Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 in South East

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's 'pragmatic and commercially sensitive' team offers top tier advice to long-standing, high profile clients in the technology, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. With offices in Oxford and Reading, the firm is able to offer expertise in employment disputes work at Tribunal and High Court level, as well as transactional matters including TUPE issues relating to corporate acquisitions and disposals. Practice head William Downing advises on strategic planning and boardroom-level matters. Rajiv Joshi has expertise in complex discrimination claims and in police and health sector workforce issues.

Practice head(s):

William Downing

Other key lawyers:

Rajiv Joshi; Paul Hayward

Testimonials

‘The team have made a conscious effort to understand our business and the manner in which they engage with us as clients is excellent. By having a wide spectrum of services we have been able to use Blake Morgan for all of our matters.’

Paul Hayward has always provided first class advice. He provides an invaluable support to the business and my team. He goes over and above by ensuring not only that the case is handled correctly but that my own understanding is there.’

Rajiv Joshi: Risk-based, understands our business and what we want to achieve, upskills our team for dealing directly with the challenges we face.’

Paul Hayward is extremely knowledgeable and practical in his advice. He is quick to respond, calm in a crisis and sensitive to difficult circumstances, providing commercial and pragmatic advice. He takes the time to understand a client’s business in order to tailor his advice accordingly.’

Key clients

Oxford BioMedica (UK) Limited

Buildbase

Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

New College, Oxford

University College, Oxford

Worcester College. Oxford

Gigaclear Limited

HCL Technologies UK Limited

Zift Solutions (UK and US)

Connect Catering Limited

Thames Valley Police

Work highlights

  • Advised the Rhodes Trust on various employee exits, severance agreements and IR35 issues.
  • Provided extensive advice for the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.
  • Advised Gigaclear Limited on various HR issues.

Boyes Turner

Boyes Turner is 'in a league of its own' for employment work according to clients. The team specialises in advising national and international clients from the technology, leisure and hospitality sectors on a full spectrum of advisory and compliance work. The firm also handles complex litigation relating to equal pay, whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Barry Stanton leads the team and has recently worked on matters relating to the use of AI in Data Subject Access Requests. Michael Farrier and Helen Goss are other key partners. Former director Laurie Anstis departed the firm to become an employment judge in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Barry Stanton

Testimonials

Great depth in the team ; practical and approachable.’

Barry Stanton is an excellent practitioner who is focused, clear and practical. He’s a joy to work with.’

The best employment counsel I have worked with in over 10 years, I regularly refer their services to anyone looking for support on employment matters. They have an extremely broad range of knowledge, expertise and advise on best practice – no matter is too big or too small for them to add significant value.’

What Michael Farrier doesn’t know about UK employment legislation, tribunal management and best practice is probably not worth knowing.’

Katie Harris is knowledgeable and personable.’

Katie Harris is an exceptional employment solicitor. Beyond the standard strengths I would expect in any top solicitor, her particular ability to be extremely concise and efficient in her communications and actions makes working with her an absolute pleasure.  She gave perfect and well-rounded advice every step of the way.

‘Katie Harris’s pragmatic advice  has enabled me to resolve complex HR issues in a manner that reduces risk.’

Key clients

Global medical technology company

Reading Borough Council

Individual-founder and CEO of tech company

A UK regulatory authority

Independent provider of managed communication and IT services

Premium international hotel chain

Broadcom, Inc.

A digital marketing consultancy

Global leader in cloud data management

Further and higher education provider

Work highlights

  • Advised a Global Medical Technology Company on the rationalisation of terms and conditions of employment and benefits.
  • Advised Broadcom, Inc. on pan-EMEA employment law support.
  • Advised a UK statutory authority on an unfair dismissal and redundancy pay claim.

Clarkslegal LLP

Clarkslegal LLP maintains 'an exceptional balance of expertise and personality' in advising large national and international business clients on major projects such as restructurings and TUPE transfers, large redundancy programmes and industrial relations/employee engagement projects. The team also handles complex litigation at tribunal level. Michael Sippitt  is particularly strong in industrial relations strategies; Helen Beech advises on complex restructurings and change programmes. Monica Atwal is recommended for her contentious work handling discrimination cases, particularly disability claims. Thomas Hunt arrived in 2020 from Eric Robinson Solicitors .

