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Allen & Overy LLP’s highly rated practice handles the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, with particular strength in representing financial services sector clients in high-value tribunal litigation. Practice head Karen Seward has been acting for Nomura on high-value litigation brought by a former senior employee before the High Court alleging wrongful dismissal. Sarah Henchoz advised Asahi Breweries on the employment aspects concerning the company’s €2.6bn acquisition of the Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime brands from AB InBev. The well-regarded Mark Mansell has been acting for Pure Storage in a restrictive covenant matter brought by a former senior executive before the High Court and subsequently the Court of Appeal. Senior associate David Cummings is also recommended. Other clients include Google, Morgan Stanley and Barclays. Louise Skinner joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP.

Baker McKenzie’s ‘excellent’ department advises on the full gamut of employment work for domestic and international clients, including global compliance, cross-border transactional support and union issues. Department head John Evason and of counsel Paul Harrison successfully represented Boots before the Court of Appeal in a claim concerning union recognition of the Pharmacists’ Defense Association. Daniel Ellis acted for Emerson on the employment aspects of the sale of its network power business across a number of jurisdictions, including providing immigration and pensions advice. Monica Kurnatowska, Christine O’Brien and Stephen Ratcliffe are also recommended. The team was considerably strengthened by the arrival of Carl Richards and his team from King & Wood Mallesons. Daniel Ellis is now an occupational psychologist.

In addition to transactional support, Clifford Chance LLP’s practice often advises on high-risk litigation. Practice head Chris Goodwill successfully defended Barclays in a number of unfair dismissal claims brought by former FX traders. Goodwill also advised on the employment aspects regarding the sale of ICAP’s £1.1bn voice-broking and information business to Tullett Prebon. Mike Crossan advised Permira on compliance issues regarding the extension of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime. Crossan also assisted EQT with multi-jurisdictional employment matters concerning the client’s acquisition of GB Railfreight, including TUPE transfers, union recognition arrangements and redundancy terms. The team’s other key figures include Alistair Woodland and senior associate Chinwe Odimba-Chapman. Imogen Clark has retired.

The ‘first-class’ group at Herbert Smith Freehills LLPprovides invaluable support on employment disputes and investigations’ and has ‘enormous strength’ across all other aspects of employment law. Group head Andrew Taggart has been defending Watchstone in High Court proceedings brought by its founder and former chairman regarding payment under a settlement agreement arising from the claimant’s departure from the company. Peter Frost assisted Marathon Asset Management as the claimant with High Court proceedings brought against one of its founders alleging mass data theft following the defendant’s departure. Other recent highlights include acting for a number of banks on the employment aspects arising from the implementation of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime across various jurisdictions. The team includes the ‘technically brilliantTim Leaver, who is ‘very robust in dealing with tough disputes’, and Christine Young, who provides ‘sound advice’. Clients also recommend senior associate Jennifer Andrews, who is ‘a real rising star’.

Lewis Silkin LLP fields an ‘absolutely first-rate’ and ‘market-leading’ team that excels in high-value High Court litigation and other contentious matters, including boardroom, data protection, gender pay gap reporting and immigration issues; clients consider it ‘one of the few firms that really understands European labour law’. James Davies and Michael Burd jointly head the team; Davies acted alongside partner Colin Leckey, senior associate Rhian Hall and associate Carla Feakins for Deliveroo on various employment matters, including worker status issues. Leckey also acted alongside managing associate Rebecca Rule and associate Laurence Mills for Avery Healthcare in an equal pay class action brought by 73 care home workers before the High Court (notably, the first private sector High Court equal value claim). Other key figures include Toni Lorenzo, who is ‘a real player in the market’; the ‘very proactiveSean Dempsey, who ‘offers balanced equitable advice presented with a commercial view’; and Nicholas Hadaway, who is ‘a standout solicitor for senior executives’ and ‘achieves fantastic outcomes’. Ellen Temperton and Richard Miskella are also names to note.Shalina Crossley was promoted to partner.

The ‘highly recommended’ group at Simmons & Simmons provides ‘pragmatic, commercial and common-sense advice’ and has ‘great experience’ handling high-value litigation for both domestic and foreign clients. Julian Taylor, who now heads the international group following Simon Watson’s move to an of counsel position, advised Visa Europe on complex employment issues arising from the client’s reintegration with Visa in addition to day-to-day issues. ‘Trusted adviserMark Hewland, whose ‘relationship skills are second to none’, defended Balyasny Asset Management in an unfair dismissal and discrimination claim brought by a former employee before the Employment Tribunal. The group’s client base includes BlueCrest, Societe Generale and Deutsche Bank.

Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘great’ employment and incentives department specialises in Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation and regulatory investigations, as well as the employment aspects of high-value corporate transactions. ‘Bright, responsive and attentive’ department head Michael Leftley advised FTSE 250 airline Flybe on the appointment of an interim CEO following the departure of chief executive Saad Hammad in October 2016 and the subsequent appointment of new CEO Christine Ourmieres-Widener in December 2016. Richard Yeomans has been leading advice to GVC Holdings on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including TUPE transfers, restructurings and board-level matters across various jurisdictions. Also recommended are Alasdair Simpson and associate Annabel Mackay, who is ‘knowledgeable, commercial and a pleasure to work with’. Other clients include Morgan Stanley, William Hill and Serco Group.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s practice handles a broad range of employment matters for clients in the financial services sector, including high-profile matters with significant reputational risk. Key figures include the ‘excellentRebecca Harding-Hill, who ‘excels in complex cases’, including discrimination and whistleblowing claims, and joint practice heads Lisa Mayhew, who handles regulatory matters, and Rob Eldridge, whose experience covers the enforcement of restrictive covenants in the High Court. Senior associate Bradley Houlston is also recommended. Clients include Tesco, Deutsche Bank and Thames Water.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s ‘highly recommended’ practice regularly handles the employment aspects of M&A transactions, as well as Employment Tribunal litigation. Practice head Caroline Stroud and Nicholas Squire represented Air Products and Chemicals in Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeals Tribunal and subsequently the Court of Appeal regarding claims of age discrimination arising from share plan rules. Squire also led advice to AB InBev on the employment aspects following the client’s £78.4bn acquisition of SABMiller. Kathleen Healy assisted Deloitte with the cross-border employment aspects of the client’s merger of nine European member firms. The practice also acts for Blackstone on a broad range of employment and partnership issues, including redundancies, employment handbook and tax-related matters.

The ‘very proactive’ and ‘approachable’ department at Hogan Lovells International LLPcommunicates well with clients’ and ‘gets to grips quickly and easily with commercial objectives’. Department head Stefan Martin has been advising Dell on the employment aspects of the $3.1bn sale of the company’s information services division (Dell Services) to NTT Data. On the contentious side, Martin acted for Goodwin on claims brought by King & Wood Mallesons alleging that Goodwin unlawfully poached lawyers and clients from the firm. Ed Bowyer has been advising SABMiller on the employment aspects of the client’s $104bn acquisition by AB InBev across a number of jurisdictions. The ‘very friendlyElizabeth Slattery assisted Ball Packaging Europe (BPE) with employment issues arising from the company’s acquisition of Rexam, including TUPE transfers across European operations and negotiations with European Works Councils. Clients single out ‘very responsive’ senior associate Matthew Towers, who ‘identifies key issues and solutions quickly’. Other clients include 3i Group, Northern Trust and BNP Paribas.

