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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.
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  1. Employment
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

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Rising stars

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Blake Morgan LLP provides 'balanced and effective advice' to education, retail and health sector entities across the gamut of employment matters, including discrimination and whistleblower matters, and industrial relations issues. With clients including the Welsh government, NHS Wales and numerous Welsh universities, the firm is perhaps best-known for its prowess in the public sector, where the 'professional and personable' Paula Kathrens is noted for her expertise at handling internal disciplinary proceedings involving doctors in NHS Wales. Team head Joanne Davies has particular expertise on TUPE issues, including as it relates to outsourcing in the public sector. The 'unflappable and experienced' Matthew Smith specialises in contentious work, recently handling a high-profile Supreme Court matter which clarified the law relating to "unfavourable treatment" under the Equality Act 2010.

Practice head(s):Joanne Davies

Other key lawyers:Paula Kathrens; Matthew Smith; Ian Jones; Rhiannon Jenkins


'Professional and personable.'

'An incredibly strong team which demonstrates great professionalism and an impressive grasp of employment law.'

'The team interprets and applies legislation as it applies to your situation keeping you in control of making informed decisions.'

'Matthew Smith always makes himself available and provides clear informative advice which sets out the risks, possible solutions and conclusions.'

'Matthew Smith provides, pragmatic and considered advice.'

'Paula Kathren's  straight-talking is matched with a warm and personable style.'



Key Clients

PHS Group Plc

Welsh Government

The NHS in Wales

Swansea University

Cardiff International Airport

Gower College, Swansea

Principality Building Society

Russell & Bromley

Trivallis Limited (formerly RCT Homes Limited)

Dolce & Gabbana UK

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Charbonnel et Walker Limited

Wales Audit Office

Work highlights

  • Representing the health board in Agarwal v (1) Cardiff University (2) Cardiff & Vale University Local Health Board, the leading authority about an Employment Tribunal's jurisdiction to hear cases involving deductions from an employee's wages, where there is a dispute about the contractual terms on which the employer considers it is entitled to make such deductions.
  • Advised a number of housing associations in Wales in relation to the provision, interpretation and applicability of Schedule 1 of the Housing Act 1996 and Welsh Government guidance RSL005/10, which prohibits certain payments to employees/officers and sets out a number of rules in relation to appointment of staff and grants of benefits.
  • Successfully defended Cardiff & Vale University Health Board from unfair dismissal and discrimination proceedings brought by one its former executive directors.
  • Successfully defended the client in a recent case which has become the leading authority on the meaning of "unfavourable treatment" in disability discrimination, culminating in the decision of the Supreme Court in December 2018.

Led by the 'outstanding' Anthony Rees, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's four-partner team has the strength-in-depth to cover the waterfront of contentious and non-contentious matters for an impressive roster of domestic and international private and public sector clients. Thomas Player has extensive knowledge of international labour matters, including European Works Councils and cross-border restructuring. Other key partners include Huw Jones, who is the lead on public sector employment matters, and Tom Bray , who as well as his expertise on contentious matters, also regularly handles human resources support work.

Practice head(s):Anthony Rees

Other key lawyers:Thomas Player; Huw Jones; Tom Bray; Emma Allchurch; Georgina Voogd

Key Clients

Heathrow Airport

C&C Group Limited

Toyoda Gosei Limited

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

UK Research & Innovation

Wolverine Worldwide No

Kubota Group Plc

Sony Europe

Bangor University

Alpha LSG

Work highlights

  • Assisting Sony Europe on all of its UK and European HR legal needs, including on restructuring, discrimination issues, TUPE, share incentives and executive issues.  
  • Reappointed for a further three years, after a recent retender exercise, to continue to advise Heathrow Airport on all of their HR, employment tribunals and industrial relations needs.
  • Advise Michigan-headquartered Wolverine Worldwide on all of its employment law needs in the EU, spanning ten jurisdictions.
  • Advising Alpha LSG Limited on all aspects of employment law in relation to restructuring issues, collective and individual consultation obligations, holiday pay issues, employment tax, TUPE/outsourcing issues, changing terms and conditions, numerous employment tribunal claims and negotiating new collective agreements and effecting strategic executive severances.
  • Represented the Reading Borough Council in reviewing the advice that it had received to-date in defending equal pay litigation.

As well as its longstanding excellence within the public and third sector, Geldards LLP 's four-partner team is also noted for its 'commercially-minded service' for corporate clients on day-to-day matters, as well as TUPE procedures, reorganisations and employment litigation. 'Very responsive' team head Stephen Jenkins provides 'thorough and considered' advice to clients engaged in tribunal hearings, in addition to handling TUPE matters. Praised for her 'direct and honest advice', Rhian Brace is recommended for her employment tribunal work and is a key member of the team that also includes public sector employment expert Kim Howell and Lowri Phillips, who provides 'clear and responsive advice' on equal pay and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):Stephen Jenkins

Other key lawyers:Kim Howell; Rhian Brace; Lowri Phillips; Joga Singh


'A very practical and approachable team.'

