Firms To Watch: Employment

People Legal advises small business on settlement negotiations, Employment Tribunal claims, and employment-related mediation. Consultant solicitor Rizwana Ishaq joined from Gateley Plc in October 2021.
Bradshaw Trees Law was set up in November 2021 by Karen Fletcher following her departure from Analysis Legal LLP. It covers discrimination cases, outsourcing, restructuring, and employment tax matters, often with an international element.
Ward Hadaway LLP frequently advises clients in the healthcare sector regarding whistleblowing; sex, disability, and pregnancy discrimination; and unfair dismissal matters.
Primas offers day-to-day employment advice, but also has extensive experience regarding Employment Tribunal claims and bulk compromise agreements. The team also provides corporate support work on transactions.
Lewis Silkin LLP launched its first office in the North West in September 2022 with the hire of a four-strong employment team from Knights plc, led by ex-Addleshaw Goddard partner Sally Hulston.

Employment in North West

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP assists with the full range of employment law, but has particular strengths in advising on complex employment cases and HR issues, especially in the context of industrial disputes and trade union actions. Head of the Manchester employment team Lydia Edgar advises on corporate exit arrangements and contractual arrangements for sports athletes, while head of the Liverpool and Preston employment team Nick Campbell deals with collective bargaining and trade union disputes. Kate Venables focuses on hybrid working models, Joe Shelston specialises in advising international shipbuilders and on disability and other forms of discrimination, and Simon Whitehead covers workforce restructuring and executive contract preparations.

Practice head(s):

Lydia Edgar; Nick Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Kate Venables; Joe Shelston; Simon Whitehead


‘They are very reliable, approachable, and easy to deal with.’

‘Brabners is very responsive and supportive during a difficult period. They take the time to understand the unique situation and commercial challenges. Their advice is clear and comprehensive. The broad team is able to provide the holistic support required. It is clear that they act as a team, not simply a collection of individuals from different areas of specialism.’

‘Nick Campbell sets the tone for the overall service – responsive and supportive. Nick listens and seeks to understand, and then explains clearly. He has been a pleasure to work with.’

‘Very client-responsive team, the instructions will go to the partner we have our main relationship with, but quickly the work is assigned to the appropriate expert and work underway. Overall the advice is focused on the commercial imperatives and the speed of turnaround we need in our business.’

‘Joseph Shelston always make himself available (often at short notice) to field the initial instruction and identify where the best support can be provided. Joe is also excellent at following-up even once a matter is settled to provide hindsight views and to establish for future reference how the matter resolved. This has enabled is to build a deep understanding of how our business works, at a granular level, and how best to use the firms advice. They hit the timelines given, the fees are consistent with fee estimates and the follow-up is second to none. The advice is succinct and tailored at all times.’

‘Extremely responsive and, in my experience, unrivaled levels of knowledge in employment law. Clear and concise information that consistently installs comfort and peace of mind.’

‘You feel they become an extended part of your internal team. Excellent communication and a tangible desire to deliver the desired results.’

‘Joseph Shelston is an outstanding lawyer with his partnering approach along with his practical application of the law making him my ‘go to’ for all complex/high risk employment law matters.’

Key clients

Medicines Discovery Catapult

Bibby Marine Management

Kids Planet Nurseries

Arighi Bianchi

CRJ Services Limited

Leyland Trucks Limited

Shaw Trust

Ralawise Limited

BASC (British Association for Shooting and Conservation)

Chester Race Company Limited

JD Wetherspoon plc

Liverpool Football Club & Athletic Grounds Ltd

The Very Group

Leicester City Football Club

Peel Ports Ltd

Riverside Group Limited (Housing Association)

Sunbelt Rentals Limited

The Employment Agents Movement

Chase de Vere IFA Group plc

Lawn Tennis Association


Work highlights

  • Advised the human resources team at Pilkington on the ongoing effects of COVID on its operations.
  • Advised Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) in respect of an intra group transfer of over 700 employees at their state-of-the-art laboratory facility in Alderley Park Cheshire.
  • Acted for the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) in assessing their umbrella members compliance with employment law and the accompanying FCSA code.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP often advises on cross-jurisdictional matters involving TUPE transfers, redundancies, and complex litigation. The team is particularly experienced in acting for logistics companies, NHS Trusts, and clients in the leisure sector, and is noted for its work on HMRC audits and industrial relations. Practice co-head Philip Harman deals with employee status claims, trade union issues, restructurings and reorganisations, as well as with senior executive exits. Deborah Hely is a key contact regarding executive terminations, trade union issues, and National Minimum Wage audits. Senior associate Paul Corris is noted for his employment litigation expertise. Jenny Walker joined from e3 employment law LLP in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Philip Harman; Deborah Hely

Other key lawyers:

Paul Corris

Key clients

Bentley Motors Limited

British Telecom plc


Chubb Insurance

Information Commissioner’s Office


National Union of Students

Places for People Group Limited

The Royal British Legion

Unilever plc

Williams Lea Limited

Tag Europe Limited

Virgin Care Group

Salford Van Hire

BUPA Dental

Norbod Europe

Bolton NBC

DHL Group


United Living Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a significant worker status case for DHL Parcel UK.
  • Advised the Royal British Legion on the complex legal issues connected to the introduction of mandatory vaccination status for case home workers.
  • Advised the organisers of the MOBO Awards in relation to Mobolise Mobo’s new digital platform designed to support black talent in the creative and technology industries.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper focuses on both UK and international employment mandates concerning Covid-19, industrial relations, and major D&I initiatives. Employment head team Alan Chalmers  is highly experienced in advising on severances for senior executives, whistleblowing cases, and complex discrimination allegations, while Helen Hall covers outsourcing and TUPE, as well as trade union and employee relations. Noted employment litigator Emma Mills also advises on TUPE issues as well as outsourcing and international projects for clients in the energy, consumer goods, and financial services sectors. George Nicholson made partner in May 2021 and specialises in international employment matters involving whistleblowing and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Alan Chalmers

Other key lawyers:

Helen Hall; Emma Mills; George Nicholson


‘George Nicolson is always incredibly accessible and responsive, providing high-quality advice on a range of employment and related matters, some quite innovative in nature.’

‘Very responsive team.’

‘Emma Mills is knowledgeable and efficient.’

‘Very collaborative and down to earth team – always able to support/cover during absences so there is a seamless service to the client.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Sellafield Limited in a complex claim for victimisation and whistleblowing detriment brought against Sellafield Ltd, one of its employees and a third party by a former contractor.
  • Negotiated and concluded the signing of a major new partnership between Majorel Group Luxembourg SA and under which Majorel Group Luxembourg SA acquired 12 of’s 14 customer service centres (and related staff) over ten jurisdictions across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas from in the Netherlands and agreed a contract to supply services back to and its customers.


DWF frequently deals with contentious employment matters before the Court of Appeal as well as with complex employment tribunal cases. Its broad experience includes advice on IR35 rules and employment law compliance training. Deputy global head Joanne Frew focuses on contentious employment matters. Manchester managing partner Kirsty Rogers deals with discrimination issues, especially cases involving gender discrimination, while Liverpool team leader Tim Scott is a key contact regarding TUPE and industrial relations. Recent changes in the team include employment law specialist Sinead Donnelly‘s promotion to director in January 2021 and director Leanne Francis joining from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Frew

Other key lawyers:

Kirsty Rogers; Tim Scott; Sinead Donnelly; Leanne Francis


‘The team we’ve worked with at DWF provide an excellent service. In every instance they have shown a deep understanding of the issues faced and offered excellent tailored advice to the unique set of circumstances of each case. Their responsiveness to queries is superb and the team regularly responds out of hours whenever we’ve needed them to. We would not hesitate to recommend DWF to anybody who is looking for advice on employment practice.’

‘Tim Scott is fantastic, he’s supportive, highly responsive, and always there when we need him including evenings and weekends.’

‘The employment law team at DWF is highly agile and adept at pointing to the right experience in the team at an early stage in a query saving time (and billing). The team shows great collaboration and make connections outside of the employment team readily and appropriately.’

‘Kirsty Rogers spends time understanding each situation. She has worked hard to understand our complicated business and is adept at briefing new team members working on our account. She is generous with her time and knowledge across multiple areas and is a true expert with a really pragmatic, commercial application of her knowledge.’

‘The team is always responsive and demonstrates a very pragmatic approach – no ‘legal speak’. They operate with high degree of transparency around time and fees and are always on hand to give advice when needed.’

‘Tim Scott is what I would describe as an exemplary legal adviser. He is extremely responsive, pragmatic and able to tailor his advice to the specific environment that our business operates in. There are no ‘off the shelf’ solutions with him. He is happy to challenge thinking and approach in a professional manner and is always extremely approachable and personable.’

‘The employment team lead by Tim Scott is exceptional. They work like they are part of our team. They fully understand our industry and our company. They are good at providing practical advice that we can action. I find that they are proactive in managing our cases’

‘The team at DWF is wide, experts in their field, flexible and responsive. They are always on hand and quickly find the right contact to work with – the most professional legal firm I have worked with.’

Key clients

Dixons Carphone Warehouse plc

10X Technologies Services Ltd

Kingswood Group

Nursing and Midwifery Council


Travelers Insurance

Munnelly Group plc


Watkin Jones Group plc

Finsbury Food Group plc

Newsquest Media Group

Lloyds of London




Allvotec Limited


Chemring Group plc

SGS United Kingdom

Work highlights

  • Advised Munnelly Group of Companies in relation to compatibility of worker status under the Employment Rights Act 1996 and the status of contractors for employment law and tax law purposes under the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS).
  • Advised the Nursing and Midwifery Council in a worker status case which is currently awaiting a decision in the Court of Appeal regarding the extent of the obligation of mutuality of obligation for workers.
  • Retained by 10x for all its employment work and advised on a number of issues in both UK and Australia.

e3 employment law LLP

The boutique employment team at e3 employment law LLP is highly experienced in employment litigation on behalf of clients from the travel, retail, and chemical and manufacturing industries. The practice also advises on the full range of non-contentious employment matters, including complex whistleblowing claims. Simon Ost specialises in collective labour issues and trade union disputes; Dan Bickerstaffe is a key contact regarding TUPE and restructuring advice; and Nick Jones focuses on restructurings, complex litigation, restrictive covenant enforcement, and board level disputes. Together they form the practice's lead trio. Jenny Walker departed in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Simon Ost; Dan Bickerstaffe; Nick Jones


‘The team at e3 has the ability to deal with complex cases is a pragmatic way.’

‘Simon Ost develops strong client relationships and strives to build an understanding of the organisation to be able to tailor advice to organisational needs.’

‘The expertise and the seniority of the partners mixed with the pragmatic and tailored advise is unrivaled.’

‘Nick Jones is incredibly pragmatic and solutions-oriented with a super way of facilitating options and decisions.’

‘An outstanding employment boutique firm offering top rate advice at an affordable rate. Excellent client care and attention and more responsive than comparable offerings in the Northern Region.’

‘e3 provides personalised service, straight to the point and very commercial. Like an extension to our HR team. Dan and his team are exceptional in the level of support offered.’

‘e3 is a boutique firm that specialises in employment law. The three founders are leading lights in the Northern legal community and present a fearsome team. Their knowledge and ability is exceptional and makes them a go to firm for me.’

‘Dan Bickerstaff has invested so much time in understanding the business, our culture, our colleagues and the challenges our business faces, that he is always on the front foot and able to provide advice and support that is tailor made to our requirements. Dan is one of us, and I couldn’t recommend Dan and e3 highly enough.’

