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Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

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  1. Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

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The employment department at B P Collins LLP handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, acting for both corporate and high-net-worth private clients. The team specialises in restrictive covenants, director duties and complex Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal cases, as well as in business immigration matters, internal HR assistance and advice on GDPR implementation. Sectors of expertise include retail, leisure, manufacturing, aviation, architecture, construction, and pharmaceuticals. Jo Davis heads the practice. Kathryn Fielder and Chris Brazier are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):Jo Davis

Other key lawyers:Kathryn Fielder; Chris Brazier


'They were clearly experts in the field we required (employment and commercial), and we were successful in gaining an interim injunction and settlement in our favour through their skilled approach.'

'Jo Davis is single-minded, hard-working and inventive, both with regard to legal arguments and factual inquiries.'

'Jo Davis's devotion to her clients' cases and her ability to get under the skin of thorny employment problems lead clients to trust her implicitly.'

Key Clients

Frontline Security Services Ltd (Part of the Chubb Group)

TMD Technologies Ltd

Biffa Municipal Limited

Bic UK and Ireland Limited

CliniMed (Holdings) Limited

Daiichi Sankyo UK Ltd

Amtico International Limited

P B Donoghue (Construction) Limited

Ceva Animal Health Limited

Vestel UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Forever Fuels Limited (part of  Summerleaze Limited) on the employment-related aspects of the sale of the client's assets (a wood pellet business) to Balcas Timber.
  • Advising a client on the retirement of its manufacturing director.
  • Advising a client on a matter involving a grievance alleging religious discrimination and a linked disciplinary investigation against the accused individuals.
  • Advising a client on the early termination of an outsourcing contract with a third party.
  • Assisted a client with preparation for compliance with GDPR.

Blaser Mills Law is home to a team that has expertise across the breadth of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, including outsourcing and other TUPE issues, restrictive covenants, discrimination and whistleblowing claims. The practice acts mostly for employers, from small businesses to multi-national corporations and the not-for-profit sector. Advising overseas companies is an area of strength. James Simpson heads the practice. Managing partner Jonathan Lilley is another key contact.

Practice head(s):James Simpson

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Lilley


'Great attitude, in-depth knowledge, prompt service.'

Key Clients

Jupiter Hotels

Oxford Bus

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire

Semcon AB

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Oxford Bus Company in a religious discrimination claim.
  • Advised client on the complex redundancy of a senior executive.
  • Assisted a client with its GDPR project, which included HR policies and procedures.
  • Advised a client on a matter involving a data breach by an employee.
  • Advised a client on its liability in a disability discrimination and personal injury claim.

The Milton Keynes-based employment team at Dentons is part of the nationwide people, reward and mobility practice, which specialises in a wide range of employment, benefits and immigration matters. The team has a longstanding expertise at the international level, catering for prestigious clients in the retail, transport, technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Sarah Beeby heads the practice. Senior associates Verity Buckingham and Michelle Lamb are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Sarah Beeby

Other key lawyers:Verity Buckingham; Michelle Lamb


'They offer a practical and commercial approach to employment and HR matters.'

'I would highlight their ability to understand the commercial aspects of situations and the sound and practical advice they give for you to be able to achieve the results you need.'

'I have always found the team reliable, responsive and solution-focused.'

'They are a pleasure to work with and an invaluable partner for our team.'


Key Clients

TUI UK Retail/TUI Airways

Barclays Bank plc

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co Partners LLP

Auria Solutions Ltd

Cognita Schools Limited

Calsonic Kansei

Topland Group Holdings Limited

Wizz Air


Virgin Atlantic Airways



Avis Budget Group

Sodexo Motivation Solutions UK Limited

Amalia Illgner



Royal Mail Group


Work highlights

  • Advised KKR on the employment aspects of its €6.85bn acquisition of Unilever's global spreads business.
  • Advising Auria Solutions Ltd on the implementation of bonus plans across 11 jurisdictions.
  • Advising Cognita Schools Limited on all UK employment-related matters – including the defence of employment tribunal litigation, disciplinary and grievance issues, senior exits and general advice.
  • Advised CK Holdings on the employment aspects of its  €6.2bn acquisition of Magneti Marelli.
  • Advising Wizz Air on the employment aspects of establishing its business in the UK.

EMW Law LLP’s employment practice is well known for its expertise in a variety of complex Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal matters. It is also known for offering commercial and technical advice on major internal restructures and redundancy programmes, TUPE transfers and the enforcement of post-employment restrictions. The team has in-depth knowledge of the banking, retail and recruitment sectors. Jon Taylor heads the practice.

Practice head(s):Jon Taylor


'A really close-knit team which works well together and with us as a client.'

'There is strength in depth for their size with great knowledge and expertise throughout.'

'EMW is a class act. For a relatively small firm, it punches substantially above its weight.'

Key Clients

Santander UK Plc

MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Royal College of Anaesthetists

McCue International

Vax Limited

Fisher & Paykel Appliances Ltd

Airwair International Limited

Routeco Limited

Suzuki GB Plc

Work highlights

  • Providing training sessions to the HR consultancy team of a large bank, including training on disciplinaries and grievances, discrimination, managing sickness absence and letter and report writing.

The employment team at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has longstanding expertise in assisting UK subsidiaries of global companies, charities, construction, automotive, technology and pharmaceutical companies. The practice specialises in redundancy projects, TUPE matters, high-net-worth individuals’ personal employment issues as well as issues concerning the tax position of contractor workers. International work is another area of strength. Justin Govier heads the practice. Marc Jones , Richard Devall and associate Ed Marchant are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Justin Govier

Other key lawyers:Marc Jones; Richard Devall; Ed Marchant


'A very commercial, client-focused firm.'

'This team has exceptional levels of client service and really goes the extra mile to put the client at ease.'

'Incredibly experienced, phenomenally dedicated lawyers.'

Key Clients

Clancy Group plc




Celli SpA

Link Theory

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

Help Musicians UK


Sabio Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted a client with a high-level grievance investigation and ultimately negotiated the departure of 4 members of staff.
  • Assisted a client when its managing director brought claims of constructive unfair dismissal, breach of contract and unlawful deduction of wages.
  • Acted for the claimant in relation to complaints of pregnancy and maternity discrimination, unfair dismissal and detriment surrounding the client’s selection for redundancy.
  • Advised a senior management team on resignations and suspension.
  • Advised the shareholders of G2E Management Limited on the share sale to TMD Technologies Limited.

Sherrards Solicitors LLP’s employment team advises clients in sectors including retail and leisure, recruitment, franchising, logistics and pharmaceuticals. It provides both employment and HR advice in conjunction with transactional support on business mergers and acquisitions. The department has immigration capability and caters for a variety of international clients. Mark Fellows heads the practice. Joanne Perry is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Mark Fellows

Other key lawyers:Joanne Perry


'They seem to really care about not only doing a good job, but making you feel as though someone is listening to you and is determined to help. I also noticed how they will work extra hours to make sure urgent matters are dealt with.'

'The employment team have legal expertise and practical experience. They are excellent throughout their department for employment advice to individuals and to companies. Their HR consultancy is first rate.'

'Very commercial advice from friendly professionals. I have confidence in the answers I am given and they are relevant to our organisation and culture.'

'We have been delighted with the service provided by Mark Fellows, Joanne Perry and the team. They are very commercial in their mindset and understand the practicalities/difficulties of HR management, so give useful advice rather than just the simple legal position which is really appreciated. They always respond quickly if advice needed urgently.'

'Mark Fellows is like a good doctor in that he has been supporting me during a very difficult time.'

'The team's support is fantastic. Joanne Perry in particular ensures she really understands our business and ensures we understand her advice.' 

'Joanne Perry gives practical advice and has a robust approach which makes the client feel that she is on their side but also making sure that a commercial view is taken.'

'Joanne Perry and Mark Fellows are both extremely friendly, professional and helpful.'

Key Clients

Berry Recruitment

Winkworth Franchising Limited

Topgolf Limited

The Jewellery Channel Limited


Forever Collectibles

Strax UK Limited

F H Bertling Limited

B3 Living

NewRiver REIT (UK) Limited

Bestival/ Camp Bestival

Work highlights

  • Representing Berry Recruitment and providing ongoing employment support in relation to their own client base.
  • Assisted New River REIT (UK) plc with all employment aspects on the purchase of a property portfolio.
  • Advised Winkworth Franchising Limited on employment support in a number of their franchises.
  • Advised Topgolf Limited in relation to employment support.
  • Advised FH Bertling Limited in relation to employment support.

Debenhams Ottaway’s employment team assists corporate, owner-managed and family businesses and SMEs with the gamut of employment law-related matters, including disciplinary and grievance issues, redundancy and restructuring, Employment Tribunal representation, settlement agreements and restrictive covenants. The practice also advises individuals, particularly at the senior/board level, and works with a number of independent schools, care homes and charities in the Hertfordshire and north London area. Louise Attrup is practice head and associate Michael Kerrigan is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Louise Attrup

Other key lawyers:Michael Kerrigan

Key Clients

Brook Street

Work highlights

  • Assisting a major recruitment business with a claim for race discrimination, whistle blowing and unfair dismissal.
  • Appled for an emergency injunction on behalf of a client to prevent the misuse of confidential information by an ex-employee.
  • Acting for a marketing services company in defending claims of unfair dismissal.
  • Acting for a client defending claims of sex discrimination, unfair dismissal and maternity-related discrimination made by an ex-employee.
  • Advising a claimant on claims for age and sex discrimination and constructive dismissal.

Longmores Solicitors LLP’s employment practice advises employers and high-net-worth individuals on a comprehensive range of issues, including complex disciplinary and grievance matters, discrimination, reorganisations, TUPE and employment-related aspects of commercial transactions. The team specialises in the recruitment and education sectors and is particularly well versed in competition and restrictive covenants and injunction remedies. Richard Gvero heads the practice. Solicitors Miranda Mulligan and Jennifer Mansoor are also recommended.

Practice head(s): Richard Gvero 

Other key lawyers:Miranda Mulligan; Jennifer Mansoor


'They are customer focused and do what the say the will do. They never let the ball drop.'

'The team stand out for their unswerving commitment to getting the best outcome for their clients, and the creative approach they take to resolving their clients' employment issues.'

'The team at Longmores Solicitors is always professional and very helpful. They listen to any issues on any HR matter we discuss with them and provide detailed and precise advice.'

'Richard Gvero is an imaginative problem solver and very committed to addressing his clients' needs. He works exceptionally hard and clients love him.'

'Miranda Mulligan is a fine employment lawyer and a safe pair of hands for employment disputes.'

'Jennifer Mansoor discusses any and all issues in a very calm manner. Her knowledge of HR issues we have discussed with her is excellent.'



Key Clients

Independent Clinical Services Ltd

Highways (UK) Ltd

Transport Planning Associates

Pulse Healthcare Ltd

RSA Consulting Ltd

Haileybury & Imperial Services College

Fusion Global Management LLP

Simmons (Bakers) Ltd

Endoline Machinery Ltd

Nord Gear (UK) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in relation to complex disciplinary and grievance proceedings.
  • Advising Fusion Global Management LLP on a wide range of employment issues on a retainer basis.
  • Advising a client regarding its  reorganisation.
  • Advising a senior employee in relation to a claim for unfair dismissal following allegations of misconduct.
  • Representing a client in an agency worker claim.

The employment team at Machins Solicitors LLP has a track record in dealing with resolving disputes and advising on the employment issues connected with corporate transactions. Acting mainly for employers, but increasingly also for individuals, the practice has traditionally strong links with the transport, aviation and manufacturing sectors. The team specialises in discrimination matters, specifically, disability discrimination. Jackie Cuneen and Jacqueline Webb jointly lead the team, with the latter as acting head of practice.

Practice head(s):Jackie Cuneen; Jacqueline Webb


'A team of specialists within their individual fields and the ability to deal with a range of issues "in-house" in a consistently professional and efficient fashion.'

'Professionals with extensive knowledge and the ability to work with the lay man. Efficient and timely responses to all matters.'

'The Machins employment team is one of the few firms in the Home Counties which can genuinely claim to offer a "City quality" service outside of London.'

'Jacqueline Webb is tactically astute and incredibly driven in litigation. The mere fact that she is acting for a client improves their chances of success.'


The employment team at Nockolds Solicitors acts for employer clients, from start-up businesses to major PLCs, while also developing a reputation for assisting high-net-worth individuals, senior executives and Latin American clients with UK employment issues. Advising on the TUPE aspects of business sales and acquisitions in close connection with the corporate and M&A department is an area of strength. The practice is headed by Darren Hayward. Gary Smith and London-based senior associate Joanna Sutton are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):Darren Hayward

Other key lawyers:Gary Smith; Joanna Sutton


'Nockolds offers all-round legal assistance. The team are professional, approachable, and speak in plain language that is easily understandable.'

'We have worked with Nockolds for a great number of years and have always been very pleased with the service.'

'Gary Smith is straightforward, he understands our business needs. He will explain things in a balanced way to help us make the right decision with regard to our people and the business.'

'I recommend Joanna Sutton - excellent interpersonal skills, straight talking and professional. And the most impressive quality is that beneath that veneer she has steely edge.'

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client in a large-scale collective redundancy consultation process involving nine trades unions.
  • Represented a client in a high-value disability discrimination claim.
  • Represented a client in an age discrimination claim.
  • Represented a client in a large-scale whistleblowing claim.
  • Advising a client on the restructure of its  business.

SA Law LLP's employment team acts for both companies and individuals in relation to contract terms as well as contentious claims. The practice specialises in assisting clients from the employment agency, education, charity, non-profit and care sectors and GDPR advice is an area of growth. The practice head is Chris Cook. Keely Rushmore is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Chris Cook

Other key lawyers:Keely Rushmore


'The advice is always well thought through and practical. The team is quick to respond to queries.'

'As there is so much expertise on offer from SA Law they can provide a legal expert on all areas so that it can be handled under one roof.'

'Chris Cook has a wide range of knowledge on the recruitment and employment industry.'

Key Clients

Higher education institution based in London

Prominent Premier League football club

Iconic feature of the London skyline.

Top 100 Independent UK Boarding School

The UK's leading provider of gifts and experiences

Work highlights

  • Achieved a business-critical EAT decision in Centrepoint Soho's  favour in connection with an employment tribunal judgment made against the company in 2016.

Shoosmiths LLP’s employment team deals with Eployment Tribunal cases for major multi-national clients and is particularly experienced in handling sensitive senior executive exits, with a focus on regulated sectors such as financial services and healthcare. The practice’s services are also strong in higher education, retail and technology. Business immigration and data protection are areas of growth. Gwynneth Tan heads the practice. Senior associates Simon Fennell and Siobhan Atkin are other names to note.

Practice head(s):Gwynneth Tan

Other key lawyers:Simon Fennell; Siobhan Atkin


'Good cross section of skills and capabilities that we have used numerous times in a variety of circumstances, plus there is always someone there to help or point us in the right direction if needed.'

'They have real strength across the different areas of the employment discipline: tribunal, civil, injunctive. You name it, they have got it covered. And they have a very pleasant style and are accessible.' 

'The practice head is our personal first point of contact, she will always manage the project personally and we have used her for practical, pragmatic advice as well as help to handle delicate situations.'

'Siobhan Atkin has great attention to detail, a powerful command of complex papers and has excellent attitude towards clients. In negotiations, she always seems to get her clients a brilliant deal, and often a total capitulation from the other side.'

Key Clients

DCS Recruitment Limited

The Open University

Ann Summers Limited

Motor Insurers Bureau

Transport Systems Catapult

Work highlights

  • Providing strategic and day-to-day operational employment law support to DCS Recruitment Limited.
  • Providing strategic and day-to-day operational employment law support to The Open University.

The employment practice at Tees Law handles the employment aspects of business reorganisations and changes, TUPE, data protection, discrimination, whistleblowing and GDPR advice. It is particularly well known for negotiating exit terms both on the employer and employee’s side. The client base includes names from the agricultural and civil aviation sectors. Robert Whitaker heads the practice, splitting his time between Chelmsford, Cambridge and Bishop’s Stortford. Associate Katherine Jameson is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Robert Whitaker

Other key lawyers:Katherine Jameson


'Very engaging and always available even at very short notice.'

'The thing that makes this team unique is its 'hands on' approach to cases which is unusual in a firm of this size. Each case is not just dealt with by a particular person but by the team as a whole'.

'The various team members all bring their particular strengths together to form a formidable resource. They are knowledgeable and robust but always problem solving and practical.'

'The individual that is the leading light of the team is Rob Whitaker. He is a solicitor of huge experience who can instantly put clients at their ease and give them the confidence that their case is being dealt with by capable hands.'

