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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.

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    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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