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

Boyes Turner

One of the most commercially-minded employment firms‘, Boyes Turner demonstrates deep expertise in the tech and hospitality sectors, as well as international capabilities and and a strong litigation practice. A driving force behind the firm’s expansion of its multinational client list, Barry Stanton leads the team and focuses on matters concerning high-level employees. Andrew Whiteaker has extensive expertise in the tech sector and in supporting corporate transactions. Alongside employment, clients may benefit from Claire Taylor-Evans knowledge in business immigration.

Practice head(s):

Barry Stanton

Other key lawyers:

Helen Goss; Andrew Whiteaker; Claire Taylor-Evans; Katie Harris


‘Boyes Turner is a key partner for us in EMEA. They function almost as an extension of in-house counsel and provide expert, practical advice on day-to-day HR and employment law issues.’

‘Andrew Whiteaker is our main contact at Boyes Turner. He is knowledgeable, responsive, practical, and creative, at a reasonable price point.’

‘One of the most commercially-minded employment firms you are likely to find! The employment team at Boyes Turner really takes the time to understand our business so when they are advising us on the best course of practice, they do so with the best interests of the business in mind.’

‘The employment team is particularly strong. It is a small team, but with real strength and depth. Client care is excellent and the team collaborates brilliantly with counsel.’

‘Katie Harris works exceptionally hard and is always available and engaged.

‘Boyes Turner is a highly responsive organization, proactive in nature and delivering high levels of service and demonstrating applicable, capable legal solutions.’

‘Barry Stanton has provided outstanding support to our in-house team. Knowledgeable, experienced, and solution-orientated. Barry has gone the extra mile to deliver on our requirements.’

Key clients

Hanson UK

Origin Enterprises Plc

Tesla Motors Limited

Becton, Dickenson UK Limited

Porsche Cars Great Britain/Porsche Retail Group

DX Network Services Limited

The Dorchester Collection

CH & Co

DX Network Services Limited

Broadcom Europe Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Hanson Quarry Products Limited in litigation concerning unfair dismissal and sex discrimination, including several alleged acts of discrimination over multiple years.
  • Advising a global medical technology company on harmonization of terms and conditions of workforce.
  • Defending Infor Limited in a claim alleging unfair dismissal and unlawful deduction from wages pursued by a senior executive.

Blake Morgan LLP

William Downing heads up the Oxford team of Blake Morgan LLP and focuses on large, strategic projects and high-level employee matters, within the firm’s focus areas of tech and education and for a growing international client base. Additionally, Rajiv Joshi has extensive expertise in the social and healthcare sectors, and is a specialist in discrimination and TUPE matters. Paul Hayward has recently been active in litigation, advising on discrimination claims as well as on employment issues of complex corporate projects.

Practice head(s):

William Downing; Ron Burgess

Other key lawyers:

Rajiv Joshi; Paul Hayward; Madeleine Mould


My main contact is Rajiv Joshi – he’s extremely helpful, very responsive, pragmatic and business-focused.’

‘Rajiv Joshi is quick to assess the situation, highlight any potential risks and propose suitable proposals to address them. Even when the situation sits outside of England, he’s quick to offer support and identify others who can assist.’

‘The team’s ability to quickly acknowledge and provide timely advice against all requests for help is remarkable and very welcome in an age where the business needs advice yesterday!’

‘Rajiv Joshi sifts through a mound of information thrown at him with ease and constantly provides clear, commercial advice in a cost-efficient way. He is always thinking what the client’s goal is, rather than being solely focused on telling the client the legal position. It is much appreciated and very welcome.’

Key clients

NTT Security

Thames Valley Police

Westcoast Group

Sweepr Technologies

Druva Europe

HCL Technologies Limited

Anytime Fitness UK

InHealth Group Limited

Oxford Biomedica plc

Grafton Group plc

Achilles Therapeutic plc

Black Mountain Services (UK) Limited

Capital City Academy

Chelton Limited

Kedleston Schools Limited

Oriel College

Ridge & Partners LLP


A high-profile list of clients, including Ernst & Young, Samsung, Shell, and AMC Networks, entrusts CMS with all their contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including employment tribunal and High Court litigation. Practice head Gary Henderson is a renowned expert who leads the team on all aspects of employment law. Edward Arnold is a specialist in employment tribunal litigation, especially in the areas of high-value discrimination and whistle-blowing. Additionally, of counsel Anita Wisby acts part-time as an employment judge.  Further recommended comes Rachel Zani, who has particular expertise in unfair dismissal and complex discrimination issues.

