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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.

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  • Companies should plan now to minimise their pension protection levy

    The amount that pension schemes have to pay to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for the year 2006/07 may have increased by as much as five times the previous year's levy. Employers who ultimately bear the cost of many pension schemes will need to make plans now to ensure the levy payable for the year 2008/09 is kept to a minimum.
    - Stephenson Harwood

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