Employment in North West
Addleshaw Goddard's employment team enjoys an excellent reputation in the Manchester market, acting for an array of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies and other significant regional and national employers in the transport, retail, financial services and manufacturing sectors. The department, which is run by Jamie Hamnett and the 'calm and thorough' Malcolm Pike, has significant experience of high-stakes litigation and boardroom and senior level work, including restrictive covenant disputes. Legal director Kate McGough is also recommended.
Jamie Hamnett; Malcolm Pike
Other key lawyers:
Kate McGough; Tessa Harland; Carly Mather; Ed Gregory; Victoria Davies
‘They are organized, manage expectations with regular communication. They are experienced and knowledgeable in their specialism.‘
‘Victoria Davies and Tessa Harland are excellent – very professional and approachable.’
‘Great personal service – highly professional.’
- Acting for SME Wealth Management , northwest based wealth management company, following exits to set up a rival company.
- Acting for Cadent Gas in defending Tribunal Claims brought following the dismissal of two engineers for breach of safety rules, one involving an application for interim relief brought by a Trade Union official at one of its regional sites and allegations of disability discrimination, the other involving whistleblowing allegations.
- Instructed to act for privately owned building infrastructure company Geobear Infrastructure Ltd to help protect its critical business interests, following the departure of one of its senior, customer facing employers to join a competitor, in breach of restrictive covenants in his contract of employment.
- Providing strategic and business critical advice to CCL Label Ltd in connection with a concerted approach by Unite, pressing for formal recognition and collective bargaining rights at one of the client’s sites in West Yorkshire.
- Acted for new client LADBible on the restructure of its business following its acquisition of a former competitor out of administration.
Brabners LLP is adept at handling complex employment tribunal litigation, particularly whistleblowing and discrimination claims. While mainly acting for employers, the team also acts for high-profile and high net worth employees and senior executives, and is further noted for its expertise in the logistics, hospitality, social housing charities, retailers, sports, manufacturing and recruitment sectors. In the non-contentious space, the team advises on the employment aspects of a significant number of corporate deals. Nick Campbell leads the Liverpool office, while Paul Chamberlain is the practice head in Manchester. The firm significantly ramped up its capabilities in mid-2019 with the takeover of 15-strong firm HRC Law LLP, which is led by former Brabners lawyer Simon Whitehead.
Nick Campbell; Christine Hart
Other key lawyers:
Joseph Shelston; Andrew Cross; Lydia Edgar; Kate Venables
‘A excellent all-round team who are very astute to secure the best outcome for their clients.’
‘Joe Shelston always goes the extra mile for his clients.‘
‘Extremely professional and responsive to changing demands.’
‘Kate Venables has proven to be a valuable asset in the past 12 months in supporting employment matters as and when they arise within our business. Along with Joseph Shelston I have confidence that matters are quickly addressed as and when raised.‘
‘The firm’s technology makes the engagement process very easy and client friendly. The team also worked well together and cohesively – nothing fell through the cracks between solicitors, partners and support staff.’
‘Siobhan Howard-Palmer is prepared to go the extra mile to ensure a successful outcome for her clients.’
‘The work that I have done with Siobhan Howard-Palmer has been fantastic, Siobhan gives various options and explains the risk factors with each option and takes the time to fully understand the scenario. I would highly recommend Siobhan and her team to anyone that finds themselves needing HR advice.’
‘Siobhan Howard-Palmer is incredible. She is honest, professional, knowledgeable, tactical and real. She understands that we are more than just a client and are real people with real lives. This is very unusual in my experience from other lawyers I have come across.’
Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited
Typhoo Tea Limited
JD Whetherspoon plc
Peel Ports Ltd
James Hall & Co Ltd
Travelodge Hotels Limited
Liverpool Football Club & Athletic Ground Ltd Liverpool
AXA Insurance UK plc
DHL Supply Chain Ltd
- Advised on the amalgamation of the Torus Group with Liverpool Mutual Homes and dealt with the employment law issues.
- Helped Grady to achieve successful conclusion of a claim representing an employee in pursuit of a claim of vicarious liability against Lloyds Banking Group; a claim arising after the employee was held hostage at knife point by a co-worker.
DAC Beachcroft LLP's impressive client base draws on business across sectors including logistics, retail and leisure. The team is known for handling cross-border employment matters, industrial relations matters as well as HMRC audits relating to national minimum wage issues. Other areas of activity include complex and high profile employment tribunal cases and High Court injunctions, as well as large strategic reorganisations and TUPE matters. Philip Harman and Deborah Hely jointly lead the practice. Nicola Sherry is also recommended.
Philip Harman; Deborah Hely
Other key lawyers:
Richard Kay; Nicola Sherry; Michelle Jenkins; Helen Rowley
‘The team are very commercially driven and nothing is too much trouble – they have great knowledge and apply this to the task in hand in a very commercial and pragmatic way.’
‘Nicola Sherry and Deborah Hely are great assets to the team – they are accessible, practical in approach to a commercial business and provide options when faced with a problem so that a business has chose.’
‘Everyone is very helpful and they always listen to our requirements. Nicola Sherry understands how we function and what our needs are and always gives us advice and information that we find perfect for our business.‘
‘Philip Harman knows our business, is highly commercial, readily available and his counsel cannot be faulted.‘
‘They have been incredibly supportive, requests for support and advice are always met very promptly and they are always able to help no matter what the situation. They are able to help no matter what the query is and we have had a range of challenging issues.‘
‘Michelle Jenkins and Philip Harman have provided invaluable support over the years.‘
2020 Legal Limited
A & S Leisure Group Limited
Abbots Bromley Surgery
Accent Housing Group
Arcadia Group Limited
Balfour Beatty Utilities Limited
Barrington Stroud Limited
Bentley Motors Limited
Broderick Group Limited
Bullhorn International Limited
Care Management Group Limted
Castlefield Partners Limited
Chem-Trend (UK) Limited
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS FT
Chubb Insurance of Europe SE
City of Wolverhampton College
Clatterbridge NHS Trust
Clean Tech UK Limited
Computer Design Systems Ltd
Countess of Chester NHS FT
Cygnet Health Care
Doric Group Limited
Ear to the Ground (UK) Limited
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Emerald Kalama Chemical Limited
Essity UK Limited
Fastflow Group Limited
Fircroft Engineering Limited
Frederic Robinson Limited
Freedom Finance Limited
Fusion Consulting Gmbh
GEA Farm Technologies UK Limited
GEA Mechanical Equipment UK Limited
GEA Mechancial Equipment Retirement Benefit
GH Elias Ltd
Greater Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS FT
Greiner Extrustion Group GmbH
High Peak CVS
Hydes’ Brewery Limited
Internorm Windows UK Ltd
James Halstead plc
J B W Group Limited
J W Suckling Transport Limited
Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust Ltd
Klueber Lubrication GB Ltd
Krenmayr Transport GmbH
LeadX Holdings Limited
Lease Comparison Limited
Lewis Home Retail t/a TJ Hughes
Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust
Liverpool Hope Students’ Union
Liverpool Students’ Union
Manchester Growth Company
Manchester Students’ Union
Middlesex Students’ Union
National Union of Students
NHS Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit
North West Boroughs Partnership NHS FT
Oasis Healthcare t/a Bupa Dental
Optegra UK Limited
Perstorp UK Limited
Pitmans ABC Ltd
Places for People Group Limited
Plastipak UK Ltd
Portlock Hotel Ltd
Preferred Homes Limited
Reclaim Project Limited
Robert Lister Events Limited t/a LIT Productions
Roseland Property Capital Ltd
Royal British Legion
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Mail Group
Salford Van Hire
Soda Software Labs Limited
Spark Therapeutics Ltd
Summer Infant Europe Ltd
Summer Infant Inc
St Gobain Building Distribution
Tameside Hospital NHS FT
Training 2000 Limited
Tyldesbury Rugby Union Football Company Ltd
University Hospitals Central Manchester NHS FT
University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS FT
University of Manchester Students’ Union
University of Salford Students’ Union
University of Sheffield
University of Sunderland Students’ Union
University of Westminster Students’ Union
University of York Students’ Union
Virgin Care Services Ltd
Warmer Energy Services Ltd
Williams Lea Limited
Wirral Community Health NHS Trust
Wood Street Mission
Workforce Software Ltd
Yorkshire Ambulance NHS Trust
- Advised Williams Lea Tag on the transfer of staff in a project involving nine jurisdictions across Europe and in the United Arab Emirates.
- Assisted McDonald’s Restaurants Limited with employment claims and immigration matters as sole employment law adviser to the company.
