Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s Guildford employment team has specialisms in the technology, gaming, financial services, sports, healthcare and retail sectors. The team’s clients are often household names, with work spanning national and international instructions. Nick Hurley is praised as 'commercial and pragmatic' and leads the team with expertise in contentious and non-contentious employment work including handling discrimination, whistleblowing and TUPE mandates for financial services and technology clients. Ben Smith frequently acts for charities and also sits in the firm’s global markets group. Andy Williams has particular expertise in advising companies on large-scale workforce matters, including reorganisations.
Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex in South East
Other key lawyers:
Ben Smith; Andy Williams; Emily Chalkley
‘Excellent employment law knowledge, coupled with good commerciality and common sense. Has spent time trying to understand the business and company culture and is able to frame advice accordingly. They have a collegiate environment and clearly work closely with colleagues from around the firm and internationally. Responsive, friendly, good to have a debate / discussion with and come up with pragmatic solutions, rather than just telling me what the law says.’
‘Excellent team work, high responsiveness, excellent knowledge of UK and EU-law, very good understanding of the economic background and fair and reasonable billing. ’
‘It does what it says on the tin. Honest, transparent, fair and always have your personal well-being at the heart of their work.’
‘I value their excellent judgment as a collective, and how well organised they are in their approach to their work.’
‘Nick Hurley is responsive, commercial and pragmatic. His knowledge is current and he keeps abreast of market developments. His client base is broader than just Financial Services and is therefore able to bring in good industry practices and knowledge from broader sectors.’
‘Ben Smith is extremely personable and Senior Associate Emily Chalkley has excellent judgment, is tenacious, and very hard working.’
‘Ben Smith will always go the 1000th mile for his clients; hard working, efficient and always keeping an eye on the bigger picture.’
‘Andy Williams is an outstanding legal adviser from whom I have received valued employment and pension legal advice for around 20 years. He is a trusted responsive adviser, who I know I can contact if there is a complex employment issue.’
National Museum of the Royal Navy
Cloud Facilities Management Group
Amundi Asset Management
Just Group plc
C Hoare & Co
Lord Wandsworth College
- Advising longstanding client, Sony Playstation, on a broad spectrum of employment law matters.
- Advising the legal and HR teams of numerous Ericsson group companies on the various employment, pension and data protection requirements.
- Advising C. Hoare & Co on its full range of employment issues.
Rhona Darbyshire heads up the Tunbridge Wells-based employment team at Cripps Pemberton Greenish, and specialises in advising clients from the advertising, technology, retail and hospitality sectors. While the department has an impressive international reach, it is also dedicated to supporting regional businesses in the South East, with clients ranging from private schools and hospitality-based businesses to technology driven companies. Camilla Beamish has particular expertise in general employment advisory work, corporate support issues and employment litigation, while Patrick Glencross frequently handles TUPE work and tribunal litigation.
Other key lawyers:
Camilla Beamish; Patrick Glencross
‘In my experience, Cripps Pemberton Greenish take the time to understand their client and offer pragmatic and actionable advice. They are on top of the latest case law and imminent changes to support compliance and change management.’
Eurotunnel Services Limited
Chapel Down Group plc
- Representing Gatehouse Bank in an Employment Tribunal high-value unfair dismissal claim and other ancillary claims, which arose out of a reorganisation project.
- Advising Holiday Extras in relation to the impact of Covid-19 on its workforce requirements.
- Advised Sahara Holdings Limited regarding the sale of the business, including assisting with due diligence, responding to enquiries, drafting/negotiating employment provisions in the sale agreement and reviewing employment contracts.
Led by Simon Bellm, the employment team at DMH Stallard LLP has a strong regional presence in addition to having clients nationally and internationally and is praised for providing 'excellent, comprehensive and clear advice'. The team handles work for clients in the education, transport, retail and charity sectors. Greg Burgess handles a broad spectrum of employment mandates, and Adam Williams also has a strong client base and leads the firm’s business immigration practice.
Other key lawyers:
Greg Burgess; Adam Williams; Abigail Maino
‘This employment team is constituted of highly knowledgeable skilled dynamic lawyers well equipped to give excellent, comprehensive and clear advice. They are simply one of the best teams in a strong field.’
‘Clear, articulate and highly professional. Strategic direction set and then delivered. Took care of the administrative and procedural elements with absolute certainty to focus expertise and time on resolving a highly complex matter.’
‘Strong understanding of employment law and not just the black and white of the law, some good advice on application of the law and what that might mean for an organisation. seeks to resolve issues quickly and communicates in a language everyone understands.’
‘The team are extremely knowledgeable, responsive and can engage effectively with stakeholders at every level of a business. They always explain things in a non-legal way that is easy to understand.’
‘Simon Bellm is approachable, down to earth and quickly gets to the heart of the issue, ensures confidence and gives clear advice and helps manage risk.’
‘Our key contact, Greg Burgess, has worked closely with us for a number of years and his advice and support is always clear, reasoned, timely and focused on our business needs. We have developed a strong relationship with Greg and we trust his advice.’
‘Adam Williams is my regular contact at DMH. He provides expert advice that always balances the legal position with commercial perspective. He is very thorough and resourceful if the question is not in his area of expertise. Advice and recommendations are always communicated in a way that can be understood in plain terms.’
‘Abigail Maino is calm, focused and entirely dedicated to the successful navigation through to the highest levels of the judicial system. More than a safe pair of hands – entirely committed to getting the right outcome for her client.’
Shoreham Port Authority
FDM Group Limited
Lion Academy Trust
Virgin Atlantic Airways
Change Grow Live
The National Lottery Heritage Fund
St Catherine’s Hospice
McCarthy Holden Estate Agents
Cargostore Worldwide Trading Limited
Entrust (Europe) Limited
- Advised Shoreham Port Authority in relation to establishing its own in-house agency worker arrangements under the Employment Businesses Regulations 2003.
- Advised The National Lottery Heritage Fund on an organisational redesign which spanned 18 months from planning to implementation, advising on approach and consultation with unions; secondment arrangements with third party organisations; and a complex grievance issue.
- Represented Lion Academy Trust in relation to a complex claim from Tribunal, through the Employment Appeal Tribunal, and ultimately to success in the Court of Appeal.
Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins merged in 2020 to create Moore Barlow, which has considerable expertise in litigation in the High Court and County Court regarding restrictive covenants, fiduciary duties and breach of confidentiality issues. In the Employment Tribunal, the team handles claims involving whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and discrimination elements. The department’s domestic and international client base includes companies in the recruitment, security and military, and technology sectors. Katherine Maxwell leads the team with experience in TUPE mandates, David Ludlow has particular expertise in M&A work and police law, and Naomi Greenwood advises clients in the advertising, media and financial sectors.
Other key lawyers:
David Ludlow; Naomi Greenwood; Michelle Tudor
‘Moore Barlow has a breadth of talent and experience which belies their regional location and unquestionably allows them to compete in the busy London & South East legal fraternity. The strong specialist teams have reputations which attract and retain clients across the UK and internationally. My experience is wholly positive having benefitted from a wealth of experience and clear commercial and legal guidance.’
‘We work very closely with Michelle Tudor, who has been providing us with employment law advice for many years. She is such an invaluable support for us. The main qualities we value most in Michelle are: availability – she is always available for a call/email and responds promptly; advice – her counsel is always practical, appropriate, and suitable for our organisation and she is always clear with us about every angle to consider. Michelle always aims to understand a situation fully, listening to our concerns carefully, before providing her advice. We value her support enormously.’
‘I chose Moore Barlow because I wanted the support of a strong, broadly based local firm, with strong commercial and employment knowledge and experience but at regional hourly rates rather than London rates.’
‘I have worked with Naomi Greenwood with numerous companies that I have led HR teams. Very approachable and pragmatic solutions across the board.’
‘I worked with Katherine Maxwell as my Instructing Solicitor. Assiduous, commercial & very good at working with/being empathetic towards individuals as clients.’
‘David Ludlow and Michelle Tudor have provided outstanding service, very attentive and customer orientated. I would highly recommend this team for all employment related matters.’
‘I have worked with David Ludlow and I have always found him to be incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. The advice and assistance given has always aided us and his knowledge of our business has made us make the correct business decisions, even when we do not necessarily like the outcome.’
‘Michelle Tudor is our contact at Moore Barlow and she has the right balance of professionalism, knowledge, and experience but is also very friendly and open to what advice is needed. She is flexible in her approach and delivers what is asked for. She is available and responsive, and I feel assured that once I’ve spoken to Michelle we have the best advice that we could have in the industry, and I therefore feel confident in dealing with our employee matters.’
Alan Greenwood & Sons Limited
BD Network Limited
Camm & Hooper Limited
Darwin & Wallace Limited
Eliga Services Limited
D4t4 Solutions Plc
Explore Learning Limited
Hann Tucker Associates Limited
Hozah Parking Limited
Hythe Marine Services Limited
Moorfields Eye Hospital
PAE Business Limited
Pilgrims Risk Management Group
Pitch Software GmbH
PK Group Limited
Plum Products Limited
PZI International Solutions UK Limited
Salisbury Burwood Limited
SKS Business Services Ltd
Tjarks & Tjarks Design Limited
Total Merchandise Limited
Wey Education plc
- Advising Moorfields Eye Hospital on complex, project-specific employment matters.
- Advised D4t4 Solutions Plc, an AIM listed company, on a wide range of complex employment and immigration matters, such as restructurings and redundancies; expatriate service agreements with its US subsidiary; and immigration sponsorship.
- Adivising Euronews Group, with bases in Lyon, France and London, on a number of employment law issues, such as atypical freelance journalist agreements, incentive schemes, data protection, redundancies and collective changes to terms and conditions of employment including collective information and consultation.
Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP works closely with the specialist pension team based in Surrey to provide a wide range of employment advice to its regional and national clients, including industry associations, charities, and UK subsidiaries of international companies. Michael Cole leads the Guildford-based team and has particular knowledge of TUPE-related issues and business reorganisations, and senior associate Liz Cardy advises on a range of employment matters spanning redundancies, grievance procedures and litigation in the Employment Tribunal.
Other key lawyers:
‘Fully flexible, informative and professional in all of their dealings. the ability of PMC to provide quick and practical advice and guidance, at all times of the day (and night) has been exemplary. A great a service.’
‘All team members I have dealt with at Penningtons Manches Cooper have been extremely knowledgeable, helpful and proactive. I trust the advice I receive and find the content of the email bulletins useful too.’
‘We have worked with this team for many years and they have a clear understanding of our business. This makes working with them easy – it’s hard to find a practice that works so hard to understand the company and what makes it a success. Therefore their advice is practical, a balance between meeting the needs of the organisation without isolating the staff.’
‘The teamwork was very good. Whenever certain feedback was required, the expert was available on short notice. Moreover, a colleague was reachable all the time. ’
‘Mike Cole’s understanding of my business, the (what we think are) nuances of our organisation and the straight forward response and approach is of the highest quality. Reliable, knowledgeable and fully accommodating, even when some of my “I need it tomorrow” HR practitioner requests are unreasonable – he always delivers.’
‘For me Senior Associate Liz Cardy stands out. Always readily available for advice and support where needed.’
‘Liz Cardy was my main contact. She has a very strong focus on solutions, was very friendly and on the point. She had a lot of knowledge, ideas out of the box and was there for our problems and questions all the time.’
‘My main business relationship is with Liz Cardy in the Employment department. She is a pleasure to work with and always endeavours to provide whatever we need, whether it be in the form of documents, telephone advice, or recommendations to management. If she can’t advise on something she will point me in the right direction or try to find the answer. Mike Cole has been willing to help in Liz’s absence and has also provided me with excellent advice.’
Burhill Golf & Leisure
Wurth UK Ltd
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
Aernova Aerospace SA
Blue Oil Energy LLP
Otford Builders Merchants Limited
Vivid Imaginations Limited
Finance & Leasing Association
Kent Pharma UK Limited
Robertet UK Limited
Wuerth Industry Service LLP
- Advising Aernnova Aerospace SA on all employment aspects relating to the acquisition of a manufacturing site with 700-800 associated employees.
- Advising an international pharmaceuticals company on IR35, furlough arrangements and health and safety issues relating to the pandemic.
- Representing a UK-based retailer providing building supplies for trade and DIY in respect of two ongoing Employment Tribunal claims involving three former employees.