Key clients

BASF plc

Elior UK plc

Scapa Group

On The Beach Group plc

Perspex International Limited

Mitsubishi Chemical UK Limited

MAN Energy Solutions UK Limited

Great Bear Distribution

WEPA UK Limited

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

Service for the Aged


Work highlights

  • Advised SAGE on multi-faceted trade union issues, including successfully defending statutory recognition application, neutralising an aggressive campaign of industrial action, and defending union litigation.
  • Advised an international services business in connection with its handling of cross-border whistleblowing issues.
  • Defended a collective failure to inform and consult employment tribunal claim brought against an international hospitality and leisure sector business by a prominent trade union.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for global clients active in a broad range industries, including education, aerospace and defence, utilities, and healthcare. In recent years the team has seen an increase in disputes with trade unions and industrial action, as well as in multi-jurisdictional employment matters, although the team is highly experienced in all areas of employment law. Diane Gilhooley leads the HR and pensions team and is noted for her litigation expertise, while Naeema Choudry leads the litigation team and covers complex cases such as strategic employment litigation, executive terminations, and D&I matters. Michael Thompson is another key contact on the team.

Practice head(s):

Paul Cotton

Other key lawyers:

Diane Gilhooley; Naeema Choudry; Michael Thompson

Key clients

Warburtons Limited

United Utilities Group plc

RPS Group plc

Equality and Human Rights Commission

International Nuclear Services and Pacific Nuclear Transport LImited


Dechra plc

Manchester Metropolitan University

Sheffield Hallam University

Bradford University

London South Bank University

Cardinal Newman College

Loughborough University

Middlesex University


West Midlands Trains Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Warburtons Limited on its long-term plans for its depot infrastructure to fulfil its contractual obligations in relation to strategic partnerships with a number of retailers.
  • Undertook recruitment and selection skills training for individuals who had responsibility for recruiting within the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
  • Acted for H2 Equity Partners and the management team of the Healthcare 21 Group on its sale to Swedish MedTech group AddLife AB (providing HR and employment support).

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP frequently acts for high-profile clients and public sector organisations in High Court employment-related cases, as well as acting as in-house advocacy in Employment Tribunal proceedings. The team is also experienced in large-scale restructuring, TUPE, sexual harassment claims, and redundancy. Practice leader Jeff Middleton and Kerstie Skeaping are both well regarded Employment Tribunal advocates and David Parry often deals with urgent claims for injunctive relief. Michael Wright and James Upton frequently advise NHS employers and other major players in the healthcare sector. Legal director Caroline Prosser is a key resource regarding high-profile independent investigations. Gareth Roberts departed in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Middleton

Other key lawyers:

David Parry; Kerstie Skeaping; James Williams; Michael Wright; James Upton; Caroline Prosser


‘The employment team at Hill Dickinson has great knowledge of our business and how we work, and they partner us to deliver pragmatic and commercially-focused solutions to our employment matters. They are very responsive, competitively priced and have built strong relationships with us.’

‘David Parry is a true strategic partner. He knows our business extremely well which enables quick responses to employment matters. Always offers realistic, pragmatic options for us and partners us to reach the best commercial outcome.’

‘This company gives a very personalised professional service, they make a point of getting to know their clients.’

‘The knowledge of Kerstie Skeaping and Caroline Prosser is spot on, we all feel very comfortable and know what help we get is the best, they support us 100 per cent.’

‘They are fully conversant with our organisation and what our business objectives are. They respond to our enquiries extremely quickly even the out of hours ones and provide clear, consistent advice that enables us to deal with any employment issues that arise.’

‘Kerstie Skeaping is the main partner that we deal with at Hill Dickinson and in my opinion she is the best legal representative I have ever worked with. Her drive and tenacity when dealing with an issue is exceptional and her ability to simplify and resolve what are quite complex matters means that she operates on a different level to her peers.’

Key clients



Iceland Foods Limited

Stobart Rail Limited

Britvic Soft Drinks

Peel Group Management Limited

Redde Northgate plc

The Book Service (Penguin Random House)

The Charity Commission

Grant Thornton UK LLP

dnata Travel (part of Emirates Group)

Health Education England

NHS England & Improvement

Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital of Derby and Burton

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Trilanco Limited



Arrow XL

Myriad Genetics

FRP Advisory LLP

Caldic (UK)

G2 Speech UK

Oldham Council

Geraud UK Ltd

City of Liverpool College

HE Simm


Travel Republic

Odeon Cinemas

Liverpool Airport

Parkwood Leisure

A G Parfett & Sons

Agility Chemical Logistics

Ramsay UK Healthcare Group

Encirc Limited

Sonoco Alcore Limited

CF Fertilisers UK Limited


Premier Care

City of Liverpool College

HE Simm


Travel Republic

Work highlights

  • Successfully secured an interim injunction in favour of The Delivery Group and Postal Choices Limited against a former employee who had left the business to join a competitor and who was acting in breach of his post-termination restrictions.
  • Advised Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust on its acquisition of three additional hospital sites from Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, and its subsequent re-branding as Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, making it one of the largest NHS organisations in the country (employing 20,000 staff).

Pinsent Masons LLP

While covering the full range of employment matters, Pinsent Masons LLP is especially noted for advising international clients on D&I initiatives and redundancies. Practice head Neil Black is a ‘go-to‘ source regarding industrial relations, strategic restructuring, TUPE, and executive departures, while senior associate Rob Childe is a key contact regarding advocacy at the Employment Tribunal and D&I matters. Legal director Kate Dodd joined from D&I consultant Brook Graham in May 2021 and is highly versed in D&I matters, with particular expertise representing clients in equality and discrimination disputes and litigation. Senior associate Shara Pledger recently joined from Latitude Law in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Neil Black

Other key lawyers:

Rob Childe; Kate Dodd; Shara Pledger


‘Pinsent Masons understands our business, providing pragmatic advice and solutions.’

‘Always friendly and professional. Pinsent Masons provides reliable and trusted advice.’

‘We receive excellent client service and appreciate their deep knowledge of our business. Their specialist employment law advice is invaluable to us to reduce risk and do the right thing.’

‘Neil Black is our ‘go-to’ representative with his pragmatic approach and understanding of our risk levels. His experience in the area of employment law is superb and he is a really nice bloke!’

‘Pinsent Masons’ employment team is our first choice for defending tribunal claims. The solicitors working on our matters are personable, responsive and quickly built strong relationships with our HR and in-house legal teams. The advice is commercially-focused and we are made to feel like a priority client. The value-added services we have received have also been of great benefit to the business.’

Key clients

Wincanton plc

Jaguar Land Rover

Mondelez International (formerly Cadbury / Kraft)

ITP Aero

Costain plc



Morgan Sindall plc

Adient Inc


St. Modwen


Work highlights

  • Supported Wincanton plc in managing key strategic issues arising from the HGV driver shortage, including advising on the management of high-profile industrial action on key customer contracts.
  • Worked in partnership with Weetabix on a long-term strategic project designed to secure a modern and flexible engagement model.
  • Advised a leading UK CEO in connection with his departure from DPD.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is a ‘go-to‘ source for Employment Tribunal litigation, and is particularly experienced in advising global businesses on whistleblowing claims, D&I initiatives, and complex investigations into misconduct and discrimination allegations. The team also covers globalisation of HR policies and strategic employment matters for clients active in the financial services, healthcare and life sciences, and manufacturing industries. Practice head Alison Treliving was promoted to the position of co-global head of the labour and employment team in 2021. She is a key contact regarding cross-border TUPE issues and complex grievances. Head of the Manchester team Bryn Doyle frequently advises high-profile retail industry clients and leads the global investigations group.

Practice head(s):

Alison Treliving; Bryn Doyle

Other key lawyers:

James Pike


‘The team at Squire Patton Boggs is our go-to for tribunal litigation. They have incredibly capable junior and mid-level associates (including Alex Kelly and Ciara Petrucci) who we can trust to handle litigation themselves with minimal supervision by partners.’

‘Our partner contact, Bryn Doyle, is a pleasure to work with. He is responsive, knowledgeable and pragmatic, and keeps costs in mind. He doesn’t over-supervise his associates and has built a good team around him.’

‘Notwithstanding that Squire Patton Boggs is an international firm, they are well-positioned as a core player at a local level. Commercial and pragmatic, they have a wealth of knowledge and are particularly strong with their tech platforms – which does set them apart from others.’

‘The employment team at Squire Patton Boggs has continued to provide us with clear and concise legal advice, often having to respond to queries in uncharted areas such as the Covid-19 pandemic. The Squire team takes the time to understand our business so that they are well placed to advise appropriately, and balance legal risk with commercial benefit when advising.’

‘James Pike has excelled at providing robust, commercial-based advice to us during a period of significant volatility for us as an organisation and more widely (driven by the Covid-19 pandemic).’

Alison Treliving’s approach to our client relationship has remained incredibly pragmatic and client-focused, and she has demonstrated an ongoing willingness and ability to adapt the service offering to best meet our needs.’

Key clients

Tesco Stores Ltd

EU Automation


Princes Group Limited

Burberry Limited

McColl’s PLC


Grass Valley

Orchard House Foods

Superdrug PLC

The Perfume Shop

BDO Services Limited


Molson Coors




Work highlights

  • GB Group plc Acting on this corporate transaction demonstrates the type and size of mandate we are regularly advising on. These deals are often financially significant, cover many jurisdictions with many moving parts. Working with our colleagues across different legal disciplines and across multiple jurisdictions demonstrates the strength in depth of our team.
  • Grass Valley Implementing new global annual leave policy – We were instructed to provide and co-ordinate advice across 12 jurisdictions in relation to proposed changes to this global technology manufacturer’s annual leave policy


The TLT employment team advises on a wide range of complex employment law issues, including reorganisations, whistleblowing, discrimination claims, and industrial relations. It is especially strong in providing employment advice for clients in the retail and leisure, financial services, engineering and manufacturing industries. Paula Cole deals with TUPE and industrial relations advice, discrimination claims, and large-scale restructurings and reorganistions. Liz Cotton is a key contact regarding restructurings and reorganisations, trade union-related matters, TUPE, and outsourcing arrangements. Additionally, she covers complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Ed Cotton is noted for his work on the employment-related aspects of corporate M&A and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Paula Cole; Liz Cotton; Ed Cotton


‘Very friendly and normal practice, very accommodating and excellent listeners.’

‘Invest in the relationship and understanding our business and the challenges we face. Always make you feel they have time for you.’

‘What stands out vs. previous firms I have worked with are the following: They know and understand our business well – our culture, our practices and they give clear counsel and adapt their advice on that basis. This means that we have high confidence and trust that their counsel will not only keep us right from a best practice pov, but that it will work practically and culturally in our business. They are client-led, humble and very good at what they do. We are very pleased to have them as our employment advisors.’

‘Ed Cotton is so calm. He has seen it all before. This gives me reassurance that there will be a good solution to problems. He is highly adaptive as well – when you provide more context, he gets it quickly and adapts his advice accordingly, so it always feels pragmatic as well as protecting the business/doing right by an employee. He’s at the top of his game, and his understated confidence is what stands him apart from other partners at other firms.’

‘The people within the TLT employment are brilliant, they understand the culture of our company and nature of our industry to ensure they can tailor their guidance. They always offer commercial advice and the pricing structure is reasonable.’

‘Ed Cotton is an outstanding employment lawyer, we can call him any time of the day and he will always be switched on to offer his services. Ed has an excellent understanding of the complexities of our business and we feel we can always rely on him, whatever the scenario.’

‘I always know that there is someone on hand to answer any query I may have. If my main contact is away, someone else simply picks it up.’

‘Responsive and excellent understanding of the culture and history of our business.’

Key clients

Boohoo Group plc

TJ Morris Limited t/a Home Bargains

Nichols plc

4Fashions Ltd

Servoca plc

Movianto UK Limited

University of Central Lancashire


Keolis Amey Metrolink

Zeus Capital Limited

Finning UK & Ireland Limited

Work highlights

  • Provided strategic HR and employment advice to TJ Morris Limited t/a Home Bargains.
  • Provided employment law support to KeolisAmey Metrolink.
  • Advised 4 Fashions Ltd in relation to a variety of employment-related issues.

Addleshaw Goddard

With connections to a global network of offices, Addleshaw Goddard covers employment-related litigation, investigations, compliance, and global mobility issues. Manchester team leader Michael Burns covers both contentious and non-contentious employment mandates, while legal director Kate McGough specialises in transaction matters related to employment issues, such as the transfer of employees from the private to public sector, as well as TUPE and redundancies. Legal director Victoria Davies is a highly experienced employment litigator, having appeared before the High Court and Employment Tribunal.