- Advising DHL Parcel UK on worker status issues, reviewing subcontractor driver terms in the context of a high-profile campaign orchestrated by the GMB.
- Advised British Telecom in relation to a procurement process of a potential customer changing the supplier of its wireless infrastructure.
- Advised Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council in relation to the collapse of Carillion.
Led by Alan Chalmers, DLA Piper UK LLP's caseload is heavily dominated by international work spanning multiple jurisdictions. The team routinely advises prominent local, national and international businesses, while also handling complex and high value Employment Tribunal and High Court cases, particularly relating to discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Other areas of expertise include industrial relations and TUPE issues, both in the private and public sectors. The department operates in sectors such as manufacturing, chemicals and food and drink. Legal directors Helen Hall and Emma Mills are key members of the team, while senior associate George Nicholson is recommended.
‘We have received first class service from Emma Mills and Sam Whittaker. Emma provides a high level of technical expertise and Sam is excellent at the practical engagement required for dealing with matters pragmatically.’
‘Very professional, yet personal in approach.’
‘Long-term relationships enable quality conversations due to an understanding of the organisation and the organisational history – stability within the team has enabled this relationship to grow over a number of years.‘
‘George Nicholson is highly responsive to our matters and provides reliable, thorough advice.‘
‘George Nicholson is unique because he does not overcomplicate and makes clear and concise summaries of options, without too much legal jargon.’
Canon (UK & Europe)
Collaborative Solutions LLC
Compass Minerals Group
Elopak UK Limited
International Hotels Group plc (IHG)
Johnson Matthey plc
Northumbrian Water Group
Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror Group plc)
Sealed Air Limited
The Claims Guys
The Co-operative Bank Limited
Verna Group International
Argo Aviation International Ltd
- Successfully defended the Independent Office for Police Conduct in complex and high value Employment Tribunal litigation concerning race discrimination, harassment, victimisation and whistleblowing claims brought by a high profile former employee.
- Representing AB InBev in defending multiple claims presented by the same claimant for failure to permit time off to carry out Trade Union and Health and Safety duties, unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal.
- Advised Calvin Capital throughout its GDPR readiness project.
- Acting for Argo Aviation International Limited in an application to recover confidential information and secure a springboard injunction against former employees and their new employers.
- Advising NuGeneration Limited on the employment aspects of the solvent wind-down and liquidation of the company.
DWF provides strategic advice to national and international bluechip clients across a range of sectors including retail, education, outsourcing and insurance. The firm's significant national and international reach enables it to effectively handle complex employment work such as significant restructurings, redundancies and large-scale TUPE exercises. The team is also involved in employment disputes in Court of Appeal as well as a number of Employment Appeal Tribunal cases. Joanne Frew took over leadership of the Manchester team on her promotion to partner in February 2019, while Tim Scott leads the practice in Liverpool.
Joanne Frew; Tim Scott
Other key lawyers:
Kirsty Rogers; John Keeble; Jamie Campbell; Nigel Cousin; Jessica Jones; Sinead Donnelly
‘DWF’s industry and sector knowledge is second to none. I am extremely confident in the advice they provide and they’re open to discussion and debate. Their broad geographical reach has been a bonus as we’ve internationalised our business.’
‘With DWF you gain the benefits that you associate with a large legal firm but you also receive a personal tailored service from their partners and teams.’
‘Jon Keeble is fantastic – I have absolute faith in the advice he gives.’
‘Tim Scott is a very experienced lawyer with a wide range of knowledge. He is very balanced and thoughtful.’
‘Joanne Frew is exceptional – available at all times, clear and concise in her advice and explains all angles of the issue to enable the client to assess the decision.’
‘Kirsty Rogers is pragmatic, knowledgeable and always available and she and her team take time to understand our business and the likely challenges we face. She is hugely personable and always keen to get the right result, even when that means a difficult conversation is required. She is very adept at managing key stakeholders in our business and in navigating politics smoothly.’
Finsbury Food Group Plc
Arrow XL / Yodel
Redx Pharma plc
Kier Group Plc
SGS United Kingdom
Newsquest Media Group
Watkin Jones Group
European Wealth Management Limited
- Advised Total Fitness Health Clubs on its investigation into allegations of race discrimination and harassment made by a member of a club branch against a number of other members, as well as against the club itself.
- Advised a multi-site education establishment in a high profile and potentially costly dismissal involving issues of safeguarding, disability discrimination and reputationl risk.
- Representing a healthcare company in a tribunal claim brought by an employee seeking a declaration of terms and conditions following a TUPE transfer.
- Acted for the successful defendant in a Court of Appeal hearing relating to rights of disabled litigants in Employment Tribunal proceedings.
At e3 employment law LLP 'all partners have exceptionally good experience in employment matters' and 'provide high quality, tailored advice'. In Manchester, Nick Jones advises on boardroom disputes, restructurings, severances and restrictive covenant enforcement. Also in Manchester, the 'exceptional' Dan Bickerstaffe is known for his TUPE and international restructuring expertise, while Liverpool-based Simon Ost has significant experience of large-scale change programmes, collective labour issues and trade union disputes. Former Pinsent Masons LLP lawyer Jenny Walker joined the team in mid-2018.
Simon Ost; Dan Bickerstaffe; Nick Jones
Other key lawyers:
Jenny Walker; Kate Catherall
‘The team offers clear and pragmatic advice that allows us to implement the best solutions. We are always given information that allows us to assess the risks of various approaches to the business problems we are facing.’
‘Very reliable and up-to-date advice – particularly strong on TUPE, GDPR and industrial relations.’
‘Simon Ost has a common-sense approach to the operational application of the minefield that is employment law. He has a great skill in explaining employment law and potential risks.’
‘E3 deliver excellent employment law advice in an easily understood format and always after taking account of the commercial nature of the situation. The advice given is tailored to the specific scenario and question.’
‘Professional and also very practical and commercial in their advice and guidance. They take into account the practicalities of applying their guidance and the potential risks associated with it. Because they are small, they don’t carry the overheads of many larger firms and their rates are quite competitive.’
‘Jenny Walker uses clear unambiguous language and is always patient when discussing the way forward on a particular case.’
‘Dan Bickerstaffe is an exceptional lawyer. He responds almost instantly and is highly approachable and incredibly astute.’
‘The team complement each other extremely well, with the right balance of technical expertise, experience and personalities.’
‘Their experience and knowledge is second to none, but the most important factor is their personalities, commitment and willingness to innovate.’
‘Nick Jones is fantastic. His advice is very commercial and very tactically astute. He is very responsive and goes out of his way to make himself available. He is very knowledgeable and is able to accurately predict what his opponent is likely to do.’
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's practice handles both contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, with sector specialisms in education, food retail, aerospace and defence, utilities, chemical and healthcare. The department has seen an uptick in cross-border matters, as well as employment-related immigration advice and maters relating to equal pay and gender and ethnicity pay. Other areas of expertise include worker status, TUPE, class actions, restrictive covenants, trade unions and advocacy in the higher courts. Michael Thompson, who leads the team, has a particular focus on the chemical sector.
Other key lawyers:
Diane Gilhooley; Naeema Choudry; Peter Norbury; Michael Burns; Mark Hammerton; Jane Cotton; Robert Gray
University of Bradford
B&Q plc (Kingfisher)
The Hut Group
Equality Human Rights Commission
- Advising Maplin in the run-up to its administration as well as advising the administrators on the employment aspects of the business post-administration.
- Acting for Cox & Kings on the sale of its Travel Education Division (based in the UK, Germany, France, Austria and Australia) to Midlothian Capital Partners Limited.
- Providing advice to Interserve’s group HR director in implementing the termination of two senior executives.
The employment team at Gateley Plc has particular strengths in the healthcare space, acting for hospital doctors and those in primary care, as well as demonstrable expertise in the retail and sports sectors. The team also supports the firm's corporate department, advising on the employment aspects of major transactions in sectors including hotels, logistics and travel. The experienced Michael Ball heads up the practice, while senior associate Emma Butterworth is also recommended. Avril England was promoted to partner in May 2018.
Other key lawyers:
Stephen Hills; Chris Thompson; Avril Englans; Rizwana Ishaq; Lorna Harris; Heather Aust; Emma Butterworth; Elizabeth Ebrahimi
British Medical Association
Manchester City Football Club
Casual Dining Group
Swinton Group Limited
Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club
Lancaster City Council
Bilfinger Industrial Services (UK) Limited
- Represented a consultant urological surgeon who claimed constructive dismissal from an NHS Trust based on whistleblowing and unlawful deduction from wages and was awarded £102,000.