Practice head(s):

Michael Sippitt; Helen Beech

Testimonials

Invariably extremely knowledgeable, efficient, well-prepared and delightful to work with. Cannot rate them too highly.’

Helen Beech. An excellent and unflappable employment lawyer who is a pleasure to work with. Highly skilled and professional.’

Monica Atwal is excellent. She leads her team from the front. Her enthusiasm for her clients and tenacity in the pursuit of their interests are second to none and she always gives realistic and practical advice.’

Anita Mishra has a style of working that demonstrates her deep professional ability delivered in an engaging style. Skills that many in the legal profession lack.’

Key clients

News UK & Ireland Limited (part of the News Corp Group)

CenturyLink Communications UK Ltd

Belron UK Limited t/a Autoglass and Laddow

Hyundai Motor UK Limited

Delaware North companies

Currie & Brown

Reading Transport Ltd

University of Reading

Ensono Ltd

LadbrokesCoral

Poundland Limited

World Fuel Services

Work highlights

  • Advised delegates of the Malaysian government on the provision in the UK of business practice and diversity training .
  • Advised the Times Newspaper on a complex claim of unfair dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of gender reassignment.
  • Advised Poundland Limited on all of the firm’s employment work.

CMS

Handling a full range of employment work, CMS has a client list that includes many high profile multinational clients from the energy, food and drink and energy sectors. Gary Henderson leads the practice and advises on employment contracts, termination of employment, employment tribunal litigation, corporate reorganisations and outsourcing arrangements. Senior associates Edward Arnold and Rachel Zani are key practitioners, as is part-time employment judge Anita Wisby. Its mandates include a high profile case for Shell.  

Practice head(s):

Gary Henderson

Key clients

Royal Dutch Shell plc

Ernst & Young (EY)

Samsung

BMC Software

AMC Networks

Biogen

CareerBuilder

Delancey

Bloomsbury Publishing

CA

Work highlights

  • Advised Shell International on high profile legal privilege case – Curless v Shell International.

Doyle Clayton

Specialist employment firm, Doyle Clayton , primarily advises longstanding  multi-national, PLC or entrepreneurial clients on compliance and advisory matters. The team also handles contentious work, including discrimination claims, whistleblowing cases and High Court litigation. Tina Wisener leads the team and has particular expertise in outsourcing, TUPE transfers, restructuring and employment-related FCA issues. Piers Leigh-Pollitt leads the data privacy practice. Victoria Burnip handles a broad range of general employment and immigration matters for business clients of varying sizes.

Practice head(s):

Tina Wisener

Testimonials

The team are professional, helpful & always on hand to assist.’

Victoria has been amazing in her immigration and general employment law advice.’

Piers is outstanding in his level of commercial and pragmatic advice. Always available and works to our often tight deadlines.’

The Doyle Clayton team have represented us for many years and continue to provide excellent employment advice and support.’

Sukhpal Matharoo – clear, concise, proactive and takes a commercial view. His notary qualification has proved valuable at late notice on a number of occasions.’

I have found my solicitor very responsive, a very clear communicator, and very competent at anticipating the actions of the other side.’

Key clients

VAT IT (UK) Limted

Aristocrat Technologies Europe Limited

DSG Retail Limited (Dixons Carphone)

Destinations of the World

Work highlights

  • Advised Aristocrat Technologies Europe Limited on GDPR issues.
  • Advised DSG Retail Limited on an unfair dismissal claim.
  • Advised Destinations of the World on worker status for individuals engaged across Europe under consultancy agreements.

Lewis Silkin LLP

Focusing on the technology, pharmaceutical and media sectors, Lewis Silkin LLP advises well-known commercial clients on all contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Practice head Jonathan Carr handles the employment aspects of M&A deals and is also developing a reputation in the sports sector, having acted for a number of leading sports clubs and teams. Russell Brimelow, who led the practice until 2019, 'has a great commercial mind' and advises on sensitive issues, including terminations of employment, mergers, downsizing and TUPE transfers. James Storke is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Carr

Testimonials

Great commercial advice in employment matters. Very customer focused and delivery orientated.’

