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Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

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  1. Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
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B P Collins LLP's employment practice is 'a pleasure to work with; the team is well organised and its lawyers give clear, full instructions and work hard to develop relationships with clients'. It acts for a number of corporate clients and high-net-worth individuals on a range of employment matters, with notable strength in restrictive covenant matters. It also handles business immigration matters and focuses on issues arising from the automotive, IT, retail, manufacturing, construction and pharmaceutical industries. 'Outstanding' practice head Jo Davis advised Number 8 Group, which provides construction workers to construction companies, on a possible £100,000 tax levy by the Construction Industry Training Board arising from a change in the law, which involved an analysis of the law around employment status for the purposes of the levy. In another key mandate, senior associate Chris Brazier (who is 'organised, sharp and inspires confidence in his clients') represented TMD Technologies in an Employment Tribunal claim by one of its former senior managers alleging age discrimination and unfair dismissal. Other key figures include Kathryn Fielder, whose 'guidance and direction are impeccable, and who demonstrates sensitivity and compassion to clients'.

Dentons' employment practice is rated 'very highly for the¬†quality of its advice', with clients singling out practice head¬†Sarah Beeby, who 'understands clients' business constraints and goes¬†above and beyond to provide timely, accurate advice on often complex scenarios and to tight timeframes'. The team handles the full range of employment mandates, from providing day-to-day employment advice to acting on complex international projects, across a variety of sectors, including retail, transport and TMT. In an illustration of the practice's track record in handling large-scale, multi-jurisdictional mandates, Beeby led the team advising KKR on the employment aspects of its ‚ā¨6.8bn acquisition of Unilever's spreads business, which involved dealing with works council issues and negotiating the employment aspects of the auction drafts. Other highlights included advising Virgin Atlantic Airways on its gender pay reporting obligations, including handling all aspects of variable pay for cabin crew and pilots, checking sample calculations and reviewing the full report prepared in respect of the entire workforce. ¬†Verity Buckingham¬†regularly acts for clients in unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claims.

EMW Law LLP has an extensive track record in Employment Tribunal claims, and is regularly called on to advise on internal redundancy procedures and restructurings, TUPE transfers, and the enforcement of post-employment restrictions. Jon Taylor heads the practice, which is best known for its banking sector expertise, where it acts for clients including Santander, as well as handling mandates in a wider range of industries, including the retail, food and recruitment sectors. On the retail front, the team advised a retail sector client on the employment status of a group of atypical workers following a challenge to status from HMRC, which involved designing and delivering bespoke training to improve store-level communications and safeguard against potential claims. Other clients include National Accident Helpline and Cognita Schools.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) fields 'an extremely efficient' team that 'keeps clients informed at all times'. It acts for a number of household names, as well as the UK subsidiaries of multinational companies, on a wide range of employment issues arising from large-scale projects, such as TUPE issues and redundancy matters, in sectors including charities, construction, automotive, technology and pharmaceutical. The firm's merger with Turbervilles in January 2018 has widened the practice's sector coverage further, and has strengthened the practice through the arrival of several key figures, including Marc Jones, who is 'extremely knowledgeable of all the legal aspects of unfair and wrongful dismissal; he is sympathetic to client concerns, yet realistic in how cases should be presented.' He joins a practice led by Justin Govier, who has particular expertise in redundancy matters, international and pan-European HR mandates, and drafting and implementing business and workforce strategic plans, among other employment areas. Also recommended are Richard Devall, whose expertise includes the enforcement of restrictive covenants, and Robert Dixon.

Shoosmiths LLP  's employment team provides service that is 'second to none' and 'practical, employer-focused advice'. Gwynneth Tan leads the team in Milton Keynes, which acts for public and private sector clients and links up with complementary practices such as tax, pensions and competition to cover the full range of employment law issues. Tan's wide-ranging expertise includes TUPE transfer issues, senior executive service agreements and exits, and post-termination restrictive covenants; her recent work includes acting alongside Sarah Lovell and Alex Newborough for Ultima Displays on breach of termination restrictions, misuse of confidential information and an unlawful team move involving seven former employees of the business. In an illustration of the firm's automotive sector credentials, Simon Fennell is acting for Volkswagen Group on TUPE issues related to a procurement process, which involved discussing the application of TUPE with potential bidders.

Blaser Mills strengthened its employment offering in 2017 with the recruitment of James Simpson from Blake Morgan LLP; he replaces Colin Smith as practice head, who now heads the firm's corporate and commercial department. Simpson ('a City-calibre employment lawyer, without the City rates whose advice is sensitive, down-to-earth, astute and sensitive to the needs of his clients') has more than 20 years' experience acting for employers across a range of issues, with particular emphasis on executive dismissals, restructurings, discrimination, whistleblowing and TUPE matters. The practice's client base covers the full spectrum of employers, from multinational corporations to small businesses, with the transport, technology, healthcare and recruitment sectors some of its key sector strengths. Recent work includes defending Oxford Bus Company in a religious discrimination claim involving allegations that the company's rota system discriminated against Seventh Day Adventists as it requires all driving staff to be available to work on any day of the week. Other clients include Epicor, for which Simpson has acted for more than 15 years, most recently providing employment law advice on the client's recent acquisition by private equity firm KKR. Jasmin Dhillon joined IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) in October 2017.

Debenhams Ottaway's 'excellent' employment practice is singled out by clients for 'matching expectations both in terms of expected outcomes and keeping legal costs down'. Headed by Louise Attrup  (who 'outshines employment lawyers in other local firms - her industry knowledge and applied advice are always first-rate'), the practice acts for owner-managed businesses, entrepreneurs and SMEs on disciplinary and grievance procedures, redundancy and restructuring exercises, Employment Tribunal claims, restrictive covenants and data theft issues. Key clients include Brook Street, for which Attrup recently advised on issues arising from case law concerning pay for workers, mainly in the care sector. Michael Kerrigan regularly acts for clients in the healthcare and education sectors.

Longmores Solicitors LLP provides 'very good, practical advice' to employers and high-net-worth individuals on disciplinary and grievance procedures, discrimination, and TUPE, among other employment matters. It is particularly well regarded for its expertise in the recruitment and education sectors, where its clients include a national recruitment company and several independent schools. The practice also has considerable expertise in handling restrictive covenant and injunction remedies, with practice head Richard Gvero singled out for competition disputes and injunction proceedings.

Machins Solicitors LLP's employment practice provides 'an excellent level of service; the team is extremely quick to respond to emails, and always available on the phone within a few hours, if not immediately'. Practice head Jackie Cuneen is 'wonderful; as well as providing superb legal advice, she is able to judge the situation very well and take the best route in even the most emotionally straining cases'. The practice's clients span the public and private sectors, with particular strength in transport, aviation and manufacturing, as well as a growing profile in the third sector. Other key figures include Robert Bedford in Luton, who regularly represents businesses and executives in cases involving unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, sex, race, disability and age discrimination, breach of contract and TUPE.

SA Law LLP's employment team is rated highly for its 'wide range of industry knowledge - all queries raised are answered straight away and the team will respond proactively to legislative changes that may have an impact on clients' businesses'. Clients single out practice head Chris Cook for his willingness to 'think outside of the box and provide recommendations on issues ahead of time'. He is ably assisted by newly appointed Partner Keely Rushmore, who is 'very professional but friendly at the same time'.

Clients of Sherrards Solicitors LLP are 'very happy with the level of service' provided by the employment team; 'advice is provided in a timely manner and in a way that is down to earth and easy to understand'. The practice handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters across a variety of sectors, including retail and leisure (where clients include the Giggling Squid restaurant chain), recruitment (where it acts for Berry Recruitment), franchising and logistics. The practice also handles the employment aspects of M&A transactions, and works closely with the firm's litigation department to handle High Court employment litigation. Recent work includes acting for Berry Recruitment on TUPE issues arising from being awarded a tender for the provision of agency workers employed under Swedish derogation contracts. Mark Fellows heads the practice and is 'an instrumental figure - his technical understanding and detailed, structured advice inspires confidence'. Joanne Perry is 'very commercial and provides practical solutions in a timely manner'.

The employment practice at Tees Law is headed by Robert Whitaker, who splits his time between the firm's Cambridge, Chelmsford and Bishop's Stortford offices and has more than 17 years' experience in TUPE matters and complex performance and conduct disputes involving senior staff and management. The practice's recent work includes advising on settlements for senior executives, particularly in the technology and telecommunications sectors, handling TUPE matters concerning the logistics, service, manufacturing and agriculture sectors,  and advising the fundraising Regulator on issues related to the gig economy and zero hours contracts.

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) is rated for its 'pragmatic, balanced and reasonable advice and its ability to provide workable alternatives to complex employment problems'.  The practice in Watford, which works closely with the teams in Bristol, London and Birmingham to provide a national employment offering, is highly regarded for its work in the higher education, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and recruitment sectors.  Michael Delaney (whose 'insight, knowledge and commercial aptitude are exceptionally sound') recently acted for Westminster Homecare in an Employment Tribunal claim for constructive  and wrongful dismissal brought by a former employee; Delaney successfully argued for a reduction in the compensation award by 30%. He also represented Squad Security in Employment Tribunal claims alleging unfair dismissal, victimisation, sex discrimination, and breach of contract.

