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DLA Piper UK LLP is well-equipped to handle major multi-jurisdictional projects, as well as complex employment tribunal and High Court litigation. The superb team advises on the full spectrum of employment matters, ranging from wrongful/unfair dismissal claims to complex whistleblowing and discrimination matters. It has strong industry expertise in manufacturing, hospitality and leisure, technology, retail and energy. Sandra Wallace is the practice head.

Practice head(s):Sandra Wallace

Other key lawyers:Emma Phillips

Testimonials

'The team is active in the market'.

'It has a combination of technical excellence, pragmatism and a genuine commercial approach'.

'It is a great team of individuals that give advice and support at a moment's notice and make you feel that you are their only client in that moment of assistance. The personalized service and engagement we have is truly valued and appreciated'.

'There is a broad range of knowledge / experience in the team which means they appropriately allocate work to the right person / level of experience to meet your needs'.

'The outstanding Sandra Wallace is very hardworking and capable'.

'Emma Phillips  is very methodical, constructive and user friendly, as well as being practical'.

'Emma Phillips delivers an outstanding service'.

'Emma Phillips is very robust, commercial and solutions focused. She is very clear and pragmatic'.

'Emma Phillips is a real star'.

'Emma Phillips was able to explain matters well and has very good business acumen. She is always available'.

Key Clients

Dyson

Hilton International Hotels (UK)

Sodexo

Wesleyan

Clinigen

Stepstone Group

Work highlights

  • Provided all the commercial and employment support to a global technology company and manufacturer in relation to the outsourcing of its international IT and finance functions, in conjunction with the restructuring and reorganisation of its retained business services.
  • Advised an international hotel chain on a grievance, appeal and subsequent employment tribunal claim brought by a senior employee. This involved detailed and numerous allegations of age and race discrimination, victimisation as well as constructive unfair dismissal.
  • Instructed by a global manufacturer and retailer to implement a European restructure.
  • Acted for Hilton International Hotels (UK) Ltd on a project that spanned 25 jurisdictions. The firm conducted a review of the outsourcing arrangements for Hilton third party suppliers.
  • Advising a pharmaceutical company on the whistleblowing claim raised by the former COO.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises a number of FTSE 100 companies, and other global and Fortune 500 companies, on the full spectrum of employment matters. It also acts for public sector organisations, as well as educational institutions (including those in the further and higher education sectors, and schools and academies). David Beswick leads the team, which includes Nick Jew, who specialises in high profile litigation and senior executive issues. Hannah Wilkins is particularly active in the IT sector.

Practice head(s):David Beswick

Other key lawyers:Audrey Elliott; Nick Jew; Hannah Wilkins;

Testimonials

'The firm has a first-rate team'.

'David Beswick is very sensible and easy to deal with'.

Key Clients

Ophir Energy plc

Severn Trent plc

Wipro

Heathrow Airport

Unipart

Avon Cosmetics

Ibstock plc

Associated British Foods

Work highlights

  • Advising Ophir Energy plc on the various employment issues surrounding the Board's decision in September 2018 to relocate this FTSE 350 listed company’s head office from London to South East Asia.
  • Advised Severn Trent Green Power Limited on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Agrivert Group’s UK operational assets and associated support functions for £120m.
  • Advising LHR Airport Limited (Heathrow Airport) on a full support model for the airport in its efforts to communicate with and help EU nationals employed by the airport with the immigration implications of Brexit.
  • Acting as the sole employment lawyers for Unipart providing support on all aspect of its HR needs including strategic projects and restructuring, pension scheme changes, Brexit support and  global mobility matters.
  • Acting as the sole employment lawyers for Ibstock plc, the largest brick manufacturer by volume in the UK, providing support on all aspect of its HR needs across its brick and concrete divisions including strategic projects and restructuring, policy and procedure and employment tribunals.

Gowling WLG advises UK and international private and public sector clients on the full range of employment, labour and equality issues. Its areas of sector expertise include life sciences, technology, retail and healthcare, among many others. Practice head Jane Fielding has a strong reputation in the automotive and advanced manufacturing sectors, and has notable experience of equal pay litigation. Martin Chitty acts for some of the UK’s largest housing associations and retailers. Another key figure is Jonathan Chamberlain, who demonstrates strong capabilities advising clients on business protection issues.

Practice head(s):Jane Fielding

Other key lawyers:Martin Chitty; Jonathan Chamberlain; Louise Clifford; Hannah Swindle; Anna Fletcher

Testimonials

'It has a  first-rate reputation for its  employment work'.

'The team has exceptional lawyers, who are also able to be practical and pragmatic when looking for solutions'.

'Gowling WLG takes a pragmatic, considered and sensible approach to employment issues. It takes the time to listen, to understand the issues and give a range of options for consideration'.

'Jane Fielding runs a great team, she is technically excellent and is very detail- orientated'.

'Martin Chitty is knowledgeable, practical, commercial and a seasoned player who is fantastic with clients'.

'The very responsive Louise Clifford is diligent and pays very close attention to detail'.

'Louise Clifford is an excellent negotiator: charming, assertive, with all the knowledge and solutions at her fingertips'.

'It is always reassuring to take advice from Jane Fielding and Louise Clifford. They will always provide clear and knowledgeable advice and steer you to the best solution to the problem'.

'Hannah Swindle is always positive, responsive and intuitive'.

'Anna Fletcher is a commercially astute practitioner who understands and interprets employment law in a reasoned, and pragmatic way. She is confident to challenge, but empathetic in recommending practical solutions' .

 

Key Clients

Cathay Pacific

London Borough of Croydon

Civilised Investments

Rider Levett Bucknall

Morgan Motor Company

Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains

Iglo Foods (now Nomad)

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Sanctuary Group

Work highlights

  • Advising on the employment issues relating to  an important strategic UK share acquisition.  
  • Assisted a prominent body in the area of energy innovation, in successfully resolving an Employment Tribunal claim brought by a job applicant who had been rejected for a role, following an online recruitment assessment.
  • Advised a public sector body on a large recruitment exercise.
  • Advised on the exit of the CEO of a Plc.
  • Advised a large client in the automotive sector on the TUPE risk of taking on and relocating specialist pre-delivery modifications in place of an external service provider, as well as reorganisation of their vehicle logistics provisions.

