Employment in East Midlands

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The client roster of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's employment practice includes an enviable selection of international corporate heavyweights and household names. The team, headed nationally by Audrey Elliott from the Birmingham office, acts for listed clients on their day-to-day matters and tribunal cases, and has a niche specialisation in the education sector. Mark Fletcher heads the Nottingham office; he gives ‘commercially astute’ advice to corporate clients and is praised for acting in the ‘commercial best interests’ of clients. ‘First class advocateMark Pipkin is noted for his tribunal work.

Practice head(s):

Audrey Elliott; Mark Fletcher

Other key lawyers:

Mark Pipkin


‘Mark Fletcher is always very responsive to our questions – even though, from billing terms, we are likely a small contributor, he still engages as if you are a major client and I get the sense that he really cares about our success. Mark’s advice is always commercially astute, pragmatic and proportionate, which is key for us to be able to implement and integrate into our approaches. His depth of knowledge and expertise stands out and his advice has proven invaluable over the years.’

‘The Nottingham team work as one unit which, for a customer, is essential – it is always the case that individuals will be unavailable at times, so having access the the rest of the team for those issues that require immediate support is critical. The Nottingham team never hesitate to cover each other and always keen to pick up issues.’

‘Mark Fletcher is incredibly supportive for me and is prepared to work with me in the commercial best interests of my business, exploring suitable resolutions that satisfy both legal and commercial needs.’

‘Mark Pipkin is a first class advocate who explains options fairly and clearly. Mark provides a first class service.’

‘Fantastic, knowledgeable and approachable team. Excellent and timely advice and support.’

‘Having used a number of employment lawyers to support us over the years, we have been really impressed with Eversheds Sutherland. The accessibility, friendliness, approachability and great support and advice has been most welcome. Nothing is ever to much trouble and the commercial and employment side is always considered.’

‘The Eversheds Sutherland team are invariably friendly, knowledgeable and responsive; they understand our business and the guidance and support that we receive is therefore, pragmatic in all of the circumstances. Consequently, the relationship is a collaborative and effective one. I would have to include the administration team for mention also, since my interactions with that part of the Eversheds operation is similarly characterised by a friendliness and efficiency that I value.’

Key clients

Next Plc

De Montfort University

Sandwell College

Greene King Limited

Crown Packaging Manufacturing UK Limited

Specsavers Optical Group Limited (and other subsidiary companies)

Pendragon Plc

Carpetright Limited

Unipart Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed to defend various complex employment tribunal claims on behalf of Next PLC to protect its reputation and minimise any financial and litigation risk, such as a matter concerning  a warehouse operative claiming she was dismissed due to being disabled and her ethnicity, following the discovery of bonus fraud for misrepresenting her levels of productivity.
  • Advising De Montfort University on a range of governance and employment matters.
  • Supported Greene King when it faced industrial action and adverted a potentially damaging dispute. Retained by to provide critical support in relation to the client’s response to the pandemic, including accessing the CJRS for a vast number of employees.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP offers the full array of specialist employment law services to both national and international employers. The team offers bespoke advice, frequently acting on complex matters such as restructurings, enforcement of restrictive covenants and TUPE matters. The ‘very professional, fair and commercialRena Magdani now heads the employment, pensions and immigration department nationally, taking over from Julian Middleton, who is now chair of the firm. The Nottingham office is headed by David Potter, a tribunal lawyer who ‘achieves excellent results’ and is experienced in acting for public clients and assisting corporate clients in senior exits.

Practice head(s):

Julian Middleton; Rena Magdani; David Potter


‘Freeths build a very strong working relationship with their clients and this ensures that their advice is relevant and appropriate. With regards to innovation, there have been plenty of developments over the last year – the introduction of a Freeths secondee into our team, the use of automated instruction forms and the use of AI to screen contracts.’

‘Julian Middleton has always been and continues to be a standout member of the Freeths team, dedicated to us as his client through exceptional levels of commitment and ownership.’

‘Rena Magdani is extremely trustworthy, and can be relied on at all times. Her knowledge, commercial pragmatism and attention to detail are very much recognised. She is in effect an extension to our HR team.’

‘David Potter has always been approachable, and has been able to assimilate the complexities of the law quickly and to adapt his advice as appropriate. His advice is solid and practical, underpinned by years of experience which he can draw and apply to different situations.’

‘They always provide a speedy response and have a very good understanding of our business, our culture and our industry. ’

‘Rena Magdani is very professional, fair and commercial with her approach. Rena enables me to think about a different approach whilst ensuring that we remain in line with our company policies, procedures and culture. Rena listens and brings her advice to situations with a solid understanding of the situation. I am always impressed at her ability to remember details of each case, even if we have not spoken for a few weeks’

‘Rena Magdani is a very dedicated partner with scrupulous attention to detail.’

