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Employment: Bristol

Index of tables

  1. Employment: Bristol
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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Bevan Brittan LLP  has a standout capability handling employment law matters for clients in the local government arena; its team acts for over 100 local authorities. The scope of the work includes advice on staffing models, senior-level disputes and departures, and redundancy programmes. The healthcare sector is another area of strength; the firm acts for private and third sector clients, as well as NHS providers and commissioners. Sarah Lamont has expertise in restructurings, changes to terms & conditions, redundancy programmes, Employment Tribunal claims, discrimination claims and TUPE . Julian Hoskins is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Jodie Sinclair

Other key lawyers:Julian Hoskins; Sarah Lamont

Key Clients

Local Government Association

Richmond LBC

Wandsworth LBC

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

West of England Combined Authority

Plymouth NHS Trust

Liverpool City Council

Professional Cricketers Association

Cross Manufacturing

RUH Bath NHS Trust

Southern Housing Group

Local Government Ombudsman

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authorities

Northern Devon Healthcare

North Somerset Council

Bristol City Council

4 R Group

Kingston RBC

Sutton LBC

Catalyst Housing

Simply Serve Ltd

Brent LBC

Barnet LBC

Hackney LBC

London Borough of Kingston

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Sanctuary Housing

Wiltshire Council

Driver Group

Surrey County Council

Northamptonshire County Council

Healthcare Financial Management Association

Sirona CIC

North Somerset Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Places for People Leisure

Work highlights

  • Acting for Yeovil District NHS Trust in a re-claim of disability, race and sex discrimination by a perimenopausal midwifery student.
  • Advising a professional services organisation on conducting a sensitive and complex investigation relating to the 'MeToo' movement
  • Successfully defended Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust against high- value whistle-blowing and unfair dismissal claims brought by its former medical director.
  • Advising Bournemouth Council on local government reorganisations following the Secretary of State's decision to create two new unitary councils.
  • Defending a local authority against claims by a senior officer of allegedly unfair dismissal, disability discrimination and whistle-blowing detriments.

Burges Salmon LLP advises FTSE100 and global businesses, central and local government organisations and major brands. On the contentious side, it represents clients in employment tribunal and appellate court proceedings; cases involve complex whistle-blowing and discrimination issues, among others. Non-contentious advisory work covers GDPR and management issues, senior executive severance and large-scale TUPE transfers. The team works closely with overseas-based lawyers from its preferred firms network on cross-border employment matters. Team leader Adrian Martin has particular experience of the TUPE and employment aspects of corporate transactions, outsourcing arrangements, and public and private sector projects. Luke Bowery is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Adrian Martin

Other key lawyers:Chris Seaton; Luke Bowery


'Very strong across the board from partner level downwards, they have lots of experienced and talented lawyers'

'Burges Salmon has a strong employment team which includes litigation at appellate level for big clients'

'The team at Burges Salmon is an extremely capable employment law team, they understand the client's key objectives and give sensible commercial advice'

'They take time to get to know their clients and are highly responsive and give excellent personal service'

'They put the needs of their clients first and develop excellent relationships with key personnel, becoming a trusted advisor'

'They give practical advice and are very responsive'

'Chris Seaton is an excellent leader, very experienced, hands-on and client driven'

'Roger Bull is a very thoughtful and pragmatic litigator'

'Adrian Martin is an experienced litigator who delivers excellent client service and fantastic support to counsel. He is very responsive, and takes full responsibility for cases'

'Adrian is extremely knowledgeable and understands the nuances of different legal arguments and the best way to persuade a court to find in favour of his client'

'Adrian Martin is a highly impressive practitioner. He has a comprehensive knowledge of employment law that he is able to apply in a commercially sensible and pragmatic fashion to meet the client's objectives'

'Adrian develops excellent personal relationships with clients really taking the time to get to know them and their business. He can explain complex legal issues in such a way that the client clearly understands the choices they have to make'

'Adrian has superb attention to detail but never loses sight of the big picture. You would want Adrian on your team every time'

Key Clients

Babcock International Group plc

Thomson Reuters

BAE Systems plc

John Lewis Partnership

FirstGroup plc

Bank of Ireland

The Crown Estate






Reading City Council

Endemol Shine

University of Bristol

Premier Asset Management

The Warranty Group

Wessex Water

York St John University

Office for Students (formerly Higher Education Funding Council for England)

Yeo Valley

National Composites Centre

Hochtief UK Construction Limited

Transport for Wales

The Racecourse Association

Octopus Investments

Nessy Learning Limited

The Exeter

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the client  on a complex employment tribunal case involving a number of claims by an alleged whistleblower.
  • Handle all UK employment tribunals issued against the client, including unfair dismissal claims, construction dismissal and race discrimination.
  • Advising the client on a major redundancy exercise involving c. 500 planned redundancies.
  • Provide the client with employment law services, including day-to-day advice to its HR and legal teams in respect of the 6,000+ workforce.
  • Advised the client over the past year on restructuring exercises involving redundancies, changes to terms and conditions of employment and internal TUPE transfers.

Osborne Clarke employment practice is catered to serve national and international clients in both contentious and non-contentious matters. European Works Council matters are a notable strength of the practice, with the team representing multijurisdictional clients in reorganisations and the employment aspects of corporate transactions. Bristol-based practice head Paul Killen advises on dismissals, breaches of contract, discrimination claims and the management of employee relations. Anna Elliott, who joined from the Sydney office of Squire Patton Boggs, is knowledgeable about post-termination restraints and harassment issues, among other matters.

Practice head(s):Paul Killen

Other key lawyers:Julian Hemming; Anna Elliott


'Paul Killen's depth of experience, responsiveness and practical advice are greatly appreciated by our team'

'Paul is well-complemented by the bench strength of his team, which efficiently and effectively handle the full spectrum of human resources matters we throw at them'

Key Clients

Business Growth Fund ("BGF")

MITIE Group Plc

Mirriad Advertising

Mountain Healthcare

etc venues

Goldman Sachs

Dennis Publishing (“Dennis”)

The Law Commission of England and Wales

Tech Mahindra

Ralph Lauren

Work highlights

  • Advising Business Growth Fund on employment documentation relating to its investment in HeleCloud.
  • Advice to MITIE Group Plc on all employment law aspects of its £14 million acquisition of Vision Security Group Limited, including all TUPE aspects of pre-sale reorganisation.
  • Advised Mirriad Advertising plc on all employment aspects of its admission to AIM on the London Stock Exchange, as well as on the company’s subsequent transition to a new CEO.
  • Advised the management on the MBO of Mountain Healthcare, a 350-employee company, and all employment law aspects of the deal.
  • Assisted the management of Etc venues on its global expansion through new investment, which included handling employment law advice on service agreements.

TLT's Bristol team, which operates as part of a wider national group, acts for local clients and London-based businesses on all types of employment matters. Although it generates work from clients across a wide range of industries, the retail, financial services and social housing sectors are particular areas of strength. Stuart McBride leads the team, whose expertise  includes TUPE matters, large-scale reorganisations, whistleblowing, restrictive covenants and trade union relations. It has also been advising clients on equal pay issues and Gender Pay Gap Regulations. Siobhan Fitzgerald has a strong track record in the social housing sector.

Practice head(s):Stuart McBride

Other key lawyers:Siobhan Fitzgerald


'Good strength in depth, responsive and proactive'

'The team are supportive and really get to know the business and its needs understanding not only the law, but what the business is trying to achieve'

'They are very responsive, commercially focused and provide excellent advice on all employment and tax matters. They will give a clear view on matters which is not always the case with legal firms'

'The team offer a very responsive but human service, providing access to regular email legal updates as well as a free annual session to discuss pertinent issues around employment law'

'TLT provide excellent advice which is prompt, professional, pragmatic and clear compared with other legal firms I have used'

'They work together and it's clear that put their clients first. The firm is adequately resourced and there is always someone around to assist'

'They have an excellent commercial view of employment matters'

'Siobhan Fitzgerald is very supportive and engaged with us as a business. Because she has taken the time to get to know us she is able to provide advice and guidance with our specific needs in mind'

'Esther Smith and Kate Williams are both excellent. They provide an outstanding service but are also a delight to work with'

'We have found Siobhan Fitzgerald and Dave Maton extremely personable, friendly and accessible. They have taken the time and effort to understand us as an organisation and we feel we are a valued client'

'Esther Smith is excellent- she explains things simply, outlining risks and benefits of solutions and is always professional and provides quick responses'

'Siobhan Fitzgerald, Partner is our main go-to person. She has a wealth of knowledge across all areas of employment law and is always up-to-date. She has a pragmatic approach in the advice that she provides, balancing the commercial interests with the speed of trying to get things resolved'

'Siobhan has a lot of interpersonal skills when advising us on the way forward, taking a longer-term view, helping us to minimise risk. She always responds promptly to requests and works around the clock to get things done'

Key Clients

Imperial Brands plc

J Sainsbury plc

National Crime Agency

Savills plc

Ageas Group

Southern Water

Hastings Direct

Biffa plc

Smiths News / Connect Group plc


Bromford Housing Group

Onward Homes (formerly Symphony Housing)

WH Smith Plc

Good Energy Group Plc

Phoenix Housing Association


Work highlights

  • Advising a client on a high-value discrimination complain with reputational risk considerations, as well as management of claimant's ongoing employment and strategy.
  • Advising a client on a large-scale restructure and redundancies within a private school arising from a change in offering.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's employment team is highly reputed in the retail, financial services and public services sectors. It primarily acts for large blue-chip organisations from across the UK, including banks and national supermarkets. It also acts for international corporates in contentious and non-contentious matters. In a notable development, in 2018, the firm was appointed to provide Employment Tribunal litigation support to the Government Legal Department; practice head Tim Woodward is the employment lead to this client, as well as other key clients.

Practice head(s):Tim Woodward

Other key lawyers:Jo Martin; Heather Stickland

Key Clients



Historic England

Post Office


Government Legal Department

Network Rail

Plymouth Community Homes

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Oak Furniture Land (T/a JB Global)

Corbin & King Restaurant Group Limited

kgb group (including 118 118 Money, The Number UK and Conduit Global)

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Limited

Countrywide Farmers plc

Work highlights

  • Continue to be a part of the AIG panel providing employment and litigation support for insured businesses under the client's PrivateEdge policy.
  • Sole adviser to TSB on employment matters and employment litigation; recently advised the client on grievances, exits, settlement, tribunal and TUPE matters.
  • Advised Countrywide Farmers Plc on TYPE aspects relating to the sale of the liquid petroleum gas business, to DCC plc.
  • Advised Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board on a range of employment and pensions issues, including some very challenging grievances, TUPE issues, litigation and transactional work.
  • Appointed to provide sole legal advice to the client, handling a number of employment claims through different government departments.

