Firms To Watch: Employment

At Clarke Willmott LLP, Anna Youngs mainly acts for employers on a broad array of contentious and non-contentious employment matters and has also recently been appointed as an employment judge in the South West region.

Employment in West Midlands

DLA Piper

DLA Piper excels in advising on high-profile and complex employment tribunal and High Court litigation for a range of key local and national clients, usually on issues as diverse as wrongful/unfair dismissal through to whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Under the direction of Emma Phillips, the group has played a pivotal role in numerous multi-jurisdictional projects. Sandra Wallace is also recommended for her work on issues such as business reorganisations and diversity issues. Lisa Hodgson is a primary contact for a number of well-known names in the high-end retail arena.

Practice head(s):

Emma Phillips

Testimonials

‘A broad team with a very diverse range of expertise, able to cover the full spectrum of employment law for its clients in the region. Sandra Wallace has enormous expertise and experience which enables her to provide a brilliant service for her clients.

The team is a good blend of partners & associates; always available when needed, with pragmatic advice.

The team is very responsive, with good strength in depth. The lawyers understand our business and are able to anticipate our position on a range of issues. The team coordinates the provision of a global helpline and goes above and beyond to facilitate the smooth delivery of advice globally. Emma Philips – technically excellent and exceptional client service. Lisa Hodgson – very good sounding board, able to balance legal knowledge and practical/commercial application.

Commercial approach, speedy responses, always available, good relationship building, excellent understanding of the business and adapt advice as needed. Sandra Wallace – always available to discuss key issues, very supportive with a commercial approach. Lisa Hodgson – excellent lawyer, always available, always very responsive, very commercial in her approach, considers all aspects and provides options, very knowledgeable.

The team in DLA’s Birmingham office is excellent. The lawyers are responsive, well-prepared, legally savvy, and always prepared to go the extra mile. Bethan Odey – very helpful, great advice, commercial, works with us to find solutions. Samantha Haglington – very helpful whenever our main partners are not available and has also done some great work for us on a project.

DLA Piper strikes the perfect balance between having lawyers who are available, responsive, willing to roll up their sleeves when necessary, legally able, and commercial in their approach.  Lisa Hodgson is extremely impressive. She knows the detail of a case back to front, is on top of the factual and commercial issues, but is also acutely aware of the legal issues arising from any given set of facts. Clients have confidence in her advice because she is able to speak authoritatively and from the benefit of experience. She is the perfect all-rounder.

‘The team has strength in depth, with a solid understanding of employment law and litigation amongst all its practitioners. No matter who you are working with, you are assured that they know the case and the law well. Matt Jeavons is good at balancing client expectations against the requirements of the courts, and brings clients along with him on the litigation journey. He is great at identifying the correct balance between legal and commercial and practical needs.

‘Stand-out lawyers in the employment team are Samantha Haglington and Matt Jeavons – both are technically excellent, commercially focused and fantastic to work with. I cannot fault them.

Key clients

C&J Clark International UK Limited (Clarks)

Boparan Limited (2 Sisters Food Group and Northern Foods)

Synopsys, Inc

Dyson Technology Limited

Shure UK Limited

Hilton Hotels UK Limited

Genting Casinos

Sodexo

National Grid

Lomondo Limited (Melia Hotels)

Dignity plc

Crawford & Company

Superdry

Valentino

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy

Parfums Christian Dior

RCI Europe

Prologis

Infosys

Work highlights

  • Provided a global employment helpdesk service with a dedicated team of employment lawyers globally to provide an on demand advice service, accessed by Dyson Legal and HR across 33 countries. Designed, launched and managed by the employment team in Birmingham.
  • Advising Clarks on a wholesale change to terms and conditions of employment impacting c.800 UK based employees at its head office and distribution centres. The matter received significant press coverage as part of the trade union and political campaign against fire and rehire strategies to legitimately effect changes to terms and conditions of employment. The team advised at all stages.
  • Designed a tailored workshop for a client’s investigative team covering race and sexual harassment investigations, including a detailed case study; an in-depth look at specific concerns in such investigations; delivering a pilot session; and then delivering a full programme to 30 specialist investigators.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for a number of FTSE 100 companies and for various public sector organisations in the Midlands. It is also recommended for its international and cross-border employment work for its strong US client base. Other key strengths include advising various listed companies on their day-to-day tribunal work as well as advising them on employee relations matters. Audrey Elliott  specialises in both employment law and business immigration issues and has advised many public and private sector clients on international recruitment. Hannah Wilkins is also highly regarded for her work with global companies on a wide range of national and international employment matters. Nottingham-based Mark Fletcher  is another primary contact.

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Wilkins

Key clients

BMI Group

Next Plc

Unipart Group Limited

Ibstock plc

Skanska UK PLC

Brake Bros Limited

Carpetright Limited

Pendragon Plc

Specsavers Optical Group Limited (and other subsidiary companies)

Sandwell College

Work highlights

    Gowling WLG

    The first-rate team at Gowling WLG advises UK and international private and public sector clients on the full range of employment, labour and equality matters with particular specialisms in areas such as manufacturing, life sciences, retail and central government. It also has considerable contentious expertise covering High Court business protection litigation through to complex discrimination and whistleblowing tribunal claims. With Jane Fielding   at the helm, the group also advises on industrial relations issues and on workplace investigations. Martin Chitty advises some of the UK’s largest housing associations and retailers on all areas of employment law. Jonathan Chamberlain  has particular expertise in advising clients on business protection issues.

    Practice head(s):

    Jane Fielding

    Testimonials

    ‘I find the Gowling legal practice a high quality one stop shop for everything my complex company needs: from international employment partnering and advice, across all disciplines of my business, from supporting in day to day to thought leadership.

    ‘The team has employment law experts, we feel confident that when we go to them they will be able to assist and add the value we need. They are always responsive and work to whatever time frames we put in place. It is a comfort to know that whenever we go to them, they will be able to support us in whatever advice we need to handle a matter/ situation.

    ‘Martin Chitty was excellent. He showed a sense of urgency, a commerciality, communication skills & a firm delivery of advice that I appreciated & valued enormously. His follow-up was timely & useful. Client care was second-to-none.’

    The whole team we work with is always ready to assist and we are very happy with the support it gives to the business. Jane Fielding is always approachable and incredibly responsive. Her advice is straightforward and to the point, and she always deals with the practical issues as well as the legal background. We also work with Simon Stephen and Vivienne Reeve  – both of whom give an excellent level of service and are very easy to work with.

    Anna Fletcher brings pragmatic realism alongside professional expertise in an approach that is characterised by warmth and humour. An astute networker who coordinates the go to people to resolve our challenges.’

    Key clients

    Jacobs

    Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games Ltd

    London Borough of Croydon

    Dudley Building Society

    Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd

    The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

    Sanctuary Group

    Credit Karma

    Cummins

    Work highlights

    • Acting as official legal advisers for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games ( Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games Limited)

    Pinsent Masons LLP

    Pinsent Masons LLP fields a large team that acts for local, national and international household name companies and also represents over 30 universities. It is well-placed to advise on the full spectrum of employment matters including board level restructuring, pay gap reporting, cross-jurisdictional projects and industrial action. Jonathan Coley leads the national team’s specialist trade union practice and heads the the team in Birmingham. Helen Corden’s primary focus lies in advising clients on the defence of strategic and high-value tribunal claims and on major restructurings and outsourcing projects. Rebecca Stephen specialises in advising clients in the higher education and financial services sectors and comes recommended alongside Linda Jones.

    Practice head(s):

    Jonathan Coley;Helen Corden

    Testimonials

    Whenever we have had a legal issue,  I have found the West Midlands branch to be extremely helpful. The level of advice they provide gives me total confidence. The great customer service. The quick responses is what makes them stand out in my opinion.’

    ‘The team is very client focussed, up to date in their knowledge and very pragmatic in their approach and advice. Their training is very accessible and plentiful and I have always found it to be of high quality.

    I find each of the Pinsent’s contacts that we have very helpful and each has their own strengths. Linda Jones is always extremely easy to contact, very responsive. She is customer focused, pragmatic and solution orientated and thinks hard about who she appoints to support us.

    ‘The team at Pinsent Masons LLP is very engaging and keeps you updated at each stage of an ET process by providing risk assessments and meetings and finishing with lessons learned. The regular case law and training events from Pinsent Masons have been invaluable and very timely in the current climate. I have worked with Rebecca Sulley who has been very personable in the service by providing straightforward case management advice and guidance‘.

    Service delivery and the partnering of individual lawyers to the business. Linda Jones – calm, confident and assured. Exceptional knowledge combined with commercial nous and empathy.’

    ‘The team was highly responsive to short and pressurised timescales but the advice remained thorough and comprehensive. The lawyers’ s advice is thorough but practical and pragmatic.’

    ‘This practice has a deep and longstanding relationship with the business, so understands how we work and as a result, is aware of the complexities we face in our operations. This allows the team to act as an extension of in-house counsel and to identify issues.

    ‘Helen Corden has a longstanding relationship with us and as a result, is able to advise with the background knowledge allowing her to spot and to raise potential issues even where these are less evident. We reap the benefits of her experience in the sector. She has a strong relationship with our organisation and makes time to meet in person to retain the closeness of our relationship even where there is no immediate issue but she is in the area.

    Key clients

    Serco Limited

    Fujitsu Limited

    St Modwen PLC

    Centrica PLC

    Homeserve Membership Limited

    E.on UK PLC

    University College London

    RAC

    University of the Arts London

    Work highlights

    • Continuing to support a number of clients on their strategic claims and their portfolio of tribunals including E.on; Centrica; Serco and a number of leading universities.
    • Advised a major employer with a comprehensive programme of change involving changes to individuals’ contracts of employment and a complete review of their collective arrangements. The project involved detailed strategic advice on collective consultation and on strategic trade union issues.
    • In conjunction with its diversity and inclusion consultancy, Brooke Graham, the team frequently conducts an ‘Inclusion’ review of clients’ contracts and policies with a view to supporting clients in making progress on its equality, diversity and inclusion journey.

    Averta Employment Lawyers LLP

    Averta Employment Lawyers LLP has a primary focus on representing senior executives in the course of negotiating exit packages, settlement agreements and advising on discrimination claims. It also advises small corporate businesses, SMEs and various professional practices. The practice is active in the public and private sectors and is also recommended for its advice on post-termination restrictions, TUPE transfers and other contractual claims. Under the joint leadership of Alan Jones and David Sykes the ‘very commercially aware team‘ is well-placed to advise groups of employees on employee share plans.