‘David Potter has a wealth of experience, is highly responsive and achieves excellent results.’

Key clients

ALDI Stores Limited

DPD Group UK Limited

Sofidel Group

Staffline Recruitment Limited

National Express Limited

Center Parcs

Paul Smith Limited

ERIKS Industrial Services Limited

The Reflex Group Limited

Goodridge Limited

Preston Innovations Limited

Birmingham Metropolitan College

EH Smith (Builders Merchants) Limited

The British Horse Society

AP Racing Limited

JS Wright

The Alumasc Group plc

Envisage Group Limited

Mettler Toledo Limited

Rhenus Warehousing Solutions Limited

River Group Content Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised longstanding client DPD Group UK Limited on a range of day-to-day HR issues and successfully defended a number of tribunal claims.
  • Advised Carlsberg on its £780m deal with Marston’s plc to form a new joint venture beer company in the UK, Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company.
  • Successfully represented a client in a multi-claimant ‘employment status’ gig-economy claim.

Gateley Plc

The employment practice at Gateley Plc offers its national and international corporate clients both day-to-day employment advice as well as project-based services, such as advice on senior executive terminations, investigations as well as tribunal and High Court litigation. Chris Kisby is experienced in representing businesses in complex whistleblowing, discrimination, bullying and harassment claims. National employment group head Andrew Macmillan combines ‘excellent legal expertise’ with ‘brilliant negotiating skills’. The team has a niche specialisation at the intersection of employment law and insolvency, frequently advising on contentious and non-contentious aspects of this area.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Macmillan

Other key lawyers:

Chris Kisby


‘The team are available when needed and are experts in giving good, balanced advice that aid decision making in the real world. They use established legal frameworks but apply a helpful practical lens to solve problems.’

‘I value the practicality, the desire to understand the depth and the detail but then provide easy to understand actionable summaries. They are approachable, engaging and stick to their promises.’

‘The Gateley employment team combines outstanding legal knowledge with great pragmatism and a commercial approach. They also have the strength in depth and range of expertise in ancillary subjects (such as employment tax and immigration) to be able to provide a full service.’

‘Andrew Macmillan has excellent legal expertise combined with brilliant negotiating skills.’

Key clients


Avanti West Coast Trains

Bibby Financial Services

British Geological Survey


Commonwealth Games England



Deutsche Bahn (DB Cargo)

East Midlands Trains

Lowe Alpine Rab

National Veterinary Services


The Pall-Ex Group

Purplebricks Group Plc

Redrow Plc

Rivendell Europe Limited

Safran Landing Systems

Samworth Brothers Limited

The English Football League


Work highlights

  • Retained as General Counsel for Commonwealth Games England (“CGE”) at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Since that time, have worked on several matters, including the preparation of reports for presentation to the Nomination, Remuneration and Corporate Governance Committee and the CGE Board regarding Chair and director succession planning and remuneration matters.
  • Retained by The Stagecoach Group to represent its subsidiary East Midlands Trains in relation to legacy employment tribunal claims following the loss of the East Midlands rail franchise operation to Abellio.
  • Continue to be instructed to act for Deloitte’s restructuring services team on the employment law aspects of solvent and insolvent restructuring exercises, including high profile administrations.

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP offers a full service to its employment clients, frequently handling TUPE martters, enforcement of restrictive covenants, tribunal claims and the employment aspects of high-value acquisitions, among others. Practice head Paula Bailey ‘runs a brilliant team’ that has particular experience in the automotive, food and drink, manufacturing and education sectors and includes director Alex Payton, who is commended for his ‘responsiveness and wrap around support’. Graham Irons acts on all contentious and non-contentious employment matters and is noted for being ‘extremely knowledgeable and very approachable’. Hannah Pryce is experienced in contentious senior executive exits and gives ‘good, down to earth advice’.

Practice head(s):

Paula Bailey

Other key lawyers:

Graham Irons; Alex Payton; Hannah Pryce


‘Paula Bailey runs a brilliant team that offers consistent technical and pragmatic advice. Their level of responsiveness and client attentiveness goes above and beyond. ’

‘Alex Payton needs to be  acknowledged for his collaborative and conscientious style, offering sound commercial solutions in a clear and concise manner. Alex’s responsiveness and wraparound support should be commended, as should the personal touch that he applies in all that he does.’

‘I have dealt with quite a few legal firms in the employment area. Of course most will give you the legal information you want and have asked for, but some do it from a very black and white perspective or give you advice but always cover themselves. The Howes Percival employment team obviously give us the advice from a legal perspective but also seem to be willing and understand how it effects us as a company and as such what we should do to mitigate this.’