Howes Percival LLP 'is simply fantastic; response times are always excellent, its understanding of the client's business is always spot on, and advice always meets clients' needs'. The practice acts for a number of household-name brands (including Mercedes-Benz), as well as senior executives, for which it handles complex tribunal claims and severance issues. Recent highlights include advising Welcome Break on warranties, indemnities and TUPE issues related to its acquisition of two Starbucks franchises, and acted for the shareholders of Woodway Packaging on the employment aspects of its acquisition by international distribution and outsourcing group, Bunzl, which involved advising the directors on the terms of their new service agreements. Paula Bailey heads the team in Milton Keynes, which includes Simon DeMaid, who 'always understands clients' needs, explains the risks behind each decision and does everything in his power to mitigate those risks'.

Moorcrofts LLP's employment team is 'excellent at all levels - service is very professional, efficient and always with the customer in mind'. It has wide-ranging employment expertise, with an emphasis on post-termination restrictions, TUPE and restructuring matters. The practice also has an extensive track record in Employment Tribunal claims, as well as handling High Court litigation and injunctions. Practice head Matt Jenkin ('an extremely pragmatic, practical and exceptionally knowledgeable lawyer who ensures that his advice is easy to understand) is regularly called on to assist clients with restructurings and reorganisations, in addition to advising on TUPE issues and acting for senior executives on termination issues. Senior associate Nicola Whelan's expertise covers restrictive covenants and business restructuring matters.

Nockolds Solicitors' 'very approachable' employment team is noted for its 'fantastic response times and great advice'. Clients single out Gary Smith, who is 'accessible, professional, listens, and has excellent knowledge and a great sense of humour'. The practice's clients span the gamut of employers, from start-up businesses to PLCs, and has established a strong reputation acting for senior executives  and assisting with UK employment issues on behalf of the Latin American Trade and Investment Association (LATIA), which comprises 19 Latin American companies. Practice head Darren Hayward is also recommended.

Taylor Walton LLP attracts praise for its 'fast response times, strong business acumen, commercial solutions that take into account the client's business culture, and good value for money'. The employment practice handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious issues, from outsourcing and TUPE work, Employment Tribunal claims. Heather Cowley heads the department, which includes Alec Colson, who is noted for his 'pragmatic solutions and innovative approach'. In addition to handling standalone employment mandates, the practice also provides support to the firm's corporate and commercial department on corporate transactions, often with a cross-border component.

Clients of Woodfines LLP enjoy 'a high level of service and sound advice' from the employment team, which is headed by Andrew Buckley, who is appreciated for his 'good response times, understanding of issues, and pro-active approach'. The practice handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters, from TUPE transfer issues and settlement agreements to Tribunal and civil court litigation. Buckley recently acted for 31 contract cleaners who worked for a cleaning company which sold the cleaners' services to an end user who refused to accept a TUPE transfer following the closure of its premises and refusal to contribute to the cost of the cleaners' redundancies. Buckley reached an agreement that the end user and the cleaning company would each be responsible for 50% of the monies due to the cleaners. Senior associate Maria Gallucci is noted for 'providing advice in a way that makes it easier for non-lawyers to understand and make an informed decision'.


Employment: Essex

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Birkett Long LLP's 'highly professional and committed' practice 'specialises in all areas of employment law and delivers a quality service'. While the lawyers continue to focus on contract drafting and changes, TUPE transfers and court litigation, including discrimination claims, in the construction industry, 2017 saw the team representing employees or defending employers in an increased amount of tribunal claims, as well as receiving more instructions from the education sector. Team lead Martin Hopkins and 'knowledgeable, personable and professional' associate Reggie Lloyd advised Imperial London Hotels on changes to employees' terms and conditions, which were connected to claims brought by one individual under the National Minimum Wage Act and for unfair dismissal and breach-of-whistleblowing protection. Hopkins also defended K E Kents against an unfair dismissal claim, after the claimant was made redundant for gross misconduct in his working methods. Countryside, Spicerhaart Group Services and Acer Landscapes were some of the new clients from 2017. Solicitor Jo McKenna left for Ellisons Solicitors in February 2018, after which Charlotte Holman joined the Basildon office from Backhouse Solicitors.

The employment department of 'professional and progressive regional firm' Birketts LLP draws upon a 'broad base of disciplines in employment law' and 'always provides extremely prompt and concise advice at a reasonable cost'. The team acts for corporate clients within and beyond the Essex region which need assistance with TUPE matters, restructurings and the exit of directors and other senior staff, while also being able to act on the side of the employee. Clients tend to come from the sport, healthcare, construction, facility management, leisure, energy, food, agriculture, education, haulage and motor retail sectors. Team lead Kevin Palmer, who has 'invaluable depth of knowledge', represented a senior director in a whistle-blowing, disability discrimination and unfair dismissal claim against his former employer UBS. In another highlight, Palmer advised Statoil on the TUPE transfer of around 50 employees of a windfarm to the company. The 'approachable and very knowledgeable' legal director Clare Barlow assisted Blancco Central Services with a redundancy process in the UK, involving British and foreign nationals. Clients also recommend 'reliable and result-oriented' senior associate Beth Baird , who has a 'charming yet tough approach in negotiations and excellent knowledge of the financial services sector.'

Thompson Smith and Puxon's employment team impresses with its 'realistic advice, an understanding of clients' needs and communication that is delivered to a high standard'. Focus areas regarding employer matters include strategic advice and risk assessment, contracts and policies, disciplinary procedures, TUPE, restrictive covenants, dismissals and redundancies, disputes, tribunals and settlement agreements, while individuals are being represented in their equal pay, maternity/paternity rights, TUPE, unfair or wrongful dismissal and whistle-blowing claims. During 2017, partner Richard Porter, who 'listens carefully and then provides clear and concise advice', and solicitor Sam Welham acted for local and international clients from the media, printing, retail, financial, care, sports, construction, farming, education, engineering, hospitality and professional sectors.

The 'very professional, well-reputed and proactive' employment team of Pinney Talfourd LLP provides 'clear, swift and knowledgeable advice, as well as good value for money'. Particular experience exists in the professional services, banking, energy, education, healthcare and charity sectors, while general focus areas include unfair dismissal, discrimination, breach of restrictive covenants and TUPE claims. In a recent highlight, 'pragmatic and commercial' senior associate Alexander Pearce represented an individual in their unfair dismissal claim against a telecoms company and further dealt with employment issues arising from the sale of an electrical wholesaler client. Another key lawyer is senior associate Bushra Elzubeir, while dispute resolution partner Stephen Eccles leads the practice, which also counts Brook Street Foodservice, Fairclough Property Professionals, Havering Women's Aid and Knight International among its clients.

The 'good and reliable' Palmers is 'an excellent choice for employment advice'. The team consists of 'considerate' associate Lara Murray, who 'gives realistic and sensible advice and knows the nitty-gritty of employment law', and recently qualified assistant solicitor Samantha Randall. Murray has particular experience on the non-contentious side, which includes drafting HR packages for employers, assisting with health and safety regulations and giving training sessions, for example on mental health in the workplace. She also brings and defends against tribunal claims; a recent highlight was the defence of a construction company against an unfair dismissal claim revolving around health and safety matters.

The employment practice at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP covers both contentious and non-contentious matters for clients in the healthcare, insurance and recruitment sectors, including documentation drafting, TUPE transfers, employee exit packages, restrictive covenants and tribunal claims. Key client TBS GB Telematic & Biomedical Services receives ongoing employment law support, while Runwood Homes and Thames News Services were also represented in 2017. Associate solicitor Hayley Dear is the key practitioner, with support from assistant solicitor Ana James-Pittau, litigation partner Fiona Colwell and legal executive Polly Plant.

During 2017, Tees Law continued to advise senior executives and organisations from the agricultural, education, civil aviation, professional services and logistics sectors, particularly with regard to exit negotiations, settlement agreements, TUPE, discrimination and whistle-blowing tribunal litigation, as well as giving data protection workshops. In a recent highlight, the team advised its key client, the Institute of Fundraising, on the employment and TUPE matters arising from its merger with PFRA. Partner Robert Whitaker, recently promoted senior associate Jonathan Insley and associate Katherine Jameson make up the practice.

Wortley Byers LLP's 'excellent and strong' employment practice mainly acts for companies, but also saw a recent increase in the representation of individuals. 2017 was also characterised by a higher load of tribunal proceedings, unfair dismissal claims in the construction industry and matters relating to working time and agency worker regulations, while the representation of clients in TUPE, redundancy, disciplinary, grievance, and post-termination restrictions proceedings continued. 'Outstanding' associate Sarah Stanyer, who has 'plenty of experience, a high level of responsiveness and good empathy', and litigation partner Wendy Beach, who 'offers commercially practical advice in a reassuring manner', are the key contacts. Clients include Chigwell London, Brentwood School, Shadforth Pharmaceutical and Fire Integrity.


Employment: Hampshire

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Blake Morgan's team is 'quick to respond, has excellent strength-in-depth and a pragmatic and sympathetic approach to problem resolution'. Its comprehensive workload encompass contentious and non-contentious work including discrimination cases, business reorganisations, outsourcing and TUPE and data protection. Highlights include acting for Portsmouth University in a complex and lengthy Employment Tribunal claim for disability discrimination and unfair dismissal; practice co-head Tim Forer has been conducting the advocacy at the preliminary hearings. Fellow co-head Sarah Peacock has 'a wide knowledge of current employment law which she applies pragmatically to find the best solution for employer and employee'. Senior associate Lisa Wallis and Natalie Painter are other well-regarded members of team, which was further boosted by the addition of associate Holly Cudbill, who joined in July 2017 from Coffin Mew LLP. Max Craft retired from the partnership but remains with the firm as a consultant.