Pinsent Masons LLP fields a large team, whose expertise spans the energy, infrastructure, advanced manufacturing and university sectors, among others. Birmingham team head Jonathan Coley is recommended for his knowledge of the enforcement of restrictive covenants. The national head of the employment and reward team is Linda Jones. Another name to note is Helen Corden, who is active in the education and TMT sectors. Senior associate Rebecca Stephen is recommended for her work with clients in the higher education and financial sectors.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Coley (head of the Birmingham team); Linda Jones (head of the employment and reward team)

Other key lawyers:Linda Jones; Helen Corden; Rebecca Stephen

Testimonials

'The lawyers are not sitting in a legal ivory tower. They take time to listen and understand our organisation and what we want to achieve. The advice is clear, relevant and pragmatic. It is provided in a timely way and in line with the cost quote'.

'It is a very easy team to work with. The team truly understands the complexities of operating in all the business sectors'.

'It is a very responsive and practical team, knowledgeable and commercial -  a rare breed!'.

'Jonathan Coley is knowledgeable, practical, commercial and a seasoned player who is fantastic with clients'.

'Linda Jones is top notch - just  brilliant'.

'Linda Jones is charming, straight talking and bright'.

'Helen Corden is hardworking, capable and personable'.

'Clients really rate Rebecca Stephen '.

'There are some excellent junior lawyers coming up its ranks'.

Key Clients

MITIE Group PLC

RAC

University of the Arts

The Binding Site

Work highlights

  • Advised E-surv (which is a part of LSL Property Services PLC) on a major outsourcing with Lloyds Bank of its valuation service

Averta Employment Lawyers LLP has an excellent niche three-partner employment practice. The group concentrates on acting for senior executives in the course of negotiating exit packages, settlement agreements, discrimination claims and other employment related issues. It also increasingly advises individuals on their rights in the context of group situations, such as large-scale redundancies and restructuring exercises. Names to note are the heads of department David Sykes and Alan Jones. Rachel Broughton is another notable practitioner.

Practice head(s):David Sykes; Alan Jones

Other key lawyers:Rachel Broughton

Testimonials

'The team is very good all round – all team members are highly rated'.

'The team knows how to handle senior individuals in organisations and has seen most situations before'.

'The group is sensible, pragmatic and commercial. It gets the deal done'.

'It has a personal touch and provides a first-class service'.

'David Sykes is brilliant. He is practical, down to earth and knows his stuff. He has empathy for his clients and likes to get things done quickly'.

'Alan Jones is vastly experienced'.

'Alan Jones is approachable, experienced and takes a resolution focused approach. Rachel Broughton is experienced and takes a robust approach on behalf of her clients'.

'Alan Jones - if there's a deal to be done, Alan is going to get you across the line.Rachael Broughton has excellent legal knowledge and is  a details person and someone to rely on'.

'Rachel Broughton is pragmatic, solutions driven, technically excellent and astute'.

'Rachel Broughton is tenacious, fights her clients' corner well, is knowledgeable and is a very good litigator'.

 

Work highlights

  • Acted for a director in an alleged breach of contract claim.
  • Represented a senior female manager who had suffered verbal and physical sexual harassment from a director.
  • Advised a multi-academy trust  about the proposed appointment of a head teacher who was believed to have made a false, if not fraudulent, application for the post.
  • Advised a mid-sized firm of accountants about restrictive covenants involving four departing fee-earners.
  • Instructed by a senior partner of a national law firm regarding his departure in according with the terms of the LLP agreement and the move to a competing business.

Browne Jacobson LLP generates work from a mix of public and private sector clients, and its team has key expertise in the commercial, educational, public, health and insurance sectors. Equally adept in both contentious and non-contentious matters, the group in Birmingham is led by James Tait, who acts for the firm’s technology, retail and manufacturing industry clients. Jacqui Atkinson, who joined from Capsticks LLP in 2018, is the head of the national employment healthcare team. Atkinson has considerable experience of advising trust boards and senior NHS managers on employment issues in the health and care sectors.

Practice head(s):James Tait (heads the employment team in Birmingham); Peter Jones (the national head of the employment team)

Other key lawyers:Jacqui Atkinson; Helen Badger

Testimonials

'The team is focused on the client's needs throughout the process and is easy to deal with. It has a very high level of knowledge with an ability to impart this to the client'.

Key Clients

Hiscox

Oclaro Technology

Bureau Veritas UK

Freshtime UK

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Wolverhampton City Council

East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust

TT Electronics Plc

EM Lawshare

Transalliance

Work highlights

  • Advised various merging NHS Trusts on the employment issues arising from these proposed mergers.
  • Advised an NHS Trust on the successful defence of a sensitive and complex disability discrimination and unfair dismissal claim that was brought by a paramedic.

Gateley Plc is highly rated for employment tribunal work, and it also has a strong track record in the High Court and appellate courts, particularly in relation to confidentiality and post-termination restrictions. The team generates a steady flow of instructions from both employers and senior employees in executive severance situations. Practice head Benedict Gorner is an experienced advocate.

Practice head(s):Benedict Gorner

Other key lawyers:Merran Sewell

Testimonials

'Merran Sewell is technically excellent, commercial and very responsive and aware of her clients’ needs'.

Key Clients

AGA Rangemaster

Arts Council England

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Crisil Irevna UK

Gymshark

Sanlam Investment and Wealth Management

Sevacare (UK)

Svenska Handelsbanken

Tyrrells Potato Crisps

Whistles

Work highlights

  • Representing Sevacare (UK) ( as  the lead respondent which is being pursued by UNISON) in a claim involving multiple (43) claimants and 8 respondents.
  • Advised a client on an application by the union Unite to be formally recognised by the client and, in turn, undertake collective bargaining on behalf of staff in respect of pay, holidays and hours of work.
  • Acted for International Wealth Management Company on the enforcement of restrictive covenants against one of its former employees.
  • Advised a public sector body on a complex tribunal claim involving allegations of discrimination of whistleblowing.
  • Acted on behalf of a chief executive officer and the chief financial officer in respect of the sale of one of the UK’s leading logistics and distribution businesses.

Mills & Reeve LLP handles all aspects of employment matters for clients across the public and private sector. The group is also adept at providing corporate support on transactions that frequently have an international dimension. Richard Santy is the sports and gaming lead on employment matters and has represented a number of high profile athletes and organisations over the past 12 months. Jog Hundle leads the 16-strong health and care sector employment team.

Practice head(s):David Mills

Other key lawyers:Richard Santy;Jog Hundle; Nick Abbott;David Faulkner; Richard Barker; Fiona Longden

Testimonials

'Jog Hundle is a real specialist on the employment aspects of all things in the health care sector'.

'Jog Hundle has particular expertise in the NHS sector – there is nothing that she does know about this area, she really knows what she is talking about'.

'Richard Santy is very strong'.

'Richard Santy is very commercial and practical'.

