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

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Following a number of new hires and successful tender bids, Carey Olsen’s employment practice has seen a significant expansion of its client base of local and international businesses, financial services institutions and trust companies. A particularly strong contentious offering receives regular instructions for constructive and unfair dismissal claims, breach of trust claims, executive exits and contractual disputes. Non-contentious work include advising on employee and director agreements, contract reviews, as well as assisting the corporate team on the employment aspects of corporate transactions. Employment litigators Elaine Gray and Mark Dunster head the team, while highly-praised counsel Carly Parrott ('formidable negotiator') has a strong reputation for her work with financial services, professional services, commercial and retail clients.

Practice head(s):Elaine Gray

Other key lawyers:Carly Parrot; Mark Dunster; John Greenfield


Carey Olsen has a wealth of local knowledge and experience and expertise in employment related matters

Very approachable and very knowledgeable

A formidable negotiating team

Carly Parrott combines a superb knowledge of the law with a very pragmatic approach, which can be robust where necessary, but also recognises what is important to those involved

Carly Parrott provides careful and realistic advice

Carly Parrott is particularly approachable, helpful and thorough

Elaine Gray stands out for her expansive knowledge, friendliness and good advice

Elaine Gray is an excellent employment specialist

John Greenfield and Mark Dunster are very effective litigators for heavyweight commercial employment cases

Mourant regularly handles the employment aspects of significant corporate transactions for global banks, funds administrators and other financial services institutions. Specific mandates involve redundancy programmes, pension issues, data protection and executive exits. The team is led by Jessica Roland, who also acts on contentious issues such as unfair dismissal and allegations of criminal activity and harassment, as well as strategic-level non-contentious work. Roland will take the role of Deputy Bailiff effective May 2020.

Practice head(s):Jessica Roland


'The team always ensure that they have a comprehensive understanding of our organisation so they can advise appropriately.'

'Senior associate Rachel Guthrie always has a calm approach, no matter what the situation.'

Appleby’s employment practice has enjoyed a strong expansion to its client base, with a suite of banks, financial institutions and local and international businesses being added to the roster. Practice head and recently promoted partner Richard Sheldon often acts on high-profile contentious matters including executive departures, breach of covenant issues, unfair dismissal claims and trade union disputes. Non-contentious mandates include policy and contract reviews, employee share scheme advice and employment-related M&A work.

Practice head(s):Richard Sheldon


'An approachable, good quality team of good communicators'

'Always pragmatic and solutions focused'

'Richard Sheldon is outstanding. He is always very professional in his approach and is always on hand to assist'

'Richard Sheldon is efficient and helpful. He is incredibly knowledgeable in his field and gives practical, honest advice'

Key Clients

Bank Julius Baer

Barclays Group

Canaccord Genuity Wealth

Clifford Chance

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang



Eversheds Sutherland

Grant Thornton

Guernsey Electricity

HSBC Group

International Energy Group

Office of Guernsey Data Protection Commissioner


Richmond Fiduciary Group

Safehaven International

Sanne Group


Work highlights

  • Advised on the employment issues of PraxisIFM's £23.6m share acquisition of Nerine International Holdings.

Under the leadership of highly-praised practice head Rachel Richardson, Ogier acts for a host of financial services institutions, well-known banks and leading Guernsey-based employers. Significant mandates come from assisting the pan-Channel Island team on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, as well as relocation and immigration issues. Regular contentious instructions include unfair dismissal and discrimination cases, redundancies and restrictive covenant disputes.

Practice head(s):Rachel Richardson


'Efficient service with sound technical knowledge'

'Rachel Richardson is an experienced employment lawyer of a responsive and interested nature'

'Rachel Richardson has an excellent working knowledge and understanding of all the relevant areas of employment law and offers well thought out advice in this area'

'Rachel Richardson is friendly, efficient, extremely knowledgeable and explains things in an easily understandable manner'

'Rachel Richardson comes up with working solutions to any problems that arise'

WALKERS’ employer-oriented practice now counts three dedicated employment law professionals owing to the addition of equality and discrimination law counsel Sarah Ash. The team's client base comprises a mix of local employers and international institutions including banks, multinationals and trust companies, with common mandates including unfair dismissal disputes, bonus scheme and contract reviews, senior-level departures, discrimination and misconduct claims and compromise agreements. Practice head Louise Hall often works with the corporate department to provide employment advice on M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):Louise Hall

Other key lawyers:Sarah Ash


'Louise Hall is always very calm and clear in her advice'

'Louise Hall is very responsive and proactive'

Key Clients

Consolidated Minerals

Apex Group

Work highlights

  • Advised on the employment aspects of Apex Group's £150m acquisition of Ipes, a leading Guernsey-based funds administration business.
  • Working with the firm's Jersey office in a high-value unfair dismissal claim for Consolidated Minerals.

AFR Advocates has an established client base of some of the largest Guernsey-based employers, offering particular expertise in contentious matters including senior executive exits, directors’ disqualification actions,  unfair dismissal claims, enforcement of restrictive covenants and workplace personal injury claims. Paul Richardson is a noted litigator in the employment sector while also assisting with employee contract drafting, restructuring exercises, employee benefit schemes and redundancies.

Practice head(s):Paul Richardson

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