Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx in South East

B P Collins LLP

B P Collins LLP is one of the leading employment practices in the region and specialises in restrictive covenants, executive exits and complex litigation. The team act for both employers and employees with sector knowledge in retail, leisure, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. Alongside employment advice, the practice provides services in business immigration and HR assistance through a sub-brand, HR2Help. The team is experienced in transactional and contentious matters with many passing through the tribunal system and High Court. Jo Davis heads the team with expertise in complex TUPE transactions while Chris Brazier advises on high level executive exits. Kathryn Fielder is a rated practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Jo Davis

Other key lawyers:

Chris Brazier; Kathryn Fielder

Testimonials

‘Innovative new offices. Very high tech, they are reinventing the legal services experience. Their employment team is excellent and incredibly attentive to its clients.’

‘Partner, Chris Brazier, provides an excellent service to clients. Very talented, his first class knowledge of employment law and his commercial acumen raise him above his peers. Very pragmatic and quick to respond. Results driven, he really pulls out all the stops for his clients. I would highly recommend him. He is very ably assisted by the conscientious Greg Clark who is one to watch.’

‘The employment team is readily available and offers sound, pragmatic advice.’

‘I consider Jo Davis to be excellent. Jo has a firm grasp on the real-world practicalities of running a business and frames her guidance within the context of her client’s business operations. Importantly Jo makes herself available to her clients. Her dry wit is always very much appreciated!’

Kathryn Fielder has provided me with sound advice on employment matters and makes herself readily available.’

‘Jo Davis is simply outstanding. Nothing is too difficult or complex or her. She understands the law and understands tactics in litigation. She inspires confidence in clients.’

‘Our company have worked closely with B P Collins for several years on various areas of employment legislation. Their approach is to work closely with their clients and to understand the needs of their clients’ businesses, so that they can provide solutions-focused advice.’

‘Chris Brazier is extremely knowledgeable in all areas of employment law and has supported and guided me through some difficult areas of employment legislation. Chris takes the time to understand not only the nature of our business, but of equal importance the culture of our business, which enables him to provide us with the best possible legal advice and solutions that support our business. I always feel that Chris’ priority is to work closely with me to make sure that we achieve the best possible outcome for the business.’

Key clients

His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi

Biffa Waste Services Limited

CPI TMD Technologies Limited

Ceva Animal Health Limited

The Amtico Company Limited

Bic UK Limited

Hawkins Brown Architecture Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi in the reported Court of Appeal dispute with his former PA, whom he discovered in 2014 had not paid tax on her earnings.

Blaser Mills Law

Blaser Mills Law has an especially strong practice in the automotive sector acting for bus companies, general freight businesses, race teams and transport clients. In addition to acting for businesses, the team also advises directors, business people and entrepreneurs in their dealing with companies. This involves assistiang on boardroom disputes, executive exits and leaver share provisions. Noel Deans heads the employment practice with an excellent reputation in contentious matters. James Simpson  is experienced in executive dismissals, restructurings and TUPE issues.

Practice head(s):

Noel Deans

Other key lawyers:

James Simpson

Dentons

The employment team at Dentons is well known in the local market in Milton Keynes in addition to its broader reputation.  The team advises on a range of matters from employment tribunal claims to day-to-day matters and has a roster of big-name clients including HSBC, TUI and Virgin Group. The practice operates across several sectors including retail, transport, technology and telecommunications. Practice head Sarah Beeby is experienced in restructuring while Michelle Lamb is specialised in whistleblowing and discrimination cases. Verity Buckingham handles contentious employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Beeby

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Lamb; Verity Buckingham

Testimonials

‘The team are very responsive and if we need to speak to them urgently they will make it happen even if it is not with our usual contact. They are friendly and approachable.’

‘I have predominantly worked with Verity Buckingham who is always approachable, friendly and knowledgeable. I have confidence in the advice she gives and she does so in a customer centric way.’

Key clients

TUI UK Limited

HSBC Bank plc

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited

Chanel

Rackspace Limited

Science in Sport plc

Wizz Air Limited

Saracens

Royal Albert Hall

Marks & Spencer Plc

Total SA

Lionsgate Entertainment Inc

Under Armour

Group 1 Automotive

3M

Cognita Schools Limited

Drax Corporate Limited

Octopus Investments Limited

KKR

Work highlights

  • Supported Rackspace on an outsourcing agreement with BT for cloud services.
  • Advised on employment law issues arising out of 3M’s innovative global “Work Your Way” policy.
  • Advised KKR on its bid to acquire data center operator CyrusOne, Inc.

