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Ashfords LLP’s Charles Pallot focuses on TUPE matters arising from public sector outsourcings, as well as handling transactional employment issues. Wandsworth Borough Council and Sensus UK are clients.

Matthew Huddleson leads Foot Anstey’s practice and advises Livewell South West (formerly Plymouth Community Healthcare) on TUPE issues and employment tribunals. Patrick Howarth is also recommended. Senior associate Claire Holland joined from Magrath LLP.

Michelmores LLP’s practice defended Careers South West in a case concerning the test governing TUPE service provision changes. Department head Andrew Tobey is recommended alongside newly promoted partner James Baker. Other clients include Mint Velvet and NHS trusts.

Bristol-based Tim Woodward heads the department at Bond Dickinson LLP, which represented Ernest Jones and H. Samuel in numerous matters, including an unfair dismissal tribunal claim.

Clarke Willmott LLP defended Refresco Gerber UK against unfair dismissal tribunal claims. Clients single out Kate Gardner as ‘a true litigator’.

Kitsons LLP’s 2015 mandates included tribunal claims and disciplinary actions. Rhodri Davey leads the practice, which includes newly promoted partner Jayme Nicholson.

Stephens Scown LLP’s Terry Falcão stands out for his ability to ‘predict the respondent’s actions’ in discrimination and whistleblowing cases. The practice also handles restructuring work for employers and advises senior executives on their exit strategies.

Battens Solicitors Limited acts for employees in severance agreements, exit negotiations and disciplinary actions. Dawn Gallie’s practice also provides an integrated HR service to businesses.

Nash & Co conducts tribunal work on behalf of corporate clients and provides employment law training to HR teams, independent HR advisers and senior management groups. Managing partner and practice head Jon Loney and Ian Grimshaw arrived from Trethowans LLP. Former head Karen Bussell advises high-net-worth employees on contract terms and settlement agreements.

Pardoes Solicitors LLP’s Maeve Vickery advises employers on transactional issues, including TUPE transfers.

Porter Dodson LLP’s caseload includes disability discrimination and whistleblowing. Care sector expert Adrian Poole heads the practice.

John Turnbull, who joined Trowers & Hamlins LLP after it merged with Stones Solicitors LLP, has extensive restructuring, unfair discrimination and TUPE experience.

Tozers Solicitors LLP has ‘excellent knowledge of the housing and local government sectors’. Stephen Jennings leads the practice, which includes the ‘sharp-minded’ Paul Kelly.

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  • TRANSFER OF UNDERTAKINGS (PROTECTION OF EMPLOYMENT) AND AGE DISCRIMINATION

    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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