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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Index of tables

  1. Employment
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Who Represents Who

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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP covers the spectrum of employment law, with a client roster that includes Severn Trent, National Grid and St Andrews Healthcare. David Beswick  leads the team and has extensive experience in handling outsourcing, restructuring and senior executive issues, with a heavy focus on the consumer and industrials sectors. His recent highlights include advising ReAssure on the legal aspects behind the closure of its Lytham site, where 160 employees were based. Beswick also defended Openwork Services against an approximately £1m claim from a senior executive alleging breach of contract and misrepresentation. Nicholas Jew   focuses on contentious matters and is 'personable', 'knowledgable', and'commercial'. He assisted London and Birmingham Railway with the TUPE transfer of 2,400 employees which arose from the franchise transferring to West Midlands Trains. He also acted for WIPRO against claims of disability and race discrimination from an employee. Other names of note include Hannah Wilkins , who represents international clients on cross-border employment issues; Audrey Elliott , who focuses on business immigration matters; and legal direction Amanda Smith , who advises on the employment elements of transactions.

The 'commercial' practice at Gowling WLG  works for clients such as Jacobs, Cathay Pacific and the London Borough of Croydon. Practice head Jane Fielding  provides 'thorough and thoughtful consideration of complex issues'.  Martin Chitty  predominantly acts for housing associations and retailers, and recently acted for Spire Production Services on a claim from a competitor that the client failed to comply with TUPE regulations. Also recommended are Jonathan Chamberlain, who focuses on the life sciences, technology, manufacturing and financial services sectors; director Louise Clifford, who is 'very strong at creating relationships' and provides 'concise and clear pragmatic advice'; and director Anna Fletcher, who specialises in working time and national minimum wage compliance issues.

Pinsent Masons LLP  is 'very professional', 'easy to do business with'  and has 'a high level of knowledge' on employment matters. Linda Jones  leads the practice and focuses primarily on non-contentious issues. She is supported by Jonathan Coley  who works on employment disputes and is 'quick to respond with good sound advice'. Senior associate Rebecca Stephen  is also a key figure, and has a similar focus on contentious work.

Averta Employment Lawyers LLP is a niche practice that represents senior employees on high value claims, and is 'commercial', 'pragmatic' and 'able to work to tight deadlines'. Alan Jones  is one of two founders who leads the team and is 'hugely experienced' and 'not afraid to give straight advice'.  Fellow founder David Sykes  has extensive experience handling restrictive covenant and corporate related employment issues. Also recommended is Rachel Broughton , who specialises in discrimination and diversity claims.

Browne Jacobson LLP 's Birmingham office is headed by James Tait who is noted for his 'fine analysis of situations', 'very good understanding' and 'tailored advice' to clients. He is an expert in advising on cross-border transactions, restrictive covenants and whistle-blowing claims. Helen Badger  has expertise in handling tribunal claims, with a strong emphasis on the healthcare and education sectors.

DLA Piper UK LLP  has a diverse skillset in employment, with a client roster that includes National Grid Plc, Merlin Entertainment and Hilton International Hotels (UK). Sandra Wallace  heads the employment practice nationally and has extensive experience in handling re-organisations, executive disputes and grievance issues.  Emma Phillips   is an expert in advising on high value contentious matters as well as the employment elements of cross-border transactions.  She recently advised Clarks on the employment aspects behind the restructuring of its business.

Gateley Plc handles the full range of employment work but is notably strong in confidentiality and post-termination restrictions.  Benedict Gorner  leads the team and is particularly proficient in restrictive covenant matters and senior executive disputes.Victoria Garrad  is highly skilled in handling policy drafting, redundancies and reorganisations.  Merran Sewell  was promoted to partner in 2017 and has a strong focus on restructuring initiatives and senior executive severances.