Ashfords LLP has an excellent reputation in the private healthcare and retail sectors, and it is also highly regarded in other areas; associate Jenny Marley has a particular focus on defending employment tribunal claims for social care and housing association clients. Her experience covers claims in relation to unfair dismissal, discrimination, unlawful deductions from wages and whistleblowing. Elsewhere, the employment team assists clients with enforcing and defending restrictive covenant claims, as well as dealing with other reputationally-sensitive matters. In addition, the group works closely with the corporate team to draft director's service agreements and senior employees' contracts. Stephen Moore, who leads the practice, predominantly acts for employers and senior executives in the UK, Europe and the US.

Practice head(s):Stephen Moore

Other key lawyers:Kim Wright; Jenny Marley

Key Clients

Molly Maid

Work highlights

  • Ashfords have continued to provide day-to-day employment advice and support to New Directions Limited on a broad range of employment matters, in particular restrictive covenant issues.
  • Advising a high net worth claimant on his High Court claim in relation to a failure of the employer to make a claim on the employee’s health insurance within the required time.
  • Advising iAdvize on a broad range of employment matters in relation to its UK work force.
  • Advising US-based company Aventri on a broad range of employment matters in relation to their UK work force.
  • Continue to provide day-to-day employment advice and support to the Post Office on a broad range of employment matters, in particular restrictive covenant issues.

Clarke Willmott LLP has a strong reputation for advising on complex employment matters in the sports sector, and represents a number of local and national sporting bodies and teams. In addition, the team regularly acts for high-profile athletes and sports managers in employment matters, both in terms of ongoing disputes and transfers. The team also performs well in the agricultural, manufacturing and retail sectors. Kevin Jones is head of the firm's national employment team from the Bristol office, and is active in the aforementioned sports sector. Sharon Latham covers both the public and private sector, and comes highly recommended in the employment practice.

Practice head(s):Kevin Jones

Other key lawyers:Tim Copplestone; Sharon Latham


'Over the years, Clarke Willmott has provided our business with invaluable support and guidance. They are an integral and significant part of our suite of external advisors providing both HR and Employment specific advice, as well as guidance and support on crossover areas like GDPR'

'Their holistic approach really sets the team apart from the siloed advice of their competitors'

'Sharon feels like an extension to our in-house HR team. She knows our business so well I always feel like she fully understands the challenges we face and is always on hand in a moment's notice which can prevent situations escalating'

'Sharon advises our legal and HR teams as well as our local, regional and global executives providing them with advice and guidance appropriately tailored to the audience'

'Sharon stands out for her efforts to provide genuinely practical guidance and her ability to offer real world solutions to our HR and employment problems'

Key Clients


Rawle Gammon and Baker Holdings Limited

Wasserman Media Group

Oscar Mayer Limited

Decathlon UK Limited

Primrose Group Limited

Fowlers of Bristol Limited

Bradfords & Sons Limited

The Rugby Players’ Association

Aqua Italia

CityWest Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Retained to support on all employment law issues for players and non-players
  • Retained support service on all employment law issues
  • Retained to advise the client on an internal employment law issue concerning theft of significant sums of cash.
  • Advising on the departure of the existing CEO and the terms of employment for his replacement.
  • Full legal support to the professional rugby players’ trade union, including advising on employment contract terminations.

DAC Beachcroft LLP primarily acts for the firm's corporate clients in matters concerning discrimination, transfers of undertakings and detriment claims in employment tribunals. Alex Lock advises public and private sector employers on TUPE and outsourcing issues. Joanne Owers is praised by clients for her 'blend of pragmatism and commerciality' and 'unflappable style'; indeed, clients say they have 'complete confidence in her guidance and advice', particularly in the regulated financial sector.

Practice head(s):Alex Lock

Other key lawyers:Joanne Owers

Foot Anstey provides support to national and international clients in the retail, media and technology sectors. It is particularly strong in defending clients in high-value litigation cases and, on the non-contentious side, advising on the implementation of pay and grading schemes. Elsewhere, the team's recent work included assisting several local authorities with negotiating pay deals for council staff and handling a high-value TUPE claim, which involved a significant number of staff. Richard Neary has particular expertise in collective workforce issues.

Practice head(s):Karen Bates (Exeter)

Other key lawyers:Richard Neary (Bristol)


'Foot Anstey's HR and Employment team feel like an extension of our in-house team. It is available for urgent matters by phone or email at a moment's notice and understands the business enough to speak to board members and colleagues alike. Their training sessions are tailored to fit real examples within your business too'

'We rate the team's ability to get to the heart of the matter rapidly, marshal the appropriate resource at the right time and direct effort proportionate to the required result. This is a finely calibrated team of lawyers with a range of expertise across all the areas of law which might influence our work. In twenty-five years they have come to our assistance rapidly and with an outstanding, in fact incomparable, rate of success'

Key Clients


T Clarke Contracting Ltd

Becton Dickinson UK Ltd

Odeon Cinemas Ltd




Livewell Southwest CIC

Ropes & Gray LLP

Reed & Mackay Travel Ltd

Employment law boutique Menzies Law delivers specialist advice to clients in the manufacturing, utilities, education, logistics and facilities management sectors. Its offering is led by Luke Menzies, who is a dual-qualified barrister and solicitor. The firm's legal advice covers both contentious and non-contentious bases; Menzies himself is experienced in senior executive exits, Employment Tribunal claims and industrial action advice. He is also an expert on the Gender Pay Gap.

Practice head(s):Luke Menzies

Other key lawyers:Anne-Marie Boyle; Simon Martin

Key Clients

Avado Learning Ltd

Babcock International Group

Bristol City Football Club

Gloucestershire College

GS Yuasa Battery Europe Ltd

Havant & South Downs College

Jehu Group

MAN Truck and Bus UK Ltd

Miele Company Ltd

Parmenion Capital Partners

Richard Huish College

Ruskin Mill Trust

Work highlights

  • The firm is defending a barristers' chambers against a disability discrimination claim brought by an applicant for a pupillage.
  • Advising the HR team of Babcock (Defence Systems Technology) on significant employment issues, including various reorganisations and restructurings.
  • Advising Cray UK Limited on a number of significant issues, such as managing the exit of a senior member of the sales team.
  • Advising GS Yuasa Battery Europe Limited on a number of significant issues, including health and safety for factory workers, finance department restructuring and disciplinary proceedings.
  • Acting for Brand Alley UK Limited in an Employment Tribunal claim brought by a former employee whose flexible working request was refused.

Thrings LLP's employment team works closely with the corporate team to advise clients on reorganisations, restructures, outsourcing and TUPE issues arising from mergers and acquisitions. The firm acts for clients from a broad cross-section of sectors, including charities, education, IT and manufacturing. On the contentious side, employment tribunal work is on the increase, particularly in relation to whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Practice head Kerrie Hunt is knowledgeable about regulatory regimes concerning discrimination, parental leave, flexible working and working hours.

Practice head(s):Kerrie Hunt

Other key lawyers:Natalie Ward

Key Clients

AirTanker Services Limited

Brunel Capital Partners

Dycem Limited

ORX UK Limited

St John’s Foundation

Kohler Mira Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented multijurisdictional group of consulting companies in a complex and high value unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim brought by a former employee.
  • Represented a client in a constructive dismissal claim brought by a former employee.
  • Representing a respondent client in an alleged unfair dismissal and discrimination claim brought by a former employee and litigant in person.
  • Provide general employment advisory advice to a large secondary school client that had transitioned from local authority to academy status.

The VWV employment practice has a strong profile nationally acting for commercial, charities, education and public sector clients. The firm is highly reputed for advisory work, and it is also equally adept in representing clients in complex Employment Tribunal claims. Within the education sector, the employment team acts for numerous independent schools and academies in contentious and advisory matters. Gareth Edwards is knowledgeable about discrimination law and freedom of information uses, and he is also experienced in advising clients on industrial relations, executive severances and TUPE and outsourcing issues.

Practice head(s):Gareth Edwards

Other key lawyers:Simon Bevan


'The team has wide experience and excellent subject knowledge and is at the forefront of employment law practice for charities and independent schools'

'Simon Bevan is an outstanding partner for employment law matters. His advice is always sound but is also balanced by a good understanding of the practical issues and the operational requirements of his clients'

Key Clients

CBRE Limted

CBRE Global Investors Limited

British Library

Bristol Old Vic Theatre

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

South Gloucestershire Council

Clifton College

REAch2 Academy Trust

Rugby School

University of Bristol

Loughborough Endowed Schools

Eton College

Dorset County Council - the Shadow Dorset Authority

Bournemouth Borough Council


Redmaids High School

Cheltenham Ladies College

Work highlights

  • Providing advice to CBRE on the full range of employment law issues, including grievances and senior manager exits.
  • Defended The Harpur Trust in Court of Appeal litigation relating to holiday pay and entitlement for term-time only workers.
  • Defended Haberdasher's Monmouth Schools in Court of Appeal litigation relating to time limits for lodging proceedings.
  • Undertake a wide range of employment advisory work for Cheltenham Ladies College, including strategic support with gender pay gap reporting.
  • Ongoing advice to Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service on the full range of employment law issues, including managing grievance, sickness absence, capability and disciplinary matters.

Employment: Dorset and South Wiltshire

Index of tables

  1. Employment: Dorset and South Wiltshire
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Leading individuals

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Rising stars

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Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP's employment and HR department primarily serves SME employers and individuals in senior positions. The practice acts for businesses across a number of industries, but is particularly strong in the education and charities sectors. On the employee side, the firm specialises in acting for LGBT clients; recent work included several gender reassignment discrimination cases against high-profile employers. Recently promoted partner Kate Brooks heads up the department.

Practice head(s):Kate Brooks


'The team at Ellis Jones has a fantastic knowledge of their subject and a real empathy for clients, I would always recommend them'

'They are fast to respond, and demonstrate their have your interests at heart. They are direct, honest and effective, and always easy to talk to'

'We would especially recommend Kate Brooks'

Key Clients

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

The Swanage Railway Trust

Work highlights

  • Ongoing employment law and HR related advice to Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on restructures, interface with Musicians Agreement and union, threatened claims and settlement agreements.
  • Specialist TUPE advice to a client on a complicated transaction with several service provision changes.
  • Assisted a client with updating all staff documents following transition to an Academy, advised and assisted with consultation via the trade union.
  • Advised a client on TUPE and employee clauses of share purchase agreement. The client was purchasing a business with over 500 employees.
  • Negotiated a settlement deal for client, who had brought a case of alleged gender reassignment discrimination.

