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Employment: Cardiff

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  1. Employment: Cardiff
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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s four-partner employment team in Cardiff provides a β€˜market-leading’ service to local and international corporates. The firm’s track record in this space covers the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters, including labour relations, restructurings, and defending mass litigation claims. Tom Bray has significant experience advising aviation sector clients on employment matters; recent examples include acting for Heathrow Airport on its dismissal of two trade union representatives, and representing aircraft support services provider Alpha LSG in a number of employment issues, including matters relating to restructuring, holiday pay, TUPE/outsourcing, and collective agreements. Thomas Player has particular expertise in collective labour law and trade union recognition issues; he recently assisted Thermo Fisher with contractual and pay negotiations for a manufacturing business in the UK, which involved advising on the legalities of implementing contractual change in the face of trade union resistance. Team head Anthony Rees is noted for his national and international work, most notably within the education sector. Huw Rolant Jones is the employment lead on all public sector matters. Other clients include Cambridge University Press, Sony Europe and Selfridges Retail.

Led by Joanne Davies, Blake Morgan LLP’s four-partner practice advises public and private sector clients on a range of matters, including the developing area of equal pay claims and occupational pension schemes. In addition to her β€˜significant experience in corporate support work’, Davies is also noted for her advice on TUPE issues arising from public sector outsourcings. The firm has a β€˜very strong public sector health employment practice’, where the β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ Paula Kathrens stands out for internal disciplinary proceedings involving NHS Wales doctors. Matthew Smith handles contentious work within the private and public sectors, with an emphasis on the education sector; he recently secured a notable victory for Swansea University in a reported case which dealt with "unfair treatment" in discrimination cases. Other key figures on the public sector side include Michael Clarke.

Praised for its β€˜innovative and proactive approach’, Capital Law LLP provides β€˜commercial and focused advice’ to private sector clients from a broad range of industry sectors, including education, manufacturing, transport and retail. It also handles an increasing public sector workload, and was appointed in 2015 to the nascent National Procurement Services (NPS)’ All-Wales Solicitors’ panel for employment matters. The β€˜business-savvy and client-friendly’ Nia Cooper heads the 16-lawyer team and recently provided strategic advice to Smart Solutions on collective grievances raised by a number of agency workers regarding national minimum wage, working time and deductions from pay. The β€˜very accessible and knowledgeable’ Richard Thomas (Who β€˜knows the case law on industrial action like the back of his hand’) recently advised the British Medical Association (BMA) on the legal process and requirements for its decision to ballot members for industrial action. As part of his broad-ranging expertise, Iestyn Morris regularly handles high-profile employment litigation; he recently represented the Disabled People’s Employment Corporation in the defence of class actions brought by three trade unions and over 1,600 employees. Associates Esyllt Green and Sarah Austin are recommended for their tribunal and corporate support work, respectively.

Geldards LLP fields a β€˜responsive and professional’ four-partner team that is appreciated by clients for its β€˜up-to-date industry knowledge’, particularly when it comes to public sector employment issues. β€˜Attentive’ team head Stephen Jenkins attracts praise for his β€˜practical advice’ and wide-ranging knowledge of contentious and non-contentious matters, including TUPE issues, where he has an β€˜excellent reputation’. Kim Howell is recommended for public sector issues, particularly those affecting local authorities. Contentious employment specialist Rhian Brace and data protection expert Lowri Phillips round out the team at a partner level. Although less active in the private sector as in the public sector, it nonetheless handles employment work for some high-profile corporates, including Admiral Insurance, Target Group and Sofa Brands International.

Headed by the β€˜knowledgeable’ Emma Burns and recently enhanced by the arrival of several employment lawyers, including litigation expert Chris Mayers, following the merger in November 2016 with MLM Cartwright, the three-partner team at Hugh James has significant strength-in-depth across contentious and non-contentious matters, including complex areas such as collective labour law, equal pay, TUPE and pensions. As sole employment law provider to Natural Resources Wales, the team handles a range of diverse matter; recent work includes advising on job evaluation and moving to a new pay and grading structure. Non-contentious employment practitioner Louise Price is providing ongoing advice to Celtic Energy in relation to redundancies following the closure of its Nant Helen site. Other clients include Rockwool, The Walters Group and Voltcom Construction.