'Very experienced and knowledgeable but able to explain the legal ramifications to us in layman's terms so we are able to understand.'

'Stephen Jenkins' experience is particularly useful because he is able to offer alternative perspectives to a case (as a solicitor and Judge).'

'Kim Howell is excellent at public sector-related matters.'

'Lowri Phillips is an excellent communicator and always responds in a timely manner with constructive, realistic and accurate advice.'

'Joga Singh is easy to work with and provides very practical advice.'


Key Clients

Admiral Insurance

Sofa Brands International

Novomatic Group

Emso Asset Management

National Assembly of Wales Commission

The Welsh Ministers

Target Group Limited

Wales Millennium Centre

Estyn (Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales)


Caerphilly County Borough Council

A F Blakemore & Son

National Museums Wales

Monmouthshire County Council

Bristol City Council

Hexion UK Limited

Torfaen County Borough Council

Box UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Michelle Brown, a Member of the Welsh Assembly, in an unfair dismissal and detriment claim brought by a former senior adviser, following a three-day tribunal hearing.
  • Defended the client against allegations of racial harassment which were withdrawn by the claimant before the case got to a hearing.
  • Successfully represented NMC at an EAT hearing at which the claimant’s appeal against the dismissal of his unfair dismissal claim was upheld.
  • Defended a charity client against claims involving 90 allegations of sex, race and disability discrimination, the case being settled just prior to the start of a four-week hearing.
  • Undertook a complex investigation to establish and review the adequacy of governance arrangements relating to secondment arrangements with subsidiary companies for a local authority.

Capital Law Limited maintains a significant presence in the employment field, particularly in relation to contentious work - where it is noted for its 'strategic and tactical advice' for both employers and employees across issues ranging from disability discrimination to unfair dismissal, despite the departure towards the end of 2018 of former team head Nia Cooper and Iestyn Morris for in-house roles. On the non-contentious front, in addition to handling ongoing day-to-day employment support for corporate clients of the firm, it also regularly handles major strategic matters, including TUPE issues associated with business reorganisations. Team head Richard Thomas excels at trade union and labour relations law.

Practice head(s):Richard Thomas

Other key lawyers:Sarah Austin; Mary Goldsbrough; Jennifer Pinder; David Lewis

Key Clients

British Medical Association

Sega Europe Limited

University of South Wales

Dow Silicones UK Limited

Smart Solutions (Recruitment) Limited

MTR Crossrail

Panasonic Manufacturing Limited

WestBridge Capital LLP

Welsh Government

Newport City Homes

Work highlights

  • Advising the Welsh Government on the drafting of its NHS Wales Bill 2018.
  • Advising Westbridge Capital on the employment aspects of the management buyout of A J Mobility.
  • Representing Newport City Homes on a major contractual change programme it was implementing for all staff.
  • Defence of a claim brought against Smart Solutions (Recruitment) Limited by a former recruitment consultant for constructive unfair dismissal.
  • Advising Remploy Limited on the application of TUPE in relation to the cessation/winding down of the Work Choice and Work Programme schemes and the introduction of the Work and Health Programme.

Headed by Emma Burns , Hugh James' three-partner team provides a 'prompt and thorough service' to domestic private and public sector clients on ongoing HR training and advisory work, including acting on larger projects, such as TUPE and redundancy considerations in relation to business reorganisations/closures. Additionally, the firm handles a significant amount of work in grievances, disciplinary issues and exit strategies. Andrea Thomas has a thriving contentious practice and regularly represents clients across the spectrum of Employment Tribunal claims, including unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing.

Practice head(s):Emma Burns

Other key lawyers:Andrea Thomas; Rhiannon Dale


'Emma Burns is very personable and capable.'

Key Clients

Cardiff International Airport

Keolis Amey trading as Transport for Wales Rail Services

Cardiff Council

S.A Brain Limited

Natural Resources Wales

Celtic Manor Resort

Rehau Limited

Motonovo Finance (a division of FirstRand Bank Limited (London Branch)

Braces Bakery

Tellermate Limited

Chepstow Plant International

Walters Group

PF Concept International

Opus International Consultants (UK)

Wales Co-operative Training and Development Centre (the Wales Co-op)

City and County of Swansea

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Meritor HVBS Limited and Meritor Aftermarket Switzerland

Alcumus Holdings


Work highlights

  • Advised on the employment aspects of the sale of Ffos Las racecourse and the sales of a Land Rover dealership, both owned by Walters Group.
  • Advising PF Concept International on various employment matters including advice on employment status and employment contracts.
  • The firm continues to be the sole provider of employment advice to Natural Resources Wales, the largest Welsh Government sponsored body.
  • The provision of day to day HR advice to The Celtic Manor Resort.
  • The provision of day to day advice on HR matters for Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Limited, including a TUPE transfer.