Practice head(s):

Michael Burns

Other key lawyers:

Kate McGough; Victoria Davies


‘Michael Burns provides expert and very practical advice at very reasonable rates.’

‘We have followed Mike Burns on all of his moves, he understands our business and provides excellent support.’

‘Commercial, solution-driven, practical advice. Genuine focus on understanding and supporting our business to achieve our goals and objectives. Operates as an extension of our in-house teams.’

Kate McGough is a diligent and knowledgeable non-contentious employment lawyer with great attention to detail.’

‘The team is extremely responsive to requests for guidance and support. They communicate extremely professionally and nothing appears to be an issue.’

‘The individuals are extremely friendly, approachable, respectful and speak in a way that is clear, concise and not patronizing and at all times remaining professional.’

‘Highly competent, dynamic service delivery, excellent business mindset. The Addleshaw team is great to work with. Plenty of ongoing information and advisory freely accessible on demand.’

‘Kate McGough is hugely client-centric and a trusted advisor. Michael Burns always provides a strategic flair to his expert advice. Great to work with them.’

Key clients

Geobear Infrastructure Limited

Albatross RAE Limited

Wireless CCTV Limited


Stroma Building Control

Bruntwood Sci-Tech Limited (a 50:50 joint venture between Bruntwood and Legal & General)

Prime Global

Elysian Capital LLP

Oaktree Topco Limited (the holding company of the CPOMS business (CPOMS)), certain management shareholders (Management) including ECI Partners LLP (ECI).

THG Group plc

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

The Co-Operative Group Limited

BP Plc

Michelin Tyre plc

Primark Limited

J Murphy & Sons Limited

Turtle Wax Limited

Lancashire County Cricket Club

William Hare Group Limited

Morris Homes Limited

City Facilities Management Limited

William Hill Organization Limited

Sharps Bedrooms Limited

NFU Mutual

DFSI M25 Limited t/a Papa John’s

McCormick (UK) Limited

Scotia Gas Networks Limited

Tetra Pak CPS Limited


Work highlights

  • Acted for Geobear in an application for a prohibitory injunction against a former employee in order to enforce the restrictive covenants and confidentiality provisions in the employee’s contract of employment.
  • Acted for Merseytravel on the TUPE implications of different options for the company, involving an analysis of how TUPE could apply in practice to various complex scenarios where there are numerous existing bus operators and various new operators (or franchisees) under any new system.
  • Acted for Bruntwood Sci-Tech Limited in respect of its bid to become the preferred partner of the University of Manchester to deliver, in joint venture, the £1.5bn innovation district known as ID Manchester.

Analysis Legal LLP

Analysis Legal LLP often advises global businesses on compliance regarding entering the UK market, as well as representing clients before the Employment Tribunal. Founding partner and co-lead Anna Lees is a key contact regarding restrictive covenants and race discrimination claims. She works alongside founding partner and co-lead Andrea Paxton, who advises on complex executive exits and redundancy exercises. Senior consultant Catherine Parkinson is also recommended. The team took on two senior employment solicitors in August and September 2021: Samantha Myers and Kate Oberg, from Lancashire County Council and Hill Dickinson LLP, respectively. Consultant partner Karen Fletcher departed in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Anna Lees; Andrea Paxton

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Myers; Kate Oberg; Sheila Shaw; Catherine Parkinson


‘I like to use Analysis Legal LLP as I feel they are invested in our journey. They feel part of the team and that is important to me. I have every confidence the advice we receive is appropriate and our interests are protected.’

‘Andrea Paxton is exceptional. We have worked with Andrea for a number of years and she has advised on many employment-related matters. Andrea always provides pragmatic suggestions and if she is not sure on a point will spend some time to do the research and come back with advice.’

‘Analysis Legal is a highly reputable firm of solicitors that offers high-quality legal advice spanning the full spectrum of employment law. All of the team are incredibly personable, efficient and easy to work with. They are also totally transparent from the outset and make the process of instructing counsel a breeze.’

‘Outstanding and close-knit group of highly accessible, talented and knowledgeable set of lawyers specialising in employment law. An exclusively female staffed law firm who understand and promote flexible working for mothers with young children with no dilution in service or expertise. Outstanding employment boutique employment firm in the ascendancy.’

‘Anna Lees is an outstanding employment lawyer with a human touch, brilliant technically as well as humble and very responsive. She goes the extra mile for any client whether corporate or individual and my first port of call.’

‘The team is very collegiate and works really well together. There is always someone I can speak to who is fully up to speed with whichever case I am instructed on. They are down to earth, personable and great with clients. They also really know their stuff, and their cases are consistently well-pleaded and well-prepared. Further, they all work phenomenally hard for their clients, often out of hours, and always “go the extra mile” to ensure that everything is done correctly and the case is the best it can be.’

‘I work frequently with Anna Lees, Andrea Paxton and Kate Oberg. It is a pleasure working for each of them. They are all extremely good lawyers – clever and tactically astute – and incredibly hardworking. They genuinely care about their clients, and go above and beyond in their work. On a personal level, I find them incredibly easy to deal with. They are easy to talk to, have excellent bedside manners, and given the ethos of the firm, have a deep understanding about accommodating matters such as childcare and family commitments’

‘They have the ‘right approach’ to act as partners, but as an extension to our business. The industry experience is extremely helpful and most definitely sets them apart. they are honest and not afraid to feedback their concerns of our approach, but then offer an alternative. Sheila Shaw is exceptional – she is responsive and offers practical advice, potential pitfalls and options for the best way forward. The partnership just works perfectly!’

Key clients

British Canoeing


Co-operative Group Limited

Champion Insurance Group Limited


Ceramtec UK Limited

Stoke City Council

Paul Hartmann UK Limited

Ferranti Technologies Limited


Money Expert Limited

Gee Group Limited

Alpla UK Limited

Incommunities Limited

Waterfields (Leigh) Limited

Tameside College

Weaver Vale Housing Trust

Merchant Rentals Limited

Families for Children

Community Health Partnerships

SMF Limited

Quintessentiality (UK) Ltd

Dechra Pharmaceuticals

Envair Ltd

Luna Investment Management

MDS Global Ltd

Total Fleet UK Limited

Eddie Stobart Limited

Dunhams Chartered Accountants

BEP Surface Technologies Limited

Handepay Limited

McCarthy Consulting Associates Ltd

Pharmacist Support

Farrow Medical Centre

Caddick Construction (NW) Limited

TVD (NW) Limited t/a TVD Group

Nuvia Limited

Safran Nacelles Limited

Raisin UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Eddie Stobart Limited in respect of a disability discrimination claim arising from the Covid restrictions.

Bramhalls Solicitors

The boutique employment practice at Bramhalls Solicitors frequently advises employers on executive terminations, whistleblowing, restrictive covenants, and complex discrimination cases. Founder and senior partner Phil Bramhall often deals with industrial relations, trade union negotiations, and high-stakes employment litigation. Rehan Pasha is a key contact regarding employment disputes, in particular Employment Tribunal proceedings, while John Hassells focuses on defending employers at the Employment Tribunal, as well as on whistleblowing and restrictive covenants. Senior solicitor Helen Owen is also noted for her strong litigation experience.

Practice head(s):

Phil Bramhall

Other key lawyers:

Rehan Pasha; John Hassells; Helen Owen


‘What makes the Bramhalls team unique is the relationship development. They know us and our business. They visit all our services to better understand them.’

‘Our charity’s main contact is Rehan Pasha. We believe he genuinely cares about our organisation’s success. He goes the extra mile, always speedy with responses, always thinking tactically. What I really like is his nuanced understanding of the charity, the relationships/tensions, the wider political and economic considerations on all our decisions.’

‘The Bramhalls team strives to get to know your business, as well as your HR team. They tailor their approach to the level of competence you have, so as not to tell you what you already know!’

‘Phil Bramhall is a pleasure to work with. He is very practical and pragmatic. He will seek to find the best solution for the company whilst balancing risk and employee relations.’

John Hassells is very knowledgeable, and will consider all the angles of a situation in order to provide reliable guidance.’

‘The team at Bramhalls is very engaging and personal. They treat their clients as people rather than clients. Support during the covid pandemic was second to none. I have found the team excellent in providing advice and guidance.’

‘Bramhalls isn’t just a supplier of employment law services, they are an extension to your internal teams, they partner with your business, understand its plans and the culture it is supporting. All team members are very experienced in all aspects of employment law, but I like that they each have a specialism which means, you don’t only get to work with your main contact, you get to know the whole team which means when you call the office, whoever answers the phone, you get the same welcoming experience and engagement no matter who it is.’

‘Rehan Pasha and Phil Bramhall are so engaging and make me feel at ease. I feel I can ask for their support in a time of need when I don’t have the capability in my team or the time to deal with something myself. I would highly recommend their friendly approach to any organisation. Helen Owen and John Hassels display the same energy and engagement from the minute they say hi on the phone. The team’s engagement, confirms that it’s the lovely culture at Bramhalls that makes them so easy to work with.’

Key clients

Poundstretcher Limited

Stanley Black and Decker

Edge Hill University

Cheshire College South and West

Warrington and Vale Royal College

PD Ports

The Billington Group

Chester Race Company Limited


RSK Group

Baker and Baker

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation

Autism Together

Nynas UK

The Contact Company


Hope House Children’s Hospice

Surface Technology International Limited

Bolton Lads and Girls Club

CSM Ingredients

TXM Plant Limited

NRG Riverside Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a national food business group on a complex and wide-ranging multisite and subsidiary company restructure, dealing with TUPE, collective redundancies, changes to terms and conditions and the exit of senior managers and directors.
  • Successfully defended PD Ports in relation to a 5-day complex and high-value disability discrimination claim.
  • Retained as the sole employment law advisors for Poundstretcher in relation to all day-to-day matters, litigation, and corporate support.

Forbes Solicitors

Forbes Solicitors is noted for its business immigration expertise. National practice head Jonathan Holden often advises clients active in the education and public sectors, while ‘go-to‘ lawyer Emma Swan leads the commercial employment team. Ruth Rule-Mullen heads the public sector employment group and covers politically charged employment cases. Business immigration expert Amy Stokes was promoted to partner in May 2021. Notably, the team has acquired new talent, including Jennifer Smith from JMW Solicitors LLP in July 2021 and Laura McHugh from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Holden; Emma Swan; Ruth Rule-Mullen

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Smith; Laura McHugh


‘Excellent outcomes for our clients and always go above and beyond.’

‘The team at Forbes always presents itself as a highly professional team and organization, with the ability to adapt to the challenges presented. Extremely knowledgeable in their fields of expertise and a well valued provider of external services.’

‘The team is extremely professional with a high degree of knowledge and always responds to our queries in a timely manner.’

‘The commercial employment team’s key strengths, led by Emma Swan, is its high level of service – the speed of response, quality of advice, commerciality and ability to look at the bigger business picture. They regularly seek feedback of their service so that they can respond to client needs and innovate, they offer lots of added value with events, training, e-news etc. They understand our business and how we like to support HR in our business.’

‘Regardless of the area of law we trust Emma Swan as an adviser to our business and she ensures that our legal issues are sorted by the right person, quickly, effectively and in line with our business’ needs. Emma is extremely pragmatic and commercial; she supports us as though she is part of the business and we implicitly trust her advice.’

‘This practice is very responsive to our requests for advice or support. The advice is always tailored to our specific needs. Throughout the pandemic we have been supported by them and their efficiency and responsiveness have not diminished.’

