Employment in Wales

Blake Morgan LLP

Well-versed at handling 'all aspects of contemporary labour requirements', the partner-led team at Blake Morgan LLP has an excellent reputation among both private and public sector entities for both contentious and non-contentious work. As well as its strong legal and commercial expertise, the team also has deep industry expertise in core targeted sectors, including healthcare, an area that Paula Kathrens , who is appreciated for her 'great client skills', has developed a market-leading reputation for internal disciplinary proceedings involving doctors in NHS Wales. Matthew Smith  has the ability to deliver 'an unusually business savvy level of service' across a range of contentious matters, including as it relates to unfair dismissal, disability discrimination and whistleblowing cases. Joanne Davies  heads up the team and provides 'commercial, efficient and client focused' advice to private and public sector clients on employment issues associated with their transactional work, including as it relates to business acquisitions and subsequent reorganisations and integration.


Practice head(s):

Joanne Davies


Other key lawyers:

Matthew Smith; Paula Kathrens; Ian Jones


Testimonials

The team is always quick to reply to any call or email, and if not available are great at managing expectations or passing it over to another member of the team who can help sooner.’

The employment team’s capabilities cover all aspects of contemporary labour requirements, and has been especially helpful in managing complex employment relations issues, and ensuring that matters are dealt with thoroughly; speedily; and satisfactorily.’

Genuinely strong in the health sector with a reputation and experience above all other firms and a proven ability advising in the wider public sector.’

Matthew Smith is readily available when I need, and is always willing to get on a call with me to discuss cases in detail. Rather than just tell me his advice, he always explains any risks or things to be aware of.’

Matthew Smith delivers an unusually business savvy level of service, appreciating the requirements of running a business while managing and resolving any ongoing employment law or employee relation issues. He is also skilled in providing alternative solutions to resolving complex situations (rather than just stating the legal parameters).’

Joanne Davies is commercial, efficient and client focused.’

Paula Kathrens is an expert in her field (health sector) and has great client skills.’

Key clients

Welsh Government


The NHS in Wales


Swansea University


University of South Wales


Gower College, Swansea


Russell & Bromley Limited


Trivallis Limited (formerly RCT Homes Limited)


Dolce & Gabbana UK Limited


Cardiff Metropolitan University


Charbonnel et Walker Limited


Wales Audit Office


Escatec


Strutt and Parker Farms Limited


Patch Gardens Limited


One Stop Recycling Limited


Work highlights


  • Advising Hywel Dda University Health Board in a complex doctor disciplinary case.
  • Provided employment-related advice pursuant to LDC’s £18m minority investment into TMC Pharma Services.
  • Continue to act for the Health Board in the case of Agarwal v (1) Cardiff University (2) Cardiff & Vale University Local Health Board.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Led from Cardiff by the ‘exceptional’ Anthony Rees , and also able to leverage the firm’s UK-wide and international resources, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a popular choice for large domestic businesses, as well as multinational corporates, across the full scope of their employment requirements. An accomplished advocate who has a strong track record of success for clients in tribunal hearings, but also effective at advising on international restructurings, Rees is praised for his ‘pragmatic, proportionate and very wise advice’, which he dispenses to clients from a range of sectors, including education providers. ‘Not just a great employment lawyer, but a great partner to the client as well’, Tom Bray excels in providing employment support on international M&A, outsourcing and restructuring projects, and has over the years developed a particular level of specialism advising clients (including Heathrow Airport) within the aviation sector. Thomas Player also excels in handling international employment mandates, including in the context of collective employment law, work which regularly sees him acting in an advisory capacity for many companies operating European Works Councils.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Rees


Other key lawyers:

Thomas Player; Huw Jones; Tom Bray; Sally Isaacs; Ellie Brown; Leonie McQuaide


Testimonials

The efficient team has strong levels of technical expertise.’

‘The employment practice in Cardiff offers a deep understanding of the national education sector issues combined with a local personal approach.’

The exceptional Anthony Rees provides pragmatic, proportionate and very wise advice.’

Anthony Rees has developed a deep understanding of the organisation and its mission to underpin his advice over a period of time. He will always respond when his advice is sought and offers pragmatic advice appropriate for the context.’

‘Tom Bray is not just a great employment lawyer, but a great partner to the client as well. He always makes time for you, speaks sense and is a decent human being as well.’

