Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex in South East

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's employment team advises a broad client base of multinationals on employment matters, and is also adept at handling matters for non-profits and financial institutions. Additionally, the firm advises the US firm Goodwin Procter on UK aspects of transactions handled by Goodwin. Practice head Nick Hurley is noted for his experience in contentious matters, as well as his work with clients in the financial services and TMT sectors. Ben Smith and legal director Andy Williams are also recommended; Smith advises clients in the charities and not-for-profit sector, while Williams is experienced in advising on large-scale workforce issues such as TUPE and reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Nick Hurley

Testimonials

It is always great to see that every lawyer in the team is highly qualified. Everyone is vey keen to answer as soon as possible and in a way that the client understands the legal advice. It is a pleasure to work with them!

‘Ben Smith is an outstanding lawyer. He speaks German fluently and is therefore able to give his advice in German. Every client working with him was impressed by his deep knowledge of law and the econonmic background. That makes the difference.’

‘Charles Russell Speechlys has been assisting me with an employment law matter over the past several months – since September 2019. I’ve been very pleased with the service provided by CRS. CRS has provided highly targeted advice – supplying an injection of relevant expertise at critical junctures during the discussions I have been having with my employer.’

‘The legal advice has been provided by Andy Williams. Andy has been providing highly targeted employment law advice and guidance, as well as advising me on various matters relating to my pension rights. I have particularly valued the pragmatic and practical nature of Andy’s advice – he has given me really useful guidance on how to communicate with my employer, what positions to take at various points in the discussion, and which case law to deploy and when. This has been invaluable in allowing me to negotiate with my employer in a constructive and effective manner.’

‘I was impressed by the fast mobilisation of the team, and analysis of my situation and what the path through it was going to be. I felt reassured and confident I was going to be well looked after.’

‘I worked with Nick Hurley and Becky Lawton on my case. They were extremely reassuring, calm but highly focussed on getting me the outcome I needed and were confident about the likelihood of success which made me feel confident. They gave me great advice.’

‘Ben Smith is a rare solicitor. He goes to every length to protect his clients’ interests. He is also objective and pragmatic, with incredible people skills. A pleasure to work with and alongside. Nick Hurley is a tough negotiator. Emily Chalkley is a star in the making.’

‘Andy Williams is by far the best employment solicitor I have ever instructed. He is pragmatic, precise and totally understands our business and the outcomes we have achieved have proved over many years of instructing his firm to have always been correct. I would not hesitate to recommend him and his team. 10/10 in all areas. A pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Ericsson

Nike

HelloFresh (Grocery Delivery E-Services Limited)

Breitling UK

Samaritans

Amundi Asset Management

National Museum of the Royal Navy

Pearson

Randstad NV

Goodwin Procter

Work highlights

  • Advising Ericsson and its UK group companies (such as Red Bee Media and Media Kind) on all their employment and pension issues in the UK. Also assisting Ericsson’s Swedish parent on the UK aspects of its international acquisitions.
  • Assisting Goodwin Procter on all aspects pertaining to employment and pensions which includes advising on HR issues in transactional matters and also freestanding discrete issues.
  • Advising the Board of Trustees and Senior Leadership Team at Samaritans with respect to all HR issues in the UK.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish is skilled in advising clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, such as restructurings, discrimination claims, TUPE, and redundancies. The team's client base includes multinational firms in the retail, hospitality, and technology sectors, as well as not-for-profits and HNW individuals. Practice head Rhona Darbyshire leads the 'knowledgeable, reactive and practical' team. Melanie Stancliffe, an experienced employment lawyer, joined in October 2019 from Irwin Mitchell; a French speaker, she is capable of advising on cross-border matters between the UK and France.

Practice head(s):

Rhona Darbyshire

Other key lawyers:

Melanie Stancliffe

Testimonials

‘Cripps Pemberton Greenish have a broad range of teams offering the range of advice that one would expect from a medium or large firm. I have used many of these teams’ services over more than a decade working with the firm. What is consistent across all the teams, and a real point of differentiation between them and other firms I have used, is that the team not only offers clear advice (as opposed to a range of options and possible outcomes), but this advice is commercially-focused and specific to our business and circumstances. Where others have provided our company with general points based solely on the law, Cripps know our business, our marketplace and our people and the advice is tailored accordingly.’

‘Rhona Darbyshire in the employment law team is a great example of what makes Cripps such a pleasure to deal with. She will listen to the specific context of the query that we have, already know about our business priorities and then give clear advice that’s business-focused and pragmatic. She is responsive to phone calls and messages always responding in a timely manner.’

