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Employment: Bristol

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  1. Employment: Bristol
  2. Leading individuals

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Bevan Brittan LLP’s clients include local authorities and NHS trusts. Practice head Julian Hoskins advised a NHS trust on TUPE matters arising from its acquisition of another trust. Sarah Lamont is also recommended.

Burges Salmon LLP handles employment matters arising from corporate transactions, factory closures, holiday pay and tribunals. Roger Bull’s department acts for Mulberry, Bank of Ireland and John Lewis Partnership.

At DAC Beachcroft LLP, department head Alex Lock assisted Livestock Improvement Corporation with devising a restructuring and redundancy programme for its UK subsidiary. Simon Lambert advises commercial, public and third sector employers on various matters, including plant closures and sleep-in duty issues. Health and social care expert Katy Horner leads on tribunal matters. Zurich and EE are clients.

At Osborne ClarkePaul Killen advised Majestic Wine on restructuring its board and senior management after acquiring Naked Wines. He jointly heads the international employment group with Julian Hemming. Senior associate Elizabeth Williamson re-joined from Clyde & Co LLP. Other clients include Vodafone and Ralph Lauren.

Stuart McBride’s practice at TLT handles TUPE issues, reorganisations and multi-jurisdictional outsourcing matters. Esther Smith has ‘expert knowledge’ of multi-claim tribunals. Imperial Tobacco Group and Merlin Entertainments are clients. Graham Shaw has retired.

Ashfords LLP’s Stephen Moore represented New Directions Holdings in High Court proceedings concerning the enforcement of restrictive covenants against former employees. He also handles matters relating to breaches of confidentiality.

At Bond Dickinson LLP, department head Tim Woodward recently successfully defended Meat & Livestock Commercial Services against allegations of unfair dismissal arising from a TUPE transfer. Other clients include B&Q and the Post Office. Joanne Boyle is also recommended.

Clarke Willmott LLP has an integrated HR service, and is noted for its handling of sport-related matters for clients including Bristol Sport. Department head Kevin Jones and Sharon Latham are noted. Other clients include Sterling Industries.

Foot Anstey’s Richard Neary advises on collective workforce and TUPE issues for clients such as Robert Dyas and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Senior associate Nick Davies joined from TNT.

Thrings LLP provides a full HR service, which covers tribunal matters and post-termination restrictions, among other issues. Dynamatic and Centurycomm are clients. Kerrie Huntknows employment law inside out’.

At Veale Wasbrough Vizards, the ‘superb’ Gareth Edwards is noted for his expertise in High Court litigation. Also recommended are Simon Bevan, who is ‘the go-to education employment lawyer’, and newly promoted partner Allison Cook, who has ‘unrivalled knowledge of public and emergency service employment’.

Humphreys & Co. represents claimants in claims involving unfair dismissal and alleged harassment. Stephen Burbidge is an ‘excellent’ litigator.

Boutique employment firm Menzies Law is noted for its manufacturing and education sector strength. Director Luke Menzies represents employers and employees.

QualitySolicitors Burroughs Daytenaciously protects the rights of senior employees’ and is particularly noted for its discrimination law expertise. Key figure Julia Beasley also represents employers.


Employment: Dorset and South Wiltshire

Care sector expert Lester Aldridge LLP is representing Encompass Dorset before the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service in relation to a collective grievance filed by staff with UNISON alleging that the business had incorrectly paid sleep-in shifts. The ‘pragmatic and business-focused’ Sue Evans led on that matter and is recommended alongside Catharine Geddes, who provides HR advice to businesses and charities.

Wilsons stands out for its work for charities and landed estates, as well as for its education-sector expertise. Anthony Edwards’ department acts for employers and employees on a broad range of matters, including exit strategies and severance agreements for senior executives, restructuring, TUPE transfers and whistleblowing. Stephen Oxley and Geraldine White, who recently made partner, are also recommended.

Leading independent firmEllis Jones Solicitors LLP advises employers and individuals on grievance procedures, unfair dismissal tribunal claims, senior employee redundancies and TUPE matters. Clients have ‘no hesitation recommending’ associate Kate Brooks.

Frettens LLP provides day-to-day HR advice to employers, and is adept in defending clients against tribunal claims. Kate Fretten excels in non-contentious matters and also has care sector strength.

Kemp Jones Solicitors undertakes tribunal work and handles High Court claims for businesses bringing action against former employees that have allegedly breached competing post-termination restrictions. Rayner Jones’ practice also assists employers with reorganisations involving trade union issues and large-scale consultations.