Practice head(s):

Gary Henderson

Other key lawyers:

Anita Wisby; Edward Arnold; Rachel Zani

Key clients

Ernst & Young (EY)


AMC Networks

BMC Software


Shell International



Bloomsbury Publishing

Doyle Clayton

Doyle Clayton is a specialist workplace law firm home to a ‘uniquely talented‘ practice, acting for organizations and individuals, multi-nationals and domestic companies, and is deeply embedded in financial services and insurance. Primarily, practice head Tina Wisener advises on large-scale restructurings, whistle-blowing, and discrimination cases. James Anderson is a high-profile litigator, who recently acted for EValue in a case of unfair dismissal and age discrimination brought by a senior employee. Further, the firm has complementary offerings, for example Piers Leigh-Pollitt is highly knowledgeable in the intersection of employment and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Tina Wisener

Other key lawyers:

Piers Leigh-Pollitt; James Anderson; Adam Murdoch; Kate Kapp; Mike Hibberd; Karen Holden; Russell Dann


‘This practice is uniquely talented in work practices and legal aspects. Everybody I have had the opportunity to deal with, from senior partner, associate, paralegal to administrative staff has been very professional and effective in supporting me. I think their fees are competitive and the quality of the work of very high standards.’

‘Adam Murdoch has been exceptional in getting into the finest details to understand and support me in my case. His availability has been outstanding. Tina Wisener is extremely experienced, balanced, and shows exceptional empathy. Her guidance has been very precious.’

‘Great team of Tina Wisener, Kate Kapp, and Piers Leigh-Pollitt. Deep experience, extremely responsive, always deliver on time, always thorough in their approach. Approachable and friendly. Interested in maintaining long-term relationships. Commercial, pragmatic, responsive, very competitive fees. Will always give good legal advice, but in the context of your business and the commercial challenges you face. Always try to understand your business and the market in which you operate so advice is in context.’

‘I have worked with the team now for several years and everyone that I come into contact with are fantastic. They will always help you and they always take the time to understand your questions/situation. The uniqueness is their desire and ability to get to you know your firm. They listen and spend the time to remember individuals, quirks of your organization and essentially become an extension of your company. This is very important and exceedingly helpful during cases.’

‘I have worked with James Anderson now since my first encounter with Doyle Clayton. He takes the time to get to know me, remembers all my stories and therefore we have built a strong relationship. He offers me great support, understands my weakness and although helps with my cases, also ensures I get some learning as well. I personally can’t recommend him high enough.’

‘Kate Kapp is a stand-out member of the team. Her commitment to her clients’ cases leaves no stone unturned and she protects the client from overzealous opponents during litigation. Under pressure Kate remains calm and provides clear guidance to the client without being distracted by the high stakes that are the subject of the litigation.’

‘Tina Wisener is exceptional in her range of knowledge and experience. She responds very quickly and always offers practical and sound advice and explains everything in plain English! Mike Hibberd is another of Doyle Clayton’s stars, really pleasant to deal with and provides great advice.’

‘They were extremely thorough and went above and beyond what was needed which was a refreshing sight. They truly valued the relationship and it was not just about billable hours – it was about ensuring we were compliant and turning around issues promptly where necessary whilst considering all aspects of the issue.’

Key clients

David Bucknall

Bunzl UK Limited



Remo Gettini

Ingenhaag LLP

Maitland Chambers

Work highlights

  • Advised David Bucknall on his departure from BP and his appointment as CEO of Ineos Energy.
  • Represented Bunzl defending a sexual harassment, victimisation, and unlawful deduction from wages in the Employment Tribunal.

Lewis Silkin

Lewis Silkin is a market-leading employment practice, with sector expertise in media & entertainment, tech, sports, and financial and professional services, handling sensitive discrimination disputes and corporate projects. Additionally, clients may benefit from the firm’s specialized GDPR employment lawyers. Advising on complex projects and high-level dismissals remain specialist areas of practice head Jonathan Carr. Russell Brimelow is an expert on global employment strategies, whereas James Storke counsels clients on restructuring, TUPE, discrimination, and senior terminations. Carolyn Soakell  is particularly well versed in discrimination and equal opportunities matters. ‘Pragmatic and results-focused‘ associate James Walters has a broad employment practice, but is especially noteworthy for his capabilities in resolving employee relations issues.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Carr

Other key lawyers:

Russell Brimelow; Carolyn Soakell; James Walters; James Storke; Abi Fredrick; Georgina Curry


‘Lewis Silkin provides an excellent service to its clients. Their billing is reasonable and their employment law knowledge in multiple areas is exceptional.’

‘James Storke is an excellent ‘go-to’ lawyer for all things employment-related. He has a pragmatic and commercial approach, deep understanding of the law, while also maintaining an excellent eye for detail. James will always make himself available, even at short notice. Abi Fredrick and Georgina Curry are also recommended.’

‘Jonathan Carr is extremely responsive and leads a highly capable team. Jonathan is very commercial and works well with C-Suite clients on what can, at times, be very sensitive matters.’

‘The team is commercially focused and provides very high quality advice. They actively listen to what it is that we’re discussing and are extremely responsive to our needs. They understand the industry that we work with and our company and its values which helps to ensure that we get the quality of advice and service that we require.’

‘James Storke has continued to provide extremely high quality advice and is extremely responsive. He ensures that we receive excellent communication along the way.’

‘The Lewis Silkin team is brilliant. They really understand our business, provide excellent legal advice, and are both pragmatic and commercial in their approach. I trust them completely. They are human in their approach, and are always very responsive/available to our needs.’