    Practice head(s):

    Alan Jones; David Sykes

    Other key lawyers:

    Andrew Lester; Isobel Canning; Alan Dark

     

    Testimonials

    ‘One gets the very clear impression when dealing with the team at Averta that this is a well trained team which provides professionalism and technical expertise at the highest level which is totally focused on the client’s objectives. The team is supportive and immediately responsive whilst the cost is very reasonable indeed. They will provide very sharp, honest and down to earth advice on the challenges ahead so that decisions on the way forward are fully informed. One certainly wants Averta on their side‘.

    Averta Employment Lawyers provides a comprehensive service that is of superb quality. They represent excellent value and offer advice that is tailored and balancing all elements‘.

    ‘Efficient, professional service and communications maintained during the difficult Covid lockdown period. Always available however difficult the circumstances. Alan Jones and Andrew Lester have continued to provide strong emotional support through difficult times as well as maintaining their professionalism‘.

    Top notch employment law firm. Alan Jones is an excellent professional, great to have on your side!’.

    ‘The team understands exactly how to work with people for whom their job is more than just a job, including the reputational and emotional aspects of employment disputes for senior professionals. From the beginning David Sykes was available whenever necessary to discuss the case and my options in detail. Izzy Canning was professional, supportive, and kind. She ensured a good, pragmatic, outcome, giving me invaluable advice that helped bring the negotiations to a timely conclusion‘.

    ‘David Sykes understands employment law – from both the employers’ and employees’ perspective – brilliantly and puts this understanding to great use in giving practical and timely counsel. He’s also great at thinking through how to approach the other party to get the best result‘.

    ‘Alan Dark has provided an exceptional level of service, especially during the challenges of the pandemic. His pragmatic advice, coupled with the ability to translate complex scenarios into a range of options is invaluable. Alan is responsive, insightful, and our business would not be the same without his services’.

    ‘Alan Jones and David Sykes are an effective double act – different but complimentary. They provide a full service on exits, restrictions, contract disputes etc rather than being too narrow in their approach or too broad ( by doing too much on the SME side)‘.

     

     

    Work highlights

    • Acting for a senior director in a dispute with his employers, a major insurance company.
    • Representing three directors of a national firm of accountants.
    • Acting for a whistleblower in the education field, in respect of a pension issue of major significance.

    Browne Jacobson LLP

    The experienced team at Browne Jacobson LLP advises on the full array of public and private sector employment matters with particular strength in health and care. The practice remains under the leadership of James Tait  and Jacqui Atkinson  and routinely handles complex employment tribunal litigation and employee relations issues and has also advised on various whistleblowing investigations, doctor disciplinary cases and employee governance issues in the NHS. Further areas of expertise include the education sector as well as the automotive, retail, food and drink arenas. Helen Badger  is well-regarded.

    Practice head(s):

    James Tait ; Jacqui Atkinson

    Other key lawyers:

    Helen Badger ; Alex Berkshire

    Testimonials

    ‘Very agile in collaboration with us, extremely flexible and speed of response is always excellent. James Tait is very clear, provides straight forward advice and guidance on all employment topics. James strikes a good balance between risk awareness and commercial savviness which works really well in a commercial operation. Knowledge of our business helps the engagement‘.

    The team gets us and has a good understanding of the context in which we operate as an organisation. They fully understand our risk appetite. Billing is never an issue and you always feel like you have value for money unlike some others in the market‘.

    ‘Helen Badger particularly is exceptional and has a clear grasp of the issues of any matter we’re seeking to deal with and holds the confidence of senior stakeholders with concise, clear and to the point advice. Helen is available at short notice. The firm has talented junior colleagues who inspire confidence and give great advice. Alex Berkshire stands out in this regard‘.

    Key clients

    NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG

    TT Electronics Plc

    Bureau Veritas UK Ltd

    Wolverhampton City Council

    Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

    Hiscox

    East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust

    Not On The High Street

    British Association of Social Workers

    South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Work highlights

      Gateley Legal

      Gateley Plc is adept at handling cases in the employment tribunals as well as in the High Court and appellate courts. The group is particularly recommended for its work on confidentiality and post-termination restrictions and is also skilled at advising both employers and senior executives. Head of department is Benedict Gorner  provides ‘commercially considered advice‘  and frequently advises on TUPE and outsourcing projects. Merran Sewell regularly supports clients with complex disciplinary and grievance issues and change management programmes.

      Practice head(s):

      Benedict Gorner

      Other key lawyers:

      Merran Sewell; Joanne Duck

      Testimonials

      ‘Gateley Legal has become an integral part of our team. The lawyers have taken time to get to know our business and are therefore able to support us in a way that others couldn’t. The training is really interactive, the weekly newsletter ‘Gateley Insight’ is very informative and the whole team is helpful and forward thinking‘.

      ‘Benedict Gorner really understands our business, not only the history but the way we are moving forward. He talks in a way that is really easy to understand’.

      Accessible, empathetic and experienced from minor to complex issues. Benedict Gorner is very approachable, experienced and available, and offers competitive value for money‘.

      ‘We find that our dealings with Gateleys employment team are always positive transactions. The advice we receive is always practical and balanced. Gateleys has also just launched a new ‘HR Hubb’ app which allows us to access the very latest HR & employment law resources in a single location. We would not hesitate to recommend the Gateleys Employment to our peers‘.

      ‘Merran Sewell is always pragmatic and considered with her advice and we trust that she really understands our business and how we like to operate and thus her approach is always reflective of this. We would never hesitate to recommend Merran to our peers. Joanne Duck -we have been really impressed with her clear and sensible approach. We find her very approachable and responds quickly to correspondence‘.

      ‘The team has sufficient strength in depth that we know if we need advice quickly, we can get it. Advice is always sensible and pragmatic and we have found the team to be cost effective and responsive. Benedict Gorner has always been available when needed. Resourcing has been at the right level so we have worked with a number of associates in the team where it hasn’t needed partner input. Fee transparency and communication are both good. Joanne Duck has provided excellent commercial advice. We know that we can trust the team to provide sound advice that is cost effective and practical’.

      ‘Gateley Legal provides a professional yet practical employment law advice service. They respond quickly to advice requests and provide a comprehensive response which always demonstrates their understanding of the particular situation or issue. I have found Joanne Duck to be professional, knowledgeable and very responsive. She has kept me well informed on the case developments and has guided me through the process step-by-step’.

      ‘The employment team at Gateley is unique in the way they take the time to clearly explain all scenarios and outcomes in a way that is easily understood by our team, often suggesting opportunities not previously considered relevant. Merran Sewell and her team really take the time to understand our unique business/sector issues and advice is always timely and specific to our circumstances’.

       

      Key clients

      AGA Rangemaster

      Arts Council England

      BNP Paribas Personal Finance

      Busy Bees Nurseries

      Caparo Plc

      Cox Automotive

      Dune Group

      ESF Capital / ThinCats

      Famously Proper Limited (“Byron”)

      Funrise International

      Goodyear Tyres

      Gymshark Limited

      Leadec Limited

      Lincat Limited

      RSM UK

      Sanlam Investment and Wealth Management

      Sevacare (UK) Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised a major UK retailer on their compliance with national minimum wage requirements.
      • Provided employment support to fitness apparel and accessories brand Gymshark in connection with its plans to open its first ever permanent physical retail site in the Summer 2022; a flagship store in London’s iconic Regent Street.
      • Provided employment support on the sale of the Grosvenor Health and Social Care Group to specialist healthcare services private equity investor Weight Partners Capital, a deal which involved a business which collectively employs thousands of people.

      Mills & Reeve LLP

      The team at Mills & Reeve LLP acts for an array of high-profile clients across the private and the public sectors. It has acted in many complex employment disputes and has provided employment support on numerous corporate deals. Jog Hundle has an excellent reputation for her work in the health and care sectors whereas Nick Abbott  is known for his work with clients in the education field. Richard Santy has a primary focus on the commercial and sports arena. Richard Barker is adept at advising private sector employers with a particular focus on the automotive, retail and financial services sector.

      Other key lawyers:

      Fiona Goodman

       

      Testimonials

      ‘Mills & Reeve has an exceptional employment team that is responsive, engaging and provides sound advice. The lawyers understand our organisation and the challenges we face, ensuring that advice is tailored appropriately. It is a dynamic, responsive team that adapted rapidly to the challenges of Covid and helped us stay on top of ever-changing government guidance. Not only do I value their advice on an individual case basis but they also provide excellent legal update seminars and training sessions. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Mills & Reeve’.

      ‘Excellent on-point and on-time support and advice. Richard Santy is a seriously impressive HR lawyer’.

      ‘Jog Hundle – I am very grateful to her for her quick responses and ability to think creatively but pragmatically to support us. She has provided a number of training sessions, not only to the HR team but also to managers and consultants. These sessions are always well received and evaluate exceptionally well‘.

      ‘Fiona Goodman – I highly value her advice. She always makes herself available and is extremely responsive to queries. She has a good understanding of our organisation and our values, something she takes into consideration when providing us with advice. Her support in some recent difficult cases has been exceptional’.

       

       

      Key clients

      West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

      Jaguar Land Rover Limited

      Interserve Group Limited

      GlaxoSmithKline

      Carlsberg Marstons Brewing Company

      South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

      Lloyds Pharmacy

      St John’s College, Oxford

      (A Russell Group university)

      Volkswagen Financial Services

      Work highlights

        Shakespeare Martineau LLP

        Shakespeare Martineau LLP excels in the education sector and continues to advise on major international collaborations between UK universities and partners overseas on a host of issues such as large restructurings and management departures. In Birmingham, David Browne  heads the practice that has expertise in other areas such as logistics, manufacturing, retail and sports and also has a flourishing third sector client base and is adept at handling complex employment tribunal litigation too. Other names to note include Tom Long Michael Hibbs  and Matt  McDonald .

        Practice head(s):

        Philip Pepper ; David Browne

        Testimonials

        ‘Very approachable, customer focussed and responsive and very practical in its advice (not too risk averse compared to others I have experienced in employment law). Good at explaining cost benefits of particular actions and approaches‘.

        Colleagues are very responsive and make themselves available when necessary dependent on the urgency of the issue in hand. Pragmatic and very strong at assessing genuine risk (rather than worst case risk). Extremely supportive in their approach in very sensitive cases – more so than other practices I’ve worked with. Tom Long and Esther Maxwell deserve particular mention‘.

        ‘The lawyers were able to provide pragmatic legal advice to help management assess the level of risk they were able to manage in the situation‘.

        ‘A balance of empathy, purposefulness and strong legal knowledge in a complex situation‘.

        ‘Very supportive and well informed team. Michael Hibbs – knowledgeable and salient advice. They support our business very well’.

        ‘Real depth in the HE sector. Partners get to the crux of an issue quickly and focus on what you actually need to know. Good with non-legal clients. Tom Long, David Brown – responsive, approachable, to the point, depth of sector knowledge’.

        Solid team, knowledgeable and pragmatic. Good links to other specialisms within the firm when an inter-disciplinary approach is needed. Tom Long has a pragmatic, commercial focus‘.

