Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex in South East

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Co-headed by Nick Hurley and Ben Smith, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s ‘highly responsive and professional’ Guildford employment team offers ‘City level service at regional fees’. Hurley is particularly active in the financial services and TMT sectors, working with a variety of UK and international clients. Smith has particular expertise in all HR issues, including disciplinary and grievance processes, redundancy and restructuring programmes, TUPE, discrimination and whistleblowing.

Practice head(s):

Nick Hurley; Ben Smith

Other key lawyers:

Becky Lawton; Rachel Hearn; Emily Chalkley; Sophie Lockwood

Testimonials

‘The advice we received regarding a very difficult employment issue was clear and precise. Specifically it managed the development of a strategic approach to the issue that avoided the potential for drawn out and expensive litigation that may have arisen if we had pursued alternative approaches.’

‘A very personal approach with an understanding of both the business and personal issues that need to be managed.’

‘The team provide a formidable service for private clients and corporate entities for all types of employment matters. They are adept at managing complex and sensitive investigations.’

‘Ben Smith is hyper focused on our needs and will always go the extra mile to achieve business and legal objectives.’

‘Nick Hurley is an outstanding practitioner and master tactician. He is my go-to employment expert. He is also a tremendous person. All round, Nick Hurley is the complete package.’

‘Emily Chalkley – fantastic lawyer, extremely personable, with excellent judgement.’

‘Becky Lawton – a trusted adviser, commercial, to the point and gets it.’

Key clients

Sony Playstation

National Museum of the Royal Navy

Ericsson

NEP UK

Rapha Racing

Amundi Asset Management (Amundi)

Just Group plc

C Hoare & Co

Goodwin Procter LLP

Samaritans

Lord Wandsworth College

Sam Walker

Work highlights

  • Advised Ericsson Ltd and its various group companies (including Red Bee Media Ltd and MediaKind Ltd) on a large number of TUPE transactions and outsourcings, as well as on all their day-to-day HR requirements.
  • Advised Sony PlayStation on all aspects of their employment law needs including a cross-border project relating to overseas working during the pandemic.
  • Advised Sam Walker in relation to her £15m+ claim against the Co-Operative Group for unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, equal pay, sex and disability discrimination.

Cripps

Cripps’s ‘very commercially minded’ employment team in Tunbridge Wells is highly experienced in managing both contentious and non-contentious employment matters with a ‘very human approach’, while the firm is highly invested in employing technology to provide better client service. Team head Rhona Darbyshire  is particularly active in the advertising, technology, retail, hospitality and food and drink sectors. Camilla Beamish has substantial experience in general advisory work, corporate support work and a particular interest in litigation. Patrick Glencross has particular expertise in the areas of TUPE transfers and Employment Tribunal litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rhona Darbyshire

Other key lawyers:

Camilla Beamish; Patrick Glencross; Melanie Stancliff

Testimonials

‘Cripps Pemberton Greenish provides legal advice through very human lawyers who care about their clients’ businesses.’

‘Cripps Pemberton Greenish have a very human approach to their advice. They are also very commercially minded and provide highly pragmatic advice, which keeps the company legally compliant. I really value the HR Director’s Forums which they facilitate for their clients.’

‘Responsive, professional, expert advice provided.’

‘Rhona Derbyshire was outstanding throughout. She displayed at all times the correct level of support, strategic thinking and commitment to caring out the sometimes “gutty” day to day running of the matter. Not only did we feel that she was on our side but that she genuinely cared about the matter. Rhona would stand out in any firm and it is a personal regret that she doesn’t work for us ! Her availability was excellent. Her written work was great. Her care and support for us was outstanding’

‘Camilla Beamish is very responsive, professional, has a good understanding of our culture and organisation.’

‘Both Camilla Beamish and Patrick Glencross have given fantastic advice. Both are incredibly pragmatic and very human in their approach. They consider more than just the legal implications of queries and also consider reputational risks and human impact of any decisions made. I also feel that are really considerate of company budgets and are always willing to offer solutions within my budgeted spend. They are always available at short notice to answer any queries I may have.’

‘Melanie Stancliffe is a valuable employment lawyer to partner with. She is highly responsive, pragmatic and immensely detailed and knowledgeable. She provides detailed advice and recommendations, with a thorough overview of risks to enable effective decision making and optioneering, with a commercial lens.’

Key clients

Gatehouse Bank plc

Desktop Metal Operating Inc.

Bapchild Motoring World Limited

Canterbury Christchurch University

Absolutely Couriers

Holiday Extras

Chapel Down Group

Harrow School

Rémy Cointreau

Work highlights

  • Advised Chapel Down Group plc, England’s leading winemaker, on the employment related matters linked to its the disposal by its subsidiary, Curious Drinks Limited of its business and assets.
  • Supported Holiday Extras Limited with the management of HR issues relating to the Covid-19 pandemic and the gradual reopening of the travel sector over the past 12 months.
  • Represented Gatehouse Bank plc in an Employment Tribunal case on a high-value unfair dismissal claim which arose out of a reorganisation project.

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP’s employment team is well established in both Crawley and Guildford. Team head Simon Bellm is a well-regarded advocate, having appeared in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal for over 30 years. Greg Burgess, previously head of employment at ASB law (now Knights) is a significant figure within the Gatwick Diamond business community. Will Walsh has particular expertise in handling the termination of senior executives with complex remuneration packages. Adam Williams acts for employers in relation to both immigration and employment work. Abigail Maino, promoted to partner in 2021, leads the firm’s relationships with a number of high-profile clients.

Practice head(s):

Simon Bellm

Other key lawyers:

Greg Burgess; Will Walsh; Adam Williams; Abigail Maino; Aisling Malone

Testimonials

‘Breadth and depth of knowledge, there is always someone who is an expert in their field.’

‘I have always found that DMH Stallard have been very approachable and always offer practical and useful solutions to any issues I have.’

‘The DMH team have provided us with outstanding service for several years. Despite being a large firm they know us well and provide a personalised service.’

‘DMH Stallard’s team is based on proven expertise which is judiciously applied to resolve intractable legal issues – particularly around a long-running employment dispute. Their willingness to maintain a resolute legal response to the challenges of a serial litigant-in-person with good humour and a client-first approach is to be commended.’

‘Abigail Maino understands us as a client, knows what our challenges are and has a pragmatic, scalable approach.’

‘Abigail Maino is very pragmatic and understands how we operate. She is always willing to put herself out and is often available at very short notice. Her advice is always very reliable and she uses other contacts to assist us with matters that she cannot advise on.’

‘Adam Williams: – accessible – strong professional knowledge – capability to translate law discourses in understandable and adaptable content – capability to connect law and business purposes’

‘Adam Williams great at advisory and lays out approach in an easy to understand fashion, makes him a great collaborative referral.’

Key clients

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Zotefoams Plc

Eatbigfish LLP

Sussex County Cricket Club

Change Grow Live

BRIT School

Work highlights

  • Advised Eatbigfish LLP (London-based marketing and brand agency with clients across the globe) and its founding members, on the exit of the individual who led their US operation and was a member of their UK LLP.
  • Advised an international manufacturing business with a complex project to integrate and transpose into UK law existing bonus plans and handbook policies, and to introduce new UK terms of employment for UK country manager and its most senior sales staff.
  • Advised Roja Parfums Holdings Ltd, a luxury perfume brand, with the appointment of a new CEO of the business and with the transitioning of the existing board of directors into non-executive roles as part of a complex succession plan for the business.