Led by employment, education and pensions head Jeff Middleton, Hill Dickinson LLP's employment team enjoys an excellent reputation in key sectors such as health, where the team is very active for the NHS, advising on discrimination and whistleblowing cases as well as injunctions. Another major focus is the education space, where the firm advises on all aspects of employment, including collective agreements for teachers as well as support staff. Investigations is an emerging area of activity, with the practice conducting independent disciplinary and grievance investigations for in-house legal and HR teams. Gareth Roberts joined from Turner Parkinson LLP in July 2018, while Bernadette Worthington is a new arrival from Weightmans LLP.
Other key lawyers:
David Perry; Kerstie Skeaping; Luke Green; Michael Wright; Philip Farrar; Caroline Prosser; Suzane Nulty
Britvic Soft Drinks
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Health Education England
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
dNata Travel (part of Emirates Group)
Agility Chemical Logistics
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
City of Liverpool College
Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust
G2 Speech UK
FRP Advisory LLP
Ramsay UK Healthcare Group
Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership
- Successfully represented Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as respondent in employment litigation proceedings for constructive unfair dismissal, from Tribunal to Supreme Court.
- Instructed by the Institute of Directors to conduct an independent investigation into allegations against its chair, Lady Barbara Judge, including claims of racism, bullying and harassment.
- Advising Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership on a new protocol for local authorities and NHS organisations in the Greater Manchester area to voluntarily recognise continuous service.
- Represented NHS England in relation to its restructure and alignment with NHS Improvement and restructure of its workforce across the country.
- Appointed legal advisers to Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in relation to its acquisition of Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
Squire Patton Boggs
Squire Patton Boggs advises on the full gambit of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, from complex Employment Tribunal claims involving whistleblowing and discrimination, to large scale restructuring projects and day-to-day employment issues. The team is well-regarded for its involvement in significant strategic change projects and cross-border TUPE matters. The firm's clientele encompasses global and regional companies as well as financial institutions, across sectors including retail, recruitment, manufacturing, life sciences, energy and natural resources. Experienced litigator Alison Treliving leads the department.
Other key lawyers:
Bryn Doyle; James Pike
Savers Health & Beauty Limited
The Perfume Shop
Mamas & Papas
Think Money Group
Tom James International
Mark Leach leads the Manchester employment team at Weightmans LLP, while associate solicitor Lee Rogers leads the team in Liverpool, advising clients across the education, healthcare, police and logistics and distribution sectors. The team also provides support to the firm's corporate department, handling TUPE matters and other employment aspects of transactions. Bernadette Worthington left for Hill Dickinson LLP in September 2018, but the team has been bolstered by a number of hires from firms including Clyde & Co LLP, Jackson Lees Group and EAD Solicitors LLP.
Mark Leach; Lee Rogers
Other key lawyers:
Mark Hatfield; Emlyn Williams; Phil Allen; Steve Peacock; Ian Pace
The Ombudsman Services Limited
National Museums Liverpool
Forum of Private Business Limited
Equality & Human Rights Commission
White Stuff Limited
Griffiths & Armour
Greater Manchester Art Centre Limited
Royal Mail Group
Manchester Metropolitan University
- Serving as sole legal provider to Champion Consultants on IR35 matters.
- Advised the Office for Nuclear Regulation HR directorate on a project to review and implement new whistleblowing policies and deliver training.
- Successfully advised Swissport in respect of discrimination claim by an agency worker who had been engaged via an agency.
Helen Watson is the head of employment at Aaron & Partners LLP, which has expertise across across a wide range of sectors, including logistics, education, recruitment, leisure, travel and tourism. Watson is one of only a few employment solicitors in the region with Higher Rights of Audience, and is also a qualified mediator. Areas of work in which the firm is seeing an increasing amount of instructions include atypical contracts and zero hours contracts, as well as contracts for media and sports professionals. The team also routinely conducts high level investigations, including compliance and risk audits.
Other key lawyers:
Claire Brook; Steven Davies
‘The team is easily accessible and works hard to get to know their clients. Relationships are built and maintained over many years.’
‘I have worked with Helen Watson and Claire Brook, both of whom are very approachable, offer sound advice and often more importantly, will discuss issues from all angles and offer a number of options with the relevant potential consequences outlined.’
‘The service we receive from Aaron & Partners is personalised. Nothing is too much trouble.’
‘Helen Watson has impressed me significantly with the speed with which she can process information and turn this into advice. She has an amazing ability to de-escalate a concern you may have and will simply produce a simple plan with the appropriate reassurance that you need to take this forward. Helen shows empathy as needed but is also able to be fully objective and take some of the complexities and emotional stress out of significant HR issues.’
Connah’s Quay Nomads FC Limited
Sovini Limited (One Vision Housing Trust)
Boots Hearingcare Limited
North of England Zoological Society (Chester Zoo)
Zip World Limited
Christleton Learning Trust
Analysis Legal LLP
Specialist employment law firm Analysis Legal LLP works across all industry sectors, with particular strengths in manufacturing and education. Under the joint chairmanship of the 'straight talking, smart and intuitive' Anna Lees and the 'meticulous and affable' Andrea Paxton, the firm - which was founded in 2015 - acts for a wide range of small and medium sized businesses, as well as larger corporate clients defending complex Employment Tribunal claims. Other key areas of expertise include restrictive covenants, TUPE issues and senior executive exits. Karen Fletcher is also recommended.
Anna Lees; Andrea Paxton
Other key lawyers:
Karen Fletcher; Catherine Parkinson; Sheila Shaw; Fiona Jeffers; Fiona Miller
‘An excellent boutique employment law firm which is solely focused on employment law and related disputes. They are incredibly responsive and are vastly experienced across the entire spectrum of employment law. A very friendly and accessible firm who care about their clients. One of the pre-eminent employment firms in the North West.‘
‘Anna Lees is an excellent employment lawyer who is diligent, technically excellent and utterly committed to her clients.’
‘Andrea Paxton is very approachable and friendly and is always willing to develop long-lasting relationships. She is very hard working and ensures that all aspects of a case are considered.’
‘Anna Lees is an excellent lawyer and has excellent rapport with clients.‘
‘Extremely high quality legal advice and a very professional service but at a fraction of the cost of other legal firms.‘
‘Catherine Parkinson is professional, dedicated and supportive – I would not hesitate to recommend her services to anyone.‘
‘Catherine Parkinson and Sheila Shaw both stand out as impressive partners. It goes without saying their technical knowledge is excellent but it is the manner in which they share that knowledge and never shy away from giving clear, pragmatic advice on next steps that sets them apart. Regardless of how complex the issue, both are warm in their communication style and supportive in making sure you have a solid understanding of the issue.‘
‘Karen Fletcher is always swift to respond to requests for advice, and has an approach that is both helpful and pragmatic. She is always very pleasant to deal with.‘
‘The team is really well organised, dedicated, and very conscientious.’
‘Andrea Paxton is excellent, she has brilliant client care, and gets great results.‘
‘Anna Lees is extremely helpful. Her knowledge and experience is excellent and she is always on the end of the telephone when we need some advice.’
‘Anna Lees is a standout individual. She is a straight talking, smart and intuitive lawyer.‘
‘High quality and precise advice along with a friendly, supportive attitude makes this practice unique..‘
‘Andrea Paxton is learned, meticulous and affable. She always follows things through in terms of resourcing and has provided us will invaluable advice when it comes to employment law.‘
Co-operative Group Limited
Lancashire Eccles Cakes
Delta V Limited and FireStart Sports (formerly Georgia Golf)
Ginger Recruitment Services Limited
M2 Digital Limited
Courtyard Care Plus Limited
Withington Girls’ School
Livin Housing Limited
Cheshire International Removals
Stoke City Council
Young Learners UK
Waterside Hotel and Galleon Leisure Ltd
Ferranti Technologies Limited
UK Bond Network Ltd
Links Projects Limited
Advantis Credit Ltd
Money Expert Ltd
Cleveland & Co
Hawarden Post Office
Gee Group Ltd
Alpla UK Limited
Incommunities Group Limited
Waterfields (Leigh) Limited
Cruden Group Limited
Liz Cotton leads JMW Solicitors LLP's Manchester employment department, which has particular expertise in the recruitment and retail spheres, while also advising a range of clients across the hospitality, automotive, pharma, manufacturing, education and charities sectors. The team also covers NHS and local authority work, while particular areas of expertise include advising on large scale redundancies and reorganisations, TUPE matters, restrictive covenants and whistleblowing claims. Sarah Evans - 'a real safe pair of hands for any client' - joined from Slater and Gordon as partner in January 2018, while Jennifer Smith was promoted to partner in May 2018.
