Employment in North West

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP enjoys a strong reputation for assisting high-profile clients with complex Employment Tribunal work and injunctions, while the practice also features a day-to-day HR support offering. The 'exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful' team provides advice to both employers and high-net-worth employees and executives. Lydia Edgar, the Manchester practice head, advised Leicester City FC on the exit of manager Claude Puel and his backroom staff and the subsequent appointment of Brendan Rodgers and his team. Simon Whitehead rejoined the firm in 2019 as head of recruitment. Nick Campbell heads the Liverpool team, which includes Kate Venables, who in 2019 was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Lydia Edgar; Nick Campbell

Testimonials

‘Lydia Edgar is a true business partner and has truly protected our company.’ 

‘The team at Brabners, collectively, has many years of experience and a breadth of employment knowledge with a wide range of clients across many industry sectors.’ 

‘Having worked with Brabners for a number of years as a HR Professional across different organisations, I have built trusted relationships within the team. I would like to specifically mention two Brabners partners: Joseph Shelston and Kate Venables, who are clearly role models in their field and are a credit to their organisation.’ 

‘My organisation requires specialist employment law advice in quite complex and niche areas, and the team at Brabners is exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful.’ 

‘Simon Whitehead is exceptionally helpful and always takes a very sensible approach to whatever situation I find myself in.’ 

‘Response times to client quick, regular and interim updates always forthcoming. Very client-focused in terms of good commercial outcomes. A tremendous pool of knowledge across the entire gamut of legal queries, particularly around employment law with an eye for pragmatic advice.’ 

‘Joseph Shelston is down to earth and wants to know about the organisation and how it ticks to deliver precise legal solutions. He will also give a more cogent commercial set of options and potential outcomes (placing his advice firmly in the context of the organisation).’ 

Key clients

JD Wetherspoon plc

Liverpool Football Club & Athletic Grounds Ltd

The Very Group

Nando’s Chickenland Limited

Leicester City Football Club

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Peel Ports Ltd

Riverside Group Limited (Housing Association)

Boccard UK Limited

The Employment Agents Movement

Chase de Vere IF Group plc

Lawn Tennis Association

Toronto Wolfpack

Work highlights

  • Advised Sheffield Wednesday on the exit of Steve Bruce and the appointment of Garry Monk; and Barnsley FC on the exit of manager Daniel Stendel.
  • Advising JD Wetherspoon Plc on policy in relation to transsexual and other non-binary colleagues.
  • Advising Nando’s on all aspects of the day to day management of its workforce, on grievances, and on strategic-level workforce planning and recruitment, as well as representing them in all employment tribunal claims.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Jointly led by Philip Harman and Deborah Hely, the Manchester team at DAC Beachcroft LLP specialises in High Court injunctions, responding to HMRC investigations and minimum wage audits, as well as employee status cases. The firm has been building a reputation in the region as a go-to practice for gig economy matters. Its blue-chip client base spans the logistics, retail and leisure sectors. Known for handling issues with an international element, it also has expertise in large reorganisations, complex Employment Tribunal claims, and TUPE matters. A name to note is associate Richard Kay.

Practice head(s):

Philip Harman; Deborah Hely

Other key lawyers:

Richard Kay

Testimonials

‘The team are very responsive to our needs, they tailor their responses to us and know our organisation, understanding our challenges and limitations – this helps as they give very practical advice and solutions. We have a small team who support us, so we have great rapport with them. They are very accessible.’

‘Deborah Hely and Richard Kay gave a huge amount of practical and emotional support during a very difficult restructuring project. They were available whenever was needed and flexed working to help identify the right solutions. Knowing they were available as needed gave great reassurance.’

‘Very commercial in approach as well as being practical.’

Key clients

DHL Limited

Bentley Motors Limited

Royal British Legion

National Union of Students

McDonald’s

British Telecom

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Unilever plc

Bupa Dental

Places for People Group Limited

Williams Lea Limited / Tag Europe Limited

Dixons Carphone

Fircroft Engineering Services Limited

Henri Lloyd

Hydes’ Brewery Limited

James Halstead plc

Lewis Home Retail t/a TJ Hughes

National Union of Students

Zurich Plc

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

Salford Van Hire

TJX UK

Plastipak UK Ltd

AIG Insurance

Broderick Group Limited

Care UK

Bullhorn International Limited

Chubb Insurance of Europe SE

City of Wolverhampton College

Clean Tech UK Limited

Derwent Living

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Royal British Legion on a large scale restructure, which involved over a 100 employees and a formal collective redundancy exercise across the UK.
  • As the sole employment law advisers to McDonald’s in the UK, the firm provided strategic advice on the implications of Brexit, as well as day-to-day advice, immigration advice, and employment tribunals defence.
  • Successfully defended DHL against a multi-claimant claim arising out of a reduction in shift premium following a re-alignment of shifts with the business’ customer.

DLA Piper

Cross-jurisdictional matters dominate the workload of DLA Piper’s employment practice, which is headed by Alan Chalmers, 'one of the region's leading employment law partners'. Legal directors Helen Hall and Emma Mills, as well as senior associate George Nicholson, are part of a team which advises household name local, national and international clients from a range of sectors on domestic employment issues, routinely acting for them in Employment Tribunal claims and Civil Court matters, especially those related to discrimination and whistleblowing. Other areas of strength are industrial relations advice and TUPE work, with a strong track record of assisting fintech and food and drink clients.

Practice head(s):

Alan Chalmers

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper is one of, if not the premier employment team in the North West. This is borne out by the quality of its client base (which is second to none), its responsiveness, commercial awareness and ability to deliver results for clients.’ 

‘Alan Chalmers is approachable, responsive, and has excellent client skills and a knowledge of trade union law and collective bargaining rights that is unmatched in the region. One of the region’s leading employment law partners.’ 

‘The team has breadth and depth of experience, access to exceptional talent throughout the UK, not just limited to London. Openness and ability to work with specific client requirements relating to data management.’ 

‘George Nicholson has the ability to apply his wide knowledge and experience in a way that creates confidence in the stakeholders that he works with. He is able to adapt his style to suit organisational culture and maintain a practical approach to problem-solving without prejudicing the robustness of his underlying advice.’ 

‘We appreciate George Nicholson’s understanding of our business and ability to provide appropriate advice.’ 

Key clients

AB InBev

ABB Limited

Akzo Nobel

Argo Aviation International Ltd

ATPI Group

Canon (UK & Europe)

Compass Minerals Group

Elopak UK Limited

International Hotels Group plc (IHG)

Johnson Matthey plc

Kelly Group

Magnox Limited

Northumbrian Water Group

Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror Group plc)

SDL Plc

Sealed Air Limited

Sodexo

The Co-operative Bank Limited

Verna Group International

Wave Utilities

Cavendish Asset Management

Ernst and Young LLP

Stericycle

Work highlights

  • Successfully obtained costs and a written apology for the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) from the claimant and her solicitor following the successful defence of complex discrimination, victimisation and whistleblowing Employment Tribunal claims brought by a high profile former employee.
  • Advised a global media company on a large scale global restructuring and outsourcing exercise across 44 jurisdictions, including legal and strategic advice on information and consultation obligations.
  • Providing specialist advice to Cavendish Asset Management on the implementation of new regulatory requirements arising from the extension of the Senior Managers & Certification Regime.

DWF

The employment team at DWF has an enviable client base of international and national corporations spanning many sectors. Restructurings, redundancy advice and large-scale TUPE exercises are among its key strengths, with additional expertise in advising on the employment aspects of outsourcing transactions and on high-level director exits. Contentious-wise, it has considerable experience in Employment Tribunals and regularly acts for clients in the Court of Appeal. Joanne Frew leads the Manchester team, while Tim Scott heads the practice in Liverpool. The 'thoughtful and empathetic' Kirsty Rogers and senior associate Sinead Donnelly are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Frew; Tim Scott

Testimonials

‘The team at DWF provide a seamless and professional service. Their approach is consistent so you know that when you are dealing any lawyer there, you will be receiving the same advice and professionalism that you’d get from the other.’ 

‘Kirsty Rogers, in particular, is outstanding. She handled some tricky situations well and was able to educate and ensure colleagues and leaders understood the importance of the message, whilst delivering it in a thoughtful and empathetic way.’

‘The team make every effort to understand our workplace challenges, keep us updated on trends in our sectors and support with a pragmatic approach when issues arise.’ 

‘Kirsty Rogers is an outstanding partner. She manages to maintain good levels of availability and balance this with a well-briefed team who provide additional support. She is pragmatic, and a great sounding board for all people challenges.’

‘The team at DWF strive to understand real issues and give practical solutions.’ 

‘Tim Scott is very approachable and is always on hand to give practical, business-specific advice in a way that is easy to understand and implement.’ 