Lester Aldridge LLP retains strong links with clients in the Dorset area. It provides ongoing employment advice to employers, senior executives, directors and shareholders, and high net worth individuals. The firm also has an expanding client base outside of Dorset, with it generating work from instructing parties based in Hampshire, Wiltshire and London. Catharine Geddes and Kevin Barnett are the key names in the team, which is adept in contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Catharine Geddes; Kevin Barnett


'Great depth of experience in all areas of Law. This enables the employment law team to be able to respond to a very wide area of queries'

'The size of the employment law team means that I know them very well and they know me and my organisation'

'I consider this team to be by far the most credible and professional that I have worked with'

'Catharine Geddes is extremely professional, yet very easy to talk to and gain a clear understanding of what advice she is giving'

'Catharine takes time to really drill down to the situation and gives excellent support that is naturally aligned to the lower level of risk that our organisation prefers to work at'

Key Clients

Curtiss Wright Group

Ceuta Holdings Limited

Data Installations and Networking Services Limited T/a Data Techniques

Osprey Europe Limited

FRP Advisory LLP

Moorfields Advisory Limited

Dorset Wildlife Trust

Global Maritime Consultancy Limited

Work highlights

  • Represent the respondent in multiple race discrimination claims involving key personnel in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal.
  • Advising and assisting a business founder on his exit from the business.
  • Providing general employment advice and assistance to a client in relation to various matters including changes of terms and conditions, grievance and disciplinary matters.
  • Advising and assisting a luxury goods manufacturer and seller on the employment aspects of its UK operations.
  • Assisting a client with the implementation of changes to terms and conditions of employees and subsequent grievance procedures.

The employment team at Blanchards Bailey LLP acts for owner-managed and family-owned businesses located in Dorset and the surrounding counties, as well as in London. Its work includes contentious unfair dismissals, disability discrimination claims and advice to employers on employment strategy and dismissal procedures. Paul Dunlop is experienced in tribunal cases.

Practice head(s):Paul Dunlop

Other key lawyers:Edward O’Brien

Key Clients

Hall & Woodhouse Limited

Pitmans Removals and Storage Limited

Tara Ross

S & N Group Properties Limited

Simon John Christopher Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a local accountant client on a review and restructure of staff contracts and handbooks.
  • Advised a client on the due diligence associated with a share purchase to acquire a controlling stake in the company that he was employed by, as well as a subsequent contentious unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claim.
  • Provided local charity with advice on dismissing a malicious employee, as well as regular HR consultancy services.
  • Provided client with employment advice on TUPE obligations relating to an acquisition.

Christchurch-based Frettens LLP principally advises SMEs and employers. Its specialist knowledge of the care sector is a key facet of the practice. The team handles both contentious and advisory matters, with recent work including employee settlement agreements, tribunal cases and reorganisations. Associate Paul Burton, who heads up the team, has experience of unfair dismissal claims, whistleblowing matters, disability discrimination cases, TUPE advice and contract work.

Practice head(s):Paul Burton

Other key lawyers:Kate Fretten

Key Clients

Jewish Care

Affinity Care

AL Younger Limited

Sandown Mercedes-Benz


Bond-Williams Recruitment

Work highlights

  • Provide day to day HR and employment advice and tribunal representation when required. Recent examples include defending several unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.
  • Provide day to day HR and employment advice to the client, including tribunal representation.
  • Advised the client on reorganisation of the business and the resulting exit of a number of senior employees.

Steele Raymond LLP's contentious work is a notable area of growth; the firm is increasingly active in discrimination cases, in particular. It also undertakes a a significant volume of whistleblowing matters. Elsewhere, the firm has a strong flow of non-contentious work, which includes assisting clients with service agreements and TUPE transfers. In addition, the team has expertise in long-term sick leave and income protection policies. Team head Amy Cousineau Massey works with Peter Rolph, who has experience of restructurings, share packages and post-termination restrictions.

Practice head(s):Amy Cousineau Massey

Other key lawyers:Peter Rolph


'For me what makes Steele Raymond LLP unique is whoever I come into contact with at the practice, I find I am dealt with in a friendly, professional and approachable manner. 

'The team can be relied upon to deliver what they say they are going to and I have no doubt at all that our working relationship will strengthen even more over time'

'I especially appreciate their clear communication, how they manage my expectations re: budget and expected duration of work, and their expert knowledge which has often proved greater than lawyers I have used in the past'

'An excellent team with a very practical and commercial outlook'

'The employment team builds strong relationships with their clients through understanding of their needs and commercial requirements. They are pragmatic and empathetic in their approach, and honest with their advice'

'They responded very quickly and guided us through a potentially tricky and very time consuming situation with ease. They came up with a practical solution to sensitive issue which solved the situation completely'

'I would specifically recommend Amy Cousineau-Massey'

'Amy Cousineau-Massey has high emotional intelligence, and is shrewd in her advice'

'Amy is approachable, engaging and an expert in her field. She offers effective legal solutions to complex employment cases by taking a pragmatic approach and fully understanding the commercial reality of any given situation. Amy is also keen to support and build working relationships within professional networks for the mutual benefit of all concerned. In short, Amy is a pleasure to work with and a credit to her profession'

'We worked with Amy Cousineau Massey and Peter Rolph during a recent restructuring exercise. The situation was fast moving and Amy and Peter gave swift and clear answers to issues that we encountered during the process. It made a difficult easier to deal with knowing that we had excellent legal advice available very quickly'

'The calmness of both Peter Rolph and Amy Cousineau Massey is a breath of fresh air within the legal arena. They are both strategic yet pragmatic in their approach to their work and their clients. Quite simply, they are a pleasure to work with and they accomplish outstanding results'

'Amy Cousineau Massey is a very approachable and resourceful. She is very accessible and has provided some very helpful and cost effective solutions to some tricky situations'

Work highlights

  • Advised a female client on the senior leadership team of an international company in relation to her claim for equal pay.
  • Providing advice to a client on the handling of a dispute between two employees who were both key to the business, including aspects of whistleblowing.
  • Advising a company, which operates a factory, on its rights and obligations towards a disabled employee, including a significant analysis of reasonable adjustments.
  • Advising an employer on claims of automatic unfair dismissal and unlawful deduction from wages claims relating to the operation of a bonus scheme.
  • Advising an individual client on the purchase of a grade II listed hotel and the aspects of the TUPE transfer of all of the employees working there.

Wilsons provides the full range of services on contentious and non-contentious matters for employers and employees. Its clients are active across a broad cross-section of sectors, including commercial, charities, education and agriculture. Experienced litigator Anthony Edwards regularly represents clients at the Employment Tribunal, County and High Courts. Edwards jointly heads up the practice with Stephen Oxley. Associate Sophia Zand is a recent arrival from asb law LLP.

Practice head(s):Anthony Edwards; Stephen Oxley

Other key lawyers:Sophia Zand


'Wilsons understood our needs more so than other firms, and we didn't hesitate to go back to them when more legal issues arose'

'This team is well led by Stephen Oxley, who is a lawyer who understands commerce'

'Anthony Edwards has been outstanding during our current legal issues, and has been able to thoroughly explain and guide us through the process. He is always available to answer even the smallest of questions we may have'

'Stephen Oxley and associate Sophia Zand are quickly responsive and attentive. They are advising us in a tricky process and are navigating us skillfully through it'

Key Clients

Williams Shipping Holdings Limited

Sutcliffe Family

Shareholders of Copyrite Business Solutions (Holdings) Limited

Greensleeves Homes Trust

Work highlights

  • General employment advice to Williams Shipping Holdings Limited, including advice for the shipping division including in relation to TUPE when the client was awarded a major contract to transport wind turbines.
  • Corporate support employment advice to Sutcliffe family on sale of Great Fosters Hotel, a Grade 1 listed Elizabethan hotel near the M25 at Egham which was awarded the AA Hotel of the Year award for 2018-19.

  • Corporate support employment advice to shareholders of Copyrite Business Solutions (Holdings) Limited on the sale of the issued share capital of Business Solutions (Holdings) Limited, a leading document solutions provider, to trade buyer ITEC Connect Ltd.
  • Corporate support to Greensleeves Homes Trust on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Whitegates Investments Limited.

Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire

Index of tables

  1. Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Matthew Clayton - Willans LLP

The employment practice at BPE Solicitors LLP has a marginally stronger focus on contentious work, in which practice head Lisa Gettins is a proven specialist. The team has handled numerous cases in both the Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court, including discrimination and breach of confidence claims. On the advisory side, recent examples of work include whistle-blowing matters, TUPE advice, business restructures, in addition to employee relations.

Practice head(s):Lisa Gettins

Other key lawyers:Sarah Lee; Heyma Holmes


'The team is practical and offers solutions'

'Heyma Holmes works with you and explains the risks clearly; she offers solutions'

Key Clients

Interserve PLC

Omega Resource Group

Just Go Travel Group

Rail Delivery Group

The Helping Hand Company (Ledbury) Ltd

Gloucester Rugby Club

Howard Tenens

Work highlights

  • Advising the client on employment aspects of business acquisitions, including TUPE implications of the transfer and restructuring advice.
  • Advising support services and construction company on historic claims regarding the closure of waste management plants

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP undertakes day to day general HR work, corporate reorganisation advice, business and TUPE transfers, as well as employee tribunal and High Court litigation. Clients range from local SMEs to both national and international corporations. The firm retains an especially strong client base in the retail and leisure, charities and agricultural sectors, acting primarily for employers and high net worth individuals. Practice head Sara Wilson has notable experience in the healthcare sector, as well as a particular interest in advising trusts, charities and family-owned businesses on employment strategy and the enforcement of post-termination restrictions.

Practice head(s):Sara Wilson

Other key lawyers:Syma Spanjers; Kelly Evans


'There is a breadth of experience and consistency of approach and standards with everyone you deal with at Charles Russell Speechlys. The advice is always practical, commercial and legally sound - it is very reassuring to know they are there'

'Very professional, proactive and helpful. Highly responsive'

'A broad team that is able to offer advice across all an organisation's needs. Quick to respond to problems and professional in their approach'

'I particularly want to note the help and support we have had from Sara Wilson, Syma Spanjes and Claudine Morgan. I value their candour, responsiveness and advice'

'Sara's approach is personable, attentive and thoughtful. To the point and practical, we always feel confident that Sara understands our business and approach to handling people issues and gives us sound advice accordingly. We without fail, come off the phone having a way forward that is a relief and support to us when dealing with challenging issues. We have complete confidence in the advice we are given and have never been let down. Sara is outstanding'

Key Clients

Cats Protection


Neal’s Yard

Pennant International Plc

Trifast Plc

1E Limited

Ambrell Corporation

Reynolds Catering Supplies Limited

The Garland Company Limited

Executive Jet Charter Limited

Gulf Air B.S.C (c)

B&M Babbage & Co Limited

Willans LLP's employment group has key specialisms across the not for profit, professional and financial services, and technology and engineering markets. Particularly applicable to the latter is the team's notably strong area of work in advising on non-compete restrictions and restrictive covenants. In the charities sector, the team has recently advised on matters relating to confidential information and senior-level severances. Matthew Clayton heads the team, and has extensive experience in advising on ex-employee restrictions and data protection issues, including GDPR.

