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Employment: Cardiff

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  1. Employment: Cardiff
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The ‘responsive and pragmatic’ 20-strong team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides 'tactically astute’ and ‘very commercial advice’ across both contentious and non-contentious matters to public and private sector clients including Welsh Water, Wolverine Worldwide, Neilsen Group and British Broadcasting Corporation. The sheer size of the team enables practitioners within it to have significant pockets of expertise. For example, Thomas Player excels at handling industrial relations work and recently represented SPX Flow on its negotiation of a European Works Council in accordance with the EU directive and the Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations. Many of Tom Bray’s clients are major global entities including Heathrow Airport, which he continues to represent on all its employment tribunals and industrial relations needs. ‘Outstanding’ team head Anthony Rees provides ‘responsive and solution-focused advice’ across a range of contentious and non-contentious work for both private and public sector clients; he recently successfully defended global motor manufacturing company Toyoda Gosei against claims of victimisation, race discrimination and breach of contract. Other recommended practitioners include Huw Rolant Jones, who leads on all the public sector mandates handled by the group; ‘impressive’ senior associate Richard Woodhead , who provides ‘sensitive and sensible advice’ on complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims; and legal director Helen Mortlock , who handles employment work for the firm’s higher education clients.

A ‘real regional heavyweight‘, Blake Morgan LLP 's employment practice ‘goes from strength-to-strength‘ and is ‘able to present complex information concisely and clearly’, excelling at handling sophisticated TUPE issues, equal pay and pensions matters for private and public sector clients.  Joanne Davies is an ‘excellent source of information about TUPE and its implications‘. Paula Kathrens 'combines the standard employment law knowledge with tactical and relational understanding' which she employs to good effect within the education and the healthcare sector, where alongside the ‘unflappable and experiencedMatthew Smith she handles a raft of employment work for NHS Wales including employment work related to doctor disciplinary cases. Senior associate Ian Jones demonstrates an excellent knowledge and practical application of all areas of employee relations'. Clients include PHS Group, Swansea University and Dolce & Gabana. Michael Clarke recently departed for a role at the Equality & Human Rights Commission in Cardiff.

Capital Law LLP ‘s three-partner team provides ‘exceptional customer service‘ and ‘first-class’ advice across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious mandates to companies and organisations within the education, manufacturing, transport and retail sectors. Noted for its ‘unrivalled level of care and attention’, clients benefit from a holistic approach which not only includes legal advice but also HR consultancy services by dint of the firm’s integrated management consultancy, “Capital People”. ‘Personable and effective’ team head Nia Cooper  ‘always instils confidence with her calm and considered manner and astute advice’, particularly as it pertains to large-scale projects involving TUPE, collective redundancy issues or changes to terms and conditions, in addition to employment tribunal representation. The ‘highly skilled and well-prepared’ Iestyn Morris is particularly accomplished at handling work within the education sector and recently successfully defended a National Association of Head Teachers’ member in a fitness to practice proceeding. Trade union law specialist Richard Thomas is also recommended, while at associate level, Sarah Austin  specialises in the employment law issues associated with corporate transactions handled by the firm, and Welsh speaking associate Esyllt Green  has extensive experience in the retail sector having formerly worked in-house at B&Q. Clients include British Medical Association, University of South Wales, Westbridge Capital and Dow Corning.

The ‘thorough and responsive’ four-partner team at Geldards LLP provides ‘calm and measured advice’ to private and public sector clients, including Admiral Insurance, Arts Council of Wales and Sofa Brands International, across the bandwidth of employment matters, from ongoing HR training and advisory work, through to larger-scale employment projects. ‘Calm and very reasonable’ team head Stephen Jenkins is ‘prepared to go the extra mile for clients’, particularly with regard to TUPE matters and tribunal claims, where he is appreciated for his ability to ‘balance the legal side of the advice with the practical implementation’. Particularly strong on the contentious front, the ‘direct and honest’ Rhian Brace provides ‘practical and simply explained advice’ and is a key member of the team at a partner level that also includes equal pay expert Kim Howell and the ‘very responsive’ Lowri Phillips, who has niche expertise advising on data protection matters and freedom of information requests. ‘Personable and approachable’ senior associate Joga Singh covers contentious and non-contentious matters and is ‘especially good at providing plain English advice for the layperson’.