Moore Barlow

Moore Barlow has six offices in the South East region. The ‘friendly and approachable’ employment team acts on complex litigation matters, brings and defends employment tribunal claims, and advises on a range of non-contentious employment matters. Team head Katherine Maxwell is particularly known for her expertise in relation to TUPE advice, negotiating high value severance packages for senior executives, advising in relation to reorganisations and largescale redundancies and advising on post termination litigation. David Ludlow has practised in the field of complex boardroom disputes and conducted the associated litigation for 25 years. Naomi Greenwood has extensive experience in high value employment litigation, particularly in the advertising, media and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Maxwell

Other key lawyers:

David Ludlow; Naomi Greenwood; Michelle Tudor

Testimonials

‘Moore Barlow provides the complete professional organisation in terms of HR advice and all other disciplines both in terms of business and personal matters. There fee structures are acceptable for the quality of service which is provided in a friendly manner.’

‘David Ludlow is the consummate professional who deals with our queries and instructions with advice in a friendly forthright manner at all times.’

‘Friendly and approachable. Sound advice.’

‘Excellent team. Solid advice.’

Key clients

Alan Greenwood & Sons Limited

Aligned Assets Limited

BD Network Limited

Camm & Hooper Limited

Churchill Retirement Plc

Cowdray Estate

Darwin & Wallace Plc

Eliga Services Limited

D4t4 Solutions Plc

Explore Learning Limited

Enspire Group

Euronews Group

Firefly Capital Limited

Foreman Homes Group

Gravity Media

Hann Tucker Associates Limited

Hamlyns Chartered Accountants LLP

Hozah Parking Limited

Hythe Marine Services Limited

Kartesia

Medicolegal Partners Limited

Moorfields Eye Hospital

People Check Limited

Workaround GmbH

PK Group Limited

Plum Products Limited

PZI International Solutions UK Limited

ZE PowerGroup Inc

Sir Richard Sutton Limited

Solventis Limited

Southern Communications Limited

SKS Business Services Ltd

Tjarks & Tjarks Design Limited

Total Merchandise Limited

ViewSonic

Wey Education Plc

World Sailing (UK) Limited

Worldnet Inc Group

Xenor Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the General Counsel of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on complex, project-specific employment matters.
  • Advised the Dutch haulage and distribution group Xenor in the start-up of their UK subsidiary.
  • Representing Euronews broadcasting company on the full range of employment law matters.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s Guilford employment team, which is able to draw on the expertise of the firm’s specialist pensions team, continues to benefit from a strong presence in the South East. The Guildford employment team is led by Mike Cole, who has extensive experience supporting international businesses. Liz Cardy is praised for her responsiveness and ‘high quality, clear advice’. In the past year, she has advised St Mary’s University, Twickenham on all of its employment law requirements.

Practice head(s):

Mike Cole

Other key lawyers:

Liz Cardy

Testimonials

‘We are in the US and needed someone who could guide us through the complexity of UK employment law. Penningtons did that for us as well as assisting with the “preventative practices” to keep us as compliant as possible.’

‘Penningtons Manches Cooper has a clear customer focus. The expertise brought to the table as solid legal advice as well as advice on best practice was very much appreciated. Flexibility to adjust to changing circumstances including dealing with matters during the pandemic was great.’

‘I worked primarily with Liz Cardy and she was outstanding in helping us bridge the UK law and US practice complexity. She also provided guidance in best practices and complex employee negotiations. During those times I needed a consultation urgently she always responded quickly. I can’t recall a time where she delayed getting back to us.’

‘I have dealt with several partners and associates at Pennington Manches Cooper and all have demonstrated solid expertise and focus on the matter at hand. Liz Cardy has helped in a recent matter and provided outstanding service.’

‘Liz Cardy is quick to respond to queries and offers high quality, clear advice.’

‘The team has a diverse range of skills, abilities and experience and a strong network of contacts to reach out to for areas where additional context may be required. My particular experience was rather unique and they were able to reach out to other members of the team and external counsel for support, all of which resulted in a very satisfactory conclusion.’

‘Exceptional client care, thorough in preparing papers, and timely in provision of papers to Counsel in preparation for any hearing.’

Key clients

MCI UK Limited

Wurth UK Ltd

St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Surevine Limited

Blue Commodities LLP

Otford Builders Merchants Limited

Vivid Imaginations Limited

Polymax

Sapienza Consulting

Consult Hyperion

M247 Limited

Kent Pharma UK Limited

Firebird

Wurth Industry Service LLP

GIS International

Medpharm Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Wurth UK on all of its employment law needs and also advising other organisations within the group based in different jurisdictions.
  • Advised the UK branch of an International Banking Group on overhauling their compliance policies and contractual terms for those senior staff employed under the FCA fit and proper regime.
  • Represented a UK based retailer and service provider providing building supplies for trade and DIY in the course of two Employment Tribunal claims involving three former employees bringing claims of unfair dismissal, race discrimination and sex discrimination.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s Guildford employment team advises on all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious, and serves a diverse client base across a wide range of sectors. In addition to her expertise in relation to complex TUPE matters, team head Kerry Garcia also advises on business immigration matters, with a particular aspect on illegal working, right to work checks and sponsorship compliance. Lloyd Davey , with a strong reputation for advising clients within the technology, media and retail sectors, often advises overseas clients on their UK employment law issues and manages cross-border projects. Hannah Ford , whose in-house experience includes a secondment to Paramount Pictures UK, specialises on contentious employment matters particularly in the technology, automotive and insurance sectors.

Practice head(s):

Kerry Garcia

Other key lawyers:

Lloyd Davey; Hannah Ford; Rebecca Berry; Hollie Ryan; Andy Williams

Testimonials

‘Stevens & Bolton’s team provides prompt commercial advice. They understand our business priorities and are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Everyone we work with in this team are all responsive, direct and technically skilled. We enjoy working with the team immensely.’

‘We rely on Stevens & Bolton for general employment law advice and, since 2020, advice relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. S&B are extremely flexible, practical and willing to provide well reasoned support on Covid-19 where other firms, I have found, tend to limit advice to the law.’

‘Hannah Ford is an extremely responsive and practical partner. She is personable and unflustered by time-pressure.’

‘Kerry Garcia is an excellent immigration partner, and very capable.’

‘Lloyd Davey: Excellent technical skills as one would expect but also excellent communication skils to convey complicated concepts succinctly. Rapid speed of response, a pre-requisite in the clients market we both serve.’

‘Andy Williams is my go to partner, he understands our business, is highly responsive and partners really well, his advice and counsel is excellent, taking time to explain complex points of law but also providing practical solutions and a way forward. Andy has been pivotal in a very complex case that we have been managing with his help – I have 100% confidence in him.’

Key clients

BMJ Publishing Group Limited

Nintendo UK

Kia Motors (UK) Limited

Papa John’s (GB) Limited

Belron (Autoglass)

Great Eagle Hotels (UK) Limited/The Langham, London

UST

Der Touristik UK Ltd (Kuoni Travel) including subsidiary business Carrier Limited

Meininger Hotels Ltd

Natures Way Foods

Cambridge Display Technology

Blatchford Limited

Arkk Consulting Limited

Hacker

Rank UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Seconded a senior associate to Belron (Autoglass)’s in-house legal team, providing TUPE, IR35 and Covid-related advice.
  • Advised BMJ on multiple matters including Covid-related employment advice, TUPE, contract and policy reviews, and have coordinated international advice, as well as providing training to the legal team on employment status and IR35.
  • Advised Bunzl Retail & Healthcare Supplies in relation to two outsourcing agreements, including negotiating the TUPE indemnities.

