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

Boyes Turner

Boyes Turner has a strong track record in advising technology sector clients, retaining large blue-chip clients and start-ups. The team also has specialist expertise in dealing with cross-border employment issues, an area in which practice head Barry Stanton has extensive expertise. Other key partners include Michael Farrier, who is an experienced advocate before the tribunal courts, and Helen Goss, whose practice focuses on the leisure and hospitality sectors. Newly promoted partner Andrew Whiteaker and senior associate Claire Taylor-Evans are also recommended; Whiteaker focuses on managing pan-EMEA employment law requirements and Taylor-Evans handles high-level exits and assists clients with gender pay issues.

Practice head(s):

Barry Stanton

Other key lawyers:

Michael Farrier; Helen Goss; Andrew Whiteaker; Claire Taylor-Evans

Testimonials

‘The team has provided a high level of support and advice over the last few months where we have needed to address a number of HR-related issues. Each of these issues has contained very specific details that have required careful consideration – the advice provided has allowed all of these issues to be addressed.’

‘Barry Stanton continues to provide high-quality advice and support – his innovative suggestions to address particular issues has allowed successful solutions to be reached in a number of difficult circumstances.’

‘The approachability and quick turnaround are what we really appreciate about this firm. They are very responsive with the required skill which greatly assists a busy in-house team.’

‘Andrew Whiteaker – excellent in providing prompt, practical advice. He is able to get to grips quickly with complex law and scenarios. Very approachable and willing to assist. He is a trusted adviser to us and we are always happy to put him in front of the in-house client directly. He brings bags of experience and delivers advice in a way that is easy to understand.’

‘Helen Goss – practical, great to work with, very pragmatic, no nonsense lawyer.’

‘Michael Farrier is a true powerhouse in Employment law practice. His deep, intelligent thinking, influenced by global commercial practice enables him to advise in a way that few others can. He can read situations quickly, commercially, and is always the first person to spot the gem in an argument that will often become indefensible for the opposition. Quite simply, he is the legal partner I continue to choose time and time again – because there are simply very few who are better!’

‘Boyes Turner has a very well-regarded employment team for good reason. They have excellent clients and are able to pool an impressive resource of knowledge.’

Key clients

Infor (United Kingdom) Limited

Reading Borough Council

Tesla Motors Limited

Avago Technologies UK Limited (Broadcom)

Culligan UK Limited

ESP Global Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading cloud data management provider on the restructuring of its operations both in the UK and internationally.
  • Acting for Reading Borough Council in defending equal pay claims.
  • Advised and supported Tesla in resisting allegations of unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and victimisation as well as managing multi-grievances from a current employee over a six-month period.  

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP has offices in Oxford and Reading where the team's long-standing core clients include SME businesses, technology clients, corporations and a number of Oxford colleges. Practice head William Downing is based in Oxford and undertakes high-level mandates including strategic projects and boardroom level matters. Rajiv Joshi is the key practitioner in Reading and has particular expertise in complex discrimination and TUPE matters. Senior associate Paul Hayward is an accomplished litigator and acts in complex multi-issue discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):

William Downing

Other key lawyers:

Rajiv Joshi; Paul Hayward; Madeleine Mould

Testimonials

‘I’ve worked closely with Blake Morgan for a number of years and have achieved a relationship with them which works akin to a partnership. This has enabled a collaborative and mutual working practice to ensure that any advice is not only fit for purpose but best for us as a business too. The impact of Covid has tested this through a number of employment issues which we have faced.’

‘Paul Hayward and Madeleine Mould – together they have supported all requirements ensuring excellent communication. When there has been a requirement to seek further specialist advice they have followed through and ensured a thorough understanding of the situation.’

‘Lockdown has not negatively impacted the service that we get from the Team. Although during this time we have changed our point of contact, the quality of advice – pragmatic and commercial and response times has been very good. The team are a delight to work with – flexible, helpful and responsive.’

‘Very risk-focused – takes the time to understand our business, our attitude to risk; and makes recommendations on that basis.’

‘Rajiv Joshi is happy to act almost as a direct adviser, he is always at the end of a phone and offers immediate support to our business when we need it.’

Key clients

Oxford Biomedica plc

Worldwide Flight Services (UK) Limited

CPI Euromix Limited (a subsidiary of Grafton PLC)

Oxford Space Systems Limited

Westcoast Group

Druva Europe Limited

Anytime Fitness UK

Thames Valley Police

NTT Security

Stanley Black & Decker

Work highlights

  • Advised Oxford Biomedica, a key partner for the production of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, in drafting and implementing an agreement for voluntary, rolling 24/7 shift pattern with shift allowances to enable mass production of the vaccine.
  • Provided strategic advice to Worldwide Flight Services (UK) Limited and ongoing assistance with large-scale redundancies and furloughing arrangements following the lockdown and collapse of airline flights.
  • Represented Druva in relation to the successful disposal of an employment tribunal claim (race discrimination) – the allegations were very sensitive and involved senior level individuals.

Clarkslegal LLP

The employment team at Clarkslegal LLP is 'thorough and pragmatic' and provides advice to large national and international clients on a wide range of employment issues. It regularly handles major projects including restructurings and TUPE transfers, redundancies and industrial relations/employee engagement projects. Practice co-head Michael Sippitt is a specialist in the field of industrial relations strategies which includes working with trade unions and handling labour restructurings, collective disputes and industrial actions. Fellow co-head Helen Beech's work is diverse, ranging from complex restructurings and TUPE to acting for individuals negotiating settlement packages. Monica Atwal has experience in discrimination cases, in particular disability claims.