‘The team is knowledgeable, reactive and practical. An experienced, pragmatic lawyer is worth his weight in gold.’

‘The breadth of experience is critical and how this is applied to different circumstances. They make the effort to understand our culture and aims in order that the advice is best use in the particular circumstances.’

Key clients

Eurotunnel

Cadogan Estate

Delivery Associates

Peer Group

Harrow School

Uniguest

Rémy Cointreau

Holiday Extras

AdEPT Technology Group

Chapel Down Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Holiday Extrasin relation to the acquisition of City Hotel Reservations, a hotel and parking specialist.
  • Advised recruitment firm RDT Limited on a team move into its business from a competing firm.
  • Successfully defended Slough Borough Council in a complex tribunal claim in the employment tribunal and overlap with earlier appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP advises a wide range of corporates, educational institutions and local authorities on employment matters both contentious and non-contentious. The practice is led by Simon Bellm in Gatwick, and Adam Williams heads the Guildford employment offering. Senior associate Abigail Maino joined from asb law in February 2019 and is 'hugely capable', while Tony Hyams-Parish has departed the firm to become an employment tribunal judge.

Practice head(s):

Simon Bellm

Other key lawyers:

Adam Williams; Abigail Maino

Testimonials

‘Highly accessible services, even in the absence of our regular lead contact. Practical advice. Good value for money.’

‘Practical, expert, options based professional advice. Highly accessible services. Our lead contact understands our culture and our services and knows us from several years of working with us.’

‘Abigail Maino is a hugely capable, fiercely engaged solicitor who balances expertly the blend of leadership and advisory support within sensible commercial parameters – in short the quality never gets undermined by the quantum of the fees.’

Key clients

AB 2000

Anabas (UK 2)

TC Facilities Management

The Martlet Group

Swarovski

Cineworld

Brewers

Work highlights

  • Advised Swarovski in respect of several complex employee relations matters, and co-presented in-house training to Area and Regional Managers alongside the HR team.
  • Advised TC Facilities Management on the full range of TUPE issues affecting over 1000 staff, including advising on specific complexities arising from an employee on long-term sick leave.
  • Acting for a multi-academy education trust in relation to a complex tribunal claim brought by a former teacher, which has involved proceedings in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Led by Michael Cole, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters including representation in employment tribunals, TUPE aspects of transactions, and providing advice on restructurings. The team's client base includes large businesses, SMEs, charities, and UK subsidiaries of overseas companies. Cole is highly experienced in TUPE work, as well as advising directors on termination agreements. In addition to Cole, senior associate Liz Cardy is another key contact and acts in all areas of employment law, as well as providing in-house training to clients.

Practice head(s):

Michael Cole

Other key lawyers:

Liz Cardy

Testimonials

Someone in the team is always available for a quick, responsive answer to any query.’

Liz Cardy and Mike Cole provide excellent service.’

Key clients

Burhill Golf and Leisure

IPM Facilities

Aernnova Aerospace SA

Medpharm

Datrix

Blue Oil Energy

Ocura

BCMS Corporate

Polymax

Sapienza Consulting

Consult Hyperion

Finance & Leasing Association

Firebird Heating

Work highlights

  • Advising Aernnova Aerospace SA on all employment aspects relating to the acquisition of a manufacturing site with circa 700-800 associated employees.
  • Successfully represented Datrix in an employment tribunal claim from a former employee.
  • Providing ongoing employment advice to Firebird Heating in respect of restructuring across the business, disciplinaries, and contractual terms.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP's employment team provides a full service offering to clients, including advisory and contentious work as well as handling the employment aspects of transactions. The team is led by Kerry Garcia, who acts in the full range of employment-related matters; other key contacts include Lloyd Davey and Hannah Ford. Davey is known for his work in the technology, media and retail sectors, while Ford provides 'thoughtful and commercial advice' to a client base concentrated in the automotive, insurance, and manufacturing sector.

Practice head(s):

Kerry Garcia

Other key lawyers:

Lloyd Davey; Hannah Ford

Testimonials

‘The main person I work with is Lloyd Davey. What stands out for me is the quality of advice and that it is relevant to our industry and company. Key qualities include being responsive, understanding, clear and not rigid in the advice given as some other solicitors would do. I always lean to contacting Lloyd in the firm for advice.’