‘Hannah Pryce is a delight to work with. Always has time for you whatever time it is. Always gets back to you when messages are left and gives us good, down-to-earth advice. I cannot speak highly enough of her.

‘I have a lot of time for Graham Irons, who is always willing to discuss our issues.’

‘Howes Percival are a very customer-responsive practice. Having some key contacts makes it easy to gain reliable, credible and sensible employment advice. There are many strong members of their team and are always responsive to the questions asked as quickly as is possible.’

‘Graham Irons is extremely knowledgeable and very approachable. He is flexible and responsive, whatever the question. He has an excellent sense of humour, which aids the provision on sometimes dry subjects!’

‘Hannah Pryce is very approachable, supportive and provides sensible, balanced advice.’

Key clients

All3Media Group

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

De Montfort University

First Circle Packaging Limited

Getronics Services UK Limited

GraceKennedy Limited

Hillarys Blinds Limited

Home-Start UK

Marston’s PLC


RS Components Limited

Terex Corporation

The Gym Limited


World Vision UK

Shoosmiths LLP

The ‘excellentHelen Burgess heads the Nottingham employment team at Shoosmiths LLP which handles employment tribunal cases for major multi-national clients relating to issues including senior exits and redundancy claims. The team has specialisms in the crossover with data protection matters as well as in corporate immigration, the area of IR35 and employment status. Michael Briggs provides ‘excellent counsel’ and has experience with matters concerning the gig economy. Senior associate Charlotte Staples is experienced in large scale restructuring and redundancy programmes.

Practice head(s):

Helen Burgess


‘The Nottingham team are very capable and advice is pragmatic. Support during the pandemic has been excellent – a series of regular webinars that are available to attend and then afterwards as recording. I’ve not had cause to use other firms – I find Shoosmiths modern and progressive in their outlook.’

‘Michael Briggs provides excellent counsel and I have no hesitation in involving him in discussions with senior level colleagues where appropriate. I have always felt that Micheal helps us learn and improve as a HR function.’

‘Always available and supportive – they have a can-do attitude and are responsive’

‘They represent the right balance between technical expertise, but aligned with commercial acumen and common sense. That gives confidence to a customer.’

‘Helen Burgess represents the best in what a company can draw from external technical assistance. A relationship based on honesty and trust, underpinned by outstanding legal knowledge, practical experience, and commercial judgement. You know you’re safe hands.’

‘The team are experts in employment law. They are always prompt and professional – they collaborate to ensure I get both the best advice and value for money. They have adapted their virtual services through the pandemic.’

‘During Covid they have been at the end of a call when we’ve needed them, and easily available to obtain meetings with.’

‘Helen Burgess and Michael Briggs are our key contacts – their personable approach makes doing business with Shoosmiths very easy. They keep us informed of key employment law developments as well as offering assistance where possible with current disputes and employment matters. I believe this service makes Shoosmiths unique.’

Key clients

ATS Euromaster Limited

Vauxhall Motors Limited

John Deere Limited

Coloplast Limited

SC Johnson Professional Limited

Albumedix Limited

Boots Management Services Limited

Saint-Gobain Group of Companies (including British Gypsum, Artex, Saint-Gobain Formula, Saint-Gobain Insulation, Saint-Gobain PAM and Saint-Gobain Ecophon)

Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited

DHL Services Limited

Techtronic Industries EMEA Limited (and its UK business)

Rutland Water Cycling Limited

Sandvik Group of Companies

British Retail Consortium

Kuehne + Nagel Limited

Cope Children’s Trust (t/a Rainbows)

Ideagen Plc

Adena Services Limited

NATL Amusements Limited (t/a Showcase Cinemas)

Work highlights

  • Advised Saint Gobain-Insulation UK, comprising Isover and Celotex (worldwide and UK leaders for insulation in construction, technical and building markets), on a collective redundancy.
  • Advised a charity sector client on an investigation into whistleblowing complaints.
  • Defended and resolved complicated claims of constructive dismissal, race and sex discrimination, and equal pay within the Employment Tribunal for Artex Limited.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP’s employment practice offers a full array of services to its clients, such as advising on internal procedures, assisting with immigration matters and representing clients in employment disputes. The ‘very professional and approachable’ team acts for public and private clients alike and has particular experience in the education, public, health and insurance sectors. Practice head Peter Jones is experienced in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law and assists clients with risk assessments associated with employment related situations, including grievances, discrimination, redundancies and wrongful dismissals. Kerren Daly relocated from Manchester to join the Nottingham team during 2020.

Practice head(s):

Peter Jones

Other key lawyers:

Kerren Daly; Dawn Lobley


‘Highly accessible and willing to engage. High levels of professional knowledge and willingness to meet client demand.’