Stevens & Bolton LLP has a strong employment practice in Guildford, with clients from the technology, food and beverage, manufacturing, automotive and media sectors. The team has been increasingly acting in contentious work and Tribunal claims, and department head Kerry Garcia has expertise in business immigration and TUPE matters. Hannah Ford specialises in contentious work and is a founding member of the Lexis Nexis (Employment) Consulting Editorial Board, while Lloyd Davey often handles work with an international element.
Other key lawyers:
Lloyd Davey; Hannah Ford
‘I found Stevens & Bolton very thorough and professional. They rapidly identified the best QC to support the case and we worked together very collaboratively to discuss and agree negotiation strategy and to manage the process through ACAS and through the prescribed employment tribunal process and timetables. I found them to be open minded, collaborative, agile, flexible and very focused on doing the right thing.’
‘Stevens & Bolton are extremely responsive, and they appreciate the needs of businesses of all sizes. As a team, they have been invaluable in supporting our US tech clients that range from start ups to much larger established organisations but all want everything yesterday. The employment law team have been willing to invest time upfront for future value as clients grow and become less cost sensitive. This approach has directly contributed to more opportunities being created for the rest of the S&B wider teams.’
‘The Employment team at S&B are truly magnificent. The two people that I deal with know straight away what I want to do even if sometimes I need to work round the problem. They both know the culture of my Company which is a huge help. Before I receive a bill, I always receive an email or call to say the bill will be coming which I think is a good thing to do.’
‘Stevens & Bolton is an outside-London firm which provides City standard service. We like the professionalism, reliability and high standards of service, delivered with a touch of extra warmth and friendliness. It’s important when we are dealing with people matters.’
‘We have worked with several members of the Employment team and have always found the service to be excellent. Without exception the team are knowledgeable, responsive and friendly. They also have a good appreciation of how it feels on both sides of the employment relationship and offer sound practical solutions.’
‘I have always had a very high standard of service from the team at Stephens & Bolton for a range of issues from immigration to employment law to data protection. All people I’ve dealt with at the practice are always prompt to respond, give relevant full advice for a query and are able to view the particular situation from our perspective providing bespoke advice.’
‘Lloyd Davey consistently provides exceptional service to all our clients regardless of their size. He goes above and beyond and is a true ambassador for S&B. Lloyd is flexible and understanding of the clients’ needs and always willing to help. He is professional, has exceptional listening skills and has the ability to communicate even the most complex of issues with ease. He is pragmatic in his approach and a pleasure to work with.’
‘There is a high standard of knowledge and CPD at this firm. Kerry Garcia in particular really knows her stuff!’
BMJ Publishing Group Limited
The Linde Group
Cornerstone on Demand
Kia Motors (UK) Limited
Papa John’s GB Limited
Metropolis International Group Ltd
Great Eagle Hotels (UK) Limited/The Langham, London
Natures Way Foods
Cambridge Display Technology
UCC Coffee UK Limited
- Supported the HR and legal teams of BMJ Publishing Group Ltd on a wide range of employment and commercial issues, including handling all Employment Tribunal claims, GDPR compliance/data breach issues, TUPE advice, employee competition and restrictive covenant advice, preparation and negotiation of contractual documentation such as consultancy agreements and service agreements and union recognition and collective bargaining issues.
- Advised UST, a global IT outsourcing and consultancy business, in relation to its UK employment law issues.
- Advised Blatchford Ltd, a global healthcare provider, in relation to its employment law issues and Tribunal caseload.
Boddy Matthews Limited‘s department head Helen Boddy is praised as a ‘very competent legal adviser‘, and has a diverse client base, advising corporates, SMEs, owner-managed businesses and senior executives on a wide range of employment issues including recruitment and termination issues, confidentiality work, restructurings and redundancies. Boddy has particular expertise in advising clients on TUPE issues. Michal Stein was recently promoted to senior associate, strengthening the team’s employment law abilities with her extensive experience working in top City firms.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is absolutely competent, easy to work with, very efficient and effective in dealing with employment matters. They are very fast in handling the matters and are providing deep and thorough guidance and advice.’
‘A boutique-style firm which gives close and immediate contact but with the expertise and knowledge of a large corporate. Understands the customer really well and can easily and quickly pick up the details of a complex case and offer the right advice and action plan. Very transparent with costs and keeps you informed of expenditure and forecast for total bill.’
‘The practice of Boddy Matthews provided a personal service from an experienced team which quickly built a sense of confidence and trust (this is particularly important at a time of great uncertainty). The practice is quite small by comparison with some of the larger London law firms, but they were easily accessible, always proactive, and prompt in responding to issues.’
‘My main point of contact is Helen Boddy. I can share that she is a very competent legal adviser. We have been working with her and her company for quite some time now and I have always felt comfortable with her quality of work. She is very responsive, very customer driven, very efficient and always provides various perspectives in legal matters to be handled. She keeps her client informed and engaged throughout the course of a legal matter up until it’s successfully closed.’
‘Helen is extremely customer-focused and really understands the customer’s needs. She is considered but responsive and comes up with the right legal advice for the situation. She is a valued collaborator who I have worked with for over 15 years because of her consistency, availability and spot on advice.’
‘Helen Boddy of Boddy Matthews assisted me in a particularly difficult grievance process with a long-term employer. Helen Boddy very quickly but nevertheless meticulously assessed what was a complex situation. She then provided honest and at times very frank advice, which looking back was precisely what was needed. Helen showed exceptional foresight as to how events would most likely play out, allowing us to implement two parallel strategies, to cover differing eventualities. I was at all times very well briefed on likely scenarios and therefore knew precisely how to respond. The final outcome achieved was far beyond my initial expectations. Michal Stein of Boddy Matthews was equally professional and supportive during this process.’
‘Helen Boddy attended an individual meeting along with us and brought a positively influential dimension to the process.’
AES Energy Ltd
Age UK Croydon
DSP Group Ltd
Offshore Shipbrokers Ltd
Southern UK Communications Ltd
Storm Building Ltd
- Advised Age UK Croydon on a major restructuring and change management programme.
- Advised DSP Group Ltd on its acquisition of SoundChip SA, including employment due diligence and review of 10 employment agreements, advice on various aspects of the UK employment relationship between the Swiss entity and its UK employees, review of and comments on employment representations and warranties.