'I have worked with Robert Whitaker for many years and have been consistently impressed by his unfailing diligence, unflagging enthusiasm and precise judgement.'

'Katherine Jameson is robustly practical and brooks no nonsense from her opponents.'

Key Clients



Bishop Stortford College

Billericay Dental Supplies Limited

Island Pacific

Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers

Rand Brothers

Aviation Medica

Star Computers PLC

Kidney Cancer UK

Globe Tooling

PTC Systems

Oakray Ltd

Cambridge Market Research

Alloy Fabweld

Work highlights

  • Delivering legal training for directors and senior managers at Billericay Dental Supplies Limited.
  • Acting for a former business owner following his dismissal by the new owners.
  • Handled an Employment Tribunal claim against a leading operator of independent schools.
  • Advising client on employment contracts, carrying out due diligence, preparing settlement agreements and dealing with TUPE.
  • Providing a client with in-depth advice on GDPR, discrimination, health and safety, disciplinary and dismissal procedures.

VWV’s employment team has a strong relationship with clients in the higher education, healthcare, life sciences and recruitment sectors. The practice has a solid reputation at the local as well as the national level, in particular for its employment-related work with a number of prestigious universities and schools. Michael Delaney heads the practice in the Watford office. Senior associate Rebecca Fox is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Michael Delaney

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Fox


'They always provide pragmatic, commercially sound, insightful advice.'

'The team are always so polite and friendly, from junior staff to the top. They deal with any inquirers professionally and efficiently.'

'Michael Delaney has always been able to provide sound, robust, commercial prudent, advice. That is why we always return to VWV for counsel on employment law matters.'

'I could not ask for any more from a solicitor. Rebecca Fox is exceptional. Her knowledge of her subject area is immense. Whatever query I have, no matter how big or small, she knows the answer. She always finds time to help me and ensure I am doing everything appropriately. I feel confident running my business knowing Rebecca is there to support me'.

Key Clients

Storm Technologies Limited

DDD Limited

Visual Data Services Limited

John E Fells & Sons Limited

European Healthcare Group Plc

University of Southampton

College of Dentistry Limited

Durbin Plc

Brunel University London

Work highlights

  • Represented Storm Technologies Limited, the respondent at the Watford Employment Tribunal.
  • Assisted the client with TUPE information and consultation processes.
  • Assisted European Healthcare Group Plc / Integrated Nursing Homes Limited with the disposal of a number of care homes within the group.
  • Working closely with  Brunel University's HR team, advising on a wide variety of issues from individual settlement agreements to restructuring.
  • Advised the University of Southampton on covering the absence on maternity leave of the University's sole employment lawyer.

The employment team at Freeths LLP is well known in the Milton Keynes area and beyond for its sector expertise, which focuses in particular on education, food and drinks, logistics and telecoms. The practice is notable for its expertise in business immigration work and employment tribunal representations. Christopher Sing is the practice head.

Practice head(s):Christopher Sing

Key Clients

Chesterfield College

London Luton Airport Operations

T-Systems - part of Deutsche Telekom

Derby College

Landau Forte Charitable Trust

Musto Limited

Helly Hansen (UK) Limited

Niftylift Limited

Sports & Leisure Management (‘Everyone Active’ brand)

Lyreco UK Limited

Oxford Brookes University

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sports & Leisure Management (‘Everyone Active’ brand) in defending tribunal claims, including those with elements of race, sex and age discrimination, whistleblowing and automatic unfair dismissal for raising health and safety concerns.
  • Advised London Luton Airport on an Employment Tribunal disability discrimination claim.

Howes Percival LLP’s employment team in Milton Keynes is led by Simon deMaid who is particularly experienced in disability discrimination claims and senior executive terminations. The practice is well known for its work in the higher education, automotive and healthcare sectors, assisting a number of prestigious clients in the Milton Keynes area with the employment issues arising from acquisitions, disposals and restructuring projects. Associate Hannah Pryce is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Simon deMaid

Other key lawyers:Hannah Pryce

Key Clients

Bosch Siemens Home Appliances

PJ Care Limited

Milton Keynes College

Dachser Limited

Welcome Break Group Limited

Marston’s PLC

Terex Corporation

Getronics Services UK Limited


Nampak Plastics Europe Limited


World Vision UK

University of Northampton’s Student Union

Hillarys Blinds Limited

Digital Post Solution Limited

AlphaCure Limited

Barton Petroleum Limited

HRG UK Limited

RS Components Limited/Electrocomponents plc

Work highlights

  • Advised a client in relation to all employment aspects of its £18m consortium bid for government funding for the creation of a new Institute of Technology at Bletchley Park.
  • Advising an HR team on a complex race discrimination grievance.
  • Advising on implementing actions and recommendations of an independent audit report, leading to multiple dismissals.
  • Successfully advising a further education college on defending an unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claim.

Moorcrofts LLP’s employment team specialises in post termination restrictions, TUPE and restructuring. Gig economy issues and data subject access requests are areas of growth for the team. Clients include HR professionals in varied industries, from start-ups to mid-range multinationals, as well as senior executives. Matt Jenkin heads the practice.

Practice head(s):Matt Jenkin


'They are very efficient and always respond immediately to any queries or concerns we have as a company.''Very responsive with a thorough knowledge of employment law.'

'They are very practical whilst being robust and analytical.'

'I recommend Matt Jenkin - very approachable, great response time, easy to work with, very knowledgeable.'

Taylor Walton LLP’s practice handles all aspects of employment law including outsourcing and TUPE work, share options and incentivisation plans, exit planning, discrimination matters and support to the firm's commercial department. The team also undertakes tribunal work and other dispute resolution. Heather D Cowley heads the practice. Alec John Colson and associate Nicola Smyrl are other names to note.

Practice head(s):Heather D Cowley

Other key lawyers:Alec John Colson; Nicola Smyrl

Work highlights

  • Advised a direct subsidiary of Novanta Inc on the employment aspects of the acquisition of Zettlex Group.
  • Advising the selling shareholders at Taylor James Ltd on the employment aspects of the sale of 100% of the issued shares in Taylor James Holdings to Wertheimer UK.
  • Advising the selling shareholders on the employment aspects of the sale of Hitec Lift Trucks to Briggs Equipment UK.
  • Advised shareholders on the employment aspects of the sale of 100% of the shares in Jeanie Marshal Foods to West Hill Acquisitions.

The expertise of Woodfines LLP’s team covers the whole spectrum of employment law, ranging from general advisory work to matters involving redundancies, discrimination, the transfer of businesses, dispute resolution and employer representation at Employment Tribunals and in civil courts. The main contacts are Maria Gallucci in Milton Keynes and Andrew Buckley in Bedford.

Practice head(s):Maria Gallucci; Andrew Buckley

Employment: Essex

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  1. Employment: Essex
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

The Colchester employment practice at Birkett Long LLP is led by the 'exceptional' Martin Hopkins and skilfully handles a wide range of employment matters including representing employers in significant employment tribunal cases - a particular area of focus for Hopkins. Julie Temple rejoined the team at the beginning of this year from niche employment firm Quantrills Solicitors. Her expertise includes advising higher education institutions and large companies on matters including GDPR compliance and gender-pay reporting. Reggie Lloyd handles employment related litigation and represents both claimants and respondents.

Practice head(s):Martin Hopkins; Julie Temple

Other key lawyers:Reggie Lloyd


'The team at Birkett Long has a calmness in their approach. Their advice is concise, to the point and takes account of any risk. You know you're in good hands.'

'Very honest, very capable - I can't rate them highly enough.'

Key Clients

Pinnacle Housing

Imperial London Hotels

Hills Prospect

Ixion Holdings

Runwood Homes

IT Solutions Services

Wilkin & Sons

Birketts LLP's Chelmsford-based team of seasoned employment lawyers covers the full scope of work for a large corporate and often high-profile client base. Work includes representation at employment tribunal, extensive advisory work and discrimination claims. Practice head Kevin Palmer  leads many of the team's high-value matters and has acted in a discrimination case for the creative director of Google UK. Clare Barlow is proficient in dismissal litigation claims and has acted against the BBC. Former partner Jolyon Berry left for  Thompson Smith and Puxon.

Practice head(s):Kevin Palmer

Other key lawyers:Clare Barlow;

Key Clients

Aspire Media Group Limited

Colchester United Football Club

Fisher Michael Chartered Accountants

Milsom Hotels

Venture Construction Solutions

Thompson Smith and Puxon has a wide breadth of expertise in employment law matters and covers all aspects of work including contracts, litigation, severance issues and tribunal proceedings. The 'outstanding' Richard Porter is particularly noted for his prowess on business re-organisations and termination of contracts. Clients from the agricultural and rural sector make up a sizeable portion of the firm's roster, in addition to some international clients. The team has been strengthened by the addition of heavyweight lawyer Jolyon Berry who joined from Birketts LLP.

Practice head(s):Richard Porter

Other key lawyers:Jolyon Berry


'Pleasant to work with and the consistency and quality of advice has always been to the highest level.'

'Richard Porter stands out as an individual who goes beyond the normal client/consultant relationship. He provides advice in a clear way without jargon, and ensures all options are fully understood.'


The 'dedicated and highly engaged' employment team at Pinney Talfourd LLP  in Hornchurch cover the full scope of contentious and non-contentious matters, including discrimination, unfair dismissal, and TUPE. Disputes head Stephen Eccles  manages the practice, while senior associate Alexander Pearce , who clients describe as 'outstanding in his field', handles many of the firm's mandates and is proficient in advising clients on high-value unlawful harassment claims relating to areas including sex and religion.

Practice head(s):Stephen Eccles

Other key lawyers:Alexander Pearce


'The team thinks outside the box and comes up with innovative ideas. We receive excellent support from the Employment Team'

'Alex Pearce provides very clear and sage guidance to both ourselves and our clients and we hold him in very high regard.'

Key Clients

Brook Street Food Service

Classic Fresh Foods

Fairclough Property Professionals

Knight International

St. Joseph Catholic Club

The employment team at Tees Law has been enhanced through its merger with Wortley Byers. It handles a broad scope of matters including restructurings, disciplinary and redundancy proceedings. Sarah Stanyer is the lead on many matters and represents clients in tribunal hearings, as well as carrying out advisory work related to disciplinary proceedings and harassment claims. Chelmsford based practice head Robert Whitaker is praised by clients for 'giving them confidence that their case is in capable hands.'

Practice head(s):Robert Whitaker

Other key lawyers:Sarah Stanyer; Sue Dowman


'Rob Whitaker is meticulous, thorough and leaves no stone unturned in his work for clients.'

'Rob Whitaker is the leading light of the team.  He has unfailing diligence, unflagging enthusiasm and precise judgement.'

'The employment team bring their particular strengths together to form a formidable resource. They are knowledgeable, robust and practical.'

'Commercially minded with the final outcome clearly in mind. Strengths are on compliance as well as resolution. Their compliance skills are really great. Drafting and provision of documentation is a great strength of theirs.'

I continue to be impressed with the high levels of customer service provided. The team always approach any issues we may have, no matter how big or small, with the same level of professionalism and gravitas. As we do not have an in-house HR function, it is invaluable to us to know that we have this additional resource to help us resolve staffing issues and plug the gaps we have in employment legislation.'

'Without exception, Sarah Stanyer always responds to our requests for help in a timely and detailed manner. I am unable to find any fault in the support she gives us.'

Key Clients

Brentwood School

International Petroleum Products

Chigwell London

Wood International

Fullstop Fire and Security Systems

The employment practice at Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP spans five offices and is able to leverage expertise from the firm’s commercial and dispute resolution groups, offering clients a blend of contentious and non-contentious services. Team head Bushra Elzubeir often takes the lead on matters including high-value unfair dismissal claims while Leah Groves has experience in health-care related transactions and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):Bushra Elzubeir

Other key lawyers:Leah Groves


'Welcoming, professional and personal.'

'Bushra Elzubeir always gives very sound legal and personal advice.'

Palmers' employment practice group is led by Luke Morgan and handles a full range of employment law matters, including HR packages for employers and policy review. Samantha Randall is the name to note and handles most of the team's contentious work. She has expertise in representing clients in sexual harassment claims. New joiner Samantha Cass has experience in advisory work to employers as well as tribunal litigation matters.

Practice head(s):Luke Morgan

Other key lawyers:Samantha Randall; Samantha Cass

The employment department at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP handles a wide range of matters, often working alongside the commercial team to provide corporate clients and individuals with advice on TUPE, merger-related employment issues and dismissal claims. Polly Plant is the key name to note and also heads the contentious probate team. Ana James-Pittau advises on contentious employment matters.

Practice head(s):Polly Plant

Other key lawyers:Ana James-Pittau

Employment: Hampshire

Index of tables

  1. Employment: Hampshire
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

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Blake Morgan LLP has built up a sizeable client following among national and international clients, particularly from those in the retail and leisure, education and charities sectors. It has had a notable influx of data protection mandates recently, with practitioners advising clients on the impact of the GDPR and Data Protection Act in their capacity as employers. Corporate support work is another driver of activity. In addition, the firm distinguishes itself in discrimination cases brought in the SEND Tribunal; associate Vicky Schollar is the name to note in this space. Team head Lisa Wallis, and associates Holly Cudbill and Natalie Painter, regularly provide bespoke employment and regulatory training courses for employers and HR professionals.

Practice head(s):Sarah Peacock; Tim Forer

Other key lawyers:Lisa Wallis; Vicky Schollar; Holly Cudbill; Natalie Painter


'The employment team are very knowledgeable; they give you the answers you need promptly'.

'Both partners and associates are highly competent'.

'Sarah Peacock and Lisa Wallis are friendly and knowledgeably but also pragmatic; they are both risk-sensitive and balance the client's needs against potential costs'.

Key Clients

Apollo Fire Detectors




HCL Technologies

JE Beale

PETA Limited

Park Lane Assets

Portsmouth Diocesan Trust

Portsmouth Grammar School

SPI Lasers

University of Portsmouth

Utilita Limited and Utilita Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised the trustees of a historical charity on dealing with the exit of its Chief Executive.
  • Asssisted JE Beales with the employment aspects of its acquisition of two Palmers stores in East Anglia.
  • Assisted veterinary consolidator CVS with the employment aspects of two acquisitions the firm's corporate team handled for the client in 2018.
  • Assisted Harwood Wealth Management Group by drafting complex and lengthy Consultancy Agreements between the client and senior individuals and via service companies with a particular focus on employment status.
  • Acted for The Gregg School in defending first tier tribunal proceedings involving allegations of disability discrimination made against the school for permanently excluding a pupil and for previous fixed-term exclusions.

Employment boutique DC Employment Solicitors fields a highly regarded three-partner team, which undertakes both contentious and non-contentious work. Its expertise includes employment tribunal litigation, large-scale corporate reorganisations, collective redundancies and senior executive exits. The firm is particularly highly reputed for working with clients in the charity, transport and shipping, construction and professional services sectors. 'Stand-out specialist' Darren Tibble is a key contact.

Practice head(s):Darren Tibble; Laurence Dunn; Daryl Cowan


'DC Employment are a strong specialist employment firm in the region'.

'I am extremely pleased with my experience of DC Employment Solicitors; the team made the muddy waters of employment law crystal clear'.

'The DC Employment team is an outstanding employment practice which combines simple, no-nonsense advisory with a risk-based approach'.

Key Clients

Vitality Health

Rolwey Group

Cornerstone Health Care

Acclaim Logistics

Alpha Laboratories

Winchester City Council

UYH Hacker Young LLP

Rothman Pantall LLP

Apeldoorn Flexible Packaging

The YOU Trust

Work highlights

  • DC Employment Solicitors successfully represented a large national employer client in its defence against a claim of unfair dismissal, indirect sex discrimination and detrimental treatment on the ground of part-time status in the Employment Tribunal.
  • DC Employment Solicitors is representing a large national employer client in the Employment Tribunal in its defence of multiple and complex allegations of sex, race, age and disability discrimination, and automatic unfair dismissal related to whistleblowing and health and safety complaints.
  • DC Employment Solicitors is currently acting for a local branch of a large, national charity client in defending claims of unfair dismissal, disability discrimination, personal injury and wrongful dismissal lodged by a former senior employee, which has included a successful defence to a challenge brought by the Claimant in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
  • DC Employment Solicitors represented a commercial client in defending Employment Tribunal claims by a former employee of unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and for share options. After a five-day hearing in the Employment Tribunal, their client was successful in its defence on all counts.
  • DC Employment Solicitors has advised a large regional charity on a multitude of issues, including various TUPE service provision change related matters and complex issues regarding the transferring or non-transferring of senior employees and national minimum wage compliance.

