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Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s β€˜exceptional team’ regularly acts for FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 businesses together with key regional employers including BA, Primark, Wolseley and Moneysupermarket.com. Malcolm Pike is β€˜very able, competent and extremely supportive’. Managing associate Tessa Harland is praised for her β€˜attention to detail’ and Jamie Hamnett is β€˜very pragmatic and experienced’.

Brabners LLP’s nine-partner practice is headed in Liverpool by Nick Campbell and the β€˜clever’ Paul Chamberlain in Manchester. Lydia Edgar has niche expertise in the sports industry. Clients include Axa, JD Wetherspoon, Nando’s, England Golf and the British Canoe Union.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s β€˜professional, commercially aware and friendly’ team is adept at handling complex multi-jurisdictional work for clients including Akzo Nobel, The Co-Operative Bank and the Intercontinental Hotel Group. Alan Chalmers is recommended alongside Mary Clarke and legal Directors Emma Mills and Helen Hall.

The β€˜commercial and extremely professional team’ at DWF has considerable expertise in a number of sectors such as retail, leisure, education and outsourcing, where it acts for major clients such as Securitas, Yodel and Adidas. Andrew Chamberlain leads the team, which includes the β€˜experienced’ Philip Harman, who β€˜knows employment law inside out’. Kerren Daly is now at Browne Jacobson LLP.

The three-partner practice at boutique firm e3 employment law LLP is noted for its β€˜impressive partner-led advice’. The β€˜commercially astute and perceptive’ Nick Jones is a β€˜very able negotiator’, Simon Ost is β€˜immensely experienced’ and the β€˜outstanding’ Daniel Bickerstaffe is rated as being β€˜very strong on the contentious side’. Clients include Thomas Cook, BASF and Leonard Curtis Recovery.

The β€˜sensible’ Michael Thompson leads the five-partner practice at Eversheds LLP. Naeema Choudry has vast experience of discrimination and boardroom issues and the β€˜responsive’ Michael Burns is noted for his β€˜robust advice’. Diane Gilhooley leads on education-sector mandates. Clients include Warburtons and Tyco.

Gateley Plc’s β€˜very reliable’ team is led by the β€˜very experienced, commercial and personable’ Michael Ball, who has particular expertise in the retail and leisure sectors. The team is also noted for its expertise in the healthcare, insurance, energy, sport and travel sectors. Clients include Halfords Autocentres and The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group. Chris Thompson provides β€˜robust and professional advice’.

Hill Dickinson LLP is especially rated for its NHS and education sector expertise. Kerstie Skeaping is β€˜great with clients and delivers very complex technical advice in a practical and humane way’. Luke Green is skilled at advising schools on employment issues. Clients include Nadler Hotels and The City of Liverpool College. Jeff Middleton is also recommended.

The β€˜insightful’ Alison Treliving at Squire Patton Boggs leads a team of β€˜very personable and technically excellent lawyers who are completely client-focused’. It has particular expertise in the recruitment and manufacturing sectors, and handles high-value litigation as well as multi-jurisdictional reorganisations and redundancies. Clients include SThree and Mamas & Papas. The β€˜very experienced’ Paula Cole and β€˜diligent’ Bryn Doyle are recommended.

Weightmans LLP’s team is β€˜quick to grasp the essence of the problem and to provide common-sense solutions’. Practice head Stuart Jones advises a broad range of public and private sector clients including Royal Mail, Littlewoods and Mersey Travel. Phil Allen is β€˜technically very able’ and Mark Leach can β€˜diffuse the most heated arguments’.

Helen Watson heads the team at Aaron & Partners LLP, which acts for clients including Severndale Specialist School, the Hammond School and Bangor University. Claire Brook and recently promoted partner Helen Kidd are recommended.

Deborah Hely leads the two-partner team at DAC Beachcroft LLP and has particular expertise in logistics, while the β€˜sensible and commercial’ Kirsty MacDonald has considerable experience in the health sector. Clients include Royal Mail, DHL, Unilever, Pets at Home and McDonald’s.

At Pannone Corporate LLP, the β€˜quality of work and expertise are on a par with City firms’, and its practice covers a number of industry sectors including social housing. Clients include Transport for Greater Manchester and Chevron. The β€˜technically very able’ Fiona Hamor and the β€˜very responsive’ Jack Harrington are recommended.

Berg has a β€˜highly intelligent team that also demonstrates a strong level of commercialism and pragmatism’. The team has particular expertise in the care homes, professional services, travel and retail sectors, where it acts for clients including JD Sports Fashion. Alison Loveday and senior solicitor Kim Freeman-Smith are recommended.

At gunnercooke LLP, Simon Horsfield, Sara Sawicki and Joanne Tindall are recommended.

Hempsons’ team has a key focus on public sector healthcare work. The β€˜personable and helpful’ Paul Spencer acts for clients such as North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Ryhurst.

Ian Tranter heads the team at JMW Solicitors LLP, which acts for clients including Everest Group and Amaze. The β€˜hardworking’ Elizabeth Cotton has a wealth of experience in the retail sector.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP recently acted for two criminal sets in their merger. Kevin McKenna is noted for his β€˜incisive and astute analysis of problems’.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s β€˜responsive and balanced team’ has been involved in several international projects for clients including Co-operative UK, Bidvest Fresh and IDEO. Sara Barrett is β€˜reassuring, incisive and clear’.

