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B P Collins LLP

Based in Gerrards Cross, B P Collins LLP advises both corporate and high-net-worth private clients on range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, with particular expertise in handling complex Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal cases relating to restrictive covenants and directors’ duties. Practice leader Jo Davis specialises in TUPE transactions, senior executive and partner exits, as well as Tribunal and High Court litigation including whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Heading up the practice’s business immigration group, Chris Brazier deals with high level executive, exits redundancy and reorganisation matters, while Kathryn Fielder is experienced in injunctive actions.

Practice head(s):

Jo Davis

Other key lawyers:

Chris Brazier; Kathryn Fielder

Testimonials

‘An excellent practice that takes on very complex employment issues and manages them incredibly well. There is strength across the team.’

‘Jo Davis is exceptional. Inspires confidence and with good reason.’  

‘Chris Brazier is always very professional but also manages to bring a personal touch to the conversation. Chris listens very well and asks questions to clarify any ambiguous points. The advice he gives is always thorough and well thought out, which in turn gives me the confidence to offer options and solutions to difficult situations in our work place.’  

‘Jo Davis is always very quick to respond to any questions I have either by phone or email, and she is always happy to discuss potential solutions to any issue.’ 

‘Chris Brazier is personable, experienced and knowledgeable. Completely down to earth but also on top of the detail. He is a safe pair of hands for individuals and companies alike.’

‘Kathryn Fielder was understanding, flexible and quick to assimilate the context of the situation. Her expertise and experience were very valuable.’

‘Jo Davis is exceptionally tenacious, hands-on and client-focused. She is a fearless litigator who goes the extra mile for her clients. She is unafraid of taking difficult points in difficult cases and, more often than not, is proved correct. A pleasure to work with.’ 

Key clients

Biffa Waste Services Limited

TMD Technologies Limited

Ceva Animal Health Limited

The Amtico Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Biffa Waste Services Limited on the employment considerations relating to the acquisition of Camo Limited, identified risks amongst 135 staff and executed detailed due diligence.
  • Defended TMD Technologies Limited in an employment tribunal claim issued by a former contractor.

Blaser Mills Law

The employment team at Blaser Mills Law acts for clients in sectors including transport, logistics, technology and manufacturing on a range of issues including multi-jurisdictional restructurings, TUPE, boardroom disputes and tribunal claims. Based in High Wycombe, new practice leader Noel Deans joined from Rosenblatt in September 2020 and brings with him expertise in contentious employment work. James Simpson handles a range of matters, from GDPR compliance to restructuring, executive dismissals and discrimination cases. Debbie Saddler advises both employers and employees on a range of employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Noel Deans

Other key lawyers:

James Simpson; Debbie Saddler

Key clients

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire

Asprey the Jewellers

Sodexo

Emap

Ercol

Buckingham University

Work highlights

  • Advised Stagecoach in Oxfordshire on employment tribunal claims and acted in a range of unfair dismissal and discrimination cases.
  • Advised Asprey the Jeweller on sensitive employment matters.
  • Advised Emap through the employment challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dentons

The Milton Keynes employment team at Dentons advises clients in the retail, transport, telecommunications and media sectors on a broad range of matters including cross-border international issues, employment tribunal claims and day-to-day HR matters. Practice leader Sarah Beeby has considerable experience in complex redundancy and restructuring exercises, TUPE transfers, as well as handling the employment aspects of large-scale corporate transactions. Michelle Lamb covers a spectrum of both contentious and non-contentious matters, with particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional outsourcing and transactional work. Verity Buckingham deals with contentious employment disputes and regularly advises key clients on HR matters.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Beeby

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Lamb; Verity Buckingham

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, pragmatic and offers decisive advice, reflecting the commercial realities of the situation and industry.’

‘Sarah Beeby is the standout lawyer in the team. Always responsive and timely advice which is clear, concise, pragmatic and commercial and always tailored to the requirements of the brief.’

