Hall Of Fame

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

B P Collins LLP

In Gerrards Cross, the ‘tenacious‘ and ‘knowledgeable‘ team at B P Collins LLP assists clients with the full spectrum of employment matters, most notably resisting and enforcing restrictive covenants, and directors’ duties. The firm advises a varied client roster, which includes Daiichi Sankyo UK, BIC UK and Ceva Animal Health. Jo Davis leads the team with a ‘steel fist inside her velvet glove‘, and has extensive expertise in partner and senior executive exits in addition to TUPE transactions, while Kathryn Fielder was promoted to partner in May 2022, and is a specialist in family friendly rights and internal compliance, often acting in discrimination and whistleblowing tribunal claims. Chris Brazier has moved to Doyle Clayton.

Practice head(s):

Jo Davis

Other key lawyers:

Kathryn Fielder; Greg Clark


‘The team is led by Jo Davis. The work she and her team carry out on very complex employment cases with many appeals has been exemplary.’

‘Attention to detail is first class, also the ability to see the whole case and to strategise. Jo Davis is very exceptional and those who work in her team have all been very dedicated and great to work with.’

‘Kathryn Fielder shows superb qualities in her field of expertise. She is extremely sensitive to client needs and requirements, and is a really committed lawyer.’

‘The team is highly responsive and takes the litigation work they undertake very seriously. Any client who needs bespoke attention is very well served.’

‘B P Collins is a very strong team focusing in on private client and small, medium-sized businesses. They offer a bespoke service with a regional touch at City levels of quality.’

‘A tenacious and well serviced employment team which works night and day to secure the best outcome that it can for its clients.’

‘Jo Davis is like a rottweiler in her refusal to allow any issues to be unexplored if she feels that they shall lead to the best outcomes for her clients. She keeps a steel fist inside her velvet glove.’

Key clients

His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi

Daiichi Sankyo UK Ltd

The Amtico Company Limited

BIC UK Limited

Ceva Animal Health Limited

Hawkins Brown Architecture Limited

CPI TMD Technologies Limited

Blaser Mills Law

With ‘vast amounts of knowledge‘, the ‘exceptional‘ team at Blaser Mills Law assists companies across the insurance, higher education, and automotive sectors. Noel Deans leads the Marlow-based team, often advising senior executives and US-headquartered corporations with his ‘outstanding knowledge‘ of collective consultations, internal investigations, and board disputes. James Simpson frequently acts for employers on matters concerning data protection, employee benefits and executive dismissals. Senior associate Ben Lindsay joined the team from B P Collins LLP in February 2022, contributing his expertise in the resolution of workplace disputes and TUPE matters.

Practice head(s):

Noel Deans

Other key lawyers:

James Simpson; Ben Lindsay


‘Excellent service from start to finish, very timely, very knowledgeable, feel very safe in their hands and that they have my best interests at heart.’

‘Ben Lindsay was always available to provide support, guidance and updates in a timely, professional and helpful manner. Took time with me to explain issues, expectations, and goals. Worked towards a tight deadline, whilst calm and keeping me informed along the way.’

‘Clear guidance and good understanding of the law.’

‘The team is exceptional. They demonstrate vast knowledge of UK and EU law. This is a well diverse team with many years experience between them. I have collaborated with the team on some very contentious matters where Noel Deans has been a calm and supportive resource when we have been in the eye of the storm from a litigious matter.’

‘Noel Deans is quietly confident, his knowledge of employment law has not gone unnoticed. He presents clear and unambiguous advice. Noel has outstanding knowledge, is calm, and understands the complexity of my case, providing me with a strategy that I endorse.’

‘The team has vast amounts of knowledge and is able to apply that practically within a commercial environment. They are able to set out the facts to us in law and practically how that can impact us.’

‘From the first call through to resolution, the team is outstanding. The expertise of the team is invaluable. I could not have found a better team to help me with a very large settlement negotiated and navigating me through some heavy restrictive covenant clauses in the agreement.’


