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Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s employment practice recently recruited Rebecca Kitson from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP to take over from outgoing practice head Sally Hulston , who is now at Knights plc. Kitson brings extensive expertise in Employment Tribunal litigation, acting for large domestic and international corporate clients; recent cases include handling unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claims. The team also handles senior exits and restructurings, while key associates Gerri Elliott and Laura Pilkington routinely assist with corporate due diligence and TUPE transfers. As a further addition to the team, Shakeel Dad (who was previously at Walker Morris LLP) enhances the team’s expertise in business immigration matters.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Kitson

Key clients

Haribo (t/a Dunhills)

Moneysupermarket

Arup

Dixons Carphone Plc

Scotia Gas Networks

KCOM Group

Vocalink (Part of Mastercard)

Octopus Energy

Howarth Timber

Primark Stores

Work highlights

  • Handled the TUPE matters for Octopus Energy’s £30m takeover of Co-op Energy.
  • Advised Camira Fabrics on the termination of a board director which led to tribunal proceedings for wrongful dismissal and disability discrimination.
  • Advised Fast Flow Group on its merger with United Living Group involving 1,200 employees.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Global corporates frequently instruct DAC Beachcroft LLP’s employment practice across the breadth of TUPE, restructuring work and senior exit issues; James Rhodes has a notable portfolio of clients in the healthcare, education and public sectors. Practice head Louise Bloomfield and senior associate Anjali Sharma maintain close ties with insurance companies as part of the firm’s employment liability work, which includes acting in a stream of whistleblowing and discrimination cases before the Employment Tribunal. Industrial relations work is another area of expertise for the group; Bloomfield and associate Sam Proffitt recently obtained numerous high-profile injunctions for industrial action proposals before the High Court.

Practice head(s):

Louise Bloomfield

Testimonials

‘Hilary Larter is reliable, consistent, patient and approachable; when a complicated scenario arises she describes and advises in a straightforward and uncomplicated style – this appreciated by all who deal with her.’

‘Becky Hodgkins has a pragmatic, problem solving approach which is not risk averse – just what you need on occasions when trying to conclude complex cases.’

Our experience of working with each of the individuals has been extremely positive . Everyone is really professional in understanding our brief as a client and working on the specific project. They all seem to be very well versed in their particular subject matter and are able to provide consultation accordingly.’

Key clients

BT plc

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

DHL

Care UK

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Unilever

HSS Hire

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dixons Carphone

Royal Mail

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Acted for Royal Mail in obtaining an injunction to prevent a national postal strike.
  • Advising numerous NHS Trusts on managing workforce disruption arising from the impact of the annual allowance pensions tax. The matter involved the adoption of an employer-pension-contribution recycling scheme.
  • Instructed by an insurance client to defend against an Employment Tribunal claim from a former employee alleging prolonged discrimination in the workplace related to gender reassignment.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s employment team is retained by an international client roster comprised of high-profile names in the financial services, retail, hospitality, technology and public sectors. Particular fields of expertise include internal misconduct governance issues, workplace mental health management work and business immigration strategies. Practice head Jane Hannon provides restructuring advice on multijurisdictional corporate transactions and assists clients with HMRC investigations into minimum wage compliance. Recent contentious highlights include representing clients in landmark disputes regarding the entitlements of self-employed workers; Hannon also recently handled a cross-border fraud investigation concerning senior directors.

Practice head(s):

Jane Hannon

Testimonials

A pragmatic, commercial approach is taken when providing guidance. This enables sometimes complex cases to be dealt with quickly and efficiently with minimal risk to our organisation.

The DLA Leeds team are excellent; they provide us with closely considered advice and are always very approachable and adaptable. They are a huge asset to DLA Piper.

Their skills compliment our internal capabilities. This means that they act as easy to reach, approachable members of an extended source of resource for our organisation.

Jane Hannon is very knowledgeable and provides excellent, well-balanced advice. She understands issues quickly and is able to offer advice on options to deal with an issue in a fair and practical manner.

