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Employment: Cardiff

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Eversheds LLP’s four-partner team is ‘in a league of its own’, and is aided by a significant national and international footprint, enabling the firm to provide advice to corporate clients in a Welsh, English and international context. Tom Bray regularly advises on international employment restructurings and is representing Michigan-based Wolverine Worldwide in all its EU-based employment needs. Huw Rolant Jones has a focus on the third sector and recently provided employment law advice on the establishment of a not-for-profit flood reinsurance fund. Team head Anthony Rees and Thomas Player are also recommended.

Blake Morgan LLP’s four-partner employment practice is best known for its work within the public sector; it is ‘very strong within the health sector’ and continues to represent NHS Wales across a raft of employment issues including doctor disciplinary cases. The ‘commercial and practicalMatthew Smith recently secured a notable victory for Swansea University in a reported case which dealt with ‘unfair treatment’ in discrimination cases. Paula Kathrens and Michael Clarke are also well known within the public sector, and team head Joanne Davies provides corporate support advice on TUPE and other issues.

Capital Law LLP has a strong domestic client base, for which it advises on non-contentious and contentious matters. The ‘excellentIestyn Morris has a good reputation for employment litigation and is defending a £45m class action against the Disabled People’s Employment Corporation. Richard Thomas is ‘superb at industrial relations’ and team head Nia Cooper is able to provide ‘pithy answers to complex questions’.

Geldards LLP provides ‘professional and responsive’ contentious and non-contentious advice to a predominantly public sector client base. The ‘knowledgeable but down-to-earth’ Stephen Jenkins ‘makes legal issues easy to grasp for a lay person’ and is regularly engaged in high-profile litigation including his representation of Cartrefi Cymru in the defence of multiple claims for additional holiday pay. Rhian Brace and Kim Howell are also recommended.

Lewis Silkin LLP provides ‘commercially aware and practical’ advice to UK-wide clients including Marks & Spencer, which it has been advising on the employment aspects of its logistic outsourcing agreements. ‘Excellent’ team head Lucy Lewis led on this matter. James Walters is noted for his ‘impressive litigation skills’, and senior associate Richard Moore, who joined in September 2015 from Eversheds LLP, provides ‘commercially sensitive and realistic advice’ on the employment aspects of M&A transactions and outsourcings.

Headed by Emma Burns, Hugh James’ two-partner employer-focused team has excellent traction in the market across a range of contentious and non-contentious mandates including equal pay, pensions and restrictive covenants. Louise Price provides non-contentious advice on a range of issues, including pensions and TUPE.

Led by the ‘inspiring’ Fabio Grech, Berry Smith’s five-strong employment team handles business advisory matters as well as reorganisations and contentious work in a ‘calming and empathetic manner’. Grech recently advised oil and gas services company, Guardian Global Technologies, on a major redundancy process. Senior associate Jennifer Pinder is also recommended.

At Darwin Gray LLP, Fflur Jones regularly represents employees and employers on discrimination cases. Damian Phillips has been advising trampoline park operator 4J Leisure/Go Air Group on employment issues (including drafting a bespoke staff handbook) following its rapid expansion. Other clients include Farmers Union of Wales and Welsh National Opera.

Slater and Gordon has a purely employee focus to its practice, which acts for a combination of private clients and organisation and membership services clients. Senior associate Mark Gray leads the private client part of the practice following his move in January 2016 from Gordon Dadds, while the ‘empathetic and hardworking’ Juliette Franklin provides a ‘very professional and supportive’ service to trade unions and police federation clients. Nathan Vidini joined Howells Solicitors in January 2016.

Although Acuity Legal Limited does not have any partners within the employment group following James Moss’ departure in August 2015 to set up new Newport-based employment boutique Slate Legal, ‘exceptional’ senior associate Claire Knowles is gaining plaudits from both public and private sector clients which are appreciative of her ‘fantastic commercial awareness’.

MLM Cartwright’s public sector employment expertise was recently underscored by its panel appointment to the Health Trust Europe Framework Agreement for employment law. On the contentious front, the team is well known for its work for claimants and respondents on discrimination and whistle-blowing cases. Chris Mayers and Andrea Thomas are recommended.

At specialist employment boutique Morgan Denton Jones, the ‘excellent and responsive’ Mark Morgan and Jenny Jones have vast experience across the gamut of employment law matters.

Howells Solicitors’ employment practice is ‘one to watch’ following the arrival in January 2016 of ‘trusted pair of hands’ Nathan Vidini, who is ‘passionate about claimant work’.

At boutique employment law firm Refreshing Law, founding partner Anna Denton-Jones is praised for her ability to ‘go the extra mile for clients’ which include employers and senior executives.

At Thompson Darwin Limited the ‘personable and commercial’ Bethan Darwin provides an ‘empathetic and supportive’ service and is particularly strong at advising on employment issues with company law angles.

Employment: Elsewhere in Wales

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At Newport-based Harding Evans LLP, team head Daniel Wilde has a good reputation for handling trade union and employee relation issues as part of a broad employment workload. The team regularly handles matters for local sporting teams including Newport County AFC and Gwent Dragons.