In Milton Keynes, Dentons‘ ‘very robust and versatile‘ team advises a diverse client roster spanning the telecoms, retail and transport sectors. The team regularly dispenses advice on government projects, and transactions in the fintech space. Practice head Sarah Beeby is ‘simply excellent‘, assisting both public and private sector clients with collective consultations, large-scale redundancies, and TUPE transfers. Michelle Lamb focuses on advising venture capital clients on retendering processes, whistleblowing claims and discrimination disputes, while ‘completely trustworthy‘ counsel Verity Buckingham often advises corporations on senior exits, in addition to the defence of tribunal claims.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Beeby

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Lamb; Verity Buckingham; Victoria Albon


‘The team’s support has been invaluable, both from a UK employment law perspective and also globally. Quite frankly, I consider the Dentons team as my very own right-hand person. They acknowledge my risk tolerance and they deliver time and time again. Kudos to the team.’

‘Sarah Beeby leads by example and sets a high standard across the team, always responding promptly to any request for advice, ensuring a satisfactory resolution has been achieved for each one.’

‘The team is adept at handling and advising on employment law and complex and reputationally sensitive employee relations issues for corporates, financial services institutions, government departments and agencies and names in the education, rail and aviation sectors.’

‘Sarah Beeby is a hugely experienced employment lawyer. She is unflappable, very commercial and really gets to the heart of what her clients need. She really gets what an organisation is about and what they need from their external legal advisers.’

‘Victoria Albon is responsive and pragmatic, providing timely and practical advice, with an eye to the commercial realities facing her clients. She is calm under pressure.’

‘Super responsive, practical and commercial. The team really know our business and rapid way in which we operate. Exceptional coordination on global HR projects. Lawyers in the team are very human and always a delight to work with.’

‘Verity Buckingham is very detailed and thorough on corporate support projects. Completely trustworthy and responsive. Simply a pleasure to work with.’

‘The Dentons team is very robust and versatile. The team is able to address our needs very quickly and in sufficient detail across a number of areas, including disciplinary matters, litigation, union issues, contracting, and immigration.’

Key clients


Ministry of Defence

HSBC Bank plc

Arbuthnot Latham & Co Ltd

FE Fundinfo Limited

Octopus Investments Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Govia Thameslink Railway Limited

TUI UK Limited

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited

Wizz Air Limited

3M United Kingdom Plc

Vygon (U.K.) Limited

Drax Corporate Limited

Rackspace Limited

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

American Eagle Outfitters Inc

Royal Albert Hall

Sunpower Corporation UK Limited

Cognita Schools Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising KKR on its purchase of S&P Global’s engineering solutions business, for $975m in cash. Advising on the employment and labour aspects of the purchase in 26 jurisdictions, conducting legal due diligence and negotiating the transaction documents.
  • Acting for TUI in its defence against a claim brought by eight defendants following a change to its PHI benefits in 2021.
  • Acting for Village hotels, defending an application for an injunction brought on behalf of one of the members of the gym (suffering from Dementia) at the client’s hotel.


Divided between Uxbridge and Reading, the team at IBB Law frequently assists the UK subsidiaries of international corporations, in addition to clients in the technology, hospitality, and construction sectors. Richard Devall leads the practice with his expansive expertise in business immigration issues and transfers, and outsourcing arrangements. On the commercial services side, Justin Govier has longstanding experience in assisting HR directors and US clients with board matters, and frequently defends discrimination and TUPE claims. Senior associate Jasmin Dhillon has broad knowledge, encompassing the construction of settlement agreements, employment contracts, and redundancy exercises.

Practice head(s):

Richard Devall

Other key lawyers:

Justin Govier; Jasmin Dhillon; Manisha Fatania


‘Excellent subject knowledge. Very proactive and professional team. Genuinely help with strategy as well as providing advice. Understand business and commercially astute.’

‘It’s the ability to relate to the business situation, and think strategically, that marks them out.’

Key clients

Clancy Group plc

Renault Retail Group

Link Theory


Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of PortAll Limited (trading via Portman Compliance) and Nanstrad Limited on selling their shares to Compliancy Services Limited, which included a roll-over for one of the shareholders.
  • Advising a luxury goods manufacturer on reviewing and updating an apprenticeship agreement for apprentice watchmakers being trained in Switzerland.
  • Advised the CFO of a venture capital company based in Barcelona on the process to dismiss the UK Country Manager.