- Advised Southern UK Communications Ltd as an incoming franchisee of large telecoms franchisor BT plc regarding a TUPE transfer following a service provision change.
The employment team at Brachers frequently handles work in the healthcare, education and manufacturing sectors. With offices in both Maidstone and, more recently, Canterbury, the department has a strong regional presence, which offers a range of employment advice; the team is particularly skilled at Employment Tribunal litigation and advising on governance, personal data, freedom of information and regulatory issues. Catherine Daw heads up the team in addition to leading the firm’s healthcare sector group. Antonio Fletcher is heavily involved with education and charity sector work.
Other key lawyers:
Colin Smith; Antonio Fletcher; Louise Brenlund
‘An ability to break down complex issues into easily understandable segments and produce remedies that address each layer is a consistent facet.’
‘We have enjoyed a very good working relationship with the Employment team at Brachers for over 8 years and have always found them to be extremely practical in their application of employment legislation, ensuring advice is clear, easy to understand and apply but most importantly is relevant to meet our complex business and people needs.’
‘The Employment team whilst always extremely professional are also friendly and approachable. Easy to contact, quick to respond and keen to understand our organisation and the issues we face in order to offer effective and efficient solutions.’
‘Our relationship is built on mutual respect, trust and confidence and one of openness and transparency that promotes best use of their resources and expertise in a cost effect way. I am never in doubt that Catherine Daw and Colin Smith have a genuine desire and interest in our organisation and in helping us to deliver consistency, fair and practical employment law support to promote best practice.’
‘The support I’ve received from Catherine Daw on a specific case has been exemplary. She is knowledgeable, very personable and has provided reassurance on something that has been challenging and has been completely new territory for me.’
‘Catherine Daw always offers fantastic advice.’
‘Colin Smith has excellent pragmatism and commercial acumen, as well as being an astonishingly well-informed lawyer.’
‘Louise Brenlund provides very accurate advice, aimed at the heart of the matter without any clutter or padding.’
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Hamton Environmental Services ltd
Thanet District Council
Royal British Legion Industries
Ashford Borough Council
- Advised various clients on the impact of Covid-19 regarding decisions about entire workforces, in some instances amounting to thousands of individuals, and where the decisions made would potentially impact on the long term future of the organisations.
- Defended a claim brought against Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust by a bank worker for unlawful deduction from wages.
- Defended Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and an individual employee of the Trust named as second respondent in an Employment Tribunal claim for constructive unfair dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, race, disability, marriage or civil partnership and sex.
The Canterbury-based employment team at Furley Page Solicitors has extensive experience in providing employment and HR advice to clients in the education and charity sectors. The team is also increasingly advising on regulatory and safeguarding issues and partnership disputes. Andrew Masters leads the team, which includes Amanda Okill, who has expertise in the charity sector. Tessa Robinson joined the team from DMH Stallard LLP and has strengths in immigration matters and data protection work.
Other key lawyers:
Amanda Okill; Tessa Robinson
‘Reliability and expert advice on employment law matters.’
‘The most important thing for me is the quality of the people within the team, taking the time to understand our business and building an ongoing relationship. Issues such as technology and processes are peripheral, provided they are fit for purpose.’
‘Andrew Masters is thorough, supportive and committed to our business. Andrew provides us with reassurance and we don’t think twice about using his services.’
‘The vast majority of my dealings have been with Andrew Masters and the things I value most in working with him are: A friendly, professional relationship; an understanding of the Company, how we operate, and our potential issues; prompt, informed and detailed responses; an openness and honesty in providing advice and guidance; a practical, solution-oriented approach to challenges; rather than adopting a single approach, outlining a range of options and talking through the pros and cons of each; and a shared sense of wanting to do the right thing by the Company and its employees.’
‘I have dealt with Andrew Master, who has led Employment Law for a number of years. Andrew is very approachable, pragmatic and helpful and has helped us to resolve a number of issues over the years. Andrew quickly gets up to speed on an issue and makes himself available to support us often at short notice.’
‘We have a long-standing business relationship with Andrew Masters. Andrew has built up and retained a good understanding of the business and the employment issues we sometimes face. Andrew is very dependable, personable, and has always delivered clear and detailed advice within the required time frame.’
University of Kent
Dean & Chapter of Canterbury
The Duke of York’s Royal Military School
St Lawrence College
The Canterbury Academy Trust
The Brett Group
Tiger Retail Limited
Megger Instruments Limited
- Advised an independent school in Kent on all relevant procedural steps and documentation regarding the School Governors’ decision to opt out of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme that affected all members of the teaching staff.
Irwin Mitchell’s employment team advises clients on complex restructures as well as tribunal work. Sybille Steiner, dually qualified as English solicitor and German Rechtsanwältin, leads the Southern employment team, while Charlotte Sloan leads the Gatwick employment team. This year, the firm has been appointed as the sole legal provider of employment law support to Gatwick Airport. The firm’s strong specialism in the education sector is evidenced by its retainer with the Association of colleges, where the firm acts for a number of colleges on a private basis.
Sybille Steiner; Charlotte Sloan
Other key lawyers:
‘They have an exemplary reputation, a wide range of disciplines and a willingness to understand our business that goes above the norm for the industry. Their people are skilled and expert in their field and most importantly for me they understand the commercial ramifications of the actions we might have to take and tailor their response to be supportive enabling us to be consistent in our approach to any matter. We feel like their top priority.’
‘One of their key strengths is that they get to know the individual rather than assuming they know the business. They have learned how I like to work and the nuances of how I will apply whatever information they provide me with and as such their response is tailored to my needs and therefore intuitively exactly what my organisation needs. As a consequence of their understanding of my company we use them across many different disciplines where they have shown that their additional expertise will put us in a better position to deal with our business.’
‘This practice, for me, is unique in their attention to detail, professionalism, guidance and associated risks in all matters that I have had to deal with them. They act in a timely manner and are always available for assistance when required.’
‘Charlotte Sloan is my number one go-to person at Irwin Mitchell; she is always professional, responds in a timely manner, helpful, patient and thoroughly knowledgeable. If Charlotte says she will do something she does.’
‘The team at IM are excellent both in terms of their customer service, their knowledge about the particular issues facing colleges and their administration. Their fees are reasonable considering that public sector organisations do not have a large budget.’
