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  1. Employment
  2. Leading individuals

Eversheds LLP provides employment advice to a national client base of corporates such as Yum! Restaurants, NRS Healthcare and Capital One. Key figures include education specialist Nicola Bennison and Mark Fletcher, who is particularly experienced in TUPE and outsourcing issues concerning the retail, financial services and manufacturing industries.

Freeths acts for a mix of public and private sector clients including Aldi Stores, Center Parcs, Jones Bootmaker and the British Psychological Society, and is noted for its strength in the education sector. The ‘very efficient, supportive and thorough’ team includes David Potter, Julian Middleton and Rena Magdani.

Gateley Plc’s employment practice acts for a range of local and national employers including Aurum Group, Safran UK, the Football League, West Ham United, and DB Schenker Rail UK. Practice head Andrew Macmillan acted for a senior executive in the banking industry in negotiating an exit under a settlement agreement which entitled the client to cash and shares worth over £2m. Chris Finlay joined food manufacturer Samworth Brothers, which remains a client of the firm.

Howes Percival LLP remains a strong presence in employment tribunal matters. A key highlight of 2015 saw the team represent Chamberlain Plastics in a tribunal claim regarding unfair dismissal. Paula Bailey and Graham Irons are the names to note.

At Shoosmiths LLP, practice head Helen Burgess advised Thomas Cook on the departures of several senior executives, which involved negotiating and drafting various share schemes, bonuses and commercial settlements. Peter Duff is also recommended.

Browne Jacobson LLP handles a wide range of employment and HR-related mandates for public and private sector clients. The team, which is headed by Peter Jones, is especially noted for its healthcare and insurance-industry expertise.

At boutique employment practice Cummins Solicitors, Michael Cummins attracts praise for his expertise in the education sector, where he regularly acts for schools and colleges. Kimbra Welch is also recommended.

Geldards LLP’s team acted in several employment mandates in the education sector for clients including Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education. Other key clients of the team include Pendragon PLC, Rockingham Forest Housing Association, and Russell Building Products. Rachel Hatton, Rhys Wyborn and Jameel Mann are recommended.

Hewitsons’ ‘very approachable and very responsive’ employment unit advised on the legality of a threatened strike against the firm’s client by two joint unions, which involved reviewing all documentation and procedures followed by the unions relating to the threatened industrial action. Nick Hall heads the team.

At Spearing Waite LLP, practice head Andrew Rowell is praised for his ‘in-depth knowledge of employment issues’. The practice continues to advise on a broad range of employment issues arising from corporate restructurings, TUPE, disciplinary procedures and grievance processes.

Recent highlights saw Actons act on a health and safety whistleblowing employment tribunal case and on a disability discrimination matter. Practice head Claire Bell and Nic Elliott are the key figures.

Langleys Solicitors LLP has an ‘excellent’ employment team with particular strength in academy conversions. Kate Hindmarch heads the practice.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited is noted for its ability to handle contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including contractual employment documentation, non-contractual workplace policies and TUPE issues. Andy Jamieson, Keeley Baigent, Laura Kearsley and Jenny Kinman are all ‘highly experienced employment law practitioners’.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a ‘pragmatic and down-to-earth’ employment team. Key figures include litigation specialist Chris Kisby and Philip Pepper.

Smith Partnership recently advised a football club in connection with a series of managerial and coaching staff changes. James Johnson heads the practice, which includes Louise Haward and assistant solicitor Rebecca Reid.

Highlights for Wilkin Chapman LLP included advising on the restructuring of an oil refinery site and the conversion of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust to academy status, which involved internal HR and disciplinary issues, TUPE transfers, and negotiating suggested changes to the terms and conditions. Teresa Thomas heads the ‘very responsive’ department, which includes public sector expert Jane Eatock.

John Buchanan heads Fraser Brown’s ‘pragmatic’ employment and HR department, which is especially strong in the care, leisure and engineering industries.

Nottingham-based employment boutique Halborns Limited stands out for its ‘very commercial’ expertise, which covers the motor retail and social care sectors. Ginny Hallam is the key contact.

Clients of boutique employment firm Premier Legal LLP single out the ‘personal service’ provided by Sarah Robinson and her team, which is ‘always prepared to go the extra mile in applying its legal expertise to ensure the best outcome for clients’. In an illustration of its complex, high-value workload, the ‘technically and tactically sound’ Robinson and Aarti Bedi assisted global pharmaceutical company Diurnal plc with strategic employment law advice concerning its £30m fundraising and subsequent AIM listing. ‘professional and helpful’ consultant Adrian Barnes is also recommended.

Health and safety

Index of tables

  1. Health and safety
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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    • Andrew Brammer - Cartwright King

Crime specialist Andrew Hopkin heads Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘absolutely first-class’ practice. Hopkin recently acted for the Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire Authority on a fire safety dispute. Other key individuals include Stephanie McGarry and Carl May-Smith.

Cartwright King’s ‘highly responsive and extremely professional’ team routinely acts for clients from the social housing, care home, construction, gambling, and hotel and leisure sectors. Highlights included assisting clients on accident investigations, corporate manslaughter, breaches of health and safety regulations, and gross negligence manslaughter. Andrew Brammer, Sarbjit Bisla and Sundeep Soor are the names to note.

Howes Percival LLP continues to act for clients in contentious and non-contentious health and safety matters and is particularly noted for its strength in the healthcare and domiciliary care sector. The team is headed by Alan Millband.

Weightmans LLP’s ‘strong, reliable and capable’ team has established a clear specialisation in representing clients in health and safety trials and investigations brought by public authorities such as the police and the Health and Safety Executive. Key clients include the Staffordshire County Council and the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service. Chris Green is the key contact.


Cartwright King’s ‘top-notch and very knowledgeable’ team has extensive experiences handling both personal and commercial immigration matters, including citizenship applications, student visas, sponsorship licences, civil penalties, illegal working, and establishment of foreign businesses in the UK. Anna Thurston, Rachel Harvey, and Rita Kotecha are recommended.

Chattertons covers the entire spectrum of business, human rights and EU immigration law. Edward Conway heads the team, which has experienced a growth in complex immigration applications and appeals for clients in the engineering, further education, food, construction, restaurant and care sectors.

Nottingham-based Paragon Law enjoys an outstanding reputation in the immigration sector and has particular strength in the areas of international and corporate HR immigration. Thalej Vasishta and Kirin Abbas are the key contacts.

Helen Taylor and Hayley Gilbert are the key figures of Browne Jacobson LLP’s immigration practice. The former acts for businesses and high-net-worth individuals in connection with the points-based system and UKVI compliance, and the latter is renowned for her education sector expertise.

At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Kaajal Chandrasingh and Sangita Shah regularly advise on immigration and asylum matters, and are commended for their ‘passion for their work’.

Shoosmiths LLP provides a comprehensive immigration service to clients including Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Kuehne + Nagel and Baillie Gifford. The practice’s expertise covers sponsorship licences, visas, and complying with Home Office requirements in relation to the right to work in the UK. Helen Burgess is the name to note.

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