‘Their communications are always clear, concise and progressive.’

‘Sarah Beeby is simply outstanding as a team leader, coordinator and lawyer, giving direct support and advice. It is clear that her team hold her in high regard and that she gives them every opportunity to develop and grow.’

Key clients

TUI UK Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited

Chanel

Holland and Holland

Bilby plc

Rackspace Limited

Science in Sport plc

Wizz Air Limited

Saracens

Royal Albert Hall

Engage Partners Limited

DF Capital Holdings plc

Marks & Spencer plc

Total SA

Lionsgate Entertainment Inc

Under Armour

Buccaneer Media

Souter Kent Limited / Likezero Limited

Work highlights

  • Defended TUI Airways Limited in a class action for a high profile client.
  • Provided employment advice to Octopus Ventures on all later stage investments.
  • Defended Network Rail Infrastructure Limited in a number of employment tribunal claims brought forward independently by four claimants.

EMW Law LLP

EMW Law LLP advises clients across a spectrum of industry sectors including banking, retail and recruitment, on employment matters involving high-value employee disputes, as well as major redundancies, senior-level exits and disciplinary and grievance investigations. Based in Milton Keynes, practice leader Jon Taylor has experience in sensitive dismissals, contract reviews and mental health in the workplace. Priya Magar specialises in discrimination matters and represents clients in employment tribunal claims.

Practice head(s):

Jon Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Priya Magar

Testimonials

‘The team, in particular Jon Taylor, is first rate. He has very sound judgement and is a strong lawyer. Detailed, comprehensive, sensible and with excellent judgement.’

‘Commercial and clear advice provided. Very collaborative and solicitors take time to understand the business and provide aligned advice.’

‘EMW’s employment practice is very commercial and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Santander UK plc

Airwair International Limited

Routeco Limited

MHC MacIntyre Hudson

Suzuki GB plc

Vax Limited

IBB Law

IBB Law has expertise in acting for UK subsidiaries of global companies in the charity, construction, automotive and technology sectors on a range of employment and HR matters such as redundancies, TUPE, discrimination, IR35 work and personal employment cases involving high-net-worth individuals. Head of the employment and immigration team Richard Devall deals with the employment aspects of business transfers, mergers and acquisitions and outsourcing arrangements. Justin Govier advises US clients and UK subsidiaries on global strategic plans, while Marc Jones handles restrictive covenants and executive terminations.

Practice head(s):

Richard Devall

Other key lawyers:

Justin Govier; Marc Jones 

Testimonials

‘Justin Govier is always responsive and extremely thorough in his assessments and advice. His work is thoughtful and adapted to the needs of the client and situation. He makes himself available to support clients no matter what the tasks and engages fully with them.’

‘Marc Jones has offered sound advice and I have been impressed with his openness to discuss the issues we have raised.’ 

‘Justin Govier is approachable, commercial, knowledgeable and always client focused.’  

‘Marc Jones is a remarkably talented, experienced and professional partner. He can assimilate information quickly and cut through the noise to offer pragmatic, balanced and tailored advice to suit our specific challenges. We have never had any challenges bounce back to us on decisions we have made using the advice given by Marc.’

Key clients

Clancy Group plc

Renault Retail Group

Link Theory

Wilderness Safaris

Volume Ltd.

Civil Service Sports Council

Work highlights

  • Advised a travel company on the purchase of certain assets, the acquisition of the customer and supplier contracts and intricate employment matters.
  • Advised a healthcare company on the UK aspects of a pan-European business purchase, working through foreign intermediary, UK employment and tax provisions, drafting novel indemnities and advising on post-acquisition process.
  • Represented a client in employment tribunal proceedings, including claims for unfair dismissal, unlawful deductions from wages, disability discrimination and whistleblowing.

