Employment in East Midlands

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has an excellent employment law team in Nottingham, which frequently handles cross-border work and represents clients at the Employment Tribunal. The group acts for clients operating in sectors such as finance, education, energy and retail; key clients include WeWork, Capital One, De Montfort University. Mark Fletcher, who leads the Nottingham employment team, specialises in TUPE, outsourcings and reorganisations. Audrey Elliott in Birmingham leads the national immigration team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Fletcher; Audrey Elliott

Key clients

Brakes

WeWork

Capital One

Crown Packaging

De Montfort University

McKesson (Lloyds Pharmacies)

Buzz Group

XPO Logistics

Specsavers

DFS

Experian

Carpetright

Interflora

EV Cargo

Pendragon

Bradford & Bingo

Work highlights

  • Defending an appeal against an Employment Tribunal decision at the Employment Appeal Tribunal on behalf of Specsavers.  
  • Advised DFS Trading Limited on a range of employment matters, including litigation on whistleblowing, disability discrimination, racial harassment, age discrimination and marriage discrimination.
  • Assisting Bradford & Bingley Plc with the partial sale of its business by providing guidance on the Senior Managers and Certification Regime, preparing new employment contracts, and advising HR.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP is highly active in employment-related litigation and its team is a regular fixture in Employment Tribunal cases. The group also advises on the enforcement of restrictive covenants, injunctive relief, restructurings and TUPE issues. In Leicester, national practice head Julian Middleton and Rena Magdani are the main contacts. Nottingham-based partner David Potter is also a key individual.

Testimonials

‘David Potter is very personal and down-to-earth and provides me with solid advice and legal direction.’

‘Emma Batten is very knowledgeable, reliable, accessible, responsive and commercial. She is a lovely person!’

 

Key clients

ALDI Stores Limited

DPD Group UK Limited

Sofidel Group

Staffline Recruitment Limited & Staffline Group PLC

National Express Limited

Center Parcs

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

West Midlands Growth Company

JS Wright

The Alumasc Group plc

Envisage Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a large care home operator and provider on employment and corporate matters in relation to its £200 million acquisition of 5 care homes.
  • Assisted long-term client DPD Group UK Limited with a substantial number of tribunal claims.
  • Defending a multi-claimant ‘employment status’ claim.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc demonstrates strong capabilities across the entire ambit of employment law issues. It has a notable focus on industrial actions, restructuring and insolvency, senior executive terminations, complex employment tribunals and High Court litigation. The firm has a high level of expertise in the sport, freight and passenger rail, insolvency and manufacturing sectors. Practice head Andrew Macmillan works with Chris Kisby, who was hired from Shakespeare Martineau LLP in 2019. Clients describe Kisby as 'practical, accessible, and commercial'.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Macmillan

Other key lawyers:

Chris Kisby

Testimonials

The majority of dealings have been with Chris Kisby who I have known from his previous firm. I consider Chris to be a practical, accessible and commercial employment lawyer who is always willing to give an opinion in his advice rather than just a summary of the options. I use Chris for all of our complicated/delicate employment matters.’

The team is excellent, provides high class, practical advice and are excellent to work with.’

The individuals work very well as a team but it is worth singling out Chris Kisby who is a top class operator. Clear, easily digestible and practical advice is refreshingly useful.’

Key clients

ACAS East Midlands Region

Avanti West Coast Trains

Bibby Financial Services

British Geological Survey

Citibase

Commonwealth Games England

Coveris

Deloitte

Deutsche Bahn (DB Cargo)

Lowe Alpine Rab

Mountpark

National Veterinary Services

Newable

Nottingham Building Society

Redrow

Rivendell Europe Limited

Safran Landing Systems

Samworth Brothers Limited

The English Football League

Timex

Virgin Rail

Work highlights

  • Assisting Deloitte’s restructuring services with ad hoc advice in relation to employment law aspects of solvent restructuring and insolvency.
  • Provided 24/7 legal advice and support to Virgin Trains in relation to the significant threat of strike action and action short of a strike from the RMT Union.
  • Assisting Timex with its decision to rationalise its UK operations, including transferring its UK finance function to Amsterdam and its UK warehousing operations to Italy.

