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Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s practice is headed by the β€˜formidably bright’ Emma 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 β€˜reliable and responsive’ practice at Eversheds LLP is headed by Paul Cotton, who handles trade union disputes, TUPE issues and restructurings, and includes the β€˜highly experienced and competent’ Simon Rice-Birchall, who specialises in complex tribunal litigation.

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

Squire Patton Boggs’ β€˜first-class’ group is headed by β€˜intellectual heavyweight’ Matthew 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 β€˜proactive’ Andrew Stones is also recommended.

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

The β€˜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.

β€˜Always responsive and pragmatic’, Walker Morris LLP’s team acts for clients in the food, retail, care and sports sectors. The β€˜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 β€˜extremely pleasant to deal with’. Allen advises on restructurings, settlement agreements and contracts, as well as acting in tribunal proceedings. Also recommended are the β€˜technically strong’ Paul Kelly, β€˜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 β€˜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 β€˜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 β€˜exemplary’ practice at Berwins, which includes β€˜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 β€˜good value for money’. Glenn Hayes leads the practice, which includes associate Samantha Clarke, who is noted for her β€˜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 β€˜always impressive’ group at Schofield Sweeney is led by the β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ Simon Shepherd, who has particular expertise in the education sector. The team includes the β€˜very pragmatic and practical’ Alex 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.

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