Linklaters LLP’s team is rated by clients as an ‘excellent firm for corporate clients, particularly in financial services’ and has a strong focus on regulatory investigations, compliance and tribunals. Practice head Nicola Rabson, who is ‘one of the real heavyweights in the London market’, successfully represented Glencore in a bonus claim brought by a former executive before the Court of Appeal regarding the company’s merger with Xstrata. Other key figures include Jean Lovett, whose experience includes handling individual and collective severance arrangements and discrimination matters; Jillian Naylor, who represents clients before the High Court and Employment Tribunal, with particular expertise in high-value remuneration, whistleblowing and discrimination claims; and of counsels David Speakman and Simon Kerr-Davis.

Mayer Brown International LLP’s ‘very responsive and client-focused’ group handles a wide range of matters, including the employment aspects of M&A transactions and tribunal claims brought by senior executives. Well-regarded group head Nicholas Robertson advised Wells Fargo on the employment aspects of the company’s acquisition of GE’s global vendor finance business, including TUPE transfers and new incentive arrangements across multiple jurisdictions. Robertson is ably assisted byChristopher Fisher, who has experience defending against discrimination and unfair dismissal claims in Employment Tribunals, as well as breach of contract claims before the High Court and Court of Appeal, and senior associate Miriam Bruce. Other clients include Marsh, Kleeneze and HSBC.

Mishcon de Reya LLPhas an undoubtedly stellar employment practice’ with strong ‘industry experts’ across a broad range of sectors. Practice head Daniel Naftalin has been representing Pimlico Plumbers in high-profile litigation regarding worker status; the claim was recently brought before the Court of Appeal. Naftalin was also instructed by King & Wood Mallesons on litigation arising from the resignation of a number of former partners from the Paris office in order to open Goodwin’s office in Paris. Other names to note are Mark Levine, who is ‘very accessible and pragmatic’; Jennifer Millins, who ‘manages clients extremely well’ and ‘works very strategically’; Greg Campbell, who is noted for his ‘fine intellect, with a very down to earth style that makes clients feel comfortable’; and Sharon Tan, who has ‘exceptional response times’. Joanna Blackburn is also recommended. Sir Elton John and Rocket Music, Expedia and Warner Music Group are also recommended.

Considered ‘a genuine business partner’ among clients, Bird & Bird LLP’s employment group ‘provides a very high level of service’ for both domestic and foreign clients across the full range of employment work. Group head Ian Hunter has been assisting Truphone with various cross-border issues, including immigration and contract reviews, while the well-regarded James Froud has been advising Salesforce on a number of high-value Employment Tribunal claims, as well as an international compliance project across multiple jurisdictions. Froud also advised Ciber on proceedings regarding unlawful competition and theft of confidential information. Elizabeth Lang continues to act for Jet2.com on various disputes, as well as day-to-day, outsourcing and training matters. Legal director Penny Hunt is also recommended. Other clients include Deliveroo, Honeywell and Lenovo.

Following its merger with legacy firms Nabarro and Olswang, CMS’s ‘technically sound, responsive and timely’ practice has strengthened significantly across the full gamut of employment work, with a notable increase in regulatory matters for clients in the financial services sector. Sarah Ozanne led advice to King & Wood Mallesons on the employment aspects arising from the firm’s insolvency. Practice head Melanie Lane, who formerly led the olswang team, has been advising Ministry of Sound on the employment aspects of the sale of its Ministry of Sound Recordings business to Sony Music UK. On the contentious side, Graham Paul has been assisting BMC with an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) equal pay claim in the private sector. Richard Brown, who previously led the Nabarro team, successfully defended Laing O’Rourke against a claim brought by a former senior employee alleging an unlawful deduction from wages. Clients also recommend ex-Olswang partner Catherine Taylor, who often handles employee competition and contractual disputes brought before the High Court. Anthony Fincham is another name to note. Robert Davies is now at Walbrook Law LLP.

The ‘excellent’ group at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is ‘smart, up to date, pragmatic and supportive’, with expertise in a wide range of employment matters that include TUPE transfers, senior executive exits and severance negotiations. Group head Nick Hurley has been advising Sony on all employment matters, with recent highlights including grievances, TUPE issues arising from transactions and compliance with Gender Pay Gap Reporting regulations. Trevor Bettany defended Drake International and various subsidiaries against a claim alleging breach of duty under TUPE of transfer. Clients single out the ‘astute’ and ‘commercially mindedMichael Powner; ‘statemanDavid Green; legal director Susan Thomas, who is an ‘experienced pair of hands’ that provides ‘hands-on practical advice that works’; and ‘upcoming talent’ associate Rachel Walsh, who ‘is great at building strong relationships with clients’. Emma Bartlett, William Granger and consultant Alan Julyan are also recommended.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s department often handles litigation for clients ranging from the financial services, commercial to health and public sectors. Georgina Rowley represented Dell in litigation brought by a former employee regarding the employee’s rights under a stock plan. Rowley also led advice to CORETX on the employment aspects regarding its acquisition of Selection Services, including due diligence and arrangements for exiting employees. The department includes Nicholas Chronias, who specialises in trade union relations and multi-party employment matters, and Udara Ranasinghe, who has experience acting for clients in both the public and private sectors. The group is headed by Khurram Shamsee, who assisted the Government Equalities Office with Gender Pay Gap Reporting regulations. Other clients include Deutsche Bank, Royal Mail Group and Freightliner Group.

Farrer & Co’s ‘excellent’ team has ‘a great depth of experience’ across a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, with particular strength acting for high net-worth individuals. David Smellie, who leads the team, successfully acted for the British Airline Pilots Association in a Court of Appeal case concerning collective bargaining and holiday pay. David Hunt and the ‘superbEleanor Rowswell, who was promoted to partner in 2016, have been advising Ahlibank on day-to-day employment matters, as well as regulatory issues arising from the Senior Managers and Certification Regime. Katie Lancaster assisted Ian Mikardo High School with employment issues arising from a high-profile local community campaign regarding the employment of a member of staff with a serious criminal record. Kathleen Heycock, who was also promoted to partner in 2016, acts for Imperial College London on all employment matters, with recent highlights including a new pay structure and collective bargaining, as well as disciplinary and grievance issues. Clients also single out William Dawson, who is ‘very experienced in senior executive matters’ and is ‘commercial with a focus on getting a good deal for his clients’. Rachel Lewis, Jonathan Eley and senior associate Serena Nicholls are also recommended. Other clients include Ernst & Young, ANZ Bank and Cognita.

The ‘excellent’ team at Squire Patton Boggs has a ‘strong and deep bench’ that provides ‘quality advice’ to domestic and international clients. Global practice co-head Caroline Noblet has been advising Low & Bonar on the union, TUPE and collective bargaining issues arising from the sale of its artificial grass yarns production business to Mattex. Janette Lucas and Natalie Bellwood acted for US-based manufacturing and chemicals distributor Ashlands on the employment aspects regarding the separation of the client’s Valvoline business stream from the company across 33 jurisdictions. Also recommended are Miriam Lampert, who has particular expertise assisting clients in the technology sector, litigation expert David Whincup, and consultant Fraser Younson. Other clients include Coats, Marriott Hotels and Tesco.

Taylor Wessing LLP’s department often handles high-value claims and the employment aspects of major corporate transactions for domestic and foreign clients, with a strong focus on the technology sector. Department head Paul Callaghan led advice to News Corporation on the employment aspects of is acquisition of Wireless Group, including negotiating packages for senior management of the target company and potential liability under a historic TUPE transfer. Andrew Granger acted for EasyJet on a class action brought against the company by the cabin crew regarding holiday pay. Sean Nesbitt has been assisting Afren with claims brought by a number of former senior managers arising from the company’s collapse, as well as continuing to advise the client on whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claims brought by other former employees. Clients also single out senior associate Anna McCaffrey, who has experience handling employee privacy and ‘gig economy’ issues. Other clients include Fabrinet, Macmillan Publishers and LeanWorks.

