Employers in London
The employment team at Allen & Overy LLP has a standout reputation among high-profile companies from the financial services and TMT sectors. Among major team developments, Robbie Sinclair, an expert on the new regulatory regime for financial services, was promoted to partner in May 2019. Another key development was the lateral hire of Vicky Wickremeratne, who joined from Simmons & Simmons in December 2019. She brings a wealth of expertise in financial services; other strengths include cross-border matters and high-value litigation, especially in discrimination and whistleblowing. The 'one of a kind' team head Sarah Henchoz continues to be highly active on investigations of reputational importance for a number of market-leading companies. Other senior team members are Karen Seward and Mark Mansell. Alongside core work spanning litigation, strategic advisory work and transactional support, the team has grown its work in culture and conduct matters, especially in areas including bullying and sexual harassment.
Gold standard attention to contentious matters which allows in-house specialists to truly rely on the cost effective management of litigation and disputes.
Incisive commercial interpretation of risks and quick out of the starting blocks with their views, always thought leaders on new challenges.
Sarah Henchoz: Almost superhuman ability to be on the detail where needed, without losing her strategic poise. One of a kind in the market.
Robbie Sinclair: highly pragmatic commercial approach
Robbie Sinclair and Sarah Hitchins are a team that can provide us with comprehensive advice on employment and related regulatory matters as well as support in employee disputes. Trusted advisers on matters that can carry significant reputational consequences. Their advice is always practical and reflects an understanding of our individual and institutional concerns.
Vicky Wickremeratne is solution orientated and pragmatic. In particular, I find that her many years working at a global investment bank before returning to private practice give her a differentiated commercial perspective.
Sarah Henchoz is a trusted partner for our team on some of our trickiest issues. She provides clear legal advice and, much more than that, thought leadership and partnership on some of our trickiest issues.
Exceptionally client focused, very pragmatic and understand our issues completely.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
A number of banks, building societies and insurers (in excess of 40) and a number of FCA-only authorised firms (in excess of 35), including asset and fund managers and broker-dealers
- Advising Commonwealth Bank of Australia on a range of strategic matters/projects.
- Advising a number of banks, building societies and insurers (in excess of 40) and a number of FCA-only authorised firms (in excess of 35), including asset and fund managers and broker-dealers on the post-implementation issues regarding SMCR.
- Advising Samsung SDS on all employment and benefits issues relating to the client’s acquisition of Harman’s business.
Baker McKenzie is a leading firm for strategic advisory work, especially for high-profile clients with an international workforce. In this space, it regularly advises on complex multinational restructurings, major cross-border deals and staffing models. Another area of strength lies in litigation and internal investigations, especially for clients in the financial services sector. Industrial relations are an equally important source of work, and in particular the practice is highly-regarded for its work regarding European Works Councils. The highly experienced John Evason heads up the employment team. Other key lawyers include Monica Kurnatowska, an expert in regulatory aspects of employment work, especially in financial services, and Carl Richards, whose expertise centres on non-contentious and transactional work. At the junior end of the team, two associates to note are Lily Collyer, recently active in equal pay and internal investigation matters, and Annabel Mackay, who has specialist experience defending high-value discrimination and whistleblowing complaints in regulated sectors.
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The Bakers employment team is fast, pragmatic and solutions-oriented. Employment is a real area of universal strength at the firm, which enables my organisation (a multi-national) to work with confidence with their employment practitioners around the world.
Monica Kurnatowska and Kim Sartin are excellent and experienced London-based lawyers who are proactive with their advice, and laser-focused on bringing employment disputes to an end economically and efficiently.
The Baker McKenzie team are unique in their ability to balance legal views and risk with a practical and commercial mindset. This is coupled with the team’s ability to execute in a fast-paced decision making environment. On numerous occasions they have been key to unlocking a route through a complex integration activity. These two skills together make the team a trusted powerhouse and differentiate them for other firms I have worked with.
Carl Richards has instilled the global business mindset in his team and his M&A knowledge and experience is evident and invaluable. I am always impressed by the level of complexity Carl can simplify and create judgement and insights from. His resilience during periods of pressure have also helped me personally and I have relied on his counsel and humour during difficult times. He brings energy to the overall team which is so important during M&A to keep the team delivering.
Provide practical, pragmatic advice which goes beyond what the law says, to how it can be applied in our situation and what options are the most appropriate and effective.
Monica Kurnatowska is able to make us feel she is in our team and adapts her style for the different levels of management that she interacts with. She always talks about ‘us’ and not ‘you’ which I particularly appreciate. Kim Sartin has a very good understanding of the company´s requirements, is very responsive, has a very friendly attitude, and provides sound and practical advice
The BM Employment team is incredibly strong – very commercial, solution-focused and client-friendly. The lawyers all have solid transactional expertise in addition to their specialist employment law knowledge, meaning that their approach is generally much more commercially minded and well-suited to large global employers. They are really personable, straightforward and approachable. I appreciate the concise, focused and clear advice, which allows me to spend more time doing my job and less time getting through long and complex notes and memoranda.
Julia Wilson is a strong employment lawyer with a wealth of transactional expertise. She has keen attention to detail but at the same time is commercially-minded, offering solutions rather than raising problems. She is straightforward and understanding of the need to manage costs. She is a great relationship lawyer and has become a trusted adviser to our company.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)
IAG/ British Airways
Lloyds of London
Tapestry Inc (formerly known as Coach Inc)
Alliance Boots PLC
Guardian Media Group
- Advising BBC on equal pay issues.
- Advising Platinum Equity across all areas of its business including providing post-deal employment law advice across many jurisdictions.
- Representing Addison Lee on significant litigation in the Court of Appeal relating to classification of its workforce.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP excels across a wide range of areas in employment law, including in large and complex contentious matters with industry-wide repercussions. It is equally at home handling crisis-management work, in the wake of IT failures and data breaches, high-value bullying and harassment claims and sensitive internal investigations for high-profile corporate clients. The practice also brings deep experience in supporting major transactions across a wide range of industries. Andrew Taggart, who heads up the team, maintains a broad client base of household names; he regularly advises on corporate governance issues and has been recently defending two major equal pay and worker status claims. Other key team members are Tim Leaver and Christine Young. The veteran partner Peter Frost moved into a full-time consultant role in August 2019. At associate level, Jennifer Andrews continues to work on some of the team's biggest contentious matters, while maintaining a strong advisory practice.
A first-rate combination of practical knowledge, deep experience of employment law and litigation, and strategic wisdom. I have been impressed by the team’s willingness to go the extra mile to analyse the problems and find workable solutions
Andrew Taggart – a global head of employment and masterly project manager; he is able to keep the team together, productive and motivated during times of intense work, always with good humour. He differs from other solicitors I have worked with who have reached these dizzy heights but now can be pompous and difficult.
Peter Frost – Academically very bright, knows the law, which is very important and very responsive
Jenny Andrews and Genna Oakes are rising stars. They get the strategy and quickly turn complex discussion into high quality and clearly written legal work.
Among the most client focused firms around – excellent analytical approach to problems.
Tim Leaver and Jenny Andrews are both highly motivated, very business aware and thoughtful lawyers. This makes working with them both exciting and very productive. Deep knowledge of issues arising from new technology such as Artificial Intelligence and its implications for the workspace. Excellent data privacy skills.
An outstanding team of commercial employment litigators who combine their commercial experience with employment expertise which is second to none. One of few leading firms which regularly litigates high profile commercial employment disputes.
Christine Young – highly respected partner who is trusted by demanding clients with some of the most difficult litigation around.
Lloyds Banking Group
- Defending equal pay claims brought by several thousand Tesco store colleagues. The issues are relevant to many employers both in the retail sector and other sectors. Two questions were recently referred to the CJEU and the proceedings are likely to break new ground on a number of English law issues.
- Acting for JLT in a high-profile High Court claim against the Hyperion group (including Howden) for inducing breaches of contract and unlawful conspiracy. This arose out of a large-scale recruiting exercise by Hyperion.
- Advising on the employment aspects of Chevron’s most significant ever North Sea asset divestment following a multi-bidder auction-style arrangement. The sale comprises Chevron’s interests in nine gas and oilfields in the North Sea and involves the transfer of around 500 Chevron employees.
Lewis Silkin LLP has a longstanding status as a premier employment firm and provides the full spectrum of market-leading advice. The practice is uniquely structured to include dedicated teams focusing on High Court litigation, trade unions, data protection and international work, respectively. 'Fantastic' team head Richard Miskella (also the firm's joint managing partner) has expertise in discrimination cases, investigations and culture change programmes. Other key names include the 'hugely experienced' chairman of the firm, Michael Burd; the 'exceptional' Sean Dempsey, an expert in the tech sector; and the 'great strategist' Toni Lorenzo, whose practice focuses on restrictive covenants and team moves. Nicholas Hadaway heads up the senior executives practice. Among notable other partners are the 'outstanding' Michael Anderson, co-head of the High Court employment litigation practice, for his expertise in the financial services sector, and the 'excellent' Karen Baxter, for her investigations practice. Associate Sarah McWhinney is building a strong senior executives practice.
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‘Lewis Silkin operate at the highest level of employment law expertise and undertake many cutting-edge cases. There are few solicitors’ firms which attain such high analytical standards and show such in-depth legal knowledge. They are also tactically astute and enormously hardworking. Dealing with the team is always a delight – interpersonal skills are excellent.’
‘The Lewis Silkin team are unbeatable on employee competition issues. They are at the top of the market by a country mile – no other firm has the breadth of experience that Lewis Silkin does. Toni Lorenzo and Mike Anderson are at the top of their game.’
‘Toni Lorenzo and Mike Anderson are both brilliant black letter lawyers – but more than that, they have an instinctive sense for the killer point that comes of years of experience. There are no other partners to match them in the employee competition market at present.’
‘Lewis Silkin are more pragmatic than many legal practices and truly get the need to be commercial. They will always present different options and make a great assessment of risk. Their Ius Laboris network of global lawyers is fabulous.’
‘Sean Dempsey brings a welcome dose of common sense – he gets to the nub of the issue quickly and I find this is common across the firm. We have used the UK Rockhopper service for smaller cases along with the Ius Laboris network and every adviser has engaged with us very well and has been responsive and their advice has been sensible. They appreciate the fast high pressure environment of a growing international business.’
‘Mike Anderson is outstanding and a trusted adviser – always goes the extra mile.’
‘The unique factor is the real breadth of employment related expertise at Lewis Silkin. And the friendly and very responsive approach to problem solving.’
‘Michael Burd – a very good legal mind/knowledge with an extremely practical and sensible approach to problem solving. And quick to answer emails. I feel privileged to be able to work with him.’
‘Lewis Silkin’s employment law offering is excellent. As well as technical rigour, they are agile, responsive, and transparent on costs. These things are equally important. Their complementary offering is superb: as well as pure employment, it covers fields like data privacy which are supplementary but integral to workplace issues. Their offerings are practical and international, which is vital to me.’
‘I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Lewis Silkin’s employment team; they have surpassed my expectations.’
‘Colin Leckey is extremely responsive, practical and instinctively understands the key underlying commercial issues behind a question. I value his common sense and collaborative stance, as well as his expertise.’
‘Sean Dempsey is exceptional. With his counsel we have navigated our way through some rough seas! He is super responsive, open to how we may want to do things differently & is a trusted adviser not only on UK matters but also on an EMEA wide basis. He doesn’t bombard you with legal jargon & most of all he understands the way we do things. He is able to see the wood for the trees & come up with clear advice even in the most complex scenarios.’
‘Strength in depth and near unrivalled experience in high end High Court litigation and related arbitration in respect of team moves, injunctive relief, confidential information, restrictive covenants’
‘Michael Anderson – all over the detail, a real thinker, great strategist.
‘Michael Burd has been there, seen it and done it more than entire teams at other firms. Unflappable.’
‘Toni Lorenzo – huge experience, great strategist.’
‘Richard Miskella – clever, considered, measured.’
‘The sheer size of its team means that its lawyers are true specialists in their fields. They are still nimble though and can react quickly to client needs, whether that be large scale projects, providing fee earners on secondment or advising on sensitive and high value matters. Their range of complimentary services is also unrivalled e.g. its dedicated investigations team, Worksphere and its fixed price Rockhopper service.’
‘Richard Miskella is our ‘go to’ lawyer for any sensitive or high value issues. His intellect, legal knowledge and strategic advice are second to none, and yet he has a down to earth style that resonates well with our senior stakeholders. He’s a true thought leader in the City’s employment law market.’
‘Karen Baxter in particular is a standout star – very personable, sensible, will always make herself available and can take a knotty problem and find a solution with great tact and diplomacy.’
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Willis Towers Watson
Hewlett Packard Enterprises
- Successfully acting for The Ardonagh Group Limited and its subsidiaries regarding a high value employment dispute in the High Court defending claims of an unlawful team move and conspiracy. The claims were defended in full and the Defendants were awarded costs in excess of £3 million.
- Advising an online retailer on a restructuring from board level down and the resulting redundancies across the business both in the UK and internationally.
- Advising the managing partner and wider board of an international law firm on a strategic lateral partner hire from a competitor firm, and the dispute arising therefrom.
Linklaters LLP's employment practice is highly regarded for its work in complex internal investigations, especially for clients in regulated industries. Alongside this, it has capabilities dealing with mass claims against high-profile companies in the Employment Tribunal and High Court, with a recent emphasis on equal pay matters. For the firm's top clients in financial services, the practice has strengths handling board-level matters, such as sensitive senior executive exits, disciplinary proceedings and bonus packages. The team has also recently been instructed on workplace culture training, and also regularly advises corporate clients on D&I matters. Team head Nicola Rabson is a trusted litigation adviser for the practice's most high-profile employment disputes. Other key team members include the experienced Jean Lovett, and Jillian Naylor, whose expertise lies in handling whistleblowing disputes. Sinead Casey, made up to partner in May 2019, has specialisms advising on areas including employment crises and group restructurings.
‘Linklaters have an excellent employment team.’
‘Nicola Rabson and Sinead Casey are fantastic lawyers.
‘Sumaiyah Arshad-Khan is a rising star. She is an excellent lawyer.’
- Advising clients from a variety of sectors on issues relating to corporate and workplace culture. As part of its continued focus in this space, the practice also has an ongoing thought leadership campaign on ‘culture’ and, in 2019, hosted a full day conference for clients on the employment law aspects relating to culture looking at issues such as whistleblowing, discrimination, diversity, leadership, governance, incentives, inclusion, wellbeing, regulatory expectations and legal risk management of culture and managing a culture crisis.
Mishcon de Reya LLP fields specialist practitioners across the full gamut of employment law. The well-resourced team is particularly renowned for its litigation expertise, and has recently been involved in a number of significant team move cases in the High Court. Expert at handling work for both employers and senior executives, the department regularly advises on appointments, exits and disputes relating to CEOs, board members and senior executives of major clients. The team also has capabilities in strategic advisory work for multinational clients and in industrial relations matters. 'Hugely reliable' team head Daniel Naftalin leads the firm's highly respected litigation offering, supported by 'force of nature' Joanna Blackburn, and Sharon Tan, who lends expertise in employment aspects of corporate transactions. Among junior partners to note, Susannah Kintish is a specialist in worker status and investigations, and Jennifer Millins is highly experienced in the equal pay space. Associates to note are Emily Knight (for employers) and Matthew Wood (for senior executives).
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Commercial advice that is delivered in a swift, considered and pro-active way. They are available, efficient, practical, enthusiastic, direct and jargon free.
At the top the market for high end employment litigation, dealing with more cases than many other firms put together involving team moves, confidential information, restrictive covenants, injunctions, together with high end high profile tribunal litigation.
Leaders in their field. They have a diverse client base and considerable strength in depth, both at partner level and below. The team is comprised of experienced and committed employment law experts, who are comfortable acting in the Employment Tribunal and the High Court on the full range of employment-related disputes
Joanna Blackburn is simply the best in her field. She’s always available, incredibly experienced, thinks outside the box, gives it to you straight, has a great client manner and is brilliant with her colleagues – a real team worker.
Susannah Kintish – completely on it; so smart and disarmingly engaging. Jennifer Millins – clever, able, sensible – a great all rounder and up and coming partner.
Matthew Wood – brilliant, quick, spot on and fabulous to work with.
Daniel Naftalin is leading the charge of the next generation of high end employment litigation: great on strategy and commercials.
Joanna Blackburn – a real fighter with the intellect and strategic acumen to back it up. She’s a force of nature – so glad she is on our side. Puts up with no nonsense. Effective and responsive. The best.
Kering SA (formerly known as Gucci Group)
Kirkland and Ellis LLP
Warner Music Group Inc.
