Next Generation Partners

Employment: Bristol in South West

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP has particular expertise in matters relating to local government, health, higher education, housing and pensions. Jodie Sinclair heads the practice, overseeing the team from the London office. Nigel Bolton joined the team from Freeths LLP in January 2021. Julian Hoskins is noted for his representation of employers in the health and private sectors. Sarah Lamont is best known for her representation of councils, housing associations and education bodies. James Gutteridge is mentioned for his specialist health sector expertise.

Practice head(s):

Jodie Sinclair

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Lamont; Julian Hoskins; James Gutteridge


‘The team were conscious to advise us of the potential costs to our business, not only concerning the outcome of the matter in dispute, but the legal costs at various stages.’

‘Bevan Brittan has diversity in its staff, covers a wide range of sectors and is environmentally conscious.’

‘I have worked with Julian Hoskins and was very impressed by Julian’s detailed knowledge and experience of employment related issues.’

‘Prompt, confident, and expert advice, just when you need it.’

‘Sarah Lamont provides outstanding support and expertise to navigate the most complex and contentious matters.’

‘This is a team that knows and understands the reality of the sector which means their advise and management of matters is effective, focused and strategic but human in its approach.’

‘Julian Hoskins remains a strong litigator and adviser on IR and ER matters and provides advice which is legally correct but also tactically astute.’

Key clients

Local Government Association


Peabody Trust

Catalyst Housing

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

National Savings and Investments

Royal United Hospitals Bath

Birmingham City Council

St Monica’s Trust

Lewisham LBC

Plymouth NHS Foundation Trust

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Sheffield CC

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Haringey LBC

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Southwark LBC

West of England Combined Authority

Royal Borough of Greenwich Council

Work highlights

  • Advised University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust in defending claims brought by a hospital consultant concerning whistleblowing.
  • Advised Catalyst and Peabody on their proposed merger.
  • Advised 52 Fire and Rescue Authorities on remedies issues in multijurisdictional discrimination claims.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has a sizeable team and is well versed in both contentious and non-contentious matters; the team oversees TUPE transfers, represents clients before the Employment Tribunal and handles financial service issues involving pensions. The practice is led by Adrian Martin; he works with Chris Seaton, whose expertise lies within business related employment matters, whilst James Green focuses on commercial transactions concerning TUPE disputes.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Martin

Other key lawyers:

Roger Bull; Chris Seaton; James Green; Luke Bowery; Huw Cooke; Jamie Cameron; Pip Galland


‘The team covers all bases; there has not yet been a question that they could not supply a pragmatic and commercial answer to. They are more than a safe pair of hands and a trusted advisor, able to work constructively with a diverse range of our colleagues, including members of the Senior management team and individual academics.’

‘Well coordinated team, with obvious team harmony. Puts in the hard work to do a first class job. Gets great results. Renowned experts in the defence sector. High end employment work.’

‘Huw Cooke stands out, he truly is an extension to our in-house legal team and is exceptional.’

‘James Green is a brilliant employment lawyer with a vast depth of knowledge.  He is pragmatic, efficient, professional and responsive to our queries.’

‘Jamie Cameron and Adrian Martin are both very responsive and supportive individuals. They will make themselves available to support on matters quickly when we need it.’

‘Pip Galland – exceptional: highly forensic, tenacious and hardworking.’

‘Luke Bowery – exceptional: great judgement.’

‘Adrian Martin – exceptional: leader in his field and in charge of important client relationships.’

Key clients

Babcock International Group plc

Thomson Reuters

BAE Systems plc

John Lewis Partnership

FirstGroup plc

Bank of Ireland

The Crown Estate

PGA European Tour




The Racecourse Association


University of Bristol

Spire Healthcare Group plc

Government Legal Department

Transport for Wales

Work highlights

  • Advised BAE Systems on employment and HR issues.
  • Advised MAPFRE Asistencia on employment aspects of its subsidiary.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Led by Alex Lock, the practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP oversees matters for high-profile clients in insurance, health and public sectors, including FTSE 100 businesses. Lock’s expertise includes the handling of redundancies and restructures, as well as litigation concerning senior executives. Yasmin Allen joined the practice from Bevan Brittan LLP in August 2021. Another name to note is Katy Horner; her attention is dedicated to HR issues as well as reorganisations and restructuring programmes.

Practice head(s):

Alex Lock

Other key lawyers:

Katy Horner; Joanne Owers


‘They are great value for money and a lovely team to work with.’

‘Alex Lock is a great client partner, always receptive to feedback and continuous improvement. Never sits on the fence.’


Key clients

Currys Group Limited


Zurich Insurance plc

J Sainsbury’s plc

Capita plc YBT plc

Coventry Building Society


Teleperformance Portugal

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended University Hospitals Bristol & Weston NHS Foundation Trust before the Employment Tribunal pertaining to claims of race discrimination.
  • Advised Sainsbury’s supermarket on equal pay litigation.
  • Advised Capita plc on company-wide re-organisation and restructure, resulting in both redundancies and the creation of new roles.