Clients of Lewis Silkin LLP’s eight-lawyer team in Cardiff rate its β€˜highly effective and value-for-money service’ and praise its ability to β€˜provide a balanced perspective, which takes into account the commercial aspects as well as the employee perspective’. The team, which is able to leverage the firm’s resource across its UK-wide network of offices, regularly acts for major UK-based and international corporates on the employment issues associated with M&A transactions, as well as across a range of other discrete contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Recent highlights include providing employment law advice to Canadian company Edyffi related to its acquisition of Swansea-based manufacturer Silverwing. The team has a growing reputation for its ability to project manage multi-jurisdictional matters, often working with law firms through the Ius Laboris network. The β€˜excellent’ Lucy Lewis heads the team, which includes managing associate Richard Moore, who is singled out for his combination of β€˜commercial advice with a personal touch’, and James Walters, an β€˜impressive litigator’ who β€˜ensures that cases are managed proactively and effectively’. Clients include Marks & Spencer, Publicis and Zara.

Well tapped into the local business community as a result of its β€˜very accessible and personable approach’, Berry Smith’s five-strong team provides β€˜prompt and sensible advice’, primarily to owner-managed businesses and SMEs across the gamut of employment issues affecting their businesses. Team head Fabio Grech provides β€˜clear and sound advice’ across a β€˜broad range of employment issues’; he has particular expertise advising on the employment issues associated with mergers, outsourcings and reorganisations; he is advising the BBI Group on its consolidation of UK manufacturing operations to a single site in Caerphilly, following an Β£8.5m investment supported by the Welsh government. β€˜Efficient and professional’ senior associate Jennifer Pinder has β€˜exceptional knowledge’ across a range of employment issues, including those relating to corporate restructurings, TUPE transfers and trade union matters. Associate Sarah Alford has contentious and non-contentious expertise within the construction, agricultural and manufacturing industries. Other clients include The Life Sciences Hub Wales, Gwent Nursing Homes and Neath Coachbuilders.

Praised for its β€˜outstanding level of service’, Darwin Gray LLP’s seven-strong team provides a β€˜professional and very supportive service’ to a growing number of local and national corporates, who value its β€˜in-depth knowledge of human resources matters’. Team head Fflur Jones (who attracts praise for her β€˜commercial and common-sense approach’) is particularly well known for her work in complex discrimination cases; she recently successfully represented a teacher in an unfair dismissal and disability discrimination case brought against the client’s former employers. β€˜One of the most knowledgeable employment lawyers in south Wales’, Damian Phillips is β€˜superb at providing clear, straightforward guidance throughout the TUPE process’. β€˜Pragmatic’ senior associate Owen John successfully defended Guarding UK in an employment tribunal claim for unfair dismissal and breach of contract brought by a former employee.

The β€˜formidable’ eight-lawyer team at Slater and Gordon provides β€˜an outstanding service’ to an exclusively claimant client base, which includes private clients and trade unions. Police Federation work still accounts for a significant amount of the team’s trade union work: the β€˜hardworking and committed’ Rachel Harfield, β€˜calm and reassuring’ Mohini Bharania, and Juliette Franklin, who β€˜excels at handling cases involving complex points of law’, regularly act for police officers in discrimination cases. The β€˜very knowledgeable’ Bharania recently represented a police officer who was passed over for promotion in a successful claim for race discrimination and victimisation. On the private client front, the β€˜incredibly bright and dedicated’ James Watkins is praised for his β€˜tenacious attitude, which helps in achieving good results for the client’.