Hugh James provides an ‘excellent level of service’ to standalone clients as well as existing corporate clients of the firm across a range of issues including advice on collective labour law, equal pay, TUPE and pensions. Team head Emma Burns has a strong reputation in the market for both contentious and non-contentious matters. She continues to handle a raft of ongoing work for Natural Resources Wales including helping it to achieve a collective agreement agreeing a new pay structure for all of its staff, as well as day-to-day HR case work which includes representation in tribunal cases. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Louise Price provides an ‘excellent service’ across a range of non-contentious matters including pensions and employee benefits advice; she recently advised independent television production and media company, Avanti Media, through a high-profile TUPE transfer involving the transfer of the Songs of Praise staff from the BBC to Avanti and Nine Lives. Not withstanding her relatively junior standing, associate Rhiannon Dale is already picking up some high-quality work for clients including Braces Bakery and is appreciated for her ‘attention-to-detail and excellent customer service’. Other clients include Rockwool, Celtic Manor Resort and The Walters Company.

Headed by the ‘very highly regarded’ Lucy Lewis and aided by a broad-ranging domestic network of offices, Lewis Silkin LLP’s ‘pragmatic and professional’ eight-strong team provides ‘responsive and tactical advice’ across a range of employment projects including as it relates to strategic redundancies, restructuring and TUPE matters, as well as on other discrete contentious and non-contentious matters. The ‘fantastically astute’, ‘robust and commercial’ Richard Moore is an ‘excellent problem-solver and never shirks from giving the tough advice when it is needed’, particularly in relation to corporate M&A and outsourcing transactions. ‘Excellent’ managing associate James Walters excels at handling contentious matters and is a key member of the team that also includes ‘commercial and diligent’ associate Charlotte Morgan. Clients include Marks & Spencer, MTV and Zara.

Renowned for dealing with complex cases under the anti-discrimination legislation’, the ‘highly professional, experienced and dedicated’ team at Slater and Gordon provides an ‘outstanding’ service to an exclusively claimant side client base including private clients as well as trade union members and the police federation. 'Pragmatic and personable' team head Rachel Harfield 'gets outstanding results for her clients' and is 'often instructed in very difficult cases'. Praised for her 'tenacity' and 'willingness to fight tooth and nail for her clients', Harfield's broad-ranging work includes discrimination, whistleblowing, false imprisonment/misfeasance claims, and data protection matters. ‘Very hardworking’ senior associate Juliette Franklin is noted for her ‘thoroughness’ and ‘excellent judgement’ and has developed a very strong reputation representing senior executives and union members in discrimination cases. ‘Conscientious, dedicated and incredibly tenacious’ associate Mohini Bharani has ‘a particular expertise handling complex race discrimination cases’ scoring a notable success in the recently reported case - Bowler v Chief Constable of Kent Police. An associate in the trade union employment team, Simon James 'has incredible experience and knowledge of a wide range of employment law disputes ranging from acting for hundreds of union members in equal pay disputes, complicated discrimination claims involving dismissal to smaller matters regarding unpaid wages'. Associate James Watkins handles private client employment work and is noted for his 'very meticulous approach and excellent knowledge of the law'. ‘Thorough and diligent in his preparation’, Rhydian Reeves is also recommended.

Headed by the ‘outstanding’ Fabio Grech, the six-strong team at Berry Smith  is noted for its ability to provide ‘clear and robust advice’ to numerous private sector SME clients, as well as public sector entities, particularly in light of its appointment to the NPS panel (notably the firm also advises the NPS itself on employment work). The ‘very approachable and personable’ Grech provides ‘clear and sound advice’ across both contentious and non-contentious work; he continues to represent BBI Group on its consolidation of UK manufacturing operations to a single site in Crumlin, Caerphilly, following an £8.5 million investment, supported by the Welsh government. Associate Sarah Alford  has contentious and non-contentious expertise within the construction, agricultural and manufacturing industries. Alford recently successfully defended a headmaster of a south Wales-based school against serious allegations alleging, inter alia, staff bullying and dishonesty. Other clients include The Life Sciences Hub Wales, Gwent Nursing Homes and Neath Coachbuilders. Jennifer Pinder joined Capital Law LLP in December 2017.