‘Sarah Evans stands out head and shoulders as an expert employment litigator. You do not want to be on the other side in any dispute she is engaged in. She is a team player and fiercely committed to her client base. She has a reputation for giving solid, commercial, practical advice. A real safe pair of hands for any client. Whenever I am asked to refer a client to a solicitor she is my first port of call. Sarah is exceptionally bright, personable and highly creative in deploying legal arguments.’
‘They are incredibly pragmatic about their advice it is most reassuring that you not only get the best legal advice but it is also commercially sensitive to ensure we get the best result all round.’
‘Ian Tranter is excellent in the confidence he gives our business to make decisions.’
‘JMW is a bright, ambitious, forward thinking law firm with great leadership. The reputation that they have earned is fully deserved and all of the senior staff that they have working for them are real experts in their chosen fields.’
‘Jennifer Smith always delivers prompt, practical, accurate and reliable advice that we can rely upon. Her commitment and enthusiasm to us as clients is second to none. She is always willing to go that extra mile for us whether that be in the service that she delivers or the times she makes herself available for us. She is a real asset to JMW.‘
‘JMW are exceptionally professional and provide comprehensive solutions. Their advice is thorough and clear with fantastic client communication.‘
‘Simon Bloch is a pleasure to work with. I cannot recommend him highly enough. His communication skills and knowledge of employment law within our sector stands out.‘
T J Morris Limited trading as Home Bargains
British Parking Association
LWC Drinks Limited
In Touch Networks
Cantel UK Limited
Douglas Scott Legal Recruitment Group
Jordan Fishwick Group
Gong Cha England Limited
- Acting for a claimant in a multi-respondent matter involving a national governing body for a Team GB Olympic sport.
- Acting on behalf of a director of corporate services in a county council.
- Advised start-up company Gong Cha England on the employment and immigration issues of starting up a business in the UK.
- Successfully defended Ginger Recruitment in a complex disability discrimination claim.
Kuit Steinart Levy LLP has strength in a wide range of employment issues, including complex tribunal litigation concerning whistleblowing and discrimination, senior executive terminations and restrictive covenants. In addition to advising large companies on restructurings and redundancies, the team also provides corporate support on matters such as TUPE. The team is developing expertise in the sports sector, advising international sports players and staff at senior level. Other sector specialisms include family businesses and leisure, as well as hospitality. Kevin McKenna - who 'has an incisive intelligence and a real instinct for what matters' - leads the team, while Sally Bird is also a key team member. 'Effective communicator' Mark McKeating also comes recommended.
‘Kevin McKenna has an incisive intelligence with a real instinct for what matters in a case – and beyond.
‘Kevin McKenna is a problem solver, not a problem describer. He clearly leads the team. We as clients are content to go to battle led by him.’
‘The team has strength in depth and their advice is pragmatic and jargon-free.‘
‘Kevin McKenna is commercially minded with a wealth of experience – he gets to the point and provides practical no-nonsense advice. He is always available and a real team player.’
‘Mark McKeating is a team player and great lawyer; his client service is excellent.‘
‘Great service delivery, very approachable and responsive‘
‘Sally Bird is brilliant – she offers good practical advice.‘
‘The team offer such a personal approach to each case. You really do feel like a valued client and that nothing is too much for them. The team take the time to really understand the case and the development of the business to ensure they are advising accurately. Other firms just do not take time to put in the time and effort like Kuits do. you really feel like they are a part of your team and that you re a part of theirs.‘
‘Kevin McKenna in an exceptional partner. He is dedicated to our business and will do all he can do help and support. His team follow in a similar vein too and always make your questions feel welcome. They are an exceptional credit to Kuits.‘
Maersk Line UK
Harnbury Holdings Limited (trading as San Carlo restaurants)
Crown Oil Limited
Salford City Football Club
The 'commercially savvy' Joanne Evans leads Myerson Solicitors LLP's employment department, which covers all aspects of employment law, including business critical matters such as large-scale redundancies, collective consultations and complex tribunal claims. The team also works with the firm's corporate team, handling employment law aspects of transactions such as TUPE. Charlotte Gilbert is recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Joanne Henderson; Charlotte Gilbert; David Jones
‘A fantastic employment team – highly skilled, very commercial, approachable and fun to work with.’
‘The go-to team for employment advice for individuals in the North of England.‘
‘Joanne Evans is a subject matter expert, tough and reliable but a real pleasure to work with. Very persistent on behalf of a client and takes the time to explain what is important and why. Commercially very savvy.’
‘Joanne Henderson is a great lawyer and a wonderful adviser to have on your side. She has a good sense of humour and is a really dedicated, hard-working commercially minded solicitor.’
‘Efficient and extremely professional. ‘
‘Joanne Evans is quick to grasp the issue and tell me what I need to know and her advice is always professional and to the point.’
‘Very efficient and effective in providing appropriate and timely advice.‘
‘Joanne Henderson provides sound advice – she is professional and pragmatic.’
‘Joanne Evans is very easy to deal with and her advice is clear, concise and constructive.‘
‘David Jones is extremely capable and knowledgeable.’
‘The team at Myerson are adept in understanding the commercial needs of our business and the need for a swift resolution on usually complex issues.’
‘I have dealt with Charlotte Gilbert who has been incredibly professional and responsive to my needs as a client. The level of service I have received from Charlotte in relation to her in-depth knowledge of her specialism but also in regards to customer service has been second to none.‘
‘Jo Evans has built a practice from scratch over the past 10 years. They have strength in depth and can offer quality advice at fee rates which are very competitive.‘
‘Jo Evans is very experienced and client friendly.‘
‘Jo Evans is an expert in employment law with significant experience in all areas of employment law. Under her leadership, the team gives commercial and practical advice to its clients. The team compares very favourably to Manchester city centre employment teams at national law firms.‘
‘Jo Evans stands out amongst the team and she is the person I refer conflicts too. She has the ability to see the wood for the trees, quickly identifying the issues important to her clients and tailoring her advice to suit them. She is also very knowledgeable in the area of employment law, with experience in dealing with partner disputes too, which is useful.‘
Associated Security Solutions
CCP Building Products Limited
European Metal Recycling
Humberside International Airport
MBA Polymers UK
National Nuclear Laboratories
Royal Exchange Theatre
Stax Trade Centres
Styles & Wood Group PLC
Total Systems Services Inc (TSYS)
Trendsetter Home Furnishings
Urban Fresh Foods
Willows Veterinary Group
- Advised on Freshasia Foods Limited v Jing Lu, successfully securing injunctive relief against a former employee of Freshasia.
- Advised Renaker Build Ltd on a breadth of employment and HR issues.
- Successful defence of an Employment Tribunal claim brought by the former managing director of Rosehill FF&E Limited, including shareholding, insolvency and TUPE issues.
- Supporting employment clients with compliance advice in relation to modern slavery and gender pay gap reporting.
Jack Harrington is at the helm of Pannone Corporate LLP's employment department, which advises multinational corporations, large public sector organisations, SMEs and social landlords on the full gambit of employment matters. One of the team's specialisms includes advising on TUPE matters, especially in the context of outsourcing, while the practice is very active in industry sectors including retail, charities and social housing. Other areas of expertise include the provision of HR support for disciplinary and grievance investigations.
Other key lawyers:
Fiona Hamor; Stephen Mutch
‘Personable, professional, responsive and always able to put themselves in your shoes and understand different perspective.’
‘Jack Harrington stands out for his calm, supportive, professional advice through some tricky personnel issues.‘
‘Communication is what sets Pannone Corporate apart. They always keep us updated of progress and communicate in a clear and honest manner.‘
Astonbrook Care Limited
BDR Thermea (Baxi)
Chevron Energy Limited
Rail Gourmet Limited
Select Service Partner UK Limited
SMG Europe Holdings Limited (operators of the Manchester Arena and the Bridgewater Hall)
The Big Life Group
Tradebe Environmental Services Limited
Transport for Greater Manchester
JT International Business Services Ltd
- Handled employment aspects of a transaction which saw Perwyn LLP invest into Percy Bidco Limited on its acquisition of Freshcut Foods Limited.
- Advised a multinational waste management company on a cross-border dispute involving a senior employee based in Oman.
Pinsent Masons LLP's employment team - which is led by Neil Black, who is known for his work for food and drink clients - has expertise in large-scale reorganisations and restructurings, minimum wage enforcement and matters relating to the gender pay gap, industrial relations, TUPE and outsourcing. The team serves local, national and international clients including large bluechip corporates.