The strategic focus of the Cardiff office, Lewis Silkin LLP's 11-strong team  provides a 'practical and commercial service' to national, international and domestic corporates (particularly within the media, retail, leisure and manufacturing sectors) across the spectrum of employment matters, including strategic redundancies, restructuring, outsourcing and TUPE. Team head Lucy Lewis excels at providing 'strategic and effective advice' to advertising and marketing clients on issues surrounding redundancies and restructurings. The 'excellent' Richard Moore is able to 'explain and justify his advice in plain English' and excels at handling the employment issues associated with M&A and outsourcing transactions.

Practice head(s):Lucy Lewis

Other key lawyers:Richard Moore; Tom Ford


'Richard Moore is very technical.'

Key Clients


Cardiff International Airport

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading facilities management company in relation to a HMRC-directed review of its pay and practices.
  • Support a range of multinationals on Tier 2 permit applications for their inbound employees from overseas.
  • Advice across all of Cardiff International Airport's employment law matters, including in relation to employee relations.
  • Advised on the employment aspects of Sopra Steria’s acquisition of Sword Apak.
  • Advised a rage of companies in relation to workplace GDPR preparations (including various leading multinational advertising agencies and media companies).

Slater and Gordon's 11-strong team provides an 'impressively knowledgeable service' to an exclusively claimant-side client base, which includes senior executives, private clients, trade unions and the Police Federation. 'Excellent' senior associate Juliette Franklin is now one of the most experienced members of the team following Rachel Harfield's recent move to the Cardiff and District Law Society, and is particularly noted for her skill in representing clients in discrimination claims. Senior solicitor Mohini Bharani is 'very compassionate' when representing clients in race and disability discrimination cases.

Practice head(s):Juliette Franklin 

Other key lawyers:James Watkins; Claire Tait; Rhydian Reeves; Mohini Bharani


'The sensible and commercial Juliette Franklin has an excellent reputation.'

Key Clients

Police Federation of England and Wales

Unite the Union







Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Angus Bowler in a long-running racial discrimination and victimisation case brought against Kent Police.
  • We are acting for a transgender police officer in a claim for sexual orientation discrimination.

With an impressive roster of corporate clients as well as an increasing number of instructions on a standalone basis, Acuity Law offers 'professional and business focused advice' to employers and senior executives across the waterfront of employment matters, ranging from employee relations, workforce planning and TUPE transfers. Team head Claire Knowles is appreciated by clients for her 'sound and appropriate advice' on standalone matters and in the context of risk management for corporates through the provision of very effective training sessions. The team also handles a substantial amount of ongoing employment work under the firm’s Acuity Counsel service.

Practice head(s):Claire Knowles


'The team makes an effort to understand their client's organisations and operations, thus making the advice they provide practical.'

'Claire Knowles is personable, friendly, relaxed and engaged.'


Key Clients

Harris Pye Fabrication Limited

Newport Wafer Fab Limited

Graig Shipping Plc


Rituals UK Limited

Alamo Group Europe Limited

Aqualisa Holdings

Voltcom Limited

Ice Arena (Wales) Limited

Dulas Limited

Very well plugged into the south Wales business ecosystem, Berry Smith provides a 'commercial and pragmatic' service to start-ups, SMEs, individuals and public sector entities across the spectrum of non-contentious and contentious employment matters. 'Outstanding' team head Fabio Grech has particular expertise on strategic employment issues related to business restructurings, outsourcings and M&A activity.

Practice head(s): Fabio Grech 

Other key lawyers:Sarah Alford


'The team looks at the business realities first and then tailors the solution.'

'Always willing and able to respond as quickly as is required.'

'Fabio Grech understands our commercial realities and the problems we have encountered at all levels within the business.'

Key Clients

South Wales Fire & Rescue Service

Welsh Government – National Procurement Service

BBI Group Holdings

EKF Diagnostics Holdings

St David’s Hospice Care

Guardian Global Technologies

Core Laboratories

Biological Preparations Limited

Spectrum Technologies Limited

Minton, Treharne & Davies Limited

Carmarthenshire County Council


Work highlights

  • Advising on collective consultation over harmonisation of employment terms for Guardian Global Technologies Limited and Core Laboratories.
  • Full HR and employment law support to St David’s Hospice Care.

Darwin Gray LLP represents domestic clients across the gamut of employment issues, from day-to-day HR advice through to complex restructuring exercises and contentious work. Team head Fflur Jones has an excellent reputation in the market for discrimination matters, as well as providing ongoing HR advice and training to local corporates (where she is able to utilise her Welsh language skills should the need arise).