Darwin Gray LLP ’s ‘knowledgeable and strong’ two-partner team provides an ‘outstanding level of service’ to a growing roster of largely domestic clients across the gamut of employment issues, from day-to-day HR advice and training through to complex restructuring exercises and contentious work. The team also includes a number of fluent Welsh speakers including ‘superb’ team head Fflur Jones, ensuring that it is a popular choice for local corporates whose first language is Welsh. Jones is ‘appreciative of the business and commercial implications when delivering legal advice’ and although she handles a range of work, she has developed a particularly strong reputation representing claimants in complex discrimination cases. The ‘excellent’ Damian Phillips acts for employers and employees and as head of the firm’s sports team also regularly handles employment law matters for rugby players and coaches. ‘Outstanding’ bi-lingual senior associate Owen John ‘explains everything without resorting to unnecessary complex legal jargon’. As well as regularly handling TUPE transfer work for corporates, John has developed expertise in several more esoteric areas including with regard to sleeping provisions. The team is rounded out by an HR consultancy offering enabling the team to provide a fully comprehensive and holistic service to clients.

The ‘very well-respected’ employment boutique Morgan Denton Jones  ‘punches above its weight’ and is noted in particular for its ‘ability to go the extra mile for clients’ and ‘willingness to tackle complex cases’ on behalf of Wales based corporates from a range of sectors. Benefiting from an ‘in-depth knowledge of employment law’, Mark Morgan provides ‘level -headed and sensible advice’ across all aspects of employee disputes and non-contentious employment law, including dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, staff transfers, employee monitoring and complex contract claims involving senior executives. Jenny Jones also handles broad-ranging employment work on behalf of corporates but has also developed a thriving practice on behalf of London-based senior executives on the negotiation of exit terms. Associate Elizabeth Evans is also recommended for her ‘ability to put forward the best possible option for a remedy', as well as the 'ease with which she is able to explain new legislation’.

Although it is relatively small compared to others in the ranking, under the leadership of the ‘very impressive’ Claire Knowles, Acuity Legal Limited 's employment team provides an ‘absolutely brilliant service’ to an ever growing roster of standalone clients, as well as existing corporate clients of the firm. The ‘amazing’ Knowles has ‘vast employment law knowledge’ and as well as handling discrete matters including advice on TUPE and redundancy procedures, also regularly handles in-house training on current hot-button employment issues. Recent highlights include advising energy company Dulas across a range of matters including drafting in-house policies and procedures, such as a sickness absence policy and an overtime policy. The team also handles a substantial amount of ongoing employment work for clients signed up to the firm’s Acuity Counsel service.

Under the leadership of the ‘very impressive’ David Lewis, Howells Solicitors retains a strong presence in the south Wales market for handling claimant employment work and has also begun to develop a growing respondent offering on behalf of a broad range of SMEs and charities. Praised for his ‘ability to adapt advice to suit the occasion’, Lewis also has niche expertise in sports issues and has handled exit and contract negotiations for numerous well-known sporting individuals. The departure in July 2017 of the well-respected claimant lawyer Nathan Vidini (who is now a freelance employment consultant), was offset somewhat by the arrival of associate Gemma Bailey from Blake Morgan LLP in the same month. Bailey advises both individual and company clients on employment disputes in all aspects of employment law.

Since its formation in 2013, sole practitioner boutique REFRESHING LAW has been recognised for its ability to provide an ‘efficient, uncomplicated and value-for-money’ service to local and English clients, either directly or as a result of law firm referrals. By virtue of having smaller overheads and a flexible perspective on billing, it is able to provide a ‘very responsive and personal service’ to corporates on the employment work pursuant to M&A transactions, and for employers and senior executives in relation to negotiating the departure from the organisation of executives. ‘Technically very strong on all aspects of employment law’, Anna Denton-Jones ‘has a deep understanding of the employment law issues facing businesses which are preparing for sale or are in the process of being sold’.

Thompson Darwin Limited provides a 'responsive and value for money service' to employers and employees across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. The 'exceptional' Bethan Darwin is 'brilliant at dealing with situations in a calm and controlled manner and thinking on her feet'. Leveraging her additional corporate law expertise,  Darwin is particularly accomplished advising directors and senior executives on non-executive director contracts and share options. On the employer side, Darwin has represented numerous companies including G Tech and Propertyserve UK across a wide variety of matters including advice on contracts of employment and remuneration packages.

Employment: elsewhere in Wales

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Newport-based Harding Evans LLP's three-strong employment team has a strong reputation in south Wales on behalf of local businesses as well as individuals across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Team head Daniel Wilde is well-versed across the panoply of employment issues including specialist areas such as industrial action, discrimination and equal pay. Wilde recently successfully defended Airborne Systems against a long running equal pay claim, and successfully represented a well-known MEP who was sued by two former parliamentary assistants for unfair dismissal and unlawful disability discrimination. Other clients include Golley Slater, MSS Group and Newport Transport.