The 'excellent' and 'highly rated' practice at Mills & Reeve LLP  handles all aspects of employment for clients including Volkswagen Financial Services, Arcadia and the University of Birmingham . The 'very pragmatic' Richard Santy recently assisted Jaguar Land Rover with outsourcing its HR department and advised the footballer Eniola Aluko on a racial discrimination claim against her former England manager. Health sector specialist Jog Hundle  provides 'sound advice' and is 'an engaging individual'. He defended a large teaching hospital against claims of race discrimination and victimisation. Nick Abbott  handles employment matters in the higher education space.

Squire Patton Boggs is headed by Charles Frost, who has extensive experience in defending high value employment claims, with additional expertise in advising on TUPE regulations. He is supported by Ramez Moussa, who is an expert in non-contentious areas relating to corporate restructurings, outsourcing and  business recovery. Also recommended is senior associate Helena Morrissey , who has a particular focus on the retail, manufacturing and engineering sectors, and senior associate Beverley Smith , who is an expert in immigration issues.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is predominantly focused on the health and social care sector. The practice is led by Matthew Gregson, who specialises in contentious matters. Other key figures include health and social care expert Matthew Wort  and Anna Dabek , who has notable expertise in National Minimum Wage issues. Senior Associate Douglas Mullen  is also recommended and is highly experienced in TUPE regulations.

DWF  is very active in the retail, healthcare and public sectors, with a client roster that includes Bupa, Poundland and The AA. Hannah Robbins  heads the team and handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. She is supported by Manchester-based Kate Meadowcroft, who has  a similarly broad expertise in employment, but is particularly strong in handling change management projects.

The 'excellent' Fieldfisher LLP  possesses a 'clarity of thinking' and 'business mindedness'. The 'very knowledgable' Ranjit Dhindsa  leads the team and is 'decisive', 'clear' and 'easy to work with'. She is an expert in advising employers on equal pay, discrimination, TUPE and redundancy issues. Also recommended is Emma Capper , who is an expert in advising foreign entities on UK employment matters.

Higgs & Sons provides 'an excellent combination of commerciality and business acumen' with 'knowledgeable and thorough advice'. Tim Jones leads the team and is an expert in contentious matters and often acts as a mediator. Damian Kelly  has 'an extensive knowledge base' and 'wealth of experience', most notably in areas such as redundancies and senior management exits. Simon Bond is also a key figure, with particular strengths in handling employment tribunals and immigration issues.

Birmingham-based Fergal Dowling  heads Irwin Mitchell 's national employment practice and has a strong reputation for handling employment tribunal claims. He recently defended a national telecommunications group against a whistle-blowing and constructive dismissal claim. Senior associates Elaine Huttley  and Helen Dyke  are also key figures.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is a 'customer focused', 'fully responsive' and 'well managed' practice, whose advice is 'succinct', 'understandable' and 'to the point'. Michael Hibbs  heads the team, and has a key focus on the education, logistics, manufacturing and insurance sectors.  He defended General Dynamics Information Technology against a £72,000 dismissal claim  and advised Liberty Wines on the employment elements of Sogrape's investment in the client. The education-sector focused David Browne  advises on TUPE regulations, restructurings and tribunal claims. Director Tom Long  works heavily in the public sector on contentious matters and provides 'sensible, pragmatic solutions to issues that are communicated effectively and with empathy'. Director Helen Hughes  has a broad experience of employment issues, with notable expertise in handling gender pay gap issues.

Shoosmiths LLP is a team of 'extremely knowledgeable and friendly professionals', who are 'able to provide legal advice in a timely and appropriate way'. The team is led by Charlie Rae  whose 'knowledge and experience of employment law is insurmountable'. He recently advised a leading accident management company on the departure of one of its executives. Senior associate Michael Hardiman  is an expert in contentious matters and recently advised East End Foods on an unfair dismissal and race discrimination claim. Senior associate Antonia Blackwell  is an expert in employment tribunal claims. Also recommended is associate Nick Vernon , who is 'easy to talk to', 'asks good questions' and 'helps break down the next steps required in an easy to understand way'.

