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Carey Olsen (Guernsey) provides ‘advice that is straight to the point and appropriate; response times are very quick and industry knowledge is excellent’. The firm handles a range of both contentious and non-contentious employment work, including transfers of business, tribunal litigation, population control and sensitive executive departures. Mark Dunster heads the practice, while Elaine Gray is ‘timely and attentive – clients find her assessments and advice commercial, legally incisive, and contextual to sensitive business relations’. Senior associate Rachel Richardson is ‘a go-to for employment law – she is intelligent, experienced and knowledgeable’. Konrad Friedlaender contributes pensions expertise to the practice, advising on matters including trust deeds and scheme terminations. Clients include leading businesses in the fiduciary, fund management and banking sectors, and on the employee side senior public servants and claimants, which the firm assists with agenda-setting disputes.

Mourant Ozannes is ‘always approachable, explains its advice clearly and concisely, and is open to discussion to help clients to improve their understanding of the issues at hand’. The firm covers the gamut of employment law, ranging from sensitive executive exits to pensions advice. Practice head Jessica Roland has ‘excellent knowledge and is always available to provide assistance in an honest manner’, while ‘decisive’ senior associate Carly Parrott ‘isn’t afraid to convey what the client needs to know’. Highlights include Roland advising Intertrust on the employment aspects of its purchase of Elian Group.

AFR Advocates acts for employees, unions, executives and businesses in matters including high-stakes dismissals, politically-charged redundancies, employment tribunal cases, pensions litigation and executive exits. Managing partner Paul Richardson is a key lawyer in the practice, and Simon Geall also leads significant work. Below partner level, the practice also includes advocate Mark Priaulx and senior associate Robert Breckton.

Ashton Barnes Teepunches above its weight’, providing ‘prompt and detailed responses throughout’. The firm has a particular focus on acting for employees from the boardroom to the factory floor, but also does a limited amount of work for employers. Senior associate Thomas Crawfourd ‘demonstrates good technical knowledge, and intelligence in how to use it in litigation’. His work in 2016 included two agenda-setting sex discrimination cases – one successfully representing a primary school teacher, and the other involved acting for Immuno Biotech in an appeal case concerning alleged sexual harassment. He also represented a former senior employee of TISE in a Royal Court trial concerning an alleged breach of a settlement agreement, following a failure to pay an agreed compensation payment after allegations of misconduct.

Walkers (Guernsey) LLP’s Louise Hall represents the States of Guernsey as defendant in legal proceedings brought by Unite the Union concerning the changes to the pension benefits of public-sector workers, which will affect around a sixth of employees in Guernsey. Other work includes sensitive high-level dismissals, cross-border employment litigation and unfair dismissal cases. Senior associate Victoria Pratt is also a key contact.

Applebyresponds extremely quickly to queries, with excellent knowledge of employment law’. Counsel Richard Sheldon is the key employment law contact in the practice and ‘explains complex issues in a way that makes them easy to understand’. He often works with Anthony Williams from the firm’s contentious team. Clients include Barclays Bank, HSBC and leading trust companies.

Babbé LLP’s Andrew Laws handles a range of non-contentious matters, often for financial services businesses, ranging from disciplinary matters, housing licenses and restrictive covenants to employment and director service contract drafting. Clients include a number of trade unions, executives and referring onshore law firms. Nicholas Donnithorne handles cross-border pensions matters.

Ogier is ‘responsive, with excellent knowledge of the local employment law requirements’. The ‘calm and pragmatic’ Michael Little, whose practice straddles Jersey and Guernsey, handles a range of contentious and non-contentious work. Highlights include advising The Liberation Group on the employment aspects of its sale to Caledonia Investments. Mathew Newman handles sensitive employment litigation.

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