The Co-operative Bank PLC
Pimlico Plumbers PLC
Nissan Motor Co Ltd
Cancer Research UK
Cath Kidston LTD
- Advising global insurance intermediary group, Hyperion Insurance Group, in relation to proceedings brought against the client concerning team move claims.
- Acting for the Jewish Labour Movement in relation to the referral of the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission on issues of antisemitism.
- Representing Pimlico Plumbers PLC in the Supreme Court in the landmark case on worker status and acting for the same client in the Employment Appeal Tribunal on the issue of holiday pay.
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons acts for an enviable client roster comprising some of the most well-known financial services and asset management companies. Its unique strength lies in defending these clients in their most complex and sensitive litigation, especially against claims of whistleblowing and discrimination. Alongside its core financial institution client base, the employment practice also regularly advises major clients from the telecoms, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. Team head Julian Taylor ('a class act') is a trusted adviser to several major investment banks. Other key team members include Andrea Finn, an expert on developments in the regulatory regime including SMCR, and Fiona Bolton, whose practice includes advice on corporate governance and culture. In recent team moves, Vicky Wickremeratne departed for Allen & Overy LLP in September 2019, while Daniel Ornstein, former team head at Proskauer Rose LLP, joined in March 2020. Financial services expert Cathryn Bean was promoted to partner in May 2019.
The team’s technical knowledge is superb. This is coupled with a very professional and collaborative approach to all legal and regulatory matters.
Pragmatic, flexible and perform well with only a very short response time. And we trust them, which is the most important quality you need when working with an external firm.
Olly Jones is excellent. His advice is nuanced, commercial and fitting to the culture of the organisation he is advising. The way legal and regulatory (Penny Miller)work together as a team is not a standard approach in the market and makes a world of difference’
This is the best employment law team in the country, at least from a litigation perspective. The partners have the broadest range of experience and skills, their associates are stellar and clients always receive a Rolls-Royce service. What distinguishes them from their competitors at the top of the employment law tree is how case-hardened they are. They have done huge numbers of trials so get every single aspect of case preparation absolutely right. They have an in-depth understanding of their clients’ businesses, especially in the financial services sector, where many employment law firms are all mouth and no trousers. They are truly exceptional in everything that they do.
Julian Taylor is a class act. He is calmness personified, with a deep understanding of what works and doesn’t work, a dry sense of humour, an enviable ability to fit the right team to the right case, and a highly commercial outlook. The solicitor to go to when defending high-value or high-profile litigation. He sets the tone for the rest of the team.
Andrea Finn – nobody works harder for their clients. She is exceptionally intelligent, has a profound understanding of the law, leaves no stone unturned in terms of case preparation and takes care to ensure that her clients improve their internal practices and procedures even when – especially when – they have emerged triumphant from litigation.
Cathryn Bean – also prodigiously hard-working; she is smooth as silk and hard as nails at the same time. I have seen her put more experienced opponents to the sword without them even realising it.
Associates: this is such a talented group of associates that it seems invidious to pick any out from the rest. All of them are destined to have long and highly successful careers; they have absorbed the intelligence and dedication of their partners, are utterly committed to the cases on which they work and seem to have a miraculous knowledge of the details of cases whose evidence runs to thousands of pages. They are all an absolute pleasure to work with.
Associated British Ports Holdings
Monzo Bank Limited
- Acting for Russell Reynolds Associates in relation to a dispute between Mary Caroline Tillman and her previous employer, Egon Zehnder. The dispute centred on the enforceability of restrictions in Ms Tillman’s employment contract.
Operating at a national level through its network of regional offices, the employment and immigration group at Addleshaw Goddard comfortably handles a wide range of complex and high-profile work. The London team's focus includes high-stakes Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation and investigations - especially those with a regulatory aspect. The team's client base includes global financial institutions and household name PLCs. For these clients, the practice regularly advises on major projects and restructurings, often with a cross-border aspect. Michael Leftley heads up the practice and focuses on the most complex matters of reputational importance. Other key team members include Richard Yeomans, an expert on senior executive appointments and terminations as well as transactional support, and the 'standout' Sarah Harrop, whose expertise includes large-scale restructuring and business immigration.
Knowledgeable, helpful and responsive.
The team works well with other practices within the firm, so the service overall is very joined-up.
Sarah Harrop is helpful, friendly and right on top of the issues. She is commercial and pragmatic, with excellent technical expertise. She has been a joy to work with.
Strong partner engagement, swift turnaround and a level-headed approach.
Royal Mail Group
Tate & Lyle
Laing O’Rourke plc
Blackberry (UK) Limited
Barclays Bank plc
British Airways plc
Lloyds Banking Group
River & Mercantile Asset Management Ltd
BDO LLP and Moore Stephens LLP (now MSR Partners LLP)
- Acting for Blackberry in a dispute with competitor business Sentinel One and successfully applying for an injunction in the UK as part of litigation across a number of jurisdictions.
- Advising William Hill on its well publicised closure of 700 shops during 2019, including the handling of collective consultation, selection and redeployment issues.
- Defending an equal pay claim brought by a senior executive against the Co-op. (The original claim was heard in 2018 but there was a successful appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in September 2019.)
Clifford Chance LLP's employment department has a standout capability handling the employment aspects of major transactions, including complex, cross-border mergers, acquisitions, outsourcings and restructurings. The team is also experienced in litigation, investigations and key advisory matters at board level, including the appointment and termination of senior executives, corporate governance issues and restrictive covenants. Another area of expertise is in advising clients in the private equity and funds sectors. Team head Mike Crossan has recently advised on a number of challenging transactions. Other key team members include Alistair Woodland and Chinwe Odimba-Chapman, co-chair of the firm's London BAME network, who has recently advised on a number of major mandates. Chris Goodwill now works as at the firm as a part time consultant, while also acting as a consultant at Keystone Law.
Jupiter Asset Management
Vanguard Asset Management
- Advising the Official Receiver and Special Managers of British Steel on employment aspects of the sale of the business and assets to Jingye Steel and Iron.
- Advising major asset managers, investment managers, private equity firms, venture capital firms, trading platforms, insurers and major banks on the SMCR, working closely with firms on all elements of implementation, from governance and cultural considerations, to training their staff and drafting associated documentation.
- Advising KIRKBI and consortium on the employment aspects of their £4.77bn acquisition of Merlin Entertainments
The employment practice at CMS is known for the breadth of its client base. It has expertise advising both domestic and international clients in sectors spanning retail, energy, financial services, hospitality, infrastructure, healthcare and TMT. In addition to strong experience in complex litigation, the practice is highly active in internal investigations, especially those relating to discrimination, harassment or whistleblowing. For international clients, the team has capabilities handling global projects, in which it is able to use its international network of offices. A continuing source of work comes from strategic projects, including SMCR and GDPR compliance, and gender pay gap reporting. Melanie Lane heads up the London team. Other notable names include Catherine Taylor, an expert on employee competition and contractual disputes; Richard Brown, who specialises in the financial services, tech and real estate sectors; Steven Cochrane, whose work focuses on board-level projects for financial services clients; and highly active junior partner Anna Cope.
Take the time to understand our business and avoids one-size fits all solutions. There is a good level of experience and expertise in HR disputes in the asset management sector. Partners are very available and prepared to oversee the details which are so often crucial in HR dispute resolution’
‘Catherine Taylor is commercially astute, hard working and available to deal with all client needs, across the spectrum of employment issues. She is very focused on the detail and always conscious of the broad strategic plan in dispute resolution. She is also clear and frank in her advice, which is crucial in knowing which battles are worth fighting.
Capable, of course, responsive, friendly, adept at taking into account business situations and extra-legal considerations.
Excellent pragmatic advice and speed of response. Ability to tailor level of advice, and therefore cost, for different issues and questions.
Melanie Lane – great advice, pragmatic, dedicated, learns the business, great follow-up and extras. The support she has given us during the difficult months of the covid crisis has been excellent.
‘The team is helpful, courteous and professional and provides clear and concise advice in a timely manner. They always show great attention to detail and secure the trust and confidence of the client.’
‘Hannah Netherton is exceptional – calm, kind and with a thorough knowledge of her subject, which helps greatly to minimise the stress which we would have felt otherwise’
‘Richard Brown has a good understanding of our business. He provides straightforward advice, has a direct approach and gets straight to the point, giving clear guidance and instructions. Not afraid to be assertive’
Big Yellow plc
Hewlett Packard plc
Marks and Spencer
National Maritime Museum
Royal Mail Group Limited
Value Retail plc
- Advising on the employment aspects of the sale of Gamesys, excluding its sports betting and games content businesses, to JPJ Group plc (JPJ), the UK Main Market listed online gambling group, for £490m.
- Advising The Wellcome Trust on the brainstorming and early planning of a highly innovative and groundbreaking proposal to move to a four-day working week and the ultimate conclusion that it would be too operationally complex to implement
- Handling the establishment of a Brexit Rapid Response Team to support IoD members on the legal and reputational aspects of Brexit.
DAC Beachcroft LLP
DAC Beachcroft LLP has a pre-eminent reputation in the healthcare sector, and is also known for its expertise advising clients in the financial services and commercial sectors. The sizeable team includes practice head Khurram Shamsee, who maintains strong relationships with many of the biggest names in financial services; Udara Ranasinghe, who heads the health and social care practice within the employment team; Nick Chronias, a specialist in trade union relations; and Richard Loxley, who is known for his high-value contentious work in the Employment Tribunal and High Court. The team is active in litigation, and also often handles grievance and disciplinary proceedings. Another key area of activity is in the regulatory space, especially in providing SMCR advice to clients in the financial services sector.
Tokio Marine Kiln Insurance
Government Legal Department
Notting Hill Genesis
Caprice Group (owner of the Ivy restaurants)
Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Successfully securing an injunction in the High Court to prevent a national strike across Royal Mail.
- Navigating Notting Hill Genesis through a complex 2 year integration programme, bringing together 2,500 employees into a single, newly shaped organisation with a unified culture, refreshed terms and conditions and organisational policy framework.
- Working closely with KKR’s HR and compliance teams for 10 months advising on all aspects of their implementation of SMCR.
Hogan Lovells International LLP has an excellent track record handling complex multi-jurisdictional project work for multinational corporate clients, in part due to the expertise of team head Stefan Martin, whose other specialisms include advising financial services clients, especially on board-level appointments and terminations. The firm has recently been particularly active in corporate training programmes relating to harassment and diversity. Other areas of strength include advising on the employment aspects of major transactions, as well as handling complex disputes arising from white-collar crime and whistleblowing. The team has cultivated lasting relationships with a number of global banks, financial services companies and pharmaceutical clients. Other notable partners in the City team include Ed Bowyer, whose practice spans everything from high-stakes disputes and multimillion pound discrimination claims to day-to-day employment advice for household-name clients.
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‘Great combination of technical expertise and practical advice. Excellent judgement and always offers a view, which is invaluable. A great,collegiate team’
‘Ed Bowyer is a stand out name – he’s a pleasure to work with’
‘A great London City firm -very good on financial, banking and City employment cases’
‘Stefan Martin is a clever and tactical lawyer – he gives a bank in a tight spot the best chance of a good outcome’
- Advising Diligent Corporation on all aspects of employment law in the UK
Mayer Brown International LLP advises high-profile clients, including major multinational corporates, on a wide range of employment law matters, including significant and reputation-critical tribunal claims and related disputes. It also has the expertise and resources to advise on strategic cross-border matters, such as international outsourcing mandates and restructurings. The experienced Christopher Fisher has a practice that encompasses both contentious and non-contentious work; he has recently trained clients in the insurance sector on workplace culture. In a significant development to the team, the 'excellent' Miriam Bruce was promoted to partner in January 2020. Her recent work includes transactional support on high-value deals, strategic advisory work and handling sensitive exits of senior executives.
‘Exceptional knowledge of the finance and insurance businesses.’
‘Miriam Bruce is excellent: intelligent, client-focused and super-savvy.’
‘The team is high quality, consistent, professional and they always go above and beyond for their clients.’
‘Truly exceptional and much valued when there is an urgent problem. Their team collaboration is excellent and they propose the right level of seniority for the right situation, to ensure work is cost effective and appropriate. They can also distil the message into “plain English”, which is much appreciated.’
‘Miriam Bruce and Paris partner Julien Haure are incredibly responsive; always on hand to help and able to judge urgency very well. Practical and effective advice and they take the time to discuss and understand the matter fully’
Tradition Financial Services
- Advising private equity firm, Vitruvian Partners, on the employment aspects of its investment in Sykes Holiday Cottages.
- Advising Aurelius Equity Opportunities, the equity investment entity of Aurelius Group, on the employment aspects of its acquisition of a leading end-to-end commercial fleet management operator, BT Fleet Solutions, from BT Group PLC.
- Advising Mitie Group plc on the employment aspects related to the sale of its catering and hospitality business to CH&Co, which provides catering services to Her Majesty The Queen and other prestigious clients.
Travers Smith LLP provides a full range of services in employment law, including support on major corporate transactions, and is increasingly involved in sensitive internal investigations for City clients alongside its litigation work in the Employment Tribunal and High Court. The team is also experienced in cross-border mandates. Ed Mills heads up the London team and is an expert on whistleblowing, investigations and compliance programmes. Other key lawyers include Siân Keall, who has extensive experience of investigations and a particular focus on discrimination law, and Tim Gilbert, whose expertise includes TUPE transfers and litigation.
‘The team are friendly, helpful, considered, concise and available. They understand our business and the way in which we work. The advice given fits with our culture.’
‘Adam Wyman understands our business and our business leaders. He ensures that the advice he gives fits with our culture. He is always considered and gives us sensible options and ways to approach different objectives/goals.’
‘They are experts and have a deep knowledge of their subject area. They really understand our business and tailor solutions to fit what we need. Their partners are highly credible and I’m always confident introducing them to members of our senior leadership team. They focused on building a long-term partnership with us, by understanding how we operate, what we need and offering value-add activities such as training seminars.’
‘Adam Wyman is highly credible and commercially focused. He always comes up with a relevant solution that works for the way we operate. Calm and effective during complex or pressurised situations. We rely on him for his advice and support because he knows our business inside out and gets us to the outcomes we need.’
‘Siân Keall, whilst very professional (as you would expect) has a very personable approach. She is always empathetic to some of our most challenging situations whilst providing advice and feedback that is honest, to the point and considered – that is quite a skill. In the short time we have worked together, I feel I have formed a friendship and receive a personal service. When interacting with any of the team at Travers it feels as though you are in it together.’
‘Travers Smith are responsive, understand our business and give us pragmatic and commercial guidance.’
‘Siân Keall’s knowledge of the law is incredible and that, mixed with her great sense of humour, makes her a delight to work with. Her commercial and pragmatic approach ensures we have the right level of guidance and helps us develop our own learning along the way.’
‘Tim Gilbert is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. He always responds quickly to any employment law query, however small, with practical and legal advice that can be implemented in the workplace.’
Environmental Resources Management
Micro Focus International plc
The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE)
- Advising Metro Bank on the departure of its CEO.
- Advising Bakkavor on trade union issues and prospective strike action.
- Advising on and project managed the departure of the CEO and appointment of the new CEO.
The international HR team at Bird & Bird LLP is notable for its experience advising large US corporations in the technology, life sciences, aviation and retail sectors. Ian Hunter heads up the London team. Also an area of strength is work for senior executives. In a significant lateral hire, the well-regarded Tim Spillane joined from Stewarts Law LLP in September 2019, bringing expertise advising senior executives in City-based financial and professional services companies, with Alison Dixon, an expert on the employment aspects of commercial transactions, making partner the same year. Associate Penny Hunt is another prominent name in senior executives work.
The team is excellent. They give practical, actionable advice, not just repeating the law back to you. The firm has a consistent level of quality for all of their lawyers throughout the world.
Elizabeth Lang is outstanding. She is always there for you and knows exactly what to do in every situation, no matter how difficult. She is level headed and gives excellent counsel. She is well connected through the firm and can globally connect you with anyone you need to provide expert advice.
A top class outfit which combines great industry knowledge with tactical expertise. They are always my first choice when I am asked to recommend someone.
Elizabeth Lang is an outstanding lawyer and tactician, able to seek practical solutions where appropriate. She can read the landscape and provide the options. She cuts to the chase, is concise, considered and thoughtful in her approach.
Penny Hunt is a great lawyer, always able to get to the heart of the matter in a way that benefits the client.
Jet2 /Jet2holidays.com Dart Group plc
A global asset management firm
- Advising Inmarsat as sole employment counsel in the UK on a broad range of day-to-day HR issues.