Travers Smith LLP’s ‘extremely professional and practical’ practice covers a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment work, including transactional support, Employment Tribunal claims and trade union matters. ‘Extremely approachable and responsive’ practice head Tim Gilbert led employment advice to Micro Focus on its $8.8bn merger with HP, including both UK and overseas aspects. Ed Mills successfully defended Lenovo against claims alleging breach of contract, unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing brought by a former senior employee before the Employment Tribunal; an appeal has been lodged by the claimant at the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Mills also advised Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on various employment matters arising from the client’s $33bn USD acquisition of Actavis Generics, including TUPE and redundancy issues. Siân Keall advised Innovation Group on a major outsourcing project. Senior associate Adam Wyman is also recommended.

Dechert LLP’s ‘excellent’ team excels in advising senior executives on high-profile exits, as well as assisting employers with litigation and the employment aspects of corporate transactions. Recent highlights include acting for Wyndeham Group on employment issues arising from its acquisition of assets of Polestar’s Bicester operation to be rebranded as Wyndeham Bicester, which involved the transfer of more than 300 employees. The team is led by Charles Wynn-Evans, and includes Jason Butwick, who ‘manages risk efficiently’, and senior associates Jennifer McGrandle and Emma Byford, both of whom have extensive experience in High Court litigation. AspenTech, Barbican Insurance Group and Cambridge Assessment are also recommended.

The group at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP often handles regulatory and compliance matters for employers, as well as trade union and contractual reviews. Practice co-head Paul Fontes represented two senior executives on behalf of JLT in a claim brought by the individuals’ former employer Willis following their resignation from Willis and subsequent arrival at JLT. Industrial relations head Marc Meryon has been acting for Govia Thameslink Railway on various matters arising from an increase in ‘driver only operation’ trains, including industrial action across the UK and High Court litigation. Meryon also defended Thomas Cook against trade union-backed holiday pay claims brought by 653 claimants. Clients also single out Fiona Bolton, who has particular expertise advising clients in the financial services sector on multi-jurisdictional matters, as well as high-profile High Court proceedings. Martin Warren jointly heads the group with Fontes and is also recommended.

The ‘fantastic’ department at Fox Williams LLP is ‘extremely experienced’ and ‘efficient’ in handling contentious matters for both employers and senior executives. Department head Jane Mann, who is rated as ‘one of the leading employment lawyers in London’, has been acting for a senior banker in an Employment Tribunal claim brought against her former employer alleging sex discrimination. Aron Pope defended Jose Mourinho and Chelsea FC against high-profile tribunal claims alleging constructive unfair dismissal and discrimination. Clients single out ‘exceptional’ legal director David Murphy, who, along with dispute resolution partner Tom Custance, acted in High Court injunction proceedings brought by the client’s former employer Foxtons arising from the client’s move to Knight Frank. Also recommended are Helen Farr and ‘strong advocateJoanna Chatterton, who is ‘never fails to offer measured advice’. Joanne Owers is now at DAC Beachcroft LLP and Audrey Williams joined Simmons & Simmons.

The ‘established’ practice at Macfarlanes LLP provides ‘very good and proactive’ advice, with particular expertise in reputational risk matters for employers and exit negotiations for senior executives. Practice co-head Hayley Robinson has extensive experience advising corporates on the employment aspects of restructurings, redundancies and TUPE transfers, as well as contentious mandates ranging from discrimination to restrictive covenant litigation. Robinson jointly leads the practice with Seán Lavin, who often handles the employment aspects of M&A, as well as boardroom-level disputes and Employment Tribunal claims. Litigation partner Dan Lavender is also recommended. The practice’s client base includes Visa, Omnicom Group and ICAP.

Osborne Clarke LLP’s group often handles high-profile mandates from clients in the financial services sector. Group head Victoria Parry has been advising Silicon Valley Bank on compliance issues arising from the Senior Managers and Certification Regime. Parry also acted for Standard Chartered Bank in a constructive unfair dismissal claim arising from a restructuring. David Cubitt, who heads the national employment practice, acted for Excel Group Services with an employment status claim brought by one of the client’s bike couriers as one of four consecutive claims brought by bike couriers against courier companies that include CitySprint, Addison Lee and eCourier. Cubitt has also been assisting Yahoo! with cross-border employment issues arising from the acquisition of the company by Verizon. Other recent highlights include advising on senior executive terminations, trade union and TUPE matters for Radwell and Unipart Manufacturing.

RPC’s employment, pensions and incentives team has extensive experience handling high-profile contentious mandates for a wide range of clients. Patrick Brodie, who heads the team, led the team representing the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in a dispute brought before the Supreme Court regarding whether an employment claim can be brought against a diplomat. Brodie also has extensive experience handling TUPE and Gender Pay Gap Reporting matters. The team includes legal director Kelly Thomson, who has particular expertise advising on outsourcing, large-scale redundancies and other employment matters with cross-border elements. Investec, Coca-Cola and Chubb Insurance are also clients.

Reed Smith LLP’s practice often handles employment matters with cross-border elements, including TUPE and redundancy issues arising from corporate transactions, as well as disputes. On the transactional front, practice head Thomas Ince advised BT on the employment aspects of an outsourcing deal with Royal Mail Group, while Graham Green has been leading advice to Nokia on employment issues arising from the company’s acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. Green also acted for Heidrick & Struggles on the drafting and implementation of new employment contracts, as well as litigation across 28 jurisdictions. Robin Jeffcott continues to represent a number of clients in high-value disputes, including harassment, discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Other clients include Alibaba, Channel 4 and RBS.

Stephenson Harwood fields a ‘very strong’ and ‘very approachable’ group that is ‘highly experienced’ in employment mandates. Its expertise ranges from disciplinary investigations and employment issues arising from corporate transactions, including TUPE transfers. Purvis Ghani, who has ‘excellent technical skills’, assists Thomson Reuters with UK and international employment issues arising from employee exits, as well as tax and other compliance matters. Anne Pritam acted for Arriva on TUPE and industrial relations issues arising from the company’s successful bid to take over the London Overground concession. Kiersten Lucas is representing 23 claimants in proceedings brought against their former employer before the Commercial Court regarding contractual obligations in accordance with employee compensation schemes. The ‘very experienced, diligent and reliableKate Brearley is leading employment advice to an AIM-listed company on negotiations concerning the exit of the company’s founder and CEO. Clients also single out Paul Reeves, who is ‘brilliantly engaging with clients and shrewd with opponents’. Other clients include HSB Engineering Insurance (HSB EIL), Mercer and CF Partners.

The ‘excellent’ team at Ashurst has significant experience handling matters with cross-border elements and has seen an increase in investigations and whistleblowing claims. The ‘highly experienced’ Crowley Woodford, who now leads the team following Caroline Carter’s retirement, advised Siccar Point Energy on the employment aspects of the company’s $1bn acquisition of North Sea assets from OMV. Woodford also acted for China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) on secondment arrangements arising from its joint venture with EDF Energy in Hinkley Point C. Other recent highlights include acting for Gala Coral on the employment issues arising from its £2.3bn merger with Ladbrokes, including negotiations of terms with senior management. Mitsui & Co, Nomura and Macquarie are also clients.