Key Clients

Jaguar Land Rover

Arcadia Group

Carlsberg

University of Birmingham

Birmingham City University

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

England Golf

Work highlights

  • Advise England Golf on all legal matters including various confidential HR matters as well as producing guidance notes on equality and GDPR.
  • Continuing to provide a helpline service to the Jaguar Land Rover Employee Relations Case Management team.
  • Provide general HR advice and support to Arcadia Group Limited's Employee Relations team in defending a number of Employment Tribunal claims involving a range of issues including unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
  • Defended Carlsberg UK against a claim of unfair dismissal from a former member of staff, including performing the advocacy at the final hearing.
  • Successfully defended South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust against a claim of unfair dismissal made by a former employee.

Led by Charlie Rae, Shoosmiths LLP's team handles various high-profile and business-critical outsourcings, complex grievances, and disciplinary and collective claims, as well as senior exits. Clients include household names and large employer clients. Other core areas of expertise include advising on TUPE and employee transfers. The group has an impressive roster of clients in the retail sector.

Practice head(s):Charlie Rae

Other key lawyers:Adele Hayfield; Antonia Blackwell; Nick Vernon

Testimonials

'What has really impressed me is the speed of response and the concise nature of the advice'.

'It is a well run and efficient practice that takes pride in its service to clients . They are great ambassadors for the Shoosmiths LLP brand'.

'Charlie Rae is technically excellent'.

'Charlie Rae is well known for his high profile injunction work'.

'Charlie Rae is very impressive'.

'Charlie Rae is very good at finding solutions to a problem and also has some good juniors coming up through his team'.

'Antonia Blackwell is commercially focused around getting the deal done'.

'Antonia Blackwell is astute, very level headed and professional'.

'Antonia Blackwell and Charlie Rae are extremely professional, extremely approachable and easy to communicate with. Their calm and measured style is both reassuring and measured. Advice is always provided in a timely fashion and at the right level of detail, giving enough information to make decisions'.

'Nick Vernon has good communication skills, delivers what he has committed to, answers the question asked and follows up to check what he has sent has been received & understood'.

Key Clients

PSA Peugeot Citroen

The National Exhibition Centre

ARAMARK

Boots

Idverde

Octopus Investments

East End Foods

British Association of Social Workers

Work highlights

  • Defended an international engineering business against a multi-million pound employment claim that was  brought by a senior director.
  • Advised Karen Millen on the employment and TUPE aspects of  its acquisition of the business and assets of the in-store concessions of Coast from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, its administrators.
  • Advised Valpak Holdings on the employment aspects of the sale of the business.
  • Defending a major manufacturing and distribution company and its employee against a contentious breach of restrictive covenant claim by a former employer.
  • Defending a retailer against a high value and contentious whistleblowing claim .

Squire Patton Boggs has vast experience of advising on high value strategic projects, which is allied to its considerable strength on the contentious side. The team is well-placed to advise on complex cross-border matters and is increasingly sought out to handle substantial employment law matters for clients in the hotels and leisure industry. Practice head Charles Frost acts for some of the country’s best-known football clubs.

Practice head(s):Charles Frost

Other key lawyers:Ramez Moussa; Helena Morrissey; Joanna Galbraith

Key Clients

Renault F1

Dalata Group

Babylon Health

Bayer Plc

National Australia Bank

Carl Zeiss

Saint-Gobain

Logicalis

Steris Plc

Roper Technologies

Work highlights

  • Working with the legal teams of Renault F1 in France and in the UK to advise on UK statutory developments and UK employment contract provisions.
  • Advised Dalata Group on the employment law issues arising from an agreement to acquire the lease of a 212-bedroom hotel under development in Aldgate, London, for a total price of £91 million.
  • Advising Babylon Partners on its wide-ranging, global employment contract review across various jurisdictions.
  • Advised London & Regional Properties on the closure of its Hilton London Green Park Hotel for refurbishment.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP handles the gamut of employment issues for not-for profit, charitable and commercial organisations. Its team has particular sector expertise in the health and social care space, social housing and in matters with a nexus to faith communities. One of its other core strengths involves acting for local government clients. Its work for clients in the education sector is on the increase, and it is now acting for a growing number of academies. Team head Matthew Gregson is a seasoned advocate at the Employment Tribunal.

Practice head(s):Matthew Gregson

Other key lawyers:Matthew Wort; Anna Dabek; Douglas Mullen; Faye Rush;

Testimonials

'The team has a particularly intimate understanding of the health and social care sector and associated legal issues and this is what sets it apart from other firms'.

'Anna Dabek is very commercial'.

'Anna Dabek and Matthew Wort continue to stand out as both responsive and highly skilled'.

'Douglas Mullen is highly regarded and he is very experienced on TUPE issues'.

Key Clients

United Kingdom Homecare Association

CareTech

Care England

Greenpeace UK

Midland Heart

Care Management Group

Methodist Homes

Thirteen Housing

Walsall Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Advising on the implementation of changes to the terms and conditions of just under 100 employees.
  • Advising on the calculation of the national minimum wage during “sleep-ins” that is time spent by workers during sleep in shifts, essentially in the care sector.
  • Advising on the defence of a complex set of claims that were bought by an ex-employee for unfair dismissal and discrimination.
  • Instructed by over 40 different care providers, including at least five of the top Learning Disability providers, to assist in managing the risks of the Social Care Compliance Scheme.

Fieldfisher LLP's team has particular experience of acting in significant multi-jurisdictional work, and it is also sought out to advise on all aspects of employment disputes. In addition, it routinely helps employers deal with a myriad of complex issues such as equal pay, discrimination, TUPE and collective redundancies. Team head Ranjit Dhindsa is skilled at advising employers on resolving disputes at mediation.

Practice head(s):Ranjit Dhindsa

Testimonials

'The firm has a strong employment practice with experienced lawyers who take a commercial approach in the advice they provide'.

'It is friendly, knowledgeable and business savvy'.

'Ranjit Dhindsa is very proficient and is well-liked by clients'.

'Ranjit Dhindsa works hard to get good results for her clients in a commercial and pragmatic way'.

'Ranjit Dhindsa is very accessible and solution focused'.

'Ranjit Dhindsa is a top class lawyer. A rare individual who approaches corporate problems with a holistic approach - seeing all the facets not just the legal issues'.

Higgs & Sons is best known for its work with SMEs, owner managed businesses and their families in the West Midlands. The team has extensive experience in the transport, manufacturing, technical, retail and food/drink sectors. In addition, the group regularly works with its corporate team on key matters such as business restructurings and reorganisations. Its employment tribunal practice is well established. Tim Jones heads up the department.