Practice head(s):

Michael Sippitt; Helen Beech

Other key lawyers:

Monica Atwal

Testimonials

‘Expert whilst being approachable. Swift and commercial. Thorough and pragmatic.’

‘Take time to develop client relationship and understand business context. Helen Beech is a trusted source of expertise.’

‘A great team of professionals that genuinely get to know your business and the key stakeholders which enables them to provide appropriate advice and risk analysis.’

‘Very capable, professional and responsive.’

Key clients

Lumen Technologies FKA CenturyLink Communications UK

Belron UK Limited t/a Autoglass and Laddow

Thompson and Capper Ltd part of DCC health and beauty solutions

Delaware North companies

Reading Transport Ltd

Evolving Systems ltd

Pacific Life

Poundland Limited

CBI

Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc

Jardine Motors Group UK Limited

CMS

CMS' employment team handles both contentious and non-contentious matters for employers. The team advises on the full range of issues, including acquisitions, disposals, reorganisations and outsourcing arrangements at both a UK and international level; it also handles discrimination issues, data protection work, collective redundancies and other termination of employment issues. Gary Henderson leads the Reading group where the client base is comprised of high-profile names including Samsung and EY.  Senior associates Rachel Zani and Edward Arnold are other key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Gary Henderson

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Zani; Edward Arnold

Key clients

Ernst & Young (EY)

Samsung

AMC Networks

BMC Software

Biogen

Royal Dutch Shell plc

CareerBuilder

Delancey

Bloomsbury Publishing

Doyle Clayton

Doyle Clayton handles the full spectrum of employment law and is particularly strong in employment litigation. The team has expertise in complex matters including discrimination and whistleblowing cases in addition to providing advice on benefit schemes, pensions and restrictive covenants. Tina Wisener is a 'stand out partner' and leads the practice, acting for multi-nationals, plcs and entrepreneurial businesses in the finance and insurance sectors. Advising employers and senior executives, James Anderson and senior associate Adam Murdoch are also recommended, while Victoria Burnip is the firm's key contact for business immigration matters, providing advice on complex immigration issues arising from TUPE transfers and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Tina Wisener

Other key lawyers:

James Anderson; Victoria Burnip; Adam Murdoch

Testimonials

‘I was very pleased with the holistic support I received surrounding my unfair dismissal case, even when my circumstances were quite peculiar. The team was able to identify when my tax circumstances changed due to moving between countries, strategize with me about which issues to pursue in which legal fora, and identify a barrister who was well-prepared to bring my case to the Tribunal.’

‘James Anderson is very easy to work with and communicates complicated situations in layman’s terms. He has advised me on multiple occasions, all of which had successful outcomes.’

‘Very personable and approachable and willing to help. Responds very promptly and also happy to recommend other firms outside of the UK when required. Tina Wisener is particularly helpful and a good partner to us.’

‘Our contact Kate Kapp has always been fantastic. The biggest benefit is that she is solution focused and has allowed us to handle sensitive HR issues in a fair manner that has allowed our business to move forward and not get stuck in never-ending HR issues.’

‘We have a long established relationship with Doyle Clayton. We find them very responsive to our needs and understand our business intrinsically and we see them as a key partner for us. They are very commercial and have a very good breadth of knowledge and experience.’

‘I have been dealing with a number of people within the firm, however one particular team member Adam Murdoch stands out above all others. His knowledge of employment law and advice supersedes any other I have seen. He will go into great detail and will ensure we understand the implications of an action or understand what our options are. Adam would often send us documentation / leaflets / invitations to webinars that would be useful for us as a company to ensure we are always kept up to date.’

‘Tina Wisener is an inspirational leader of the team. Her work ethic and integrity permeate the team. They are responsive, commercial, realistic, and make every effort to understand the client’s business. The Doyle Clayton team does not run up costs for the sake of it. In particular, they recognise the needs of SMEs and not-for-profit and tailor their offering accordingly. The team is responsive in a crisis and goes the extra mile to support the business owner/CEO.’

Key clients

Aspen Insurance Services Limited

Oakwood Worldwide

Bunzl UK Limited

Fremman Limited

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP has a large employment team advising clients on the full spectrum of employment law issues, often with a multijurisdictional element. Practice head Jonathan Carr's main specialisms include advising on the employment aspects of M&A deals; he is also building a reputation in the sports sector, acting for leading clubs and teams. Russell Brimelow 'continues to be brilliant' and handles sensitive employee issues, including major projects, board issues, mergers, downsizings and TUPE transfers. James Storke and Carolyn Soakell are also recommended; Storke defends claims in the Employment Tribunal and Soakell advises law firms and barristers’ chambers on internal HR issues. James Walters is also recommended, for advice that is 'second to none'.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Carr

Other key lawyers:

Russell Brimelow; James Storke; Carolyn Soakell; James Walters

Testimonials

‘The team covers all aspects of employment law and immigration to a depth I’ve rarely seen in other practices.’

‘The team are very practical in their approach and work well using individual strengths both in areas of advice and matching time and cost constraints.’

‘James Walters stands out in the commerciality and quality of advice provided. He has a very pragmatic approach to situations and his advice and guidance is second to none.’

‘Russell Brimelow continues to be brilliant – doesn’t talk law, talks strategy & tactics.’

‘The size of the team means that there is extraordinary strength in depth and an unrivalled degree of expertise across all aspects of employment law. As a rule the lawyers are responsive, commercial and down-to-earth. It is innovative in terms of its ancillary businesses. They are also thought leaders in relation to D&I and things like the #metoo movement.’