- Acting as sole employment counsel for the UK for Jet2/Jet2holidays.com/Dart Group plc for the past 9 years.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP delivers specialist advice to clients across the spectrum of employment law. The scope of work covers complex litigation, sensitive internal investigations, restructurings, regulatory compliance, and transactional support. The 'fantastic' Rebecca Harding-Hill heads up the London team and has particular expertise in litigation involving injunctions, discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Lisa Mayhew is now co-chair of the firm. In team news, Rob Eldridge departed for Keystone Law in December 2019, however the firm added to its ranks with the hire Adam Lambert, who joined from Kingsley Napley LLP. Associate Catherine Turner has expertise handling complex, high-value disputes.
Very strong lawyers but what makes them stand out for me is their exceptional attention to client care. They all take the time to understand our business and what we need, and any advice is specifically tailored to us rather than general.
Rebecca Harding Hill is the best employment partner there is. Fantastic lawyer, superb client care, she will go the extra mile for you and she knows exactly what you need. Everything is always better when she is there.
Catherine Turner is personable, intellectually sharp, super responsive and definitely one to watch for the future. Highly recommended.
Adam Lambert provides excellent employment advice which is practical and targeted, and has a good sense for risk management.
Adam Lambert is exceptionally bright, a safe pair of hands and always very calm indeed. His judgement is spot on – a truly exceptional lawyer who this firm is fortunate to have on board.
A real focus on addressing what the client wants and achieving it for them.
Excellent lawyers who want the best for their client, they are our trusted advisers
BCLP’s employment team are very commercial, astute and deliver practical advice which can be transposed readily in-house.
David C Cook (publisher)
The Whitehouse Post Productions
Saica Pack UK Limited
Stifel Financial, Inc
P&O Ferries Limited
Affiliated Managers Group
Business Talent Group
Seneca Investment Managers
International Family Law Group (boutique law firm)
- Advising Stifel Financial, Inc on the UK aspects of an acquisition of substantially all the capital markets business of GMP Capital Inc.
The labour and employment team at Dechert LLP excels in international and cross-border work, especially involving questions of covenant enforcement and the regulation of renumeration. While maintaining strong relationships with clients drawn from a wide range of sectors, the department has particular strength with regards to financial services clients, as well as insurance firms and media clients. The team is led by the well-regarded Charles Wynn-Evans and Jason Butwick, a leading name in complex investment management and finance sector employment law situations. Both also excel in advice to senior executives, and have advised CEOs of FTSE 100 companies.
GSA Capital Partners LLP
- Advising on the employment aspects of the divestment by Centaur Plc of various businesses including structuring and technical advice on TUPE issues.
- Advising GSA (a global quantitative investment manager) in the defence of High Court claims brought against GSA and a number of its staff by Citadel Securities (a large U.S.-based proprietary trader).
DLA Piper's employment practice regularly undertakes significant and complex mandates with a global reach, involving multinational clients. The team's recent contentious work includes handling major class action claims. On the non-contentious side, the team's focus is on strategic advice; recently the department has been highly active advising in relation to Brexit. Key names include UK practice head and financial services expert Tim Marshall, as well as Jonathan Exten-Wright, who has expertise in cross-border restructurings and modern slavery.
‘Jonathan Exten-Wright is the leader in his field on corporate risks and reporting on Modern Slavery. His team at DLA are a class apart from the rest, blending the very best legal, political and risk management insights to help ensure compliance.’
‘The main strength besides the great knowledge that the UK team possesses is the strength DLA has across Europe to assist in international matters.’
London Stock Exchange
(Lloyd Webber) LW Theatres
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is recognised for its deep expertise acting for major financial institutions on employment law matters. The practice is also very well-known for its work in industrial relations, regularly advising employers on responses to major strike action, especially in the transport, education and construction sectors. Paul Fontes heads up the London employment team. Other key names are Marc Meryon, head of the industrial relations practice, and Sophie White, joint head of the financial institutions employment group.
‘Eversheds are one of the few teams left with specialist industrial relations practitioners and also the practical experience to put behind their considerable legal expertise.’
‘Paul Fontes is exactly the sort of reassuring presence you’d want in a crisis. He oozes confidence and competence.’
‘Marc Meryon heads up a team which is capable of taking on the largest industrial disputes, union recognition issues, collective bargaining matters and associated work for employers in unionised industries. He has unrivalled experience, is brilliantly inventive and superbly knowledgeable, as well as being popular with clients and always willing to go the extra mile to get the result. Highly recommended.’
‘A network of regional offices all providing a service to the highest possible standards.’
Lloyds Banking Group
Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
London City Airport
Saputo Dairy UK (formerly Dairy Crest Group plc)
- Acted for Ryanair in respect of high-court injunction proceedings in order to restrain strike action.
- Advising Saputo Dairy UK (formerly Dairy Crest Group plc) on the new employee voice obligations under the Companies (Miscellaneous) Reporting ) Regulations 2018 and the revised UK Corporate Governance Code.
- Providing strategic advice to Thames Water on their decision to voluntarily disclose their CEO pay ratio (in accordance with the Companies (Miscellaneous) Reporting Regulations 2018) a year early.
Farrer & Co fields a deep bench of experienced employment lawyers, and has an impressive client roster for both employers and senior executives work. The firm is notably active in Employment Tribunal and High Court cases. Recent areas of growth include collective redundancies and industrial action work. On the employers side, the team maintains strong sector links in financial services, retail, media, education, museums, sports and charities. For senior executives, the department focuses on acting for prominent individuals at leading banks, retailers, media companies and City partnerships; it also regularly handles restrictive covenant and team move claims for individuals in High Court. David Smellie heads up the London team, while senior counsel William Dawson is a key name for senior executives work. In a major coup, the 'highly intelligent and hugely strategic' Anna Birtwistle joined from CM Murray LLP in July 2019. A key junior partner with an enviable client roster of senior executives is Eleanor Rowswell.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Farrer & Co team is one of the very best I have worked with. They have outstanding technical knowledge allied with a practical and commercial approach. They are highly responsive and always provide a point of view (rather than just describe the law). They have been particularly helpful on individual employee cases as well as newer employment law domains such as regulated references in Financial Services.’
‘Kathleen Heycock is technically very strong, always responsive, calm, highly professional and demonstrates poise at all times.’
‘They are very pragmatic and user focused. Advice is practical rather than a summary of the law. They take time to know their clients well and create long-lasting relationships.’
‘I have found Farrers to be simply first class. They have solved every problem put to them. Truly professional, approachable, consistently efficient and a winning team. More efficient by far than another large firm I’ve dealt with. There is a sense that nothing gets left on the back burner.’
‘Katie Lancaster is a truly outstanding lawyer, giving the most exemplary and clear guidance, calm reassurance, a clearly communicated analysis of the options available and a very balanced and thorough advice on the best way forward. She is a first class listener and engages with and understands the emotional aspects of particularly sensitive issues.’
British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA)
C Hoare & Co
The Natural History Museum
London Business School
Meaden & Moore LLP
The Independent Bursars’ Association (ISBA)
The Independent Schools Council
- Act for BALPA on all employment related matters, undertaking extremely high-profile industrial relations work for the client, including advising BALPA in its successful defence of British Airways’ application to the High Court for an interim injunction to prevent BALPA pilots from striking and in relation to British Airways’ subsequent appeal to the Court of Appeal.
- Sole appointed employment law advisers to The Natural History Museum, advising on all aspects of employment law, including day-to-day HR issues and highly complex employment matters, including advising on the conduct of a highly sensitive and complex workplace investigation.
- Continuing to act for leading private bank C Hoare & Co on a range of employment issues, including advising on complex HR issues, as well as continuing to provide ongoing advice at all levels of the bank, including advising on IR35 changes relating to off-payroll working which come into force in 2020, senior management and regulatory issues, and liaising with statutory authorities.
RPC's London-based employment practice has proven capabilities in handling high-profile and sensitive litigation. It also has expertise in transactional support on major deals, outsourcing and global projects. The department's client sectors span insurance, utilities, mining, shipbroking, tech and media. Other strengths include work involving diversity and equality and regulatory defence. Practice head Patrick Brodie is a well-recognised litigator, with two recent precedent-setting Supreme Court cases, and has deep expertise in TUPE. Junior partner Kelly Thomson, promoted in May 2020, has a practice focusing on complex outsourcing and restructuring.
Other key lawyers:
The team approach issues with a very strong commercial focus, underpinned by excellent technical understanding. They are solution-focused, plain speaking and business friendly – I am comfortable putting any of the team in front of key business stakeholders.
Kelly Thomson not only has excellent technical skills and commercial focus but also goes out of her way to develop strong relationships with and between clients and collaborate on topics of mutual interest.
Patrick Brodie has excellent technical knowledge but also a uniquely practical and innovative approach to complex TUPE issues which is invaluable. He’s a trusted adviser looking beyond the legal space.
Patrick Brodie, Head of RPC’s Employment, Pensions and Incentives practice, is helpful, delightful to work with and client-focused. He is pragmatic and finds solutions where others just see problems. A real team player and unflappable.
A superb team, punching far above its weight, led by one of the most creative and astute employment solicitors in the country.- – –
Kelly Thomson is astute in reading the room and getting the right timbre on things – she acts as a co-pilot with Patrick and put my CEO immediately at ease (no mean feat!). I have worked with so many great employment law firms over the past 24 years but RPC stands out.
Coca Cola European Partners
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
Royal and Sun Alliance
Essity (a leading global consumer goods company)
Triumph Group Inc
- Successfully acting on the first restrictive covenant case to appear before the Supreme Court in the last 100 years.
- Advised a diplomat on the defence of diplomatic immunity where the EAT, given the importance of the law involved and the significance of the result of the proceedings, granted the first ever ‘leapfrog’ appeal directly to the Supreme Court.
- Acted for Open Britain advising on the handling of misconduct allegations encircling the People’s Vote campaign at the time of the General Election.
The employment team at Squire Patton Boggs is best known for its ability to deal with complex and high-value corporate change projects on a multinational level. Many key clients of the firm are international, with a significant number based in the US. Alongside this expertise, the department also regularly advises on cutting-edge contentious matters in the Employment Tribunal and High Court. Caroline Noblet heads up the London team. Other notable lawyers in the practice include David Whincup, an expert in internal investigations, and Janette Lucas, who has recently led on a major equal pay matter.
Caroline Noblet is a tremendous leader of SPB’s employment practice. She seamlessly coordinates with SPB employment lawyers in other countries, including those at partner firms in countries in which SPB does not have offices.
There is nobody whose advice I trust more than the employment law partner David Whincup. He’s practical and commercial with a healthy dose of humour
Caroline Noblet – Caroline leads the team and is exceptionally client-focused and easy to deal with.
Cambridge University Press
Fortnum & Mason
- Representing Lagardère, the leading France-based publishing company in relation to a £10m+ claim by a former director and employee in respect of bonus/commission, expenses and stigma damages.
- Advising Nordson on an on-going basis on projects arising from its global roll-out of a new onboarding, human resources process and human resources information systems as part of the restructuring of its global human resources structure.
- Advising on the restructure of Starkey’s global operations from its current, country-focused structure to a more complex ‘control towers’ structure.
Taylor Wessing LLP has an excellent capability handling European employment law work for US and Canada-headquartered tech and life sciences companies. It has developed strong relationships with a number of BigTech companies, while also carving out a niche acting for 'gig-economy' companies. Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation is also a source of work. Paul Callaghan is co-head of the department, and Sean Nesbitt has recently advised on multiple whistleblowing and discrimination cases. Senior counsel Anna McCaffrey's practice includes whistleblowing and post-termination disputes. In a important hire, Helen Farr joined from Fox Williams LLP in March 2020, bringing a strong client base in financial services.
Taylor Wessing’s Employment practice stands out from the crowd for having strong judgement and good instincts across all its team members. This is a reflection on the close supervision and training associates receive from partners to ensure that we receive a consistently high quality service.
An incredible ability to deep dive into complex matters to really understand our business and provide us with clear advice which delivers results. Put simply, the team get the job done effectively and efficiently so we can get on with our business!
Paul Callaghan and Senior Counsels Anna McCaffrey and Colin Godfrey stand out for being able to very quickly grasp complex matters, provide high judgement advice and deliver results.
Taylor Wessing are true partners for our business. They offer creative, specialised services and innovative approaches that work well. They take an interest in our industry and provide excellent insight and guidance. Taylor Wessing are committed to diversity, as are we, and this an important aspect of our relationship.
Sean Nesbitt is a creative partner that takes a real customer service approach. He understands and continues to learn about our industry. He is reliable, open-minded and provides great counsel for our senior leaders and for me personally. Sean is available when we need him; a real business partnership.
Personal service. Good knowledge of client organisation. Excellent customer relationships
NO other practice in London has the same consistently solid reputation amongst tech and life science clients or the same level of market profile in the US tech and inhouse community. This was built over many years of on the ground relationship building but as a result they are the only practice that US employers regard as actually understanding their world and the issues that keep tech GCs awake at night!
Paul is a highly trusted adviser to many in-house legal and HR teams and is the go to employment lawyer for a wide range of international companies. His approach to client relationship management sets the standard for how his group operates and you can see his mark and training in the calibre of senior associates coming up in the group.
Dame Kelly Holmes Trust
Interactive Investor Limited
Enterprise Rent-a-car UK Limited
Ideal Standard International N V
Charles River Associates
Ola UK Private Ltd
Trussle Lab Limited
- Advising the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust on a pro bono basis in relation to the engagement of professional athletes as contractors for mentoring schemes, helping young people through sport, including in relation to the drafting of contractor agreements and related legal issues.
- Advising Prometheus, a leading global provider of asset management operations and optimisation software, on the employment aspects of the acquisition of UK based Engica Technology, a provider of maintenance and safety management software.
- Advising Interactive Investor – a direct to consumer investment platform – on the employment aspects of its purchase of the Alliance Trust Savings (“ATS”) savings platform and onward sale of parts of the business to Embark.
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has strong links with clients in the food and drink sector as well as a number of large multinationals. The professional services sector is also a key source of work for the practice. The team has recently handled matters relating to gender pay reporting and the gig economy. Team head Trevor Bettany has particular interest in collective redundancy exercises and TUPE transfers. Another key name is Michael Powner, whose recent work has included advising on a high-profile inquest in the food sector. The team is also active for senior executives, with particular sector expertise in financial services and retail and leisure. The experienced William Granger departed for Wedlake Bell LLP in September 2019.
‘Charles Russell Speechlys has a team of very bright, commercially astute lawyers but without the posturing and other baggage of the magic and silver circle firms.’
‘Nick Hurley is the toughest negotiator I know; nerves of steel and a determination to get a great result for his clients.’
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
- Handling a large portfolio of ongoing and new projects for Caffe Nero in both employment and HR in order to continue to improve their practices and protocols across over 550 UK stores.
- Advising Brasserie Blanc on a vast array of work from bonus and reward schemes to harmonising terms across the group.
- Advising Sony Interactive Entertainment UK Limited on the full spectrum of employment advice from complex disciplinary issues, to TUPE and restructuring and IR35 issues.
Fox Williams LLP's employment practice is centred around work for clients in the financial services, insurance, fintech and professional services sectors. For employers, it often provides advice on board-level exits and investigations. Other sources of work include handling the implementation of SMCR for clients in regulated sectors. On the senior executive side, the team has expertise in advising senior banking figures, including on bonus disputes, investigations and disciplinary proceedings. Joanna Chatterton took charge of the employment team in May 2019, with Jane Mann stepping aside to focus on her practice of board-level advice on severance agreements, disputes and litigation.
‘Very responsive. Able to bring in subject matter expertise from different practice areas.’
‘David Murphy has a calm head and navigates difficult conversations well. Great attention to detail and he understands his clients’ perspective and commercial objectives.’
‘Fox Williams has helped us across the broad remit of employment law, from basic reviews to more strategic projects that are material to the business. I think their marketing strapline is accurate – they provide us with ‘good sense in the city’. The differentiator with Fox Williams is the culture of partnership. They are responsive and friendly and we genuinely enjoy working with them.’
‘David Murphy and Daisy Jones are our day-to-day contacts. Both are excellent; beyond being technically excellent in their field, they are approachable, knowledgeable, commercially astute and pragmatic. They are flexible and responsive and understand stakeholder management. They are also simply lovely people to work with – friendly, cheerful, and understanding.’
‘We are completely confident in all the advice given and the overall service provided. Fox Williams are our go-to advisors and provide quality advice and solutions to our questions and challenges.’
‘We have a trusting relationship with Fox Williams, in particular Daisy Jones, whose expert knowledge, guidance and quick responses are highly valued. Daisy is a key communicator in her explanation of challenging and complex issues.’
‘David Murphy is a superb commercially astute employment law partner. His advice is pragmatic and tailored to a deep understanding of our business needs. We have recommended David to several people over the last few years.’