Osborne Clarke LLP

The practice at Osborne Clarke LLP is perhaps best known for its specialist expertise in the sectors of rail, retail and consumer and technology, media and communications. Clients include high-profile names such as Subway and Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund. The practice is led by Anna Elliott, Paul Killen and Julian Hemming. Personnel changes include the arrival of Katherine Walters and Alice Spicer-Edwards from Michelmores LLP in late 2021, and the departure of Julia Deacon. Leanne Coates is noted for her expertise in corporate related employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Anna Elliot; Paul Killen; Julian Hemming

Other key lawyers:

Leanne Coates; Phillip Chivers

Key clients

Hargreaves Lansdown

Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund

Godiva Chocolates


Stericycle Inc

Penta Consulting

Work highlights

  • Advised Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund with regard to its £1.8bn bulk annuity pensioner buy-in.
  • Advised BGF on its £10.5m minority investment in e2e-assure.
  • Advised In the Style Group plc on an innovative influencer collaboration model.


The growing practice at TLT  is led by Stuart McBride; he has over 20 years’ of employment experience and has particular sector expertise in banking, insurance, digital retail and consumer goods. In addition, the practice is well equipped to handle matters concerning telecommunication, real estate and utilities and waste management. Esther Smith is noted for her handling of both contentious and non-contentious matters. Siobhan Fitzgerald represents both employees and employers. Stephen Ellerby joined the practice in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Stuart McBride

Other key lawyers:

Esther Smith; Siobhan Fitzgerald


‘TLT provide excellent commercial advice and are a lovely team to work with.’

‘Stuart McBride – a great client partner who is open to feedback and continuous improvement and genuinely cares about our business.’

‘They are always on hand to provide expert advice.’

‘Siobhan Fitzgerald is very knowledgeable and skilled at her role, which means the advice you receive is always current.’

‘This team operate in partnership with our business and have helped us with a variety of matters.’

‘Siobhan Fitzgerald a good communicator with a clear and commercial approach to employment issues.’

‘The team is proactive. The depth of knowledge is key for me, understanding the situations and working with the business to reach a solution that adds value as well as mitigating risk.’

‘Good thought leadership and innovation around key areas such as diversity and hybrid working. Good strength in depth across the employment team and very responsive to the needs of their clients.’

Key clients

J Sainsbury plc

BT Group plc

Savills plc

Southern Water

Ageas Group

Imperial Tobacco

WH Smith Plc

Biffa plc

Smiths News / Connect Group plc


Work highlights

  • Advised Hastings Insurance Services Limited on TUPE implications.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has particular specialisms in the sectors of retail, central government, financial services, insurance, energy and consumer goods, as well as in the public sector. Tim Woodward heads the practice; he has strong experience in HR support, commercial employment matters and redundancy projects. Emma Doble  is noted for her representation before the Employment Tribunal and advice to employers in both the public and private sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tim Woodward

Other key lawyers:

Emma Doble


‘Professional service by highly qualified solicitors.’

‘Emma Doble was a great help during the whole process of our case. I found her to be extremely professional, understanding and supportive throughout the procedure.’

‘I could always count on thorough analysis and the advice that will suit my business.’

Key clients


Government Legal Department

National Grid

Post Office NTSB


Plymouth Community Homes

Corbin & King Restaurant Group Limited

Security Industry Authority

Trade Remedies Authority

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)

Department of Health and Social Care

Department for Education

Work highlights

  • Advised TSB on employment litigation and HR matters.
  • Advised Corbin & King restaurant and hotel on employment related matters.

Ashfords LLP

Ashfords LLP has a full service practice, with expertise in employment litigation, the management of redundancies and restructures, HR support and disputes pertaining to restrictive covenants. Stephen Moore heads the employment practice. Jenny Marley has sector expertise in hospitality and healthcare. Solicitor Georgina Burrows joined the practice in September 2021. 

Practice head(s):

Stephen Moore

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Marley; Kristen Currer


‘From top to bottom this team is the most capable, diverse and knowledgeable in the Southwest.’

‘They have very strong market presence and are trusted and reliable.’

‘They manage to combine leading employment law specialism with an approachable and down to earth ethos.’

‘Georgina Burrows is capable, diligent and a safe pair of hands.’

‘Stephen Moore is a very impressive employment specialist and leads his team well, attracting great clients.’

‘I have felt part of an effective team, working with them.’

‘The individuals I have worked with have been very competent individuals, who appear to have built a good rapport with their clients, are knowledgeable, but sensibly seek advice when appropriate. I have felt part of an effective team, working with them.’

‘Cases are well prepared and the solicitors are accessible and fully engaged with the details of a case.’

‘Ashfords has a reliable and technically able team.’