‘Carolyn Soakell is technically excellent, super responsive, and gives clear commercial advice in a very client-friendly manner.’

Key clients

Eli Lilly

Arsenal Football Club

Comcast

Ascential

Grosvenor

RFU

ViacomCBS

Intel

DS Smith

Invesco

Work highlights

  • Advising Arsenal FC on a restructuring and redundancy programme and health and safety workplace issues.
  • Advising the Rugby Football Union on TUPE issues following the termination of a contract and insourcing of performance analysis work.
  • Advising a global engineering company on a multi-site redundancy exercise.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Operating from offices in Oxford and Reading, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is well known for its sector focus and specialist knowledge in the social housing, education, technology, life sciences and construction industries. In Oxford, Daff Richardson's practice focuses mainly on technology and education sector clients, advising on developing areas of employment law and handling sensitive individual and collective employee relations including business protection issues, reorganisations and restructurings. Eugene Wojciechowski, who is based in Reading, is regularly involved in employment tribunal hearings relating to complex unlawful discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Chris Syder and Gemma Woodhouse are also recommended, alongside associates Victoria Spires and Katie Glendinning. David Bickford retired in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Daff Richardson; Eugene Wojciechowski

Other key lawyers:

Chris Syder; Gemma Woodhouse; Victoria Spires; Katie Glendinning

Testimonials

‘We always get pragmatic advice and ready access to the team. The advice and approach is sensitive to our values, not ‘cookie cutter’. As a small organisation with a global network of offices, it is invaluable to be able to test our approach to a wide variety of employment issues, and then, if necessary, to use the firm’s global reach and network to seek a trusted local partner.’

‘Daff Richardson leads the team and absolutely sets the tone for the team approach that we find so valuable. On a number of occasions, Daff has also shared input from other specialists in the team and we appreciate that level of consideration and reflection.’

‘Eugene Wojciechowski showed outstanding understanding of all matters he has dealt with for the business, proactive and honest.’

‘Knowledgeable, experienced and friendly, precise advice provided.’

‘Always available, responsive with very practical advice that always cuts to the heart of any issue. Management of risk is always pragmatic.’

‘Chris Syder was excellent throughout the process. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him and I felt fully appraised throughout the process.’

‘I have worked regularly with Gemma Woodhouse, Chris Syder and Katie Glendinning. There is a clear thread of excellent training given to the junior members of staff at this firm and it comes across as a meticulous attention to detail with all of their cases no matter who is dealing with a case.’

‘Always focused on the client with the client’s best interests at heart. Focus on what is practical coupled with excellent knowledge of employment law to produce good results. Gemma Woodhouse is reliable, knowledgeable, creative and knows her subject extremely well to enable her clients to be confident in their application of her advice.’

Key clients

Oversight Board (Facebook)

Bahlsen LLP

Bishop Challoner School

Corel Inc- US parent, Corel UK

Bouygues UK

One Housing Group

23.5 Degrees Ltd (Starbucks)

City & Guilds

Sherman and Sterling UK LLP

CABI

Charter Court Financial Services Group plc

St David’s School

Link Asset Services

Simpson Thacher & Barlett LLP

Wellington College

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

Abri

Selecta

PRP Architects

Rutland (DP) Ltd

Sika Ltd

1-1 Recruitment

Dynniq UK Ltd

Davies Group Ltd

Unicarriers

Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA)

Ellis UK Ltd

Haberdashers’ Aske’s School Elstree

Magdalen College, Oxford

Work highlights

  • Advised the newly established Oversight Board, which makes independent decisions about content on Facebook and Instagram, on all human resources support associated with the Oversight’s Board establishment in both the US and UK.
  • Advising Selecta, the leading vending machine group, in respect of business critical Covid measures as a result of the various lockdowns.
  • Providing ongoing employment advice to City & Guilds on a range of HR needs, including in relation to Off-Payroll Workers regulations, and advising on a collective redundancy consultation.

Shoosmiths LLP

The Shoosmiths LLP employment team operates nationally, spread across 10 offices. The team includes trained barristers and experienced mediators and regularly manages Tribunal claims.  In addition, the team advises on trade union and industrial relation matters as well as complex TUPE situations. Kevin McCavish is head of employment in London and the Thames Valley and has extensive experience handling contentious and non-contentious matters for clients in the financial services sector and international companies. The Thames Valley office is led by Jonathan Naylor, who focuses on the technology and logistics sectors. Associate Alex Lloyd is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kevin McCavish; Jonathan Naylor

Other key lawyers:

Alex Lloyd

Testimonials

‘The individuals we work with at Shoosmiths (primarily Kevin McCavish) stand out from competitors with the holistic approach to the advice they provide, taking into account practicalities, risk, organizational reputation. Providing an opportunity to talk through options enables us to make informed decisions. Their expertise in areas such as immigration has also proven valuable in both the pre-and-post Brexit world.’

‘We have used Shoosmiths as our Employment law advisers for a number of years now. The reason for this is that the advice is clear. There are no grey areas and no fence-sitting. The advice is clearly presented with recommendations.’

‘Working with Jonathon Naylor from Shoosmiths was an absolute pleasure. He had the ability to make me feel completely at ease during what was quite a trying time for me. In terms of strengths, I was very impressed not only with Jonathon’s technical knowledge but also the breadth of his experience over different business sectors, and how this knowledge was used to get the best outcome in my circumstances.’

‘Kevin McCavish in particular is incredibly knowledgeable and approachable. I know that I want him on my side not against me! He is absolutely tenacious. If I had him opposing me I would seriously think about conceding and getting on with my life!’