Steele Raymond LLP acted on a variety of matters for businesses and senior directors in 2015, including breaches of contract, contractor classification, business closures and redundancies. Managing partner Peter Rolph heads the practice.


Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire

Clients feel comfortable and confident’ at BPE Solicitors LLP, which acts for Omega Resource Group and Lifemarque. Practice head Lisa Gettins and Tim Gofton acted in several tribunals in 2015, while the practice experienced growth in non-contentious outsourcing and TUPE transfer work. Newly promoted senior associates Sarah Lee and Heyma Holmes are also recommended.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s Sarah Jane Brostoff experienced an uptick in work relating to business protection and enforcement of post-termination restrictions. Sotheby’s, THB Group and Stagecoach West are longstanding clients.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ Matt Jenkin excels in complex restructurings and TUPE matters. Kristine Scott led on investigations into allegations of sexual harassment for educational clients. Barrister Jenny Jones heads the practice.

Stone King LLP is considered a leading figure in the education, charity and social enterprise sectors. The practice, which is made up of solicitors and HR consultants, is headed by Nick Watson and includes barrister Peter Woodhouse; they recently handled whistleblowing, equal pay tribunal claims and disciplinary investigations.

At Royds Withy King, department head Malcolm Gregory handles employee shareholder schemes, restructuring, pension cap applications and TUPE matters, while Richard White predominantly acts for employers and has strength in tribunal claims. Clients include PerkinElmer, Churchill Investments and Lorne Stewart.

Nick Rowe established Lodders Solicitors LLP’s employment practice in Cheltenham following his arrival from Maitland Walker LLP. He acts for businesses and employees in tribunal claims and High Court litigation.

Mogers Drewett LLP regularly assists the HR teams of employers and also provides HR advice to clients that do not have a separate HR function. Sean McDonough leads the practice, which acts for employers such as Premier Global and Julian Hodge Bank, as well as senior-level employees.

Willans LLP handles senior-level severances and other sensitive issues for charities. Practice head Matthew Clayton is ‘very easy to work with’. Non-contentious work includes restructuring and post-employment restrictions.


Employment: The West Country

Ashfords LLP’s Charles Pallot focuses on TUPE matters arising from public sector outsourcings, as well as handling transactional employment issues. Wandsworth Borough Council and Sensus UK are clients.

Matthew Huddleson leads Foot Anstey’s practice and advises Livewell South West (formerly Plymouth Community Healthcare) on TUPE issues and employment tribunals. Patrick Howarth is also recommended. Senior associate Claire Holland joined from Magrath LLP.

Michelmores LLP’s practice defended Careers South West in a case concerning the test governing TUPE service provision changes. Department head Andrew Tobey is recommended alongside newly promoted partner James Baker. Other clients include Mint Velvet and NHS trusts.

Bristol-based Tim Woodward heads the department at Bond Dickinson LLP, which represented Ernest Jones and H. Samuel in numerous matters, including an unfair dismissal tribunal claim.

Clarke Willmott LLP defended Refresco Gerber UK against unfair dismissal tribunal claims. Clients single out Kate Gardner as ‘a true litigator’.

Kitsons LLP’s 2015 mandates included tribunal claims and disciplinary actions. Rhodri Davey leads the practice, which includes newly promoted partner Jayme Nicholson.

Stephens Scown LLP’s Terry Falcão stands out for his ability to ‘predict the respondent’s actions’ in discrimination and whistleblowing cases. The practice also handles restructuring work for employers and advises senior executives on their exit strategies.

Battens Solicitors Limited acts for employees in severance agreements, exit negotiations and disciplinary actions. Dawn Gallie’s practice also provides an integrated HR service to businesses.

Nash & Co conducts tribunal work on behalf of corporate clients and provides employment law training to HR teams, independent HR advisers and senior management groups. Managing partner and practice head Jon Loney and Ian Grimshaw arrived from Trethowans LLP. Former head Karen Bussell advises high-net-worth employees on contract terms and settlement agreements.

Pardoes Solicitors LLP’s Maeve Vickery advises employers on transactional issues, including TUPE transfers.

Porter Dodson LLP’s caseload includes disability discrimination and whistleblowing. Care sector expert Adrian Poole heads the practice.

John Turnbull, who joined Trowers & Hamlins LLP after it merged with Stones Solicitors LLP, has extensive restructuring, unfair discrimination and TUPE experience.

Tozers Solicitors LLP has ‘excellent knowledge of the housing and local government sectors’. Stephen Jennings leads the practice, which includes the ‘sharp-minded’ Paul Kelly.