Turkiye Is Bankasi
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP)
South Square Chambers
- Advising the senior leadership team of a global professional services firm (with over 3,000 employees) on a highly unusual discrimination claim brought an individual who was not offered partnership with the firm.
- Advising the GC and London managing partner of a long-standing law firm client on the departure of two partners, one of whom issued proceedings for whistleblowing in the Employment Tribunal.
- Advising Virtu Financial on the UK employment law aspects arising from its $1bn acquisition of agency brokerage ITG and various post-merger matters.
Specialist employment law firm GQ | LITTLER is continuing to expand its team in London, with the firm adding a key lateral hire, Cerys Williams, in late 2019 from Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP. The firm advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, and has recently been highly active handling investigations, disciplinary proceedings and Employment Tribunal claims for major clients with an international reach. The team is jointly headed up by name partners Paul Quain and Jon Gilligan, and the co-heads of the international practice Darren Isaacs and Richard Harvey.
Other key lawyers:
Knowledgeable, experienced and provide sound legal advice ensuring all options are outlined and risks are clearly understood. They are responsive, always available and will provide any support required, from advising through to drafting documents. We have used other firms but GQ are value for money and invest time in understanding our business. An excellent team with strength and depth in every aspect
Jon Gilligan is clear, concise, commercial and a genuine partner to our leaders. He makes time for us and his advice is hugely appreciated.
Sophie Vanhegan is considered and provides sound advice. She has supported us with some tricky cases and her calm approach ensures we reach the appropriate outcomes.
Paul Quain, Hannah Mahon, Philip Cameron and Lisa Rix (associate) are all excellent lawyers, have a detailed understanding of the law and provide sound advice and judgement.
Cerys Williams is fantastic to work with and is everything I look for in an adviser. She is incredibly commercial, pragmatic, knowledgeable and great fun to work with. She feels like an extension of your team and provides the full range of incredibly helpful advice and insights from individual cases through to equipping managers and leaders on the key skills they need.
They are a bespoke practice who take the time to know their clients’ business and needs. They also provide additional useful information on numerous topics and provide interesting and helpful seminars where clients get the opportunity to meet other members of the team and network.
Philip Cameron is always professional, direct, helpful and his diligence is invaluable to us and has helped us on all occasions when we’ve needed legal input. In a nutshell he is, in our opinion, a leader in his field of expertise.
Darren Isaacs- responsive and understands the business. Commercial and precise advice. Great at working with lawyers in other jurisdictions to provide succinct advice.
- Advising Commerzbank AG, London Branch on a high value discrimination and whistleblowing claim, including successfully appealing an Employment Tribunal decision at the Employment Appeals Tribunal and resisting an application for appeal by the Claimant in the Court of Appeal.
- Advising a FTSE listed banking group in successfully negotiating the exit of a member of the management committee, involving complex regulatory, deferred compensation and restrictive covenant issues.
- Advising on the employment law aspects across EMEA of the sale of a division of an international healthcare company in a transaction worth over £500m and on post-deal implementation.
Elite City firm Macfarlanes LLP handles the full range of employment law work, with a particular strength in advising major institutions in the financial services sector. Work in this area includes advice on SMCR implementation, investigations and contentious senior executive exits. Employment Tribunal cases and employment law support to corporate transactions are other sources of work for the team. Hayley Robinson heads up the firm’s employment group. The veteran Seán Lavin is another key name in the team.
Other key lawyers:
‘Macfarlanes is an excellent firm which has long experience of the private equity marketplace going back into the 1980s.
‘Hayley Robinson is just excellent. Thoughtful, precise and a good lawyer with a strong ability to deal with complex issues.’
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in defending high-value and complex discrimination claims and in pursuing restrictive covenant cases in High Court. Another area of expertise is in cross-border regulatory work, which it can offer across its international network of offices. The team also regularly advises on culture and conduct in the financial services sector and on trade union campaigns. The life sciences sector is another area of strength. Matthew Howse heads up the London department.
‘The co-ordination between this firm’s UK and US teams is excellent and their knowledge of post-termination restraint matters is commendable. Highly recommended if you have a cross-border post-termination restraint matter, but also excellent for general employment law advice on trickier areas.’
‘Louise Skinner is a real asset to this team. She is extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic, and is by far the most responsive lawyer I have instructed. She is also incredibly down-to-earth and is a breath of fresh air to work with. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.’
‘Highly responsive, very capable team. Approachable and very knowledgeable. Up to speed not only with the law but also the market.’
‘Matt Howse and Lee Harding are very personable and knowledgeable. They clearly know their area and can talk clearly about it whilst making the advice relevant.’
‘Lee Harding is consistently exceptional in the quality of his advice, responsiveness, thoroughness and diligence.‘
- Advising Connect Airlines on the rescue of Flybe Airlines, including the employment and pensions issues of the deal and restructuring exercise that needed to be carefully handled alongside competition law and corporate issues.
Osborne Clarke LLP frequently acts for UK-based and international corporate clients on significant employment law mandates, often with a cross-border aspect. This includes strategic advice on large-scale restructurings and TUPE transfers, as well as data privacy matters and reputational risk management. The team performs well in the financial services, TMT, recruitment, retail, media and advertising sectors. National employment team head Victoria Parry has experience advising on discrimination claims. David Cubitt, head of the London office, has expertise dealing with international clients.
An extremely capable group of very strong lawyers with sound, reliable judgement. They are also a great team with which to work. They have a broad practice, including acting some major players but they also act for individuals, thus demonstrating a breadth of practice and an ability to get on with and inspire the confidence of a wide range of clients.
David Cubitt and Victoria Parry are both highly capable and effective and inspire their clients’ confidence. I can always be sure that the work they have done will be of the highest quality.
The Osborne Clarke employment team really go the extra mile to understand the businesses they support and provide clear value add. They have an all round excellent team. They always provide sound, practical and pragmatic advice and are user friendly and accessible.
Victoria Parry has a wealth of experience and knowledge and combines this with a clear common sense approach. She is an all round partner in a class of her own.
Olivia Sinfield has a clear and calm approach to whatever problem you present her with and knows how to apply the law. Camilla Neate is a pragmatic, thorough and professional “colleague” and an extension to me and my team when it comes to complex employment matters of sometimes a very sensitive nature.
David Cubitt and Victoria Parry are the ultimate dream team. They head up a superb quality employment law team, are highly pragmatic, responsive and commercial, but with a sense of humour and human approach to business issues.
David Cubitt has a razor sharp intellect and can tackle any problem you throw at him. Claire Bowles is one to watch; excellent attention to detail, great understanding of commercial realities and a highly skilled all round adviser.
The diverse and inclusive culture within OC is also something to highlight as it appears more progressive than many traditional firms.
Marks & Spencer
Standard Chartered Bank
Silicon Valley Bank
Homebase (HHGL Limited)
Institute of Directors
Square Enix Limited
The Farm Group
- Acting for Nomura International on a large-scale restructuring.
- Assisting Veritas Technologies with an employment contract and policy review for 25+ countries in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP serves clients across a wide range of industries, but with particular focus on the financial services sector. The employment team also has a strong presence in the infrastructure, TMT and life sciences industries. Edward Goodwyn, a key name in the contractors and infrastructure sectors, heads up the London team. In team moves, the arrival of junior partner Anne Sammon from Simmons & Simmons in January 2020 came ahead of the departure of Steven Cochrane to CMS in February 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Consistent, professional, knowledgeable, supportive and always quick to respond and advise.
Customer focus is paramount and the advice received is concise, to the point and bang on. Quality of work is strong too. Their network and expertise is wide ranging and this gives balanced and accurate advice to the customer
Ed Goodwyn has an ability to listen and grasp issues that stands him out from many other lawyers. His advice is spot on and commercial.
Excellent bench strength and consistency of service. Led by highly experienced partners, who we have used repeatedly over the last six years on a number of highly complex and emotive people issues. The team partner effectively with us and act as a sounding board to support us in making some extremely difficult decisions.
Edward Goodwyn is a highly trusted special adviser to our Board and acts as a sounding board beyond a purely employment law focused remit. He brings an exceptionally welcome blend of pragmatic firmness to his role and takes an intelligent, fair, outcomes led approach. We value his opinion and judgement on tough issues.
I feel that the team are very real, they translate complex employment law matters into operational pointers that the business can adopt and move forward. Equally when we give the team our end operational goal, they can help work through the legal pointers to achieve the vision and desired outcome.
Allianz Insurance plc
Balfour Beatty Group
Barratt Developments plc
McDermott International, Inc.
Houlihan Lokey EMEA LLP
Shangri-La Hotels Pte Ltd
Kier Group plc
Laing O’Rourke plc
Royal BAM Group
SEI Investments (Europe) Limited
Masai Clothing Company ApS
- Providing employment law support to an international infrastructure contractor in respect of a sensitive and complex Employment Tribunal claim relating to age and disability related discrimination, worth £650,000.
- Advising CH & CO Catering Group Limited on the acquisition of the UK and Irish catering and hospitality business of Mitie Group Plc. The transaction involved the transfer of approximately 3,000 employees and was worth £85 million.
- Advising an international infrastructure contractor’s cross-disciplinary strategy team in relation to IR35, including the development of classification tools and a wholesale and comprehensive review of their template/precedent agreements used for contracting with contractors, sub-contractors and agency workers.
PwC LLP's employment law team supports both the wider firm and many of the firm's clients in a wide range of specialist areas. This includes investigations on equal pay and workplace diversity, matters involving pay governance and status, cross-border transactional support, restrictive covenant disputes and industrial action. Chris Perkins and Tom Ince are co-heads of the department, and were joined by Tom Williams, who was promoted to partner and practice co-head in July 2019.
The PwC employment team have excellent technical knowledge of the area, and, as you might expect, are also extremely good at managing a contentious matter.
Chris Perkins is an excellent employment lawyer, with great depth of understanding of the field, and a delight to work with, too.
Tom Ince – Attentive and thorough client service
Ed Stacey is a charmingly urbane partner who gets his hands dirty when required but is a reassuringly and charismatic leader
Tom Kerr-Williams has extensive industrial relations and national minimum wage practical experience. He has an excellent strategic brain and is also very pragmatic and innovative in his thinking.
A powerhouse in addressing all employment matters. Strength in depth across the experienced team. Stars shine out at every level and a fantastic team approach ensures that specialist knowledge is shared between them. A joy to work with. Work extremely hard for the client to get the right result.
Tilly Harries is a good leader. Able to take great tactical decisions whilst overseeing her cases.
The team that we work with is much, much more than legal advisers; they bring tremendous value to the relationship and this is something we have truly appreciated over the years. They put themselves in our shoes, are encouraging of questions and not at all fazed by challenges. We have truly valued the excellent support, advice and expertise that they have provided. It is always a highly positive client experience.
John Lewis Partnership
British Airways Plc
Marks & Spencer
The Official Receiver
Bourne Leisure Limited
The Pensions Regulator
- Continuing to advise the BBC on a whole range of employment law issues, including various equal pay related matters.
- Advising AND-E on the transfer of employees from countries across Europe into two pan-European employing entities to minimise the impact of Brexit on AND-E’s employees and operations.
- Advised on a novel and complex matter involving the enforcement of post-termination restrictions relating to a Limited Liability Partnership, for which there is no previous precedent.
Slaughter and May
Slaughter and May's employment practice routinely advises clients on board-level matters, including appointments, terminations, and remuneration. The department's strongest point is in handling the employment aspects of large corporate transactions, often involving TUPE transfers or large-scale redundancies or reorganisations. Sensitive internal investigations, supported by the firm's global investigations group, are also a source of work. Team head Charles Cameron has expertise in pensions, and another key name is Padraig Cronin, whose specialisms include senior executive remuneration.
Resourced like few other employment teams – they can manage the largest and most complex of employment disputes or transactions.
Charles Cameron is a very safe pair of hands for the big employer.
The firm is first rate – an exceptional group of lawyers with tremendous skill. They are expert, and their advice is strategic and pragmatic.
Padraig Cronin is an exceptional employment lawyer and subject matter expert. He is pragmatic and strategic.
Katherine Flower is an exceptional employment lawyer. Her advice is practical and strategic, and based on her considerable expertise and a thorough consideration of the law and the options. She is incredibly responsive.
Exceptional depth of knowledge and capability in this team.
Incredibly responsive and knowledgeable.
Phil Linnard is really pragmatic and thoughtful. His broad-brush corporate and commercial background has meant he can not only advise on really difficult and sensitive employment law issues, but he can also anticipate broader company issues and find good, sensible, solutions.
De La Rue plc
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Hibu Group Limited
INEOS Holdings Limited
Land Securities Group plc
Ocado Group plc
Barclays Bank plc
Reckitt Benckiser Group plc
Workspace Group plc
- Advising AlixPartners LLP on all employment aspects of the alternatives to insolvency of the Thomas Cook group, including contingency planning.
- Advising Barclays on corporate governance requirements relating to workforce representation at board level, an important recent development in corporate governance.
- Advising Ocado on its online grocery retail 50/50 joint venture with Marks & Spencer Group plc. From an employment perspective, this involved the transfer of several hundred employees in different phases.
The employment department at Stephenson Harwood is distinguished by its expertise in restrictive covenants, with Kate Brearley a particularly well-respected name in this area. The team is increasingly involved in cross-border employment law work, and is known for expertise in sectors such as financial services, the rail industry, luxury goods, hospitality and professional services. The practice has also seen a significant increase in instructions relating to the appointments and exits of high-profile senior executives. Mark Catchpole heads up the practice.
‘Very knowledgeable team. Smart and responsive.’
‘Paul Reeves is a fantastic resource. He is widely versed on a range of employment law issues and is a trusted partner in navigating tricky and often highly sensitive issues.’
Host Europe Group Limited
Therium Capital Management
Standard & Poor’s
DNB Bank ASA
HSB Engineering Insurance (part of Munich Re)
Mizuho Bank Ltd
Eisai Europe Ltd
- Advising Nanostring Technologies, Inc on the employment law implications of a fast-paced and multi-jurisdictional matter concerning the grant of an exclusive licence for specific scientific technology and the development of a new breast cancer diagnostic tool.
- Advising Fiera Capital in relation to a threatened contract claim valued by the claimant at £150 million in relation to a failed separation venture, defamation and harassment proceedings regarding the claimant’s activities and related regulatory issues, as well as working with our litigation team advising on a European Investigation Order.
- Successfully defending Mizuho Bank in the Employment Tribunal against a claim for unfair dismissal and whistleblowing detriment arising from the claimant’s dismissal for theft from a colleague.
Ashurst's employment practice is known for its expertise in handling the employment aspects of complex and high-value transactional work, working in tandem with the firm's well-respected M&A team. It also has a strong client base in the financial services sector. Other areas of strength include handling sensitive internal investigations, and high-level tribunal advice. International work is also a mainstay of the practice. European employment head Crowley Woodford has carved out an impressive niche servicing corporate clients based in Japan.
Other key lawyers:
‘At the forefront of dealing with issues of employment and insolvency.’
‘Ruch Buchanan is amazing. She is calm, decisive and fabulous to work with. Clients really value her client focused approach, wise counsel and ability to get things done.’
‘Whereas some employment firms which work mainly for employers push an outdated mode of defensiveness, Ashurst are forward looking and provide advice suitable for the modern world.’
‘Ashurst have always been extremely professional in all their dealings with us. we have presented many queries which were sometimes complex in nature but they were always able to give us the correct advice quickly.’
‘As well as being very professional, the team is also very warm and personable.’
‘Crowley Woodford offers excellent advice, is always commercial, focused on finding solutions to contentious matters and with a clear outline for a plan of action.’
On behalf of Thomas Cook Group PLC and subsidiaries (in liquidation) (acting for Alix Partners)
Asto Digital Limited (the digital banking arm of Santander)
Mitsui & Co, Europe plc
McLaren Services Limited
IHS Markit (“IHSM”)
Manulife Investment Management (Europe) Limited
Hill & Smith Holdings plc
Keolis Amey as the new franchise operator for rail services for Wales and Borders
Fulcrum Utility Services Limited
Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners AG
- Acting for the special managers appointed in respect of the compulsory liquidation of Thomas Cook Group PLC and its subsidiaries.
- Represented IHS Markit, a global information provider, in relation to the exchange of the majority of its TMT intelligence business for Informa’s Agribusiness Intelligence group.
- Acting for Keolis Amey on its successful bid for the Wales and Borders Rail Franchise in 2018.