‘James Waters is excellent, always available, pragmatic and results-focused. Balanced and able to give a full perspective, but will give a view and clarity of risks.’

‘Russell Brimelow and his team provide commercial advice that is easy for any manager in the business to understand. They are friendly and practical in their approach.’

Key clients


Ascential PLC

DS Smith Plc


Arsenal Football Club

Coca Cola EuroPacific Partners GB


Newsweek Publishing

British Standards Institute

Oliver Wyman

Work highlights

  • Advising an investment firm on the acquisition of a restructuring business from a major professional services firm.
  • Advising a large media company on becoming a Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Scheme agency under the new government scheme.
  • Advising a tech company on a complex equal pay and sex discrimination claim brought by a former member of their in-house legal team.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Daff Richardson  and Eugene Wojciechowski lead the employment team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, a local practice with an international reach which predominantly advises clients in social housing, education, tech, life sciences, financial services and construction and is highly active in boardroom disputes and other litigation. Chris Syder is ‘a superb tactician with a big heart‘  who resolves workplace issues, including through mediation. Tech companies rely on Gemma Woodhouse for advice on contentious and non-contentious matters, as well as discrimination matters.

Practice head(s):

Daff Richardson; Eugene Wojciechowski

Other key lawyers:

Chris Syder; Gemma Woodhouse; Katie Glendinning; Victoria Spires; Tom Pimenta; Hannah Grayson; Sophie Humphrey


‘Katie Glendinning has always been very supportive and listens to understand the problem. She always gives the impression she cares and gives a balanced opinion and options. I’ve recommended her and the company to a number of people and the feedback is always consistent.’

‘The team has great experience and knowledge of employment litigation, in regulated sectors (particularly teaching) as well as more complex technological sectors. They are able to cater to a range of clients from national firms with significant numbers of employees, to smaller charities.’

‘All of the individuals within the employment team are exceptional – from partner to senior associate to associate. This shows that excellent training is put into junior members of the team and this bodes well for the future of the firm.’

‘Gemma Woodhouse, Chris Syder, Katie Glendinning, and Sophie Humphrey work brilliantly as a team, providing a seamless and excellent service to clients and superb instructions to counsel.’

‘Chris Syder is such a sensible and pragmatic operator – a superb tactician with a big heart.’

‘Hannah Grayson – understood requirements and delivered the level of service required. Didn’t try to embellish or provide unnecessary complexity. Delivered on time  & to budget.’

‘Working with Penningtons has been thoroughly refreshing. The employment team is proactive, knowledgeable, hard-working and empathetic and I feel completely confident in the advice and support that they have provided.’

‘Everyone at the company that has had dealings with Gemma Woodhouse have commented on her outstanding professional manner and ability to get to the root of a problem and provide advice that is in keeping with the company’s direction and ethos.’

Key clients

Oversight Board (Facebook)

Bahlsen LLP

Bishop Challoner

Corel Inc

Bouygues UK

UK Estates Limited

23.5 Degrees Ltd

Shearman and Sterling UK LLP

Charter Court Financial Services Group plc

St David’s School

Link Asset Services

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Wellington College

Cobalt Telephone Technologies/ Park Now Ltd t/a Ringo

M20 Property LLP


PRP Architects

Rutland (DP) Ltd

Sika Ltd

1-1 Recruitment Ltd

Dynniq UK Ltd

Alite Limited

Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA)

Ellis Uk Ltd

St David’s School

Navenio Ltd

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Schools Elstree

Enterprise Therapeutics

Falck Wind Renewables

Castle Trust Capital Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Haberdashers’ Aske’s Schools Elstree on a wide range of employment, data protection, and education matters.
  • Drafting and reviewing contracts of employment, including for senior managers for Enterprise Therapeutics.
  • Advising Falck Wind Renewables on a major employment contract review and on a cross-border appointment.

Shoosmiths LLP

Led by two qualified barristers, Shoosmiths LLP handles employment tribunal matters, particularly those involving senior executive exits and the team has a strong understanding of the financial services and healthcare sectors. Kevin McCavish heads up the practice out of London, whereas Jonathan Naylor leads the base in Reading where he advises on TUPE and equality and discrimination laws. Further, Michelle Morgan comes particularly recommended for her expertise in supporting the employment aspects of complex corporate projects.

Practice head(s):

Kevin McCavish; Jonathan Naylor

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Morgan; Alex Lloyd


‘Michelle Morgan is brilliant. You never get a boring email from her – I can always see a smile behind the words.’

‘I work with Jonathan Naylor and he is fantastic. He perfectly blends high-quality technical legal advice with an interest understanding of the commercial parameters by business is dealing with. In addition, he is extremely approachable and brings lightness and good-natured humour to even the most difficult of situations.’

‘The team is always responsive, comes back on issues with great ideas and is always keen to understand what we want from their advice, in terms of an overall outcome.’

‘Michelle Morgan is particularly responsive and always provides good advice in a timely manner. She wants to know the background and what we need.’