‘Charlotte Slone has been absolutely amazing in every respect. She was always available when I required advice and guidance. She was friendly, approachable and honest. Most importantly, she was knowledgeable not only in relation to the law but also the details of the various cases at hand. Very little time was spent recapping information, as she always seemed to remember the details.’
Europa Worldwide Group Limited
Association of Colleges
Chichester College Group
- Providing a broad range of advice to Europa Worldwide Group Limited, one of the UK’s largest privately owned transport and logistics companies providing freight services globally.
- Advising the Association of Colleges until 2022, providing a dedicated advisory service for over 300 member colleges across the UK.
- Advising Kontron Limited on day-to-day legal matters.
Loch Employment Law
Loch Employment Law, a part of Loch Associates Group, offers advice on a broad range of employment issues, including HR support and wellbeing matters. The team often handles work for clients in the recruitment, healthcare and construction sectors. Founder and managing director Pam Loch heads up the Tunbridge Wells office, while Alex Kiernan leads the team in Brighton and has particular experience in Employment Tribunal claims. Joe Milner frequently represents clients in discrimination, breach of contract, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing cases.
Pam Loch; Alex Kiernan
Other key lawyers:
‘Loch has become more of a one-stop shop for all employment and HR matters. Very attentive and always have a solution from one of their in-house experts.’
‘We use the Loch team for all our employment law issues and I have always found the whole team to be exceptionally knowledgeable. They also have a very proactive approach to employment law, running seminars and workshops which focus on preventing issues before they develop.’
‘Loch are incredibly efficient, friendly and always deliver on a commitment to respond to contact made. I find the whole team to be equally understanding of our culture and how we like to approach things. It makes communication easy and I see the Loch team as an extension of our support network at work.’
‘Loch understands our business very well and so gives us sound and practical advice that fits very well with the culture of the business. They are very reactive to our needs ensuring we can manage an ever-changing organisation.’
‘We have worked with Loch for quite a few years now and have found them all to be extremely professional, knowledgeable, and generally nice people. From the PA’s to the partners they all deserve a mention. Nothing is ever too much trouble.’
‘I work with Pam Loch mainly and she is extremely knowledgeable, polite, and definitely our go to person. Pam always makes time to speak to us when we need help and always goes above and beyond to make sure we are where we need to be, and that we are comfortable with her advice. She will follow up on issues too and not just leave them. We are very happy working with Pam and her team as we know we will get the advice we need in a friendly manner.’
‘I work closely with Alex Kiernan who gives the company a very personal service. He understands the business and its culture very well and we normally come to pragmatic and sound solutions to the challenges we face. He is clearly extremely knowledgeable and is always clear in pointing out the potential risks and benefits of the approaches we discuss.’
‘I personally speak to Alex Kiernan and have always found him to be patient, an excellent communicator (without fancy jargon) and someone who can take the emotion out of a scenario to guide me through what I need to do next. Alex is very honest about work timelines and also any reflections he has about how collectively we might do something different next time.’
Martin Searle Solicitors
Fiona Martin heads up the Brighton-based team at specialist employment firm Martin Searle Solicitors and has expertise in complex discrimination cases. The team advises both employers and employees, and also conducts campaigning work for issues including pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace. Associate Laura Donnelly is skilled at handling cases in the Employment Tribunal and often deals with director-level disputes. Sarah Henderson was promoted to associate in 2020 and has experience handling whistleblowing and discrimination cases.
Other key lawyers:
Laura Donnelly; Sarah Henderson; Christianne Silverwood
‘The Martin Searle Team have offered pro bono support to charities and community groups in Brighton, Hove, Adur and Worthing over the last 10 years. Support has ranged from writing employment contracts and staff handbooks, providing training in employment law throughout the year and offering one-to-one advice to trustees. This support has made a huge difference to the effectiveness and sustainability of those organisations and we can’t thank the team enough for their work.’
‘The Martin Searle team offer a bespoke service offering our vulnerable clients with mental health issues, one-to-one information and advice regarding their difficult employment concerns. They are always available, approachable, supportive, full of practical suggestions with a down to earth approach. They are sensitive to our clients’ needs and vulnerabilities in often very difficult and complicated circumstances. We very much appreciate having this specialist advice service when needed.’
‘Staff are highly professional and conduct their work in a professional manner whilst being extremely considerate of their clients. Communication was great throughout and queries were always answered when needed. The staff went out of their way to provide the best service possible at all times. Staff made me feel at ease in pressurised situations and gave me confidence that things would be completed.’
‘One of the great strengths of Martin Searle Solicitors is the friendly environment extended by the team at the Brighton office. In my case another professional was required, and a seamless introduction was made to another firm with the appropriate knowledge. The entire experience from a client’s view was as pleasant as it could be given the circumstances. Also, the fee structure was transparent and easy to understand.’
‘Fiona Martin has given a highly professional, consistent and much valued service to us for over a decade; Fiona and her team are always approachable and often go above and beyond to ensure we get the best advice required. Fiona deals with matters promptly and follows up when needed, her advice is always clear and objective so everyone knows where they stand and sets out the steps to get the most positive result.’
‘Sarah Henderson is the best solicitor I know. She knows employment law thoroughly, very experienced and have a very nice manner. What sold me was that Sarah gave me a lot of time free on the initial call, explained everything clearly and she immediately had my trust. I spoke to few other firms but no one in Sussex was as good as her. When you speak to her you just know that.’
‘My solicitor, Christianne Silverwood, was brilliant. She was clearly very skilled and knowledgeable, and offered my fantastic support and advice throughout the 2-year period. She was professional at all times and had clear professional boundaries. She was an excellent listener, practical, managed expectations but also believed in me, in my case, and fought hard to reach the outcome we were working towards. And we succeeded.’
‘Laura Donnelly was my main contact and she impressed me with her knowledge and tenacity. During a marathon negotiation session Laura skilfully steered me through the whole process. Certainly, the service provided exceeded expectations.’
Oakley Commercial Ltd
Escape the City
Valtris Speciality Chemicals
- Acted for and successfully defended a complex discrimination claim, including age discrimination, harassment on the grounds of sex and victimisation, for a young female client which stemmed from her refusal to wear make-up to work to cover her acne.