‘Stand-out contacts for us are Jonathan Holden and Ruth Rule-Mullen: We get swift response to enquiries and very specific advice and support which is always delivered in a considered and timely manner.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the education Sector, solid practical advice, supportive networking.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted Accrol on the introduction of a mandatory vaccine policy for staff following the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Conducted an investigation on behalf of Information Commissioners Office into alleged misuse of public funds.
  • Advised Chesnara on the employment law aspects of a large scale acquisition with a deal value in excess of £30m.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc is led by Chris Thompson, who is noted for his work on Employment Tribunal claims, compliance, and risk management, while Avril England frequently acts in cross-border employment disputes. Emma Butterworth, an expert in industrial relations law, and Lorna Harris , who specialises in advising corporate clients involved in unionised environments,were promoted to legal directors in May 2021. Rizwana Ishaq departed in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Chris Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Avril England; Emma Butterworth; Lorna Harris; Fran Reade


‘Clear concise advice, timely responses, they are a well-known law firm with good credentials, local and they recommended an approach that matched with our values. Their billing is fully explained which gives comfort and the way they have all collaborated from different teams has been so helpful and reassuring.’

‘I have sought advice and help from many solicitors, but Gateley’s has been different. They have been available for advice very quickly when needed and Chris Thompson has been personally supportive throughout our case. Other members of the team have stepped in where needed and everyone of them has been friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable in their specific field. I do like the way they use language we can understand too. We just feel like we are in very safe hands.’

‘This was my first contact with Gateley’s employment practice but it will not be my last! A very easy firm to deal with.’

‘Chris Thompson provided great service. He was sensitive to the issues of the matter and this was reflected in his drafting and manner on several meetings.’

‘The team has worked with us for many years and therefore is very knowledgeable of the range of queries and disputes we have. Our relationship with the solicitors and partners is one of openness and trust.’

‘The team’s lengthy experience makes them different from their competitors. For me Avril England and Fran Reade are experts and really approachable.’

Key clients

Asahi International Limited

The Big Table Group Limited

Bilfinger UK Limited

British Medical Association

Europcar (UK) Limited

Edinbugh Woollen Mill

Manchester City Football Club

Medivet Group Limited

Stanleybet Services Limited

Timpson Limited

Wolverhampton Wanders Football Club

Peacocks Stores

Ardonagh Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Palatine Private Equity LLP on the sale of their shares in Verdant Leisure Group Limited and the re-investment of the proceeds by the individuals in Violet Topco Limited.
  • Acted on the sale of the entire share capital of National Education Group Ltd by the shareholders of National Education Group Ltd to Project Metal Bidco Limited and investment by the Sellers into Metal Topco Limited a vehicle invested in by funds managed by Synova Capital GP.
  • Involved in all employment matters relating to the acquisition of WHC01 Limited (holding company for the Routes Healthcare (North East) group) by Project Sirius Bidco Limited (a new entity funded by Palatine Private Equity LLP (investing through its managed funds).

JMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP advises on large-scale redundancies and reorganisations, TUPE, restrictive covenants, and high-value discrimination claims. Practice head Paul Chamberlain  is a key contact regarding regulatory compliance, while Simon Bloch is also experienced advising clients in recruitment compliance, as well as in restrictive covenant disputes and employment issues involving the use of social media. The team brought on newly qualified assistant solicitors Grace O’Driscoll and Zila Lwanda in July and September 2021. Ian Tranter  retired in December 2021, while Jennifer Smith departed in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Paul Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:

Simon Bloch; Grace O’Driscoll; Zila Lwanda; Hannah Beer


‘The team really gets to know your business and sector, acting as an extension of our team which has successfully enabled us to deliver significant projects quickly, safely and within the agree timescales. Across the board no matter who you deal with they are responsive, attentive and if they don’t know the answer they’ll get the answer quickly for you.’

‘They make you feel valued as a client and understand you as an individual as well as a business, they want to understand how you like to work and built the relationship around this. This makes JMW stand out from other lawyers I have used previously. Simon Bloch in particular has been particularly helpful in assisting me to execute some very difficult matters acting as a sounding board and confident which was vey helpful to me.’

‘The team adapt to the needs of our business which is fast-paced. They are open and transparent with billing, outlining potential costs.’

‘Simon Bloch and Hannah Beer have provided excellent support and they have an excellent understand of our business and the challenges we are facing. Our industry is fast-paced and Simon and Hannah are very responsive to this.’

‘Always professional and helpful, synergy between departments and an honest overview.’

‘Paul Chamberlain is personable, down-to-earth, professional, honest, and innovative. You are in safe hands with Paul and his team, who have always helped get the job done.’

‘The JMW team is excellent, they are always responsive to our needs. Their knowledge of the law is second to none and they always go the extra mile for us.’

‘This team’s strength is that they have a first class knowledge of our sector. The industry knowledge that they have is nationally is second to none and this helps them get to the nub of issues without fuss. They are quick to respond to our needs and queries and most importantly know how to provide a solution to our queries.’

Key clients

Telecom Plus (Utility Warehouse)

Travelodge Hotels

The Restaurant Group plc



U & I Group plc

Mi Homecare


Access Advertising Marketing & Design Limited

Honest Burgers

N Family Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Nando’s Chickenland Limited on introducing flexible working and secondment arrangements for its employees.
  • Acted for Ecoscape UK Limited in successfully defending Employment Tribunal claims for automatic unfair dismissal arising out of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP is noted for its experience in restructuring, as well as in Employment Tribunal litigation. Additional expertise includes advising US companies on UK employment law compliance and furlough fraud. Head of department Kevin McKenna is a key contact regarding senior executive terminations and restrictive covenants. Mark McKeating specialises in defence work on behalf of employers at Employment Tribunal, while Sally Bird has seen an increase in complex employment mandates regarding sports professionals. Senior associate Claire Hollins joined from Weightmans LLP in May 2021, bringing her experience in TUPE and complex discrimination cases to the table.

Practice head(s):

Kevin McKenna

Other key lawyers:

Mark McKeating; Sally Bird; Claire Hollins


‘A strong team, particularly focused on the entrepreneurial sector, providing a fantastic service to SME’s and owner-managed businesses in the North West.’

‘Kevin McKenna, Mark McKeating and Sally Bird are all excellent, extremely experienced lawyers. They provide real-world advice, with nous and enthusiasm, and command notable loyalty from their client base.’

‘They are transparent on fees and offer both a monthly retainer to cover day to day HR issues and, where appropriate, fixed fees to deal with matters that become more complex. They have a collaborative approach and take time to get to know key contacts within our business and to understand our commercial objectives and what makes our business tick.’

‘Mark McKeating is our main contact. He is approachable and commercial. He understands our business, responds quickly and offers practical advice – a shrewd operator who has the expertise.’

‘Kevin McKenna leads the team by example and sets its ethos. He is the engine for positive recruitment and collective client-centered drive.’

‘Highly responsive and professional team, giving expert practical advice.’

‘The team are great people to work with.’

Key clients

Auto Trader

Crown Oil Limited

DW Sports

Handl Group

Harnbury Holdings Limited (trading as San Carlo restaurants)

Maersk Line UK

Mission Mars

Salford City Football Club

Salford Red Devils Rugby League Club

Turtle Bay

Work highlights

    Myerson Solicitors LLP

    Myerson Solicitors LLP frequently takes on complex employment mandates such as redundancies and reorganisations, trade union disputes, Tribunal Claims, and TUPE. The team also advises on compliance matters involving GDPR and gender pay gap reporting. Practice head Joanne Evans specialises in collective consultations and trade union disputes, while Joanne Henderson is noted for her experience as an Employment Tribunal advocate. Charlotte Gilbert was promoted to partner in September 2021 and is a key contact regarding restructurings and TUPE advice relating to outsourcing and M&A.

    Practice head(s):

    Joanne Evans

    Other key lawyers:

    Joanne Henderson; Charlotte Gilbert


    ‘Great allround team headed by Jo Evans. Experienced, efficient and good value.’

    ‘Jo Evans is outstanding. She is hugely experienced and has a reassuring client manner. She has built a formidable team.’

    ‘Myerson’s has a strong employment team with long-established clients and a great reputation. Their lawyers are approachable and pragmatic, and there is a consistently high level of advice given across the team.’

    ‘Jo Evans is a fantastic head of employment. She gives commercial, pragmatic advice which is reliable. She is a very safe pair of hands and I have no hesitation in recommending her.’

    ‘The firm in general is very responsive and if somebody is away/unavailable and equally qualified person will be available to deal with a query. The solicitors are all very personable and approachable and have the ability to explain complex legal issues in an accessible and understandable way. The firm has a great portal with lots of documentation and forms available for the everyday management of an HR department.’

    ‘Both Joanne Henderson and Joanne Evans are stand-out and reliable. I have no hesitation in recommending them to people and am confident they will do a good job. I have never been disappointed. Service approach and value are all high on the list of descriptions I would have for them.’

    ‘Joanne Henderson is unfailingly dedicated to her clients and makes sure the decisions that she takes with them is the right one in all the circumstances. Incredibly client-focused, but professional in her interactions with others. Her competence is also outstanding as well as her ability to advise across the spectrum of employment law. Jo Evans has built a well-respected team that competes with the city centre firms and is exceptional in her own right.’

    ‘Jo Henderson was very pragmatic and secured a sensible settlement for the client.’

    Key clients


    Eastern Airways

    Gladman Developments Limited

    Humberside Airport

    Joseph Holt


    Lowry Theatre

    Matillion Limited

    Royal Exchange Theatre

    Stax Trade Centres

    TATA Chemicals

    Travel Counsellors

    Work highlights

      Pannone Corporate LLP

      Pannone Corporate LLP advises multinationals and public sector organisations on TUPE; discrimination, whistleblowing, and equal pay matters; as well as on investigations involving disciplinary allegations and grievances. The team has particular expertise regarding employment issues related to social housing, charities, retail, and manufacturing industries. Practice head Jack Harrington is noted for his work on TUPE issues and complex employment-related mediation work, often involving discrimination claims. Fiona Hamor is a key contact regarding discrimination and equal pay matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Jack Harrington

      Other key lawyers:

      Fiona Hamor


      ‘This practice exceeds all expectations and always meets our needs in full. There are a range of specialists available who always deliver exactly what we need.’

      ‘They are all polite and professional giving first class advice. Jack Harrington merits a specific mention.’

      ‘The team has an outstanding grasp of UK employment law and adopts a strategic and pragmatic approach to employment law.’

      ‘Jack Harrington is incredibly knowledgeable about employment law, has a very straightforward approach to handling these matters. He is relaxed, easygoing, an excellent communicator and, for a lawyer, very accessible and responsive to all enquiries (usually within 24 hours). He also has a good sense of humour. We like working with him. We certainly trust Jack and his counsel has served us well.’

      ‘The main factor in our choice to work with the team was, and still is, the quality and responsiveness in relation to HR law issues, which is the main area of our cooperation, but also the same level of expertise in other areas, such as corporate law and agency agreements etc., all areas that are important to us.’

      ‘We have worked with Pannone for some years and have always been impressed with their focus on clients, ensuring that there is cover during holidays, sharing of contact information and being up to speed to be able to provide continuity in advice.’

      ‘Fiona Hamor is the main person we deal with. What makes her stand out is her ability to quickly absorb information and be able to provide detailed and clear advice. She is also quick to respond to requests for information and always makes time for meetings at short notice. The quality of her advice, combined with pragmatic approach and consideration of risk is what SHG values.’

      Key clients

      Berwin Rubber Limited

      Indoor Biotechnologies Limited

      JT International Business Services Limited

      Rail Gourmet Limited

      Select Service Partner UK Limited

      ASM Global Limited (operators of venues including the Manchester Arena and the Bridgewater Hall)

      Sunrise Senior Living

      The Big Life Group (incorporating Big Issue in the North)

      The Right Fuel Card Company

      Tradebe Environmental Services Limited

      Videosoft Global Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised Chloride Group on the UK employment and immigration aspects of a large multi-jurisdictional transaction, resulting in the acquisition of Chloride SAS from NYSE-listed Vertiv.

      Weightmans LLP

      Weightmans LLP is noted for representing clients before the Supreme Court, Employment Tribunal, and Employment Appeal Tribunal, often regarding complex discrimination claims. The team also advises on redundancies and restructurings, TUPE transfers, and the employment aspects of corporate, commercial and real estate transactions. Emlyn Williams is highly regarded for his work on whistleblowing and discrimination matters. Lee Rogers and Jon Gregson were both promoted to partner in May 2021, with Rogers specialising in large-scale restructures and industrial relations, while Gregson is highly experienced in complex Employment Tribunal litigation. Sophie Fulwell made principal associate in August 2021.

