Firms To Watch: Employment: Hull and East Yorkshire

Led by experienced partners Nicola Barrass and Lee Whiting, the team at specialist employment firm Barrass Whiting handles a range of employment matters, including recent instructions relating to enforcement of post-termination restrictions and protection of confidential information.

Employment: Hull and East Yorkshire in Yorkshire And The Humber

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

The ‘responsive’ team at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP acts for a range of employers on day-to-day operations, with demonstrable experience advising on restructurings, redundancies and issues in the Employment Tribunal. Praised as ‘responsive, pragmatic and solution-focused’Jonathan Dale leads the team and has experience in redundancies, business reorganisations and TUPE transfers, while Nick Wilson has a track record in the logistics, manufacturing, and professional service sectors. Nick Fraser, who specialises in pensions, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Dale

Other key lawyers:

Nick Wilson; Nick Fraser


‘We have developed an excellent working relationship with Andrew Jackson Solicitors. They are very responsive and able to offer excellent service and very good fee rates.’

‘Commercially focused.’

The employment law advice we receive from Jonathan Dale is responsive, pragmatic and solution-focused. He is keen to understand our business and the challenges we face and is always willing to help. He is friendly and professional.’

Always quick to respond when contacted for advice.’

Nick Wilson is always happy to help.’

Efficient and to the point.’

Rollits LLP

Rollits LLP acts for private and public sector clients on the full range of employment issues, with a strong and recent focus on both contentious and non-contentious mandates concerning the Equality Act, strike action and large-scale restructurings. Ed Heppel leverages his expertise in high-value corporate transactions to advise clients on the employment implications of projects, with notable capability in handling TUPE transfers. Heppel jointly leads the team alongside Caroline Neadley, who has experience in whistleblowing employment tribunal hearings and disability discrimination tribunal hearings, as well as disciplinary and grievance matters.

Practice head(s):

Ed Heppel; Caroline Neadley


‘The team I liaise with are approachable, knowledgeable and extremely efficient. They respond to my enquiries and are able to offer assistance quickly.’

‘Caroline Neadley is always happy to help us and knows her subject area extremely well; I always have confidence in the advice she provides. We have always felt like a valued client.’

‘Rollits LLP have been nothing short of exceptional in their work. In addition to Caroline Neadley’s compassionate approach, the wider team at Rollits are always professional, cheerful and helpful individuals who evidently contribute a lot to the support and smooth running of Rollits behind the scenes.’

Key clients

William Jackson Food Group Limited

Vantage Motor Group Limited

St Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic Academy Trust

Sextant Limited

Bishop Burton College

Bridge Employment Law

Bridge Employment Law’s offering covers a broad range of employment mandates, with established sector specialisms in education, logistics, and recruitment, in addition to care, education, manufacturing, media, and engineering. Based in York, Lee Stephens leads the team and acts for SMEs in day-to-day operations, reorganisations, TUPE issues, senior executive removals and contentious employment mandates, while associate director Georgina Thomas is noted for her expertise in business immigration.

Practice head(s):

Lee Stephens

Other key lawyers:

Georgina Thomas


‘The team has a great depth of experience and knowledge, and provides a strong all-round service.’

Lee Stephens has great knowledge of the law, and gives sound, commercial advice. He is an experienced litigator and achieves good results.

A team is made by its people and the people at Bridge Employment are some of the highest calibre in their field. The team at Bridge is very friendly and their approach to any complex situation and the way they break it down into easily understandable segments without any legal jargon, is what makes them stand out from the crowd.’

Georgina Thomas is clued up, and gives us a straight and clear answer rather than going in circles. She knows time is money, and we value that.’

I have used Bridge several times in my current role and every bit of correspondence with them has been very useful and led us to make the right decision. Some of the issues we have faced have been very complex and unique situations, and in these situations Bridge go away and research the situation, find comparable case law and present options to us and the pros/cons of each.’


Gosschalks advises SMEs, schools and academies, senior employees, as well as clients across the hospitality and construction sectors, on a broad range of employment matters. Based in Hull, the practice is led by the ‘friendly and straight-talkingTed Flanagan, who acts for employers and employees, with demonstrable experience before Employment Tribunals

Practice head(s):

Ted Flanagan


The Gosschalks team are helpful and straight-talking. Nothing is ever too much trouble.’

Ted Flanagan provides clear and concise employment advice and is always a pleasure to deal with. His friendly, straight-talking approach is extremely valued by our company.’

The practice is unique because it treats its clients with courtesy and integrity. We have been a client of Gosschalks LLP for over 20 years and their service and advice is extremely valuable to us.’