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Blake Morgan LLP provides ‘a first-class range of services which meet all client requirements’, demonstrating ‘an in-depth knowledge of all relevant areas of law’. Based in Oxford, practice head William Downing is ‘good at understanding complex technical issues in niche industries’, and is currently providing a range of employment advice to The Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust, including defending the client in an unfair dismissal suit. Other key figures in Oxford include James Simpson and Mike Wilson. Reading-based Rebecca Ireland is also recommended.

Boyes Turner’s ‘solid regional employment practice’ continues to be highly active in tribunal matters, as well as handling the full range of non-contentious work including redundancies, TUPE transfers and group reorganisations. Practice head Barry Stanton is ‘excellent for high-value cases’, and Michael Farrier has ‘a real knack for innovation’. Helen Goss is recommended for complex claims involving discrimination, breach of contract and whistleblowing.

Clarkslegal LLP is ‘an excellent firm in a class of its own’, advising clients on a wide range of issues including major restructurings, organisational change and outsourcing. Chairman Michael Sippitt has strong experience in the industrial relations field, and managing partner Monica Atwal is noted for her expertise in discrimination claims involving disability. Naureen Hussain has ‘an excellent grasp of complex legal issues’.

Doyle Clayton has ‘strong commercial acumen, drafting skills and market knowledge’, and maintains a solid client base within the financial services and insurance sectors. Tina Wisener advises on a range of issues including senior executive exits, outsourcing and TUPE transfers, Piers Leigh-Pollitt handles data protection issues, and James Anderson has strong contentious experience. Brit Insurance and Sage Group are key clients.

Olswang LLP is ‘a go-to adviser for complex employment law issues’. Gary Henderson is ‘technically brilliant, approachable and down-to-earth’, and Anita Wisby ‘is an expert in the field’. The firm’s multinational clients include Microsoft, Coca-Cola and BMW.

Penningtons Manches LLP is highly active in the technology, housing, hotel and education sectors, and recently acted for an employee in a grievance investigation before the Court of Appeal. Key figures include Daff Richardson, who advises on employee relations issues, Eugene Wojciechowski, who has handled a number of trade union disputes, and Sally Nesbitt, who is recommended for restructuring and redundancies.

Shoosmiths LLP provides ‘thorough, high-quality advice in a timely manner’. Practice head Kevin McCavish is ‘commercially astute, pragmatic and technically top flight’, and has ‘no difficulty whittling down to the core issue at hand’. Highlights for Paula Rome included assisting CTS (GB) with the drafting of TUPE provisions. Jonathan Naylor is also recommended.

Blandy & Blandy LLP is particularly strong within the hospitality, charity and pharmaceutical sectors, and has notable expertise in unlawful discrimination and TUPE disputes. Tim Clark advises on reorganisation, restructuring and redundancy, and is recommended alongside Sue Dowling, who is ‘an excellent negotiator with strong technical knowledge’.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP advised Whistl UK on the redundancy of a large number of employees, and acted for the shareholders of CLEAN Linen Services on the employment-related aspects of its management buyout. Practice head Ian Machray is ‘extremely pragmatic and level-headed’.

Lewis Silkin LLP’s ‘excellent employment practice’ is headed by Russell Brimelow, whose track record covers a wide range of employment-related cross-border matters. Also recommended are Carolyn Soakell, who advises on equal opportunities issues and partnership law matters, and Hannah Price.

Osborne Clarke is ‘excellent on all counts’, and is noted for its strength in the technology and digital business sector. Danielle Kingdon heads the team and is noted for her professionalism and ‘consistently clear and knowledgeable advice’. Highlights included advising Infracast on two long-running termination issues.

Pitmans LLP provides ‘high-quality’ advice to a client base ranging from start-ups to foreign corporates within the technology, automotive and retail sectors. Mark Symons and Angela Shields recently assisted White Knight Laundry Services with the sale of its business to Berendsen.

Employment specialist Cater Leydon Millard’s team is headed by Wendy Leydon and includes Lisa Harris and Stephen Conlan, who has notable experience in retail and outsourced public services. Highlights included acting for an NHS trust in High Court injunction proceedings.

At Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors, Alison Gair ‘maintains superb subject knowledge’, and ‘has a great ability to convey complex content into comprehensible information’. Robert Cherry advises on workplace policies, grievance procedures and redundancies.

Crossland Employment Solicitors provides ‘factual and pragmatic advice, which allows the client to make informed decisions’. Beverley Sunderland is ‘a great listener with strong legal knowledge’. Clients include De La Rue, M&C Saatchi and Yellow Pages (Hibu).

Draper Lang LLP’s David Blomfield is ‘an outstanding lawyer – sharp, astute and fast-paced, but never at the expense of quality’. Nicholas Snowden is experienced in cross-border matters, and Melanie Slocombe is recommended for tribunal work. Clients include DX Group, British Arab Commercial Bank and Hitachi Data Systems.

Herrington Carmichael LLP’s Alistair McArthur is ‘an extremely professional and knowledgeable solicitor’ with ‘sound business acumen and a no-nonsense approach’. McArthur has notable expertise in post-termination enforcement obligations. Clients include Adtech Global and Elite Security Group.

Brethertons LLP has an extensive employment practice that provides ‘excellent advice in a timely manner’. It has recently seen increased demand for advice related to immigration, which is handled by business immigration specialist Debra Wetters. David Hodge is especially recommended for tribunal claims and ‘gets the job done’.

At Employment Law Plus, Jill Kelly advises a range of clients on employment matters arising from sales and restructurings. The firm has also been notably active in the technology and engineering sectors. Bronsens LLP is a key client.

Christopher Sing is the key figure at Freeths, and is supported by associate Michelle Morgan, who advises on the full range of non-contentious HR work and is assisting Adestra with service agreements and investment-related employment issues. Melanie Slocombe joined Draper Lang LLP in April 2015.

mpm legal solutions Limitedapplies the law in a pragmatic way, and offers swift and clear advice’. Key individuals include Peter Beisty, who ‘recognises the need to make decisions based on business considerations’, the ‘very commercially focused’ Adrienne Brown, and Mark Minns, who advises on change programmes and tribunal claims.

At Spratt Endicott, Philomena Priceinspires great confidence with her strong understanding of business imperatives’, and Carol Shaw is noted for her ‘strong rapport with clients and trustees’. The firm advises on all employment-related matters including tribunal claims, redundancies and whistleblowing.

Royds Withy King’s highlights included successfully representing an in-house solicitor in a disability discrimination and unfair dismissal claim against a former employer. Practice head Malcolm Gregory is recommended alongside tribunal and mediation expert Mark Emery.

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