Employment specialists DC Employment Solicitors is praised for its 'phenomenal response times and technical knowledge that is, without doubt, exceptional' and for providing 'spot-on advice'. The sizeable team handles the gamut of employment, labour relations and immigration matters. In addition to handling HR advisory work, other recent work includes acting in a number of tribunal cases involving discrimination and unfair dismissal claims; acting for a commercial client in respect of its decision to derecognise a trade union; and representing a managing director in a dispute with his company. Darren Tibble is 'exceptional in his interpretation of a situation and getting to the core issue', Daryl Cowan 'is very personable and commercially aware' and Laurence Dunn provides 'superb advice and support'. Other team members include the well-regarded Kirsty Alleyne.

The team at Paris Smith LLP represents both employers and employees and is a popular choice due to its breadth of expertise, which covers advisory and disputes work. It has a focus on the education, transport and logistics sectors and handles such matters as director exits, restrictive covenants and a range of discrimination cases. Clive Dobbin, who leads the team, successfully acted for a client in a dispute where 15 employees brought an action at the Employment Tribunal concerning the application of TUPE rules. David Roath has extensive expertise in dealing with employment cases, especially those concerning director exits, restrictive covenants and whistleblowing. He routinely conducts his own advocacy and is also a  mediator. Claire Merritt was promoted to partner in January 2018, and the team was further enhanced by the recruitment of associates Tabytha Cunningham  and Charlotte Farrell, who joined in 2017 from  Coffin Mew LLP.

At Penningtons Manches LLP, 'the overall level of service is phenomenal, the advice given is tailored to the business and has a view to the commercial' issues at stake. David Bickford heads a department that acts largely for employer clients and handles cases concerning whistleblowing, liability for holiday pay, discrimination actions and senior employee exits. In recent work, it has dealt with an harassment case in the film industry and separately advised on the dismissal of two board directors amid allegations of corruption. Chris Syder, whose expertise includes gender pay matters, is 'very responsive' and has a 'pragmatic' approach. Gemma Woodhouse and associate Katie Glendinning are 'knowledgeable and personable and meticulous with their case preparation'.

Since Bond Dickinson's merger with US firm Womble Carlyle in 2017, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is an increasingly popular choice for international clients. In addition to handling all-round contentious and non-contentious employment matters, the team also assists clients with immigration support and has a strong focus on employment issues within a corporate context. The team worked with in-house counsel and a Danish firm in advising Colgate-Palmolive (UK) on various employment issues resulting from the merger of Colgate's UK function with its Nordic counterpart. The 'receptive, available and pragmatic' Christina Tolvas-Vincent jointly heads the group with the highly regarded Jon Hales, who has a focus on TUPE regulations and issues arising from corporate reorganisations. Managing associates Daniel Fawcett and Charlotte Bloomfield are other core members of the team.

The team at Clarke Willmott LLP provides 'an overall excellent service' and handles the full spectrum of employment and employee relations work, from restructurings and TUPE regulations to tribunal work including advocacy. Practice head Marc Long, who has advocacy experience, is a key name for strike action and pay change issues. In recent work, the team advised on the TUPE transfer of around 100 staff and assisted an employer on its obligations in a misconduct case where the employee was suffering from HIV. Kevin Jones and associate Nicole Adams are other core members of the team.

Coffin Mew LLP is, according to one client, 'one of the best' for advisory work and contentious matters. It acts for large corporates and also has a focus on the technology and not-for-profit sectors. In recent work, it is assisting a well-known high-street retailer with a raft of issues including employee exits, grievances and disputes, as well as a data protection project. It is also advising on a constructive dismissal and matters related to restrictive covenants. Leon Deakin is valued for 'his pragmatism' and commercial approach and associate Amy Richardson and solicitor Charlotte Allery are other key members of the team.

Shoosmiths LLP acts for an impressive range of clients and undertakes the full range of HR advisory and contentious work. The team advises Phase Eight (Fashion & Design) on day-to-day employment matters, most recently in connection with a number of employee relations matters and minimum wage compliance. In other work, Stuart Lawrenson , assisted by senior associate Sian Hoare, is assisting Gourmet Burger Kitchen with a range of matters including a grievance and right to work issues. Lawrenson's expertise also includes unfair dismissal and discrimination cases, TUPE regulations and workforce reorganisations.

Irwin Mitchell's team provides 'responsive and pragmatic advice' which is appropriate to the clients' culture. It handles a range of work spanning restructures and TUPE transfers, to restrictive covenants, discrimination cases and harassment matters. The 'very pragmatic' Simon Fenton 'provides great support on some complex issues' and is well supported by 'positive and confident' associate Andrew Crudge. Clients include Kenwood, Thatcham Research, World of Books and Topcon (Great Britain).

The team at Moore Blatch LLP is 'very knowledgeable, commercially focused and makes themselves available at short notice'. It is headed by Katherine Maxwell, who is 'very practical, a steady pair of hands and always mindful of the risk to the business'. The team handles a  broad range of employment matters in conjunction with the corporate group as well as HR advisory work and contentious matters, such as boardroom disputes and high-value terminations of employment. Stephanie Bowen 'stands out' for her quick responses and ability 'to evaluate all possible scenarios' and associate Emma Edis is 'very knowledgeable'. Naomi Greenwood, who 'a strong negotiator', splits her time between the London and Richmond offices.

The 'excellent' team at Pitmans LLP, which is led by Jonathan Gray, advises on HR and corporate support matters,  in addition to handling constructive and unfair dismissal cases, disability claims and sexual discrimination actions. Gray is also a mediator and conducts his own advocacy at employment tribunals. In recent work, the team defended a client in a constructive dismissal and age discrimination case, and it is assisting Toshiba UK with day-to-day HR matters as well as handling disputes. Associate Claire Anderson is another name to note.

Trethowans LLP counts regional, national and multi-national companies among its clients and has a focus on the leisure, retail, construction, manufacturing and healthcare sectors. Its mandates range from HR advisory including reorganisations and TUPE regulations to hearings and litigation at Employment Tribunals and the High Court. It is handling a long-running director and shareholder dispute and is advising an international logistics company on the various employment issues arising from its reorganisation. Simon Rhodes, who heads the department, Kathryn Casey-Evans and James Humphery are the key names.


Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's 'amazing' team is entrusted with heavy weight advisory matters and disputes from sectors such as financial services, not-for-profit, and TMT including computer games. Ericsson, Zenium Technology Partners and Photo-Me International are among its clients. Its work spans matters ranging from corporate reorganisations and TUPE to discrimination and dismissal actions. In one highlight, it is advising Amundi Asset Management on areas such as restraints of trade, disciplinary matters and employment tribunal litigation. Nick Hurley, who heads the employment, pensions and immigration teams, is 'a strategic superstar who has seen it all before and can always anticipate the other side’s next move'. Ben Smith has a broad range of expertise and 'personally commits to his client’s cause, offering constant reassurance and support'. Other key lawyers include the 'excellent' Andy Williams and associate Emily Chalkley, who is highly regarded for 'her vast legal knowledge and fluency in best practices' and is 'a true up-and-coming talent, who has a wonderful manner and intellect'.

Cripps LLP has 'a very strong team at all levels', which is able to 'tailor its advice to suit clients' businesses'. In conjunction with the corporate team, it advises on the HR issues that arise from M&A transactions, as well as handling board and shareholder disputes discrimination claims, whistleblowing and redundancies. In one matter, it is acting for Slough Borough Council on a tribunal case involving whistleblowing and also advised the same client on discrimination and constructive dismissal issues. The team is led by Erica Dennett, and also includes 'the excellent and commercial' Rhona Derbyshire and associate Camilla Beamish.

DMH Stallard LLP provides 'a superior level of service in all aspects'. It handles work from the public, private and not-for-profit arenas with education one of its specialisms. The team is also  experienced in handling cross-border matters in support of its international clients. Recent work includes advising Change Grow Live, following its acquisition of another national charity, on such matters as TUPE and pension issues. In other work, it assisted Stockholm-based CLX Communications, following its acquisition of a UK company, on a raft of employment matters. Tony Hyams-Parish and Simon Belham 'are flexible in their approach and pro-active in developing solutions to often difficult situations'. Other key names include Gregory Burgess, Adam Williams and senior associate Phillip Vallon.

At Mundays LLP, the team provides 'customer service that is outstanding compared to others in the market'. The 'extremely effective and proactive' Andrew Knorpel leads a team that handles matters including complex sexual and disability discrimination, dismissals, redundancies and pensions, frequently involving tribunal hearings. It also assists clients with data protection issues. Key members of the group include partner Fiona McAllister and Sophie Banks; the latter joined the team in August 2017. Clients include ACS International School, ChannelAdvisor UK,  Habib Bank and MiTAC Europe.

The 'highly regarded' team at Penningtons Manches LLP is valued for its 'responsive and pragmatic' approach. It handles matters covering the spectrum of employment and data protection issues, predominantly for employers. Recent work includes handling a novel claim regarding the transfer of vicarious liability for the actions of employees; boardroom disputes; the integration of employees following mergers and acquisitions, as well as various grievance and discrimination matters for national and international clients. Michael Cole is 'exceptionally talented on all fronts, with tactical nous and a willingness to test the frontiers of settled law'. He undertakes the resolution of all types of employment issues assisted by associate Elizabeth Cardy for clients including Blue Oil Energy, Intrinsic Technologies, Wurth UK and Fullbrook Ventures t/a Bernard Sims Associates.