‘Accessible, commercial, efficient. Able to quickly grasp the issue and provide meaningful and helpful advice and guidance at extremely reasonable rates.’

‘Jonathan Naylor is exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble and the advice and guidance received is always spot on. Jonathan has a thorough understanding of our business and acute awareness of some of the challenges we face and the characters involved.’

‘Kevin McCavish is our main client partner and always willing to have a call or a chat and puts us in touch with the best “fit” people from around the firm.’

‘We feel from Shoosmiths LLP we always get a quick response without having a negative impact on the quality of service. The billing is transparent and we have never needed to question the numbers as they match the time spent.’

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

Proximity Data Centres

BPP Professional Education Group

Chronomics Limited

Pharmacosmos UK Limited

Trivium London Consulting Limited

Bang & Olufsen

Chevron Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting The National Trust with employment-related aspects of its COVID response.
  • Representing Hewlett Packard Limited in a range of Employment Tribunal litigation, including claims for sex and age discrimination.
  • Representing Kuehne + Nagel in Employment Tribunal cases across the UK.

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP handles a broad range of employment matters, but is particularly noteworthy for its work on TUPE and unlawful discrimination, the latter being an area of specialism for practice head and experienced litigator Sue Dowling. On TUPE and large corporate projects, Tim Clark often leads the team. Andrea Corr leverages her previous in-house experience when advising on disciplinary and grievance matters, as well as settlements and business immigration.

Practice head(s):

Sue Dowling

Other key lawyers:

Tim Clark; Andrea Corr


‘The team acts with utmost professionalism yet remain personable. One is always confident they have the knowledge and experience and is acting at all times in its client’s interests.’

‘Professional and personable. They take time to respond and give full clear guidance.’

‘Excellent partner.’

‘Very efficient.’

Key clients

Perfetti Van Melle UK

Launch Diagnostics Limited

HANDD Business Solutions Limited

Blue Square Marketing Limited

AMBIC Equipment Limited

The Almshouse Association

Clarkslegal LLP

Clarkslegal LLP is home to a predominantly international practice, with a notably strong litigation team, a focus on employment advice in relation to complex corporate projects as well as high-level individuals. Practice head Helen Beech handles restructurings, change programmes and TUPE as well as matters for individuals involving discrimination or whistleblowing. Renowned for his expertise in industrial relations, Michael Sippitt is a specialist in work concerning trade unions, employee engagement, collective disputes, and industrial action. Recommended especially for her capabilities as a litigator, as well as her complementary expertise in immigration, comes Monica Atwal.

Practice head(s):

Helen Beech

Other key lawyers:

Michael Sippitt; Liz Bradley; Monica Atwal; Louise Keenan; Caroline Lendrum; Deborah Scales


‘Excellent employment practice with high level of legal expertise.’

‘Helen Beech: An excellent employment practitioner with great people skills and attention to detail. Highly skilled lawyer.’

‘Liz Bradley is an exceptional lawyer, providing meticulous instructions to counsel and always friendly and courteous to clients.’

‘Liz Bradley is excellent.’

‘Working with Clarkslegal for our employment law needs is straightforward, helpful and I am never in any doubt that my query will be resolved satisfactorily. The team will often present a few possible solutions based on the individual circumstances, meaning that we can find a solution that suits our business and the specific situation.’

‘I predominantly work with Helen Beech, who is an absolute pleasure to work with. Helen has taken the time to understand how we work, which means she is able to offer concise, commercial advice that is suitable for our business culture and treats our employees with respect and empathy, especially in difficult situations. Helen’s support was vital throughout the pandemic in particular.’

‘Advisers are available at short notice and are extremely knowledgeable about a broad knowledge of areas.’

‘Individuals are able to provide a good balance of advice and guidance, and are quickly able to grasp the situation.’

Key clients


Delaware North Companies

Reading Transport Ltd

Evolving Systems ltd

Pacific Life

Cignpost Diagnostics

Nadine Lee

Work highlights

  • Advising Delaware North on amendments to employment contracts and policies, including in connection with flexible working and working from home.
  • Providing ongoing employment support to Evolving Systems Ltd.
  • Supported a national charity with a detailed HMRC audit concerning worker status.

Draper Lang LLP

Draper Lang LLP brings a ‘commercial‘ and ‘collaborative‘ approach to employment issues, and aside from daily employment assistance, the team led by David Blomfield has recently handled a growing number of injunctions, team moves, and Employment Tribunal litigation. Blomfield is a specialist in matters pertaining to restrictive covenants, TUPE, reorganizations, and executive terminations in the financial sector. Highly active on the contentious side is Nicholas Snowden, whereas Emma Griffiths offers a broad practice to clients.

Practice head(s):

David Blomfield

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Cates; Nicholas Snowden; Emma Griffiths; Debbie Sadler


‘The team at Draper Lang is very experienced and thorough in its approach to ER matters. They provide very clear advice, both from commercial and legal perspective. Their collaborative approach is very helpful.’