In addition to undertaking employment tribunal litigation, Paris Smith LLP's team often acts for clients in restrictive covenant actions and director exits. Education is a key sector for the group, which acts for the majority of sixth form colleges and private schools in Hampshire. Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE) claims specialist Clive Dobbin is the practice head. David Roath is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Clive Dobbin

Other key lawyers:David Roath; Claire Merritt


'All members of staff that we have dealt with, at all levels, are technically competent and able to provide a top-class answer to our employment questions straight away'.

'Clive Dobbin, David Roath and Claire Merritt are extremely approachable and offer a practical solutions to our issues'.

'A great service focused on listening to the challenges clients express and working to effect the best outcomes'.

'Clive Dobbin is a great support to our senior management team; he provides practical and considered feedback and proposes solutions to complex issues'.

'Clive Dobbin's ability to give a client complex information whilst checking understanding and involving them in the process is outstanding; he provides a truly bespoke service.'

Key Clients

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

AFC Bournemouth

Hampshire Cricket

Focal Point Fires

Barfoots of Botley

Stannah Stairlifts

TW Metals

Millbrook Industries


Draper Tools

Work highlights

  • Advised a college on a tribunal claim brought for unfair dismissal and race discrimination.
  • Advised Barfoots Cropping on a tribunal claim alleging disability discrimination and whistle-blowing.
  • Acted for a maintenance company in obtaining an injunction against a former employee and their new employer.
  • Assisted a maritime logistics company with reviewing both its short-term and persistent long-term absence policies.
  • Assisted a procurement director for an international manufacturing company with their exit from the company.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has a strong reputation of acting on the employer side; clients include regional businesses, as well as industry associations and the UK subsidiaries of European, US and Indian companies. The firm recently assisted clients with a number of sensitive matters, including whistleblowing cases, international employment contracts and senior executive departures. The employment team is led by David Bickford, who has experience of defending complex employment tribunal claims, outsourcing (including all TUPE issues), and advising on employment policies and procedures. Gemma Woodhouse is also recommended.

Practice head(s):David Bickford

Other key lawyers:Chris Syder; Gemma Woodhouse; Katie Glendinning


'The team had an excellent understanding of our business and the complexity of the issues we faced.'

'We were given the full range of options with all routes and risks made completely clear'.

'Gemma Woodhouse and Katie Glendinning were incredibly receptive to our ideas but also made us aware of alternative options'.


Key Clients

The AA

Local Pensions Partnership


Twentieth Century Fox International

23.5 Degrees

Specialist Lending

The Licensed Trade Charity

Industrial Cleaning Equipment

Shrewsbury House School Trust

Not Just Cleaning

Marine Stewardship Council

Wellington College

Link Asset Services


DeNave India

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP


Bouygues UK

Rutland Group

ES Holdings 2011

Work highlights

  • Assisted Local Pensions Partnership with whistleblowing claims brought against in by an aggressive claimant which involved a subject access request under the GDPR.
  • Assisted Corel with managing the process to effect the removal of a long-serving senior HR professional from the business, subject to a settlement agreement.
  • Asssisted Denave India with regard to its senior management restructure in the UK.
  • Support Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Limited’s London HR team by providing legal training and advising on absence management, redundancies and poor performance management.
  • Assisted Industrial Cleaning Equipment with sensitive post-acquisition senior-level staff changes.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's employment department has key  specialisms in the retail, education and financial services sectors. Its strength in business-critical matters was recently evidenced by it representing clients in multiple sensitive tribunal claims, and also the provision of assistance with the employment aspects of large-scale corporate transactions. Practice head Christina Tolvas-Vincent has extensive expertise in the full range of employment issues. Daniel Fawcett is the name to note for high-value employment tribunal litigation. Jon Hales provides 'excellent advice'.

Practice head(s):Christina Tolvas-Vincent; Jon Hales


'The team is pragmatic'.

'Christina Tolvas-Vincent is experienced and provides clear advice'.

'The Womble Bond Dickinson team have a strong understanding of our sector and have developed an excellent understanding of our business over the last fifteen years'.

'Jon Hales gives a commercial take on issues as well as strictly legal counsel. This is of particular value with regards to specific issues, such as restrictive covenants, that often arise in our sector'.

Key Clients


Post Office Ltd

H Samuel and Ernest Jones


Ordnance Survey

Associated British Ports

Colgate-Palmolive Group


Arts University Bournemouth

NICE Systems UK


Sunseeker International

Southampton City College


National Farmers Union

Work highlights

  • Assisting Colgate's in-house legal and HR teams on a variety of people projects.
  • Advised Quilter on the employment aspects of a number of acquisitions in which it was involved.
  • Advising a number of Transdev's subsidiaries on the employment law implications of proposed internal re-organisations.
  • Assisting Arts University Bournemouth's HR department with a variety of employee relations, policy and legal compliance issues, including updating contractual arrangements for the engagement of external consultants.
  • Assisting NICE System Technologies with a number of claims from a serial litigant who was absent but in receipt of PHI benefits for over 14 years.

With a key specialisation in contentious employment work, BDB Pitmans' team has significant experience of representing both claimants and respondents. Team head Jonathan Gray has a strong track record in employment tribunal advocacy. On the non-contentious side, the group provides day-to-day HR and employment support on corporate transactions. Working closely with the firm's pensions department, the group is also able to advise on employee benefits.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Gray

Other key lawyers:Claire Anderson


'A fantastic commercially-minded approach to any work we have given them. I would highly recommend'.

'Jonathan Gray is always accessible and provides first class advice and support for our business'.

Key Clients


The Highwood Group

The Concorde Club and Hotel

Interesting Hotels

Crittall Windows

London Irish

The Wilton Carpet Factory

The Appointment Group

Delicious Dining Group

Gallowglass Group

Work highlights

  • Acting in defence of Marblesea in a claim for pregnancy, sex and disability discrimination and dismissal.
  • Acted for David Jeffery in his successful Court of Appeal hearing against The British Council.
  • Represented London Irish in a dismissal claim in which the act of dismissal was in dispute.
  • Assisted The Appointment Group with all employment aspects of the buyout by Apiary Capital .
  • Assisting Community with protecting the employment and pension rights of the British Steel workers, in particular their early retirement benefits.

Clarke Willmott LLP has an HR consultancy offering, which draws on the expertise of both lawyers and senior HR consultants. Elsewhere, its employment team has a specialist focus on tribunal work, and it also has a strong track record of advising on restructurings and obligations under TUPE. Partner and barrister Mark Long, who heads up the practice, has TUPE experience in relation to both public and private sector transfers. Other work arises from outsourcings, insolvency proceedings and corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Marc Long

Other key lawyers:Nicole Adams; Emily Like


'An excellent team with a wealth of technical knowledge; always gives the right advice for the best commercial outcome'.

'Marc Long is extraordinarily talented and boasts a great breadth of legal knowledge'.

'Associate Nicole Adams delivers outstanding advice with confidence and professionalism'.

'The lawyers at Clarke Willmott are excellent; they provide advice which is straightforward and pragmatic and place a strong emphasis on making the client feel valued with the majority of advisory work getting partner input'.

'Marc Long and Nicole Adams are dependable and meticulous in their approach. Marc is extremely knowledgeable and Nicole is clearly dedicated and committed to the client'.

Key Clients

PEI Genesis UK

Onecom Group

Marsh & Parsons

Bandai UK

One Family Foundation

Huhtamaki UK

Marina Developments


Chelsea and Westminster Swimming Club

Work highlights

  • Assisted a large social housing client with undertaking an employment due diligence exercise in respect of another housing trust with which the client was considering a merger.
  • Advised a leading estate agent on the offer of a settlement agreement to a senior employee on maternity leave who was considering issuing a grievance regarding a prospective restructure and the impact this would have on her role.
  • Represented a leading swimming club in relation to claims of unfair dismissal, victimisation, harassment, whistleblowing, equal pay and unpaid holiday pay brought by an employee, including the negotiation of a settlement agreement.
  • Advised a multinational cup manufacturer on an unfair dismissal claim issued by a former employee, who was dismissed for being under the influence of cocaine whilst at work.
  • Advised a major telecommunications provider on an issue with an employee who had been defrauding the company by claiming commission that was not due.

Leon Deakin leads the employment practice at Coffin Mew LLP, which has notable experience of acting for large retailers. The group also generates work from companies in the technology sector and not-for-profit clients, as well as fast-growth businesses. In addition to acting for clients on a standalone basis, it regularly works with the firm's corporate department to assist with the employment aspects of high-value transactions. Employment tribunal advocacy and senior-level exits are other areas of activity.

Practice head(s):Leon Deakin

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Allery


'The team listens well, offers pragmatic solutions and use layman's terms to advise on risks'.

'Leon Deakin is an outstanding employment law specialist; he spends time getting to know the business in order to give sensible and sound advice'.

'Where competitors may say no, Leon will ask what the favoured outcome would be and works with you to reach this'.

'The team has a good, broad knowledge of all aspects of our requirements'.

'Leon Deakin is straightforward and easy to deal with. He has a no nonsense approach'.

Key Clients

Fat Face

David Cover & Sons

World of Books

Pets Corner UK

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare

Laleham Health & Beauty

Newhaven Port and Properties

Testing Solutions Group

Climax Studios and Freejam

Saab Technologies UK

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Fat Face to provide day-to-day advice on a wide range of employment and HR issues.
  • Instructed by Climax Studios and Freejam to provide day-to-day HR and employment advice; assisted with the review of contractual documentation.

  • Regularly provide employment and HR advice to Saab Technologies. Also assist with strategic matters when needed; assisted with GDPR implementation.
  • Represented a client in defending a claim brought by 129 employees.
  • Assisted with a client with handling the departure of its long-serving CEO, which involved negotiating an exit package worth £1.6m.

Shoosmiths LLP's client roster comprises of a mix of national household names and local employers, including those in the retail, restaurant, hotel, care, pension and technology industries. Healthcare and financial services are also areas of strength. The team covers the gamut of employment law matters for clients, and has the ability to advise on the niche areas of business immigration and data protection. Stuart Lawrenson is the practice head.

Practice head(s):Stuart Lawrenson

Other key lawyers:Gemma Robinson; Sian Hoare


'The team was easy to speak to and provided immediate answers to our questions'.

'Shoosmiths understands our business and provide us with both legal and practical solutions'

'The team is are realistic in its outlook and always gives a balanced view'.

'Both Gemma Robinson and Stuart Lawrenson are extremely knowledgeable, flexible and timely with their responses'.

'The team were highly professional but considerate throughout'.

'Stuart Lawrenson was generous and thorough with his initial advice, explaining the position in a clear and precise manner.'

'Stuart Lawrenson explains complex legal issues in lawyman's terms'.

'Stuart Lawrenson advises on the most sensible course of action'.

Key Clients


Krispy Kreme UK

Phase Eight

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Churchill Retirement

Colten Care

Brightside Group

Big Yellow Storage Company

DAS UK Group

Häfele UK

Work highlights

  • Supported Phase Eight with GDPR issues and assisted them with a major restructuring.
  • Advised Gourmet Burger Kitchen on the employment aspects of its recent CVA and the complex employment issues arising from the decision to close stores and relocate employees.
  • Advised Travelodge Hotels on a range of specialist topics including data protection, TUPE and employee relations issues.
  • Instructed by Mr Wilson in relation to a claim against Gloucester City Council for unfair dismissal.
  • Supporting Benefex Holdings with regard to various settlement agreements and complex employee-related issues.

All lawyers in Trethowans LLP's employment and immigration department are tribunal advocates with over ten years of employment law experience. Household name companies, owner-managed businesses and Hampshire-based businesses all feature on the firm's client list. The head of the team is Simon Rhodes, who has particular expertise in TUPE, organisational restructurings, restrictive covenants and discrimination.

Practice head(s):Simon Rhodes

Other key lawyers:Kathryn Casey-Evans


'The team is approachable, responsive and provides excellent advice'.

'Skillfully works through the red tape without delays'.

'A highly practical group'.

'Simon Rhodes is second to none; he is calm, considered and straightforward in his advice'.

'Simon Rhodes is very personable and always instills his clients with confidence'.

'Simon Rhodes is a lawyer you can rely on'.

'Simon Rhodes is a first-class employment expert'.


Work highlights

  • Acting for a healthcare services provider in a complex TUPE sub-contracting arrangement involving public and private sector parties which has become contentious
  • Defended a public limited company operating in services in an Employment Tribunal arising from a high-value whistleblowing claim which involved multiple potential protected disclosures and alleged detriments.
  • Advised on, drafted and negotiated the employment and TUPE warranties, indemnities and operating clauses within outsourcing and insourcing agreements for two separate food and beverage companies.
  • Advising a driving services business on claims from over 200 drivers that they are workers under the Employment Rights Act 1996.
  • Advising and representing a national manufacturing and retail group in several Employment Tribunal claims; legal issues include constructive unfair dismissal, TUPE regulation claims and whistleblowing.

Moore Blatch LLP is known for assisting clients operating in the technology, advertising, media, financial services and hospitality sectors. Its practice covers the employment aspects of corporate transactions, unfair dismissal claims, reorganisations and restructurings, and senior executive terminations. Katherine Maxwell, who leads the group, advises employers and senior executives.

Practice head(s):Katherine Maxwell

Other key lawyers:Naomi Greenwood; Emma Edis

Key Clients

No 1 Lounges

Southern Communications

Monarch Laundry

Chichester Trees and Shrubs

SKS Business Services

Stable Family Home Trust

ICS Group Holdings

Peach Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised No 1 Lounges with the employee aspects of a business transfer agreement related to the acquisition of five airport lounges owned by Etihad; assisted with all employee due diligence and employee terms in the agreement.
  • Assisted Peach Technologies with all the employment aspects of its initial reorganisation, refinancing and subsequent acquisition of Taylor Made Computer Solutions
  • Supported Stable Family Home Trust in relation to two employment tribunal matters; the first relating to disability discrimination and the second relating to automatic unfair dismissal following an alleged protected disclosure.
  • Assisted ICS Group Holdings with the employee due diligence process in the context of the sale of the company to Ingersoll Rand.

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Index of tables

  1. Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

The Charles Russell Speechlys LLP employment, pensions and immigration group is headed by Nick Hurley who is highly rated for contentious work in addition to advising on areas such as reorganisations and business transfers. The team counts an impressive list of international and national companies among its clients with a growing focus on those in the finance and TMT sectors. Ben Smith is in demand for his broad skills in HR matters including redundancies and dismissals and TUPE matters and Andy Williams' ' sound judgement is always valued on all HR issues'.Emily Chalkley is one of a number of associates who also garners appreciation.

Practice head(s):Nick Hurley

Other key lawyers:Ben Smith; Andy Williams; Emily Chalkley


'CRS is undoubtedly one of the best regional and City practices, combining the right partners and associates with the right skill levels to match client requirements.'

'Andy Williams and his team are excellent. Always client focused and attentive and they totally understand my commercial needs.'

'Andy Williams is extremely practical and does not over complicate issues. His sound judgement is always valued on all HR issues. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending him to private individuals or multi-national companies.'

'Ben Smith will always go the extra mile for his client.  He is obsessive about getting his clients the best deal.'

'Nick Hurley is a real fighter, Nick is the man you want on your side when you are going to high stakes litigation.'

'Associate Emily Chalkley has incredible attention to detail and leaves no stone unturned.'


Key Clients


Photo-Me International Plc

Amundi Asset Management

National Museum of the Royal Navy

Zenium Technology Partners Limited/CyrusOne, Inc.

Goodwin Procter LLP

DST Financial Services International Ltd

Lord Wandsworth College

Work highlights

  • Assists the client with general, ongoing  employment matters. Of late, acted for the management team on the sale of its UK and German operations.
  • Advised Amobee on its acquisition of Videology, and specifically regarding the transfer of the business and assets of Videology  to Amobee EMEA which involved TUPE and other employment issues.
  • This US firm refers its employment and pensions law matters; the team has advised on a large number of cases ranging from $5m to over $2bn.
  • Acted on a claim against the client after the dismissal of a senior compliance manager for gross misconduct following his abusive behaviour towards the company’s auditor, his immediate boss and HR.
  • Advises the UK and Swedish companies on a range of matters including defending a  number of Employment Tribunal claims and assisting on various corporate transactions, outsourcing projects and in-sourcing arrangements.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish assists clients in diverse sectors such as retail, hospitality, technology, healthcare and NOPs. It is also attracts work from a number of overseas/international law firms. Both regarded as 'excellent', Rhona Darbyshire and associate Emma Saunders take on the gamut of employment matters; large-scale restructurings, senior employee exits, restrictive covenants, employee relations and tribunal claims. Senior associate Camilla Beamish has a broad remit; terminations, whistle-blowing and discrimination claims and TUPE projects.