Sherrards Solicitors LLP

The ‘very knowledgeableMark Fellows leads the St Albans-based team of ‘exceptional individuals‘ at Sherrards Solicitors LLP. With a ‘very good mixture of skills and experience‘, the practice handles the full range of employment disputes concerning sex and disability discrimination, and unfair dismissals. Fellows advises owner-managed businesses and global companies within the pharmaceuticals and retail sectors on the drafting of restrictive covenants and Employment Tribunal proceedings. Joanne Perry left the firm in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Mark Fellows

Other key lawyers:

Emma O’Meara


‘The employment team are thoroughly professional and knowledgeable. Highly approachable and easy to deal with.’

‘Mark Fellows is very knowledgeable and thoroughly professional. He cuts to the real issue at stake and offers a balanced and objective view of potential solutions. Mark is approachable and without doubt, goes above and beyond in terms of support.’

‘The team have a great positive, friendly, and open presence in the community.’

‘I’ve found this practice to be very down-to-earth and professional. At every stage, they have been accommodating. I’ve had total confidence in the team from the start, due to first-class communication and relevant advice.’

‘The team at Sherrards are exceptional individuals. They offer pragmatic, non-judging advice and guidance. Those who make up the team are individually very strong, offer their own perspectives, and operate with strategy and the big picture in mind.’

‘Mark Fellows and Emma O’Meara do an incredible job. They are both excellent at ensuring we keep our brand compliant, whilst being able to simplify any complex regulations. Mark and Emma are always accessible and always go above and beyond to make sure we have the support we need.’

‘The team has a very good mixture of skills and experience, providing a sound platform for effective advice. They have an excellent collaborative approach and cover a wide range of matters, including employment, benefits and immigration, enhanced by being part of an international alliance.’

‘I enjoy working with Mark Fellows as he is always quick to grasp the commerciality of the situation and offer alternative routes to a solution. He never railroads towards a particular path.’

Key clients

Air Business Limited

Winkworth Franchising plc

F H Bertling Limited

B3 Living Limited

Alpi UK Limited

TOCA Social

Work highlights

  • Advised the head office of Winkworth on matters involving the franchisees, which are separate entities.
  • Advising Alpi, an international freight and logistics business, on non-contentious matters, including policies, procedures, and recruitment; and contentious matters including Employment Tribunal claims, internal disciplinary and grievances.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP houses a ‘hugely knowledgeable‘ team, which advises a diverse and lucrative client roster, which notably includes Everyman Media, Turtle Bay and WeWork International. The ‘exceptionalGwynneth Tan heads up the practice in Milton Keynes, and has longstanding experience in handling employee data issues, TUPE outsourcing projects, and post-termination restrictions. ‘Go-to employment guruSimon Fennell is adept at acting in both contentious and non-contentious matters surrounding employment tribunals and the TUPE element of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Gwynneth Tan

Other key lawyers:

Simon Fennell


‘Gwynneth Tan is excellent, she knows her stuff, is responsive, and has a great team under her. Most importantly she is an absolute pleasure to work with. Highly recommended!’

‘Gwynneth Tan is exceptionally easy to talk to and makes the most complex matters straight forward with clear step by step guidance, turn around time is also very good.’

‘A very well disciplined and friendly team who make the complicated aspects of law easier to understand for clients. The integration of the team with other specialist areas within the business such as litigation works exceptionally well.’

‘Gwynneth Tan is an exceptional lawyer. Her listening skills and interpersonal skills are outstanding and she has the ability to put clients at ease with her no nonsense, common sense approach to situations. Would highly recommend Gwynneth for all employment law and related issues.’

‘The service I get is second to none, and Simon Fennell is my go-to employment guru. Simon is my go-to employment specialist and I would not go elsewhere. He has common sense and an extremely commercial approach.’

‘This is an excellent practice – the support they provide to our business on employment issues is invaluable. They are thorough, yet fast to deal with anything we need assistance with.’

‘The team at Shoosmiths is by far the best team I have ever worked with in my career. They are not only hugely knowledgeable, but also provide pragmatic advice on both non-contentious and contentious work.’

‘Simon Fennell is a fantastic asset to Shoosmiths. He provides workable solutions that both mitigate risk and achieve commercial aims. He is a pleasure to work with. I cannot recommend him highly enough.’

