Barnes is extremely professional and easy to work with'.

Key Clients

Milltek Sport Ltd

Salop Sand and Gravel Group x 5

World service

The Mortar & Screed Co Ltd.

The Place

Compass Plus

Elite MI Ltd

Francis Wilks & Jones

Kings Carpets & Interiors

HD Ricketts

Premier Electrical Services Ltd

Diurnal PLC

Daten Capital LLP

Hello Telecom UK Ltd.

Pretty Windows  Ltd

Temprell Jewellers

Nicholls Brimble Bhol Solicitors

Tarry Boutique Hotels

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on a restructure, which involved redundancies. The scope of the work included advice on consultation and selection process, redundancy payments and appeals.
  • The firm is assisting Daten Capital with the provision of contracts handbook, and also advice on employing in UK and Spain and employment of foreign nationals
  • The firm provides ongoing support to Milltek Sport Ltd on the reorganisation of the team, specifically in the manufacturing departments, as well as advising on issues around restrictive covenants concerning a new staff member.
  • Provision of staff contracts and handbook and advice on TUPE during acquisition of franchises.
  • The firm is advising a jewellery business on the implications of GDPR, drafting its contractual documentation, employment policies and procedures and updating terms and conditions, in addition to general HR support and advice.

Reyhana Koser is a new name at Smith Partnership, having recently joined the firm from Alsters Kelley LLP. She brings expertise in Employment Tribunal matters, with experience of representing employers and employees alike. The practice is headed by James Johnson, who advises a number of educational establishments, sports clubs and healthcare clients. In addition to contentious matters, the team handles senior executive exits, TUPE and settlement agreements.

Practice head(s):James Johnson


'James Johnson always provides professional guidance and support. His sound legal knowledge provides the level of confidence we require when making critical business decisions'

Key Clients

Office Depot

Burton Albion Football Club

Toyota Tsusho Group

Office Care

IVC Brunel Healthcare Manufacturing Limited

ATL Transport & Logistics

Derbyshire Mind

Abbots Bromley School

Derby Manufacturing University Technical College

Comex 2000 (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advice to a client on changing the terms and conditions of over 200 employees.

Health and safety

Index of tables

  1. Health and safety
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Browne Jacobson LLP is active in handling fatal and non-fatal health and safety accidents alike. On the regulatory front, it advises on policies and protocols and the management of bespoke risks such as chemicals, asbestos and legionella. Work from public sector clients is a pillar of the practice, with the firm acting for education establishments, fire services and local authorities, among others. Andrew Hopkin heads up the practice, which also acts for several high-profile commercial organisations, both directly and through their insurers. Stephanie McGarry is a specialist regulatory advocate, who has experience of corporate manslaughter investigations and proceedings before the Magistrates' Court and Coroner's Court.

Practice head(s):Andrew Hopkin

Other key lawyers:Stephanie McGarry


'No other firm offers the same blend of support, industry insight and teamwork. This is a firm which knows how to form the right team for the job and get the very best possible out of it'

'Andrew Hopkin and his team bring a huge range of skills and experience to the table, which makes the Browne Jacobson machine formidable'

'Stephanie McGarry is fantastic. She is very knowledgeable about the subject matter and provides a great deal of support'


Key Clients

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue

Work highlights

  • The firm represented a structural engineering company and its director in a matter where an extension to a domestic property saw a retaining wall collapse, causing the death of one of the builders. The work included advising and representing both the company and the director in a joint police and HSE interview under caution on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter and health and safety offences. This included liaising with both regulators to ascertain the reasonable grounds upon which both the company and the director were suspected of having committed offences and the exact nature of those offences.  
  • The firm is representing a property investment company and its director in Crown Court proceedings, which follows an incident where a branch that was being cut rebounded, causing a man to fatally fall from the tree.
  • The firm advised and represented a transport company company throughout a HSE investigation, interview under caution and prosecution at the Magistrates’ Court  
  • The firm acted for Nottinghamshire & City of Nottingham Fire Authority in the successful prosecution of Mahmood Hussain (proprietor of the A1 Hotel) for a number of fire safety offences, which resulted in a custodial sentence and full prosecution costs recovery.
  • The firm acted for Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority in the successful prosecution against VPS (UK) Ltd for fire safety offences at the former Chesterfield Hotel, Chesterfield.