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s ‘strong’ team is rated for its ‘clear advice, tailored to business demands’ and ‘fantastic awareness of the demands facing public institutions’. It is headed by William Garnett, who acted for former principal of North East Surrey College of Technology (Nescot), Sunaina Mann, in a dispute regarding aggregate remuneration; following Mann’s transfer to the subsidiary Women’s College in Jeddah as principal and CEO, Garnett has been representing Mann in constructive dismissal claims before the Employment Tribunal. Paul Jennings (‘responsive, commercial and scintillatingly bright’) successfully represented Margaret Dewhurst in a test case regarding the employment rights of couriers brought against CitySprint before the Employment Tribunal. Clients akso single out the ‘truly exceptionalLucy McLynn, who assisted City and Islington College and Westminster Kingsway College with TUPE issues arising from their high-profile merger; Paul Seath, who has ‘strong industry knowledge, is able to identify key issues and provides sound advice’; and Martin Bunch, who has ‘top-rate knowledge’.

CM Murray LLP’s ‘first-rate’ practice provides ‘prompt, to-the-point and professional’ advice for senior executives, often handling mandates with cross-border elements. The ‘warm and approachable’ Anna Birtwistle and ‘consistently strong’ David Fisher led advice to whistleblowing charity Public Concern at Work on its intervention in high-profile litigation before the Court of Appeal concerning whistleblowing legislation. Fisher also acted for a former employee of a Russian investment bank in an Employment Tribunal claim alleging sex discrimination and victimisation. Other key names include the ‘client-friendly’ Clare Murray, who is ‘a brilliant innovator’; the ‘technically excellent’ Bettina Bender; and the ‘responsive’ Esther Martin. The group was strengthened by the addition of Sarah Chilton from Fox & Partners. Other clients include XR Trading, Adam Hall Group and Phillip Jeffries.

Clyde & Co LLP’s group is highly rated for its ‘highly knowledgeable, commercially driven and client-focused advice’ in tribunal claims and the employment aspects of corporate transactions. James Major acted for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co in injunction proceedings brought against the former CEO of Oval, which the client acquired in 2014, regarding allegations of unlawful competition and poaching. Nick Elwell-Sutton acted for JAS Worldwide in a High Court case brought against the client by Kintetsu World Express alleging unlawful diversion of business, breach of contract and misuse of confidential information. Heidi Watson advised Chubb on various employment matters arising from the merger of ACE and Chubb, including TUPE and redundancy issues. Robert Hill leads the group, which includes Charles Urquhart and the ‘hardworking, accessible and highly responsive’ Chris Holme, who ‘is able to adapt his style and approach to suit the circumstances of the situation’.

DLA Piper’s department handles the full gamut of employment work, with particular expertise in corporate transactions and regulatory matters. The department is headed by Adam Hartley, who represented Uber in high-profile litigation brought before the Employment Appeal Tribunal regarding the rights and employment status of the client’s drivers. Hartley also led advice to CooperVision on a pan-European contract review and implementation process following the company’s merger with Sauflon. Other highlights for the team included advising a global banking group on the Senior Managers and Certification Regime. Jonathan Exten-Wright is also recommended. The department’s client base includes HSBC, ITV and the London Stock Exchange.

The team at Dentons regularly acts for financial institutions across a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Group head Michael Bronstein advised Sanofi on claims brought against the company regarding the recruitment of a senior individual from a competitor. Ryan Carthew led advice to Dutch insurer Aegon on the employment aspects of its acquisition of shares in Cofunds. Also recommended are Virginia Allen, who assists clients with day-to-day matters, grievances and exit negotiations with senior executives, and Gilla Harris. Other clients include John Lewis Partnership, Informa and Cathay Group.

Doyle Clayton is a strong boutique firm that excels in acting for employers in the financial services and insurance sectors. It also assists senior executives with high-profile litigation. Peter De Maria, who is noted for his ‘calm approach’, acted for Bluefin Group in a springboard injunction matter following the departure of the client’s former CEO to competitor Global Risk Partners. David Evans is acting for Starwood Capital on all internal employment matters, including senior management exits and policy reviews. The team includes Jennifer Nicol, who specialises in restructurings, executive terminations and discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Co-founders Peter Doyle and Darren Clayton are also recommended.

The team at Latham & Watkins regularly assists clients with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including cross-border M&A, documentation reviews and Employment Tribunal claims. Catherine Drinnan advised Sienna Biopharmaceuticals on employment issues arising from its acquisition of Creabilis, which involved negotiating share purchase agreements. Drinnan also acted Allergan on the employment aspects related to the sale of its genetics pharmaceutical business to Teva Pharmaceuticals. The team is led by Stephen Brown, who is co-head of the firm’s wider global benefits, compensation and employment department. Other clients include Addison Lee, Aon and Thomas Cook.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP’s team regularly handles claims brought before the Employment Tribunal and High Court, as well as the employment aspects of cross-border M&A. Recent highlights include defending Argo Group against claims brought by a former senior employee before the Employment Tribunal and High Court alleging breach of contract, disability discrimination and whistleblowing. The team also represented Guvera in an Employment Tribunal claim brought by more than 80 former employees of UK subsidiary Blinkbox Music concerning employment liabilities arising from Blinkbox Music going into administration. Matthew Howse heads the practice, which includes Pulina Whitaker, who has experience advising on corporate transactions, as well as unfair dismissal, discrimination and breach of contract claims.

The ‘excellent’ department at Norton Rose Fulbright provides ‘a very responsive service, pragmatic advice and a high level of technical expertise’. The ‘professional, personable and credibleCatrina Smith, who is singled out for her ‘client-focused and commercial approach’, advised Willis Lease on the employment aspects of its acquisition of the consulting and asset management business of TES Aviation Group. The department is headed by Paul Griffin, who often assists clients with cross-border employment issues and High Court claims. Clients single out senior associate Lauren Pullen-Stanley, who is ‘smart, robust and user-friendly’. Other clients include BMW, BP and Pfizer.

Pinsent Masons LLP’ ‘extremely strong team’ handles a range of big-ticket mandates, including compliance and high-profile restrictive covenant issues. ‘Brilliant’ and ‘practical’ group head Edward Goodwyn, who specialises in acting for clients in the infrastructure sector, successfully defended Bombardier against a compulsory trade union recognition application brought by Unite before the Central Arbitration Committee. Steven Cochrane advised Teva Pharmaceuticals on a number of employment matters arising from the sale of Actavis Generics to Accord Healthcare, including negotiating and preparing revised contracts for senior employees. Other clients include TClarke, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I) and Tata Communications.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP’s team excels in handling employment litigation matters in addition to its tax expertise. It is led by Ed Stacey, who has been leading advice to Phones4U (in administration) on Employment Tribunal claims brought by more than 1,000 employees alleging failure to carry out collective redundancy consultation. Nick Willis has been advising a number of NHS trusts on tax-related and risk management issues concerning a structure to engage locum doctors and personal service companies. Also recommended are Chris Perkins and Tom Kerr Williams, who has particular expertise in collective bargaining and trade union issues.

