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Index of tables

  1. Employment
  2. Leading individuals

Brodies LLP provides ‘highly business-focused’ advice on issues including TUPE transfers and executive exits, as well as tribunal litigation. Practice head Tony Hadden is noted for his ‘very commercial approach’ and advised Clyde Blowers on its purchase of the Clyde’s last commercial shipyard. Other clients include RBS and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

Burness Paull LLP’s ‘responsive, pragmatic and commercial’ practice advises a strong roster of oil and gas clients (including Technip) on issues including workforce restructurings, employment tribunal claims and holiday pay liability. Sean Saluja heads the practice, which also acts for non-energy clients including ITN. David Morgan advised the latter on its contracts with on-air talent. Mandy Laurie and director Mel Sangster joined from CMS.

CMSnot only understands employment law, but also oil and gas industry custom’. Newly promoted partner Gillian MacLellan represented Schlumberger in cases regarding the territorial limits of British employment law, while practice head Alison Woods advised ConocoPhillips on the acquisition of the remainder of the operator of the Britannia gas field. Non-energy clients include Clydesdale Bank and the University of Glasgow.

Pinsent Masons LLP advises well-known clients in energy and other sectors on issues such as redundancies, trade union matters, board-level difficulties and internal investigations. Stuart Neilson is advising Balfour Beatty on holiday pay issues. Also recommended are Euan Smith, who leads the oil and gas employment team, Katie Williams and Diane Nicol. Peter Sharp is now a consultant.

Anderson Strathern’s ‘excellent’ practice includes Alun Thomas, who is singled out for his contentious advice to education institutions; Barry Nichol, who represented the University of Stirling in a Supreme Court case regarding redundancy consultations and the conclusion of fixed-term contracts; and Paul Brown, who joined from DWF and ‘knows clients’ businesses inside out’.

Clyde & Co LLP’s David Hughes advised Bilfinger on a large restructuring, while Stephen Miller represented Glasgow City Council in a large equal pay case. Sandy Kemp, who handles tribunal cases, leads the practice, which includes Ian Truscott QC.

Morton Fraser handles a range of work including difficult discrimination claims and trade union issues for a mix of private and public sector clients. Innes Clark leads the team, which acts for the Ministry of Defence and Royal Mail. Also recommended are David Walker, who handles discrimination litigation as well as TUPE transfers and is ‘sharp, exacting and wise’; and senior associate Lorna Davis, who ‘provides what clients need, every time’.

BTO Solicitors LLP’s work includes day-to-day advice, tribunal litigation and complex TUPE transfers. Caroline Carr heads the team, which includes the ‘resilient, knowledgeable and supportive’ David Hoey. Clients include AG Barr and a number of individual executives.

Renowned for claimant work’, Balfour+Manson LLP represents a range of employees, SMEs and charities. Robert Holland represented a number of employees in a case regarding a ban on the use of the Polish language in the workplace. Trade union clients include BALPA.

HBJ Gateley’s work includes TUPE transfers, trade union issues and transactional employment matters. Practice head Kim Pattullo advised FNZ on a trans-national restructuring, while associate Sarah Gilzean is acting for Action for Equality in a number of equal pay cases against local authorities.

Harper Macleod LLP provides ‘personable and pragmatic’ advice on day-to-day employment issues, as well as representing clients in employment tribunals. Clients include Dundee United Football Club and Scottish Engineering. Practice head Bruce Caldow ‘helps clients to find a pragmatic solution’. Associate Scott Milligan is also recommended.

Ledingham Chalmers LLP is noted for its ‘practical advice’ and for its ‘in-depth understanding of the offshore industry’. Kirk Tudhope heads the practice, which includes newly promoted senior associate Veli-Matti Raikkonen, who displays ‘terrific attention to detail’. Clients include Baxters Food Group.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP provides ‘an excellent service’ that covers contentious and non-contentious matters. Amanda Jones represented the University and College Union in a Supreme Court case against Stirling University regarding redundancy consultations and the conclusion of fixed-term contracts. Mark Hamilton advised Ennismore International Management on the TUPE aspects of its purchase of the Gleneagles Hotel.

MacRoberts LLP is ‘fantastic all round’. Katy Wedderburn has ‘a great skill for putting people at ease’. Karen McGill assisted Registers of Scotland with a TUPE transfer as part of a high-stakes IT contract.

Shepherd and Wedderburn is ‘extremely knowledgeable and responsive, with a friendly, down-to-earth approach’. Practice head Neil Maclean, who represents the University of Edinburgh in tribunal cases and on day-to-day employment issues, ‘inspires confidence in his clients’. New partner Katie Russell’s expertise includes executive compensation.