Howes Percival LLP's ‘dedicated team of clever lawyers’ handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious work for clients from industries such as construction, manufacturing, healthcare and education. It is also particularly well-regarded in the minerals and extractives sector. Led by the ‘vastly experiencedAlan Millband, the practice also generates work from several health and safety service organisations, consultancies and consultants. Nick Benton, who is an expert on employment-related health and safety issues, recently joined from Freeths LLP,

Practice head(s):Alan Millband

Other key lawyers:Geraint Davies; Andrew Swarbrick


'Associate solicitor Andrew Swarbrick is a rising star. He is a shrewd and clever young lawyer, who has a knack for spotting the way through difficult cases'.

Key Clients

Poundstretcher Limited

Citation Professional Solutions

Hamilton Deed (Health and Safety Services)

Welcome Break Group

Work highlights

  • Advised a tyre recycling company and its director on breaches of health and safety law surrounding the guarding of dangerous parts of machinery.
  • Represented a specialist piling company in a health and safety prosecution arising from a serious accident on a construction project.
  • Represented a renowned national UK retailer in a health and safety prosecution arising from health and safety offences committed at several stores and also advised it on an appeal against sentence
  • Represented a residential care home business in a case involving serious fire safety offences.
  • Advised and represented a company in a health and safety investigation following a serious injury to an employee who fell from height at the company’s premises.


Index of tables

  1. Immigration
  2. Rising stars

Rising stars

  1. 1

At Chattertons, solicitor advocate Louis Harman (who leads the department) is particularly well-regarded for his representation of families at the Immigration Tribunal. He also excels in visa and residence card applications, and has a growing reputation for assisting individuals and companies alike with Brexit-related concerns. Sponsorship compliance, EU law residency rights, nationality law and human rights-related immigration are also key strengths.

Practice head(s):Louis Harman

Work highlights

  • Assisted a small business client with obtaining a sponsor licence to enable it to grow its IT department.
  • Assisted a mother, who was liable for deportation, with successfully obtaining human rights-based visas (and subsequently British citizenship) for her two children. This allowed the family to stay in the UK together.
  • Assisted an Egyptian national with obtaining a Zambrano residence card under EU law. He had previously been rejected twice.
  • Obtained settlement visas for a family who had previously been ill-advised to enter the UK and apply for visas as visitors.

Niche immigration firm Paragon Law is strong in corporate immigration compliance and the immigration-related aspects of establishing a new business in the UK. Equally adept in advising individuals and businesses, the team also handles outward immigration work, human rights and asylum matters. Managing director and founder Thalej Vasishta is the key name.

Other key lawyers:Deirdre Sheahan; Thalej Vasishta

Browne Jacobson LLP has a proven track record of handling Licence to Sponsor and Tier Two visa applications, and also has expertise in advising high-net-worth individuals on obtaining indefinite leave to remain (ILR) settlement under the EU Settlement Scheme and family visas. The firm is also home to a strong employment practice and assists clients with employment-related immigration matters, including right to work checks and the termination of employment for illegal workers. Industry expertise includes the private healthcare and education sectors, among others. Associate Helen Taylor leads the practice.

Practice head(s):Helen Taylor

Key Clients

Watches of Switzerland Limited

Rodericks Dental Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising a number of schools on the employment implications of converting to academy status, including many related immigration matters.
  • Advising a multi-brand luxury retailer on the retention of migrant staff to assist in the development of business with China.
  • A national corporate instructed the team to act as its representative and Level 1 User to enable it to continue to sponsor staff nationwide.

Rachel Harvey is a new name at Shoosmiths LLP following her arrival from Shakespeare Martineau LLP. She bring with her expertise of the retail, manufacturing, sports, educational and hospitality industries as well as a high-net-worth client base whom she assist in respect of entrepreneur visas, applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain and EEA regulation applications. The team is also home to established prowess on corporate immigration and Brexit planning matters.

Practice head(s):Paul Stokey

Other key lawyers:Helen Burgess; Rachel Harvey

Key Clients

The Open University



Champions Plc




Jonny Barker

Wing Lam Lee

Andrew Woods

Work highlights

  • Assisting the HR team with transfer of highly skilled nationals into the UK under the Tier 2 ICT and Tier 2 general route.

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