Carolyn Soakell is the best external lawyer I have; I’ve worked with her for over ten years and she is faultless.

‘Jonathan Carr gives really good advice – I rate him .’

The mix of the team plays well to my company’s needs – from general to more specialist advice, always delivered in a practical, commercial way.

Key clients

Oxford University Press

Eli Lily

Invesco

Otsuka

Duco

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Paybyphone

Coveris

Comcast

Adobe

Work highlights

  • Advised a remote parking payment operator on the hire of a senior executive from a competitor.
  • Advised a hedge fund on IR35 changes.
  • Advised an investment management firm on compliance with the new FCA Senior Managers Regime.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

With offices in Oxford and Reading, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP offers comprehensive employment advice to clients from sectors including social housing, education, technology and construction. Daff Richardson co-leads the education sector group and provides guidance on business protection issues, reorganisations, restructurings, and senior executive appointments and departures. Eugene Wojciechowski advises on employment tribunal hearings, including those relating to complex unlawful discrimination and whistleblowing claims. David Bickford, Chris Syder  and Gemma Woodhouse  all joined the team in 2019, having relocated from the Basingstoke office. Senior associate Victoria Spires is a name to note.

Key clients

The AA

Twentieth Century Fox International Ltd

Bouygues UK

One Housing Group

UK Atomic Energy Authority

City and Guilds

Shearman & Sterling UK LLP

CABI

Charter Court Financial Services Group plc

Local Pensions Partnership

Link Asset Services

23.5 Degrees Ltd (Starbucks)

Wellington College

Cobalt Telephone Technologies/ Park Now Ltd (trading as Ringo)

Radian

Selecta

Simpson Thacher & Barlett LLP

Rutland (DP) Ltd

Sika Ltd

Farnborough International Ltd (Farnborough Airshow)

Dynniq UK Ltd

Davies Group Ltd

Corel Inc – US parent, Corel UK

Unicarriers UK Ltd

Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA)

Family Assurance Friendly Society Limited (trading as One Family)

CloudFactory UK

Pocket Living Ltd

1-1 Recruitment Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised CABI on complex disciplinary and grievance matters involving employees in overseas jurisdictions.
  • Sat on APCSA’s disciplinary panel to hear cases of individual auditors’ alleged breaches of APSCA’s code of compliance.
  • Advised CloudFactory UK on the preparation of consultancy agreements for consultants based overseas.

Shoosmiths LLP

Handling a large amount of contentious work, Shoosmiths LLP advises on significant employment tribunal caseloads for major national and multi-national clients. Kevin McCavish, who heads the employment practice in London and Thames Valley, has extensive contentious experience, with particular expertise in the financial services sector and acting for international companies. 'Calm and balanced' Jonathan Naylor leads the Thames Valley office and has particular experience of the technology and logistics sectors, advising on matters such as transfer of undertakings, discrimination and senior executive exits. Former practice head Paula Rome departed for Julian Taylors Solicitors in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Kevin McCavish

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Naylor

Testimonials

Good bench strength, ego-less team focused on getting us the result we want rather than on legal tools. They know there is more than one way to skin a cat and are flexible enough to build us the solutions we need rather than just rely on standard solutions.’

Jonathan Naylor has a very measured and collaborative style, and good emotional intelligence to judge the more emotional aspects of people politics and disputes. We very much appreciate his calming influence and ability to navigate difficult situations with balance and cool-headedness.’

Very personable and easy to work with. They are also very responsive and will pick things up out of hours when urgent – truly a first class service!

‘Jonathan Naylor provides calm and balanced practical advice. He is a safe pair of hands.’

‘Jonathan Naylor is always clear, patient and precise with his advice – the whole team in Reading are great. Jonathan will always respond, no matter how busy he is, and we work with impatient clients, which he understands.’

‘Jonathan Naylor is always happy to talk through any given situation and there is a strong trusted relationship between our company and Shoosmiths. Jonathan is always supportive and gives practical steps and solutions to help the company. Conversations with Jonathan never feel like work.’

