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Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

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  1. Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
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Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s practice is headed by the ‘formidably brightEmma Whiting, who led advice to York College on a complex tribunal claim involving the Part-Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s department is jointly led by TUPE specialist Guy Lamb and director Jane Hannon. Hannon led the team advising Raytheon on the transfer of Honda employees to Raytheon in Germany and the UK.

DWF acts for clients in a broad range of sectors, including education, insurance, retail and real estate. Practice head Robert Riley led the team in advising Bellpenny on the employment aspects of its recent acquisition of a number of businesses, which involved complex TUPE issues, terminations and restrictive covenant issues. Paul Menham and Jim Wright joined gunnercooke LLP and Shulmans, respectively.

The ‘reliable and responsive’ practice at Eversheds LLP is headed by Paul Cotton, who handles trade union disputes, TUPE issues and restructurings, and includes the ‘highly experienced and competentSimon Rice-Birchall, who specialises in complex tribunal litigation.

Led by Jon Fisher, Pinsent Masons LLP’s team includes Christopher Mordue, who has ‘good sector knowledge’, and Chris Booth, who specialises in board-level terminations, redundancies, restructurings and outsourcing.

Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘first-class’ group is headed by ‘intellectual heavyweightMatthew Lewis, who has strong retail expertise. The team specialises in holiday pay matters, trade union issues and a wide range of employment litigation, such as multi-application tribunal claims. The ‘proactiveAndrew Stones is also recommended.

Clarion’s team is noted for its ‘good balance of experience’. Sarah Tahamtani leads the team, which includes the ‘pragmatic and flexibleJohn Robinson, who handles large-scale restructurings and redundancies, TUPE matters and immigration issues.

The ‘very committed’ group at DAC Beachcroft LLP has seen an increase in complex advisory work, such as restructurings, industrial relations matters and TUPE transfers. The practice is headed by Louise Bloomfield, who advised Arcadia Group on certain employment aspects of its sale of BHS to Retail Acquisitions.

Gordons LLP’s team is led by Paul Stokey, who is experienced in tribunal claims, trade union issues and redundancies. The team includes Philip Paget, who handles TUPE and outsourcing matters, restructurings and severance agreements, as well as restrictive covenants and unfair dismissals.

At Lupton Fawcett Denison Till, department head Andrew Gilchrist advises on executive terminations, large-scale redundancies and appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Iain Jenkins is now at Blacks Solicitors LLP.

Always responsive and pragmatic’, Walker Morris LLP’s team acts for clients in the food, retail, care and sports sectors. The ‘exceptional’ Andrew Rayment acts for clients including ASDA and Starbucks. Practice head David Smedley is also recommended.

Ward Hadaway’s team is headed by Harmajinder Hayre, who often advises on industrial relation issues for clients in the retail, financial services, insurance, private healthcare and transport sectors. Richard Port acts as the sole adviser for School Partnership Trust Academies (SPTA) on all contentious and non-contentious employment matters. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Edward Nuttman from Gordons LLP in 2016.

Chris Allen leads the team at Blacks Solicitors LLP, which is ‘extremely pleasant to deal with’. Allen advises on restructurings, settlement agreements and contracts, as well as acting in tribunal proceedings. Also recommended are the ‘technically strong’ Paul Kelly, ‘fantastic’ Tom Moyes, and Iain Jenkins, who re-joined the team from Lupton Fawcett Denison Till.

Led by Claire-Jane Nicol, Bond Dickinson LLP’s group often acts for clients in the chemicals and manufacturing sectors.

Capsticks LLP’s ‘excellent’ team has a strong focus on the health sector. Rachael Heenan leads the team, which includes TUPE expert Ron Simms and Claire Reynolds, who handles high-profile litigation.

The ‘technically excellent’ Paul Ball, who was promoted to partner in 2016, heads the team at 3volution Limited, which primarily advises local SMEs on a wide range of matters, including employment tribunal litigation and large-scale restructurings.

Founder Paul Berwin heads the ‘exemplary’ practice at Berwins, which includes ‘especially helpful’ associate Mike Patterson, who advises clients in the IT, financial services, retail, hospitality and care sectors.

Headed by solicitor Emma Hammond, Genus Law’s practice handles trade union issues, contracts and employment aspects of business acquisitions, including TUPE transfers.

Irwin Mitchell attracts praise for its ‘good value for money’. Glenn Hayes leads the practice, which includes associate Samantha Clarke, who is noted for her ‘sound advice’.

At Langleys Solicitors LLP, the practice is now headed by Mini Setty, who joined from DWF. Stephen Elliott is now at Endeavour Partnership LLP.

The ‘always impressive’ group at Schofield Sweeney is led by the ‘extremely knowledgeableSimon Shepherd, who has particular expertise in the education sector. The team includes the ‘very pragmatic and practicalAlex Clements.

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP’s team includes TUPE specialist Dr John McMullen, who handles redundancies, restructurings and senior executive terminations. The team is led by Chris Billington.

Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire

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  1. Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire
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Headed by Clare Gregory, DLA Piper UK LLP’s practice advises clients on international strategic campaigns involving trade unions and high-value tribunal litigation. Gregory led the team in assisting McKesson with all employment aspects regarding its €408m acquisition of the pharmaceutical distribution division of UDG Healthcare.

The practice at Nabarro LLP is led by Tracey Marsden, who specialises in trade union issues, redundancy programmes and TUPE issues. Marsden defended UK Coal in more than 70 unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claims.

HLW Keeble Hawson’s ‘excellent, pragmatic and business-focused’ department is headed by the ‘approachable’ Barry Warne, whose expertise includes TUPE, collective redundancy and unfair dismissal issues. The team acts for employers in the engineering and transport sectors, as well as clients in the professional services sectors.

Howells primarily advises claimants on discrimination matters. The team is led by Clare Fowler.

The ‘pragmatic and sensibleKirsty Ayre leads the group at Irwin Mitchell, which acts for employers in the manufacturing, education, retail, transport and financial services sectors. It has been advising easyJet on a number of tribunal claims.

Lupton Fawcett Denison Till’s department is headed by Andrew Gilchrist in Leeds. The Sheffield team includes Joan Pettingill, who has particular expertise in TUPE and restructuring issues.

At Taylor & Emmet LLP, practice head David Poddington specialises in tribunal claims and TUPE issues and ‘achieves excellent results’. Associate Tom Draper ‘provides accurate and helpful advice’.

Wake Smith Solicitors Limited’s ‘strong’ practice is led by Mark Serby, who acts for SMEs as well as senior employees leaving their current employment. Clients recommend the ‘exceptional’ Holly Dobson, who represents employers in discrimination claims in employment tribunal litigation. Glenn Jacques joined BRM Solicitors in 2015.

A ‘valuable asset’, MKB Solicitors LLP’s team is led by Simon Brian, who ‘provides simple and effective’ advice. The ‘attentive’ Ben McFeely is also recommended.

Taylor Bracewell’s ‘very professional’ group is headed by the ‘down-to-earth’ Sara Ellison. The team’s clients include individuals and charities.

Led by the ‘experienced’ Teresa Thomas, Wilkin Chapman LLP’s ‘dedicated’ team acts for a wide range of public and private sector clients.

Employment: Hull and East Yorkshire

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  1. Employment: Hull and East Yorkshire
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Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s ‘effective’ team is headed by the ‘extremely commercial’ Jonathan Dale, who acts for employers in the food, pharmaceutical and care sectors. Dale advised Homfray Hotels on the TUPE aspects of the client’s £5.5m disposal of two hotels in North Yorkshire.

Rollits LLP’s ‘excellent and responsive’ team has seen an increase in instructions from clients in the food, education and charity sectors. Practice head Donna Ingleby handles a wide range of tribunal litigation, as well as director disputes, senior executive dismissals and issues regarding severance packages. Ed Jenneson is noted for his ‘sound business acumen’.

The ‘pragmatic’ team at Bridge McFarland is headed by the ‘outstanding’ Lee Whiting, who handles restructuring, outsourcing and restrictive covenant matters, as well as dismissal and discrimination claims. Clients also recommend Nicola Barrass.

The team at Gosschalks acts for clients in a number of industry sectors, with a particular expertise in the construction sector. It is led by Ted Flanagan.

Health and safety

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  1. Health and safety
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DLA Piper UK LLP’s team is headed by Teresa Hitchcock, who acts for a wide range of clients in the public sector. The team includes Stuart Ponting, who handles all contentious matters, and assisted McCalls Special Products with an investigation following a fatal accident in the client’s Sheffield factory.

Nabarro LLP’s ‘exceptionally strong’ department is headed by the ‘formidable’ Lukas Rootman. The team handles HSE prosecutions and investigations, as well as inquests.

A ‘leading firm in the area’, Pinsent Masons LLP’s department is led by director Sarah Taylor, who is singled out for her ‘unrivalled attention to detail’. Taylor primarily acts for clients in the retail and food sectors.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP provides a ‘comprehensive and highly effective service’ to clients in a wide range of industry sectors, including manufacturing, care home, retail and construction, as well as financial services. The ‘pragmatic’ Erin Shoesmith leads the team.

Chris Baranowski leads the team at DAC Beachcroft LLP, which regularly handles investigations involving corporate manslaughter and environmental offences. Tracey Longfield defends individuals and companies in criminal proceedings, and advises clients on HSE investigations following fatalities.

DWF’s team is headed by Paul Matthews, who advises on compliance, risk management and policy issues. Tristan Meears-White has joined Pannone Corporate LLP.

Eversheds LLP’s ‘impeccable’ practice is led by Kevin Elliott, whose client base includes Siemens, Nestle and Centrica. ‘Client-focused and strategic’ associate Paul Verrico is also recommended.

The ‘excellent’ team at Kennedys represents clients in the construction, manufacturing and healthcare sectors, among others. London-based Richard Crockford leads the team.