Acuity Legal Limited’s four-lawyer team provides β€˜sound legal and commercially driven advice’ across a range of employment matters including those associated with corporate transactions such as TUPE issues. The team provides day-to-day employment and HR support for a growing number of corporate clients that have signed up to the firm’s Acuity Counsel service; Alamo Group, Trinity Brands UK and Progressive Technology Solutions have all utilised the service. β€˜Very knowledgeable and responsive’ team head Claire Knowles was recently promoted to partner and β€˜will always advise on the legal position but do so in a way that is cognisant on how best to approach a situation in practical terms’.

β€˜A superb example of what a specialist boutique firm should be’, Morgan Denton Jones provides β€˜high-level employment law expertise’ and is β€˜truly committed to achieving the best results for the client’. Headed by the β€˜outstanding’ Jenny Jones, the firm β€˜attracts a high calibre of client’ thanks in part to its willingness to β€˜go the extra mile’. The β€˜fiercely bright’ Jones β€˜brings a Magic Circle touch to her work but with all the friendliness and gregariousness that comes with a small boutique practice’. Such is the quality of her work and reputation that as well as receiving local instructions, she is also regularly instructed by clients outside the region, including London-based senior executives who have sought out her advice on the negotiation of exit terms. Praised for his β€˜methodical and tactful approach’, Mark Morgan (who is β€˜very well-versed in employment law matters’) handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, with emphasis on the education and healthcare sectors. β€˜Very supportive and hardworking’ associate Elizabeth Evans is also recommended.

Howells Solicitors’ employment group includes associate David Lewis, who joined from Harding Evans LLP and brings experience advising local businesses across a range of HR issues, employment disputes and contract and policies drafting. Lewis also has niche expertise in sports issues and has handled exit and contract negotiations for numerous well-known sporting individuals.

At boutique employment law firm Refreshing Law, β€˜very approachable and knowledgeable’ founding partner Anna Denton-Jones provides β€˜responsive, clear and practical advice’ to employers and employees, covering a range of non-contentious and contentious matters including negotiating exit terms for senior executives. Denton-Jones also provides hotline advice to HR consultants, and is handling an increased number of training sessions for large employers including Go Compare.

At Thompson Darwin Limited, the β€˜excellent’ Bethan Darwin has a particularly strong reputation acting for directors and senior executives on non-executive director contracts and share options, among other employment issues. The firm also handles a varied workload for employers, including on matters relating to TUPE and redundancies.


Employment: Elsewhere in Wales

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  1. Employment: Elsewhere in Wales
  2. Next generation lawyers (region-wide)

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Harding Evans LLP’s three-lawyer team provides an β€˜excellent’ service across a range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues, with team head Daniel Wilde singled out for his expertise in matters relating to trade unions, employee relations and restrictive covenants. Praised for his β€˜responsive and clear advice’, Wilde recently achieved a successful result for a defendant in a multi-party equal pay dispute. He is also regularly engaged in employment issues affecting sports teams and individuals, and advised Sam Warburton on his revised central contract with the Welsh Rugby Union. Other clients include NAAFI, Airborne Systems, Newport Transport and Spear Europe.

At JCP Solicitors, team head Paul Shuttleworth has a strong reputation in the local market and acts on behalf of both employers and employees across a broad spectrum of contentious and non-contentious issues, including TUPE matters (such as second generation contracting out and insourcing) and complex disability claims. Recent highlights include representing a town council in a constructive unfair dismissal claim by a former employer. Although the team is active across a range of sectors, work for charitable organisations is a particular strength.

Headed by the β€˜vastly experienced and knowledgeable’ Timothy Jones out of Swansea, Morgan LaRoche provides an β€˜excellent service’ to an employer-focused client roster, for which it handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm recently enhancing its west Wales offering through the recruitment of Hannah Dahill from Red Kite Law LLP; she leads the employment offering from the newly opened Carmarthen office. In addition to its standalone mandates, the employment team regularly works alongside the firm’s well-regarded corporate team to provide concomitant employment advice arising from corporate transactions. While it is primarily focused on employer mandates, the team does pick up some employee mandates including recently representing an employee in the construction industry in an unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim brought against a former employer.