Key clients

DXC Technology

Calor Gas Limited

The National Trust

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Kuehne + Nagel Limited

Merian Global Investors (formerly Old Mutual)

Goldsmiths, University of London

Pharm. Research Associates (UK) Limited (PRA Health Sciences)

Jacobs UK Limited

Principal Global Investors (Europe) Limited

ColArt International Holdings Limited

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

IW Group Services (UK) Limited (formerly Regus Group)

Mabey Holdings Limited

The Curve Group

Work highlights

  • Advised a major multinational toy manufacturing and entertainment company on all employment related matters involving their UK subsidiaries.
  • Provided an international engineering client with employment law advice on a broad range of issues.
  • Handled a significant employment tribunal caseload for a global logistics company, including successfully defending claims then obtaining costs awards against Claimants.

Blandy & Blandy LLP

With offices in Henley-on-Thames and Reading, Blandy & Blandy LLP can provide a full service to both employer and employee clients from the public and private sectors, with an especially strong reputation for handling unlawful discrimination and TUPE related issues. Practice head Sue Dowling primarily works on contentious matters; her niche specialism is mental impairment disability discrimination issues. Tim Clark is another strong litigator who also advises on complex service agreements, commission and bonus arrangements, exit provisions and termination packages. Associate Laura Binnie is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sue Dowling

Other key lawyers:

Tim Clark; Laura Binnie

Testimonials

A strong team with excellent knowledge, that support each other well to give clients a high-quality service.

Tim Clark is excellent, knowledgeable and a good communicator.

Work highlights

  • Advised a major hospital trust on a complaint made by a job applicant.
  • Advised The Oratory Schools Association on selling its junior preparatory school operation
  • Advised a leading machinery and equipment provider in the agricultural industry on sexual orientation discrimination claims

Cater Leydon Millard

A 'highly pragmatic' specialist employment firm, the majority of Cater Leydon Millard's work is litigation for respondent employers, including claims of complex discrimination, whistleblowing, injunction proceedings and industrial action. 'Knowledgeable and professionalNathan Millard and Wendy Leydon lead the practice. The former specialises in matters concerning healthcare providers, including those relating to medical practitioners, as well as working with independent schools; the latter has knowledge of all trade union matters. Stephen Conlan is recommended for his work across a variety of sectors.    

Practice head(s):

Wendy Leydon; Nathan Millard

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Conlan

Testimonials

Wendy and Nathan are two of the best employment lawyers I have ever worked with.’

The team all provide us with comprehensive support. Should the lawyer you are working with be unavailable or busy, they will come back to you quickly and provide excellent advice. They have complementary skills and are always prompt in their responses.’

Wendy Leydon has significant experience advising employer and employee-side. She is unafraid to take a position and gives robust advice in a pragmatic manner.

‘Nathan Millard brings gravitas and balance to his advice, which is always placed in the round.’

Cater Leydon Millard  has a sole focus on employment and industrial relations, giving it a high level of expertise in the field. The team is highly responsive, and gives advice which takes into account the organisation’s commercial position and requirements as well as the law. The team’s founders are very visible and are closely involved in giving advice, as well as managing advice.’

Nathan Millard gives pragmatic, well considered and timely advice. He knows our organisation well and tailors his advice, taking account of our culture and way of working.’

Key clients

NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative Legal  Framework

Crown Commercial Wider Public Service Framework

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Eton College

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

Kings College School

Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

National Physical Laboratory

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Peloton Interactive UK Ltd

Serco Group Plc

Smeg UK Limited

Nissan

Meridian Bioscience

Work highlights

  • Advised a public sector provider on a review into key areas of concern.
  • Advised various independent schools on withdrawal from the teachers’ pension scheme.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP

A full service employment practice, Field Seymour Parkes LLP handles large-scale restructures, reorganisations and day-to-day HR support, in addition to contentious matters up to Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal level. The practice, led by Ian Machray, services clients from both the public and private sectors. Machray specialises in complex TUPE matters, the enforcement of restraints of trade and high value or technical tribunal litigation. Associates Louise Smyth, Jackie Denham and Katie Burley are key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Ian Machray

Key clients

Whistl

VMware

Volvo

H R Wallingford

TP Group Plc

Hewland Engineering

Fara (Charity Shops)

GTI Media

Servion

Superbowl UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Charter Communications Inc  on all UK employment implications of sale of $154 million turnover technology business.
  • Advised Integral Development Corporation on obtaining a strike out of employment tribunal claims and wasted costs order against claimant’s solicitors.
  • Advised Cranford House School on its transition to co-educational status.