‘Alex Lloyd has also recently been advising on a number of issues and the way has structured responses on our behalf is succinct and leaves no room for any ambiguity or indeed a counter-argument.’

‘The advice we receive is always relevant, up to date, commercial and enables us to make well-informed business decisions.’

Key clients

DXC Technology

Calor Gas Limited

The National Trust

Kuehne + Nagel Limited

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)

The Curve Group

Mabey Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting The National Trust with employment-related aspects of its Covid response, including defending a civil claim for furlough scheme entitlements and providing strategic advice.
  • Supporting DXC Technology on the legal aspects of disruption to services caused by Covid and providing detailed analysis on complex legal issues such as IR35/Off-Payroll working.
  • Advising Kuehne + Nagel Limited on all aspects of employee relations, including employment tribunal and employment appeal tribunal representation.

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP has a strong reputation in the areas of unlawful discrimination and TUPE, with extensive expertise in relation to high-level claimant work. The team also advises on business immigration issues and has experience in Employment Tribunal advocacy. Practice head Sue Dowling specialises in unlawful discrimination claims, with particular emphasis on mental impairment disability discrimination matters. Tim Clark is highly experienced in large-scale workforce projects, providing advice on restructurings and redundancies. Andrea Corr is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sue Dowling

Other key lawyers:

Tim Clark; Andrea Corr

Testimonials

‘Both Tim Clark and Andrea Corr at Blandy have been integral to our management of employment law matters over the years. The team is focused on supporting us in the most commercial way possible, regularly applying fee reductions to our account to remove elements of the administration work they have provided & always ensuring that the right level of partner/associate support is provided to align with the complexity of the matter we’re dealing with & ensure we’re not paying more than necessary to deal with our more straightforward matters. Both of these things are certainly refreshing, & demonstrate that they have our commercial interests at heart.’

‘This was the only time I’ve appointed a solicitor to help with a family employment matter. Blandy and Blandy were very timely, professional and supportive throughout.’

‘The solicitor who supported my issue was Andrea Corr. From the outset, Andrea was very happy to explain the options and allowed plenty of time for me to understand the implications. This employment issue was something I had not experienced before, so I needed time to understand the reasons behind the advice being offered. At no point during our discussions did I feel that I was being rushed.’

‘Blandly and Blandy were recommended to me and I very pleased with the level of service and advice that they provided. The advice I received was both informative and realistic in terms of settling an employment dispute.’

‘Sue Dowling is the main contact for us via B&B, she has an exceptional skill of grasping what we need very quickly and is extremely efficient and very supportive. Her knowledge of employment law is outstanding and she continues to add value on an ongoing basis.’

Draper Lang LLP

Draper Lang LLP is an employment boutique with clients ranging from international household names to high net-worth individuals. The team is comprised solely of senior lawyers and is led by managing partner David Blomfield, who has extensive experience in all areas of employment law, in particular matters relating to restrictive covenants, TUPE, reorganisations and financial sector terminations. Emma Griffiths is an 'outstanding lawyer' with considerable Employment Tribunal experience.

Practice head(s):

David Blomfield

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Cates; Emma Griffiths; Nicholas Snowden

Testimonials

‘David Blomfield provides excellent, practical advice. He always demonstrates a clear grasp of the issue at hand and lays out the different permutations clearly.’

‘Nick Snowden is a commercially aware and skilled employment lawyer, who combines his technical skills with a keen interest in understanding the dynamics of the business. He develops strong relationships at all levels and is brave enough to tell the business what it may not want to hear, with the flexibility to offer alternatives.’

‘Draper Lang’s employment team is truly excellent. They are proactive, business-focused, very empathetic and great value.’

‘Great team, always approachable with commercially sound recommendations.’

‘Draper Lang provides us with cost-effective and expert in-house employment law advice with direct access to partners to deal with any specialist advice we need as and when required.’

‘Emma Griffiths is a stand-out partner, who is always there to support our business needs when it comes to providing specialist employment advice. Nothing is too much trouble for her and when the need arises to act quickly, Emma is always on hand to manage the most challenging situations in an incredibly efficient manner.’

‘I have been working with Stephen Cates for a number of years. He is always extremely professional and very balanced/considerate with his advice. He is efficient and always on hand to answer any questions / explain processes to me.’

‘Draper Lang LLP brings humanity to employment law, marrying our business commercial needs with a human approach.

Key clients

DNEG plc

Lonza Biologics

Crew Clothing Co. Limited

Oxford Instruments plc

McCarthy& Stone plc

Smith Global Limited (t/a Mr & Mrs Smith)

Fevertree Limited

HR Revolution Limited

Smarter Click Limited

Unbiased Limited

MSMR Architects

Dun & Bradstreet

Babble Cloud Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised an international leading film company during a complex year of furlough and restructuring, including multiple collective redundancy programmes and collective grievance issues.
  • Advising the Lloyds Insurance Company regarding a team hire and the avoidance of enforcement proceedings regarding restrictive covenants.
  • Advising an advertising company on complex Employment Tribunal litigation involving claims of sex discrimination against C-suite team, successfully dismissing claims of entitlement to partnership.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP

Field Seymour Parkes LLP has an established and growing client base of international organisations, with particular expertise advising clients based in the US and India. Practice head Ian Machray specialises in complex TUPE matters, the enforcement of restraints of trade, and high-value tribunal litigation. He is supported by associates Louise Smyth and Katie Burley, who have experience in advising on senior executive exits and defending employment tribunal claims respectively.