‘I share a great working relationship with Emma Griffiths, Nicholas Snowden and most recently, Debbie Sadler, too – extremely knowledgeable. What makes them stand out is that they are open to different views and opinions which really helps in making the most effective decisions.’

‘People focus with a commercial twist – great team that works really closely to get the results we need. Unquestionable employment law knowledge.’

Key clients

Dun & Bradstreet Limited

Crew Clothing Co. Limited

Prezzo Limited

DNEG plc

Fever Tree UK Limited

British Arab Commercial Bank plc

Majestic Wine Warehouses Limited

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

Lonza Biologics plc

Hitachi Europe Limited

Herbalife Europe Limited


Goring Hotel Limited

Saltrock Surfwear Limited

Standard & Poors

Work highlights

  • Advising a financial business on various aspects of integration following a merger, including negotiation and drafting of exit and retention packages.
  • Advised an insurer on a major team move from a competitor, including advice on restrictive covenants and work transfer.
  • Defending a 90+ Claimant Employment Tribunal case including constructive dismissals, breach of contract and unlawful deductions.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP

Jackie Denham and Katie Burley jointly head the employment team at Field Seymour Parkes LLP and work closely with other departments to provide employment advice in support of large corporate projects. ‘Simply an outstanding lawyer‘, Ian Machray is a key figure in growing the firm’s client base. Under his leadership, the three have recently advised TP Group on a variety of employment issues, including strategic matters.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Denham; Katie Burley

Other key lawyers:

Ian Machray; David Clay


‘FSP provides a multi-disciplinary team, which makes them an excellent “one-stop shop” where support is required on matters which may be multi-faceted. The team shares information with colleagues internally rather than a client having to explain a problem multiple times, and the single point of contact co-ordinates and manages the flow of information and communications.’

‘Billing arrangements are clear. Quotes are available if requested, and the breakdowns of costs provided with invoices are clear. Usefully, the team provides information in advance of an invoice on accrued time and confirms with a client the amount of time to be invoiced in any given period.’

‘Very friendly, open-minded to various options, willing to discuss and debate options, rather than offer a single option. Communications with clients is detailed, but presented in a clear, non-legal way.  Stand-out individuals: Ian Machray and Jackie Denham.’

‘All our needs running an SME have been met by the team at FSP. We have dealt with them on employment-related issues during the unique COVID 19 crisis. Highlighting their attention to detail that was appreciated by us having little or no experience of the process.’

‘Ian Machray is a cool, calm head, and takes a very sensible approach.’

‘They have a depth of talent, are highly knowledge and are very approachable. Proactive is a description that is appropriate. They keep clients informed as legislation unfolds, through seminars ,regular online briefings and with individual advice. Their use of technology is excellent.’

‘Ian Machray is simply an outstanding Lawyer who combines excellent technical ability with practical, common sense advice. He looks and delivers not just legal opinions, but the solution to any personnel issue or problem that I as a client may encounter.’

‘Ian is a calm, even-tempered leader who makes himself available as required. His team also has an approach which is empathetic but they remain focused on delivering a solution and offering advice in a balanced way, ensuring we are aware when we are taking greater risks than ‘normal’ so we can adjust our stance as necessary.’

Key clients


HR Wallingford

TP Group Plc

Business Moves Group

Superbowl UK


Planit Software Testing

Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC)


Static Control

Work highlights

  • Advising Whistl on all its internal HR and employment issues and their recent business acquisitions.
  • Advising North on a roll-out of new contractual documentation across their entire corporate group.
  • Advising a property investment company on all TUPE matters arising from a number of acquisitions.

Herrington Carmichael LLP

Herrington Carmichael LLP advises clients in the tech and finance sectors, as well as providers of social housing and care homes on restructurings, employment tribunal proceedings, as well as general employment matters. Practice head Alistair McArthur leads his team brilliantly‘ out of London and focuses on enforcement of post-termination obligations and TUPE. Darren Smith continues to grow the firm’s client base and has extensive expertise in the leisure & hospitality sector.

Practice head(s):

Alistair McArthur

Other key lawyers:

Darren Smith; Hannah King; Nicola O’Dwyer; Tom Hyatt


‘This team is energetic, knowledgeable and going places! It has expanded over the last couple of years, adding to its strength and depth. The firm has a team of employment experts with diverse strength and depth. The firm is unique because it is top-heavy, meaning that there are multiple experienced experts in employment law and interrelated commercial law. They have some household names on their books and deal with very high value litigation.’

‘We work with Darren Smith, Tom Hyatt, and Hannah King and feel that the relationships we have built make them feel like an extension of our HR Team and business. Would highly recommend them.’

‘Alistair McArthur – a complete expert in the diverse range of issues which fall under the umbrella of employment law; he is a big personality and clients absolutely love him; he is calmly reassuring in the face of change and instils confidence in all who work with him. He keeps the momentum up in litigation and is a fierce opponent. He is a truly exceptional lawyer and a leading expert.’

‘Alistair McArthur leads his team brilliantly. Darren Smith has made a great impression on clients in the region. Both are very experienced. Nicola O’Dwyer is another great lawyer in the team with a practical and commercial approach.’