VWV's employment practice has a notably strong focus on the education sector and provides 'very good response times' and 'management of cases'. The team is co-led by Kathy Halliday , who  is skilled in change management, TUPE, senior executive severances and tribunal claims. Also heading the practice is Jane Byford , who is particularly active in contentious matters in the education and charity sectors. She recently advised a charity on alleged bullying between two senior employees. Also recommended are Alice Reeve  and senior associate Lorna Scully , who are both experienced in employment issues relating to the education sector.

Weightmans LLP  employment team is led by Jawaid Rehman , who is notably strong in the public and hospitality sectors. Recent work highlights of his include advising AL- Mubarakia on the sale of its Bubba Gump franchise,  defending Charnwood Borough Council against a whistleblowing and discrimination claim, and assisting Pizza Express with the TUPE transfer of its staff to the group company.

Public sector work has been a cornerstone of Bevan Brittan LLP 's employment team. Ashley Norman  is a key figure from the Birmingham office and specialises in handling discrimination disputes. Associate James Gutteridge  focuses on the health sector, and recently defended Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust against a race discrimination claim from one of its employees.

The 'exceptional', 'always professional' and 'commercially focused' Capsticks LLP works on employment matters predominantly in the health and social care sector. Bridget Prosser  heads the team and is 'a deep thinker', 'diligent' and 'first class at playing the long game'. She advised an NHS Trust where one of its doctors faced allegations of misconduct and another NHS Trust on the removal of its acting CEO. Other key individuals include associate Chloe Edwards , who focuses on discrimination claims, and associate Raj Basi , who is an expert in TUPE regulations. Former head Jacqui Atkinson joined Browne Jacobson LLP.

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP  is 'highly knowledgeable across all areas'  and 'highly responsive and supportive with their approach', with a particularly strong reputation in the manufacturing sector . Tracy Worthington   co-heads the practice is 'very professional and understanding', and 'always takes the time to listen'. Fellow practice head Julia Fitzsimmons  is experienced in reorganisations,  discrimination claims, contractual disputes and restructure covenant claims.

The 'very good' and 'proficient' Trowers & Hamlins LLP  is 'always highly responsive and professional', with a strong reputation for advising on TUPE regulations. Rebecca McQuirk leads the Birmingham team and is 'thorough' and provides 'sound professional advice'. She recently defended RDS Distribution against claims of employee exploitation and acted for The Swimming Teachers' Association on an employment tribunal claim from its former CEO who was dismissed for gross misconduct. McQuirk is supported by Solicitor Sinead Noonan , who recently joined form *Gowling WLG .

Wright Hassall LLP  has the ability to 'deliver on complex and sensitive cases' and represents clients such as British Showjumping, Tech Spray Fibreglass and Eastcote Wealth Management. Ian Besant  leads the team and has extensive experience in handling discrimination cases. He is supported by Suki Harrar  who specialises in contentious matters and recently advised a regional accountancy practice on negotiating a dismissal without a claim being brought. Also recommended is senior associate Tina Chandler , whose 'authority with clients is impressive' and is experienced in handling dismissals and TUPE transfers.

Aaron & Partners LLP is headed by Helen Watson, who is skilled in TUPE disputes, large scale redundancies and trade union disputes. Paul Bennet is similarly skilled in TUPE disputes and mass redundancies, and also focuses on outsourcing matters. Associate Ben Mason  is 'incredibly knowledgeable' and 'always keen to not only help in the first instance but also follow up each issue proactively'. He recently advised Tudor Griffiths on general employment matters and Bird Technologies Group on contracts and restrictive covenants.

Askews Legal LLP is led by solicitor Lianne Payne , who is an expert in handling TUPE transfers, redundancies, settlement agreements and exit strategies. Dai Dave  joined in 2017 from DAC Beachcroft LLP  and is experienced in settlement agreements.

Brethertons LLP  handles both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, and regularly advises on tribunal claims, TUPE regulations, redundancies and transactions. Amy Edwards  leads the team and is notably skilled in restructurings, compliance and transactions. Also recommended is solicitor Hazel Robbins , who is an expert in tribunal proceedings.