Practice head(s):Tim Jones

Other key lawyers:Debra Cottam; Joanne Walker; Simon Bond; Amy Brokenshire

Testimonials

'It has a culture of excellence which is apparent in its service, recruitment and retention of staff'.

'Excellent team that tackles matters with a pragmatic "can do" approach. The advice is always of the highest standard, and we are in safe hands'.

'It has a keen customer focus and an understanding of deadlines and time critical situations'.

'Tim Jones is very sensible as well as being technically very good'.

'Tim Jones is exceptionally knowledgeable and delivers excellent advice'.

'Tim Jones  has a relaxed and confident manner and has the ability to exercise both professional charm and gravitas in equal measure to get results'.

'Tim Jones kept the focus on the main issues in hand only and steered the case to a successful outcome'.

Debra Cottam , Joanne Walker  and Simon Bond  always excel in meetings and exceed client expectations'.

'Simon Bond provides very strong support and quick responses'.

'Amy Brokenshire is very, very bright'.

Work highlights

  • Advised Deepdale Engineering on a major review of its employment contract and handbook.
  • Handling a variety of employment issues for Clarkson Wayman Ball, including advising on negotiations that led to settlement agreements on a number of matters and more recently, advising on a  breach of restrictive covenant issue.
  • Advising Aquapak Polymers on the exit of a senior executive/director of the company.
  • Advised Synergy Biologics on Tribunal proceedings in which the claimant claimed unfair dismissal and race discrimination.
  • Acted for the former CEO of Compton Fundraising Ltd in a claim of unfair dismissal.

Irwin Mitchell fields a large team, which advises on the full scope of employment matters. It is particularly well known for its work in executive severance and dispute situations, where it acts for both employers and senior employees. The group is also highly regarded for its expertise in confidentiality and restrictive covenants. Department head Fergal Dowling has a wealth of experience of tribunal litigation.

Practice head(s):Fergal Dowling

Other key lawyers:Elaine Huttley;Helen Dyke;Hannah Clifford

Testimonials

'The team is very approachable and user friendly'.

'It delivers practical, business-oriented advice in an extremely timely manner'.

'It provides practical advice and is accessible'.

'Elaine Huttley 's knowledge of the law and more importantly her pragmatic approach to how we could best apply it within the commercial context was very refreshing and particularly valuable during a highly pressurised process'.

'Elaine Huttley is very experienced and combines sound legal knowledge with real common sense and practical nous'.

''We  got a great service from Helen Dyke who provided business-oriented solutions with a keen understanding of how to balance the legal requirements with our business needs'.

'Fergal Dowling and Hannah Clifford provide high quality advice'.

Key Clients

National Accident Repair Services

RGIS

GMS Group of Companies

Hadley Industries Plc

Whitworth

Canal & River Trust

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Arc Legal Assistance in over 1300 Tribunal claims and/or contentious disputes.
  • Advice to Inspired Thinking Group on an Employment Tribunal claim brought by a former employee, who was dismissed on the grounds of capability due to ill-health.
  • Provided employment advice to Hadley Group in connection with the acquisition of Hadley Steel Framing Limited.
  • Advising Wing Yip on all day to day HR advice, including on  a huge change programme involving 350 employees across multiple sites.
  • Representing a major company on a complex and long running whistleblowing & constructive dismissal claim following four years of litigation in the High Court.

Through its offices in Birmingham and Stratford-upon Avon,¬†Shakespeare Martineau LLP¬†has a substantial offering in the West Midlands; this is a core part of a larger, national practice. The firm has a particularly standout reputation in the education sector; recent work in this space has included cross-border collaborations and restructurings. Elsewhere, the firm is increasingly recognised for its experience of other sectors, such as logistics, food and drink, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. It also has a flourishing ‚Äėthird sector‚Äô client base.¬†Michael Hibbs¬†heads up the group, whose expertise in advisory matters is complemented by a strong reputation in employment tribunal litigation.

Practice head(s):Micheal Hibbs

Other key lawyers:David Browne; Tom Long; Helen Hughes; Abigail Halcarz;Emma Oliver;

Key Clients

Assicurazioni Generali Spa

Aberystwyth University

Optalis

The Open University

Ansell UK

Laborie

Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for a major university in respect of a large and sensitive constructive unfair dismissal and harassment on the grounds of sex claim.
  • Advised Ansell UK on the defence of a claim that was brought by a previous employee for the unauthorised deduction of wages and a breach of contract.
  • Advised General Dynamics Information Technology on the defence of a complex constructive dismissal claim that was brought by an employee who resigned when faced with a disciplinary investigation.
  • Represented a Russell Group University and 14 named respondents in complex discrimination, whistleblowing and constructive dismissal proceedings that were brought by a former employee.
  • Has provided high-level advice to four universities in relation to issues pertaining to their Vice-Chancellors.

VWV has considerable strength in the education sector. It also advises numerous charities and various public sector clients on diverse issues, including investigations, employment tribunal claims and on the management of senior exits. In addition, the firm has a strong commercial client base. Jane Byford and Kathy Halliday are the key members of the team.

Practice head(s):Jane Byford; Kathy Halliday

Other key lawyers:Lorna Scully

Testimonials

'The team has an outstanding track record of excellence in the HE sector so is the "go to" firm for complex claims particularly involving academic staff'.

'It has the ability to explain complex areas of employment law in a way that is easily understandable'.

'Kathy Halliday  is well-known and respected for her TUPE work'.

Kathy Halliday is very pragmatic and does a good job!'.

'Jane Byford is technically outstanding and provides excellent customer service'.

'Jane Byford is always able to respond quickly and a constant form of support'.

'Lorna Scully provided stand-out support to our business'.

Key Clients

Aston University

Birmingham MIND

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Blue Coat School Birmingham

Bromsgrove School

Complete Business Solutions

Cheltenham Ladies College

Coventry University

Creative Education Trust

Dudley College

Evolve Academy Trust

Gunnebo

King Edward VI Academy Trust Birmingham

London Metropolitan University

Loughborough Endowed Schools

National Star College

Norland College

Queen Alexandra College

RMO International

Royal Academy of Music

Solihull School

St Philip's Chambers

The Schools of King Edward VI Foundation

Tulip

United Reformed Church Synods

University of Bath

University of Exeter

University of Law

Windsor Academy Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised the board of trustees of a Midlands-based charity on the termination of the employment of its Chief Executive on the grounds of a breakdown in the relationship of trust and confidence.
  • Advised a university on its buy out of a weekend working supplement of a group of 350 accommodation and hospitality staff.
  • Advised a university on the defence of a number of complicated inter-related employment tribunal claims led by a PhD student (a litigant in person) who had undertaken casual and voluntary work.
  • Assisted a private higher education provider with the provision of a suite of template contracts, an employee handbook and tailored in-house training.
  • Advising a large multi-site food producer on the defence of a complex and high value multi-party claim for race discrimination brought by a group of Eastern European butchers.