Practice head(s):Matthew Clayton

Other key lawyers:Jenny Hawrot


'Matthew Clayton is very good, I rate him highly'

Key Clients

PegasusLife Limited

IRESS UK Limited

Cheltenham Festivals

Stroud District Council

ICSA: The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

Tecnicas Reunidas

Work highlights

  • We advised Cheltenham Family Welfare Association on the TUPE transfer of employees from fourdifferent charitable trusts into a new charitable incorporated organisation
  • We represented a manufacturer in successfully defending employment tribunal proceedings inrelation to automatic unfair dismissal, whistle-blowing detriment, sex discrimination and sexual harassment, brought by a former employee.
  • We acted for a regional food business in successfully defending employment tribunal claims brought by an employee in relation to flexible working and disability discrimination.
  • We advised an offshore firm on the introduction of 24/7 shift patterns for the support functions housed in one of its UK offices.
  • We acted for a regional professional services business in enforcing restrictive covenants against a former employee.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys' full-service employment practice advises both local and national clients in contentious cases and non-contentious employment procedures. The practice has seen notable growth in the education sector, where the team, headed by Jennifer Okafor-Jones, advises on issues including sensitive dismissals. The firm also recently launched a specialist team to cater for senior executives and high net worth employees on issues ranging from discrimination and equal pay discrepancies.

Practice head(s):Jennifer Okafor-Jones

Key Clients

British Airways

Work highlights

  • Representing the client in en employment tribunal claim for alleged victimisation.
  • Advised the client in relation to a suspected team move and/or poaching issue involving numerous employees handing in their notice within the space of just a few days
  • Advised the client on numerous claims, including whistle-blowing, discrimination and unlawful discrimination of wages.

Lodders Solicitors LLP advises senior directors and stakeholders as well as high net worth individuals in the local regional area and wider afield. In addition, the firm caters for owner-managed businesses, charities and larger corporations in TUPE cases, reorganisations and redundancies, as well as advising on employment and HR strategy. Nick Rowe is joint-head of the Cheltenham office, and leads the employment team.

Practice head(s):Nick Rowe

Other key lawyers:Jennifer Linford


'Compared to other firms of which I have experience I think Lodders compares very well'

'I deal with Nick Rowe. I find him very knowledgeable, and he gives good strategic advice promptly'

Key Clients

Titus Consultancy Ltd

TopSpec Equine Ltd

Dairy Partners Ltd

Midland Communications Company Ltd

Premiere Healthcare Ltd

Insight Energy Ltd

Bamboo Technology Group Ltd

Brunsdon Financial Services Ltd

Dominion Marine Media

Microcomms Professional Services Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising the client on a retainer basis in regards to general employment, HR support, employee engagement, contractual advice and company restructuring.
  • Acting for the client on a retainer basis in regards to ongoing support in respect of the business generally and in particular in relation to contractual relations with large corporate clients such as EY and NFL.
  • Acted for the client in bringing a claim against a former employee for breach of contract, including breach of restrictive covenant and data theft.

Royds Withy King specialises in representing business owners and HR professionals in all areas of employment law, including TUPE, tribunal disputes, dismissals and recruitment advice. Bath-based Richard White is the key name in the practice.

Practice head(s):Richard White

Stone King LLP divides its employment practice along its key sector lines, namely charity, education, personal and business. Across each, the practice handles dismissals, union activity, grievances, redundancies, TUPE issues and restrictive covenants. Practice head Nick Watson  has expertise in trade union disputes and complex governance structures.

Practice head(s):Nick Watson

Employment: The West Country

Index of tables

  1. Employment: The West Country
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Matt Huddleson - OTB Eveling
    • Jayme Nicholson - Kitsons LLP

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1
    • Ellie Hibberd - Stephens Scown LLP

Rising stars

  1. 1

Ashfords LLP regularly represents clients in complex Employment Tribunal cases and High Court litigation. On the advisory side, its work includes assisting clients with collective redundancy consultations, employment terminations and TUPE management issues. The healthcare sector is a notable strong suit of the practice; the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust provides a significant stream of employment mandates. The firm also acts for clients in areas such as retail, energy and the public sector. Stephen Moore heads up the team, which includes senior associate Kirsty Cooke.

Practice head(s):Stephen Moore

Other key lawyers:Charles Pallot; Kirsty Cooke


'We predominantly use Ashfords for employment law, however in reality, our requirement for advice goes much wider than this and on each occasion they respond in an efficient manner, allocating each matter to the relevant subject expert. They offer an excellent all-round service which puts the customer first'

'Charles Pallot is a highly experienced partner who's advice is robust and pragmatic'

'Kirsty Cooke is a highly skilled professional who offers great advice'


Key Clients

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

London Borough of Haringey

Ultimate Finance Limited

Wates Construction Limited

Creditcall Limited

Patron Capital Advisers LLP

Steenen Varming Limited

West Country Milk Consortium Limited

The Roald Dahl Story Company Limited

Luke Furse Earthmoving Limited

Work highlights

  • Ongoing employment advice to the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust; recently concluded a whistle-blowing case involving a consultant who remained employed by the client.
  • Instructed to act for London Borough of Haringey on employment tribunal claims, including discrimination and whistle-blowing cases and negotiating on behalf of the Council in cases of Early Conciliation.
  • Sole employment adviser to Ultimate Finance Group Limited, advising on non-contentious issues including review, preparation and application of contractual documentation, managing sickness absence and dealing with grievance and disciplinary issues.
  • Instructed by the London Borough of Lambeth to rewrite its entire suite of template employment contracts and HR Policies, Procedures and Toolkits, as part of an overall review of their suite of employment documents.

Foot Anstey has a strong track record defending clients in employment litigation, including equal pay claims. In addition, it is highly regarded for non-contentious matters, which includes assisting local governments with nationally negotiated pay deals and large-scale TUPE matters. Also notable is that the firm has a strong pedigree in the retail, media and technology sectors. The firm's standing in the market is evidenced by it featuring on the panels of clients such as Lloyds Bank and Flybe. Exeter-based Karen Bates leads the department.

Practice head(s):Karen Bates

Other key lawyers:James Collings; Patrick Howarth


'Karen Bates is my key trusted advisor that I know I can rely on her to provide sound advice to the business, and help guide them in a commercial manner clearly setting out the risk versus reward'

'Their tact, courtesy, identification with our aims and objectives and ability to express reservation or offer advice diplomatically but with an ineluctable logic. James Collings and his associates, Lynda Mcdonnell, Kathryn Evens, Claire Marks and Charlie Maples, provided a seamless service from the gathering of evidence through the formulation of argument to the explanation and presentation of estimates and invoices. We could not have hoped for a more professional, charming or effective team'

Key Clients


T Clarke Contracting Ltd

Becton Dickinson UK Ltd

Odeon Cinemas Ltd




Livewell Southwest CIC

Ropes & Gray LLP

Reed & Mackay Travel Ltd

Work highlights

  • Provide full external employment advice to Screwfix, including disciplinary and grievance cases, poor performance and long term ill health/absence management issues, senior exits, TUPE and amendments to policies and procedures.
  • The team advise and support T Clarke Contracting Limited on a wide range of employment related matters, including disciplinary and grievance cases, and tribunal litigation.
  • Ongoing employment law support covering advice to Odeon Cinemas Ltd on European works council obligations and structuring through to complex employee relations cases, in addition to employment tribunal representation.
  • Advise the Met Office on all employment matters, including tribunal representation when required.
  • Provide employment advice to Flybe, which recently included assisting with the employment aspects of a dispute with Monarch Airlines Engineering Ltd.

Michelmores LLP serves public and private sector clients from sectors such as education, healthcare and retail, among others. The team has a strong focus on the regional market; one of its key clients is Torbay & South Devon NHS Trust. Team head Andrew Tobey, who is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, has expertise in senior executive termination procedures, breach of covenant injunctions, TUPE outsourcing issues and employee misconduct claims.

Practice head(s):Andrew Tobey

Other key lawyers:Nikki Duncan; Tom Stenner-Evans


'Michelmores has a small but strong employment team which enables them to provide their clients with excellent advice, both legal and commercial'

'This team is very knowledgeable and very flexible. They have a huge amount of experience in dealing with complex and highly sensitive situations'

'They are highly responsive with a good understanding of our business'

'There is a real feeling from me as a client that my needs are being taken seriously. I also feel that the service is personalised'

'The team understand local government work and are able to adapt practices to the particular area and processes they are dealing with'

'I have worked mainly with Nikki Duncan. She has exceptionally good knowledge of TUPE cases and is able to give clear practical advice to her clients'

'James Baker is a fantastic legal partner to have in your corner when faced with any employment related issues. His knowledge for the area and strategic advice has helped us deal with some very sensitive situations'

'Nikki Duncan an absolute pleasure to work with'

'They are very personable and able to relate to the concerns and issues that the customer is dealing with. They are able to provide options and highlight the risks with each of those'

Key Clients

Carey Group Plc

Formula E Operations

Enotria Limited

Mitchellson Formwork


Haynes Publishing Group P.L.C.

Steinhoff Manufacturing Group

Mint Velvet

Mole Valley Farmers

Devon Doctors Group

Greenland Group


Kew Green Hotels Group


Gro Group

Landmark Information Group

Metropolitan Police

Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Devo9n Healthcare Trust

Devon Clinical Commissioning Group

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

The Met Office

Dorset County Council

Somerset County Council

Work highlights

  • Defended Dorset County Council as principal shareholder of its waste management company against claims relating to TUPE-related terms and conditions changes, unlawful deduction of wages and breach of statutory obligations.
  • Instructed to defend Ramsbury Estates Limited in employment tribunal proceedings for unfair dismissal issued by the manager of one of its high profile restaurants following a summary dismissal in relation to multiple claims of harassment and bullying.
  • Advised a London-based charity on the contentious dismissal of their HR manager and the management of a whistle-blowing investigation.
  • Advised Devon Doctors Group on TUPE issues.
  • Assisted a large international charity with a complex and contentious restructuring of its operations team

Stephens Scown LLP has a strong track record in employment litigation, where department head Terry Falcão is the key figure in the practice. Recent highlights included whistleblowing and discrimination claims, and representation at regulatory body hearings. The firm also has a strong corporate support practice, where it acts on TUPE matters and reorganisations. Areas of activity include the education, marine, food and beverages, hotel and leisure, charities and healthcare sectors. Falcão, who has previously worked as in-house legal counsel at Exeter City FC, is a sports law expert. Ellie Hibberd, who made partner in 2018, heads the HRExpress team which provides ongoing legal advice to the firm's clients.

