Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
Click here for more details

United Kingdom > South West > Human resources > Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire > Law firm and leading lawyer rankings

Editorial

Other

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

Testimonials

'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

Testimonials

'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

Sotheby’s

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

Testimonials

'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

Testimonials

'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

Interview with...

Law firm partners and practice heads explain how their firms are adapting to clients' changing needs

Interview with...

Law firm partners and practice heads explain how their firms are adapting to clients' changing needs

GC Diversity and Inclusion Report

In partnership with...

Interview with...

Law firm partners and practice heads explain how their firms are adapting to clients' changing needs

International comparative guides

Giving the in-house community greater insight to the law and regulations in different jurisdictions.

Select Practice Area

GC Diversity and Inclusion Report

In partnership with...

Press releases

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to

Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS ‚Äď CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.

Press Releases in the UK

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to