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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Employment – Leading juniors

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    • Neil Ashley - Octagon LegalHis advocacy is gripping and exciting to watch.’
    • Jonathan Buckle - Regency Barristers ChambersRecommended for cases involving unfair and wrongful dismissal.’
    • Grace Cullen - Six Pump CourtThorough, bright and a pleasure to work with.’
    • Peter Doughty - Pallant ChambersHe has expertise in disability discrimination cases.’
    • William Emerson - Pallant ChambersKnown for his practice in sex and disability discrimination claims.’
    • Carl Fender - Regency Barristers ChambersHis legal arguments show an extremely high level of ingenuity.’
    • Lauren Godfrey - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonExperienced across a range of employment matters.’
    • Shahin Ismail - Fenners ChambersRecommended for contentious employment cases, including whistleblowing.’
    • Andrew MacPhail - 3PBPractical and professional; clients love him.’
    • Mike Magee - Fenners ChambersParticularly well known for his discrimination practice.’
    • Gordon Menzies - Six Pump CourtHe has particular expertise in cases involving schools and local authorities.’
    • Jack Mitchell - Old Square ChambersHe has no weaknesses.’
    • Rowan Morton - Guildford ChambersA very safe pair of hands.’
    • Matthew Pascall - Guildford ChambersHe instils confidence in clients.’
    • Guy Sims - Fenners ChambersKnown for unfair dismissal, redundancy and discrimination cases.’

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Lauren Godfrey at 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton works across a broad range of employment matters and is noted for cases that overlap with data protection law.

3PB receive instructions in discrimination, victimisation, whistleblowing and breach of contract cases. Andrew McPhail acts for both claimants and respondents.

Fenners Chambers’ employment team has experience in TUPE, whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and discrimination cases.

The group at Guildford Chambers represents respondents and claimants across a variety of cases including unfair dismissals, redundancy, victimisation and TUPE.

Neil Ashley leads the employment group at Octagon Legal; he is particularly well known for representing employees.

Old Square Chambers does not have an office on the South Eastern Circuit but Jack Mitchell, who joined from 3PB in 2016, is well known in the region. Mitchell recently appeared in a case concerning a matter of national security involving Covert Human Intelligence Sources.

Pallant Chambers houses William Emerson and Peter Doughty. Recent cases include discrimination, TUPE, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal matters.

Regency Barristers Chambers’ employment team is instructed in a variety of matters, including industrial action, discrimination and wrongful dismissal cases.

Six Pump Court’s employment team has extensive experience in restrictive covenants, discrimination cases, unfair dismissals and TUPE matters. Practice group leader Gordon Menzies is currently acting in the Anthony Porter v Jungheinrich UK case, regarding an unfair dismissal claim.

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