Key clients

The White Company (UK) Limited

H&M UK Ltd

Open University

University of Northampton

BEN – Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund

British American Tobacco

Planet Organic

Volkswagen Group

Nissan Motor (GB)

Renault Europe Group

Scania (Great Britain)

Playground Games

Fossil (UK)

Ann Summers


Canal & River Trust

Keysoe International Limited

Waam3D Limited

Full Support Healthcare Limited

Design Reality Limited

Solifi Ltd


Electrolux plc

Engineering Industry Construction Board (ECITB)


WeWork International

Tingdene Group

Billing Finance

Phoenix Datacom (Now Red Helix Ltd)

The Francis Crick Institute

Key Media UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Everyman on conduct and performance matters, long-term sickness absence and disabilities, and on projects relating to policy and employee development.
  • Advised Nissan Motor GB Ltd on a series of strategic disposals of its West Way Nissan dealership network, in three phases, to established third party automotive dealership groups.
  • Advising The White Company (UK) Ltd, dispensing specific TUPE project advice in connection to the completion of the outsourcing of the warehouse provision in Swan Valley, Northamptonshire to Wincanton Logistics.

Debenhams Ottaway

The ‘extremely passionate and knowledgeable‘ team at Debenhams Ottaway advises both employers and employees on settlement agreements, disciplinaries and grievances, and restructuring matters. The ‘brilliantLouise Attrup leads the St. Albans-based team, specialising in data theft and restrictive covenants, often advising board directors. Commended by clients for his knowledge, associate Michael Kerrigan is adept at acting in employment status disputes, and advising on the protection of confidential information after termination.

Practice head(s):

Louise Attrup

Other key lawyers:

Michael Kerrigan


‘Louise Attrup is very professional and provided excellent practical advice on how to take things forward. Louise always found time to explain how to progress with the case.’

‘I cannot thank Michael Kerrigan enough and unreservedly recommend him; his knowledge, his professionalism and his care, and attention to his clients is indisputable.’

‘The team is knowledgeable and take the time to understand our business and challenges in how they advise and deal with our cases.’

‘The team is extremely passionate and knowledgeable and their interpersonal skills are above any firms I have worked with, they genuinely care about their clients and the outcomes.’

‘This practice is unique in the quality of the advice given. Always high quality, but at the same time pragmatic and well reasoned.’

‘Louise Attrup is a brilliant employment lawyer who always delivers well thought out advice.’

Key clients

Brook Street (UK) Ltd

Portas Agency Ltd

Sigma Imaging UK Ltd

Fujitsu General Air Conditioning Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised a professor who had his employment at Saint John the Baptist College and the University of Oxford terminated based on an Employer Justified Retirement Age.

Freeths LLP

Working out of the Milton Keynes office, Freeths LLP‘s ‘attentive and thorough‘ practice frequently advises clients on trade union issues, investigations, and disciplinary matters. The ‘excellentChristopher Sing leads the team, and has a ‘wealth of experience‘ in handling allegations of discrimination and sexual assault, while senior associate Toni Hudson assists clients within the aviation, education, and hospitality sectors with TUPE and redundancy issues.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Sing

Other key lawyers:

Toni Hudson


‘Christopher Sing is very capable. He is personable and has a wealth of experience in employment law.’

‘Fully engaged team that is responsive to the diverse requirements of a group that is spread all over the UK.’

‘Very knowledgeable about their subject area. Understanding customer needs. Attentive and thorough.’

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 UK Limited

Yamaha Music Europe GMBH (UK) Limited

Oxford Brooks University

Santa Maria UK Limited

Deutsche Telekom Global Business Solutions Limited

Laine Pub Company

Niftylift Limited

Chesterfield College

Brewhouse and Kitchen

The Dragon School Trust

Landau Forte Charitable Trust

Howes Percival LLP

Exhibiting ‘great strength and breadth of skill‘, Howes Percival LLP‘s team handles a myriad of both contentious and non-contentious issues, including the enforcement of restrictive covenants and senior executive exits, in addition to acting in tribunal claims. The ‘excellentSimon deMaid heads up the Milton Keynes-based practice and has wide knowledge of large-scale redundancies, disability discrimination claims, and executive terminations within the manufacturing and healthcare sectors; Hannah Pryce frequently assists and collaborates with clients to deliver training. Anna Bithrey joined the firm from Taylor Walton LLP in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Simon deMaid

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Pryce; Anna Bithrey


‘Commercially minded with great strength and breadth of skill, and knowledge.’