      Practice head(s):

      Nick Newman

      Other key lawyers:

      Emlyn Williams; Lee Rogers; Jon Gregson; Sophie Fulwell


      ‘The Team at Weightmans is accessible. The service we get is exceptional. The team is very personable as well as professional.’

      ‘The team knows our sector and T&C’s well. This makes the advisory process efficient.’

      ‘Pragmatic. They understand the nature of the queries that crop up in the day to day employment environment.’

      ‘Very extensive knowledge base cut across key areas of employment with a practical insight to our operating environment. HR Rely service is excellent value both in terms of initial response and billing and the accompanying web provision and timely email/blog updates.’

      ‘Very client-focused and well organised as a team in terms of continuity, access and consistency. Lee Rogers has an outstanding wide-ranging knowledge base and is an action-orientated excellent advocate as well.’

      ‘Weightmans has experts in every area of law – employment, pensions, criminal, immigration etc. so they are the ‘go to’ solicitor’s firm for our business. The advice is affordable, commercial and meets our business needs each time.’

      ‘Great team with pragmatic solutions to tricky cases. Excellent technology and reporting on volume litigation.’

      Key clients

      NHS England & NHS Improvement

      The Lowry Hotel Limited

      Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

      Swissport GB Ltd

      Royal Mail Group Ltd

      Torus Group

      The Placement Group

      BARDOC Limited

      The Merchant Taylors’ School

      Hilary Meredith Solicitors Limited

      Beacon GP Care Limited

      Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

      Liverpool Hope University

      Regenda Group

      The Active learning Trust (Multi Academy Trust)

      Hope University

      Chief Constable of Merseyside Police

      Office of Nuclear Regulation

      Colas Ltd

      Exertis UK Ltd

      Certas Energy UK Ltd

      University of Liverpool

      Work highlights

      • Advised Royal Mail Group Ltd on its successful defence of the case of Efobi v Royal Mail Group Ltd in the Supreme Court.
      • Advised Swissport GB Ltd on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and a redundancy exercise which resulted in over 3,200 redundancies.
      • Represented Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in its successful defence of the case of Sasha Burn v Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust [2021] EWHC 1674 (QB).

      Aaron & Partners LLP

      Based in Chester, Aaron & Partners LLP is frequently involved in high-level investigations, but is also experienced in advising on GDPR, discrimination and harassment claims, and disciplinary procedures. Head of team Helen Watson is a qualified workplace mediator, often advising on board of directors’ duties. Claire Brook is especially strong in representing respondents in Employment Tribunal litigation. She also covers collective consultation matters and complex discrimination cases. Ikram Malik is a key contact regarding business immigration matters. Senior associate Deborah Coyne provides key support.

      Practice head(s):

      Helen Watson

      Other key lawyers:

      Claire Brook; Ikram Malik; Deborah Coyne


      ‘I genuinely felt Aaron & Partners were fighting for me, for my justice, and they worked incredible hours in order to ensure no stone was left unturned. In particular I want to single out Debbie Coyne. She provided a truly exceptional personal service.’

      ‘Debbie Coyne and Helen Watson were exceptional in terms of their empathy, and necessary technical learning of my specific industry. Aarons went to considerable lengths to speak with me in order to fully understand my business and the technical nature of it, from which allowed them to legally act with both knowledge and considerable authority helping my legal case considerably. Debbie Coyne needs specific praise, as the workload she provided was not only considerable, but thorough in every aspect, picking up key points, relaying them to all legal persons connected with the case but also relaying the details to us understandable terms.’

      ‘I have confidence that the team understands the company’s needs and expectations because they have taken time to understand our business.’

      ‘Person-centered and responsive; advice is clear and risk based; lots of value add-networking and social value at the core of this.’

      ‘Claire Brook is great to work with.’

      ‘All members of the Aaron and Partners team are friendly and approachable and talk to you in plain English. They are fantastic at speaking to clients and explaining complicated employment law in a way that is easy to put into practice. They will give you as much or as little support as you require which means that HR professionals can develop and learn throughout the process. The team feels like an extension of our own team. They understand our culture and work with us to find solutions.’

      Key clients

      Sovini Group / Sovini Property Services Limited

      Wirral Chamber of Commerce Limited

      The Learning Trust (Multi Academy Trust)

      Special Needs Care Limited

      Clogau Gold of Wales Limited

      Imagine Independence

      Textlocal Limited

      Evans Textile (Sales) Limited & Group

      Zip World Limited

      North of England Zoological Society

      Ysgol Bryn Elian

      TTE Training Limited

      Knights of Old Limited

      Anheddau Cyf

      SMS Group

      Brother Industries UK Limited

      Yokogawa UK Limited

      Azure Luxury Hotel Collection Limited

      Multisol Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised Imagine Independence regarding Covid compliance and employment issues arising from the pandemic including mandatory vaccination.
      • Instructed by a large private hire operator to undertake a self-employment status audit of 1000+ drivers, strategic review of the business model and contract updates following Uber and other recent judgments affecting the sector.
      • Supported West Brom Building Society on trade union recognition agreement.

      Browne Jacobson LLP

      With a strong balance between public and private sector clients, Browne Jacobson LLP often represents clients at the Employment Tribunal as well as providing advice on immigration and HR consultancy. The team also undertakes investigations and advises on disciplinary and grievance hearings. Head of the Manchester employment team Ian Deakin is highly experienced in defending employers at the Employment Tribunal, as well as in collective redundancy and TUPE issues.

      Practice head(s):

      Ian Deakin


      ‘They listen to what the client wants and then provide advice in a clear and pragmatic manner. Nothing is too much trouble. They are proactive and look to solve problems before they arise.’

      ‘The team is responsive and delivers what is agreed without fail. I have never had reason to complain and their knowledge and support is exemplar. They have extensive experience in the field and that expertise is shared appropriately along with sound advice, planning and support.’

      ‘The team is friendly, professional, reliable and provided support at the right level. They digested information shared with them very well and the resultant advice is pertinent and appropriate. Their experience, manner and approach is second to no one.’

      Key clients


      Sports Information Services

      Dock 10

      Various Multi Academy Trust

      Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

      EM Lawshare

      Axis Corporate Capital UK Ltd.


      Sports Information Services

      Dock 10

      Various Multi Academy Trust

      Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

      EM Lawshare

      Axis Corporate Capital UK Ltd.

      Work highlights

      • Advised an international corporate in relation to IR35 and its implications for the corporate’s consultancy arrangements.
      • Advised a large North West-based infrastructure contractor in relation to an Employment Tribunal Claim for equal pay, unfair dismissal and direct discrimination.
      • Advised on the employment aspects of Sicame Group’s acquisition of British company Boddingtons Electrical Limited.


      Fieldfisher provides a full employment service, with specialist expertise including employee mobility issues across multiple jurisdictions. The team also acts for employers regarding outsourcing, employee privacy, and whistleblowing, and is especially strong on contentious employment issues. Alex Watson, who made partner in May 2021, leads the Manchester team and covers employment immigration and pensions, as well as litigation. David Carmichael is a key contact regarding general employment law matters, including restrictive covenant issues and whistleblowing.

      Practice head(s):

      Alex Watson

      Other key lawyers:

      David Carmichael


      ‘The team always act with the client’s best interests in mind. They are very commercially-minded and do not fight cases where it makes little commercial sense to fight whilst remaining mindful of the client’s desires to avoid settling unmeritorious cases. Their knowledge of the law is impeccable and they are able to think strategically about how to progress litigation.’

      ‘Alex Watson is a master strategist with a no-nonsense approach. His knowledge of the law combined with his intricate attention to detail make for a fantastic combination in a partner. Alex ensures that his client’s overriding needs are met at all times while maintaining a conscious eye on the commercial viability of litigation. His client care is second to none evidenced by the volume of work he secures from heavyweight corporate clients. He is an engaging and very likeable individual who maintains professionalism without ever being stuffy.’

      ‘The team I deal with is pragmatic, easygoing and to the point with good or bad news and has a vast knowledge of employment law. They understand the business they work with and tailor their advice accordingly.’

      ‘The individuals I work with know when to see the risk aspect within a large company and commercial balance and when to think outside of the box on some challenging issues. Most importantly you feel part of a team with a professional approach, and sense of humour.’

      ‘The North West team is extremely hardworking, dedicated and knowledgeable. The briefs excellently prepared and the dedication to the client’s case shines through, without comparison.’

      ‘Stand-out individuals are David Carmichael and Alex Watson – they both combine tip-top performance with approachability and a down-to-earth quality that can be hard to find.’

      ‘Fieldfisher are leaders in the employment field. They work extremely collaboratively with clients and counsel alike. There has always been a strong teamwork culture created and maintained. They use technology very effectively to manage cases.’

      ‘Alex Watson is an excellent lawyer who I cannot rate highly enough. He lives and breathes employment law. He is very practical and client-friendly, but also has first rate analytic skills and understands both the law and its practical application well beyond his PQ years would suggest. He has a strong cross-over into civil employment claims.’

      Key clients

      Wolseley UK

      Bidvest Noonan

      Brothers Drinks Co. Limited

      Human Tissue Authority

      Getir UK

      Wilkin & Sons (t/a Tiptree Jams)

      Stonegate Pub Company

      Royal College of Physicians

      Taj Hotels

      SigmaRoc plc

      Cordant Security Ltd

      Dods Groups plc

      A.B Hotels

      Workr Group


      Brother International Europe Ltd

      Kybotech Group

      Work highlights

      • Advised on the implementation of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“Furlough”) and its application to Stonegate’s 17,000 employees in the first wave of lockdowns, integration of EI Group companies, the implementation of new contracts of employment and policies, Tribunal litigation, head office restructure and redundancies and corporate compliance projects.
      • Provided ongoing advice and support to Getir’s rapid introduction and expansion to the UK market. The team has advised on key gig economy and employment status issues in the courier market, prepared contracts for the workforce and guided the business through its second growth phase of employment in a franchising model, including TUPE and structural arrangements.
      • Advised Bidvest Noonan on contentious employment matters, strategic and advisory work, and privacy and immigration matters.


      Kennedys often acts for employers and insurers, with experience in contentious employment matters before the High Court, Employment Tribunal, and Employment Appeal Tribunal. The team also advises on senior executive exit strategies and the employment aspects of transactions. Practice head Amanda Beaumont is noted for her litigation experience, especially involving discrimination and equality matters. Associate Sarah FitzGerald is another key contact regarding discrimination and whistleblowing claims.

      Practice head(s):

      Amanda Beaumont

      Other key lawyers:

      Sarah FitzGerald


      ‘Amanda Beaumont is super responsive, has a great understanding of ET litigation as she is a solicitor advocate, and importantly, given the brutality of work as a litigation lawyer, she is endlessly cheerful as well as very amusing.’

      ‘Professional, expert advice and representation.’

      ‘Amanda Beaumont has excellent client care and gives professional and expert advice and representation.’

      ‘We worked with Amanda Beaumont. She was responsive, knowledgeable and excellent on the law.’

      ‘Amanda Beaumont is very good, experienced and available. Definitely a safe pair of hands.’

      Key clients

      Cogent Skills Services

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      Newly Weds Foods

      Essar Oil

      Arena Racing Company

      Vitaflo International

      UK Fuels / Radius Payment Solutions

      Spire Healthcare

      The Growth Company

      Kemin UK Limited

      The University of Portsmouth

      Work highlights

      • Defended Kemin UK Limited against whistleblowing claims in the employment tribunal.
      • Advised the Growth Company on day-to-day employment issues, strategic advice including in relation to workforce issues and TUPE, and representing them in employment tribunal claims.
      • Acted for major insurers AIG, RSA and Travelers in the defence of employment tribunal/civil claims brought against various employers covered by Employment Practices Liability insurance.