Led by Paul Shuttleworth, JCP Solicitors handles contentious and non-contentious work for employees and employers. The firm recently advised 115 members of the workforce of Pure Wafer on exit terms following the closure of a factory and ensuing large-scale redundancies.

Morgan LaRoche Limited handles contentious and non-contentious work for a primarily employer-focused client base. The team also often works alongside the corporate team to assist on employment issues such as TUPE which can arise as a result of asset and share purchases. Timothy Jones is the team head.

The ‘professional and friendly’ team at Red Kite Law LLP provides ‘an excellent service’ spanning the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues for clients throughout west Wales and beyond. Recently promoted team head Hannah Dahill has ‘strong all-round knowledge of employment law’ and Jo James is ‘excellent at dealing with difficult cases’.

Led by Aaron Hayward, Douglas-Jones Mercer handles standalone employment mandates in addition providing corporate support. Clients include Dawn Meats Group, Jones Brothers (Henllan) and LAS Waste Management.

GHP Legal recently successfully represented a whistle blower in employment tribunal proceedings, which involved a four-week hearing. Robert Williams handles employment disputes as part of his wider civil litigation practice.

Gabb and Co’s Sophie Williams advises local SMEs on employment issues.

At Harrisons Solicitors LLP managing partner Anne Smith provides contentious and non-contentious advice on employment matters, including post-termination covenants.

At Hutchinson Thomas, ‘knowledgeable and tenacious’ team head Simon Thomas recently represented 25 employees of a global automotive manufacturer in a group class action regarding their terms and conditions of employment following a transfer of undertaking process.

Established in January 2016 by Acuity Legal Limited’s former head of employment James Moss, Slate Legal advises employers and senior executives on contentious and non-contentious employment matters.

Health and safety

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  1. Health and safety
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Robin Havard and Claire Rawle lead the health and safety practice at Blake Morgan LLP, which represents an impressive roster of private and public sector clients. Havard handles prosecution work for the Health and Safety Executive and recently successfully brought a prosecution against Siemens concerning offshore activities on a wind farm. Rawle is regularly instructed by NHS Wales and also provides a 24-hour critical incident response service for her clients.

At BLM, team head Matthew Harrington acts for respondents across a range of health and safety matters in the manufacturing, construction and engineering industries, amongst others. Harrington also has experience of fatal accident investigations and defending prosecutions involving work place deaths. Clients include Tata Steel, Dairy Crest and ECIC.

DAC Beachcroft Claims Limited’s Sally Roff regularly represents clients in investigations by the Health & Safety Executive and other enforcement agencies into patient deaths, fatal accident and product defects.

Headed by the ‘thorough shrewd and dedicated’ Peter Bennett, Dolmans acts for insurers of public and private sector clients in employers liability claims relating to industrial accidents and industrial diseases.

Hugh James is particularly strong at handling matters at the intersection of environment and health and safety. The ‘very well-respected’ and ‘personableMartin Jones is recommended.

At Morgan LaRoche Limited, team head Andrew Manners is ‘dedicated and passionate in pursuit of his clients’ interests’. He has a particularly good reputation in the care standards sector and often acts for care home providers in related health and safety, criminal enforcement and care standards investigation.


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Duncan Lewis Solicitors has ‘an excellent grasp of immigration and asylum law’. Vinita Templeton and Vanessa Delgado are ‘both deeply committed to their clients’ interests’, with Templeton being a specialist in immigration judicial review claims. The ‘thorough and conscientious’ Sian Pearce is also recommended.

At Capital Law LLP, ‘client-friendly’ head of the employment Nia Cooper handles inbound business immigration matters for corporate clients.

At Eversheds LLP, ‘responsive and accessible’ associates Francesca Clarke and Nerys Ireland have a particular focus on immigration matters in the education sector.

Niche immigration firm NLS Solicitors handles the full spectrum of immigration matters from family visas and asylum claims to sponsor licence applications and European free movement cases. The ‘efficient’ Nicholas Webb in Newport displays ‘great integrity’.


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  1. Pensions
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Split equally between advising trustees and employers, Blake Morgan LLP’s two-partner pensions team acts for private and public sector clients across all issues affecting retirement benefit schemes. Associate Gillian McCue is known for her advice to public service pension schemes. The ‘approachable and helpfulMichael Prior is also recommended. Clients include the Welsh government and Milford Haven Port Authority.

Eversheds LLP’s two-partner team is ‘very reactive to industry changes’, and provides ‘timely and straightforward advice’ to clients including National Grid, Heinz and Volkswagen. Stuart Earle advised the pension trustees on the consequences of the acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft, which involved the cessation of future accrual in the Nokia defined benefit pension scheme. Ian Davies and ‘calm, sensible and pragmatic’ legal director Aida Mebrahtu are also recommended.

At Geldards LLP, Stephen Jenkins regularly handles the pensions aspects of corporate transactions handled by the firm.

Hugh James’ recently amalgamated pensions team advises on the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Richard Locke heads the firm’s commercial litigation practice and regularly handles pensions disputes. Louise Price focuses on advisory matters, including work relating to the new auto-enrolment legislation.

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