‘The team has the ability to articulate highly complex HR cases into a simplistic and easy to understand way for all leaders.’

‘They always provide a speedy response and have a strong team of specialists across all areas.’

‘Dawn Lobley always goes above and beyond to give us excellent employment law advice and provides information in the most efficient way. ’

‘Kerren Daly is excellent in her knowledge, professionalism, and in giving practical advice that can be used in the workplace.’

‘The service that we received could not be faulted. Everything was made as straightforward as possible and we were given full explanations at each stage of the process so that we could clearly understand what decisions needed to be made and what deadlines and options there were. ’

‘Dawn Lobley was especially good at explaining things in a way that was easy for me to understand, and gave clear guidance whilst laying out the options and potential outcomes to us. She was always very prompt to follow up with emails after our conversations and was very good at working to deadlines, allowing plenty of time in advance for information to be collated and decisions to be made, which I appreciated.’

Key clients


Kerry Logistics

Vue Cinemas

Various Academies

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Ego Restaurants

East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust

South Derbyshire College


EM Lawshare

Work highlights

  • Deliver a dedicated outsourced claims handling service on behalf of Hiscox relating to EPLI insured employment claims covered by Hiscox on behalf of their policy holders and act as panel solicitors for England in relation to Hiscox insured claims.
  • Working with hundreds of schools and academies across the country, guiding them through the challenges faced by the coronavirus and the impact that this has had on school workforces.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

The employment team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for both employees and employers across all sectors on a wide range of advisory and contentious matters, regularly providing employment advice on major mergers and acquisitions. Contentious matters that the team has recently acted on include large and complex discrimination and whistleblowing matters. Rhys Wyborn and Philip Pepper lead the East Midlands team with the latter also being head of the commercial, IP and employment team nationally. Sandeep Leighs is experienced in complex restructurings. The firm opened new offices in Lincoln at the beginning of 2021.

Practice head(s):

Philip Pepper; Rhys Wyborn

Other key lawyers:

Sandeep Leighs


‘A personal but professional service. They offer additional services and provide added value to our standard agreement.’

Key clients

Iceland Foods Limited

Games Workshop

League Against Cruel Sports

Red Bull

nmcn plc

MTR Crossrail

Xpertex Ltd

Illingworth Research Ltd

A Wass Funeral Directors Ltd

HAE Group Ltd

BioCity Group Ltd

Hireful Ltd

MAE Deli Ltd

PWP Building Services Ltd

Natilik Ltd


Toyota Materials Handling (UK) Limited

Everards Brewery Limited


Motion Picture Solutions Ltd

Fisher German Limited

Becketts Foods Limited

Whitworth Bros. Limited

Ford & Slater Limited

Leicestershire Action For Mental Health Project

Jelson Limited

Carrs Flour Mills Limited

Purpose Media UK Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for the charity League Against Cruel Sports in an employment tribunal case dealing with ‘ethical veganism’ as a protected philosophical belief.
  • Represented Iceland Foods Limited in an employment tribunal claim involving unfair dismissal and disability discrimination. Also assisted the client in taking important points of law to the EAT.
  • Defended MTR Crossrail in an employment tribunal claim brought by an individual who claims she applied for a role in a safety critical role, and was refused due to her hearing impairment.

Wilkin Chapman LLP

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s employment practice advises a variety of employers from all manner of sectors, with particular specialisations in the public and quasi-public sectors as well as the food, logistics, warehousing and packaging industries. Teresa Thomas heads the team and is experienced in board level HR advice on major redundancy and restructure projects involving collective consultations with unions. Jane Eatock, who leads the Grimsby team, frequently advises on the employment aspects of transactions and has recently acted in complex disability discrimination proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Teresa Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Jane Eatock; Katie Davies; Oliver Tasker


‘We have a great relationship with Wilkin Chapman. Any information is always concise, with explanations provided through every step of any process. ’

‘Teresa Thomas has gained the confidence of all members of our team over many years, due to her outstanding professional and adaptable approach. She is always available for supporting our requirements and more than capable of dealing with any difficult situation. ’

‘Their advice is practical and straightforward and they know how our business works and what is important to us. ’

‘Jane Eatock understands our business and ethos. Her work with us on policies, procedures and staffing issues has been invaluable; we would have needed a much larger HR team without Jane’s support. ’

‘Oliver Tasker goes the extra mile to offer support and guidance that is clear and concise, helps guide you through challenging issues, instantly putting you at ease. Oliver is approachable, available, adaptable and completely professional, his integrity and knowledge is evident at all times and he builds strong working relationships with ease.’

‘Teresa Thomas is, I believe, outstanding in her field. She is always well informed and on top of new legislation.’