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP's team has particular experience of undertaking employment matters for clients in the automotive, food and drink, manufacturing and education sectors. The team handles high-value acquisitions, complex tribunal claims, TUPE, enforcement of restrictive covenants and senior executive exits. Key individuals at the firm include Leicester-based practice head Paula Bailey and Northampton-based partner Graham Irons. Director Alex Payton is praised for his 'professional' and 'approachable' manner.

Practice head(s):

Paula Bailey; Graham Irons

Other key lawyers:

Alex Payton

Testimonials

I was hugely impressed by the deeply knowledgable and at the same time approachable way that Howes Percival engage with their clients. We were dealing with complex and often urgent problems and it was so valuable to have received responsive, high quality and yet accessibly explained advice at each stage.’

Alex Payton is the senior partner we worked with and he was consistently excellent throughout the engagement. Readily available, supremely calm and reassuring in every call, it was noted by several colleagues and trustees how effectively he guided us through a challenging process. Exceptionally thorough and yet he always got straight to the heart of issues so that time never felt wasted. Utterly professional and yet highly approachable, I have found Alex to demonstrate a disarming humour and a personable nature resting atop enormous levels of expertise. Too often I have found experienced solicitors to be condescending and keen to flaunt their knowledge while with Alex I just found someone ready to help us when we needed it.’

Key clients

Activ Projects Limited

All3Media Group

Arzon Limited (a company registered in Canada)

British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

De Montfort University

Getronics Services UK Limited

GraceKennedy Limited

Hillarys Blinds Limited

Home-Start UK

Leicester Freemen’s Deputies

Marston’s PLC

Mercedes-Benz

Milton Keynes College

Nampak Plastics Europe Limited

RASE Distribution Limited

RS Components Limited / Electrocomponents plc

Saffron Apothecaries (Leicester) Limited

Terex Corporation

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

The Gym Limited

Tsys EMEA

World Vision UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Progress Bedford Limited on the sale of three Skoda motor dealerships to Marshalls.
  • Assisted Cadman Capital Group with employment and HR-related advice on two acquisitions for the Group’s sports shooting and country wear division.
  • Advised Connells Survey & Valuation Limited on TUPE matters regarding the acquisition of the business and assets of Miller Metcalf Surveyors from its administrators.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP handles high-profile and business-critical outsourcings and restructures, complex grievance procedures, disciplinary and other employee relations matters, and employment tribunal claims. The team has a strong focus on the retail sector and acts for Debenhams, Boots Management Services Limited, and Brighthouse. Practice head Helen Burgess leads the team alongside Michael Briggs, who was recently promoted to partner. Clients praise the team for its 'very good response rate' and for its 'approachable' nature.

Practice head(s):

Helen Burgess; Michael Briggs

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Staples

Testimonials

I have always found Helen to be approachable. Michael Briggs, and to a lesser extent Charlotte, have been my main points of contact. Both have been excellent in terms of the quality of advice given.’

The team are very responsive and good at keeping one another up to date such that they can cover if necessary.’

I deal with Charlotte Staples and Michael Briggs predominantly. Both are excellent to work with. As well as extensive knowledge which you would expect, they are both very ‘human’ and approachable which makes dealing with them very straightforward.’

Very good response rate, don’t have to wait long for a response.’

Key clients

ATS Euromaster Limited

Tructyre Fleet Management Limited

Vauxhall Motors Limited

John Deere Limited

Coloplast Limited

Caversham Finance Limited (t/a BrightHouse)

SC Johnson Professional Limited

Albumedix Limited

Boots Management Services Limited

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

Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited

DHL Services Limited

AOT Energy Limited

Eelpower Limited

Leicester Racecourse

Rutland Water Cycling Limited

Sandvik Group of Companies

Nortek Global HVAC (UK) Limited

British Retail Consortium

Kuehne + Nagel Limited

I-Solutions Global Limited

ProPharma Group MIS Limited

Techtronic Industries Limited

Cope Children’s Trust (t/a Rainbows)

