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BPE Solicitors LLP acts primarily for national clients  on whistleblowing, TUPE, and employee relations, issues, as well as business restructures, trade union negotiations and industrial action. It handles a number of cases in the EAT, High Court and the Court of Appeal, and acts for private individuals advising on senior level severances. It recently defended key client Interserve in a complex whistleblowing , unfair dismissal, breach of contract and disability discrimination claim. In another key mandate the practice acted for Just Go Travel Group on the acquisition of Omega Holidays and Cruise Connections, which included advising on restructuring, collective consultation and TUPE issues. Other clients include PureGym, Sytner and Omega Resource Group. Lisa Gettins heads the team, which includes Tim Gofton, Heyma Holmes and Sarah Lee.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP acts for national and international clients on reorganisations, business transfers, board structure and corporate governance issues, and Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation. Clients stem from the retail, leisure, charity and landed estate sectors. Recent highlights include acting for a large art dealer on executive entry/exit, long term sick and PHI, grievance processes, amendments to terms and conditions and general HR issues. It also advised a large national charity in relation to strategic issues such as workforce structure, terms and conditions of employment and training for the HR department and managers. The ‘outstanding’ Sara Wilson heads the department and is ‘professional at all times’ with ‘a truly lovely personal and human approach’. She specialises in advising corporate and healthcare sector clients, as well as high-net-worth individuals and NHS consultants. Key clients include Pennant International, Trifast, Ambrell Corporation, Immedia, Motability Operations, Executive Jet Charter, Gulf Air BSC and B&M Babbage & Co. Sarah Jane Brostoff joined Signet Partners LLP.

Royds Withy King provides ‘practical advice that is easy to understand’. It handles all aspects of employment law, including discrimination issues, complex redundancies, re-organisations, business transfers, whistleblowing and TUPE transfers. The practice acts for a number of plcs as well as SME businesses, focusing on the social care, professional services, manufacturing, technology, transport and rail sectors. Recent highlights include advising a waste management company on a complex restructure which involved a contentious director exit with aspects of whistleblowing and age discrimination, and acting for a large furniture manufacturer in relation to proposed industrial action by a trade union following changes to shift patterns.  Partner Richard White is ‘very responsive, approachable and provides a good sounding board for employment related issues’; he ‘offers pragmatic common sense advice at all times’. Malcolm Gregory  heads the team and advises on all employment law aspects. Partner James Sage  is experienced in disciplinary action and dismissals, sickness, performance management and grievances. Lauren Harkin  was promoted to partner and handles employment tribunal claims, exit packages and TUPE transfers. Key clients include Airsprung Group, Blue Marlin Brand Design, Churchill Investments, Clarion (GB), Novia Financial, Ohasi Technica (UK) and Salters Hill Charity.

Stone King LLP specialises in providing employment advice to the education, charity and social enterprise sectors, and has a strong HR consultancy that works in tandem with the employment team. Expertise in the education sector includes advising on changes to terms and conditions, pay awards and appeals, union activity, trade disputes, strike action, immigration, child protection and safeguarding. The firm has been involved in converting a large number of schools into academies and is acting for an increasing number of Multi Academy Trusts on drafting contracts for CEOs and advising on teachers’ pension scheme membership. Other highlights included advising a charity in relation to the potential dismissal of a finance director over allegations of gross negligence and gross misconduct, and acting for a national bus group in relation to a joint venture, which involved drafting employment and secondment arrangements, advising on the process and commercial practicalities of the employment information and consultation processes. The firm also acts for high-net-worth individuals. Practice head Nick Watson  has ‘excellent knowledge’ and is ‘very approachable and keen to assist’; he has expertise in trade union disputes and complex governance structures. He is supported by Peter Woodhouse  and Jean Boyle.

Willans LLP has a particular focus on acting for technology and high-end engineering companies but also advises clients in the professional services, charities and not-for-profit sectors on contentious and non-contentious employment law issues including restructurings, business transfers, executive exits and protection of confidential business information. It also provides support on TUPE transfers, redundancy, collective consultations with unions and GDPR implementation issues. Recent work includes acting for Bridgeworks, a data optimisation and data transfer company, in an unfair dismissal claim by a senior sales person, and representing a director of a PR company in a dispute with a co-director. Moog Aircraft Group, PegasusLife, The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, Stroud District Council and Excelerate Technology.  Matthew Clayton heads the team and specialises in data issues in the context of employment law.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys  Cheltenham handles business immigration, connection protection and gender pay gap reporting issues, as well as disciplinary procedures, discrimination and unfair dismissal claims and TUPE transfers. Manufacturing, construction and engineering, agriculture, defence, education, and health and social care are all active sectors for the practice, which is headed by Jenny Okafor-Jones, who has particular expertise in equal pay, discrimination and whistleblowing matters. She is regularly called on to provide strategic HR advice to business and public sector organisations. Senior associate Mark Gray deals with matters concerning senior executives, including tribunal claims.

Lodders Solicitors LLP advises both employers and employees on the full range of employment law matters. The practice's client base includes senior directors, stakeholders, high-net-worth individuals and also former international athletes, for which it handles regulatory matters, TUPE, reorganisations, redundancies and exit packages. Recent highlights include advising Dairy Partners, a cheese manufacturer and distributor, on HR matters and in relation to claims for unfair dismissal, and advising a financial services company with regards to breach of contract and breach of restrictive covenant provisions. The practice also advised on the post-sale restructuring and reorganisation of a large retailer of boats and yachts, and provides ongoing HR advice to a large sporting and entertainment provider. Titus Consultancy, Athlete Career Transition (ACT), Midland Communications Company, Premiere Healthcare, Conclusive Financial, Bamboo Technology Group, Brunsdon Financial Services and Microcomms Professional Services are all clients. Nick Rowe heads the team and provides ‘very impressive response times' and 'delivers pragmatic, robust advice that meets commercial expectations’.

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