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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Lester Aldridge LLP advises on the full range of employment issues such as discrimination claims, TUPE, unfair dismissal, redundancy, restructuring, high-level exits, due diligence and Equality Act claims. Key figures include Catherine Geddes, who handles a range of contentious and non-contentious issues, and Kevin Barnett, who acts for corporate clients and also some individuals. The firm recently acted for an insurance company in relation to a collective redundancy that involved an office relocation and restructuring. In another highlight it acted for Dorset Wildlife Trust advising on disciplinary matters, terminating a consultancy agreement, restructuring and redundancy. Curtiss Wright, Ceuta Holdings, General Asset Management, Muc-Off, Global Maritime Consultancy Limited, Osprey Europe Limited and Moorfields Corporate Recovery are clients. Susan Evans has left the firm.

Steele Raymond LLP handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including discrimination and whistleblower claims, TUPE-related transfers and breach of restrictive covenants. Managing partner Peter Rolph handles contentious employment matters, exit packages, enforcement of post-termination restrictions and strategic commercial advice. Partner Tim Stone focuses on non-contentious matters such as consultancy agreements, employment contracts and employment policies. Other key figures include Paul Longland, who provides non-contentious support to commercial clients, Craig Hardman, who specialises in incentivisation and remuneration packages, and Amy Cousineau Massey, who heads the team and specialises in contentious employment issues such as discrimination and whistleblowing, as well as senior employee exit packages.

Blanchards Bailey LLP provides an ‘excellent overall level of service’ with ‘quick response times and invaluable advice’. It advises on issues related to whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, TUPE, employment contracts, and discretionary commission payments, and represents clients at employment tribunals and the County Court. Highlights included providing advice to a consumer protection organisation with regards to long-term sickness, evaluation appeals, employment contracts, health and safety, and employee wellbeing. In another highlight the department represented a manager from a housing association who was unfairly dismissed for gross misconduct; the firm acted for the client at her disciplinary hearing and then her appeal hearing which was successful and led to her reinstatement. Paul Dunlop heads the practice and is supported by Edward O'Brien, who is noted for his ‘sound knowledge’.

Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP provides ‘consistent and comprehensive’ advice on contentious and non-contentious employment law issues and also day-today HR support. The firm also advises on regulatory matters, redundancy, TUPE, employment contracts, disciplinary matters, business start-up advice, settlement agreements, and changes to terms and conditions. It is increasingly focusing on the education sector, but also handles employment mandates for clients across a broad range of sectors. Highlights included advising Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on musicians’ agreement contracts, sickness, defending against allegations of discrimination, changes to terms and conditions and also liaising with union representatives. Kate Brooks  was promoted to partner and heads the department; she is ‘confident and clear in her advice, summarises the case, weighs up the options fairly and then advises on the correct approach’.

Frettens LLP Christchurch's ‘very professional, friendly and approachable’ team  provides advice on employee exits, redundancies, disciplinary and grievance procedures and general HR matters. It acts for several organisations in the care sector such as for Jewish Care for whom it recently handled employment tribunal claims relating to unfair dismissal and discrimination. It also assists Bond Recruitment, a local recruitment company, with training local business in HR issues and employment law. Another highlight includes advising a fast-growing technology company on senior-level employee exits and the reorganisation of the business’s structure. Paul Burton heads the department and is supported by partner Kate Fretten. Key Clients include Newton Care, Peeks the Event Makers, Affinity Care and Lightwell (UK).

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