Stronachs LLP has a strong practice advising on non-contentious employment matters north and south of the border, often related to the offshore sector. Eric Gilligan, David Chalmers and Anya Duncan are key partners. The firm advised BCube on its entry to the UK oilfield services market. Non-energy clients include Moray College.

A firm with good local roots in Dundee’, Thorntons Law LLPunderstands the idiosyncrasies of higher education’. Clients include Abertay University, which practice head Noele McClelland represents in tribunal cases, and University of Strathclyde. Other work includes redundancy consultations in the technology and manufacturing sectors.

At Blackadders LLP, Simon Allison and his team have ‘extensive knowledge in the construction sector’. Work includes TUPE transfers, ongoing support and tribunal litigation. Clients include National Express.

DLA Piper Scotland LLP advises on trade union issues and discrimination claims, in addition to providing UK law support. Kate Hodgkiss ‘goes the extra mile’, and associate Euan Bruce is ‘extremely effective’.

DWF is noted for its ‘commercial awareness and understanding of business’. Practice head Michael McLaughlin advised Capita on an acquisition. Other work includes disputed executive departures and tribunal litigation.

Davidson Chalmers LLP advises SMEs, medical partnerships and charities, on matters such as TUPE transfers, executive exits and discrimination claims. Clients include the Scottish Refugee Council and JW Muir Group. Dawn Dickson joined Eversheds in 2016.

In addition to having ‘an understanding of the food industry’, Lindsays advises a range of SMEs and charities. Ben Doherty and John Lee advise the Scottish Association of Master Bakers’ members. Other clients include Walkers Shortbread.

Morisons LLP advises clients in the school, university and technology sectors (including Ichor Systems) on TUPE transfers and disputed changes in leadership, among other issues. Practice head Jacqueline McCluskey joined from HBJ Gateley.

ShoosmithsKaren Harvieprovides appropriate advice that clients understand’. The practice advises on tribunal cases and corporate transactions, with a strong focus on social housing clients. Other clients include charities and Kuehne + Nagel.

Turcan Connell’s David Ogilvy advises charities and SMEs on day-to-day issues and restructurings, as well as individual high-ranking employees and executives. Clients include the Royal British Legion Scotland.

Weightmans LLP entered the market with the lateral hire of Elaine McIlroy from MacRoberts LLP, where she was a senior associate. Areas of focus include restrictive covenant litigation and hospitality sector issues; clients include Pizza Express.

Health and safety

Index of tables

  1. Health and safety
  2. Leading individuals

BLM’s work includes appeals of improvement notices and defending in HSE investigations and subsequent prosecutions. James Varney, whose ‘reassuring manner is priceless’, represented Glasgow City Council in the fatal accident inquiry regarding the 2014 Queen Street bin lorry crash. Other clients include leading insurers.

BTO Solicitors LLP is ‘top of the pile’ for HSE investigations, with a strong roster of manufacturing and construction clients. Claire Bone, who stands out for her ‘invaluable knowledge of clients’ businesses’, advised a farm insured by NFU Mutual regarding a death in a grain silo, while Vikki Watt represented Aberdeenshire Council after a drowning on a school trip.

Burness Paull provides ‘consistently first-class support in HSE investigations’. The firm also handles pre-event advice, and represents offshore industry clients in appeals against enforcement notices and defending prosecutions. Rona Jamieson is ‘always tuned to specific needs’, and Ray Gribben ‘gives clear and easy-to-follow advice’.

Clyde & Co LLP is ‘efficient and prompt, with good industry knowledge’. The practice defends Health and Safety at Work Act prosecutions, including in the construction, manufacturing and agricultural sectors. Mark Donaldson, who heads the practice, is a ‘calming influence’. Clients include businesses insured by AIG, QBE and Amlin.

Pinsent Masons LLP acts in pre and post-prosecution matters for a number of big names in the energy, maritime and construction sectors. Practice leader Laura Cameron is representing Shell regarding an oil leak in 2011. Offshore specialist Bruce Craig joined the team from Mackinnons. Tom Stocker is also recommended.

Anderson Strathern acts for the Health and Safety Executive in prohibition notice appeals, and the Scottish Prison Service in Crown Censure cases. Other clients include Scotmid and INEOS. Jonathan Guy heads the practice.

Brodies LLP’s practice is singled out for its ability to ‘cover areas that the clients haven’t considered’. Elena Frycomes up with practical solutions that clients embrace’; her work includes pre-prosecution advice following fatal accidents. Clients include Sunderland Marine.

At DLA Piper Scotland LLP, Alistair Drummond regularly advises on high-profile and controversial incidents.

MacRoberts LLP’s John McGovern defends in HSE investigations and Crown Office prosecutions. Clients include charities, health-sector businesses and construction companies. Associate James McMillan is also a key contact.