‘Katie Davies is a strong member of the team and has a fantastic rapport with clients. ’

Key clients

Mizkan Euro Limited

The Corporation of Oundle School

Briggs & Forrester Group

Blue Anchor Leisure Limited

Seachill Ltd t/a Hilton Food Group

DN Colleges Group

Ntex Limited

Alderson Limited

Tillingham Wines Ltd

John Leggott College

On Line Design and Engineering Ltd

BB7 Fire Limited

Associated Petroleum Terminals Ltd

Total Lindsey Oil Refinery Limited

North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Tong Engineering Ltd

Five Landis Ltd

Fire Shield Systems Ltd

Your Print Partner Limited

Humber Nature Partnership

Susannah Lovis Jewellers

Mortons Media Group Ltd

Mariner Industries Ltd

Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust

Humber YMCA

The Ramsden Group

University of Lincoln Students Union

Branston Ltd

T A Boxall & Company Ltd

Court Enforcement Services Ltd

Lincoln City Football Club

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group on an application to set aside judgment on a complex disability discrimination claim at the tribunal.
  • Advised BB7 Fire Limited on its strategy for protecting its business on the departure of senior employees who were setting up in competition.


Actons focuses on advice to employers and acts for clients ranging from small businesses to large national corporations. The ‘very responsive and friendly’ team ihas specialisations in advising employers on employment tribunals and absence management. Practice head Nic Elliott advises on strategic issues such as senior exits. Director James Symons is noted for his ‘outstanding support in tribunals’.

Practice head(s):

Nic Elliott

Other key lawyers:

James Symons


‘The team is very responsive and friendly, who are always available to explain legal cases clearly in plain English without a lot of jargon. ’

‘All individuals are friendly and make you feel valued, however, complex or trivial your query is. We particularly work closely with James Symons who offers us outstanding support in tribunals and other legal matters. He has the skill to take the worry away from us.’

‘Actons provide an excellent personalised service. They are effective because they concentrate on building relationships. They understand that clients need to feel trust so they work to build that, and don’t look at every phonecall as a billing opportunity. An all-round excellent firm to deal with.’

‘Nic Elliott goes the extra mile – this was demonstrated throughout the pandemic with calls late into the evening on regular occasions.’

‘The firm has a small team focused on employment law and are highly experienced in delivering practical and robust advice to resolving contentious issues. They collaborate effectively and we experienced seamless service even through home working and shutdowns.’

‘Nic Elliott is our key contact – he is commercially astute and takes the time to understand what solution the business is trying to achieve and our appetite for risk. He then formulates appropriate advice based on those risks. He is also very customer focused and excels at promoting a harmonious working relationship that secures loyalty.’

Key clients

Lookers Plc

Iceland Foods Ltd

Leicester College

J Tomlinson Limited

The Rug Company

The Air Ambulance Service

Commify Ltd

Loomis UK Ltd

Staffline Recruitment Limited

QS Recruitment Limited

Applied Tech Systems Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised a national recruitment specialist on  matters relating to worker status, holiday pay whilst also managing an expanding employment tribunal caseload.
  • Expanded the work undertaken for a national client in the retail sector by managing their employment tribunal caseload and continuing to provide advice to the senior leadership team on issues, including those arising from the impact of the covid-19 pandemic.
  • Provided advice on collective consultation and multi-site redundancies for a national business impacted by the closure of retail during the covid-19 pandemic. The team was also appointed to manage the client’s employment tribunal caseload.

Flint Bishop LLP

The employment practice at Flint Bishop LLP is predominantly respondent focused, with the exception of advice on settlement agreements. The team regularly represents clients in claims relating to, among others, unfair dismissals, race discrimination, whistleblowing and breaches of contract and advises clients in collective consultation processes, redundancies and senior exits. Louise Easthope heads the practice and has a focus on advising educational establishments. Simon Brian gives ‘sound and practical legal advice’ on all manner of HR issues. Stacey Cox joined as partner in September of 2020.

Practice head(s):

Louise Easthope

Other key lawyers:

Simon Brian; Stacey Cox


‘We have worked with Flint Bishop for over four years now and are highly satisfied with the service they provide. Their updates throughout the pandemic as been first class. The support with all aspects of employment law through out the pandemic has been priceless to our company.

‘The team are very responsive and you always feel like you are getting a tailored service. They understand my organisation and the advice fits accordingly. They assess risk and support you in your consideration of options. Good use of spontaneous news updates during the pandemic, such as regular updates on the evolving furlough position.’

‘I have worked closely with Simon Brian across a range of HR situations – I have found him willing to listen carefully to our issues and to give sound and practical legal advice which I know that I can rely on. Simon’s guidance gives me the support and direction I need to handle situations with confidence.’