Other key lawyers:
Lynette Jacobs; Rob Childe; Leanne Francis;
‘A knowledgeable team, with good practical advice.‘
‘Commercial and pragmatic – the firm understands our business and culture.’
Mondelez International (Cadbury / Kraft)
Morgan Sindall plc
Barratt Developments plc
N Brown plc
- Successfully represented SIG plc in the Court of Appeal in an important reported case.
- Supporting a major UK retailer in respect of a HMRC audit into National Minimum Wage compliance.
- Successful defence of UK Sport in a claim involving discrimination and whistleblowing made against UK Sport and British Cycling.
- Providing advice to Checkatrade in respect of the relocation of their HQ to a new dedicated site.
- Supporting English Institute of Sport on a high-profile Employment Tribunal claim linked to allegations of over-training.
TLT's employment team has grown recently with the arrival of Paula Cole from Squire Patton Boggs, followed by the addition of two other solicitors - Melissa McLoughlin, also from Squire Patton Boggs, and Katie Dyson from Aaron & Partners LLP. The department, under the leadership of Ed Cotton, advises on a range of complex employment issues, including matters relating to equal pay, TUPE, large scale reorganisations, restrictive covenants, whistleblowing, trade union and industrial relations, working with clients across the banking, insurance, financial services, retail, housing, leisure and technology sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Paula Cole; Jessica Foster
Boohoo.com UK Limited
Search Consultancy Ltd
Preston North End Football Club
Classic Lodges Limited
Well Pharmacy (formerly Co-operative Pharmacy)
University of Central Lancashire
Ultimate Products plc
Finning UK & Ireland Limited
Name partner Phil Bramhall is at the helm of Bramhalls Solicitors' employment team, which handles complex, high value matters for large private and public sector clients. Specific sector expertise lies in food and drink, aerospace and defence, education and healthcare. Another area of activity includes industrial relations, where the team regularly advises clients on industrial action and issues including union recognition.
Other key lawyers:
Rehan Pasha; John Hassells
‘The personal service we received from Bramhalls was exceptional from the initial brief through to the delivery of the end product. They took on board the culture of the organisation when engaging with stakeholders which helped ensure that the end product was fit for purpose.‘
‘Phil Bramhall was a pleasure to work with – he was professional, informative and had a flexible approach. He was available when needed and went out of his way to give us the assurance we needed. He worked with integrity and delivered a product fit for the organisation.’
‘Responsive, pragmatic, clear advice. Always accessible and approachable. Great value for money. They all know what they are talking about. We go to Bramhalls when things are complex or high value. A team of senior lawyers doing the best work. They cut through issues and provide sensible solutions.’
‘Phil Bramhall is exceptional lawyer. He understands the issues quickly and always offers sensible and pragmatic solutions. He really does understand our organisation. Rehan Pasha is highly professional and outstanding. John Hassells is excellent.’
‘Bramhalls offer clear advice on complex matters.’
‘John Hassells is always approachable and offers pragmatic solutions to our issues.‘
PD Ports Group
Avdel UK Limited. Part of Stanley Black & Decker
Cheshire College, South and West
Warrington and Vale Royal College
NYNAS UK Ltd
Titan Airways Ltd
Edward Billington Group
The Contact Company
Surface Technology International Ltd
Chester Healthcare ltd t/a Jane Lewis Healthcare
Magellan Aerospace (UK) Ltd
- Successfully defended a high value whistleblowing claim from a senior manager and obtained significant costs.
- Advising one director of national household name plc on their departure from the business and advising another director of the same company in respect of a public boardroom dispute.
The team at Forbes Solicitors is well-versed in advising clients in the commercial, education, public and social housing sectors. National head Jonathan Holden has specific expertise advising educational establishments on the full range of employment law issues. Emma Swan has been appointed as head of commercial employment, while Ruth Rule-Mullen was promoted to head of public sector employment, while the team has further been bolstered by three lawyers from Langleys Solicitors LLP and Napthens LLP.
Jonathan Holden; Emma Swan; Ruth Rule-Mullen
Other key lawyers:
Sal Chowdhury; Laura Cieplak
‘Forbes are very responsive – the team has significant experience and I would not hesitate to recommend them.‘
‘Jonathan Holden is always approachable and responds quickly to our enquiries. His advice has been invaluable through some difficult and complex employment matters. Ruth Rule-Mullen is equally responsive and thorough in her advice.’
J & J Ormerod Plc
Alexander Dennis Limited
Information Commissioner’s Office
GA Pet Food Partners Ltd
Prefix Systems Ltd
Six Town Housing
The Spencer Academy Trust
Fylde Coast Academy Trust
Bright Blue Foods
Ribby Hall Village
Education Partnership Trust
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
South Lakeland District Council
South Lakes Housing
Bolton at Home
West Lancs Borough Council
South Ribble Council
Together Housing Group
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire
Cartrefi Conwy Housing Association
- Providing advice on a TUPE transfer for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire.
- Represented Alexander Dennis Ltd both in advising and then successfully in Tribunal proceedings on a five-day employment tribunal claim brought by an employee for unfair dismissal, race discrimination, whistleblowing and health and safety.
- Advised Wigan Council on a significant tribunal matter, consisting of 53 claimants pursuing claims for unlawful inducements.
- Provided advice to a local authority client in relation to a member of staff who had accumulated a substantial number of absences over a long period of time and was not providing an effective service.
- Advising a charitable trust for sporting activity following allegations of sexual harassment and the inappropriate conduct of an employee.
Alison Loveday leads Kennedys' practice, which provides comprehensive employment law advice with a particular emphasis on advising high net worth individuals, as well as handling contentious matters on behalf of individuals, businesses and the third sector, especially charities and education. On the non-contentious side, the department advises on data protection and GDPR matters related to employment issues . Senior associate Amanda Beaumont joined from Seabury Beaumont.
Other key lawyers:
M&P Engineering Limited
Dmg events (UK) Limited
I Cogent Skills Services
Avara Avlon Pharmaceuticals
- Advise the HR director and team, legal counsel and other board members of JD Sports on complex or high level/high profile employment and commercial issues, including advice regarding a bonus restructure and its implications for the business, particularly in the light of the gender pay gap reporting requirements.
- Advise senior management team of ITC Luxury Travel Group on all their employment issues from drafting contracts to enforcement of restrictive covenants and training.
- Instructed by Carluccio’s Limited prior to and following its Company Voluntary Arrangement.
- Advised Avara Avlon Pharmaceuticalson a range of employment and litigation issues including potential claims for holiday pay, employment status, restructures and redundancies, and compliance issues, including working with the company on a major GDPR project.
- Acting for a well-established engineering business in relation to disciplinary proceedings and Employment Tribunal claims.
Law by Design Limited
Run by founder and managing director Sue Morrison, employment law boutique Law by Design Limited is recognised for its specialist knowledge of the NHS, acting for some of the biggest NHS Trusts in the North West. The firm also has a strong track record of advising schools and charities as well as companies in the logistics, construction and insurance sectors. The team also routinely advises private sector clients on general employment issues relating to transactional matters. Saira Ali was promoted to director during 2018.
Other key lawyers:
James Upton; Rob Coward; Caroline Shafar; Kirsty Macdonald; Saira Ali
‘Sue Morrison and Caroline Shafar have extensive experience of advising health sector clients and in successfully handling litigation at all levels.’
‘Jim Upton advises you as if it were his own business.’
Acropolis Hotels Limited
Addiction Dependency Solutions
AEJ Management Ltd
Apple Aviation Ltd
Broadstock Office Furniture Ltd
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Centre For Education and Finance Management Limited
Cheshire Set Nail Lounge (The)
Complete Demolition Ltd
Dean Trust Wigan
East Cheshire NHS Trust
Great Canadian Railtour Company Limited (operating as Rocky Mountaineer)
Headliner Hotels Limited
Horizon Parking Limited
Hydro Aluminum Deeside Ltd
Inflexion Private Equity
Health Innovation Manchester (hosted by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust)
Herts Valleys CCG
High Peak Theatre Trust
Jackson lees Group Ltd
Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
LB Europe Limited
League of Welldoers
Manchester Fertility Services Limited
National Polytunnels Limited
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – Bury and Rochdale Hospital
Price Slater Gawne
Primary Care 24
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The Bollington Group
The Crosby Perrin Group
Essity Operations Manchester Limited
Styles and Wood Limited
Tiger Retail Ltd
The Countess of Chester
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
Sara Barrett, who leads the Manchester employment team at Mills & Reeve LLP, routinely acts for senior individuals, and is also recognised for her experience in the education sector. The wider practice advises clients across a wide range of sectors such as food and logistics, manufacturing, pharma, professional services and technology, and has recently seen an increase in work in the insurance sector, representing clients at the Employment Tribunal. Principal associate Deborah Coyne, whose 'personal skills are second to none', is recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘Well known for work in the education sector.‘
‘Sara Barrett is a very experienced employed lawyer and offers pragmatic and sensible advice.’