‘Commercially focused and practical advice, sticking to the brief and not going over the top on the legalease’

‘The team are efficient and provide timely and practical advice. If one person is not available, someone else will also respond promptly.’

‘Hannah Ford is really smart – she always provides thoughtful and commercial advice in a friendly and helpful manner. Kerry Garcia is also extremely good at her job, responding promptly and in a practical way.’

 

Key clients

Asahi UK

BMJ Publishing Group

BOC Limited/The Linde Group

Cambridge Display Technology

Diebold Nixdorf

HCL Axon

Kia Motors (UK)

Papa John’s GB

Sports Information Services

UST

Seal Software

Passion Pictures

Work highlights

  • Advised Bakkavor Group plc, a provider of fresh prepared food and a FTSE 250 listed company, on its acquisition of Blueberry Foods, a desserts business owned by Samworth Brothers Limited. Assisted on TUPE aspects, including negotiating the indemnities and advising on the information and consultation process.
  • Advising BMJ Publishing Group in relation to the defence of Tribunal claims, a senior level exit, preparing contract and policy documentation and providing TUPE advice in the context of the termination of a contract where BMJ is currently the service provider.
  • Assisting UST on a number of strategically important issues, including managing changes to IR35,  advising on TUPE transfers and indemnities, international employee data transfers which are compliant with GDPR and other day-to-day UK employee relations issues.

Boddy Matthews Limited

Led by Helen Boddy, Boddy Matthews Limited advises corporations, SMEs, owner-managed businesses and senior executives on employment law. In addition to representing both employers and senior employees on disputes, such as those involving disability discrimination and harassment, it also provides day-to-day advice to employers on contract changes, TUPE issues, and restructurings. Boddy garners high praise for her 'superb technical know-how' and her client-focused approach. Michal Stein, who was formerly a consultant, has now become a senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Helen Boddy

Other key lawyers:

Michal Stein

Testimonials

‘Helen is always responsive and looks at all angles when providing advice. She is equally as comfortable providing advice on a TUPE to a difficult dismissal and is able to provide comprehensive advice which supports the business in their decisions.’

‘The Boddy Matthews team was extremely well focused right from the start. They were a pleasure to work with as they identified the issues immediately, set them out in an easy to understand way and delivered the advice I needed quickly and cost effectively. Despite being a regional firm they gave the reassurance of a large London practice without the corresponding bills!’

‘Helen Boddy was outstanding in the way she advised using a common sense approach underpinned by superb technical know-how and a real world practicality towards achieving a solution. Helen was quick to pick up on the core of the issues and delivered her advice very efficiently, nothing was too much trouble – a real star in the employment law area and I would not hesitate to recommend her.’

‘They take time to understand client’s business and ethos and tailor advice accordingly. Good listeners. Practical and straightforward advice.’

‘They always have time to properly discuss issues’

 

Key clients

Age UK Croydon

Rolls Royce Power Systems AG

Bell Integrated Communications

Bollore Logistics UK

Shillington College

Lindner Interiors

Stocksigns

Accounting 4 Contractors

WM Lillico & Son

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Lindner Interiors against three employment tribunal claims brought against it by workers of a former sub-contractor of the client. Successfully got the claim dismissed at the pre-hearing stage with significant cost and time savings for the client.
  • Providing ongoing advice to WM Lilico & Son, including advising on restructurings, conducting consultation meetings as the external HR legal advisers and giving assistance with subsequent terminations of employment.
  • Advising a large number of (mainly ex-City) high net worth senior executives on (amongst other things) maximising their exit packages on termination of their employment under settlement agreements.

Brachers

Brachers' employment practice is particularly active in advising clients in the education, healthcare and manufacturing sectors, particularly in the automotive and aerospace industry. In 2019 the team represented a number of NHS Trusts in employment matters, including a matter before the High Court. Practice head Catherine Daw leads on most healthcare matters, while Colin Smith is experienced in areas including TUPE. In the education sector, the firm handled the first case of an FE college going into administration.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Daw

Other key lawyers:

Colin Smith; Antonio Fletcher

Testimonials

Brachers employment is an excellent team particularly within the health care sector. Their cases are always extremely well prepared.

Catherine Daw and Colin Smith are highly experienced and very strong on strategy. Sarah Wimesett is a great up and coming lawyer.’

