Employment: Hampshire in South East

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP 's employment practice has a particular focus on the retail and leisure, education and charities sectors and has a large client following in these areas. A recent growth area for the practice has been in data protection, and it continues to advise businesses/third sector clients on GDPR and the Data Protection Act matters. Vicky Schollar who takes the lead on  corporate support work with Holly Cudbill, also manages VIGIL, the firm's fixed-fee service providing unlimited day-to-day employment law advice. Tim Forer heads up the employment practice and specialises in contentious employment advice, often acting for clients in employment tribunals, as well as providing strategic management advice. The team regularly provide bespoke training relating to employment and regulatory law for both employers and HR professionals.  

Practice head(s):

Tim Forer

Other key lawyers:

Holly Cudbill; Vicky Schollar

Testimonials

The quality and expertise of the individuals within the team who are knowledgeable and well informed has given me confidence in them to know the answers to all our questions.

Not only well briefed but also articulate & polite. It’s always important to feel a sense of respect and understanding in these sort of dealings.

The team at Blake Morgan have been able to give a balanced position on legal advice combined with good practical guidance on how to apply this in the workplace.   Other organisations quote the law but do not combine this with practical guidance.

Tim Forer links law to practical workable solutions. Holly Cudbill speaks with pragmatic confidence that gives confidence in her solutions.

Both the HR advisers and the lawyers have always provided prompt responses. Advice has always been professional, accurate and helpful.  They understand our charity’s ethos and they work and advise sympathetically to this. 

We have recently worked with Tim Forer and Holly Cudbill, both of whom have provided accurate and timely advice on all issues .  All services have been professional and helpful.

Vicky Schollar’s calm approach and clarity of advice is exactly what is needed when dealing with sometimes complex and challenging situations.

 

Key clients

EE Glass

University of Reading

Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered

Oldercare

Athena Commercial & Domestic Cleaning

Royal Naval Benevolent Trust

Motherson Group

The Pilgrims’ School

Pilgrims’ Friend Society

PETA Limited

Portsmouth Grammar School

HJS Solutions

The Greggs Schools Trust

Magdalen College Oxford

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund

Vail Williams LLP

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Harwood Wealth Management Group

Work highlights

  • Advised a university on a case involving dismissal of a university professor in accordance with the university’s statute at EAT and High Court level.
  • Advised care home/secure psychiatric unit business on complete employment documentation review including GDPR-compliant independent health professional consultancy agreements and sensitive critical-incident in-house cross-referral.
  • Advised on an Employment Tribunal claim relating to a serious incident, which necessitated reports to the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Charity Commission and involved claims of unfair dismissal and allegations of breach of the Data Protection Act 2018.

DC Employment Solicitors

Three partner strong employment boutique DC Employment Solicitors covers the full spectrum of work for both employers and employees. Key work includes high-profile employment tribunal litigation, restrictive covenant litigation, TUPE, trade union recognition, as well as supporting clients in large-scale business reorganisations and collective redundancies. The firm has a significant presence in the charity, transport and shipping sectors and is often called on to provide external and in-house training to clients. The practice is jointly led by Darren Tibble, Daryl Cowan and Laurence Dunn.

Testimonials

Their communications were fast, efficient, informative and advice was reassuring.

DC are renowned in the area as experts in their field and are able to advise based on their huge experience of acting for clients on both sides of the table. As a team they come across as sleek, efficient and clearly work well collectively to ensure a positive client experience. On making the initial enquiry, we were called back in a very short period of time to discuss and for some preliminary advice.  This was reassuring and gave a great impression from the outset.

Darren Tibble is truly a specialist with a profound knowledge of employment law, which he practises with the added benefit of a practical approach and commercial awareness. He communicates with charm and in a clear and straightforward manner which is easy for a lay person to understand. It is a pleasure to work with him.

DC Employment very quickly identify the issues and clearly set out the possible solutions and resolutions. Incredibly helpful and do not expect to charge for every little thing that goes across their desks. Relationships with clients and contacts are very important to the firm and create good working practices across the board.

The key strength of DC Employment is the pragmatic nature of the advice they give.  It is based on an understanding of the real world of employment and does not rest in the realms of theory.