Practice head(s):

Ian Machray

Other key lawyers:

Louise Smyth; Katie Burley

Testimonials

‘Friendly, approachable, quick to respond and always with professional, competent, honest and supportive advice.’

‘They meet all our needs for legal advice. In this past challenging year, our requirements have been mixed and varied with different time constraints. Whomever, we have dealt at FSP they have dealt with the matters promptly and efficiently. This has been especially important as some of the issues have been employment related.’

‘Practical legal advice, fixed fee and transparency in terms of billing.’

‘The team take the time to ensure that you understand the legalities of a situation and go through all your options with you. They understand the nature of staffing structure and operation and they take the time to find out how you operate in your industry.’

‘Ian Machray really stands out as someone who has great knowledge and experience in his field. He is able to explain matters in a straightforward and coherent way.’

‘Approachable, responsive and pragmatic approach to providing advice when required. Pro-active with updates on Employment law changes that need disseminating to employers. Team communicates effectively as we can call any member and they can interchange well and pick up as necessary.’

Key clients

Whistl

Volvo

HR Wallingford

TP Group Plc

Hewland Engineering

Fara (Charity Shops)

GTI Media

Servion

Superbowl UK

Quadrant Design Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Whistl on a full range of HR and employment issues, including acquisitions and litigation.
  • Advised a US-based multinational eCommerce company on a high-profile and contentious TUPE service provision change.
  • Advised a sports managements agency on contractual relations with high-profile sporting personalities.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP's Thames Valley employment team acts for major UK and multinational clients in a range of sectors. The team advises on business restructurings and the TUPE aspects of M&A as well as providing strategic employment advice relating to GDPR, Brexit and international expansions. Practice head Danielle Kingdon is an 'exceptional lawyer' with extensive experience in discrimination and maternity issues and litigation in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court. Associate Emma Ladley is also recommended, predominantly supporting clients in the technology, media, and communications sectors on a broad spectrum of HR issues.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Kingdon

Other key lawyers:

Emma Ladley

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable, experienced, very responsive, commercial in their advice.’

‘Osborne Clarke provide our firm with timely, comprehensive and clear guidance on all employment matters. Their coverage in this area make them stand out and we treat the relationship as if they were our in-house GC. Their ability to know our business and deal with ad-hoc queries without needing a new engagement letter or fee quote is refreshing.’

‘Danielle Kingdon is an exceptional lawyer in the employment law sector. Her knowledge is comprehensive and her timeliness in reacting to general queries is important to us. We feel like we have an in-house employment law expert!’

Key clients

Microsoft Limited

Huntswood CTC Limited

Spartan Race UK Operations Limited

Highland Europe (UK) LLP

Virgin Experience Days

Natural Motion Limited

VTech Electronics Europe Plc

Chemviron Carbon Limited

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans' employment team regularly advises on matters concerning employees and consultants in the technology, entertainment, automotive, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals sectors. In March 2020, Angela Shields left the firm to join the judiciary and was replaced by Jesper Christensen as practice head. Christensen's expertise includes dealing with business reorganisations, often involving redundancies, TUPE issues and outsourcing arrangements. Jenny Huelin is another key practitioner in this area. Associate Asten Hawkes is also recommended and advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters including whistleblowing and wrongful and unfair dismissal claims.

Practice head(s):

Jesper Christensen

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Huelin; Asten Hawkes; Caroline Yarrow; Laura Binnie

Testimonials

‘The team were very professional, efficient and responsive. Friendly and approachable but focused on the key details, knowledgeable and experienced to handle my case.’

‘Asten Hawkes was absolutely fantastic to deal with, any query I had, she responded with extremely professional replies, in a very timely manner. In Asten’s absence, she handed the reins over to Caroline Yarrow who was equally as efficient.’

‘I know that I can make contact with BDB Pitmans employment team and the information / help I require is always available. If specialist knowledge is required the team will find the person in the Company that has more experience in this particular field.’

‘I have worked a lot with Jenny Huelin and recently during her maternity leave Claire Wagstaff has covered. I feel that I have a personal connection with both ladies – I can call anytime with what I might feel is a huge problem and they put me at ease and guide me through and out the other side.’

Key clients

Sol-Tec Limited

Ultima Business Solutions Limited

Novacyt S.A. and its group of companies including Novacyt UK Holdings Limited

Panalux Limited and its group of companies including Panavision Europe Limited and Black Island Studios Limited

Waylands Automotive Limited

Jonas Group UK (and Constellation Inc.)

Work highlights

  • Providing Leading Entertainment Group of Companies – Lighting and Technology with daily HR support on all employment law-related matters to the group of companies.
  • Advised Novacyt UK Holdings Limited on the acquisition of IT-IS International Limited.
  • Advised the shareholders of the Garden Trading Company Limited on a share shale to Joules Group Plc.

Cater Leydon Millard

Cater Leydon Millard's specialist firm of employment lawyers primarily acts for employers and offers bespoke immigration and employment investigations services. Wendy Leydon and Nathan Millard jointly head up the practice. Both lawyers have considerable experience working with large and complex organisations, in both the public and private sector; Leydon has particular expertise in trade union matters and Millard focuses on matters involving healthcare providers. Stephen Conlan is another key practitioner who provides 'consistently high-quality employment advice'.

Practice head(s):

Wendy Leydon; Nathan Millard

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Conlan; Lisa Harris

Testimonials

‘Nathan Millard’s relentlessly impressive expertise and specialist knowledge of our organisation has been crucial in successfully guiding us through a series of highly complex contentious matters. I hold him in the highest possible esteem professionally and regard him as a personal mentor.’