Key clients

Hadlow College

Hamton Environmental Services

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Global Sign

Plumpton College

Royal British Legion Industries

Lifesearch

Work highlights

  • Represented Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in high court litigation concerning the interpretation of national disciplinary process for NHS doctors.
  • Advised Hadlow College as it became the further education college to enter administration, providing employment and governance support.
  • Providing Brexit advice and business support in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors specialises in advising Kent-based clients in the education and charitable sectors in both contentious and non-contentious matters, including advising on regulatory and safeguarding issues. In addition, the firm also advises other local businesses on employment issues such as restructurings and disciplinary issues. The practice is led by Andrew Masters, 'an outstanding employment law professional' who has many years of experience in advising education institutions. Associate Amanda Okill is another key contact, and offers clients in-house training on HR issues.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Masters

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Okill

Testimonials

‘The employment team at Furley Page are always very professional, knowledgeable and responsive. Working alongside Furley Page means that we can deal with employee matters with great confidence, and in the most timely and cost-effective way.’

‘Andrew Masters is an outstanding employment law professional. Not only is he very knowledgeable and experienced, his advice is always commercially minded and delivered in a clear and concise manner.’

Key clients

University of Kent

Dean & Chapter of Canterbury (Canterbury Cathedral)

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School

St Lawrence College

The Canterbury Academy Trust

The Brett Group

Demelza House Hospice Care for Children

Megger Instruments

PERI

Maidstone Borough Council

Work highlights

    Loch Employment Law

    Led by 'commercial and pragmatic' practice head Pam Loch, Loch Employment Law advises employers on all areas of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious. In addition, the firm offers clients HR advice and mediation. Alex Kiernan is another key contact, and has recently worked on matters including TUPE, discrimination claims, and whistleblowers. Loch is dual-qualified in Scotland and also handles Scottish law employment matters. The team expanded in late 2019 with the addition of three solicitors.

    Practice head(s):

    Pam Loch

    Other key lawyers:

    Alex Kiernan

    Testimonials

    ‘Comprehensive employment law practice, well placed to handle any and every type of employment law issue.’

    ‘I mainly deal with Alex Kiernan and Pam Loch. Both are professional without losing the personal touch. They give prompt and appropriate advice and are well supported by the team around them.’

    ‘I believe that Loch Employment Law have a unique way of understanding the organisation they are advising, fully taking into account our values and ethos whilst balancing the needs of the law and commercial needs too.Loch have a wonderful way of ensuring you feel listened too and always remember the tiniest detail so that each conversation can pick up pace quickly so that it feels efficient, productive and easy. I have recommended Loch to others for their organisational and individual needs.’

    ‘Alex Kiernan is a great listener, attention to detail and ability to relate one specific issue to our overall organisational goals and current trading. Ellie is the initial person who answers the phone. Such a friendly, calm and efficient person. Every message is passed on and Ellie is a warm friendly person and gives the impression that nothing is too much trouble.’

    ‘The firm as a whole provides a very cohesive service with all members of the team reliable and always working in a consistent manner.’

    ‘Pam Loch is my primary contact and she is always available and she is exceptionally professional, but also very commercial and pragmatic – always offering solutions to issues.’

    ‘The team at Loch is extremely good at understanding your business and how it works culturally. Their advice is therefore pragmatic and knowledgeable giving the client a lot of confidence.’

    ‘I’ve had excellent experiences in particular with Alex Kiernan and Julie Nicholds with support when needed from Pam Loch.’

    Martin Searle Solicitors

    Combining 'expert knowledge with a pragmatic approach', Martin Searle Solicitors is a boutique employment law firm known for its record of representing employers and employeees in age, race, disability, and sex discrimination claims. Practice head Fiona Martin is particularly active in pregnancy and maternity-related discrimination work. Associate Laura Donnelly is also praised by a client as 'exceptional'.

    Practice head(s):

    Fiona Martin

    Other key lawyers:

    Laura Donnelly

    Testimonials

    ‘The firm lives up to its description as a community law firm hosting meet up groups and providing advice that genuinely helps the local business community. They combine expert knowledge with a pragmatic approach and have a strong sense of moral responsibility.’

    ‘Fiona Martin is very generous with sharing her knowledge and experience with the local HR community, amongst others and has helped many of us to put in policies that have prevented legal issues from emerging in the first place. Christianne Silverwood has given us balanced and in-depth advice that has helped us take our business in the direction that we want without compromising the fair treatment of our employees.’

    ‘During my dealings with Martin Searle Solicitors, the staff showed a great deal of sympathy and care towards me. Having dealt with other legal firms in the past I felt they went above and beyond, providing a great service.’