Practice head(s):Terry Falcão

Other key lawyers:Verity Slater; Ellie Hibberd; Laura McFadyen


'The depth and breadth of skills and capabilities means we are able to satisfy all our requirements in one place. Staff are friendly, efficient and respond in a timely manner. Costs are reasonable and represent good value for money'

'They always deal with everything comprehensively and explain the reasoning behind the advice - their communication skills are exceptional'

'Totally professional service from start to finish. Rapid response and immediate contact established'

Key Clients

Luscombe Drinks Ltd

Age UK

Sutton Consumer Products

Thomas Westcott

Exeter City Football Club

Cornwall College

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust

St Austell Brewery Co Ltd

Seasalt Limited

The Delivery Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Luscombe Drinks Limited in a case brought by the dismissed managing director for whistle-blowing and unfair dismissal.
  • Defended Age UK Plymouth against complicated claims for unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing, which were brought by the chief executive officer, who was dismissed for gross misconduct.
  • Defended a client against claims brought by a senior manager including allegations of race discrimination and whistleblowing.
  • Advised The Delivery Group on various employment issues, including detailed negotiation of the restrictive covenants in the new employment documents and a Share Purchase Agreement.

Clarke Willmott LLP advises business clients on restructurings and redundancies and trade union relations. In addition, it assists clients with all aspects of contentious cases; recent highlights included unfair dismissal claims, and cases involving discrimination allegations and whistleblowing. Taunton-based Kate Gardner is particularly knowledgeable about the agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):Kate Gardner

Other key lawyers:Juliette Staunton


'From the moment I went to Kate Gardner and her Team at Clarke Wilmott I was able to switch off and Kate sorted the employment issue I was experiencing. I wholeheartedly recommend Clarke Willmott'

'Extremely strong, very hands-on and terrific'

'The team is very flexible and understands the world of business. Solutions in the world of employment law need to be practical and commercial as well as complying with legislation. Clarke Willmott is very good at getting the balance right'

'They help you find options and solutions that are practical business options'

'The service is friendly, understanding and of the highest professional standard'

'Emma Hamnett is very professional, cost-effective and smart'

'Kate Gardner always makes the time to talk with me. I like the personal touch; seems more like a friend than a solicitor. She always keeps me well informed and up to date with the matter in hand'

Key Clients

ACC Silicones Limited

Isedio Limited

South and West Wiltshire Hunt

Amica Care Trust

Really Comfy Beds t/a Loaf

Sun Life Insurance

Summerfield Developments South West Ltd

Frogmary Green Farm Limited

Chelston Park Nursing and Residential Home Ltd

Bowering Animal Feeds Limited

Cave Veterinary Specialist Limited

St Johns Nurseries Limited

Greenslade Taylor Hunt

Rainbow Club Limited

Brean Down Caravan Park Limited

Sun Life Limited

Krystal Hosting Limited

Plantforce Rentals Limited

Azronet Limited

Abbey Manor Group Limited

Branston Limited

Plus One

Milsted Langdon LLP

Refresco Beverages UK Limited

Queens College

St Margaret's Hospice Somerset Limited

Xeiad Limited

Wyke Farms Limited

Castle Hill Quarry Limited

Testbourne Estate

Horseley Farm Partnership

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on restructuring and the dismissal of a senior manager.
  • Achieved a favourable settlement for a client in an unfair dismissal case brought by an ex-employee.
  • Advised a client on bullying and harassment complaints, and achieved favourable settlement agreements for the senior sales negotiator and the director.
  • Advised a client on all employment and TUPE issues relating to the sale of the business.
  • Advised a client on post-transfer employment issues.

The employment team at Kitsons LLP is best known for its advisory work, which includes handling TUPE transfers, employment status matters and assisting with the enforcement of post-termination restrictions. The group also works closely with the corporate practice to provide employment support on corporate transactions. Practice head Jayme Nicholson primarily acts for employers in the construction and retail sectors, and also leads the corporate support arm of the practice.

Practice head(s):Jayme Nicholson

Other key lawyers:Rhodri Davey; Rory Wakeling


'Specialist knowledge and client friendly approach. Good team work and communication abilities. Professional attitude'

'The team is small and approachable, able to stand in for each other'

'I have been very impressed with both the service and performance offered by Kitsons, they offer a timely, responsive and high quality service characterised by insightful and practical advice'

'They invest time and effort in developing a relationship with and understanding of their clients so that their advice is contextually relevant and supports clients in risk-based decision making'

'Their willingness to go above and beyond to achieve the best outcomes for their client is a very evident feature of the team, and the result is that the relationship feels more akin to a partnership'

'I find the advice given to be accurate pragmatic and immediately usable'

'They are easy to reach, friendly yet professional and offer good, clear advice'

'There was a very high level of ownership and engagement on the part of the Kitsons team. Generally good communication and responsiveness'

'They make things easy to understand for you'

'Jayme Nicholson is extremely approachable and is always able to provide the advice I am looking for. She is also very good at spotting an opportunity to bring my skill-set into the mix'

'Rory Wakeling has a good knowledge base and very strong client skills'

'Rhodri Davey offers excellent and tailored advice and support and goes out of his way not only to ensure he offers exactly what is required but that this achieves best value for money for the client'

'Jayme Nicholson has a strong knowledge base and good commercial appreciation'

'Rosie Evans has a good specialist knowledge, strong team ethic and good judgement'

'Jayme Nicholson is the stand-out lawyer for me; she is approachable, pragmatic and engaging and able to get to the crux of the issue quickly and provide an understandable solution'

'I consider Jayme to be more approachable than other comparable lawyers I have met'

'Jayme Nicholson takes time to understand business needs and desired outcomes. She looks at the business and our sector as a whole when giving advice'

'I trust Jayme in a way that I've not trusted a solicitor before and am happy to have her associated with our business'

'Rhodri Davey is switched on, pragmatic, responsive and excellent value for money'

'Rory Wakeling is detailed, pragmatic and knowledgeable'

'Rory has been amazing support to me and my business ensuring the correct people are engaged at every step of the process to ensure the best outcomes'

Key Clients

The Guild of Construction Workers

Trucksmith Limited

Nash & Co specialises predominantly in contentious employment disputes, representing nationwide clients in tribunal litigation. Clients range from established corporations with a national presence to local SMEs, primarily in the retail and leisure industries. Department head Ian Grimshaw has extensive experience in defending multi-party claimant cases in the employment tribunal.

Practice head(s):Ian Grimshaw


'The team at Nash & Co are organised, efficient and able to convey the most complex positions/arguments to the layman in an accessible and easy to understand manner'

'The Employment department function as a team, taking ownership of anything which may come across their way and striving to deliver the best service to customer and client. They are receptive to costs assessment - which is rarely required due to their reasonableness in billing'

'Ultimately, their ability to represent commercial interests alongside that of the client - striking this balance incredibly well - is what makes them such a fantastic asset to the schemes we instruct them for. They go above and beyond, from providing legal advice and speaking at conferences, down to being willing to assist on any and every query presented to them'

Key Clients

The HR Dept

Mars Wrigley Confectionary UK Ltd

ICON plc

Premier Coffee Ltd

ARAG plc

Black & White Hospitality Ltd

M3 Consulting Ltd

Pearsalls Ltd

WH Bond & Sons Ltd

Holiday Inn London – Kensington High Street

Work highlights

  • Defended a claim and subsequent appeal regarding an alleged unfair dismissal.
  • Defended the client in a whistle-blowing claim brought by a former employee.
  • Defended the client in the employment tribunal in multiple claims.
  • Defended a claim for discrimination and constructive dismissal involving multiple persons.
  • Defended the client in claims for discrimination, sexual harassment, victimisation, unfair dismissal and holiday pay discrepancies.

Porter Dodson LLP's practice has a particular emphasis in bringing and defending employment claims, and corporate support work. Its litigation experience includes whistleblowing and discrimination cases, which is most evident in the firm's key sectors of healthcare and social care. Adrian Poole is the practice head.

Practice head(s):Adrian Poole


'Porter Dodson is in the front rank of employment law practices in the SW region outside of Bristol'

'They have a specialist knowledge of employment and discrimination law combined with strong practical emphasis on achieving positive outcomes for clients. Good sense of strategy and with it a boldness of conviction to see things through. Strong team ethic and support'

'They have taken the time to understand our business and it helps them enormously as they land into any situation running'

'They are approachable and friendly, offering sensible advice that you can work with'

'They have an ability to work at all levels depending on the needs of the client. Whether working on a complex issue or day to day query you get the same level of service and attention'

'They are able to apply an understanding and sympathy to a very difficult and emotional subject, mental health in the workplace. They demonstrate an excellent knowledge and interpretation of the law. In our view they are industry leaders in this field'

'Adrian Poole has a strong technical employment background and really fights for his clients'

'Sarah Young is very pragmatic and picks the points worth fighting'

'Laura Roper is an excellent practitioner who is definitely one to watch'

'Robert Titcombe has a nice manner with clients and is a safe pair of hands'

'Adrian Poole is approachable and easy to talk to. Very strong knowledge base on all employment matters. He leads the team with humour and purpose'

'Laura Roper has a strong knowledge base, with clear communication and sound judgment. She is approachable and flexible'

'Sara Young in particular is brilliant, she has spent time understanding our business and culture and adapts quickly to the pace of the decision making we normally run to'

'Adrian Poole and Sarah Young are both excellent - very pragmatic, easy to work with and realistic about dealing with the practicalities of employment situations'

'Sarah Young makes the most complex of situations understandable and solutions provided in a clear and no nonsense fashion. Approachable and dedicated, constantly goes the extra mile'

'The person I rate the most is Laura Roper: her legal acumen is second to none. She is extremely personable and acts with the competence and confidence of a partner'

Key Clients

Group Silverline

GP surgeries across Somerset

Aviation Requirements

Westbury Packaging

Fusion Fostering

AJ Wakely & Sons

CC Moore


Hunts Foodservice


Work highlights

  • Represented a claimant in a discrimination case valued at over £1m.
  • Assisted a client with settling a claim for sex, pregnancy and maternity discrimination and harassment, automatic unfair dismissal, breach of contract and ‘failure to be accompanied’, at an early stage in the litigation.
  • Advising a client on the successful consultation of change of contracts and their subsequent implementation, affecting Higher Level Teaching Assistants.
  • Advised and successfully defended a large regional care company in relation to a specific and discrete element of national minimum wage legislation.
  • Advising a large regional firm of financial advisers in relation to contractual terms and conditions for senior staff.