EMW Law LLP

EMW Law LLP advises on major internal restructurings, redundancies, exits of senior employees and disciplinary processes. The team also undertakes a varied caseload of contentious Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal cases. Jon Taylor heads the employment practice; he has particular expertise in discrimination, TUPE and whistleblowing related work. Sophie Clark is well-versed in defending high value employment tribunal claims while Victoria Bevis advises on HR and business immigration issues.

Practice head(s):

Jon Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Clark; Victoria Bevis

Testimonials

‘Provide extremely responsive, practical and cost effective advice.’

‘Sophie Clarke is the standout individual. Available, pragmatic, knowledgeable and completely trusted to represent us.’

Key clients

Santander UK Plc

Airwair International Limited

Routeco Limited

MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Suzuki GB Plc

Vax Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Transopco UK Limited in successfully defending an appeal brought in the EAT by a black cab driver who claimed that he was a worker.
  • Acted for the senior management team of Gü Puds on the terms of their investment into newco backed by private equity firm Exponent.

IBB Law

The employment team at IBB Law provides a comprehensive legal service to employers on issues covering large-scale redundancies, TUPE and global mobility.  The firm has significant experience of working in sectors such as technology, automotive, construction and charities. The practice also deals with personal employment issues for high net-worth individuals. Richard Devall heads the employment department and regularly advises on business transfers, M&A, outsourcing arrangements and governance issues. Justin Govier has experience in defending whistleblowing and discrimination claims while Jasmin Dhillon constructs employment contracts, policies and procedures.

Practice head(s):

Richard Devall

Other key lawyers:

Justin Govier; Jasmin Dhillon; Manisha Fatania

Testimonials

‘I have had dealings with a large number of employment solicitors, both working with and against my clients. Richard Devall is the best, by a street.’

‘IBB have proved to be immensely flexible in the relationship with us as a business, particularly during Covid when our staffing levels and requirements have been up and down. This has been appreciated. They have been mindful of assigning advice to someone with appropriate seniority throughout and offered different payment models depending on the scenario. It isn’t just ‘clock on’ like some of our other law firms.’

‘They are very ‘human’ as well, in that they understand that employment legal issues aren’t always just about the bottom-line monetary result and that a good outcome can come in lots of different guises.’

‘Justin Govier has taken time to get under the skin of our business to really understand it – this has allowed him to provide crafted company-specific advice, not just something out of the box. He is also incredibly communicative which is valued – even if he can’t assist on short notice, which is entirely understandable, he always responds and provides a realistic timescale, which he hits time after time.’

‘Manisha Fatania has also been a valued extension to the team – she has an easygoing and client-friendly demeanour which has been well appreciated by senior member of the business, particularly those not in the legal team.’

‘The team has served our company with efficiency and accuracy. We are delighted with the service provided.’

‘We have worked closely with Jasmin Dhillon, Manisha Fatania and Richard Devall. We have always found them to be friendly, approachable and outstanding in their advice and support. We appreciate everything they have done for us in relation to specific employment law matters.’

Key clients

Clancy Group plc

Renault Retail Group

Link Theory

Wilderness Safaris

Volume

Work highlights

  • Advised Wilderness Safari on all the employment aspects of its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Yellow Zebra Travel Limited.
  • Acted on four separate asset and business disposals for Renault Retail Group in the Midlands area as they divested of certain dealerships for strategic reasons.
  • Acted for a technology company in relation to a sensitive unfair dismissal Employment Tribunal claim where the employee alleged that his dismissal for redundancy was pre-determined.

Sherrards Solicitors LLP

St Albans-based firm Sherrards Solicitors LLP provides HR support to clients on grievances, disciplinaries, restrictive covenants, tribunal claims, immigration and transactional support on business acquisitions and mergers. The team is also experienced in contentious employment matters such as disability discrimination, constructive and unfair dismissal. This work spans several sectors including retail, leisure and recruitment. Practice head Mark Fellows has experience in employment tribunals with a corporate client base from global organisations to owner-managed businesses. Joanne Perry  advises several accountancy firms and handles TUPE transfers.