Bates Wells‘ employment practice has a strong profile acting for both employers and senior executives. Department head Lucy McLynn is known for her litigation experience for employers, including recent cases involving sensitive topics such as #MeToo and transgender rights. Two other key team members are William Garnett and Paul Jennings, who lead on senior executive disputes and are often pitted against the biggest names in tech and financial services. On the employers side, Garnett is also known for his expertise in handling contentious work for political and campaigning entities. Paul Seath is another notable junior partner, whose practice includes specialist advice on employment data protection issues. The team also performs well in the not-for-profit/charities sector. An associate with a noteworthy senior executives practice is Rachel Mathieson.
‘William Garnett and his employment law team at Bates Wells have consistently delivered pragmatic advice that takes a balanced view between the strict letter of the law and the practical realities of business situations. The team have helped me with a number of contentious issues for the last 10 years and the outcomes have always been satisfactory. They are accessible and available at (virtually!) any time, which is particularly helpful given that events often develop a timetable of their own!’
‘All of the lawyers, from partner to associate, have provided excelled support to my business. If I had to single out one member of the team it would be William Garnett – he has consistently provided first class advice, and has always been available at short notice as events have unfolded. His predictions of how things may end up have been unerringly consistent – he provides advice with an eye to the endgame and business needs.’
‘They are very willing to work in a collaborative matter and help us understand the nuances of the law, while remaining practical to what makes sense for a small organization.’
‘They are extremely well prepared and knowledgeable, but can also acknowledge when anything is outside of their scope of expertise and are able to quickly liaise with colleagues internally to gather perspective on the best approach forward.’
‘A very quick turnaround on all work which in a lot of employment cases is required. The advice is always very commercial which helps your make decisions .’
‘William Garnett is an employment lawyer who can very quickly understand the situation you have within your firm. He is very sensible and practical with his advice in the commercial world versus the law.’
‘The team provides very pragmatic advice and is very strong technically. They go the extra mile to really understand their client, how they work and what they care about to provide practical and tailored advice. Very nice people too!’
‘Paul Seath is excellent. He combines a wealth of experience with keen pragmatism.’
‘William Garnett is always available and very responsive, giving clear pragmatic and robust advice. He assimilates information exceptionally quickly and understands the business context of both the problem and the solution. William effectively removes any emotion from challenging situations, and is my ‘go to solicitor’ for any senior and complex employment issue. my secret weapon!’
‘There is definitely something special about this firm. Extremely pleasant and well rounded lawyers with a bit of personality, not just a bunch of City lawyer cadavers. They really care about your mission and the cause and have been a pleasure to work with. Really responsive for litigation and advisory work – highly recommended.’
‘Paul Jennings is a complete rock-star. Lightning quick mind, commercially astute, very responsive and definitely the person you want in your corner.’
Center for Global Development and CGD Europe
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Angel Trains Limited
Hamni Global Co
British Lung Foundation
The British Red Cross Society
The Financial Ombudsman Service
Leonard Cheshire Disability
- Defending the Center for Global Development and CGD Europe against a high profile employment tribunal claim concerning transgender rights and whether the Claimant’s views on sex and gender identity are protected as a philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010.
- Advising Angel Trains Limited on a dispute with longstanding senior employee who was underperforming.
- Advising on the employment law aspects of British Lung Foundation’s merger with Asthma UK.
Clyde & Co LLP has a preeminent reputation in the insurance sector, and is also highly regarded for its work for financial and professional services clients. The employment team has a wealth of experience advising on significant and high-value team moves, managing cross-border projects, and acting on industrial relations matters. Team head Robert Hill is experienced in High Court and Employment Tribunal work, with a focus on discrimination and whistleblowing cases.
‘Having worked with a number of law firms over the years, the differentiator with Clyde & Co is client service and the ability to give very practical and commercial advice. I find the employment law team I deal with very responsive and they are a pleasure to deal with.’
‘Charles Urqhuart is very client focused, very responsive and very pragmatic. He engages well across all areas of our business with all stakeholders trusting and valuing his advice.’
‘A strong practice in team moves and restrictive covenants in the insurance sector. Responsive, client friendly and good lawyers.’
‘James Major is a stand out partner – unflappable under any kind of pressure, intelligent, focused and always pragmatic with his advice.’
They work closely with you as if they were part of your team and use the word ‘we’ when discussing issues. They have the ability to convey complex matters in a way that is easy to understand by colleagues who are not legal experts. They are pragmatic and support you to make a decision, not just tell you what your options are. They respond quickly to urgent matters.’
‘Chris Holme – excellent knowledge and practical experience. Able to explain things in a clear way anyone can understand and breaks it down into digestible segments. Has gravitas and credibility to with senior management. Fun to work with, always calm and in control, doesn’t flap or panic, which provides reassurance.’
‘I cannot praise Chris Holme highly enough for his down-to-earth approach, honesty and ability to influence a wide range of challenging individuals.’
UPS (United Parcel Service)
Boutique employment law firm CM Murray LLP is highly respected for its work for senior executives, often drawing mandates from top clients in the financial services, tech, luxury brand and manufacturing sectors. The team’s expertise spans negotiating severance agreements, defending restrictive covenant litigation, raising allegations of unlawful discrimination and harassment, and advising senior executives under investigation for alleged serious misconduct. Managing partner and practice co-head Clare Murray is a leader in this field. The department is also has an active practice for employers, regularly advising on complex and sensitive matters involving allegations of bullying or sexual harassment, and on restrictive covenants. Clients are primarily drawn from sectors such as professional services, tech, pharmaceuticals and luxury brands. Other key names include practice co-head Merrill April, who specialises in board-level issues for PLCs, and David Fisher, an expert in High Court injunctions. Senior associate Nick Hawkins has built an active senior executives practice.
‘Beth Hale’s client skills are great and she is sharp and bright.’
‘The CM team is extremely responsive to their client’s needs, which for many international businesses, particularly in today’s difficult economic environment, is their highest priority. Besides having a thorough knowledge of the law, the CM team takes the time to understand their client’s businesses and their advice is both practical and wise.’
‘While all the partners and associates I have worked with are excellent, in particular Clare Murray and Sarah Chilton bring exceptional client skill to the table. They are both extremely responsive and anticipatory of client’s needs and concerns. They are also excellent practitioners. They both understand how to bring together teams of experts both from within their firm, other legal firms and other areas of expertise.’
‘Clare Murray is outstanding as a lawyer and a business leader and an ideas person. She has consistently been the top of her game for many years. It is impressive that she has adapted her practice to market trends. Her firm has lead the way on advising employers on COVID-19 issues with presentations. I have recommended her to many clients, contacts over the years.’
‘Clare Murray – a tour de force. One of the best in the business. Sarah Chilton knows everything there is to know about all areas of employment. Strategic and sensible. Beth Hale – another class act. Always gives rational sensible advice.’
‘Very strong employment law boutique. Entrepreneurial and market leading, and a really good, friendly team.’
‘Clare Murray – entrepreneurial, brimming with energy and enthusiasm and just lovely.’
‘Sarah Chilton – a thought leader in discrimination and whistleblowing.’
- Advising a listed asset management company on their removal of a board member and CF10/11 following acts of alleged gross misconduct.
- Advising the board of a major sporting events company on handling and investigating complaints of bullying made against a senior member of staff.
- Advising a Silicon Valley based cyber security company on a number of restrictive covenant and breach of confidentiality issues involving its UK employees.
Deloitte Legal has particular expertise acting for technology, telecoms and consulting businesses on IR-35 matters. It is also active on data subject access rights, TUPE support on corporate transactions and gig economy-related issues. The practice is noted for its strong client base in financial services, fintech and emerging payments clients, as well as the travel industry. Team head David Williams has a well-established specialism advising tech clients. Marian Bloodworth is recognised for her deep experience acting for clients in the financial services sector. Please note that client names cited may refer to work undertaken by lawyers prior to the team joining Deloitte.
‘I really like their tech knowledge. Particularly, Kathryn Dooks in the employment team. The help she gave was exceptional.’
‘The team is engaged, collaborative, and relatable to their clients. They are a cut above in providing sound, business-first legal advice, as well as a solid working relationship built on mutual trust and respect.’
‘My experience working with the team has been first-class. I can always rely on this team to provide sound legal advice. They have consistently been able to demonstrate flexibility in approach depending on the needs and culture of the client. Every member of the team are true subject-matter experts, which is invaluable in high-pressure, fast-paced tech start-ups.’
‘Calm, efficient and thorough, they carry their deep legal expertise lightly and are deeply thoughtful in understanding our business context and bring a thoughtful perspective and flexible solutions.’
‘Everyone in the company is incredibly orientated towards clients, and they all focus on finding solutions through legal support. No one ever says ‘you can’t do that’ – instead they try to find solutions.’
‘They have a lot of clients in my sector (tech/digital agency) and therefore are very familiar with the sort of challenges that these businesses can have. This means that the advice I’ve received has been tailored to work for our environment, it’s practical and useful.’
‘Kathryn Dooks is everything I want in an employment lawyer. Obviously she knows her stuff and her advice is very well informed and holistic (she often takes into account areas of law other than employment which would impact on a situation and is able to gain specialist advice from others in or outside of the firm if necessary). However, what I value most is the fact that she is able to couch this knowledge in a framework that makes sense for how our business operates, understanding our risk appetite and helping us navigate tricky situations in a practical and nuanced way which is right for our context.’
‘Marian Bloodworth has a pragmatic yet focused approach.’
‘David Wiliams offers sound and practical advice and knows his area of expertise very well.’
‘They have a good understanding of our sector which is TV advertising. Their employment law advice is well considered and risk averse. They are able to work with clients to flex advice to meet client needs.’
‘David Williams is exceptional and helped us find a solution to a problem that could have got into the public domain. He made himself available at the weekend to discuss.’
‘Kathryn Dooks is our main lawyer and she is engaging and dedicated in helping to resolve an issue with creative solutions and her advice is pragmatic and clear.’
‘David Williams is very commercial – he doesn’t just quote the law but will discuss relative risk of different approaches in context of desired outcome and happy to offer an opinion on best approach.’
British Telecommunications PLC
Zoopla, Uswitch and Primelocation
- Providing strategic employment advice to Trainline.com, including in respect of the critical period prior to their extremely successful IPO.
- Advising BT on their preparations for the implementation of the Off Payroll Working Rules regarding the use of contractors including advice on strategy and re-drafting key supplier documentation.
- Advising Qantas on complex and sensitive employment tribunal claims, handling negotiations with trade unions, advising on immigration and posted workers and the implications of Brexit and general day to day advice.
The people, reward and mobility department at Dentons has particular expertise in the financial services, retail, transport, TMT, travel and energy sectors. Another area of strength is its handling of cross-border employment matters, given the resources offered by the wider firm's huge international network. The team's client base includes major household names, for which it advises on transactional work and Employment Tribunal litigation. Virginia Allen heads up the national practice. Purvis Ghani recently joined from Stephenson Harwood in November 2019, bringing his strong international practice to the team
‘Excellent global reach with consistent advice across regions.’
‘Purvis Ghani is technically excellent, very pragmatic, and provides easily digestible advice.’
‘I find the Dentons team very easy to deal with. They always provide pragmatic commercial advice, and understand the quirks of our particular business and management team.’
‘Purvis Ghani is excellent to work with. He quickly and calmly grasps complex scenarios and helps achieve realistic and workable solutions. In addition to being an expert in his field, Purvis has great listening skills and a diplomatic approach. Purvis is very easy to engage with and has provided an exceptional level of availability and commitment.’
‘Virginia Allen is an outstanding lawyer, and a great business partner to work with. She runs a very high-skilled employment law team and gives prompt and practical advice that we can actually use.’
‘A global presence, willingness to offer alternative fee arrangements and strong commercial acumen in the UK team.’
‘Practical commercial advice, responsiveness and business partnering approach.’
Centerbridge Partners L.P. (Centerbridge)
Bank of China
Arcline Investment Management (Arcline) and Astro Acquisitions, LLC
Cathay Investments 2 Limited (Cathay) and PNC Global Logistics (PNC)
- Acting as Spotify’s regular outside counsel for employment matters, handling all of Spotify’s day-to-day employment counselling needs.
- Advising on Centerbridge Partners LP’s purchase of IBM’s marketing platform and commerce software business.
- Advising Informa Plc on the exchange of business units with IHSM Markit, a global information provider.
Kingsley Napley LLP acquired Archon Employment Solicitors in October 2019, more than doubling the size of its employment department and also boosting its capabilities with regards to financial services and regulatory matters. The practice is regularly instructed by clients based in the US, and has recently been active advising corporate and professional services companies on SMCR, sexual misconduct claims, equal pay, as well as senior-level exits and confidentiality breaches. On the senior executive side, the team is regularly sought out to act for board-level clients, especially on sensitive matters involving claims of discrimination or unfair dismissal. Partner level arrivals following the acquisition include Corinne Aldridge, who now heads up the practice and is an expert on equal opportunities-related issues, Nick Ralph and Nikola Southern. Former team head Richard Fox maintains an active practice. At the time of the merger, the experienced Adam Lambert departed for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.
‘I found each and every member in the practice that I had dealings with to be totally focused on my case – I received prompt and professional responses within a timely manner.’
‘Adrian Crawford’s advice is pragmatic, clear and he considers every relevant factor. I go to him every time we have a dicey situation and he has never let me down.’
Chief Police Officers Staff Association (CPOSA) & its members
Affiliated Managers Group(AMG)
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Whitehouse Post Productions
Norton Rose Fulbright effectively deals with both contentious employment matters and transactional support work, offering strong cross-border capabilities due to its huge global footprint. The labour and employment department regularly advises on severance issues and boardroom disputes, as well as corporate governance matters and more standard disciplinary and grievance issues. Trade union disputes and Employment Tribunal work are other areas of strength. Team head Paul Griffin has notable experience in the tech, financial services and transport sectors.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team are exceptional – their expertise, their strong engaging personalities and willingness to understand the issues you are trying to solve. They listen, they learn about the business challenges and provide sound advice to you remain compliant with all legislation, but equally understand the need for pragmatic solutions.’
Royal Bank of Canada
Battersea Power Station
Boston Consulting Group
FBN (UK) Limited
- Drafting the employment aspects of Bolt’s (Uber’s European rival) terms and conditions for drivers and terms and conditions for customers for its launch in London in June 2019.
- Assisting Energizer on its acquisition of Spectrum Brands’ batteries and portable lighting business.
Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has a strong reputation for its board-level work, such as restructuring, redundancies, whistleblowing and senior management dismissals and disputes. Team head Paul Mander regularly acts for both employers and senior executives, managing a number of the firm's long-term client relationships, while other notable team members include Tom Walker, an expert in handling board-level disputes and crisis management, and Andrew Haywood, known for his expertise in post-termination restrictions and injunctive relief work, for both employers and senior executives. The June 2019 merger of Penningtons Manches and Thomas Cooper strengthened the team with the addition of Nick Humphreys, who brought expertise and clients from the shipping sector, as well as a strong sports practice.
‘First-rate team, well resourced, hyper responsive, great attention to detail.’
‘Nick Humphreys is the employment partner I would go to with any employment related problem. Fantastic manner with clients, gaining their confidence easily. Provides consistently thorough and detailed high quality advice. Clients obviously love him. Nick is always robust in fighting his clients corner whatever it takes.’
‘Nick Humphreys is a joy to work with and a truly formidable opponent. He is utterly tenacious in his clients’ interest.’
‘The team at Penningtons take a collaborative approach to identifying solutions and take extra care to identify your specific business requirements to ensure the proposed solution is best fit.’
‘If you don’t want a lecture about the law and what you can’t do, I would recommend the team at Pennington Manches Cooper as they will stay connected throughout the process and beyond.’
‘Tom Walker is an excellent advisor who has a wealth of employment law knowledge and a practical hands-on ability that provides confidence to the client when dealing with challenging and sensitive matters.’
Farfetch UK Ltd
Tennor International Services BV
John McAslan + Partners
Williams Grand Prix Limited (t/a Williams F1)
Lanson International UK Limited t/a Lanson Champagne
General Practitioners Defence Fund (GPDF)
Brummer & Partners Capital LLP
Seahorse Maritime Limited
Curzon Street Partners
Ayondo Markets Limited
Liontari Capital (“Atrum Global Limited)
Soap & Co
Habib Bank plc
Comsec Investigations Limited
- Resisting the appeal by Nautilus International to the Supreme Court in the territorial jurisdiction in collective redundancy proceedings presented by Nautilus.
Reed Smith LLP
The labour and employment practice at Reed Smith LLP has significant expertise in handling global strategic projects for major multinational clients. The team also performs well in Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation, and handles internal investigations into senior employee conduct issues. Transactional support and outsourcing are further areas of strength. Robin Jeffcott heads up the team, lending expertise in advising financial services clients. Another key name is Graham Green, who has particular specialisms in the tech, entertainment and media sectors.