Key clients

Emerald Publishing

Hawk Incentives

HSBC

New Balance

Shiseido Group

Wyndham Hotel Group

Dentsu Aegis Group

Verizon Communications

Howden Joinery

Leeds Building Society

Work highlights

  • Advised an international hotel group on changes to employee benefits packages in 25 countries across EMEA following a merger of two hotel operators.
  • Advising Hermes Parcelnet on the settlement of multiple courier worker status claims and the introduction of a new ‘self-employed plus’ contract.
  • Advising Raytheon on the employment issues arising at the end of an outsourcing contract across 12 jurisdictions in Europe.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The employment practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields an extensive team comprised of experts in the full range of contentious and non-contentious issues. Practice head Paul Cotton is a go-to figure for corporate TUPE engagements, multijurisdictional reorganisations and senior executive terminations. Simon Rice-Birchall leads on National Minimum Wage investigations, while Christopher Mordue has a focus on strategic employment issues in the education sector, and Louise Lightfoot is an expert in business immigration and outsourcing matters. The team also regularly represents employers in whistleblowing claims concerning workplace harassment and misconduct.

Practice head(s):

Paul Cotton

Key clients

DHL

Skipton Building Society

Lloyds Bank

Virgin Atlantic

University of Durham

University of York

Kier Group PlC

Arla Foods

McCain Foods GB Limited

Hilton Hotels

Work highlights

  • Advising a multi-academy trust on changes to its executive pay policy after significant media scrutiny.
  • Advised Element Solutions on the formation and establishment of a European Works Council following requests made by employees in two EU jurisdictions.
  • Advised Kier Group on the application of TUPE following a decision by Kent County Council to award a contract to Amey.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ employment team recently had significant client wins at the national and international level across the supermarket, food processing, financial services and construction sectors. Practice head Matthew Lewis, Andrew Stones and director James Keogh excel at handling large-scale, multijurisdictional corporate restructurings and the resulting litigation proceedings. Stones also regularly advises on senior-level appointments and exits, representing employers as well as employees. Director Louise Martin acts on the contentious side and has recently defended against discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Lewis

Testimonials

‘Professional, Commercial, Thorough, Responsive, and equally very Pragmatic and show real Empathy with business challenges.’

‘Responsive, credible, and create a strong sense of trust’

‘The overall strength of the team within Squire Patton Boggs is willingness to listen, and provide practical yet robust legal advise to enable the business to work through options and solutions to resolve challenges.’

‘Consistency and focus on their clients and customers needs is greatly appreciated.’

‘Matthew Lewis takes time to understand the business, listens to the issues and supports to make sometimes tough decisions easier.’

‘The team is responsive, provides first class advice, clients are reassured that they are in safe hands.’

‘Stands out as willing to think outside the box and come up with new ideas, solutions etc’

‘Andrew Stones- approachable, easily understands the business and its priorities, always available, gives excellent strategic direction’

‘Louise Martin- builds excellent client relationships, fantastic attention to detail, doesn’t give up without a fight, determined, a formidable opponent.’

Key clients

Morrisons

Smiths Group

Pret

Pets at Home plc

Wood Group plc

University of Law

Zenith Vehicle Contracts

Greggs

Card Factory

2 Sisters Food Group

Drax

KP Films

Pinsent Masons LLP

The employment team at Pinsent Masons LLP acts for high-profile financial services, technology, education, engineering and retail clients. Led by Jon Fisher, who is supported by senior associates Joe McMorrow and Sarah Ashberry, the team routinely handles senior executive exits, whistleblowing and misconduct claims, TUPE (often involving international restructurings), immigration matters and National Minimum Wage investigations. Fisher is also sought out to advise on the employment elements of corporate transactions, while McMorrow is growing the team’s presence in the sports sector; he recently represented UK Sport before the Employment Appeals Tribunal in a high-profile discrimination claim.