Now headed by 'approachable' associate Shan Evans following the recent departure of Paul Shuttleworth to Douglas-Jones Mercer, JCP Solicitors 'provides an excellent service' across a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues to employers and employees. Recent highlights include defending a catering company against an unfair dismissal allegation and advising a senior employee on her potential claim for constructive dismissal against an international telecoms company.

Led by Timothy Jones, Morgan LaRoche maintains a strong presence in south Wales and its environs across a range of standalone employment work (including advice delivered via the team's HR service), as well as corporate support work including TUPE matters associated with M&A instructions handled by the firm. Jones also regularly handles a significant amount of respondent-side tribunal work, an area which has been on the increase as a result of the recent removal of issue fees within the Tribunal Service. Primarily based out of the firm's Carmarthen office, associate director Hannah Dahill is also recommended and as part of her broad-ranging workload often conducts in-house and external training sessions pertinent to new areas of development in the employment law sphere.

Led out of the firm's Pembroke office by 'excellent' associate Joanne James, Red Kite Law LLP's six-strong employment team has the critical mass to handle a tremendous variety and volume of employment work -  ranging from TUPE advice and change of management programs to tribunal matters - for a loyal client base spread out across south west Wales. 'Excelling at providing in-depth, accurate advice in a clear and concise manner', as well as handling discrete employment matters, the team is also appreciated for its ability to 'run tremendously informative training sessions' on employment issues du jour. Carys Lodwick provides 'excellent advice across a wide variety of employment law issues' and is particularly skilled advising on employment law matters impacting on the health and social care sector. Clients include Castell Howell Foods, Cawdor Cars and Christ College Brecon.

Now headed by Paul Shuttleworth, following his arrival from JCP Solicitors in September 2017, Douglas-Jones Mercer's employment team goes from strength-to-strength. Shuttleworth's recent workload has included acting for a multinational technology company in relation to the exit of a senior director and defending a cleaning company against claims of allegations of breach of restrictive covenants by a new employee. Associate Aaron Hayward is also recommended.

Leveraging the broad ranging litigation skills of Robert Williams, Wrexham-based GHP Legal has a strong reputation in the region, particularly for handling employee claimant litigation. Recent highlights include successfully representing a claimant following a two-day tribunal after he was dismissed for alleged gross misconduct. On the non-contentious front, work includes drawing up an employment contract for a high level executive recruited from a competitor and drafting appropriate restrictive covenants and confidentiality clauses.

Benefiting from a deeply entrenched presence in mid Wales, Harrisons Solicitors LLP is able to leverage a loyal client base which appreciate its 'excellent and cost-effective advice' across a broad ranging array of contentious and non-contentious matters including advice on settlement agreements, restrictive covenants, TUPE, and discrimination. Managing partner Anne Smith has extensive employment law expertise and  recently represented a local retail chain on the employment issues associated with its recent expansion, work which included altering terms of employment for multiple employees. 'Professional and caring' senior solicitor Charlotte Powell-Jones is also recommended and heads the team.

At Hutchinson Thomas, Simon Thomas has particular expertise representing employees within the education, health and care professions before the employment tribunal, as well as in fitness to practice proceedings before their own regulatory bodies. Thomas is representing a consultant chartered clinical child psychologist following her conviction of an offence of defrauding her employer (a local NHS Trust) and who now faces being struck off for her fitness to practise being impaired. The team also regularly handles both non-contentious and contentious matters for a number of commercial clients of the firm including south Wales-based motor trader, Sinclair Group.

Newport-based boutique sole practitioner employment firm Slate Legal continues to deliver a 'very strong service' to a growing roster of corporate clients, including Newport Golf Club, Vans Direct and Celtic Recycling, across a broad array of contentious and non-contentious employment matters - covering the employment lifecycle from recruitment to termination. 'Extremely knowledgeable' founding partner James Moss is 'very professional and easy to deal with', and in addition to his work for corporate clients, he also has significant experience handling cases involving constructive dismissal claims, as well as whistleblowing and disability discrimination on behalf of claimants, including senior executives and national sports and TV personalities.

Health and safety

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  1. Health and safety
  2. Leading individuals
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The 'professional but very personable' team at Blake Morgan LLP  has a strong reputation in the market for contentious matters, as well as for handling health and safety compliance and management issues on behalf of private and public sector clients. Praised for her 'excellent judgement' and 'way of addressing complex matters without them becoming a crisis', Claire Rawle handles 'a large amount of very high-quality work in health and safety, as well as institutional health care'. 'Very studious and hardworking' senior associate barrister Tom Walker has a 'clear and reassuring way of dealing with the regulators' on behalf of both individuals and corporate defendants across an array of health and safety, health and social care, and environment matters.  Robin Havard is also recommended.