Practice head(s):

Mark Fellows

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Perry

Testimonials

‘Sherrards Solicitors have a strong team, who are all very knowledgeable in their areas, this makes them a perfect company to deal with for all our business legal requirements.’

‘We have worked with several of the partners, all of which have been extremely professional and efficient.’

‘For our employment and HR requirements, Mark Fellows has been particularly helpful, explaining procedures in an easy-to-follow way. He is extremely patient and will often go above and beyond to help us with difficult staffing situations. His advice has been invaluable.’

‘Mark Fellows is approachable, pragmatic and consistent. We feel we are in good hands with advice and solutions.’

‘Overall good service with dedicated advice in all the law requirements. They get to know you, you are not just a number.’

‘Attention to detail that you can understand and its not just jargon.’

‘They go the extra mile.’

‘Whether it’s listening patiently, explaining a point of law, or help in deciding on a course of action, you always feel supported.’

Key clients

Air Business Limited

Winkworth Franchising plc

F H Bertling Limited

B3 Living Limited

Alpi UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for London-based client Powerday in the acquisition of IOD Skip Hire Limited.
  • Provided Winkworth Franchising plc with ongoing HR and employment support and advice include TUPE, disciplinary and grievance matters.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP has a seasoned employment practice which advises clients on a range of issues from senior executive exits and data privacy issues to complex TUPE matters. The team is also experienced in handling contentious issues with matters such as employment tribunal claims including whistleblowing and discrimination. Practice head Gwynneth Tan advises a wide range of businesses and senior executives across both the public and private sectors. Simon Fennell has expertise in corporate support work and regularly handles TUPE matters.

Practice head(s):

Gwynneth Tan

Other key lawyers:

Simon Fennell

Testimonials

‘A personable team, which has made it easy to build excellent working relationships. Feels like we are working with extended members of our team.’

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 (Great Britain)

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

Techstream Group

Waam3D Limited

Full Support Healthcare Limited

Design Reality Limited

Kinnersley Kent Design

White Clarke Group Limited (Now Solifi)

Celaton Limited

P3 Group (Ultima Displays Limited/Nimlok Limited)

Datix Limited

Tensator Limited

Electrolux plc

JJS Manufacturing Limited

Helix International Group

Engineering Industry Construction Board (ECITB)

British Waterways Mariners Limited

The Toro Company

Integral Powertrain Limited

Planet Organic Limited

Mirakl UK Limited

Renew Health

Coopervision Limited

WeWork International Limited

Black Box Corporation

Tingdene Group

Dermal Laboratories Limited

Ducati UK

Billing Finance

Phoenix Datacom

The Francis Crick Institute

Varite UK Limited

Bozeat Industrial Limited

Tornado Storage SOlutions

Key Media UK Limited

Pioneer Underwriters

Work highlights

  • Advised Ben – Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund on day-to-day employee operational support and mandatory vaccination compliance in its care homes.
  • Advised Full Support Healthcare Limited in connection to the acquisition of Design Reality Limited.
  • Supported the University of Northampton in day-to-day employee relations support and constructive management of employee dialogue.

Debenhams Ottaway

Debenhams Ottaway advises employers and employees on a range of issues such as disciplinaries, redundancies, grievances, restructuring, restrictive covenants and data theft. The practice is also experienced in providing corporate support on issues such as TUPE in addition to contentious issues in employment tribunal representation. Louise Attrup heads the team and regularly advises senior executives and board directors. Associate Michael Kerrigan specialises in employment status disputes, social media issues and post-termination confidential matters.

Practice head(s):

Louise Attrup

Other key lawyers:

Michael Kerrigan

Testimonials

‘Louise Attrup gives clear and pragmatic advice. She always outlines all the risks and benefits to enable effective decisions to be made.’

‘Debenhams Ottaway took the time to fully understand our business and build relationship which is now evident in the support and quality of service we receive.’

We rely on them for our litigation matters and we remain satisfied on outcomes of claims and the overall tactical approach in dealing with them together with flexibility on billing.’

‘Michael Kerrigan in particular always takes the time to make verbal contact to fully explain the movement on claims and discuss legal points where directions are required. He adopts a clear and easy approach to explain legal implications. This provides an opportunity to fully assess the commerciality element for us as a corporate business.’

‘This team has been in place for a long period of time, which means you are dealing with experienced and knowledgeable individuals. We refer conflict work to this team as we know they are like minded and provide excellent client care.’

