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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.

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