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The ‘phenomenal’ employment team at Carey Olsen is ‘very personable, approachable and easy to deal with’ and ‘among the very best non-UK law outfits’. Recently bolstered by the arrival of ‘supportive and understanding’ counsel Carly Parrott from Mourant Ozannes, the group gained a major new client in the retail sector to whom it provides ongoing employment advice. Practice head Elaine Gray advised an insurance company on the exit of two senior executives in the context of allegations of sexual misconduct and breach of fiduciary duties, and associate Tim Molton was part of the team assisting a trust company with the employment aspects of its acquisition of another fiduciary entity. For pension-related queries, clients can turn to Konrad Friedlaender, while Mark Dunster has substantial litigious experience and specialises in corporate governance and regulatory issues.

Mourant Ozannes fields a 'responsive, knowledgeable and experienced team' which one client considers to be the 'the best employment law practice in Guernsey'. Managing partner Jessica Roland 'is concise, accurate and considered in her approach to all matters'; seen as a 'trusted adviser' by her clients, she recently advised a trust structure on the exit of several senior individuals in the context of potential injunctive proceedings pertaining to alleged breaches of restrictive covenants. The group also provides employment law advice with regard to corporate transactions. On the contentious side, senior associate Rachel Guthrie was part of the team which represented a utilities provider in the exit of a senior employee who has since been convicted of criminal fraud. In another highlight, Robert Shepherd and Roland created separate teams divided by an ethical wall to oversee and conduct an internal investigation on behalf of a major international bank following whistle-blowing allegations of misconduct raised by an employee against her line manager. In terms of immigration work, Guthrie and associate Michael Whitbread filed an application for a long-term employment licence under the island's new population management regime.

Paul Richardson heads AFR Advocates’ employment team, which was appointed to represent a major labour union in a dispute with a public sector entity over imposed changes to the pension schemes of several individuals the client supports. In other highlights, Simon Geall is currently advising a former employee on unfair dismissal claims in front of the Employment Tribunal, and is representing a director of a ‘big four’ accountancy firm as claimant in unfair dismissal, breach of contract, personal injury and protected health information claims. Associate Robert Breckon plays a key supportive role in the team and is also a name to note.

Ogier ‘has a strong and well-warranted reputation for employment work’. The dedicated pan-Channel Islands team advises on employment issues arising from corporate transactions, data protection, immigration, regulatory obligations and executive exits, among others. Mathew Newman continues to provide advice to start-ups with regard to documentation, and recently represented a number of high-ranking executives in the negotiation of severance agreements and restrictive covenant and obligation issues. On the contentious front, Simon Davies defended a retail chain in the Tribunal in an unfair dismissal claim, and acted for two senior employees and prospective shareholders in disciplinary proceedings filed against them. The Guernsey team is headed by the London-based Rachel Richardson, who recently joined the firm from Carey Olsen. Some notable clients include HSBC, Monsoon and G4S.

At Walkers (Guernsey) LLP, the team offers an ‘excellent service’, ‘technical expertise and negotiation skills’ and provides advice on the full spectrum of employment issues. In recent highlights, the group challenged an insurer’s decision to cease the payment of permanent health insurance benefits under an occupational scheme, and the sole shareholder of a shipping company appointed the team to advise on an unfair dismissal claim arising from the termination of the managing director’s employment. Practice head Louise Hall ‘is an extremely safe pair of hands’ and recently oversaw the review and amendment of contractual documents, terms and conditions, and employer handbooks for a number of clients with the support of associate Victoria Pratt.

Counsel Richard Sheldon ‘uses his experience and judgement well’ to lead Appleby’s employment offering across the Channel Islands. The Guernsey team advises many of the island’s financial institutions on the employment issues arising out of restructurings, regulatory changes and senior executive moves. Dispute resolution head Anthony Williams is currently leading the advice to a client with regard to the review and reform of its collective bargaining structures, which could include de-recognising one of its trade unions. In other highlights, Sheldon teamed up with the corporate department to handle the employment issues relating to Estera’s acquisition of Heritage. On the contentious side, the group was instructed to oversee an independent investigation into the chief compliance officer of a fiduciary company in light of allegations that he had sought to suppress information from the board and the regulator. Other notable clients include Sanne, HSBC and Barclays.

Ashton Barnes Tee predominantly represents employees in the full gamut of claims, including sexual harassment, unfair dismissal and contractual breaches. The main name to note is Thomas Crawfourd, who handles both contentious and non-contentious employment law mandates.

Babbé LLP’s ‘incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and experienced’ pension scheme expert Nicholas Donnithorne is currently acting for an employer in the restructuring of its occupational pension scheme, and is assisting a leading international bank as trustee of a pension scheme in the winding up of the scheme. Andrew Laws and senior associate Keith Bell also contribute to the firm’s ‘thoroughly personal, excellent all-round service’; they recently assisted a former managing director with the drafting, review and negotiation of a compromise agreement with his former employer. The team also advised on the employment aspects of corporate transactions such as restructurings, M&A disposals and acquisitions, and the amendment of disciplinary procedures.

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