    ‘I dealt with a few members of the administration team who were always professional and polite. I was assigned to Laura Donnelly, who was exceptional. I was an individual fighting against a large organisation with considerable resources. It was very much a “David and Goliath” case, where they used intimidation and bullying to try to dissuade me from continuing with my case. Laura was a measured, calm and sane voice during a very difficult time. I was made to feel like no question was too small or insignificant, and she listened- really listened to my concerns (which I find a rarity in these times). I felt that my case was in a very safe, competent pair of hands with Laura. I was, and still am, incredibly grateful for her hard work, dedication and knowledge which resulted in a positive conclusion for me.’

    ‘Fiona Martin is commercially astute and incredibly passionate. She works extremely hard to achieve the best outcome for her clients.’

    ‘Laura Donnely dealt with me in a professional manner. She took time to explain the positives of my case but also pointed out the potential outcomes that may not have been so favourable. This was a new and daunting process for me but Laura guided and supported me throughout.’

    ‘As a team, everyone was on the same page and provided continuous support. As this was the first case I had, they provided me with all the right information to make right steps.’

    ‘I worked with Sarah Henderson, who was recommended to me by a friend. Sarah put me at ease, provided me with options, and worked around my schedule (I was travelling in the US). Thanks to her guidance, we got the right settlement I deserved. I would recommend Sarah.’

    ‘The team stand out for their tenacity and willingness to go the extra mile for their clients. They are highly organised, creative, and thoughtful lawyers.’

    Key clients

    Sussex Interpreting Service

    Mooncup

    Planon

    Brighton Fringe

    Fruit Design

    JE Bennett Law

    Oakley Commercial

    Surrey Rest Homes

    Mind Out

    Work highlights

      Moore Barlow

      Moore Barlow acts for a range of clients across the employment law area. The firm's team, spread across their Woking and Guildford offices, is led by David Ludlow, who has broad expertise in employment matters. Joanna Lada–Walicki and Ben Collingwood specialise in advising schools and charities on employment issues. Senior associate Michelle Tudor is another recommended lawyer. In May 2020 Barlow Robbins LLP merged with Moore Blatch LLP to form Moore Barlow, adding Moore Blatch's Richmond and Southampton offices and creating an employment team with a broad geographic spread across the South East.

      Practice head(s):

      David Ludlow

      Testimonials

      ‘Ben Collingwood – genius, sharp and clear.’

      Key clients

      Euronews Sales

      Arkay Windows

      Goldstar Heathrow

      Laithwaite Financial Services

      Plum Products

      Hann Tucker Associates

      D4T4 Solutions Plc

      Nyman Resourcing

      ACG Europe

      Pinnacle Foods

      Wellden Turnbull Chartered Accountants

      Wey Education

      Work highlights

      • Defended Pinnacle Foods, a food processing business, in disability discrimination and unfair dismissal employment tribunal proceedings brought by a former employee.
      • Acted for Goldstar Heathrow, a Heathrow Airport haulage and distribution company in the removal of a director/ shareholder.
      • Advised and represented Laithwaite Financial Services in relation to the enforcement of unfair competition and restrictive covenants in the contract of employment of a former employee who defected to a competitor.

      Mundays LLP

      Mundays LLP acts for both employers and employees in a wide range of employment law matters, including restructurings, discrimination and sexual harassment claims, and TUPE. The firm's clients include a number of international clients, who instructed the team on matters involving their UK branches. The team is also increasingly active in data protection issues such as data subject access requests related to tribunal claims.  Fiona McAllister is now leading the practice.

      Practice head(s):

      Fiona McAllister

      Key clients

      Accent Catering

      ACS International School

      BIMM t/a British & Irish Modern Music Institute

      ChannelAdvisor UK

      MiTAC Europe

      P G Motors t/a Unbeatablecar

      TY Danjuma Family Office

      Vestatec

      Sherrards Employment Law Solicitors

      Sherrards Employment Law Solicitors is a boutique employment practice which advises clients on contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm is particularly active in advising clients in the airlines, logistics and retail sectors. In 2019, it expanded its employment training, running sessions for employers and staff on recent developments in employment law. The practice is led by Harry Sherrard, Dan Soanes and Victoria Bevis, who are all praised for inspiring confidence.

      Testimonials

      ‘I have complete confidence in them, they are always quick to respond with clear advice.’

      ‘I have worked closely with Victoria Bevis, Dan Soanes and Harry Sherrard over the years – all of them are highly professional and knowledgeable.’