‘We refer all of our conflict work to Michael Kerrigan. The feedback from contacts who we refer is always positive and they like his style and empathetic approach.’

Key clients

Fujitsu General Air Conditioning Ltd

Portas Agency Ltd

Sigma Imaging Limited

Brook Street (UK) Ltd

Benchmark Fabrications Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Professor John Pitcher on his appeal to the EAT when his claims for unfair dismissal and direct age discrimination were unsuccessful.
  • Represented a music teacher in an employment status claim against Chigwell School.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP offers advice across all major areas of employment law from restructurings, TUPE advice, staff policies, tribunal claims and immigration. The firm has expertise in the education, hospitality and leisure sectors where it handles issues such as pension schemes, disciplinary matters and trade unions. Christopher Sing heads the employment team and acts for corporate clients in addition to high net-worth individuals. Toni Hudson handles complex discrimination and redundancy claims.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Sing

Other key lawyers:

Toni Hudson

Testimonials

‘The Freeths Milton Keynes team is an extremely flexible and supportive department that provides invaluable support at an extremely competitive rate. Their advice is always practical & commercial and explained in a way that enables our local teams to understand the situation clearly.’

‘Christopher Sing has provided us with excellent commercial advice on a timely basis throughout the entire year, even when he was on holiday! Christopher clearly understood the legal ramifications of all issues that occurred during the year and was able to explain the various actions available to the business and the risks associated with them in a way which enabled us to make decisions with all of the necessary information in front of us.’

‘Professional, responsive and understand the subject area very well.’

‘Proactive with attention to detail, think outside of the box and are attentive.’

‘We mainly use Christopher Sing for our clients because he is simply the best employment lawyer that I have had the privilege to have worked with. An expert in his field, he provides sound advice to myself and our clients. I feel safe and empowered in the knowledge that I can ask Christopher tricky questions and that he will respond in good time to any queries. Where necessary I know I can hand over a case to him for a client that will be handled expertly to bring a dispute to a satisfactory conclusion.’

‘Pragmatic and sensible approach to complex situations. Clearly identify risk without using unnecessary terminology or making key documents undecipherable.’

‘Down to earth and easy to communicate with. Respectful of the challenges within organisations and the differences between them.’

‘The employment team understands us as an employer and have worked very hard to do so. Always supportive, the advice and support we receive is respected and valued.’

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

Derby college group

Landau Forte Charitable Trust

Dawsongroup plc

DK Group Investments Limited

Lloyds Register Quality Assurance Limited

Triad plc

Childbase Partnership

Yokohama H.P.T Limited

Royal United Service Institute (RUSI)

Jeffreys Henry LLP

Longmores Solicitors LLP

The employment team at Longmores Solicitors LLP provides employment advice to major companies and high-net worth individuals on a range of issues including disciplinary and grievance situations, discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal. The practice also offers corporate support with experience on drafting indemnities and warranties in sale agreements and advising on the application of TUPE. Richard Gvero is joint senior partner and head of employment and commercial. Miranda Mulligan advises businesses and individuals on employment and HR issues.

Practice head(s):

Richard Gvero

Other key lawyers:

Miranda Mulligan

Testimonials

‘Extremely impressive employment offering working across a range of sectors with a particular focus on clients in the healthcare industry. Particularly knowledgable on status questions, TUPE and restrictive covenants.’

‘Richard Gvero’s a heavy-hitter with a deep understanding of employment law, always prepared to adopt new and innovative approaches. He’s a tough negotiator and is determined to push his client’s interests. I’ve worked with Richard in recent years on a number of team moves, injunctions, whistleblowing and furlough related matters. Highly recommended.’

‘Miranda Mulligan is a joy to work with. Extremely knowledgeable with an excellent instinct for litigation.’

‘Longmores are a very forward thinking firm of solicitors with specialists working in every field. We are happy to recommend clients from many sectors and all have been impressed with the speed of service and quality of the advice received. An out of London firm with an international ethos.’

‘Richard Gvero in particular impresses hugely because of his professionalism and his personal commitment to providing a timely service.’

‘Longmores Solicitors’ employment team includes members with sufficient knowledge and experience to be able to handle any situation a client might need help with. Always friendly and easily contactable, Longmores’ solicitors go out of their way to understand a client’s business and what makes their employment structures unique. They then tailor their advice and action plans accordingly.’