‘Reed Smith’s employment team are very willing to help and are a hardworking team. They are keen to develop a relationship – they are open to feedback and seek it out. Excellent links with overseas partners and legal offices – for example, we have worked with their US offices in multiple states. They are keen to try and find resource solutions for us.’
‘Hard working and very personable.’
The employment, compensation and benefits practice at White & Case LLP is known in particular for its work for clients in the retail, tech and financial services sectors. EMEA team head Nicholas Greenacre has experience across a range of areas including executive compensation, incentives and pensions. Junior partner Helen Levendi has recently been active in the collective redundancy and TUPE space.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team members work hand-in-hand, thus very efficiently. Vast experience, profound knowledge, specialists per subject within the team. Great communication, pro-activity and immense dedication.’
‘I can truly say that I have never experienced such dedication, commitment and service from any other law firm I have worked with in my career.’
‘Helen Levendi goes above and beyond for her clients. She comes across as highly knowledgeable and deeply experienced. Templates and paperwork provided are flawless and extremely helpful.’
‘Excellent employment knowledge and very client focused.’
‘Global support from the whole practice, given our different jurisdictions. This is done in a seamless way.’
Amigo Holdings plc
Pollinate International Limited
Lightsource BP Renewable Energy Investments Ltd
- Advising Karen Millen, a leading UK high street fashion brand, on the TUPE and collective redundancy aspects, including preparing the HR1 for filing, in relation to the filing and entry into administration of some of the company’s entities, as well as the pre-pack sale out of administration of certain assets of Coast and Karen Millen to Boohoo.com.
- Advising Pollinate International on employment and incentive arrangements, the employment aspects of various services agreements, and general day to day HR related matters, in relation to its establishment and recent growth capital investment round.
- Advising Takeda Pharmaceutical Company on the sale of a portfolio of select over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription pharmaceutical assets in a number of Near East, Middle East and Africa countries, as well as the sale of a portfolio of select OTC and prescription pharmaceutical assets exclusively in Russia, Georgia, and a number of countries from within the Commonwealth of Independent States, including on all ECB aspects of the sale, including the associated TUPE and collective consultation processes across all the affected countries.
Arnold & Porter's labour and employment department has well-established links with leading clients in the life sciences/pharmaceutical sector. The team also has a strong reputation for international work, especially for global projects and on cross-border investigations. Team head Henry Clinton-Davis has an impressive track record advising clients in the retail sector.
‘They provide excellent service.’
‘Henry Clinton-Davis will always be my go-to for most European employment work. He is not only well versed in the law, but has a demeanour the is unflappable. I have never seen him become frustrated, even in the middle of some very difficult situations.’
‘Deep knowledge of their legal discipline. They always take the time to properly understand the. business needs and challenges and tailor their input according to commercial priorities.’
‘Henry Clinton-Davis is by far the best employment lawyer I have ever worked with. Professional, knowledgeable and works like a true business partner.’
‘Very capable results-focused team, especially in life sciences sector and where there are international elements.’
‘Henry Clinton-Davis has outstanding employment law knowledge. He is always able to provide pragmatic ideas and solutions as well as the legal position. He is always a pleasure to deal with, proactive and timely in all matters, courteous and respectful of your time.’
Roche Diagnostics Limited
Roche Diabetes Care Limited
The Hospital Group
- Advising Carestream Health on the pan-European employment aspects of the sale of its HCIS business to Philips.
- Successfully won a pitch to advise TELUS International on its data privacy compliance programme across the world with considerable focus on the employment & HR aspects and the transfer of data cross borders.
- Advising Roche Diagnostics and Roche Diabetes Care on all their employment issues.
Bevan Brittan LLP is known as a significant force in the health and social care sector, and acts for NHS foundations, private and third sector clients across the range of employment law work. The practice has also recently further expanded its client base in local government and maintains strong links with clients in higher education, housing, and more generally in the private sector. Department head Jodie Sinclair focuses on complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims.
Other key lawyers:
‘Their client care does really stand out. You feel really supported with difficult situations and that your issues are important to them.’
‘Alastair Currie is a great lawyer. I feel really supported by him and he goes the extra mile to help you resolve problems. He is fantastic when dealing with issues with doctors and has great expertise and experience.’
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Kent Community Health NHS Trust
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Isle of Wight NHS Trust
North East London NHS Foundation Trust
East Suffolk and North East Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
St Georges University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Foundation Trust
Local Government Association
Solent NHS Trust
Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Medway NHS Foundation Trust
Professional Cricketers Association
Southern Housing Group Ltd
Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Bromley Healthcare Community Interest Company
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
NHS Herts Valley CCG
- Successfully defended three acute NHS Trusts jointly in the defence of complex whistleblowing and race, religion and disability discrimination claims, obtaining unusually substantial costs awards.
- Advising an acute NHS Foundation Trust on an innovative pension scheme initiative to retain and support senior medical staff.
- Advising a major NHS Foundation Trust on complex employment and medical workforce consequences after an adverse High Court Injunction against the organisation.
Best known for its senior executives work and expertise in discrimination and whistleblowing cases, Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP has an excellent track record in litigation, especially in regulated sectors such as insurance and financial services. Its advice to employers is also noteworthy, making it a popular referral choice. For senior executives, the practice attracts some of the most complex and high-value work available, often for board-level clients associated with household-name companies. Work for these clients includes negotiation of appointments and severance packages, the handling of investigations, disciplinary proceedings and litigation involving sensitive issues, such as sexual harassment. The highly reputed Gareth Brahams heads up the practice. Another key name is Arpita Dutt, an equality and whistleblowing expert. Two junior partners with impressive senior executive practices are Nick Wilcox and Polly Rodway. In team moves, former name partner Alistair French departed for Keystone Law in May 2019, while Cerys Williams left for GQ | LITTLER in October 2019.
‘Excellent client service. Extremely professional and a pleasure to work with.’
‘BDBF provides us with advice on ad hoc HR related matters. The focus is always on coming up with commercial solutions to problems, which we greatly value. We appreciate their creative thinking in this regard. Because of their work for individuals we consider we get the benefit of their having worked on both sides of matters.’
‘They are accessible, approachable and pragmatic. They do not ‘over-lawyer’ the issue but instead focus on giving us a resolution to any problems we face.’
‘Solid, specialist employment law practitioners who can be relied upon for timely, accurate advice.’
‘Tom McLaughlin is a well-rounded, experienced employment lawyer. His advice is thoughtful, careful and on point.’
‘Nick Wilcox is extremely responsive to all issues raised – helpful and creative in his thinking about potential solutions. He is very commercial which means we can rely on his pragmatic but thorough and proportionate advice.’
‘The team at BDBF clearly understand local employment law and I have great confidence in the advice they provide. Their legal advice is provided in a timely and concise manner and has helped me greatly in executing the requirements of my role. I like their approach to providing advice also – it is unique in that I find the members I have worked with to be down to earth and friendly and not typically lawyer-ish.’
Capsticks LLP dominates in the healthcare, emergency services and social care sectors for both public and private sector clients. The employment team acts for some of the largest NHS trusts in the country and is sole strategic legal adviser for NHS Employers. It is also highly active in the Employment Tribunal and EAT. Victoria Watson heads up the firm's national employment practice.
‘Always professional. The service and advice received is fast and efficient and can be trusted implicitly. Knowledge and experience is exceptionally. Approach is always helpful and friendly.’
‘Alexandra Gettins has very considerable ability and promise. Very familiar with employment disputes in the NHS. A person of mature judgement.’
‘Capsticks are one of the best firms for client care. They really know their sector and what their clients want and how they work.’
‘Victoria Watson is a first-class lawyer. She is very involved with her clients and has a great understanding of litigation.’
‘Andrew Rowland is an excellent litigator.’
‘The team’s work was excellently coordinated with other property work being carried out by the firm. It was impossible to see the join between property, employment and litigation advice.’
East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
Ramsay Health Care UK
Frimley Health Foundation NHS Trust
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Group of Clinical Commissioning Groups
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
- Advising Frimley Health in connection with threatened industrial action arising out of high profile proposals to create a wholly-owned subsidiary.
- Providing advice and guidance to NHS organisations nationally (via NHS Employers) on the options implications for engaging with senior clinicians to ensure front line clinical services were covered following threats to reduce hours to mitigate tax bills for pensions.
- Representing Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust successfully in the Court of Appeal in a high profile claim brought by a nurse for religious discrimination after she was dismissed for inappropriate communications about her religious beliefs.
Specialist workplace law firm Doyle Clayton operates out of three offices across London, and serves corporate clients from a wide range of sectors on the full range of employment law work. It is equally comfortable advising employers and senior executives. Notably, the firm maintains a strong client base of fellow law firms and partners. Recent areas of significant development have included an increase in work involving an international element and a greater investment in start-up clients. Practice head Peter De Maria is known for his litigation expertise, especially High Court cases concerning high-profile team moves and restrictive covenant disputes. Other key team members are senior partner Darren Clayton and CEO Peter Doyle, both known for their expertise across the full spectrum of employment law.
Other key lawyers:
‘Katie Mahoney has a wonderful manner with clients and is utterly assiduous.’
‘They are approachable, they work hard to build relationships and it is clear that the partners are careful to hire from among some of the sharpest employment lawyers in the business.’
‘Doyle Clayton provide a good service to small to medium sized employers.’
‘Doyle Clayton is a specialist employment law firm – they are the experts! They are dedicated, impressive and know exactly what they are doing. A safe pair of hands.’
‘Katie Mahoney is a standout star. Impressive but approachable, she is a hard worker, who knows what she is doing and is particularly effective. A delight to work with.’
‘They have a large specialist team of employment lawyers; you know the people you are dealing with are dedicated to employment law. They have strength in depth for both statutory employment work and the more commercial end of employment: High Court and arbitration.’
Peter De Maria is excellent for team moves, particularly for individual employees. Katie Mahoney is developing great expertise in the employee competition area, particularly team moves. She is always positive and a delight to work with.’
‘A renowned group of individuals with an enviable reputation as specialists in the field.’
‘Katie Mahoney – a senior associate that has made fast progress through the ranks and must now be on the edge of partnership. Excellent with clients, a punchy and highly effective communicator, very mature understanding of court processes, fantastic work ethic, negotiates exceptionally well and gets brilliant results.’
‘Doyle Clayton is a firm that provides employment law advice of the highest quality. The advice is always delivered with an eye to the commercial realities facing its clients. The practice obviously takes the time and has the interest in fully understanding the nature and peculiarities of its clients’ businesses.’
‘Down to earth, practical advice, particularly from Dan Begbie-Clench. He is a great person to work with and really knows his stuff.’
‘The team are personable, technically extremely strong and will go more than the extra yard for their clients. Alongside of that, their industry sector knowledge and experience is uniquely broad and deep. They are a true ally and their advice is always commercially balanced.’
‘Doyle Clayton are a fantastic firm. Their knowledge is extremely impressive. Within reason they are always available for advice and no matter is too small for them to deal with. My thoughts and comments are reflected on the sliders below. I have never in all the time I have been dealing with the had to complain about anything – that is what makes a fantastic law firm.’
‘Helen Brooks projects a calm assurance, a mastery of subject matter, and a focus and sense of purpose that emboldens our sense of purpose. Her authoritative presence and consummate ease in establishing the true essence of the matter at hand, truly makes a difference in our ability to address even the most challenging and complex of employment law conundrums.’
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher advises on a broad range of employment law matters for international clients based across Europe and the US. James Cox heads up the London team, and lends expertise in both contentious and non-contentious employment law, especially cross-border matters, industrial disputes, redundancies, restructurings, boardroom appointments and removals, and whistleblowing and discrimination claims. He also has a specialism in advising on employment law issues facing private equity companies.
‘Strong employment expertise, extremely responsive and solution oriented.’
‘James Cox is knowledgeable and extremely responsive in producing documents and finding solutions.’
‘Our team was located in the US, the team we partnered with was in the UK. They handled the time difference so well and also were able to explain employment law in an easy to understand way.’
AIM Software Limited
AO World plc
Amryt Pharma plc
AnaCap Financial Partners LLP
Arlington Capital Partners
Bank of America
The Berkeley Group
Bruin Sports Capital
Corporate Executive Board
Dollar Financial Group
Five Arrows Principal Investments
Gulf Marine Services
Investment Company Institute
Liberty Hall Capital Partners LP / Bromford Industries
Realty Income Corporation
Riot Games Inc.
SHL Group Limited
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.
Uber Technologies, Inc.
William Hill plc
- Advising Realty Income Corporation, a leading US-listed real estate investment trust, on employment law aspects of its acquisition of 12 superstores from a British Land and Sainsbury’s joint venture for £429m.
- Advising Five Arrows Principal Investments, the flagship European corporate private equity platform of Rothschild & Co, on employment aspects of the sale of Pirum Systems to Bowmark Capital.
- Advising Amryt Pharma on a number of employment-related matters, including in connection with the acquisition of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Howard Kennedy LLP provides specialist advice to clients in the retail and leisure, finance and investment, transport, media and real estate sectors. In particular, the retail and leisure sector is a major source of work for the team, which handles a range of transactional and advisory matters. The employment team also fields a strong flow of work from international clients, especially those based in the US. Department head Jane Amphlett is a leading expert on discrimination law.
‘A very progressive and versatile firm. They very much have their finger on the pulse with legal developments.’
‘Sam Murray-Hinde is an exceptional solicitor with excellent attention to detail and client care skills.’
‘A quality outfit with a reputation for excellence.’
‘Sam Murray-Hinde is well known for being a commercially astute, detailed, diligent, and eminently sensible litigator. Her communication is excellent and briefs to counsel are always meticulously prepared. She thinks of everything and has an enviable and intimate knowledge of the sectors that she works in. She can play hard ball when needed.’
‘Jane Amphlett has built an impressive team known for its ability to handle all employment law matters.’
‘Jane Amphlett is a standout employment specialist – she is hugely bright, is forensic in her analysis but combines this with a commercial approach. Jane fights hard for her clients.’
‘The team has a real depth of knowledge of all aspects of employment law and are all extremely commercially minded and approachable.’
‘I have worked with Jane Amphlett for many years and rely completely on her judgment in what can be sensitive employment issues.’
‘Lydia Christie is a consummate professional and a dream to work with. Her commercial view sets her apart from other associates that I’ve worked with previously.’
PANDORA UK Limited
Condé Nast International Limited
East London Bus & Coach Company Limited
South East London & Kent Bus Company Limited
Gordon Brothers International
TCI Fund Management, TCI Advisory and TCI Fund Services
Administrators of HMV Retail Limited & HMV E-Commerce Limited
- Advising Pandora’s HR and in-house legal teams on a wide range of employment matters including handling employment aspects of their franchising arrangements.
- Advising Foxtons on a wide range of employment issues.
- Providing regular and ongoing advice to leading transport providers, including acting in the Employment Tribunal, EAT and Court of Appeal cases as well as advising on contractual matters, minimum wage, working time, holiday pay issues, TUPE, trade union negotiations, collective bargaining and industrial relations.
Irwin Mitchell offers a wide range of services in employment law, and is distinguished by its work for international clients, particularly those from German or French-speaking countries. Dr Sybille Steiner heads up the national firm’s southern employment team across London, Gatwick and Southampton; she is also dual-qualified in German law. She has recently been advising a number of significant German corporate clients on the implications of Brexit. Shah Qureshi leads the London-based employment and professional discipline team, which has a strong reputation for advising senior executives from the healthcare, financial and professional services sectors. In this area, the team’s expertise includes whistleblowing, bonus disputes, unfair dismissal and restrictive covenant matters.
Kennedys has a standout reputation for advising clients in the transport sector, especially regarding industrial action, litigation and business change matters. The employment team is also strong in handling Employment Tribunal claims for major clients in the insurance sector. Team head Matthew Leake has noteworthy specialisms in TUPE, business reorganisation and industrial relations issues.
‘Matthew Leake is outstanding. Calm, measured, reassuringly confident and with truly outstanding client relationship skills. He is a real pleasure to work alongside.’
‘An efficient and client-focused outfit led by the excellent and experienced Matthew Leake.’
‘Matthew Leake is a highly experienced advisor for employer clients, with outstanding expertise in TUPE and in finding practical solutions to problems in a unionised environment.’
Virgin Trains Group
Royal Opera House
Keystone Law now has one of the largest bench of employment practitioners in the UK and is continuing to grow, with a number of new recruits in the past year. Alistair French – 'a true champion for senior executives' – joined from Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP in May 2019 at partner level, followed by Rob Eldridge from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in December 2019. Other recent arrivals include Chris Goodwill, former global head of employment law at Clifford Chance LLP, who joined as a consultant in May 2019, and financial services employment specialist Alexandra Carn. The diverse team has expertise in every area of employment law; key individuals Nick Tsatsas and Angharad Harris both advise employers and senior executives, while Paul Daniels focuses on work for senior executives.