Key clients

Wolverine Worldwide/Sweaty Betty


Gresham House Plc


Heathrow Airport


SONY


Vale Europe Limited


Dwr Cymru Welsh Water


Tinopolis PLC


Rubix


Cardiff University


University West of England


Work highlights


Lewis Silkin

Drawing upon a deep understanding of domestic and international employment law issues associated with ongoing business operations, as well as in the context of ad-hoc transactional work (including major restructurings, M&A mandates and outsourcing), the ‘very strong’ team at Lewis Silkin provides ‘commercially savvy’ advice to private sector employers, both on its own as well as alongside other practitioners spread across the firm’s UK-wide network of offices. Team head Lucy Lewis  has ‘excellent retail knowledge’ and provides ‘very responsive and commercially pragmatic’ strategic advice to many high-profile employers on redundancies/restructuring; sensitive terminations and practical advice on the operation of TUPE. Richard Moore  ‘provides business friendly advice’ on the employment law issues arising from corporate transactions and commercial outsourcing arrangements. At an associate level, Charlotte Morgan continues to impress (although her recent work has been largely made in the context of a secondment role for a large US bank), and Neil Dite has ‘an ability to explain complicated areas easily and thoroughly’, particularly in relation to international employment matters impacting clients in the manufacturing sector.


Practice head(s):

Lucy Lewis


Other key lawyers:

Richard Moore; Neil Dite; Charlotte Morgan; Amy Nevins


Testimonials

A down-to-earth, commercially savvy firm with a strong pedigree and desire to go the extra mile or their clients.’

A very strong team with excellent retail knowledge, always delivering immediately useful advice that is perfectly pitched.’

‘Lewis Silkin is great at overseeing Europe-wide projects, which requires them to coordinate with different law firms in each market, aggregate the information, and provide useful advice on how to proceed.’

Lucy Lewis is very responsive and commercially pragmatic.’

Richard Moore is always available, and provides business friendly advice on a timely basis.’

Richard Moore and Neil Dite are excellent and display an ability to explain complicated areas easily and thoroughly.’

Key clients

Marks & Spencer


Havas


Omnicom Group


Rockwool


DS Smith


Inditex (Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bershka)


Interpublic


Daily Mail & General Trust Plc


DraftKings


Publicis


Work highlights


  • Advising an online retailer on a significant global restructure which involved outsourcing parts of business as well as rationalising resources (which involved both TUPE and collective redundancies).
  • Advising on all employment aspects of the purchase of a manufacturing business across 14 jurisdictions, including much of Europe, China, Brazil and Indonesia, relating to the implementation of pre-completion re-organisation steps.
  • Supporting a multinational manufacturer on a high value Employment Tribunal claim involving sensitive allegations of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination with the successful result of all claims being dismissed.

Acuity Law

Under the very effective leadership of the ‘exceptional’ Claire Knowles, the ‘responsive, proactive and supportive’ team at Acuity Law continues to gain traction in the market and ‘has a good balance of experience and developing lawyers’. The arrival in February 2022 of the ‘very likeable, professional and sensible’ Juliette Franklin from Slater and Gordon has provided the firm with added gravitas on the contentious front, as a result of her claimant-side prowess in relation to discrimination claims. The recruitment in January 2023 of senior associate Rubel Bashir , also formerly of Slater and Gordon, enhances the associate ranks that also includes the ‘proactive and commercially focused’ Adam McGlynn . As well as his fee-earning work, McGlynn has also been very effective at developing technology-based products (alongside the firm’s existing longstanding Acuity Counsel subscription offering) including the Redundancy Costs Calculator and the IR35 Assist assessment tool.


Practice head(s):

Claire Knowles


Other key lawyers:

Juliette Franklin; Rubel Bashir; Adam McGlynn


Testimonials

The team is responsive, proactive and supportive.’

The team has a good balance of experience and developing lawyers.’

‘The calm and assertive Claire Knowles is exceptional; knowledgeable and incredibly practical.’

‘Claire Knowles provides excellent personal service. She is always proactive and responsive giving strong commercial advice at competitive rates.’

Claire Knowles is technically very good. She is very professional and reasonable to deal with as an opponent. It is a pleasure to have her on the other side as you know that she will be tough but sensible.’

The very likeable, professional and sensible Juliette Franklin has had an excellent reputation for being one of the leading claimant lawyers in Cardiff for a number of years.’

Adam McGlynn provides excellent support and advice. He is always contactable, proactive and commercially focused.’

 

Key clients

RTI Group Services Limited


Brickability Group Plc


Bright Network


Portman Healthcare Limited


Oliver Marketing Limited


CareMatch Limited


Cadwyn Housing Association Limited


Work highlights


  • Representing RTI Group in a claim brought against them by a former Director and a former employee, who claimed that they had been dismissed for having blown the whistle.