Morton Fraser advises public sector bodies, as well as the Health and Safety Executive itself on improvement notice appeals. Jenny Dickson heads the practice, which includes ‘very robust’ senior associate Jim Herd.

Weightmans LLP represents corporates and individuals in fatal accident inquiries relating to deaths and serious injuries at shipping, energy and similar workplaces. Seonaid Busby leads the team.


Index of tables

  1. Immigration
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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    • Grace McGill - McGill & Co

One of the top immigration firms in Scotland’, McGill & Co is ‘staffed by approachable people’. The firm advises on business and investor visas, family migration, refugee law and British nationality issues. Key individuals include Grace McGill, who is ‘tenacious in her representation of her clients’, and ‘extremely thorough’ associate John Vassiliou.

A top-level firm for business immigration’, Morton Fraser’s David Hossack advised AGS-360 Solutions on the relocation of a number of BMW employees to UK offices. Other work relates to Tier 1 visas and family migration rules. Associate Stuart McWilliams is also recommended.

CMS advises universities, cultural institutions and businesses on issues such as work visas and sponsor registration. Finlay McKay advises Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems on Tier 2 transfers from the US. Other clients include the University of Dundee.

Drummond Miller LLP advises on refugee law matters (including appeals), and defends against removals and deportations. David Brown leads the practice in Edinburgh, and Jacqueline Moore is the key contact in Glasgow.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP’s immigration team advises a range of businesses on matters such as employment of students, Tier 2 visas and British nationality. Alison Weatherhead heads the practice, which acts for Clyde Blowers and GALVmed.

Pinsent Masons LLP advises well-known corporates and universities on issues including group sponsor licences. Euan Smith leads the practice, which includes senior associate Joanne Hennessy, who joined from Burness Paull.

Thorntons Law LLP advises individuals, hi-tech corporates, educational institutions and third-sector institutions on family migration, Tier 1 visas and sponsor licensing. Jamie Kerr heads the practice.

At Weightmans LLP, Elaine McIlroy (who is noted for her ‘calm and methodical approach’) advises technology businesses, cultural organisations and universities on issues such as the resident labour market test, as well as on Tier 2 and Tier 5 visa applications.


Index of tables

  1. Pensions
  2. Leading individuals

Burness Paull LLP’s ‘clients can’t find a pension query that the team cannot handle’. The practice advises pension trustees and businesses on acquisitions, pension plan changes, and insolvencies. Sarah Phillips advised the Scottish & Newcastle Pension Scheme on a $2.4bn longevity swap with Aviva. Margaret Meehan and Caroline McIntyre are also recommended. Other clients include Everton Football Club.

Pinsent Masons LLP advises on a range of pensions issues including multi-employer funds, day-to-day management, and scheme restructurings and equalisations. Ian Gordon advises the Trustee of the Rosyth Royal Dockyard Pension Scheme on various issues, while Ruth Tobias advises the Texas Instruments plan on equalisation issues.

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s ‘very responsive’ practice advises plans and businesses on matters such as investment duties, regulation, de-risking, benefit changes and data protection. Edwin Mustard and senior associate Richard Jones are advising the Miller Group Limited Pension Scheme on a secured lending facility. Louisa Knox and team head Andrew Holehouse are also recommended.

Brodies LLP advises on scheme transformations and the pensions implications of corporate acquisitions. Clients include the trustees of the Oil & Gas UK Pension Scheme, which Juliet Bayne advised on terminating its defined benefit scheme. Alison Shackleton has retired.

CMS provides ‘appropriate advice with a deep understanding of the complexities’. Work includes advice on personal pension products, scheme terminations and disputes with employees. Alistair Hill heads the team. Clients include Scotia Gas Networks and the University of Glasgow.

DWF stands out for its ‘real understanding of the client’s issues and requirements’. The practice’s expertise covers a range of issues including scheme management changes, restructurings and day-to-day management of plans. The ‘personable and professionalJune Crombie heads the practice, which includes Colin Greig, who advised Transport Scotland on the pensions aspects of the ScotRail refranchising.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP advises on regulatory issues, plan closures and corporate transactions. David Knox advised Ennismore Capital Management on the pension aspects of its purchase of the Gleneagles Hotel. Mark Hamilton is also recommended.

MacRoberts LLP’s team provides ‘concise and comprehensive advice’ on issues such as benefits calculations, scheme closures and disputes with scheme members. Martyn Shaw heads the team, which includes senior associate James Keith, who advised the trustees of the CTS Corporation scheme on its termination.

Anderson Strathern’s senior associate Steven Dunn has a strong practice advising on public sector pension issues and SIPP issues. Highlights included advising the Royal College of Nursing’s members on issues with the interpretation of the scheme regulations.

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