        ‘As a client within the higher education sector, what I value is Shakespeare Martineau’s particular strength and knowledge of higher education, both in terms of the legal framework but also how it operates in practice. They have built a team that truly understands the sector and that makes their advice infinitely more reliable and valuable. Esther Maxwell – has been a massive help in dealing with some really difficult claimants on some very complex litigation cases. Detail oriented and technically skilled’.

         

        Key clients

        The University of Cambridge

        The University of Warwick

        The Royal College of Art

        CBSO

        The University of Hertfordshire

        The University of West London

        SOAS University of London

        ArcelorMittal

        Acorns Children’s Hospice

        Loughborough University

        D4T4 Solutions Plc

        Dawsongroup Plc

        Ansell (UK) Ltd

        Solihull College and University Centre

        Staffordshire University

        Work highlights

        • Successful in having a claim of whistleblowing and discrimination on the grounds of philosophical belief struck out at an early stage. This was a particularly topical and potentially precedent setting case as the claimant, who had resigned following complaints about his conduct, was asserting that his opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement constituted a philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010.
        • Advised a number of university clients in respect of issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This has included advising universities on their ability to take advantage of the Government furlough scheme in light of its restrictive application to publicly funded organisations.
        • Continues to act for a Russell Group university in respect of complex and multi-faceted litigation brought by an academic member of staff who has now been dismissed. The academic commenced litigation against the university in 2016 and has since brought claims of whistleblowing; victimisation; harassment; and unfair dismissal.

        Shoosmiths LLP

        Shoosmiths LLP has an established reputation for its work on significant employment tribunal cases for major multinational clients. Charlie Rae heads a ‘strong and stable team‘ that receives plaudits for its handling of senior executive exits. It advises a range of public, private and third sector clients and has particular expertise in regulated sectors such as financial services. Other core areas of focus include advising on business reorganisations and advising clients on complex TUPE situations.

        Practice head(s):

        Charlie Rae

        Other key lawyers:

        Nick Vernon

        Testimonials

        Shoosmiths was able to provide an excellent breakdown of the legalities of a very complex situation, alongside professional but practical advice on how to move forward. As this occurred during lockdown, all consultations were virtual and I was particularly impressed by how well managed this was’.

        Charlie Rae was extremely easy to deal with, very professional and always gave clear clarification on all matters concerned’.

        Charlie Rae who runs the team is exceptional. He is a strong technical lawyer and brilliant with clients. Adelle Hayfield is very popular with clients and very ably assists Charlie‘.

        ‘Commercial understanding, pragmatic solutions provided, levels of support required depending upon circumstances. Charles Rae‘.

        ‘The team is responsive, pragmatic and offers solutions and advice taking into consideration the needs of the business.’

        ‘Nick Vernon – excellent support with good all round employment knowledge in multiple areas and access to specialist support if needed. Clear, concise and well positioned feedback always provided’.

         

        Key clients

        Selfridges Limited

        The Law Society

        Kuehne + Nagel

        Aramark

        Cerner Limited

        Stellantis Group

        London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC)

        Idverde Limited

        Randstad

        The National Exhibition Centre

        Work highlights

        • Supporting Kuehne + Nagel in relation to internal reorganisations and other employment implications of divestment of part of its business to XPO logistics, including defending various tribunal claims issued by employees relating to the transaction and advising on a number of senior executive exits.
        • Advising Aramark on the employment aspects of its new catering appointment with global leisure attraction operator, Merlin Entertainments.
        • Advising multiple clients in connection with changes to the IR35 legislation, including preparing and delivering in-depth training for a major plc, reviewing and amending the standard terms of engagement for a national automotive client, and negotiating and agreeing the terms of new contractor engagements for several household name companies.

        Squire Patton Boggs

        The team at Squire Patton Boggs receives a steady flow of instructions from a large number of international and blue-chip companies on UK employment law matters. Under the leadership of Charlie Frost, it enjoys considerable strength in the sports sector and regularly advises on complex restructurings, collective redundancies and offshoring strategies as well as on the TUPE aspects of corporate transactions. Ramez Moussa  is another key figure in the team which is also adept at advising on the engagement and exit strategies for senior private equity executives and also handles an impressive number of high-value contentious matters.

        Practice head(s):

        Charlie Frost

        Other key lawyers:

        Ramez Moussa ; Sophie Copson

         

        Testimonials

        ‘The team is extensively knowledgeable and applies its advice in a practical manner in accordance with the context of the organisational goals. The lawyers work in real partnership with our business, have built strong relationships and work alongside us to resolve complicated matters swiftly. On calls with other third parties I have witnessed clear and constructive articulation of complex matters to reach an agreement’.

        ‘Ramez Moussa has supported us for many years and understands our business values and approach very well. As well as having outstanding technical knowledge he is excellent at summarising issues and balancing approaches to provide us with an understanding of risks and options’.

        ‘Ramez Moussa is always responsive and acts to meet challenging deadlines when needed. Sophie Copson has a fantastic reltionship with all our team. She is responsive and manages multiple streams of work efficiently. She has assisted us to resolve a number of litigation matters to a suitable commercial settlement’.

        Key clients

        Aggregate Industries / Holcim Group

        Helios Technologies Inc

        Logicalis Group

        Ontic

        Aqualisa

        Peoplesafe

        West Bromwich Albion Football Club

        Friends MTS Limited

        Citron Hygiene

        Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels UK & Ireland

        Dalata Group

        Jewson / Saint-Gobain

        Next Plc

        Carl Zeiss

        BDO LLP

        ECI Partners

        Bayer Plc

        Friends MTS Limited

        ECI Partners LLP

        National Australia Bank

        Roper Technologies Inc.

        Amaris Hospitality

        Pierre Fabre

        Work highlights

        • Advised global aerospace parts manufacturer Ontic Engineering on the acquisition of the Staverton manufacturing facility and several related product lines from Triumph Group. The deal successfully concluded in October 2022 and took 12 months to complete from receipt of initial instructions.
        • Working closely with the client’s in-house legal and HR teams in designing and delivering a programme of training to support the client’s zero tolerance approach to workplace harassment. This included training sessions for different levels of management within the business. The programme was nominated for most Inspiring Awareness Campaign for the Inspire Awards.
        • Provided ongoing support to ECI and its portfolio companies with legal and strategic updates on the employment law aspects of COVID-19 measures.  With ECI’s backing, the team ensured that its portfolio of companies received expert, external legal support on the constantly changing furlough rules as the pandemic continued to evolve through 2021 and into 2022, with related advice on furlough pay, return to work arrangements, agile working and vaccinations.

        Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

        Anna Dabek leads the team at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP which is adept in a number of sectors though directs particular attention to social care and housing as well as education, charities and local government. The group advises on diverse issues such as high-value employment tribunal discrimination/whistleblowing cases to negotiating settlement agreements and advising on redundancies. Matthew Gregson is another key member of the practice along with Matthew Wort.

        Practice head(s):

        Anna Dabek

        Testimonials

        The team is keen to engage with us and really understands our organisation so it can support us to the best of its ability and within the relevant context. We have regular catch ups and representatives are always quick to respond when needed with pragmatic advice and guidance. It feels like working with another member of our organisation. The team is very well plugged into the health and social care sector’.

        ‘Matthew Gregson – excellent advice, guidance and support, a great sounding board for challenging employment law situations. Very quick to respond and turn stuff around. Trust him 100% and can be entirely open and honest with him’.

        ‘The team has an in depth understanding of the health and social care sector and so its advice is invaluable when facing important sector specific challenges. The billing is clear, the people are knowledgeable and eminently pragmatic, so the help is always worthwhile‘.

        ‘The individuals we work with from ACS are very down to earth and approachable. They ‘get’ the health and social care sector and they understand how we work. Their approach is uniformly pragmatic and so their solutions are always informed by an understanding of what works to solve problems for the least fuss and cost. I wish to highlight Jackie Morris for his friendly demeanour and straightforward, practical and wise counsel‘.

        ‘Matthew Wort- we primarily work with his employment team and have always received clear, timely and detailed advice and support. We value their understanding of our sector, their approachable manner, individual expertise to assist with particular cases, their values which are aligned to ours as an organisation‘.

        Hannah Bollard has become our main legal adviser and our team has developed a trusting relationship with her. Having key contacts means they get to understand our overall business challenges in more detail and therefore can help us manage not just individual cases but also any potential wider implications for us. Hannah is highly skilled and extremely clear in her advice helping us to manage risks effectively‘.

         

        Key clients

        Mind

        Barnardo’s

        Everyone Active

        London Borough of Haringey

        Baptist Union of Great Britain

        Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

        Homecare Association (formerly known and UKHCA)

        Thirteen Housing Group Limited

        Voyage Care Limited

        The Kemnal Academies Trust

        Work highlights

        • Advised on complex and extensive investigations into claims of discrimination and bullying for a major national charity and separately for a large-scale NHS trust. In both cases, the investigation involved interviewing of multiple witnesses and reviewing documentation then drafting comprehensive reports for the respective boards with recommendations.
        • Provided clients with comprehensive and practical toolkits to assist with the Government’s introduction of mandatory vaccination as a condition of deployment in care homes and the wider health and social care sector.
        • Worked with a national housing provider in a claim made by over 60 employees for unpaid holiday and sick pay. Worked closely with ACAS to facilitate a settlement with all the claimants so saving the client from costly and extensive tribunal claims.

        Higgs LLP

        The experienced team at Higgs LLP continues to be best known for helping SMEs, owner managed businesses and their families and also has considerable expertise in the food and drink, transport, manufacturing and care sectors. Under the direction of Tim Jones , the group frequently advises senior executives on executive terminations and is also home to a well-regarded employment tribunal practice. Jayne Holliday advises on all aspects of employment law.

        Practice head(s):

        Tim Jones

        Other key lawyers:

        Jayne Holliday; Joanne Walker

        Testimonials

        ‘The employment team at Higgs LLP provides us with an excellent service. The advice provided can not only be fully relied upon but it is timely and practical. They are completely transparent when it comes to fees. Tim Jones is exceptional at what he does. He has provided us with exceptional service and can be relied upon. He is always available and provides advice swiftly, which when dealing with employment issues is essential. Tim’s guidance and advice is an integral part of our HR provision‘.

        They understand our business needs and drivers. They are quick to respond, we work with the same individual(s) which ensures consistency across our business. They are natural communicators and pitch their language within the business that is understood across our teams. We trust their advice and take their direction sure in the knowledge that it’s always in the best interests of the business. They have steered us through the many challenges that Covid and lockdowns presented us with and we have come through this stronger and more resilient’.