Ideagen Plc

Nottingham City Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised ATS Euromaster Limited on a restructure of its senior leadership team.
  • Successfully advised the client on the defence and resolution to a whistleblower’s application for interim relief following dismissal.
  • Advising the client’s ongoing defence to multijurisdictional complaints brought by multiple claimants for unpaid holiday pay on the basis of historic overtime worked.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP has an experienced employment law practice that acts for both public and private sector clients in the commercial, education, public, health and insurance industries. The team works closely with HR departments and frequently holds training seminars and presentations to prevent future disputes. The team, which is led by Peter Jones, focuses on a broad range of matters, including TUPE, termination of contracts, disputes and strike actions involving trade unions.

Practice head(s):

Peter Jones

Key clients

Hiscox

Sunrise Records and Entertainment Limited

Nottingham Forest Football Club

Various Academies

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Wolverhampton City Council

East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust

Mertrux Limited

Transalliance

EM Lawshare

Work highlights

  • Deliver on behalf of Hiscox a dedicated outsourced claims handling service relating to EPLI insured employment claims.
  • Acting for hundreds of judges in connection with a number of separate proceedings relating to pensions, including successful Supreme Court proceedings for which judgment was handed down in December 2019.
  • Acted for Sunrise Records on the high profile acquisition of the business and assets from HMV from the joint administrators which related to circa 100 HMV stores and nearly 1500 jobs.

HCR Hewitsons

The employment practice at HCR Hewitsons is highly capable across a wide range of matters, with a particular strength in solving TUPE issues. The team works closely with the corporate finance team by providing TUPE advice and guidance on terminating/negotiating employment contracts in the context of M&A. Practice head Nick Hall 'offers pragmatic, commercial advice'. Clients praise the team's 'can-do attitude' and 'prompt' results.

Practice head(s):

Nick Hall

Testimonials

Nick Hall understands our business extremely well and offers pragmatic, commercial advice. He responds to queries quickly and respectfully.’

Very open and have a ‘can-do’ attitude. Clearly very professional and they were extremely helpful.’

A very diverse spread of solicitors offering good quality advice.’

Fast, responsive and attentive to our needs.’

Prompt and professional and as you would expect, excellent attention to detail.’

Key clients

Travis Perkins PLC and its subsidiaries

Perrys Motor Sales Limited

Medigold Health Consultancy Limited

Mace Limited

VolkerWessels Limited

WF Education Group Limited/WF Education Group Holdings Limited

Biogen (UK) Limited

The Good Loaf CIC

Telford Holmes PLC

Royce Lingerie Limited

The Institute of the Motor Industry

Trustees of Trumpington Village Hall

Harvard Bioscience Inc.

Medical Research Network Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on the employment aspects of the business purchase by The Good Loaf of The Café, All Saints Church from the Mayor of Northampton, Tony Ansell.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a well-established reputation for handling Employment Tribunal litigation, with its varied workload including complex discrimination and whistleblowing cases. On the non-contentious side, the team regularly advises on the employment-related aspects of corporate and commercial transactions. Practice head Philip Pepper is the national head of employment and he also leads the East Midlands team. In 2019, Chris Kisby departed for Gateley Plc, although the practice was bolstered by the arrival of Rhys Wyborn from Geldards LLP. Highlights included Wyborn representing the League Against Cruel Sports in a high-profile veganism claim. Legal director Sandeep Leighs is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Philip Pepper

Other key lawyers:

Rhys Wyborn; Sandeep Leighs

Testimonials

Very communicative style with an insightful knowledge of our particular issues and concerns.’

Rhys Wyborn has been our lawyer for several years now, dealing with particularly tricky cases, one of which made the headlines. He has really put every effort into our cases, generously given discounts and pro-bono work and works very well with out team.’

This team headed by the supremely affable, down to earth and hard working Phil Pepper are a lean litigation machine.’

Very commercial and give sound advice in tricky and sometimes emotional situations.’

