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Blake Morgan LLP

ONE CENTRAL SQUARE, CARDIFF, CF10 1FS, WALES
Tel:
Work 029 2068 6000
Fax:
Fax 029 2068 6380
DX:
33014 CARDIFF
Email:
Web:
www.blakemorgan.co.uk

Paula Kathrens

Tel:
Work 01792 634 535
Email:
Blake Morgan LLP

Work Department

EPB.

Position

Paula is a solicitor in the employment, pensions and benefits group advising organisations in both the public and private sectors on all aspects of contentious and non contentious employment law. In addition to representing clients in employment tribunal proceedings, Paula is experienced in delivering training programmes and seminars for public and private sector organisations.


Wales

Public sector

Within: Public sector

Praised for its 'supreme level of knowledge', Blake Morgan LLP 's cross-disciplinary 21-partner team has deeply entrenched public sector relationships and as well as handling practice specific work affecting those entities (including as they relate to corporate, real estate and commercial work), the team is also recognised as a 'market leader' for pure public law matters including Welsh constitutional law issues, where the 'vastly experienced'Emyr Lewis  is a leading light. Team head Eve Piffaretti 'has extensive knowledge and understanding' of health care law and the regulatory issues impacting on the healthcare sector, advising UK-based entities across a range of matters including on judicial reviews, fitness to practice, freedom of information, and human rights and equality issues. Employment law experts Paula Kathrens and Matthew Smith are also noted for their expertise within the healthcare sector, particularly in relation to handling the disciplining and dismissal of doctors under the NHS Wales disciplinary procedure. The 'very knowledgeable' Simon McCann has vast experience at handling procurement matters where he is admired for his 'can-do attitude'; he recently advised the Welsh government on the procurement of fisheries enforcement vessels and is acting for Transport for Wales in relation to the procurement of South Wales Metro and Wales and Borders rail franchises. LitigatorAllan Wilson is noted for his 'excellent work' on behalf of public sector clients, both in relation to judicial review and procurement challenges. 'Very down-to-earth and effective' senior associate Kevin Manship has a strong reputation handling judicial review work. Former head Christopher Williams joined Geldards LLP in December 2017. Clients include Cardiff University, Newport City Council, Welsh Government and NHS England.

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Wales: Human resources

Employment: Cardiff

Within: Leading individuals

Paula Kathrens - Blake Morgan LLP

Within: Employment: Cardiff

A ‘real regional heavyweight‘, Blake Morgan LLP 's employment practice ‘goes from strength-to-strength‘ and is ‘able to present complex information concisely and clearly’, excelling at handling sophisticated TUPE issues, equal pay and pensions matters for private and public sector clients.  Joanne Davies is an ‘excellent source of information about TUPE and its implications‘. Paula Kathrens 'combines the standard employment law knowledge with tactical and relational understanding' which she employs to good effect within the education and the healthcare sector, where alongside the ‘unflappable and experiencedMatthew Smith she handles a raft of employment work for NHS Wales including employment work related to doctor disciplinary cases. Senior associate Ian Jones demonstrates an excellent knowledge and practical application of all areas of employee relations'. Clients include PHS Group, Swansea University and Dolce & Gabana. Michael Clarke recently departed for a role at the Equality & Human Rights Commission in Cardiff.

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Wales: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Benefiting from 'strong charities sectoral knowledge' as well as being able to leverage the expertise that a market-leading full-service firm is able to provide in areas including employment, public law and property law, Blake Morgan LLP is well-equipped to provide a 'very professional and helpful service' to an impressive roster of clients including Cardiff Food Bank, Ty Hafan and National Library of Wales. James Egan 'has a broad understanding of property and tenancy matters in the sector' and regularly acts for charities with large property portfolios including Tenovus Cancer Care, which he advises on issues associated with its portfolio of 66 shops based across Wales and the South West of England, as well as its warehouses and its head office accommodation. Eve Piffaretti has 'extensive knowledge and understanding of the social care charity sector and in particular mental health issues'. Public law expert Emyr Lewis  is also regularly instructed by non-Welsh charities seeking guidance on devolved Welsh law, while Paula Kathrens regularly handles charities-related employment work and is praised for her 'tactical expertise'. Christopher Williams joined Geldards LLP in December 2017.       

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