Capital Law Limited

Capital Law Limited provides ‘sensible, responsive and practical advice‘ to a varied mix of private (including a growing number of technology and pharmaceutical clients) and public sector entities across a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Leveraging his knowledge gleaned from private practice as well as in-house, team head Richard Thomas  has vast experience across a range of employment (including in relation to collective employment law) and data protection matters, knowledge which he effectively deploys in relation to both fee-earning work, as well as training sessions. The 'personable' David Lewis  leverages his litigation expertise to good effect both from a risk management perspective, as well as on behalf of clients defending claims of alleged discrimination, where he will often undertake the advocacy himself. The ‘extremely helpful’ Sarah Austin  provides ‘practical solutions’, particularly as it relates to corporate support, including the employment issues associated with the firm’s private equity roster of clients on their investments. Senior associate Gemma Bailey joined from Howells Solicitors in January 2023 and adds further weight behind the firm’s contentious employment, in particular.

 

 

Practice head(s):

Richard Thomas


Other key lawyers:

Sarah Austin; David Lewis; Mary Goldsbrough; David Sheppard; Alex Christen; Alison Flett; Claire Tait; Jonathan Walsh; Gemma Bailey


Testimonials

The team provides sensible, responsive and practical advice.

The team always provides straightforward, practical advice to reach a resolution, that is easy to follow and understand.’

Richard Thomas has strong political, governance and legislative knowledge that enables us to make strategic employment decisions that will support today and the future.’

David Shepherd – strong experience and knowledge with core essential employment law matters such as the Equalities Act, TUPE and Working Time Directive.’

David Lewis is our main contact and I find him to be not only personable but understanding and will work with us to ensure we achieve the right outcome for both the business and the individual situation.’

David Lewis has extraordinary skill and is able to very quickly grasp the culture of a business and learn about its people. When giving advice, he doesn’t just consider the legal position but also the how the way in which decisions or actions will be received by our employees or group of employees.’

Sarah Austin has been extremely helpful in the advice and assistance provided, explaining the position, giving practical solutions and providing advice quickly in a time-critical situation.’

Key clients

British Medical Association


SEGA Europe Ltd


University of South Wales


The Royal Mint


Verisure Services (UK) Ltd


Intellectual Property Office


Welsh Government


WestBridge Capital LLP


Newport City Homes


The Hendre Group


Cardiff City Football Club


Limejump


Eden Grove Properties Limited


Bellavista


Howard Tenens


Bridgend Schools


Cartrefi Conwy Housing Association


Marshmallow Financial Services


Tindle Newspapers Limited


Natural Resources Wales


Infineon Technologies (UK) Limited


Mango


Cardiff Metropolitan University


Work highlights


  • Advising the BMA in a class action for age discrimination against the Department of Health and Social Care concerning the NHS Pension Scheme 2015.
  • Advising Cardiff City Football Club in preparing a bespoke women’s professional footballer contract, tailored to reflect specific needs of women players, and meeting FIFA and FAW rules and regulations, and helping the development of professional women players in Wales.
  • Advised WestBridge on the employment aspects of their investment in UK cloud and video IP specialist Techex Europe Limited from their highly successful second fund.

Darwin Gray LLP

Based out of Cardiff but recently extending its reach to clients in the north of the country through the opening of an office in Bangor, the ‘professional and reliable’ team at Darwin Gray LLP is popular among domestic private and public sector clients, which are appreciative not only of the firm’s ‘pragmatic and business focused approach’ but also its ‘commitment to engagement through the Welsh language and culture’. Bilingual team head  Fflur Jones is central to this approach and provides ‘calm and considered’ advice, ‘regardless of how complex the situation is or could be’, for both employers and employees (including many within the public and third sector). The ‘very personable’ Damian Phillips provides ‘commercial and pragmatic advice’ to employers across a range of issues, including TUPE, while on the employee side, he regularly advises professional rugby players and coaches in relation to contract disputes and managed exits from employment. Welsh speaking partner Owen John  ‘is very approachable and knowledgeable’ across a wide array of employment issues, including defending and bringing employment tribunal claims relating to unfair dismissal and discrimination. Senior associate Rachel Ford-Evans provides 'quick and sound legal advice' to employer clients, including those within the social housing sector, while on the litigation front her work includes cases for employees and employers involving sexual harassment, part-time working, and indirect age discrimination.


Practice head(s):

Fflur Jones


Other key lawyers:

Damian Phillips; Owen John; Rachel Ford-Evans


Testimonials

They were professional, honest and frank, and guided us carefully through the process.’

