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B P Collins LLP’s team ‘provides a bespoke service tailored to clients’ needs’. Practice head Jo Davis has a strong reputation for acting for senior executives, and the firm acts for a strong corporate clientele that includes Bestway Cash and Carry and Biffa Municipal. The group has experienced an uptick in corporate support matters and injunctive proceedings. Senior associate Kathryn Fielder is ‘diligent, responsive and commercial’. James Townsend joined Michelmores LLP in 2015.

The ‘outstandingSarah Beeby leads Dentons’ practice, which is noted for its ‘excellent level of service’ and for its ability to advise a global client base on multi-jurisdictional matters. Beeby’s highlights included advising KCI Medical and Systagenix Wound Management International on employment issues arising from KCI’s acquisition of the latter. Simon Whysall left the firm in 2015 to establish Altor Employment Solicitors.

EMW Law LLP’s practice regularly handles multi-day employment litigation. Its clients include Vax and Monarch Airlines. Jon Taylor (who ‘inspires great confidence’ and has ‘very good strategic judgement’) is recommended alongside Louise Holder.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s ‘exemplary’ practice is frequently called on to advise on redundancies and pan-European employment projects. Justin Govier and Jonathan Bruck are valued for their commercial approach.

Shoosmiths LLP has notable strength in the education and retail sectors, where it acts for clients including The Open University and H&M. The group recently acted for Playground Games on employment disputes and restrictive covenant issues. Gwynneth Tan heads the practice and is ably supported by senior associates Siobhan Atkin, Simon Fennell and Sarah Lovell.

Debenhams Ottaway’s ‘pragmatic and commercially focused’ team has a strong track record acting for clients in the recruitment sector and is defending Brook Street against a claim brought by a temporary worker. Louise Attrup and Kate Carroll are the key contacts.

Longmores Solicitors LLP’s ‘professional and knowledgeable’ team frequently handles redundancies, litigation and the employment aspects of commercial contracts. Key names include Richard Gvero, who is noted for his ‘excellent technical skills’, and Catrin Mills.

At Machins Solicitors LLP, Jackie Cuneen and Robert Bedford are noted for their expertise in TUPE.

Practice head Chris Cook at SA Law LLPunderstands the balance that needs to be struck between employment law and the commercial realities of business’. Vanessa James joined Ashfords LLP in 2016.

Sherrards Solicitors LLP’s practice is jointly headed by Joanne Perry (who is ‘a real asset’) and Mark Fellows. Clients include Berry Recruitment and Winkworth Franchising.

Turbervilles provides ‘timely’ responses to businesses and individuals. Recent highlights include advising on the employment aspects of establishing a UK branch office. Marc Jones and Robert Dixon jointly head the team.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards opened its Watford office in 2016 following the recruitment of a team from Matthew Arnold Baldwin LLP. Michael Delaney is the key contact.

Andrew Buckley’s team at Woodfines LLP advises clients including Meda Pharmaceuticals and Silverbug.

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    I have been asked to cover the topic of Employment law within my half an hour speaking slot today. I have narrowed my subject down to Transfer of Undertakings and Discrimination, with the focus on providing an update on the recent spate of cases on service provision change and on the important developments in the law of age discrimination. Needless to say, in my presentation I shall not be able to cover the level of detail which is contained in my written paper, which I will leave you to read.
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