- Acted for and achieved a successful settlement for a client regarding a long running unfair dismissal and complex disability discrimination claim against a high-profile employer.
- Acted for and successfully defended a client in an unfair dismissal and age discrimination claim.
Thomson Snell & Passmore
The employment department at Thomson Snell & Passmore handles all areas of employment law, including Employment Tribunal claims and restrictive covenants, confidentiality and outsourcing issues. With particular expertise in the education, charity and healthcare sectors, the team handles work for academies, colleges and health and social care providers across the South East. Nick Hobden leads the team’s Thames Gateway team and is adept at High Court and Employment Tribunal litigation. Ben Stepney has considerable experience in advising care homes and domiciliary care providers.
Other key lawyers:
‘TSP have wide experience and are able to apply that experience to provide commercial solutions to legal problems.’
‘Great collaborative approach and take time to understand our business and what we need. Everyone is very friendly and responsive, they have organised informative sessions for our leadership team on employment matters which we found very informative and stimulated a great discussion.’
‘Always very approachable, reliable and friendly. Nick Hobden has been great helping us with complex employment law matters related to the Covid pandemic, he is always very responsive and gives clear advice and uses examples so I can report the advice back to others which is needed in our business.’
‘We were introduced to them by our HR provider following an issue that was heading towards an Industrial Tribunal case. We found the company incredibly helpful and responsive to our needs. They quickly assimilated the situation and the information we provided and were then able to give sound, professional advice.’
‘They were able to answer all our questions clearly but also in a manner that we as “lay” people could understand. The firm also has efficient processes in place to respond to accounts, billing and correspondence.’
‘They have an ability to explain matters in a clear and understandable manner to us.’
‘They took the time to learn in detail the facts surrounding the issues and to provide strong responses and options.’
‘We strongly felt that they were there to represent us.’
Avante Care & Support
Highworth Grammar School
St Augustines Roman Catholic Primary School
Rivermead Inclusive Trust
Britannia Refined Metals
St Edmunds School Canterbury
Clarkson Wright & Jakes
The Croydon-based employment team at Markel Law LLP is part of the global, US-based insurance company Markel Corporation, and has extensive expertise in representing clients in Employment Tribunal proceedings. Robert Dempsey co-leads the team with Edward Pearce. Dempsey has handled high-value employment disputes, discrimination cases and matters with complex extraterritorial jurisdiction disputes, while Pearce is adept at handling work for business owners, senior employees and HR professionals.
Robert Dempsey; Edward Pearce
Other key lawyers:
‘The team are very keen to make things work for me by, for example, arranging their bills to coincide with my budgets and forecasting. As I have been working with the same individuals for several years now, they understand my organisation and make advisory suggestions based on their knowledge of how we operate. There has been no detriment in service at all during lockdown.’
‘The team at Markel have been a stable and constant support to our business for many years. The reason we have not sought alternative legal support is because we have people outside of the business who know our company inside and out, which really helps. I feel like I’m talking to someone who knows me and the company, which I feel is invaluable.’
‘The team at Markel managed to blend the handling of a very difficult and complex legal matter with the human and caring touch.’
‘The team at Markel Law were unlike any experience I have had with a legal practice before. Quite simply they took the time to not only understand my case with great sensitivity, but also to realise the psychological impact the case had on me and responded accordingly. Their support enabled me to keep to focus on what mattered – with an empathy that must be commended. They explained everything in a way that was easily understandable and removed what could have been a very intimidating set of processes. It is hard to imagine a better service from a legal practice.’
The Federation of Small Business
The British Printing Industries Federation
David Lloyd Leisure
Eva Airway Corporation
Evergreen Marine (UK) Limited
Lees Hall Golf Club
Bestcare (UK) Ltd
Rush Hair and Beauty Limited
B.L.W. (INSURANCE SERVICES) LTD
Personal Care Services
2020 Media International/ Channel 2020 Ltd
Wilton House Ltd
- Defended Rush Hair and Beauty against an Employment Tribunal claim brought by an employee who was dismissed for misconduct.
- Defended Lees Hall Golf Club against an unfair dismissal claim in the Employment Tribunal.
- Represented Personal Care Services and achieved a withdrawal of an Employment Tribunal claim.
Outset Limited’s employment team is headed up by Darren Stevens in Maidstone, and deals with a vast range of issues including redundancies, union recognition issues, civil litigation and M&A deals. The team also has specialities in the veterinary and maritime sectors, with clients drawn from both the South East and nationwide. Chief executive Jonathan Gauton, who founded the firm, plays an active role in the employment team; other team members include senior lawyer Chloe Pereira, who has extensive experience in advising on immigration issues, and Simon Tovey, who specialises in discrimination and whistleblowing cases.
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Gauton; Chloe Pereira; Simon Tovey
‘The Team at Outset really make an effort to understand the particular challenges which occur within the hospitality industry. I would be hard pushed to find people as patient, understanding and supportive as these guys.’
‘They are pragmatic and unlike previous firms I have dealt with have a commercial outlook and are prepared to take reasonable risks and set out the risks. They will readily discuss situations within the legal team, as well as the HR team to ensure they have considered all aspects when the situation is complex.’
‘With all the individuals I have worked with in Outset, not just currently, but over the years I have always had good support and excellent delivery of the services our organisation has needed.’
‘Outset are true business partners and whenever we work with them, it very much feels like they are just an extension of our team rather than external lawyers. The collaboration is second to none and they always balance the legal point of view with the commercial needs of our business.’
‘Chloe Pereira is a stand out individual. She is responsive and always available when we need advice.’
‘They are a team who truly compliment each other. They don’t just restate the law but instead they take the time to understand the needs of our business and then offer commercial, pragmatic advice.’
Flight Centre (UK) Ltd
Charlton Athletic Community Trust
Charlton Athletic Football Club
Charities Aid Foundation
Holland America Group: Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Yachts of Seabourn
Swale Academies Trust
Michels & Taylor
A Gomez Limited
Alan Firmin Limited
John Parker & Son Limited
Woodfield Systems Limited
- Advised Flight Centre (UK) Limited on a significant collective consultation process.
- Advised Princess Cruise Lines Limited on a litigation matter where an ex-employee brought a claim.
- Advised a large national health and medical service on gender pay gap reporting.