Best known for complex fatal accident investigations and high-profile inquests, BLM has a particularly strong presence in the manufacturing, construction, public and care sectors. Team head Matthew Harrington has 'great depth of experience in health and safety regulatory matters and prosecutions', and is appreciated by clients for his 'logical, methodical and commercial thinking, and consideration of the wider ramifications of issues and not just the legal ones'. The firm's national 24-hour helpline and access to advice in the immediate aftermath of an incident (including attendance at site) ensures that clients are well-served throughout the process.

Sally Roff heads the national safety, health and environment team at DAC Beachcroft LLP, which draws upon the expertise from lawyers from across the firm's network of UK offices including Bristol. Roff is 'capable of dealing with the most complex and serious cases' for organisations and individuals facing criminal investigations for corporate manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter and potential health and safety, fire safety, and environmental breaches instigated by regulators including the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Roff recently represented a large automotive parts manufacturer in the aftermath of a serious health and safety incident, including advising it on an internal investigation and in a hearing before the HSE (resulting in a fine of less than ten percent of the anticipated amount). Other highlights included providing advice to the van hire company following the high-profile terrorist incident at Finsbury Park mosque. Clients include Zurich, Allianz and RSA.

Dolmans provides a 'highly diligent and skilful' service across a wide array of health and safety litigation, particularly on behalf of local authorities where it is recognised for its 'depth of knowledge and expert guidance'. 'In demand across the UK', 'outstanding' team head Peter Bennett has a 'wealth of experience in the health and safety and regulatory industry'. As well as his outstanding reputation among local authority clients, including Caerphilly County Borough Council and Powys County Council, the 'enormously hardworking' Bennett also handles work in the private sector including his representation of the managing director of Pro-Conn Construction in recently concluded police investigations clearing him of any potential charges of gross negligence manslaughter following the death of a self-employed sub-contractor which took place on a construction site in the Vale of Glamorgan (the case remains ongoing, however, and is likely to proceed to a full jury coroner's inquest).Paul Veysey is also recommended.

Hugh James provides a ‘flexible and accessible service’, both on the prosecution and defence side, as well as for non-contentious work including highly effective training courses run, in particular, for the boards of many of the housing associations in Wales on health and safety issues. Team head Martin Jones has vast experience across the gamut of health and safety matters and recently acted for the HSE regarding its investigation into a fatal accident on a working farm in west Wales. The firm also has ‘market-leading expertise advising on fire safety matters’, generated primarily as a result of associate Justin Davies who has ‘valuable and extensive experience in the fire safety arena and regularly displays an excellent knowledge of the law’ when representing core client South Wales Fire & Rescue Service. Benefiting from higher rights of audience in criminal proceedings, Davies also regularly handles the advocacy, a factor that is appreciated by clients ‘as it allows continuity throughout the lifetime of a case’.

Led by Andrew Manners, Morgan LaRochehas a particular specialism representing care home and early years nursery providers in related health and safety, criminal enforcement and care standards investigations. While the practice may lack the diversity of some within the ranking, for this niche area the firm is a market leader, not just in Wales but also throughout the UK. Manners' standing in the sector is underscored not just by his fee-earning work but also through his involvement on behalf of the National Day Nursery Association's Working Group in formulating responses on behalf of the early years sector to central government consultations in the area.


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  1. Immigration
  2. Leading individuals

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The 'knowledgeable and well organised' team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors 'punches well above its weight – litigating points of law with both national and international importance'. 'Second-to-none in the publicly funded arena in Wales', the firm handles a broad range of immigration, asylum and nationality matters including handling high-profile claimant judicial review matters. 'Experienced and knowledgeable' team head Vinita Templeton  'displays compassion when needed but also provides straightforward answers and actions when required'. Templeton excels at handling complex claimant judicial review matters. 'Passionate, creative and brilliant' consultant Vanessa Delgado regularly handles high-profile cases of national significance and has had key involvement in a reported case on the risks on return for Iranian Asylum seekers who had been critical of the regime through social media activities. 'Hardworking, dedicated and thorough' solicitor Eleri Haf Davies has a flourishing reputation in the market, particularly in relation to Latin American asylum claims and human trafficking. She excels at handling complex claimant judicial review matters including her ongoing work for a Kosovar national in bringing action for judicial review against the  Secretary of State for the Home Department who has refused and certified her asylum claim despite fears that the claimant will be persecuted on her return due to her Roma ethnicity.

