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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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