Practice head(s):

Jon Fisher

Other key lawyers:

Joe McMorrow; Sarah Ashberry

Testimonials

Pinsent Masons offers professional and practical advice in a meaningful way which enables complex matters to be easily understood by our managers and HR professionals. They are solution focused; providing solutions which enable us to resolve employee matters fairly and equip our business with the knowledge, information and confidence they need. They have taken time to understand our business which results in them being able to tackle matters in a way that is appropriate by law but also fits with our corporate values. They are not only experts in their field but they are extremely personable too – nothing is too much trouble for them, they are true business partners and as a result are seen as an extension of our own team.’

They are commercially focused but also practical in their approach and advice. They are efficient in reaching the right solutions and determined even when things are particularly complex. They always act professionally and with true integrity. They are always accommodating when we ask them to engage with anyone in our business and as a result they have a great reputation for delivery, both as individuals and as an organisation.

Sarah Ashberry is a stand out solicitor. She has encyclopaedic knowledge of employment law and provides great support for her clients.

Key clients

Centrica plc/British Gas

RSA Insurance plc

Royal London

MITIE Group PLC

Liverpool FC

Marshalls plc

UK Sport

Manchester City FC

Leeds Beckett University

University of Lincoln

Work highlights

  • Acted for a FTSE 250 company in a business-critical investigation into National Minimum Wage compliance by HMRC.
  • Advised whole food provider Booker on its strategic acquisition of Best Foods Logistics.
  • Instructed by UK Sport to act in an Employment Appeals Tribunal claim brought by former British Olympian Jessica Varnish concerning discrimination and whistleblowing. The case hinged on the basis that the claimant does not have employee or worker status rights.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP’s employment practice has recently expanded its client roster, adding significant names in the sports, retail and manufacturing sectors. Practice head David Smedley is instructed on the full scope of contentious and non-contentious matters, while Andrew Rayment focuses on the food and drink sector, advising on immigration issues, restructurings, senior exits, furlough arrangements, corporate transactions and other HR governance issues. The team also handles large-scale tribunals concerning unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and discrimination claims; recent recruitment director Laura McLellan, who joined from Squire Patton Boggs, has added to this area of expertise.

Practice head(s):

David Smedley

Testimonials

The team have solid technical experience but it is their client-centric approach that really stands out. They are very flexible, keen to find a solution that best suits each situation, and always ready and willing to help. We feel that they are an extension of our own team.

Andrew Rayment and Shabana Muneer have been extremely helpful and responsive and the quality of their work is always excellent.

Key clients

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Barrett Steel Limited

Kraft Heinz

Tottenham Hotspur

RWE Supply & Trading GmbH

Fung Group

Moss Bros Group PLC

StatsPerform

Wavin Limited/Mexichem

Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation

Work highlights

  • Appointed as external employment advisers to Lucozade Ribena Suntory for all HR issues and Employment Tribunal claims.
  • Advising Kraft Heinz on all HR issues including recently implementing a suite of family-friendly employment policies.
  • Advised on the merger of Perform Content with STATS to form StatsPerform.

Blacks Solicitors LLP

The employment practice at Blacks Solicitors LLP includes practice head Paul Kelly, Chris Allen and Tom Moyes, who advise an extensive list of domestic SMEs on TUPE transfers, senior exits and redundancies, disciplinary procedures and HR governance issues. David Ward is a key name for Employment Tribunal litigation, representing clients against discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.

Practice head(s):

Paul Kelly

Testimonials

The unique quality for me is their client care which is consistently outstanding. Due to their genuine client care, they instil loyalty which leads to recommendations. I am a champion for Blacks because I have been involved over many years with various aspects of their employment services and they excel in their legal advice, honest delivery and time management of service delivery. Having previously worked with other firms, Blacks are the cream of the crop in my opinion.

Excellent on every level especially Tom Moyes who is not only an experienced lawyer but also has unrivalled customer attitude- always responding quickly to my questions and making himself available whenever there is an urgent issue to discuss. Working with him has contributed to my wellbeing and sanity during some of the most difficult times in my career.