Key clients

BT

Munnelly Group plc

Homebase

adidas

Lloyds of London

Guy Carpenter

LJMU

Chemring

Allvotec Limited

Watkin Jones Group

Lifeways

Redx Pharma plc

SGS United Kingdom

Alternative Futures Group

Impella

Work highlights

  • Advising 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.
  • Engaged by Society of Lloyds to roll out an education programme on Culture and Non Financial Behaviour, including obligations and consequences of businesses following numerous damaging news articles, various whistleblowing and harassment complaints and scrutinisation by the regulators.
  • Retained by Chemring to advise on the restructuring of the organisation requiring advice on both information and consultation under TUPE as well as consultation on redundancy.

e3 employment law LLP

Working across its Liverpool and Manchester offices, the 'partner-driven' team at boutique firm e3 employment law LLP is 'focused on all elements of contentious and non-contentious employment work'. From the Manchester team, the 'committed and caring' Dan Bickerstaffe is highly regarded for his TUPE and restructuring advice, while Nick Jones specialises in board-level disputes, restructurings, severances, and restrictive covenant enforcement. Liverpool-based Simon Ost is an expert on collective labour issues and trade union disputes. Jenny Walker is another name to note.

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Walker

Testimonials

‘Simon Ost is pragmatic and takes a commercial and operational approach, which makes complex issues appear less so.’

‘The hallmark of advice provided by e3 employment law is that it always takes a commercial stance; it takes into account the business needs and any recommendations, whilst legally compliant, have a balanced regard to business risk.’ 

‘Nick Jones is always level-headed, calm and commercially focused. He provides detailed guidance either verbally or in writing and ensures that we take into account all aspects of the relevant law and best practice.’ 

‘I cannot recommend e3 highly enough. Each partner is accessible and provides practical and sensible advice. They listened to our position and the advice was clear and appropriately tailored to us.’ 

‘Dan Bickerstaff knows the law inside out and more importantly how to apply it in practice to achieve the best result. The entire team are approachable and personable.’ 

‘Hands-on, partner-driven approach. The best employment law firm we have ever used, really impressed with them and would highly recommend the firm.’ 

‘Dan Bickerstaffe is an exceptional lawyer. Committed, caring and always abreast of changes in the law and how they affect companies practically. Dan takes a pragmatic, reasonable view and is 100% reliable, always happy to go the extra mile for us his clients if we are dealing with a difficult situation.’

‘Nick Jones has been fantastic to work with, as the saying goes ‘people but people’. Nick was available at all sorts of times outside the standard 9-5, and was able to guide me through a process and showed true leadership when he needed to.’ 

‘An exceptional boutique firm focused on all elements of contentious and non-contentious employment work. They are engaged in some of the most prominent disputes in the North West and are amongst the top firms that I have been instructed by. They combine peerless technical ability combined with approachability and a sensible approach to fees.’

‘Simon Ost is able to quickly consider emerging situations and provide clear advice on the risks and possible approaches. He is always calm and considered.’

Key clients

BASF Plc

Elior UK Plc

Lucite International UK Ltd

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group No

Scapa Group Plc

MAN Energy Solutions UK Limited

On The Beach Plc

Perspex International Ltd

WEPA UK Ltd

Enersys Ltd

Great Bear Distribution

Work highlights

  • Representing a global manufacturer in its defence of long-running and complex race and disability discrimination claims involving allegations of victimisation, bullying and breaches of contractual obligations.
  • Advised BASF Plc on the UK employment law aspects of its forthcoming Head Office relocation and the separation of a multinational business area ready for disposal.
  • Represented an international manufacturing group in its defence of a group Tribunal claim for unlawful deductions from wages brought by employees and backed by a prominent national trade union.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, with particular expertise in sectors such as education, food and retail, aerospace and defence, nuclear, utilities, chemicals and healthcare. Headed by Michael Thompson, the department’s areas of strength include High Court litigation, TUPE, the employment aspects of M&A, restrictive covenant disputes, discrimination, and Employment Tribunal cases and appeals. The practice has seen an increase in work relating to immigration, GDPR and equal pay matters. Diane Gilhooley, the firm's global head of HR and pensions, is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Michael Thompson

Key clients

Warburtons Limited

Sellafield Limited

University of Bradford

Brakes N

B&Q plc (Kingfisher)

United Utilities

Ecolab Limited

The Hut Group

Equality Human Rights Commission

Tarmac (CRH)

Work highlights

  • Provided legal advisory work and training to The Universities and Colleges Employers Association on range of areas, including immigration, current developments in employment law, holiday pay for atypical workers, and responding to the national programme of industrial action.
  • Defending a large retailer against multiple Employment Tribunal claims in which they are challenging the client’s the calculation of holiday pay, specifically the inclusion of a bonus that is paid quarterly to staff. Advising on the defence of the claims in conjunction with the employee relations and union relations issues that arise and are connected with them.
  • Assisting Lookers plc on the Chairman and Chair of the Remuneration Committee on negotiating new service agreements for the board (including the CEO) to ensure compliance with the new Senior Manager Certification Regime and also in negotiating the exit of its CFO and the appointment of the new CFO.

Gateley Plc

With considerable healthcare expertise, acting for doctors and those in primary care, the Manchester-based team at Gateley Plc is now headed by Chris Thompson, after former practice head Michael Ball retired. As well as advising clients on the employment aspects of corporate deals in the hotel, logistics, travel, and sports sectors, the firm enjoys a strong reputation for corporate restructuring matters such as TUPE outsourcing, relocations, and large-scale redundancies. Other names to note include Avril England and senior associate Emma Butterworth.

Practice head(s):

Chris Thompson

Key clients

British Medical Association

Manchester City Football Club

Casual Dining Group

Swinton Insurance

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

Lancaster City Council

Billfinger Industrial Services (UK) Limited

Hill Dickinson LLP

Jeff Middleton heads Hill Dickinson LLP’s employment practice, which has an enviable track record advising public healthcare organisations such as NHS foundation trusts and Health Education England on discrimination, whistleblowing, reorganisations and tribunal matters. Michael Wright, in particular, is a key figure for healthcare matters. The team also specialises in education, including collective agreements for teachers and support staff. Liverpool-based legal director Caroline Prosser is largely responsible for the team's growing reputation in investigations, with independent disciplinary and grievance investigations for in-house legal and HR teams a more common strand of work. Liverpool-based national head of schools Luke Green is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Middleton

Key clients

BBC

Co-op

Stobart Rail Limited

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Encirc Limited

Britvic Soft Drinks

dnata Travel (part of Emirates Group)

Sonoco Alcore Limited

CF Fertilisers UK Limited

Premier Care

Vynova

Trilanco Limited

Partylite

Nacro

Arrow XL

Myriad Genetics

FRP Advisory LLP

Caldic (UK)

G2 Speech UK

Oldham Council

Geraud UK Ltd

GEFCO UK

City of Liverpool College

HE Simm

Peel L&P Group Management Limited

Travel Republic

Odeon Cinemas

Liverpool Airport

Parkwood Leisure

A G Parfett & Sons

Agility Chemical Logistics

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Health Education England

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

Ramsay UK Healthcare Group

Work highlights

  • Advised and supported Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in relation to the reorganisation of healthcare services within Greater Manchester.
  • Advised and supported Royal Sanders (UK) Limited in managing a large collective redundancy exercise (involving 165 employees), arising from the closure of the company’s site in Bradford and relocation of its manufacturing operations to its site in Preston.
  • Successfully defended West Way Nissan in claims of age, race and disability discrimination following a 2-day hearing in Manchester.

Squire Patton Boggs

Led by experienced litigator Alison Treliving, Squire Patton Boggs’ 'exceptional' employment team advises on a wide range of matters, but has particular expertise in high-value employment litigation and investigation matters. Other key areas of strength include complex Employment Tribunal claims involving whistleblowing and discrimination, large scale restructuring projects and cross-border TUPE matters. Recently, it has developed its financial institutions client base; the team's client roster primarily comprises corporations in the retail, recruitment, manufacturing, life sciences, energy and natural resources sectors. Bryn Doyle and senior associate James Pike are highly regarded in this space.

Practice head(s):

Alison Treliving

Other key lawyers:

Bryn Doyle; James Pike; Lucy Hindley

Testimonials

‘The Squire Patton Boggs team is exceptional. They are always responsive, take a very pragmatic approach to the advice they offer, and deal with complex matters. Their key strength is their understanding of our business and the key challenges we face. They are also proactive in providing coaching and education to the HR team on employment law matters.’ 

‘James Pike is an exceptional individual. He is very straightforward to work with, is available and responsive and provides advice in a pragmatic manner. He is calm and reassuring in his communication and has a key strength in encouraging us to think through broader implications.’ 

‘I have not had another law firm offer the same level of commitment and investment from the outset.’ 

‘It doesn’t seem to matter which one of the team you deal with, they all seem to share the same commercial and pragmatic approach. I have the same faith in the more junior partners to make the same sound judgements as their senior partners.’ 

‘Pragmatic, down to earth and commercial advice. They just seem to get our business and quickly grasp any issues.’ 