Other key lawyers:
‘Highly experienced employment lawyers, possessing a first class track record, capable of taking on a top five practice firm and winning for the client, at a third of the cost.’
‘Nick Robertson is commercial, sensible and calm in a crisis. He’s a great partner who often ends up being the voice of reason.
King & Spalding LLP's employment practice is known for its specialist advice to multinational corporates (especially US-based companies with extensive European operations) on cross-border employment projects. It excels in senior-level investigations, and in dealing with clients in the tech and financial sectors and with PLCs. Practice head Jules Quinn has particular experience advising on international project management; she works alongside counsel Kim Roberts.
Other key lawyers:
AEW Europe LLP
Bank of East Asia
Capital & Regional plc
Sojitz Europe plc
SCSK Europe Ltd
Sumi Agro Europe Ltd
The Utmost Group
Bank and Clients PLC
Eddie Stobart Logistics Limited
Clarion Partners LLC
Toronto Dominion Securities
Mark Newton- Jones
- Advising MasterCard on all aspects of its employment matters for over 20 years.
- Liaising and working with the HR and compliance team at TD Securities on matters ranging from team moves to terms and conditions to training and exit packages.
- Acting as trusted adviser to the HR Manager and the Board of real estate investment, development and asset management operation Quintain Limited on the employment law aspects arising from its flagship portfolio of operations in London.
The London benefits, compensation and employment team at Latham & Watkins provides strategic support to companies and boards of directors, including on M&A deals, restructurings and outsourcings. Other areas of work include senior executive hires and termination, and defending discrimination and harassment claims.
Other key lawyers:
McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP's London team advises both UK and international companies on employment law, and draws on the firm's Stateside roots to assist US companies investing in the UK. The department is known for its work on Employment Tribunal cases and the High Court. Another key source of work is transactional support on large corporate deals. 'Strategic and commercial' team head Katie Clark has notable expertise in non-compete/restraint of trade disputes.
Other key lawyers:
‘Good for restrictive covenant work.’
‘Katie Clark is strategic and commercial.’
‘All the individuals we dealt with at MWE were kind, helpful and went above and beyond to make sure we had the advice we needed.’
‘We have been incredibly impressed with everyone we have worked with at MWE.’
‘Pragmatic, approachable, analytical. A real sensible no-nonsense team that delivers every time.’
‘Katie Clark is tough, friendly, sensible, business focused and not theoretical. She manages to apply her deep knowledge in a way that helps the business – every time.’
‘In comparison to others I’ve used, the advice given by MWE is always well thought through and works on both an employment law and employee relations ground, rather than just factual.’
‘Paul McGrath’s skillset and eye for detail is at the high end.’
Callaway Golf Company
D. E. Shaw & Co
Multigate Medical Products
- Advising ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc on employment law aspects of its acquisition of MPCL Limited from Rentokil.
Memery Crystal LLP has a strong reputation advising on hires and terminations of senior board members, with capabilities in acting for both employers and senior executives. The department also has expertise serving financial services clients, especially in the context of the new regulatory environment. Employer-led mandates for natural resources companies are another source of work for the firm. Stephen Ravenscroft heads up the practice.
‘Stephen Ravenscroft is an excellent tactician and master of his craft.’
‘They provide great commercial legal advice for potentially sensitive situations.’
‘Stephen Ravenscroft is the main partner that we work with in the team. He provides excellent commercial legal advice in often very sensitive situations, and has a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience in the area.’
Sana Life Science
Eurox Limited/Integro Limited
Kore Potash PLC
Sterling (EMEA) Limited
Aramco Overseas Company
J O Hambro Capital Management
Chariot Oil & Gas
The Rethink Group
Corney & Barrow
- Providing advice to the world’s leading oil producer, Saudi Aramco, in relation to a wide range of HR matters affecting its European businesses.
- Advising BDO on the employment aspects of its merger with Moore Stephens.
- Advising Hambro Perks, the London-based venture capital firm, on a wide range of employment matters.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP has an excellent reputation for its work acting for big-name clients in the tech industry. The practice's other core sectors are energy, infrastructure and finance. Recent areas of focus have included handling work relating to post-termination restrictions, discrimination and whistleblowing claims, as well as providing transactional support. The all-female practice is headed up by Nicola Whiteley, described as 'a joy to work with and a reassuring adviser to in-house counsel and management alike'.
Other key lawyers:
‘Strong technical expertise, highly responsive, pragmatic, commercial.’
‘Great transatlantic experience, and a terrific team lead by the ever-fabulous Nicola Whitely and Mandy Perry. Nicola and Mandy are incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated, they truly understand the needs and dynamics of US employers with UK and European operations.’
‘Clear and concise advice readily available. Always willing to explore the options to develop the most appropriate solution for a situation.’
‘Mandy Perry is highly pragmatic, offering direct and timely advice on a variety of issues affecting a number of our businesses across the UK.’
‘Highly experienced in all matters of employment law, and a very reassuring presence for fraught employment litigation in particular. Quick to provide practical advice for dealing with employment law issues as they arise, as well as all the stages of employment tribunal litigation from subject access requests through to the hearing and then appeal.’
‘Nicola Whiteley is a joy to work with and a reassuring adviser to in-house counsel and management alike. Mandy Perry is also worthy of note for her approach to taking witness statements from busy management, as well as managing difficult disclosure processes.’
Western Union Company
ADM Investor Services International
Rathbone Brothers plc
GFT Financial Ltd
- Assisting Aptean, a leading global provider of mission-critical, industry-specific enterprise software solutions, with employment law support on a number of acquisitions in 2019.
- Providing pro bono employment advice for the Heritage of London Trust.
- Advising CANAL+ on employment law aspects of its acquisition of ROK Studios from Iroko, one of Nigeria’s largest internet and entertainment companies.
Suzanne Horne heads up Paul Hastings LLP's international employment practice from London. The team advises large employers on significant disputes, as well as handling multi-jurisdictional projects, day-to-day advisory work and transactional support. Horne is described as a 'top-notch' lawyer', with 'a very down-to-earth approach both with clients and colleagues' and 'an extraordinary amount of law in her head.'
‘Paul Hastings are able to call on a huge US firm resource, but without the sometimes overbearing quality of a US firm. Compared to other US firms, they are more nimble and creative than some.’
‘Suzanne Horne is an utterly hands-on and dedicated solicitor.’
‘Suzanne Horne delivers on-time practical and sound elements. She is willing to think together with the client.’
‘This practice has a very firm grasp of al the issues and an in-depth knowledge of their client’s business. They give practical, commercial advice in plain English and find solutions to complex problems.’
‘Suzanne Horne has an easy manner which makes working with her a delight. She is a top-notch employment lawyer and has a very down-to-earth approach both with clients and colleagues. She is also very enterprising in promoting the firm and has developed a wonderful global employment law guide covering around 40 jurisdictions.’
Suzanne Horne is, in my humble opinion, the best employment lawyer in London. She has an extraordinary amount of law in her head, and is able to quickly provide actionable advice when you call. Suzanne is the attorney you want in your corner.’
‘Suzanne Horne leads a talented group of associates who she entrusts with direct client contact (yet always is behind the scenes guiding the advice and instruction). We have been extremely pleased with a series of solicitors on her team under her direction and find anyone she has trained and recommended fully capable of handling our matters. Suzanne also knows when to step in and does so in the most economically conservative way possible.’
AIG Inc., AIG Financial Products Corp. and AIG Management France, S.A.
Chevron USA Inc. & Others
World Vision International
Strategic Value Partners (UK) LLP
G W Pharma plc
Principal Hotel Company
Jacobs Engineering Group
Nude By Nature
Xerium Technologies, Inc.
The Walt Disney Company
- Winning a $120m judgment for AIG on all grounds in the Court of Appeal with costs in one of the last remaining cases from the 2008 crash.
- Advising World Vision International, a global charity with 37,000 staff in nearly 100 countries, on their sensitive UK employment and employee privacy matters.
- Acting for Nude by Nature in relation to its defence of an employment tribunal claim brought by a former employee in relation to claims of sex discriminations, maternity and pregnancy discrimination and unfair dismissal.
Winckworth Sherwood LLP has a standout reputation for advising senior executives on complex and high-value matters, with particular expertise in corporate governance, restrictive covenants, bonus and equity incentives, protected disclosures and regulatory obligations. Many of the firm's clients hold senior roles at major banks and financial services firms. The department also has strengths in employers work, and is known for its specialism in complex whistleblowing cases. Sector specialisms for employers include financial and professional services, pharmaceuticals, charities and religious institutions. Jo Keddie heads up the employment group. Other notable lawyers include Andrew Yule, Susan Kelly, who has a niche specialism in advising high-ranking clergy in the Church of England, and Blair Adams, whose practice focuses on employer clients.
Other key lawyers:
‘They are commercial and compassionate at the same time – a very hard balance to achieve.’
‘Andrea London provides a high touch service, timely and valuable support. She has strong subject matter knowledge.’
‘The team were responsive, pragmatic and supportive to us as we went through a complicated and challenging process. They were able to pick up work where we had resource restraints internally and cut through a lot of information to provide practical advice.’
‘Andrew Yule is calm and measured with a well-thought-through view considering legal and commercial aspects pragmatically.’
‘We have been working with Winckworth Sherwood for some years now and we are very happy with the services they provide. They have a pragmatic and yet very professional approach to dealing with employment law issues.’
‘Louise Lawrence is very strong within employment law. She has attention to detail and provides high quality and tailored advice.’
‘Jo Keddie completely understands us, how we operate and how best to solve the challenges.’
‘They are approachable and pragmatic – they take their time to understand our company and provide appropriate advice.’
‘Danielle Crawford is calm, pragmatic and very responsive. We see her as an extension of our own team.’
‘Jo Keddie – knowledgeable, pragmatic and detailed.’
The employment team at Withers LLP is known for its formidable senior executives practice, but also works with an impressive roster of employer clients, including high-profile luxury brands, financial services companies, charities/not-for-profit organisations, sport organisations, family offices and tech start-ups. Meriel Schindler heads up the department, acting for both employers and senior executives, while Claire Christy and Hugh More are co-heads of the employer practice. On the senior executives side, the department attracts industry leaders, often from regulated industries and associated with multinational companies, for advice on team moves and disputes. Almost exclusively focusing on senior executives and highly regarded in this field, Elaine Aarons lends expertise across the board and has recently been active advising on investigations and disciplinary proceedings. Senior associate Lisa Lewinsohn has developed an impressive senior executives practice.
‘They are very keen to understand my needs and expectations, listening and asking thoughtful questions and then working to that brief. They are extremely supportive and collaborative – but also challenging in a constructive manner. Strong focus on quality, and therefore no time wasting. Extremely professional, whilst also approachable and accessible.’
‘The team at Withers are exceptionally responsive and we trust their advice and judgment. We have always received advice which has been balanced and robust to enable us to make the right decisions.’
‘The individuals are skilled and experts in thier field. They listen and reflect on the brief before they advise, which is key in litigation. They are also very friendly and personable which makes it a pleasure to work with individuals in Withers.’
Neon Management Services Limited
Tracker Network (UK) Limited
Renault Sport Racing Limited
Kensington Mortgage Company (formerly Northview Group)
InsureStreet (t/a Canopy)
Winton Capital Management
J Stern & Co.
- Advising Neon on all aspects of employment law in relation to that run-off process which has included collective consultation for over 100 staff, redundancies and TUPE matters.
- Advising on various employment matters including a number of senior exits, grievances, performance and disciplinary matters, and the formulation of new policies in line with legislative developments.
- Providing employment law advice to the Tate Gallery on a range of matters.
BDB Pitmans offers a wide range of employment services to both employers and senior executives. Sector strengths include transport, charities/not-for-profit, professional services and social media. With regards to senior executives, the practice has expertise advising on high-value exits, team moves and restrictive covenant issues, especially for clients in the financial services, travel and retail sectors, as well as the NHS. Jesper Christensen heads up the department; other key team members are Brian Gegg, head of the business services group, and Caroline Yarrow, a specialist in the employability and learning and skills sector.
‘Highly co-operative and collegiate team which means work is always thoroughly covered and responded to even if the partner/fee earner is not available. Excellent attention to detail and work always thoroughly prepared.’
‘Nicholas Le Riche has extremely good judgement and provides very pragmatic advice.’
‘Caroline Yarrow is extremely popular with clients.’
‘Caroline Yarrow is very professional but also very human and friendly.’
‘Nick Le Riche has a perfect delivery method to support in complex cases and makes those cases easy to manage. His ability to manage the risks and get a commercial outcome is brilliant.’
Smurfit Kappa UK Limited
Health and Care Professions Council
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Jones Lang LaSalle
London General Transport Services Limited
Tony’s Chocolonely Limited
ACEVO – providing support to Charity Chief Executives who are themselves members of ACEVO
Champ Cargo Systems
Super Micro Computer BV
Finton House Trust
- Advising Goals Soccer Centres Plc on an investigation into the overstatement of company profits and alleged financial irregularities by two former executives. This included a multi-disciplinary team, of which employment played a key part, involving employment, investigations, corporate and restructuring & insolvency.
- Advising Tony’s Chocolonely Limited on setting up business in the UK, including all relevant statutory aspects and employment, HR and commercial advice. This included close liaison with the Dutch legal firm, Florent.
- Advising on the employment aspects of a reorganisation of SITA departments operating at the BAA Compass Centre at Heathrow Airport, following SITA’s successful retention of IT services for airline and airport work.
BLM's employment practice benefits from the wider firm's strengths in insurance, with much work deriving from major clients in that area. The experienced Andrew McDonald, who heads up the team, works with clients including EPL insurers and members of parliament. The practice has a strong track record of work on Employment Tribunal claims and is also known for non-contentious advice on change management.
Other key lawyers:
‘Great work, reasonable prices and clear, practical and commercial advice.’
‘Andrew MacDonald is superb. He handles a very large, high-profile and difficult account for us with great aplomb meaning the need for our involvement is very small and the clients really appreciate his detailed and clear advice. The clients are all very unique yet he manages to be a chameleon and tailor his style to suit all.’
‘BLM’s employment service has good insight, clever strategy and gets the job done.’
‘Vanessa Latham is very pleasant to deal with, personable, clever and works hard.’
‘Andrew McDonald was exceptionally brilliant. I could trust that he would always seek to ensure we could find a legal mechanism to support the course of action I wished to pursue and I was always kept well informed of the pitfalls and level of risk.’
CNA Hardy Insurance Company Ltd
Jackson Lift Group
Drayton Manor High school
University of Portsmouth
DWF's London employment team, headed by Helga Breen, regularly advises on a wide range of matters, including major HR projects, team moves and High Court disputes, as well as executive recruitment and terminations. The practice has a particular focus on clients in the insurance, financial and professional services sectors.
‘DWF is easy to work with, prompt with complete responses, and resourceful. We would highly recommend them for anyone looking for a law firm with employment expertise.’
‘Helga Breen is wonderful to work with. She is responsive, thoughtful, and flexible in her approach based on our business needs. She is knowledgeable and we are most confident with her abilities in consulting with our employment law needs in the UK.’
‘I love the responsiveness of the team and I know that I will receive sound, practical advice, and not just the legal basis of decisions. They are a safe pair of hands and I wholly and fully trust the advice and guidance I receive.’
‘I have known Helga Breen for many years and I value her knowledge and integrity. She has helped me out when she has been up to her eyes and has taken calls from me when she is pushed for time. Helga always has a solution that works.’
British Medical Association
Brown Shipley & Co Limited
Chesterfield Insurance Brokers Limited
Collinson Group Limited
Endeavour Mining Corporation
Guidepoint Global, LLC.
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc.
Places for People Leisure Management Limited
Sandhills Global, Inc.
UK Anti-Doping Limited
World Gold Council
Edwin Coe LLP is highly active in employment litigation; in particular, acting for employer clients in discrimination and High Court cases. The team also frequently supports the firm’s corporate department on large acquisitions and disposals. Team leader Linky Trott has notable expertise in matters concerning absence due to mental ill health. Senior executives work is a key strength of the department; the team has recently handled a number of sensitive sex and disability discrimination cases in the Employment Tribunal. The team’s sector expertise spans financial services, energy, hospitality, pharmaceuticals, charities and tech.
‘The people at Edwin Coe come across as experts in their respective field. You are given the impression that you are in safe hands but you are not lost in legal jargon.’