Their commitment to engagement through the Welsh language and culture as well as English is vital for work in Wales.’

Pragmatic and business focused approach. Holistic understanding of complicated employment issues and an amazing ability to simplify things down and advise on/ensure well considered action plans.’

Key clients

The Aloud Charity


Avidety


Chatime


Durston House & Harvington Prep Schools


Ethnic Youth Support Team (EYST) Wales


Flowbio


London Early Years Foundation


M&M Mobile Crane Hire


Total Utility Connections


Waterco


Aberystwyth UCU


ACT Training


Adra Housing Association


Barcud Housing Association


Connect Assist


DICE FM


Farmers Union of Wales


Glenside Commercials


Guarding UK


Gwasanaeth Cerdd Gwynedd a Môn / Schools Music Service


Menter a Busnes


Mudiad Meithrin


National Library of Wales


Naitonal Centre for Learning Welsh/ Y Ganolfan Dysgu Cymraeg Genedlaethol


National College of Wales/ Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol


Plaid Cymru


UCAC (National Union of Teachers Wales)


Vizolution


Welsh Government (National Procurement Framework)


Welsh Language Commissioner


Work highlights


  • Provided employment advice pursuant to the firm’s representation of the shareholders in Scientific Vacuum Solutions Ltd on its acquisition by SDI Group Plc.
  • Acted for large security company Guarding UK Ltd in a multi-faceted Employment Tribunal claim brought by a casual security guard, successfully defending all claims and obtaining a rare £7,000 costs order against a litigant in person claimant.
  • Conducted a wide-ranging review into the structure, senior management team, and job descriptions of UCAC (Teachers’ Union of Wales), a major Welsh trade union.

Geldards LLP

Informed by ‘a clear understanding of the public sector’, as well as acting for a robust portfolio of private sector companies – including a growing number of financial services clients – the ‘experienced and highly knowledgeable’ team at Geldards LLP provides a versatile offering that is underscored by a deeply rooted commercial perspective, as well as a core understanding of the underlying law. ‘Highly intelligent and astute’ team head Lowri Phillips is ‘practical in outlook and approach’, skills which she deploys effectively in an advisory context as well as in litigation, particularly as it relates to equal pay and whistleblowing cases. Joga Singh is ‘exceptionally robust in his advice’ on standalone employment issues, including workplace disputes and restructuring exercises, as well as in a corporate support setting.

Practice head(s):

Lowri Phillips


Other key lawyers:

Joga Singh; Helen Snow


Testimonials

‘The team is experienced and highly knowledgeable. They recognise there is a real world out there and advise accordingly.’

They are very knowledgeable and apply their thinking in a professional and innovative manner.’

Geldards is proactive, commercial and responsive, and are a delight to work with.’

They are very knowledgeable and collaborative.’

Lowri Phillips is a pleasure to work with, is responsive to client needs and understands the legal and commercial drivers that can be particularly sensitive in employment-related matters.’

Lowri Phillips – a highly astute partner with a very pleasing and reassuring manner. Lowri is the ideal problem solver – highly intelligent but always practical in outlook and approach.’

‘Lowri Phillips is very experienced and clear in her advice. She has a pleasant and calm manner which can prove very useful in stressful environments.’ 

Joga Singh is exceptionally robust in his advice and clearly understands the client’s desired outcomes. This gives me the confidence to make sometimes tricky decisions especially about dismissal.’

Key clients

Admiral Insurance


Fiera Capital Corporation


Fiera Capital UK


Archimedes Partners Ltd


Welsh Government


The Senedd Commission


The Senedd Commission (Member Support)


Sofa Brands International


Spectrum Internet


Toast


Target Group Limited


A F Blakemore & Son Limited


Novomatic Group


Ludlow Street Healthcare Group


Simbec-Orion


Tower Colliery Celsa Manufacturing UK Limited


Lewis Homes


Watts Aviation


Luxury Leisure


Sub2Technologies


Wales Millennium Centre


Vale of Glamorgan Council


Flintshire Council


Liverpool City Combined Authority


The Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales


The National Museum of Wales


The Arts Council of Wales


Sport Wales


Pembrokeshire College


Colleges Wales/Colegau Cymru


United Welsh Housing Association


Wales Air Ambulance


Hybu Cig Cymru


Bakelite Synthetics


Epoxy Westlake


Momentive Performance Materials Limited


Rotable Repairs Limited


Fiera Real Estate UK Limited


Creo Medical


Work highlights


  • Defending the British Boxing Board of Control against a claim in the Employment Tribunal for discrimination and victimisation, in relation to the qualifications held by a (non-employed) licence holder.
  • Advising Celsa Manufacturing UK Limited on the TUPE implications of a lease of premises and machinery, including drafting the relevant employment provisions for the various contracts and secondment agreements for the machine operators.
  • Advising the Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales on the preparation and submission of the Agricultural Wages Order annually to Welsh Ministers including the agricultural minimum wage and terms and conditions of employment for agricultural workers in Wales.