Key clients

CBRE

Tesco

Ashtead Plc

Superdrug

Gazprom

Ineos

Kemira Chemicals

Savers Health & Beauty

Limited

SThree Plc

The Perfume Shop

Mamas & Papas

Burberry

McColls Retail

Think Money Group

Tom James International

Vida Healthcare

Magnox

Work highlights

  • Advised CBRE, the leading US-based global investor and facilities management business on employee transfers and restructuring issues.
  • Advising a major food manufacturer in the North West on a complex dispute with its European Works Council.
  • Advising a major telecoms company on successfully defending an appeal by a claimant at the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

TLT

The team at TLT continues to grow, bolstered by the addition to its ranks of former JMW Solicitors LLP employment head Liz Cotton, who has particular expertise assisting board members and HR teams in the retail space. Led by Ed Cotton, the practice advises on restrictive covenants, whistleblowing, trade union and industrial relations. The 'practical and commercially minded' Paula Cole specialises in large-scale restructuring and reorganisation projects, as well as dismissals, executive severance packages, and discrimination claims. Clients include businesses across the banking, insurance, financial services, retail, housing, leisure and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ed Cotton

Other key lawyers:

Liz Cotton; Paula Cole; Jessica Foster

Testimonials

‘The team keeps things simple and precise, with a well-researched approach. Deals well with complex and long duration cases where a strategy emerges and flexibility is required.’ 

‘Paula Cole is practical and commercially minded.’ 

Key clients

Boohoo.com UK Limited

Search Consultancy Ltd

Preston North End Football Club

Servoca plc

Classic Lodges Limited

Well Pharmacy (formerly Co-operative Pharmacy)

Nichols plc

University of Central Lancashire

Bombardier Transportation

Ultimate Products plc

Auden Group

Finning UK & Ireland Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tradewind Recruitment Limited in a case involving enforcement of post-termination restrictive covenants, defending an application for an injunction issued in the High Court which was successfully resisted.
  • Defending Eddie Stobart  Limited against a complex sex discrimination claim from a current employee who is engaged by the company as an HGV driver.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's employment team primarily advises companies in the transport, retail, financial services and manufacturing sectors, with particular expertise in litigation and boardroom-level work, including restrictive covenant disputes.

Analysis Legal LLP

Based in Stockport, specialist employment practice Analysis Legal LLP handles matters for clients spanning a variety of industry sectors, advising a range of small- and medium-sized businesses, as well as senior executives and professionals across the UK. Key areas of expertise include restrictive covenants, TUPE issues and senior executive exits, while the team is also adept at defending complex Employment Tribunal claims for large corporations. Anna Lees and Andrea Paxton jointly head the team, which also includes Karen Fletcher and Catherine Parkinson.

Practice head(s):

Anna Lees; Andrea Paxton

Key clients

British Canoeing

Ashcroft Support

Co-operative Group Limited

Jam Recruitment

Lancashire Eccles Cakes

Credico

Courtyard Care Plus Limited

Ceramtec

Withington Girls’ School

Living Housing Limited

Cheshire International Removals

Stoke City Council

Young Learners UK

Paul Hartmann UK Ltd

Waterside Hotel and Galleon Leisure Ltd

Ferranti Technologies Limited

UK Bond Network Ltd

MEC3

Money Expert Ltd

Gee Group Ltd

Alpha UK Limited

Incommunities Group Limited

Waterfields (Leigh) Limited

Cruden Group Limited

Profile Security Services Limited

Tameside College

JMW Solicitors LLP

The 'experienced group of specialists' in JMW Solicitors LLP’ employment practice is led by Paul Chamberlain, who was previously head of employment at Brabners LLP. The Manchester practice’s already strong track record in the recruitment space is bolstered by the arrival of Chamberlain, who has broad expertise in agency workers’ regulations, TUPE, the Working Time Regulations and temporary worker status. The team advises clients in the hospitality, automotive, pharma, manufacturing, education and charities sectors, with particular expertise in advising on large scale redundancies and reorganisations and restrictive covenants. Jennifer Smith is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Paul Chamberlain

Testimonials

‘JMW’s employment law team has brought together an experienced group of specialists who have an in-depth knowledge of all facets of employment and offer an unrivalled service to employers.’ 

‘The team is headed up by Paul Chamberlain who has provided services to our group for over 20 years. He is ably supported by Simon Bloch.’

Key clients

The Employment Agents Movement (TEAM)

Staffline Recruitment Limited

Ambitions Personnel

Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo)

Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)

The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA)

Gi Group

British Parking Association

Clock Spring/NRI Europe Limited

Cantel UK Limited

LWC Drinks

Brookson Group

Gong Cha England Limited

Work highlights

  • Continues to advise the British Parking Association, including on the provision of a dedicated HR Helpline Service accessible direct by BPA members.
  • Advised Gong Cha England Limited on overseas hires in the UK and employment contracts.
  • Represented Simon Edwards in his successful claims under TUPE, automatically unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, notice pay and failure to consult against Sport Taekwondo UK Limited.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

At Kuit Steinart Levy LLP, the Manchester employment team continues to carve out a reputation undertaking contract work for high-profile international sports players and staff, as well as handling High Court injunctions, often involving post-termination restrictive covenants. Headed by Kevin McKenna, the team also has a track record advising on senior executive terminations and boardroom disputes, restructurings and redundancies, and TUPE matters. Tribunal litigation, especially claims involving whistleblowing and discrimination, are another key area of strength. Sally Bird and Mark McKeating are noted for their expertise.

Practice head(s):

Kevin McKenna

Other key lawyers:

Sally Bird; Mark McKeating

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

Turtle Bay

Law by Design Limited

In addition to its healthcare specialism, with a 'huge wealth of experience in acting for NHS trusts and for health care professionals', the employment team at Law by Design Limited also advises other private sector clients on day-to-day employment issues and matters such as TUPE. Clients are drawn from the schools, logistics, construction, insurance, and charities sectors. Managing director and founder Sue Morrison leads the practice, which also includes highly regarded director Saira Ali.

Practice head(s):

Sue Morrison

Testimonials

‘The team are professional, highly experienced and show excellent client focus.’ 

‘Law By Design is an exceptional firm to work with. They align themselves to entrepreneurial businesses well and work with you to find practical solutions to complex issues.’ 

‘I have always found the team at Law By Design very helpful and solution-focused. They find solutions, even if it means with some element of risk, but are clear about what the consequences could be. This has always been very refreshing.’

‘Saira Ali understands our business, the challenges we face and the restraints in which we operate. She offers the best possible solution for our challenges, based on our bespoke needs.’ 

‘A niche employment practice with particular focus and expertise in the healthcare sector.’ 

‘The team knows the health care sector inside out, a huge wealth of experience in acting for NHS trusts and for health care professionals.’ 

Key clients

Addiction Dependency Solutions

Apple Aviation Ltd

ARAG Plc

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Centre For Education and Finance Management Limited

Cheshire Set Nail Lounge (The)

Complete Demolition Ltd

Dayinsure Limited

Dean Trust Wigan and Rose Bridge

East Cheshire NHS Trust

Eddie Stobart

Great Canadian Railtour Company Limited

(operating as Rocky Mountaineer)

Go North West Limited

Headliner Hotels Limited

Horizon Parking Limited

Hydro Aluminum Deeside Ltd

Health Innovation Manchester (hosted by

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust)

Herts Valleys CCG

High Peak Theatre Trust

Inception Legal Limited

Jackson lees Group Ltd

Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

LB Europe Limited

League of Welldoers

Manchester Fertility Services Limited

Morbaine Limited

National Polytunnels Limited

Norcott Technologies

NPW Limited

O’Connors LLP

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust  and Rochdale Hospital

Primary Care 24 2

ProHR Ltd

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Salford Primary Care Together Limited

Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Crosby Perrin Group

Styles and Wood Limited

Tiger Retail Ltd

The Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust

The Oddfellows Friendly Society

Todaywise Ltd t/a Woodheyes Care Home

Tranquil TMS Limited

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

West Kirby Residential School

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS

Foundation Trust

Whitegate Inns Ltd t/a Guildhall Tavern

Whitfield and Brown (Developments) Ltd

Woods Building Services Ltd t/a AA Woods

Myerson Solicitors LLP

'A really good alternative to the bigger city firms', Myerson Solicitors LLP’s employment team focuses on large-scale redundancies, complex reorganisations, trade union disputes, complex Tribunal Claims, and TUPE matters. It acts for senior executives at multinational and domestic corporations, providing strategic advice on contracts, terms, business arrangements, and exits. Joanne Evans heads the practice, which counts among its team senior solicitor Charlotte Gilbert and Joanne Henderson, who focuses on employment-related compliance work involving GDPR, modern slavery and gender pay-gap reporting.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Evans

Testimonials

‘I really appreciated the personable style of the team – it was down to earth and responsive. I was provided with quality, clear advice that was pragmatic as well as understanding of my situation, but balanced.’ 