      Key clients

      Emirates

      Lufthansa

      KLM

      Cathay Pacific

      GH London Ground Handling

      L3 Harris

      Canada Life

      Envision Pharma

      Black and Veatch

      Osborne

      Work highlights

      • Advising and supporting various UK group companies and divisions in relation to the global merger between L3 Technologies Inc and Harris Corporation, covering both TUPE and redundancy (including site relocations and re-structures) issues, internal communications and in-house collective consultation training.
      • Successfully defended Expeditors in a claim for unfair dismissal and race discrimination, including carrying out advocacy in-house.
      • Successfully defended CBRE against a whistle-blowing claim in the London Employment Tribunal, providing a comprehensive service including drafting and submitting initial response, assisting with witness statements and compiling evidence and finally providing advocacy in-house.

      Thomson Snell & Passmore

      Led by Nick Hobden, Thomson Snell & Passmore act for clients in a range of sectors with a particular specialism in advising in the education sector. In addition to handling the employment aspects of corporate transactions and advising firms on employee and worker status issues, the team is increasingly active in employment tribunal work, as well as data protection and the employment aspects of transactions. Senior associate Ben Stepney is particularly known for his work in the social care sector.

      Practice head(s):

      Nick Hobden

      Other key lawyers:

      Ben Stepney

      Testimonials

      ‘The team is organised well and from an employment law perspective are always contactable and responsive to enquiries.’

      ‘They have taken the time to get know our business and operational requirements in order to support the company capably.’

      Key clients

      Avante Care & Support

      Seacon Terminals Ltd (part of the Seacon Group)

      Rivermead Inclusive Trust

      St Edmunds Canterbury

      Highworth Grammar School

      MidKent College

      Medway Anglican Schools Trust

      Work highlights

        Clarkson Wright & Jakes

        Based in Orpington, Clarkson Wright & Jakes has a proven track record in providing HR support and employment advice to GP practices. Additionally, the firm provides advice on matters such as dismissals, exit agreements, and discrimination claims to individuals, SMEs and corporates. The practice is led by Judith Curran, who often speaks at Chartered Institute of Personnel Development events on HR issues.

        Practice head(s):

        Judith Curran

        Testimonials

        ‘They are always quick to respond to my queries and demands with efficient responses.’

        Key clients

        Kent Local Medical Committee

        Foresters Holdings (Europe)

        Knights plc

        Knights plc took over asb law in March 2020 - the Crawley employment team advises on both contentious and non-contentious employment law issues including TUPE, unfair dismissal, discrimination, and disciplinary proceedings.

        Testimonials

        Outset Legal LLP

        'Commercial and practical', Outset Legal LLP's sizable employment team provides long-term employment support to clients as well as assisting them in contentious matters or transactions. In addition to the firm's strength in the veterinary sector, the employment team is particularly active in the food and drink, leisure, hospitality and travel sectors. The practice is led by Darren Stevens, and also includes Outset founder Jonathan Gauton. Lorraine Williams offers significant expertise in the healthcare and hospitality sectors, while new joiner Simon Tovey is an experienced litigator.

        Practice head(s):

        Darren Stevens

        Testimonials

        ‘Outset is really a one stop shop for anything related to employment; we’ve had fantastic, incisive and pragmatic advice relating to a complex immigration matter, IR35 and general employment issues. Led by Darren Stevens, the team is really commercial and practical and this is so helpful in our current business environment, particularly.’

        ‘We have worked with Lorraine Williams, Chloe Perreira and Darren Stevens and have had great support and advice from all three people in the team.’

        ‘The team has a breadth and depth of experience that provides confidence in the areas they support our business. They ensure that another member of the team is briefed in order to provide continuity of service for periods of holiday or other reasons a specific individual is not available. Generally there is always someone available to take an ad-hoc call. In relation to other organisations we have used, Outset will explain the risks of taking one course of action or another and are not risk adverse to the same degree that another firm may be. For instance, Outset were prepared to say that a disciplinary hearing could be held in the absence of an employee, where the previous firm we dealt with would never have got to that position and the employee would have remained on the books for years claiming stress related illness and potentially be covered by a Group Income Protection Policy.’

        ‘Jonathan Gauton, Darren Stevens, Lorraine Williams, Zena Wroe, Megan O’Hara & Chloe Perriera have all stood out at various times, for various reasons. The work they have completed for us has been to a very high standard.’

