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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.

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