Sherrards Solicitors LLP

Based in St Albans, Sherrards Solicitors LLP has notable expertise in the recruitment sector, also advising a range of clients in retail, hospitality and leisure. The team handles a wide variety of employment matters including collective redundancies, settlement agreements, disciplinary and grievance issues and employment tribunal claims relating to constructive and unfair dismissal, and discrimination cases. 'Exceptionally approachable and good humoured' practice leader Mark Fellows has a track record of work on employment disputes and represents corporate clients from global organisations to owner-managed businesses, in tribunal cases. The 'excellent' Joanne Perry handles complex TUPE transfers and undertakes day-to-day HR advisory work.

Practice head(s):

Mark Fellows

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Perry 

Testimonials

‘The team at Sherrards were responsive and flawlessly professional in their approach to supporting us. They exude honesty and integrity.’ 

‘As an individual, Mark Fellows epitomises professionalism. He always suggests sensible, pragmatic and realistic courses of action, managing client expectation superbly throughout. Both knowledgeable and commercially sensitive, he communicates extremely effectively on all levels. He is exceptionally approachable and good humoured.’ 

‘The combination of market-leading technical skill, decades of experience and a formidable client centred approach is what makes the Sherrards employment team world-class.’ 

‘Joanne Perry is the standout partner. She is simply excellent. We don’t make any employment/HR decisions without consulting her first for her brilliant legal and commercial guidance.’ 

‘Mark Fellows has successfully, on many occasions, given his expert advice to resolve some delicate employment issues. His friendly, easy to follow instructions has helped me make the correct decisions. Mark supports us, works with us, and is always available to discuss any legal requirements we may need.’ 

‘Joanne Perry takes a pragmatic approach, which both I and my clients, to whom I have introduced Joanne, find engaging and refreshing.’

Key clients

JSM Construction Limited

TopGolf Limited

Air Business Limited

Winkworth Franchising plc

66 Books Limited

F H Bertling Limited

B3 Living Limited

NewRiver REIT plc

Alpi UK Limited

Berry Recruitment Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Air Business in employment tribunal proceedings, as well as advising on employment law and HR needs.    
  • Advised Topgolf on policies, procedures and recruitment, as well as on contentious matters including employment tribunal claims and internal disciplinary and grievances.  
  • Advised Winkworth Franchising plc on employment law and HR needs in areas including TUPE, and disciplinary and grievance matters.

Shoosmiths LLP

The employment team at Shoosmiths LLP advises clients in the retail, education, healthcare and automotive sectors on a broad range of matters including employment tribunal claims, whistleblowing and discrimination issues, sensitive senior executive exits, as well as dealing with complex TUPE situations, working as part of a national practice. Gwynneth Tan leads the team in Milton Keynes, advising on senior-level recruitments and exits, redundancies and restructures and data privacy issues. Simon Fennell was promoted to partner in May 2020 and has experience in drafting contractual TUPE provisions, as well as advising on senior executive exits accused of gross misconduct. Siobhan Atkin handles complex discrimination cases and post-termination restrictions.

Practice head(s):

Gwynneth Tan

Other key lawyers:

Simon Fennell; Siobhan Atkin 

Testimonials

‘Simon Fennell is an invaluable resource for employment matters. He always provides prompt, clear, and practical guidance on complex issues.’

‘The Shoosmiths employment team provides a personal service, always making us feel that we are a valued client, irrespective of the level of our instructions. The team works seamlessly, ensuring that background information does not have to be repeated.’

‘Simon Fennell is always in reach, gets to the heart of technical issues quickly and provides valuable pragmatic advice.’

‘Gwynneth Tan and Simon Fennell have a really good understanding of our business. They provide quick responses when time is critical and give very practical advice. We always feel like we have their immediate support on the end of the telephone whenever required.’

‘The Shoosmiths employment team’s advice is always very practical. They understand the need for advice to be tailored to the business rather than providing academic answers without thought to how these would be applied in practice. Their advice is timely and clear, and they are always there on the end of the telephone with a quick answer when time is critical.’ 