Sitting within the firm's broader employment team, Capital Law LLP 's immigration offering provides particular expertise on corporate UK in-bound immigration matters with a particular specialism in Tiers 1 and 2 of the points based system. The arrival in December 2017 of associate Jennifer Pinder from Berry Smith has strengthened the team that also includes solicitor Alex Christen, whose expertise includes assisting companies to become licensed sponsors and providing immigration due diligence on corporate transactions. As well as standalone immigration work and training sessions with which the firm regularly runs (most notably recently regarding the implications of Brexit on corporate immigration issues), the team is also able to leverage the firm's impressive roster of corporate clients, and regularly advises them on the business immigration implications of business transfers.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides an 'exceptional service' to an impressive array of education sector clients, including numerous major universities and further education institutions, which the team advises on all aspects of Tier 4 immigration. Benefiting from 'expertise in student and staff immigration matters', senior associate Nerys Ireland and associate Francesca Smith are very well regarded in the education sector where they are praised for their 'user friendly style'. On the business immigration front, senior associate Richard Woodhead has significant experience of advising international companies and global plcs on complex immigration and global mobility issues and their interface with UK employment law.

With offices in Cardiff, Newport and Swansea, niche immigration firm NLS Solicitors has significant resources with which to direct to individuals and businesses seeking a range of immigration advice, including assisting on citizenship applications, sponsorship applications for companies and judicial review claims. Nicholas Webb and Louise Fenney are recommended.


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  1. Pensions
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals

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Blake Morgan LLP provides a 'very helpful service' to a primarily public sector-focused client base, including the Welsh government and NHS England, across the gamut of pensions issues. As well as handling discrete standalone pensions matters, the team often works in close collaboration with other practice groups throughout the firm, including recently working alongside corporate lawyers on pensions due diligence regarding PHS' M&A activity. Team head Ron Burgess has wide-ranging pensions expertise acting for an array of different stakeholders including trustees, corporate clients and insolvency practitioners. 'Excellent' associate Gillian McCue handles a range of pensions issues including regulatory compliance, corporate transactions and investment responsibilities. Other clients include Wales & West Utilities, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and University of Wales Superannuation Scheme.

Aided by a vast array of pensions practitioners across its UK and European offices should the need arise, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Cardiff team has the critical mass and degree of expertise to provide a 'very high standard of advice’ to an enviable list of private and public sector clients including Welsh Water, Cardiff Bus and Volkswagen. ‘An expert on what he does but with a real commercial edge', team head Stuart Earle excels at handling work for multinational employers and trustees of large occupational schemes and has a particular degree of specialism advising on matters within heavily regulated sectors. Earle recently advised National Grid on the structure to sectionalise the National Grid UK Pension Scheme and on the subsequent implementation of that sectionalisation. Ian Davies has vast experience across all aspects of establishing and running pension schemes; he recently acted for the trustees of the Hoover (1987) Pension Scheme on a regulated apportionment arrangement. Davies also continues to act as trustee on several schemes, including Prudential Platinum. Senior associate Collette Davies is recommended, in particular, for her pensions work within the education sector. The team was also strengthened by the recent arrival of senior associate Jen Green from Hogan Lovells International LLP.

Led on the non-contentious front by Louise Price, and for contentious matters by Richard Locke, Hugh James is 'making a name for itself in the area' and is successfully 'building up its pensions work' on behalf of private and public sector clients including Monmouthshire County Council, Business Wales and Tenneco Automotive UK. The 'bright, thorough and commercial' Price is 'excellent with clients', and as well as providing pensions support to corporate matters handled by the firm, also handles discrete pensions mandates including on issues such as changing benefits, termination of accrual and auto enrolment. 'Exceptional at dealing with the other side', senior associate Abigail Flanagan is 'bright and extremely capable' on pensions litigation. A consultant within the firm's claimant litigation division, Malcolm Evans continues to  handle over 300 cases where investors were advised by independent financial advisers (IFAs) to transfer workplace and/or private pensions into a Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) involved in extremely high-risk investments.

At Geldards LLP, team head Stephen Jenkins provides a broad range of pensions advice to employers and trustees including on the closure and winding-up of schemes, as well as handling pensions-related corporate work particularly as it relates to public sector outsourcings. Jenkins recently advised Just Rollers plc on alterations to the basis of pension accrual and deed amendments. Other clients include Staedtler Rail, J Tomlinson, Shaw Healthcare and Biocity.

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