Boddy Matthews Limited

Helen Boddy, ‘trustworthy and very efficient in her collaboration’, heads the employment offering at Boddy Matthews Limited, supporting a diverse client base that includes substantial corporates, SMEs, owner managed businesses and senior executives. The team’s extensive experience gives it a broader understanding of the dynamics of the employment relationship. The team advises on all aspects of employment from recruitment to termination and post termination issues, with particular expertise in TUPE both in relation to business sales and purchases and outsourcing arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Helen Boddy

Other key lawyers:

Michal Stein

Testimonials

‘Boddy Matthews were deeply understanding and personable from initial introductions to the conclusion of my case, and demonstrated deep expertise to support my requirements. Under the circumstances of redundancy, I was very pleased with the support and action I received from Boddy Matthews, and have gone on to recommend them to several individuals who are going through similar experiences.’

‘Helen Boddy was the only person I had contact with at the firm. My initial introductory phone call was to her directly, and she was extremely understanding, personable, confident, knowledgeable and timely with all her commentary, correspondence, recommendations and actions.’

‘Helen Boddy advised me expertly in relation to a termination – clarity of advice and recommendations, yet always client-led; eye for detail and for opportunity to ensure most tax-efficient treatment of situation.’

‘The practice of Boddy Matthews is a very trusted legal partner of our company for many years now. The team is very reliable, knowledgeable and trustworthy. They do have a very strong customer approach, being attentive to customers’ needs and addressing these with utmost attention and confidentiality.’

‘I have closely worked with Helen Boddy and can add the stands out with her professional approach to any legal matter, her broad knowledge across multiple areas, her trustworthiness and high level of confidentiality. Helen Boddy demonstrates high level of client orientation, always trying to understand the full complexity of her client’s matter and address it timely and constructively. She always look for a win-win solution for her client within the legal framework. She is trustworthy and very efficient in her collaboration.’

‘Helen Boddy went above and beyond with my advice and legal issue which resulted in a positive outcome. Her knowledge of employment law is phenomenal which from my experience with employment lawyers, stands out. Helen was also a very approachable, confident and extremely pleasant to correspond with through email. Her grit and determination was outstanding. I would most certainly use Helen again if I needed employment advice.’

‘Helen Boddy – approachable, knowledgeable, embodiment of an excellent employment specialist. Very experienced, gets results. Helen is responsive, compassionate and effective all rolled in to one.’

‘I found Helen Boddy to be responsive and highly competent, with a good outcome achieved on the assignment in question.’

Key clients

The AES Corporation/ AES ELectric Ltd

Accounting for Contractors Ltd

Bollore Logistics UK Ltd

Denmech Ltd

Fileturn Ltd

FriendFinder Networks Inc

FL Greenwood & Sons

MSP Secretaries Ltd

People Tree Fair Trade Group Limited

Saracen Horse Feeds Ltd

Society of Critical Care Medicine (US)

Storm Building Ltd

Vecta UW Limited

Wm Lillico & Son Ltd

Senior Executives mainly ex City with 6 figure salaries

Work highlights

  • Advised Bollore Logistics UK Ltd on Employment and TUPE aspects of first and second generation outsourcing to Bollore in managing some of the world’s biggest retailers, delivering global transport and logistics services.
  • Advised and acted for Fileturn Ltd in two Covid-related employment tribunal cases including furlough and zero hours related issues.
  • Retained by American law firms and general counsel to provide UK employment law advice to a US clients with interests in the UK including, start-ups, employee relations, employment status and other HR legal issues.

Brachers

The employment team at Brachers has particular expertise in the healthcare, education, and manufacturing sectors, having represented NHS Trusts since the 1980s. The team has also seen an increasing amount of international work through its membership of the Marcalliance legal network. Catherine Daw  heads up the team and specialises in collective issues, including trade union matters and employment tribunal litigation. Colin Smith  acts on all UK employment law matters for major international businesses.  In addition to education and charity, Antonio Fletcher has expanded his expertise to the banking, recruitment, agriculture, and food and drink sectors.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Daw

Other key lawyers:

Colin Smith; Antonio Fletcher

Testimonials

‘The team are incredibly quick at responding by phone or email. Their responses are detailed, thorough and consider all points of view. They have partnered with us on fundamental services around employment law but also on, what is to us, new and intricate aspects of law such as IR35. ‘

‘Brachers will look at things from several angles and give us options rather than be entirely prescriptive about a single route. They offer guidance, ideas and alternatives where they can rather than black and white, matter of fact responses. They are happy to proof-read proposed communications to our people to make sure they are factually and tonally appropriate. They are knowledgeable and patient. A trait which is valued when we’re working in areas or on topics that are new or unusual to our in-house team.’

‘I have found over the years that the team are passionate about what they do and are always there to help with any need I have, more importantly when time is of the essence they always pull out all the stops and deliver the right response to me to help the business and current situation whatever that may be. They are attentive to the changing needs of the business and very accommodating.’

‘Catherine Daw and her team are the best I have had the pleasure to work with, prompt on all actions and understand the changing shape of our growing business and are able to look ahead to allow us to build for the future.’

Key clients

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Laing O’Rourke

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Hamton Environmental Services ltd

Lifesearch Limited

Associated Asphalt

Benenden Hospital

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Royal British Legion Industries

Ashford Borough Council

Five Acre Wood School

Plumpton College

Work highlights

  • Represented and successfully defended Hamton Environmental from a major employment tribunal claim with a value in excess of £250K.
  • Successfully defended Maidstone and Tunbridge Well NHS Trust in two complicated whistleblowing, discrimination and unfair dismissal claims winning on all counts.
  • Representing an NHS Trust and eight other senior individuals in respect of a series of complex employment tribunal claim for whistleblowing and disability discrimination.

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors’ Canterbury employment team has a particular expertise and specialism in providing employment law advice and HR support to the education and charity sectors. Team head Andrew Masters,  who was a Governor of Kent College, Canterbury for many years and is now Governor Emeritus, has advised schools on the process of collectively opting out of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. This has been a growing area of work for the team. Tessa Robinson has a broad employment practice covering most aspects of employment law and has developed an expertise in immigration matters, which will be a growth area post-Brexit, and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Masters

Other key lawyers:

Tessa Robinson

Testimonials

‘The Furley Page team has a considerable range of sector specific knowledge and depth of experience. This enables the team to provide accurate technical advice whilst managing client expectations of outcomes with sound real world wisdom. Furley Page have responded to urgent matters providing a rapid and thoroughly professional response.’

‘I found Andrew Masters to be really human and personable in his approach. He didn’t bulldoze me with legal knowledge (something I have experienced in the past) but instead took the time to listen to me properly but also explained things in the simplest and most easily understood way so I could relay information to our directors easily. Andrew was pragmatic, commercially astute and collaborative in his approach – both with me and his junior team members. It felt like we reached a collective agreement which considered what was right for the the business taking into account my experience as well as the legal risks.’