Slaughter and May’s pensions and employment practice is regularly called on to handle the employment aspects of corporate transactions, as well as board-level disputes and senior executive exits. Charles Cameron advised Tata Steel on all employment issues arising from the client’s reorganisation and subsequent disposal of its ‘longs’ steel business to Greybull Capital, including TUPE transfers of more than 5,000 employees. Cameron also advised Coca-Cola Enterprises on the employment aspects of its merger with Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke (CCEAG) to create Coca-Cola European Partners. Sandeep Maudgil acted for GSK on employment matters arising from a series of agreements with Aspen, including the divestment of GSK’s anaesthesia portfolio to Aspen. Other key figures include Jonathan Fenn, who heads the practice, and senior associate Lizzie Twigger. Uber, Shawbrook Bank and Westpac are also clients.

Very responsive and commercially minded’, White & Case LLP’s ‘excellent’ team primarily handles the employment aspects of private equity, M&A and real estate transactions for clients in the financial services and technology sectors. ‘Very knowledgeable’ and ‘extremely service-oriented’ team co-head Stephen Ravenscroft acted for Digital Realty on the UK aspects of the company’s acquisition of a number of data centres across the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, which involved the transfer of employees and compensation matters. Ravenscroft also assisted the joint administrators of CEONA with various employment issues arising from the company’s insolvency, including tax issues and seafarers’ employment agreements. Oliver Brettle, who jointly heads the practice alongside Ravenscroft, and compensation and benefits head Nicholas Greenacre are also recommended.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s practice handles a broad range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including corporate transactions, senior exits and litigation. It is headed by Henry Clinton-Davis, who has particular expertise acting for international and domestic clients in the life sciences and retail sectors. Clients include WorldStrides, Telus and Monsoon Accessorize.

Exceptional across all areas’, Bircham Dyson Bell’s group is highly rated for its ‘prompt responses’ and ‘clear understanding of client needs’. Group head Jesper Christensen represented Dr. Rosemary Gillespie in a tribunal claim brought against her former employer Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) alleging unfair dismissal and whistleblowing. Caroline Yarrow led advice to four asset managers on restrictive covenant issues arising from a team move to a new employer. On the employer side, Yarrow successfully defended Blue Cross against a constructive dismissal claim by a former employee. Nicholas Le Riche advised Famous Brands on the employment aspects of its £120m acquisition of Gourmet Burger Kitchen from Capricorn Venture Partners. Brian Gegg is also recommended. Other clients include Qatar Airways, Huawei and London General Transport Services.

Exceptional’ boutique firm Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP is highly rated by senior executives and employers for its ‘level of detail, empathy and superb professional clarity’. Gareth Brahams acted for an FX trader in a global investment bank in a suspension and disciplinary procedure arising from FX rigging investigations. Alistair French has been assisting a senior executive with a number of personal injury claims brought against the client’s employer, a construction company. French also advised a former CEO on a significant severance package. The team, which includes key partner Arpita Dutt, was strengthened by the arrival of Cerys Williams from King & Wood Mallesons. Polly Rodway was promoted to partner. Other clients include Blick Rothenberg, Brompton Bicycle and First Utility.

Covington & Burling LLP is also ranked.

DWF’s ‘excellent’ team provides ‘high engagement, prompt response times and strong leadership at partner level’. The team is led by the ‘very client-focusedHelga Breen, who has particular strength in regulatory matters, boardroom disputes, executive terminations and High Court litigation. Breen is ably assisted by Angela Simpson, who handles the employment aspects of M&A transactions, reorganisations and private equity investments. Clients include the British Medial Association, PepsiCo and ADG Market Making.

Fieldfisher has significant experience handling the employment aspects of major corporate transactions, as well as large cross-border projects and litigation. Practice head Richard Kenyon has been acting for the Architectural Association School of Architecture on various employment matters, including employment contracts and governance arrangements. Kenyon and director Neil Johnston also assisted the Nursing & Midwifery Council with a High Court claim brought by a former employee. Clients recommend Nicholas Thorpe, who has been advising Cushman & Wakefield on two offshore outsourcing projects, as well as various TUPE and collective redundancy issues. Margaret Davis, James Warren and David Carmichael are also recommended. Other clients include Air China, SAB Miller and the Cabinet Office.

Boutique firm GQ Employment Law LLP excels in representing clients in litigation before the Employment Tribunal and High Court. Co-founder Paul Quain has been acting for AirSys in High Court litigation regarding two senior executives who left the company. Darren Isaacs represented Fortress Investment Group in an Employment Tribunal disability discrimination claim brought by a former employee. Isaacs also advised Halyard Health on the employment aspects of its acquisition of CORPAK MedSystems. Jon Gilligan, Daniel Pollard and Richard Harvey are also recommended. Other clients include Mercer, ING and Commerzbank.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s ‘excellent’ team acts for a broad range of domestic and international clients, with an emphasis on the financial services, technology and media sectors. Group head Howard Hymanson, who specialises in high-value litigation, successfully defended a law firm in a disability discrimination claim brought by a former employer before the Employment Tribunal. Clients single out Yvonne Gallagher, who advised Town Legal LLP on the employment aspects of its establishment. Clients also single out Marian Derham, who has particular expertise representing clients in the theatre industry, including the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Starship Technologies, SpareRoom and ASL Aviation Group are also recommended.

Howard Kennedy LLP’s practice handles high-value disputes and advisory matters, often involving cross-border elements. Practice head Jane Amphlett successfully assisted long-term client Foxtons with an application brought before the High Court regarding the enforcement of the restrictive covenant of a former senior employee. Amphlett has also been advising US-based IT company ePlus on various compliance matters regarding the client’s UK employees, including assisting with training, contracts and employee handbooks. Sam Murray-Hinde joined from Hewitsons, while Carolyn Brown is now at RSM Legal LLP.

Irwin Mitchell’s ‘very good’ department is highly regarded for its ‘sound commercial advice’. It is headed by Sybille Steiner, who is German qualified and has experience representing both employers and senior executives in claims brought before the Employment Tribunal and the German courts. Melanie Stancliffe often acts for French clients, with strong expertise acting for clients in the financial services, technology and retail sectors. Associate Suzette Squires is also recommended.

Joelson’s practice handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including restrictive covenants and Employment Tribunal claims. Practice head David Greenhalgh led advice to Itsu on the drafting of new employment documentation, as well as subsequent negotiations with a number of new senior hires. Jennifer Maxwell-Harris handles employment issues arising from M&A transactions, including TUPE, and is also recommended.

Kemp Little LLP has particular expertise acting for clients in the financial services and fintech sectors. David Williams, who heads the team, has been advising Japan Airlines on various matters, including collective claims for outstanding holiday pay, changes to remuneration structures for UK operations, drafting a new staff handbook, and potential litigation concerning senior employees. Kathryn Dooks has been providing strategic advice to Accenture, including TUPE transfer and discrimination issues. Clients also recommend Marian Bloodworth.

The employment department at Kennedyspunches well above its weight’ in employment litigation. ‘Prompt and efficient’ department co-head Fiona Morgan, who provides ‘clear and concise advice’, has been leading advice to AIG on the implementation of a legal helpline for policyholders regarding employment matters. Morgan also defended Chubb against an unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claim brought by a former employee. The ‘truly exceptional’ Matthew Leake, who leads the practice with Morgan, has been advising Virgin Trains on various employment and industrial relations matters. Allan Finlay has retired.

The ‘knowledgeable’ group at Kingsley Napley LLP primarily represents senior executives in high-value litigation. Clients single out group head Richard Fox, who has significant experience representing senior individuals in the banking and financial services sectors, as well as media and sport. On the employer side, Fox acts for professional partnerships, as well as corporates and not-for-profit organisations. Also recommended are Adrian Crawford, who often handles claims brought before the Employment Tribunal, EAT and High Court; and Adam Lambert, who handles boardroom disputes, TUPE, large-scale redundancies and discrimination claims. The group was strengthened by the arrival of Juliet Carp from Dorsey & Whitney. Clients include iDirect, RSM UK and the Saica Group.