‘Stephen Conlan has given fast and practical advice whenever needed, with due consideration to the costs of alternative actions that might be considered. His explanations are clear and calm, making the legal aspects of employment law understandable for people from varying backgrounds.’

‘Cater Leydon Millard: The team’s specific sector expertise is excellent. There is a depth of expertise, and the expectation of providing the highest standard of support to the client.’

‘All the team are very approachable and knowledgeable. Lisa Harris is my go-to person and is always extremely responsive and highly pragmatic with expert knowledge of employment law. I rate Lisa very highly.’

‘For a small niche employment law firm it has a superb group of clients, advises across the whole spectrum of employment law and are particularly experienced in litigation both in the employment tribunal and civil courts. Both Nathan Millard and Wendy Leydon (partners) are stand-out lawyers with bags of experience and an amazing following and Lisa Harris is a rising star. They are becoming the ‘go to’ firm in the Thames Valley and Oxford.’

‘CLM’s strength lies in their leadership: the firm is still run by its founders who are all exceptionally hands-on and capable lawyers. That ethos makes itself felt at more junior levels too in which associates and solicitors strive to provide a high standard of client care.’

‘I have worked with the CLM team for around 20 years and they have consistently provided sound, commercially focused employment law advice. For a relatively small firm, their agility and willingness to effectively integrate themselves into our organisation has uniquely positioned them to fully understand our risk management approach and adapt accordingly.’

‘Wendy Leydon, Nathan Millard and Stephen Conlan have provided consistently high-quality employment advice, specifically related to complex industrial relations matters and whistle-blowing issues. They are all pragmatic, responsive and excellent practitioners. My relationship with each of them is such that they have adapted to my style and they have each become a trusted ‘sounding board’ when dealing with specific situations.’

Key clients

Serco Group Plc

Nissan

Peloton Interactive UK Ltd

Smeg UK Limited

AWE Plc

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

Radley College

Brighton College

St Edward’s School Oxford

National Physical Laboratory

Meridian Bioscience International

Marque Group

Working on Wellbeing T/A Optima Health

The Doctors Laboratory

Eigen Limited

The Chelsea Magazine Company Limited

Viva Wallet

The Gallery Trust

Chiltern Way Academy

P2i

Work highlights

  • Advised an NHS Trust on multiple tribunal claims up to the EAT and Court of Appeal level involving complex allegations of discrimination, victimisation, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing.
  • Advised a national outsourced service provider on TUPE following a change in contractor by a collective of oil and gas companies to provide transportation services.
  • Defended a health sector employer in an interim relief application alleging trade union and whistleblowing detriment and dismissal claims, following a redundancy exercise as a result of the pandemic.

Crossland Employment Solicitors

Crossland Employment Solicitors is a specialist firm known for providing advice to both employers and senior-level employees across the full range of employment law. Led by the 'phenomenal' Beverley Sunderland, the team has particular expertise in advising on restrictive covenants, large-scale reorganisations and redundancies, TUPE transfers and board room disputes. Barry Ross and Kevin Charles are key members of the team and experienced advocates in complex discrimination and whistleblowing cases.

Practice head(s):

Beverley Sunderland

Other key lawyers:

Barry Ross; Kevin Charles; Owen Dear; Maria Hoeritzauer

Testimonials

‘The Crossland team provides a very personal service. They fully consider the specifics of a case and how legal and commercial issues impact it. They are proactive in highlighting changes in legislation and providing clarity. They are very respected specialists in employment law and not afraid to challenge the courts or ACAS if they believe public advice is incorrect.’

‘Crosslands is a unique team because not only do you get a sense that they are all experts in their particular fields, they also collaborate with each other – which means that as a client you get the best advice from the most knowledgeable person.’

‘A very homogenous legal team of employment experts who benefit from each others’ experience and expertise. Led by the phenomenal Beverley Sunderland.’

‘Beverley Sunderland is, without doubt, the leading employment solicitor in the region. She has enormous experience and expertise over the entire range of employment law, including High Court litigation in the employment arena, such as restrictive covenant injunctions, and other crossover commercial litigation/employment disputes. A sure pair of hands, calm under pressure, well supported by her team. Barry Ross is calm and measured in his advice, and instils confidence in clients. Owen Dear is an excellent employment lawyer, thinks cases through clearly and thoroughly.’

‘I mainly deal with Barry Ross who is an absolute stand-out star in my opinion. Barry is superb in terms of his knowledge of Employment Law; but what differentiates him (and the rest of the team), is the fact that he is extremely commercial and understands the tensions between clients, their duty of care to their colleagues but also their requirements.’

‘Maria Hoeritzauer has got our company and myself through the past year of sudden and difficult to understand employment changes. She is concise, knowledgeable and speaks to individuals as if she is a member of the company supporting the overall solution. I look forward to needing her advice!’

Key clients

Yell

De La Rue

M&C Saatchi

Institute of Practitioners in Advertising

Association of Optometrists

Herrington Carmichael LLP

Herrington Carmichael LLP's employment team is praised by clients as 'exceptional'. Alistair McArthur leads the practice, working on a range of employment law matters, with particular emphasis on enforcing post-termination obligations and TUPE. In February 2020, Darren Smith joined the firm from Boyes Turner; Smith acts for a number of prestigious leisure and hospitality sector clients and also strengthens the teams offering in complex discrimination cases.

Practice head(s):

Alistair McArthur

Other key lawyers:

Darren Smith; Katrine Clay

Testimonials

‘Herrington Carmichael is the Rolls Royce of employment teams from top to bottom. They are complete experts.’