        Joanne Walker – she is the main reason why we have continued our working relationship with Higgs. She is so reliable, knowledgeable and an excellent communicator at all levels within our business. She really listens and will only, once she fully understands our concerns, then offer the advice and potential way forward. We love that we have options and can make an informed business decision on this. She is treated like one of our own team‘.

        ‘Joanne Walker is a valued and trusted voice within our company. Qualities include the knowledge of our company, fully aware that we have a small staff resource and time for employment law‘.

        ‘In all of my dealings with Higgs it has been highly professional, helpful and proactive. I regularly work with Joanne Walker who has supported and advised our organisation on a number of different employment law queries and casework. She is extremely knowledgeable, helpful and proactive. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending her services to others’.

         

        Key clients

        Jonathan Lee Recruitment Limited

        Elta Group Limited

        The Walsall Wheelbarrow Company Limited

        The Old Station Nursery Limited

        N E Downing (Blackheath) Limited

        T(N)S Catering Management Limited

        Teacheractive Limited

        Intralox Limited

        Palletline Limited

        Regal Mechanical and Electrical Services Limited

        PP Control & Automation Ltd

        Harris Lamb Limited

        Isoma Limited

        Birmingham Wholesesale Market

        Dudley CVS

        Shakespeare Pharma

        MTD Limited

        JW Hinks LLP

        RCL Partners LLP

        Work highlights

          Irwin Mitchell

          The team at Irwin Mitchell is particularly strong on confidentiality and restrictive covenants and continues to act for employers and senior executives across a wide range of sectors. Fergal Dowling  heads the department which also works closely with its corporate and corporate recovery teams on a myriad of complex employment matters. In addition, the practice is also home to specialist knowledge in acting for leading insurance companies on various employment tribunal claims and other contentious matters. Elaine Huttley  is a prominent member of the team along with Donna Seferta .

          Practice head(s):

          Fergal Dowling

          Testimonials

          Clear and reasonable pricing structure. It is usually always possible to speak to someone within 24 hours of making a request. Siobhan Mulrey is concise, fair and balanced in her advice‘.

          Laura Willis has always been very quick to respond to our requests for advice and her advice has always been clear, well laid out, easy to understand, well-reasoned and easy to apply in practice. Following her advice has consistently led us to get the outcome we were looking for and with a minimum of stress‘.

          ‘Laura Willis is our dedicated solicitor and over the past two years we have developed a good working relationship. We find her very approachable and knowledgeable with clear and comprehensive advice which can sometimes be for very complex situations. Laura goes out of her way to ensure she is advising you in accordance with the law but to ensure that we understand the reasons behind the advice‘.

          ‘Siobhan Mulrey and Laura Willis are my points of contact. They give detailed guidance. They always mention what to look out for and have taught us to think deeper into situations such as why an employee may have acted in a certain way, question if it may be a disability related for instance – ensure that any decision has been thought about carefully and not to make rash incorrect decisions’.

          Key clients

          Arc Legal Assistance

          Association of Colleges

          Reconomy UK Limited

          ThyssenKrupp

          Gleeson Recruitment Group

          Hadley Industries Plc

          Dains Accountants

          Motus Aftermarket Parts

          Vision Global Growth Fund

          Intelexvision

          Expromet Technologies Group Limited

          Work highlights

          • Assisted a client in the financial services sector with a significant restructure and redundancy exercise which involved collective consultation. The project had to be completed to incredibly tight timescales which allowed no room for delay/slippage. As part of the support that the team provided, one of its solicitors was seconded to the client to provide on the ground support and assistance. The project was delivered on time, within budget and resulted in no disputes or claims.
          • Advised Dains Accountant on their investment by Horizon Capital. With almost 200 staff based in 5 locations across the Midlands, Dains provides audit, tax and business advisory services to 4,000 fast-growth companies, international organisations and high net worth individuals. The investment from Horizon capital will facilitate the expansion of these capabilities.
          • Instructed by Capita in relation to a tribunal claim pursued by a former senior executive. In addition to defending the claim the team also advised Capita in relation to a counter claim against this former executive for his breach of contract, including the submission of falsified expense claims.

          Lanyon Bowdler

          John Merry leads a team that has a strong reputation at Lanyon Bowdler for its work on TUPE matters and the employment aspects of business transfers. The practice has a key specialism in advising schools and colleges in addition to farmers and growers. Another core field of activity is the team's advising of Court of Protection-appointed deputies and case managers on the employment of carers.

          Practice head(s):

          John Merry

          Other key lawyers:

          William Morse ; Jennifer Gibson

          Testimonials

          Lanyon Bowdler is unique in that the lawyers are all 100% approachable and totally professional. John Merry –  I have no hesitation in recommending, praising and indeed exulting him. His support and common sense advice for the past 13 years has been second to none. John is pragmatic, direct and will speak in English – rather than mind blowing legalease!’

          ‘The employment law team at Lanyon and Bowdler is very down to earth and understands the issues employers encounter on a daily basis. If you need advice with a pragmatic approach, they are your people. Over the years I have utilised the services of a few employment law specialists but have found Lanyon’s approach the most sensible and cost effective’.

          ‘We work on a regular basis with Jenny Gibson, who has taken a personal interest in our company, she is able to offer advice based on our culture and without fail, we have had a successful outcome to each employment issue. The COVID years were a challenge to all businesses but with Jenny’s guiding hand, we were able to keep employees motivated and well informed during and post pandemic’.

          ‘Always accessible which is extremely important re employment advice. They ensure they are up to date with current legislation and can usually provide immediate advice unlike other firms I have dealt with. As a company I feel totally confident with the advice they give me and the support they provide‘.

          ‘I have a long standing professional relationship with them, particularly William Morse, who provides guidance and advice re daily employment issues which makes us feel extremely supported. It is nice to have this professional partnership and feel relaxed about important issues‘.

          ‘Lanyon Bowdler demonstrates good communication between the team members which is effective and timely. I have confidence that I am directed to the most appropriate and knowledgeable person to answer my query. Each individual I have worked with at Lanyon Bowdler is clear on their role and their expertise and will redirect or revert if there is any uncertainty giving me confidence that I am receiving correct guidance and direction. I find the manner of the team excellent with myself and our clients. I find they are honest, nurturing and caring with clients and their families’.

          ‘It is a small team, but one which punches above its weight and attracts work from large national clients. John Merry it technically excellent on issues involving an employment law/ tax law cross-over such as IR35. We are currently doing an appeal in the EAT on a worker status case. His preparation of the case was very thorough and commended by the trial judge‘.

          ‘The employment team provides clear, concise and practical advice. It provides an excellent service and prompt responses to subjects or queries raised. John Merry is very knowledgeable and considered an expert in his field’.

          Key clients

          EBTS Pro Assist N.V.

          Anchor Group Services

          AceOn Group

          Belton Farm

          Maxell Europe Limited

          Plastic Omnium Automotive Limited

          Dodd Group

          Shropdoc

          British Gymnastics

          Grange Fencing Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advised EBTS Pro Assist N.V. in connection with taking over as the outsourced service provider of UK breakdown call centre services for a leading global tyre manufacturer.
          • Advised Maxell Europe in respect of the staged closure of the UK arm of its European Business Solution Division.
          • Advised the Dodd Group in relation to the TUPE transfer of 120 employees in connection with a contract to provide sub-contract mechanical and electrical services on a number of sites.

          VWV

          The education practice at VWV is particularly well-regarded among charities and also supports public sector and commercial clients on a whole host of issues such as closures and redundancies, restrictive covenants and injunctions, as well as on tribunal cases. Jane Byford  has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law while Kathy Halliday has a diverse practice with particular expertise in change management projects.

          Practice head(s):

          Jane Byford ; Kathy Halliday

          Testimonials

          ‘Recommended for their attention to detail and providing a menu of legally assessed options that translated operationally. Tenacity – it always feels like they have the business’ interest – reputational and financial- at the heart of their advice rather than just a commercial transaction‘.

          ‘The advice is technically strong, pragmatic and tailored to the cultural values we wish to promote as an employer. This is especially important to us when dealing with contentious issues. Although there may be gaps of time between matters they have stability within their team and I am dealing with people who know me and the organisation I work with. This makes a tremendous difference as I value high trust relationships‘.

          ‘Able to quickly pick up the issue at hand and provide tailored practical advice. Jane Byford – understands employment in an educational setting‘.

          ‘The team’s strength lies in its relationship building and time spent in understanding our business. The advice given is always practical and pragmatic’.

          ‘Kathy Halliday is a first-class employment lawyer who understands our business and always provides practical and pragmatic advice‘.

          Key clients

          Bath Spa University

          Birmingham Airport

          Birmingham Royal Ballet

          Cheltenham Ladies College

          De Montfort University

          Dudley College of Technology

          Engage, National Association for Gallery Education

          Evolve Trust

          Hallfield School

          King Edward VI Foundation

          Loughborough University

          Moy Park

          New College Swindon

          Norland College

          Pilgrim’s Pride

          Society of Radiographers

          Solihull School

          St Philips Chambers

          University of Bath

          University of Brighton

          University of Derby

          Work highlights

          • Advising Birmingham Airport on the employment issues arising out of the closure and re-opening of the airport.
          • Advising universities and independent schools on the options for withdrawing from the teacher’s pension scheme.
          • Defending a number of tribunal claims arising out of the pandemic, including several where employees misled their employers by going abroad without permission and were not able to return to work due to quarantine requirements.

          Weightmans LLP

          The versatile team at Weightmans LLP has an established and growing client base in the hospitality and leisure sectors and also fields a dedicated equal pay offering. Under the leadership of Jawaid Rehman , it has a strong reputation too in the education sector and for its work with embassies, also routinely conducting local government and police matters. Andrew Forrest , who is a qualified mediator, was promoted to the partnership and is also an experienced advocate in the employment tribunal.

          Practice head(s):

          Jawaid Rehman

          Other key lawyers:

          Andrew Forrest

          Key clients

          Thursdays (UK) Limited T/A Fridays

          Pizza Hut (UK) Limited

          Whitbread Group PLC

          Pizza Express (Restaurants) Limited

          London Business School

          Government of the State of Kuwait

          GLH Hotels Management (UK) Limited

          English National Ballet

          Nuffield Health

          Fuller’s

          Work highlights

          • Operating a HR helpline for London Business School’s HR department and members of the wider management team within the university.
          • Along with a range of hospitality sector clients, the team advised Whitbread in connection with the employment law implications of the coronavirus pandemic from March 2020 to date.
          • Advised the Government of the State of Kuwait -in Fenniche v 1. Kuwait Health Office, 2. Government of the state of Kuwait[2021] – this was the first case to ever consider the relationship between Brexit, state immunity and discrimination.

          Bevan Brittan LLP

          The dynamic employment team at Bevan Brittan LLP covers healthcare, housing and the local government industries as well as the private sector and international mandates; it frequently handles challenging tribunal claims for NHS trusts and also continues to win some significant new work in other sectors such as higher education. Ashley Norman is among the primary members of the team that has been adding to its ranks at associate level.