OTB Eveling, which solely advises employers (in particular SMEs), demonstrates strong capabilities in corporate support matters. The practice is also highlighted for its strengths in TUPE exercises, outsourcing, staff transfers and litigation. Matt Huddleson is experienced in all aspects of advisory employment work, and also supports clients in tribunal cases; associate Sarah Luxmoore joined from Beers LLP.

Practice head(s):Matt Huddleson


'OTB Eveling is a large firm that retains that personal touch; we may only be one client out of many, but it feels as though we are the only client'

'OTB serves our size and type of business extremely well. We have used them across commercial, transactional, property and HR matters and as a small team they are able to brief each other and work seamlessly'

'They are very easy to work and discuss matters with. Practical and pragmatic, but at the same time excellent from a technical perspective. They are good negotiators and cost effective'

Key Clients

Blackmore Richotech

Cannings (I J Cannings & Son Limited)

Epwin Group Plc

Enigma CCTV

Enigma Security Solutions

Enigma Group

Enigma Industrial Services

Finbourne Technology

Hanover Search Group

HT Gardner Transport

Latimer Trend & Company

Plymouth Citybus

Work highlights

  • Advising Epwin Group Plc on minimum wage matters and employment tribunal claims.
  • Represented Enigma CCTV in an employment tribunal claim.
  • Supported Plymouth Citybus on a range of matters, including agreed exits, policy reviews and contracts.
  • Assisted Synergix Health with drafting and negotiating contracts for atypical working arrangements.
  • Providing general employment support to Trinity Fire and Security, including a number of employee termination cases.

Pardoes Solicitors LLP, which handles a mix of employer and employee work, is equally strong in contentious and non-contentious employment matters. It  covers acquisitions and disposals (involving TUPE transfers) and business reorganisations (involving redundancy processes). In addition, employment tribunal work is another mainstay of the practice. Maeve Vickery is the key name in the practice; having originally qualified as a barrister, she has a strong success rate in employment tribunal cases.

Practice head(s):Maeve Vickery

Key Clients

Taylors Coaches

Hickleys Limited

Sapphiratech Ltd

Kings Square Dental Clinic

Work highlights

  • Advised a senior manager on his exit package.
  • Provide general employment law advice and HR support to Taylors Coaches Ltd.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's employment department is particularly active in TUPE matters, where it advises clients on creating TUPE strategies and post-transfer restructuring. The team is also knowledgeable about changing terms of employment, corporate support work and exit strategies. On the contentious side, the firm has represented clients in unfair dismissal, discrimination and gender pay disputes. John Turnbull is the key name in the Exeter office. The firm is a first port of call among registered providers in the social housing sector. Other clients include charities and social enterprises.

Practice head(s):John Turnbull


'Trowers and Hamlins are always fast to respond and offer great advice, understanding the issues we face'

'They have an exceptional ability to respond quickly in what are invariably time-sensitive matters, and in doing so are able to quickly assess the extent of the challenge faced, assess legal ramifications and advice accordingly'

'They are incredibly supportive in terms of translating what can often by complex legal matters'

'The team is personable, responsive, thorough and understanding of the commercial context of challenges faced, not to mention great fun'

Key Clients

Smiths (Gloucester)Limited

ITS Western Limited

Otter Nurseries Limited

FWS Carter & Sons Limited

All Fleet Services Limited

Ninian Solutions Limited

London & Devonshire Trust Limited

LiveWest Homes Limited

Inter-Line Building Supplies Limited

Avid LLP

Richmond Housing Partnership

Exeter City Living

Ampacet (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Defended Smiths (Gloucester) Limited in a discrimination case involving a serious allegation relating to health and safety and transport legislation

Health and safety

Index of tables

  1. Health and safety
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

Burges Salmon LLP's health and safety practice has a standout reputation in the transport and construction sectors. In addition, the firm is becoming increasingly well-known in the chemicals, agricultural, engineering, manufacturing and renewables industries. Also notable is that it is prominent in the food sector; the practice covers all safety issues, including contamination, liability and product recall. The team has a wealth of expertise in criminal and civil matters arising from health and safety incidents; practice head Ann Metherall, who has a strong track record in rail sector health and safety,  is experienced in police and regulatory investigations, and public inquiries.

Practice head(s):Ann Metherall

Other key lawyers:Sian Edmunds; Chris Jackson


'They have a tremendous presence in the rail & transport sectors and are able tailor health & safety advice to the needs of their clients as a consequence of the industry knowledge they possess'

'They have an excellent knowledge of the rail industry'

'We rate their depth of experience in Health and Safety combined with real knowledge, experience and understanding of industries'

'In regulatory investigations that I have been involved in with Burgess Salmon over many years I have learned to appreciate the skill and expertise of Ann Metherall and Chris Jackson in particular'

'Ann is a very astute lawyer and Chris Jackson knows the rail industry like the back of his hand'

'Ann Metherall has exceptional experience of the rail sector which makes her input hugely valuable to clients'

Key Clients

The Crown Estate

London and South Eastern Railways

FirstGroup PLC

John Lewis Partnership plc

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to a major construction company in connection with an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive following a major structure failure.
  • Advising a train operating company during the British Transport Police (BTP) and Office of Rail and Road (ORR) investigations into the death of a passenger at the platform/train interface.
  • Acting for one of the Core Participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, in relation to their collation, review and analysis of evidence for submission to the Inquiry.
  • Ongoing advice to a client on all aspects of its response to a high-profile, multi-fatality transport incident, including in relation to investigations by the investigating body, regulator, and police.
  • Acting on a claim against a supplier for losses arising from a significant product recall in the food and drink sector.

DAC Beachcroft LLP primarily acts for insurers in health and safety cases, and has been appointed to a number of insurer panels to provide ongoing support to clients. The practice's national coverage permeates the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, transport and public sectors. The team advises clients on regulatory issues, corporate manslaughter investigations and offences. Another driver of work involves advising corporate entities and directors on health and safety obligations, particularly within workplaces and public spaces. Practice head Richard Ottley specialises in serious regulatory investigations and criminal prosecutions, and has extensive crisis management experience. Senior associate Ian Manners is highly experienced in acting for corporate and insured companies, and is recommended for his expertise in the construction, manufacturing and health and social care sectors.

Practice head(s):Richard Ottley

Other key lawyers:Ian Manners


'DAC Beachcroft's Bristol office is a centre of excellence in the area of Health and Safety in the region and cannot be matched for its strength in depth. They handle cases not only in their area but are frequently called in by reputation to cover incidents and investigations throughout the country. We see them as the number one firm in the region'

'This is an excellent team of health and safety practitioners. They respond immediately to instructions and, as a result secure distinct advantages for the client. Detailed instructions and submissions significantly improve the prospects for the Clint in the longer term'

'The team is the epitome of organised, focused and client-centred. They juggle the potentially conflicting obligations to Insured and insurer with care, ensure that both clients are kept informed and understand the issues'

'I would recommend them for their strength in depth, expertise, knowledge of similar cases, very good understanding of my sector, diligence, organisation and responsiveness'

'Richard Ottley commands respect amongst health and safety lawyers. He is robust in his advice and when dealing with enforcement agencies. He works extremely hard and secures excellent results. His response time is exceptional'

'Richard Ottley lives and breathes Health and Safety. There is not a situation or problem that he has not seen and resolved in his practice'

'The exceptionally gifted associate Ian Manners has an increasingly national reputation which makes him a lawyer to watch. He is remarkably unflappable and manages to calm even the most excitable client'

'Neil Scott knows the law inside out and has substantial big trial experience, he is the 'go to' solicitor for a number of big construction firms when the regulator comes calling'

'I would thoroughly recommend Ian Manners for his calm and authoritative approach. He leads by example and it is clear that his team are imbued with his ethos and management style'

'I would unreservedly recommend Ian Manners to any client facing a health and safety charge'

'Over the last 3 years Ian has provided very clear and timely advice, both verbally and in writing. He has been very flexible in terms of attending meetings.  I also appreciated Ian's support for me on a personal level at what was at times a very challenging process. It also helps that Ian is a thoroughly decent human being. All in all, Ian is a credit to Beachcroft'

Key Clients

Aster Group

Royal Mail


Saint Gobain

Unite Students

University Hospitals Bristol

Spire Healthcare

Shield Environmental Limited

Lorne Stewart Plc

Work highlights

  • Defended Aster Group in criminal proceedings brought following the death of a child in a home lift.
  • Successfully assisted a client with securing an acquittal of a health and safety charge following the death of a spectator at a cycling event.
  • Representing a small construction company following the death of an employee at a construction site at a large local shopping centre.
  • Advising a healthcare company following the death of a service user at their premises.
  • Representing a large engineering company following significant injury on site

Lester Aldridge LLP predominantly focuses on regulatory and business crime, and undertakes prosecution work principally for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), but also acts for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and local authorities. Practice head Michael Veal is a well-known name in the health and safety sphere, and handles prosecutions for the HSE throughout the South West of England and South Wales. In addition, the firm also defends commercial clients and public bodies in investigations and health and safety trials.

Practice head(s):Michael Veal

Other key lawyers:Guy Gosheron


'The team Lester Aldridge is responsive and friendly with a real depth of expertise'

'My dealings with the team have always been simple and straightforward. The H&S department clearly knows what it is doing'

'This is a totally professional and hard-working team who know what they are talking about and are respected by everyone for that'

'I work a lot with Michael Veal. He is a fantastic lawyer with a great depth of knowledge of his subject. He thinks deeply about his work and provides sensible, commercially-sound advice to his clients. He is tactically astute and works extremely hard'

'Michael Veal is very well regarded. He provides significant input into the decision-making processes, the securing of relevant evidence and strategy'

'Michael Veal is widely recognised to be one of the pre-eminent Health and Safety Lawyers. His knowledge of the law is hugely impressive, but he also has sound judgment and a pragamatic approach. Unlike many solicitors in this field, he is not distracted by the technical aspects of the evidence but quickly identifies what is important to the successful resolution of the case'

'Michael Veal is a powerhouse of knowledge - both in practice and procedure as well as the law. He is always fully seized of all the case facts and knows how to get the best results. Other lawyers and judges know they can trust him and know that he will work tirelessly to achieve aims. He gives realistic advice on outcomes where necessary'

Key Clients

Health & Safety Executive

Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Torbay Council

Work highlights

  • Acted for the HSE in the prosecution of Synergy Housing Limited, Aster Property Limited and Orona Limited following the death of a child in a home lift.
  • Acted for the HSE in the prosecution of a major manufacturer, Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited, following a fatality at a factory in Bristol.
  • Acted for the HSE in the prosecution of Tata Steel UK Limited and Rowecord Total Access Limited following an incident at steelworks in Port Talbot.
  • Acted for the HSE in the prosecution of a company specialising in cliff stabilisation and its director following reports of diagnoses of hand arm vibration syndrome in workers.
  • Acted for the HSE in the prosecution of Capstone Buildings Limited and Stephen Ayles following a fatal incident on a construction site in Dorset.