Practice head(s):Rhona Darbyshire

Other key lawyers:Camilla Beamish; Emma Saunders 


'One of many strengths at Cripps is the depth of knowledge in the team; if one member of the team is unavailable, another is there to help. Another strength of the team, which sets them apart from other firms I have dealt with, is the commercial focus of their advice. I am never told simply the legal position of my enquiry - it's always within the specific context of our business and the objectives that we are seeking to achieve.'

'I have yet to encounter a member of the employment law team that was not of a very high calibre. Rhona Darbyshire and Emma Saunders have consistently been excellent, very responsive and give commercial and practical advice any time we have needed it.'

Key Clients


Delivery Associates Limited

Trans Global Freight Management Limited

Peer Group Plc

MetOcean Telematics

Monecor (London) t/a ETX Capital

Optomany Limited

Holiday Extras

Principal Hayley Hotel Group

Slough Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Slough Borough Council on a high-value and complex Tribunal claim for whistleblowing detriment in which the claimant was seeking damages for a substantial sum.
  • Assisting the client with all day to day HR matters.
  • Advised in relation to the employment aspects of various acquisitions including carrying out due diligence exercises, drafting warranties and indemnities for Share Purchase Agreements and drafting directors’ service agreements.
  • Advising a group of independent schools on day to day employment and HR matters and contentious issues.
  • Advising on the employment aspects of the client's acquisition of a Domo Tactical Communications business unit.

DMH Stallard LLP continues to benefit from its merger with Rawlison Butler. Simon Bellm is the regional head of the employment and immigration offering and Adam Williams heads the newly set up Guildford team where senior associate Abigail Maino has joined from asb law LLP. The 'just brilliant' Tony Hyams-Parish has a wealth of experience advising national and international  businesses on all aspects of employment law and has an especial focus on equality and discrimination issues. Greg Burgess' recent work includes the handling of several complex discrimination actions.

Practice head(s):Simon Bellm

Other key lawyers:Tony Hyams-Parish; Greg Burgess; Adam Williams;


'The team makes efforts to understand our challenging and complex business in order to provide us with the appropriate advice and recommendations. They are easily approachable, reliable and quick to respond in a friendly manner. We find their employment law seminars informative and beneficial for the work we do.'

'Tony Hyams-Parish has a great understanding of the grey within organisations and has the ability to advise not only just on the legal black and white but how to navigate the grey.'

'Tony Hyams-Parish, Adam Williams, John Yates are open minded, friendly, approachable, reliable, positive, knowledgeable and have wide expertise in different fields.'

Key Clients

Change Grow Live

St Marys University

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Crawley Borough Council

Cineworld Cinemas

Brewers Decorator Centres

TC Facilities Management Limited


The BRIT School

Ashcroft Academy

Work highlights

  • Provides ongoing advice on harmonisation issues arising from merger of City College (Brighton) and Northbrook FE Colleges.
  • Provided representation in a complex Employment Tribunal claim for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
  • Advising on a collective consultation during a large-scale restructuring and redundancy process.
  • Conducted the successful defence of a five dayTribunal case brought by a former manager alleging unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
  • Acted for the client against whistle blowing claims brought by a pilot in respect of cabin crew members alleged to be under the influence of alcohol.

At Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, Michael Cole, who is well respected in the market, offers clients a wealth of experience in discrimination cases, TUPE, business reorganisations and various workplace disputes. Working alongside senior associate Liz Cardy, he advises on unfair dismissal claims, settlement agreements, grievance  and redundancy procedures.

Practice head(s):Michael Cole

Other key lawyers:Liz Cardy


'The team is always fast to respond to questions with excellent answers that any non-legal professional can understand and act upon.'

'Their knowledge on any given subject is strong and they are well managed in keeping costs to a minimum  whilst providing sound advice.'


Key Clients

EET Europarts

Maintel Europe

IPM Facilities


Grand Prix Legends

The Recruitment Consultancy Ltd/Surrey HR Forum

Gilamor Stephens



Sapienza Consulting

Finance and Leasing Association

Work highlights

  • Advised the client on a contentious TUPE transfer involving more than 30 employees employed at over 20 sites.
  • Advising on restructuring at a senior level.
  • Dealing with a group grievance and various discrimination claims.
  • Acting on a particularly contentious restrictive covenant issue.
  • Providing bespoke training services to a local group of HR professionals.

'With a very commercial approach', the impressive employment and immigration team at Stevens & Bolton LLP is led by the 'exceptional' Kerry Garcia. Equally well-regarded partner Hannah Ford has a track record dealing with tribunal litigation; Lloyd Davey concentrates on clients within the technology, media and retail sectors and is highlighted for his offering on the full range of HR advice; and senior associate Abigail Etchells has a focus on TUPE matters and agency worker issues. The team has collective skills across all aspects of employment advisory and contentious cases.

Practice head(s):Kerry Garcia

Other key lawyers:Hannah Ford; Lloyd Davey; Abigail Etchells


'We have worked with the employment team on a wide range of matters including complex discrimination claims, tribunal cases, restructures, holiday pay, executive remuneration, immigration and judicial mediation. They  make the effort to fully understand our business and are commercially focused, responsive, pragmatic and flexible in their approach and pro-active in developing solutions.'

'The team provides good solid advice and a good service -  it's commercial in its approach -  looking to support their clients.'

'Kerry Garcia provides top notch advice and support whilst being pragmatic and is in tune with business needs.'

'Hannah Ford can always be relied upon to provide no nonsense advice in plain English, which we value hugely.  She has supported us through complex cases and has received high praise for her approach and commercial eye.'

'Lloyd Davey is responsive and provides concise, accurate, commercial advice.  He is willing to add extra information and will discuss additional issues or angles he has noted.'

Key Clients

BOC/The Linde Group

FF Group (Links of London/Folli Follie/Juicy Couture brands)

Kia Motors (UK)

Godiva UK/Godiva Global

Diebold Nixdorf

CBRE Managed Services

Sports Information Services

Surrey Satellite Technology

HCL Axon

Papa John’s GB

Passion Pictures

Cambridge Display Technology

Work highlights

  • Continues to handle the client's employment tribunal caseload and provide other employment law and HR support - this has included successfully defending a number of tribunal claims.
  • Continuing to provide ongoing advisory assistance in relation to all employment issues which include GDPR compliance, TUPE advice on the insourcing of a previously outsourced customer call centre, senior executive appointments and exits and grievances.
  • Advising in relation to UK employment matters, including GDPR compliance, agency worker advice as well as other employee relations issues.
  • Advising Diebold Nixdorf in relation to TUPE in connection with several large contracts. Continued to advise HR and management in relation to general HR and employment matters including working time issues, redundancies and post-merger matters.
  • Advising on a range of diverse employment issues, including GDPR compliance, the employment status of freelancers, zero hours contracts and other employee relations issues.

Led by the 'standout' Rebecca Jorgensen, the asb law LLP team handles a wide range of contentious cases concerned with discrimination or redundancy issues. It also serves its clients on advisory/HR matters such as TUPE and  issues arising out of corporate reorganisations. It provides a range of training programmes for HR professionals and uses sophisticated technology to manage costs and fees.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Jorgensen


'It is a tight-knit and supportive team. They are responsive, easy to deal with and provide sound pragmatic advice.  They offer options and potential solutions, clearly explaining the benefits and risks to all. A pleasure to deal with.'

'Rebecca Jorgensen stands out as being very special. She understands our business very well and always does her best for us and helps us to see things that may not be so obvious.  She advises us on strategic options and tactics, I have utmost confidence in Rebecca.'

'Gail Brookes is a very astute lawyer but what makes her stand out from her competitors is her ability to manage difficult clients to ensure that they remain focused on achieving their objective.  She is able to see the wood for the trees and her skill is ensuring her clients do too.'

Key Clients

Leaders Romans Group Limited

Markerstudy Group

Mid Sussex District Council

Ultimate Insurance (part of the Markerstudy group of companies)

Work highlights

  • Defended a disability discrimination claim which had complex legal issues relating to jurisdiction and the status of the claimant. The claim was successfully settled.
  • Provided strategic advice in relation to the employment aspects of a high-value acquisition. Also provided strategic advice on a favourable settlement with respect to a senior exit from the business.
  • Day-to-day provision of general advice and  advised on a complex redundancy process involving an employee on maternity leave. Also advised on a TUPE transfer in relation to the award of a service contract.
  • Advised in relation to a complex restructure and redundancy situation involving a woman on maternity leave. Also provided TUPE support on a corporate deal.
  • Providing general advice and successfully settled a complex disability discrimination tribunal claim brought by an employee who remained employed throughout. Also provided strategic advice on managing the risks of unfair dismissal and discrimination claims in relation to the exit of a number of employees.

Barlow Robbins LLP¬†acts for national and international clients and individuals on a comprehensive range of employment matters ranging from the employment aspects of M&A deals to¬†employment tribunal and High Court claims involving issues such as¬†disability discrimination and whistleblowing. David Ludlow¬†has especially broad expertise; Joanna Lada‚ÄďWalicki¬†and¬†Ben Collingwood¬†focus on education- and charities-related work and the much appreciated senior associate Michelle Tudor¬†takes on discrimination, maternity, paternity and other family-related issues especially in the education sector.

Practice head(s):David Ludlow

Other key lawyers:Michelle Tudor; Joanna Lada–Walicki; Ben Collingwood 


'We have found Barlow Robbins to be knowledgeable, realistic and extremely human in their dealings with us.'

'I have always found Barlow Robbins to provide a professional but accessible service. We regularly attend briefings and updates hosted by Barlow Robbins.  These provide great insight into legislative updates and case law and give practical applications of law for employers to take away and implement.'

'David Ludlow has been very responsive on all employment matters providing very good advice and support. In addition, there is a clear  understanding of our business and the need to build effective long term relationships.'

'Senior associate Michelle Tudor has dealt with a range of employment matters and has brought her knowledge both of the law and the education sector to the forefront.'

'Michelle Tudor's questioning is brilliant and is able to pull the key and relevant points and themes from what can be an overly emotive area. We have learnt a lot from her approach. She has a calm and collected approach to everything and always manages to reassure and guide in a balanced manner - and is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for us.'

Key Clients

Pinnacle Foods Limited

Explore Learning Limited

Wey Education PLC

Midatech Pharma PLC

ACG Europe

Nyman Resourcing Limited

Focus 21 Limited

ENS Recruitment Limited

D4T4 Solutions PLC

Plum Products Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented  the client in the Employment Tribunal and successfully defended a claim of disability discrimination by a former employee.  
  • Advised on defending a disability discrimination claim by a former employee.
  • Advised the shareholders of Sys-Teams Limited on the sale of their shares to Stratacache Limited and the new fixed term contracts of employment.
  • Advised on the preparation of contracts of employment for the client's European employees, including those based in the UK, France and Germany.
  • Advised a senior executive of a large multinational in connection with a claim of unfair dismissal against his employer which included a long term incentive plan with the employer’s American parent company.

Brachers provides an all-round service to its healthcare, leisure and  manufacturer clients and has a notable list of automotive and aerospace industry clients. It operates a specialist human resources consultancy, Kent HR, in addition to handling Tribunal and High Court litigation. Team head Catherine Daw provides the healthcare expertise in addition to serving clients in areas such as aerospace and Antonio Fletcher, who is part of the agricultural team, handles restructures, TUPE transfers and employee disputes. Fellow partner Colin Smith has similarly broad expertise including collective redundancy programmes.

Practice head(s):Catherine Daw

Other key lawyers:Colin Smith; Antonio Fletcher

Key Clients

Hadlow College

Hamton Environmental

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Moove/Cosan/Comma Oil

Global Sign

Plumpton College

Royal British Legion Industries

Plumpton College

Aliaxis Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the client in a high-profile, High Court action based on the national doctors’ disciplinary process.  
  • Represented a NHS Trust in relation to a substantial claim for disability and sex discrimination.
  • Advised in connection with a subject access request and support in dealing with a complaint to the Information Commissioner.
  • Advice on a large-scale collective redundancy process involving over 300 employees.
  • Advice on the departure of senior directors with cross border implications.

Furley Page Solicitors  is known for its specialism in the education and charity sectors - providing the full range of HR support and handling contentious cases. Andrew Masters can handle large-scale redundancy, restructuring and TUPE and discrimination cases and he is also a workplace mediator. Senior associate Amanda Okill also takes on the full range of employment matters and provides in-house training on HR issues.

Practice head(s):Andrew Masters

Other key lawyers:Amanda Okil


'The firm delivers a very high quality of service and manages to run a very effective HR training programme alongside its core business. This has enabled them to get to know our HR personnel well, which further strengthens our working relationship.  Very much a people-based, friendly and supportive firm.'

'Andrew Maters and Amanda Okil are consummate professionals. Andrew is never too busy to take a call and will always provide sound, pragmatic and accurate advice. He also knows the independent education sector extremely well which adds weight to his opinion.'

Key Clients

University of Kent

Dean & Chapter of Canterbury

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School

The Brett Group

Kent College, Canterbury

The Dover Federation for the Arts Multi Academy Trust

Demelza House Hospice Care for Children

Swale Borough Council

Maidstone Borough Council

St Lawrence College

Work highlights

  • Advised the client during industrial action taken by the University and College Union.
  • Advised a client in a serious disciplinary dispute with a senior teacher.
  • Defended a client in respect of an age discrimination claim.
  • Defended a client in an Employment Tribunal disability claim.

The team at Loch Employment Law is highlighted for its 'excellent service and advice'. Pam Loch is the well-known team head of a practice that encompasses the full range of contentious and non-contentious advice, mediation, HR and workplace management including employee health. Alex Kiernan and Helen Baxter cover all aspects of employment matters, the latter has a focus on mediation and the settlement of disputes. Caroline Denbow has expertise in HR compliance issues and pension matters and Janette Protheroe joined the team from Kingsley Napley LLP in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Pam Loch

Other key lawyers:Alex Kiernan; Helen Baxter; Caroline Denbow; Janette Protheroe


'They know employment law inside out which makes this firm unique.'

'The HR consultants have a wealth of experience to draw from that combined with being able to apply common sense to HR issues has been a refreshing experience.  I particularly like their pro-active approach to topical work place issues that are covered in their regular, free evening seminars.'

'The practice is strong in all aspects of employment law and quick to respond with accurate advice. We deal with other firms in the Tunbridge Wells area and Loch compare favourably to them.'

Key Clients


Alexandre Boyes

Virtual IT

Pinden Ltd no


Back2Back productions

Exchange Data International

Work highlights

  • Represented the client to defend a claim for unlawful deduction of wages brought by two employees, following their dismissal for gross misconduct.
  • Following a claim for constructive dismissal brought by a senior employee worth £165,000, the firm successfully negotiated a settlement to reduce the client’s  liability to £15,000 and avoiding court costs.
  • Advising on an exit strategy for a senior employee, negotiated a settlement agreement and successfully defending a complaint brought by the ex-employee under the Data Protection regulations.
  • Successfully defended a claim in the Employment Tribunal for automatic unfair dismissal following whistleblowing on health and safety grounds.
  • Assisted a large firm with issues surrounding the health problems and sickness absence of one of its employees, devising an exit strategy and preparing a settlement agreement with minimal compensation, following the employee’s dismissal.

Acting for both employees and local and national employers, Martin Searle Solicitors is a specialist practice that is defined by its drive for workplace equality. 'Standout and passionate' team head Fiona Martin overseas a range of cases concerned with all types of discrimination, particularly relating to maternity. It also handles employer matters; TUPE and reorganisations  and various HR matters. The 'outstanding' Matthew Grant is gaining a reputation for his handling of Employment Tribunal and County Court work involving discrimination and unfair dismissals, especially those associated with pregnancy and two cases in these areas have gone to the Court of Appeal.

Practice head(s):Fiona Martin

Other key lawyers:Cate Searle; Matthew Grant; Sarah Henderson


'The practice has the ability to develop a coherent litigation strategy, which flowed through from the first contact through to the eventual, successful outcome, at both the initial Employment Tribunal and the Appeal Hearings.'

'The practice is unique in the excellent service delivered at the same level of a central London solicitor but with realistic costs. The firm is accessible almost immediately when contacted reducing anxiety over ongoing legal battles.'

'The team not only has excellent legal knowledge but it particularly looks to find the best practical solutions for its clients or, if necessary, to fight to achieve a just outcome. I admire the passion, energy and determination this team devotes to the cause of its clients and yet it is not afraid to seek alternative ways of securing a good result by whatever means is most appropriate.'