          Practice head(s):

          Jodie Sinclair; Ashley Norman

          Other key lawyers:

          James Gutteridge

          Testimonials

          ‘The team is dedicated, knowledgeable and offers sound advice. Ashley Norman provides an excellent service and is business focused‘.

          Key clients

          Staffordshire Fire & Rescue

          North East London CCG

          South East London CCG

          Hillingdon London Borough Council

          De Montfort University

          Birmingham City University

          Abri Housing Group

          YMCA Heart of England

          Pioneer Housing Group

          Work highlights

          • Advised a public body in relation to a request by a trade union to be recognised for statutory collective bargaining purposes. The request was submitted in accordance with the legislation and required the client to consider strategically how best to respond. The client decided to reject the request for voluntary recognition and has subsequently engaged with follow up communications and meetings with officials of the relevant union.
          • Advised a well-known national charity on a very interesting project. The charity had over a period of time developed a non-core business based upon providing social housing – in effect, this arm of the organisation was a housing association/registered provider. The charity and the housing association arm agreed that the latter would separate from the charity and become independent.
          • Acted for a fire service since late 2019 on an ongoing, complex “trade dispute” with the trade union which represents the uniformed workforce – the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). The issue primarily concerns changes to shift patterns for firefighters, working hours when the employees work away from their home fire station, and obligations of firefighters to transport PPE.

          Capsticks LLP

          Capsticks LLP has an excellent reputation for its work in the health and social care sectors and frequently advises clients in the NHS, private healthcare, medical technology, emergency services and GP practice fields. It continues to act for a large number of social housing associations and is skilled at defending complicated employment tribunal cases as well as being strong on non-contentious matters under the direction of Victoria Watson .

          Practice head(s):

          Victoria Watson

          Other key lawyers:

          Jonathan Lewis; John Hatton; Raj Chahal

           

          Testimonials

          ‘Jonathan Lewis – is exceptionally knowledgeable, dedicated and one of the best strategic thinkers in the employment field. He navigates clients through hideously complex litigation successfully and works damn hard to ensure outcomes. His work ethic is second to none and he achieves consistently fantastic results. In addition to NHS work Jonathan has carved a specialism representing the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in litigation and I have worked with him in such cases so he can give a detailed perspective on this’.

          ‘John Hatton – A wonderful and charismatic lawyer who is dedicated to his clients and hardworking. John is a bubbly character who makes all in his company feel at ease. He is an expert on NHS cases‘.

          ‘Raj Chahal deals with the absolutely most complex cases against the NHS. She is able to identify the strengths and weaknesses in cases and is very adaptive to change. Raj is the rock in the Capsticks team and is very well respected by employment lawyers nationally. Raj is particularly adept at managing high value and complex litigation. She is well respected! ‘.

          ‘Very detailed in their preparation of cases, meticulously prepared witness statements, and very helpful instructions to counsel. Raj Chahal and John Hatton both work exceptionally well as a team and are individually excellent lawyers‘.

          ‘The team is always responsive and helpful. Most of my requests are time critical and I appreciate the fact that I can always get a response. They break things down in lay mans’ terms and avoid legal jargon. They are transparent about billing and pricing’.

          ‘Intrinsic knowledge and understanding of the healthcare sector with transparent billing. Raj Chahal’s no nonsense, reassuring, timely approach along with her attention to detail is impressive. John Hatton is tough whilst displaying an impressive level of compassion, he quickly gets to the heart of an issue. In addition, he’s uber organised and keeps us appraised of progress which provides the necessary level of assurance when litigating a number of cases simultaneously on top of a busy day job!’.

          ‘Brilliant employment law knowledge coupled with an excellent understanding of the NHS makes them our top choice. Jonathan Lewis is approachable, knowledgeable and always returns my calls. His practical advice is always much appreciated‘.

          Their ability to relate to employment law in practice and from the lens of HR is brilliant. They are open and transparent with their approach. Took and continue to take time to understand what we are trying to achieve and how they might consider their response to suit the needs of our business. Stand-out are Victoria Watson and Jonathan Lewis’.

           

          Key clients

          Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

          Barts Health NHS Trust

          Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

          Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

          Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust

          Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

          Solicitors Regulation Authority Limited

          Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

          Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

          Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

          Social Work England

          Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

          Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

          University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

          Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital NHS Trust

          Arden and GEM CSU

          University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust

          Work highlights

          • Instructed by Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in respect of a race and disability discrimination claim where the disability relied upon was Electromagnetic Sensitivity (EMS). The team understands that this is the first published judgment where the tribunal has considered whether EMS is a disability under the Equality Act 2010.
          • Instructed by the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to advise on complex employment and pension arrangements in relation to former council staff, and in particular negotiated pensions documents in order to avoid a multi-million pound deficit being crystallised and to ensure ongoing access for 350 staff to the local government pension scheme.
          • Advising the Solicitors Regulation Authority Limited in respect of a claim by a solicitor against the regulatory body that it had discriminated against him. The claim was successfully dismissed following a preliminary hearing and a costs award was made against the claimant.

          Freeths LLP

          Freeths LLP acts for various private sector clients, including some well-known brands, as well as a large number of public and educational sector clients. It is adept at handling employment tribunal claims and has built up a solid reputation for its work on complex restructures and TUPE matters in addition to issues surrounding the gig economy. Birmingham-based Rebecca Sawbridge  is highly-regarded.

          Testimonials

          ‘We use Freeths for all of our employment law issues and we have found them to be exemplary. Rebecca Sawbridge – very helpful and also responsive’.

          Key clients

          ALDI Stores Limited

          DPD Group UK Limited

          Sofidel Group

          Staffline Recruitment Limited

          National Express Limited

          Center Parcs

          Paul Smith Limited

          ERIKS Industrial Services Limited

          The Reflex Group Limited

          Goodridge Limited

          Preston Innovations Limited

          Birmingham Metropolitan College

          EH Smith (Builders Merchants) Limited

          The British Horse Society

          AP Racing Limited

          West Midlands Growth Company

          JS Wright

          The Alumasc Group plc

          Envisage Group Limited

          Mettler Toledo Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advised EH Smith (Builders Merchants) Limited on a multi-claim tribunal case which had been three years in the making. The team advised the client from the dismissal process through to the tribunal hearing. The team was able to show that the claimant had lied under oath and as a result of which he chose to withdraw his claim. He had been seeking compensation of circa £200,000.
          • Acting for  a braking system manufacturer to acquire an interim injunction to prevent an employee moving to a competitor in breach of his restrictive covenants.
          • Advising the board and front-line managers of Understanding Care Limited on all aspects of employment law, helping to achieve a number of notable successes in the last year, including the introduction of new contracts of employment and handling a spectrum of sensitive grievance/disciplinary investigations.

          Sydney Mitchell LLP

          The team at Sydney Mitchell LLP advises both employers and employees on a range of contentious and non-contentious claims with the newly-promoted Emma-Louise Hewitt  at the helm. Dean Parnell  is another key figure who advises on all aspects of employment law and tends to primarily advise companies and senior executives; the team recently added associate Julia Woodhouse to its ranks from Standley & Co Solicitors.

          Practice head(s):

          Emma-Louise Hewitt

          Other key lawyers:

          Dean Parnell ; Julia Woodhouse

          Testimonials

          ‘Sydney Mitchell provides top class employment law expertise, with practical know-how. It is reassuring to know you’re in good hands. Emma-Louise Hewitt is very knowledgeable and has an excellent client orientated focus. She is quickly able to grasp complex details seeing the true picture, presenting the case thoroughly‘.

          ‘Dean Parnell gives a friendly and efficient service to his clients; he is one of the go-to employment lawyers in the City. A very tough negotiator on his client’s behalf. If you want the best representation at all levels he is the man to instruct‘.

          The employment law practice at Syndey Mitchell is first-class, with a focus on client service and succinct advice’.

          Their knowledge and expertise of employment law is a real strength. Friendly and calming. Took time to explain the process‘.

          ‘Julia Woodhouse  is incredibly comfortable to deal with and I have come to rely on her thorough and professional approach and advice. Reassuring, warm and above all knowledgeable, I can’t recommend her highly enough‘.

          The employment team at Sydney Mitchell, for a firm of its size, is very well balanced and has the impact of a much larger team. The team is not afraid of stepping up to the plate and nothing is too much trouble for them. I have no hesitation in recommending them to claimants and respondents. The admin staff will go the extra mile to make things run smoothly at hearing’.

          ‘Dean Parnell stands out as being very much a ‘can do’ person who has a very sound grasp of the legal and commercial elements of employment litigation. He is astute, and a reassuring presence to have alongside you whilst going through litigation‘.

          ‘Thorough grasps of fact, procedure and law – absolutely on the ball, and very responsive to enquiries. Emma Louise Hewitt is extremely bright, friendly, dedicated, and responsive. Exactly who you want on the team for a difficult fight’.

          Work highlights

            Trowers & Hamlins LLP

            Trowers & Hamlins LLP is currently instructed on numerous employment tribunal cases for employers. It handles a diverse mix of private, public and third sector work spread across a broad range of sectors such as housing, charity, construction/development, retail and leisure. The ‘solution focusedRebecca McCormick heads the department.

            Practice head(s):

            Rebecca McGuirk

            Testimonials

            The employment team is particularly knowledgeable on the social housing sector. They have throughout the pandemic been offering free weekly virtual employment webinars on current topics which have been really valuable and are of added value. We use Rebecca McGuirk a lot and she provides very sound advice which is practical rather than theoretical and balances legal advice and business reality. She has also provided value add support in terms of free clinics to our People Team a couple of times a year‘.

            We work very well with the team at Trowers and they work professionally, efficiently and provide great overall support and advice. I work mainly with Rebecca McGuirk. It is frustrating when legal advisors sit on the fence when giving advice (I have found this with other competitors) but I don’t get this from Rebecca at Trowers & Hamlins, she has a no-nonsense, direct approach. She gives us sound advice and good guidance on complex matters. She works efficiently. I can rely on her for support whenever I need her‘.

            ‘The team has a wide range of skills meaning there is always someone who can help with our different questions and issues. They are supportive, friendly and commercially minded. Rebecca McGuirk is practical and pragmatic with her advice and support, she helps me solve the issues I have rather than telling me what I have to do. She has a wealth of knowledge’.

            ‘Makes you feel like an important customer. Rebecca McGuirk – very customer focussed and professional. Good understanding of our business environment. Highly responsive – even out of hours. Excellent service provided‘.

            The whole approach is one of customer focus. They listen, support and give guidance in a clear non-jargon way and give recommendations on possible solutions that I would not have considered. They increased their social media presence during the pandemic, and held some invaluable online learning and updates to give us all some peace of mind‘.