‘We have been assisted by Miranda Mulligan on many occasions and she has always provided insightful and focused advice on the issue we’ve needed help with. She has been prepared to go ‘above and beyond’ to ensure a successful outcome.’

‘Personal, understanding, knowledgeable and competent. You would expect that as a norm but you can add pragmatic and solution driven.’

Key clients

Lonsdale Services Ltd

Omron Electronics Ltd

Transport Planning Associates

Keble Preparatory School

RSA Consulting Ltd

Hurford Salvi Carr Property Management Ltd

Ballinger & Co

Audiolink Ltd

Endoline Machinery Ltd

Woodhall Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading UK staffing business in relation to a number of former employees who joined a competitor in breach of their employment contracts.
  • Represented a client in complex employment tribunal claims incorporating various interlinking issues including unfair dismissal.
  • Advised a leading engineering company in relation to serious disciplinary issues with one of its managers.

Machins Solicitors LLP

Machins Solicitors LLP ‘s client base encompasses both the private and public sector with strong links to businesses in the transport and manufacturing industries. In addition to business owners, the firm is increasingly acting for individuals such as senior executives and entrepreneurs. The addition of the immigration department has allowed a steady cross-over with the firm’s employment practice as corporate clients take up the service. TUPE and restrictive covenant expert Jackie Cuneen co-heads the firm with David Rushmere who has experience with employment tribunals.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Cuneen; David Rushmere

Testimonials

‘The team has a strong, local employment litigation practice. The quality of the cases they handle is high, as is the quality of work they produce and the instructions I receive from them.’

‘I have been impressed with how quickly and effectively Jackie was able to get on top of a complicated claim that we are working on when one of her team, sadly, fell ill. Jackie has been tremendous help throughout. She has been approachable and responsive and is quick to deal with issues in a sensible and commercial way.’

‘I have worked with Sorcha on a number of tribunal claims and it has been a pleasure. She has a complete handle of all the matters and understands the law well. The work she does is well beyond the standards I would expect of someone of her experience. The cases she manages are well-maintained and properly, commercially pleaded.’

‘In simple terms I think that the team simply bring a practical , friendly and yet highly skilled approach to their work. Always taking time to fully understand and respond appropriately whether a major case or much smaller advice. A truly great professional service.’

‘Jon Alvarez and David Rushmore have been exceptional in terms of their timely and detailed responses , their availability and their willingness to explain all of the options all of the time.’

‘Machins are responsive to our needs, which are not frequent, but when they arise and need resolution at speed Machins provide solid, pragmatic advice at appropriate pace.’

‘The team at Machins is very responsive and cases move forward in a rapid way, with no unnecessary delay. They have a broad skillset and are good at drawing in specific knowledge/talent as it is needed. They deliver a high quality of expertise, and provide exceptionally good value. They are pragmatic and professional, and are not interested in name calling or needless unpleasantness, even if the other side are. That said, they are firm and decisive, and are good at highlighting the pros and cons of each next move, so the client is able to make a well informed decision.’

‘David Rushmere is excellent. He is experienced, has worked at a high level in the sector and can bring that knowledge and understanding to what was, in my case, a relatively minor matter.’

Nockolds Solicitors

Nockolds Solicitors  advises on the full range of employment matters from discrimination cases, redundancies, terminations and TUPE issues to sales and acquisitions of businesses. The Bishop’s Stortford-based practice is instructed by both employers and employees with clients such as start-up businesses to large companies. Gary Smith co-heads the team and is frequently involved in contentious matters with complex High Court proceedings including injunctions and restrictive covenants. Co-head Darren Hayward acts for a number of global employers and specialises in advising South American embassies.

Practice head(s):

Darren Hayward; Gary Smith

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Sutton

Testimonials

‘Nockold’s Solicitors provide up-to-date information via email updates on at least a monthly basis. They bring to your attention upcoming and current issues. During lockdown, they instituted an HR manager’s forum, which brings together HR professionals from various fields, in order to bounce ideas off each other.’

‘We deal mainly Joanna Sutton, who has such a calming demeanour about her, she immediately puts one at ease and puts forward her advice in a very practical and professional manner.’

‘Nockolds has been extremely helpful for my small business, the team have capabilities relating to employment law and IP that have helped my business. Nockolds have always set out fees in advance of conducting the work which I appreciate as a small business.’