Hugh James

The 'knowledgeable and attentive' team at Hugh James is adept at handling a broad spectrum of both individual and collective employment matters, for diverse range of clients, including domestic and UK-wide corporates, as well as many public sector entities. Team head Louise Price exemplifies the versatility of the firm's offering, being as comfortable handling corporate support work and large-scale TUPE transfers, as she is advising on pensions matters and defending clients in high-stakes employment litigation. Although she is a relatively new partner, Rhiannon Dale 'is able to pick up on points that other experienced partners may overlook', and is therefore a very safe choice for respondents in litigation, as well as on complex non-contentious work including on highly technical issues relating to the application of TUPE.


Practice head(s):

Louise Price


Other key lawyers:

Rhiannon Dale; Eleanor Bamber; Christine Bradbury; Elinor Corbett-Jones; Kate Walsh; Sali Owens; Harry Orbell


Testimonials

Their cases are very well prepared: they demonstrate excellent judgement in their advice to clients regarding i.e. merits, disclosure or witness statements; their approach to witnesses is careful and considerate; and they are very supportive to counsel during hearings.’

‘In respect of non-contentious work, I have been struck by the breadth of their clients and quality of their work, in both individual and collective matters.’

‘The level of knowledge, attention and professionalism is at a very high standard.’

‘Rhiannon Dale is fantastic at considering every angle of a case and is able to pick up on points that other experienced partners may overlook. Her knowledge of technical matters, such as the taxation of settlements or the application of TUPE, is impressive.’

Key clients

Cwmpas


Ensinger


Coastal Housing Group


REHAU Limited


PF Concept International B. V


Nile UK Service Company Limited


Welsh National Opera


Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association


Tai Calon Community Housing


Welsh Government


Work highlights


  • Defending Welsh National Opera in a multi-party employment tribunal claim lodged by 12 claimants.
  • Continuing to advise global company, REHAU Limited, in relation to all aspects of employment law, from providing day to day employment law support to policy drafting and advising on employment related data protection issues.
  • Providing HR services under the Cwmpas (formerly the Wales Co-operative Centre) Organisational Development Framework (the Framework).

Berry Smith

Combining ‘outstanding subject matter knowledge’ with client care that is ‘second-to-none’, Berry Smith is a popular choice among regional employers, in particular, on their ongoing employment/HR needs, as well as in standalone projects. ‘Exceptional’ team head Sarah Alford is ‘pragmatic and compassionate in her dealings’ with clients, ensuring ‘outstanding results’ are achieved on standalone matters, as well as in a corporate support context.


Practice head(s):

Sarah Alford


Other key lawyers:

Michael Shutt; Selena Baker


Testimonials

The team has an excellent reputation for dealing with matters with the best interests of the client at the heart of all that they do. Their knowledge of their subject is outstanding and their client care is second to none.’

Sarah Alford is an exceptional solicitor. She always focuses on her clients’ well being and is pragmatic and compassionate in her dealings. She is quietly spoken but a very focussed individual who does her absolute best for her clients. The outcomes she delivers are outstanding.’

Key clients

South Wales Fire & Rescue Service


EKF Diagnostics Holdings Plc


The shareholders of Europest Environmental Services Limited


Yourgene Health Plc


Welsh Government – National Procurement Service


BBI Group Holdings Limited


Involve Recruitment Limited


Active Quote Limited


Brightwells Limited


CP Hire (GB) Limited


Centre for Digital Public Services


Elite Supported Employment Agency


Zenith Print Group


Tiny Rebel Brewery


Work highlights


  • Advising the shareholders of Europest Environmental Services Limited on employment elements of their sale to a subsidiary of US-based Rollins Inc.
  • Advised the shareholders of Vision Flor Limited on their sale to their management team, including assistance with drafting an employment contract for the selling shareholder.
  • Advised Martyn Prowel Solicitors on the employment elements of their purchase of Gartsides Solicitors.

Morgan Denton Jones

Specialist employment boutique Morgan Denton Jones provides a ‘very professional and collaborative’ service across a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters facing employers and employees. ‘Experienced and technically strong’, Jennifer Jones  has excellent market recognition among local businesses, which she regularly represents on day-to-day HR matters and ad-hoc projects. She is also regularly sought out by banking executives seeking to negotiate favourable settlement agreements. Jones co-heads the team alongside the ‘very approachable’ Mark Morgan, who provides employment law advice that is ‘second to none’. 