Key Clients

Sussex Interpreting Service

Wired Sussex



Brighton Fringe

Fruit Design

Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce

JE Bennett Law

Wiltshire Farm Foods

Surrey Rest Homes

BBH Legal Services

Work highlights

  • Providing transactional employment law support in an acquisition, including TUPE advice.
  • Representing a senior HR professional who received unequal pay, who was side-lined after becoming pregnant, and whose job was advertised whilst on maternity leave.
  • Successfully obtained an order for a deposit to be paid by the opponent employer and won claims for wrongful and unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
  • Successfully obtained damages for disability discrimination and an increase in the client’s salary so as to meet immigration requirements in order to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

The team at Mundays LLP acts for individuals as well as well-known corporate clients. Its work spans corporate restructurings, outsourcings and TUPE and senior executive exits. Andrew Knorpel leads on much of this work in addition to data protection matters. Likewise Fiona McAllister has expertise in a range of advisory and contentious cases.

Practice head(s):Andrew Knorpel

Other key lawyers:Fiona McAllister

Key Clients

Accent Catering

SecureLink UK

ACS International School

BIMM t/a British & Irish Modern Music Institute

ChannelAdvisor UK

MiTAC Europe

PG Motors t/a Unbeatablecar

Pall Mall & Woodcote Park Clubhouses t/a Royal Automobile Club

TY Danjuma Family Office

Vestatec (UK)

Sherrards Employment Law Solicitors offers niche expertise to a roster of impressive airline, retail, logistics and insurance clients, among others. Harry Sherrard has a wealth of experience advising in areas such as complex global restructures and day to day HR matters. He also conducts training programmes and writes extensively. Fellow partners Dan Soanes is noted for  Employment Tribunal work and Victoria Bevis focuses on TUPE and a range of equality matters.

Practice head(s):Harry Sherrard; Dan Soanes; Victoria Bevis

Other key lawyers:Rachel Nicholas


'Sherrards offers fast, friendly and efficient service. They have in-depth knowledge and are able to see problems from many different perspectives.  They add value to all our employee related issues and a seamless service.'

'Victoria Beavis provides insightful, considered and easy to understand guidance and advice.  Her whole approach is based on being professional, approachable, efficient and ensuring the best outcome for the client.'

Key Clients




Cathay Pacific

Singapore Airlines

Canada Life

Black and Veatch

L-3 Communications

Charles Tyrwhitt


Work highlights

  • Handled the UK aspects of a complex global restructure involving advice on all aspects of  UK employment law implications.
  • Advising on a nationwide restructure involving TUPE and collective consultation on redundancies.
  • Advising on all UK employment law matters as a new retainer client.
  • Handled a long-running, high-value dispute over a pension fund. Successfully settled the case for less than 10% of the original claim.
  • Providing advice on a series of complex TUPE transactions following the loss of high-value transportation contracts in a unionised environment with valuable and high-profile customers.

Nick Hobden and the team at Thomson Snell & Passmore are considered 'exceptional' in their handling of Employment Tribunal and High Court claims concerning unfair dismissals and other employee disputes. Hobden also advises on senior executive terminations and business restructuring exercises. Highly recommended senior associate Ben Stepney has a notable focus on the healthcare sector and advises on areas such as sexual discrimination and harassment.

Practice head(s):Nick Hobden

Other key lawyers:Ben Stepney


'I really felt the whole team cared about our issues and the outcome - an exceptional piece of work, we were so pleased with the advice and the outcome.'

'Ben Stepney and his colleagues guided us through a complicated dismissal with great professionalism. They were responsive, supportive and pragmatic at every step.'

'TSP as a firm has real integrity and they care.'

'I particularly valued Ben Stepney's advice. It wasn't just that he gave sound legal advice - helping me to understand our position and options at each stage - but he was also very supportive during a difficult time. I can't recommend him or the firm highly enough.'

Key Clients

Avante Care & Support

Seacon Terminals (part of the Seacon Group)

Rivermead Inclusive Trust

Compagnie Fruitiere UK

Airflow Developments Limited

St Thomas More Roman Catholic Primary School

Southward Diocesan Board of Education Multi-Academy Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented Sin defending an employment tribunal claim regarding employment status of a contractor.
  • Advised the client on its cross-border GDPR compliance.
  • Supported the client throughout an employee TUPE consultation process.
  • Represented a local school in successfully defending an employment tribunal claim for unfair dismissal.

Boddy Matthews Limited is 'a niche practice with a skilled team' that can provide the full range of employment and HR services for corporate clients and senior executives. It helps clients with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters including dismissals and also assists with settlement agreements and TUPE cases. Helen Boddy, who heads the practice, 'stands out for her excellent work'. Harriet Hutchinson takes on a range of both contentious and advisory work and the team is further enhanced by the experienced consultant Michal Stein.

Practice head(s):Helen Boddy

Other key lawyers:Kate Matthews; Harriet Hutchinson; Michal Stein


'Boddy Matthews is a small firm which stands out for the excellence of its people; Helen Boddy and Harriet Hutchinson. Particularly notable were their abilities to quickly grasp all elements of a complex matter and to take a pragmatic view of what next steps to take.'

'I received good, practical advice.  The team takes time to understand a client's organisation and to tailor advice accordingly.'

'Helen Boddy is great at communicating clearly, cutting through a maze of facts and putting across the salient points. She is a great negotiator and clearly has a lot of experience in this area - all of which resulted in a settlement far in excess of what I originally thought. Moreover she gave me a great deal of moral support through what was a very stressful experience.'

'Both Helen Boddy and Kate Matthews go out of their way to fit around their clients' time requirements.  They are extremely flexible and their advice is of a high quality, and pragmatic. They are both extremely easy to work with.'

'Helen Boddy is an excellent employment lawyer; she looks at cases from a pragmatic as well as professional angle, resulting in helpful and comprehensive advice to the client. I have referred individuals to her for employment advice.'

Key Clients

Age UK Croydon

Rolls Royce Power Systems AG

PJ Valves (PJ Pipe & Valve Co Ltd)

Saracen Horse Feeds Ltd

Storm Building Ltd

Macher Distribution Ltd

The AES Corporation

Prater Ltd

Lindner Interiors Ltd  

Senior Executives mainly ex-City with 6 figure salaries.

Work highlights

  • Advising the trustees and senior leadership team of Age UK Croydon on caring for older people in the London Borough of Croydon; on day to day employment issues including performance management, disciplinary and grievance procedures, restructuring and benchmarking.

  • Advising Rolls Royce Power Systems AG on TUPE matters.
  • Providing PJ Pipe & Valve Co Ltd with a range of employment and HR support including restructuring and change management, reviewing and revising employment framework documents and non-executive director service agreements.
  • Advising Saracen Horse Feeds Ltd on cross- border employment issues in France; Germany and the UAE in respect of consultancy arrangements for development and customer co-ordination activities.
  • Advising Storm Building Ltd on a range of matters including advice and support with allegations of disability discrimination in respect of dyslexia brought by an ex-employee and advice  on grievance and appeal processes and  analysis of the question of disability for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010.

Clarkson Wright & Jakes team are known for efficiency and practicality. Led by Judith Curran, it is entrusted with a range of sensitive cases involving unfair dismissal, harassment or bullying and exits of senior executives. It acts on many of these matters for high-level individuals including disputes over restraint of trade and share options, but also acts for corporate clients on reorganisation matters and a range of ongoing employment issues. Associate Laura Claridge  inspires confidence with her handling of contentious and advisory work.

Practice head(s):Judith Curran

Other key lawyers:Laura Claridge


'We find Clarkson Wright & Jakes to be very professional, helpful, efficient and friendly.'

'They have extensive knowledge on employment law and provide practical advice on how to resolve or move issues forwards.'

'They provide good value for money and combine a personable approach with professionalism.'

Key Clients

Kent Local Medical Committee

Panalpina World Transport

Laerdal Medical Limited

Axis Europe

Mytime Active Limited

Piaggio Limited

Foresters Holdings (Europe)

Lloret Control Systems

Downs Solicitors LLP is highlighted for providing effective advice combined with notable client care. David Seals, who heads the group, has a broad practice including acting on a collective consultation regarding a a large redundancy project. Nicola O’Dwyer and Emily Kidd carry out a range of advisory and contentious work and consultant Keith Potter offers a wealth of expertise across the practice area.

Practice head(s):David Seals

Other key lawyers:Nicola O'Dwyer; Emily Kidd; Keith Potter


'They provide straightforward, practical advice, very quick response times and have a pragmatic approach.'

'Downs Solicitors has provided me with advice on a wide range of employment law issues. I like their personal approach, their ability to grasp the key factors of any situation quickly and provide practical advice. I particularly appreciate their prompt response to both telephone calls and emails which is invaluable in certain situations.'

'The team are very welcoming, professional and polite. They provide expert knowledge and really care about their clients. Their high-quality service delivery with results shows how good a firm Downs Solicitors really is.'

'Very personable - they treat you like an individual rather than a case.'

'David Seals gives straightforward, practical advice - quick response times and  a pragmatic approach.'

'I work mainly with David Seals who is friendly, approachable and quick to respond by both telephone and email.'

'David Seals provides honest, legal advice and ensures that all information is clear and precise, working methodically through any legal issues he is commissioned to provide.'

'Keith Potter is responsive and patient and willing to explain options.  He takes into account the size of the client and resources available in formulating his advice.'

The Morrisons Solicitors LLP team, led by Joanne Kavanagh, provides the full range of employment expertise to corporate and high-net-worth individuals. Advice on TUPE and outsourcing is provided in conjunction with corporate colleagues as well as disputes, tribunal work and breaches of post-termination restrictive covenants. It also offers a range of pricing structures, including a fixed-fee service -  Morr Support. Based in Wimbledon, Emma McLoughlin is noted for her 'tactical' nous.

Practice head(s):Joanne Kavanagh

Other key lawyers:Emma McLoughlin


'They are very committed to their clients. I have been very impressed with Morrisons, especially the employment department.  The solicitors I have worked with are bright, knowledgeable on the law and are commercially aware.'

'I have worked with Joanne Kavanagh and Emma McLoughlin, both of whom are outstanding. Joanne approaches her cases with tactical considerations at the forefront of her mind.'

'Emma McLoughlin is a brilliant solicitor.  I have been impressed with her knowledge of the law and understanding of tactical considerations.  Emma is adept at considering the minutiae of a case whilst also being able to look at it holistically; this is a key skill for any lawyer.'

Key Clients

Jellyfish Group Limited

Secom PLC

Winterbotham Darby & Co

Samson Controls

A major, global car manufacturer

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP provides the full range of employment and HR assistance to both employees and employers and has a strong roster of corporate clients. Managing partner Bruce Hayter works closely with the corporate department and handles matters such as TUPE, redundancies and senior exits. Victoria Reagan also acts on such matters in addition to discrimination, harassment and whistleblowing cases and Amy White provides comprehensive HR expertise.

Practice head(s):Bruce Hayter

Other key lawyers:Victoria Reagan; Amy White

Key Clients

Parker Building Supplies

Jennifer Barry

LPC Construction

Project Pathways

Broadham Care Limited

Quattro Group Limited

Focus 4 U Limited

Haven Security Limited

Seddlescombe Golf Club Management Limited

Watton Hall Limited

Work highlights

  • Working with the corporate team following an acquisition, assisted with all employment  aspects, due diligence and reviewing and updating employment contracts and company policies.
  • Acted for a claimant in successfully bringing claims against a firm of estate agents for unfair dismissal, breach of contract and entitlement to a redundancy payment.
  • Providing general employment advice and assisting with complex disputes between the employer and outgoing executives.
  • Providing general employment advice including advice in connection with reorganisations, senior executive contracts and terms and conditions of employment.
  • Advising on a disciplinary process against a senior employee and in connection with an ensuing constructive unfair dismissal claim.

Thackray Williams LLP serves its individual and commercial clients on a range of complex disputes involving areas such as disability and sex discrimination. Emma Thompson has handled a highly contentious gender reassignment case. Other team members including William Addis, associate Sarah Wilkinson and Lisa Rothon provide expertise in unfair and constructive unfair dismissals, sexual harassment, corporate reorganisations and redundancy consultations.

Practice head(s):Emma Thompson

Other key lawyers:William Addis; Sarah Wilkinson; Lisa Rothon

A largely London-based team at Thomas Mansfield LLP acts for clients, both employees and employers, around the South East. Named partners Jonathan Mansfield and Neill Thomas  together with Meredith Hurst  and Angie Crush  provide a collective wealth of experience in discrimination and unfair dismissal cases and issues such as holiday pay as well as senior executive exits.

Practice head(s):Meredith Hurst; Jonathan Mansfield

Other key lawyers:Neill Thomas; Angie Crush


'They provided clear pragmatic advice re the process and also HR issues.'

'We use Thomas Mansfield to assist with employment tribunal cases.  They always provide practical common sense advice and are happy to suggest settling of court even if this reduces their own fees.'

'Jonathan was clear, straight forward and a pleasure to work with.  If I asked a difficult question he would give me options plus a recommendation and also risks associated with options.'

Key Clients

London Hippodrome

Stagecoach (South East, South West, South,  West and Manchester)

Latchways plc

Borealis Driver Services

Snow Software

Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy


BCM Limited

HCA Coating Limited

FM Conway Limited

Reichold Limited

Old Thorns Hotel Group

Work highlights

  • Acted successfully for the employee in a claim of victimisation for raising the question of race discrimination.
  • Completed a long-running matter defending a client against claims of race discrimination. An appeal to the Court of Appeal was pending when the matter was settled. 
  • Acted on a claim for National Minimum Wage for sleep-in workers, a matter involving an appeal to the Supreme Court.
  • Assisted in an appeal to the Court of Appeal concerned the taxation of termination payments and injury to feelings claims in the context of discrimination

TWM Solicitors LLP has been enlarged since Anthony Wilcox merged his practice Wilcox & Co with the firm in  September 2018. The practice handles corporate employment advice; large re-organisations, redundancies, relocations and TUPE transfers and Patrick Stewart  is especially skilled in  Employment Tribunal work involving unfair dismissals, discriminations, especially regarding disability and whistle blowing.

Practice head(s):Anthony Wilcox; Patrick Stewart


'They have the ability to create advice aligned to your business model, as opposed to many "one solution fits all" practices. They provide clear options/ solutions with risks highlighted, thus enabling fact-based decisions to be made.'

'Clear advice; quick to react when needs arise with excellent follow up and guidance. They have an ability to converse with stakeholders, naturally and professionally.'

Key Clients

Johnston Sweepers Limited

Hotelplan Limited

Carpet & Flooring (Trading) Limited

Tradewind Recruitment

Social Care Limited

Britannia Homecare Limited

Walton Heath Golf Club

Image Skincare UK

Hospedia Limited

ATAG Heating Technology UK


Work highlights

  • Acted for the client in respect of a worker supplied to a local authority, who made a complaint of disability discrimination (mental    impairment). The matter was settled prior to the Preliminary Hearing.
  • Assisted the client on large projects including relocations and reorganisations.
  • Acted for the client on a wrongful dismissal and unlawful deduction from wages claim.
  • Assisted the client with GDPR advice, drafted related policies and advised on their application and and on the transfer of data outside of the EEA.

Irwin Mitchell's Gatwick team is headed by London-based Sybille Steiner. It provides a comprehensive range of advisory and disputes-related expertise and it can call on experts in areas such as immigration, regulatory, safeguarding and pensions in addition to corporate and litigation teams. Senior associate Charlotte Sloan heads the Gatwick division and together with Matthew Irvine and Sarah Burke, serves an impressive range of clients from large PLCs to smaller regional businesses and includes a strong involvement with the education sector.

Practice head(s):Sybille Steiner

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Sloan; Matthew Irvine; Sarah Burke

Work highlights

  • Provides all day to day HR and employment law advice to the Association of Colleges - this dedicated advisory service cover over 300 colleges across the UK which are member colleges of the Association.

Outset Legal LLP offers a blend of HR consultancy assistance in addition to handling a range of contentious cases involving discrimination matters, fair pay issues and senior executive exits and other redundancies. Team head Darren Stevens has a wealth of experience in dealing with HR issues and Jonathan Gauton on areas of senior executive team structures, handling employee disputes as well as advising on pensions and wider commercial matters.

Practice head(s):Darren Stevens

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Gauton; Lorraine Williams; Megan O’Hara


'The expert service they provide is pragmatic and commercially approached, delivered in a timely and friendly way.'

'The team are very welcoming, helpful, professional and their advice is always balanced with risk percentages included.'

'The team really got to know our complex business quickly and were friendly and approachable. When you think you have a silly question we felt comfortable asking it. They were really quick to respond to our queries.'