        Key clients

        Independent Vetcare

        Flight Centre

        Fujifilm

        Toppesfield

        Charlton Athletic Community Trust

        Antalis

        Charities Aid Foundation

        Holland America Group: Princess Cruises, Holland America Line

        Yachts of Seabourn

        Swale Academies Trust

        Michels & Taylor

        Vegetarian Express

        A Gomez Limited

        G Forces

        John Parker & Son

        Woodfield Systems

        Jablite

        Alan Firmin

        Carnival Plc – P&O Cruises and Cunard

        The Royal Veterinary Group

        Integral UK

        Work highlights

        • Advising IVC on the employment law elements relating to the acquisition of a leading provider of pet care services with multiple complicating factors.
        • Successfully defending John Parker and Son at an employment tribunal hearing (including undertaking advocacy in-house) against multiple claims, including unfair dismissal.
        • Advising Woodfield Systems on the employment elements involved in the purchase of the marine loading arm division of Loadtec Engineered Systems.

        Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

        Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP's team advises clients on HR and employment issues, including those related to M&A transactions. In particular, the firm's fixed cost retainer service continues to provide advice to SME clients throughout the South East, and has provided on-site support for clients. The practice is led by 'exceptional' chairman Bruce Hayter. Other key contacts include Victoria Regan and Amy White, who offers 'superb legal knowledge matched with a business minded perspective'.

        Practice head(s):

        Bruce Hayter

        Other key lawyers:

        Victoria Regan; Amy White

        Testimonials

        ‘The entire team take time and effort to understand the business thoroughly and how they can support. They support brilliantly and nothing is too much trouble. The expertise is always spot on and delivered incredibly quickly.’

        ‘Amy White has superb legal knowledge matched with a business minded perspective.’

        ‘At a time when you are under pressure due to employment issues, this friendly, supportive team were able to readily understand and communicate the legal issues and how the situation may play out. This put my mind at ease.’

        ‘Amy White and Bruce Hayter were both exceptional in understanding the issue and being able to communicate the legal arguments.’

        Key clients

        Independence Homes

        UKi Media & Events

        Beauty & Skincare Essentials

        Friday Media Group

        Cognitive Applications Limited Management Team

        Plummer Parsons

        Conservation Without Borders

        Focus Group (and shareholders)

        CNTNR

        C J Thorne & Company

        Work highlights

        • Advising UKi Media & Events on consultation of the transfer of over 20 employees under TUPE following a major corporate transaction.
        • Successfully defended Friday Media Group in an unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing claim, which had complex legal issues, following the claimant’s dismissal from a leading provider of technology and media services to niche industries across the globe.

        Thackray Williams LLP

        Thackray Williams LLP advises clients in sectors including retailers, leisure, construction and charities; practice head Emma Thompson is particularly experienced in advising educational establishments and offers 'outstanding service'. The team's work for corporate client spans both representing businesses in disputes and providing advice on day-to-day employment issues. In addition to acting for businesses, they also act for individuals in disputes over unfair dismissal, severance payments, and sex discrimination.

        Practice head(s):

        Emma Thompson

        Testimonials

        ‘As our company work in the same building we have used Thackray Solicitors for a number of business and personal reasons, and the service has always been of an excellent quality. All the solicitors we have worked with are always available to see us within a couple of days of requesting help, and we are always kept up to date either via email or verbally with updates. Very personable, trustworthy and helpful.’

        ‘For me one of the main reasons they stand out is the timely manner in which they deal with items for you. You are always kept up to date and it is made clear they want to help you resolve the issue and add value. Emma Thompson at Thackray who has provided me with an outstanding service and is a constant support for me.’

        Thomas Mansfield LLP

        Led by Jonathan Mansfield and Meredith Hurst, Thomas Mansfield LLP represents clients involved in contentious employment matters. Its clients include national corporations, SMEs, and not-for-profit organisations as well as senior executives. Its work for executives and other employees includes reported cases, such as matters involving disability discrimination. Neill Thomas, who co-founded the firm alongside Mansfield, is another key contact in the team.

        Other key lawyers:

        Neil Thomas

        Key clients

        London Hippodrome

        Stagecoach (South East, Oxford, South West, South, West and Manchester

        Old Thorns Hotel Group

        Snow Software

        Scheidt & Bachmann

        NSEAD

        Council for Licensed Conveyancers

        Newrest

        FM Conway

        Reichold

        Avora

        United European Car Carriers AS – Shipping and Container Company

        Platanos Trust – Educational Establishment

        Meantime Communications

        Celonis

        ifm electronic

        TWM Solicitors LLP

        TWM Solicitors LLP provides employment advice on both contentious and non-contentious matters to a national base of clients. The practice is led by Anthony Wilcox and Patrick Stewart. Since Wilcox joined in September 2018 the firm has expanded its traditional offering to include work in industrial relations. The team also provides training to clients on handling employment law issues. Both Wilcox and Stewart are active in employment tribunal work, and the team works with corporate colleagues on the TUPE aspects of corporate transactions.