Pure Employment Law
Pure Employment Law is a boutique practice that provides the full-spectrum of employment law advice, including handling disciplinary and grievance matters, redundancies, departures of senior employees, Employment Tribunal claims and TUPE mandates. The firm has a strong regional presence across Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire, with additional national clients. The team is co-headed by founders Peter Stevens, who has particular expertise in TUPE matters, and Nicola Brown, who conducts advocacy in the Employment Tribunal.
Peter Stevens; Nicola Brown
Study Group UK Limited
Federation Equestre Internationale
Peruvian Connection LLC
Southern Cranes & Access Limited
Flight Directors Scheduled Services Limited
Thesis Asset Management plc
St. Wilfrid’s Hospice
- Advising Study Group UK Limited on all of its UK employment issues, including collective consultation and Employment Tribunal matters.
- Advising a purchaser client on the employment aspects involved in a £10m transaction, including complex potential TUPE issues.
- Advising a family company of an ultra-high-net-worth household on all general employment matters affecting the client, particularly with regard to adapting to the changing conditions caused by the pandemic.
Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP ’s employment team in Uckfield regularly provides support on M&A and acts for clients in the education, professional services, charity, sport and hospitality sectors. The employment department is headed up by Bruce Hayter, who is also chairman of the firm. Amy White leads the team’s GatekeeperHR offering, an employment and HR fixed cost retainer scheme. Victoria Regan recently handled a Supreme Court case addressing the harmonisation of contract dismissals following TUPE.
Other key lawyers:
Amy White; Victoria Regan
‘As a team they collaborate well and are always responsive, friendly and efficient. The Gatekeeper service is outstanding – well priced with immediate access to answers you need which saves hours of time in researching HR issues (like having an in house expert for a fraction of the cost).’
‘I have used the Employment Legal services of Rix and Kay over several years. Whichever partner or associate I have used they have always given excellent advice with a prompt turnaround.’
‘The team has provided us with a bespoke HR service, backed by the legal team. This service has enabled us to deal with staff issues quickly and effectively during the last year, where COVID-19 has been in point.’
‘This practice is excellent in giving prompt legal advice for individuals wishing to leave complicated employment contracts.’
‘Bruce Hayter is always keen to support our wider organisation and clients and is always happy to discuss any legal issues before setting the clock ticking.’
‘Victoria Regan is an outstanding employment lawyer, who has provided employment advice which has proved invaluable to us as a business throughout the last year.’
‘Amy White is exceptional. She is very knowledgeable and is able to disseminate the issues and offer best practice solutions.’
Shareholders of Proversity.org Ltd
Plummer Parsons Ltd
Let’s Do Business (South East) Group Limited
Crawley Town Community Foundation
Blue Strawberry Group Ltd
Grafters Recruitment Ltd
Mountune 2 Ltd
- Acted for certain shareholders of Proversity.org Ltd regarding a majority share sale to Melbourne-based Online Education Services in 2020.
- Advised Plummer Parsons Ltd in connection with home working, including risk management and mental health issues, furlough leave and redundancy as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Advised Let’s Do Business (South East) Group Limited in connection with a service provision change under TUPE, redundancy, including a staff-wide voluntary redundancy offering.
Sherrards Employment Law Solicitors
The Sussex-based team at Sherrards Employment Law Solicitors has a strong South Eastern presence and the department is co-headed by Harry Sherrard, Dan Soanes and Victoria Bevis. The team offers a wide range of employment advice, including handling dismissals, grievances, disciplinary issues and trade union matters for clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors.
Harry Sherrard; Dan Soanes; Victoria Bevis
Other key lawyers:
Rachel Nicholas; Cathal McCabe
‘We have worked with Sherrards for many years. They really understand the nuances of our company and always provide amazing support. Phones are answered super-quickly and messages always responded to in a timely manner. They also remember voices which makes us feel as though we matter.’
‘The team is always professional in its handling of any issues raised with them. They always provide very practical and pragmatic advice which makes it clear to understand actions that need to be taken. They have been especially helpful to us during 2020 which was a very difficult year with several redundancies and the introduction of the government furlough scheme.’
‘We have had complex, and possibly unique issues that have been handled with skill and sensitivity by the Principal of the firm and one of the partners.’
‘Sherrard’s team is made up of a group of very professional individuals who have assisted us over the years. They take the time to understand our business and the various business units we work with. They offer a range of packages to suit business needs and their billing is transparent for accounting purposes. They also offer a range of services including support with mediation, occupational health and resourcing.’
‘Harry Sherrard has been a rock for our small charity, particularly during the pandemic, which saw us having to quickly restructure the team and make redundancies to survive. When seeking his advice, he immediately knows the right questions to ask which help us get to the root of the issue. We do not have to wade through technical jargon or legal speak to understand what he is telling us, we do not have time for that and his calm manner, straight to the point advice has been just what we needed. The CEO and I absolutely feel we can trust his advice.’
‘Harry Sherrard and Rachel Nicholas have been so very helpful in the advice given. Very clear approach and professional at all times. Concise confident advice given that made making a decision on which action to take easier. Always available to discuss matters when needed. Their service is excellent to the extent we have no need to go elsewhere.’
‘We have worked mainly with Harry Sherrard, Dan Soanes and Victoria Bevis in relation to employment law matters. Cathal McCabe has recently joined the team and he is also very cooperative. They are always approachable, respond immediately and offer pragmatic advice and solutions. I feel confident in my role as HR Manager that I can always count on their support.’
‘I work mainly with Harry Sherrard and Dan Soanes who support me unfailingly. Most recently I have also been working with Cathal who has also been extremely supporting and reacts quickly to requirements.’
GH London Ground Handling
Heart of London Business Alliance
Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts
Johnsons Hotel, Restaurant & Catering Linen
Air France KLM
- Represented a dental products company in a High Court injunction matter concerning an employee who had taken intellectual property and customers from the company.
- Represented an international airline in a multi-day sex discrimination claim, which was successfully defended.
- Acted for a financial services business in a multi-faceted sex discrimination claim which was defended in a two-week Employment Tribunal.
Thackray Williams LLP
With a strong regional and increasingly national client base, Thackray Williams LLP handles employment matters for clients across a broad range of sectors, including the education, retail, hospitality, construction, recruitment and charity industries. Emma Thompson leads the team and has expertise in advising clients from the education sector, acting for public schools, independent schools and nurseries.