Osborne Clarke's health and safety practice has a first-rate reputation in contentious and non-contentious matters, where it acts for UK and multinational blue-chip clients; a significant portion of its work comes from clients in the transport, energy and utility, retail and financial services industries. The scope of the practice covers crisis management, internal investigations, inquests, advice on fire safety risks and mental health risks. Mary Lawrence has a particular specialism in crisis management and contentious health and safety cases, and is sought out in UK and international health and safety investigations. Associate director Matthew Kyle is a recent hire from Burges Salmon LLP.

Practice head(s):Mary Lawrence


'Osborne Clarke are very good, we tend to see them and their cases are often on the news'

'We rate Mary highly, she's leading a strong practice'

Key Clients

RWE Generation

Western Power Distribution

Wales and West Utilities

Leonardo Helicopters

Vue Entertainment Limited

Eversholt Rail

Barratt Developments

Marks and Spencer

St Modwen Properties

Bureau Veritas

Work highlights

  • The team is representing RWE in relation to the high-profile Didcot power station collapse, which occurred in February 2016.
  • Acting for Vue Entertainment Limited following the death of a cinemagoer who became stuck under an electric reclining seat.
  • Advising a client following the death of an employee after a fatal electrocution at work.
  • Representation of RWE Generation UK at inquest relating to the death of a London Ambulance Service engineer from a fungal disease.

The health and safety team at TLT provides strategic advice to a number of regional and national clients. It advises on policy reviews, safety issues and provides support at inquiries. Key clients come from a range of industries, including construction, waste management, media and retail. Kerry Gwyther, who heads up the commercial regulatory practice, has experience of handling multi-party litigation, regulatory compliance, investigations and prosecutions.

Practice head(s):Kerry Gwyther

Other key lawyers:Duncan Reed

Key Clients


Punch Taverns

Managers/Employees of of Rydon Group Limited

Greene King plc

Aurium Capital Markets


Pennon Group

Biffa Waste

The Co-Operative Group

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise WHSmith Plc on legal issues arising from the recall of a number of travel adapters internationally.
  • Ongoing advice to Punch Taverns, including recently advising in connection with an incident in which a child was seriously injured on a bouncy castle.
  • Advising a number of individuals who have been asked to give evidence to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
  • Providing legal support to Greene King in connection with decontamination work carried out at their leasehold premises in Salisbury.
  • Assisted Aurium Capital Markets with an assessment of health and safety risks associated with its acquisition of an anaerobic digestion plant in Scotland.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP acts for major commercial clients in Health and Safety Executive (HSE) cases, as well as advising the HSE itself in investigations. The firm has a strong track record in crisis management in the context of particularly high-profile health and safety incidents. The team also plays a key role in strategic board-level decisions, advising key clients on project planning and the identification of risks, international operations and supply chain management risks. Practice head Jon Cooper's experience encompasses the full range of health and safety work, and he offers strategic and governance advice, in addition to representing clients in the prosecution and defence of high-profile claims.

Practice head(s):Jon Cooper

Other key lawyers:Stephen Covell; Stephen Panton


'Womble Bond Dickinson have vast experience and knowledge, and are incredibly responsive, practical, and understand corporate sensitivities. They are capable of engaging at any level of company with any discipline, approachable and friendly. We would not hesitate to recommend them'

'Womble Bond Dickinson provide excellent advice in health and safety matters. They have very good strength in depth and provide thorough, detailed and thoughtful advice. Their lawyers are able to distill complicated and voluminous material in a way that is helpful and practical. They are a first-rate firm who are instructed in serious and complex cases'

'In addition to being a highly competent advocates in matters relating to health, safety and environmental law, the team are also excellent partners in crisis management. The team can be trusted to deal respectfully with my internal clients, which makes my job much easier, while making me look good. They are also able to simplify complex legal issues and put clients at ease, which is uncommon in our profession'

'Jon Cooper simply gets it. He knows and can anticipate your specific requirements and provide the exacting advice without any fuss or fanfare'

'Jon Cooper is arguably the best in the business; he knows not just the law but predicts the application of it accurately'

'Steve Panton is a completely safe pair of hands, very knowledgeable, responsive, practical'

'Jon Cooper is an expert in his field and great to work with. He is an excellent tactician, who is able to look at a case from all angles, and very knowledgeable. His ability to communicate complex and technical matters in a clear, concise and practical way is a real skill and makes him popular with clients'

'Ashley Borthwick has a keen eye for detail, is thoughtful, and provides prompt and thorough advice. He is very responsive, diligent and collaborative in his approach'

'The depth of expertise that Jon Cooper brings to his health and safety practice is invaluable. Most importantly, Jon uses his expertise to provide clients with thoughtful, efficient and practical advice'

'Jon's ability to provide bespoke advice on urgent matters in a timely way sets him apart from his peers'

Key Clients

Babcock International Group (including Babcock Networks, Babcock Rail and Babcock Marine (DRDL))

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Limited

B&Q Plc

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Post Office Limited

RWE Innogy

Northern Powergrid

Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Limited

General Motors

Calderys UK Limited

Carlsberg UK

Senvion UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Continue to represent the HSE in the ongoing investigation and prosecution arising from the explosions at Pembroke Oil Refinery in June 2011, which resulted in multiple deaths.
  • Advising Carlsberg on an ongoing Police and Health and Safety Executive investigation into an ammonia gas leak incident at a brewery in Northampton, which resulted in a fatality and numerous injuries.
  • Represented Calderys UK Limited in an investigation and prosecution by the HSE relating to alleged breaches of health and safety legislation concerning its refractory lining operations.
  • Represent a client in an investigation and prosecution brought by a district council arising from an incident at one of the client's stores.

Bevan Brittan LLP predominantly acts for public sector clients, including NHS trusts, ambulance trusts, local authorities and housing associations. Simon Lindsay is the key name in the Bristol office.

Browne Jacobson LLP advises both public and private sector clients on all health and safety aspects of fatal and non-fatal accidents. Its team's public sector experience includes prosecuting cases for local authorities and fire authorities, as well as appearing in inquests and investigations. The group also provides regulatory advice to clients on food safety, the environment and the care sector. Exeter-based Dale Collins, who had more than ten years of experience serving as a prosecutor advocate for the HSE, is a name to note.

Practice head(s):Andy Hopkin

Other key lawyers:Dale Collins


'The key features with this practice are that it combines a genuine national reach with a truly intimate knowledge of business, government and regulation across the south-west. It brings an unusual combination of astute muscularity to its client's needs - identifying what needs to be done - and getting it done! There is no other firm in the region that comes close to what Browne Jacobson has to offer'

'The partners heading up this operation, Nigel Lyons and Dale Collins, bring their enormous and diverse skills to bear on solving and sorting the client's needs. They have a unique combination of commonsense and excellent legal judgement, which marks them out from every competitor. Clients who have them on their side feel confident and they are right'

Key Clients

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue

Work highlights

  • Representing a south-western construction company in an HSE investigation  after a sub-contractor suffered a serious injury.
  • Representing a farm owner facing charges under the Health and Safety Act following an incident on his farm.
  • Representing the owner of a care home which has been accused by a relative of a resident of failing in its duty in respect of an elderly resident who died in its care.

The health and safety team at Foot Anstey has extensive expertise in handling prosecutions for the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities. The team also provides strategic and operational advice, as well as corporate due diligence. Practice head Nathan Peacey specialises in regulatory work, and advises clients on risk management, compliance and the defence of regulatory crime.

Practice head(s):Nathan Peacey

Key Clients

Royal Shakespeare Company

Eden Project Ltd

Livewell Southwest

British Solar Renewables

Brend Hotels

Football Safety Officers' Association

Farms for City Children

Ashton Gate Limited

Cornwall Care


Princess Yachts

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on health and safety terms for supplier contracts to bring them up to date with legislation and ensure compliance.
  • Advised a client on regulatory compliance relating to solar and battery storage build and operational models.
  • Advising a client on prosecution following a incidents of employees and guests being exposed to asbestos during refurbishment works.

Exeter-based Michelmores LLP has a focus on workplace serious injury and fatality cases, including those involving corporate manslaughter issues. Its team advises clients on crisis management following serious incidents, and strategies to minimise the risk of prosecution. Team head Andrew Oldland QC, who has experience of prosecuting Health and Safety Executive cases, now defends corporate clients in investigations and prosecutions. In addition, on the non-contentious side, the group advises clients on reviews of policies and procedures, and regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):Andrew Oldland QC

Other key lawyers:Katharine Everett Nunns

Key Clients

Clinton Devon Estates

Cavanna Homes (South West) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Clinton Devon Estates in a corporate manslaughter trial.
  • Represented Cavanna Homes (South West) Ltd in a trail arising from a workplace fatality.
  • Acting for the administrators of a UK chemical firm, advising on health & safety issues arising from manufacturing processes involving toxic chemicals.

VWV advises clients on health and safety compliance and critical incident management, as well as the impact of breaches on governance, reporting obligations and liabilities. In addition to providing standalone health and safety advice, its team also plays a key corporate support role. In the contentious space, the team advises clients on investigations and enforcement actions by the Health and Safety Executive. Key areas of sector expertise include education, healthcare and charities. Tabitha Cave is the head of the regulatory compliance team.

Practice head(s):Tabitha Cave

Work highlights

  • Advice to various clients on the investigation and management of abuse allegations and involvement in the Independent Inquiry into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
  • Provide specialist advice to independent schools and academies on first aid and wider medical care obligations and a school's equality duties.
  • Advised an academy client on regulatory action by the HSE following an accident involving a student during a sports session.
  • The firm advised an internationally renowned, botanical research and education institution on health and safety and liability issues surrounding a significant project, involving a circular treetop walkway.
  • Advised a client on health and safety considerations associated with the provision of teleradiology services, from its prospective UK-based health and wellness centre.


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  1. Immigration
  2. Next Generation Partners

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Burges Salmon LLP advises clients on all aspects of business immigration, including recruitment of overseas nationals, immigration strategy, sponsor licenses, immigration audits, UKVI breaches, corporate transactions and outsourcing arrangements. Clients include domestic businesses and international corporations, as well as high net worth individuals and their dependents. Adrian Martin heads up the wider employment group, which encompasses the immigration practice.