‘Darren Smith is always courteous, professional, responds in a timely manner and sets out his advice when required by us to a high standard and in simple understandable language. Our company would not hesitate to recommend Darren in any situation.’

‘I have always found the team at Herrington Carmichael extremely helpful and always available to provide advice and assistance where necessary. Their depth of expertise is exceptional and I have found them to be expert in every area in which I have engaged them in.’

‘They are flexible enough to act swiftly to meet urgent requirements without compromising on quality. They are keen to explain the risk/reward balance to guide management decision-making on any issue and the partner will engage the wider team at the outset to ensure prompt delivery of advice to avoid delays. The team has engaged with us on training and positively welcome input into the process.’

‘Incredible support, knowledge and understanding of our business. Very responsive to questions and queries. When answering questions they clarify and offer a broad understanding of the situation and often different paths to take or confirm and support the path we wish to take.’

Key clients

Vistry Group


Moguntia Food Ingredients UK

Andreas Stihl

CLEAN Linen Services


Royal Caribbean


Tech 21 (UK)

Aldermore Bank

Vineyard Group

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP acts for domestic and multinational clients, particularly in the tech sector, on litigation, business restructurings and TUPE, and clients benefit from the team’s complementary expertise in data protection. Small start-ups as well as large tech companies rely on Danielle Kingdon for daily employment advice, as well as support with large projects and litigation. Associate Emma Ladley has a broad practice that includes handling the employment aspects of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Kingdon

Other key lawyers:

Emma Ladley; Carla O’Neill


‘Warm and friendly and very accommodating with time slots for meetings. Highlighting potential risks in a transparent way. Understanding the needs of what we require and within that scope trying to find solutions within the legal framework. Would like to mention the following partner: Danielle Kingdon.’

‘Great breadth of knowledge. The team provides great counsel on individual cases and also training to our HR Team to keep us up to date with our knowledge based on both legislative changes and also recent case law.’

Key clients


Highland Europe (UK) LLP

Natural Motion Limited

Chemviron Carbon Limited




Premier Research


Open Text

Work highlights

  • Advised a household name tech hardware company on mandatory vaccination policies in European countries, with particular regard to GDPR, Health and Safety, and discrimination advice.

BDB Pitmans

Brian Gegg leads the BDB Pitmans employment team out of London, a practice deeply embedded in tech, entertainment, transport, manufacturing, and the pharmaceutical sector that handles both non-contentious work and litigation. A newcomer in the firm’s Reading office, associate Laura Binnie has extensive expertise in employment tribunal proceedings, particularly matters pertaining to disability discrimination. Recommended for her knowledge in employment aspects of corporate transactions comes associate Asten Hawkes.

Practice head(s):

Brian Gegg

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Le Riche; Laura Binnie; Asten Hawkes


‘The team was extremely approachable and ensured that I understood all the legal terminology that was being used and what the options were that was available to me at the time.’

‘Asten Hawkes really listened to the details of my case and me as a person and my side of the story of the experiences I had endured. She had a lot of empathy with me and was always contactable and open for when I needed to talk. Nicholas Leriche was always there in the background for extra support if required. I was always aware of the billing process and costs involved and there was never any surprises, everything was agreed upfront.’

‘The team was very helpful and seemed to go the extra mile rather than being all about the money.’

‘Honest, sincere & very knowledgeable in their field to be able to offer a wide range of advice & guidance.’

‘Asten Hawkes was incredibly caring and professional and listened to my case and used that pull my case together leading to a great success to win. She was also available at all hours to answer any queries and to help clarify and legal jargon.’

‘Asten Hawkes took time to listen to my experience, to use her own experience dealing with such matters to advise best course of action. Took time to answer all my questions. She was empathetic whilst remaining professional. At all times she engendered trust. I also appreciated the time she took, I never felt rushed, how thorough she was, and her friendly nature made her easy to talk to about a very difficult situation. I would recommend her/or make use of her services, should the need ever arise again.’

‘Laura Binnie gave solid advice about the merits of my case.’

‘I am very pleased with the strength provided.’

Key clients

Sol-Tec Limited

Ultima Business Solutions Limited

Novacyt S.A.

Panalux Limited

Waylands Automotive Limited

Jonas Group UK

Constellation Inc.

Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust

Jones Lang LaSalle Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Providing daily HR support to an entertainment company group, including reorganization, grievances and disciplinary matters, discrimination, and termination as well as policies.
  • Providing regular HR support to an aviation company on all aspects of employment law, including contractual changes, bonus scheme implementation, flexible working, and grievances.
  • Advised the shareholders of an energy consultancy company on the employment aspects of a corporate share sale.

Crossland Employment Solicitors

The team at Crossland Employment Solicitors leverages its former in-house experience to provide commercially-oriented advice across a range of industries, particularly in dealings with trade associations and the finance sector. Established practitioner and practice head Beverley Sunderland is a specialist in obtaining injunctions pertaining to confidential information and restrictive covenants.

