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Birkett Long LLP

Julie Temple, who leads the employment team at Birkett Long LLP, has a strong record of representing individuals in unfair discrimination cases, helping clients to avoiding costly tribunals where possible. More broadly, the practice handles non-contentious advisory support and is notable for covering education sector matters and related union issues. The firm also has strong links with HR recruitment businesses and regularly advises clients on the changing  legal landscape. Reggie Lloyd has a particular interest in race, disability and sex discrimination cases and handles related contractual disputes. Charlotte Holman and Martin Hopkins are additional names to note.

Practice head(s):

Julie Temple


The teams high level of service and attention to detail was just amazing‘.

The team know each other very well. It makes for a great working environment. They’re efficient, practical and excellent at what they do‘.

Exceptionally strong employment team, well connected with the local community, strong charitable links, expert advice without all of the unnecessary stuff nonsense‘.

Due to their exemplary, high quality professional service we are confident about placing our absolute trust in Birkett Long. They provide expert legal knowledge and expertise in a manner which is timely, efficient and clear. The team are approachable, engaging and committed to both their profession and maintaining open and honest relationships‘.

I have had the absolute pleasure of working with Julie Temple for a number of years. Julie consistently provides a professional, extremely knowledgeable, personalised and tailored service which always meets our needs in an efficient, well documented and informative manner. Nothing ever seems too much trouble for Julie. The time she has taken to get to know us as an organisation has been invaluable. She is calm and inquisitive to ensure coverage of all angles in any situation; this control makes you feel like you are always in good hands. Julie is meticulous and takes the time to ensure that, as a client, we completely discuss and understand the advice and guidance given‘.

I’ve worked with Reggie Lloyd for a long time now. He is incredibly responsive and efficient, even when juggling multiple matters at the same time. He is very good with clients and able to relay to them the practicalities of the litigation process‘.

My go to solicitor was Charlotte Holman, Charlotte was not only extremely well trained, but her approach to handling me as her client was nothing short of fantastic. Nothing was ever any issue for Charlotte, out of hours telephone calls returned out of hours, professionalism, hard working, supportive would be the words to sum up Charlotte’s approach to her work and clients‘.

Julie Temple and Martin Hopkins are both fantastic, passionate, dedicated, real subject matter experts that deliver credible, concise practical solutions‘.

Key clients

Pinnacle Housing Limited

Imperial London Hotels Ltd

TLC Inns Ltd

Hills Prospect PLC

IT Solutions Services Ltd

Colchester Institute

Writtle University College

Praxis 42

Birketts LLP

The employment team at Birketts LLP, which features a number of City-trained lawyers, is led by Kevin Palmer, a specialist in discrimination litigation. The practice caters for a broad range of industries, including sport, facilities management and leisure, areas where the firm acts for both corporate clients and high-net-worth individuals. In addition, its services are regularly drawn on by the public sector (with particular emphasis on complex TUPE matters). Legal director Clare Barlow has an expanding interest in tech and construction clients and has been working in the practice area for more than 20 years. Abigail Hubert is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Clare Barlow; Abigail Hubert


They are people-led and have a strong presence locally as a reputable provider. Offering a London quality in the regions‘.

Since instructing Birketts on employment matters, our legal costs has gone down and the quality of advice has improved. The team is highly recommended if you would like a local adviser outside of London‘.

Birketts has a great pool of talented individuals offering a magic circle service outside of the magic circle‘.

Kevin Palmer is approachable, pragmatic and calm. His guidance and positioning was helpful‘.

Clare Barlow is our go-to person for employment legal advice in our portfolio companies. She is forward thinking, and very commercial reacting quickly to the legal needs of the business‘.

Clare Barlow and Abigail Hubert predominantly advise us from the team. Clare is a formidable lawyer, who is very commercial, pragmatic and direct. Abigail is a fantastic asset to the Birketts employment team. Her knowledge of employment law is exceptional and her advice is always practical, concise and clear. Abigail has the potential to be a future leader in the firm‘.

Key clients

Alstons (Cabinets) Ltd

Anderson Group

Aspire Media Group Limited

Aston Barclay Limited

Autoprotect (MBI) Ltd

Beresford Group Limited

Briddge Legal and Finance

CNH Industrial N.V.