        Practice head(s):

        Anthony Wilcox; Patrick Stewart

        Testimonials

        ‘Excellent knowledge and professionalism.’

        Key clients

        Johnston Sweepers

        Hotelplan

        Ghetto Golf

        Carpet & Flooring (Trading)

        BMJ Publishing Group

        Hilka Tools

        Walton Heath Golf Club

        Rapid Results College

        Image Skincare

        ATAG Heating Technology UK

        Work highlights

        • Provided advice to Johnston Sweepers to support an inter-group TUPE transfer and re-organisation, as well as providing employment law advice on various employee relations issues and delivering employment law training to supervisors, team-leaders and managers.
        • Advising a company in the leisure sector on re-organisations and redundancies, including successfully addressing complaints of age discrimination and whistle-blowing.
        • Assisting a company in the construction and materials sector on the TUPE aspects of a £5m asset sale.

        Irwin Mitchell

        Irwin Mitchell's employment practice is led by London-based Dr Sybille Steiner and Gatwick-based senior associate Charlotte Sloan. The firm's client base reaches across the South East, with a particular strength in the education sector. The Gatwick and London offices work closely together to advise clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

        Practice head(s):

        Sybille Steiner; Charlotte Sloan

        Testimonials

        ‘A speedy professional response. Flexible and have been evening working to accommodate me and my needs. Great working relationship and understanding of my needs.’

        ‘Down to earth, approachable and do not talk to you in jargon.’

        Key clients

        Association of Colleges

        Work highlights

          Morrisons Solicitors LLP

          Morrisons Solicitors LLP handles contentious and non-contentious employment work, including TUPE, outsourcing, tribunal work, and breaches of restrictive covenants. Joanne Kavanagh departed the team in May 2020; since the firm's acquisition of Wheelers in January 2020, Mel McCrum leads the employment practice.

          Practice head(s):

          Mel McCrum

          Pure Employment Law

          A boutique employment practice based in Chichester, Pure Employment Law acts in all areas of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious. The practice is led by Peter Stevens and Nicola Brown, who co-founded the firm in 2010. They are praised by clients for providing 'well-informed' and 'pragmatic' advice.

          Practice head(s):

          Peter Stevens; Nicola Brown

          Testimonials

          ‘Our issue very quickly proved itself to be outside the capabilities of our regular legal provider. At a time when employing staff has become complex and full of potential pitfalls having an employment law specialist on our doorstep has proven very helpful. They were happy to guide us through a complicated grievance process which helped us avoid making careless mistakes which can so often be the downfall of smaller less experienced businesses. The advice provided was well-informed, pragmatic and gave us the confidence to stand our ground and eventually win the argument.’

          ‘We only dealt with one of the partners Nicola Brown, who was everything we had hoped for. The situation we were in was a first for us and Nicola was great at explaining the process and what to expect. She put us at ease in terms of any potential worst case consequences and was excellent at successfully facilitating the process as described above.’

          Key clients

          Study Group UK

          Baqus

          Southern Cranes & Access

          Lewis Brownlee

          Moore Stephens (South)

          Flight Directors Scheduled Services

          Thesis Asset Management

          Alitex Limited

          St. Wilfrid’s Hospice

          Chichester Cathedral

          Work highlights

          • Advising Study Group UK on all of its UK employment issues, including TUPE, collective consultation and Employment Tribunal matters. We work closely with the entire HR team at the client on a retainer basis whereby they get unlimited advice from our team for a fixed fee.
          • Assisting a manufacturing company in the aviation sector with the senior disciplinary and appeal process regarding two senior employees involved in an altercation whilst abroad on business. On this matter the client used our new ‘Investigations, Hearings and Appeals’ service and both Nicola and Peter attended high level meetings at the client’s premises to assist with the process.
          • Advising a company specialising in ecommerce technology regarding TUPE in relation to the client’s contract with a key household name customer. This was a matter where we demonstrated added value to the client by using our expertise with TUPE to significantly improve our client’s negotiating position.