‘Andrew Masters has helped our business through a complicated process with the implementation of new contracts and the various problems that this threw up. His advice throughout was prompt, decisive and ultimately highly effective. Exceptional.’

‘I had a few calls with Andrew Masters, and he often asked to bring his junior/training solicitor onto the call, including giving opportunity for them to speak, which I really valued. It demonstrated the commitment they make to their team to get “hands on” practice and dedication to developing their team properly, which only further benefits the clients. The team responded quickly and pragmatically to our issue, and kept us up to date on every step.’

‘The individuals I work with stand out in terms of their professionalism and in particular their ability to distil the core of an issue and provide accurate and measured advice. Tessa Robinson has provided expert tactical advice in order to minimise the litigation and financial risks for my organisation.’

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

Tiger Retail Limited (Flying Tiger Copenhagen)

Megger Instruments Limited

PERI Limited

Kent Union

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s employment team advises clients on complex restructuring as well as tribunal work. Sybille Steiner, dually qualified as English solicitor and German Rechtsanwältin, leads the Southern employment team which is spread across London, Gatwick and Southampton. Charlotte Sloan leads the Gatwick employment team. The firm was recently appointed as the sole legal provider of employment law support to Gatwick Airport. The team’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.

Practice head(s):

Sybille Steiner (Head of Southern Employment Team); Charlotte Sloan (Head of Gatwick Employment Team)

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Irvine

Key clients

Gatwick Airport Limited

Association of Colleges

Micheldever Tyre Services Limited

Chichester College Group

Reigate Learning Alliance

Buckinghamshire College Group

Motor Data Solutions Ltd

Balfe’s Bikes Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting as the sole legal provider of employment law support for Gatwick Airport.
  • Acted as the sole legal provider of employment law support for the Association of Colleges and provided a dedicated advisory service for over 300 member colleges across the UK.
  • Advising Micheldever Tyre Services Ltd for many years.

Loch Employment Law

Loch Employment Law, HR Advise Me, Loch Wellbeing and Loch Mediation form the Loch Associates Group, offering a unique combination of employment law, HR and wellbeing services. Co-headed by Pam Loch and Alex Kiernan, Loch Employment Law is a boutique law firm with offices in London, Tunbridge Wells and Brighton. Loch is dual qualified English and Scottish lawyer with extensive experience in employment law and HR. Kiernan advises clients on all areas of employment and business law and has recently been involved in a number of complex cases involving director’s fraud, and defending sex, age, race and disability discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):

Pam Loch; Alex Kiernan

Other key lawyers:

Joe Milner

Testimonials

‘Great contact with customers, trustworthy and professional in every aspect.’

‘Everyone I speak to is friendly and gives me the impression they have all the time in the world for my concern when in reality they are probably juggling many things. I also find the solicitors to be very high in emotionalintelligence as well as tuned into our company culture i.e. they don’t have one answer that fits all. I am also always impressed that I can call with a variety of questions and receive confident and reassuring answers straight away rather than a request to do research and come back to me.’

‘Alex Kiernan was exceptionally helpful, understanding and created an atmosphere of trust while dealing with our case. I was confident that our point of view were taken into consideration. As there was an emotional aspect involved in the case, they showed a great deal of empathy and made sure that the way they dealt with the case reflects and satisfies this emotions.’

‘Alex Kiernan and Pam Loch are brilliant at what they do but also in covering for each other. If one of them unavailable, the other picks things up and you don’t need to explain everything from the start to them. They are also brilliant at seeing how we like to put the interested of people first whilst still achieving our commercial goals – not always the easiest of combinations!’

‘The team is very collaborative and supportive both of each other and their clients. Nothing is too much trouble and they are always available and supportive and you definitely feel as though you are in very safe hands. They come up with smart, innovative and practical solutions and their advice is always well thought out and clear. They also offer a suite of HR support which is invaluable. I highly recommend Loch Associates.’

‘Pam Loch is simply terrific. She very experienced and is also very smart and thoughtful. She always listens and offers practical, commercial solutions. She has built a first rate firm and team and that speaks volumes about her. She is often dealing with clients in difficult, distressed situations and she has just the right touch. Joe Milner is a rising star. He is extremely bright and comes up with innovative solutions. He is also extremely personable and gives clear, excellent advice. You know you are in safe hands when Joe is on the team.’

‘Pam Loch and her team are responsive and considered in their work.We always feel well supported by Loch Employment Law and value their services and support very highly.’

‘Joe Milner was outstanding. During a very stressful time he was calm and understanding to my worries (some irrational). He always had time to answer any questions, even my far-fetched worry-induced hypothetical scenarios. Joe was thorough and always did stuff when he said he would. Joe was willing to give his opinion rather than sit on the fence which was reassuring and gave us confidence to continue with the case.’

Martin Searle Solicitors

Martin Searle Solicitors’ Brighton employment team provides specialist legal advice in employment law for employers and employees, as well as expert guidance and legal advice in community care law. The team, led by Fiona Martin, is enthusiastic about campaigning to promote equality in the workplace, launching a disability campaign ‘Disability Matters’ in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Martin

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Henderson; Christine Gannon

Testimonials

‘I contacted Martin Searle Solicitors when I experienced trouble with my previous employer – I felt so insecure and afraid, but the firm assisted me really promptly in a professional manner and with care and support. I felt believed in, which made me stronger and gave me hope which I really needed at that time. Martin Searle Solicitors are very proactive, they demonstrated this by their quick thinking, problem solving with a high level of initiative and a smooth-running workplace.’

‘Martin Searle Solicitors offers loyalty, honesty, courage, integrity, fortitude, and other important virtues that promote a good reputation for this company. It is exhibited through their good words and actions.’

‘We have always received a very good level of service from their employment law team who are approachable, accessible and prompt in responding. They always demonstrate a high level of professionalism and provide clear guidance and advice.’

‘A tenacious employment team, very knowledgeable in law.’

‘Martin Searle is committed to working with and offering support to the local community by offering free support to community and voluntary sector organisations.’

‘Fiona Martin and her team have been providing us with employment law services for many years and have been a great support. She is always available and provides practical and informed advice that shows a very clear understanding of our business and its needs which has been invaluable, particularly during the difficult, last few years.’

‘Fiona Martin was very strong at the beginning and her foresight enabled me to make the right decision and fight for justice against my employer. I was very close to giving up at the time, and she saw me through that difficult time. She called me at home and was really supportive in the early stages.’

‘Fiona Martin works tirelessly to support the local community. She has provided workshops to staff, volunteers, trustees to improve their knowledge on different areas of employment law. This greatly increases the resilience of organisations to support their beneficiaries.’

Key clients

Oakley Commercial Ltd

Marcus Wright

Mooncup

MindOut

Escape the City

Bright Interactive

Shazia Saeed

Work highlights

  • Succeeded in winning a complex discrimination claim including disability discrimination and victimisation, as well as his unfair dismissal claim for a teacher who was Head of the Maths department and who had Asperger’s.
  • Winning a £50,000 settlement at judicial mediation notwithstanding the fact that the claimant had already received substantial personal injury damages which included loss of earnings.
  • Acting for a young black female director who was accused of being too confident and assertive and who was dismissed unfairly but had less than two years’ service having refused a settlement agreement.