‘The team is well balanced providing senior practitioners in Alistair McArthur, Darren Smith (latest edition to the employment team) and Katrine Clay.’

‘Herrington Carmichael’s employment team is exceptional in the area. Alistair McArthur leads a great group of employment lawyers and they have an impressive client list.’

‘Alistair is a bit of a star. He has the confidence to steer cases strategically without losing sight of the commercial sense over legal strengths. He is personable but also tenacious for his clients. He has great knowledge and experience in all employment matters. His instructions are always comprehensive. He is particularly brilliant in TUPE-related matters.’

‘The team are very responsive. You can always rely on a quick turnaround with good, strong, practical and commercial advice. The team also pick up on perspectives that we may have missed, so they don’t just answer the question, they also think about the problem.’

‘The people within the team are outstanding. They make you feel completely supported and as if they are part of your own company. I felt in very safe hands from the moment I first spoke with the team. In a daunting world such as employment law they always make it sound so simple and no trouble at all, the team are outstanding.’

‘Darren Smith is an exceptional employment lawyer. His knowledge and professionalism goes without saying. Beyond this, he is pragmatic and able to take a commercial view on issues that require problem solving. He is very personable which makes him very easy to work with.’

‘Time, care and attention by the team is second to none. They build great customer relationships and deliver high quality advice and support. No question, query or plan has been too small or too big.’

Key clients

Vistry Group

Convergence (Group Networks)

Moguntia Food Ingredients UK

CLEAN Linen Services

proAV

Royal Caribbean

Fourwalls

Tech 21 (UK)

Aldermore Bank

Julian Taylors Solicitors

Julian Taylors Solicitors is a niche employment law practice made up of three senior solicitors. The team provides 'practical, sensible advice' to its broad client base of employers and employees across the full range of employment matters, including HR issues, TUPE situations and enforcing restrictive covenants. The practice is particularly strong in negotiating complex exit packages for senior-level individuals. Practice head Julian Taylor is supported by Nicola Wallbank and Paula Rome.

Practice head(s):

Julian Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Wallbank; Paula Rome

Testimonials

‘Julian Taylor Solicitors punch well above their weight. They offer a service which is at least as good as much larger (and more expensive) city firms. I have always been impressed by their careful legal thinking, commercial awareness and their commitment to their clients.’

‘Julian Taylor – intellectual rigour, commercial awareness, responsiveness, commitment to clients and lovely calm manner.’

‘A very strong team of Julian Taylor can always be reachable, responds to clients enquiries both timely and efficiently. Strong competency in terms of employment law with very decent price however super wonderful and satisfying service. Strong collaboration displayed within its team with each one being capable of delivering beyond your expectation.’

‘I primarily know Nicola Wallbank – she is extremely personable, responsive and pragmatic. I know Julian Taylor’s reputation as being very astute and commercial.’

‘We have relied on their employment advice for years. They are very knowledgeable, professional and fast in their response. Their billing rates are reasonable.’

‘Paula Rome – excellent individual.’

‘All the lawyers give practical, sensible advice in a straightforward way. They are our “go-to” firm for employment matters and we frequently recommend them to others.’

‘Nicola Wallbank always takes time to understand our particular needs; her answers to our queries are never ‘rote’ and her advice is clear, concise and well thought out. She is very approachable, patient and happy to commit extra time to ensure that her advice is absolutely understood.’

Key clients

Blackwell UK Limited

Dukes Education Limited

China Construction Bank Corporation London Branch

Redsky IT (Hemel) Ltd

Travel Tripper Limited

The Chancellors Group of Estate Agents Limited

Garden Trading Retail Ltd

Spratt Endicott

Spratt Endicott provides a full range employment service, offering 'clear, focused guidance' to support its broad profile of clients, from SMEs to global corporations. Carol Shaw leads the practice and has sector-specific expertise in the hospitality, security, manufacturing and education sectors. Philomena Price is 'exceptional' and specialises in the hospitality industry.

Practice head(s):

Carol Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Philomena Price

Testimonials

‘Clear, focused guidance and advice delivered in a language that we can understand.’

‘The Employment Law team provides an excellent service. They are courteous, professional and knowledgeable.’

‘I have dealt with Carol Shaw at the firm. Carol was great to work with. Her approach was detailed and pragmatic and she understood my case very quickly. Her advice was prompt and I really felt that she was looking out for me. I also liked her sense of humour which put me at ease. I will always return to her for help in the future and recommend her to others.’

‘From the very outset of our dealings with Spratt Endicott, we were filled with confidence that we were in the right hands. The initial appraisal of our situation was both candid and honest. The solicitors we dealt with were highly knowledgeable and honest. They would listen to our point of view and really thought about how best to represent our arguments. We were afforded a sterling service, from start to finish. With such safe hands, there is no question that we will return should we need such representation in the future.’

‘Philomena Price is bright, very able and quick to respond to any issue. She applies a practical viewpoint to any legal issue and has served us extremely well over a long time. She is also enjoyable to work with.’

‘Winning and honest attitude. The team work quickly, are personable and explain things in a commercial way.’

‘Headed by Carol Shaw, Spratt Endicott offered me legal advice and support in a timely, reassuring and supportive manner. All staff I interacted with were highly professional, competent and responsive. Being onboarded as a client was an effortless process, documentation was provided electronically very efficiently, updates were regular and timelines/expectations were always met.’