            ‘I have worked with Rebecca McGuirk on a fair number of complex cases and have always felt able to pick up the phone to be able to ask the ‘stupid’ questions. As a care provider have faced a number of covid related queries and concerns that Rebecca has always been up to date and knowledgeable on in a very short space of time following government announcement/changes to regulations‘.

            ‘The responsiveness – direct access to who you need/ always available which is critical for some urgent HR issues. Ability to cut through complex cases and provide sound advice in plain English. Friendliness – always a pleasure to work with. Added value they bring – bring good practice from work with others/ put in touch with others/ free training which is of a fantastic standard’.

            ‘Rebecca McGuirk is an incredibly talented lawyer. Stands out from competitors due to: Always accessible, responsive when needed. Brings incredible insight/ good practice above and beyond the advice being sought. Brings a huge amount of added value to the relationship. Qualities are personal friendly approach, ability to get legal issues over in a straightforward way- no matter how complex, works hard to maintain great relationships, complete trust in advice/guidance built on years of support‘.

             

            Key clients

            believe Housing

            Bethphage

            Black Country Housing Group

            Bournville Village Trust

            Community Gateway Association

            CORE Education Trust

            GreenSquareAccord

            Longhurst Group

            Midland Heart

            The Trident Group

            Work highlights

            • Supporting the Community Gateway Association on all of its HR, employment and pensions issues. In particular, it has advised the Community Gateway Association on a complex employment tribunal claim brought by a zero hours worker. The client successfully defended the claim and it was reported in the press. It was the first reported case to consider pregnancy discrimination in the context of measures introduced by an employer in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
            • Supporting GreenSquareAccord on all of its HR/ employment issues. Over the past year much of the support and advice it has given has been around Covid-19 and its impact on their workforce and customers, in particular the mandating of Covid-19 vaccinations. The team also assisted them and continues to do so, with a number of employment tribunal claims.
            • Supporting CORE Education Trust on all of its HR/ employment issues. Over the past year much of the support and advice the practice has given has been in relation to complex grievances, disciplinaries and issues around underperforming employees, as well as support with a number of employment tribunal claims.

            Wright Hassall LLP

            Tina Chander at Wright Hassall LLP regularly supports on the TUPE aspects of transactional matters. In addition, the team represents both employers and employees at the employment tribunal by handling a wide variety of claims such as whistleblowing, discrimination and constructive unfair dismissals.

            Practice head(s):

            Tina Chander

            Testimonials

            ‘The team at Wright Hassall offers an exceptional legal service. They make you feel valued, supported and equipped to deal with complex situations with legal implications. It’s a gold standard service’.

            ‘Tina Chander and her team – they go the extra mile and feel like a ‘plug in’ member of the team. They are open and transparent and give me a sense of costs in advance’.

            ‘The team is very responsive and I like the way that they ensure that more than one team member is familiar with a case so that they can give seamless advice in the absence of the lead lawyer’.

            ‘We have used the team on and off over the past 2-3 years and feel absolute confidence in the expertise of the team as a whole and particularly in the lead partner, Tina Chander’.

            ‘Tina and her whole team. Response times are amazing which is imperative when dealing with difficult situations which is beyond your knowledge and expertise’.

            ‘A knowledgeable team, easy to communicate with. Uses Teams, which enables multiple lawyers to get together and review the case. Easy to touch base with team members‘.

            ‘Very approachable and explains situations clearly to the client giving a number of options to move forward. The individuals work well together, not just in the employment team but across other teams within the same firm’.

            ‘It is client focussed and able to offer a highly competent and effective strategic and practical approach to litigation.Tina Chander – wise beyond even her experience. Should be first port of call in the region for employment disputes’.

            Key clients

            Keller Group Plc

            SPI Global Play Limited

            British Dressage Ltd

            Zwanenberg Food Group UK Ltd

            British Showjumping Ltd

            R G Wilbrey (Consultants) Ltd

            Crewsaders Ltd

            Places for Leisure Limited (“Places Leisure”)

            The Coventry City of Culture Trust

            Entaco Limited

            Station House Dental Practice

            Protiviti Limited

            Warwick Independent Schools Foundation

            Princethorpe Foundation

            Simply Stone Memorials

            Global University Systems

            Connect Distribution Services Limited

            Hawksyard Priory Nursing Home

            Cudd Bentley Consulting Limited.

            Work highlights

              Aaron & Partners LLP

              The Shropshire-based team at Aaron & Partners LLP has a strong reputation for its specialisms in sports-related matters, large-scale restructures, TUPE and corporate support work. Ben Mason  has also been busy advising on complicated employment tribunal claims. Helen Watson , who jointly leads the group with Mason, advises clients in both the public and private sectors on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The team receives plaudits for providing ‘solutions that work‘.

              Practice head(s):

              Helen Watson ; Ben Mason

              Testimonials

              ‘Aaron & Partners is a very approachable team. Highly professional with deep knowledge and always delivered in a personal manner according to the circumstances. Varied and broad skill base to support and guide on commercial matters‘.

              ‘Efficient, prompt and professional advice with a personal approach understanding the needs of the business. Ben always ensures to follow up afterwards and check if there is any further advice or help needed’.

              All aspects of Aaron & Partners Solicitors have been exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble for the team and they are always on hand to give informed advice. Ben Mason has been an amazing help to our business. Always accommodating and provides accurate information and advice. We can’t recommend him enough!’

              ‘The employment team at Aaron gives a prompt and efficient service, explaining situations fully and looking at all possible outcomes. Ben Mason was easily accessible and competent at advising me and encouraging me to move forward when it would have been easy to stall. Ben is very down to earth and approachable and explains all possible outcomes fully’.

              The team is always available, they are quick to make contact if unavailable. They are very collaborative in their approach to issues we have had. Supportive and the team is fantastic and puts legalise into every day language’.

              Excellent people especially Ben Mason, available, knowledgeable and commercial.  Excellent value for money, sticks to the point and thinks commercially. Able to offer multiple perspectives on various situations that gives you a 360 degree opinion‘.

              ‘We find the practice to be extremely responsive and personable with a great understanding of our business and the commercial challenges faced in various circumstances whether this is mergers, acquisitions, or practical employment law advice. The expertise and practical application of the advice given is invaluable to our team and very much valued’.

              I always find Ben to be personable and grounded and very easy to talk to. I find that I can explain the situation/issue to Ben being completely honest and Ben is very pragmatic in the advice he provides. Ben will always seek to find a commercially viable realistic solution to the advice he is providing and is very supportive in how the advice is executed within the business. Ben is very approachable and will often discuss all the possible angles and solutions’.

              Key clients

              Field Studies Council

              West Bromwich Building Society

              Invertek Drives Limited

              Timothy Taylor Limited

              Peter Posh Limited

              Carey Glass Chester Limited

              AXYZ Automation (UK) Limited

              Tudor Griffiths Limited

              AP Wireless (UK) Limited

              Leapwork UK Limited

              Work highlights

              • Field Studies Council – is a retainer client – recent work includes advising on furlough and all of the issues arising from it, absence management, performance management, large restructuring, termination of employee contracts, TUPE advice and pension advice.
              • Advising West Bromwich Building Society on all general employment matters including dealing with employment tribunal claims.
              • Advising a company on the exit of husband and wife as director, shareholder and employees who held positions across the group of companies.

              DWF

              DWF enjoys a solid reputation for its work on tribunal claims as well as providing support on transactions and on TUPE issues. The team is experienced in many sectors but has particular strength in the healthcare, social care and financial sectors. Practice head Kate Meadowcroft  frequently advises both private and public sector employers. 

              Practice head(s):

              Kate Meadowcroft

              Key clients

              Secure Trust Bank Plc

              Severn Trent Water Plc

              Cook Group

              Henry Riley LLP

              Fleet Claims Administrators Limited

              BUPA

              Work highlights

                George Green LLP

                George Green LLP fields a team that is well-regarded for its work with owner managed businesses and for providing corporate support on major deals. Under the leadership of Tim Lang , who is also a fee paid employment judge who sits in the South-East, the group has solid experience in TUPE matters and in restrictive covenants/confidentiality litigation. Beverley Smith is also recommended.

                Practice head(s):

                Tim Lang

                Other key lawyers:

                Beverley Smith

                Testimonials

                ‘Very helpful and friendly – not over the top or pushy. Beverley is great – helps to simplify things for full clarity and understanding‘.

                George Green consistently provides timely, commercially astute, technically accurate advice. A regional firm with a big city firm punch !’

                Tim Lang is a breath of fresh air. A holder of judicial office, with a razor sharp legal mind, he consistently delivers results. Approachable, business savvy and knowledgeable, Tim quickly assesses situations and provides commercial solutions’.

                Key clients

                Sims Group UK Limited

                AGCO Limited

                Hadley Industries Plc

                J. Browne Construction Company Limited

                PCE Ltd

                Maier UK Ltd

                Argus Fire Protection Company Limited

                Inenco Group Limited

                Hayfield Homes Limited

                Work highlights

                  Harrison Clark Rickerbys

                  Harrison Clark Rickerbys has a full service offering that spans all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment matters for some household name clients. The practice is adept at advising on complex employment tribunal matters and handles an array of other issues such as reorganisations, redundancies, collective employment law and TUPE. Worcester-based Michael Stokes is a key member of the team while, at the Birmingham office, Elizabeth McGlone is well-regarded.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Michael Stokes

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Elizabeth McGlone

                  Testimonials

                  Very impressive high quality team who work together to produce an absolutely first-class level of service. They seem to attract excellent people, perhaps by allowing people to live outside of London and having excellent team work. The work I have seen surpasses Magic Circle quality of work, but I assume at far more competitive prices’.

                  ‘Michael Stokes – Michael is a truly excellent all round lawyer – with better judgement than most barristers, and having run many law changing test cases prior to joining this firm. He now runs cases strategically, efficiently and with a calm effectiveness that makes him unbeatable quality for any litigant’.

                  ‘They handle a wide range of high end respondent work for national businesses. The firm has an extremely hands-on and collaborative approach to client care and running complex cases as smoothly as possible’.

                   

                  Key clients

                  British Airways

                  Work highlights

                    Hatchers Solicitors LLP

                    The employment team at Hatchers Solicitors LLP advises individuals and businesses and has particular proficiency in advising charities and the not-for-profit sector. Practice head Nigel Harrison routinely advises employers ranging from private limited companies and partnerships to schools and charities.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Nigel Harrison

                    Testimonials

                    ‘It is a pleasure to work with this team, the lawyers are extremely knowledgeable and explain things to you in a very practical way to enable you to understand and learn from them. When I ring or email I get a very quick response. I feel totally confident that the advice, guidance and support that we receive is the best way to deal with the issues we have. I can not recommend this team highly enough it is excellent’.