Key clients

The White Company (UK) Limited

H&M UK Limited

The Open University

The University of Northampton

British American Tobacco

Volkswagen Group

Nissan Motor (GB) Limited

Renault Europe Group

Honda Motor Europe

Scania (GB)

Playground Games Limited

DCS Recruitment Limited

K-Line (Europe) Limited

Seabourne Forwarding Limited

Fossil (UK) Limited

Ann Summers Limited

FutureLearn Limited

Canal & River Trust

Strictly Education Limited

The Place Young People’s Company Limited

Keysoe International Limited

Taylor Kerr (Engineering) Limited

Leica Geosystems Limited

Hexagon Group

BEN – Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund

Growthdeck Limited

Skalar (UK) Limited

Xcede Group Holdings/Techstream Group/Earthstream Global Limited

Waam3D Limited

Full Support Healthcare Limited

Kinnersley Kent Design

White Clarke Group Limited

Celaton Limited

P3 Group (Ultima Displays Limited/Nimlok Limited)

Datix Limited

Tensator Limited

Electrolux plc

Engineering Industry Construction Board (ECITB)

Planet Organic Limited

WeWork International Limited

Ducati UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Planet Organic Limited on the TUPE transfer of employees from As Nature Intended into the business, redundancy consultation and redeployment, and workplace responses.
  • Advised The White Company on its workplace strategy on the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and its management of store closures and online retail growth.
  • Advised the The Open University on its workforce issues, ranging from immigration and sponsor licenses, the impact of the pandemic and travel restrictions, the implementation of trade-union negotiated contracts and the management of employee relations.

Debenhams Ottaway

Debenhams Ottaway handles a range of complex employment matters including settlement agreements, redundancy and restructuring, and employment tribunal cases. Based in St Albans, the team works with corporates, entrepreneurs, family-owned businesses, as well as advising clients in the education and healthcare sectors in Hertfordshire and London. Head of the practice Louise Attrup specialises in cases involving data theft, restrictive covenants and breaches of confidence. Michael Kerrigan advises clients in the recruitment, healthcare and education sector on matters pertaining to employment status disputes, social media issues and protection of post-termination information.

Practice head(s):

Louise Attrup

Other key lawyers:

Michael Kerrigan

Testimonials

‘Louise Attrup and Michael Kerrigan are both accomplished solicitors. Their direct and efficient approach in explaining legal arguments ensure that we are presented with all the information required to make decisions on how we proceed with litigations. Excellent and sound legal advice received from both.’ 

‘Lousie Attrup is very knowledgeable, gives sound advice and has been a great help when negotiations have been tricky and testing. Louise is very responsive and has helped guide me through several difficult negotiations.’ 

‘Very friendly and informative level of service. There is always a quick response to questions and fast action when required.’ 

‘Michael Kerrigan is incredibly knowledgable and passionate about the service he provides. His energy is inspiring and he genuinely cares about the outcomes for his clients.’

Key clients

Brook Street (UK) Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Defended Brook Street in a dispute involving claims made by a temp who worked under a master vendor agreement and then under a second-tier supply arrangement.

Longmores Solicitors LLP

Longmores Solicitors LLP handles a range of employment matters including reorganisations and redundancies, complex disciplinary and grievance concerns, discrimination issues, TUPE as well as the employment aspects of commercial transactions. The team advises companies and high-net-worth clients, and has particular expertise in the recruitment and education sectors. Practice leader Richard Gvero has experience in employee competition disputes, injunction proceedings and restrictive covenant matters. Miranda Mulligan advises on contracts of employment, consultancy agreements and settlement agreements, as well as defending employment tribunal proceedings including whistleblowing complaints.

Practice head(s):

Richard Gvero

Other key lawyers:

Miranda Mulligan

Testimonials

‘An exceptional team lead by Richard Gvero, known for their work in the recruitment sector in particular. The team is very knowledgeable on employment law issues and in tune with their client’s needs and the industries in which their clients operate.’