Freeths LLP  has employment experts in its Birmingham and Stoke offices, representing clients such as ALDI Stores ,National Express and Birmingham Metropolitan College. Rebecca Sawbridge  leads the Birmingham office and recently advised Paul Smith on employee grievances and exits.  Peter Gavin  heads the Stoke team and defended Goodlife Foods against a complex unfair dismissal claim from a former employee.  He also assisted Preston Innovations with the dismissal of several employees on the grounds of suspected theft.

George Green LLP  is headed by Tim Lang ,  who acts for employers and senior employees unfair dismissals, discrimination cases and  restrictive covenants.

The 'excellent' Hatchers Solicitors LLP  'always does its utmost to turn work around promptly and efficiently', with 'clear advice and responses'. Nigel Harrison  leads the team and is 'very professional' and provides 'plain speaking, helpful advice'. He is an expert in redundancies, re-organisations and  contracts, as well as disciplinary and grievance matters. He is supported by solicitor Jack Latham , who has strong background in the public sector.

The 'excellent' Lanyon Bowdler provides 'timely', 'concise', 'clear' and 'pragmatic' advice on employment matters. John Merry leads the team and is 'extremely personable' and 'knowledgeable', and 'translates employment law into easily understandable, pragmatic advice'. He assisted Dyke Yakley with the employment aspects of its acquisition of Gorman Evans.

Sydney Mitchell LLP  is 'a solid, well respected team' that is 'a very popular locally' with 'a reputation that is growing nationally'. Dean Parnell  leads the team and is 'very popular with clients', and has 'a "can-do" attitude'.  He has a broad expertise in employment, and acts on behalf of employers and very senior employees. Also recommended is solicitor Samantha Glynn , who specialises in contentious issues.

Ansons ' employment team is highly active in sectors such as manufacturing, construction and  healthcare, with expertise in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Martin de Ridder  leads the team and is particularly experienced in advising on TUPE, re-organisations and outsourcings. Other notable names include: associate solicitor Jason Alcock  who is an expert in post termination restrictions; and associate solicitor Adam Pike , who focuses on tribunal claims.

Mark Ridley  is the key contact at Band Hatton Button LLP . He handles both contentious and non-contentious employment issues, but is particularly prevalent in acting unfair dismissal, redundancy, breach of contract and discrimination claims.

Beswicks Legal provides 'straight-forward advice', 'good response times' and 'peace of mind' to its clients. Managing partner Nick Philips  leads the team and is 'extremely knowledgeable' and 'proactive' in his work. He advises on re-organisations, disciplinary actions and restrictive covenants. Also recommended is solicitor Laura Franklin , who possesses 'the soft skills necessary to deliver a sometimes difficult message to staff with both clarity and empathy'. She is an expert in tribunal claims and TUPE regulations.

Cheltenham based Jenny Okafor-Jones  heads the employment team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys , and is notably skilled in advising on equal pay, discrimination and whistleblowing issues. She is supported by Michael Stokes , who is based in Hereford, and is an expert in advising local authorities. He recently advised Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council on an employee challenging its new pay scheme. Also recommended is Kristine Scott, who focuses on the education sector.

John Mehtam  leads the team at Martin-Kaye LLP Solicitors  and is particularly skilled in handling high value terminations, executive service agreements and post termination restrictions.

For some, MFG Solicitors LLP  is 'probably the best employment offering in Worcester and surrounding area', with a strong focus on the financial services, education, manufacturing and construction sectors. Sally Morris  heads the team and is known for her 'good sense', 'client awareness' and 'willingness to discuss difficult issues'. Chris Piggot  is also a key figure, and regularly works on matters relating to the professional services, manufacturing and retail sectors.

Pickerings Solicitors ' employment team 'takes the trouble to get to know the business that it is dealing with' and works on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Practice head Jonathon Forrester  is 'supportive' and 'pro-active' and advises employees on contentious matters for both employers and employees. Simon King  is 'very good' and 'explains things simply' and 'has always given good advice whenever sought'.  He also advises on disputes, with additional expertise in TUPE transfers. Human resources consultant Sue Hatton  has the 'upmost level of professionalism', 'always looks at an issue objectively' and 'takes away any emotional baggage that may have crept in'.

