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Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Tom Long

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Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Tom is an experienced employment lawyer and is the trusted day to day advisor to a number of large public sector clients, whilst also acting for clients in the private and third sectors. He is regularly invited to speak at sector leading conferences such as Universities HR and the Association of Colleges.

He specialises in defending complex employment tribunal litigation including issues of whistleblowing and discrimination. Tom also has extensive experience of advising on TUPE, redundancy and restructuring exercises and senior employee exits.

He is praised by clients as being approachable and providing personable, supportive and timely responses.

West Midlands: Human resources


Within: Employment

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is a 'customer focused', 'fully responsive' and 'well managed' practice, whose advice is 'succinct', 'understandable' and 'to the point'. Michael Hibbs  heads the team, and has a key focus on the education, logistics, manufacturing and insurance sectors.  He defended General Dynamics Information Technology against a £72,000 dismissal claim  and advised Liberty Wines on the employment elements of Sogrape's investment in the client. The education-sector focused David Browne  advises on TUPE regulations, restructurings and tribunal claims. Director Tom Long  works heavily in the public sector on contentious matters and provides 'sensible, pragmatic solutions to issues that are communicated effectively and with empathy'. Director Helen Hughes  has a broad experience of employment issues, with notable expertise in handling gender pay gap issues.

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West Midlands: Public sector


Within: Education

Shakespeare Martineau LLP¬†is known for its ‚Äėexcellent service‚Äô, with expertise in real estate, governance, regulatory, contentious, commercial and employment matters.¬†Smita Jamdar¬†heads the team and is ‚Äėvery knowledgable about the HE sector‚Äô and ‚Äėhas a fantastic network‚Äô. One client noted: ‚Äėwe constantly want to clone her. She is both pragmatic and strategic and she can bring the dullest subject to life‚Äô. She recently advised the University of Warwick on its partnership with Dyson. Director¬†¬†Geraldine Swanton¬†is also a key figure and is ‚Äėgood on information governance issues‚Äô. Joanne Forbes¬†is experienced in constitutional matters and recently advised Bishop Grossesteste University on becoming an incorporated company limited by guarantee. Transactions specialist Gary Davie¬†advised the University of Central Lancashire on acquiring the training association 'Training 2000'. Employment specialist Tom Long¬†advised a university on setting up a subsidiary for employing non-academic staff.

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