Colchester United Football Club

CoInvestor Limited

Colorminium (London) Ltd

Commodity Centre Limited

Concurrent Technologies Plc

Custom Security

Databricks UK Limited

Deco Glaze Ltd

Elemental Microanalysis Ltd

Essex County Cricket Club

Fisher Michael Chartered Accountants

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Services UK Ltd

Go Homes Limited

Granarolo (UK) Limited

Hanover Investors Management LLP

Hardys Trading Limited

Iveco Retail Limited

J Reddington Limited

Lemon Groundwork Solutions

Milsom Hotels Ltd

Planet 14 Landscapes Limited

Kalibrate Technologies Plc

Kesgrave Hall Ltd

Marr Procurement Limited

Michael Shaw

Readie Construction Ltd

P2P Mailing Ltd

Seetec Business Technology Centre Ltd / Kent, Surrey & Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company

Seetec Business Technology Centre Ltd

Seetec Ireland

Servowatch Systems Limited

Stefanini UK Limited

Stonebond Properties Limited

Tevva Motors Ltd

Tex Holdings Plc

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Limited

Total Protection (Management Services) Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented a Polish employee dismissed for drug taking on site (not proven) who then pursued claims for disability discrimination and race discrimination and unfair dismissal. The case was settled very close to trial.
  • Advised a client in a major corporate buy-in which involved some 2,500 employees. Also assisted with the myriad of employment issues (including questions of age discrimination, the removal of senior executives and union issues).
  • Represented a client in a Service Provision Change TUPE dispute with a contractor. This involved taking over contracts for the provision of third party IT services and the help desk.

Thompson Smith and Puxon

Jolyon Berry heads up the employment team at Thompson Smith and Puxon, handling both contentious and non-contentious work, with specialisms including tribunal claims, protected disclosures, TUPE transfers and commercial warranties. More broadly, the team covers all aspects of business reorganisation (including protection against rogue directors and employees), complex redundancy programmes, the recruitment and termination of executives and legal issues raised by the Equality Act. In particular, recent addition Lisa Dixon is recommended for disputes regarding disability discrimination in the workplace.

Practice head(s):

Jolyon Berry

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Dixon


They provide valuable employment advice to our company, always taking into consideration our business needs. They advise fully on how to follow employment law, keeping us up to date with any changes, and if relevant, potential risks involved‘.

We have always found the practice incredibly helpful and the advice given has always been of the highest standard. Highly professional‘.

I think one of the most standout attributes of this practice, which I find to be unique in my experience, is the response time to an issue or general support. I have always managed to receive timely and concise information, generally with reaction times being a matter of hours‘.

The practice is always on hand with reassuring and practical advice to help us deal with a wide range of HR and Employment Law issues. We continue to receive a very personal and hands on service from all member of the team. They take great steps to understand the needs of our business when providing advice which, when we are a very niche business, is invaluable‘.

Jolyon Berry is a standout partner for me. Jolyon is a dependable font of knowledge who takes the time to thoroughly understand the business needs and advises on associated risks whilst considering commercial and operational implications. His wealth of experience and ability to clearly articulate all options inspires confidence, minimises disruption and assists in closing matters swiftly with the best possible outcome, and as such, I would highly recommend him to any business for employment matters‘.

Jolyon Berry is able to explain the complexities of employment law in a clear and concise manner. He is also happy to talk though any niggles or concerns in a sympathetic way whilst still reinforcing the legal basis for his advice‘.

We have dealt with Jolyon Berry and would happily recommend him to any business regarding an employment issue. Jolyon is very professional and does understand the commercial and operational implications to the business. He confidently explores and explains the options available, without using too much legal jargon, whilst advising on any potential risks‘.

Recent discussions with Jolyon Berry and Lisa Dixon covering HR topics were informative. We were able to openly discuss a range of related topics, and run through the pros and cons of following certain paths‘.

Pinney Talfourd LLP

With four offices in Essex (Upminster, Hornchurch and two in Brentwood), the employment team at Pinney Talfourd LLP has capacity to serve clients across a substantive part of the South East. Areas of specialism include: dismissals, redundancy, flexible working, whistleblowing and bonus disputes. In addition, the firm handles cases characterised by team moves and restrictive covenants (with related experience in the building and property trades). Led by dispute resolution partner Stephen Eccles, it also features 'knowledgeable and confident' senior associate Alexander Pearce, known for his tribunal and High Court work (both contentious and non-contentious).

Practice head(s):

Stephen Eccles

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Pearce


They respond very quickly to any questions that I had and had good knowledge of the procedures that we needed to follow. Although not having dealt with many firms in this area there was never any delay‘.

Prompt responses and clear and concise practical and technical advice. Very personable and we have no hesitation in recommending‘.