‘I had a primary relationship with Patrick Byrne, who I found very personable, responsive, knowledgeable and reassuring. I appreciated his calm style in the face of the clients of the other side who, represented by a large London firm were particularly aggressive and difficult.’ 

‘Joanne Evans and her team understand our needs, do not bury us in technical details, and give sound, commercial advice.’ 

‘Myersons’ whole team is very personable, reliable and an overall pleasure to work with. No matter what advice is needed the right person will always come back to you with clear, constructive feedback.’ 

‘Myersons are at the very top of their field. They are extremely knowledgeable, personable, reliable and provide outstanding personal service. Each issue they have dealt with has been carried out extremely thoroughly – sometimes being given very short notice.’ 

‘I primarily deal with Patrick Byrne in the team. He has provided excellent advice and has been instrumental in assisting me to resolve some very tricky employment and HR issues.’ 

‘They are a really good alternative to the bigger city firms. They have the skills without some of the frills and formality.’ 

‘Jo Evans is as good as it gets. Very clear with you, good on tactics, and great on law. Very commercial and has the experience not to be flustered (ever) and drive you to a good conclusion.’ 

‘A very personal and professional team that we treat as an extension of our team. They always are responsive to our needs which can be at short notice given how our business is run which is brilliant for us and we value this service so much.’ 

‘Charlotte Gilbert at Myerson is not only professional but incredibly personal too, giving us excellent advice on a range of matters.’ 

‘Jo Henderson stands out. She has excellent technical knowledge but also understands the commercial realities and advises accordingly. Very proactive, great client service skills.’ 

‘Joanne Evans is easy to contact, very clear and straightforward in her advice and has offered my invaluable professional advice on a number of different contract and employment issues.’ 

Key clients

AQA

Associated Security Solutions

Eastern Airways

Joseph Holt Limited

Kverneland

Stax Trade Centres

TATA Chemicals

Pannone Corporate LLP

The 'talented and highly responsive' employment team at Pannone Corporate LLP is best known for advising clients on TUPE matters, particularly in the context of outsourcing and in-sourcing. It regularly advises clients in the social housing sector on the TUPE issues which arise from local authority procurement. Headed by Jack Harrington, the department assists multinational corporations, large public sector organisations, and SMEs on a range of matters, including HR support for disciplinary action, grievance investigations, and hearings. Fiona Hamor is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Jack Harrington

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Hamor; Stephen Mutch

Testimonials

‘Our original issue was dealt with in a very professional manner and during this time we were introduced gradually to Jack Harrington’s team. Each member of the team worked in a manner that showed us that they all were aware of the case and were able to deal and interact with us without the need to constantly ask other members of the team.’ 

‘A talented and highly responsive team of lawyers who have diverse background and knowledge and can give you speedy professional advice and guidance.’ 

‘Jack Harrington, who is calm, knowledgeable and supportive. Jack listens carefully to the problems and helps you work through and understand the work environment so always guides through business solutions. I have found Jack to be responsive at all times and gives you clear advice and guidance in a speedy way.’ 

‘I’ve worked with several members of the employment team over the years and they work together in a very cohesive way. When only one person is involved I’ve always found it the case that another team member can pick up the case very quickly if needed, leading me to the conclusion that they have extremely well-organised case files and good in-house processes.’ 

‘Fiona Hamor has been excellent in her communication of some fairly challenging legal points, especially recently in a case combining share re-purchases and redundancy/settlement agreement. Her advice is always extremely clear and concise.’ 

‘Pannone always gives detailed and sound advice and are excellent at explaining more complex details. They are reliable and we trust them with regards to advice covering a wide spectrum of employment matters. Fiona Hamor and Radhika Das particularly stand out for their excellent support with a very complex matter we have dealt with recently.’ 

Key clients

Rail Gourmet Limited

Select Service Partner UK Limited

SMG Europe Holdings Limited

The Big Life Group

Tradebe Environmental Services Limited

Victim Support

Work highlights

  • Supported the firm’s corporate team in acting for the shareholders of Marq Millions Ltd in connection with the cross-border sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to eToro Group.
  • Advised a North West manufacturer on a complex TUPE transfer involving three separate entities with a mix of unionised and non unionised employees, complicated by proposed redundancies and changes to terms and conditions of employment following the proposed transfer.
  • Defending a North West social housing provider in a claim for constructive unfair dismissal and sexual harassment and, on the instruction of our client, negotiating a successful settlement to minimise adverse publicity.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team primarily focuses on complex reorganisations and restructurings, minimum wage enforcement, TUPE, and industrial relations matters. Practice head Neil Black has considerable expertise advising domestic and international bluechip food and drinks clients, and the 'extremely approachable' team continues to win other high-profile clients in the manufacturing, technology, automotive sectors. Senior associate Rob Childe is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Neil Black

Testimonials

‘The team’s approach is to understand the real business challenge and find a solution that best fits the problem and the context behind it, rather than just providing the legal position.’ 

‘All of the employment team are extremely approachable, seem to grasp our business and sector, and always look to give pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Wincanton plc

Mondelez International

Weetabix

Arqiva

Costain plc

Morgan Sindall plc

Jaguar Land Rover

Delphi

Adient

Rolls Royce

Work highlights

  • Assisted English Institute of Sport on a case that, on the face of it, involves a disputed transfer of undertakings with three parties but is rooted in whistleblowing allegations.
  • Advised Arqiva Limited on complex TUPE and intra-group transfers as a result of its current proposed sale of its mobile phone mast network to Cellnex.
  • Defending Costain against a serial litigant in proceedings that have lasted nearly four years and reached the Supreme Court via successful outcomes at the Court of Appeal and Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP's employment team advises local and national clients in the private sector, while also developing its reputation for assisting public sector clients. As well as having expertise in the education and logistics sectors, it assists police forces in the North West and North East on employment matters and represents Foundation Trusts in the healthcare sector, including in complex Tribunal claims, reputational management issues, and media coverage. It works closely with the firm’s corporate team, providing TUPE and transactional employment support. Mark Hatfield, principal associate Claire Hollins and associate solicitor Lee Rogers are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Lee Rogers; Claire Hollins

Key clients

The Ombudsman Services Limited

National Museums Liverpool

Swissport GB Limited

Equality and Human Rights Commission

White Stuff Limited

City Co

Royal Mail Group

Manchester Metropolitan University

Solent University

Colas Limited

Work highlights

  • Working with The University of Greenwich’s education, procurement and construction teams on a multimillion-pound outsourcing of facilities management.
  • Provided employment support to Sonoco’s corporate team on an acquisition which formed part of a wider deal with a combined value of $187m.
  • Successfully acted for the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police in defending claims brought by a former police officer of unfair constructive dismissal and disability discrimination.

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP handles a broad range of instructions, focusing on work such as restructurings and employment disputes. The 'extremely knowledgeable and high-energy' Helen Watson, a qualified workplace mediator who has Higher Rights of Audience, heads the practice, which acts for clients in the logistics, education, recruitment, leisure, travel and tourism sectors. The team is seeing an increase in instructions in relation to zero-hour contracts and other atypical contracts, as well as contracts for well-known individuals in the media and sports industries. Another name to note is Claire Brook.

Practice head(s):

Helen Watson

Other key lawyers:

Claire Brook; Paul Hennity

Testimonials

‘The team are all friendly and helpful and feel like an extension of your own team. They are quick to respond to any queries and talk to you clearly without any jargon. They will always inform you of the options and any associated risks.’ 

‘They will take emergency calls outside of normal working hours if necessary and will always take their time to explain the legal implications fully.’ 

‘The experience I had with Aaron & Partners made a difficult personal situation as straightforward as it could be. There was clarity in the fee that I would be charged and confidence from the lawyer that the issues would be dealt with.’ 

‘Helen Watson is an extremely knowledgeable, high-energy partner with easy approachability. She’s also an excellent communicator.’

‘The whole team are extremely responsive to all requests and do so with good humour and professionalism. They provide practical solutions to real-life problems and are pragmatic in their approach. The relationship is very much one of partnership rather than customer/ supplier.’ 

‘Paul Hennity, is always responsive, friendly and professional; he just gets it!’ 

Key clients

Imagine Independence

Connah’s Quay Nomads FC Limited

gap Group

Sovini Limited (One Vision Housing Trust)

Boots Hearingcare Limited

North of England Zoological Society (Chester Zoo)

Zip World Limited

Special Needs Care Limited

Meadow Foods Limited

Charterhouse

Work highlights

  • Advising gap Group on IR35 issues and Swedish Derogation with as a result of changing agency regulations.
  • Assisting Sovini Limited with acquisition and TUPE advice, as well as restructuring and collective redundancies and settlements.
  • Advising North of England Zoological Society (Chester Zoo) on daily HR matters, including negotiating and concluding settlement agreements for directors and senior managers, capability and performance management advice, and short service termination.