Slater and Gordon  is currently growing its presence in the Midlands and specialises in acting for employees in disputes. Senior associate David McBride  heads the team and regularly represents employees on tribunal claims. David Hodge is particularly strong in acting for senior executives in exit negotiations and has 'a keen analytical mind' and 'a fierce tenacity and determination to get the best result for his clients'.

The 'trustworthy' Thomas Guise Solicitors  has some 'very good lawyers' with 'a large amount of experience'. Geoffrey Ellis  leads the team and 'is very capable in analyzing cases in depth', 'considers all sorts of possibilities', and 'gives the most beneficial advice'.  He is experienced in advising on discrimination cases and TUPE transfers. Consultant Amanda Pillinger  is an expert in handling unfair dismissal, and discrimination cases.

Thursfields Solicitors is 'an effective unit' that 'handles myriad employment matters at all levels for a range of commercial clients'. Director Michelle O’Hara  leads the team and is an 'excellent communicator', who provides 'clear and concise advice'. She is highly skilled in restructuring and TUPE-related issues. Associate Lisa Kemp  is an expert in tribunal proceedings and reorganisations. She is 'very effective' and provides 'savvy advice' that is 'strategically sound'.

Health and safety

Index of tables

  1. Health and safety
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next generation lawyers

  1. 1

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DAC Beachcroft LLP  possesses 'enormous experience in the field' and 'instils absolute confidence' with its 'excellent preparation and knowledge'. Sally Roff heads the team and regularly defends corporate clients on investigations and prosecutions. Alongside associate Steven Harrison, Roff advised West End Motors on a police and HSE investigation involving an accident resulting from the collapse of a vehicle lift and assisted Fortec Distribution with inquest proceedings into an accident pertaining to an overturning forklift truck.  Harrison has 'an incredible work ethic', and 'leaves absolutely no stone unturned in his efforts'. Consultant Andrew Roach is also a key figure and 'rightly commands the respect of all practitioners in the field'. He recently assisted Parks London with a HSE investigation relating to a forklift truck injury and advised S&E LPG who was fined £26,000 after gas from an LPG vessel ignited and an employee suffered burns.

Eversheds Sutherland  work on high profile prosecutions and investigations, with a client list that includes Siemens, Centrica and National Grid. Kevin Elliott heads the practice nationally and recently advised a property management company after a member of the public was killed from blowing debris from one of the client's properties during 'Storm Doris'.  David Young  focuses on compliance and enforcement work that involves serious incidents,  contentious environmental cases, as well as food and product safety. Paul Verrico  is an expert in regulatory matters and  defended Tarmac Marine against a prosecution from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for a breach of maritime asbestos legislation.

The 'excellent' Gowling WLG  is led by Andrew Litchfield who has extensive experience in regulatory investigations and is 'pragmatic', 'highly knowledgeable' and 'quick to respond'. Principal associate Michael Hafen is an expert in advising on investigations into fatal injuries. Principal associate Natalie Barton-Howes is also experienced in fatal accident investigations.  Susan Dearden joined Finch Consulting.

The 'excellent' Pinsent Masons LLP is 'one of the leading health and safety firms in the country and certainly in the Midlands'. Sean Elson leads the Birmingham team and 'is always on top of the detail of his cases' and 'very astute at identifying the most effective strategy for a case'. Recent work highlights of his include advising an engineering company on two separate HSE investigations and prosecutions on the management of vibration risk and defending a metals company which faced prosecution from the HSE after an employee was hit by a fork lift. Associate Louise Mansfield  is also experienced in health and safety and regulatory law.

Shoosmiths LLP  works on high profile health and safety cases, with a client roster that includes IKEA,  Calor Gas and Lifeways. Roy Tozer leads the team and recently defended a principal contractor whose sub contractor fell from a significant height while working on the refurbishment of a tower block.  Hayley Saunders  is also a key figure and recently advised the site manager of Westgreen Construction whose window frames fell and killed a member of the public in Hanover Square. Senior associate Claire Morrissey joined from DLA Piper UK LLP  in 2017 and has significant expertise in dealing with inquiries and investigations.