I have dealt with various partners within the organisation over the years they have always been our first point of call when situations have arisen within the company. The partners I have dealt with have always demonstrated a vast knowledge of the law and have supported us when needed‘.

‘I never find myself on a empty line waiting for a response. Working with Pinney Talfourd makes the legal system easier‘.

Alex Pearce was both knowledgeable and confident in his approach. His advice and drafting helped us deal with the employment issue that we had quickly and efficiently‘.

Alex Pearce has always been our main contact. I have never had to question Alex’s professionalism, he has always delivered and understood what was needed. I have met with Alex many times and he comes across as a solicitor that cares and looks for solutions whatever the situation‘.

I have dealt with Alex Pearce on more than one occasion, his approach to resolution of matters is unquestionable together with his knowledge of the law gives confidence we are in safe hands‘.

Key clients

Brook Street Food Service Limited

NTS Premier Services Limited

Purified Air Limited

Alexander Fraser and Son Limited

Flexible Storage Solutions Limited

Geotom Limited

Day2Day Fire Security Limited

Trinity Chambers

S P Location Rental Limited

PIP Electrics

Fairclough Property Professionals

Vision Personnel Ltd

WPN Properties

Poppett’s Limited

Contrakt Ltd

A. Whalebone Building Supplies Limited

The Electrical and Plumbing Company Limited

B R Rail Limited

Tees Law

Following the 2019 merger with Wortley Byers, the employment team at Tees Law has been significantly bolstered, with specialisms now including agribusiness, education, transport, logistics and professional services. In particular, the team is noted for its aptitude in TUPE transfers, with the practice supporting on the purchase of high-value companies. The firm also covers director/shareholder disputes, unfair prejudice, contractual advice and post-termination restrictions. Headed by agricultural expert Robert Whitaker, it also features litigation specialist Jonathan Insley and exit strategists Katherine Jameson and Sarah Stanyer.

Practice head(s):

Robert Whitaker


Very professional, very knowledgeable – they put your worries at ease‘.

The employment advice is commercial, balanced and well explained. I have found the team to be exceptionally responsive and helpful in the advice provided. The contractual advice and employee relation advice that has been provided has been excellent‘.

Always reachable with prompt replies, advice given and steered in the right direction, clear concise information explained in detail or laymen’s terms if needed‘.

Very organised, efficient and responsive’.

Robert Whitaker: excellent. An expert in my opinion‘.

Robert Whitaker and Katherine Jameson are extremely responsive and very good at catering to the specific needs of the client‘.

Jonathan Insley has been particularly valued in terms of the advice and work he has carried out for us. His pragmatic and clear advice has allowed us to make well informed decisions on how to approach different employment situations. The turnaround time in the work he has provided has been quick, but the quality is not impacted as a result. His helpful and approachable manner makes him really easy to work with‘.

Key clients



Bishop Stortford College

Island Pacific

Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers

Rand Brothers

Aviation Medica

Kidney Cancer UK

Globe Tooling

Oakray Ltd

Cambridge Market Research

Alloy Fabweld

Kevin Nash Group (Nash Tackle)

Marlborough Highways Limited

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

Bushra Elzubeir and Tony Fisher lead the employment offering at Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP. Specialising in healthcare, sports and the employment aspects of M&A, it caters for both domestic and international clients. Areas covered include: athlete employment contracts, immigration applications (covering all tiers of the points-based system), work permits and victimisation in the workplace. Lawrence Adams and Ashlee Campbell are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Bushra Elzubeir; Tony Fisher

Other key lawyers:

Lawrence Adams; Ashlee Campbell


The employment team at Palmers, which is overseen by Luke Morgan, provides advice on both contentious and non-contentious matters, advising SMEs across South Essex as well as London businesses. Areas covered include: shareholder/director disputes, global settlements, the sale of company shares, employment tribunals and breaches of post termination restrictions. Samantha Randall is a name to note for discrimination, disciplinary, and grievance and matters.

Practice head(s):

Luke Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Randall

Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP

Employment team lead Fiona Colwell has cross-disciplinary responsibilities at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP. Specifically, this means that clients can also benefit from her commercial experience in relation to issues such as TUPE transfers and settlement agreements. More broadly, the firm handles work for individuals, businesses and schools, often drafting documentation such as staff handbooks and consultant contracts. Industries served include healthcare, insurance and recruitment.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Colwell

Work highlights

  • Drafting employment contracts and a staff handbook for a company in the financial services industry.
  • Provided a client with a contract of employment, staff handbook and related ancillary advice.