‘I find Edwin Coe to be a thoroughly respectable firm with high quality lawyers who are thorough and knowledgeable. They would not and do not take shortcuts. They have a range of lawyers at different levels in the Employment Team and that improved depth is very helpful.’
‘Linky Trott has a fantastic grasp of her subject and gives exceptionally firm clear advice; she does not sit on the fence. I feel very confident that she gives best advice which I can rely upon. In particular she recently advised behind the scenes in an extremely complicated internal grievance dispute.’
‘Emma Sangeelee is very knowledgeable and thorough. She gives clear, concise and pragmatic advice.’
Chubb Fire & Security Ltd and Chubb (NI) Ltd
Duet Asset Management Limited
Tower Resources PLC
Kout Food Group (owners of Costa Coffee, Burger King & Little Chef franchises)
McKay Securities Plc
Kellogg Company Inc
- Advising Chubb Fire & Security Group on all contentious and advisory employment law matters.
The national employment, pensions, immigration and compliance team at Fieldfisher, headed up by Ranjit Dhindsa, handles matters including litigation, outsourcing, transactional support and workforce restructurings. The team's client base is primarily drawn from the tech, energy, finance, life sciences, media and retail sectors.
Fladgate LLP has a strong track record advising clients across sectors including IT, pharmaceuticals, financial services, transport, retail, fashion and media/publishing. Team head Taj Rehal is known for his expertise in advisory matters, working with the firm's international client base. Another key partner, Michael McCartney, handles high-value disputes in the High Court and Employment Tribunal.
‘All the team are personable and avoid legal speak.’
‘Taj Rehal has an exceptional ability to understand our business and find solutions that work for us. He is a steady ship in the storm. Always delivers.’
‘My experience with Fladgate is with complex employment cases which often have several layers to them, including sickness, performance and grievance. The team at Fladgate have absolutely first class knowledge of all employment issues and have helped us to resolve several very difficult cases. Their understanding of risks, mitigation options and potential routes to a solution is excellent and I would trust them to support us with any issues that came our way.’
‘The team have demonstrated their expertise and insight into the employment matters and challenges we face. They respond promptly and the advice clear and level-headed – even when we are not! They have increasingly learned about the particular sector in which we operate (TV production) and applied that learning to issues as they are raised.’
‘Michael McCartney is proactive in approaching me when he thinks there are matters I should be aware of and checks in on particularly thorny issues.’
‘We have been impressed with their technical knowledge and ability to simplify the most complicated legal issues. They have been incredibly supportive, unafraid of hard work and great at advising clearly on risk.’
‘Taj Rehal has been a breath of fresh air. He is accessible and comforting. He has a firm grasp on the law and can also make sense of complicated issues. Highly recommended.’
Wayfair Stores Limited
Build-a-Bear Workshop Inc.
Penguin Random House Limited
Rotary Watches Limited
Weber-Stephen Products UK Limited
Lord Simon Restaurants Group (Ichibuns, Endo at Rotunda etc)
The Television Company (a Tinopolis Group Company)
Black Sheep Coffee (Conilon Limited)
Blockchain Worldwide Plc
- Advising Knauf Ceilings on the UK employment aspects of the post-acquisition restructuring that is a condition of the European Commission approving Knauf’s purchase of the Armstrong Ceilings business.
- Advising Ocado Ventures (the corporate venture arm of Ocado Group, the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailer and developer of technology solutions for the grocery industry) on its £8.6m investment into indoor farming startup Jones Food Company.
- Acting for the seller of Red Tiger Gaming, advising on the employment aspects and the senior executives’ earn-out packages and service agreements in relation to the sale of the business to Stockholm-based gaming company NetEnt.
Goodman Derrick LLP handles day-to-day employment law advice for a wide range of longstanding clients, drawn from sectors including technology, beauty, professional services, construction, hotels and leisure. The team, which is led by Alexandra Bonner and includes Clare Gilroy-Scott and consultant Alison Downie, has expertise across areas such as recruitment, outsourcing, board-level matters and the employment implications of corporate transactions. The team also has notable experience of work for senior executives, often handling sensitive contentious matters.
360 Europe Asset Management Limited
John Frieda Salons
Pavilion Books Group Limited
CloudHQ UK Limited
Thrombosis Research Institute
Legg Mason & Co UK Limited
Biscuit Filmworks UK Limited
International Planned Parenthood Federation
The Borrow Foundation
- Providing strategic HR advice and general employment law advice to John Frieda Salons.
- Providing general employment advice to the Thrombosis Research Institute, covering day-to-day matters and more complicated matters as they arise.
- Advised Legg Mason & Co UK Limited in relation to a global reorganisation, providing strategic advice on a complex matter which involved counsel.
Harbottle & Lewis LLP has particular expertise in the media and entertainment sectors, and the employment department advises both employers and senior executives. Team co-head Yvonne Gallagher is an expert at resolving board-level disputes and advising on TUPE for corporate clients, while fellow co-head Howard Hymanson is a leading lawyer specialising in high-value personal injury claims, including psychiatric injury. Another key name is Marian Derham, whose practice includes a variety of media and entertainment clients. Among other senior executives work, the practice handles exit negotiations related to claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination, and restrictive covenants, especially for clients in the financial services and tech sectors.
Other key lawyers:
‘Good with cutting edge and high profile cases. Media savvy. Tactically excellent.’
‘Howard Hymanson is exceptional. Calm, canny, and cunning. He’s great at negotiations, in spotting the angles and in getting surprise hefty wins.’
‘The firm has been particularly helpful during the coronavirus pandemic, staying on top of emerging regulation and giving helpful legal perspectives.
‘Every individual I have worked with at Harbottle has been diligent, offering sound and considered legal advise. The work has been excellent and they are always a pleasure to work with.’
‘The firm is particularly strong in offering employment services in cases that require a multidisciplinary angle.’
‘Howard Hymanson is the partner to go to for cases that cross between the High Court and the Employment Tribunal.’
‘Marian Derham is proactive and gives very good commercially based advice.’
‘Marian Derham – an experienced and wise advisor. Thoughtful and detailed in her responses, Marian enables us to feel secure when navigating challenging issues beyond our experience.’
‘This practice is unique and stands above other firms with the ease and speed with which matters are assessed and dealt with.’
‘Marian Derham is obviously a leader in her field. The ability to balance the awareness of the personal/emotional implications of working in employment practice but without losing the professional clarity required by her client is a difficult one to achieve but one she manages exceptionally well.’
NFU Mutual Insurance Society Limited
Fiery Angel Limited
Wanis International Foods – Wanis Limited
ISAM Funds (UK) Limited
LAMDA (Drama School)
- Representing Borro Limited, a respondent employer in the Employment Appeals Tribunal.
- Successfully defending Harrods Limited against an unfair dismissal Employment Tribunal claim and successful settlement of a further complex discrimination and unfair dismissal claim.
- Advising Fiery Angel Limited in relation to allegations of serious wrongdoing by a director employee who was also a shareholder in a family founded theatre production business. The matter resulted in a negotiated settlement involving repayment of sums to the company.
Ince‘s employment practice acts for a wide range of clients, both employers and senior executives, drawn from industry sectors spanning luxury retail, logistics, shipping, media and entertainment. A niche area of specialism is in matters relating to offshore workers and seafarers. Laura Livingstone, the department head, is well known for her advice to luxury retail clients.
- Successfully defending Bibby Distribution against a claim by 27 individuals who alleged that they had been transferred to the client under the TUPE Regulations.
Specialist employment and immigration firm Magrath Sheldrick LLP offers a wide range of services, from integrated HR support and advice on restructurings and reorganisations through to dealing with employee grievance matters. Practice head Adele Martins - 'a highly experienced and effective employment and immigration specialist' - is particularly well known in the theatre and entertainment sector.
Other key lawyers:
‘Adele Martins is a highly experienced and effective employment and immigration specialist with a great team behind her.’
‘Adele Martins is extremely commercial – she has the ability to cut to the chase. She is a tough negotiator and is always focussed on her client’s goal.’
‘Adele Martins has given us outstanding service with a straightforward approach that we value.’
‘This practice is highly experienced in the employment issues of our sector and offers in-depth knowledge of all the parameters at play when dealing with working practices which are unique to our industry.’
‘Adele Martins’ advice is accessible, not using legal jargon, and she offers a very human approach to any knotty HR issues whilst helping us navigate the legal side.’
‘They are a very niche team but provide an exceptional service and have been a joy to work with over the last couple of years. They were introduced to us via a client who we normally work with via another firm but they are a class act and particularly strong on employment litigation, adopting a commercial and pragmatic approach.’
‘Adele Martins is meticulous, conscientious and hard working and she she is very calm and always puts the client at ease and you feel in safe hands.’
BMI Healthcare Limited
Cameron Mackintosh Limited
Delfont Mackintosh Theatres
Lok’nStore Group PLC
Mediaocean Systems Limited
The Penguin Group (UK)
The employment department at Teacher Stern LLP is known as well-experienced in whistleblowing law. The team's core sectors include financial services, restaurants and hospitality, and media (film and TV). Sarah Glockler recently took over as team head following the departure of James Baker to Lee & Thompson LLP; she advises both large companies and senior executives across a range of sectors.
Other key lawyers:
‘The employment team from Teacher Stern are very professional, always available to offer their advice, explain complex employment practices and procedures. They displayed a great knowledge of employment law always making sure to highlight any potential risks, which might not have been obvious from the employer’s perspective.’
‘Consistently punches above its weight. A sensible and cost-effective alternative to the larger City firms.’
Euronext Technologies Ltd
Canopius Services Ltd
Gaumont Television UK Ltd
RP Com UK Ltd (owner of Beast, Goodmans, Zelman Meats)
Burger & Lobster
Baldwins (previously WK Business Solutions, Wilkins Kennedy and Clark Howes)
Scuderia Toro Rosso (F1 racing team)
Tom’s Kitchen Restaurant Holdings Limited
Bistro Deluxe Baker Street Limited (Galvin Brothers restaurant group)
El Al Airlines
Element Pictures UK Ltd
Diagnosys Ferndown Limited
Corona Corporate Solutions Ltd
Brooks Macdonald plc
Pinpoint Partners Worldwide Ltd
Leadenhall Underwriting Ltd
Josh Wood Colour (Handmade Hair Ltd t/a)
Stanford Capital Partners Ltd
TV One Ltd
Green Hippo Ltd
Mutual Finance Ltd
RS Legal Strategy
Better Properties Ltd
Spence Harris Hogan Ltd
International Coffee Organisation
Sports Invest UK Ltd
Mexican Grill t/a Tortilla
Fair Trials International
Trowers & Hamlins LLP is best known for its expertise in TUPE work, and more widely for its strategic work across the public, private and third sectors. Strengths include the employment aspects of mergers, as well as restructurings, complex investigations and Employment Tribunal claims. Team head Emma Burrows is a go-to lawyer for clients in the social and affordable housing sector.
Other key lawyers:
‘Our experience of Trowers is that they generally try to understand the environment they work in, which means they present solutions which are sensible and workable. They also take time to establish relationships with key stakeholders.’
‘They dispense excellent advice with a healthy dose of pragmatism and sometimes humour. They are approachable, available and responsive and we we really enjoy working with them.’
‘Nicola Ihnatowicz is truly outstanding. She listens, understands and gives excellent practical legal guidance that is business focused at all times. She helps me understand the level of risk behind different actions, and always is exactly clear of the different routes available, and the different potential actions.’
‘Whilst most legal teams are very accessible, Nicola Ihnatowicz has a way of responding that makes you feel like you are her only client. She always takes time to check in to see how you are, and not just respond to questions.’
Metropolitan Thames Valley (MTVH)
Green Square Group
National Autistic Society
Financial Services Compensation Scheme
Clarion Housing Group
Strawberry Hill House
US firm Vedder Price, which launched in London in 2011, has a strong employment offering in regulated sectors such as healthcare and pharmaceuticals, and is capable of taking on cross-border matters, especially independent investigations into corporate clients. Jonathan Maude heads up the firm's UK/EU employment law committee and is a key contact for international clients, including those based in the US.
Other key lawyers:
‘They take a very pragmatic approach when advising on legal matters. They’re are also a great team to work with.’
‘They bring a personal touch to the working relationship.’.
‘Vedder Price’s employment team are small but they are exceptionally dedicated and talented.’
‘Esther Langdon is a brilliant lawyer. She is proactive, gets on top of the papers early on to make clear and sensible tactical decisions. She is also a magnificent litigator; determined to win and with nerves of steel.’
‘The team may be few in number but there is enormous experience at hand combined with a can-do attitude. Most employment lawyers are too caught up with technicalities rather than coming up with practical solution. Jonathan Maude and Esther Langdon combine very well in giving first class service to their clients. They know their stuff and come up with the practical solutions.’
‘The practice has a in-depth market knowledge and provides legal advice on a high standard. They also keep in mind the economic side of legal disputes with the aim to find the best practical solution for clients. At the same time they provide quick and comprehensive support also in smaller matters.’
‘Jonathan Maude is a superb strategist and great to work with. Esther Langdon has a huge knowledge base and always knows the answers.’
‘I have worked with Jonathan Maude on employment law issues since 2004. His approach is focused upon the business issues, and how he can assist in helping you to achieve your aims. He is pragmatic and practical, with clear and concise advice.’
Astellas US LLC
Astellas Pharma Europe Limited
Value Retail Plc
Help for Heroes
Via Manco (UK) Limited
Riverbed Technology Limited
- Advising global pharmaceutical client Astellas US LLC in connection with a broad range of employment matters during the course of this year.
- Providing general ongoing daily advice to Value Retail Management Ltd, including cross border assistance in connection with various matters.
- Advising charity Help for Heroes on a pro bono basis for many years in connection with employment and data protection law issues.
The employment department at Wallace LLP receives much of work via referrals from leading headhunters, as well as other employment practices at law firms that do not have expertise in matters concerning senior executives. Team head Daniel Isaac - described as 'a strategic genius, responsive, engaging, charming and witty' - has strong experience of working with clients in the financial services and private equity sectors. He is also highly active acting for senior executives, particularly in discrimination and whistleblowing claims. The team also works with major commercial property clients and provides employment support on M&A transactions.
‘Wallace is an intelligent boutique firm that is built on solid foundations and is run by people who care and think for the long term. They are direct, no-nonsense and action-orientated with their clients – all qualities I appreciate – while retaining an ability to deal compassionately and supportively with those taking action against their employers who are going through a challenging time.’
‘Daniel Isaac has been a remarkable support to me, my business and many business acquaintances to whom I’ve introduced him over the years.’
‘Daniel Isaac’s knowledge of employment law is exemplary – and he has a well-honed strategic mind which means his advice tends to create optimal outcomes. I also admire the integrity with which he practices – I have never felt overcharged or that his advice was self-serving in any way. That is not always a given with lawyers, in my experience.’
‘The level of professionalism has never been matched by other law firms I have worked with. The human factor is also one of their strongest assets.’
Astarte Capital Partners
The Analyst Research LLP
Movement Strategies Limited
Intratone UK Ltd
Heidmar UK Ltd
AH UK Animal Health (PVT) Limited
Henry Schein UK Ltd
Latif & Company
- Preparing policy documents for VivoBarefoot relating to family leave and advising on a number of employee exits.
- Assisting Livingstone Technologies Limited with various matters, including a TUPE transfer, TUPE issues arising from a possible group reorganisation, representing the company (and successfully settling) unfair dismissal claims, support in respect of settlement agreements and reviewing consultancy agreements.
- Advising Heidmar UK Ltd on the departure of its chief executive and then a redundancy programme.
The employment department at Wedlake Bell LLP, led by Richard Isham, provides both contentious and advisory support to domestic and international clients, with a particular focus on the financial services sector. Following the departure of Blair Adams to Winckworth Sherwood LLP in June 2019, the team welcomed the arrival of William Granger from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in September that year.
‘I have found Wedlake Bell to be excellent in their advice and their immediate reactivity to any situation that arises. They are obviously extremely knowledgeable about all employment law matters and can also give advice, or contacts to liaise with, if I have questions relating to our other offices in Europe. Their knowledge of our business is great.’
‘I have worked with my main contact since 2009, we have a good, easy working relationship and he understands our business inside out now. It’s like having in-house counsel. All the other team members have the same easy manner which is incredibly helpful when you mainly only contact them during stressful times.’
The Jumeirah Carlton Tower
Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC
Royal Academy of Arts
- Advising a US headquartered, cloud-based, global technology and telecommunications partner on the restructuring of its group operating model following acquisition.
- Reviewing a global insurance company’s global broad-based employee incentive programme.
- Advising the EMEA operations of a global medical equipment manufacturer on an EMEA employment documentation harmonisation project; preparing a template employment contract and then adjusting it for local employment law and practice variations.