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises on all aspects of employment and immigration law and counts senior executives as well as corporations among its clients. It has deep expertise in TUPE issues and works closely with in-house HR departments. It also handles the range of dismissal, discrimination and pay disputes, frequently before employment tribunals. Employment and immigration expert Kerry Garcia leads the team which includes Lloyd Davey,  whose expertise encompasses data privacy as well as employment matters, especially within the technology and media sectors, and recently made-up partner Hannah Ford. Stephanie Dale left the legal profession in November 2017.

The team at asb law LLP is 'exceptionally knowledgeable, professional and assertive'. It handles corporate restructures and redundancies, director exits, negotiations with unions, as well as unfair dismissal, disability and sexual discrimination claims. Clients include easyJet, Markerstudy, TUI Travel and Mid Sussex District Council. The group is led by Rebecca Jorgensen , who is highlighted for being 'friendly and approachable and providing strategies, tactics and risk analysis'. She is well supported by Abigail Maino, who gets 'top marks' according to one client for being efficient and informed. Solicitor Sophia Akram joined the group in March 2017 from Wilsons and Paul Lambdin joined in October 2017 from Stevens & Bolton LLP as a senior consultant.

Barlow Robbins LLP's team provides 'excellent service and great advice' and assists clients with the employment aspects following reorganisations, restrictive covenants and breach of confidentiality, in addition to handling High Court, Employment Tribunal and Appeal Tribunal cases. Recent work includes advising Wellden Turnbull on complex constructive dismissal claims and restrictive covenants, which involved a High Court action and obtaining an injunction. The 'thorough and calm' David Ludlow has a wealth of experience in both advisory and litigation matters and is well supported by 'knowledgeable and responsive' associate Laurie Heizler. The team includes Joanna Lada-Walicki, who specialises in acting for schools and charities, and senior associate Michelle Tudor. Immigration specialist Hersham Shoeb joined in December 2017 From Simpson Millar LLP.

Brachers has 'a strong employment team with bright friendly personalities and a pragmatic common sense approach to the resolution of issues'.  In addition to corporates, its clients are drawn from public bodies and NHS trusts and it has strong sector focus in areas such as healthcare, education, manufacturing and tourism. It also has a dedicated HR consultancy arm. Practice head Catherine Daw is highly regarded for the breadth of her expertise, as is Colin Smith. Associate Rachael Russell is, according to one client, 'insightful and knowledgeable' and has 'a way of removing the stress from a difficult situation'.

The 'excellent' team at Furley Page Solicitors has a noted specialism in the education and charity sectors in addition to acting for corporate clients. It advises on redundancy programmes, restructurings and TUPE, and also handles discrimination cases as well as day-to-day HR matters. Andrew Masters, who heads the team, is 'hard to beat in the service that he provides and the knowledge and experience he has' according to one client. Senior associate Amanda Okill is also well regarded for her breadth of expertise and Tessa Robinson joined the team from DMH Stallard LLP.

Harry Sherrard and Dan Soanes are the highly regarded senior practitioners at specialist employment firm Sherrards Employment Law Solicitors that is valued for its 'measured' advice and solutions that 'do not sit on the fence'. Other team members include Victoria Bevis  and Peter Jones, who collectively advise clients such as Lufthansa Tecnik, Singapore Airlines and Cubic Transportation Systems on the gamut of employment and HR matters including disciplinary matters, working time issues, restructuring, TUPE matters and data protection.

Thomas Mansfield LLP is a substantial, specialist firm that includes solicitor-advocates and which was founded by Neill Thomas and Jonathan Mansfield. Its diverse client list ranges from plcs to not-for-profits and it acts for both employers and employees including senior executives and directors. Its recent work encompasses TUPE transfers, unfair and wrongful dismissals, disability discrimination and holiday pay issues, as well as deferred compensation schemes. David Gray-Jones' expertise includes working time regulations and other team members include Meredith Hurst and Angie Crush.

According to one client, the 'outstanding' team at Thomson Snell & Passmore  'consistently impressed' with its handling of employment matters. It acts for clients from diverse sectors with an emphasis on education, charity, food and beverage, distribution and insurance fields. Recent work includes advising the Goody Bag Company on an unfair dismissal, which was successfully resolved following a tribunal hearing. Well-regarded practice head Nick Hobden has a focus on the education and charity sectors. Susanna Rynehart, who is 'fantastic with a great eye for detail', handles a full range of dismissal and discrimination cases and senior associate Ben Stepney specialises in the social care sector.

Helen Boddy at Boddy Matthews Limited is 'rigorous and authoritative' in her handling of difficult employment cases including TUPE issues. The firm offers a full employment law service, predominantly to corporate clients as well as senior executives. In recent work, the team is advising Caremark on a raft of matters including national minimum wages,  holiday pay,  zero hours contracts issues and TUPE regulations. Other clients include Rolls Royce Power Systems AG, PJ Valves Group and Offshore Shipbrokers. Co-founder Kate Matthews is noted for her 'commercial awareness' particularly with regard to disputes.

Clarkson Wright & Jakes acts for an impressive range of corporate clients, as well as senior executives, directors and other employees on contentious issues such as unfair dismissals, various discrimination cases and the exit strategies of senior executives. On the non-contentious side, it works closely with clients' HR teams on restructures, especially in the healthcare sector. Judith Curran is the well-respected head of department and Laura Claridge is also noted.

The team at Downs Solicitors LLP provides an 'exemplary' service and is 'responsive, comprehensive, compassionate and friendly'. Practice head Matthew Kilgannon is 'particularly strong' when dealing with contentious cases, and David Seals is 'accessible, practical and provides good value for money'. It assists corporate clients and senior executives with matters pertaining to bullying and disciplinary procedures, restraint of trade, sexual and other discrimination cases, senior exit strategies and TUPE transfers. The group also provides related HR and health and safety support.

GBH Law Limited's team has broad expertise in HR advisory work and is noted for providing 'an exceptionally strong service when it comes to all aspects of employment litigation'. Clients include SMEs, schools  and partnerships, and it has noted strength acting for legal and accounting practices. Hamish Cameron Blackie is acting for Ringway Infrastructure Services in complex holiday pay litigation and a long-running whistleblowing case. Fellow director Andrea Tishler handles HR advisory and contentious cases and is advising the World Wide Fund for Nature on a range of HR issues. Director Christine Goodyear is also a noted practitioner.

Led by Amanda Finn, the team at Gullands Solicitors handles HR issues such as retirement and long term sickness, contractual reviews, the restructuring of workforces and Employment Tribunal claims. As well as acting for corporates, the team has a specialist focus on acting for trusts and clients from the charity sector. In recent work, it is advising on disability discrimination, TUPE regulations, various disciplinary and data protection issues. The group is able to draw on the expertise of David Brown and associate Andrew Clarke for health and safety-related issues.

Pamela Loch, who is the managing partner at specialist boutique firm Loch Employment Law, provides 'clear advice on a range of employment law matters'. The team, which provides 'advice that is always given in a business context, so it is outcome focused', handles the full range of employment and HR services. In recent work, it acted for employer clients in disputes pertaining to sexual and race discrimination and a complex case of bullying. It also handles TUPE matters and restrictive covenants and often helps clients to resolve conflicts without recourse to the courts. Alex Kiernan and Helen Baxter are other core members of the team.

The team at Martin Searle Solicitors 'compares well with other high street firms of a similar size and profile'. Fiona Martin heads the team, which represents both employers and employees and has a strong focus on equal pay and equality issues, including pregnancy and maternity discrimination. Recent work includes handling a range of matters including constructive dismissal, disability and race discrimination cases. Associate Laura Middleton and caseworker Matthew Grant,'who is very client focused and very knowledgeable', are other noted team members.

Morrisons Solicitors LLP's team acts for plcs, SMEs and high-net-worth individuals. It provides a range of advice including on TUPE in addition to handling contentious matters including restrictive covenants  and tribunal work. Recent work has included advising a client on the enforceability of restrictive covenants relating to the hire of new employees and acting for a board member in a high-value case involving discrimination issues. Practice head Joanne Kavanagh  is 'excellent to bounce ideas off and coming up with pragmatic ways forward' and is well supported by associate Emma McLoughlin.

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP acts for companies, partnerships and individuals drawn from the professional services, hospitality and charity sectors, among others. The team frequently works closely with the firm's corporate department in advising on TUPE regulations, redundancies and employee exits following sales and acquisitions. In one highlight, it acted for a claimant who was made redundant following her pregnancy; the case involved issues of discrimination and was settled prior to the tribunal hearing. Victoria Regan  joined the team from Dawson Hart in September 2017 and managing partner Bruce Hayter is also a key part of the team. Miranda Martin retired.

Emma Thompson heads the team at Thackray Williams LLP, which also includes Sarah Ludlam. The group acts for company and individual clients in  disputes which are frequently settled by way of mediation. Its work spans grievance processes, discrimination and harassment claims and tribunal cases as well as day-to-day HR matters. The team's broad client base includes many well-known local and international companies and it is also appointed to an impressive number of panels.

TWM Solicitors LLP's team assists local, national and overseas companies and individuals on the full range of employment and HR matters from providing training on HR policies and data protection to TUPE and tribunal hearings. Recent highlights include advising a European company on all employment considerations pertaining to setting up in the UK and handling a case of gross misconduct disciplinary proceedings. Team head Patrick Stewart has broad expertise with a specialism in post-termination restrictions in contracts. Senior associate Clare Chappell and HR consultant Karen Beard are other names to note.