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP’s ‘knowledgeable and pragmatic’ practice has significant experience handling employment matters arising from restructurings and M&A transactions, as well as disputes. Practice head Katie Clark (who is praised for her ‘direct, business-focused, sensible and realistic’ advice) advised Evonik Industries on the employment aspects of the company’s acquisition of Air Products & Chemicals’ performance-materials division. Paul McGrath assisted Valtris Specialty Chemicals with the employment and data privacy issues concerning its acquisition of Akcros Holdings. Other clients include Formula One Group, WSP Environmental and Cygnet Health Care.

Memery Crystal LLP’s ‘excellent’ team handles all areas of employment law, with particular expertise in claims brought by senior executives. Group head Merrill April led advice to Gulfsands on breach of contract and statutory claims brought before both the High Court and Employment Tribunal by its former CEO. Other recent highlights include advising an international company on exit negotiations with senior management, as well as advising another client on employment issues arising from the sale of a number of businesses. Senior associate Sarah Martin is also recommended. Clients include Gottex Asset Management, Chariot Oil & Gas and NORD/LB.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP fields a ‘very experienced’ and ‘extremely knowledgeable’ group of ‘impressive tacticians’ with notable experience handling high-profile and cross-border matters, including litigation. Practice head Nicola Whiteley acts for global financial institutions, as well as clients in the technology and retail sectors. Of counsel Mandy Perry is also recommended. Other clients include Facebook, BNP Paribas and Ted Baker.

Penningtons Manches LLP’s practice handles high-profile disputes and restrictive covenant issues for both employers and senior executives. Recent highlights include advising the London branch of an international luxury goods and fashion company on an investigation arising from false VAT reclaims made by an employee; Tom Walker led on the investigations while Sarah Johnson assisted the client with the disciplinary process. Walker and Johnson also advised a foreign hedge fund on the employment aspects concerning the closure and reorganisation of two of the client’s London-based subsidiaries. The team is led by Paul Mander, who represents senior executives in disputes brought against major financial institutions. Andrew Haywood has significant experience handling discrimination claims. Jon Heuvel is now at Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

Proskauer Rose LLP’s group primarily acts for clients in the investment funds and private equity space, with particular expertise in high-value disputes, strategic board-level advice and regulatory matters with international elements. Group head Daniel Ornstein, who also jointly leads the firm’s international labour and employment practice with Erika Collins, advises on the full gamut of employment matters, including senior executive remuneration issues and contentious terminations.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s practice primarily acts for clients in the charity sector, with a strong focus on TUPE matters and tribunal claims. Practice head Emma Burrows led advice to the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) and a number of other charities on wage issues concerning staff ‘sleep-in’ services in the care sector. Tania Tandon leads on international employment matters and has substantial experience handling boardroom disputes, terminations and management incentive issues. Richie Alder and Nicola Ihnatowicz are also recommended. The practice’s client base includes Clarion Housing Group, Dimensions and Catalyst Housing.

The ‘superb’ team at Withers LLP regularly acts for FTSE 100 corporates and high net-worth individuals on high-profile disputes, including Employment Tribunal claims and litigation with a cross-border element. It is led by the ‘calm, effective and clearMeriel Schindler, who has been advising the Institute of Contemporary Arts on various employment matters, including negotiations arising from a potential discrimination claim. Elaine Aarons is assisting Informa with a number of multi-jurisdictional matters, including the enforcement of post-termination restrictions. Other recent highlights include advising J. Stern & Co on drafting contracts and staff handbooks. Of counsel Claire Christy, who has significant experience representing senior executives in shareholder disputes and exits, is also recommended. Daniel Isaac is now at Wallace LLP.

BLM’s practice acts for employers in high-profile discrimination and unfair dismissal claims. The team is headed by Andrew McDonald, whose experience includes handling TUPE and trade union issues, and includes Vanessa Latham, who acts for local authorities, educational institutions, SMEs and insurers. Clients include Westminster City Council, Aviva and CNA Hardy.

Bevan Brittan LLP’s team primarily represents clients in the healthcare sector, including a number of NHS Trusts and private healthcare providers. Group head Jodie Sinclair and Alastair Currie acted for the North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust on a number of high-profile trade union detriment and race discrimination claims. Sinclair has been assisting Symphony Healthcare Services with the employment aspects of its acquisition of a number of GP practices. Currie also successfully defended the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust against an unfair dismissal claim brought before the Employment Tribunal and EAT.

The ‘thorough, professional, measured and reliable’ group at Bristows LLP is regularly called on to handle the employment aspects of corporate transactions. Of counsel Justin Costley advised on the global employment aspects of WPP’s acquisition of Essence Digital. Costley and ‘well-informed’ of counsel Lidia Poczok have been assisting Capgemini with TUPE issues, as well as redundancy and restructuring matters. Costley and Poczok jointly head the team following Linda Farrell stepping down from partnership. The group’s client base includes Blue Diamond Group, Movember and Diageo.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘superb’ practice acts for a range of clients from the retail, financial services and education sectors. Practice head Raymond Silverstein has been advising a former managing director at JP Morgan on cross-border investigations regarding a multibillion-dollar trading loss for the bank. In another key matter, Silverstein is acting alongside associate Gemma Steele for an NHS Trust on issues concerning the potential redundancy of a senior executive arising from a high-profile restructure. Associate Heather Mitchell acts for a number of schools and educational institutions on TUPE and trade union disputes; her recent highlights include representing a federation of schools and its executive head in a discrimination claim brought by a former employee. Also recommended are Peter Jones, who heads the national practice from the Nottingham office, and associate Elish Kennedy.

Capsticks LLP’s team specialises in handling employment matters for public and private healthcare sector clients, as well as police organisations. Practice head Martin Hamilton successfully acted for the Croydon Health Services NHS trust on a high-profile unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim brought by a consultant cardiologist before the Employment Tribunal and subsequently the EAT; Hamilton also handled the internal disciplinary process on behalf of the client. He also acted for Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the employment aspects arising from the implementation of a new model of care, including drafting contracts and employment documentation. Victoria Watson’s recent highlights include defending a number of NHS Foundation Trusts against unfair dismissal and discrimination claims before the Employment Tribunal. Gary Hay has been advising the Met Police, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade on employment issues concerning collaboration efforts arising from the Policing and Crime Act 2017, including TUPE issues, contract drafting and training. Peter Edwards and Andrew Rowland are also recommended.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP’s group primarily acts for housing associations. Co-head Amanda Harvey advised London & Quadrant Housing Trust (L&Q) on the negotiation and drafting of all employment and pension plans related to its acquisition of shares in as joint venture from Bellway Homes. Harvey also assisted Sovereign Housing Association with the employment aspects of its merger with Spectrum Housing Association. Co-head Ronnie Tong represented Merlin Housing Society on proceedings brought by a former employee before the Employment Tribunal alleging unfair dismissal and race discrimination. Other clients include Look Ahead, Clarion and Viridian Housing.

Edwin Coe LLP’s practice handles a range of discrimination, equal pay and regulatory matters for employers and senior executives. The ‘particularly impressiveAlexandra Carn assisted Duet Asset Management with due diligence and TUPE matters arising from its acquisition of Leo Funds, including exit negotiations concerning key senior individuals and the preparation of new service agreements. Clients single out ‘very knowledgeable expertLinky Trott, who ‘cuts through complex issues’ and ‘produces fantastic results’. The practice is led by Rachel Harrap, who often represents directors and senior executives before the Employment Tribunal and High Court.