Weightmans LLP has an excellent reputation in the hospitality and leisure sectors, and it also generates a significant amount of work from owner-managed businesses. A dedicated equal pay team, which is led by Jawaid Rehman, is known for its defence of a large number of equal pay claims against public sector organisations. The team is also well-regarded for its work for local government and the police.

Practice head(s):Jawaid Rehman

Other key lawyers:Claire Hollins; Bhavesh Prajapati;

Key Clients

Whitbread Group

Costa

Pizza Hut

Pizza Express

The Together trust

Bolsover District Council

Malvern Panalytical

Al-Mubarakia

Nuffield Hospitals

Prezzo

OCS Group

Bills Restaurants

Rainforest Café

Instinctif Partners

London Executive Offices

Sertec Group Holdings

Aquila Truck Centres

Corning

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Whitbread Group plc to advise on the HR and employment law aspects of the intended sale of Costa Coffee to Coca Cola
  • Instructed by Whitbread Group plc to advise and assist the HR team with the preparations of the implementation of GDPR.
  • Acted for Prezzo on the employee collective redundancy consultation process to effect the closure of  approximately 100 restaurants across approximately 300 restaurant estates, and advised on the re-organisation of the area management team.
  • Advising Bolsover District Council on approximately 120 equal pay claims, which have been ongoing for over seven years.
  • Instructed by Nuffield Health to defend a tribunal claim that was brought by someone who had been employed for only for a matter of months.

In the healthcare sector, Bevan Brittan LLP regularly acts for NHS trusts in challenging employment tribunal claims. The local government arena is another notable area of activity, with the firm being sought out to advise on the exit arrangements for very senior officers. The higher education sector is another strong suit of the practice. Also notable is that the firm has recently won key new clients in other areas, such as travel and leisure. Ashley Norman is a name to note.

Practice head(s):Jodie Sinclair (London based)

Other key lawyers:Ashley Norman; James Gutteridge; Jaspal Basra

Key Clients

Aspirations Care

Birmingham City Council

Bodycote plc

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Guinness World Records

North Bristol NHS Trust

London School of Economics

Fred Olsen

HousingandCare21

Rehability UK

Work highlights

  • Acting for a large national social care company in the defence of employment tribunal proceedings that have been brought by its former health & safety manager.
  • Advising a care home group on a number of employment law and HR issues flowing from a TUPE transfer several years ago.
  • Successfully defended Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust against an employment tribunal claim that had been brought by a consultant in which allegations of race discrimination and whistleblowing  had been made.
  • Acted for Birmingham City Council on the setting up of a children's trust – a separate legal entity into which the council's substantial children's services are placed.
  • Acted for Oadby and Wigston Borough Council in a very substantial and complex Employment Tribunal claim.

Capsticks LLP is the sole employment law provider for a number of the largest healthcare trusts in the Midlands, and it also acts for many private healthcare clients. Recent non-contentious work has involved assisting various clients with important strategic collaborative arrangements between NHS organisations throughout the country.

Testimonials

'Advice provided is business focused, concise, delivered in a timely manner with different strategies and risks clearly thought through'.

 

Key Clients

West Midlands Police

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

International SOS Assistance (UK)

BMI Healthcare

Bromford Housing Group

Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust

2Gether NHS Foundation Trust

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

The Robert Jones and Agnus Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a leading West Midlands healthcare organisation to conduct an independent investigation into the actions of two employees against the backdrop of a wider investigation that had been ordered by the Secretary of State for Health and very significant and ongoing press coverage.
  • Acted for Midland Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in a large scale merger between two NHS Trusts, which involves around 8,500 employees.
  • Advising Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on a case related to a senior medical professional.
  • Instructed by International SOS Assistance (UK) Ltd to advise on matters which arose following a settlement agreement had been entered into between the parties.
  • Advised a leading West Midlands healthcare organisation on the TUPE and employee issues relating to the transfer of Early Years Health and Wellbeing Services.

Kate Meadowcroft is the new head of the team at DWF, following the departure of former head Hannah Robbins for an in-house position at HSBC. In addition to having a strong retail client base, the firm has continued to develop its expertise in healthcare work, and acts for an extensive range of healthcare providers and social care providers. Meadowcroft predominantly advises on non-contentious matters, and has particular expertise in large-scale change management projects and collective consultation programmes.

Practice head(s):Kate Meadowcroft

Key Clients

Synseal Extrusions

West Midlands Combined Authority

Cook Medical Group

Healthcare at Home

PJ Chaffin

Freeths LLP ’s regional employment practice is serviced by its Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent offices, but the firm also benefits from a strong national profile. It receives a steady flow of work from a diverse client base, such as well-known listed companies and a large number of public and education sector clients. Rebecca Sawbridge and Peter Gavin are the main contacts in the team, which is well-equipped to handle complex Employment Tribunal claims.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Sawbridge; Peter Gavin

Key Clients

ALDI Stores

DPD Group UK

Tarmac Group

Sofidel  Group

Staffline Recruitment

National Express

Center Parcs

Paul Smith

ERIKS Industrial Services

The Reflex Group

Aperam Alloys IMPHY

Preston Innovations

Stone Group

AP Racing

EH Smith

The British Horse Society

Envisage Group

Daelmans Pastries

Hydrock Consultants

Medinet Clinical Services

Inchcape Retail

Voltalia UK

Sopra Steria Recruitment

International Glazing Services

Pattonair

Work highlights

  • Provides AP Racing with regular HR assistance on everyday operational matters as well as strategic advice.
  • Recently advised Stone Group on the departure of several key Board members and senior managers, as well as the enforcement of restrictive covenants in relation to the poaching and loss of staff.
  • Acting as sole employment law advisor to Paul Smith, advising on day-to-day HR matters and employment litigation as well as providing training to the HR team and line managers
  • Defending a client against a claim for unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal/breach of contract and whistleblowing by the former CEO.
  • Defending a client against a claim of unfair dismissal brought by a lecturer following a collective redundancy exercise.

Lanyon Bowdler specialises in TUPE and on the employment aspects of business reorganisations. Other areas of expertise include advising schools and colleges on academy conversions and it is also adept at advising senior executives on employment matters. Key contact John Merry advises both employers and employees on employment policy issues and is an experienced advocate in employment tribunal proceedings.