Bramhalls Solicitors

Firm founder Phil Bramhall heads the specialist employment practice at Bramhalls Solicitors, which handles a range of high-value matters for public sector clients and large employers with HR teams. The team is most frequently instructed by clients in the food and drink, aerospace and defence, education, and healthcare sectors, including both national organisations and international organisations with UK bases. It also advises clients on industrial action and issues including union recognition. Rehan Pasha is another key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Phil Bramhall

Other key lawyers:

John Hassells; Rehan Pasha

Key clients

PD Ports Group

Poundstretcher Ltd

Avdel UK Limited (part of Stanley Black and Decker)

Cheshire College South and West

Warrington & Vale Royal College

NYNAS UK Ltd

Titan Airways Ltd

Edward Billington Group

The Contact Company

Extrastaff Ltd

Autism Together

RSK Group

Surface Technology International Ltd

Chester Healthcare Ltd

Brooks Automation Ltd

Portmeirion Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised and negotiated the terms of departure of a senior executive within a national household name company, achieving a substantial package in preparation for the sale of the business for almost £2bn.
  • Advised Poundstretcher Limited on the closure of its national warehouse and transport operation in Huddersfield and transfer to Leicester.

Browne Jacobson LLP

The team at Browne Jacobson LLP is led by the 'very experienced and effective' Kerren Daly, who specialises in executive terminations and boardroom disputes, as well as employment issues relating to restructurings and M&A. The team also has a track record of supporting both public and private clients on HR matters. Employment tribunal specialist Ian Deakin is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Kerren Daly

Other key lawyers:

Ian Deakin

Testimonials

‘Highly responsive and detailed advice that effectively supports our Human Resources strategy. Kerren Daily is very experienced and effective, understands our sector and its challenges, and is able to offer considered advice and support that is contextualised to our forward strategy.’ 

‘Kerren has been invaluable since we engaged with Browne Jacobson. Her support, guidance and advice are balanced and outcome-driven, providing guidance that balances risk and is delivered in a manner that is understandable to non-legal practitioners.’ 

‘Strong technical knowledge married with an acute understanding of risk allows the team to provide very commercial advice in a timely fashion.’

‘I have a lot of trust in Kerren Daly, who understands the challenges faced by the C suite and provides both robust advice and effective sounding board to develop effective HR strategies, particularly in contentious situations. Kerren is my go-to person in this area without a doubt.’ 

Key clients

Kerry Logistics

Imagination Technologies Group

Q-Park

Securitas UK

Securitas Europe

Ego Restaurants

Dock

Digital UK and Freeview

Masternaut

Sports Information Services

SPIE

Trelleborg

Work highlights

  • Advising a UK logistics company on UK-wide employment issues, including an employment matter that became known to clients, competitors and a logistics trade association with the effect of potentially damaging the reputation of the client.
  • Advising a restaurant chain on strategic and day to day advice including dismissals, breach of post-termination restrictions, holiday pay, and various employment tribunal claims.
  • Assisting a university which continues to undergo significant internal change, including  on employment tribunal claims and day to day HR issues.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s employment team continues to grow and secure new clients, particularly in the food and drink and hospitality sectors. In 2019, the department, jointly led by David Carmichael and director Alex Watson, saw an increase in instructions in which it assisted clients on National Minimum Wage compliance. Carmichael advises on executive exits, restrictive covenants, and whistleblowing claims, while Watson focuses on contentious employment issues. Jeremy Harris joined the firm from DLA Piper to become head of pensions.

Key clients

British Cycling Federation

Wilkin & Sons (t/a Tiptree Jams)

Stonegate Pub Company

Liverpool Football Club

NHS England

Royal College of Physicians

Oasis & Warehouse

Infrastrata PLC

Edenhouse Solutions

Dods Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented British Cycling Federation in a landmark employment status case involving former Olympic cyclist, Jessica Varnish, who has raised claims of unfair dismissal, sex discrimination, victimisation and detrimental treatment resulting from whistleblowing complaints.
  • Advises Stonegate Pub Company on strategic employment issues, including strategic management hires, corporate compliance matters, and director’s reporting requirements. The firm is the company’s exclusive provider of employment tribunal litigation services.
  • Supporting Wilkin & Sons, a new client since 2019, with ongoing employment issues across all elements of the business as an exclusive provider.

Forbes Solicitors

Forbes Solicitors is frequently instructed by schools, colleges, and local authorities, providing 'timely detailed advice and support which is always tailored to the public sector'. Jonathan Holden is national head of education advising on the full spectrum of employment-related matters nationwide, while Emma Swan heads the commercial department, offering advice to SMEs and blue-chip companies. Ruth Rule-Mullen remains the firm’s lead on public sector work.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Holden

Testimonials

‘Everyone I have worked with at Forbes has given excellent service. Replies are always prompt and thorough. I trust them to give me sound advice that protects our business.’ 

‘The employment team at Forbes take the time to gain an insight into your company in the first instance, this then enables them to form strategies that are not only appropriate byways of the law but are also practical for our business; financially, commercially and operationally.’ 

‘Good grasp of how local authorities work, and the sort of HR issues they face, so able to offer very practical, common-sense advice. Staff very approachable and down to earth.’ 

‘The team over the years have provided legal advice to the council and schools. For us what makes it a good organisation is there understanding of the different terms and conditions that we work to as a local authority.’

‘Very impressed with the whole team. No matter who you deal with every member of the team is well informed and can help with any query we may have.’ 

‘For our company, Amy Stokes has been a standout associate, her level headed, calm manner has assisted us in resolving some very complicated situations. Her help and advice have been invaluable.’ 

‘The people we have worked with at Forbes have been extremely committed to helping us. They provide timely detailed advice and support which is always tailored to the public sector.’ 

Key clients

Lincolnshire Housing Partnership

St Francis Xavier College

Information Commissioner’s Office

GA Pet Foods

AM Services

Spencer Academies Trust

Althams Travel Services Ltd

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Hakim Group

BBF Ltd

Wyre Borough Council

Hyndburn Borough Council

Chorley Borough Council

Progress Housing Group

Lincolnshire Housing Partnership

Alexander Dennis Limited

BillerudKorsnas Beetham

Leyland Trucks

Seddon Construction

Accrol Papers Ltd

Preston City Council

James’ Places

Huntapac

Soul Coffee

Blackburn College

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Edapt

Preston College

Education Partnership Trust

Nelson & Colne College

Wigan Council

Kepak Group

Voith Paper Ltd and Voith Turbo Ltd

South Lakeland District Council

J & J Ormerod Plc

Pavement Testing Services

Work highlights

  • Advised Voith Paper Limited on the application of TUPE when the company was asked to employ employees based in the UK by a German group company as part of an acquisition to which the client was not a party.
  • Provided advice to Hyndburn Council following an appeal against a decision to dismiss; in addition to advising and representing throughout Tribunal proceedings; including conducting the advocacy at the hearing to a successful outcome.
  • Provided day to day support to the HR function of Education Partnership Trust; assisted them in defending a number of complex employment tribunal cases.

Kennedys

Kennedys offers both contentious and non-contentious advice to employers and their insurers, with a particular track record in advising on the employment aspects of M&A transactions and in defending employment tribunal claims. Led by Alison Loveday, the team also has experience advising clients, which are increasingly international in scope, on data protection and GDPR matters related to employment issues. Senior associate Amanda Beaumont is noted as an 'excellent and intuitive employment lawyer'.

Practice head(s):

Alison Loveday

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Beaumont

Testimonials

‘A great team with some very talented people.’

‘Amanda Beaumont is truly an excellent and intuitive employment lawyer. I’d want her on my team.’ 

Key clients

Redactive Media Limited

ITC Luxury Travel Group

Carluccio’s Limited

Newly Weds Foods Limited

M&P Engineering Limited

Seventy 7 Limited

Optimal Strategix Group

Dmg events (UK) Limited (part of the Daily Mail Group of companies)

Cogent Skills Services

TTG Technology (Europe) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Newly Weds Foods Limited on their UK operations, including employment-related issues involved in the acquisition of Jigsaw Foods and defending Employment Tribunal claim for disability discrimination and constructive unfair dismissal.
  • Advised ITC Travel Group on a range of employment litigation issues, including enforcement of restrictions/injunctive relief, GDPR and TUPE issues, harmonisation of terms.
  • Advising Carluccio’s Limited on severance terms, new contacts of employment, changes to terms and conditions of employment, site closures, and performance management.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Led by education expert Sara Barrett, the Manchester-based employment team at Mills & Reeve LLP is sharpening its focus on the insurance sector, representing growing numbers of clients at the Employment Tribunal. Advising clients across a range of other sectors, including manufacturing, pharma, professional services and technology, the team has been handling increased numbers of instructions relating to senior executives exiting corporations.

Practice head(s):

Sara Barrett

Testimonials

‘The employment team at Mills & Reeve are highly experienced and knowledgeable. They have a range of strengths covering all aspects of employment law and the team are highly approachable and provide advice which is relevant to our particular sector.’

