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Employment: Hull and East Yorkshire in Yorkshire And The Humber

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s employment practice is singled out for its 'wealth of knowledge and experience'. Led out of Hull, the team advises multi-national business and employers on large-scale redundancies, severance packages, and TUPE transfers, with a specialism across the food and drink sector. Practice head Jonathan Dale is highly rated by clients and has over three decades of expertise in employment law, particularly in insolvency-related proceedings, while Nick Wilson in York regularly appears before Employment Tribunals nationally. Nick Fraser recently joined the firm and specialises in pensions law.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Dale

Other key lawyers:

Nick Wilson; Nick Fraser

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Dale and his team respond very quickly and reliably. Communication via electronic channels is efficient and the quality of the advisory service is also very good. In particular, the right questions are asked so that hidden obstacles can be avoided. The service is worth every penny and the fee structure is also very competitive.’

‘Partner Jonathan Dale is a highly experienced and accomplished employment lawyer who calmly but firmly always finds the right solutions for you and excels in diligence.’

‘As a company we have used the services of Andrew Jackson Solicitors for many years on both commercial and employment matters. The teams and partners in their employ have a wealth of knowledge and experience we have found invaluable and trustworthy.’

‘Quick responses and very approachable team.’

‘Nick Wilson, great customer relationship, friendly, approachable, and supportive with advice giving, quick in responses.’

‘Everyone we have spoken to at the firm is responsive, helpful and down to earth.’

‘Jonathan Dale is excellent to deal with. he is responsive, proportionate in his responses, has a balanced view and is very clearly experienced. As we are not from the UK, Jonathan’s ability to explain the nuances to us is most appreciated. I would definitely recommend working with Jonathan, and in fact have recommended him to my network.’

‘Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP provide us with rapid no-nonsense advice on employment law issues.’

Rollits LLP

At Rollits LLP, the 'exceptional' employment practice is active in both contentious and non-contentious work, with expertise across the food and education sectors. Overseen by Ed Jenneson, who has a focus on TUPE issues, the team is regularly engaged by large corporates and plcs on redundancies and reorganisations, while Edward Heppel is the key contact for cross-border TUPE transfers and M&A work. Also of note is Caroline Neadley, who handles complex disciplinary matters and grievances.

Practice head(s):

Ed Jenneson

Other key lawyers:

Edward Heppel; Caroline Neadley

Testimonials

‘The employment law team at Rollits is exceptional and very responsive, each member of the team deliver an outstanding service, our company has trust and confidence in the whole team and our professional relationship has spanned many years, they all excel in employment law and I highly recommend this team.’

‘Ed Jenneson is brilliant, the support we receive from Ed is outstanding we truly value his sound advice. Ed always goes above and beyond and always responds in a timely manner, he is a true professional and the service we receive is tailored to meet our needs.’

‘Despite the recent challenging times and the impact on working remotely, the team have always managed to maintain a high level of service, if a member of the team is not going to be available then they inform the client beforehand and all other members are briefed on the needs of the client. Furthermore certain members of the team always make themselves available to ensure continuity of process for clients. A great team in every way.’

‘Caroline Neadley is excellent in her knowledge, she also understands the client’s commercial perspective, and I have to say has a good sense of humour which is vital when she is supporting us through some times when we need to vent! Ed Jenneson  is also knowledgeable, approachable and ‘real’. The team is great but these two in particular are ‘human’ and that is invaluable when they are ‘holding your hand’ through some difficult cases.’

Key clients

William Jackson Food Group Limited (Jackson’s Bakery, MyFresh Prepared Produce Limited, Abel and Cole, Belazu and Wellocks).

Impact Fork Trucks Limited.

Premier Technical Services PLC.

SGS Packaging Europe Limited.

Unique Industries Inc.

Bishop Burton College.

Eltherington Group Limited.

East Yorkshire Aluminium and Glass Limited.

Sentamu Academy Learning Trust.

Thomas of York

Bridge McFarland LLP

Bridge McFarland LLP’s employment practice has expertise across complex TUPE matters, restructuring work and restrictive covenants. Practice head Nicola Barrass is 'extremely knowledgeable and advice is always pragmatic'; she is the key name for trade union and industrial action matters, particularly in the manufacturing and construction industries. The group also handles sensitive dismissals and discrimination work.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Barrass

Testimonials

‘Nicola Barrass is extremely knowledgable and her advice is always considered and pragmatic. I have used Nicola to advise on specific situations as well as for general, retained advice. No issue is ever too small for her to give time to consider.’

‘A good understanding of the unique nature of our business at all levels.’

‘Nicola Barrass has always provided excellent, sensible, realistic and timely advice for us.’

Gosschalks

Gosschalks' employment team receives a steady stream of disability discrimination work and is noted for its expertise in appearing before the Employment Tribunal. Ted Flanagan leads the group, which handles contentious issues concerning dispute resolution and whistleblowing matters, while experienced litigator Nathalie Stewart appears before the Employment Tribunal for matters pertaining to dismissals, redundancy claims, and misconduct accusations. Nicola Evans is also a core part of the team.

Practice head(s):

Ted Flanagan

Other key lawyers:

Nathalie Stewart; Nicola Evans

Bridge Employment Law

At Bridge Employment Law, the practice is jointly overseen by Lee Stephens in York and Lee Whiting in Hull, who was formerly at Bridge McFarland LLP. The team advises a number of SMEs and plc clients across discrimination work, high-level senior exits, and large-scale restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Lee Stephens; Lee Whiting

Testimonials

‘Lee Whiting understands our business and it’s culture. He has built solid relationships with board members and the full HR team and never fails to deliver when needed. He is efficient, competent, knowledgeable and friendly, couldn’t ask for more.’

’Attention to detail – these are three simple words that makes a sentence complete and the team at Bridge has mastered this to perfection. A very knowledgeable team led by a very knowledgeable leader. The team’s support mechanism is simply outstanding and  has proved to be  above outstanding throughout furlough via the linked support the team has provided in the last 12 months.’

‘Lee is the leader we would have  asked for – providing no nonsense support. Another aspect is the availability of the team,  they are never far away from us and are there  as and when we need them.’

Key clients

Victoria Plum

City Health Care Partnership CIC

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Victoria Plum against claims for race discrimination and whistleblowing after a five day hearing.