Practice head(s):John Merry (Telford); William Morse (Hereford)

Testimonials

'At every point of being in contact with any team member they demonstrate an excellent professional manner and are helpful'.

'Attention to detail - clients are always put first'.

'John Merry is an extremely knowledgeable individual who is able to communicate on an appropriate level to ensure my understanding and clarity on my position'.

'William Morse is incredibly responsive, supportive, and knowledgeable'.

Key Clients

WMC Retail Partners

Dodd Group

Pure Communications Limited t/a Pure Telecom

Golden Bear Products

Central Shropshire Multi Academy Trust

Bespoke Construction Services

Prince Personnel

Severn Bridges Academy Trust

The Shropshire Doctors’ Co-operative  (“Shropdoc”)

Work highlights

  • Advised The Shropshire Doctors’ Co-operative Limited (“Shropdoc”) on the transfer of call handling services to Care UK and the Welsh Ambulance Service.
  • Advised The Shropshire Doctors’ Co-operative Limited (“Shropdoc”) on an extensive staff reorganisation.
  • Advised on the formation of Central Shropshire Multi Academy Trust upon the Academy conversion of three secondary schools

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is best known for TUPE work, with its team advising on all aspects of TUPE and post-transfer restructuring. Its recent work has included corporate restructurings and mergers, and there has also been a notable increase in employment tribunal litigation. It remains a first port of call for a number of social housing clients. Rebecca McGuirk is the name to note.

Practice head(s):Emma Burrows (based in London)

Other key lawyers:Rebecca McGuirk

Testimonials

'Rebecca McGuirk always makes you feel that your query/case is her number one priority, even when she no doubt sometimes has more pressing and urgent issues'.

Key Clients

The Accord Group

Benussi & Co

Bethphage

Black Country Housing Group

Bournville Village Trust

Colmore Tang Construction

County Durham Housing Group

Core Education Trust

Cross Keys Homes

Longhurst Group

Mere Golf and Country Club

Nitenite Hotel

Paddy Power Betfair

Platform Housing Group

Rema Church London (through appointment by the Charity Commission)

Spring Housing Association

Swimming Teachers' Association

Trident Housing Association

Wolverhampton Homes

Work highlights

  • Provided HR/employment advice to The Swimming Teachers' Association Limited, including advice on an  employment tribunal claim by its former CEO.
  • Advised RDS Distribution t/a Itihass on a number of claims that were brought by disgruntled former employees who alleged that they were the subject of employee exploitation.
  • Advised CORE Education Trust on a number of matters, including on the outsourcing of its catering.
  • Acted for Andrew Ward and Harry Griffiths, who were formerly employed by Talent International (UK) Limited, in a claim arising from their departure from the company.
  • Advising Benussi & Co on various HR and employment issues.

Wright Hassall LLP handles TUPE and other employment aspects of transactions that are undertaken by its corporate, commercial and social housing teams. The firm advises both purchasers and vendors on these transactions. The team, which is led by Tina Chander, also represents  employers and employees at tribunals. It has a particularly strong track record of successfully handling discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):Tina Chander

Other key lawyers:Suki Harrar

Testimonials

'Suki Harrar has a  superb manner, is always well prepared, distils information and is concise when providing advice and information in easily understood terms'.

Key Clients

Keller

SPI Global Play

Work highlights

  • Retained by SPI Global Play for the past 10 years to advise on a range of HR and employment law issues including performance management, disciplinary matters, grievances and dealing with sickness absence.
  • Regularly instructed by Keller Limited on various matters.

The Shropshire-based team at Aaron & Partners LLP advises leading employers locally and nationally. Through part-time coach and FA-registered intermediary Ben Mason, the group is also regularly instructed by the Professional Footballers’ Association to advise footballers on their playing contracts and the termination of these contracts. Paul Bennett recently departed to set up his own practice.

Practice head(s):Helen Watson (based in Chester)

Other key lawyers:Ben Mason

Testimonials

'Ben Mason is always helpful and responsive'.

 

Key Clients

Field Studies Council

Tudor Griffiths

The Severn Partnership

Circuit Coatings

Carey Glass Chester

GRH Food Company

Penney Financial Partners

AXYZ Automation (UK)

Birford Cable and Harness

Work highlights

  • Recent work for The Severn Partnership includes advising on the implementation of a new Employee Handbook, GDPR documentation, contracts of employment and apprenticeship agreements.
  • The firm acts for Tudor Griffiths. Providing general employment law advice and  employment law training to the group’s HR Managers.
  • Advising a client on employment matters on an ongoing retainer basis .
  • Recent work for Carey Glass (Chester) includes advising on the termination of the employment of a number of individuals for performance issues and capability issues.
  • Advising Field Studies Council on two complex restructuring matters and assisting the executive team and trustees in the management of  the restructurings.

Although Askews Legal LLP's dedicated team primarily acts for employers on contentious and non-contentious matters, it also generates some work from employees. The geographical footprint of its practice mainly spans the Coventry and Warwickshire areas. Under the leadership of Lianne Payne, the department is active in the advice to clients on employment tribunal proceedings, as well as other matters, such as injunctions.

Practice head(s):Lianne Payne

Testimonials

'Particularly impressive attention to detail especially in the early stages of a dispute. This ensures for clients that the right attacking (or defensive) strategy is adopted, such that all the later steps flow properly to the desired outcome'.

'Lianne Payne is frighteningly focussed on achieving her clients' outcome, whatever time of day help is required. She works widely in a range of employment sectors and disputes, which is of assistance to companies with a wide range of employment issues'.

Work highlights

  • Advised a company on a most unusual non-poaching employee covenant that was found in the commercial lease of serviced offices together with a penalty clause in both the lease and the prospective employee’s employment contract.
  • Defended an organisation in employment tribunal proceedings that were brought by an employee immediately after a TUPE transfer.
  • Advised a corporate client and its prospective new business development manager on the post termination restrictions contained in his contract of employment, both prior to the commencement of his employment and following legal action that was initiated by his former employer.
  • Defended a broker in employment tribunal proceedings that were brought by an ex-employee.
  • Advised a company director following the administration of the company and its subsequent buy out and TUPE transfer.

Brethertons LLP is best known for its work on TUPE and inter-group restructures, and on the contentious side, demonstrates strong capabilities in complex multi-day tribunal proceedings. Key areas of focus include advising on whistleblowing and discrimination claims. The group routinely collaborates with the firm’s corporate department on employment issues as they arise in sales, acquisitions and mergers. Newly-promoted partner Amy Edwards is a key contact.