Our main contact is Sandeep Leighs and she has found a solution to every problem that we have discussed with her, including some incredibly challenging HR cases.’

Great understanding of the dynamics within the business and working with us to achieve required objectives.’

Key clients

Iceland Foods Limited

MTR Crossrail

The Chartered Institute of Marketing

Karcher

NEBOSH

Toyota Materials Handling (UK) Limited

Everards Brewery Limited

Pall-Ex UK Limited

Valeo Confectionery Limited

Thorntons

Virgin Trains

Commonwealth Games England

Nmcn Plc

League Against Cruel Sports

Natilik Limited

Motion Picture Solutions Ltd

ForceDry Ltd

Curio Ltd

EA Products Ltd

H T Godfrey & Sons

Greenwood Academies Trust

Fisher German Limited

Becketts Foods Limited

Whitworth Bros. Limited

Ford & Slater Limited

The Bridge (East Midlands)

Leicestershire Action For Mental Health Project

Jelson Limited

Shield Engineering (Syston) Limited

Carrs Flour Mills Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending Iceland Foods Limited in unfair dismissal claims.
  • Retained by Virgin Trains to provide strategic employment advice and to defend all Employment Tribunal claims.
  • Retained by The Pall-Ex Group to provide strategic employment advice and support and to defend all employment tribunal claims.

Wilkin Chapman LLP

Wilkin Chapman LLP has a strong track record handling employment matters for clients in the public and quasi-public sectors, including local authorities, education, and health. The practice also has a strong focus on advising private sector employers in the food, logistics, warehousing and packaging industries. A niche area of growth for the firm is the military and offer employment-related services. Teresa Thomas is the overall head of the firm's employment practice in Lincolnshire, although Jane Eatock leads the Grimsby team. Richard Parnell joined from Bridge McFarland LLP.

Practice head(s):

Teresa Thomas

Testimonials

The team work in partnership to achieve the desired outcome. They have a knowledge and insight into the business which ensures that they are aware of the demands and challenges faced and can adapt any advice given, as appropriate. They are extremely knowledgeable and up to date in their professional area of expertise and give customers the confidence in the advice that they provide.’

Jane Eatock – the extensive knowledge and experience in her professional area of expertise, the ability to adapt this to meet the needs of your own individual business and ensuring that she has a high level of understanding of the business. Extremely personable and professional in approach. Commitment to providing high quality, efficient and effective service.’

The employment team has been professional and approachable to my client during the difficult period of staff redundancies. They have the capabilities to handle difficult circumstances/client engagements and have been of great help to my client.

Oliver Tasker has provided a first class service to my client in dealing with the protracted issue of redundancies – he has helped to relieve the stress of the situation and bring it to a conclusion as efficiently as possible.’

Extremely approachable and really take the time to understand our business. I have watched members of the team present at many networking events and it is clear that they are extremely passionate about their subject.’

Oliver Tasker is a fantastic asset to the business, his help and support has been extremely valuable to me and he has been a fantastic support.’

Key clients

DFDS

DSV Road Limited

Mizkan Euro Ltd

Auto Trail VR Limited

Freshney Green Limited

Freshney Pelham Care Limited

Healing Multi Academy Trust

Tollbar Multi Academy Trust

Garway Medical Practice

Woodthorpe Garden Centre

Nippon Gases UK Limited

Napier Turbochargers Limited

Bursar Primary Academy

The St Lawrence Academy

Lincolnshire Housing Partnership

Daniella Draper

Waltham Leas Primary Academy

L.J. Fairburn & Sons Limited

Controlled Building Measures Limited

Vending Enterprises Limited

St Andrews Hospice Limited

Signhills Academy Limited

Lindum Group Limited

Fives Landis Limited

Househam Sprayers Limited

Ambitions Personnel Limited

Bransby Horses

Howorth Air Technology Limited

North Kesteven Academy

Grimsby Cleethorpes and Humber YMCA

Lovelle Bacons LLP

The Ramsden Group

West Berkshire Council

Community Inclusive Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised an international group on the significant restructure of its UK operations.
  • Defending group action Tribunal claims for a major employer in respect of TUPE and unlawful deductions from wages.
  • Advising a client on a collective redundancy consultation with redundancies across multiple departments in a unionised workforce.