 


Practice head(s):

Mark Morgan; Jennifer Jones


Other key lawyers:

Rhiannon John


Testimonials

‘Their support, advice and guidance in a very challenging and protracted tribunal case was second to none. They were efficient and made time for me as and when needed, which at some points was daily.’

They are very professional and collaborative.’

‘Mark Morgan is always immediately available, usually at very short notice. His employment law advice is second to none, he is discreet and very approachable.’

Work highlights


Morgan LaRoche

The 'exceptionally knowledgeable' team at Morgan LaRoche provide a 'totally personal and bespoke service' to South West Wales-based businesses across the gamut of their non-contentious and contentious employment/HR law requirements. 'Professional and personable' team head Hannah Belton provides 'pragmatic and legally sound advice' both on day-to-day employment and HR matters, as well as in tribunal cases, including in relation to discrimination and whistle-blower cases. Associate Sophie Ray regularly provides corporate support work, including on TUPE issues, as well as providing 'fabulous business support' to local companies, where she adds value by virtue of her previous in-house HR experience.

 

 


Practice head(s):

Hannah Belton


Other key lawyers:

Sophie Ray; Hannah Francis-Hopkins


Testimonials

Exceptionally knowledgeable team, not only in their respective areas of the law but also their commercial acumen.’

What makes them unique is the totally personal and bespoke service they provide.’

‘There is always a pragmatic approach to the case, a risk assessment and sensible, practical solutions provided.’

Hannah Belton is extremely professional and personable.’

Hannah Belton’s provides pragmatic and legally sound advice’. 

Sophie Ray provides fabulous business support.’

Hannah Francis-Hopkins is a shining example of dedication to customer care and support. She is a tremendous asset to the team.’

 

Key clients

Morgans Hotel Limited


Natural UK Limited


Seren Group Limited


Protherics UK Limited


CWM Environmental


EA-RS Fire Management Limited


LBS Builders Merchants Limited


Cawdor Cars (Newcastle Emlyn) Limited


Holstein UK


M&D Care Limited


Work highlights


  • Appointed as the sole employment law advisors to CWM Environmental, advising it on a range of matters through the firm’s monthly retainer scheme.
  • Advising LBS Builders Merchants Limited on a wide variety of issues including sickness absence, flexible working, employee mental health, disciplinaries, grievances, subject access requests and providing in-house training.
  • Providing bespoke technical advice to Protherics UK Limited on disciplinaries and grievances, employment contracts, dismissals and flexible working.

Douglas-Jones Mercer

At Douglas-Jones Mercer, team head Paul Shuttleworth provides ‘very responsive and supportive’ advice to local businesses, charities, and individuals across a wide range of employment matters, including ongoing HR issues and standalone projects. Shuttleworth also provides a considerable amount of pro bono advice through his work at Swansea University’s law clinic.


Practice head(s):

Paul Shuttleworth


Testimonials

The team is very responsive and provides detailed feedback and regular updates on matters.’

‘Paul Shuttleworth is very responsive and supportive and provides a lot of clarity surrounding technical matters.’

Key clients

Energist Limited


Community Lives Consortium


Mirus Wales


Skelton Thomas Engineering Ltd


Edyffi Ltd


Work highlights


Harding Evans LLP

At Newport firm Harding Evans LLP, team head Daniel Wilde has a strong reputation among local businesses and individuals across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including in specialist areas such as industrial action, and in relation to complex discrimination and whistleblowing cases.


Practice head(s):

Daniel Wilde


Key clients

The Royal NAAFI


Golley Slater Group Limited


MSS Group Limited


Newport Transport


GAVO


Newport Mind


Bruton Knowles


FW Morgan


Heads of the Valleys Training Limited


Framatome Limited


Work highlights


  • Advised longstanding client, the Royal NAAFI on employment law implications arising from the relocation of its head office in Germany back to the UK.
  • Acted for a large number of employees (in excess of 30) leaving a medical diagnostics group to include advising on numerous settlement agreements.
  • Provided advice to new client Framatome Limited in relation to the TUPE implications of the consolidation of various UK operating companies.

Howells Solicitors

At Howells Solicitors, senior associate James Watkins has 'excellent knowledge in the field' and is particularly adept at representing employees as claimants in cases before the employment tribunal. Watkins now heads the team following Gemma Bailey's departure to  Capital Law Limited in November 2022.