‘All members of the employment team are worthy of a mention; however, Sara Barrett is highly experienced and extremely helpful in advising on a range of employment law matters, ranging from employee relation matters, merger and complex whistleblowing issues.’

‘The team are very approachable, able to adapt their advice to reflect sector expectations whilst maintaining a commercial nature.’

Key clients

Lancaster University

Befesa Salt Slags Limited

LTE Group

Victrex Manufacturing Limited

Royal Northern College of Music

Bako North Western (Group) Limited

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service

Turley Associates

IDEO LLP

Phoenix Group

Work highlights

  • Advising LTE Group on various complex issues associated with the Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of employment) Regulations 2006 associated with the government’s prison education framework tender and the transfer of staff insourcing and outsourcing on various sites.
  • Provided assistance with the due diligence and TUPE process during a merger of two colleges whereby one of the colleges would be dissolved, its staff and assets would transfer to the other and then the organisation would be re-named.
  • Advised on a number of senior level exits at the HR director level, providing support and advice to leaders in the HR field.

SAS Daniels LLP

The Stockport-based team at SAS Daniels LLP assists both employers and employees, focusing on discrimination and whistleblowing cases for SMEs and clients in the education sector. The team also receives instructions on collective consultation, redundancies, restructuring, and acts occasionally in complex Tribunal claims. Senior associate Katie Hodson is noted for her expertise and is the key contact. Former practice head Karen Barker left in mid-2020.

Other key lawyers:

Katie Hodson

Testimonials

‘The service is personalised service, confident and knowledgeable, and the team understands the business context. Pragmatic.’

‘The team meets all our needs; there is great support from others in the team if my usual contact is engaged or absent. They provide safe advice and if asked they will provide an option that may carry some risk with it but if doing so they will always clearly spell out the risk in order that we can make a considered choice.’ 

‘Katie Hodson always comes back to me promptly and gives me confidence in my own role.’ 

BLM

With notable strength in the healthcare sector, BLM advises some of the UK’s largest care home groups and private medical practices on employment issues. The department, headed by Jim Lister, is also instructed by major insurers in relation to employment tribunal claims, regulatory prosecutions, and investigations. Construction, retail, and hospitality are other key client sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jim Lister

Other key lawyers:

Laura D’Arcy

Testimonials

‘This practice is highly qualified. We find this practice can give us anything we need with a very well qualified service and professional and friendly.’ 

‘I have worked with Laura D’Arcy for a long time. She always responds to us very quickly, with a friendly professional service, and has huge knowledge of employment law changes.’ 

Key clients

Rezidor Hotels Group

Slater and Gordon LLP

Halliwell Jones Group

JLG EMEA B.V.

Black and Decker

Healthcare Management Solutions Group

Bank of England

Lubrizol Inc

GGR Group

London International School of Performing Arts

Beaverbrooks the Jewellers Limited

Kalibrate Technologies plc

 

Russell Hobbs

Park Inn Hotels

PRGX UK

Eclerx Group

Metrolink

Harley Medical Group

HCA Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Slater and Gordon in the defence of complex employment tribunal proceedings brought by a former employee who is alleging race discrimination, disability discrimination, unfair dismissal, unlawful deductions from wages and detriment on the grounds of having made a protected disclosure.
  • Advising MTC Novo on complex legal implications of the return to the state sector of probation and offender rehabilitation services.
  • Represented Oldham Council in defending a claim of race discrimination by a sitting Labour Councillor.

Chambers O'Neill

At Chambers O'Neill, Manchester-based Andrew O'Neill and Chester-based Jim Chambers lead a team which primarily advises on redundancies, TUPE and the employment aspects of corporate transactions. It also acts for employees, both on an individual and collective basis, for whom it has achieved large settlements. Clients span manufacturing, logistics, retail, property, healthcare, and education.

Practice head(s):

Andrew O’Neill; Jim Chambers

Testimonials

‘Andrew O’Neill gives perspective when I cannot see it on certain cases; he is objective but sometimes he will tell me if an approach doesn’t work or we need to change things. He is very straightforward, which I like.’ 

‘Understands the business environment and provides sound logical advice. Always available and willing to go the extra mile.’ 

‘Understands issues quickly and offers sound advice which is always balanced with pros and cons. Available at any time. Clear and concise when communicating within the business. Great at coaching HR Team.’

‘Strengths are speed of response, the strength of advice and cost-effectiveness. Many solicitors hedge their advice. Chambers O’Neill is always firm in its recommendations.’ 

‘Andrew O’Neill has become our go-to employment lawyer. I never leave an advice session without knowing precisely what I need to do. It is a collaborative process to arrive at the right conclusion both in terms of law but also the strategy to suit the individual issue at hand.’ 

Key clients

ABM Facility Services

ABM Aviation

NES Global Talent

IDG Holdings Limited

Urban Splash

In-sites Consulting

B Conway Tail Lifts

A&M Insulations Limited

gunnercooke LLP

The non-traditional partner-led structure at gunnercooke LLP, enables the firm's lawyers to work more directly with a range of domestic and international clients. The firm advises public sector bodies, including education bodies and registered housing providers; Simon Horsfield specialises in employee-relations issues and senior-level hires and departures, while the 'client-focused and knowledgeable' Joanne Tindall has particular expertise in the manufacturing and retail sectors.

Testimonials

‘Jo Tindall is excellent. Always quick to respond and help simplify complex situations and provide robust advice.’ 

‘Instructions are always well prepared and the team has a good breadth of knowledge and skills. They are very client-focused and a pleasure to work with.’ 

‘Jo Tindall is an excellent employment lawyer. Very client-focused, knowledgeable and calm under pressure. Her cases are always very well prepared, instructions are very clear, and she is also very tactically astute. A pleasure to work with.’ 

‘Their exclusively senior-level team is what more and more clients are looking for.’

Work highlights

  • Provided gig economy advisory services for Just Eat in their roll-out of a self-employed courier model.
  • Successfully represented Kostal UK Ltd at the Court of Appeal, in a case which is the leading authority on trade union inducements.

Hillyer McKeown LLP

Hillyer McKeown LLP advises SMEs and high-net-worth individuals from a wide range of sectors on employment law matters, routinely collaborating with the wider firm's other departments on employment-related instructions. The team is headed by Justine Watkinson, an experienced litigator who handles sensitive board director disputes, exit strategies, as well as employment status, restrictive covenant, and TUPE matters.

Practice head(s):

Justine Watkinson

Other key lawyers:

Lindsey Kidd

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge, compassion and attention to detail. This is a firm that is at the very top of their game.’ 

‘Lindsey Kidd and Angharad Williams are two of the best solicitors I have ever dealt with. Truly exceptional with the most balanced advice and technical knowledge you could hope for.’ 

‘Very forward-thinking practice.’ 

‘A high degree of technical capability with a down to earth approach. Always trying to offer outside of the norm advice.’ 

‘They are like an extension of our business. They are always responsive to our needs and genuinely care about the results. They will always make time for us even if they have other clients and a busy schedule. They care.’ 

‘Justine Wilkinson is always available and she cares about your business and is extremely approachable. Her team is excellent.’

PwC LLP

An 'emerging force in employment law', the growing employment team at PwC LLP is noted for its advice on holiday pay compliance, national minimum wage, and gender and equal pay issues. The department, which is led by director Laura Nadel, has a track record of advising clients in the retail and hospitality sectors. Jo Payne is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Laura Nadel

Other key lawyers:

Jo Payne; James Buckley

Testimonials

‘PwC is an emerging force in employment law, expanding beyond its core business of corporate advisory and business consultancy work and providing a full suite of legal services directly to clients.’ 

‘Laura Nadel is highly intelligent and inquiring. She likes to test each argument from multiple angles to ensure they withstand scrutiny. Very client-focused.’ 

‘Because of PwC’s role in the financial world and as trusted advisers in all things tax-related, it makes it uniquely positioned to provide support in employment status/tax status cases/claims.’ 

‘Grounded, approachable and pragmatic – they go straight to the heart of complex legal matters and explain them in a way which is user friendly and easy to work with.’ 

‘The practice is able to operate with the other parts of PwC to provide an integrated legal service which means they can meet all the client needs with a multidisciplinary team.’ 

Key clients

Rico Logistics Limited

Moto Hospitality Limited

City & Guilds of London

The Official Receiver

Work highlights

  • Supporting Moto Hospitality Limited on the full range of employment law issues, including employment aspects of transactions, day to day people issues, defending employment tribunal litigation, and compliance issues.
  • Leading the HR work stream, alongside colleagues from Business Recovery Services and on behalf of the Official Receiver, on the Carillion liquidation.
  • Advises Rico Logistics Limited on a wide range of employment matters, including defending Tribunal litigation.

Shoosmiths LLP

The team at Shoosmiths LLP is now led by Emma Morgan, who joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP in 2019, bolstering the firm’s business immigration capabilities and client roster. Securing new clients every year, the department most frequently works with businesses in the financial services, retail, leisure and construction sectors.