Actons

Actons advise on a wide range of employment and HR issues for owner-managed businesses and SMEs, as well as household name clients such as Iceland Foods and Bistrot Pierre. The team's key strengths include advising on Employment Tribunals, absence management and providing training. James Symons, who was promoted to director, is 'friendly, calm and incredibly knowledgeable'. Practice head Nic Elliott is an 'engaging partner' and maintains a strong 'rapport' with his clients.

Practice head(s):

Nic Elliot

Other key lawyers:

James Symons

Testimonials

Team is very professional. Advice is easy to understand and solicitors gain an excellent rapport with clients. The team has a calm approach to put you at ease and its knowledge is exceptional.’

We deal with James Symons (Director) predominantly, who is friendly, calm, incredibly knowledgeable, and always very reassuring. He is always available to take calls and is very engaging to assist in all matters whether basic or very complicated.’

Nic Elliot is without question the most engaging partner in any law firm that we encounter. He is able to balance the gravity of situations with a light heartedness that ensures rapport and trust are maintained throughout.’

The Actons team has a key skill of being able to ask direct probing questions to get you to the nub of the issue quickly. Their advice is always pragmatic, never one to ‘sit on the fence’ which is really helpful and their offer options dependent on your individual circumstances. The legal knowledge is always up to date and they support advice with input from experience and lessons learned etc.’

Nic Elliot is my main point of contact. I trust and respect his opinion. He always gives good counsel, even when it’s not good news or the easy option in a way that gets you to understand the next steps and consequences. He listens first, asks questions and then offers advice. James Symons is my second in command if Nic is unavailable and I really appreciate his humour. Again like Nic excellent knowledge and advice.’

Key clients

Lookers Plc

Iceland Foods Ltd

Leicester College

J Tomlinson Limited

The Rug Company

The Air Ambulance Service

Commify Ltd

Direct Health Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a national food retailer on several Employment Tribunal cases involving a complex discrimination and constructive dismissal claim.
  • Assisted a client in the communications sector on a variety of complex matters including a restructure and exiting of senior individuals.
  • Advised a national retailer on a number of complex issues including the exit of several senior individuals from the business, maternity leave/pay policies, strategic advice and Employment Tribunal claims.  

Flint Bishop LLP

The employment practice at Flint Bishop LLP has a strong offering and is recognised for its work in Employment Tribunal litigation, education, charities, general commercial and corporate support. Its key clients include Loomis UK Limited, Sheffield United Football Club and Raleigh UK Limited. The firm frequently holds training events for clients and its team offers a wealth of knowledge and experience in employment and HR matters. Practice head Louise Easthope is 'fantastic'. Simon Brian has joined the group from Capsticks LLP.

Practice head(s):

Louise Easthope

Other key lawyers:

Simon Brian

Testimonials

They are able to give on point advice and their response to any issue that arises is fantastic. I am confident with the advice they provide me as well as giving me a good understanding of the situation and the legal elements attached to the situation. In particularly, their partner Louise Easthope is fantastic and is always at hand to provide our organisation excellent legal advice and also give us confidence in her knowledge of the law. Her communication skills are absolutely excellent both over the phone and through email.’

Louise Easthope, simply put is fantastic. She is very clear, concise and thorough when providing us with legal advice. She is very helpful and makes us feel confident in her employment law knowledge/advice. She has excellent analytical, judgement and communicative skills. She has helped us with a range of employment issues, but the one thing that particularly stands out about Louise is that she is always able to come back with a response efficiently and in a timely manner. She is excellent in her area of law and has not steered us wrong. I feel very confident in the advice she provides us and always know that regardless of any employment issue that may possibly arise, Louise will be at hand to guide and provide us support through it.’

Flint Bishop are extremely good at keeping its clients up to date with new legislation by holding regular up date sessions for its clients to attend. They are informative but also give you the opportunity to discuss and listen to other companies issues and learn from them how to deal with situations you may not have had. Flint Bishop get back to you extremely quickly which when you are in a situation you need to have answers quickly they give that support which is excellent. The team are extremely approachable and friendly which makes you feel at ease.’