‘I love their family feel. They took the time to understand our business and provide support that fits with our culture and ethos. Flint Bishop take the time to understand the business needs and challenges and desired outcomes, and tailor their advice accordingly. They always give me a very rounded view and a different perspective on certain situations, which is very welcome.’

‘I have worked with numerous legal firms over the years but Flint Bishop stand out as delivering on what they promise and go the extra mile for their clients.

‘The issue we have dealt with required specialist knowledge of employment law. Flint Bishop have been excellent particularly in foreseeing issues that might emerge and what steps could be taken to mitigate these. The advice we received before and during the Covid crisis has matched and been timely.’

‘Simon Brian has been the key figure we have worked with. He has understood the complex nature of our organisation and offered invaluable advice.’

Key clients

Loomis UK Limited

Bowmer + Kirkland Limited

Ward Recycling

G F Tomlinson Group Limited

Vaillant Group UK Limited

Micronclean Limited

Acorn Insurance & Financial Services

East Midlands Chamber

Collins Earthworks Limited

Owen Taylor & Sons Limited

Serious Waste Management Limited

Jigsaw Systems Limited t/a Jigsaw

Work highlights

  • Advised a European manufacturer on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including disciplinary matters and dismissals, absence management issues and provide guidance and support in respect of discrimination in the workplace.
  • Retained on an ongoing basis to advise on all aspects of HR and employment law for a national supplier to the healthcare industry.
  • Advised a multinational payment solutions company in the preparation, holding of and negotiation of protected conversations leading to a settlement agreement to secure the exit of a senior executive following a business acquisition.

Geldards LLP

Geldards LLP's employment practice acts on all manner of employment matters, including advisory and litigation work, predominantly for respondents. The team offers a commoditised employment law and HR package to corporate clients and is lauded for having ‘great depth in understanding businesses requirements’. Employment tribunal specialist Emma Tice heads the practice, is experienced in restructures and senior executive exits, and hosted an ‘invaluable’ regular webinar on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme throughout the pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Emma Tice


‘Emma Tice has a pragmatic approach providing straightforward, practical advice. She is personable and instils confidence in resolving issues and achieving the best commercial outcome.’

‘Emma Tice has taken the time to properly understand our diverse set of businesses, and more importantly the characteristics of the main individuals I deal with for matters referred to her. This fundamental understanding means all communications and advice from her is in language my people relate to and not complicated by legal terminology or constructs.’

‘They deal with things in a very pragmatic way that makes sense for the client. Their new HR portal with lots of useful documents means you don’t need to use up fee time asking for these things when they already have them available.’

‘A forward thinking solicitors practice, providing a tailored approach and advice in an easy to understand practical manner.’

‘Emma Tice has such energy and drive and is clearly passionate about what she does. She is responsive, knowledgeable, approachable and friendly and provides advice in a way which is not only tailored to our business, but also in a format which is easy to understand and then execute.’

‘Emma Tice has always been very helpful and realistic with her advice, providing more than just a textbook answer to real life situations. She is very balanced in her advice, giving several optional courses of action, yet making a clear suggestion where her advice would be.’

‘We have found Geldards to be professional and efficient, with a good understanding of our business.

Key clients

Toray Advance Composites

Mortgage Advice Bureau PLC

Ancaster Group Ltd

Derby County Football Club

Picsolve International Limited

Red Box Recorders Limited

West Park School

Assemblies of God Incorporated

Railway Electrical Services Limited

EJ Parker Technical Services Group Ltd

Buster and Punch Limited

LKAB Minerals Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a PLC on the exit of a key stakeholder, and founder of the business, shareholder and statutory director, whilst extracting the knowledge from that individual to allow the business to flourish upon his exit.
  • Advised a Championship Football Club on a dispute in arbitration worth more than £2m.
  • Became a subject matter expert in furlough, in particular within the automotive sector. Including advising numerous businesses on furlough of up to 10,000 employees and their corresponding claims to HMRC under the CJRS.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

The ‘brilliant’ employment team at Nelsons Solicitors Limited acts on the full spectrum of employment law issues working closely with the wider firm's dispute resolution team on matters concerning alleged breaches of restrictive covenants and misuse of confidential information, as well as with the corporate team on transactions with regard to TUPE issues. Practice head Laura Kearsley is an experienced litigator, has a specialism in the education sector and provides ‘terrific, timely advice’ to clients.

Practice head(s):

Laura Kearsley

Other key lawyers:

Melanie Morton; Peter Nicholson


‘Nelsons are very professional and offer excellent service, value for money and is a very approachable legal firm. The team are unfailingly professional and are able to provide well thought-out, practical solutions to provide the best outcome for the client. ’

‘Laura Kearsley and Peter Nicholson were both very approachable and excellent to work with and provided us with a speedy response and well thought-out advice on how to deal with a developing situation. The service level was excellent and represented great value for money.’