Practice head(s):

Emma Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Amy Anderson; Simon Fennell

Testimonials

‘Simon Fennell is very knowledgeable across employment law matters and has also grasped a good understanding of our business. He is responsive and provides a definitive view. He has been a great lawyer to partner with on a number of UK employment law matters.’ 

Key clients

Costco Wholesale UK Limited

WeWork International Limited

International logistic provider

CityFibre Holdings Limited

Renaker Build Limited

Placefirst Limited

Taphandles LLC

BGL Group Limited Y

Xyfil Limited

Crown Golf Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Costco Wholesale UK Limited in relation to all of the business’ employment tribunal claims, successfully defending all claims which went to hearing over a 12-month period.
  • Defending an international logistics provider in 24 employment tribunal claims.
  • Advise the legal and HR team at CityFibre Holdings Limited on employment law needs ranging from settlement agreements, TUPE transfers, contractual disputes to managing employment tribunal litigation.

Slater Heelis

Led by Tracey Guest, Slater Heelis LLP's team has considerable experience dealing with employment matters in the education sector, assisting schools, universities, and teachers. The team also specialises in the healthcare sector, acting for GP surgeries, dental surgeries and pharmacies. Matters relating to collective redundancies, TUPE, and employment tribunals are core areas of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Guest

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Calderwood; Samantha Tanney

Testimonials

‘Slater Heelis provide responsive, practical advice. They make sure they understand your business and then that you understand what is needed in sound, commercial terms.’ 

‘Sarah Calderwood is very approachable and always responsive. I have appreciated Sarah’s common sense, practical approach.’ 

‘The team works cohesively together and if a question is out of ones range, we receive help and information from another who is more knowledgeable on the subject.’ 

‘I have dealt with many other people at the practice but lately, I have been more involved with employment matters and have been dealing with Tracey Guest along with her team have provided excellent, prompt and factual advice and answers to the many twists and turns within employment law.’ 

‘Friendly and approachable staff with excellent and up-to-date technical knowledge.’

Key clients

Blueberry Therapeutics Limited

Matrix Telematics Limited

The Seashell Trust

Eastwood and Creswell Dental Surgeries Limited

Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery Limited

PJ Livesey Holdings Limited

Elle R Leisure Limited

Scapa Group Plc

Bruntwood Limited

One Marketing Communications Ltd

Baines Wilson LLP

On the contentious side of its practice, the Joanne Holborn-led team at Baines Wilson LLP advises on senior executive dismissals, settlement agreements, Employment Tribunal matters, redundancies and TUPE issues. It also has non-contentious expertise, providing day-to-day HR advice and support on the employment aspects of M&A deals.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Holborn

Other key lawyers:

Tom Scaife; Caroline Rayner

Testimonials

‘The team at Baines Wilson are fantastic. They are extremely approachable, down to earth and accommodating.’  

‘Joanne Holborn is brilliant we have a great working relationship. She takes a real interest in our business which has allowed us to deal with some difficult situations. We rely on her pragmatic approach and excellent advice.’

‘Baines Wilson is very good at providing appropriate information, advice and guidance when communicating employment law matters to us. This, in turn, has a positive influence on how we as an organisation respond to our employees.’ 

‘Joanne Holborn is a particular standout as one of the partners for the company. She is extremely knowledgeable and helpful, regularly providing helpful insight and guidance, often at quite short notice.’ 

‘We primarily dealt with Tom Scaife and his fast, efficient and personable service was outstanding. He was very quick to reply and dealt with queries and pleas for help in a suitably speedy timeframe.’ 

Clarke Willmott LLP

Emma Hamnett heads the practice at Clarke Willmott LLP, which is best known for advising medium-sized employers on contentious matters, including injunctions, employment litigation in the High Court, and employment tribunals. It has particular expertise in the education and sports sectors. Senior executive disputes are an area of growth for the practice.

Practice head(s):

Emma Hamnett

Testimonials

‘Very strong. First-rate. Achieves exceptional outcomes for the clients. Would highly recommend.’ 

‘Emma Hamnett is an excellent lawyer who is hands-on and really cares about her clients.’ 

Key clients

Panmure Gordon & Co

In Touch Games Limited

Bauer Radio Limited

Talent International UK Limited

Abt Associates Ltd

Integral Medical Holdings Limited

Metka EGN Limited

Ruskin Properties Limited

NVC Lighting Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Panmure Gordon on a team move of eight employees from a competitor whilst simultaneously making the existing team of investment bankers redundant.
  • Advising Talent International UK Limited on potential breaches of restrictive covenants and injunctive action.
  • Assisting Integral Medical Holdings, a national network of primary care sites, with Employment Tribunal claims including unfair dismissal and whistleblowing.

Gorvins Solicitors

David Walton’s team at Gorvins Solicitors specialises in advising on redundancy and bulk settlement agreements, Employment Tribunal cases, and disciplinary and grievance cases. It has also a strong local track record in the area of family rights, managing complex pregnancy and gender-related discrimination issues, as well as assisting organisations managing cancer issues in the workplace. Danielle Ayres was recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

David Walton

Other key lawyers:

Danielle Ayres

Testimonials

‘Gorvins are proactive in their approach, and we receive immediate advice, something we find invaluable in these ever-changing and challenging times. Other legal firms have not been able to provide us with this level of expertise and service.’ 

‘David Walton has become a valued extension of our business advice network. David literally does go the extra mile to support our company when needed with his professional, pragmatic and trusted advice. David is particularly insightful and the joy of working with him is that he understands the ‘real’ world!’ 

KBL Solicitors LLP

KBL Solicitors LLP’s employment team is headed by Sarah Collier, a 'diligent, well-prepared' lawyer who advises local businesses, SMEs and senior executives on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Sexual harassment, discrimination, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, restrictive covenants and TUPE matters are areas of expertise. The team provides support on corporate transactions and also represents clients in employment tribunals.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Collier

Testimonials

‘Sarah Collier is a diligent, well-prepared practitioner who offers pragmatic and reasoned advice and has an excellent rapport with clients.’ 

‘Respond to any queries, no matter how insignificant, in a way that makes you feel you are their most important client.’

‘I find it very easy to explain situations to Sarah Collier. I always get an answer to my questions. She always makes sure I understand any options available to resolve a situation. Any other solicitor I have had contact with at KBL has always been excellent.’ 

Linder Myers

The employment practice at Linder Myers, led by Alan Lewis, primarily assists SMEs, with particular expertise in the medical and legal sectors. Lewis advises on restrictive covenants, redundancy, transfer of undertakings, unfair dismissal as well as sex, race and disability discrimination. The department operates one of the largest employment law advice schemes for SMEs in the region, Employ-line, allowing clients access to documents and legal information through its portal.

Practice head(s):

Alan Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Alvey

Testimonials

‘I have found Alan Lewis to be extremely thorough in all my dealings with him, and I know that because of this, all my contracts of employment are watertight. I have had problems with staff in the past and Alan has scrupulously prepared me for formal disciplinary hearings which have avoided the employees concerned taking matters further to an Employment Tribunal.’ 

‘Very able technical lawyers who research thoroughly the necessary law to ensure that the advice is up to date and accurate.’ 

‘Alan Lewis and Joanne Alvey are really competent lawyers who care deeply about they are doing.’

‘I have used Linder Myers a number of times for employment and property work and have never been disappointed.’ 

Martin & Co

Martin & Co's employment team has a strong track record in the education sector, acting for further education colleges, academies and private schools. Led by the 'very knowledgeable and experienced'  John Martin, the department also has experience handling executive termination work and complex discrimination matters, with a presence in the IT sector.

Practice head(s):

John Martin

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Ainscough

Testimonials

‘John Martin and his team are very approachable and quick to respond to any employment law query. They provide clear advice which is easy to understand and put into practice.’

‘John Martin is very knowledgeable and experienced. Advice imparted is clear and concise. He quickly grasps the issues to provide clear guidance on the best approach to take with any employment matter.’ 

‘The team at Martin & Co are very knowledgeable and provide the right inputs and advice. They are able to advise in a simple manner to ensure that the situation is well understood.’

‘The solicitors at Martin & Co are very responsive and make themselves available at times of need. They have a good knowledge of our employment practices and have knowledge sharing internally which helps either of them to pick it up in the absence of the other.’ 

‘John and his team have a good understanding of the issues the sector faces and this ensures all advice is tailored and relevant. The team respond to queries very quickly and are very customer-focused. We have received an excellent service from Martin and Co for many years now.’ 

‘John is a very knowledgeable and experienced lawyer who consistently provides sensible and pragmatic advice to me and managers within the College. John takes time to understand the issue and to provide reliable advice.’ 

‘John Martin is an experienced and expert employment lawyer. John has a very personable style; he has an eye for detail and the ability to quickly identify the key issues and assess risk. His advice is always clear, concise and balanced which generates great confidence in others. His calmness and professionalism are very reassuring.’ 