Bevan Brittan LLP  has a broad health and safety practice which predominantly represents clients in the public sector. Adam Kendall leads the team and works on cases that cover health and safety, environment, trading standards and waste licensing. Associate Melissa Stanford is also a key figure with experience advising on fire safety, asbestos and legionnaires’ disease issues.

BLM handles a range of matters including corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter cases. Bob Davies is a key figure in the Birmingham office and regularly advises on fatal accident cases. Recent work highlights include advising Priority Construction on a fatal accident that occurred on its construction site and assisting Millbrook Healthcare with a HSE investigation involving the death of an elderly woman from using one of the client's mobile hoists. Jill Crawford is also a key figure and specialises in environmental investigations and prosecutions.

Browne Jacobson LLP  provides 'a comprehensive health and safety service in both advisory work and court work'. Rachel Lyne  is a key figure at the Birmingham office, and is 'very competent, thorough and knowledgeable'.  She recently advised Faltec Europe on a legionnaires outbreak and on a separate dust cloud explosion.

A key focus of Gateley Plc is on defending cases involving fatal accidents, gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter. Ruth Armstrong leads the team nationally and is an expert in advising on high profile investigations for corporate clients.She recently defended Drawn Metal on a multi-defendant manslaughter claim which arose from a lawyer being killed by a falling window frame and advised AGD Equipment on a fatal accident suffered while conducting pressure testing on its premises. Pauline Munro is also a key figure who is 'approachable', 'professional', 'thorough' and 'works to an exceptionally high standard'.  Also recommended are associate Kate Oliver and solicitor Chris Grainger, who regularly acts on criminal defence work in this space.

Kennedys is 'a powerful force' that is 'hard-working' and 'effective' that has a strong reputation in defending HSE and local authority prosecutions. James Shrimpton  leads the team and is 'razor sharp in this area' and 'not afraid to stand up to regulatory authorities'. Also recommended is solicitor Ruth Sheret, who is  'a formidable negotiator' and 'a first class litigant'.

Weightmans LLP practice is led by Chris Green, who regularly defends both public and private bodies on high profile investigations. Recent work highlights include defending the project manager of a company operating a construction project in Hanover Square where a falling window frame killed a lawyer who was passing by. He also represented the University of Wolverhampton whose employee was struck by blowing debris from a shopping centre during Storm Doris.

DWF  is headed by David Egan, who is an expert in defending companies against health and safety and environmental criminal proceedings. Other names of note include: director Simon Belfield,  who specialises in corporate defence matters; associate Caroline Depledge, who is experienced in  health and safety prosecutions and solicitor Simon Naylor, who regularly advises on incidents where there has been multiple fatalities. QBE, Zurich and Covea are key clients.

George Green LLP  is led by James Lowe , who specialises in high profile investigations and prosecutions, predominantly in the waste, manufacturing, retail and construction sectors.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys  is led by Heath Thomas  who is an expert in regulator matters relating to health and safety, fire safety and environmental protection. Other notable names include: Aled Owen , who is an expert in the agri food sector, and associate solicitor Laura Shirley , who also focuses on regulatory issues.

Mills & Reeve LLP  is experienced in investigations facing the construction and healthcare sectors. Duncan Astill  leads the Brimingham team and recently advised Befesa Salt Slags on two separate matters. The first involved an investigation into the death of a Spanish contractor while replacing heavy machinery on the client's premises and the second on the management of the risks posed by hand arm vibration syndrome.  Also recommended is consultant Chris Gough, who is an expert in advising on carbon monoxide-related cases.