‘Richard Gvero has been outstanding in his professionalism, ethics, and his invaluable combination of smart, open, ethical, caring approach to his clients and their cases, but also firm and pragmatic in his practice.’

‘The team are extremely knowledgable, with access to a strong network of experts such as actuaries and specialist barristers when needed.’

‘Miranda Mulligan has been energetic, ethical, focused, committed and thorough, producing a true sense of confidence and assurance that my case is at safe hands.’

‘Richard Gvero is indomitable; a creative legal thinker and committed to getting the best results for his clients. Richard had particular expertise over the past year in guiding a wide range of clients through the perils of the furlough scheme and in responding quickly and decisively to the pressures the pandemic has placed on clients.’

‘Miranda Mulligan is completely dedicated to her clients, whilst delivering realistic and commercial advice.’

‘Richard Gvero really couldn’t have been more helpful during any engagement. Always seeming to have time for our matters and we have complete trust in his judgement.’

‘Miranda Mulligan deals with all our queries and she has excellent knowledge and experience in all HR related matters. In addition, Richard Gvero has also been excellent when his expertise has been called up on.’

Key clients

Chugai Pharma Europe Limited

Transport Planning Associates Limited

Fusion Global Management Limited

Keble Preparatory School

Endoline Machinery Limited

Nord Gear Limited

RSA Consulting Limited

Omron Electronics Limited

Independent Clinical Services Ltd/Acacium Group

Pulse Healthcare Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a postdoctoral scientist bringing complex claims against his former employer for unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, race discrimination, victimisation, whistleblowing detriment and failure to make reasonable adjustments.
  • Acted for a staffing business against a senior employee disclosing confidential information and advised on the enforceability of the restrictive covenants.
  • Acted for a leading recruitment business defending a claim of unfair dismissal and detriment on the grounds of whistleblowing.

Machins Solicitors LLP

Based in Luton, Machins Solicitors LLP has particular expertise in the transport, aviation and manufacturing sectors, as well as recruitment, technology and finance. The team acts for employer clients in the private and public sectors on matters including redundancy and restructuring, settlement agreements, GDPR and discrimination cases, particularly in relation to sex and disability. Practice co-leader Jackie Cuneen advises corporate clients on TUPE transfers, contract indemnities, exit provisions and redundancy programmes. Practice co-leader David Rushmere is experienced in handling employment tribunals claims, and Faith Widdowson is recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Cuneen; David Rushmere

Other key lawyers:

Faith Widdowson

Testimonials

‘The employment team at Machins Solicitors is an exceptional team and a credit to the practice. The service was efficient right from the first contact, appointments were made in a timely way and the support staff understood the urgency.’ 

‘Jackie Cuneen is able, and provides options in relation to solutions with a clear measure of the risk associated with the choices available in complex cases. She does so with a strong understanding of our business, culture, and a great sense of perspective making often difficult situations simpler to navigate. To top that, she is personable and easy to work with and I would recommend her and her team to others.’ 

‘Faith Widdowson has always given excellent advice and support, very practical. David Rushmere has also been very helpful with employment law queries. Both solicitors show their knowledge and expertise in employment law and more importantly, the implementation of it.’ 

‘Jackie Cuneen is an excellent member of the team, providing valuable assistance.’ 

‘Very approachable and easy to contact team. Confident in answers given. Balanced view on matters between employee/employer. Concise information given and straight forward approach to challenging situations.’ 

‘David Rushmere has been extremely attentive to our business needs. He has always sought to get to know the business, to fully understand it, before giving his expert opinion and guidance. His business insight and guidance means that he often exceeds his brief in order to build a long term partnership/ relationship.’ 

‘Faith Widdowson provides technical knowledge and understanding of employment law. Her advice is valuable. She gets involved in every step of the case and prepares the case in advance.’ 