Osborne Clarke

The 'outstanding' team at Osborne Clarke advises domestic and multinational technology clients on a broad spectrum of employment matters, from the TUPE aspects of M&A through to downsizing and restructuring issues. The firm has also developed an online platform allowing clients to access bespoke training services. Practice head Danielle Kingdon is particularly knowledgeable about discrimination issues and issues of neurodiversity, advising on cases at Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court level. Associate Emma Ladley advises predominantly digital business clients on a broad range of HR matters.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Kingdon

Other key lawyers:

Emma Ladley

Testimonials

The team at Osborne Clarke are efficient, quick to reply, knowledgeable

Everyone is outstanding in their respective area of expertise

Key clients

Microsoft Limited

Huntswood CTC Limited

Spartan Race UK Operations Limited

Highland Europe (UK) LLP

Virgin Experience Days

Natural Motion Limited

Oxford PhotoVoltaics Limited

VTech Electronics Europe Plc

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans advises employers from the technology, entertainment, automotive  and pharmaceutical sectors on a broad range of advisory issues. 'Continually exceptional' practice head Angela Shields primarily handles disputes, including unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, discrimination and  injunctions in relation to restrictive covenants. Shield also has specialist experience working for acquisitive car dealerships and manufacturers of car parts. Associate Jenny Huelin is recommended for TUPE and outsourcing matters.

Practice head(s):

Angela Shields

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Huelin

Testimonials

BDB Pitmans have managed to retain their customer focused approach through a period of growth – they are professional, approachable and friendly.’

Angela Shields has been outstanding in her knowledge and advice to my company.’

I have worked with BDB Pitmans for over 8 years and for me it’s the fact that whatever the issue, whatever the time frame, I will receive a response. As soon as I receive that email that says no problem we can help you with this, I feel in safe hands.

Most of my communication over the years has been with Jenny Huelin – I have been able to meet with her and this time has allowed the firm to get to know the business I work in, which in turn helps them with my cases.

Key clients

Westcoast Group

Toshiba TEC Europe Retail Information Systems

Limited and Toshiba TEC UK Systems Limited

Jonas Group UK (and Constellation Inc.)

Panalux Limited (part of Panavision UK Limited & Inc.)

B & M Europe Limited (subsidiary of Profs4U Limited)

360GlobalNet Limited

Vanderbilt Homes Limited

Novacyt SA

Royal Berkshire Shooting Group

Waylands Automotive Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Vanderbilt Homes on the acquisition of Crayfern Homes Ltd and Crayfern Homes (South Coast) Ltd.
  • Advise Toshiba TEC UK Imaging Systems Limited on day-to-day external employment matters.
  • Advised Westcoast (Holdings) Limited on two large acquisition projects.

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors

Based in Wokingham, Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors is heavily involved in contentious matters, including issues regarding unfair dismissal, disability discrimination, workplace bullying and sexual harassment. Practice head Alison Gair advises on the employment aspects of corporate transactions for international companies, large national companies and SMEs. Robert Cherry has successfully represented employees in claims against large corporations, and has knowledge of personal injury claims against employers.

Practice head(s):

Alison Gair

Other key lawyers:

Robert Cherry

Testimonials

An approachable and honest team. Clients have always felt comfortable that there is a strong capability within the team, and that they can give solid initial advice but organise Counsel’s involvement where necessary. The correspondence is persuasive yet professional with other firms.’

Alison Gair has a great eye for detail and manages to explain complex issues with ease. She adopts her advice to the real life situations clients find themselves in and ensures they understand the prospects in a realistic or commercial way.’

Crossland Employment Solicitors

Crossland Employment Solicitors' team is characterised by its 'practical, pragmatic and business focused approach' to advising both public and private sector employers and senior level employees on issues relating to restrictive covenants, large scale reorganisations and redundancies, TUPE transfers, boardroom disputes and complex discrimination claims. 'Knowledgeable and experienced' practice head Beverley Sunderland is a 'legend' in the region and focuses her practice on complex employee relations advice to companies and investigating complex grievances, while Kevin Charles' work includes complex litigation relating to whistleblowing.