Practice head(s):

Beverley Sunderland

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Charles; Barry Ross; Maria Hoeritzauer; Owen Dear


‘Fantastic communication throughout the pandemic and particularly regarding furlough – practical and timely information that was actionable.’

‘Owen Dear has been brilliant at enabling us to effectively cut costs dramatically by providing appropriate, practical advice rather than lots of theoretical rules, but with no interpretation. His guidance has enabled us to navigate the COVID-19 crisis.’

‘Very responsive, decisive, real world advice.’

‘Beverley Sunderland knows UK employment law landscape like the back of her hand and understands how to give pragmatic answers that solve real world legal problems.’

‘Crosslands offers clear and concise advice in plain English and takes into account their client’s individual circumstances. They offer a wide range of opportunities for updates and are approachable at any time for a quick sense check, without breaking the bank! The whole team works incredibly well together and whilst I have my ‘go-to’ contacts I have met all of the team and know that I can speak to anyone and will receive the same excellent service.’

‘I have worked most closely with Barry Ross and Maria Hoeritzauer, who are both always very responsive, professional, and approachable. I cannot recommend Crosslands highly enough.’

Key clients


De La Rue

M&C Saatchi

Institute of Practitioners in Advertising

Association of Optometrists

Work highlights

  • Advised an educational establishment on claims that cleaning staff had TUPE transferred to them when the contract finished including involvement of unions.
  • Advising a food manufacturer in relation to departing employees potential breach of restrictive covenants and the protection of confidential information.
  • Represented a corporate payments company in a claim of race discrimination.

Julian Taylors Solicitors

Boutique firm Julian Taylors Solicitors advises both employers and employees on the whole range of employment law issues, including daily support, tribunal proceedings, and high-level matters. Experienced litigator Julian Taylors Solicitors heads the team and has recently increasingly focused on counselling individuals in the entertainment, sports, and pharmaceutical sectors. Paula Rome focuses on trade union issues and TUPE, whereas Nicola Wallbank offers a broad employment practice, including discrimination, misconduct, and grievances work.

Practice head(s):

Julian Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Paula Rome; Nicola Wallbank


‘Julian Taylor – highly experienced, fantastic knowledge of the field, sound and thoughtful practitioner. Nicola Wallbank – devoted to her clients, tenacious about getting to the bottom of things, kind an thoughtful in her dealings with clients, opponents and fellow professionals’

‘Julian Taylor Solicitors are very personable, professional and knowledgeable. They build rapport and are very respectful of all members of our team. They support every case and every query we have with great care as well as intuition and an understanding of our values. Their advice gives us great confidence in the direction of travel we then take. They really are a pleasure to work with.’

‘I dealt with Nicola Wallbank. I needed speedy, balanced, professional advice and to feel confident I had considered options fully – and that’s exactly what I received. On top of that, though, I also found Nicola’s approach to be warm and empathetic. I wouldn’t hesitate to consult her again, and am very happy to recommend Julian Taylor.’

Key clients

Cogent Communications Ltd

Redsky IT (Hemel) Ltd

Blackwell UK Ltd

Dukes Education Group Ltd

China Construction Bank

Spratt Endicott

Alongside general employment advice, Spratt Endicott is highly active in tribunal proceedings, particularly where they concern unfair dismissal. Carol Shaw heads up the team, handling restrictive covenants, business immigration, TUPE, and injunctions among others. Shaw works closely with Philomena Price who has a broad practice and is a specialist in tribunal proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Carol Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Philomena Price


‘The employment team is highly experienced and can be relied on to provide advice and guidance on a complete range of employment issues. The service is efficient at all times, and the team understands when a matter requires urgency.’

‘Carol Shaw gives clear and direct advice which is always pragmatic. Carol is able to anticipate issues before they arise and works on strategy to resolve employment issues, all whilst keeping a commercial outcome in mind.’

‘The two key solicitors (Philomena Price and Carol Shaw) have spent time understanding the culture of our business, and as a result are able to offer advice and guidance which is aligned to our way of thinking.’

‘They have always provided a first class service which is friendly, efficient and professional. My experiences with Spratt Endicott have been excellent and I would highly recommend their services.’

‘Our main contact within the Employment team is Carol Shaw. I believe that we would not have had the successful outcomes without the professional help from Carol Shaw, whose knowledge and experience of employment law is outstanding. Carol is super efficient and personable.’

‘A small employment team well lead by Philomena Price with excellent client following.’

‘Philomena Price is an excellent lawyer, leads the team well and is strategically superb. She has a good and loyal client following.’

‘From my initial phone call, I was treated with respect, friendliness, and asked questions regarding my employment in a professional way which put me at my ease in an upsetting situation for me. The team always replied to my e-mails, and phone calls promptly. And answered my questions clearly.’

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors has special expertise in advising tech and pharma companies on both daily employment matters as well as complex and sensitive situations, including discrimination. The department is led by Alison Gair, who advises both on contentious and non-contentious matters, represents clients before employment tribunals, and has complementary expertise in the area of business immigration. A recent merger with Bells Solicitors has bolstered her team’s strength through the arrival of consultant Dermot Burke, a litigator and employment lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Alison Gair

Other key lawyers:

Robert Cherry


The team was very knowledgeable and gave good advice.’