Practice head(s):

James Watkins


Testimonials

‘The team has an excellent client manner and has a good deal of business clients, as well as individual claimants.’

It is an excellent claimant practice that provides sensible, commercial and pragmatic advice to individuals seeking employment law advice.’

‘James Watkins – employment specialist with excellent knowledge of the field. Good client skills. Strong team working ethos with counsel.’

Work highlights


Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon displays an ‘approachable and pragmatic’ service to employees, including union members, as well as a growing number of senior executives and private clients. ‘Down-to-earth’ senior associate Sian Clarke heads the team and is pivotal to the firm’s success in relation individual litigation claims (including as it relates to unfair and wrongful and constructive dismissal, wages claims, and whistleblowing) as well as group actions.

 

Practice head(s):

Sian Clarke


Other key lawyers:

Nayo Kirkpatrick


Testimonials

Down to earth, approachable and pragmatic in their approach to employment law matters.’

Sian Clarke is extremely professional and down to earth. She is pragmatic and is always willing to explore how best to move matters forward.’

Key clients

Unite the Union


Work highlights


  • Representing Unite the Union (Unite) in a claim against a company upon behalf of 57 members under Section 189(1) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (the “TULR(C)A”).

Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Praised for its ‘customer-focused and pragmatic way of dealing with difficult and emotive matters’, Harrison Clark Rickerbys‘ ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team has, since it was formed in February 2020, ‘established a formidable Welsh presence within a strikingly short space of time’. Key to the firm’s success is the reputation and leadership of team head Chris Mayers , who brings to bear significant experience representing claimants and respondents across a range of employment litigation, and who is able to ‘bring even the most intransigent opponent to the table’. Andrea Thomas  is noted for her ability to provide ‘balanced and commercial advice’ to public and private sector clients both in a standalone advisory capacity as well as in the context of corporate support.

 

















Practice head(s):

Chris Mayers


Other key lawyers:

Andrea Thomas; Nadine Maher


Testimonials

‘They are extremely knowledgeable, pragmatic, concise and friendly.’

‘The team has not only a huge amount of up to date legal knowledge, but an extremely customer-focused and pragmatic way of dealing with difficult and emotive matters.’

The team has established a formidable Welsh presence within a strikingly short space of time.’

‘Chris Mayers has a dominating presence, matched with charm and powerful wit. He is an exceptional negotiator and can bring even the most intransigent opponent to the table.’

I cannot praise Chris Mayers highly enough. He is a truly caring and fabulous solicitor. A rare gem.’

Andrea Thomas presented my business with a personable and very proactive manner of dealing with difficult decisions and tasks.’

Andrea Thomas has strong eye for detail, is good with clients, and a safe pair of hands.’

Andrea Thomas is quick to respond, offers balanced and commercial advice, and is a pleasure to work with. She acts like a true business partner.’

Key clients

allpay


British Airways Plc


Synetic Life Sciences Limited


Edmo Group Holdings Limited


Alltrust Holdings Limited


Janice Anyon & Others


Police Federation of England and Wales


Work highlights


  • Representing the Police Federation of England and Wales in a number of claims against different Police forces, mainly involving allegations of discrimination.
  • Handling the employment law advice pursuant to Synetic Life Sciences’ sale to Lucid Group.
  • Provided employment law support to the firm’s corporate team on its representation of the shareholders of Alltrust Holdings Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to The UAP Group based in Guernsey.

Harrisons Solicitors LLP

The 'friendly, helpful and informative' team at Harrisons Solicitors LLP provides 'very customer focused' advice to regional businesses and employees throughout Mid Wales across a myriad employment work, ranging from the negotiation of settlement agreements and drafting employment contracts, through to employment tribunal matters. Team head Charlotte Powell-Jones and Anne Smith are the main contacts.


Practice head(s):

Charlotte Powell-Jones


Other key lawyers:

Anne Smith


Testimonials

Friendly, helpful and informative.’

They are very customer focused want to give you time to understand your business and your issues to explore fully.’

Key clients

Wynnstay Group Plc


Charlies Stores Limited


Rees Astley Holdings Limited


Hafren Veterinary Group


Shoothill Limited


SWG Construction (Build and Renovate) Ltd


JTILC Limited


Work highlights


  • Representing a client in an unfair dismissal employment tribunal claim involving a dispute which has arisen as to whether the dismissal arises from redundancy or some other substantial reason.
     
     
  • Advising an employee in respect of a defective internal investigatory & disciplinary procedure arising from allegations of sexual harassment against the employee in question.
  • Advised a Transferor substantively in respect of a TUPE business transfer and obligations arising.