Now led by β€˜very professional, honest and open-minded’ associate Joanne James following the recent departure of former team head Hannah Dahill to Morgan LaRoche, Red Kite Law LLP retains strong ties with many of the local corporates in the west Wales region, which are appreciative of the firm’s β€˜flexibility, high standards of professionalism and client care’. James, who is rated for her ability to provide β€˜bespoke and not just "vanilla" advice’, has been active advising health and social care sector clients on National Minimum Wage issues, and in particular how it affects sleepovers and on-calls. In another key matter, Jones acted alongside solicitor Carys Lodwick, who recently joined from Geldards LLP, for Nation Broadcasting on a reorganisation and redundancy process in relation to one of its radio stations. Other clients include Celtic Haven, Consort Equipment and Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society.

Swansea-based firm Douglas-Jones Mercer has a strong reputation in the south west Wales region, where it acts for local entities, and also advises corporate clients whose reach extends well beyond the local region. The team continues to handle a range of employment matters for Dawn Meats, including recently advising it on the contractual terms in place for its senior employees. Other recent highlights include advising LAS Waste Management on TUPE and redundancy issues, and representing leading south Wales-based civil engineering and construction company Jones Brothers (Henllan) on a number of contentious and non-contentious employment issues. The team also regularly works alongside the firm’s corporate practice to provide employment advice associated with M&A transactions and reorganisations. Team head Aaron Hayward is recommended for both contentious and non-contentious work. Other clients include Dawnus Group, Gravells and Blue Mountain Group.

Wrexham-based firm GHP Legal has a strong reputation in north Wales and provides β€˜excellent advice’ to employers and employees across a broad spectrum of employment disputes, including unfair dismissal claims and all forms of discrimination cases. Recent highlights include successfully securing settlement packages on behalf of claimants who brought claims against their employer arising from proposed redundancy proceedings. Robert Williams handles employment disputes as part of his wider civil litigation practice.

A mainstay of the market in mid Wales, Harrisons Solicitors LLP represents local businesses and individuals in a range of employment issues, including drafting employment contracts for businesses and acting for employees in unfair dismissal, discrimination and redundancy scenarios. Managing partner Anne Smith regularly handles post-termination covenant issues as part of his wide-ranging employment expertise.

At Hutchinson Thomas, team head Simon Thomas acts for both employees and employers, and also handles a significant amount of referral work from other local solicitors. Thomas continues to handle a steady flow of non-contentious and contentious work for longstanding client, Sinclair Group, which is the largest motor trader in south Wales, and has niche expertise representing education, health and care professionals in fitness to practice regulatory proceedings. In one of several ongoing cases, he is representing a consultant chartered clinical child psychologist in attempting to show that she had mitigating mental health circumstances which led to her defrauding her employer.

Since its foundation at the beginning of 2016, boutique sole practitioner employment firm Slate Legal has made a strong impression in the market, with clients appreciative of its ability to provide β€˜cost-effective advice’. The β€˜intelligent, perceptive and reliable’ James Moss is singled out for his β€˜great attention to detail’; he acts across a broad array of contentious and non-contentious matters and β€˜conveys even complex feedback in a structured and clear manner’. Moss is advising Newport Golf Club across a range of matters including employment law issues associated with the restructuring of its business, drafting terms and conditions of employment, and disputes over holiday pay. Moss also handles employee-side work and has experience handling cases involving constructive dismissal claims, as well as whistleblowing and disability discrimination cases. Other clients include Vans Direct, Compact Cars, Celtic Recycling and Venture Wales.