‘Great professionalism and communication, Simon deMaid is excellent.’

‘From initial engagement through to completion, they provided an exceptional service. Transparent, effective communication, concise information, and fully supportive.’

‘Everyone is helpful, polite, professional, knowledgeable and pragmatic; they take a common-sense approach to providing advice.’

‘Simon deMaid stands out. He is a good listener and has an almost uncanny ability to capture and then summarise what you have said. His advice is clear and specific – so many lawyers sit on the fence! His demeanour is calm and unflappable and he will do everything he can to help.’

‘Anna Bithrey has been outstanding in explaining and guiding us through our case. Very personable, and has been a calming presence throughout. Her advice on everything has been invaluable, her advice has always been excellent, giving more confidence in all areas of our case.

Key clients

AFL Hyperscale

Anchor Hanover Group

Alphacure Limited

Barton Petroleum Limited

Clare James Automotive Limited

Dachser Limited

Medigold Health Consultancy Limited


Milton Keynes College

P J Care Limited

Radius Group Limited

Stonbury Limited

Longmores Solicitors LLP

Longmores Solicitors LLP‘s Hertford-based team offers ‘impressive and commercial‘ advice on a range of matters, including TUPE applications, staffing terms and whistleblowing issues. Practice head Richard Gvero has ‘unparalleled knowledge‘ spanning employee competition disputes and injunction proceedings, and often advises international corporations. Associate Miranda Mulligan frequently gives clients ‘superb advice‘ on multi-party claims and injunctive proceedings concerning post-termination restrictions.

Practice head(s):

Richard Gvero

Other key lawyers:

Miranda Mulligan


‘Longmores’ team offers impressive and commercial solutions across the board, with particular expertise in healthcare recruitment, TUPE and restrictive covenants.’

‘Richard Gvero has an unparalleled knowledge of the employment law field and an eye for a commercial solution. Miranda Mulligan is an up and coming associate and one to watch.’

‘Miranda Mulligan keeps me very calm and gives superb advice. The support she then provides isn’t just legal, it is emotional. Miranda goes above and beyond.’

‘Miranda Mulligan is diligent, efficient, supportive, strong, understanding, and above all else, successful in helping me stand up for what I believe in and enabled me to fight for change for other women.’

‘The team is attentive and gives prompt client service.’

‘They listen and give sound advice.’

Key clients

European Flavours & Fragrances PLC

Endoline Machinery Limited

RSA Consulting Limited

Assist Security (Retail) Limited

Paradise Wildlife Park

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading UK recruitment business on the defence of tribunal proceedings by a disgruntled former employee claiming unfair dismissal.
  • Advising a respondent in complex multiple tribunal proceedings by two former employees.
  • Advising a client on conducting a complex redundancy process including the potential application of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006.

Machins Solicitors LLP

Jointly led by Jackie Cuneen and David Rushmere, the ‘absolutely fantastic‘ team at Machins Solicitors LLP serves a varied client base consisting of high-net-worth individuals, start-ups, and multinational corporations. Dividing her time between Luton and Berkhamsted, Cuneen maintains a technology and financial services focused practice and often advises clients on collective redundancies and TUPE transfers, and the ‘remarkable‘ Rushmere has ample contentious experience, frequently acting in tribunal claims.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Cuneen; David Rushmere

Other key lawyers:

Sorcha Monaghan; Philip Bain


‘David Rushmere’s knowledge of his field, and his ability to interpret, explain and communicate complex law and related issues is remarkable. He is an expert communicator and negotiator.’

‘My family has dealt with Machins for many years, Machins deliver first class, excellent legal advice from experts within a broad range of specialisms. They take time to get to know their clients and providing a tailored, personal service of the highest possible standard.’

‘It is evident that they are a team of professionals who strive to deliver a high-quality, personalised service. Everyone I’ve had contact with has been professional, thorough and proactive, which gives a sense of confidence in their ability to handle my case, they manage to do this with such a high level of expertise and efficiency. I have no hesitation in recommending Machins.’