Practice head(s):Fflur Jones

Other key lawyers:Damian Phillips

Benefiting from a 'personal touch' that befits the small size of the firm, two-partner Cardiff-based employment boutique Morgan Denton Jones provides the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious work for corporates and public sector entities, as well as for employees (including executives). Jenny Jones handles broad-ranging employment work on behalf of corporates but has also developed a thriving practice for London-based senior executives on the negotiation of exit terms.

Practice head(s):Mark Morgan; Jenny Jones

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Evans; Rhiannon John

The arrival in September 2017 of JCP Solicitors' former team head Paul Shuttleworth has galvanised Douglas-Jones Mercer's employment offering, not only in terms of the significant client base he was able to transfer across but also in the employment support work he is increasingly undertaking for existing corporate clients of the firm. Shuttleworth's expertise runs the gamut of both contentious and non-contentious matters for both local businesses and individuals, with recent work including an unfair dismissal and whistleblower case, as well as advice to a group of individuals on their respective settlement agreements.

Practice head(s):Paul Shuttleworth


'The very commercial and pragmatic Paul Shuttleworth is superb.'

Key Clients

Bad Wolf Ltd

Community Lives Consortium

Mirus Wales

GRS Care

WRW Construction

Redhill High School

Shelter Cymru

Work highlights

  • Advised Community Lives Consortium on the impact of the HMRC Social Care Compliance Scheme.
  • Advised a private individual on his unfair dismissal/whistleblowing claim against a former employer.
  • Represented GRS Care Ltd on the defence of claims of unfair dismissal, failure to inform and consult under TUPE regulation and underpayment of holiday pay.

Headed out of Newport by Daniel Wilde, Harding Evans LLP's three-strong team handles a significant volume and variety of contentious and non-contentious employment work for local employers and individuals. Wilde has particular expertise at advising employers on senior management issues, and also regularly provides employment advice to local sporting personalities and teams.

Practice head(s):Daniel Wilde

Key Clients

Irwin GQ

Golley Slater Group

MSS Group


Bruton Knowles

Involve Recruitment

Newport Transport

Abingdon Flooring

Sam Warburton

Northwood & Wepa Limited

General Communications Limited

Aposave Limited

Work highlights

  • Negotiated a six figure settlement after a large telecoms company failed to follow historic practice in making enhanced redundancy payment.
  • Advised Northwood & Wepa on achieving GDPR compliance.
  • Advised long standing client Golley Slater on restructuring of its senior management team in its Leeds office.
  • Successfully represented GD Environmental Services in relation to unfair dismissal claims alleging discrimination on grounds of part-time status.
  • Advised Aposave Ltd, a European company headquartered in Denmark, on employment issues relating to its UK start-up including draft service agreements and bonus schemes for its new UK managing director.

JCP Solicitors provides an 'attentive service' to public and private sector clients spread across south east and south west Wales. The team is led on the contentious front by 'diligent and hardworking' associate Shan Evans from the firm's Cardiff office, and strengthened out of the firm's Swansea headquarters for general HR advisory and non-contentious work by the arrival in March 2018 of Sophie Ray from technology company Rockfield.

Practice head(s):Shan Evans (Cardiff) Sophie Ray (Swansea)


'Shan Evans is immensely diligent, hardworking and always imparts sound and sensible advice in a timely manner.'

Led out of Swansea by Timothy Jones, and also increasingly active out of the  firm's Carmarthen office, Morgan LaRoche's 'approachable and professional' three-strong team handles a range of standalone employment matters (including advice delivered via the team's HR service), as well as corporate support work including TUPE matters associated with M&A instructions handled by the firm. The 'diligent, organised and resourceful' Hannah Dahill  is 'full of great advice on the how, what and why of HR issues'.

Practice head(s):Timothy Jones

Other key lawyers:Hannah Dahill


'Although local they have the depth and knowledge of City law firms.'

'Experienced, straight-talking and patient.'

'Hannah Dahill is very pragmatic and practical.'


Key Clients

Welsh Government

Castell Howells Food

Owens (Road Services) Limited

John Weaver (Contractors) Ltd

Dyfed Steels Limited

LBS Builders Merchants Limited

Allspares (Auto) Limited

Jistcourt  Construction (South Wales) Limited

Pinpoint Manufacturing

Swansea Industrial Components


Work highlights

  • Delivered and produced employment law training for the Welsh Government.
  • Delivered in-house GDPR training to over 50 managers at Castell Howell Foods.
  • Advised Owens (Road Services) Limited on the need to restructure its group companies in respect of recent gig economy cases.
  • Preparing LBS Builders Merchants’ gender pay gap report.
  • Produced up-to-date employment and HR documents, contracts, policies and procedures, as well as the organisation’s gender pay gap report.