‘Laura Kearsley is a first class solicitor.’

‘Peter Nicholson was amazing from start to finish in helping us defend our tribunal claim. He was professional and honest throughout, explaining each step.’

‘Melanie Morton is our main point of contact and really understands our needs as a client. She provides very direct advice which gets right to the heart of the matter.’

‘Peter Nicholson is always very professional – the advice he gives is very good; he quickly evaluates the situation and comes up with the most effective plan for dealing with the issue. We are very happy with this service and he works extremely well with our company.’

‘A brilliant team that understands the urgency behind every matter. Polite, calm and very effective’

‘Peter Nicholson is collaborative, practical and balanced in his advice. He has in-depth expertise in employment law and finding balanced and practical solutions ’

BHW Solicitors

Since its inception as a standalone department in 2019, the employment practice at BHW Solicitors has offered a full array of employment services. Clients hail from all types of industries, including insurance, packaging, automotive and energy, and are given ‘invaluable’ advice on issues pertaining to business transfers and TUPE issues as well as restructurings, redundancies and more. Amanda Badley heads the team and is experienced in all types of employment litigation matters. Associate solicitor Aimée Johns is described as ‘standout’.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Badley

Other key lawyers:

Aimée Johns


‘Having worked on various employment matters throughout the pandemic, the service and breath of knowledge has been outstanding.’

‘The level of detail and risk management advice has been invaluable. Amanda Badley and Aimée Johns have both been standout.’

‘Amanda Badley is responsive, knowledgeable, experienced and pragmatic. She had seen our employment related issues before and knew how to deal with them in a practical way which enabled us to implement the necessary follow up actions on a timely basis.’

‘We receive valuable, sensible, informed and none generic employment advice, targeted knowledgeably at our business requirement with a deep understanding of our business people. All advice, work, support comes with a sensible degree of commerciality.’

‘Aimée Johns is an essential part of the team. As with many businesses, 2020 was extremely difficult to manage and the advice and support of Aimee was very much critical to a business, and me, in a distressed time. The continuity received in the absence of Aimee is also second to none, showing real collaboration within their department, meaning that we as the customer really benefit from a lack of duplication and keep unproductive time to a minimum. I would always highly recommend BHW to other potential clients.’

‘The team are approachable and available at all times. During the ever changing times of the pandemic the advice has been invaluable as our business has been operating throughout. ’

‘They are honest and concise with their recommendations. They are happy to discuss options and the outcome of each option. They have made time to get to know our company and the individuals in the company so when giving advice it comes from a place of greater understanding of the consequences.’

Key clients

Correlation Risk Partners Limited

KCT Holdings Limited

RG & P Limited

Thurne Middleby Limited

Gardner Group Limited

Qualvis Print & Packaging Limited

MTE (Leicester) Limited

Hamilton Adhesive Labels Limited

S&B Clothing Limited

Delta Global Source Holdings Limited

European Quilting Supplies Limited


Chattertons is praised for providing advice with a personal touch, handling both corporate and day-to-day HR support work. Practice head Danielle Lister is experienced in unfair dismissal and discrimination cases as well as redundancy consultations and negotiations of termination packages. The team, considered ‘experts in their field’, includes experienced litigator Grant Shackleston, who also frequently advises on TUPE issues.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Lister

Other key lawyers:

Grant Shackleston


‘The practice has the ability to offer a full service facility at the same time as being able to clearly understand not only the content of any employment law request but as important to put this into the specific context of the mode of operation and industry specialism.’

‘Danielle Lister is responsive and offers options and solutions in clear easy to understand terms, considering commercial risk as well as a realistic legal opinion.’

‘Clear advice delivered in layman’s terms. The team managed our expectations well and assisted with achieving a reasonable outcome to the matter and a good financial settlement. Availability was good, as was the team’s ability to meet deadlines and call out the other party for failing to meet deadlines.’

‘Grant Shackleston delivered a good quality of service. He was knowledgeable in his specialist employment field and approached the claim in a calm and always reasonable manner.’

‘Whilst Chattertons is a large law firm, I have always felt the employment department provide that personal touch which frequently comes from smaller law firms. I have dealt with various members of the team, junior and senior levels, and they have all been friendly, approachable and knowledgeable.

‘I have personally dealt with Danielle Lister and Grant Shackleston. Despite their seniority, they are available and are always happy to help. I find that with larger law firms, partners are less available and seem less willing to engage on the day to day matters. They are both clearly experts in their field and would highly recommend them to anyone.;

‘We have had many dealings with Grant Shackleston over the years regarding employment matters. We have always found Grant to give good prompt advice which has followed through to successful outcomes. His advice has always been clear and constructive and he is always our first port of call for any employment law matters.’