Practice head(s):

Beverley Sunderland

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Charles

Testimonials

All members of the team are very approachable. They are very experienced and able to deal with complex issues, as well as answering much simpler queries without you feeling silly for asking them in the first place. I feel they give a very personal service with a pragmatic approach, compared to other similar organisations I have dealt with.’

Strong specialist expertise in employment matters combined with a very practical, pragmatic and business focused approach.’

Beverley Sunderland – a legend! Very knowledgeable and experienced.’

Key clients

Yell

De La Rue

M&C Saatchi

Institute of Practitioners in Advertising

Association of Optometrists

Work highlights

  • Advised a FTSE 100 plc on  a breach of contract claim in relation to a delayed bonus payment.
  • Advised a specialist recruitment company on the development of a service to provide a full managed service for global broadcasters.
  • Advised a Housing Association on tribunal claims of race discrimination, sex discrimination and constructive dismissal.

Draper Lang LLP

Specialist employment firm, Draper Lang LLP advises on complex and high-level employment law matters for  clients ranging from multinational plcs to  senior employees. Managing partner and founder David Blomfield specialises  in restrictive covenants, TUPE issues, reorganisations and financial sector terminations. Stephen Cates handles contentious and non-contentious matters both for individuals and businesses from a variety of sectors, including schools and charities. Nicholas Snowden is an experienced Employment Tribunal litigator and advocate.

Practice head(s):

David Blomfield

Testimonials

Very responsive, professional service. Pragmatic when thinking about options and both supportive and challenging in giving an opinion. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.’

David Blomfield: Supportive, challenging, pragmatic, quick response times, informed knowledgeable advice.’

Key clients

Dun & Bradstreet Limited

Crew Clothing Co. Limited

Prezzo Limited

Double Negative Limited

Fever Tree UK Limited

British Arab Commercial Bank plc

Parcelly Limited

Lonza Biologics plc

Hitachi Europe

Smarter Click Technology Limited

Herbalife

Scope

Work highlights

  • Advised a global provider of data analytics and corporate insights on a major relocation.
  • Advised on a complex race and age discrimination claim including Employment Appeal Tribunal proceedings.
  • Advised on the enforcement of a six-month non-compete clause.

Herrington Carmichael LLP

Herrington Carmichael LLP advises employer and employee clients on a broad range of issues. Practice head Alistair McArthur has a history of acting for banks, financial institutions and retailers as well as companies in the hospitality  and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Alistair McArthur

Other key lawyers:

Darren Smith

Testimonials

Good customer care.’

The team responds to our needs extremely well.’

Alistair McArthur is a fantastic lawyer. He is able to offer great advice which is always balanced with a commercial approach.’

The employment law team at Herrington Carmichael are particularly approachable with great interpersonal skills.’

The team are pragmatic, open to challenge and challenging.’

Alistair McArthur is direct and personable.’

The team are always approachable and friendly, and nothing ever seems too much trouble.’

Alistair McArthur has the ability to put a complex issue into layman’s terms while providing details of risk or potential risk.

Deep knowledge of the market standards, ability to have a legal answer that does not ignore the business needs, being the authority for the issues that were dealt by the firm and being straight forward with direct answers even when they did not meet the client wishes’

There are no generic templates, the service is bespoke.’

There is expert level knowledge across the team and the support and follow up is fantastic.’

Julian Taylors Solicitors

Julian Taylors Solicitors' boutique team offers a 'personal, professional and tailored' service to its business clients on a broad spectrum of employment matters including HR issues and TUPE situations. The practice is led by the 'calm, measured and pragmatic' Julian Taylor, Nicola Wallbank and Paula Rome. Rome, who joined from Shoosmiths LLP  in 2019, brings experience in trade union law, collective consultation and employment law, as well as new clients in the education sector. Software is a sector of particular specialism.

Practice head(s):

Julian Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Paula Rome; Nicola Wallbank

Testimonials

Proactive and commercial response with focus on specialist practice area without getting diverted into other areas of law.

JTS offer a personal, professional and tailored service to meet the needs of our company. Uniquely in our view, they care.’