‘John Martin has a great understanding of our business and always provides a solution to the issue.’ 

Key clients

St Bede’s College

Keolis Amey Metrolink

David Lewis Centre

Oldham College

Acuma No

Freestart Plc

Heyrod Construction

Manchester Health Academy

Novosco

Eurowrap

Opus

Work highlights

  • Defended Keolis Amey Metrolink against three complex Employment Tribunal Claims.
  • Advised Keolis Amey Metrolink on industrial relations issues and possible strike action.
  • Defended Oldham College against a claim for discrimination in the Employment Tribunal.

MLP Law LLP

After the departure of practice head Karen Bexley in 2019, Gareth Matthews was promoted to head of department at MLP Law LLP, which acts for large international corporations, SMEs and high-level executives in the North West, handling both contentious and non-contentious employment issues. It primarily advises clients in the hospitality, retail, construction, and chemical manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Matthews

Backhouse Jones

Led by Clitheroe-based Steven Meyerhoff, Backhouse Jones' team specialises in advising clients in the transport sector, including road haulage operators and logistics businesses, bus operators, coach operators, and trade associations. The team has particular expertise in unfair dismissal, bullying, harassment and victimisation matters, as well as worker status issues, restrictive covenants and industrial action.

Practice head(s):

Steven Meyerhoff

Other key lawyers:

James Lomax; Laura Smith

Key clients

Road Haulage Association Limited

Rotala plc

Abellio UK

British Association of Removers Limited

Warrington Borough Transport Limited

Stagecoach Group plc

McCarthy Haulage Limited

Work highlights

  • Helped devise the Road Haulage Association’s legal services subscription scheme, which allows the organisation’s members to take full control of their legal budget.
  • Sole law firm engaged to design and deliver a nationwide programme of roadshows, webinars and a supporting helpline which was launched by the Road Haulage Association to prepare haulage companies for a no-deal Brexit.

DTM Legal LLP

Headed by 'extremely diligent' senior associate Tom Evans, DTM Legal LLP’s employment practice handles both non-contentious and contentious employment matters, with particular expertise in restructurings, redundancies, and the employment aspects of commercial transactions. Evans specialises in complex Employment Tribunal matters and high-value shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

Tom Evans

Other key lawyers:

Alison Brennan; Duncan McAllister

Testimonials

‘DTM has given us good quality advice always. Documents that they send over for use are always accurate and individually tailored for our business. Billing is prompt and clear.’ 

‘Tom Evans is very good at communicating; he also runs breakfast meeting for HR professionals which is a great way to stay abreast of employment law changes, but also about being introduced to ideas that are not currently impacting our business but forms good knowledge for future use.’ 

‘The practice is knowledgeable about the business and therefore their advice, when sought, is prompt and efficient.’ 

‘Tom Evans is extremely diligent, quick to respond and thorough and precise with his advice.’ 

‘DTM’s employment department has dealt with a couple of matters on our behalf. They have dealt with all matters efficiently, providing clear advice on employment law, whilst also understanding the commercial aspects of suggested actions.

‘Tom Evans is knowledgeable and approachable – an absolute asset to the business.’ 

Key clients

Moneypenny

CSA Group Testing UK Limited

Ellison Europe Limited

Cygnet Texkimp Limited

Proximo Holdings Limited

Atlas Copco IAS UK Limited

Calder Industrial Materials Limited

Quality Freight Limited

Rotex Europe Limited

Mando Group Limited

Zachery Daniels Limited

Andrew Collinge Holdings Limited

Surgitrac Instruments Group Limited

Angel Solutions Limited

Building Careers (UK) Limited

United Air Power Limited

Esterform Packaging Limited

O’Connors Legal Services Limited

Thornton Hall Hotel Limited

Zebra A/S

Huxley Johnston Limited

Aretec Solutions

I Data Limited

Connah`s Quay Primary Care Resource Centre Management Company Limited

Typhoo Tea Limited

Village Bakery (Coedpoeth) Limited

Eaton Golf Club

Parkin S Booth & Co

Swishfund Limited

27 Stars Limited

QD Services Ltd

Yimba Limited

Phoenix Liability Services Limited

CVR Global LLP

Holiday Gems Limited

Evoke Creative Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended an Employment Tribunal claim brought against Thornton Hall Hotel Limited by a former employee with potential high value unfair dismissal, holiday and arrears of pay claims.
  • Provided employment support to corporate colleagues on the sale of Quality Freight (UK) Limited to Peel Ports Group. Advising senior management on terms of service agreements.
  • Advised Phoenix Liability Services Limited’s board on the commercial terms and employment law (TUPE) aspects of taking over the large-scale handling of insurance files on behalf of Aspen Insurance UK Services Limited.

Ellis Whittam Ltd

'Highly specialised employer-focused firm' Ellis Whittam Ltd is particularly active in complex litigation, trade union issues and TUPE. Jane Hallas and Angela Carter are the two key members of the team, which advises an assortment of large, medium and small businesses, predominantly those in the retail, manufacturing, hospitality, professional services and education sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Jane Hallas; Angela Carter

Testimonials

‘The firm really wants to understand our business so that they can give the best possible advice.’ 

‘This is an extremely responsive and cohesive team that provides excellent instructions and deals with problems head-on in a no-nonsense manner. They are very client focused and that means they are assiduous and conscientious in everything they do.’ 

‘Ellis Whittam’s team have focused on building strong relationships with us, to really understand our business and what is important to us. They listen, provide pragmatic advice to help us resolve sometimes complex situations. Response times are always quick.’ 

‘They are a highly specialised employer-focused firm. They are very knowledgeable, with a wide range of client-focused services and varied opportunities for delivery to the client.’ 

‘The team are highly responsive, insightful in their advice comprehending the commercial pragmatism – which needs to be fundamental to our considered view and any resulting actions.’ 

‘Jane Hallas is an exemplary lawyer – but one who is level headed, down to earth and eminently sensible in the experienced advice and support she consistently provides.’ 

‘Ellis Whittam uses qualified and very experienced employment lawyers to deal with HR advice. They support is through the whole process from initial advice on a matter to drafting letters and advising throughout a process. They are very good at understanding the issues and also understand us as an organisation and the way we tend to approach things.’ 

Key clients

Manchester Grammar School

Royal Hospital Chelsea

The Works Stores Ltd

Rowan Foods

Cogent Breeding

Air France

Archdiocese of Liverpool

Brasenose College

Sureserve

National Hairdressers Federation

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Manchester Grammar School before both the Employment and Employment Appeal Tribunal in a case which considered general points of law in respect of both the scope of internal investigations and the disclosure of evidence in disciplinary proceedings.
  • Advised a leading food manufacturer on the de-recognition of a trade union and the subsequent statutory recognition procedure which led to a more limited recognition agreement.
  • Advising a leading independent school on its acquisition of a sixth form college including advice on TUPE, due diligence, the election of representatives, the provision of information and consultation over proposed measures regarding post-transfer restructuring.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP is particularly active on the employment aspects of commercial deals for employers and shareholders, including disposals, acquisitions, management buyouts and reorganisations. The team, led by Charlotte Rees-John, also advises high-net-worth individuals in settlement agreements and negotiating high-value exits. Food and drink, hospitality, and the leisure sectors are key areas of strength.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Rees-John

Other key lawyers:

Tahera Khan; Matt Fraser

Testimonials

‘Direct and personal service, out of hours as required, always available in these difficult times.’ 

‘They are all genuinely interested in our business and being our partners, not just billing hours. Fees are all reasonable and as we have agreed, no unpleasant surprises.’ 

‘The team has a friendly approach and strong commerciality – always supporting our best interests.’ 

Key clients

Aldi Stores Limited

Pure Gym Limited

Colosseum Dental UK Limited

Roadchef Limited

Stockport Borough Council

LMC (The Consortium of Local Medical Committees of Lancashire and Cumbria)

JM Fitness Limited

 

Direct Collection Bailiffs Limited Star Brands Limited

Archibald Bathgate Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Direct Collection Bailiffs Limited on a rehaul of all of its contracts with employees and bailiffs.
  • Advising Star Brands Limited on and facilitating buy-in management buyout in terms of the employment law aspects of the transaction.
  • Advising Panintelligence Limited on the employment law aspects of a £3.5m investment into the client’s company by YFM Equity Partners and Comhar Capital.

Nexus Solicitors Limited

Nexus Solicitors Limited's team primarily assists public sector clients, particularly schools and local authorities. It also advises private entities on board disputes, senior executive terminations, due diligence and TUPE related issues. Director Louise Carr heads the department.

Practice head(s):

Louise Carr

Other key lawyers:

Craig McCracken

Work highlights

  • Provides day to day HR/employment advice to the Sovereign Trust, an expanding multi academy trust with four academies.
  • Advises Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council on employment matters.
  • Represented claimants in a group action in relation to a failure to inform and consult under TUPE against an NHS Trust service provider.