Led by the 'experienced and well-respected' Robert Williams from the firm's Wrexham office, GHP Legal has a strong reputation in the region, in particular when handling employee claimant litigation, where recent work has included employment tribunal hearings relating to constructive dismissal, gross misconduct, disability discrimination and whistleblower claims. On the non-contentious front, the team regularly advises individuals on settlement agreements.

Practice head(s):Robert Williams

Appreciated for its 'customer service and attention to detail', Howells Solicitors remains best-known for its very effective service on behalf of claimants across a range of contentious matters in the south Wales region. The departure in August 2018 of former team head David Lewis to Capital Law Limited was somewhat of a setback for the firm, however, this was offset to a large degree by the arrival in July 2018 of Bethan Southcombe from NewLaw Solicitors, who has effectively developed the firm's growing respondent practice through the reintroduction of a monthly retainer service aimed at local SME businesses.

Practice head(s):Bethan Southcombe (non-contentious); Gemma Bailey (contentious)


'The very empathetic and skilled Gemma Bailey is excellent at claimant contentious work.'

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the client in a case brought against her former employer for constructive unfair dismissal.

Now headed on a day-to-day basis by associate Carys Lodwick, following Joanne James' move in-house to Valero Energy Corporation, Red Kite Law LLP 's five-strong team maintains a strong reputation among West Wales-based SMEs and owner-managed businesses, in particular. As well as providing discrete, ad-hoc advice across the full range of employment matters, the team also provides a popular monthly subscription-based service which is tailored to an individual organisations’ needs. Although the team is sector agnostic, it has developed a particular strength in relation to the employment needs of energy sector clients.

Practice head(s):Carys Lodwick

Other key lawyers:Kelly Rivers

Key Clients

Puma Energy UK


Castell Howell Foods

Bluestone Resorts

Port of Milford Haven

Ateb Group

Nation Broadcasting Ltd

Davies Crane Hire

Stephens and George Limited

Puffin Produce Limited

Elliots Hill Care Limited

Pontrilas Sawmills Limited

Work highlights

  • Ongoing support to the Port of Milford Haven across a wide range of employment law and HR-related issues.
  • Advised Puma Energy across a range of employment and HR matters, particularly in relation to TUPE and data protection.
  • Advised Nation Broadcasting Limited on the employment implications of a number of acquisitions undertaken and any resulting reorganisations and restructures in 2019.
  • Ongoing strategic and practice advice and support to Castell Howell Foods relating to any employment and HR-related queries, including complex disciplinary processes, data protection inquiries and support through reorganisations within the business.
  • Ongoing strategic and practical advice to Puffin Produce, including conducting reviews of existing procedures and assisting with new policies and procedures in place to comply with changing obligations such as those relating to data protection.

Led by the 'technically very strong' Anna Denton Jones, sole practitioner employment boutique REFRESHING LAW provides 'pragmatic and commercial advice' to local and English clients, either directly or as a result of law firm referrals. By virtue of having smaller overheads and a flexible perspective on billing, the firm is able to provide a strong service for corporates on employment work pursuant to M&A transactions, as well as for senior executives on the negotiation of settlement agreements.

Practice head(s):Anna Denton-Jones


'Anna Denton Jones is technically very competent, responsive and so easy to work with.'

'What really stands out is the way that Anna manages to get to the crux of an issue thus removing ambiguity and legal jargon.'

Key Clients

Various senior executives

LawNet Limited

Roxburgh Milkins Limited

Work highlights

  • Provided training materials to so they could roll out to all their employees on the impact of GDPR.
  • Assisting individuals with the negotiation of settlement agreement and advising them on the terms of their departures.
  • Provision of GDPR training both for the business itself but also for all its members so that they knew how to prepare for the GDPR.
  • Effectively sub-contract to them as regards being their employment department on all corporate and commercial work they do for their clients.

Based out of the firm's Welshpool office, Harrisons Solicitors LLP provides a 'responsive and professional service' to corporates and individuals spread throughout mid-Wales across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including advice on settlement agreements, restrictive covenants, TUPE, and discrimination cases.

Practice head(s):Charlotte Powell-Jones

Other key lawyers:Anne Smith


'Charlotte Powell-Jones was very reassuring and clearly explained everything.'

Key Clients

Wynnstay Group Plc

Charlies Stores Limited

Rees Astley Limited

Gary John Roberts

Able to provide a flexible and commercial service by virtue of its use of cloud-based technologies and artificial intelligence, Newport-based sole practitioner employment boutique Slate Legal has rapidly developed a strong reputation in the local market on behalf of corporates and executives since its formation at the beginning of 2016. 'Engaging and attentive' managing partner James Moss has experience across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including advice on the employment issues associated with corporate reorganisations and outsourcings, as well as for senior executives on restrictive covenants and severance packages.