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Blake Morgan LLP¬†provides ‚Äėvalue for money' and a¬†'practical‚Äô service, led by the head of the firm‚Äôs employment, pensions, benefits and immigration team,¬†William Downing.¬†Clients of the practice include Oxford BioMedica, Brasenose and Worcester Colleges, Oxford, and Keyzone Computer Services. Downing primarily works out of the firm‚Äôs Oxford office, while spending some time in Reading, and assists a number of large Thames Valley-based corporates including Grafton, Cobham and GreenSquare Group. Downing advised Medical Imaging Partnership on the removal of its chief executive alongside the ‚Äėexcellent, confident‚Äô Rajiv Joshi,¬†dealing with sensitive internal issues and liaising with the client‚Äôs private equity investors. Joshi‚Äôs client base ranges from key technology sector clients, including NTT Security and Inmarsat, to clients in the health and social care sectors and local and police authorities. Rebecca Ireland¬†operates alongside Joshi in Reading and focuses her attention on the technology and education sectors. Ireland also assists the Thames Valley commercial and insolvency teams, primarily on TUPE-related issues, and is the firm‚Äôs client relationship partner with the University of Reading. Associates Rhiannon Jenkins¬†and Vicky Schollar¬†are rising stars.

Boyes Turner¬†is ‚Äėalways prompt, available, pragmatic, flexible in approach and possessing a deep understanding of issues‚Äô. The team handles a wide range of work, including tribunal litigation, TUPE transfers and matters arising out of corporate transactions, for clients including LEO Pharma, Tesla and Reading Borough Council. Practice head Barry Stanton¬†handles a range of high-value and complex discrimination and whistleblowing cases, particularly in the technology and professional services sectors. Stanton and director Laurence Anstis¬†defended a digital marketing entity against claims by three former employees with a total value of several million pounds. Helen Goss,¬†who leads the leisure and hospitality sector team, has been advising Portico Corporate Reception Management in relation to its dress code and policy, with the policy on high heels provoking a debate in the national media. 'Real legal innovator' Michael Farrier]¬†represented an international electric car manufacturer in litigation commenced against its new employee by a former employer relating to post-termination restrictions, which had an important impact on the client‚Äôs research and development plans. Senior associates Andrew Whiteaker, Darren Smith¬†and Emma O'Connor¬†are all highly regarded.

Clarkslegal LLP,¬†in the view of one commentator, ‚Äėbeats other firms in the employment sector because they have fast response times, do what they say when they promise and are much better value than many other firms‚Äô. Firm chairman and practice head Michael Sippitt¬†has notably been advising Carillion in respect of senior-level terminations and collective consultations across the organisation in light of restructuring efforts prior to the company‚Äôs insolvency. Managing partner Monica Atwal] is ‚Äėan enthusiastic and down-to-earth character who puts clients instantly at ease with her direct, accurate and commercial advice‚Äô and continues to hold an active fee-earning practice advising on all aspects of employment law, with particular expertise in disability discrimination cases. Helen Beech¬†‚Äėprovides timely, succinct and pragmatic advice while always knowing the right questions to ask‚Äô, leading on a number of the team‚Äôs most significant recent projects, including representing a UK-based charity in a dispute involving an employee based in the Democratic Republic of Congo and advising an overseas High Commission in Europe on employment issues connected to its obligations under the new Pensions Act Regulations. Anita Mishra¬†‚Äėprovides exemplary service to her clients, and has a sensible and intelligent approach to all cases', regularly advising on employee relations and industrial disputes as well as senior executive terminations and negotiations, employment documentation and discrimination issues.

CMS¬†provides¬†‚Äėexcellent response times, very commercial resolutions, excellent business acumen and an understanding company culture‚Äô. The team handles a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, acting primarily for employers. The firm‚Äôs client roster includes high-profile international corporates such as Microsoft, Coca-Cola and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Gary Henderson, whose ‚Äėstrength is his style, personality and business acumen‚Äô, heads the practice, while senior associates Rachel Zani, Edward Arnold¬†and Anita Wisby¬†are noted as significant team members. Wisby works as a part-time employment judge alongside her fee-earning capacity. The team has handled a wide range of instructions for clients, including HR training, exit arrangements and pensions advice as well as tribunal claims and senior-level hires for energy, entertainment and technology sector companies.

Doyle Clayton¬†‚Äėinspires confidence and takes time to understand the client‚Äôs strategy and aims‚Äô. Practice head Tina Wisener¬†has particular expertise in outsourcing and TUPE transfer matters, restructuring, and employment-related FCA issues, as well as whistleblowing and discrimination cases. Wisener recently advised telecoms company Lebara on all the employment law considerations of its sale to Palmarium, and, alongside Victoria Burnip,¬†also defended Chestertons before the Court of Appeal in a landmark case surrounding disclosure in the public interest. Piers Leigh-Pollitt¬†is an expert in advising on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), working with clients and specialist consultants on the move towards uniform GDPR compliance. Senior associate¬†Verity Saxon¬†heads the firm's Reading office litigation team and regularly defends clients in complex multi-discrimination employment tribunal claims. Recent mandates for James Anderson¬†include collective redundancies, discrimination claims and wage deductions. Sukhpal Matharoo¬†is strong in assisting financial services clients with their employment law concerns, recently advising a bank on the appropriate strategies to follow in a major reorganisation of its business.

Lewis Silkin LLP¬†has ‚Äėsuperb strength in depth‚Äô and routinely advises multinational clients on cross-border matters relating to global contracts and M&A transactions, where collective redundancies, restructurings and various other matters arise. Other specialist areas on which the practice continues to focus its attention include gender pay gap reporting, workplace data protection (including GDPR implementation and audits), boardroom issues and TUPE.¬†Russell Brimelow¬†heads the practice and frequently advises international corporates in the media and broadcast, IT, telecoms, and technology sectors, among others; he acted for an Oxford-based FTSE 250 company on a range of matters, including its move to a new London HQ, board-level issues and EWC negotiations and strategy. Head of the TUPE group¬†Jonathan Carr¬†(‚Äėquickly understands a situation and provides very clear and helpful advice‚Äô) advised a Thames Valley-based pharmaceuticals client on a serious confidentiality breach, entailing a detailed investigation and correspondence with the former employee responsible. Other key team members include¬†Carolyn Soakell¬†,¬†James Storke¬†and¬†Hannah Price.¬†¬†¬†¬†

Osborne Clarke¬†provides a ‚Äėfantastic service, with very quick responses‚Äô with ‚Äėexcellent industry knowledge for the technology area‚Äô. The firm has a strong following among US companies, with the firm handling many multi-jurisdictional employment matters, and has developed a particular focus on employment advice to the technology and digital business sector through collaboration with the firm‚Äôs Silicon Valley office. Experienced practice head Danielle Kingdon¬†is ‚Äėvery responsive and always provides helpful and commercially astute advice‚Äô, with a focus on discrimination, maternity, TUPE and contractual issues. Kingdon advised longstanding client The British Standards Institution on a number of contentious employment matters and represented a leading consulting company on a sensitive grievance matter involving alleged bullying, victimisation and discrimination. Team members assisted with employment considerations in a number of corporate M&A deals, with senior associate Emma Ladley¬†assisting lead corporate partner Rob Wood]¬†on LDC‚Äôs investment in Blue Bay Travel and Kingdon working alongside corporate team members based in Bristol on VTech‚Äôs $72m acquisition and post-completion integration with LeapFrog Enterprises.

Penningtons Manches LLP is experienced in the education, life sciences and technology sectors, counting Merton College, Oxford Nanopore Technologies and IVI UK as clients. Daff Richardson and Eugene Wojciechowski are the key partners servicing the Thames Valley market out of the firm’s Oxford and Reading offices respectively. Richardson co-leads the firm’s education practice, with clients in this field including higher education institutions, independent schools and charities. Richardson also has specialisms in data protection, strategic reorganisations and severance arrangements for senior executives and academics. Wojciechowski advised M20 Property Group on all employment and pension-related matters in respect of the client’s preparation to sell a portfolio of properties across the UK, and successfully defended One Housing Group against claims for unfair constructive dismissal, breach of contract and discrimination. Senior associate Duncan Bain  is noted for his specialist expertise around the crossover between employment and immigration; he is assisting Ocado on an ongoing basis with cases where employees’ and job candidates’ rights to work are brought into question. Bill Smith is well versed in corporate-related work, especially transactions involving university spin-out companies.

At Shoosmiths LLP, ‚Äėadvice is always given with the wider commercial context in mind‚Äô. The team is experienced in a range of employment work as well as business immigration matters. Jonathan Naylor¬†leads the Reading practice and advises on a full range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues; recently he successfully had claims against client Wilson James for unfair dismissal and discrimination dismissed on all grounds as completely unfounded. National department head Kevin McCavish¬†has particular expertise in the financial services sector and also acts for international companies, being the client partner for Fisher-Price, HiT Entertainment and Calor Gas, among others. McCavish and pensions partner Heather Chandler¬†acted for The National Trust on its re-acquisition of Shugborough Hall, which involved negotiating the terms of transfer relating to employees, collective consultation with employee representatives, individual consultation with employees and ultimately their hiring or dismissal. Paula Rome¬†is highly regarded for CAC hearings, high-profile exits, non-contentious trade union work and employment work related to corporate deals. Clients also include Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Old Mutual Global Investors and the Open University.