Key clients

Continuum (Financial Services) LLP

CJ Room Ltd

Multiple pilots in a group action claim

Director/shareholder of leading dental practice

Former director/CEO of well-known Estate Agent

Post Office Limited

A financial services business

Multiple UK-based franchisees of a global fast food restaurant

A national healthcare agency

S B Security Solutions Ltd

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Continuum (Financial Services) LLP in a High Court restrictive covenant dispute.
  • Acted for client in Employment Tribunal proceedings pertaining to claims of unfair dismissal, age and sex discrimination and trade union detriment.
  • Advised client on matter concerning breach of covenants by former employee.

Clarke Willmott LLP

The practice at Clarke Willmott LLP is led by both Sharon Latham and Marc Long. The team has an array of specialisms, including within the property, retail, education and sport sectors. Latham is well versed in the provision of senior and board level advice, while Long specialises in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Latham; Marc Long

Other key lawyers:

Tim Copplestone


‘A great team. Wonderful manner, commitment, cost-effective and you get results.’

‘Tim Copplestone – an unassuming brilliant lawyer.’

Key clients

Kingsdale Group Limited

Growth Technology Limited

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jackson (London) LLP

MCT ReMan Limited

Evergreen Garden Centre Limited

M+W Group

Industrial Dwellings Society (1885) Limited

Inspirage UK limited

Meika Limited t/a Primrose

Exyte Group

NKD International Limited


Wasserman Media Group

The Rugby Players Association

AB Dynamics Plc

Anthony Best Dynamics Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP on behalf of Invesco on the largest retail acquisition in 2021.
  • Advised Wasserman Media Group on employment law elements arising in its acquisition of international boxing agency Team Sauerland.
  • Acted for over 550 employees in relation to their exit from Royal Mail.

Menzies Law

Menzies Law is a boutique employment law firm and has a substantial client base of employers; clients include boards, HR leaders, business owners and management teams. Luke Menzies heads the practice. His expertise lies within the handling of tribunal claims. Senior solicitor Tamsin James is noted for her effectice support to both employees and individuals.

Practice head(s):

Luke Menzies

Other key lawyers:

Tamsin James


‘We have found Menzies Law to be a responsive and agile practice.’

‘They make themselves available to us, are personable and patient.’

‘Very personable. Great at quick turnaround. Clear guidance.’

‘They’re easy to talk to, straight talking and they offer advice and guidance tailored to our business.’

‘The effort they make to get to know your business. They don’t tend to sit on the fence and give clear advice based on facts and risks involved.’

‘Luke Menzies very quickly understands a situation and the characters involved and the differing wants and needs of all involved.’

‘I  found them to be approachable, knowledgeable, thorough and clear.’

‘Tamsin James kept me in the loop at every stage of the process. She understood my desire not to let costs mount up and always kept me abreast of where things stood.’

Key clients

MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd

Avado Learning Ltd

Wightlink Ltd

BrandAlley UK Ltd

Atlas Professionals UK Ltd

Jellycat Ltd NGS Yuasa Ltd

Parmenion Capital Partners LLP

Wey Education / Inspired Online Schools

Gloucestershire College NKCD One/Swallowfield

Work highlights

  • Advised Parmenion Capital Partners LLP on contentious and non-contentious issues as it transitioned out of Standard Life Aberdeen plc.
  • Advised Inspired Online Schools on a number of key staff changes and contractual and policy changes.

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP has a diverse team, handling matters from employment tribunal claims and data protection workplace issues, to immigration and corporate related employment matters. Sector expertise encompasses telecommunication, technology, manufacturing, engineering, charities and agriculture. Kerrie Hunt heads the practice; she has extensive litigation experience.

Practice head(s):

Kerrie Hunt

Key clients

The Alzheimer’s Society

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Lovehoney Ltd

Work highlights

    Foot Anstey

    The employment practice at Foot Anstey is led by Karen Bates, who oversees the team from Exeter; the key name in Bristol is legal director Joanne Boyle. Experienced practitioner Sarah Peacock retired from the practice in October 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Karen Bates

    Other key lawyers:

    Joanne Boyle


    ‘The great thing about Foot Anstey is the consistency of the people you work with across the organisation – whether it is employment or commercial advice, the level of service is always excellent.’ 

    ‘A friendly firm, well-embedded with SMEs in the south west, which is increasingly growing and spreading its footprint and client base.’

    ‘The firm’s employment law guidance has proved invaluable in navigating the challenges of the pandemic.’

    ‘The firm offers strong support on transactions, including specialist employment matters.’

    Key clients

    Holroyd Howe


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    City Electrical Factors

    Ensono Limited

    Happy Days Nursery Group

    Princess Yachts

    WC Rowe (Falmouth) Limited

    Growth Catalyst Partners LLC

    August Equity

    Work highlights

    • Advised Holroyd Howe on the design and development of a four-day management development training programme to reduce risk, increase resillience and increase reputation.
    • Advised Ensono on its acquisition of Amido.