‘My solicitor Joanna Sutton has been extremely helpful and responsive to all of my queries. She has always tried to accommodate my requests and deadlines. Specifically, helping me navigate employment law through my contracts and helping protect my business’ IP. Nockolds and Joanna have really given me a good value service and have been clear what can be accomplished within my time and budget constraints.’

‘All the team at Nockolds are excellent, professional and very efficient. In the past 12 months we have used Darren Hayward Jo Sutton and James Brunton.’

‘We have used them for over 15 years and would always recommend them for all aspects of legal advice.’

‘Darren Hayward is extremely efficient and forward thinking in helping our business. Aggressive lawyer with our best interests at heart. 10/10.’

‘The employment law team at Nockolds are fantastic. Always available. Give concise commercial advice. There is always someone available to give advice within a very short timescale.’

SA Law LLP

SA Law LLP fields a multidisciplinary employment team with expertise in areas such as data protection and the use of DSARs in claims and tribunal proceedings. The practice advises both individuals and entities with experience in handling challenges faced in the charity, education, agency and professional sports sectors. Practice head Chris Cook has a wealth of experience in data protection and disputes concerning data subject requests. Beth Leng is adept at advising on senior executive matters.

Practice head(s):

Chris Cook

Other key lawyers:

Beth Leng

Testimonials

‘Beth Leng is excellent, good with clients and a safe pair of hands.’

‘Beth Leng is a top tier employment lawyer with a long and successful career prior to joining SA Law. She immediately became a key employment lawyer in her new geographic area. SA Law can handle the full range of employment law with immense intellectual capability and tactical judgement.’

‘Really give you confidence that they can resolve any issue you throw at them. Nice people to work with too!’

‘Beth Leng is exceptional. We very rarely go elsewhere. Understands our business and what we are trying to achieve. Quickly grasps a problem, communicates our options and gives us a very clear steer on the best route to progress and gives us confidence we can resolve any issue.’

‘The team are very personable and personal. They take time to build good and trusting relationships.’

‘I’ve worked with Chris Cook for many years and his advice is always practical, up-to-date and takes consideration of the specific needs of clients. He manages his time well to make sure he’s available and responsive.’

‘The team at SA Law have been exceptional and supportive. We have dealt with several complex cases throughout the pandemic and have still been able to have face to face meetings with the team. They allow us to explore creative solutions to our employee relations work, and offer clear advice and support.’

‘Friendly, approachable and professional service’

Work highlights

  • Defended a contentious tribunal claim brought by a temporary agency worker.
  • Represented a vulnerable client who was dismissed for raising concerns about bullying about her health conditions.

Tees Law

Tees Law has particular expertise in TUPE, shareholder disputes, post termination restrictions and employment contracts. Recent work highlights include supporting clients in defending tribunal proceedings arising from furlough issues. The firm advises senior executives, business leaders and owner investors across the agriculture, education, transport and logistics sectors. Practice head Robert Whitaker is recognised for his experience in data protection, TUPE, agriculture and managing restructures. Katherine Jameson regularly advises senior executives and managers on exits and restrictive convenants.

Practice head(s):

Robert Whitaker

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Jameson

Testimonials

‘Robert Whitaker is a great supporter of our law clinic and also encourages the involvement of trainees such as Amelia Ayres. They provide clear and pragmatic advice to clients who would not otherwise be able to afford it whilst helping to give our students an invaluable experience of seeing how the law works in practice.’

‘Great tacticians. A team that know which points to push, what to drop and how to apply pressure to opponents where necessary. Very thorough casework that leaves clients satisfied that no stone will go unturned.’

‘Straight-talking and sensible lawyers with quick insight into cases.’

‘From engagement to resolution, Tees supported through the whole process. Judging the level of communication, providing concise and accurate detailed analysis of the situation & options for resolution.’

‘Understand the business & the stakeholders within. Excellent communication, providing availability at all times of the night and day.’

‘Rob Whitaker and his team are outstanding. Well led. They care and are available for queries.’

‘They build fantastic relationships with their clients. Very knowledgeable and they go above and beyond.’

Key clients

English Heritage

Howes Percival LLP

The employment team at Howes Percival LLP has expertise in dealing with complex tribunal claims, redundancies, restructurings, TUPE issues and enforcement of restrictive covenants. The practice has experience in matters across sectors such as retail, automotive, manufacturing, healthcare and education. Practice head Simon deMaid has particular specialism in dealing with disability discrimination claims, large scale redundancies and high value executive terminations. Hannah Pryce has an excellent record as an advocate in the employment tribunals.