Slate Legal

Making very effective use of technology to streamline processes, ‘very knowledgeable’ sole practitioner James Moss at Newport-based firm Slate Legal is well-placed to handle a significant volume of work for local employers and employees across the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters. Moss is noted for his ‘very thorough’ advice in the context of employment terms and conditions, data protection, grievances, disciplinaries and discrimination-related disputes.


Practice head(s):

James Moss


Testimonials

The responsive James Moss is very knowledgeable in the field of employment law. His advice is always very thorough and he explores all possibilities with us to help us resolve our issue.’

Key clients

Copart UK Ltd


Patent Seekers Ltd


Euro Foods Group Limited


Cambria Consulting Ltd


Meddygfa Glan Cynon Surgery


Archer & Co (Chepstow) Ltd


CEASE UK


Lynn PR Ltd


Parochial Church Council of St Denys


Rossco Civil Engineering Ltd


Work highlights


  • Representing longstanding client, Copart UK Ltd, in several Employment Tribunal matters, as well as advising across its 16 UK sites on operational HR and employment law issues.
  • Advising international IP company, Patent Seekers Ltd, on commercially sensitive contractual issues, the enforcement of post-termination restrictive covenants, employee exits as well as other complex employment law issues.
  • Advising strategic communications and behavioural insights consultancy, Lynn PR Ltd, on a variety of employment law matters.

JCP Solicitors

JCP Solicitors provides a wide range of employment and HR advice to clients both in a bespoke context, as well as through its monthly retainer service which continues attract a number of local businesses. Cardiff-based team head Catherine Almeida handles contentious and non-contentious work for employees and employers, and as well as standalone instructions also regularly provides employment support to transactional work handled by the corporate team.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Almeida


Work highlights


Thompson Darwin Limited

Providing a fixed fee service as well as a retainer offering, boutique employment firm Thompson Darwin Limited provides a ‘responsive and cost-effective service’ to Wales and England-based SMEs, start-ups and larger corporates across a range of their ongoing HR and employment concerns. In addition, Bethan Darwin, who is ‘approachable, sympathetic and down-to-earth’, also regularly advises senior executives on settlement agreements, as well as in litigation (including as it relates to potential breaches of restrictive covenants).


Practice head(s):

Bethan Darwin


Testimonials

‘The friendly and approachable team knows how to communicate in an understandable way for a  non-lawyer to understand the jargon. They have a very good understanding of our business and needs.’

The team provides a responsive and cost-effective service.’

Bethan Darwin is approachable, sympathetic and down-to-earth with a very pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

Seasons Holidays Limited


G Tech (Grey Technology Limited)


Yubico


Zoobiotic Limited (Biomonde)


Health & Her Limited


Viscose Closures Limited


Magnet & Steel Limited


Specsavers Cardiff


Scarlets Rugby Club


Driftrock Limited


Work highlights


  • Advising Grey Technology Limited on grievance and performance matters.
  • Advising Scarlets Rugby on contracts for both playing and non playing staff.
  • Advising cluster of Specsavers franchisees on grievance and performance issues.

Watkins & Gunn Limited

Spearheaded by the 'down-to-earth, hardworking and skilled' Lisa GuscottWatkins & Gunn Limited remains best-known for its litigation expertise for trade union clients and its members, including in the context of industrial action. Associate Jonathan Williams ' 'rapid and accurate advice makes him the go-to-guy for employees who find themselves in a hole', with his recent caseload including disputes relating to disability and sex discrimination.


Practice head(s):

Lisa Guscott


Other key lawyers:

Clive Thomas; Jonathan Williams


Testimonials

The team has great depth and experience across a broad range of employment disputes.’

‘They have a fantastic knowledge of the marketplace and are able to relate to employees and employers with ease.’

Lisa Guscott is down-to-earth, hardworking and skilled.’

Jonathan Williams’ rapid and accurate advice makes him the go-to-guy for employees who find themselves in a hole. His experience and knowledge of trade unions gives him a perspective on the realities of the workplace like few others can. 

Key clients

Bakers Food & Allied Workers Union


GMB Union (Wales & South West England)


Community in Wales Union


Work highlights


  • Advice and assistance to the GMB in relation to recent strike action in a workplace where the Union was not recognised and where issues surrounding derogation were brought into question.
  • Advice and assistance in relation to industrial action in relation to a pay offer for refuse workers.
  • Dealing with a claim on behalf of the GMB for Equality of terms (Equal Pay) and possibly some discriminatory issues which have arisen out of longstanding dispute regarding pay scales for care workers within the local authority.