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Carey Olsen ‘can easily hold its own against competitors in the employment field’. Practice head Siobhan Riley led the advice to a leading accountancy practice with regard to race discrimination and unfair constructive dismissal claims brought against it and an individual within the company. A major international bank appointed ‘engaging and swift’ counsel Huw Thomas, who ‘never disappoints’, to collaborate with the corporate team to advise on the employment aspects of its sale, including specific issues pertaining to the transfer of senior executives. He also continues to work alongside associate Tarina Le Boutillier to advise a major infrastructure asset owner and operator on a range of union, data protection and industrial relation disputes before the Employment Tribunal. Other notable highlights included handling a subject access request dispute, restructuring and pension issues with regard to ring-fencing proceedings for banking clients, and senior executive exits.

Mourant Ozannes’ dedicated employment team ‘cannot be faulted at all - the knowledge base is excellent and the response time is rapid’. The ‘exceptional’ Carla Benest, who heads the practice, ‘goes above and beyond’; she defended a global trust against two separate unfair dismissal and discrimination claims before the Employment Tribunal. A global bank appointed a team supported by senior associate Laurie Child – who recently arrived from Bevan Brittan LLP – to handle the dismissal of a senior executive amid potential defamation and breach of contract proceedings. In other highlights, the team oversaw the employment law aspects of a well-known charitable foundation’s relocation from London to Jersey, and associate Katie Phillips was part of the team instructed to advise on immigration, work permit and business licensing issues on behalf of a leading banking software provider. Counsel Mathew Cook is also recommended. In addition,  Edward Devenport contributes pensions expertise.

Its ‘timely and appropriate responses in challenging situations’ and ‘second-to-none business knowledge’ make Ogier’s employment law service ‘excellent all around’. Practice head and counsel Michael Little  led the business licensing aspects of Premier Inn’s setting up of its hotel in Jersey, while associate Laura Shirreffs  oversaw the review of employee contracts and handbooks. The practice was also appointed to handle corporate support work, provide counsel on deferred compensation and restrictive covenants, and handle disputes pertaining to pay and unfair dismissal claims. Leading individual Helen Ruelle, who is the firm's director of local legal services, joined the firm from Mourant Ozannes in 2018, while senior associate Will Austin-Vautier joined from Bedell Cristin. Next generation-ranked lawyer Daniel Read joined Walkers Jersey from Ogier in 2018.

Appleby’s employment outfit operates as a sub-team of the wider dispute resolution practice under the leadership of counsel Richard Sheldon, who leads the employment work across the Channel Islands. The main bulk of Sheldon’s caseload revolves around corporate support, compromise agreements, immigration and housing issues, pensions and data protection. HSBC recently appointed the group to advise on the employment and pension aspects of its restructuring across the crown dependencies, and a fiduciary services business instructed the firm to undertake an independent investigation into allegations that its chief compliance officer had suppressed information from the board and the regulator. Also notable were Fraser Robertson’s defence of a hospitality company in an unpaid wages claim filed by a former employee, and his work for a public sector employee with regard to his allegations that his employer misused personal data pertaining to him and his spouse.

The ‘level of service is always excellent, the industry knowledge is always on-point, and response times are always fast’ at BCR Law. Appointed by clients to handle disciplinary issues, compromise agreements and policy reviews, Jean-Marie Renouf ’s employment practice recently assisted the longstanding director of an international fiduciary business with the negotiation of her severance package. In other highlights, the ‘approachable’ Wendy Lambert advised a number of public sector employees regarding the restructuring of their department and outsourcing of their functions to a new private company, and handled the full gamut of employment issues in the context of the corporate acquisition of a Jersey company.

At Bedell Cristin, litigation partner David Cadin acted for the non-executive directors of a Jersey-based company in their allegations that the head of the company bullied several members of management and staff. A major telecoms company also retains the practice to advise on a variety of employment issues, including sexual harassment, union interactions, data protection and corporate restructurings.

Callington Chambers makes ‘tailoring its services to clients’ needs part of its DNA’ and its lawyers are ‘highly responsive, personable and professional’. Founding partner Vicky Milner ‘has a quick, sharp mind’ and clients ‘can rely on her sound judgement as situations unfold’; she recently acted on behalf of a director in an international legal services business in unfair dismissal and personal injury claims, and advised executive directors of international trusts on the termination of employment contracts. Data protection expert Davida Blackmore’s ‘friendly demeanour and approachable nature makes trying situations much easier to deal with’. Her recent highlights include overseeing several appeals to the Information Commissioner under the Freedom of Information Act, assisting the Information Commissioner with the updating of Jersey’s data protection legislation, and drafting a report on the theft of data from a local company by ex-employees.

Particularly strong in the financial services sector, the employment law offering at Collas Crill provides the full gamut of services, including support in the context of corporate transactions, senior executive severance negotiations and litigation. Key names include corporate and insolvency specialist Paul Wilson and dispute resolution partner Elena Moran. The practice's client roster features names such as SigmaRoc, Condor Ferries and Coutts & Co.

At Voisin Law, the 'personable, knowledgeable and professional' Dexter Flynn is recommended for his 'calming influence' and 'ability to give clarity to awkward situations'. He is supported by English solicitor Stephanie Habin in his advice to employers, senior management teams and corporates with regard to employment disputes, contractual amendments and the employment aspects of M&A transactions. In addition to handling a number of unfair dismissal claims, the team recently acted for a trust company in a data protection issue arising from the theft of company information by a former employee following her termination.

Parslows fields associate and litigation practice head Chris Austin to handle disputes in the employment space. He is currently advising an employer on a compromise agreement and the defence of an unfair dismissal claim. On the advisory side, the team also assists employers with contractual documentation, including non-solicitation clauses and restrictive covenants.

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