Brethertons LLP

Brethertons LLP manages complex multi-faceted commercial transaction-related employment work, especially TUPE and intergroup restructurings, as well as multi-day tribunal proceedings involving whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Practice head Amy Edwards provides practical advice on strategic projects, including day-to-day employee management matters and structural reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Amy Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Ruby Rai

Testimonials

‘Excellent communication and collaboration to ensure my requirements were fully understood. Regular updates and checks along the way to ensure the work being done met the original requirement or consultation where a change of plan might be needed. Overall I was fully informed, and kept in the loop proactively regarding the work done for me. Pleased to say that the personal touch very much still in evidence, in preference to allowing technology to take over. Critical for complex discussions in my view, which is why I like Brethertons.’

‘An experienced and knowledgeable team, with an excellent intra-communication of my needs between them. If one person was not available I was always able to find someone to speak with and get my questions answered. I have personally recommended Ruby Rai to my personal friend for some work he required, I know he was also very satisfied with the work Ruby has done for him. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ruby or Brethertons to anyone.’

Work highlights

  • Represented the Claimant in an Employment Tribunal matter and successfully argued that non-binary and gender-fluid identities are protected under the Equality Act 2010 and was successful in the claim brought against the Respondent.

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors' employment team has specialist experience in advising clients in the technology, pharmaceuticals and biotech sectors. The team advises on day-to-day issues as well as complex cases regarding unfair dismissal, sexual harassment and sex and pregnancy discrimination claims. Alison Gair heads up the department and has experience advising employers and individuals on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Alison Gair

Other key lawyers:

Robert Cherry

Testimonials

‘Extremely professional and sharp, fostering a supportive relationship.’

‘Alison Gair was exceptionally insightful, astute and professional, whilst being available when needed and managing the process very fluidly and efficiently.’

‘Solid performance during Covid-19 with excellent collaboration between colleagues. We have used this firm since 1997 which speaks volumes for their solid performance.’

Employment Law Plus

Employment Law Plus acts for large corporations, smaller businesses, charities and individuals, with a client base including companies in the food and drink, engineering and construction sectors. Jill Kelly is the sole practitioner and handles the full range of employment law issues, including providing advocacy in tribunals.

Practice head(s):

Jill Kelly

Testimonials

‘As an individual-based practice, Jill provides a one-to-one service and knows the needs of the client intimately. Useful for follow-on work.’

‘Working remotely without traveling to an office made for an efficient process. Notes were sent through immediately post calls and it was very easy to contact Jill. The service was collaborative and consultative.’

‘Jill Kelly was exceptional in her advice, approachability and genuine concern to get a good outcome for her client. She was very diligent in all aspects of the case and secured a positive outcome quickly.’

‘Knowledgeable of the law and of our business, understanding, engaged, prompt and pro-active responses.’

‘We have a close working relationship with this practice that has strengthened over the Covid pandemic as we negotiate our way through difficult HR issues. Employment Law Plus has a very good understanding of our business now and its advice is tailored perfectly to suit our needs.’

Key clients

ADM Group (UK arm of international Archer Daniels Midland group), including ADM Pura Foods, ADM Milling, ADM UK, ADM Arkady, ADM Erith, Rudolph Wild, Protexin

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

Van Eeghen Functional Ingredients BV

Oxford BioTherapeutics Ltd

Kiss House Ltd

Total Car Parks Ltd

Astrosystems Ltd

Bray Group Ltd

Stream Networks Ltd

WCB Utilities Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising a manufacturing business on the removal of all warehouse roles in a manufacturing operation recognising a trade union, and associated changes in contract terms and TUPE transfer.
  • Advising a manufacturing business on workforce Covid strategy and implementation for a business with £56m turnover.
  • Advising a company director on a complex agreement for amendment of contract terms, resignation of directorships, termination of employment and transfer of shareholding.

Gardner Leader LLP

Gardner Leader LLP represents employers from a variety of industries and sectors ranging from the healthcare and telecoms industries to agricultural estates and private schools. The team is led by Julie Taylor who handles complex and high-value litigation, particularly discrimination claims and technical TUPE disputes.

Practice head(s):

Julie Taylor

Testimonials

‘From my perspective, it is the people within Gardner Leader who make it different. There is a sense that the client’s interests are paramount which creates a safe space when the situation is volatile or uncertain.’

‘This team of lawyers is very approachable and down to earth. They try to make the legal complexity easy to understand.’

‘Julie Taylor has been my legal advisor on employment matters for some years. Very approachable, professional and responsive. Julie’s advice is clear, straightforward and invariably helpful.’

Key clients

Emma Shipley Limited

gunnercooke LLP

Since joining in 2018, former Blake Morgan LLP partner Rebecca Ireland has continued to build up gunnercooke LLP's employment offering in the Reading area, acting for businesses and senior executives across a broad range of industry sectors, with clients based around the UK. She is praised for being 'very good at explaining the risks and the likelihood of the identified risks.'

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Ireland

Testimonials

‘I work with Rebecca Ireland on a regular basis. Her strength and knowledge of our company makes everything we do easier to explain, but also in the relevant information that she sends to us. She is a pleasure to work with and nothing is ever too much.’

‘The Gunnercooke team is very slimline and their model is built around you as the client receiving advice from a partner, rather than a less qualified lawyer. I think the rates are very reasonable compared to other legal firms and the excellent advice provided.’

‘I work predominately with Rebecca Ireland and I would recommend her to any company or HR professional to use. Her advice is focused on resolving the legal matter in the most practical and pragmatic way. I have dealt with many UK employment legal advisers in my career and Rebecca is one of the most proactive, helpful and balanced I have had the pleasure to work with. She is very good at explaining the risks and the likelihood of the identified risks and how to mitigate these.’