Outset Limited

Outset Limited’s ‘very experienced and pragmatic’ employment team, based in Maidstone, Kent, is uniquely experienced specialists in the veterinary sector, as evidenced by its long-standing relationship with IVC, the largest UK vet clinic chain. Jointly led by Chloe Pereira, Amanda Brown, Lorraine Williams, and Simon Tovey, over the years the team has also developed an impressive portfolio of clients in the dental, food and drink, travel and leisure, manufacturing and construction, education and logistics sectors.

Practice head(s):

Chloe Pereira; Amanda Brown; Lorraine Williams; Simon Tovey

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Gauton; Nicholas Moore; Melissa Nelson; Daniel Smith; Hollie Whyman

Testimonials

‘The Outset employment team are very experienced and pragmatic in the service they offer us. They ensure we have the right HR support at the right time and are diligent in ensuring we understand our options both operationally and commercially.’

‘The practice offers essential business support, commercial and employment law legal advice and practical HR and Health and Safety Advice service. This holistic business support is innovative and a game changer. It means for businesses, you are receiving a one-stop shop for your business support needs.’

‘The team have taken the time to understand our business, our needs, and is always willing to support. Their advice is invaluable and goes beyond just what the law states, but offers practical advice and risk profiles to the specific case and scenario to which we need support with. To date there have been no limitations to the broad array of advice required.’

‘The team is very professional and the way they work means that if the solicitor your dealing with is unavailable another of the team is able to assist you as they can access the case information quickly and effectively. They have individuals who have specialised in particular areas and if a case crosses over into another legal aspect, there is no issue with drawing on the expertise of their colleagues.’

‘I am always impressed with their attention to the case, their client, and the litigation process. Associates will have a full grasp on the intricacies of the case, understand what their clients objectives are and how to achieve them, and have given excellent advice. Their approach to litigation is pragmatic without compromising on robustly advancing their clients’ interests.’

‘The partners are extremely knowledgeable in multiple areas, are understanding, and have open transparent dialogue on employment law matters, including; any associated risks, potential strategies for resolution, learnings and suggestions on how to prevent any further instances. Amanda Brown has partnered with the company for many years and has in-depth knowledge of the business and maintains regular and prompt communications throughout the year.’

‘Dan Smith is truly excellent – a great legal mind with a thorough and up to date knowledge of the law, build on a foundation of practical Tribunal experience.’

‘Amanda Brown’s employment law expertise and professionalism is outstanding. She uses her sound understanding of our business to tailor her advice to our needs. She is always responsive, patient and incisive. We have also benefitted from Jonathan Gauton’s commercial expertise and knowledge of the veterinary sector, and recently used their specialist HR consultancy to good effect.’

Key clients

IVC Evidensia

Flight Centre (UK) Limited

SHL Limited

Fujifilm

Toppesfield

Charlton Athletic Community Trust

Charlton Athletic Football Club

Antalis

Holland America Group: Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Yachts of Seabourn

Michels & Taylor

Thanet Earth

A Gomez Limited

Carnival UK

Ward Security

Wren Healthcare

STEM Learning

Kent Country Agricultural Society

Diocese of Canterbury

Be Wiser Insurance

DMA Group

Flint Insurance

The Royal Veterinary Group

Kent Crisps

Galago

Pearl Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Advised a major hospitality business on technical issue relating to National Minimum Wage, enabling them to avoid potential claims, penalties and negative publicity.
  • Advised a statutory public corporation on a highly sensitive matter involving suspension of security clearance by the MoD for one of its employees.
  • Advised a leading medical supplies company on compliance documentation for their supply chain, enabling them to secure a place on an NHS framework contract.

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Thomson Snell & Passmore ’s employment team is spread over offices in Tunbridge Wells and Thames Gateway, but acts for clients all over the South East and in London. The team handles employment tribunal litigation, restrictive covenants and confidentiality claims in court, the employment aspects of M&A, private and public sector outsourcing and re-contracting, and pre-emptive advice to employers in relation to employee and worker status issues. The team, led by Nick Hobden, has strong expertise in the education, charity and not-for-profit sectors, providing ‘specific technical guidance and support’ to large single and multi-academy trusts, colleges of further education, and health and social care providers.

Practice head(s):

Nick Hobden

Other key lawyers:

Ben Stepney

Testimonials

‘We have used the employment team at Thomson Snell & Passmore for number of years to provide specific technical guidance and support in relation to a wide variety of employment issues. The advice which they provide is specific, clear, timely and helpful and is always the go to team for my CIPD qualified HR manager and myself..’

‘We work closely with Nick Hobden, the partner who heads the employment department, and Ben Stepney, an associate partner in the same department. Both are knowledgeable, responsive and pro-active in the service that they provide and over a number of years I feel that we have developed an excellent professional friendship and working relationship with them.’

Key clients

Scarab Sweepers

Bel UK Limited

Parallel Learning Trust

Skills for Life Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Motorline Group on the employment aspects of its £64.5m sale to Marshall Motors Group.
  • Advised and defended Parallel Learning Trust against several employee claims, concluded and pending.

Clarkson Wright & Jakes

Clarkson Wright & Jakes’ Orpington employment team has a strong presence in the medical sector. Team head Judith Curran is ‘totally involved in cases and responds quickly and relevantly to any matter’, with particular expertise in advising senior executives and VPs in relation to high value settlement agreements and exit strategies.

Practice head(s):

Judith Curran

Other key lawyers:

Laura Claridge; Sepie Nourouzi

Testimonials

‘Judith Curran is totally involved in cases and responds quickly and relevantly to any matter arising.’

‘We find the team assigned to our organisation to be available quickly and on-page when required. Advice is always provided in a format that can easily be understood’

‘Excellent lawyers, accessible and responsive, reasonable charges.’

‘Judith Curran was a great help in a variety of cases, from which the last proved to be quite complicated.’

‘We have worked with Laura Claridge wo we find to be extremely approachable, quick to respond and patient with non legally minded clients like ourselves.’

‘Always helpful and reliable and expedite my requests without delay.’

Markel Law LLP

Markel Law LLP offers a full-service employment practice across the full range of contentious and non-contentious services, with employment issues being dealt with from inception to conclusion through three separate teams – employment disputes, employment consultancy, and employment legal advice. Led by Robert Dempsey, the teams advise some of the biggest trade associations, insurance schemes and business federations in the UK such as the Federation of Small Businesses.

Practice head(s):

Robert Dempsey (Team Leader, Employment Disputes); Edward Pearce (Employment Consultancy Manager)

Other key lawyers:

Toby McArdle; Danielle Fox

Testimonials

‘Markel Law has a tremendous team of employment lawyers, who are all excellent in their field. They are particularly good at, and experienced in, representing small business owners. I am very struck that, unlike their competitors, they take the time to understand their clients’ business as well as their legal needs . The firm is very tech savvy and clients reap the benefits of very good litigation support.’

‘It is often easy for someone with a legal background to forget that their clients do not, however with Markel Law, we have not found that with these solicitors in particular, they take the relevant time to explain the justification behind the advice and strategy presented which is greatly appreciated.’

‘We have worked with Markel Law for a number of years where they have offered both employment advice and support with a claim being filed with an employment tribunal. The solicitors we have worked with offer a holistic approach and strategy to dealing with the individual cases with a clear explanation as to the implications of each. The solicitors maintain ongoing contact throughout the case and are flexible to work according to our needs.’