Practice head(s):Amy Edwards

Other key lawyers:Emma Fyson; Roy Magara

George Green LLP's team is led by Tim Lang, who also acts as a fee paid employment judge. The group has a particular interest in restrictive covenant and confidentiality litigation, as well as TUPE issues. It also assists employers and senior employees with diverse issues, such as unfair dismissal, discrimination, transfers of undertakings and breach of contract.

Practice head(s):Tim Lang

Other key lawyers:Beverley Smith

Key Clients

AGCO

Hadley Group

Sims Group UK

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Centre for Alternative Technology against a whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claim in the Employment Tribunal in Aberystwyth.
  • Providing various clients with GDPR advice including drafting privacy notices, drafting data protection policies and providing advice regarding subject access requests made by employees.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ large team, which is led by Jennifer Okafor-Jones, covers all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law for clients. The varied nature of its work means that it handles complex Employment Tribunal matters, as well as providing strategic advice on reorganisations and redundancies. It is also well-placed to handle a large volume of equal pay claims and the enforcement of post-termination restrictions. Notable areas of strength include matters with a nexus to the education and defence sectors.

Practice head(s):Jennifer Okafor-Jones

Other key lawyers:Michael Stokes; Kristine Scott

Testimonials

'The team is very accessible'.

'Michael Stokes has a unique insight and detailed pragmatic knowledge of matters pertaining to industrial relations. He has lived the war and can now tell the tale'.

Key Clients

British Airways

Work highlights

  • Acting for British Airways in a high-profile Employment Tribunal claim for victimisation.
  • Advised a leading visual communications company on a suspected team move and/or poaching issue, which involved numerous employees handing in their notice within the space of just a few days.
  • Advised a leading regional heating company on the disciplinary process and exit of a managing director for gross misconduct.
  • Advising a large public sector employer on a complex matter, which spanned several years and involved claims for whistleblowing, discrimination and the unlawful deduction of wages.

Hatchers Solicitors LLP generates mandates from a client roster including individuals, and small and large businesses. Also notable is that it has a strong capability acting for clients in the charities and not-for-profit sector. Its team is knowledgeable about a wide range of employment matters, such as staff recruitment, redundancies, the transfer of businesses and compromise agreements. It also assists with defending or bringing employment tribunal actions. Nigel Harrison  heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):Nigel Harrison

Testimonials

'The team is extremely knowledgeable and approachable. It offers practical advice and communicates in a way that a non legal mind can understand. Nigel Harrison is exceptional'.

Work highlights

  • Advised a not-for profit organisation on the Court of Appeal decision in the ‘Mencap’ National Minimum Wage “sleep-in” case.
  • Advised a company on construction sector related employment law issues.
  • Advised a leisure/visitor attraction on all employment aspects regarding its permanent and casual staff.
  • Advised a substantial Shropshire and Mid Wales car dealership on several HR matters, including handling disciplinary matters, contractual issues and the employment aspects of GDPR.
  • Advised a client in the land and estate management arena on various employment matters, such as flexible working, long-term disability related absence and senior level restructuring.

Pickerings Solicitors fields three solicitors and an HR consultant in its team, and is well-placed to handle the full spectrum of employment matters. The scope of its work includes advice on business reorganisations, restrictive covenants/confidentiality issues, absence management and unfair/wrongful dismissals. Practice head Jonathon Forrester is an experienced solicitor advocate, who has acted for numerous employers and employees.

Practice head(s):Jonathon Forrester

Other key lawyers:Simon King; Sue Hatton; Tori Shepherd

Testimonials

'It is a truly great team'.

'Things get  sorted out with efficiency and with the minimal of fuss'.

'We have great confidence in the advice they give'.

Key Clients

Allison Baby

Drayton Manor Park

Kenect Recruitment

Lichfield Cathedral School

Mitsubishi Hardmetal UK

Linden Care Homes

Reference Technology

Glenlake International

Electric Technics

CSComms & Pure Cloud solutions

Multi glazing Systems

Techemet

Work highlights

  • Acting for an employee who had wages of more than £250,000 withheld by his employer (a global electronics company).
  • Acted for a large international company in a commercial agent’s claim which was resolved at mediation on terms very favourable to the client.
  • Represented a director of a large Midlands-based manufacturing company and successfully negotiated an exit package in excess of £300,000 as opposed to the £60,000 that  the client had originally been offered.
  • Acted for a nationally known leisure client in defending a claim for disability discrimination and unfair dismissal and managed to get the claim struck out as having no prospects of success.
  • Successfully defended a client against a £50,000 claim for disability, discrimination, unfair dismissal and a failure to make a reasonable adjustment, settling it for £500.

Senior associate Emma-Louise Hewitt joined Sydney Mitchell LLP in September 2018 from Standley & Co Solicitors to become the new department head. Hewitt's team handles a mix of claimant and respondent matters, with recent work including whistleblowing cases, unfair dismissal claims, and matters involving disability discrimination and sexual harassment. Dean Parnell is another key member of the group, which acts for companies and senior employees.

Practice head(s):Emma-Louise Hewitt

Other key lawyers:Dean Parnell

Testimonials

'Responses were immediate and professional'.

'The firm gives practical no nonsense advice. It is not so big that its clients are just another number'.

'Dean Parnell is very knowledgeable, commercially minded and quick off the mark. He is a really tough negotiator and always gets the best deal for his clients'.

'Dean Parnell is a brilliant lawyer who naturally commands respect. He is analytical, a master tactician and a very bright individual. He has excellent attention to detail and is a very effective negotiator'.

'Emma-Louise Hewitt was very quick at putting my mind at ease on a very complex case'.

'Emma-Louise Hewitt is an outstanding employment lawyer. Emma is not only a great technical lawyer but one who has great empathy and compassion for her clients and I feel that she always go the 'extra mile' for them'.

'Emma-Louise Hewitt is conscientious, diligent and always keen to get the best result for her clients'.

'Emma-Louise Hewitt gives me practical advice that I can understand'.

'Emma-Louise Hewitt was brilliant in helping me achieve what I wanted out of my case'.

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in a claim for race/religious discrimination, harassment and victimisation against one of the biggest insurance companies and obtained a large settlement.
  • Represented a client in a claim for unpaid commission and obtained a favourable settlement.
  • Succesfully assisted a client who was alleged to have committed a serious sexual assault on a fellow colleague - all allegations have been dropped and the client has returned to work following a police investigation and 4 months on suspension.
  • Represented a client in a collective redundancy exercise.
  • Represented a company in redundancy process.