Plexus Law  has extensive experience in advising on health and safety and environmental legislation, and provides 'a consistent high level of service ' and advise that 'impeccable' and 'very professional'.  Anthony Bushell co-heads the team and 'has consistently demonstrated an ability to control cases to what is considered an appropriate and favourable conclusion'. He advised Castle Care on an alleged corporate manslaughter claim involving a child who died during an excursion organised by the client. Fellow practice head Damon Burt is an expert in public and employer liability claims. Howard Cotes  is also an expert in liability claims and defended an ambulance who was accused of causing death by careless driving. QBE, Ageas and Tata Steel are also key clients.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP  provides 'excellent client service' and 'covers all areas of litigation arising out of industrial accidents and deaths'. Leading the team is Julia Messervy-Whiting , who is 'fantastically well-organised' and 'gives sound advice at the earliest possible stage'. Also recommended are Craig Wallace  and associate David Ollivere . Direct Line, the University of Warwick and The NEC are key clients.

Squire Patton Boggs' Birmingham office is led by Dave Gordon  who has a strong background in environmental toxicology and regularly advises on health and safety issues surrounding this field. Senior associate Robert Biddlecombe is also a key figure and is an expert in facilities management related cases. He advised Molson Coors on the health and safety compliance aspects relating to the client's acquisition of Aspall Cyder and assisted Vp on the health and safety elements of its purchase of Brandon Hire.


Index of tables

  1. Immigration
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Melissa Southall - Cartwright King

Next generation lawyers

  1. 1
    • Tom Brett Young - VWV

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Freeths LLP  business immigration practice has experience in sponsor licence applications, outsourced license management, compliance audits and right to work support. John Craig is a key contact.

Cartwright King¬†deals with complex personal immigration matters. Melissa Southall¬†co-heads the Birmingham team is ‚Äėa good communicator‚Äô, ‚Äėprofessional in all her dealings‚Äô and ‚Äėan honest person who has empathy and understanding‚Äô. Fellow practice head Andre Minnaar¬†is highly experienced in immigration and asylum matters.

Wright Hassall LLPs business immigration practice is led by Matthew Davies, who works with international clients and has a big focus on employment‚Äďrelated matters. Tracie Udall¬†is an expert in the points-based immigration system as well as personal immigration matters. Associate Kelly Tomkinson¬†is also experienced in business immigration issues.

Bevan Brittan LLP is headed by Ashley Norman , who regularly advises sectors on immigration compliance, certificates of sponsorship, right to work issues and Brexit queries. He is supported by associate Jaspal Basra , who has a particular focus on the education and public sectors. Recent work highlights include advising a university on sponsor licensing issues and Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on its plan to recruit nurses from the Philippines.

Eversheds Sutherland  is headed by business immigration specialist Audrey Elliot , who regularly advises on the points-based immigration system, visa tracking and recruitment audits. She is particularly active in immigration matters relating to the energy and utilities sectors.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP ’s business immigration practice has a heavy focus on the education sector. Tijen Ahmet leads the team and has extensive experience dealing with higher education clients, most notably on the residential and employment rights of European nationals. Also recommended is associate Rachel Harvey , who regularly works with companies wishing to employ individuals from outside the European Economic Area.

VWV‚Äôs corporate immigration practice has expertise in advising on employment-related matters relating to education, technology and pharmaceuticals sectors. Senior associate Tom Brett Young¬†leads the practice in Birmingham, and is ‚Äėan excellent immigration lawyer‚Äô with ‚Äėa combination of technical expertise, client focus and practical execution‚Äô.


Index of tables

  1. Pensions
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†is known for its ‚Äėexcellent depth of expertise‚Äô and ‚Äėcommercial awareness‚Äô with a client roster that includes Transport for Greater Manchester,¬† the London Borough of Harrow and Birmingham City Council. Emma King¬†leads the team and recently advised the trustee of the Box Clever Group Pension Scheme on an appeal from ITV against a financial support direction issued against its scheme. Gary Delderfield¬†heads the public sector pensions team and assisted Borders to Coast Pensions Partnership on bringing forth its ¬£36 billion Border to Coast LGPS investment pool, and advised on the establishment of Brunel Pensions Partnership as one of the eight LGPS investment pools. Liz Fallon focuses on international matters (particularly EU-related ). Sarah Franklin¬† advised Calor Pension Trust on GDPR compliance and HMRC‚Äôs new anti-money laundering requirements. Georgina Rankin is also a key figure, with extensive experience in advising corporate sponsors and trustees of occupational pension schemes. Also recommended is principal associate Gavin Paul, who is experienced in handling rules drafting, scheme mergers and disputes.