‘David Rushmere is not only very pleasant and professional, his depth of experience is evident and he’s clearly an expert in his field. David takes the time to understand the detail. His communication is excellent and his expert advice clear. Most importantly to me, David understands my personal priorities and aims in bringing, and has shown great respect for my beliefs and values.’

‘The team were really approachable, responsive, and had compassion and empathy. The whole process was straightforward and user friendly and I think the personal touch they provided would have been lacking from a larger firm.’

‘I believe Sorcha Monaghan and David Rushmere are thorough, fair, and transparent in fighting cases, and establish justice. I would highly recommend Machins Solicitors LLP to anyone seeking experts in employment law.’

‘Machins Solicitors LLP is absolutely fantastic, the whole team has been ever so helpful. Phillip Bain has filled me with confidence that we will come out on top.’

Nockolds Solicitors

In Bishop’s Stortford, Nockolds Solicitors‘ ‘amazing‘ team handles the full spectrum of employment matters, including redundancies and TUPE-related issues, in addition to the employment aspects of corporate transactions. Darren Hayward leads the practice alongside Gary Smith. Hayward advises national employers on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues, particularly in relation to wrongful and unfair dismissals, and equal pay matters, while Smith has extensive experience in the enforcement of restrictive covenants and whistleblowing claims.

Practice head(s):

Darren Hayward; Gary Smith

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Sutton


‘Amazing team all round, knowledge is 10/10 and we are very happy with Nockolds!’

‘They empathise with our requirements and make things easy, considering any complicated litigious issues.’

Key clients

Scoffs Group Limited

BioMarsh Environmental Holdings Limited

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Scoffs Group Ltd on its acquisition of a portfolio of Costa Coffee stores directly from Costa Ltd.
  • Advised BioMarsh Environmental Holdings Ltd on its acquisition of Wales Environmental Ltd, a waste management company.


Working out of St Albans, the team at SA Law LLP handles a broad range of discrimination disputes, constructive dismissals, and the use of DSARs in tribunal proceedings. Chris Cook heads up the practice with his ‘excellent‘ longstanding expertise in data protection work; he also assists vulnerable clients with investigations and agency issues. ‘Star individualBeth Leng is particularly adept at representing charities and clients within the financial services sector in senior executive matters, and ‘fantastic‘ associate Christine Caffrey frequently advises HR and senior management teams on unfair dismissals and grievance processes.

Practice head(s):

Chris Cook

Other key lawyers:

Beth Leng; Christine Caffrey


‘SA law are a commercially minded firm with employment law expertise, who are able to offer pragmatic advice to their clients. They are particularly supportive of local businesses as well as their larger clients, and very involved in their local community.’

‘Chris Cook has excellent knowledge of data protection and how it affects respondent clients.’

‘Christine Caffery really knows her stuff and provides pragmatic employment advice to her clients. Her cases are always thoroughly prepared and her advice is spot on. She is a fantastic respondent lawyer, able to identify strengths and weaknesses in a case and strategic in her approach. Always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Their employment team is the equal of any of the best London teams.’

‘Beth Leng is now the star individual in her region. You would be a fool to use anyone else.’

‘Professional, always helpful in explaining the risk and law in lay terms.’

‘The team are responsive and clear communicators – we have a very good working relationship with them and appreciate the way they understand our business.’

‘My experience is that the team have a strong understanding of our sector and this helps them to give appropriate advice and guidance. In particular, Chris Cook understands our business very well and makes himself available when issues come up – I cannot fault his availability and engagement. He is also a clear communicator.’

Key clients

Watford Football Club Association

Tring Park School for Performing Arts

Boxmoor Trust

Pangaea Laboratories Ltd

St Paul’s Cathedral

West London Mission

Middlesex University

Work highlights

  • Advising a religious organisation on a series of coordinated and complex grievances raised by four employees including allegations of whistleblowing, race discrimination, and bullying and harassment.
  • Advised a client in connection with the removal of its General Counsel and Compliance Officer following a breakdown in relationship with the rest of the executive board.
  • Acting for individual senior executives facing termination from a city hedge fund business within or shortly after the expiry of probationary periods.