      Law by Design Limited

      The specialist employment practice at Law by Design Limited advises public sector clients such as major NHS Foundation Trusts on sensitive employment cases. The team has seen an increase in mandates involving investigations and regulatory issues related to whistleblowing. Founder and managing director Sue Morrison provides strategic advice on M&A and TUPE transfers, while Ian Radford focuses on mediation and alternative dispute resolution work for trade unions and NHS Trusts. Kirsty MacDonald departed in Nov 2021, while Saira Ali departed in May 2021.

      Practice head(s):

      Sue Morrison

      Other key lawyers:

      Ian Radford


      ‘I cannot believe how fantastic Law By Design have been. They were helpful and supportive straight away and were happy to help, no matter what the case was. The team’s communication is excellent. Very thorough and always pleasant. They have been brilliant to work with and I cannot recommend enough!’

      ‘Highly specialised employment law practitioners. Excellent niche practice – especially in the area of national health trusts and other bodies.’

      ‘Sue Morrison is very goal-directed and an efficient practitioner.’

      ‘The practice is a small law firm which prides itself on understanding its clients and providing bespoke service. Overall service and professionalism is high from documentation produced through to response time – we are never held up due to waiting for a response from Law by Design.’

      ‘As we work with the same individuals all of the time there is no need to explain our organisation or the background on cases. This saves not only time ,but has also helped us develop relationships and become more efficient. Sue Morrison provides excellent higher level advice and guidance not only in terms of legislation, but she also always has our culture in mind. The associate we work with is extremely supportive, knowledgeable and available with nothing being too much trouble.’

      Key clients

      ARAG plc

      Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

      Liverpool Women’s’ NHS Foundation Trust

      Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust

      Manchester Local Care Organisation

      Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (Norther Care Alliance)

      The Dean Trust

      Salford Primary Care Together

      Liquibox Corporation Inc

      Corplex Plastics Ltd

      Work highlights

        Mills & Reeve LLP

        Mills & Reeve LLP often acts on complex employment cases, such as defending Employment Tribunal claims for employers active in both the private and public sectors. The team is especially strong advising on industrial relations as well as strategic advice regarding the recognition of trade unions. Practice leader Sara Barrett is noted for her work involving cross-border employment matters in multiple jurisdictions, including the US, the Netherlands, and Denmark.

        Practice head(s):

        Sara Barrett


        ‘Sara Barrett gives excellent employment advice and is always mindful of the context of our organisation. She goes above and beyond the statement of fact to find the best way forward.’

        Sara Barrett and her employment team are spot on. They are up to date, available, understand what our liabilities are and help us get through some tricky issues with professionalism and pragmatism.

        Key clients

        Lancaster University

        LTE Group

        IDEO LP

        Royal Northern College of Music

        Bako Group

        Phoenix Group (including L. Rowland & company (Retail) Limited)

        Cheshire West and Chester Leisure CIC

        Hitachi Astemo UK limited

        JCW Group

        Aures Technology Limited

        Work highlights

        • Acted for Phoenix Medical Supplies Limited on the employment aspects of the acquisition by Phoenix of the Co-op’s digital prescription service.
        • Advised Global Design and Consulting firm on employment issues which arose following movement of staff to non-UK jurisdictions during the pandemic.

        SAS Daniels LLP

        The team at SAS Daniels LLP are experienced Employment Tribunal advocates and frequently receive mandates related to investigations, board level issues, and corporate support. Head of employment team Katie Hodson is noted for her work on discrimination matters, but also covers disciplinary matters, redundancy, whistleblowing, and TUPE. She has also represented both claimants and respondents at the Employment Tribunal. Warren Moores was promoted to senior associate in November 2021 and advises on restructuring, redundancies, and contractual disputes.

        Practice head(s):

        Katie Hodson

        Other key lawyers:

        Warren Moores


        ‘The team are always on hand to answer any questions we have about employment law in a very timely manner that provides the right solution for the business. They take the time to listen and understand before providing the answer for the right course of action.’

        ‘SAS Daniels Team Members were exceptional from start to finish. We didn’t have to lift a finger the whole process was seamless.’

        I couldn’t recommend SAS Daniels highly enough. The staff were responsive, extremely knowledgeable, friendly and very supportive.’

        On the basis of the service we have received we continue to pass referrals through to SAS Daniels.’

        ‘SAS are not a massive firm where we as a client are a billing code. Whenever I call or get in touch, they know me / my business. Its one thing getting expert advice but its another when you speak to someone who knows you and your business so the guidance you receive feels more personal.’

        ‘I mainly deal with Warren Moores. Warren is a true credit to an amazing firm who offer the same values and beliefs that we do to our customers. Warren looks after us. He is extremely intelligent, who knows his area of expertise inside and out.’

        ‘The team give practical advice on how to deal with varying situation with a best and worse case scenario. They do not dictate what the law says but rather the most appropriate course of action.’

        ‘Katie Hodson gives clear, tough, no nonsense advice. She is brilliant within her field and much better than HR specialist firms that I have used in the past.’

        Work highlights

          Shoosmiths LLP

          Shoosmiths LLP is noted for representing corporate clients at the Employment Tribunal. Practice head Emma Morgan is often active in complex discrimination and class action tribunal claims, but also covers TUPE transfers, gender pay reporting, and D&I strategies. Amy Anderson frequently defends clients in complex Employment Tribunal litigation, but is also experienced in advising on TUPE and strategic risk management. The team expanded in May 2021 with employment litigation associate Lauren Bholé joining from Pinsent Masons LLP.

          Practice head(s):

          Emma Morgan

          Other key lawyers:

          Amy Anderson; Lauren Bholé


          ‘Open-minded, sound and credible advice. Willing to listen to other opinions and offer the best solution based on the faces and circumstances as opposed to what they have done previously.’

          ‘Emma Morgan and Lauren Bholé are the individuals I’ve had the most interaction with. It’s always a very pleasant yet professional experience where all viewpoints are listened to and the best course of action is arrived at. Always willing to listen to other viewpoints and opinions.’

          ‘They are excellent at managing complex litigation where successful defence of the proceedings is not the only outcome desired by the client. They are commercially-minded and able to think outside the box to achieve solutions to clients with difficult employees to all parties satisfaction.’

          ‘Emma Morgan is my main contact and the team around her are professional and provide good quality advice in both a legal and practical manner.’

          ‘Practical advice rather than quoting what you can’t do. They bring employment law cases to life giving examples of how they might apply and what to look out for in terms of checking our policies.’

          Key clients

          Costco Wholesale UK Limited

          Fulcrum Group Holdings Limited

          South Staffordshire College

          Mawdsleys Group Investments Limited

          Tudor Group Limited

          Manchester YMCA

          Cityfibre Holdings Limited


          Biofortuna Limited


          Da Languages Limited

          Bluemantle Group

          Work highlights

          • Successfully defended a claim relating to unfair dismissal and disability discrimination for Costco Wholesale UK Limited.
          • Provided complex TUPE advice to Fulcrum Group Holdings Limited.

          Baines Wilson LLP

          Baines Wilson LLP advises on dismissal of senior managers and executives and frequently represents employers at the Employment Tribunal. Additionally, the team provides an employment law retainer service and complex HR support. Practice head Joanne Holborn often deals with disability discrimination, disciplinary situations, and grievances matters. Caroline Rayner and Tom Scaife are both recommended for their litigation experience.

          Practice head(s):

          Joanne Holborn

          Other key lawyers:

          Caroline Rayner; Tom Scaife


          ‘Very knowledgeable, technical, unflappable softer skills. They tell you the risks but are pragmatic about what you should do.

          ‘Joanne Holborn adopts a very hands-on pragmatic approach to every situation. She knows our systems and policies and is able to comment on when updates are needed to fit in/ adapt to our situation.’

          ‘As a practice everyone is exceptionally efficient in what they do, from the first point of contact of a receptionist taking your call to the solicitors advising you. They are a company that you can truly trust, billing is always correct and on time with no discrepancies. Communication is always very good with a regular newsletter updating us on any changes in law that may be likely to happen and seminars that we can attend.

          ‘I would highly recommend using the services of Baines Wilson, as a practice they have been working with our well established reputable care organisation for the past seventeen years.

          Jo Holborn has always provided clear accurate information and her attention to detail has aided in keeping our organisation on track during the recent pandemic and though some exceptionally difficult times prior to that.’

          Tom Scaife and Carolyn Rayner are professionally noteworthy.’

          Work highlights

            Bexley Beaumont

            Bexley Beaumont advises medium to large employers, senior executives, and universities on the full range of employment matters. Karen Bexley focuses on large-scale restructuring and reorganisations, while Louise Carr frequently advises on pensions matters. Rebecca Peck focuses on high-value exits and consultant Mark Emery is noted for providing employment advice to Oxford colleges. Employment specialist Alex Clements joined from Schofield Sweeney in October 2021, while legal director Nicky Young joined from Brabners LLP on April 2022.

            Practice head(s):

            Karen Bexley

            Other key lawyers:

            Louise Carr; Mark Emery; Alex Clements; Nicky Young; Rebecca Peck


            ‘The Bexley Beaumont employment team is an outstanding, leading set of lawyers who bring the breadth and depth of experience required to ensure success on any case. Bexley Beaumont is a progressive, forward-thinking business, comprised of first class employment practitioners. With a modern business model which encompasses the principles of employment law and equality, diversity and inclusion, Bexley Beaumont has already been the recipient of a number of prestigious accolades.’

            ‘Louise Carr is a stand-out name within Bexley Beaumont. Louise is a formidable employment lawyer whose clients include many local government employers and big name companies. Louise has an enviable record of success. Her intellect, work ethic and judgement are second to none. A skilled advocate, she is the go-to lawyer for all aspects of employment law.’

            ‘Bexley Beaumont’s flexibility is the one of the main reasons we work with them. Nothing is ever too much trouble. Plus they are friendly and very accomodating.’

            ‘Louise Carr is undoubtedly one of the most talented employment lawyers I have ever worked with. Louise manages to balance the legal side with commercial acumen and is able to deliver this in a very simple and straightforward way. She integrates as if she is part of our team and we are in safe hands knowing Louise is on hand. I can’t recommend her enough. Again her flexibility and nature means she will get back to me regardless of the time of day or if she isn’t able to will always let us know when to expect feedback.’

            ‘Bexley Beaumont are a professional firm from start to finish. They work with us as their client to understand our business and culture and always take this into account when providing advice and guidance.’

            ‘We have worked with Louise Carr for a number of years and she has always been a true professional and the service we receive from her is second to none. She is flexible and will always make time to work with us if needed even at short notice, she understands our business well and will always take the business into account when working with us.’

            Key clients

            Paragon Finance plc (part of the Paragon Banking Group plc)

            Knox Pharmaceuticals Limited

            iSource IT UK limited

            The Sovereign Trust

            VUR Village Trading No 1 Limited t/a Village Hotels

            Missguided Limited

            St Stephen’s House, Oxford

            Bluefrog Fundraising Ltd

            Williamson & Croft Audit Limited

            Somerville College, Oxford

            Vision Supplies Limited

            British Pregnancy Advisory Service

            QubicaAMF UK Limited

            Hans Lingl UK Limited

            JD Sports Fashion plc

            JN Bentley Limited

            Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

            Work highlights

            • Advised a large financial services sector client on the provision of advice and support on public-sector insourcing.
            • Advised a food manufacturing business in response to claims of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
            • Represented a multi-academy trust, comprising four schools in its defence of a claim.

            Chambers O'Neill

            The boutique employment team at Chambers O'Neill is based in central Manchester and frequently acts for corporate clients in a range of sectors, including the aviation industry. Director and practice leader Andrew O’Neill is an experienced Employment Tribunal advocate. He often provides strategic employment advice and is noted for his work on disability discrimination matters.

            Practice head(s):

            Andrew O’Neill


            ‘Chambers O’Neill Solicitors Ltd operate as a true valued partner over multiple UK companies, not only are they outstanding legal advisors they understand our businesses and offer both commercial and legal options to protect the reputation and assets.’