‘They try fully to understand our business, our challenges and the ethos of our own team and to reflect that in the advice that they provide.’

Key clients

Grimme (UK) Limited

Home Mortgage Solutions Limited

MJL Skipmaster Limited

QAI Services Limited

SLC Bankhouse Limited

Sportsbikeshop Limited

Tears of Sutton Bridge Limited

The Whitehouse Consultancy Limited

Work highlights

  • Reviewed businesses contracts of employment for The Whitehouse Consultancy, including extensive consideration and redrafting of post termination covenants to ensure enforceability.
  • Represented a client as a respondent to an Employment Tribunal claim of constructive dismissal by way of unfair dismissal by its former factory manager. Successfully managed to negotiate a settlement prior to the final hearing.
  • Represented the respondent Tears of Sutton Bridge Limited who, amongst other things, provided breakdown/recovery services to motorists.. Successfully settled the claim early for £4,300 with appropriate confidentiality provisions agreed.

Premier Legal LLP

Premier Legal LLP is a boutique law firm which regularly advises other law firms in the East Midlands and beyond, as well as individuals who seek specialist employment advice. The team, which includes experienced litigator Adrian Barnes, advises on a broad range of employment issues and is capable of assisting clients on claims from inception to tribunal hearings. Practice head Sarah Robinson is well-versed in restrictive covenant, TUPE as well as discrimination matters and has ‘the determination to get the best results for clients’.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Barnes


‘Knowledgeable in employment law; they provide practical advice ’

‘Sarah Robinson provides practical solutions to employment problems’

‘Premier Legal are employment law specialists acting for both businesses and individuals.’

‘Sarah Robinson is a specialist employment lawyer who always has attention to detail and is someone who has the determination to get the best results for clients.’

‘The firm is proactive in its dealings with clients which is how we operate, hence it is a natural fit to refer our business clients to Premier. ’

‘My dealings in the last 12 months have been primarily with Adrian Barnes who takes a pragmatic and commercial approach. ’

‘Always there to answer any queries. Extremely helpful. Extremely nice people.’

‘Quick to help. Always polite and extremely friendly.’

Key clients

C&S Steel

Premier Electrical Services

SMBS Healthcare

Castell cys

Belvoir Lettings

Milltek Sport

Kings Carpets

White Rose

SSG Haulage

Salop Sand and Gravel Supply Co. Ltd

Mortar & Screed

Work highlights

  • Advised on the employment aspects of the business restructuring of C&S Steel.
  • Advised on a workplace reorganisation for SMBS Heathcare following TUPE after purchase of business.
  • Provided TUPE advice to Belvoir Lettings during takeover of new multi-property sales and letting agency.

Sills & Betteridge LLP

The employment department at Sills & Betteridge LLP works in close collaboration with the corporate, commercial property and commercial litigation teams of the firm to provide a full service to its corporate clients. The team, headed by ‘excellentStephen Britton, regularly advises on the employment aspects of corporate transactions and restructurings and assists in matters relating to senior executive exits, unfair dismissals as well as Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority issues.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Britton


‘I would highly recommend Stephen Britton. I have found him to be very knowledgeable and thorough in the advice he provides. He is also very accessible and quick to respond to your queries.

‘Stephen Britton has proven to be excellent. He provides very prompt , practical advice without prevarication.’

‘The expertise and knowledge of individual solicitors I have dealt with has been excellent and advice is always measured to ensure matters are dealt with properly.

‘An excellent local service provider. They have collaborated with local recruiters to hold free HR advice seminars, and opportunities to meet other HR professionals. We love that they brought employee wellbeing into the frame at one last seminar. ’

Key clients

Cipher International Limited No

BFS Group Limited No

George Bateman & Son Limited

Nottingham City Transport Limited

3663 Transport Limited

Elite Frozen Foods Limited

Bidfresh Limited

Blackfinch Financial Limited

Smith Partnership

James Johnson heads the employment practice at Smith Partnership, which focuses on assisting corporate clients and executive level individuals with employment law advice. Businesses are supported with high-level executive exits, large-scale redundancies, TUPE transfers, contractual documentation as well as discrimination claims. Individuals are represented on a variety of matters, such as disciplinary matters and grievances as well as settlement negotiations.

Practice head(s):

James Johnson


‘The practice is long established and highly reputable. We have a flexible billing arrangement with hours purchased in advance, allowing us to take advantage of a reduced rate. ’

‘James Johnson is a true professional and a great source of help and advice. Whilst providing information and advice based on legalities and case law, he also provides advice from a common sense, business perspective which is refreshing. His assistance with explaining the furlough scheme and helping us navigate through the minefield of constant changes was invaluable.’