‘The team have a real grasp of the issues modern employers have to deal with. Their combined knowledge and approach is a real breath of fresh air within the legal market.’
‘Sara Barrett is straight talking, explains legal procedures easily to lay people whilst pointing out options that are not unrealistic.’
‘Debbie Coyne has excellent legal knowledge; her personal skills are second to none and always has time to listen, and is willing to point out where we can improve in the future.‘
‘I cannot praise Sara Barratt enough – her professionalism, rigour and empathy are exemplary.’
Befesa Salt Slags Limited
Victrex Manufacturing Limited
Royal Northern College of Music
Manchester Metropolitan university
Sefton Council for Voluntary Service
- Advising and representing Cumbria Logistics Limited in relation to a claim by disgruntled employee in relation to an argument and claim by a former employee that he had been dismissed.
- Advised on insurance-backed tribunal claim brought by a staff member following disciplinary allegations being brought against him.
- Advising Puratos NV on the employment aspects of its acquisition by Fruitapeel.
- Acted for Turley Associates, one of the UK’s largest planning and development consultancies, on the purchase of Beacon Planning.
- Advised Bolton College on the employment aspects of its’merger’ with Bolton University and compliance with the transfer of undertakings legislation.
The SAS Daniels LLP employment team, which is led by Karen Barker has particular strengths in the education sector, representing a range of schools and academies. Former senior partner Jonathan Whittaker, a mainstay of the team, now serves as a consultant and part-time employment judge. 'Approachable and knowledgeable' senior associate Katie Hodson is recommended.
‘The team were very sympathetic and understanding in a very difficult situation. All the people we dealt with were very professional and well informed.‘
‘Katie Hodson’s availability to discuss circumstances and her excellent level of practical advice and interpretation is really helpful. She is very approachable and knowledgeable about the subject, quick to understand the situation circumstances and needs of any particular situation. She has an excellent understanding of the bigger picture and applying this to the circumstances to obtain an optimal but practical outcome.‘
‘The service provided by SAS Daniels – namely Katie Hodson – the best that I have ever experienced. Regardless of the nature of the query, Katie’s experience in providing straightforward advice in a no-nonsense fashion, I find to be second to none.’
The employment department at BLM, which is led by Jim Lister, has diverse expertise across a range of sectors including healthcare, where the team advises some of the largest care home groups - as well as retail, travel, hospitality and technology. The team also acts for most major insurers in relation to employment tribunal claims, regulatory prosecutions and investigations.
Other key lawyers:
Rezidor Hotels Group
Slater and Gordon LLP
Halliwell Jones Group
JLG EMEA B.V.
Black and Decker
Healthcare Management Solutions Group
Bank of England
London International School of Performing Arts
Beaverbrooks the Jewellers Limited
Park Inn Hotels
Harley Medical Group
Led by the highly regarded Kerren Daly, the Browne Jacobson LLP employment team is 'incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and thorough in its approach.' In addition to routinely advising on restructurings and the employment aspects of M&A, the team has also recently seen an uptick in private and public sector work, including instructions relating to boardroom disputes The department is also known for its HR support offering.
Other key lawyers:
‘Kerren Daly has always been outstanding in her commercial approach to resolving issues and supporting the business in a much wider forum than simply employment law. Working at a senior level, she has gravitas, tact and an ability to engage her audience.’
‘Kerren Daly’s leadership and drive makes this a standout legal team. Very personable individual lawyers who are encouraged to bring their own style to each matter, and this makes for a versatile team.’
‘Kerren Daly has passion and commitment for her clients. She is a naturally strategic thinker and will not hesitate to call a spade a spade. We have been in situations where we have lost sight of the bigger picture in employment disputes and she is able to cut through in a very short timespan to identify key issues and propose short and long term solutions.‘
‘The employment team headed by Kerren Daly is extremely responsive and pragmatic. They give very clear advice which is different to other firms we have worked with. They are straight talking and do not hide behind the law or sit on the fence.’
‘Kerren Daly is simply the best employment lawyer I have ever worked with. She is conscientious and very focused on partnership working with her clients. She provides clarity and confidence in managing complex cases and is tuned into the organisational culture.‘
‘Kerren Daly has provided efficient and practical employment law advice on a number of difficult complex cases. I value and admire her direct no nonsense approach. She is incredibly thorough and can succinctly outline risk factors, but also gives a balanced view to provide options to overcome or mitigate these. Kerren balances humour with sound legal advice to develop strategies for dealing with senior complex cases and is often a great sounding board for discussing options or alternative approaches.‘
‘Kerren Daly is outstanding in her responsiveness, her attention to detail and knowledge of laws. She provides conscientious, tailored and pragmatic advice.’
‘Kerren Daly goes well above and beyond to deliver the best outcome’
Imagination Technologies Group
Hull College Group
Nottingham Trent University
Digital UK and Freeview
Burton & South Derbyshire College
- Advising a technology business on the departure of the CEO and at the same time the advising on the terms and conditions of a new CEO.
- Setting up a global network of law firm contracts and instructions to several of those firms throughout the year following Imagination’s delisting on the London Stock Exchange.
- Advising a media business on handling a highly sensitive matter involving an employee who was off work sick and subsequently died.
- Advising a logistics company on day to day employment issues in the UK and overseas subsidiaries following a further restructure of the companies within the group.
- Advising Ego Restaurants on strategic and day to day advice including dismissals, breach of post-termination restrictions, holiday pay, tenancy issues and various employment tribunal claims.
Chambers O'Neill's employment practice advises businesses across a wide range of industry sectors, including manufacturing, logistics, retail, property, healthcare and education. With extensive experience of both contentious and non-contentious work, Andrew O'Neill and Jim Chambers, who jointly run the firm, advise on matters including redundancies, TUPE and the employment aspects of corporate transactions.
Andrew O’Neill; Jim Chambers
‘Chambers O’Neill take considerable time to understand the issues and individuals within our business, always constructively challenging our approach, before providing bespoke tailored advice and solutions which best suit the interests of the company.’
‘Friendly and no-nonsense – the firm provides good value, practical advice and are able to get to the heart of a matter very quickly. They are responsive and flexible too, and really understand our business and culture.’
‘Only a small team of two, but both hugely capable. I value their expertise, personal attention and close involvement in matters, as well as their caring for the outcome, which seems to be lacking in the larger firms. I feel confident they are representing the business to the very best of their abilities and not simply generating fees.’
‘Andrew O’Neill has considerable patience and takes it upon himself to continually coach all levels of management within the business, always asking individuals to carefully consider and question their approach and decision-making.’
‘Andrew O’Neill’s attention to detail is remarkable and he is no longer thought of as an external adviser but considered an integral member of our senior management team and key to the success of the business.’
‘Andrew O’Neill is an extremely valued consultant for our business. He provides sound, practical advice and has a clear understanding of who we are and how we would likely wish to tackle any situation. He has taken the time and effort over the years to build a great relationship with us. A friendly and trusted partner.’
‘Both Andrew O’Neill and Jim Chambers are very approachable and take a common sense approach to seeking the most practical and cost effective outcome for the business. It is this combination of understanding, sound advice, sensible fees and good humour, which makes them a pleasure to work with.’
IDG Holdings Limited
Community Integrated Care (CIC)
A&M Energy Solutions Limited
The Fieldfisher employment department, which is led by David Carmichael and senior associate Alex Watson, has enjoyed a period of recent growth, with client wins in the technology and life science sectors. Carmichael has particular expertise in advising on executive exits, restrictive covenants, whistleblowing claims and reputational matters. Watson, who joined in June 2018 from Brabners LLP, mainly focuses on contentious employment law issues with a particular emphasis in the manufacturing and hospitality sectors. Associate Richard Branson joined from Addleshaw Goddard in December 2018.
Alex Watson; David Carmichael
British Cycling Federation
Royal College of physicians
Stonegate Pub Company
Dods Group PLC
Cedar Group (Broomco (3602) Limited)
- Represented British Cycling in successfully defending the landmark employment status and discrimination claims brought by former Olympian Jessica Varnish.
- Providing ongoing strategic, risk and advisory support to AIM listed company Dods Group and subsidiaries.