Nockolds Solicitors

Based in Bishop’s Stortford, Nockolds Solicitors advises a range of clients, from start-up businesses to large companies and high-net-worth individuals, on employment matters including discrimination cases, senior-level exits, TUPE aspects of sales and acquisitions of businesses, redundancies and terminations of employment. Led my Darren Hayward, the team also assists Latin American countries with UK employment issues. Gary Smith advises clients on TUPE, restrictive covenants and acts in employment disputes including whistleblowing and discrimination cases.

Practice head(s):

Darren Hayward

Other key lawyers:

Gary Smith

Testimonials

‘The team are always up to speed with the latest legislation and always efficient with their advice and guidance.’

‘Excellent and clear communication. Supportive of our business needs. Nockolds has adapted extremely well to work throughout the pandemic. Guidance throughout this difficult time has been exceptional. First-class service with regards to helping us through the furlough scheme. Great value for money. Always very clear about costs and services.’

‘Gary Smith offers an exceptional service in all aspects of employment law, guiding us through new legislation and with the government schemes throughout the pandemic. Gary offers prompt, clear advice and help. He understands our business requirements as well as helping us support our employees through this time.’

SA Law LLP

The employment team at SA Law LLP offers specialist advice to clients in the charity, education, employment and football sectors on complex matters including GDPR, settlement agreements, dismissals and discrimination issues. Based in St Albans, practice leader Chris Cook fields expertise in data protection and deals with employer and employee disputes concerning data subject requests in tribunal proceedings. Beth Leng joined as a partner from Mishcon de Reya LLP in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Chris Cook

Other key lawyers:

Beth Leng

Testimonials

‘Chris Cook is insightful, commercial and has a great knack for seeing the other side of an argument, so is able to test matters with frightening speed.’

‘The practice works as a seamless team, even during Covid, and working remotely there has never been a concern or a doubt that our needs would not be met and responded to in a timely manner.’

‘Chris Cook is sympathetic, confident and competent. He had assisted us on many occasions and has an unbroken record of providing only the best legal advice.’

‘The SA Law team is an excellent, informative and reliable resource for our company. They are always very professional and I can’t fault the service they provide to us in any way.’

‘The team are pragmatic, open, and responsive.’

‘Chris Cook is excellent in his work, communication, knowledge, service that he provides to our business. What I really appreciate is that he understands us, knowing our staff and history. Any new query that I put to him has the benefit that he knows our company and management team well.’

Key clients

Middlesex University

The Watford Association Football Club Ltd.

St Paul’s Cathedral

Birkin Cleaning Services

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

Hestia Housing and Support

Smartbox Group UK Ltd

Depaul UK

London School of Architecture

Work highlights

  • Advised a family run transport solution specialist company on a dispute between the owners and a director.
  • Advised a longstanding football club client on planning for IR35 and guidance related to the clubs Covid-19 response.
  • Advised a nationwide grocery retailer on key employment law aspects of its merger with another nationwide grocery retailer to form a new joint venture.

Tees Law

Tees Law advises owner investors, business leaders and senior executives across the agriculture, education, transport and logistics sectors on a range of employment matters. The team handles reorganisations, redundancies and restructures, TUPE transactions, disciplinary procedures, settlement agreements and discrimination cases. Splitting his time between the Bishop’s Stortford and Chelmsford office, practice leader Robert Whitaker has expertise in data protection, restructuring and TUPE matters. Based in Bishop’s Stortford, Katherine Jameson deals with disciplinary and grievance investigations, exit strategies and contract reviews.

Practice head(s):

Robert Whitaker

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Jameson

Testimonials

‘Rob Whitaker is an expert in his field and was consistently excellent in his advice and support. Professional, approachable, calm and reassuring in every call, he effectively guided me through a challenging process providing clear and pragmatic advice, and was always prompt in getting back to me about queries.’ 