Key Clients

M&W Mack

Independent Vet Care

Flight Centre UK

Barretts of Canterbury

Michels & Taylor

Parker Steel

Fujifilm Specialty Ink Systems

Charities Aid Foundation

Vegetarian Express


Metsa Wood

Swale Academies Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised on a complex disciplinary process over the alledged theft of confidential information and which involved forensic IT, misuse of confidential information and attempted secret profits together with handling related Employment Tribunals.
  • Advised on the employment aspects of a management buyout - acting for the management team, including related executive contacts, settlement agreements and immigration visa requirements.
  • Advising an employer facing multiple holiday pay claims from gig economy workers.
  • Advising a range of regional and national healthcare and social care providers on complex national minimum wage issues, including in relation to sleeping shifts and on call arrangements as well as the treatment of pay in the context of longer term educational and vocational placements
  • Defending a constructive unfair dismissal claim brought by an executive and bringing a counter-claim for breach of contract.

Pure Employment Law 'has a wealth of experience and expertise'. Its clients range from large corporates to small employers and employees and it offers a comprehensive range of services from tribunal cases and disciplinary matters to redundancies, the exit of senior employees and settlement agreements and TUPE transfers. Peter Stevens ('one of the best') and Nicola Brown, who co-founded the firm in 2010, are recognised for driving a high level of service and advice.

Practice head(s):Peter Stevens; Nicola Brown


'Their advice is excellent and gives clarity to the legal position and risk. I also value their experience in suggesting pragmatic ways forward. Aside from the quality of advice, their customer service is of a very high standard with quick responses and a very approachable, listening style.'

'Nicola Brown and Peter Stevens are the two people who really drive the level of service. I have used a number of advisers over the years and would rate Pure as one of the best I have worked with.'

'They have deep knowledge and provide prompt responses and value for money.'

Key Clients

Study Group UK

Baqus PLC

Tsubaki Nakashima (TN UK)

Sticklands Limited

Moore Stephens (South) LLP

Flight Directors Scheduled Services

Kreston Reeves LLP

St. Wilfrid’s Hospice

Work highlights

  • Assisted the client with a collective consultation exercise arising from the relocation of its UK headquarters.
  • Acting on an on-going basis covering all the client’s employment law issues, both the day to day and contentious.
  • Conducting a thorough investigation into highly sensitive disciplinary allegations relating to safeguarding.
  • Represented the client  in relation to the employment issues arising from the £17.5m  share sale of part of its business.
  • Assisting with complex issues arising from a sexual harassment allegation against a senior member of staff.

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

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  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

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Boyes Turner has a strong track record advising technology, telecoms,  hospitality and leisure and automotive clients on the full range of employment law issues. Barry Stanton heads the practice and is experienced in handling whistleblowing claims, directors’ misfeasance and in relation to employees’ misuse of confidential information and breaches of restrictive covenants. Also of note are key partners Helen Goss and Michael Farrier for all aspects of contentious and non-contentious matters. Director Laurie Anstis is a specialist of business immigration, equal pay, TUPE and employment status matters. Associates Andrew Whiteaker, Claire Taylor-Evans and Darren Smith are all recommended.

Practice head(s):Barry Stanton

Other key lawyers:Helen Goss; Michael Farrier; Laurie Anstis; Andrew Whiteaker; Claire Taylor-Evans; Darren Smith


'Boyes Turner is valued for its pragmatism, responsiveness and good value for money.'

'Barry Stanton and Helen Goss always provided very well thought-out, practical and robust advice.'

'Andrew Whiteaker is always very approachable and prompt in providing pragmatic advice. He is expert in his field and understands the commercial operating environment.'

'Helen Goss is extremely experienced which she demonstrates by giving practical, candid advice and proposing workable solutions, she is also friendly and down-to-earth.'

Key Clients

Tesla UK

Broadcom Inc.

Total UK


RCL Cruises

Work highlights

  • Successfully resisted employment tribunal claims of race and sex discrimination by a former employee of the company.  
  • Representing the client in complex litigation in relation claims brought by an employee relating to constructive unfair dismissal and direct disability discrimination.
  • Ongoing employment law advice across various jurisdictions following the £5.9bn acquisition of Brocade by Broadcom, including restructuring exercises across Brocade’s EMEA region and settling of outstanding litigation.    
  • Representing client regarding TUPE-related claims.

Spread out across the Oxford and Reading offices, Blake Morgan LLP's employment practice continues to retain a strong roster of corporate clients including those in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors. It has also recently won several new instructions from small and medium-sized enterprises. The firm advises  public sector institutions such as Thames Valley police, schools and universities and social housing providers. Practice head William Downing divides his time between both offices and has significant experience handling Employment Tribunal and Court claims and advising on large-scale outsourcing projects. Rajiv Joshi has expertise in complex discrimination and TUPE matters and advising in the niche areas of police and health sector workforce issues. Rebecca Ireland left for gunnercooke LLP in June 2018, Sara Thompson left for an in-house position at the University of Oxford in November 2018. Senior associate Paul Hayward joined from Royds Withy King in January 2019.

Practice head(s):William Downing

Other key lawyers:Rajiv Joshi; Paul Hayward


'Blake Morgan always provides excellent advise with great customer service. They have also supported with training and the feedback from these sessions has also been excellent. '

'William Downing is highly rated; he has helped my business with extremely complicated and difficult matters when issues needed escalating. He is very personable and can translate difficult areas of law into operational practice with skill.'


Key Clients

Grafton Merchanting GB

Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust

Oxford Pharmagenesis

Thames Valley Police

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended five Employment Tribunal claims and are currently instructed on two further claims. The team also provides continued employment support and training to managers.
  • Advised a health sector client on various employment issues, including clawback provisions on training costs, discrimination issues, TUPE, collective agreements and back pay for doctors. Also advised on a major restructuring project involving redundancies of senior members of staff and dealt with an employment tribunal claim for disability discrimination.
  • Successfully assisted to dispose of a complicated grievance relating to an employee made redundant and who threatened a high value claim for unfair dismissal.
  • Represented the police authority in three employment tribunal claims relating to allegations of disability, race and sex discrimination from police officers. Ongoing employment law advise to the in-house legal team on ad-hoc queries regarding TUPE.

Clarkslegal LLP employment law expertise spans restructures and TUPE transfers, GDPR and employee data protection issues and contentious matters including advising on senior employee discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Michael Sippitt, Helen Beech and Monica Atwal are the lead partners and associates Caroline Lendrum, Alison Flett and Louise Merrell are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Michael Sippitt

Other key lawyers:Helen Beech; Monica Atwal; Caroline Lendrum; Alison Flett; Louise Merrell


'The team are always available to discuss any matter, they are reliable and first rate with their responses. '

'Approachability, professionalism and at a reasonable cost.'

'Michael Sippitt and Alison Flett are very knowledgeable, unflappable and very accessible. I trust their judgement and they're always a step or two ahead of the game.'

Key Clients

Reading Transport Limited

CenturyLink Communications UK

Hyundai Motor UK

University of Reading


Work highlights

  • Extensive advice and training in relation to conducting negotiations with trades unions and union strategy, as well as assisting with key supply chain management issues in the context of global industrial relations and regulatory developments.
  • Assisting with GDPR compliance and advising the board and other management level staff on equal opportunity issues.

Doyle Clayton has notable expertise advising both employers and employees on the full spectrum of employment law issues. The practice provides assistance in relation to discrimination claims, whistleblowing cases and High Court litigation, as well as advising on the current HR matters such as the 'Me Too' movement and employment issues surrounding temporary working arrangements/the gig economy. Tina Wisener, Piers Leigh-Pollitt, James Anderson, Sukhpal matharoo ,Verity Saxon and Victoria Burnip are the key figures.

Practice head(s):Tina Wisener

Other key lawyers:Piers Leigh-Pollitt; James Anderson; Sukhpal Matharoo; Verity Saxon; Victoria Burnip;


'The practice works hard to understand our business. The are extremely responsive and work quickly to give advice and assist us in resolving our employment issues.'

'Piers Leigh- Pollitt, is pragmatic, commercial, approachable and swift to act on our behalf.'

'Victoria Burnip excels at immigration advice.'

Key Clients

UK Express Limited

BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions Limited

Hitachi Capital

Brit Group Service

DPGS Limited t/a Domino’s Pizza

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended the employer against disability and racial discrimination claims brought by an employee.
  • Acted for the employer in respect of five Employment Tribunal claims on the worker status of employees. Advised the employer on the potential financial liability and negotiated a settlement to all of the claims.
  • Advised employer in respect of a claim for unfair dismissal following alleged sexual misconduct with several team members.
  • Advised Hitachi Capital regarding a potential TUPE transfer following the share acquisition of Franchise Finance Limited.

Lewis Silkin LLP is best known for its expertise handling specific employment issues within the media, pharmaceutical and technology industries. Key areas of activity include workplace data protection, restructuring, TUPE, contentious work and advising clients on collective and union issues, such as European Works Council arrangements. Russell Brimelow ,Jonathan Carr, Carolyn Soakell, Hannah Price and James Storke comprise the key partners at this 'outstanding' practice.

Practice head(s):Russell Brimelow

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Carr; Carolyn Soakell; Hannah Price; James Storke; James Walters; Abi Frederick


'The team is very focused on giving practical and pragmatic advice and really build a partnership approach to working together. They understand our business and we trust their advice and guidance is aligned to our aims.'

'The team at Lewis Silken are exceptional lawyers, who go above and beyond for a client and always make themselves available. They completely understand the nature of the client's work and give appropriate tailored advice, taking on board the preferred outcomes and commercial solution to employment issues.'



Key Clients

Oxford University Press

Viacom International

British Standards Institution


HP Inc

Work highlights

  • Assisted in the launching of a global employment law help desk for the British Standards Institution across 31  jurisdictions. Also advised on compliance with requirements set by the European Commission for all EU standards testing staff.
  • Advised on restructuring and redundancies following the acquisition of a business. Assisted with an investigation into personal share dealing by a senior investment professional and subsequent termination.  
  • Advised a global company on the EMEA employment aspects of the global sale of a significant part of its business.
  • Advised Infosys alongside its UK Employment in-house counsel on the on the global outsourcing of Verizon’s IT staff to Infosys.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's Oxford and Reading offices demonstrate 'first-class expertise' in employment law, particularly in relation to data protection/GDPR, advocacy in Employment Tribunals and senior executive disputes, among other HR issues. Daff Richardson and Eugene Wojciechowski are the lead partners in Oxford and Reading respectively.

Practice head(s):Daff Richardson; Eugene Wojciechowski


'The most commercial and business orientated employment law team I have come across. Daff and Eugene work with you, understanding the business challenges faced, to arrive at relevant and valued recommendations.'

'Eugene Wojciechowski has a natural business instinct and works hard to understand the context we work in. He provides confidence to our managers and gives a balanced view. He and his team provide exceptional customer service, and are contactable at any time.'

Key Clients

The City & Guilds of London Institute

M20 Property Group

Unicarriers UK Limited

One Housing Group

Charter Court Financial Services Group

Work highlights

  • Represented the employer  in respect of a race discrimination Employment Tribunal claim raised by a manager.
  • Advised City & Guilds on a significant restructure of part of its business including providing training for managers.
  • Advising a national not-for profit organisation on TUPE risks following the take over of services provided by a previous panel contractor member which had gone into liquidation.
  • Advised a leading national charity in relation to repeated data subject access requests made by a former employee.

Shoosmiths LLP continues to be active in contentious matters and has a strong track record in acting on behalf of employers in Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunals. Other areas of expertise include corporate support and TUPE matters, trade union issues and specialist knowledge in business immigration. The practice has an impressive client roster of multinational technology corporations, higher education institutions, financial services organisations and national charities. Kevin McCavish, Jonathan Naylor and Paula Rome are the lead partners.

Practice head(s):Kevin McCavish; Paula Rome

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Naylor


'They give commercial, no fuss advice, explain the risks and offer alternative solutions if appropriate. Always available and very reliable. Deliver quickly and always meet any deadlines.'

'Kevin McCavish is approachable and easy to talk to. He grasps situations quickly and has really got to know our business and its culture over the years which means he can offer appropriate commercial advice in accordance not only with our risk appetite, but also knowing what we are likely to get approval for. He explains the legal reasons for his advice as well as the possible risks of taking any course of action.'

Key Clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Calor Gas Limited

Goldsmiths, University of London

The National Trust

Jacobs UK

Work highlights

  • Handling the entire UK Employment Tribunal caseload including successful defences of discrimination and whistleblowing claims brought against the Company, including winning costs awards against certain Claimants.  
  • Successfully defending the employer, the National Trust in a number of employment tribunal claims including for alleged disability and sex discrimination.
  • Ongoing advise to a global IT services company on a range of employment issues including potential breach of contract claims relating to alleged TUPE-transferred benefits held by employees that transferred into the employment of the company from public sector bodies,  complex breach of contract claims, and a high-value dispute regarding alleged sales commission entitlements.

Blandy & Blandy LLP has an 'excellent reputation' in the Thames Valley area, particularly in the areas of unlawful discrimination and TUPE and handling tribunal claims, for both respondents and claimants. Sue Dowling provides assistance on day-to-day HR issues, restructuring, the departure of senior executives, tax aspects of exit arrangements and business immigration. Key partner Tim Clark focuses on internal re-organisations, restructurings, redundancy and TUPE issues.

Practice head(s):Sue Dowling

Other key lawyers:Tim Clark


'The firm has a personal feel to it. It gets effective results.'

'Andrea Corr is personable and has good knowledge.'

'Tim Clark is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.'

'Tim Clark is approachable, pragmatic and knowledgeable.'

'Tim Clark is often able to come up with practical solutions that enable us to achieve what we need to achieve with minimum disruption.'

'The firm works well as a team which means that good cover is always available if the person you are dealing with is not.'

'Sue Dowling has an extroadinary knowledge of her subject area, she is genuinely interested in how our organisaton operates and nothing fazes her.'

'Blandy & Blandy have a team of absolute professionals who offer a responsive and pragmatic service.'

Work highlights

  • Advising a client in respect of the employment aspects of its purchase of a business including assessing matters related to employees’ and former employees’ potential health and disciplinary issues.
  • Advised a charity client regarding the decision to commence the direct employment of staff both by recruiting directly and taking on employees previously working as staff on the basis of the application of TUPE.
  • Advised an employer on the withdrawal from membership of a pension scheme under which it provided final salary pension arrangements and the proposal of a Defined Contributions Scheme as an alternative.

Specialist employment law firm Cater Leydon Millard has a strong offering in contentious employment work, frequently acting for respondent employers, including large public sector organisations, publicly listed companies, independent schools and privately owned businesses in the manufacturing, health and education sectors. The firm also provides mediation services, training programmes for management, investigations and support to the NHS across all areas of employment law. Name partners Wendy Leydon and Nathan Millard are highly regarded as is Stephen Conlan in the areas of discrimination, whistleblowing, TUPE safeguarding, organisational changes and MHPS.

Practice head(s):Wendy Leydon, Nathan Millard

Other key lawyers:Stephen Conlan

Key Clients

NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative Legal Framework

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Eton College

Smeg UK

Serco Group

Work highlights

  • Represented the employer, an NHS Trust in successfully defending a application by a former employed consultant in a complex application for reinstatement by an NHS Trust.
  • Advised the employer on the termination of two senior UK board level employees, one involving sex discrimination allegations.
  • Represented the claimant in an Employment Tribunal case against a major public authority, involving claims of disability discrimination.
  • Acted for a private healthcare employer in successfully stopping a former employed GP from poaching clients in the process of him setting up a competing practice.

CMS handles non-contentious and contentious employment matters on behalf of leading multinational corporate clients such as Coca-Cola, Ernst & Young  and Samsung. The practice, which is led by Gary Henderson has a strong focus on acting for employers in Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation. Henderson's practice spans employment contracts, employment aspects of acquisitions and disposals, reorganisations and outsourcing arrangements, contentious cases, pensions and benefit arrangements. Also of note are senior associates Edward Arnold and Rachel Zani.

Practice head(s):Gary Henderson

Other key lawyers:Edward Arnold; Rachel Zani

Key Clients

BMC Software


Career Builder

Bloomsbury Publishing

Work highlights

  • Acted for an employer in Employment Tribunal claims and ongoing advice in relation to internal restructuring, senior level departures and HR training.
  • Advised on disciplinary and grievance matters, restrictive covenants, data protection and provided HR team training.
  • Assisted a multinational employer with internal restructuring matters, collective redundancy advice, exit arrangements and the handling of grievances.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP advises on the complete range of employment law- related matters. Key partner Ian Machray specialises in complex TUPE matters and tribunal cases. Associate Louise Smyth has particular expertise in the education sector and also advises on executive exits and all aspects of litigation. Associates Jackie Denham and Katie Burley are particularly recommended for corporate restructuring and defending employers in litigation.

Practice head(s):Ian Machray 

Other key lawyers:Louise Smyth; Jackie Denham; Katie Burley


'Good tactical appreciation of employment law. Always ready to support and look at challenges to suggest the most efficient way forward.'