Practice head(s):Adrian Martin

Other key lawyers:Suzanna Harvey

Key Clients

Computershare Investor Services

Insure & Go/Mapfre

Bank of Ireland

Avon Rubber

Clarivate Analytics

Babcock International Group


University of Bristol

Work highlights

  • The firm advises US-owned group Clarivate Analytics on all business immigration issues, including the employment of overseas nationals, sponsor’s compliance, Tier 2 applications, indefinite leave to remain applications and day-to-day advice.

Ashfords LLP's immigration team advises on all aspects of recruitment and employment issues for foreign nationals, as well as advising on non-contentious immigration issues for high net worth private individuals. The firm regularly acts for UK companies employing workers from outside the EU, as well advising individuals on their rights to work in the UK. The team also supports a wide range of multinational clients. Recent mandates included assisting clients with obtaining Tier 2 sponsorship rights, visa applications and corporate support. Senior associate Kirsty Cooke leads the practice.

Practice head(s):Kirsty Cooke

Other key lawyers:Laura Godfrey

Key Clients

Penhaligon's Limited

Rathlin Energy UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Penhaligon’s Limited on Tier 2 sponsorship issues and providing right to work guidance
  • Advising  Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited on Tier 2 sponsorship issues and cross-border working arrangements.
  • Assisting a client with protecting their immigration status as partner of an EEA national.
  • Advised a foreign national on obtaining a fiancé visa and an appeal against a Home Office refusal.
  • Advised a client on recruiting a team leader under Tier 2 of the points based system.

Clarke Willmott LLP's immigration team sits within the wider employment practice, and advises businesses on employee transfers and foreign migrant sponsorship. It also assists individuals with visa issues. Immigration disputes are another pillar of the practice. Team head Alex Jakubowski regularly advises Tier 1 entrepreneurs and investors. Tim Copplestone is another key figure, who assists clients with sponsor licensing, Right to Work issues and compliance. He also has specialist expertise in the sports sector, and has represented professional sports players and clubs in immigration matters.

Practice head(s):Alex Jakubowski

Other key lawyers:Tim Copplestone


'Everybody in the immigration team at Clarke Willmott was very positive and communicated well. The team worked tightly and we highly recommend them'

'Tim Copplestone is very professional , efficient, responsible and works very hard. He offers professional credibility through fantastic work, and we are very satisfied with him'

Key Clients

Bandai UK Limited

Jiangsu Guotai International Group Shanghai Import and Export Co Limited

Kong Company Limited

ClearView IP Ltd

Talent International Limited

Cave Veterinary Specialists

Ghwain Tech Co. Limited

Microdesk Inc. and Microdesk Ltd

Somerset County Cricket Club

Riversand Technologies UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Jiangsu Guotai International Group Shanghai Import and Export Co Limited in relation to obtaining permission for the client's UK representative to extend her visa in order to establish a UK presence for the client.
  • Advised Kong Company Limited on its Sponsor Licence and Tier 2 (General) visa extension application, and later departure, for their key sponsored migrant.
  • Ongoing support to Cave Veterinary Specialists on Tier 2 (General) visa applications and sponsor license applications.
  • Advising prominent commercial employers on conducting Right to Work in the UK checks
  • Advised the client, a high net worth entrepreneur, on immigration options for UK entry.

VWV's immigration practice operates at a national level, but also maintains a strong market presence in Bristol. Its sector coverage spans a wide range of areas, with a particular emphasis on issues concerning independent schools, higher education institutions and technology companies. One specialism involves assisting independent schools with regulatory compliance audits and handling threatened actions arising from alleged breaches of Tier 4 sponsor guidance. The team works closely with the employment team on migrant worker issues, and acts alongside the corporate group on restructurings and reorganisations. Associate Judith Hockin is the key name in Bristol.

Practice head(s):Tom Brett Young

Other key lawyers:Judith Hockin

Work highlights

  • Advised an independent school threatened with the revocation of its Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsor licence.
  • Assisted a client with a successful application for a Tier 2 sponsor licence.
  • Assisted a client with proving that his mother, a Canadian citizen, had been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain status.
  • Carried out a review of a client's compliance with Tier 4 rules, and subsequently assisted with updating processes and policies.
  • Advised members of staff from several universities on the EU Settlement Scheme and alternative immigration options


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  1. Pensions
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Burges Salmon LLP acts for more than 750 trustee and employer clients in the private and public sectors, with a primary focus on trustee mandates. The firm is on both the central and local government legal panels for pensions work, which enables it to undertake large-scale legal work across the UK. Personal and occupational pension schemes are another area of strength. Practice head Richard Knight is the key point of contact for the practice's major clients. Susannah Young is one of the other key figures in the group.

Practice head(s):Richard Knight

Other key lawyers:Clive Pugh; Richard Pettit; Alice Honeywill; Susannah Young


'Burges Salmon are a pragmatic team; rather than just flagging potential issues they seek to find a practical and proportionate way through them. They have a good experience of the impact of corporate transactions on pension schemes and dealing with the Pensions Regulator'

'Burges Salmon understand well the dynamics of pensions regulator proceedings, and are very client focused'

'They have a pragmatic, measured approach, and collaborative approach with other advisors'

'They offer excellent knowledge that is applied in a sensible pragmatic commercial manner. We can depend on them to get the job done without unnecessary fuss or delay'

'Burges Salmon provide excellent advice with a clear, practical approach. We feel like we are in safe hands, and the depth of the team is excellent providing quality support at short notice when required'

'A key differentiator against other firms which provide purely pensions advice is the cross departmental support we have the benefit of'

'My experience working with lawyers in Burges Salmon's pension team is generally very positive. They are highly regarded by their clients, and very much considered a trusted partner'

'Compared to other firms of lawyers I have dealt with they are more attuned to providing the type of day-to-day support (in areas such as good governance for example) that many pension scheme trustee clients require'

'Richard Knight was very impressive on a recent corporate transaction project. He took overall responsibility for the project, giving the client comfort that all the necessary advice and tasks would be completed. He delivered the findings clearly and concisely'

'Clive Pugh understands very well how corporate groups work and comes up with creative solutions to corporate pension problems'

'Michael Hayles is excellent. He is straight to the point, doesn't mess around and is a clear and engaging communicator'

'Richard is experienced, knowledgeable, intelligent, available, commercial & client focused'

'Susannah Young  is very responsive and personable with excellent client care skills. She frequently provides cost and timescale updates, and provides clear, commercial and practical advice'

'My experience of working with Richard is very positive. He provides pragmatic advice and has a calm, reassuring presence which is particularly valued by his clients'

'Susannah is an experienced pensions lawyer with a very collaborative approach, whether working with clients or other pensions professionals'

'Alice Honeywill is an experienced pensions lawyer and is particularly strong technically with wide-ranging pensions knowledge'

Key Clients

Western Power Distribution (employer)

FirstGroup (trustees)

Silentnight (trustees)

Leonardo schemes – helicopters, electronics and Futureplanner (trustees)

Honda (trustees)

AT&T (trustees)

Methodist Church (trustees)

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Department for Education (employer)

Oxford University (trustees)

Work highlights

  • The firm advised the trustees of the Brunel Holdings Pension Scheme on the successful merger of three existing schemes in the group into a new, £2.2bn scheme.
  • Advising the trustee of a leading international business’s pension scheme in respect of two Warning Notices issued by the Pensions Regulator relating to defined contribution matters.
  • The firm is advising two major SIPP providers on DC Governance and compliance issues, as well as pensions regulatory investigations in respect of one of these providers.
  • Assisted the pensions management team at Leonardo (formerly AgustaWestland) with ensuring that its two defined benefits schemes and its defined contribution scheme were ready for the new GDPR legal regime.
  • The firm is advising Western Power Distribution (WPD) in ensuring full pension protection for certain of its former employees following the liquidation of Carillion Services Limited in January 2018.

Osborne Clarke undertakes the full spectrum of pensions work for employers and trustees, with particular strengths in corporate insolvency, public sector pensions and corporate work involving pension schemes. In the corporate insolvency space, the team acts for the Pension Protection Fund on matters concerning pensions, investments, restructuring and insolvency, financial services and public procurement. The practice is notably active in the public sector, where it advises clients on issues arising from the Local Government Pension Scheme, including outsourcing, investment strategy, governance, benefit issues and disputes. Jonathan Hazlett leads the team.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Hazlett

Key Clients

Pension Protection Fund

LGPS National Procurement Framework for Legal Services

Trustees of the Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund

Trustees of the Kohler Mira Pension Scheme

Transport for London

Fyffes plc / Total Produce Limited / Geest Line Limited

Endsleigh Limited

Brunel Pension Partnership

Outward Bound Trust / Mayday Trust / Ramblers' Association / Finton House Educational Trust / Manchester High School for Girls

Trustees of the Global Marine Systems Pension Plan

Trustees of the Lincoln Staff Pension Plan

Caledonia Investments plc

Work highlights

  • As part of the Local Government Pension Scheme National Procurement Framework for Legal Services, the firm provides the full range of pensions-related services,  including scheme administration, outsourcing, benefits and investment advice.
  • Advise the trustees of the Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund on routine benefit queries, including the distribution of death benefits to beneficiaries, the calculation of spouse's pensions, GDPR integration processes and investment issues.
  • Retained legal advisers to the Trustees of the Lincoln Staff Pension Plan and continue to provide on-going legal advice to the Trustees.
  • Ongoing legal advice to Caledonia Investments plc on many of the UK pension arrangements within its portfolio companies and other investments.
  • Retained legal advisers to the trustees of the Kohler Mira Pension Plan; currently advising the client on transferring all of the accrued money purchase benefits in the Plan to a master trust operated by Scottish Widows, without member consent.

TLT advises trustees and employers on a wide range of pension schemes, including master trusts. The scope of its work includes multinational restructurings, outsourcing projects, governance advice, buy-ins and buyouts. The firm acts for a number of multinational clients, and is noted for its public sector experience. Sasha Butterworth heads up the pensions team, which has notable expertise in outsourcing projects, risk reduction and scheme mergers.

Practice head(s):Sasha Butterworth

Other key lawyers:Chris Crighton

Key Clients

Arkema Bostik Pension Trustee Limited

Fujitsu Retirement Services Trustee

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime


Biffa Waste Services Limited

Trustees of Colas (UK) Pension Plan


TClarke plc

Work highlights

  • We are advising the trustees of an industry-wide pension scheme on a wide range of complex legal issues in the run up to the proposed winding-up of the Scheme within the next 12 months.
  • Advised a major UK bank in relation to complex funding arrangements in relation to its UK defined benefit pension scheme.
  • Following the completion of a merger of two pension schemes within the sponsor's corporate group, we have prepared a new definitive trust deed and rules for the Scheme.

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