Tees Law

Tees Law houses a team which has ‘knowledge and expertise that is second to none‘; predominantly based in Bishop’s Stortford, the practice serves a number of owner-managed businesses in the professional services and logistics sectors. Praised for his ‘great attention to detail‘, Robert Whitaker leads the team, dividing his time between Bishop’s Stortford and Chelmsford, and has a great deal of expertise in advising on agricultural worker issues, TUPE processes and data protection matters. The ‘very hardworkingKatherine Jameson has notable expertise in restrictive covenants, often assisting executives and senior managers with settlement terms and exit strategies.

Practice head(s):

Robert Whitaker

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Jameson


‘Rob Whitaker is very supportive. He is a professional and effective adviser and is always happy to assist if at all possible.’

‘Client-focused and proactive team with excellent tacticians, who know which points to press.’

‘Robert Whitaker has great attention to detail and an ability to see to the heart of a case. Great tactics.’

‘Katherine Jameson provides excellent client care and is very hardworking. Realistic and sensible advice when appropriate, but also more than capable of fighting her client’s corner.’

‘They provide a personal service and knowledge, understanding, empathy, and are experts in their field.’

‘I cannot speak more highly of the Tees Employment team. We have a great relationship with them, they are professional, down to earth and personable. Their knowledge and expertise is second to none.’

‘They provide excellent expert advice and make you feel like their best client.’

Key clients

English Heritage

Containerlift Services Limited

Kidney Cancer UK

Moorcrofts LLP

The ‘very approachable‘ Marlow-based team at Moorcrofts LLP is adept at advising on settlement agreements, the appointment of directors, and collective and individual redundancies. Rated by clients as ‘one of the best employment lawyers you will find‘, Matt Jenkin leads the team with his longstanding expertise in drafting employment contracts and policies, in addition to handling restrictive covenants and obtaining injunctions. Associate Lindsey Abbot primarily represents employers in claims concerning unfair dismissals and discrimination issues.

Practice head(s):

Matt Jenkin

Other key lawyers:

Lindsey Abbot


‘The team is small, but very approachable, and there are very short communication lines and they are able to provide immediate advice.’

‘Matt Jenkin is very nice to work with; he always takes time to answer any questions you may have.’

‘Matt Jenkin is very responsive, highly knowledgeable and very commercial. One of the best employment lawyers you will find.’

Key clients

Shareholders of Distribution Technology Limited

Adamas consulting

Taylor Walton LLP

The ‘excellent‘ team at Taylor Walton LLP dispenses advice to corporates in the retail, logistics and engineering sectors, on matters including business immigration issues and holiday pay matters. Alec Colson heads up the Luton-based practice, utilising his longstanding expertise in acting for both employers and employees in discrimination claims. Rated by clients as ‘the perfect solicitor‘, Nicola Smyrl often advises on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, including TUPE issues.

Practice head(s):

Alec Colson

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Smyrl


‘My experience of the practice has been excellent. From the outset, I felt that my case was listened to and understood, and that I was in steady hands.’

‘Alec Colson has really stands out, representing me with a calm humour that very much puts me at ease. When I first made contact I felt that he listened, had patience and very quickly understood the key issues.’

‘Their in-depth knowledge enables them to provide sound legal advice time and time again. Added to this, the personal level of service they provide each time is second to none.’

‘Alec’s ability to keep good lines of communication with counsel and the client stands out for me. He is sensitive to client emotions arising when directors of smaller companies fall out. He has a good appreciation of the way in which relationships as well as technical law are the foundation of many employment cases.’

‘They provide excellent everyday employment law support. There is always someone available to help with a query and communication is excellent. They have a vast range of experience and the team is able to deal with and advise on a wide range of issues where we have sought advice.’

‘Individuals in the firm all have excellent subject knowledge and therefore provide excellent advice. Someone is always available when needed and communication on their availability is strong. We are never left with unresolved issues, they will always deliver what is promised.’

‘Nicola Smyrl exemplifies the perfect solicitor, she was understanding, but always managed to keep us on-track. Nicola is by far the best solicitor I have dealt with and I have recommended Taylor Walton, and Nicola in particular to many friends and colleagues.’

‘The service we receive has been thorough and proactive.’