'Very accessible and ready to help. Ian Machray has excellent knowledge and provides this in a useful and efficient manner.'

Key Clients




Fara Enterprises

GTI Media

Work highlights

  • Representing a multinational in a multi-jurisdictional contract dispute worth in excess of £1m.
  • Advised on all employment law matters relating to its acquisition of privately held Parcelhub Limited and Mailwork Shop Limited as it expands further into the e-fulfilment market.
  • Advised the shareholders of Stewarts Coach Group on  all employment law aspects of the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to the Kings Ferry Group, a subsidiary of the National Express Group.

Osborne Clarke's Reading office has strong capabilities in the technology and digital business sector, complimented by an impressive track record in employment litigation, restructuring and TUPE work. Practice head Danielle Kingdon is experienced in discrimination, maternity, TUPE and contractual-related issues, and is supported by associates Emma Ladley and Kath Sadler-Smith in advising on contentious and non-contentious HR matters.Russell Brimelow is a hugely experienced senior advisor.

Practice head(s):Danielle Kingdon

Other key lawyers:Emma Ladley; Kath Sadler-Smith; Russell Brimelow


'As well as the undoubted technical expertise and quality of legal advice, what marks Osborne Clarke out is their practical viewpoint and their ability to assess our needs on the basis of the themes they have identified in the work that we have sent them. They have been proactive in assessing and delivering solutions for the capability needs of our business.'

'They are practical coaches who work on understanding the company culture we operate within. This gives them additional value over and above the subject matter.'

Key Clients

Microsoft Limited

Huntswood CTC Limited

Virgin Experience Days

VTech Electronics Europe

Natural Motion Limited

Work highlights

  • Managing international employment advice for a globalised chain in respect of their franchise world headquarters' employees across a wide number of jurisdictions.
  • Advising a renowned global media company on TUPE aspects of outsourcing.
  • Advising a US-headquartered tech company on a wide range of employment issues, including the implementation of GDPR in respect of employees.

Areas of expertise for BDB Pitmans include supporting employers in the employment and HR aspects of business structuring and transactions, diversity, employment disputes and avoidance, equal opportunities, industrial relations, workplace contracts, policies and benefits. Angela Shields is the key figure for non-contentious matters, including on issues related to worker status, disciplinary matters and terminations, as well as representing claimants and defending employers in Employment Tribunal claims.

Practice head(s):Angela Shield

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors has been active in representing employers as respondents to unfair dismissal, disability discrimination, bullying in the workplace, sex and pregnancy discrimination claims. The firm has specialist sector expertise within the technology and pharmaceutical industries. Robert Cherry, who was promoted to partner in May 2018 and senior associate Alison Gair are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):Alison Gair


'Robert Cherry has a robust knowledge of Employment Law.'

'Robert Cherry will always try to provide a few different options for problem solving and disclose the extent of any  associated risks. He is very conscientious and will always return phone calls and emails in an exceptionally timely manner.'

Work highlights

  • Representing the employer in ongoing Employment Tribunal proceedings following allegations and claims of sex discrimination and harassment made against a director.
  • Advised the employer on outsourcing of its customer services function subject to TUPE and/or redundancies. The team also advised on exit arrangements for senior employees.  
  • Advised on the proposed acquisition of two garden centres including advising on all the employment documentation relating to TUPE and the commercial implications of the various employment issues uncovered including a pending tribunal claim.

Specialist employment practice, Crossland Employment Solicitors continues to be highly active on contentious work, regularly acting on behalf of respondents in complex and technical Employment Tribunal cases. Managing partner Beverley Sunderland has 'very good judgement and a wealth of experience' in enforcing restrictive covenants, reorganisations, TUPE, investigations and complex discrimination and whistleblowing matters. She also has specialist knowledge of employment issues in the insurance broker industry.  Kevin Charles and Barry Ross comprise the other key advisors.

Practice head(s):Beverley Sunderland

Other key lawyers:Kevin Charles; Barry Ross


'Crossland Employment Solicitors are knowledgeable, approachable and are able to make complex issues simple to understand. They always give us the information we need straight which allows us to make informed decisions.'

'The team have a very thorough and extensive knowledge of employment law. In addition they offer very practical and pragmatic advice in a business context.'

'Beverley Sunderland is the stand-out lawyer. She is simply fantastic. Beverley works all hours and provides great advice as evident by her track record with us. She is always approachable and never flustered. I couldn't recommend her highly enough.'



Key Clients


De La Rue Plc

Institute of Practitioners in Advertising

M&C Saatchi

Lorica Insurance Brokers

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a high-profile client in a complex whistleblowing case.
  • Acted for the employer in successfully defending claims of constructive dismissal/race and sex discrimination and harassment.
  • Advising the trade association and its members on contractors and the impact of GDPR on employment and consultancy relationships.
  • Assisted with the TUPE transfer of an IT team to an outsourcing organisation.

Herrington Carmichael LLP advises on all areas of employment law and is particularly experienced in handling internal restructurings, tribunal claims and matters related to data protection and GDPR. Alistair McArthur is 'brilliant' in advising on enforcement of post-termination obligations and TUPE. On the contentious side, Katie Harris and Katrine Clay are recommended for the defence of complex Employment Tribunal claims. Robert Frampton is of note for TUPE and reorganisations.

Practice head(s):Alistair McArthur

Other key lawyers:Katie Harris; Katrine Clay; Robert Frampton

Key Clients

Bovis Homes Group

Cygnet Health Care

Retail Insight

Aldermore Bank

Tech 21 (UK)

Work highlights

  • Advised on employment law issues in connection with the relocation of various offices across the UK.
  • Assisted with the internal group reorganisation and the associated movement of employees.
  • Advising the employer in respect of potential tribunal claims and defending the client against three employment tribunal claims for alleged religious belief discrimination.

Areas of expertise for Brethertons LLP include day-to-day HR support on compliance, employee management, TUPE, disciplinary and grievance procedures, employment-related issues of commercial transactions, in addition to a strong track-record in Employment Tribunal representation. Practice head Amy Edwards was promoted to partner in April 2019, and handles all employment law matters alongside Kerry Hudson and senior associate Emma Fyson.

Practice head(s):Amy Edwards

Other key lawyers:Kerry Hudson; Emma Fyson

Work highlights

  • Represented the employer as the claimant in an Employment Tribunal in defending against alleged sex discrimination by a GP.
  • Advised on a settlement agreement between a managing director and the employer following a disagreement with the shareholders over the client’s working patterns and request to reduce his hours.  
  • Advised on the business transfer of a law firm from an LLP to a limited company. Employment aspects include collective consultation in respect of the TUPE transfer, and negotiation and drafting of new directors' service contracts.

Henley-on-Thames employment specialist Draper Lang LLP regularly takes on advocacy in defending employers in tribunal claims, with particular expertise in the area of injunctions. Managing partner David Blomfield has expertise in TUPE, reorganisations, restrictive covenants and executive and financial sector terminations. Other recommended lawyers include Emma Griffiths, who made partner in April 2018, Stephen Cates and Nicholas Snowden.

Practice head(s):David Blomfield

Other key lawyers:Emma Griffiths; Stephen Cates; Nicholas Snowden

Key Clients

Dun & Bradstreet Limited

Double Negative Limited

Parcelly Limited

Work highlights

  • Defended the employer in a complex Employment Tribunal litigation brought by a senior former director regarding constructive unfair dismissal, sex discrimination, unlawful deduction of wages and whistleblowing.
  • Advising on the dismissal of a business founder following the acquisition by a private equity owner.
  • Advised an individual representing a branch of a trade union by launching proceedings with the trade union Certification Officer regarding dispute within the union.  The matter was resolved through a settlement and a proposal to change the collective agreement which had been the subject matter of the dispute.

Employment Law Plus' practice covers a wide range of employment issues, including data protection compliance with GDPR, TUPE, employment contracts, support with redundancies, disciplinary and grievance cases. It also handles tribuna cases on the side of claimants and as defence counsel for employers. Jill Kelly is the lead advisor.

Practice head(s):Jill Kelly

Freeths LLP has notable expertise in the education and food and drink sectors. The practice also advises on TUPE, business immigration and advocacy in tribunal litigation. Mark Emery is the key practitioner.

Practice head(s):Mark Emery

Key Clients

Integrity Print Limited

Zooplus Services Limited

Aricent International (UK) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for the claimant, a former managing director in an Employment Tribunal claim for sex discrimination and unfair dismissal.
  • Acted on a claim on behalf of a scientist working for the Science and Technologies Facilities Council for sex and disability discrimination and unfair dismissal.

Gardner Leader LLP offers cross-departmental expertise and support in all areas of employment. The group has a strong focus on contentious matters, acting on behalf of senior executives and employers in negotiating settlement agreements and Tribunal representation. The practice is lead by senior associates Julie Taylor and Michelle Morgan.

Practice head(s):Julie Taylor, Michelle Morgan


'Visible and supportive presence in the local community. Excellent customer service, friendly, expert and approachable team.'

'Julie Taylor consistently provides expert, pragmatic advice and an excellent, responsive service.'

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of the claimant, a senior company employee, on bringing a claim of disability discrimination against a large company.
  • Represented a senior executive on a  complex settlement agreement, which included advising on disability discrimination issues, extensive bonus and share payments.

Niche employment practice, Julian Taylors Solicitors advises corporate clients across a range of sectors including retail, technology, financial services and infrastructure. Led by name partner Julian Taylor and Nicola Wallbank, who was promoted to partner in May 2018, the practice assists employers with data protection compliance, TUPE transfers and restructuring. On the contentious side, it assists with disciplinary, grievance, discrimination and whistleblowing matters as well as day-to-day HR support.

Practice head(s):Julian Taylor, Nicola Wallbank


'Good, reliable, prompt and pragmatic advice. They understand the issues and have the right experience.'

'Julian Taylor is personable, always available and highly knowledgeable.'

'Nicola Wallbank is a GDPR guru, personable, polite, professional.'

Key Clients

Blackwell UK Ltd

The Chancellors Group of Estate Agents Ltd

Cogent Communications UK Ltd

CallisonRTKL-UK Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised on the employment implications of an acquisition, including on TUPE information and consultation obligations, and on inherited terms and conditions (both relating to employment terms and benefits).
  • Assisted with the negotiation and drafting of terms with recruitment providers, advising on consultancy arrangements with contractors, and staffing issues.
  • Acting on behalf of a claimant in bringing employment tribunal proceedings against both a transferor and transferee in a TUPE situation in which he was unfairly dismissed.

mpm legal solutions Limited primarily assists employers in respect of employee management issues, such as in grievances, disciplinary and dismissal procedures, collective redundancy consultations, business restructures, Employment Tribunal litigation and TUPE transfers. Mark Minns, Adrienne Hardy, Peter Beisty and Sarah Wilder make up the team based in Henley-on-Thames.

Practice head(s):Mark Minns, Adrienne Hardy, Peter Beisty, Sarah Wilder

The team at Royds Withy King assists employers in all aspects of HR-related issues, whilst also providing training programs to in-house HR team and advocacy in Employment Tribunals. Other key areas of expertise are business immigration, contract negotiations and advice on the management of employees. Kate Benefer and Charlotte Fisher are the main figures.

Practice head(s):Kate Benefer

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Fisher

Spratt Endicott has significant experience in advising on redundancies, employment contracts, TUPE, discrimination and harassment claims and disciplinary procedures. Key figures Caroline Shaw and Philomena Price 'have extensive knowledge and respond to all employment issues in a practical, commercial manner'.

Practice head(s):Carol Shaw

Other key lawyers:Philomena Price


'The team are always very responsive and their communication is very good. They are all very knowledgeable in the field but very good at explaining in a way that is understandable to someone without the legal background.'

'Carol Shaw and Philomena Price are very approachable and give straightforward, pragmatic advice. Always extremely knowledgeable and  always happy to talk through all options for a scenario, advising us on best practice. '

Key Clients

Karcher (UK) Ltd

Securitas UK Ltd

Novus Leisure

Work highlights

  • Provided training for several corporate client in connection with their obligations under GDPR.  
  • Representing the employer as the respondent against claims made against it regarding whistleblowing and unfair constructive dismissal.
  • Advice regarding TUPE in relation to the obligation to provide employee liability information as well as advice regarding the obligation to inform and consult with representatives of affected employees.

Health and safety

Index of tables

  1. Health and safety
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1
    • Abigail Bainbridge - Taylor Haldane Barlex Solicitors LLP

Headed by Michelle Di Gioia, the team at Gardner Leader LLP handles all matters related to health and safety, including compliance, risk management and litigation. The full-service practice is well placed to advise on regulatory issues as well representing client in investigations and prosecutions by the Health and Safety Executives. The team is particularly experienced in handling risks and health and safety offences in the manufacturing and construction sectors.

Practice head(s):Michelle Di Gioia

Shoosmiths LLP is best known for its top tier expertise in assisting with non-contentious health and safety issues as well as undertaking defence and prosecution work. 'A star in this area of law'  Charles Arrand advises corporations on regulations, investigations, prosecutions and other enforcement actions. Specialist compliance and criminal defence lawyer, Philip Ryan maintains a varied client base in the automotive, construction, consumer goods, retail, manufacturing, and life sciences sectors.

Practice head(s):Charles Arrand

Other key lawyers:Philip Ryan


‘The team is extremely practical in its advice, and take the time to provide the client with the best suited and appropriate advice, and clearly explain technical issues and any alternatives.’

‘Philip Ryan is an outstanding partner- he is always responsive, he understands the needs of in-house counsel and tailors his advice to the situation.'

'Charles Arrand is an exceptional solicitor, at the top of his game and the best solicitor in this field. He has exceptional and unerring judgement informed by huge experience; he is incredibly hard-working; committed to and ruthlessly focused on his client's needs. He is calm under pressure - there is no one better on health and safety matters.'

At Blake Morgan LLP, risk and compliance specialist John Mitchell’s practice involves identifying regulatory risks, proposing contractual or procedural solutions to achieve compliance and representing businesses which are under investigation or are subject to a regulatory process or prosecution. On the contentious side, senior associate Tim Williamson regularly represents corporate clients and individuals in regulatory body or police investigations.

Practice head(s):John Mitchell

Other key lawyers:Tim Williamson

Cripps Pemberton Greenish works with clients in the construction, manufacturing, farming and retail sectors, as well as individual owners, employees and directors in advising on all aspects of health and safety law and environmental regulations. The firm also acts on behalf of clients in interviews with enforcement authorities and dealing with local authorities. Philip Youdan and Myles McIntosh are the key partners.

Practice head(s):Philip Youdan

Other key lawyers:Myles McIntosh

Moore Blatch LLP is best known for its work defending fatal and serious injury cases, particularly within the construction, manufacturing, food and drink and transport industries. Regulatory expert David Thompson is the key advisor for clients seeking representation in investigations by the Health and Safety Executive or defence when faced with serious violation offences.

Practice head(s):David Thompson

From its offices in East Anglia and Essex, the Taylor Haldane Barlex Solicitors LLP team provides assistance on all aspects of regulatory compliance and prosecutions. Team head Matthew Taylor has significant court room experience in cases involving injuries, serious damage and fatalities as a result of work place accidents. Taylor and Briony Clarke maintain a busy practice advising HSE executives and corporate clients on regulatory issues, with a niche specialty in fire safety. Senior associate Abigail Bainbridge regularly acts in prosecutions against HSEs and local authorities.

Practice head(s):Matthew Taylor

Other key lawyers:Briony Clarke; Abigail Bainbridge

At Brachers, the highly experienced Lee May utilises his in-house experience to defend local authorities against prosecutions by health and safety executives. Also recommended is John Sheath, who has significant experience in providing specialist advice in inquests, corporate manslaughter, risk management and governance.

Practice head(s):Lee May

Other key lawyers:John Sheath

John Roberts at Gullands Solicitors assists businesses and individuals across all industry sectors on a range of health and safety issues, with a particular focus on defending clients against investigations brought by the Health and Safety Executive. He also regularly represents professionals called before their regulatory bodies in relation to complaints and misconduct allegations.

Practice head(s):John Roberts


Index of tables

  1. Immigration
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

Birketts LLP's immigration department is divided across four offices in East Anglia and the South East and is headed by Clare Hedges, who specialises in business immigration with a niche specialism in advising on sponsor license applications for Ministers of Religion. Chelmsford-based Janice Leggett supports multinational, SME and private clients on business immigration, employment of non-EU workers including sponsorship and related contentious matters. She is also an experienced advisor on immigration issues affecting the film production industry.

Practice head(s):Clare Hedges

Other key lawyers:Janice Leggett


'The team at Birketts are always very helpful, are great communicators and provide work within a timely and efficient manner.'

'Janice Leggett always goes the extra mile. She is very switched on and always handles queries quickly and effectively.'