Myerson Solicitors LLP’s clients include B&M Bargains, National Nuclear Laboratories and European Metal Recycling. Key figures include the β€˜very commercially minded’ Joanne Evans, Joanne Henderson, who provides β€˜sound and commercial advice’, and senior solicitor Charlotte Gilbert, who is β€˜thorough and tenacious’.

Pinsent Masons LLP acts for household names such as Weetabix, MΓΌller (Dairy) UK and Costain. Senior associate Ian Deakin is β€˜sensible and commercial’.

SAS Daniels LLP provides β€˜clear and practical advice’ with a particular strength in the schools sector. Clients include Senator International. The β€˜experienced’ Johnathan Whittaker is recommended. Louise Carr joined Nexus Solicitors Limited in August 2016.

Newly established boutique firm Analysis Legal LLP is β€˜very much a growing force in the North West’. Karen Fletcher β€˜really knows her stuff’ and the β€˜personable’ Anna Lees β€˜rolls up her sleeves and gets the job done’. Andrea Paxton is β€˜very client friendly and down to earth’.

Chambers O’Neill β€˜goes above and beyond’. The niche practice includes the β€˜very committed and knowledgeable’ Andrew O’Neill and Jim Chambers, who is especially strong on the contentious side.

At Forbes Solicitors, Jonathan Holden β€˜always goes the extra mile’ and has particular expertise in local government matters.

Hillyer McKeown provides β€˜clear advice and explains any risks very carefully’. The β€˜very client-focused’ Justine Watkinson is strong on the contentious side and is recommended alongside the β€˜very commercial’ Lindsey Kidd.

Law by Design LTD’s team β€˜really knows its stuff’ and provides the full range of employment services. Sue Morrison β€˜always seems to be able to put her clients in a position of strength’, and director Rob Coward β€˜inspires confidence’. β€˜Highly experienced’ director James Upton is also recommended.

The β€˜top-class’ team at niche firm Martin & Co advises clients including Oldham College and Eurowrap. The β€˜calm and reassuring’ John Martin β€˜gives very accurate advice’, and is especially rated for his work in the education sector and on executive terminations.

At TLT, Ed Cotton provides β€˜pragmatic advice’ and regularly advises on complex strategic and organisational issues as well as the corporate aspects of disposals, mergers and acquisitions. Associate Jessica Evans is β€˜a safe pair of hands’.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s clients include Bauer Radio, Talent International (UK), Carfinance247 and Matrix Recruitment. Emma Hamnett β€˜easily puts herself in her clients’ shoes’.

At Gorvins Solicitors, practice head David Walton advises employers and employees on a wide range of issues, while associate Danielle Ayres is especially rated for her maternity discrimination work and β€˜fights hard for her clients without losing perspective’.

HRC Law LLP β€˜tells clients what they can do rather than what they can’t do’. Richard Whalley displays β€˜exceptional commercial awareness’ and Simon Whitehead provides β€˜succinct advice’. This team is strong in the recruitment sector.

At KBL Solicitors LLP, senior associate John Hassells heads the team and β€˜gets to grips with complex matters very quickly’.

Linder Myers has particular expertise in the medical and legal sectors and counts the Medical Defence Shield and the National Association of Retired Police Officers as clients. Alan Lewis and William O’Neill are recommended.

Chris Boyle leads the β€˜proactive team’ at Napthens LLP, which includes the β€˜very helpful’ Oliver McCann.

The β€˜logical’ Danielle Ingham heads the team at Shoosmiths LLP. Senior associate Ingham is β€˜adept at analysing the risks and dealing with them’.

Slater Heelis LLP has the β€˜excellent and responsive’ Tracey Guest and Sarah Calderwood, who is β€˜always one step ahead’.

Baines Wilson LLP provides β€˜superb levels of advice’. The β€˜extremely helpful’ Joanne Holborn and β€˜very commercial’ associate Tom Scaife are recommended.

Bermans fields a β€˜grounded, experienced, commercial and sensible team’, which includes Nicky Benson and Adrian Fryer.

The β€˜practical and decisive’ Philip Bramhall at Bramhalls Solicitors advises employers on contentious and non-contentious industrial relations matters and trade union negotiations.

Kerren Daly joined Browne Jacobson LLP from DWF, and is experienced in executive terminations and collective issues.

Alan Lewis heads the two-partner team at Freeths. Liz Mulvaney is also recommended.

The β€˜approachable and professional’ Camille Renaudon leads the team at Hibberts LLP.

MLP Law LLP has particular expertise in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors. Karen Bexley is recommended.

The β€˜knowledgeable’ Craig McCracken leads the team at Nexus Solicitors Limited and β€˜excels at finding solutions’.

The very well-regarded Jim Lister leads the team at Slater and Gordon.

Key individuals at Stripes Solicitors include Andrew Stripe and David Gallagher.

Standout figures at Taylors include the β€˜very experienced and hardworking’ Nigel Crebbin and β€˜very commercial’ Peter Byrne.

At Trowers & Hamlins LLP β€˜excellent and well prepared’ senior associate Helen Cookson regularly advises on TUPE and governance-related employment issues.

Ward Hadaway recruited Stephen Robinson from Laytons, joining β€˜logical and business-focused’ team head Richard Port.

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