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Blandy & Blandy LLP¬†offers clients a ‚Äėtimely response, which is particular important with employment matters‚Äô, and is noted for its ‚Äėsound advice and good technical knowledge‚Äô. Developing areas of practice include disability discrimination claims, education-related HR issues, business immigration matters and assisting with clients with GDPR compliance. Project highlights included representing private clients in claims against a county council for discrimination on a number of grounds and against an NHS Trust for unfair dismissal, disability discrimination and alleged breach of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Practice head Sue Dowling¬†deals primarily with complex employment litigation involving unlawful discrimination and also frequently assists company clients with handling the restructuring of management teams and the departure of high-level executives. Firm joint managing partner Tim Clark¬†and solicitor Andrea Corr¬†are recommended as being ‚Äėhighly professional, very experienced, understanding, non-judgmental, sympathetic and above all very human‚Äô.

‚ÄėVery responsive, pragmatic and good value for money‚Äô boutique firm Cater Leydon Millard¬†is strong for employment work in the health and education sectors, with a client roster including Ashford and St Peter‚Äôs Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Optima Health, St Edward‚Äôs School, Oxford, and King‚Äôs College School. Practice head Wendy Leydon]¬†represented an NHS Trust in the dismissal of a consultant anaesthetist for professional misconduct under applicable regulatory rules and advised a listed company on three large and complex internal investigations. The ‚Äėefficient and dynamic‚Äô Stephen Conlan¬†advised LA Fitness on the employment aspects of the closure of some branches of its chain of gyms and the transition of others to new operator PureGym. Nathan Millard¬†is recommended for his knowledge of the employment law issues facing independent schools. Shelia Carter, Colin Henney¬†and Lisa Harris¬†are other names of note.

The ‚Äėvery responsive and helpful‚Äô team at Field Seymour Parkes LLP¬†has particular expertise in tribunal litigation, recently representing clients in claims relating to equal pay law, allegations of fraudulent manipulation of expenses and indirect and direct sex discrimination in recruitment processes. Practice head Ian Machray¬†is ‚Äėvery practical, gives simple straightforward advice, understands clients‚Äô level of knowledge and where they may need more in-depth assistance, and is friendly and approachable‚Äô. Machray advised Whistl UK on the employment implications of the closure of its Leeds and Warrington depots and the opening of a ‚Äėsuper hub‚Äô in Bolton, affecting over 500 employees, and has been strategically advising VMware UK on its gender pay reporting obligations. Significant new client instructions have been received from Lefort Group and Clearview Intelligence Group. At associate level, Louise Smyth¬†and +Katie Burley¬†have expertise in the education sector, with Burley heading the education team and Smyth acting as firm principal contact to client St. Neot's School, while Jackie Denham¬†is strong in dealing with large corporate organisations and handling large-scale restructures and reorganisations.

Pitmans LLP's main areas of activity include the technology, automotive and manufacturing, and retail sectors; it regularly advises clients on an ongoing basis about their HR issues. Department head Mark Symons notably acted for a private client in his successful appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in a claim against the British Council, a decision which is set to have a longstanding impact on global employers’ HR policies. Angela Shields possesses a wealth of experience in the telecoms, media and technology, and pharmaceuticals sectors, and senior associate Jenny Littlewood is a key team member.

The service at Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors¬†is ‚Äėexcellent, offering succinct advice and giving options with good explanations to facilitate sound decision making‚Äô. The team excels in the technology, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. Head of employment Alison Gair¬†‚Äėis outstanding, inspiring confidence, extremely knowledgeable and works really hard‚Äô. In one important case Gair acted for Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) and its parent company Kohler in respect of an unfair dismissal claim made by one of UPS‚Äô employees and associated allegations, successfully having the claims struck out at the preliminary hearing. Other highlights included advising clients on the exit of senior executives, office relocation and resulting staff redundancies, and restrictive covenants issues. Senior associate Robert Cherry¬†‚Äėgives advice in clear language without jargon and gets straight to the point‚Äô.

The 'simply excellent' Crossland Employment Solicitors¬†is recommended as ‚Äėalways technically sound, giving clear guidance and advice, super responsive and having excellent judgement and perspective‚Äô. The firm has several notable industry trade associations among its clients, such as the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and the Association of Optometrists. ‚ÄėOutstanding‚Äô managing director Beverley Sunderland¬†heads the team and recently acted for an insurance-broking client to obtain injunctions against former employees to prevent destruction of confidential information belonging to the client. Director Barry Ross¬†recently advised a motor industry client in relation to the departure of a number of high-level employees as part of a restructure, assisting with settlement agreements, negotiations and exit packages. Consulting barrister Kevin Charles¬†is recommended for his expertise in large-scale reorganisations and complex discrimination and whistleblowing matters.

Herrington Carmichael LLP¬†provides ‚Äėan excellent, timely and professional service at all times‚Äô, with ‚Äėexceptionally fast response times without any compromise on quality of advice and professionalism of service‚Äô. Highlights included bringing a high-profile claim against the defunct firm King & Wood Mallesons on behalf of over 200 employees, as well as defending a financial services client against an Employment Tribunal claim worth around ¬£10m and advising a laundry company on the reorganisation of its business. Practice head Alistair McArthur¬†is widely lauded, with reviewers recommending him as an ‚Äėexceptionally bright and discerning lawyer‚Äô, ‚Äėcommercially savvy and decisive‚Äô, ‚Äėalways making himself available‚Äô and ‚Äėpossessing strong business acumen‚Äô. Other key individuals for the team are senior solicitors Katie Harris¬†and Katherine Clay¬†and 'efficient and responsive' solicitor Robert Frampton¬†.

Brethertons LLP's¬†employment offering is headed by ‚Äėdynamic rainmaker‚Äô Amy Edwards,¬†who is highly experienced in transactional and contentious employment considerations, advising on TUPE transfers, complex inter-group restructures, structural reorganisations and employment tribunal proceedings, among other matters. Edwards and HR advisory and business immigration specialist Hazel Robbins¬†‚Äėare both extremely supportive and very efficient and helpful‚Äô. The team was recently strengthened by the hire of experienced employment litigator¬†Kerry Hudson,¬†who has expertise in employment matters connected to personal injury including complicated stress at work claims.

Specialist employment law practice Draper Lang LLP¬†is ‚Äėa cracking niche firm‚Äô that ‚Äėfeels like an extension of clients' HR functions‚Äô. David Blomfield]¬†has extensive experience in all areas of employment law, with particular strength in advice on TUPE, reorganisations, restrictive covenants and executive terminations. Nicholas Snowden¬†regularly advises on a wide range of non-contentious employment issues, including corporate reorganisations and redundancies, TUPE, directors‚Äô service agreements and employment contracts. Stephen Cates¬†and Emma Griffiths¬†are also noted.

At Employment Law Plus,¬†‚Äėvery communicative, knowledgeable and supportive‚Äô sole practitioner Jill Kelley¬†routinely advises businesses and individuals on everything from disciplinary actions to negotiating employment contracts. Kelly‚Äôs recent workload includes advising a client on the impact under TUPE of the loss of a major public sector contract, representing a whistle-blower professional executive on termination settlement negotiations with their employer in the oil industry, and advising an employer on strategy and the implementation of a collective redundancy situation. Clients include ADM Group, Boswells Coffee Company and Olam Europe.

Mark Emery joined Freeths LLP in September 2017 to develop the firm’s employment law presence in the Thames Valley corridor. The team is noted for its expertise in the food and drinks and education industries, representing clients before employment tribunals, undertaking all its own advocacy, and handling TUPE claims. Emery and dispute management associate Paul Brown] are acting for the former managing director of Orchid Field Marketing in an employment tribunal claim for sex discrimination and unfair dismissal. Emery is also handling a group action on behalf of eight former employees against Meta VS and others for TUPE breaches and unfair dismissal.

Senior associates Michelle Morgan and  Julie Taylor head up Gardner Leader LLP's employment practice. Recent highlights include Morgan revisiting and amending employment contracts and service agreements for new client Premier Pipeline and Taylor handling constructive unfair dismissal and unusual disability discrimination claims. The team has niche expertise in advising agricultural estates in Hampshire and Oxfordshire on their diverse workforces and the incidental complexities including tied accommodation and agricultural workers.

‚ÄėExcellent niche employment practice‚Äô¬†Julian Taylors Solicitors¬†is recommended as ‚Äėvery knowledgeable, very responsive, and very good value for money‚Äô. With ‚Äėbusiness acumen which is second to none‚Äô, name partner and ‚Äėleading light‚Äô¬†Julian Taylor¬†is ‚Äėa delight to work with‚Äô, with ‚Äėexcellent client care and a sharp eye for detail‚Äô. Taylor is particularly strong in dealing with contentious matters in the Employment Tribunal and the High Court, and has particular expertise in dealing with cases involving restrictive covenants. Taylor is assisted by ‚Äėcalm and commercial‚Äô senior associate¬†Nicola Wallbank,¬†who is ‚Äėa great listener‚Äô and ‚Äėvery practical in her approach, with great client care skills‚Äô. Between them Taylor and Wallbank service employment matters for a broad range of clients including UK companies, the UK subsidiaries of international corporates, sports bodies and charities, and senior executives, including Blackwell UK and Rapid Engineering Supplies.

Boutique firm mpm legal solutions Limited¬†adopts ‚Äėa deal-making attitude‚Äô and acts for well-known employers such as Honda, Kuoni and Space NK. Work for the practice includes advice on workforce management, business protection, contracts and policies, and business immigration. Mark Minns¬†acts for clients on the full range of employment law issues, with expertise in supporting clients with complex workforce restructures. Adrienne Hardy¬†is an expert in employment law issues arising in the retail sector and has experience of business immigration support matters. Peter Beisty¬†is noted for his experience in employment tribunal matters.