Practice head(s):James Moss

Key Clients

Vans Direct Ltd

Copart UK Ltd

Parkhouse 20 Ltd

Cynon Vale Medical Practice

Cuddy Demolition Ltd

Cambrian Consulting Ltd

Compact Cars

Newport Golf Club

Commercial Motors (Wales) Ltd

Patent Seekers Ltd

C2J Design Ltd

Safe Haven Lodges

Work highlights

  • Advising the board of Vans Direct Ltd on a range of contentious and non-contentious employment-related matters.
  • Defended Cuddy Demolition Ltd and the managing director on an interim relief application and related automatic unfair dismissal claim (whistleblowing).
  • Advised Commercial Motors (Wales) Ltd on a TUPE transfer.

Health and safety

Index of tables

  1. Health and safety
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Rising stars

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Led by the 'results-focused and knowledgeable' Claire Rawle, Blake Morgan LLP's two-partner team has a unique perspective on the market by virtue of its ability to handle civil and criminal health and safety matters, from both a prosecution and defence perspective. The team also handles compliance and management issues for private and public sector clients, with a growing presence in relation to product safety and liability. Robin Havard has vast experience on the prosecution front and is a key member of the team that also includes practising barrister Tom Walker, who is recognised as 'one to watch' for his strong contentious practice, and the development of certain niches including aviation and aerospace/space safety.

Practice head(s):Claire Rawle

Other key lawyers:Robin Havard; Tom Walker


'A very user-friendly and experienced team.'

'Very good knowledge of the subject area.'

'Claire Rawle has a very broad range of experience.'


Key Clients

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)


Work highlights

  • Represented a contractor client in relation to an HSE prosecution arising from an incident when a gas main ignited whilst it was being repaired, injuring two workers.
  • Represented the HSE in the prosecution of a major waste recycling company arising from a fatality involving the failure of a driver to re-connect his trailer to his tractor unit whilst conducting a collection from a customer's premises.
  • Represented a fabrications company in relation to an HSE prosecution arising from a serious incident that occurred due to a failure to remove an unsafe lifting attachment from the workplace.
  • Secured discontinuance in relation to a Local Authority prosecution brought against a publican following an incident involving the use of a deep fat fryer when an employee sustained serious burns.
  • Instructed by the HSE in relation to the prosecution of a farm partnership for failing to maintain the handbrake of a tractor, which resulted in rollaway and a fatal crushing injury to an employee.

Particularly active in the manufacturing, construction, public and care sectors, BLM provides an 'excellent service' to insurers and corporates in relation to complex fatal accident investigations and high-profile inquests.  Team head, and recently promoted senior partner, Matthew Harrington has vast experience across health and safety regulatory matters and prosecutions, and is noted for his 'methodical and commercial approach'. The firm's national 24-hour helpline and access to advice in the immediate aftermath of an incident (including attendance at site), ensures that clients are well-served throughout the process.

Practice head(s):Matthew Harrington

Work highlights

  • BLM were instructed to act for Wessex Building Services Ltd after an Insulation contractor suffered personal injury during construction works.

An integral part of the firm's UK-wide network, DAC Beachcroft LLP's two-strong Newport team has an excellent reputation defending organisations and individuals within the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and transport sectors, facing corporate manslaughter, health and safety and environmental offences. As well as her contentious expertise, 'knowledgeable and professional' team head Sally Roff  also regularly provides training to corporates and directors, to ensure that correct governance procedures are in place to minimise the impact of any health and safety issue.

Practice head(s):Sally Roff 

Other key lawyers:Stefan Desbordes


'Responsive and supportive team.'

'Sally Roff is tactically very sound and has a wonderful way with clients.'

'Stefan Desbordes is assiduous and displays splendid attention to detail.'


Key Clients

Zurich Insurance Plc

NFU Mutual

AXA Insurance




Tokio Marine HCCl

Work highlights

  • The firm represented a haulage company following a fatal accident at a recycling plant.
  • Providing advice to the company and director following a fatal accident on a construction site.
  • Advising the engineering arm of a major insurer following two fatal falls from height.
  • Advising a manufacturing company in the food and drink sector following separate incidents of trapped limbs in machinery.
  • Representing a food production company for supplying food that was unsafe for consumption.

Leveraging its 'first-class public sector reputation', Dolmans is best-known for its defendant work on behalf of local authorities which are subject to investigations and prosecutions arising from industrial accidents. 'Outstanding' team head Peter Bennett  has a 'wealth of experience in the health and safety industry'.

Practice head(s):Peter Bennett

Other key lawyers:Jamie Mitchell; Claire Thomas

Key Clients

Tokio Marine HCC Insurance

AXA XL Insurance

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Europe

Dorset County Council

Central Bedfordshire Council

Cardiff Council

BMW UK Limited

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Powys County Council

Work highlights

  • Represented a building company (through its insurers) in relation to the HSE investigation of a fatal accident at a building site in south Wales in October 2016, this included all representation of the company from initial instruction in November 2016, to inquest in June 2018.