Health and safety

Index of tables

  1. Health and safety
  2. Leading individuals

Bond Dickinson LLP regularly represents health authorities in cases involving death and injury to patients, as well as acting for commercial clients such as B&Q and Network rail, and investigating bodies. Jon Cooper advised the HSE on the investigation into an explosion at Pembroke Refinery. Nathan Peacey joined Foot Anstey.

Ann Metherall leads the ‘exceptional’ department at Burges Salmon LLP, which represents individuals and corporates including FirstGroup on HSE and Office of Rail Regulation investigations, health and safety audits, and in sentencing, hearings and inquests.

At DAC Beachcroft LLP, practice head Richard Ottley defends corporate clients such as Keepmoat Group, Zurich and Allianz against regulatory and criminal charges, including manslaughter. Barrister Caroline Harvey joined from Nelson Legal LLP.

According to some, Osborne Clarke is ‘easily one of the best’ for crisis management. Led by newly promoted partner Mary Lawrence, the practice has strength in HSE and police investigations.

Kerry Gwyther leads TLT’s practice, which represents corporates in regulatory prosecutions and investigations, and also handles asbestos-related inquests and prosecutions in the housing sector. Glastonbury Festival and Merlin Entertainments are clients.

Ashfords LLP defends construction and industrial employers against corporate manslaughter and other charges. Practice head Richard Voke ‘understands how regulators operate’.

Browne Jacobson LLP recruited Dale Collins from Bond Dickinson LLP. Nigel Lyons and Collins represent multinational businesses and SMEs in investigations and prosecutions.

Foot Anstey’s Chris Pritchett advised on health and safety policy for a major construction and energy generation project. Nathan Peacey and senior associate Liz Perry joined from Bond Dickinson LLP.

Lester Aldridge LLP secured a place on the HSE’s reduced panel and has been involved in some of the leading cases in recent years. Michael Veal is recommended.

Michelmores LLP’s team focuses on workplace fatalities. Andrew Oldland QC defends corporate clients facing investigation or prosecution.

Nash & Co’s Ian Veater is ‘a real expert’ in HSE investigations, prosecutions and appeals against notices and judicial review proceedings. The firm has particular strength in the construction sector.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards’ education-focused practice handles investigations into historic abuse allegations and asbestos claims. Tabitha Cave leads the team.


Immigration

Burges Salmon LLP’s Roger Bull advises businesses and high-net-worth individuals on the full range of matters, including obtaining visa entry clearance, immigration audits, outsourcing and sponsor licence applications. Computershare Investor Services and Mapfre are clients.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards assists educational clients with visas and immigration audits. ‘Professional, responsible and reliable’ associate Judith Hockin heads the practice and also acts for businesses and high-net-worth individuals on a range of matters including points-based applications and UK ancestry, as well as Ankara Agreement issues for Turkish nationals looking to establish or join a UK business.

Ashfords LLP acts for corporate clients on issues related to Tiers 1 and 2 of the points-based system, as well as advising on visas, sponsor licences and employer compliance. Senior associate Kirsty Cooke acts for individuals on indefinite leave to remain, citizenship and visa rejection cases.

At Clarke Willmott LLP, ‘forward-thinking and client-focused’ practice head Alex Jakubowski advises individuals and employers on visa and sponsor licence applications, intra-company transfers and first-tier tribunal matters.


Pensions

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  1. Pensions
  2. Leading individuals

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    • Sasha Butterworth - TLT

Burges Salmon LLP represented the trustees of the Brunel Holdings Pension Scheme in an investigation by The Pensions Regulator. Other clients include the pension trustees of FirstGroup and Honda. Richard Knight leads the practice, which includes newly promoted partner Richard Pettit and Clive Pugh, who is ‘an impressive lawyer’.

Osborne Clarke’s ‘leading’ practice secured an appointment to the Local Government Pension Scheme National Procurement Framework for Legal Services panel. Jonathan Hazlett leads the practice, which includes disputes expert Paul Matthews and Mark Womersley.

TLT’s expertise includes pensions-related governance, public sector outsourcing and cross-border investments. Department head Sasha Butterworth and James Dean act for clients including The Co-operative Group, Travelers and the trustees of Fujitsu Technology Solutions International Plan.

Foot Anstey assisted ODEON Cinemas with salary pension schemes and other matters. Senior associate Helen Trethewey is ‘very knowledgeable in outsourcing’. Matthew Huddleson leads the department following Comron Rowe’s departure to Temple Bright LLP.


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