The team at Royds Withy King¬†is ‚Äėalways attentive, knowledgeable and proactive‚Äô, and is noted for its advice to clients in life science, education, professional services and the electronics and technology sector. Oxford-based partner Kate Benefer¬†has proven experience in dealing with complex collective issues, business reorganisations and TUPE, and regularly advises businesses and senior executives on all aspects of employment law. Swindon-based national employment head Malcolm Gregory¬†spends time in Oxford, primarily assisting large companies with difficult issues arising from transactions or reorganisations. Associate Paul Hayward¬†joined the team from dph legal, while Mark Emery¬†left to join Freeths LLP.

Spratt Endicott¬†provides ‚Äėextremely reliable advice‚Äô on employment matters, ‚Äėreacting promptly to instructions and providing excellent value for money with advice as good as one would get from a London firm‚Äô. ‚ÄėBrilliant‚Äô directors Philomena Price¬†and Carol Shaw¬†lead the practice on a range of work including grievances, disciplinary processes, employment tribunals and business immigration matters. Food sector expert Shaw is ‚Äėfast to respond with clear information and is excellent in interpreting and explaining the law within the particular context‚Äô. Price ‚Äėunderstands the needs and culture of her clients‚Äô businesses‚Äô, and handles large-scale redundancy exercises, tribunal claims, training and senior executive severances.


Health and safety

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  1. Health and safety
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

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  1. 1

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Shoosmiths LLP's health and safety practice has wide-ranging experience covering non-contentious matters in addition to defending and prosecuting cases on behalf of corporate clients. It is particularly noted for its expertise in the petrochemical, retail, automotive, manufacturing, transport, food and healthcare sectors. In an illustration of its track record in the automotive sector, Philip Ryan acted for a global car manufacturer in a number of health and safety inspections into its UK and European arms, which revealed a number of unsafe practices and a failure to follow appropriate testing of lifting equipment; Ryan provided training to the company and, following written responses provided under caution, the authorities opted to forego any prosecutions. In another key mandate, the practice represented a provider of facilities and constructions workers in a HSE investigation arising from a fatal accident involving a delivery vehicle and a banksman at a construction site in London. Charles Arrand regularly acts for corporations and their directors in health and safety investigations, prosecutions and other enforcement actions.

For many, Taylor Haldane Barlex Solicitors LLP is 'the leading firm in this area in terms of the quality of service, the breadth and depth of knowledge, and its experience'. Practice head Matthew Taylor, Abigail Bainbridge and Briony Clarke 'really care about their clients; they provide a level of service that is amongst the best in the profession, with deep knowledge of the law in this ever-changing environment'. Clarke ('a very practical and tenacious lawyer who provides her clients with realistic advice') recently acted on behalf of the HSE in a prosecution arising from a fatality which occurred whilst temporary traffic works were being undertaken on an A road in Lidgate, Suffolk. In another key mandate, Bainbridge represented the HSE in relation to an accident which occurred at the Elstree Film Studio in which an electrician fell through an open hatch at the studio, leading to life-changing injuries.

Blake Morgan LLP's health and safety clients include a number of UK and European businesses, for which it handles a significant amount of non-contentious work in addition to more conventional civil and criminal litigation. The practice is also on the panel of two legal expenses insurers. John Mitchell, Tim Williamson and Simon White are the key figures in Southampton - they link up with practitioners in the firm's Wales office to handle regulatory investigations, provide post-incident reviews, and advise on issues arising from historic practices that might give rise to future liability for occupational illnesses such as asbestos-related diseases.

BLM's health and safety practice is headed by David Tye-Reeve, a former police station duty solicitor with more than 25 years' experience representing clients charged with health and safety offences involving fatalities or serious personal injury arising out of accidents in the workplace. The practice regularly handles serious and high-profile cases, including corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter, and is a regular fixture in high-profile inquests across all sectors. Other disciplines include complex construction and engineering cases, manufacturing incidents and cases involving deaths and serious injuries in care facilities for the elderly.

Clients 'receive a very high level of service' from Cripps LLP; 'advice given is practical, there is good strength in depth in the team, and knowledge provided is always reliable'. The two-partner regulatory team handles a range of health and safety matters, with a particular emphasis on advising its developer, construction and housebuilder clients on contentious and non-contentious matters, including handling personal injury claims. It also acts for directors, transport managers, drivers and other employees in connection with transport law matters, including public inquiries before the Transport Commissioner. Recent work includes respresenting Horder Healthcare in an Inquest involving issues around the provision of medical services, as well as complex causation and liability points. Philip Youdan heads the team.

Gardner Leader LLP fields a 'strong, supportive team that provides high-quality support and advice in often extremely difficult and urgent circumstances'. The regulatory practice has an extensive track record in investigations and prosecutions brought by the HSE, and is handling a growing number of mandates stemming from companies seeking advice on risk assessments and compliance. Practice head Michelle Di Gioia ('pragmatic, dogged and determined - a lawyer you definitely want on your side and not your opponent's') recently acted for Race Interiors on its health and safety policies following its prosecution by the HSE. The 'hardworking, calm and user-friendly' Julie Taylor is also recommended.

Brachers' health and safety team is 'highly attentive, always available and willing to talk through any issues', with team head Lee May singled out for his 'strong in-depth knowledge of his subject area'. The practice acts for public and private sector clients, and is noted for its construction, healthcare and education sector expertise. John Sheath has more than 30 years' experience handling inquests, corporate manslaughter, and risk management and governance issues.

Gullands Solicitors acts for individuals and businesses on health and safety prosecutions and assists with risk management and compliance matters. Practice head John Roberts has an extensive track record in criminal regulatory matters, including representing corporate clients in HSE prosecutions. Associate Andrew Clarke handles health and safety matters alongside his personal injury workload. Recent work includes acting in an investigation by KCC Trading Standards under the Health and Safety at Work Act into alleged breaches of explosives regulations.

Moore Blatch LLP fields a 'solid' health and safety practice has a wealth of experience handling high-profile accidents and fatalities on behalf of insurers and companies. It is particularly noted for defending commercial clients in fatal and serious injury cases related to the transport, waste, manufacturing and construction industries. David Thompson heads the practice and regularly acts for companies and individuals facing charges related to health and safety, environmental, transport, corporate crime and professional misconduct. Other key figures include associate Amy Cameron, who regularly represents clients in magistrates, crown court and public inquiries before the traffic commissioner.


Immigration

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Birketts LLP fields a 'top-class' immigration team that is rated for its 'strong know-how, excellent advice and  good value for money'. 'Very knowledgeable' practice head Janice Leggett is singled out as 'an excellent adviser who provides fast responses and advice that is accurate and to the point'. The practice acts for a range of corporate clients, from SMEs to multinationals such as Just Eat, on the full spectrum of immigration matters, including assisting with sponsor licence applications, Tier 2 and Tier 5 visa applications, and advising on the position of EU workers post-Brexit. Recent work includes acting for new client Intersil on a number of Tier 2 visa applications, and on the process to achieve an Overseas Employment Certificate for a worker based in the Philippines. In an illustration of Leggett's track record in UK commercial film production matters, she continues to act for the Advertising Producers Association  on its members' immigration requirements.

Clarkslegal LLP's immigration team is 'prompt in its responses, accurate in its advice and offers great value both in terms of time and costs'. The practice handles business immigration matters for a number of FTSE 100 businesses and financial services organisations, in addition to being particularly active in obtaining visas for representatives of overseas companies and acting for senior staff members and their families on obtaining dependent visas. Clients include Jardine Motors Group, for which it is assisting with immigration issues related to Chinese and Singaporean nationals employed by the client and sent to the UK for shadowing purposes. Other recent work include acting for a multinational corporation on the sponsor licence process related to the client's objective to sponsor a number of highly skilled employees from its overseas branches. Monica Atwal heads the practice, which includes Afeefah Shabbir, who is praised for her 'deep understanding of business immigration matters'.

Dentons' immigration practice attracts praise for its 'vast experience in the field', with Verity Buckingham singled out for her ability to 'provide clear answers to all issues raised, no matter how big or small'. The practice handles the full range of business immigration matters, from assisting with sponsor licence applications and acting as Level 1 users, to advising on temporary and permanent visa applications for EU nationals and their family members. It also acts for high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs on private immigration matters. In an illustration of the practice's cross-border credentials, Buckingham acted for eMerchantBroker.com on two overseas business representative applications, which was complicated by the applicants' 50% shareholdings in the client's overseas business. Other recent work includes advising Yamabahce on a Tier 2 sponsor licence and on completing the Resident Labour Market Test for a business development manager; assisted Quercus Investment Partners with securing a Tier 2 sponsor licence and advising on special provisions applying to migrant workers switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2.

Clients consider Penningtons Manches LLP to be 'a top-level firm with excellent experience in immigration matters'. The immigration practice has a particular focus on the technology, education and healthcare sectors, where it regularly handles the immigration aspects of spinouts, among other matters. In an illustration of its education track record, Bain acted for Merton College on a Tier 2 sponsor licence and on the recruitment of its first Tier 2 migrant, which involved liaising with the UKVI to resolve a question over whether the role qualified for sponsorship as it involved a mixture of academic research and religious ministry. In addition to business immigration matters, the practice also acts for individuals in private immigration matters; recent work includes assisting an individual with the preparation of a permanent residence application on behalf of his Greek mother. Duncan Bain joined Bower & Bailey.