‘Employment law knowledge experts, full collaboration with any legal projects that we need assistance with e.g. updating contracts, employee handbook. Drafting settlement agreements and advising on changes in legislation where relevant is invaluable. The team are up to date with employment legislation and the advice offered is always balanced so we can make the most appropriate decisions right for our business.’

‘Toby McArdle is very knowledgeable and able to explain in plain English language. He is just wonderful and very helpful.’

‘The team is able to signpost us to individuals who understand the social care sector and this is what is most impressive about Markel as a firm. Their advisors and lawyers communicate in a way which is straightforward, giving as much time as required, I have never felt any time pressure during a discussion.’

‘Edward Pearce is our dedicated named employment solicitor. We have worked with Edward for several years and he always provides sound advice on any situation. He knows our business, the structure, the challenges and recommends the best possible outcome for any employment relation cases or general legal advice.’

Key clients

The Federation of Small Business

The British Printing Industries Federation

Markel

David Lloyd Leisure

IPC Europe (Subway)

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

Hafal

2020 Media International/ Channel 2020 Ltd

Wilton House Ltd

Thomas Sabo

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended the respondent against a case brought by a comiciliary carer for unfair dismissal.
  • Successfully defended Lees Hall Golf Club against an unfair dismissal claim in the Employment Tribunal, and then successfully defended them again when the Claimant appealed the outcome.
  • Achieved a withdrawal of this Employment Tribunal claim against Personal Care Services through strategic use of a costs warning.

Pure Employment Law

Pure Employment Law, based in Chichester and jointly led by Peter Stevens  and Nicola Brown, is a boutique firm specialising in all areas of employment law. On the employer side, the team advises large and small employers on a range of issues including disciplinary and grievance matters, redundancies, family friendly issues, the departure of senior employees, Employment Tribunal claims, and TUPE transfers. On the employee side, the team advises employees particularly in relation to settlement agreements.

Practice head(s):

Peter Stevens; Nicola Brown

Other key lawyers:

David Jones

Key clients

Study Group UK Limited

Baqus Plc

Fordingbridge Plc

Michael Jones & Co

Daikin Airconditioning (UK) Limited

Flight Directors Scheduled Services Limited

Thesis Asset Management plc

Alitex Limited

St. Wilfrid’s Hospice

Chichester Cathedral

Work highlights

  • Advising global employer Study Group UK Limited on all of its UK employment matters, including collective consultation and Employment Tribunal matters.
  • Advising a company regarding a group of over 120 Employment Tribunal claims involving complex collective consultation and TUPE issues
  • Providing advice about all general employment matters affecting a family company, particularly with regard to adapting to the changing conditions caused by the pandemic.

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

In addition to its core employment law expertise, Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP’s Uckfield employment team also operates GatekeeperHR, which offers a flexible in-house HR service delivered on site and has continued to grow under Amy White’s guidance. Team head Bruce Hayter has experience as a director and in-house counsel in the agricultural sector. Victoria Reagan is well known for her success in Hazel & Huggins v Manchester College [2014], a Supreme Court case concerning the harmonisation of employment terms following post-TUPE redundancy.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Hayter

Other key lawyers:

Amy White; Victoria Regan

Testimonials

‘The team provide in depth knowledge and understanding of my business which means I don’t have to explain the landscape each time we interact. They have comprehensive expertise in each area and therefore keep everything under one roof. The retain talent which means I have trust with the legal team and they have history with me and my team. They are proactive with law changes and best practice.’

‘The team were supportive, responsive, relatable and overall incredibly helpful during a very challenging and daunting business sale.’

‘Each department at Rix & Kay have team of employees who know exactly what is going on with each separate case. The detail we receive per communication explains in a simple detailed way, that makes the process of dealing with employees so much easier.’

‘Excellent communication and thorough service provided.’

‘Victoria Regan is very personable and explains in full the work required and options available.’

‘When we call Victoria Regan up we know instantly she will help us, offer a bespoke service and keep us updated throughout. Victoria is a real asset to your team.’

‘Victoria Regan delivers. She does what she says she will do. When we needed help reviewing contracts of employment her knowledgeable input was hugely valuable. Her participation in the recent Rix & Kay webinar series was particularly noteworthy – she came across as lucid, informed and engaging – great attributes for public speaking!’

‘Amy White understands our aims and goals. Thinks like us and is wonderful to deal with. Prompt responses even outside of hours and seriously knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Buxted, East Hoathly and Manor Oak Medical Centres

Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Services (East Sussex WRAS) and CJ Thorne & Co Limited

Sussex Bed Centre Holdings Limited

Canterbury Rugby Football Club

Blue Strawberry Group Limited

Always Accounting Ltd

Jumpin Derbyshire Ltd

Priors Management Company Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised major regional Charity, Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust in connection with a potential reorganisation, restructure and rebranding exercise.
  • Advised fast growth retailer, Sussex Beds on potential employment and TUPE issues regarding the opening of new branches.
  • Providing strategic advice to semi-professional National League Rugby Club, Canterbury RFC in connection with a redundancy exercise as well as general employment law advice and ongoing support.

Sherrards Employment Law Solicitors

Under the joint leadership of Harry Sherrard and Dan Soanes, Sherrards Employment Law Solicitors, based in Albourne, West Sussex, provides employment law advisory services, HR consultancy and employment training. The team also has a resourcing business, which has placed several senior roles for clients in the past year. Sherrards Occupational Health continues to grow year on year.

Practice head(s):

Harry Sherrard; Dan Soanes

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Nicholas; Cathal McCabe

Testimonials

‘We always receive pragmatic and clear advice from Sherrards to enable us to manage situations speedily and effectively. The firm also have a portal where organisations who are members have access to a wealth of employment law set out in a very practical format. Throughout the pandemic the firm have run a series of very useful webinars and blogs. They really made an effort to keep in touch with their client base.’

‘Very responsive, with excellent, concise and easy to understand advice.’

‘Accessible, flexible, down to earth, practical team, who have helped our organisation multiple times over the recent years, whether this be a relatively small enquiry or a potentially complex case. No query is too big or too small, and every member of their team that we interact with has been extremely professional throughout.’

‘We had great confidence in how the matter was dealt with by Dan Soanes and the rest of the team who were involved. In my experience what makes Sherrards different from competitors is their straightforward and practical advice.’

‘Dan Soanes – explains legal terms and rationale very clearly and always offers different perspectives and solutions.’

‘Harry Sherrard and Dan Soanes have been two outstanding ambassadors for the organisation. Their speed of reply to any queries is brilliant. They talk in an easy to understand way, not baffling with technical or legal jargon, but provide a very balanced view.’

‘Harry Sherrard is very personable and is able to make employment law understandable for our managers – which is no mean feat!’

‘I have worked with Sherrards Law for over four years now and I value their help immensely. They are incredibly helpful and innovative in terms of advice and support given, and always flexible with timings when urgent support needed.’

Key clients

Emirates

Cathay Pacific

CBRE

Lufthansa

GH London Ground Handling

Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts

Johnsons Hotel, Restaurant & Catering Linen

Air France KLM

Croudace Homes

Bernard Sims Associates

Work highlights

  • Advised Emirates (airline) on a significant unfair dismissal claim.
  • Advised CBRE (Global Commercial Real Estate Services) on a number of TUPE transfers during 2021.
  • Advised Catalina Services UK Limited (insurance company) on a TUPE transfer for a number of employees from another insurance company (Zurich).