Health and safety

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  1. Health and safety
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Blake Morgan LLP has a strong reputation among clients in the private and public sectors, for which it regularly defends in contentious issues, as well as providing advice on health and safety compliance and management. As part of her contentious practice, Claire Rawle provides a 24-hour critical incident response service to her clients, and regularly acts for respondents at every stage of the lifecycle of a case, from advice and representation at interviews under caution, through to support throughout the course of a joint investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and police. Robin Havard is another key practitioner within the team and handles prosecution work for the HSE, including a number of prosecutions arising out of workplace fatalities.

BLM’s team provides β€˜robust and proficient’ advice to private and public sector entities from a range of industry sectors, including manufacturing, construction and engineering. Led by Matthew Harrington, the team is best known for handling complex fatal accident investigations and high-profile inquests; Harrington is currently representing a building contractor in a HSE investigation following a catastrophic injury caused to an employee of the building contractor. Clients include Dairy Crest, Tata Steel and QBE.

DAC Beachcroft Claims Limited has a market-leading position for handling health and safety work, both at a pre-emptive stage – where the firm’s work includes minimising risks through training, and reviewing policies and procedures – as well as in contentious matters for a client base comprising corporates as well as leading insurers. The β€˜incredibly hardworking and skilled’ Sally Roff leads the team in Newport and regularly handles corporate manslaughter and health and safety investigations by the police and HSE in the construction, retail, health and manufacturing sectors.

Led by the β€˜tenacious and astute’ Peter Bennett (β€˜who is adept at fostering dialogue – an important skill in this field of work, notably with prosecutors’), the β€˜proactive’ team at Dolmans regularly acts for public and private sector insurers in employers’ liability claims relating to industrial accidents and industrial diseases. Bennett has a particularly strong reputation for his work on behalf of local authorities and recently successfully ensured that Caerphilly County Borough Council was not named as a party in a HSE prosecution which was brought against the contractor after a fatal electrocution incident at a south Wales school. The firm also provides guidance and training to public sector clients on the implications of the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences.

The arrival of associate Justin Davies at the beginning of 2016 has given Hugh James added depth across a range of health and safety issues, as well as niche expertise advising in fire safety matters as a result of Davies’ β€˜excellent fire safety knowledge’. Davies regularly receives instructions from South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, for which it handles enforcement matters including an ongoing prosecution of a fire risk assessor in connection with the making of inadequate and insufficient fire risk assessments for professional clients. Martin Jones is overall head of the team and excels at at handling matters at the intersection of environment and health and safety.

At Morgan LaRoche, β€˜calm and considered’ team head Andrew Manners has β€˜vast experience’ in the care sector and often acts for care home providers in related health and safety, criminal enforcement and care standards investigation. Manners is also a member of the National Day Nursery Association’s Working Group, and is active in formulating responses on behalf of the early years sector to central government consultations.


Immigration

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  1. Immigration
  2. Leading individuals

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For some, Duncan Lewis Solicitors is β€˜in a class of its own’. The Cardiff office has become an integral part of the firm’s UK-wide capability, which includes a large legal aid immigration practice and a market-leading reputation for immigration judicial review matters. The team, which is praised for its β€˜deep commitment to clients’, features several key practitioners, including the β€˜empathetic, intelligent and professional’ Vinita Templeton, who has β€˜well-rounded knowledge of UK immigration laws’; the β€˜meticulous and top-class’ Vanessa Delgado, who conducts advocacy at First and Upper Tribunal levels; and Sian Pearce, who has niche expertise in handling cases with a community care angle including trafficking and age assessment challenges.

Sitting within the firm’s broader employment group, Capital Law LLP’s immigration offering provides a β€˜responsive and very knowledgeable service’. The β€˜calm and very professional’ Alexandra Christen is recommended across a range of matters including in relation to Tier 2 of the points-based system where she is able to β€˜translate the requirements of the Home Office into simpler terms’. Associate Esyllt Green is also recommended. Clients include Graig Shipping, Creditsafe Business Solutions and Formatt-Hitech.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP regularly advises education sector clients, including independent schools, universities and further education colleges, on immigration matters. Senior associate Nerys Ireland exclusively focuses her immigration practice on Tier 4 education-related matters; she recently assisted a Russell Group university through a comprehensive UKVI inspection and successfully negotiated retention of licences for a number of further education colleges. Associate Francesca Smith also handles education-related matters as part of a broader immigration offering, and has been advising a university in the north of England on ongoing Tier 4 compliance matters.