Key Clients

Advertising Producers Association

Sheenhan Nagel Hartray Associates

Furlined Limited

Stink Limited

Neopost Limited

Work highlights

  • On-going advice on various immigration matters concerning film crews entering the UK for filming projects through visitor rules or sponsored employment.
  • Assisting an online gaming industry client  in the operation of its sponsor  licence including the assignment of Certificates of Sponsorship and associated visa applications.
  • Assisting with the Sponsor Licence application and making appropriate visa applications under Tier 2, Tier 2 ICT and advising on applications for EEA nationals.
  • Assisting a film production company on assignment of Tier 5 visas for film crews, Tier 2 visas and applications for naturalisation.

Clarkslegal LLP assists with all aspects of business immigration ranging from employer sponsorship licences to responding to immigration enforcement notices from UK Visas and Immigration. The practice also regularly advises entrepreneurs and investors on securing Tier 1  visas, as well offering multi-disciplinary support in connection to setting up operations in the UK. The practice also experienced significant growth in cross-border work in securing overseas visas of representatives of overseas parent companies. Monica Atwal heads the practice.

Practice head(s):Monica Atwal


'Clarklegal are very personal and extremely helping, going out of their way to understand their clients and help them seek the best options'.

'Monica Atwal is highly recommended - she is a true professional in her field'.

Key Clients

Jardine Motors Group UK Limited

Coffey International Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising on various immigration issues, including assisting in connection with the international transfer of members of staff from Hong Kong to the UK.
  • Advising a client on obtaining a licence as a Tier 2 sponsor and in the continuance of sponsorship of leading scientists internationally.

Dentons handles the full spectrum of business immigration matters, including applications of sponsorship, advising on temporary and permanent visa applications and also acts as Level 1 users in managing and addressing Home Office compliance issues. Associate Verity Buckingham heads the practice from the Milton Keynes office.

Practice head(s):Verity Buckingham


'The team at Dentons are knowledgeable, punctual, resourceful, and provided personalised service - knew every one of our members by name and their individual circumstances. Associate Verity Buckingham is truly dedicated and is remarkably impressive.'

Key Clients

Ocean Partners UK Limited

Providentia Capital LLP

Sonia Friedman Productions Ltd

ADAM Asset Management Ltd

Asylum Aid

Work highlights

  • Advising the charity on a pro bono basis in helping to ascertain nationality for stateless individuals.
  • Assisted with a successful application for leave to remain following an initial refusal.
  • Assisted the client with an urgent sponsor licence application and CoS allocation request to enable the  client to employ a migrant before a current visa expired.

Stevens & Bolton LLP has extensive expertise in business immigration, especially in Tier 2 and related business immigration matters. 'First class' employment lawyer Kerry Garcia heads the practice which is increasingly sought after by private and corporate clients to assist with T1 Investor applications, residency permits, naturalisation and advising on the status and employment of EEA nationals post Brexit.  Associate Jackie Penlington is also recommended for business and personal immigration issues.

Practice head(s):Kerry Garcia

Other key lawyers:Jackie Penlington


'Stevens & Bolton are very experienced, knowledgeable in this sector and are responsive and make themselves available to clients at short notice.'

'The teams is professional at all times but understand and reflect the needs of the client so they use their knowledge of their clients to personalise their advice.'

'Stevens & Bolton combine both detailed knowledge, and extremely good judgment.'

'Kerry Garcia and Jackie Pennington are simply great lawyers who go the extra mile for clients.'

Key Clients

Asahi UK Limited/Asahi Europe Limited

RBB Economics LLP

Diebold Nixdorf Limited

Colas Rail Limited

Godiva UK

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Asahi in connection to sponsor compliance and act as a Level 1 User, and on several Tier 2 applications to transfer staff.  The practice also advised on immigration implications of closing the Japanese branch entity and persuaded the Home Office, on a discretionary basis, to allow a Tier 2 migrant to transfer from their current sponsor to the Asahi sponsorship licence.
  • Advised a retail technology client in relation to a senior employee coming to the UK under a Tier 2 visa.
  • Assisting Colas Rail Limited in relation to several Indefinite Leave to Remain applications.

Aston Bond focuses on assisting individuals with applications and appeals on behalf of visa holders and their sponsors, work permits and naturalisation. Ravinder Kaur is also able to advise on seeking asylum and human rights matters.

Practice head(s):Ravinder Kaur

B P Collins LLP advises on a wide range of business and private immigration matters, such as sponsor licences and assisting UK businesses in securing migrant employees under the Points Based System. For the private client, Chris Brazier is experienced in advising EU nationals on Settled Status applications and handling complex citizenship applications with a specialism in Turkish worker and Turkish business people visas. Kathryn Fielder is also a name to note for business immigration.

Practice head(s):Chris Brazier

Other key lawyers:Kathryn Fielder

Key Clients

Vestel UK Limited

Ceva Animal Health Limited

Hawkins Brown Architects LLP

Amtico International Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a software developer company on the best way to engage an overseas technical adviser.
  • Advised the UK subsidiary of a US company in arranging a visa for a  senior executive thereby enabling him to come to the UK to set up as a sole representative.

Barnes Harrild & Dyer specialises in private immigration, asylum and human rights law. The practice is headed by Paul Turner who has vast courtroom experience representing individuals before Immigration Tribunals, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The firm  also advises on business immigration matters.

Practice head(s):Paul Turner

BDB Pitmans' international business immigration service primarily focuses on advising on global mobility issues. Key areas of expertise include Tiers 1, 2 and 5 applications, sponsor licence applications and preparation for Home Office audits. Jonathan Gray heads the practice from the Southampton office.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Gray

DMH Stallard LLP's business immigration practice advises corporate clients in the areas of strategic planning of international moves of key personnel, prevention of illegal working, and sponsorship of non-EEA nationals under the UK’s points-based system. Employment lawyers Adam Williams and Phillip Vallon provide wide-ranging corporate support to a range of clients in the financial services, technology, oil and gas and charitable sectors.

Practice head(s):Adam Williams

Other key lawyers:Phillip Vallon


'The team are responsive and have a very flexible approach.'

'Adam Williams provides very good targeted advice in this area of the market.'

Key Clients

Westcon Group European Operations Limited


Vivo Energy UK Services

Fairvue Partners

St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Work highlights

  • Assisted with the first sponsorship of a switch of a Tier 1 visa holder to permanent employment under a Tier 2 visa sponsored by the business.
  • Assisted Wateraid in respect of several matters including refugee status and the right to work under UK visa/immigration rules. Also  advised on sponsor licensing under Tier 5 of the points-based system.
  • Assisted with the sponsorship and international transfer of a senior director and with the sponsor compliance requirements and applications associated with its UK corporate restructuring.

Focusing on business immigration, the group at Doyle Clayton has 'outstanding knowledge' and 'are incredibly helpful' in providing global mobility support to a sizeable list of well-known clients. Victoria Burnip leads the practice which has experienced steady growth in instructions from private clients seeking advice on Brexit-related immigration issues.

Practice head(s):Victoria Burnip


'What sets the team apart from other Immigration practices is that they are solution-oriented and have a positive outlook.'

'They have outstanding knowledge, are incredibly helpful and the attention to detail is second to none. By far and away in a different class completely on immigration law.'

'Victoria Burnip is outstanding - her depth and breadth of knowledge is amazing.'

Key Clients

VAT Compliance Europe Limited

WTax UK Limited


Dixons Carphone

The immigration team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors 'is highly experienced with a wide range of excellent practitioners' who are best known for undertaking a steady stream of Legal Aid work representing individuals in all aspects of personal immigration, asylum, human rights and public law matters. It also has expertise in judicial review immigration claimant cases. Key advisors include Bahar Ata, Ahmed Aydeed,  Tamana Aziz, Toufique Hossain and Zofia Duszynska.

Practice head(s):Ahmed Aydeed, Bahar Ata

Other key lawyers:Tamana Aziz; Toufique Hossain; Zofia Duszynska


'The immigration team is highly experienced with a wide range of excellent practitioners. They are able to cover all areas of immigration and asylum law with a high degree of competence. They have a great eye for detail and are always looking for the best way to advance their client's cases.'

'Duncan Lewis are exceptional at taking cutting edge human rights and immigration cases. They have taken more ground breaking cases than any other firm.'

'Tamana Aziz is supremely experienced with a broad immigration practice. She is excellent with clients and always prepared to go the extra yard. She is also always keen to try out novel points, whilst at the same time being commercially astute.'

'Toufique Hossain has built up a powerful and effective team of some of the UK's brightest young talent.'

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP is best known for its public law litigation work and handling immigration cases under the Legal Aid Scheme. Practice head Ashlee Campbell is also able to advise on the full range of business immigration matters. Other areas of expertise include the points-based system, family applications, British citizenship and European Union and asylum applications and human rights matters.

Practice head(s):Ashlee Campbell


'The characteristics I admire most about the immigration team at Fisher Jones Greenwood is their thorough, organised, meticulous and focused approach to their work.'

'The team has a very good reputation as they have a really good rapport with their clients. They produce very good quality work; the team is very approachable and has exceptional knowledge.'

'The level of service provided is above many other firms.'

Key Clients

Suffolk Social Services

Essex Social Services

Norfolk Social Services

Herrington Carmichael LLP bolstered its immigration law expertise with the hire of  Bermeet Chhokar from Lexmark Legal in October 2018. The practice advises businesses on global migration matters, recruitment and sponsorship of migrant workers and sponsor licence applications. It also advises a growing number of individuals on the effects of Brexit on immigration issues. Imelda Reddington is the key partner.

Practice head(s):Imelda Reddington

Other key lawyers:Bermeet Chhokar

Work highlights

  • Advised on a sponsor licence to allow the client to bring in skilled migrants from Serbia, in addition to ad-hoc advice in relation to transferring employees to both the UK and Serbia.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) advises a mix of start-ups, SMEs and private clients on a range of immigration matters; sponsor licensing, advising corporate clients on entry clearance and leave to remain applications for key executives. It also assists on private immigration issues for high-net-worth clients and their families. Uxbridge based Richard Devall leads the practice and is particularly skilled in assisting multinational corporations and in-bound investors set up sponsor licences, visa applications and immigration aspects of business transfers.

Practice head(s):Richard Devall


'The team at IBB are always happy to assist and find viable solutions to the most challenging issues.'

'IBB are solution-orientated, flexible and responsive.'

Key Clients

Glenmark Pharmaceutics Ltd

4PX Express UK Ltd

Avata UK Ltd

Goodman Real Estate Adviser Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisting a global manufacturer with immigration compliance issues, in particular its management of its Tier 2 sponsor licence and sponsor management system.
  • Advising a pharmaceutical company on various immigration aspects and visa applications for employees as well as assisting the client to remain fully compliant with the management of its Tier 2 sponsor licence.


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  2. Leading individuals
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Blake Morgan LLP advises trustees and employers on various pension schemes such as defined contribution scheme work, auto-enrollment and life assurance work. The practice also regularly provides technical support to specialist pension providers of SSAS and SIPP products and pensions tax issues (including international tax). Practice head John Hamilton and life assurance schemes specialist Rupert Graham-Evans also advise on pension issues in the public, charitable and social housing sectors.

Practice head(s):John Hamilton

Other key lawyers:Rupert Graham-Evans


'The team are responsive, approachable, pro-active and very personable.'

'John Hamilton has been invaluable to my business - he is very responsive, approachable and very thorough.'

'I rate John Hamilton as the best I have dealt with. He combines good technical input with a clear understanding of where we lay trustees are starting from.'

'Blake Morgan stands out head and shoulders in front of others.'

Key Clients

Arthur J. Gallaghers

Work highlights

  • Continues to advise this  key client on documentation issues involving their clients' group life arrangements. Recent clients include Addaction, Diabetes UK, among others.
  • Advising trustees in relation to benefit issues including equalisation of retirement ages for male and female members and also restrictions in the scheme amendment power requiring salary linkage, and most recently GMP equalisation.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has a strong reputation as one of 'the most pre-eminent pension practices in the South East'. Led by Maria Riccio, the practice works across all sectors with an emphasis on charities, insurance and private wealth. It provides transnational support and training, as well as handling contentious matters such as pensions fraud. The firm also advises private clients in pension disputes with their schemes or employers, in particular involving the operation of Small Self-Administered Schemes, Self Invested Personal Pensions and the payment of death benefits. Clare Coley and Verity Cruse are also of note.

Practice head(s):Maria Riccio

Other key lawyers:Clare Coley; Verity Cruse


'Maria Riccio combines expertise and clarity of thought in her subject with the ability to explain to those that do not know or understand pensions what the issues are. She has good ideas about how to overcome problems and does not sit on the fence - she gives advice. Maria is clear in her analysis of the risks which is a big help with our decision making.'

'Maria Riccio is fantastic- she really understands the issues and puts the client at the heart of what she is doing. Her advice is always pragmatic. If there is a pensions issue she is always the first choice.'

'Maria Riccio is one of the few pension lawyers with in depth experience in advising trustees and employers.'

Key Clients

Trustees of the Hovertravel Pension and Assurance Scheme

London & Caledonian Trustees

Trustees of the Teachers Assurance Group Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Imtech and Infra Traffic Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Appointed to be sole legal advisers to the ELIM trustees.
  • Following a large transfer under TUPE, the practice advised on historical DB pension rights which are deemed to have transferred under contract, specifically relating to redundancy. The advice relates to how those rights can be compensated in the event of redundancy.
  • Assisted with drafting a number of scheme documents as well as dealing with a number of scheme policies for the purpose of GDPR.

The 'extremely responsive' team at Shoosmiths LLP have 'technical expertise across the whole pensions sector'. The firm demonstrates 'excellent capabilities' in GMP Equalisation, pensions flexibilities and implications for schemes, buy-outs and buy-ins, scheme amendments, automatic enrollment, among others.  The multi-locational practice is active across a broad range of industries, counting charities, manufacturing, financial services, media and technology corporations among its impressive client roster.  Heather Chandler, Kunjan Sembhi , Suzanne Burrell and Tracey Hemingway are the key partners in Milton Keynes, Thames Valley and Solent offices, respectively.

Practice head(s):Heather Chandler, Suzanne Burrell; Tracey Hemingway

Other key lawyers:Kunjan Sembhi


'A responsive team with practical advice on pensions law and how trustees should react to individual case circumstances as well as industry-wide matters.'

'Heather Chandler is highly recommended. She is always on hand to help and answer difficult and technical queries, and is able to communicate the issues clearly in a way a client can easily grasp.'

'Tracey Hemingway is an ever-approachable source of knowledge and perspective on the complications of pension law, in equal turns legally exact and yet commercially pragmatic.'

Key Clients

Trustees of the Inmarsat Pension Plan

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Trustees of the Electrium Pension Scheme

Archer Daniels Midland (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for an employer in relation to a final salary scheme.
  • Advised the trustees on the take over advice under the mergers code specific to pensions  and advising on administration of this hybrid scheme in terms of future restructures.
  • Ongoing pension advice in relation to GDPR compliance, bulk transfers to Master Trust arrangements,  life assurance arrangements and member disputes relating to pensions issues.

BDB Pitmans demonstrates strong capabilities in relation to benefit restructuring, in addition to niche expertise in SIPPs, SSASs and other executive arrangements, including QROPS. Lead partner David Hosford is also experienced in drafting master trusts, both for group life (and excepted life) cover and defined contribution schemes.

Practice head(s):David Hosford

Key Clients

Chas A Blatchford & Sons Limited Group Pension Scheme

Applied Industrial Materials UK Limited Retirement & Death Benefit Plan

Swedish Match UK Pension Fund

Robert Dyas Limited Pension & Life Assurance Scheme

Banco Santander Totta Staff Security Plan

Work highlights

  • Advising the trustees regarding the implications of the sale of the sponsoring employer.
  • Reviewing investment management agreements in relation to intended investment in alternative asset classes.
  • Advice to scheme trustees regarding closure of the scheme to future benefit accrual.

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises a mix of start-up businesses and large international corporates as well as trustees of occupational trust-based schemes.  Gabrielle Holgate leads the practice from the Guildford office and assists employers with governance, benefitS changes, litigation, Pension Protection Fund-related issues and pensions aspects of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Gabrielle Holgate

Key Clients

Greenclose Hotels Limited

Diebold Nixdorf

Work highlights

  • Advised trustees in relation to a buy-in of all scheme benefits with a major insurance firm followed by a buy-out. The buy-in was completed as the first stage of the planned solvent winding up of the scheme.
  • Advised A client on issues arising from the participation of one of the holding company’s subsidiaries in an industry-wide pension scheme.
  • Advised A client on the pensions position of various subsidiaries in light of plans for a major corporate restructuring.

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