Thackray Williams LLP

As well as maintaining trusted relationships with longstanding clients, Thackray Williams LLP‘s Bromley employment team has also seen the introduction of a number of new commercial clients to the business in the past year. The team is led by Emma Thompson, who has particular expertise in representing high net worth individuals in exit negotiations and complex litigation in the education sector.

Practice head(s):

Emma Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Rothon; Faye Shortall

Testimonials

‘It is unusual in the fact they genuinely care about clients. They have an effective and efficient progression process in place, from initial instruction to billing, everything is arranged to optimise client care.’

‘TW has gone way beyond what one would usually expect from a firm, they are strong contributors to the community, generous not only offering financial support but in ensuring their team attend local events and meetings in person. TW is very much appreciated and well liked within the Sevenoaks area.’

‘Thackray Williams provide a great service. Straight forward and easy to work with. The communication was good, keeping me informed throughout and their billing easy to understand.’

‘From initial contact to final outcome, Emma Thompson gave me confidence while gently encouraging me to recall relevant facts that proved helpful in my case against a previous employer; the exit process could I imagine prove traumatic, it is therefore imperative one instructs a solicitor they can trust, safe in the knowledge that they will be fair while fully supporting you, the client.’

‘Emma Thompson is a dedicated and empathic solicitor, remaining professional throughout the exit process, I had complete faith that Emma would secure the outcome I had hoped for. Emma was prompt in her response to my enquiries, no matter when received, if I needed an answer or a word of support, she always responded within the same working day, often within the hour of receipt.’

‘Faye Shortall was excellent. Very knowledgeable, kind, personable and supportive throughout. The reception team were efficient and on one occasion when I was caught in traffic the receptionist stayed beyond her work hours so that I could collect a file. Excellent customer service.’

‘I work with Emma Thompson, Lisa Rothon and Faye Shorthall. They are all excellent. Friendly, easy to work with and attentive.’

Thomas Mansfield LLP

Led by Angie Crush and Meredith Hurst, based in Tunbridge Wells and Guildford, Thomas Mansfield LLP’s South East employment team offers both employer and employee clients the full range of employment services. On the employer side, the team has expertise in working time regulations and disability issues. On the employee side, the team frequently deals with FTSE 100 executives and has expertise in deferred compensation schemes, LTIPs, STIPs, options agreements and multi-faceted remuneration packages.

Practice head(s):

Angie Crush; Meredith Hurst

Other key lawyers:

Jenna Ide; Julie Goodway

Testimonials

‘I felt that the Thomas Mansfield Employment legal team were a well oiled machine when it came to client care and service. I was very impressed with their ability to make me feel like I was very important to them and they were very attentive to all my requirements and offered great reassurance to me. My support was never dropped and I could tell it was a well run team.’

‘The team offer a very personal service, willing to work during unsocial hours and around busy schedules, to ensure matters are dealt with promptly. Engagement terms are clear and explained upfront, with no hidden costs, and work is billed fairly.’

‘I have been supported, as an employer, by Thomas Mansfield LLP throughout an unexpectedly complex disciplinary process. I would not hesitate to recommend them.’

‘Direct access to partners, delivering expert advice and always meeting expectations and deadlines. The real difference however, lies in their commercial acumen; there are many occasions where the team has stopped us making poor choices and hence helped us obtain a much better outcome for all concerned.’

‘We have been guided very efficiently through a very lengthy and complex disciplinary matter by Meredith Hurst. Meredith has patiently explained and guided us through the process. He has maintained excellent contact via email, phone and text. His response to queries and been prompt and easy to understand.’

‘Angie Crush is excellent! Very responsive, hands on and really gets to understand the organisation and what one is seeking to achieve – feels like an extra pair of hands in the team which is a marvelous asset. She always gives it to you straight and in understandable terms with practical solutions and help. Always has given us exactly what we need.’

‘Jenna Ide, who supported me all the way through my legal claim, was outstanding. She was very clear and objective in her advice. She was supremely professional, great attention to detail and very reassuring in her approach. She followed up promptly and made me feel very important as a client. She went above and beyond to quickly get things moving for me. I was very happy to have Jenna fighting my corner in what was quite a stressful situation against a large employer.’

Key clients

Ocasa Homes

Avora Limited

Council for Licensed Conveyancers

ifm electronic Limited

Stagecoach Southeast, South, West, Southwest

Celonis Limited

Hippodrome Limited

LIFT Financial Limited

Snow Software Limited

MAM Gruppe Limited

Meantime Communications Limited

Scheidt & Bachmann (UK) Limited

Scheidt and Bachmann GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Stagecoach Southwest on potential industrial action by the RMT’s members and supported the company in successfully negotiating a pay review and averting industrial action.
  • Advised clients in the education sector in respect of a number of complex employment matters, including claims issued in the Employment Tribunal and for unfair dismissal and discrimination.
  • Advised clients in the legal sector on a range of employment and partnership matters, including partnership dispute and potential claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination and breach of contract.

TWM Solicitors LLP

Under the joint leadership of Anthony Wilcox and Patrick Stewart, TWM Solicitors LLP’s Guilford employment team has continued to develop strong expertise in employment law training, industrial relations, and employment tribunal representation. Wilcox is very experienced at conducting employment tribunal litigation and has niche expertise in industrial relations. In addition to his expertise in restraint of trade and confidentiality disputes and injunction litigation, Stewart is experienced at negotiating termination packages for all levels of employee, as well as for employers.

Testimonials

‘This practice takes the time to listen and go through every detail of your claim in a methodical way. I found this reassuring, because it can be very nerve racking and daunting having to go through a solicitors to make a claim; I was put at ease straight away.’

‘Detailed and thorough review both before and during call – I often feel with competitors that not much time has been spent in preparation even though supply documentation in advance. Extremely fast to respond to queries and multiple versions of the same document.’

‘I find the team at the practice very friendly. They are very good and arranging convenient times for meetings and are quite good at explaining what their work entails, their terms and conditions as well as their billing method.’

‘Prompt and quick interaction to complex queries including follow up from team members when others not available. Grasped issues involved quickly and were able to add extra insight on areas I had not considered.’

‘Patrick Stewart has been brilliant in dealing with my employment claim against my previous employer. He takes his time in going through all my correspondence regarding the claim. I am constantly updated and I never have to chase him to find out what is going us. He gives me great motivation to continue with my claim.’

‘Patrick Stewart provides easy to understand advice cutting through complex legalities to ensure we fully understand how to manage complicated employee relations issues and are able to reach the best possible solutions. He always responds quickly and is clear about the work he needs to undertake to provide the right advice.’

‘I appreciated their listening skills and considerate way in how they dealt with what had been an extremely difficult time for me.’

‘We were always offered clear explanations of decisions or why suggestions were being made. Communication from the team was excellent. The work was completed in a timely manner. Our contact with Anthony Wilcox and his team was positive and his calm and professional manner allowed us to understand the legal implications of some of our plans.’