Daryl Cowan and Laurence Dunn are both long experienced employment lawyers with  great client skills and an ability to get to the heart of the issues.

Niche employment practice which provides practical help and advice but can conduct effective and well priced litigation around the UK.’

Key clients

Vitality Health

Rolwey Group

Acclaim Logistics

Alpha Laboratories

Winchester City Council

The YOU Trust

The Yes Yes Company

Paris Smith LLP

As well as undertaking employment tribunal work, Paris Smith LLP's employment team conducts its own advocacy on cases shorter than three days. The team has a strong reputation for restrictive covenant cases, particularly within the recruitment sector, and also advises clients in relation to senior level exits. Alongside this, the firm has a strong client following in the education and transport sectors. TUPE specialist Clive Dobbin leads the practice, while David Roath has niche expertise in whistleblowing cases.

Practice head(s):

Clive Dobbin

Other key lawyers:

David Roath; Claire Merritt

Testimonials

Excellent client care, strong team ethos and they also integrate well with other teams for High Court work such as injunction work.  Good strength in depth and they are at the centre of the employment law community in the Solent region.

David Roath is an excellent lawyer and legal tactician, with a strong work ethic.  He is also really good at relating to clients.

Clive Dobbin is very knowledgeable about employment law and has a strong public sector practice.  He has a good eye for detail and a national reputation for  sound commercial advice.

Claire Merritt is a rising star in the Hampshire region.  She has good commercial sense and is very hard working.

The team are knowledgeable and always seek to provide options and resolutions which protect my organisation. They are proactive and client focused.

Clive Dobbin is very quick to respond and offers sound advice which always protects our organisation. Clive has great integrity and the culture fits well with our own, where honesty and transparent communication are key values.

Key clients

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

AFC Bournemouth

Hampshire Cricket (Ageas Bowl PLC)

Randstad UK

Barfoots of Botley

Stannah Stairlifts

Churches Fire & Security

Millbrook Industries

Keltbray

Draper Tools

Work highlights

  • Represented a college with regard to a claim of disability discrimination arising out of a redundancy exercise.
  • Acted on three separate restrictive covenants cases for a national recruitment business specialising in the construction sector.
  • Acted for Claimant on a claim for non-payment of national minimum wage.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a strong reputation in the financial institutions, retail and education sectors, with much of its work being of a business-critical nature, including defending sensitive tribunal claims. On the corporate side, the team  has particular specialisms in employment and immigration support and acquisitions, and provides training for several national retailers. Jon Hales heads up the national practice while Christina Tolvas-Vincent leads the Southampton team, advises on outsourcing and restructuring, and conducts her own employment tribunal advocacy.

Testimonials

Very efficient solicitors, who provide conscientious, clear and detailed instructions.

Dan Fawcett is a master of employment law and employment law practice. He is an excellent team-worker with great judgement and balance.

Andrew Parsons is a fine litigator, with emotional intelligence and a strong sense of the big picture.

Laura Daniels is a very thorough and determined employment law litigator with excellent knowledge of the field and very good factual grasp.

Key clients

B&Q

Post Office

Signet Trading

Carnival

Ordnance Survey

Associated British Ports

Colgate-Palmolive Group

Quilter

Arts University Bournemouth

NICE Systems UK

LV=

Sunseeker International

Southampton City College

Transdev

National Farmers Union

Work highlights

  • Advised Colgate-Palmolive on restructuring activities, employee relations issues, recruitment, transfers of undertakings and contractual matters.
  • Advised Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society on a number of high profile/sensitive senior exits.
  • Advised Transdev on employment law implications of proposed internal re-organisations within the wider Transdev Group.

Clarke Willmott LLP

The Clarke Willmott LLP team has a strong focus on employment tribunal cases and can also advise clients on matters such as outsourcing and restructuring arrangements. Practice head Marc Long has built a reputation as a TUPE specialist, while Nicole Adams is known for her contentious work. Emily Like, who joined the practice in early 2019, works primarily in the education sector and is experienced in conducting sensitive and in-depth internal investigations for clients.

Practice head(s):

Marc Long

Other key lawyers:

Nicole Adams; Emily Like

Testimonials

Excellent client relationship management, coupled with prompt, commercially focused legal advice on a wide range of employment matters.