                    ‘I deal with Nigel Harrison the most – he is so approachable and totally helpful‘.

                    ‘This is an excellent law practice within our county. The lawyers are easy to contact, they provide sensible and practical advice, and provide good value‘.

                    ‘I feel that the key thing about this practice is the effective and practical advice on offer. When I call solicitors such as Nigel Harrison with an employment law problem and I detail the objectives our organisation is trying to achieve, Nigel and his team will offer sensible and pragmatic options to achieve those objectives within the relevant legal framework‘.

                    The Hatchers team has a professional approach to business whilst at the same time recognising that the clients are individuals who require well-rounded support when considering all aspects of employment law queries. The team members across the various legal departments also interact well when offering advice so that the requirements of the client are addressed as a whole and not fragmented‘.

                    ‘Key individuals of the Hatchers team are prompt to respond to queries, consider the enquiries in relation to the complex and bespoke nature of our business and are never phased by our company demands. The legal work to be undertaken is always explained prior to the commencement of the services with a timescale to completion and costs clearly laid out’.

                    Work highlights

                    • Continues its long-standing relationship with its client, a not-for-profit organisation providing education, care, and day services for learners with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties and autism.
                    • Continues to advise a leading co-educational independent school, on senior level employment and GDPR issues.
                    • Continues to advise a significant producer of artisan desserts for the food service industry in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

                    Heminsley Law

                    The ‘unflappableTrevor Gibson leads the team at Heminsley Law which advises companies on a wide range of people risk issues from employment law to bribery and corruption. It also conducts employment litigation and advises on key strategic issues from whistleblowing and complex discrimination cases to bonus claims and the enforcement of restrictive covenants. Jemma O’Reilly provides ‘calm reassurance‘ to her clients.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Trevor Gibson

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Jemma O’Reilly

                    Testimonials

                    ‘Heminsley is a fantastic specialist employment firm, providing a brilliant service to its clients. Very client focused, commercial advice. Jemma O’Reilly is amazingly on the ball and provides excellent, commercially focused advice to her clients. Trevor Gibson brings brilliant employment law experience and expertise to a range of clients with brilliant results‘.

                    ‘I have found Heminsley, and in particular Jemma O’Reilly, to be a really innovative and personable firm. They give their clients a really top-notch service. Jemma O’Reilly is a dream to work with and super smart. She is extremely sensible and really knows which points to fight. She is very good at managing difficult clients’.

                    Heminsley has consistently provided our People Team with quick, pragmatic employment advice and guidance. Jemma O’Reilly is incredibly quick and supportive. Jemma really understands the business and tailors the approach to recognise the size and nature of the company‘.

                    The thing I most like about Heminsley is its willingness to roll its sleeves up and muck in. The lawyers don’t give ’50/50 you decide’ advice but will get off the fence and look at practical solutions to often difficult problems. Even though they’re small they’ll give much larger firms a run for their money – in part through their skills & their ability to see through fog’.

                    ‘Heminsley Law’s ability to align to the customers’ needs, customise the advice and a constant touchpoint makes them ‘part of the team’. It’s very convenient to engage with the partners at Heminsley Law. Their expertise in Employment and Privacy is par excellence and helps navigate a litigation or dispute in an effective and cost effective manner’.

                    ‘Trevor Gibson and Jemma O’Reilly. Trevor has an amazing knack of picking up the issues that matter and to cut out distractions. This helps in focusing on the matter. Trevor always has ‘out of box’ ideas which give a different perspective and at times helps in speedy resolution. Jemma on the other hand is the one who has amazing patience, works with the client and client’s priorities including helping the client decide on the priority. She can really see through a matter with the utmost calm still asserting actions that are in the best interest of the client‘.

                    The service is delivered by a partner who  continues as your point of contact, accessibility is excellent which ensures issues are dealt with in a very proactive manner. The team’s strength is its ability to focus on the problems faced and its capability in addressing senior management issues raised during disputes and robustly refute claims in a very proactive manner leaving little opportunity for counter arguments to be raised‘.

                    ‘Trevor Gibson ensures you work together in a collaborative manner which enables all parties to understand the risks, strengths or weakness of any proposals. He is a very strong negotiator and gains the respect of boards and senior executives . Jemma O’Reilly has an exceptional ability when undertaking investigations to expose the real positions and always ensures the issues are addressed’.

                     

                    Key clients

                    The Automobile Association

                    ASHS t/a Anya Hindmarch Ltd

                    The Conran Shop

                    British Standards Institute

                    Gloucestershire Airport Ltd

                    Lakeland Ltd NoMastek (UK) Ltd

                    Williams Property Group Ltd

                    nmcn PLC

                    Slater and Gordon Group

                    Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK Ltd

                    Nokkel Technologies Limited

                    Weboo Online Ltd

                    Tai Ping Carpets Ltd

                    Work highlights

                    • Over the course of the year, the team has provided strategic legal advice and employee relations support to the Chief Executive and the HR Director of its client in respect of a number of senior departures and the conduct of complex regulatory investigations.
                    • Working with the non-executive directors of NMCN plc, the team has advised on a series of strategic, contractual and employee relations issues including the conduct of complex investigations, the management of board level departures and significant bonus claims.
                    • Provided strategic legal advice to The Automobile Association on complex employment issues to the in-house legal team and the head of employee relations and policy on issues ranging from IR35 and contractual issues through to senior exits.

                    MFG Solicitors LLP

                    Based out of Worcestershire, Shropshire and Birmingham, the large and experienced team at MFG Solicitors LLP is well-equipped to handle all aspects of employment litigation, HR and corporate related matters, excelling under the leadership of the ‘always responsiveSally Morris . Christopher Piggott is vastly experienced in all aspects of employment law whereas Darryll Thomas has particular expertise in representing in proceedings where professional bodies allege misconduct allegations.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Sally Morris

                    Testimonials

                    ‘The team at MFG offers a wide range of services all of an equally high standard. The partners and staff at MFG are extremely helpful and knowledgeable‘.

                    ‘This team is incredibly well organised and efficient under the ultimate leadership of Sally Morris. Employment is a vibrant and buzzy team with lots of successes. The lawyers are very commercial yet still provide a great service. Sally is a formula one legal engine. Sally will always fit you in whenever you need her input, and given how urgent employment matters may be, this is critical.’

                    ‘Sally Morris runs various training sessions with her clients about topical HR matters. This has helped increase the knowledge of managers at my firm that currently has no dedicated HR resource. Sally is professional and patient with us when explaining options. She is both calm, considered and caring but when we need to be on the front foot she can be strong and firm on our behalf‘.

                    ‘Working with MFG is very easy, the team offers a professional service and always listens to what issues we have had. Darryll Thomas is our main contact, again Darryll always listens to what issues we have and always takes time to discuss the outcomes with us before we proceed‘.

                    Friendly, less risk averse approach – understanding from the client viewpoint. Chris Piggott – professional yet understands the client viewpoint and the impact on the client. Approachable and empathetic. Very responsive on communications’.

                    ‘Sally Morris is considered a thought leader in her field. Sally and her team demystify the ever changing sea of legislation that businesses have to deal with. Sally is often asked to speak at events and has always shared her expertise at various HR Forums. I would say that when one thinks about a professional employment lawyer in Worcestershire ….Sally Morris of MFG is the name that would be right at the top of the list for many employers in the county. She is somewhat of a celebrity in the county and more importantly…delivers a top quality service‘.

                    ‘Chris Piggott – an exceptional lawyer – extremely knowledgeable and yet extremely commercial – a most unusual combination!’

                    ‘Sally Morris is inspiring as head of the employment team and an outstanding advisor in the employment field’.

                     

                     

                    Key clients

                    MG Motor UK Limited

                    West Midlands Safari Park Limited

                    Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) Limited

                    The Best Connection Group Limited

                    CBW Resources Limited t/a Amco

                    Roxel (UK Rocket Motors) Limited

                    Hewett Recruitment Limited

                    Handling Concepts Limited

                    Rollinson Smith Limited

                    Andy Loos Limited

                    BRI Wealth Management Plc

                    Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce

                    Toyota Financial Services (UK) Plc

                    Toyota (GB) Plc

                    South and City College Birmingham

                    Work highlights

                      The Wilkes Partnership

                      The specialist employment team at The Wilkes Partnership thrives with James Leo at the helm. It acts mainly for employers as well as senior executives on the full gamut of employment matters with particular expertise in TUPE, discrimination and restrictive covenants. In addition, the group regularly assists the firms’ corporate clients on business sales and acquisitions as well as clients of the insolvency and private client teams. Pam Sidhu is also recommended.

                      Practice head(s):

                      James Leo

                      Other key lawyers:

                      Pam Sidhu; Jaspaul Dubb

                      Testimonials

                      ‘I have always found the Wilkes Partnership team to be effective communicators, highly skilled in their areas of expertise and thoroughly decent colleagues to work with. They are collaborative’.

                      ‘James Leo is an excellent communicator who manages his clients’ expectations extremely well. He has a strong understanding of complex legal matters and to me and many of his clients, is considered a safe pair of hands. Whilst James offers a robust and pragmatic approach to claims, he also ensures that he brings a rounded and robust view of the material considerations to any legal issue. I find his appreciation of commercial, reputational and emotional matters to be amongst the best I have come across and I can rely upon him to reach a sensible, measured and effective conclusion’.

                      ‘Very proactive. Friendly and approachable. Gets the job done. James Leo is dynamic, is at the top of his game and helpful’.

                      James Leo, is one of the most approachable solicitors I have worked with, I cannot rate him highly enough and have recommended his and The Wilkes Partnership’s service on numerous occasions’.

                      ‘Pam Sidhu has been friendly, attentive, knowledgeable and efficient throughout all contacts. Although I have only spoken to Pam for a handful of HR issues, I genuinely feel I am speaking with an expert friend, whom I really respect. This instils a strong feeling of trust, contentment and satisfaction’.

                      ‘Always proactively responds in due time. Very efficient feedback according to client’s needs. Ms Pam Sidhu provides excellent advice and recommendations tailored to client’s inquiries’.

                      The lawyers are all great but what makes them different is that they all genuinely care about your business, rather than treating you as simply another billable client’.

                      ‘ I really appreciated Jaspaul Dubb’s sincerity and his personal support, the fact that he tried to keep costs down and agreed to oversee my termination agreement on a small budget. I would recommend him to anyone in need of an employment lawyer’.