Gowling WLG¬†provides a ‚Äėfirst rate‚Äô and ‚Äėpro-active‚Äô service, with a client roster that includes pension schemes for Weetabix, Pirelli UK and Fujitsu UK and Ireland. Glyn Ryland¬†heads the practice and is an expert in pensions investment law and funding negotiations. Richard Black¬†has ‚Äėbroad experience of all pension issues' and provides 'pragmatic', 'clear' and 'cost-effective' advice. Paul Feathers¬†is an investment and buyout specialist with ‚Äėan unrivalled experience in those areas‚Äô. Suzannah White¬†¬†has ‚Äėknowledge on all matters affecting defined benefit schemes‚Äô, while Paul Carberry¬†is ‚Äėtechnically very capable‚Äô and ‚Äėable to translate complex issues into something the lay trustees can understand‚Äô.¬† Other notable names include: director Christopher Stiles, who is an expert in contentious and non-contentious matters; and Richard Lee, who is an expert in employment and pensions law. Liz Gane¬†was promoted to partner in 2017 and is an expert in pension scheme mergers and closures, as well as corporate re-organisations.

Pinsent Masons LLP  is a popular choice for pension providers in both the public and private sectors  Simon Laight is head of the national insured pensions practice and advises insurers, platforms, wealth managers and SIPP operators on pensions issues.  Nick Stones  leads the team in Birmingham and works predominantly with corporate sponsors and trustees of pension schemes. Daniel Shelley  is also a key figure and has extensive experience in advising on large pension schemes.

Squire Patton Boggs  has extensive experience in both public and private pensions , with clients that include Volvo Cars, Weetabix and the University of Birmingham. Matthew Giles  heads the practice and recently advised the trustees of the Jaguar Land Rover pensions plans on changing three pension plans from a final salary to career average benefits basis. He also assisted the trustee of the IMI pension funds with the demerger of its defined benefit fund and its successor arrangements. Helen Miles  is also a key figure and recently worked with XPO Pension Trustees on all issues surrounding its pension scheme, including GDPR compliance. Also recommended is Philip Sutton , who has expertise in the closing and changing of pension plans, as well as compliance and general advisory matters.

Gateley Plc¬†practice has a strong focus on the engineering, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors, with ‚Äėexcellent response times‚Äô, ‚Äėvery strong expertise‚Äô and ‚Äėappropriate advice‚Äô. Michael Collins¬† leads the team and is ‚Äėknowledgeable‚Äô, ‚Äėapproachable‚Äô and ‚Äėstraightforward‚Äô. He recently advised Pension and Life Assurance Plan of Macmillan on its executive ‚Äėtop up‚Äô scheme. Kate Lloyd¬† is also a key figure, with notable strengths in scheme mergers and funding, equalisation, as well as the establishment of new schemes.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP¬†¬†possesses ‚Äėextensive expertise in public sector matters‚Äô, most notably in the fields housing and local government. Senior associate Douglas Mullen¬†is a key figure, and is ‚Äėvery competent‚Äô, ‚Äėapproachable‚Äô, and ‚Äėhappy to talk through points at length‚Äô. He is particularly skilled in advising on how outsourcing arrangements impact pension schemes. Olwen Dutton¬†is also recommended and is an expert in the local government sector.

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Mills & Reeve LLP¬†predominantly works on pension schemes for the charity, not-for-profit and education sectors. Clare Grice¬†heads the practice and is ‚Äėvery quick to respond‚Äô with advice that is ‚Äėsensible‚Äô and ‚Äėclear‚Äô. Trustees of the Brambles Enterprises (1996) Pension Scheme and the Brambles United Kingdom Pension Plan are key clients, who Grice assisted with the termination of an agreement with a third party service provider, defended on a dispute regarding the pension share and advised on GDPR regulations.

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