Key clients

Avamore Capital Limited

BMJ Publishing Group Limited

Butterworth Laboratories Limited

Bucher Municipal Limited

Blackshaw Nursery

Childcare Bookings Limited

Citizens Advice Guildford

Flying by Foy

Matthews (Sussex) Limited

Motormaster Limited

Overview Limited

Pedder Property Limited

Walton Heath Golf Club

Work highlights

  • Preparing and delivering a multi-day programme of employment law training workshops to over 100 managers for BMJ Publishing Group Limited.
  • Providing general employment advice to include reviewing contracts for various department in the organisation, advising and enforcing post-termination restrictions against departing senior employee.
  • Providing general advice on employment matters including various disciplinary and redundancy exercises, accommodation arrangements for staff, an appeal against dismissal, TUPE effects of bringing outsourced service in-house and new contracts arising from the same.

Girlings

Girlings’ Ashford employment law team acts for clients on new and complex areas of employment law including transgender rights, menopause, and cryptocurrency. Team head Carl Vincent has extensive experience in all areas of employment law and employment tribunal litigation. Paul McAleavey has notable experience of advising on the rights of transgender employees in the workplace. Senior associate solicitor David Morgan is able to draw on 10 years’ experience as a research scientist for Pfizer before training as a lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Carl Vincent

Other key lawyers:

Paul McAleavey; David Morgan

Testimonials

‘We effectively outsource all of our legal HR function to this firm and they provide us with swift and appropriate advice on all employment matters that we face. We have found their support as we have managed our way through COVID invaluable.’

‘Girlings operates as if it were a central London employment team while charging provincial rates. They are without doubt the best value employment practice in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, regularly appearing in cases with a phalanx of City lawyers against them whilst remaining wholly unperturbed.’

‘I worked with Carl Vincent on a range of issues over several years and found him very personable. His knowledge of interconnected issues was excellent. He has also helped form our future employment policies and contracts.’

‘Always professional and polite. Always completed work quickly and efficiently and delivered what they say they would unlike previous solicitors. Always go above and beyond to help. Friendly and upfront. You always know what is happening as they keep you in the loop again unlike previous solicitors.’

‘The team at Girlings, and specifically Carl Vincent with whom we work closely, give you access to market leading advice at reasonable regional rates. The expertise in the team offers excellent value for money, enabling matters to be Partner-led, that really are Partner-led, whilst not causing costs to escalate.’

‘The breadth of Carl Vincent’s experience, having worked in leading City firms for much of his career, is invaluable when dealing with a host of employment related matters across our business, from senior management hires to employment related disputes. Carl is always willing to make himself available, even on short notice, and it is evident that he truly cares about his work-product and clients by virtue of his always going the extra mile to ensure he exceeds expectations.’

‘Paul McAleavey is a superb employment lawyer with an excellent grasp of the subject area.’

‘David Morgan, is easily accessible, listens well and can always be relied upon to provide valuable assistance in developing a balanced, practical solution to any situation.’

Key clients

Western Provident Association

The Contractors Room (app)

ABI (UK) Limited

Fairview New Homes Limited

The Aspinall Foundation and the Howletts Wild Animal Trust

Sian Smith

Portman Asset Finance Limited

Daniel Freeman

David Blaney

Nick O’Keeffe, Anael Peu, Graeme Parker

Credo Care Limited

Work highlights

  • Retained by WPA, the UK’s third largest medical insurer, to provide day-to-day employment advice.
  • Advising ‘The Contractors Room’, a recruitment app, to stay in line with various acts and regulations.
  • Advised Daniel Freeman, a Managing Director and Limited Partner in a venture capital firm in the cyber security and technology sector on a high stakes and high value (£9.5m) whistle blowing claim in the Central London Employment Tribunal.

PDT Solicitors

PDT Solicitors’ Horsham employment team offers a full employment law service including general advisory work, contentious work, and specialist employment and pensions support on corporate transactions and commercial agreements. Team head Laura McMaster has particular expertise in the healthcare and pharmacy sector.

Practice head(s):

Laura McMaster

Testimonials

‘A very personal experience, all the staff efficient and always ensure that the right person deals with the enquiry.’

‘I found PDT Solicitors to be both friendly and professional, taking time to explain the legal situation and the options that I had in easy to understand language. They were prompt and courteous at all times and I would certainly recommend their services.’

‘The ability to be able to work remotely and provide advice to an overseas business with concise timely advice in relation to an employment matter was crucial to a successful outcome. ‘

‘Laura McMaster makes the process painless and easy to understand, her questions are easy to understand and she is happy to lead you through the process when it is the first time I have had to make somebody redundant. Laura is happy to give advice when needed, but always makes sure she has all the facts first.’

‘Laura McMaster was a pleasure to deal with, both friendly and professional, whilst taking the time to ensure I fully understood all aspects of my case and the options open to me.’

‘Laura McMaster from PDT was the perfect person to work with us on this matter. Having been referred to PDT by another client we were in the need of a fast response and an attentive manner to resolve a claim against our business. With the time differences, Laura made herself available to get on calls and also complete work over the weekend to allow for a speedy response.’

Key clients

Shareholders of Bamboo Distribution Limited

Shareholders of AD Williams

Shareholders of Esoteric Limited

Work highlights

  • Provided all employment and pensions advice in respect of a +£30m investment in a group of companies.
  • Advised our client regarding the agreed exit of a senior employee, in light of alleged claims, with associated employee owned shares and employee loan considerations.
  • Advised our client in respect of a group action claim brought by +15 former employees.

Synchrony Law

Synchrony Law has particular expertise in the financial services, education, aviation, technology, construction and recruitment sectors. Surrey-based team head Andrew Knorpel has a notable track record of work concerning corporate restructures, data protection issues, the outsourcing of contracts and associated issues, including the practical aspects of redundancies and the TUPE regulations.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Knorpel

Other key lawyers:

Chris Tutton; Suzette Squires

Testimonials

‘The business has always been attentive to its clients; not something always true of the larger firms.’

‘They were fantastic, took the time to understand all of the complex issues, provided comprehensive advice and very fast response times. The latter help me hugely understand the answers to all of my queries and also ensured that we were able to resolve the situation quickly. They were also very flexible in terms of billing which was a huge help at a time when cashflow was limited.’

‘Andrew Knorpel is incredibly knowledgeable and has mastered to breakdown complicated matters into smaller chunks that are far easier to understand for clients. Any invoices sent by Synchrony are broken down and information is provided as to what these entail which is incredibly useful for insurance purposes.’

‘Andrew Knorpel stands out for me personally. What stands out is his no-nonsense approach and the length he goes through to understand the business and its motives to tailor his advice to our business. Being able to explain in clear English without going into too much technicality has meant that our business was able to swiftly act where required without any adverse consequences.’

‘Andrew Knorpel has supported me as an executive leaving and joining multiple organisations. I have always found him to be professional, pragmatic and knowledgeable when dealing with these situations.’

‘They were fantastic, took the time to understand all of the complex issues, provided comprehensive advice and very fast response times. The latter help me hugely understand the answers to all of my queries and also ensured that we were able to resolve the situation quickly. They were also very flexible in terms of billing which was a huge help at a time when cashflow was limited.’

‘Andrew Knorpel listened intently, swiftly analysed the situation (asking pertinent questions), then gave a very honest appraisal with weighted options, outlining advantages and disadvantages. He then equipped me with the tools to prepare a negotiating strategy which we were able to see through completely. His work was swift, informative and articulate. His legal fees were sensible and balanced, and he worked flexibly beyond routine working hours when quick turnarounds were required. I highly recommend Andrew Knorpel as an outstanding employment lawyer.’