            ‘Andrew O’Neill is the stand-out member of the team, setting the tone and making a difference. He always calls you back, is quick to offer alternative solutions and has unusually for an employment lawyer the ability to understand the real issues from multiple angles in a complex and dynamic business. He is truly one of the best as are his team who follow his lead.’

            ‘Chambers O’Neill provides us the perfect balance of excellent legal knowledge and expertise in a small firm. For the past several years they have become an integral part of our UK employment legal team and have provided a trusted voice that is respected by both our inside legal team and also our executive leadership team.’

            ‘Andrew O’Neill understands our business as well as he understands the regulations that impact our business and has essentially become a part of our team, as opposed to simply an outside resource. Andrew has also gone above and beyond (on several occasions) to provide support and guidance during critical moments. He is both a trusted advisor and just generally a really great guy!’

            ‘The team is keen to support and timely in its responses, but also demonstrates an ability and preference to understand how the business works in order to provide the best advice possible.’

            ‘Andrew O’Neill and his team have great subject matter knowledge and use this to great effect. I have 100% confidence in the advice provided by Chambers O’Neill.’

            ‘Andrew is very open and honest in his approach. He is willing to spend time listening to your issue and works with you to find the best solution. I find this refreshing when compared to other solicitors I’ve used who often have quite a formulaic approach to problems.’

            ‘Andrew and his team are always happy to help answer any of our queries, nothing is ever too big or small and we are never made to feel silly or a nuisance. We are guided by straight-talking advice and always with a friendly smile.’

            Key clients

            ABM Aviation UK Limited

            ABM Facility Services UK Limited

            ABM Technical Solutions Limited

            NES Global Talent

            Fircroft Engineering Services Limited

            IDG Holdings Limited

            Uniloads Limited

            Urban Splash

            A&M Energy Solutions Limited

            ADP Architecture Limited

            HCC Solicitors

            Good Life Foods

            Encore Global, a PSAV company

            Transdev Airport Services Limited

            CCH Limited

            Work highlights

            • Advised the Aviation division of the ABM Group on further substantial work arising from the pandemic in terms of moving through, and then out of, the furlough arrangements for its substantial team numbers (including one related Tribunal case).
            • Successfully conducted a number of tribunals for the various parts of NES Fircroft group around the UK, including in respect of workers provided by it to clients and internal employees.
            • Successfully concluded one group claim in the Manchester Tribunal leading to awards of compensation of over £150,000 for the group of employees.

            Freeths LLP

            Freeths LLP covers general employment law advice, strategic projects, and Employment Tribunal litigation. Practice head Charlotte Rees-John is noted for her work on family leave and gender discrimination issues, while Laura Tracey is a key contact concerning the employment aspects of corporate transactions, redundancy, and restructuring. Lee Ashwood joined as director from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in November 2021 and often advises clients active in regulated industries like care homes and logistics.

            Practice head(s):

            Charlotte Rees-John

            Other key lawyers:

            Laura Tracey; Lee Ashwood


            ‘The team is very versatile in responding to different challenges, i.e. HR concerns, detailed legal matters, TUPE, etc. and always available when we make contact.’

            ‘Lee Ashwood provides very detailed advice and takes ownership of an issue, allowing me to make informed decisions. His legal knowledge and advice is as good as I have experienced.’

            Key clients

            Costa Limited

            Aldi Stores Limited

            Leek United Building Society

            Pure Gym Limited

            Portmeirion Group plc

            Gu Indulgent Foods Limited

            Stockport Council

            Colosseum Dental UK Limited

            Leyton Orient Football Club

            McArthurGlen UK Limited

            Work highlights

            • Advised one of the UK’s major snack and confectionery manufacturers on the structure then implementation of a short-term bonus scheme in respect of its c. 2500 UK workforce.
            • Advised a logistics company on its course of action following the threat by its recognised trade unions of litigation and industrial action in respect of a pay-rise made which the trade unions assert was made outside of the collective bargaining process.
            • Advised a national operator of leisure sites on its contractual and other arrangements with over 5000 individuals who undertake work on their own behalf at the operator’s sites so as engage with the individuals as ‘self-employed’ rather than inadvertently providing them with worker or employee status and the rights associated with that status.

            gunnercooke LLP

            gunnercooke LLP is noted for its work on whistleblowing and discrimination cases, data protection and GDPR advice, and its experience in Employment Tribunal claims. Paul Ryman often acts for executives and senior employees and frequently provides corporate support on commercial transactions. Rachel Spink is a key contact regarding Employment Tribunal cases, while Sarah Armstrong often works on restrictive covenant disputes. Jo Tindall and Angela Brumpton are both well regarded.

            Other key lawyers:

            Paul Ryman; Rachel Spink; Sarah Armstrong; Jo Tindall


            ‘Paul Ryman has been fair, frank and helpful since our first meeting and up and including the tribunal. He has gone to great lengths to help me and I would recommend Paul to anyone who, like myself, is in need of help.’

            ‘It is the staff at gunnercooke that stands out. They are very keen and help deal with issues much faster than most firms I have worked with.’

            ‘The staff I have dealt with has always been very quick to respond and been very helpful and knowledgeable. They are also very friendly and take an interest in our business. In particular my experience working with Sarah Armstrong has been excellent.’

            Key clients

            Halton Housing

            Investors in People

            Customade Group

            Hologic Limited

            Therapie Clinics

            PCF Bank plc

            Affinity Shipping LLP

            Richmond Fellowship

            Wybone Limited

            Work highlights

            • Acted for a client in a case of unfair dismissible and whistleblowing claims.

            HM3 Legal

            Based in Chester, HM3 Legal is led by employment litigator Justine Watkinson, who often represents clients in director disputes, exit strategies, and restrictive covenants. Watkinson also covers pre- and post-termination and TUPE. Group managing partner and director of the commercial group Lindsey Kidd is a key contact regarding complex exit strategies and severance arrangements.

            Practice head(s):

            Justine Watkinson

            Other key lawyers:

            Lindsey Kidd


            ‘The team is friendly, professional. proactive and contactable. They take ownership of any issue that needs attention from the get go and regardless of how minor or major the support required may be, the teams approach is always perfectly consistent.’

            ‘Having been a client of this firm for many years, we cannot recommend their employment law team highly enough. We always know that whatever the issue, the team will be on hand to guide and advise us from both a legal and commercial perspective, taking a pragmatic approach to supporting us with managing risk, meeting business needs and maintaining our culture.’

            ‘Individuals in the team stand out for going the extra mile, often conducting additional research on our behalf, enabling us as a business to be more forward-thinking in terms of our policies, procedures and ways of working.’

            Justine Watkinson stands out not only for her high levels of expertise and knowledge, but for her innovative approach to ‘doing the law differently’ hosting sessions dealing with topical legal and non-legal matters aimed to help businesses and promote collaboration.’

            ‘It is the team culture that really stands out. They are about as far away from intimidating lawyers in stiff collars that you can get. They take exceptional steps to ensure that clients are taken care of in a friendly and engaging manner. The leadership team is committed to continual innovation and improvement, always striving to ensure the client gets the best experience by taking care of their team of people.’

            ‘Justine Watkinson is an exceptional stand-out partner and her knowledge, skills and experience are second to none. Despite being a partner, nothing is too much trouble and she is always ready to assist when we need her, even at short notice.’

            ‘As someone who also operates in professional services, I have a keen eye for what I want from my lawyers. That is certainty. This employment team appear to be unique in their ability to deliver that.’

            ‘My main contact is Lindsey Kidd. She has incredible legal knowledge and expertise. But there are a few things that really stand out. Lindsey really understands my business and my risk profile. This enables her to offer invaluable support. Lindsey takes a welcome commercial approach to risk and also always offers us a range of pricing options. She makes the complex and daunting easy to understand. She provides her legal and wider business expertise in a really human way.’

            Work highlights

              Clarke Willmott LLP

              The boutique employment team at Clarke Willmott LLP covers business immigration and Employment Tribunal and High Court cases, often for medium-sized employers. It also advises on restrictive covenants and employment injunctions. Practice head Emma Hamnett is an experienced employment litigator and advises on post-termination restrictions and executive settlements. She also has experience in restructures and redundancies, TUPE and outsourcing, and contractual disputes.

              Practice head(s):

              Emma Hamnett


              ‘It’s a small, but extremely capable team, with a strong reputation both in the North West and further afield. They are canny and tenacious litigators in employment claims of all kinds, with a particular strength in restrictive covenant work.’

              ‘Emma Hamnett brings so much to her cases. She is deeply committed. She gives thoughtful and commercial advice. She is an extremely effective negotiator and an excellent strategist, and she works well with counsel.’

              ‘Emma Hamnett is a breath of fresh air. She is hardworking and genial, but also a great lawyer.’

              ‘We have required quick, clear, and accurate support/advice – all of which they provide.’

              ‘Clarke Willmott as a business offers a variety of services to ensure their clients are always up-to-date with legislation.’

              ‘Emma Hamnett is an asset to Clarke Willmott. True experts and professionals in all that they do. They always give balanced and guided advice to ensure the business is protected and are proactive in their approach; we always feel supported and have a great deal of trust in them.’

              Key clients

              Talent International Limited

              Bauer Radio Limited

              Integral Medical Holdings Limited

              Abt Associates Limited

              NVC Lighting Limited

              Servium Limited

              Work highlights

              • Advised Talent International UK Limited in relation to an ex-employee who was soliciting clients.
              • Acted for Bauer Radio Limited on all aspects of HR and people issues across its national network of radio stations.
              • Continued to act for Integral Medical Holdings Limited in relation to employment tribunal claims involving a dismissal before a TUPE transfer.

              Gorvins Solicitors

              Gorvins Solicitors frequently advises on redundancy; bulk settlement agreements; disciplinary and grievance matters; and cancer, pregnancy, and disability discrimination cases. Newly-appointed practice head David Rogers joined from Tetrosyl Limited in February 2022. He covers reorganisations, collective redundancies, and Employment Tribunal claims. Danielle Ayres departed in November 2021, followed by David Walton  in February 2022.

              Practice head(s):

              David Rogers

              Key clients

              Richer Sounds Limited

              John Munroe Group Limited

              GPC Computer Software Limited (t/a Autocab)

              Avonside Roofing Limited

              Tetrosyl Limited

              James Briggs Limited

              Work highlights

                Martin & Co

                Martin & Co advises on executive termination matters as well as on complex discrimination cases. The team also frequently advocates on behalf of corporate clients at the Employment Tribunal. Practice head John Martin is noted for his experience in complex discrimination matters and boardroom disputes, while Ciaran Montague often advises education and charity clients on day-to-day employment matters.

                Practice head(s):

                John Martin

                Other key lawyers:

                Ciaran Montague


                ‘In the NW England this practice stands out in terms of quality of service and performance in Employment Law. They are quick to respond and accurate in timing.’

                ‘John Martin has a superb memory. His recall of the work he has done in the past is excellent. He is straight-talking and uses language that doesn’t require a law degree to understand.’

                ‘Martin & Co offers a dynamic and personal service. The team offers a great wealth of experience and expertise. They work with us in genuine collaboration providing advice in this context which is always concise, pragmatic and with good legal grounding. We feel extremely confident in their hands and I would highly recommend them for any employer or employee in need of their services.’

                ‘John Martin is a true business partner. He is astute, professional and supportive. His knowledge and wealth of experience give him the ability to find pragmatic solutions to complex issues that balance the law with commercial realities. He is very responsive, very reliable and also great to engage with. Difficult issues always feel easier to solve with his assistance and so he is my go-to adviser for employment law matters.’

                ‘They are knowledgeable in their field and very quick to reply. They offer a fair and balanced view in accordance with the law.’

                ‘The Martin and Co team is extremely helpful and responsive. They understand our sector and the organisation which is very important.’

                ‘We have an excellent relationship with John Martin who has been our trusted legal advisor for a very long time. John understands our sector and the organisation itself and has excellent relationships with the leadership team and with HR. We know we can rely on John’s very sensible and pragmatic advice. He is a good listener and analysis situations expertly, then gives very sage advice.’