Excellent in terms of being able to understand the problems at hand and provide pragmatic advice’, Fladgate LLP’s ‘versatile’ department is regularly called on to handle the employment aspects of complex transactions with a multi-jurisdictional element. ‘Very knowledgeable’ department head Nick Tsatsas has been acting for the Go-Ahead Group on various contentious and non-contentious matters, including senior executive exits, remuneration issues and employment issues regarding corporate transactions. Michael McCartney led advice to Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals on the relocation of 60 employees from Slough to Oxford. Clients also recommend Taj Rehal and ‘extremely knowledgeable and commercial’ senior associate Mike Tremeer, who is ‘an absolute pleasure to work with’.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s ‘highly responsive, practical and knowledgeable’ group acts for clients on the employment aspects of cross-border transactions, as well as on claims brought by senior executives. Clients single out group head James Cox, who advised Terra Firma Capital Partners on all employment issues arising from the client’s sale of Odeon and UCI Cinemas to AMC Theatres. Cox also acted for Investcorp on employment issues arising from its acquisition of 3iDM from 3i Group. Other recent highlights include assisting AECOM and 20th Century Fox with the employment aspects of two separate international outsourcing transactions with Capgemini, including TUPE issues. Berkeley Group, StepStone and Walmart are also clients.

Goodman Derrick LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is highly regarded for its ‘carefully thought-out advice’ and ‘quick responses’. Practice co-head Alexandra Bonner, who joined from Blake Morgan LLP, assisted ComplianceOnline with a review of the client’s contracts, staff handbooks and consultancy agreements, as well as a claim brought by a former employee regarding dismissal and contractual notice during the probationary period. Alison Downie, who jointly leads the team with Bonner, successfully defended Ebonycare against long-running Employment Tribunal claims brought by a former employee alleging disability discrimination. Clients also single out ‘consistently excellent’ associate Katee Dias, who is a ‘pleasure to work with’. Associates Clare Gilroy-Scott and Rose Branson are also recommended.

Gordon Dadds LLP’s group strengthened its international offering following its merger with immigration firm Platt & Associates in 2016, with particular strength in litigation and tribunal claims. Group head Laura Livingstone primarily handles non-contentious matters, including small and large-scale redundancies, TUPE issues and the employment aspects of commercial transactions. Other key figures include Martin Pratt, who advises employers and high-net-worth individuals, Rebecca Lynch, who often handles contracts, tribunal litigation and terminations for corporate clients, and consultant Marie van der Zyl.

Gowling WLG’s ‘strong’ team assists employers with regulatory matters and in litigation brought by former employees. Mark Greenburgh has been advising the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchestser on severance agreements and pension rights issues before the Ombudsman and the High Court. The team is led by Jane Fielding, who is ‘pragmatic, clear, balanced and quick to respond’, and includes Jonathan Chamberlain and Martin Chitty.

The ‘exceptional’ practice at Greenberg Traurig, LLP is rated by clients as ‘highly knowledgeable, patient and responsive’. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Naomi Feinstein (who is considered ‘a safe pair of hands’) led advice to Smiths Group on employment issues arising from the divestment of its Wallace product line to CooperSurgical. Feinstein also acted for Maxxia on employment matters arising from various acquisitions by the client, including negotiations of employment contracts. Russell Lamb advised Nomad Foods on the implementation and enforcement of a global senior executive equity compensation plan across a number of European jurisdictions. Associate Rob Collier-Wright is also recommended.

The ‘absolutely excellent’ practice at Hill Dickinson LLP regularly acts for employers in tribunal claims and injunction proceedings. London practice head James Williams advised the College of North West London on a complex race discrimination and unfair dismissal claim. Williams also acted for a brokerage firm on negotiating an agreement regarding potential injunction proceedings brought against three senior executives who removed confidential information. Other recent highlights include assisting Azalea Maritime with the dismissal of a Croatian engineer on one of the client’s UK-flagged vessels. Clients also single out ‘excellent’ associate Will Steed, who ‘understands clients’ businesses’. Other clients include the City of Westminster College, Sabal Financial Group and Acer.

Jones Day’s ‘very responsive’ department is noted for its ‘strong business acumen and great ability to cut through to the important things’. ‘Pragmatic’ of counsel Mark Taylor heads the practice and recently acted for Perella Weinberg Partners on the employment aspects of the sale of Pinewood Group, which involved change of control bonuses, senior management departures and renegotiations of terms for non-executive directors. Other clients include the Royal Academy of Arts, GE and STERIS.

Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP’s employment team often acts for clients in the education and not-for-profit, financial services and hospitality sectors. Team head Christopher Hitchins, who joined from Lewis Silkin LLP in 2015, has been leading advice to ARK Schools on various contentious and non-contentious matters, including union issues and Employment Tribunal claims. Hitchins also assisted South Korean department store franchise Shinsegae with multi-jurisdictional contract issues concerning the client’s acquisition of French fashion brand Paul Poiret. Other clients include Yoh, K2M and Chopard.

Magrath Sheldrick LLP’s ‘very knowledgeable’ group is rated for its ‘very good response times, excellent acumen and knowledge, and realistic advice’. It is led by the ‘very commercial and straightforwardAdele Martins, who ‘focuses on what is important to her client and aims to achieve it without a drawn-out process’. ‘Friendly and supportive’ associate Nichola Gallen-Friend is also recommended. Clients include Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, General Healthcare Group and Mediaocean. Susan Thompson is now at Simkins LLP.

McGuireWoods London LLP’s team regularly handles high-profile contentious matters for clients in the financial services sector. Daniel Peyton represents employers and senior executives before the Employment Tribunal and High Court; he leads the team, which includes senior associates Andrea Ward, who primarily acts for multinational clients in the US and Europe, and Sarah Thompson, who often advises on transactional matters.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP’s team is regularly tasked with assisting clients with the employment aspects of cross-border transactions. Of counsel Helena Derbyshire, who leads the team, advised Nikkei on employment law issues arising from its $1.3bn acquisition of Financial Times from Pearson, which involved handling pension arrangements and industrial action liabilities. Derbyshire also acted for Avara Pharmaceutical Services on employee transfers and benefit issues arising from its acquisition of Astra Zeneca’s Avlon business. Other highlights included advising Intel on the UK and US aspects of its joint venture with TPG, including employee consultation requirements and benefits. Nokia, Ball Corporation and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance are also clients.

Steptoe and Johnson LLP’s practice handles a broad range of employment matters, including trade union matters, TUPE transfers and large-scale reorganisations. Practice head Nic Hart has notable experience representing clients before the Employment Tribunal and EAT. Jay Webster handles multi-jurisdictional redundancies and business protections issues, including post-termination restrictions and confidentiality obligations. Clients include Mott MacDonald, Servomex and Anadarko Algeria.

Praised for its ‘very sensible but firm’ approach, Teacher Stern LLP’s ‘very pleasant’ department defends domestic and international clients in high-profile litigation. ‘Very commercial and approachable’ department head James Baker defended Euronext in a high-profile Employment Tribunal claim brought by a former employee alleging unfair dismissal, discrimination and harassment. Sarah Glockler advised Ed’s Easy Diner on TUPE and redundancy matters following the administration of the company and sale of certain assets to Giraffe Restaurants. Senior consultant David von Hagen, who joined from Winckworth Sherwood LLP, has been assisting WK Business Solutions with various contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including dismissals, and TUPE and insolvency issues. Clients also single out senior associate Danielle Ramdel, who leads on immigration matters.