Jeff Swales heads the team at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP, which acts for clients in the environmental and renewable energy sectors. Andrew Oliver has particular expertise in health and safety issues in the shipping and transport sectors.

BLM’s ‘strong’ team specialises in construction, manufacturing and engineering matters. It is headed by the ‘excellentHenry Kirkup, who often advises clients on corporate manslaughter, HSE investigations and coroners’ inquests following deaths at work, in care homes or in custody. The ‘hugely experienced’ Richard Clarke is also recommended.

Clyde & Co LLP’s team is jointly led by ‘fearless advocateKirsty Gomersal, whose expertise includes environmental and health and safety litigation; and Newcastle-based James Thompson, who advises on risk management and environmental compliance issues.

Gordons LLP’s team is led by the ‘meticulous’ Dan Stowers, who regularly represents clients before regulators such as the HSE, Environmental Agency and Trading Standards.

Plexus Law’s ‘highly professional’ practice covers a wide range of health and safety matters, with particular expertise in corporate manslaughter prosecutions against companies and individuals. The ‘vastly experienced’ Anthony Baker leads the team and specialises in PACE interviews, inquests and Crown Court prosecutions.

Walker Morris LLP’s ‘strong’ team handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious health, safety and risk management matters, including fatal accidents, social care and food safety. Clients recommend the ‘extremely thorough’ Andrew Northage. Jeanette Burgess leads the team.

Weightmans’ ‘excellent’ team is headed by the ‘very brightDavid Lewis. Lewis represented Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust in litigation concerning the deaths of patients at Stafford Hospital between 2005 and 2014.


Bankfield Heath Solicitors has ‘a simply outstanding’ boutique immigration practice jointly led by the ‘dynamic’ Amie Higgins, who specialises in asylum and human rights cases, and the ‘formidable’ Ish Ahmed, who primarily handles business immigration matters.

Led by Nadeem Ahmed, Howells’ department handles asylum, human rights and family migration work, as well as cases involving human trafficking and domestic violence.

Carter Thomas Solicitors is an ‘excellent’ boutique that advises on Tier 4 sponsor licence applications for clients in the education sector, as well as Tier 2 sponsor licence applications for businesses. The ‘proactiveNichola Carter is the key contact.

Parker Rhodes Hickmotts’ immigration team is led by Christopher Cole and Shazia Yousaf. Cole specialises in complex asylum and human rights cases.

Kingswell Watts Solicitors’ team is headed by Ilyas Bulbulia and primarily handles business immigration matters, such as visa applications and deportation appeals.

Simpson Millar LLP’s ‘extremely helpful’ department is headed by the ‘passionate’ Emma Brooksbank, who primarily acts for businesses and clients in the higher education sector.


Index of tables

  1. Pensions
  2. Leading individuals

Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s ‘first-class’ department is headed by ‘industry expertRachel Rawnsley and includes the ‘incredibly knowledgeableJade Murray, who leads the SIPPs and pension products team, and the ‘first-rate’ Susan Garrett, who leads the disputes team.

Vikki Massarano, Kate Payne and ‘star individual’ David Young lead DLA Piper UK LLP’s practice, which is considered ‘a key player’ for pensions matters. Young led the team advising more than 4000 members of IBM’s pension scheme on the closure of IBM’s final salary scheme.

Eversheds LLP’s team is led by Richard Shelton, who advises on a wide range of non-contentious pension law matters. Litigation partner Claire Carroll acted for the trustees of the Moores Furniture Group pension scheme in court proceedings concerning the validity of a deed in the scheme.

Jacqui Timmins’ team at Pinsent Masons LLP handles defined contribution schemes and bulk purchase annuity, among other matters. Clients recommend the ‘pragmatic’ Tom Barton and pension litigation specialist Julian Sladdin, who was promoted to partner in 2015.

Anthea Whitton leads the team at Squire Patton Boggs’ Leeds office, which has been advising Aviva on a wide range of matters concerning its historic defined benefits scheme. Catherine McKenna heads the global practice.

At Irwin Mitchell, practice head Nigel Bolton is noted for his expertise in scheme funding issues, pension scheme mergers and all pensions-related aspects of corporate transactions.

Walker Morris LLP’s ‘strong’ team is headed by the ‘consistent’ Jo Ratcliffe, who advises employers and trustees on pension amendments, restructurings, outsourcing matters and mergers.

Headed by Terry Saeedi (who stands out for his ‘wealth of experience’), Gordons LLP’s practice handles all pensions-related aspects of buyouts and corporate transactions. Associate Matthew Ambler ‘provides practical advice’.

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP’s ‘approachable’ team is led by Leigh Holmes, who specialises in buy-ins and buyouts, as well as complex drafting issues. The team includes the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Josephine Manfredi-Hamer. Since publication, Josephine Manfredi-Hamer has left the practice of law.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s clients recommend Alex Rodger for his knowledge of scheme mergers and closures.

Craig Engleman leads Rollits LLP’s practice, which has seen an increase in restructurings, as well as transactional pensions matters.

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