                ‘The team at Martin and Co makes a big effort to be close to the client. From reception to partner. It’s impressive. They are very approachable. They are truly value for money lawyers, quality service at very reasonable fees.’

                ‘Without a doubt John Martin is the best employment lawyer I have dealt with. He’s knowledgeable, but also very experienced and keen to not just offer stock answers, but to consider the individual idiosyncrasies of the client so that the answer is genuinely tailor-made to fit our case perfectly. He’s very approachable and quick to respond. I am most impressed with the service he offers.’

                Key clients

                St Bede’s College

                David Lewis Centre

                Oldham College


                Freestart plc

                Heyrod Construction

                Manchester Health Academy



                Opus 4

                Work highlights

                • Defended David Lewis Centre in two multi-day discrimination claims in the Employment Tribunal.
                • Defended Oldham College in a claim for discrimination in the Employment Tribunal.

                MLP Law LLP

                MLP Law LLP frequently advises French, US, and UK clients on business immigration matters related to Brexit. Practice head Gareth Matthews advises on corporate M&A, TUPE transfers, and data protection obligations. Additionally, he is an experienced employment litigator. Associate solicitor Julie Sabba defends clients in Employment Tribunal hearings in both England and Scotland, often regarding cases involving unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, and discrimination claims.

                Practice head(s):

                Gareth Matthews

                Other key lawyers:

                Julie Sabba


                ‘MLP are always able to assist with any questions I have and give the best advice available to them, we have found they are very approachable, willing to assist and advise us on all employment matters.’

                ‘Gareth Matthews is always at the end of a phone or email excellent communication, cannot fault their help and advice given when needed.’

                ‘The team at MLP Law takes the times to understand our business model and therefore can provide clear and relevant advice. They were our go-to resource during covid for any employment challenges and provided a valuable connection to MLPs commercial team.’

                ‘Gareth Matthew’s knowledge is second to none. However it is his personality that sets him apart from anyone else I’ve dealt with. He’s always been a fantastic sounding board and then provides calm and practical advice.’

                ‘The team is helpful. They are also very knowledgeable in their fields.’

                Key clients

                TB Resorts Operations Limited t/a The Belfry

                Calgaz Limited

                Osborne Delta (Lightning Conductors) Limited

                The Manchester Crematorium Limited

                Pulsar Communications Limited

                GKR Karate Admin Services LLP

                Rota Engineering Limited

                Osborne Delta (Lightning Conductors) Limited

                Delta Steeplejacks Limited

                Work highlights

                  Trowers & Hamlins LLP

                  Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises private, public, and third sector clients on hybrid working, vaccination and mask refusal, day-to-day employment matters, and D&I projects. Employment team head Danielle Ingham  focuses on TUPE, reorganisations, and collective redundancies. In July 2021, the team saw two promotions: Vikki Cunliffe was made associate and Laura Welchew was promoted to managing associate. Cunliffe is a key contact regarding strategic employment projects such as TUPE and corporate transactions while Welchew regularly represents clients at the Employment Tribunal.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Danielle Ingham

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Vikki Cunliffe; Laura Welchew


                  ‘The team works very well together internally. Although we have one main contact, we can rely on the whole team to understand our needs and situation if we ever need to deal with a different team member.’

                  ‘My loyalty is driven by the strength of their employment practice which provides practical, pragmatic, personal and highly professional support across the entire range of people management issues and whoever you engage with. They are a shining example of a real commitment to creating an inclusive practice and are champions of diversity, equity and belonging.’

                  ‘Laura Welchew is an outstanding member of the team and has been a cornerstone of our legal support for many, many years.’

                  ‘They are very responsive and demonstrate a clear and strong understanding of the issues and challenges which, as a small charity, we face. There is never a sense of us being deprioritised for potentially larger clients.’

                  ‘Laura Welchew particularly stands out. She is very approachable, proactive and always friendly in her approach. Whilst always professional, her advice is accessible, pragmatic and focused. Highly recommended.’

                  ‘Vikki Cunliffe is a highly capable legal professional, who has always provided my organisation with considered and insightful legal advice in a reliable and responsive way, often to tight deadlines sometimes with little or no warning.’

                  ‘Very accessible team, easy and personable to deal with, give sound advice and always responsive/fast turnarounds. Enjoy the style, quality and regularity of their free training and discussion forums – Trowers Tuesdays and others.’

                  ‘ I really enjoy working with Vikki Cunliffe as she is reliable, accessible and has secured some excellent tribunal results for us. Accurate advice is a given, but Vikki offers excellent customer service with it and at associate level, offers good value for the quality of support received.’

                  Key clients

                  Costco Wholesale UK Limited

                  Secret Escapes Limited

                  Peabody Trust

                  Dimensions (UK) Limited

                  Community Gateway Association

                  First Garden Cities Homes Limited

                  Sense & Sense International

                  Babington Business Limited

                  Elm Court Garden Centre Limited

                  Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing

                  KW Digital Limited

                  Granite Turner Limited

                  Time 4U Limited

                  Together Trust

                  DNA Group Holdings Limited

                  Together for Mental Wellbeing

                  Apogee Associates Limited

                  OTE Holdings Limited

                  The Spacemaker Interiors Limited

                  The Riverside Group Limited

                  Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing Group Limited

                  National Autistic Society

                  One Housing Group Limited

                  Avenues Group

                  Work highlights

                  • Successfully defended Costco against a five day unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claim from a long-serving former employee with a history of multiple grievances and absences.
                  • Acted as Secret Escapes’ exclusive provider of employment law support and conducting a global contract review across its locations in the UK, Europe and Asia.
                  • Successfully defended Community Gateway Association (CGA) in a complex Employment Tribunal claimregarding pregnancy discrimination in the context of measures introduced by an employer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

                  Backhouse Jones

                  Based in Clitheroe, Backhouse Jones is considered by clients as ‘the industry leading legal firm on all things transport‘. The team covers the full range of employment matters, including representation at the Employment Tribunal, TUPE transfers, and the impact of Covid-19 and Brexit on employers. Notably, the team, lead by director Steven Meyerhoff, is highly experienced advising and representing bus and coach companies, trade associations, and road haulage businesses.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Steven Meyerhoff


                  ‘Backhouse Jones is the industry leading legal firm on all things transport and compliance and their employment law advice is superb. They clearly have client expertise across the board and I continue to be impressed with responsiveness and quality of legal advice given.’

                  Key clients

                  Road Haulage Association Limited

                  Rotala plc

                  Abellio UK

                  Jaques of London

                  Warrington Borough Transport Limited

                  Stagecoach Manchester

                  McCarthy Haulage Limited

                  Freightlink Europe Ltd

                  Somerset Passenger Solutions Ltd

                  Transdev Blazefield Ltd

                  Go South Coast

                  T & R Precision Engineering Ltd

                  Blackpool Transport

                  Krispy Kreme

                  Rethink GM

                  British Association of Removers Limited

                  H Parkinson Haulage Limited

                  Knowles Transport Limited

                  Ward Brothers (Malton) Limited


                  Work highlights

                  • The firm provides most of the major UK bus operators and many major UK HGV operators with daily employment advice and representation at tribunal.
                  • Providing the “RHA’s legal services” subscription scheme which allows RHA members exclusively to take full control of their legal budget. Members pay a fixed annual amount based on vehicle fleet size to secure “on-tap” advice on all matters to do with Regulatory Compliance and Human Resources. The subscription scheme also provides up to one hour’s free advice on all other legal issues with discounted/fixed fees thereafter depending on the scale of work involved. The Legal Services scheme operates a helpline and the Employment team at Backhouse Jones deal with thousands of calls per annum.
                  • The firm has also been involved in supporting the industry through the COVID-19 pandemic by providing free initial telephone advice to those in crisis, a free information hub and free fortnightly webinar which reached an audience of over 600 one week. The webinar is still ongoing and has reached thousands of operators in the transport sector between March 2020 and now.

                  DTM Legal LLP

                  DTM Legal LLP has niche expertise in advising on shareholder disputes and senior executive exits. Practice head and ‘go-to‘ contact Tom Evans, who made partner in October 2021, focuses on contentious issues such as Employment Tribunal litigation and shareholder disputes. Alison Brennan covers day-to-day employment matters such as advising on GDPR and data protection, incentive schemes, and bonus clauses, but also covers unfair dismissals and restructurings. Senior associate Elizabeth Judson is a key contact regarding non-contentious employment matters related to mandates such as M&A transaction.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Tom Evans

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Alison Brennan; Elizabeth Judson


                  ‘A small high-quality employment team that is very responsive and good to work with.’

                  ‘Tom Evans is our ‘go-to’ person; extremely competent, very good with clients and very pragmatic.’

                  ‘Elizabeth Judson is friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and pragmatic.’

                  ‘DTM provides a very professional, but personal service to us. All of the team is very knowledgeable and provides sound and clear advice.’

                  ‘The practice has a broad range of professional skills that businesses can choose from when advice is necessary. It’s therefore unique to have one firm that can manage all matters rather than have to build relationships with individual law firms dependent on the advice required. I highly regard DTM’s professional advice and knowledge, however their personable, honest and supportive approach is what makes them very unique. Conversations are made easy without getting caught up in depths of legal jargon.’

                  ‘I have worked with Tom Evans for several years now. I always value his professional advice, however what makes him stand out is his personable approach. Managing employment law matters can be stressful for a business, however Tom is approachable, supportive and honest with his advice. I always believe he does his best for a positive outcome.’

                  Key clients


                  Typhoo Tea Limited

                  Village Bakery

                  CSA Group Testing UK Limited

                  Proximo Holdings Limited

                  Esterform Packaging Limited

                  Thornton Hall Hotel Limited

                  Evoke Creative Limited

                  Atlas Copco IAS UK Limited

                  Calder Industrial Materials Limited/ Calder Group Holdings Limited

                  COMGF Ltd t/a Charles Owen

                  Smylies Ltd

                  Bikmo Limited

                  Boardlink Limited

                  Work highlights

                  • Successfully defended complex discrimination and unfair dismissal claims by multiple Claimants in multiple Tribunals against Proximo Limited arising from a large-scale restructure.
                  • Advised a senior executive on Employment Tribunal and Civil claims of whistleblowing, unfair/wrongful dismissal and breach of contract worth circa £1m, resulting in high-value settlement.
                  • Advised Moneypenny on various HR matters, including impact of Covid-19 and TUPE service provision change projects.

                  Glaisyers LLP

                  Glaisyers Solicitors LLP is noted for its experience regarding complex disciplinary and grievance matters, as well as large-scale redundancies, TUPE support, and business immigration issues. Practice head Russell Brown covers unfair dismissal, discrimination, and whistleblowing claims, amongst others. Associate Stevi Hoyle is an experienced employment litigator. Senior associate Nicola Clarke joined from Thorneycroft Solicitors in November 2021, adding expertise in settlement agreements negotiations and and Employment Tribunal litigation.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Russell Brown

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Stevi Hoyle; Nicola Clarke


                  ‘Russell Brown is very honest, professional, and charges a fair price for his services. We have dealt with Russell for many years now and feel no need to go anywhere else.’

                  ‘They truly are an extension of our team in Manchester.’

                  ‘Russell Brown has been providing pragmatic and business-focused advice. It’s a true endorsement of Russell that I have, and continue to, recommended and refered him whenever I’m asked.’

                  ‘The team we have dealt we have found to be excellent and is able to provide a rounded view of the circumstances described to them.’

                  ‘Russell Brown is our main point of contact and has been invaluable to us in the last year and we have noticed a stark difference from our previous HR advice provider.’

                  ‘The team has gone from strength to strength as evidenced by its growth in the last three years. It is a quality and diverse team with a range of experience. They are particularly strong in terms of insurance-backed work and manage that relationship better than most.’

                  ‘Russell Brown is exceptionally knowledgeable.’

                  ‘Russell Brown is a firm hand on the tiller of the employment team, ably assisted by Stevi Hoyle.’

                  ‘Russell Brown has provided expert employment advice over many years. He understands commercial considerations, but does not compromise his advice which is clear and decisive.’

                  Work highlights