Thursfields Solicitors' employment practice has a particular focus on the retail and leisure, charity and communities, and healthcare sectors. Its team is increasingly active in the provision of advice on corporate transactions, corporate restructurings and share option schemes. Michelle O’Hara regularly advises on the employee-side aspects of corporate restructurings, TUPE and EMI schemes.

Practice head(s):Michelle O'Hara

Other key lawyers:Lisa Kemp

Testimonials

'Very practical advice, very accessible team and very realistic'.

'Lisa Kemp does the right thing for her clients, she fights her clients' corner well but knows when to reach a deal/settlement'.

'Lisa Kemp has extensive knowledge and a willingness to approach problems with non-textbook solutions. She provides clients with a personal level of service and detailed quality advice'.

Key Clients

DK Schweizer (UK)

Oakland International

John Raymond Transport

Blue Peg

Work highlights

  • Collaborating with the corporate team to advise the shareholders of Smartbox Assistive Technology Limited and Sensory Software International Limited to Tobii AB.
  • Assisting a client with a detailed analysis of its workforce to ascertain worker status, and devising a strategy to mitigate any challenges to status and any potential resultant claim.
  • Successfully represented the respondent in two complex employment status matters in the Employment Tribunal.
  • Providing TUPE advice related to the disposal of a business in the care sector to a national group for £3.25m.
  • Defending a client against a TUPE-related automatic unfair dismissal claim.

Ansons acts for clients across a wide range of business sectors, such as manufacturing, healthcare and recruitment. Its contentious work involves representing both employees and employers in bringing all forms of employment claims from unfair dismissal to claims under the Equality Act. Martin de Ridder has considerable experience of TUPE, reorganisations and the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Practice head(s):Martin de-Ridder (Cannock); Jason Alcock (Lichfield)

Other key lawyers:Adam Pike

Band Hatton Button LLP undertakes a variety of contentious and non-contentious employment matters for commercial clients and individuals, who are based predominantly in the Coventry, Warwickshire and wider Midlands area. Its team has particular expertise in advising schools on a diverse range of issues, such as those involving unfair dismissal, redundancy and discrimination. Mark Ridley is the name to note.

Practice head(s):Mark Ridley

Testimonials

'Mark Ridley is extremely knowledgeable regarding h. His customer care skills are first class and he brings a pragmatic yet commercial edge to his dealings with us. A first class diligent lawyer'.

'Mark Ridley is responsive and pragmatic and manages to clearly explain situations'.

'Mark Ridley is very capable'.

Work highlights

  • Advised a global company on a religion and belief discrimination claim.
  • Advising the seller on the employment aspects of an asset purchase agreement.
  • Advising a senior employee in an unfair disability and discrimination claim.
  • Advising a company on the status of workers, and as to whether self-employed contractors should be re-classified as employees.
  • Advising a client on a claim arising from an inaccurate reference, including negotiating the terms of a compromise.

Beswicks Legal acts for large corporate organisations, owner-managed businesses and SMEs. Although the practice is mainly sector-agnostic, the firm's excellent reputation in the sports industry ensures that it generates related employment matters. The group acts predominantly for employers, but also acts for several private clients. Under the guidance of managing partner Nick Phillips, the team regularly supports its corporate, commercial and disputes teams on diverse issues such as TUPE, holiday pay disputes and settlement agreements.

Practice head(s):Nick Phillips; Laura Franklin

Testimonials

'The individuals in the team get to know your business, make time to assess the business needs and take care to ensure that the service level is adequate and support is prioritised according to the need of your business'.

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in the successful conclusion of an unfair dismissal claim.
  • Supported a client through the TUPE transfer of employees where the application of TUPE was disputed on the basis of fragmentation.
  • Represented a client in the defence of an unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claim.
  • Represented multiple respondents to a claim of unfair dismissal and sexual harassment.
  • Defended a client against a disability discrimination claim, which was lodged by an employee of one of its customers.

The skilled team at MFG Solicitors LLP is spread across offices in Birmingham, Worcestershre and Shropshire. It regularly advises on the full array of employment matters connected with M&A, as well as outsourcings. It also focuses on discrimination claims, dismissals, redundancies and compliance issues. Sally Morris, who heads up the division, advises on various contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Chris Piggott frequently acts for educational establishments.

Practice head(s):Sally Morris

Other key lawyers:Chris Piggott; Darryll Thomas; Kate Jones; Christopher Amys

At Pillinger & Associates, Amanda Pillinger represents both employers and employee clients in litigation involving allegations such as unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and breaches of contract. Pillinger is also adept at assisting employers with avoiding disputes with employees by establishing clear and fair policies and procedures.

Practice head(s):Amanda Pillinger

Testimonials

'Amanda Pillinger's advice on questions of employment law is always realistic and concise. Amanda is very approachable and answers questions reliably within short timeframes'.

'Amanda Pillinger was in total control of my interests at all times and always responded to my telephone calls within a very short time'.

'Amanda Pillinger has a great 'can-do' attitude and offers practical, real life advice. She is approachable and provides an exceptional client-centric service'.

Key Clients

The Wendy House Day Nursery

Ragley Hall Estate

Strong Feet Dance Studio

Budget Shipping Containers

Work highlights

  • Advising an employee on a claim of unfair dismissal and sex discrimination.
  • Defended the respondent in against an unfair dismissal claim made against it.
  • Negotiated an exit package for a senior employee.
  • Supported a client in negotiating the terms of a settlement agreement.
  • Advised an employer on threats of tribunal proceedings made by an employee, and assisted with securing an agreed exit package.

Slater and Gordon acts exclusively for individuals/claimants, which includes private clients and trade union members. It has a particularly considerable strength in major discrimination and whistleblowing claims, but is also experienced in all other aspects of Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation. Another key area of focus involves defending members of professional bodies in fitness to practice proceedings before various disciplinary panels. David Hodge is the name to note.

Practice head(s):David Hodge

Other key lawyers:David McBride

Thomas Guise Solicitors' Geoffrey Ellis conducts employment tribunal claims for both employers and employees relating to unfair dismissal, contract claims, discrimination and whistleblowing. On the non-contentious side, the team advises on TUPE issues, and also assists with drafting employment contracts.

Practice head(s):Geoffrey Ellis

Testimonials

'The practice is very approachable, putting clients at ease quickly'.

'Geoffrey Ellis is clearly highly experienced and offers realistic advice  options, ensuring that all aspects are covered off'.

Work highlights

  • Representing a senior executive on the terms of a settlement agreement with six-figure compensation.

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