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Harding Evans LLP’s three-lawyer team provides an ‘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 ‘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 ‘vastly experienced and knowledgeable’ Timothy Jones out of Swansea, Morgan LaRoche provides an ‘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 ‘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 ‘flexibility, high standards of professionalism and client care’. James, who is rated for her ability to provide ‘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 ‘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 ‘cost-effective advice’. The ‘intelligent, perceptive and reliable’ James Moss is singled out for his ‘great attention to detail’; he acts across a broad array of contentious and non-contentious matters and ‘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.

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