Vedder Price’s group provides ‘excellent service and advice’ across a broad range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, with particular expertise in cross-border issues. Thomas Wilde and Jonathan Maude lead the practice and regularly handle employment issues concerning brand protection, as well as cross-border investigations.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s ‘very thorough’ team handles the full gamut of employment law matters, with particular focus on TUPE issues. Clients single out the ‘exceptional, empathetic and commercially sound’ Asha Kumar, who acts for a wide range of clients in the maritime and energy sector. Angharad Harris leads the team.

Wedlake Bell LLP’s ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and ‘commercially savvy’ department excels in handling employment documentation, disciplinary matters and remuneration issues. Ravinder Mahal and Richard Isham led advice to CDK Global on a wage deduction issue regarding unauthorised expenses incurred by employees across a number of jurisdictions. Isham and David Israel advised Illumina on employment documentation for employees across various jurisdictions in the US and Europe. The department is led by Adam Grant, who advises on business reorganisations, outsourcing and transactional issues, as well as litigation before the Employment Tribunal and the High Court. Other clients include West Corporation, Brocade Communications Systems and the London School of Economics.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s practice provides a ‘very high level of service’ across all areas of employment law. Practice head Jo Keddie regularly acts for employers on senior management issues, including whistleblowing claims and grievances; and also has notable experience assisting individuals with departures. Andrew Yule’s recent highlights include advising on the employment aspects of a high-value cross-border merger. Susan Kelly and James Lynas are also recommended. David von Hagen is now a consultant at Teacher Stern LLP.

Slater and Gordon’s team ‘works like a well-oiled machine’. The practice handles a broad range of contentious matters for high-profile senior executives, including injunction proceedings, unfair dismissals and discrimination claims. The team is led by Julie Morris, who acts for high-net-worth senior executives on discrimination cases and whistleblowing claims, and includes Edward Cooper, who often handles internal disputes and collective bargaining issues; and associate Deborah Casale, who is representing a British individual employed in Saudi Arabia by a UK company in an unfair dismissal claim. Paul Daniels and Clive Howard are also recommended. Kiran Daurka is now at Leigh Day.

Stewarts Law LLP’s practice focuses on acting for high-value senior individuals in employment disputes. ‘Extremely responsive and commercial’ practice head Tim Spillane handles litigation and arbitration for senior executives, including high-value bonus and breach of contract claims, whistleblowing, discrimination and FCA regulatory issues. He is ably assisted by Richard Nicolle, who advises on remuneration issues, and Ian Gatt, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Russell-Cooke LLP’s department provides ‘prompt and carefully thought-through advice’ to senior executives across a wide range of sectors, including financial services. Department head Anthony Sakrouge is acting for an equity partner at a Magic Circle law firm on a potential sex and age discrimination claim arising from a reduction in her lockstep. The department includes the ‘extremely patient and thoroughAlex Bearman, who often advises senior executives on grievances, whistleblowing claims and bonus matters. Clients also recommend the ‘excellentEdward Wanambwa, and Jane Klauber.

Kervin & Barnes Solicitors primarily handles matters for high-level senior executives employed by employers in the financial services sector, as well as other high net-worth individuals. The ‘very savvyGareth Kervin is ‘a trusted adviser’; his recent mandates include representing a number of senior executives in complex discrimination claims before the Employment Tribunal, as well as redundancies and breach of contract claims. Clients also recommend associate and ‘very good technical lawyer’ Lucy Truscott, who ‘can be trusted to deliver keen advice’.

Payne Hicks Beach’s practice regularly handles dismissals, injunction proceedings and Employment Tribunal claims. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Kevin James from Royds Withy King; he represented a City trader in an unfair dismissal and whistleblower claim valued at £20m. Practice head Peter McRoberts primarily acts for senior executives in the financial services sector, with particular expertise in reputational and health-related issues. Associate Chris Weaver often assists senior executives with contract negotiations, disciplinary proceedings and grievances.

Royds Withy King’s department acts for senior executives in contentious matters ranging from disciplinary issues to discrimination claims. Department head Richard Woodman has significant experience handling unfair dismissal and bonus claims brought before the Employment Tribunal. Gemma Ospedale often assists clients with Employment Tribunal claims, as well as TUPE transfers and contracts. Also recommended are Caroline Doran and immigration specialist Helen Murphie.

Bindmans LLP’s practice is rated by clients for ‘combining innovation with pragmatism and strong client-care skills’. Practice head Shah Qureshi acted for a City broker in disciplinary and criminal proceedings brought against him regarding allegations of LIBOR manipulation. Qureshi also successfully acted for six High Court judges in age, race and gender discrimination claims brought against the government regarding changes to the judicial pensions scheme. Other recent highlights include acting for the acting head of a major Dutch investment bank in whistleblowing and age discrimination claims. Other key figures include Emilie Cole, who is ‘an excellent pair of hands on lengthy discrimination claims’ and ‘never loses focus’; and associate Peter Daly, who is ‘imaginative yet sensitive to the immediate needs of any client’ and has ‘strong attention to detail’.

The ‘extremely strong’ team at DWFM Beckman provides advice to senior executives across the full employment lifecycle, from recruitment to termination. ‘Charming and diplomatic’ practice head Elizabeth Johnson often handles discrimination claims, as well as bonus issues and civil court proceedings. Clients also recommend Sharokh Koussari and Naylah Hamour, who has ‘strong experience handling challenging situations’.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s team represents senior executives across a broad range of industries in high-value tribunal claims, including discrimination and equal pay. Practice head Rhian Radia has significant experience handling sexual and racial harassment cases, as well as unfair dismissal and maternity employment issues. Clients also single out senior associate Homa Wilson, who advises on high-value discrimination and whistleblowing claims.

Leigh Day’s ‘excellent, professional and knowledgeable’ group specialises in handling high-value disputes on behalf of senior executives. Practice head Chris Benson regularly represents clients before the High Court, with particular strength in disability discrimination, equal pay and pensions litigation. Kiran Daurka, Emma Satyamurti and the ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’ Michael Newmanare also recommended, as is associate Paula Lee, who is an ‘extremely capable and strong communicator’.

Russells Solicitors’s team continues to act for high-profile senior executives across the media, entertainment and sports sectors, with an emphasis on the music industry. Group head John Reid and Simon Esplen led advice to the former vice presidents of Live Nation on their appointment as joint CEOs of AEG Presents. Gavin Maude assisted Mike Smith, former president of music at Universal Music, with his high-profile move to Warner/Chappell Music as managing director. Chris Organ and Chris Gossage are key names.

Simkins LLP’s ‘excellent’ group is rated for its ‘timely and accurate advice’ and ‘solid understanding’ of employment law matters, with particular strength in handling exit negotiations and discrimination claims for senior executives. ‘Approachable, sensible, astute and knowledgeable’ group head Victoria Willson is noted for her ‘good eye for strategy’ and ‘ensures that clients’ expectations are properly managed’.

Praised by clients as being ‘excellent in all areas’, Weightmans LLP’s practice primarily acts for senior executives, specialising in boardroom disputes and TUPE issues, among other matters; it also has notable expertise acting for major police forces, including the Metropolitan Police. Practice head Michael Ryley assisted the managing director and a number of senior executives of SABMiller with departure arrangements regarding the £79bn takeover of the company by AB InBev. Clients also recommend the ‘excellentMark Landon.

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