‘Robert Cherry was always available and dealt with all matters in hand very efficiently.’

‘Responsive and managed a sensitive situation very effectively and in a timely manner.’

‘Alison Gair’s employment experience and sound, professional advice was excellent.’

Gardner Leader LLP

Gardner Leader LLP handles high-level exits, unfair dismissal claims, and daily employment advice. Additionally, department head Julie Taylor has extensive expertise in TUPE and discrimination disputes. Belinda Walters focuses on general employment matters on the non-contentious side.

Practice head(s):

Julie Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Belinda Walters; Rabika Basran

Key clients

Emma J Shipley Limited

Barco Limited

Cordell Health Ltd

gunnercooke LLP

Rebecca Ireland heads the gunnercooke LLP employment department in the Thames Valley, where she employs her broad practice in both non-contentious matters and litigation, advises senior executives, and assists with corporate transactions.

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Ireland


‘The team is always there to support if i need advice outside of my normal contact.’

‘I work closely with Rebecca Ireland. She has always been a great support to the business, she understands the business and is prepared to talk through different scenarios and actions. She is honest, reliable, and contactable! I have also recommended her to colleagues within the industry.’

‘Rebecca is very approachable, commercial and practical.’

‘I truly value my partnership with Rebecca Ireland, and her pragmatic and practical employment law advice that she provides me with in a very straightforward style that I really appreciate.’

‘They are highly experienced, practical and efficient. Their advice is always superb. ‘

‘Rebecca Ireland  is a superb strategic litigator. Her hands-on approach and tenacity is commendable. I would not hesitate to recommend her.’

‘Rebecca Ireland really takes the time to get to know her clients and understand the issues they may be dealing with in a wider context rather than just the issue at hand. It’s obvious that she builds her knowledge through each interaction so that as a client I don’t have to repeat issues or keep providing contextual or background information. Rebecca works with us to find the pragmatic solution to a situation.’

‘Rebecca Ireland is very approachable, professional and helpful. Rebecca takes the time to explain employment law in a way that is easy to understand. When contacting Rebecca with any queries she is very quick to respond. Plus if she comes across anything that she thinks may be useful or is an update in employment law Rebecca emails me to make me aware.’

Rowberry Morris

The employment team at Rowberry Morris is led by the ‘extremely knowledgeable and empatheticAnna Illingworth, supported by Sarah Filsell. The ‘very attentive and understanding‘ practice has a strong focus on advising claimants in discrimination and whistleblowing cases, with unfair dismissal claims also making up a large part of the team’s workload, alongside day-to-day non-contentious matters. The firm operates from bases in Reading, Tadley, Richmond and Staines.

Practice head(s):

Anna Illingworth

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Filsell


‘Anna Illingworth was absolutely superb throughout my whole interaction with her. From my first conversation I had with her I felt comfortable and at ease. Anna is extremely professional, knowledgeable whilst also very kind and caring. I highly recommend Anna and have done so to family members and friends.’

‘All of the team from the receptionist, to solicitor through to the accounts payable team are always helpful and friendly. And always take the time to explain what is happening and next steps in layman’s terms, which relieves many of the anxieties when dealing with a legal issue.’

‘Anna Illingworth is extremely professional, knowledgeable, kind and caring when I most needed help and advice regarding an employment issue I had at work. Anna always gave me good advice which I clearly understood without any jargon.’

‘I was particularly impressed by Anna Illingworth and Sarah Filsell, both of whom were very easy for me to deal with. They managed what was quite a tricky case with considerable skill and care.’

‘From the first contact I found the team members to be very encouraging and understanding, providing me with excellent advice and above all listening to my worries at all times with a very kindly manner, which I  appreciated greatly at the most distressing time. Highly recommend this firm.’

‘Anna Illingworth is highly knowledgeable, a great tactician and highly supportive. Sarah Filsell is incredibly hard working, diligent and often thinking several steps ahead. Both are approachable and easy to work with.’

‘I have found Anna Illingworth to be knowledgeable, efficient but above all empathetic & considerate throughout when dealing with my legal matter. She has taken the time to help me understand all steps of the legal process, listened to my wishes, and supported me when I have needed guidance on decision making.’

‘Anna Illingworth is the heart and soul of the employment department. She gives a really personal service and clients love her. Sarah Filsell is extremely diligent and excellent to work with.’

Key clients

Activ Adventures Ltd

Active Camps Ltd

Reading Commercial Spares Ltd

Mercury Systems Inc

Valentine Equipment Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised client on their permanent health insurance claims and the settlement of their disability discrimination claim.
  • Advised claimant and negotiated settlement in their claims for unfair dismissal and age discrimination against global IT company employer.
  • Advised vulnerable claimant and negotiated settlement in their claims for constructive unfair dismissal, disability, pregnancy and maternity discrimination against an early year’s childcare provider employer.