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asb law LLP’s Rebecca Thornley-Gibson took over as head of the employment practice from Gregory Burgess, who moved to DMH Stallard LLP. Highlights included acting for Lion Academy Trust in a whistleblowing case. Other clients include Arsenal Football Club and Amadeus.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is assisting Zenium Technology Partners with the employment aspects of International Finance Corporation’s investment into the client, which involved a restructuring of the existing equity. Nick Hurley heads the practice, which includes senior associate Ben Smith, whose ‘client skills are unparalleled’.

Cripps LLP advised Aston Scott Group on the employment arrangement for its management team, and acted for Expert Training Systems on several terminations. Managing associate Erica Dennett heads the practice following David Evans’ departure to Doyle Clayton.

Gregory Burgess joined DMH Stallard LLP from asb law LLP in 2016, offsetting Julie Jones’ departure to start an HR consultancy business. Clients include Grohe and Systra. The ‘knowledgeable and personableSimon Bellm is also recommended.

Mundays LLP is led by the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Andrew Knorpel and supported by the ‘unimpeachable’ Fiona McAllister. Associate Sofia Syed is also recommended.

Key figures at Penningtons Manches LLP include practice head Michael Cole, who ‘always takes a dynamic approach to cases’; and associate director Tim Randles, who ‘is a real tour de force’. The practice acts for clients in the charities, healthcare and education sectors, among others.

Stevens & Bolton LLP assisted a former employee of Air Products in an age discrimination claim. Recommended individuals include practice head Stephanie Dale, Kerry Garcia, who heads the immigration practice and is noted for her ‘depth of knowledge and commerciality’; and newly promoted partner Lloyd Davey.

At Barlow Robbins LLP practice head David Ludlow acted in a constructive unfair dismissal case against Hertfordshire County Council, and advised Contracts Consultancy on the dismissal of the company’s director.

Brachers’ 11-lawyer team is headed by Catherine Daw and acts for clients including Hadlow College and Magna Automotive Group.

Furley Page Solicitors handled the employment aspects of the merger between Medway Crossroads and Carers FIRST, which involved a TUPE transfer and a consultation process. Andrew Masters led on that matter and heads the practice.

Goodyear Blackie Herrington Solicitors regularly acts for 40 independent schools on a range of employment matters, including discrimination cases and settlements. Andrea Tishler and Hamish Cameron Blackie are ‘knowledgeable and realistic lawyers’.

Rawlison Butler LLP’s Tony Hyams-Parish, who is noted for his ‘thorough advice and input’, handled Futurama Signs’ dismissal of four directors running a rival business.

At Sherrards Employment Law Solicitors, the ‘very knowledgeable’ Dan Soanes and solicitor Victoria Bevis, who provides ‘very pragmatic advice’, defended a client in an unfair dismissal tribunal.

Neill Thomas and Jonathan Mansfield head Thomas Mansfield LLP practice; both are experienced litigators and represent clients such as Stagecoach and BCM.

Recommended individuals at Thomson Snell & Passmore include practice head Nick Hobden and the ‘eminently practical’ Susanna Gilmartin.

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  • TRANSFER OF UNDERTAKINGS (PROTECTION OF EMPLOYMENT) AND AGE DISCRIMINATION

    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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