Key clients

Loomis UK Limited

Yu Group Plc

Bowmer + Kirkland Limited

Ward Recycling

Tchibo Coffee International 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

Carlisle Construction Materials Limited (t/a CCM Europe)

HOMAG UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on the employment aspects of a multimillion pound buy-in management buy-out of MRDB, the UK’s largest wholesale distributor of parts and components for the caravan and motorhome industry.
  • Acted on behalf of the former shareholders of Commsoft, who sold their business to Valsoft Corporation Inc, a Canadian company specialising in the acquisition and development of vertical market software businesses.
  • Successfully defended a secondary school academy against an application for interim relief which had been submitted to the employment tribunal under s128 Employment Rights Act 1996.

Geldards LLP

Geldards LLP has a strong track record in the Employment Tribunal and handles a broad range of cases, including those concerning the national minimum wage, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and discrimination. With Rhys Wyborn departing the firm for Shakespeare Martineau LLP, Emma Tice has taken over as the practice head. Clients describe Tice as a 'fantastic addition' to the team and praise her for 'quick responses'. Tice has been responsible for the launch of an innovative online platform called AccessHR which is detailed employment law and HR documentation.

Practice head(s):

Emma Tice

Testimonials

The team at Geldards are great, incredibly reliable and competent.’

I had a complicated partnership issue which needed a quick response but at the same time diplomacy and compassion were important to me. Emma Tice at Geldards delivered on all issues admirably and at incredible speed.’

The employment law team help make my life easier by assisting me in managing day to day issues, keeping me abreast of developments and provide insight into future trends arising from current case law.’

Emma Tice has been a fantastic addition to the firm, not only has she set up a key online function for Geldards but she is always on hand to deliver the best advice for your business and answers all queries with both legal and business focus which is key for us.’

Key clients

Toray Advance Composites

Wrekin products Limited

Litho Supplies (UK) Limited

Derby County Football Club

Picsolve International Limited

Red Box Recorders Limited

West Park School

Assemblies of God Incorporated

Railway Electrical Services Limited

Pearce Signs Limited

Buster and Punch Limited

LKAB Minerals Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a new client in the automotive manufacture sector, on their cross-border integration with their Japanese and European group, including TUPE implications and aligning compliance and employment matters within the group.
  • Providing all the employment and HR advice to a UK based PLC such as internal employee issues to senior executives, regulatory reporting requirements and any litigated employment matters.
  • Providing on-going advice to a company following an HMRC inspection in relation to national minimum wage and employment status issues.

Knights plc

With Knights plc acquiring Fraser Brown in February 2020, it has inherited the firm's sizeable employment practice. One name to note is Clive Day, who is experienced in complex employment cases, including multi-party claims. He acts for clients such as listed companies, private corporates and senior executives. The team focuses on a range of employment matters, including those connected with insolvencies, recruitment agency regulation and senior executive exits. Kimbra Welch and Rachel Hatton are also recommended.

Testimonials

I feel confident that the team are doing their very best for me and that I am in safe hands. I also feel valued and that nothing is too much trouble. The team are very honest and I value their opinions on matters.’

I feel close to the team in a more personal way, I don’t feel like just another client. Clive Day has gone above and beyond for me and I really feel like he is fighting my corner.’

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited is well-recognised in the education sector. Its employment team works closely with the dispute resolution and corporate/commercial departments to cover a wide range of mandates. The group's expertise includes restrictive covenants and the misuse by employees of confidential information, as well as TUPE issues. Restructuring and insolvency work is an area of growth for the team, which is led by practice head Laura Kearsley. She is an experienced Employment Tribunal advocate and a regular presenter at seminars and training events.

Practice head(s):

Laura Kearsley

Testimonials

Accessible, down to earth and passionate.’

They are a very professional team who tell you like it is whether or not it is what you prefer to hear. They then use their excellent professional expertise to solve the legal issue in the most cost effective way. You feel like a family member who is treated as an important person.’

