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Averta Employment Lawyers LLP

6&7 PARK FARM BARNS, CHESTER ROAD, STONEBRIDGE, NR MERIDEN, CV7 7TL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0870 421 1952
Email:
Web:
www.averta.com
Birmingham, London

Averta Employment Lawyers is located just outside Solihull, near Birmingham International station and airport and a few minutes away from the M42, M6 and M40 links. This specialist employment law firm focuses on the employment law needs of directors, managers, senior executives and other professionals. Averta also has expertise in handling immigration matters for individuals and has a London office offering similar expertise.

The firm: Averta Employment Lawyers was set up over ten years ago as a niche employment law practice. Its originating partners, David Sykes and Alan Jones, were partners at a major commercial law firm (DLA Piper), acting primarily for companies and corporations.

They saw first-hand at DLA Piper, that the quality of representation available to senior executives in the course of negotiating exit packages, compromise agreements, discrimination claims or other employment-related issues was balanced very much in favour of the company. Averta Employment Lawyers LLP was therefore created to help redress this balance and give senior executives the chance to play on a ‘level field’. The partners/directors are well-regarded in the legal community, and have many years’ experience of negotiating and litigating in the employment law context. Averta brings a level of expertise that clients say matches that of the major commercial law practices.

In March 2015, Averta became the Birmingham Law Society Law Firm of the Year (under four partners). This is a testament to the reputation built up over the previous ten years, which adds to the credibility that Averta brings to a case when representing senior individuals.

The firm now comprises four partners (directors), one of whom works from the London office in Marylebone, and all of whom formerly held senior positions at DLA. The firm receives excellent support from its more junior members of staff, each of whom subscribes to the firm’s ethos of responsiveness, service and value.

Averta is unusual in focusing on senior individuals and as such has few ‘regular’ clients. However, such is the quality of service provided and the reputation acquired over the last ten years that the firm is able to rely on word of mouth from existing clients, referrals from the major commercial law practices, internet searches and conflict situations. The firm takes great pride in its independence, such that it only accepts referrals or conflicts on the express understanding that the client’s interests are paramount, and the relationship with the referrer is secondary.

Types of work undertaken: The firm provides solutions to clients facing problems before, during and after the employment relationship. Thus the firm advises on contracts and service agreements presented to its clients by a prospective employer; issues arising during employment such as discrimination, harassment, non-payment of bonuses, LTIPs, share options and other benefits. At the point of ending the employment relationship, the firm advises clients on exit packages and settlement agreements (formerly called compromise agreements), and will negotiate arrangements that seek to match, if not exceed, clients’ expectations.

The firm acts in the public and private sector, having handled a number of senior and high-profile members of local government, NHS and other public bodies. It also advises groups of executives in conflict with a company, or considering leaving a business to work for a competitor. The firm advises on post-termination restrictions, and seeks to reach a practical solution in what is a complex and potentially expensive area of law. On a number of occasions, groups of employees have instructed Averta to advise them on employee share plans, which lends itself to a collaborative approach with the company’s lawyers. Other cases involve claims for carried interest on the part of private equity executives, advising and representing individuals facing serious disciplinary investigations, advising on TUPE transfers, contractual and bonus claims.

The partners and staff at Averta go to great lengths to understand the needs and expectations of its senior executive clients, and usually meet at its Midland or London offices, both of which are readily accessible by road, rail or air. However, it is not always convenient to meet face to face, as clients may be based abroad or in other areas of the UK, so many clients are supported by the use of telephone, email and/or skype. Averta has acted for executives as far afield as Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand, where the contracts are construed under English jurisdiction, and for clients in many European countries, often acting in conjunction with a local lawyer.

Averta also acts for a small number of corporate clients who seek commercially focused strategic advice and support at partner/director level.

Breakdown of work    % Employment    100

Number of UK partners 4

Number of other UK fee-earners 7

Above material supplied by Averta Employment Lawyers LLP.

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