‘The team are personable and hugely knowledgeable. They build relationships with their clients and give a second to none service.’ 

‘Robert Whitaker is a superb head for the employment law department. His team are reliable and approachable.’ 

‘Robert Whitaker is exceptional and gives first-class advice, as do his team.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a transport and logistics company on a disciplinary procedure and associated matters originally valued at £1m, involving a director and allegations of breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Advised a multi-national accountancy firm on various employment matters requiring a holistic approach.
  • Advised a construction business with reorganisation, managing sickness absence and furlough related advice.

VWV

VWV acts for clients in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors, as well as in higher education and healthcare. Based in Watford, the team handles a range of employment issues including acrimonious terminations, restructuring of HR teams and the TUPE implications of outsourcing contracts. Practice leader Michael Delaney advises employers and senior executives involved in both contentious and non-contentious issues. Bob Fahy has a focus on education sector clients, while recently promoted partner Rebecca Fox is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Michael Delaney

Other key lawyers:

Bob Fahy; Rebecca Fox

Key clients

Visual Data Media Services Limited Yes

McMillan Healthcare Limited Yes

Porcelanosa Limited Yes

Howarth Homes PLC No

Elexon Limited

University of Exeter

Bishop Grosseteste University

Alten SARL

London South Bank University

Royal College of Surgeons of England

Work highlights

  • Advised Visual Data Media Data Services Limited on a case involving two senior employees who had misappropriated sensitive confidential information and passed to it on to two former directors and their new employers. Experts were instructed to secure the data before it could be used by the new employer and former directors.
  • Represented McMillan Healthcare Limited in defending proceedings for an injunction and damages in the High Court for inducing two employees to breach confidentiality obligations owed to their former employers.
  • Assisted Alten Europe SARL and the Watford corporate team in its acquisition of the shares in Quite Refreshing Limited, a business that had associated companies in France, the US, Germany and Australia by undertaking complex due diligence in association with other law firms, negotiating warranties and indemnities arising from status and remuneration payments.

Freeths LLP

National firm Freeths LLP has particular expertise in the education, hospitality and leisure sectors, advising clients on a range of employment matters including restructuring, TUPE issues, employment tribunal claims, discrimination cases, investigations and disciplinary matters. In Milton Keynes, 'exceptional' national schools head Christopher Sing handles complex and sensitive matters including allegations of sexual assault. 'Genuinely compassionate' senior associate Toni Hudson advises clients on employment tribunal claims.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Sing

Other key lawyers:

Toni Hudson

Testimonials

‘The range of expertise, knowledge and experience is remarkable, we feel a great sense of support and comfort knowing Freeths are there to support us. The employment advice, guidance through a restructure and two grievances have taught us alot as an organisation.’

‘Freeths are meticulous in their approach to each case and they have exceptional communication skills.’

‘Toni Hudson deserves a big mention; professional, methodical, timely, supportive, engaging –  we feel a great sense of comfort when Toni is involved and advising, and have been really impressed with the service provided.’

‘I have always found Christopher Sing to be exceptional due to his ability to see right to the heart of the matter, bringing his experience and expertise to the front and ensuring the best possible outcome in each and every scenario.’

‘Freeths are extremely knowledgeable and at the same time very personable. They are professional and friendly, and take the time to discuss opinions.’

‘Toni Hudson is extremely knowledgeable and professional. She is genuinely compassionate which is very important to the ethos of our business and has represented us on a number of occasions, and has been brilliant on each occasion.’