- Providing ongoing strategic, risk and advisory support to The Royal College of Physicians.
Hillyer McKeown LLP
Justine Watkinson leads Hillyer McKeown LLP's employment department, which advises both businesses and high net worth individuals on the full suite of employment law matters, routinely linking up with the firm's other departments to provide a seamless service. The team also provides a fixed-fee HR retainer service to clients in areas such as the haulage industry, food and drink and the third sector.
Other key lawyers:
Lindsey Kidd; David Jones
‘A delight to work with. The firm’s knowledge of difficult issues is great.’
- Advised client on a complex disability discrimination matter and provided assistance in achieving a commercially sound settlement, avoiding the need to proceed to a full Employment Tribunal hearing.
- Advised the client on a complex gross misconduct disciplinary matter involving two key staff members, and successfully liaised with the firm’s commercial litigation team on a consultancy dispute to provide an all-around commercially focused service to the client.
PwC LLP's employment head Laura Nadel, who was promoted to director in 2018, has been leading the firm's work on the liquidation of Carillion, one of the biggest and most complex insolvencies of its kind in UK history. The team also advises employers on national minimum wage and holiday pay compliance as well as gender and equal pay issues. The team has seen a number of recent significant changes, with James Buckley and Jo Payne both promoted to senior manager in December 2018 and two new junior lawyers joining from VWV and Hill Dickinson LLP in November 2018.
‘A highly effective employment team.‘
‘Laura Nadel is very gifted as an employment lawyer and is able to build confidence with the client.‘
‘Laura Nadel’s combination of broad commercial experience and first class technical knowledge delivered great advice, that was accessible, relevant and tailored for us.‘
City & Guilds
Moto Hospitality Limited
Rico Logistics Limited
The Official Receiver
- Leading the HR work stream, alongside colleagues from Business Recovery Services and on behalf of the Official Receiver, on the Carillion liquidation.
- Acting as general employment law counsel to Moto Hospitality Limited, dealing with the full spectrum of employment legal matters.
- Representing Rico Logistics Limited in an employment tribunal claim for worker status.
- Advising a leading retailer on a National Minimum Wage compliance review by HMRC.
- Conducted a review of the business of a large manufacturer, taking advantage of the ability to work on a multidisciplinary basis and incorporate advice from PwC employment tax and pensions experts.
Slater Heelis LLP's specialisms in the employment space include matters relating to TUPE and collective redundancies. The team, under the leadership of 'calm, professional and approachable' practice head Tracey Guest, has a strong reputation in the education sector, acting for schools, universities and teachers. On the contentious side, the department routinely acts for clients in the healthcare sector such as GP surgeries, dental surgeries and pharmacies.
Other key lawyers:
Sarah Calderwood; Helen Frankland; Daniel Wise; Lucy Flynn
‘Extremely knowledgeable and professional but also very approachable. They understand issues from an employer’s perspective and give sound, practical advice. Any documentation produced is always of a very high standard – they are well organised and thorough.‘
‘Tracey Guest is calm and professional but also very approachable and easy to get on with. She always responds in a timely fashion and has an excellent eye for detail and gives practical advice. She understands the employer’s perspective as well as the legal issues.‘
‘Tracey Guest really knows her subject area. This in turn gives me 100% confidence when dealing with any of her specialist areas.’
‘Tracey Guest is very professional and provided high quality advice.’
Blueberry Therapeutics Limited
Matrix Telematics Limited
Angela Mortimer Plc
The Seashell Trust
Eastwood and Creswell Dental Surgeries Limited
Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery Limited
P J Livesey Holdings Limited
Elle R Leisure Limited
Kids Allowed Limited
Scapa Group Plc
Baines Wilson LLP
Baines Wilson LLP has a range of specialisms in the employment sphere, including advising on dismissals of senior executives, settlement agreements, Employment Tribunal matters, redundancies and TUPE issues. On the non-contentious side, the team, in addition providing day-to-day HR advice, lends support on M&A deals and advises on data protection issues for employers. Joanne Holborn is the practice head.
Other key lawyers:
Tom Scaife; Caroline Rayner
‘The Baines Wilson employment team is extremely effective – there is a stability to the team that breeds confidence.’
‘A local firm with local businesses’ interests at heart. They are friendly whilst professional.’
‘Joanne Holburn has encyclopaedic knowledge of all aspects of employment law and is also able to problem solve effectively and provide sound, practical advice.
‘Tom Scaife is always there when I need him! Usually on a Friday! Always happens on a Friday!! Even when I don’t know which way to turn, he is composed reassuring and will always be there for me. I know I can count on him, and the team for the best advice. Tom and the team make a huge difference to my working life.’
- Represented the client on a disposal of part of the business, the acquisition of a holiday park and termination of employment of two senior managers.
- Provide day-to-day employment law advice and represented the client in ACAS Early Conciliation negotiations.
- Represented the client in an Employment Tribunal claim brought for sexual harassment. Provide day-to-day employment law advice.
- Represented the client in five separate Employment Tribunal claims, achieving withdrawals or favourable settlements in each concluded claim.
At Clarke Willmott LLP, the team run by the 'bright and tenacious' Emma Hamnett is adept at dealing with business protection matters, injunctions and complex High Court case. The department has recently been very active in advising on the enforcement of restrictive covenants, as well as the defending of breaches, particularly in the financial services and recruitment sectors, acting for medium-sized employers and senior executives.
‘Outstanding quality in depth – clients are realising they can obtain cost-effective solutions with very high quality lawyers.‘
‘Emma Hamnett is bright, tenacious and excellent with clients. Through a mix of her legal knowledge, judgrment and commerciality, she repeatedly gets results – whether by settlement or in court – that other lawyers simply never would. She has a loyal and unsurprising growing following, not just in the North West but also from other regions.‘
Square 1 Products Limited
Independent Port Handling Authority Limited
NVC Lighting Limited
Panmure Gordon & Co
Ruskin Properties Limited
Abt Associates Ltd
Calbee (UK) Limited
- Successfully defended three individual defendants in a High Court Claim for conspiracy which has now been appealed to the Court of Appeal.
- Represented long-standing national client Bauer Radio Limited in a claim in the Glasgow Employment Tribunal for employment status, unpaid holiday, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing brought by a former radio presenter.
- Representing distribution company Fast Despatch Transport Limited in multiple claims across the UK for worker status and unpaid holiday pay and wages.
- Instructed to advise Panmure Gordon and a new senior corporate banker in respect of a dispute with a new recruit whose former employer was alleging that Panmure Gordon had induced a former employee to breach his employment contract.
The Gorvins Solicitors' employment team, led by David Walton, provides comprehensive employment law advice, with specialisms in a number of areas, including work relating to redundancy and bulk settlement agreements, where the firm has recently seen an uptick in instructions. Other areas of expertise include representing employers in Employment Tribunal cases, disciplinary matters and providing employment support on corporate matters. The team is also recognised for its proficiency in relation to family-friendly rights and its assisting businesses and local cancer centres as well as charities with advice to individuals and employers in the management of cancer issues in the workplace.
Other key lawyers:
Danielle Ayres; Amanda Isherwood
‘The service is excellent and the knowledge of the lawyers is exceptional, there is no situation they cannot assist with.‘
‘David Walton provides an excellent, personal service, he is very supportive and makes every effort inside and outside of work hours to resolve any issues.‘
‘There is a close working relationship built with several members of the team via a regular series of regular events called HR Junction. In addition we have built a flexible approach to retained fees balancing costs out over the year. Thanks to this the employment team feels like a department within my own business that I can rely on as requirements come up.‘
‘David Walton provides clarity and take a personal interest in matters that relate to our business even if they are relatively minor or straightforward.‘
At KBL Solicitors LLP, Sarah Collier has taken over leadership of the employment department from Christine Hart, who left to join Brabners LLP in mid-2018. She advises a loyal client base comprising local businesses, SMEs and senior executives, advising on both contentious and non-contentious matters, with specialisms in sexual harassment, discrimination, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, restrictive covenants and TUPE matters. The team also provides support on corporate transactions.
‘They are down to earth and always willing to work alongside you, rather than them just doing what they think is best for their client. They are always welcoming and try to go the extra mile in supporting you as a client.‘
‘I like that they visit the workplace and understand how your business works. They get to know you and the values of the company which helps when dealing with current and future legal issues. They always respond quickly and keep you very informed and up to date on all processes.‘
Folsana Pressed Solutions
Alan Lewis leads Linder Myers' employment team and has substantial experience representing employers in Employment Tribunal and High Court disputes on a wide variety of matters including restrictive covenants, redundancy, transfer of undertakings, unfair dismissal as well as sex, race and disability discrimination. Lee Bronze joined as in-house counsel from Thompsons Solicitors LLP in January 2019.