Laura Kearsley is focussed, has great tactical/strategic awareness and is great with clients.’

Chattertons

Chattertons has a highly regarded employment law team that handles corporate support work, collective redundancy consultations and day-to-day HR support. The firm's client base includes small regional businesses and large household names. A key area of activity for the firm is the education sector. Danielle Lister, who leads the team, specialises in discrimination and unfair dismissal claims. Clients praise the team's 'commercial manner'. Grant Shackleston and Natasha Halliday are also key individuals.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Lister

Other key lawyers:

Grant Shackleston

Testimonials

Practice has a strong employment law team with the ability to interpret law in a practical and commercial manner fully understanding the client’s perspective.’

Danielle Lister is excellent at understanding issues both quickly and fully, always available at short notice to provide advice, guidance and support.’

Very helpful, dynamic team.’

Grant Shackleston is great at understanding the specifics of our business and asks very detailed questions to make sure he gets it right. Very good in explaining “law language” into plain English.’

Langleys Solicitors LLP

The employment practice at Langleys Solicitors LLP has a large client base in the education sector and acts as trustees for local academies. The team also has a strong record in Employment Tribunal cases. Kate Hindmarch, who is the head of the practice, also acts as a fee-paid judge. Associate Aleksandra Flack is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kate Hindmarch

Other key lawyers:

Aleksandra Flack

Testimonials

I have worked with the Langleys’ team since October 2019. I have found them to be approachable, knowledgeable with a focus on providing commercial advice.’

I have worked particularly closely with Aleksandra Flack who has provided excellent advice often responding within very tight timescales. Aleks is professional but very approachable offering commercial solutions.’

Key clients

Priory Federation of Academies Trust

Lincoln College

R.H.Smith & Sons Ltd

Lincolnshire Action Trust

Damons Restaurant (UK) Ltd

Saria Plc

Long Clawson Dairy Ltd

Finlay Beverages

Thames Ambulance Service Limited

Greenzone Facilities Management

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Premier Care Direct Ltd against claims of constructive unfair dismissal and protected disclosure.

Premier Legal LLP

Premier Legal LLP is a specialist law firm that solely practices employment law. The firm advises on all aspects of employment law and HR matters, and frequently provides client training on a range of issues, such as appraisals and diversity. The firm's long-term clients are in the electrical and facilities management, hoteliers, financial services and education sectors. Practice head Sarah  Robinson and Adrian Barnes are key individuals to note. Clients praise the team for its 'friendly and professional' advice.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Barnes

Testimonials

Friendly and professional advice is always given by all members of the team.’

We usually work with Sarah Robinson who always gives us the advice and support we need. She is professional and always makes us feel at ease to be able to ask any questions which we need to. Karen Murrin, office manager, is always our first point of contact and is very friendly and efficient.’

Always fast to answer our questions, provide regular updates on important topics relevant to our business and communicate in a clear, effective and relevant way.’

Adrian Barnes has proven time and time again to understand our business, quickly responds to our needs and deals with all the requests we make quickly and professionally.’

Sarah Robinson provides excellent and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Milltek Sport

Salop Sand & Gravel Company Ltd

The Place Young Peoples Company

SSG Haulage

Mortar & Screed

Kings Carpets

Safe Style Security

Acredo Finance

Premier Electrical

Belvoir Letting

Diurnal PLC

World Service Restaurant

Work highlights

  • Successfully defending Safestyle Security in the employment tribunal after claims of race discrimination, harassment and victimisation were filed by a new employee.
  • Successful restructuring of Salop Sand and Gravel, following the exhaustion of product within a quarry, without having to lose employees to compulsory redundancies.
  • Successful restructure of SSG Haulage without compulsory redundancy.

Smith Partnership

Smith Partnership acts for SMEs, large corporate enterprises, charities, educational establishments and public sector employers. Its team advises senior employees on contracts, exits, settlement agreements and post-employment obligations. James Johnson heads up the employment practice.

Practice head(s):

James Johnson