‘Incredibly responsive and accessible.’

We generally deal with one partner – Nicola Wallbank – who is very patient in giving further explanations to ensure clear understanding of legalese and procedures.’

This law firm has great expertise in employment law. They are always very responsive and very thorough in providing their legal advice.’

Key clients

China Construction Bank (London) Ltd

Cadence Consultancy Ltd

Chancellors Group of Estate Agents Ltd

Plainlaw LLP

MiX Telematics Ltd

The Burnside Partnership

Blackwell UK Ltd

Dukes Education Group Ltd

C.J. (UK) Ltd

The Ditchley Foundation

Spratt Endicott

Spratt Endicott's sphere of expertise includes advising employees and businesses on issues of redundancy, employment contracts, discrimination, harassment  and injunctive proceedings. Carol Shaw leads the practice, specialising in advising clients from the hospitality, security, manufacturing and education sectors. 'Stand-out' Philomena Price is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Carol Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Philomena Price

Testimonials

My case was time critical and required prompt responses . The team were able to seamlessly transfer my case between them so that if one person was not available another could respond for me. They were always proactive and anticipating future requirements. I never worried that some aspect of my case would “fall in the gaps”. There were always polite, efficient and friendly.’

I worked with Carol Shaw. What impressed me most about her was her constant concern to not overcharge or incur unnecessary costs.’

The team at Spratt Endicott take time to understand the issue and ensure that the right partner is assigned to your needs. They have a customer-centric focus and provide relevant advice and guidance.’

Philomena Price has an ability to explain employment law in simple terms, and offer a solution to a problem rather than “fence sitting”. This means that any e-mail she sends can be forwarded onto other individuals in the business safe in the knowledge that it isn’t full of legal jargon and contains proactive advice.

Key clients

Karcher UK Ltd

Novus Leisure

 

Brethertons LLP

Brethertons LLP handles commercial transactional work,  especially TUPE issues and intergroup restructurings, as well as contentious matters at Employment Tribunal level. Practice head Amy Edwards aids the corporate department on the employment aspects of commercial documentation, and advises employees on termination and restrictive covenants.

Practice head(s):

Amy Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Shaun Jardine

Employment Law Plus

Based in Abingdon, Employment Law Plus advises individuals and employers on various issues. Its client base includes the UK arms of various US multinationals, professional practices and companies involved in the food and drink, production and construction sectors. Jill Kelly  is the sole practitioner and undertakes her own advocacy at Employment Tribunal level.

Practice head(s):

Jill Kelly

Key clients

ADM Group

FloPlast Ltd

Fluor Limited (UK arm of Fluor corporation)

Boswells Coffee Company Limited

Nord Gear Limited

Elementa Consulting Ltd (UK arm of Integral Group)

Browning International

Olam Europe Ltd, Olam International UK Ltd

Bronsens Accountants Ltd

Silverstring Limited

JDT Utilities Ltd

David Harber Ltd

AS Scientific Products Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised a Director of UK Operations on a complex disability discrimination dispute.
  • Advised a corporate client on the introduction of new shift patterns.
  • Advised a company on the acquisition of a new business.

Gardner Leader LLP

Gardner Leader LLP assists with all employment matters, including complex litigation and senior executive exits. Senior associate Julie Taylor  is the sole practitioner and specialises in discrimination claims and technical TUPE disputes. Former co-lead Michelle Morgan  departed for Shoosmiths LLP in 2019

Practice head(s):

Julie Taylor

Testimonials

Julie Taylor responded quickly to our needs and supported us throughout. She was reassuring and understanding, listened with care and empathy and delivered the information and advice we needed. She was at all times totally professional and I would have no hesitation in approaching Julie again for advice, and probably will!

The emphasis is on being personal. They have worked hard to make a connection with local businesses. There is a high level of care and attention and you feel that the team wants to help you.’

I am always impressed by the standard of service and communication provided by the employment team. I have worked with Julie Taylor for a number of years on a variety of employment matters. I particularly value that Julie always responds promptly to my enquiries and trust her to provide her advice in the context of the bigger picture.’

Very thorough and you can always trust that they take the time to understand the situation before providing practical and realistic advice.’