Other key lawyers:
Family Care Associates Ltd
Name partner John Martin sits at the helm of niche employment law firm Martin & Co, which has a strong footprint in the education sector, acting for colleges and academics, alongside work for a number of clients in the IT sector. Another speciality includes executive termination work, as well as handling complex discrimination matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘The service we have received is second to none and assists us in running our business. The knowledge that we have a safety net in Martin & Co gives us peace of mind, greatly reduces any risk on the business and ensures our policies and procedures are up to date.‘
‘We really value the high quality advice we receive from John Martin and the team. John and Matthew Ainscough have developed a real understanding of our organisation, our values, our challenges and our complexities. They are both experts in employment law and also handle employee case work which gives them a rounded perspective of issues which we value.’
‘John Martin is excellent. He provides very clear advice which allows you to weigh up the risks with any issue, so that balanced decisions can be made on moving employment issues forward. He is very personable. He is also exceptional on tribunal work.’
Keolis Amey Metrolink
David Lewis Centre
Manchester Health Academy
- Defended three complex Employment Tribunal claims for Keolis Amey Metrolink.
- Defended a claim for discrimination in the Employment Tribunal for Oldham College.
- Defended a claim for unfair dismissal and age discrimination against David Lewis Centre in the Employment Tribunal.
- Advised Novosco Limited on two Employment Tribunal claims and numerous TUPE issues.
- Successfully applied for an injunction in the High Court to restrain a former senior employee of Freestart Plc from unfair competition.
Karen Bexley now heads up the employment team at MLP Law LLP, taking over from Daniel Walker following his departure to Knights plc. The team acts for large corporations including global chemical manufacturing companies, SMEs and high level executives in the North West, handling all contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. The team's particular strength lie in the retail, hospitality and chemical manufacturing sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Gareth Matthews; Joanne Alvey
Malmaison and Hotel Du Vin Holdings Limited
Sim Trava Limited t/a Costa Coffee
TB Resorts Operations Limited t/a The Belfry
VUR Village Trading No 1 Limited t/a Village Hotels
Britplas Commercial Limited
The Manchester Crematorium Limited;Pulsar Communications Limited
GKR Karate Admin Services LLP
Rota Engineering Limited
F2R Group Limited
ICX4 LtdJefferies Solicitors Limited
Osborne Delta (Lightning Conductors) Limited
Delta Steeplejacks Limited
Pulsar Communications Limited
Futuresky Limited t/a Cubiq Recruitment
Rota Engineering Limited.
Senior associate Danielle Ingham leads the Shoosmiths LLP employment offering, which has a particular focus on clients in the financial services, retail, leisure and construction sectors. On the contentious side, she handles complex and high value unfair dismissal and discrimination claims, while her non-contentious work includes advising on collective redundancies, reorganisations and TUPE matters.
Costco Wholesale UK Limited
Late Rooms Limited
Superbreak Mini-Holidays Limited
Cityfibre Holdings Limited
Renaker Build Limited
Place First Limited
United Kapital Limited
Babington Business Limited
Stroma Developments Limited
- Advising Costco Wholesale UK Limited on all of its UK employment matters, including employment tribunal claims and business immigration.
- Provide employment law advice to Late Rooms, a leading national online leisure brand, in relation to all matters across its UK business.
- Providing Renaker, a Manchester based construction developer, with advice in relation to all its UK employment matters.
Backhouse Jones enjoys an excellent reputation in the transport space, advising small businesses and multinational PLCs within the haulage and passenger carrying sectors. The team, under the leadership of Steven Meyerhoff, deals with a range of employment matters for transport clients including matters relating to unfair dismissal, bullying, harassment and victimisation, as well as worker status issues, restrictive covenants and industrial action.
Other key lawyers:
James Lomax; Heather Lunney; Laura Smith
‘A superb team, with exceptional knowledge of the industry and fabulous case management. Always happy to help, offer guidance and advice. Simply the best public transport legal advice within the industry.‘
DTM Legal LLP's head of employment Tom Evans was promoted to senior associate in October 2018, while Rachel Giles is a new addition to the practice, after joining in May 2018. The team advises on both non-contentious and contentious employment matters, especially complex Employment Tribunal cases and high value shareholder disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Alison Brennan; Duncan McAllister
‘DTM have a team of lawyers with excellent knowledge, great response times, thorough and commercially sensitive documented advice.‘
‘Tom is personable, extremely knowledgeable, very thorough and gives us absolute confidence in his advice. Rachel is pleasant, knowledgeable and really cares about the people involved in our cases.‘
CSA Group Testing UK Limited
Ellison Europe Limited
Cygnet Texkimp Limited
Proximo Holdings Limited
Calder Industrial Materials Limited
Quality Freight Limited
Rotex Europe Limited
Mando Group Limited
Andrew Collinge Hairdressers
Angel Solutions Limited
Building Careers (UK) Limited
Let Alliance Limited
United Air Power Limited
Esterform Packaging Limited
Thornton Hall Hotel
Tiger North Limited (Zebra A/S)
- Successful defence of claims of sex discrimination and unfair dismissal against a property client resulting in strikeout of all claims and pursuit of client’s costs.
- Acting for the owners and managers of Daisy and Jakes Day Nursery, a high profile local chain of children’s day nurseries, on its sale for consideration in excess of £13m.
Freeths LLP's Manchester employment practice, which is led by Charlotte Rees-John, has a strong track record in the leisure and retail sector where it acts for household names, while education and sports are areas of increased activity for the team. The team regularly advises senior executives on their exits, and covers the whole range of employment law issues, including restructurings and redundancies, corporate transactions, restrictive covenants and employment tribunal claims. Tahera Khan is a new addition to the team, having joined as a senior associate from DAC Beachcroft LLP in May 2018.
Other key lawyers:
Tahera Khan; Matt Fraser
Colosseum Dental Limited
Aldi Stores Limited
JM Fitness Limited (Orange Theory Fitness)
Salford Reds Rugby League Club
Lift Brands UK Limited
Place North West Limited
Workspace Design Limited
Olive Tree School
- Provided employment advice to Fleetondemand Limited on an investment transaction as part of the wider corporate team.
- Advised Roadchef Limited on nationwide change to terms and conditions of employment and full consultation process.
- Offering support and guidance to the Consortium of Local Medical Committees of Lancashire and Cumbria on complex employment law queries.
Nexus Solicitors Limited
Led by director Louise Carr, Nexus Solicitors Limited's employment department has in recent times focused on its more traditional client base in the public sector, particularly schools and local authorities, while also strengthening its presence in the private sector. Clients come from a variety of sectors including retail, TMT and manufacturing, and the team advises on board disputes, senior executive terminations, due diligence and TUPE related issues.
Other key lawyers:
‘Small firm, very personal service. Responsive, knowledgeable and realistic.’
‘Louise Carr gives us clear, realistic advice.’
‘Craig McCracken’s form of communication is brilliant – he talks my kind of language and doesn’t baffle with legal talk.‘
‘The team is small but no less responsive than its larger competitors. The quality of the advice is first class but not just because of the technical nature but the commercial manner in which it is applied. The team’s strength lies in the fact that they take time to understand the business so ultimately they feel like a natural extension to the business rather than an external provider.‘
‘Louise Carr just has knack for being right which instills great confidence when receiving advice. She is exceptionally personable and communicates in a way that cuts through it all and gets to the heart of the issue.‘
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
Trowers & Hamlins LLP
Senior associate Helen Cookson leads Trowers & Hamlins LLP's Manchester employment department, which is best known for its TUPE work, acting for private as well as public sector clients. Other areas of activity relate to restructuring, industrial relations and advising clients on managing difficult employees. Cookson predominantly advises employers in the housing and social care field, but also acts for local authority trading companies.
Other key lawyers:
A2 Dominion Housing Group Ltd
Anchor Trust & Hanover Housing Association
Association Care International
Association of Accounting Technicians
Aster Group Limited
BACS Payment Schemes Limited
Chartered Institute of Housing
Dimensions (UK) Limited
Golding Homes Limited
Grant Thornton LLP
Hyde Housing Association Limited
The English Heritage Trust
THFC (Services) Limited
- Advising Dimensions on significant tribunal claims relating to TUPE.
- Providing GDPR advice to the Epilepsy Society.
- Negotiating the departure of Cardiff Community Housing Association’s chief executive.
- Advising Hightown Housing Association on a number of tribunal claims.