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DLA Piper UK LLP leverages its office network across the UK and abroad to act for national and international clients on contentious issues, as well as ongoing and strategic advice and audits. The practice, headed by Clare Gregory, was instructed by a leading leisure and entertainment brand to advise on engagement of independent contractors, considering legal, tax and regulatory risks. The strong retail sector employment team, led by Gurpreet Duhra, acts for clients such as Mothercare, Puma and River Island. The department acted for Wilko Stores in relation to employment aspects of and relating to its procurement of transport services, including the termination of previous contracts and appointment of Wincanton. On the contentious front the team successfully represented Verizon in a claim for disability discrimination. In another work highlight, the department acted for a leading global manufacturer of packaging on providing strategic GDPR compliance across pan-Europe operations. Other key clients include Paddy Power, Dixons Carphone Warehouse and the University of Sheffield.

CMS's national employment team acts for clients in the private and public sector on a range of employment and HR issues. Tracey Marsden is a key name in the Sheffield office, and is instructed to advise upon TUPE matters, restructuring and redundancy situations, in addition to disputes. In a recent work highlight, Marsden led a team representing UK Coal Kellingley in a claim brought by the National Union of Mine Workers, alleging a failure to consult prior to the closure of a mine resulting in redundancies of 700 employees. The practice successfully limited the award, reducing the original claim of 90 days pay per employee to 30 days. The practice also regularly assists other departments within the firm to advise on employment aspects of transactions. It supported the corporate and real estate groups acting for Urban & Civic on the company's £39.9m acquisition of Priors Hall Park, including both a development site and company shares. This involved advising on employment aspects including due diligence, issues relating to unusual employment arrangements and TUPE.

HLW Keeble Hawson handles contentious and non-contentious employment matters; while best known for representing SME and larger companies, the team also acts for individuals in complex tribunal claims. Barry Warne heads the practice in Sheffield and has extensive expertise in TUPE matters, employment tribunal representation and executive severances. The practice successfully represented White House Farm Medical Centre in defending a claim regarding alleged unfair dismissal for whistleblowing, and acted for DefibShop in relation to the transfer of two employees to the company's New York office;  as well as advising on the options and structure of the transfer, the team advised on pensions, national insurance, PAYE and insurance in addition to drafting documentation. The 'practical and pragmatic' Lauren Pickard  was recently promoted to senior associate and has particular expertise in supporting the firms corporate team in transactions. She acted for RCI Europe on employment aspects of the company's acquisition of The Social Travel Club, which included extensive due diligence, service agreements and an atypical settlement agreement to allow the company flexibility to terminate employment contracts. Chesterfield Football Club and Sheffcare are additional clients.

Kirsty Ayre leads Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield-based employment team, which is frequently instructed by large corporates in a full spectrum of both employment and HR matters. The practice continues to advise easyJet on tribunal claims as well as on strategic employment issues. In another recent work example, the department is advising a plc in the IT services sector on restructuring, including redundancies and the exit of senior employees. Ayre also led a team acting for a global services business in a tribunal claim for travel time to be paid under the national minimum wage regulations, as well as in a related HMRC audit. Liesel Whitfield left the team to join Ellis Whittam .

The Sheffield-based employment team at Lupton Fawcett works closely with its Leeds and York offices and offers the full spectrum of employment advice across the region. Practice head Andrew Gilchrist continues to lead advice to Arcelor Mittal including on general HR matters such as maternity issues, flexible working, recruitment, performance and conduct issues as well as in potential disputes. The 'extremely knowledgeable and professional' Joan Pettingill is recommended, particularly for her expertise in the care sector. Pettingill represents Roche Healthcare on a range of HR advice across multiple sites. British Glass Manufacturers Confederation is another key client, the practice is instructed by the national company both in day to day employment advice, dismissals as well as in contentious matters, including from early conciliation and preliminary hearings to tribunals.

Taylor & Emmet LLP represents clients ranging from national plcs to local SMEs on a range of employment matters. National clients include the Institute of the Motor Industry and, within Yorkshire, the team acts for Sheffield and Hallamshire County Football Association and Museums of Sheffield. With particular experience in the healthcare sector, the team also advises Rotherham Hospice, St. Luke's Hospice and Abbey Care & Nursing Home. The practice has recently handled matters concerning national minimum wage, as well as complex employment tribunal disputes including those considering issues of employment status, breach of contract, automatically unfair constructive dismissal and detriment on the grounds of whistle-blowing. Simon Brian joined from MKB Solicitors LLP to head the employment team following the departure of the former practice head Tom Draper to Freeths LLP .

Mark Serby  heads up the employment practice at Wake Smith Solicitors Limited which represents local SMEs as well as individuals.   Holly Dobson has been assisting clients with GDPR preparation and advice, delivering compliance advice to clients such as Westfield Contributory Health Scheme, Sheffield Diocese and SSAFA Forces Help (Sheffield). The practice has also been acting for companies in employment tribunal proceedings, including in a claim concerning employment status. Other highlights included restructuring work and dealing with departures of senior employees, including advising on post-termination restrictions. 

The 'friendly and approachable' employment team at Howells is known primarily for its representation of employees in tribunal claims. Clare Fowler  and Tom Bernard jointly head the team, which is supported by head of civil litigation Graham Hogarth. Fowler has particular experience delivering discrimination advice, while Bernard is recommended for his 'balanced advice, thorough and clear communication' in relation to claims. The team has recently handled disability discrimination claims, in addition to unfair dismissal claims under TUPE. The practice also has experience acting for SMEs, including advising one employer on a complex redundancy matter.

Taylor Bracewell  provides 'an excellent, professional and personalised service', as well as 'timely, robust, sound and responsive HR advice'. The team handles employment work for small local businesses, large employers and charities, in addition to claims brought by employees. The 'technically gifted and very personable' Steven Conway heads the practice following Sara Ellison's departure to Banner Jones Solicitors; he is recommended for being 'very creative in his approach' to complex employment issues. The 'reliable, dependable, responsive and well- informed' Jessica Lidster is also praised by clients for her 'calm, professional and reassuring manner'. Clients include Sheffield Citizens Advice and G3.

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