Stevens & Bolton LLP's immigration team is 'very strong, very thorough and provides effective guidance and solutions throughout the process'. The practice's business immigration expertise covers Tier 2 applications (including advising on the Resident Labour Market Test, obtaining certificates of sponsorship, entry clearance and sponsor compliance), and acts as Level 1 Users for a number of clients. It also handles Tier 5 and sole representative applications, among other immigration matters. Practice head Kerry Garcia ('sharp, responsive and to the point') is continuing to advise Asahi UK (previously called Miller Brands UK) on sponsor licence issues arising from the sale of Miller Brands  to Asahi's parent company, as well as advising on Tier 2 applications to transfer staff and bring across new hires. Other clients include Godiva UK, for which it is advising on immigration matters arising from a complex re-organisation; Air Navigation Solutions, for which it obtained a sponsor licence application for a New Zealand national under Tier 2; and Diebold Nixdorf (UK), for which it provided strategic advice in connection with transferring Tier 2 migrants into another area of the business.

Aston Bond's immigration expertise covers work permits, marriage and business applications, asylum and settlement in the UK, and human rights-related issues. Ravinder Kaur is the key contact.

B P Collins LLP's immigration practice provides 'very good all-round service' and has 'great knowledge of the law, the client's business and the market generally'. Practice head Chris Brazier is singled out for providing advice that is 'straightforward and responsible'; he has wide-ranging knowledge of the points based system and sponsor licensing, among other business immigration matters, and also assists individuals. He is assisted by senior associate Kathryn Fielder, who has extensive experience in obtaining sponsorship licences as well as assisting sponsored employees with obtaining visas once their licence is granted. The practice's clients cover a range of sectors, with an emphasis on architecture, financial services, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and retail.

Barnes Harrild & Dyer has an extensive track record in immigration, human rights and asylum law. Senior partner Paul Turner leads the team, which is routinely called on to handle cases before the Immigration Tribunal, through to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Clients 'love working with' Doyle Clayton's immigration practice, thanks in part to its ability to 'break down complex processes in an easy to understand way; it combines in-depth legal knowledge with practical, commercially-focused and tailored advice delivered in plain English'. Victoria Burnip splits her time between Reading and London and acts for a sizeable list of commercial clients, as well as a growing number of individuals on immigration matters. The practice has experienced significant growth in cross-border work, and continues to advise both longstanding and new commercial clients on their sponsor licence applications.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors excels in public law immigration matters, where its team 'is not afraid to challenge accepted norms, take risks in advancement of its client's case and push boundaries in the client's favour'. The practice acts for businesses and individuals on the full range of personal immigration, asylum and human rights, and nationality matters, as well as assisting high-net-worth individuals with points based system applications and appeals. In an illustration of its public law expertise, the practice acted in the lead case challenging removals to Bulgaria under the Dublin III Regulations. Key figures include Bahar Ata, whose 'understanding of immigration issues, especially asylum support and EEA law, is second to none'; Ahmed Aydeed, who has extensive experience asylum claims and unlawful detention matters;  and the 'outstanding' Zofia Duszynska, who demonstrates 'extraordinary commitment to clients and up-to-date knowledge of relevant law'.

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP's immigration practice attracts praise for its 'professionalism and experience', with newly promoted partner and practice head Ashlee Campbell considered 'a pioneer in this area'. The firm's track record in this area covers immigration cases under the Legal Aid Scheme; its close relationships with social service departments in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Thurrock as well as charitable organisations such as The Red Cross ensuring a steady stream of Legal Aid work. The practice also handles applications across all tiers of the points based system and entrepreneur applications.

Clients of Herrington Carmichael LLP 'always receive a consistently high level of service' from the immigration team, which is praised for its 'excellent knowledge of immigration law and the procedures and processes behind it, ensuring that all avenues are considered so as to mitigate against any risks'. Headed by Imelda Reddington (who is 'highly regarded in the field of immigration law'), the practice has cultivated a firm following among employers nationwide, who regularly instruct the firm on licence application compliance, Brexit-related immigration issues, and ongoing compliance with sponsor duties and recruitment of migrant workers, among other matters.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) handles an array of immigration matters, ranging from Tier 2 sponsor licensing, sponsor management system compliance, and acquiring Schengen visas, to advising on security clearance and leave to remain applications for key executives. The practice acts for start-ups, SMEs, multinational corporations, high-net-worth individuals, and families, with notable strength in the technology, pharmaceutical, retail, automotive and manufacturing sectors. It is also active in  cross-border work involving transfers of personnel between countries, particularly the US. Clients include Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, for which the practice handles its Tier 2 sponsor licences. Richard Devall heads the team, which includes Ed Marchant, who has a wealth of expertise handling applications under the points based system. Aleksandra Yuskina left the firm in April 2017.

Pitmans LLP benefits from strong connections with UK Trade and Investment and the Thames Valley, Hampshire and Dorset Chambers of Commerce, making the firm a natural choice for overseas businesses seeking to engage in inward investment in the region. The immigration practice's specialisms include handling Schengen travel visas; Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsor licence applications; Tier 1 applications for highly skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs, and applications for indefinite leave to remain. Recent work includes advising a management consulting firm on the ongoing management of its sponsor licence, as well as on the implementation and maintenance of an appropriate HR system to enable the client to discharge its sponsorship obligations. Jonathan Gray heads the practice and has a longstanding track record of assisting clients in the technology, oil and gas, entertainment and hospitality sectors.


Pensions

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The ‚Äėvery responsive team‚Äô at Blake Morgan LLP¬†is ‚Äėexcellent in all areas, very responsive and always has good advice‚Äô, while being ‚Äėpunctual in all work and quick to react to short-term issues‚Äô. The team advises a mixture of trustees and employers, and has its own independent professional trusteeship service. The ‚Äėpersonable, responsive and practical‚Äô John Hamilton¬†leads the practice; he is assisting SAS International on an ongoing basis in relation to its closed defined benefit pension scheme and has been acting for Olivetti on various matters, including a project to correct its pension benefits and a feasibility study for a buy-out of scheme benefits with an insurance company. The team‚Äôs longstanding relationship with AJ Gallagher, handled primarily by legal director Rupert Graham-Evans,¬†allows the team to service wider benefits considerations including healthcare trusts and life assurance documentation work. Legal director Adrian Lamb¬†and senior associate Sean McNulty¬†are other key team members.

Maria Riccio's¬†‚Äėsmall but highly experienced and effective pensions team‚Äô at Penningtons Manches LLP¬†is ‚Äėexcellent and always readily available, providing prompt, succinct and clear advice‚Äô. The ‚Äėfriendly, reliable and very personable‚Äô Riccio is ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable and discusses legally difficult issues in a clear and understandable manner‚Äô. Riccio is particularly recommended for defined benefit plan matters, as well as being the key lawyer in the team dealing with large pensions projects including scheme mergers and closures, major documentation exercises and debt issues. Riccio is primarily assisted by senior associate Clare Coley, whose key focus is on defined contribution pensions and in particular defined contribution governance and auto-enrolment. Highlights included acting for the representative of a beneficiary in a compromise of a Part 8 claim heard in the High Court in Manchester and continuing to support Trethowans LLP with pensions considerations of various corporate transactions.

The ‚Äėefficient pensions team‚Äô at Shoosmiths LLP¬†is headed nationally by ‚Äėoutstanding lawyer‚Äô¬†David Thompson,¬†who is ‚Äėtechnically and intellectually very strong‚Äô, with ‚Äėa very good client manner‚Äô. Thompson and associate Kunjan Sembhi¬†advised the One Ecolab Pension Plan Trustee on a merger of the sectionalised scheme of a new section comprising deferred benefits from an overseas plan, among other items. The firm‚Äôs Milton Keynes pensions team is led by Heather Chandler,¬†who is ‚Äėvery approachable, experienced, understands trustees' concerns and addresses queries raised in a very effective manner and timescale‚Äô. Chandler provides advice on an ongoing basis to the Trustees of the Inmarsat Pension Plan. The pensions teams in the Reading and Solent offices are¬†led by¬†Suzanne Burrell¬†and Tracey Hemingway¬†respectively.

The Pitmans LLP team possesses considerable experience in benefit restructuring cases, while also having a niche specialism in creating self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs), small self-administered schemes (SSASs) and other executive arrangements, drafting master trusts, and buy-in and buy-out projects. David Hosford heads the team and deals with all areas of non-contentious pensions law, including reorganisations, scheme mergers, and restructuring and general compliance advice. Hosford recently advised the Hitek DB Pension Scheme Trustees on a proposed flexible apportionment arrangement and advised the Trustees of the Eason & Son (NI) Superannuation Fund regarding the employer’s proposal to pay enhanced transfer values. Symon Rowley left the practice to join DWF.

The 'value for money' Stevens & Bolton LLP¬†gives ‚Äėexcellent advice and support and clear useful advice provided in a timely manner‚Äô. The firm‚Äôs expertise covers a broad range of pensions matters, such as governance, benefit changes, winding-up and Pension Protection Fund-related issues, across a wide range of industry sectors including autmobiles and parts, consumer product manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals and life sciences. Key figure¬†Gabrielle Holgate¬†‚Äėgives an outstanding service; she is thorough and knowledgeable and gives easy to understand advice‚Äô; she recently assisted Godiva with the review of a life assurance trust deed and relevant rules for the provision of life assurance benefits and continues to advise the trustees of the Wincor Nixdorf defined benefit and Diebold Nixdorf defined contribution pension schemes. Senior associate James Lister¬†joined the team from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP,¬†bringing his substantial experience of advising pension scheme trustees and employers regarding their position in contentious situations.


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