Marc Long is an outstanding technical lawyer and takes the stress out of all contentious employment matters that come our way.  His performance in the Tribunal is brilliant and he delivers win upon win.

Nicole Adams, supported by Emily Like, deliver a high standard of work both technically and commercially.  Their client care is commendable.

Very knowledgeable and responsive team of lawyers. They have supported our business in various ways for over 10 years, always with satisfactory outcomes to date.

Partners are genuinely interested in supporting the ongoing success of our business.

Key clients

PEI Genesis UK

Onecom Group

Ogury

Bandai UK

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy

One Family Foundation

Huhtamaki UK

Marina Developments

Work highlights

  • Represented one of the largest owners of coastal properties for commercial use in the UK in respect of an Employment Tribunal claim for disability discrimination and constructive unfair dismissal, including conducting the advocacy.
  • Advised a multi-billion pound and multi-national disposable packaging manufacturer on a complex disciplinary case.
  • Advising a Local Authority on a first-generation outsourcing of leisure services from a Local Authority.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

David Bickford manages Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's employment practice and has wide-ranging experience in all areas of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious. The team advises on various issues, including managing terminations of employment, defending complex employment tribunal claims, outsourcing (including all TUPE issues), employment policies and procedures, as well as restrictive covenants and confidential information.

Practice head(s):

David Bickford

Shoosmiths LLP

With niche specialisms in data protection and immigration issues on top of its broad employment practice, Shoosmiths LLP advises a wide range of clients, from household retail names to local employers in the Hampshire region. The team is supported by health and safety, pensions and tax lawyers to offer a full 360 degree service. Stuart Lawrenson leads the practice and works primarily in the retail sector, advising clients on unfair dismissal claims, collective redundancies, TUPE and national minimum wage claims.  

Practice head(s):

Stuart Lawrenson

Other key lawyers:

Sian Hoare

Key clients

Travelodge Hotels

Krispy Kreme UK

Phase Eight

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Hobbs Fashion Holdings

Whistles

Coopervision

Churchill Retirement

Colten Care

Tricuro

Brightside Group

DAS UK Group

Hafele UK

GAME Retail

Work highlights

  • Advised Travelodge Hotels on a number of specialist topics, from GDPR to whistleblowing to TUPE.
  • Advised on a number of settlement agreements and Tribunal claims for Coopervision.
  • Advised Tricuro on a number of employee relations issues, a number of TUPE scenarios and a complex Tribunal Claim.

Trethowans LLP

With a broad client portfolio spanning the manufacturing, construction and retail sectors, Trethowans LLP has a particularly strong reputation for its contentious work; all lawyers in the team are tribunal advocates. Kathryn Casey-Evans who took over as practice head in late 2019, specialises in discrimination cases, director/shareholder disputes, national minimum wage assessments and TUPE issues. Leading individual Simon Rhodes is the name to note for mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing and insourcing work.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Casey-Evans

Other key lawyers:

Simon Rhodes

Testimonials

I find that Trethowans are very grounded and talk to you in a simple and straightforward way. They recognise day to day constraints.  You get to speak to the same person and definitely feel like you are not just another number.

Kathryn Casey-Evans is outstanding in her knowledge and always talks through the plans and ensures that you understand.  She also knows the real world and the day to day challenges we sometimes face with staff.  Kathryn will always get back to you personally, so you don’t feel like your case is being passed around.

The advice given is always balanced, outlining the commercial risks, alongside the practical reality of the situation.

The advice given by Simon Rhodes is never straight from a dry textbook but takes into account the context, the culture & the reality of the commercial world in which we operate. You feel that it has been tailored to your specific company circumstances, which draws upon a relationship built over many years.

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans specialises in contentious employment work on both the claimant and respondent side. The team also works closely with its pensions department and is well placed to advise on employee benefits. Angela Shields takes over from departing head Jonathan Gray who was appointed as an employment judge in April 2019. Her expertise covers employment disputes including unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, discrimination and injunctions relating to restrictive covenants.

Practice head(s):

Angela Shields

Other key lawyers:

Claire Wagstaff; Chris Greep

Testimonials

BDB Pitmans give a first class professional and personal service that is second to none, their advice is always clearly given and up to date with current laws in all sectors. Emails and telephone calls are answered promptly and no question is too small or irrelevant, making them the go-to people for all our legal advice. Their prices are transparent and competitive and agreed at the outset, which is important for any business.