With practitioners based out of Newport, Cardiff and Swansea, the β€˜very experienced and helpful’ team at niche immigration firm NLS Solicitors has the strength-in-depth to handle a tremendous volume and range of privately funded and legal aid work. The β€˜very reliable and professional’ Nicholas Webb provides β€˜real depth of knowledge and attention to detail’, particularly as it relates to business immigration and advising companies and individuals on meeting Home Office requirements for Tier 1 and Tier 2 visas. Other recommended practitioners include Louise Fenney, who has a particular specialism in trafficking cases, and Shahnaz Nowaparast, who handles a significant amount of asylum work.


Pensions

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  1. Pensions
  2. Leading individuals

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β€˜First-class in all respects’, Blake Morgan LLP provides β€˜sound advice and excellent value-for-money’ trustees and employers across the spectrum of pensions issues. Despite the recent retirement of Michael Prior, the arrival in November 2016 of Ron Burgess from Olswang LLP gives the firm added expertise in insolvency-related issues. He joins a team that includes β€˜extremely helpful’ associate Gillian McCue, who β€˜provides an appropriate blend of technical expertise and ease of understanding’, and is particularly noted for her β€˜specialised knowledge of public sector pensions’. McCue recently advised Halo Services on the risks under the Local Government Pension Scheme and advised NHS England on the status of a GP practitioner under the NHS Pension Scheme Regulations.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s two-partner team advises multinational employers and trustees of large occupational schemes, as well as Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) providers. β€˜Unassuming and straight-talking’ team head Stuart Earle is β€˜a trenchant analyser of seemingly intractable problems’, and is particularly well regarded for his work in the regulated sectors. He recently represented National Grid on its sectionalisation of its Β£17bn gas pension scheme. β€˜Steeped in experience’, Ian Davies provides β€˜reassuringly pragmatic advice’ to a range of clients and also continues to act as trustee on several schemes, including Prudential Platinum. Aida Mebrahtu is β€˜able to drill down to the heart of a problem’ and is particularly accomplished for her work in relation to public sector pensions. The team is also β€˜very up to date with changes in legislation and is reactive to industry changes’. Other clients include NEST Corporation, Welsh Water and Volkswagen.

At Geldards LLP, team head Stephen Jenkins acts for employers and trustees on the management of pensions liabilities and the amendment and closure of schemes. Jenkins has also been particularly active advising on the pensions aspects of public sector outsourcings and recently acted for a local authority on its obligations to require equivalent pension provisions to be provided by a new contractor undertaking an already outsourced service. Other highlights included advising a company on the implications of a proposed payment of a special dividend to the overseas parent company. Clients include Maudsley Charity, Shaw Healthcare and Just Rollers plc.

Hugh James has β€˜an excellent up-and-coming pensions practice’ that is β€˜very competitive on fees and good at what it does’. The firm is regularly called on to provide pensions advice related to corporate transactions (including outsourcing transactions), auto enrolment and changing benefits. It also handles pension litigation. β€˜Thorough and very bright’ team head Louise Price has β€˜superb client skills’ and is the key figure for non-contentious matters. On the contentious side, β€˜down-to-earth and commercial’ litigation head Richard Locke has experience of handling significant pensions disputes and is aided by β€˜tenacious and commercial’ senior associate Abigail Flanagan, who is developing a significant reputation for pensions disputes. Claimant litigation partner Malcolm Evans has been handling more than 300 cases where investors were advised by independent financial advisers (IFAs) to transfer workplace and/or private pensions into a SIPP involved in extremely high-risk investments.


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