                       

                      Key clients

                      German Christmas Company Limited

                      Vector Corrosion Technologies Limited

                      Margetts Limited

                      FranklinCovey Europe Limited

                      Fountains Forestry Limited

                      Ramfoam Limited

                      THK GmbH

                      CID Global Services GmbH

                      Eneco UK Limited

                      Manke Markets UK Limited

                      STEKA Stahl-und Maschinenbau GmbH

                      Stratasys Solutions Limited

                      BTC Activewear Limited

                      Caeser LLC

                      Vesa Orava

                      Farillio Limited

                      Lunar HR

                      HR Dept Ltd

                      Doorfit Ltd

                      Nova Express Ltd

                      Johnson Cars

                      Leslie Nunn

                      Osborne and Little

                      Myco Installations Ltd

                      Levenes Solicitors

                      HR Depot, Franchisee/Director

                      BMTR

                      Advance Terrazzo & Tile Systems Ltd

                      Boom Radio

                      Skirting Online Ltd

                      Work highlights

                      • Advised on UK immigration permissions for 160+ European workers of German Christmas Company Limited for entry to the UK in order to operate the German Christmas Markets in Birmingham, the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany and Austria, as well as related employment law matters.
                      • Levenes Solicitors is part of the team’s growing Employment retainer and is advised on all aspects of HR and employment law in relation to their staff. This has included dealing with maternity absences, handling performance management procedures and assisting the client with restructuring its workforce to work from home under the Government’s work from home guidelines.
                      • Providing advice in relation to several ongoing employment tribunal matters for a large automotive retail company. This included successfully resolving a complex employment tribunal claim at an early juncture, involving unfair dismissal and disability discrimination at a potential value of in excess of £100k.

                      Thursfields Solicitors

                      The employment team at Thursfields Solicitors works closely with its corporate department on various large deals. James Monk is known for his advice to various charities and not-for-profit organisations in particular. Lisa Kemp has been representing various claimants and respondents in tribunal proceedings. Former head of department, Helena Morrissey, has left the firm and has joined Bevan Brittan LLP.

                      Practice head(s):

                      Gareth Burge

                      Other key lawyers:

                      Lisa Kemp; James Monk; Jade Linton

                      Testimonials

                      ‘Both of the associates who I worked with had a kind, understanding manner whilst also being concise, professional and not over promising. They delivered in the end, and kept within their predicted budget‘.

                      ‘They are friendly and very knowledgeable – particularly with regards to their employment law knowledge. They also have a wide geographical coverage, meaning that they have the West Midlands covered. I think that they have the practical business sense to help solve critical people issues. They have people who specialise in particular aspects – e.g. drafting settlement agreements to ensure that things are dealt with seamlessly. They also have their own HR practice to help clients before a legal referral is needed‘.

                      ‘They are proactive and creative in solving issues – and sensitive to challenging situations. In particular I enjoy working with Lisa Kemp and James Monk‘.

                      ‘Friendly, solution focused, clear what’s within their area of expertise and willing to refer on as appropriate. Feel like they genuinely care about the health of our organisation’.

                      ‘James Monk we have worked with for many years, and he provides a good value and friendly service, willing to think outside the box as necessary to solve issues’.

                      ‘Thursfields is an exceptional practice. Both Jade Linton and Lisa Kemp have made a point of getting to know our business. Their support and commitment to us has been faultless. They are exceptional business partners’.

                      ‘My association is with Lisa Kemp, an outstanding solicitor who continues to support my role with clear advice and guidance on what are quite often very difficult and sensitive employment matters. Professional and approachable, always respectful and courteous, even when faced with some of my questions. Lisa is someone I have every confidence in recommending to any of my peers, I know that they will never be disappointed or underwhelmed by the service received’.

                      ‘Lisa Kemp was really helpful , approachable and knowledgeable. I also felt that at every stage she was truly fighting for my best outcome which I really appreciated’.

                      Work highlights

                        Ansons

                        Ansons advises its commercial clients on a wide spectrum of issues from disciplinary and grievance issues to redundancy and restructuring advice and TUPE matters. It is also skilled at advising on the termination of employment relationships and on a broad array of contentious matters. Jason Alcock and Martin De Ridder are the names to note.

                        Testimonials

                        ‘Jason Alcock is a very good litigator and he ensures his clients are fully aware of the legal protocols whilst making them feel comfortable. He is a great sounding board for individuals or businesses who have legal compliance questions and queries’.

                        ‘Jason Allcock is a very professional and efficient solicitor providing accurate legal advice with a good commercial understanding of a situation. He is always available to help and even taken calls whilst on holiday !His support team is equally as good’.

                        Our point of contact Jason Alcock made a very good impression when we first went to Ansons for advice. It was clear that he was not looking to just earn fees for his firm as his advice could have taken us down a path that did this but he was realistic about the likely outcomes and suggested we use the money we would pay out on fees in a more positive way such as winning new business’.

                        ‘The lawyers are highly experienced, professional and a true pleasure to work with. Jason Alcock is one of a kind, highly experienced and capable with years of experience. He listens to you implicitly and really takes the time to understand you and your situation. He provides exceptional advice in a manner you fully understand and need. He follows up with you and makes you feel so heard and in safe hands. His knowledge and communication are unbelievably amazing’.

                        ‘Despite Covid restrictions, communication remained a high priority with on line meetings and email communication very prominent. In all instances, communication was excellent with all relevant parties. The team at Ansons worked very hard to ensure timely advice and all party communication whilst keeping costs to a reasonable level. Very flexible‘.

                        ‘Flexibility and communication skills were excellent. Jason Alcock was extremely supportive and knowledgeable’.

                        The team at Anson’s is always extremely helpful when we request any of their services. What we enjoy the most is that it always feels like a collaborative approach whenever Ansons is handling our cases.  Jason always exceeds our expectations from the initial enquiry we make and his collaborative approach allows us to navigate our business affairs with confidence we have a supportive partner on our side. This extends to the rest of the team at Anson’s and we hope the great business service and support continues’.

                        The team offers straight talking, practical advice that is understandable at all levels.They always make time to speak to the client and offer them personal service, which they can put to great use. I work closely with Jason Alcock and I always know exactly where I stand in the process and how best to resolve the employment issue’.

                        Key clients

                        Seconique Limited

                        Walton Homes Limited

                        Work highlights

                          Askews Legal LLP

                          Askews Legal LLP continues to predominantly advise employers, and also some employees, on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious issues. Head of department Lianne Payne has considerable experience in employment tribunal proceedings in particular.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Lianne Payne

                          Testimonials

                          ‘The team has excellent industry specific knowledge and always takes a thorough approach to getting to know the client’s business and how they operate. The team presents a strong force regionally and represents a range of large Coventry and Midlands based clients across a range of industries’.

                          ‘Lianne Payne is approachable and accessible to work with. She tries to find a solution or an approach that will put the client’s best interests first’.

                          Key clients

                          C4 Logistics Limited

                          Coventry Chemicals Limited

                          Work highlights

                          • Defended C4 Logistics Limited in connection with employment tribunal proceedings brought by an employee after being allegedly dismissed following a protected conversation to facilitate his departure from the business amicably as a result of allegations which had arisen regarding sexual harassment of female colleagues.
                          • Assisted Coventry Chemicals Limited in connection with an employee who had brought multiple unfounded spurious and vexatious grievances against the company (24 separate complaints) pertaining to alleged health and safety concerns in the work environment and whistleblowing.

                          Band Hatton Button LLP

                          Mark Ridley leads the department at Band Hatton Button LLP which runs a varied case load of contentious and non-contentious employment matters for its predominantly commercial client base which also includes some high-net-worth individuals. Clients are based primarily in Coventry, Warwickshire and the West Midlands region.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Mark Ridley

                          Testimonials

                          ‘Mark Ridley is an excellent and extremely knowledgeable employment lawyer. His experience in dealing with a wide range of employment law challenges is extensive and his ability to ensure sound commercial judgments when dealing with employment matters is unparalleled. A real pleasure to work with, I highly recommend Mark‘.

                          Work highlights

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                          Pillinger & Associates

                          Pillinger & Associates fields an established team in the region that advises employers and employees on a diverse range of employment law and HR matters. Amanda Pillinger advises on cases such as unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and breaches of contracts.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Amanda Pillinger

                          Testimonials

                          ‘Despite Pillinger & Associates being a small team, it delivers a service that rivals those with a large team of specialist employment lawyers. They are incredibly responsive and work collaboratively with those on the opposing side whilst diligently looking after their own clients’ interests‘.

                          ‘It is always a pleasure to deal with Amanda Pillinger. She is respectful but tenacious on points that matter but is able to look at the bigger picture and avoid the point-scoring that is so often seen from other lawyers in order to achieve sensible outcomes. Amanda is generous with her knowledge and time and sees the value in referrals and collaboration with others‘.

                          Pillinger & Associates always responds to any query or problem in double quick time. They demonstrate an innate knowledge of employment issues. They go far beyond responding to problems or issues we may have and are very proactive in advising on employment matters that may occur in the future’.

                          Amanda Pillinger stands head and shoulders above her competitors who we have engaged previously. She is always quick to respond to our needs and her employment practice knowledge is far-reaching and up-to-date. Amanda has an approachable personality which makes working with her very easy’.

                          ‘I can’t hesitate to recommend Amanda Pillinger and Associates. My issue was very difficult for me personally and was dealt with with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. Communications were always regular with updates as often as possible. The whole experience with the company was seamless and stress-free, which is amazing given the stress I was under‘.

                          ‘I found Amanda Pillinger highly professional, courteous and diligent. She always responded to queries in a timely manner and was always willing to push for answers. Her persistence I found reassuring and exceptional. My outcome was positive, but even if it hadn’t been, this would not have tarnished my experience with Amanda. She showed a great understanding of my situation and her advice was spot on. She was always very kind and pleasant to deal with. Highly recommended’.

                          Amanda Pillinger is always spot-on and realistic which is an excellent quality in a lawyer. She is consistently very approachable and supportive and will happily act as a sparring partner in developing workable solutions. She will highlight if there are various options and explain the pros and cons to enable a good decision. In total, we are extremely satisfied with Amanda Pillinger‘.

                          ‘Pillinger and Associates is always available to support with HR matters no matter how small. Specifically, Amanda continually shares updates and best practice to keep clients up to date with legislative changes. Amanda’s personal and pragmatic yet decisive approach provides confidence that her advice will lead to a successful outcome‘.

                          Key clients

                          Quanta Dialysis Technologies Limited

                          Haines Watts Worcester Limited

                          London Dance Academy

                          Headway Traffic Management Limited

                          Meridian (Speciality Packaging) Limited

                          CMCA UK Limited

                          Scimitar Sports UK Limited

                          Amberside Advisers Limited

                          Work highlights

                          • Advised Amberside Advisers Limited in relation to the exit of a senior adviser, including the negotiation of a favourable exit package.
                          • Successfully resisted claims of unfair dismissal and age discrimination made against a regional accountancy firm and achieved settlement for a nominal amount.
                          • Successfully defended its client in relation to a threatened claim of constructive dismissal and disability discrimination.