Hugh James provides a 'professional and responsive service' on the prosecution and defence side. Non-contentious work includes running highly effective training courses for the boards of many Welsh housing associations on health and safety issues. Team head Martin Jones has vast experience across criminal health and safety issues, and also regularly appears in coroner's inquests where health and safety issues are often at the heart of the matter. Associate Justin Davies excels at fire safety matters and regularly undertakes the advocacy on prosecutions in this area.

Practice head(s):Martin Jones

Other key lawyers:Justin Davies

Key Clients

South Wales Fire & Rescue Service

O’Connor Utilities Group

Instalcom Limited

Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency

Work highlights

  • Represented South Wales Fire & Rescue Authority in criminal proceedings before the Magistrates Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).
  • Represented South Wales Fire & Rescue Authority in criminal proceedings alleging a breach of a Prohibition Notice issued under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
  • Engaged by the O’Connor Utilities Group to provide training to its board of directors and senior managers on health and safety compliance.
  • Sole providers of training to the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency’s Traffic and Vehicle Examiners in relation to road safety, transport and haulage law.

At Morgan LaRoche, Andrew Manners is recognised as 'a  true expert in the field of care/education regulation and compliance'. He represents domestic and UK-wide providers within the early years and adult social care sectors in the defence of health and safety prosecutions, often involving a criminal investigation running parallel to a regulatory one.

Practice head(s):Andrew Manners


'Andrew Manners has an unparalleled understanding of care and early years regulations which, combined with a deeply caring and reassuring client approach. He gives clients a real sense that they are very much in safe hands.'

'Andrew Manners is a highly skilled negotiator and has a unwavering determination to get the best outcome for his client.'


Index of tables

  1. Immigration
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

'Second-to-none in the Welsh publicly-funded arena', Duncan Lewis Solicitors' 'extremely friendly, approachable and committed team of activist lawyers' handles a broad range of immigration, asylum and nationality matters, including high-profile claimant judicial review matters. 'Efficient, patient and reliable' team head Vinita Templeton excels at judicial review matters, and is regularly successful for private- and publicly-funded clients in cases where appeal rights had previously been exhausted. Eleri Haf Davies has a flourishing reputation for handling Latin American asylum claims and human trafficking.

Practice head(s):Vinita Templeton

Other key lawyers:Vanessa Delgado; Rohena Wallace; Simran Dipnarain; Eleri Haf Davies


'The team is extremely experienced in all areas of immigration and asylum law.'

'They are very knowledgeable and are committed to furthering the rights of immigrants and to progressing the law in this area.'

'Vinita Templeton has a wealth of experience in all areas of immigration law and is particularly committed to helping vulnerable clients.'

'Vanessa Delgado is creative in her arguments and meticulous in her preparation.'

Work highlights

  • The firm represented a Cuban national after he became subject to deportation proceedings.
  • The firm represents the client, who is a gay Malaysian national and potential victim of trafficking, after he was apprehended as an illegal entrant.
  • The firm represents the client in their judicial review claim challenging a certified decision refusing her further submissions.
  • Represented the client in an immigration appeal against a decision to refuse her application for leave to remain.
  • The firm represents a Windrush client who is Jamaican and was detained and faced removal to Jamaica.

Capital Law Limited excels at handling business immigration matters for standalone clients, as well as on behalf of the firm's broader corporate client base. The team has a particular specialism advising employers on becoming and retaining sponsor status, as well as on tiers 1 and 2 of the points-based system. In light of the recent political turmoil, another recent area of activity has been advising companies with large EU workforces on the implications of Brexit. Senior associate Jennifer Pinder is recommended.

Practice head(s):Richard Thomas

Other key lawyers:Alex Christen; Jennifer Pinder

Key Clients

Graig Shipping Plc

Creditsafe Business Solutions Limited

Ioma UK Limited

SRK Consulting (UK) Limited

Sigma Systems Limited

Garcia Integrale Consulting Limited

Cass Hayward LLP

Upstream Works Software Ltd

Sonovate Ltd

Falko Regional Aircraft Limited

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises an impressive array of education sector clients, including numerous major universities and further education institutions, on all aspects of tier 4 immigration. The firm has also continued to undertake large-scale compliance projects, including in relation to Brexit and the EU Settled Status Scheme.

Practice head(s):Anthony Rees; Nerys Ireland


Index of tables

  1. Pensions
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Rising stars

  1. 1

Blake Morgan LLP is particularly accomplished at handling pensions matters for public sector clients, including housing associations, local and central government and universities. On the private sector front, in addition to providing pension-related advice on corporate transactions handled by the firm, it also regularly provides discrete pensions advice for scheme trustees and employers. Team head Gillian McCue  was recently promoted to senior associate in recognition of her strong practice in the area.