Key clients

Helly Hansen UK Limited

London Luton Airport

Travis Perkins plc

GKN Aerospace Limited

Lyreco UK Limited

Musto Limited

Gapuma (UK) Limited

Burrows Motor Company Limited

Brioche Pasquier

Yamaha Music Europe GMBH (UK) Limited

Oxford Brooks University

Santa Maria UK Limited

T-Systems Limited

Laine Pub Company

Niftylift Limited

Chesterfield College

Brewhouse and Kitchen

The Dragon School Trust

Sports & Leisure Management Limited

Derby College Group

Landau Forte Charitable Trust

Dawsongroup plc

DK Group Investments Limited

Howes Percival LLP

The Milton Keynes employment team at Howes Percival LLP has expertise in the further education and automotive sectors, advising clients on matters including acquisitions, disposals, and restructuring, as well as TUPE, exit strategies, restrictive covenants and tribunal claims relating to whistleblowing and discrimination issues. Practice leader Simon deMaid deals with large scale redundancies, restructures and disability discrimination claims, while director Hannah Pryce is an employment tribunal advocate and advises clients in the education and manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

Simon deMaid

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Pryce

Testimonials

‘Simon deMaid is our point of access to Howes Percival. We can always rely on Simon for a fair and balanced view. Extremely helpful, responsive all delivered in a friendly manner.’

‘The team’s professional strengths are already well documented, but what should also be noted are their active questioning and attentive listening skills. These traits ensure that people are put at their ease right from the first point of contact, clear instructions given and potentially difficult conversations which need clarity of thought are able to be had in an honest and open way.’

Key clients

Mercedes-Benz

Milton Keynes College

P J Care Limited

AFL Hyperscale Limited

Barton Petroleum Limited

HRG UK Limited

C.Brewer & Sons Limited

Radius Group Limited

Alpha-Cure Limited

World Vision

Sugarich Limited

Clare James Automotive Limited

Dachser Limited

RS Components Limited

The Gym Limited

Tsys EMEA

Getronics Services UK Limited

Marston’s PLC

Moorcrofts LLP

Moorcrofts LLP’s employment team has particular expertise in TUPE and post-termination restriction issues, as well as handling redundancy and restructuring matters, settlement agreements, employment tribunal claims and employment aspects of due diligence. Based in Marlow, ‘pragmatic’ practice leader Matt Jenkin advises on senior executive terminations and exits, TUPE and reorganisations. Lindsey Abbot handles employment matters involving discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.

Practice head(s):

Matt Jenkin

Other key lawyers:

Lindsey Abbot

Testimonials

‘Matt Jenkin is excellent and very easy to deal with. He lways responds in a timely manner and with excellent levels of insight into the problems and issues you present. Always delivers information in an easy to understand format and he has great listening skills.’

‘The team are highly practical and focus on the really important issues.’

‘Matt Jenkin is always easy to deal with and very proficient. Their broader team are always on hand and up to speed on any issues.’

‘Matt Jenkin provides clear, concise, and pragmatic advice. He understands how my business works and the nuances I have to deal with, and has always been a source of support when I need to talk through an issue.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a car manufacturer on large scale redundancy and collective consultation.
  • Advised a US law firm on employment law due diligence.
  • Advised a leading talent assessment platform provider on an employment tribunal claim.

Taylor Walton LLP

Taylor Walton LLP’s employment team handles matters relating to redundancy and staff restructuring, grievance concerns, discrimination issues and TUPE work. Based in Luton, practice leader Alec John Colson advises senior-level clients including directors on a range of employment issues such as disciplinary matters and employment tribunal claims. Nicola Smyrl handles outsourcing and TUPE work.

Practice head(s):

Alec Colson

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Smyrl

Testimonials

‘Taylor Walton have provided incredible support and have the depth in knowledge for dealing with complex employment issues that have arisen over the years.’

‘Alec Colson is clear, strategic and commercial.’ 

‘Nicola Smyrl has provided us with an exceptional level of service. Nicola gives clear guidance and works extremely hard to meet deadlines which she has always managed to do in an extremely efficient way. We are delighted with the level of service we have received.’ 

‘Alec Colson is extremely dedicated, exercises good judgement and approaches issues from the legal side and then takes into account the commercial standpoint. He is very easy to work with and detailed, available within a reasonable amount of time and always covers all of the issues.’