Claire Wagstaff always gives clear guidance that is grounded and concise, her assistance is invaluable in allowing us to make sure we follow correct legal process in all areas of employment law.  Claire is always quick to answer both phone calls and emails and is friendly and helpful at all times.

I have come to know the team in the last year or so as I previously acted for BDB in London.  I have been impressed by the consstently high standard across the team and how well they work as a team.  In the absence of any individual the matter is always picked up promptly by a colleague.

Claire Wagstaff is a highly conscientious and meticulous practitioner.  She is popular with clients and has a forensic attention to detail.  You definitely want her checking the terms of your agreement!

Key clients

PMP Forward

Roadlink Logistics

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended claims from two claimants seeking to argue they had been unfairly dismissed.
  • Advised a technology company with long-standing disciplinaries, grievances and absences relating to employees and  responding to claims of sex and race discrimination and equal pay.
  • Successfully represented liquidators on behalf of the company in two claims issued for wages, redundancy and holiday pay.

Moore Barlow

Moore Barlow's employment team services a wide range of industry sectors, with a particular focus on telecoms, tech, advertising, financial services and hospitality. Practice head Katherine Maxwell has experience working with global corporations while  Emma Edis , who was recently promoted to the partnership, has built a reputation for TUPE and reorganisations. Naomi Greenwood, whose 'sensitivity in handling cases' is praised by clients, offers strategic and tactical advice in high value litigation.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Maxwell

Other key lawyers:

Naomi Greenwood; Emma Edis

Testimonials

Naomi Greenwood and Katherine Maxwell are both very good lawyers. They are especially good at dealing with clients with sensitivity and protecting their interests in the widest sense. They are consistently supported by excellent associates.

Really personable and knowledgeable – held our hand right the way through the process.

Katherine Maxwell was very calm, pragmatic and approached discussions with the other party’s representatives in a conciliatory but no-nonsense way. She was also very available to consult with – in person and by phone.

Key clients

British Heart Foundation

Talley

No 1 Lounges

Southern Communications

Moorfields Eye Hospital

Association of British Bookmakers

World Sailing

AviateQ International

Bytes Software Services

Churchill Retirement Living

Work highlights

  • Advised on the closure of the Association of British Bookmakers and merger with the Remote Gambling Association to form the Betting and Gaming Council.
  • Advised British Heart Foundation’s in-house counsel and HR team on a wide range of employment law matters.
  • Advised Crave Interactive on the employment law aspects of its $30,000,000 investment by True Corporation.

Phillips Solicitors

Basingstoke based Phillips Solicitors advises both employers and individuals on  a range of employment matters. Practice head Gill Brown has 20 years' experience specialising in employment related data protection, agricultural and corporate matters and has brought and defended claims in the employment tribunals and courts. Jack Gardener is a name to note for TUPE and outsourcing issues, advising on all employment aspects of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Gill Brown

Other key lawyers:

Jack Gardener

Testimonials

Gill Brown was knowledgeable and gave solid advice on how to engage/proceed. The case was successful as the advice given focused on responding correctly & professionally. Towards the end of the case, where the other parties’ lawyers ramped up pressure, our response was measured and considered whilst at the same time made preparations for more robust defence. This gave me confidence on how the legalities were being handled.

I engaged predominately with Gill in the practice. At times she would engage associates/juniors to help keep costs to the minimum. Her advice was considered and sound. I appreciated her approach and ability to reach the most suitable response.

The practice team members appear to communicate well with one another and the advice given feels solid, with no frills or unnecessary flourishes that add nothing to the situation.

Each person we have worked with has been very approachable and courteous. Most importantly they have appeared to be extremely competent and positive without coming across as arrogant or patronising (compared with competitors I have dealt with).

Responsive, reachable, competent, fair pricing.

Work highlights

  • Advising a large company with over 700 employees on all employment and worker issues including restructurings, outsourcing, grievances and day to day HR advice.
  • Advised a multinational company in regard to complicated TUPE issues arising out of a service provision change.
  • Advising a high-level banking executive on her exit from a large multi-national bank after being mistreated due to disability and ill-health.