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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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