Practice head(s):

Simon deMaid

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Pryce

Key clients

AFL Hyperscale

Alphacure Limited

Barton Petroleum Limited

Clare James Automotive Limited

Dachser Limited

Mercedes-Benz

Milton Keynes College

P J Care Limited

Radius Group Limited

Sugarich Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Milton Keynes College on staffing implications, TUPE consultations, pensions, pay and director service agreements in relation to its successful application for Government funding to create a new Institute of Technology.
  • Acted for a large national charity in the defence of an employment tribunal claim brought by an employee alleging discrimination, unfair dismissal and automatic unfair dismissal.
  • Acted for a major automotive retailer in the defence of two connected employment tribunal claims.

Moorcrofts LLP

Moorcrofts LLP  is known for its comprehensive employment law offering to employers and employees across both contentious and non-contentious areas. The team has particular expertise in handling post termination, restrictions, TUPE, Covid-19 and restructuring matters. Matt Jenkin heads the practice and regularly advises employers and senior executives on contracts, employment policies and day-to-day HR issues. Lindsey Abbot specialises in discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.

Practice head(s):

Matt Jenkin

Other key lawyers:

Lindsay Abbot

Testimonials

‘Matt Jenkin is a brilliant communicator – able to cut through much of the legal jargon and deliver messages in a way that engages HR professionals from a range of employers and sectors. His sessions are always a “must attend” at my events and I have no hesitation is recommending his services.’

‘The quality of advice received from the employment team is very good and easy to understand. The team are always available and response times are very good as well as having a fair charging structure.’

‘I find Matt Jenkin to be both highly knowledgable on a technical basis and very practical. To us that carries immense value. Put simply I cannot think of an employment lawyer I would recommend more highly.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for national insurance broker in enforcing non-compete post-termination restriction against a former employee. Successfully secured ex-employee’s resignation from competing role, avoiding litigation.
  • Successfully acted for new entrant into insurance broking market following their mass recruitment of teams of employees from established rival broker.
  • Acted for a leading boutique business advisory and investment house based in London on a complex grievance involving a senior employee.

Taylor Walton LLP

Taylor Walton LLP has a full-service employment law practice which provides day-to-day advice to both employers and employees. The firm has a track record of work on covid-19 workplace issues, disciplinary matters, redundancy and staff restructuring projects. The team also provides support to the firm's corporate department on business sales and acquisitions, including TUPE and outsourcing matters. Alec Colson heads the practice with support from Nicola Smyrl.

Practice head(s):

Alec Colson

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Smyrl

Testimonials

‘This is a very well organised firm of solicitors. Taylor Walton provide us with a comprehensive range of legal services and have done so for the past three years or so. Their billing has always been extremely accurate. They are a very efficient firm of solicitors. Based on this, I have used Taylor Walton for private work for my family.’

‘We deal primarily with Nicola Smyrl. Nicola is absolutely excellent to deal with and is always very thorough, patient and works to tight deadlines where required.’

‘We have a long standing relationship with Taylor Walton. They are available to help on any matter small or big at short notice and this kind of ad-hoc support is most important to our business.’

‘Alec Colson is our long term partner supporting for all HR related topics. He is always available to give advice and guidance. We also used Alec to provide some in-house training to all our managers related to general HR-related legal considerations. Alec can also explain any issue in simple English.’

‘Responsive, effective advice and support.’

‘The team are always patient, knowledgable and happy to explain while answering your questions in a way that is easy to comprehend and relay to others within the business.’

‘They are always happy to help, explain and ensure that as a client I feel empowered to make business critical decisions and relay information to those within the business in an informed way. No question is ever a stupid question, the team that we use as a part of our work are like an extension of our business and always have our best interests at heart.’

‘Very experienced team with a range of expertise, they are very considerate with their advice. Always very knowledgeable and able to apply the advice in a professional but practicable manner with full transparency in dealing with difficult situations. Always open communication on billing with the ethos of full commitment to the client by the entire team.’

Key clients

Trumpf Limited

Aldenham Foundation

JVCKENWOOD Limited

Grovebury Cars Limited

Hamamatsu Photonics UK Limited

Anritsu Europe Limited

Villa Plus Limited

Comline Auto Parts

Pieroth Wines

Bingo Association

British Board of Agrément