Practice head(s):Gillian McCue

Other key lawyers:Ron Burgess


'Very helpful and supportive.'

'The firm has an in-depth knowledge of pensions schemes and legislation.'

'Very experienced in drafting consultation documentation ensuring full compliance with legislative requirements.'

Key Clients












Work highlights

  • Advised Nurture Landscapes on the pensions liabilities arising from the transfer of staff.
  • Advice to a Welsh County Council on the pensions implications of a re-tender exercise.
  • Advice to NHS England on numerous matters involving the New Fair Deal. Providing pensions drafting in commercial contracts.
  • General day to day scheme governance for Milford Haven Port Authority.
  • Provided the pensions advice pursuant to Shaw Healthcare's sale of a minority stake to Bridges Evergreen Holdings.

Aided by a vast array of pensions practitioners across its UK and European offices, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides a 'very high standard of service' to a varied mix of trustees, employers and providers. Team head Stuart Earle is particularly accomplished at providing pensions advice to multinational employers and trustees of large occupational schemes, and has a particular degree of specialism advising on matters within heavily regulated sectors. Ian Davies is the other key partner of the six-strong team that also includes senior associate Collette Davies, who as well as regularly handling the pensions aspects of corporate transactions also has a burgeoning public sector practice.

Practice head(s):Stuart Earle

Other key lawyers:Ian Davies; Collette Davies; Jen Green


'Pragmatic and commercial approach.'

'Stuart Earle has a real commercial edge.'

Key Clients

NEST Corporation

National Grid plc

Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water


Prudential Platinum

People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Nokia Group UK Pension Scheme


Robert Bosch

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Work highlights

  • The firm continues to advise NEST Corporation on a wide range of issues including: day-to-day member queries,  drafting new rules in respect of benefit payments and new death benefit options, and advice on new investment mandates.
  • Advising National Grid plc across its multibillion-pound pension schemes, including the National Grid UK Pension Scheme and the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme.
  • Advising the Trustee on their review and implementation of a new investment strategy, which takes account of key covenant issues relevant to the sponsor and the water sector, with a greater emphasis on matching cashflows.
  • Continue to advise the Trustees of each of the defined benefit pension schemes across the Hoover Candy Group.
  • Continue to advise the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), on the implementation of pensions reform for future accrual across the NDA estate in the context of public sector changes which are being implemented in light of Lord Hutton’s review in 2011.

Resourcing expertise primarily from lawyers within the employment and dispute resolution practices, Hugh James provides a 'helpful and responsive' service to private and public sector clients across a range of standalone issues (including on auto-enrolment, pension scheme mergers and changing benefits), litigation and corporate support. Employment partner Louise Price leads on the non-contentious front, while senior associate Abigail Flanagan provides a 'very proactive and thorough service' to clients engaged in pensions disputes.

Practice head(s):Louise Price

Other key lawyers:Abigail Flanagan; Richard Locke


'Exceptional value-for-money.'

'Louise Price's advice is always timely, enabling us to make practical decisions with full confidence.'

'Abigail Flanagan provides proactive and thorough advice.'

Key Clients

Monmouthshire County Council

Cardiff County Council

Cardiff University

Business Wales

Avanti Media

Coastal Housing Group

Hendre Group

Baptist Union of Wales

Rockwool Limited

Work highlights

  • The team advised Cardiff University on a large-scale TUPE transfer which involved complex provisions, meeting tight timescales and significant numbers of staff.
  • The team regularly provides a range of financial advice on pension schemes to various clients.  
  • Representing hundreds of pension investors in relation to claims against independent financial advisors and pension fund operator.

Geldards LLP provides a broad range of pensions advice to employers and trustees, including on the closure and winding-up of schemes, as well as on pensions-related corporate work, particularly as it relates to public sector outsourcings. Team head Stephen Jenkins leads on the non-contentious and contentious pensions work, and is regularly engaged in the restructuring of pension schemes.

Practice head(s):Stephen Jenkins


'Very professional no-nonsense legal advice.'

Key Clients

Staedtler (UK) Limited

Just Rollers Plc

Spotlight Cleaning Services

J Tomlinson Limited

North Midland Construction

Shaw Healthcare

Emso Asset Management

British Drilling and Freezing

Procam UK

Stadler Rail

Work highlights

  • The firm advised Spotlight Cleaning Services on an appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal in relation to the imposition of a penalty notice by the Pensions Regulator.
  • The firm continues to advise Staedtler (UK) Limited across a range of matters, including funding and investment.
  • The firm advised Just Rollers plc on trustee changes.
  • The firm advised on the entering of a guarantee with the Local Government Pension Scheme in relation to possible liabilities arising from the termination of a contract with a contractor and the consequent cessation of that contractor’s participation in the Scheme.
  • The firm acted for a local authority in the setting up of an escrow account to avoid a contractor being required to enter into a bond as security for its potential liability.

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