Other key lawyers:
Lisa Rothon; Faye Shortall
‘Clients are always at the heart of what they do. They are approachable, personable and help make complex matters simple. They take the time to fully understand what a client needs and then helps them achieve it.’
‘The level of the personal and bespoke service offered by Emma Thompson and her team is unique in my experience of working with other employment practices. The level of transparency and honesty is so reassuring, and her advice will always be based on the best interests of the client. These key principals are enshrined in the DNA of the practice and this is why I have and will continue to recommend, unreservedly, friends and colleagues who need help with their unique employment issues.’
‘I have worked with the team for about 12 years. Even though it is a regional firm – and has that friendly personal touch – it has all the feel of a big City firm in quality.’
‘The personal service is simply outstanding. Emma Thompson, the partner responsible for employment law, shows a level of empathy that helps reassure her clients, who are often struggling to deal with hugely stressful employment disputes. She is not intimidated by the bullying tactics of the employers she is litigating against, and she really is a champion for the victim of bad employment practice. Emma and her colleagues are a huge credit to the legal profession and deserve the highest recognition.’
‘The Thackray Williams team has a real sense of unity, and seem to work as a symbiotic unit, rather than a collection of individually practicing partners and associates. This makes Thackray Williams approachable and gives a sense of empathy and understanding which is so important at this very stressful time.’
‘Having instructed Emma Thompson to help me with my employment law situation, I could not advocate or praise her highly enough. She was responsive and reactive, handling my case both effectively and efficiently, but all while taking the time to really get to know me and understand the background of my situation. She was considerate and caring, supportive from start to finish, and I felt full confidence in her acting in my best interests, proactively pursuing and pushing for the best outcome for me, and I had no doubts that she would fight my corner.’
‘Having worked closely with a number of solicitors over the last decade, Emma Thompson stands out above the rest. From the moment that you meet her, you feel at ease and in safe hands. She is an expert in her field and fully competent, whether you are a small local business or a large global company. Her passion for what she does shines through and is transparent in her work.’
Thomas Mansfield LLP
With a national and regional client base, Thomas Mansfield LLP advises a wide variety of companies, businesses and not-for-profit organisations. In particular, the team has specialisms in the healthcare, security, logistics, recruitment and sport sectors, advising clients on working time regulations and disability issues, restrictive covenants, breach of confidentiality issues and team moves. Jonathan Mansfield and Neill Thomas co-founded the firm; both represent clients in the Employment Tribunal and the High Court. Mansfield co-leads the team with Meredith Hurst and Angie Crush.
Jonathan Mansfield; Meredith Hurst; Angie Crush
Other key lawyers:
‘Very accessible and really practical advice.’
‘As a firm, Thomas Mansfield are extremely responsive; you never have to wait for a call or a reply to an email which is vital when dealing with often stressful situations.’
‘Quick to get back to queries. Very thorough and explain everything clearly.’
‘Meredith Hurst is a consummate professional – his advice and counsel has stopped us getting involved in expensive litigation many times and we couldn’t praise him enough for his judgement and guidance.’
‘Jonathan Mansfield is easy to work with, hard working and always willing to go the extra mile for his clients. And he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of employment law.’
‘Angie Crush is always excellent. Very responsive, gets to know the organisation and provides black letter law advice but critically practical advice and support.’
‘Meredith is approachable and easy to talk to. He is very calm in a crisis, thorough and gives good advice. I know I can trust his opinion.’
Old Thorns Hotel Group
Snow Software Limited
Scheidt & Bachmann (UK) Ltd
Scheidt and Bachmann GmbH
Council for Licensed Conveyancers
FM Conway Limited
United European Car Carriers AS
Meantime Communications Limited
ifm electronic Ltd
- Acting for an individual in a case with a union regarding whether a night care assistant who slept at work was entitled to NMW, as it was a statutory requirement for him to be available at night to assist nurses, and he was woken to do so.
- Acted successfully for an employee of one of the largest banks in the UK in a civil matter under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 arising from bullying by a senior executive over many months leading to a permanent breakdown in health of a junior employee.
- Acting for a major security/outsourcing company regarding pay demands made by the relevant union, including resisting the union’s interpretation of the application of a national bargaining agreement and its transfer under TUPE.
TWM Solicitors LLP advises on Employment Tribunal litigation, restraint of trade issues, confidentiality mandates, TUPE, redundancies and reorganisations, and the team’s clients stem from the engineering, food and beverage, motor retail and leisure sectors. The employment department is co-headed by Anthony Wilcox and Patrick Stewart; Stewart is experienced at negotiating termination packages.
‘I was generally delighted with the way my case was dealt with.’
‘The individual I work with is extremely responsive, and also practical and solution-oriented in his guidance. He provides the advice we need, practical drafting, and volunteers relevant information as well.’
‘We have always had excellent service from this practice. Practical, timely advice and very quick to respond to queries or issues.’
‘Patrick Stewart is patient and professional.’
‘Our main contact has been Patrick Stewart who has always provided thorough and wise guidance when we have been unsure of the best way forward. Whilst I have no doubt he is busy, he always manages to find time to deal with enquiries quickly.’
‘The lawyers at TWM that we deal with are always readily available and give good clear advice.’
‘I would specifically mention Patrick Stewart who will tell me I’m wrong if needs be! That is genuinely very important.’
Bucher Municipal Limited
BMJ Publishing Group Limited
Ghetto Golf Limited
Carpet & Flooring (Trading) Limited
ezyVet UK Limited
Evolve Creative Solutions Limited
Walton Heath Golf Club
Halo Top UK Limited
William J Marshall & Partners
Rapid Results College
- Advised Bucher Municipal Limited on employee relations issues and a reorganisation, as well as delivering employment law training and providing Employment Tribunal representation.
- Supported and advised Halo Top UK Limited when establishing its UK presence, including with corporate structures, contractual matters, policies and various employment issues arising since the establishment of the company.
- Advised Carpet & Flooring (Trading) Limited on a range of HR and employee relations matters, with topics including furlough, redundancy, capability management and conduct dismissals, as well as drafting new employment procedures and conducting bespoke employment law training.