Makes every effort to develop a good understanding of the business and respond in a way that shows consideration and pragmatism.

This firm has a second-to-none team of lawyers in all areas of law. It is our first port of call for all our business especially employment issues. The employment team are outstanding and offer regular updates on all points of law both via email posts and in-house seminars. l would recommend them to  any company or individual.

David Ward was my designated solicitor and he was like a breath of fresh air. His charisma and his dedication and commitment to my case was outstanding and everything he said and did was in the true Yorkshire fashion- no ifs, buts or maybes, just sound straightforward advice that was very easy to take in and understand. Win or lose his attitude was spot on from day one and I couldn’t have wished for anyone better to represent me.

‘Our main contact, Paul Kelly, is very approachable and can be relied upon for fast and accurate advice. We have worked with him for a number of years and he has an excellent understanding of our organisation and requirements. He is pro-active in his approach and works with us to find pragmatic solutions to employment related problems.

I had the misfortune of going through an unfair dismissal. The advice and professional way Euan Lawrence handled my case was exceptional. Thanks to Euan and Blacks I won my case!

Key clients

BigChange Limited

ITH Pharma Limited

Status International UK Limited

Really Useful Products Limited

VLT Limited

Work highlights

  • Defended logistics company VLT in a constructive dismissal claim brought by a former senior manager director.

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP’s employment practice has a strong focus on the healthcare sector; practice head Rachael Heenan and associate Andrew Uttley advise NHS trusts, hospitals, fire and rescue services and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). Typical non-contentious instructions include handling HR governance issues, regulatory mandates, risk assessments, TUPE matters and CCG mergers (the latter often handled by newly promoted partner Alistair Kernohan). Heenan and Eleanor Rhodes regularly represent clients before the Employment Tribunal in misconduct, whistleblowing and discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):

Rachael Heenan

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust

Humberside Fire & Rescue Service

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS FT

Wigan CCG

Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust

Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Humberside Fire and Rescue Authority on a proposed firefighters strike, advising on contingency planning to ensure public safety and continuing service.
  • Advised a large NHS Foundation Trust on a number of conduct concerns relating to two board members and other senior colleagues. This extended to advice across a number of disciplines relating to the management of reputational issues, governance and regulatory issues and the day-to-day operation of the board.
  • Defended County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust in a complex disability discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal brought by a doctor.

Clarion

Clarion’s employment team regularly defends SMEs and larger corporate clients before the Employment Tribunal in discrimination, unfair dismissal and TUPE liability claims. Board issues are a key area of expertise for Chris Booth, particularly in regards to corporate takeovers. Practice head Sarah Tahamtani assists with HR governance issues ranging from holiday pay compliance work, management training sessions and disciplinary procedures to internal investigations regarding workplace culture, where she regularly acts for public bodies.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Tahamtani

Other key lawyers:

Chris Booth

Testimonials

Clarion have a can-do attitude, are realistic in their assessments of issues and able to communicate this clearly to clients. They work together efficiently, meaning a conversation held with one person is accurately reflected in future communications with others within the team.

More rounded and commercial advice than you could usually hope for. Really focused on understanding their clients and being innovative in addressing challenges. Great value-added offering.

Takes a non-aggressive approach unlike some other employment teams, which appear to have a “testosterone-fuelled” approach, and it pays dividends. Without fail, all members of the team that we deal with give clear, concise and no-nonsense advice in a professional manner.

Vast breadth of knowledge in the employment law space while providing pragmatic, commercially focused advice.’

Key clients

Bonmarche

Nobia A. B. (including Magnet Limited, Rixonway Kitchen Limited, Gower Furniture Limited, Commodore Kitchens Limited)

Clipper Logistics plc

The Equiniti Group (including Equiniti Limited and MyCSP Limited)

The Shard

Fenner plc

Redcentric plc

Tronox Pigment UK Limited

LNT Group (including Ideal Carehomes, Ginetta Cars Limited, LNT Construction, LNT Solutions, LNT Software)

Harrison Spinks Beds Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Bonmarche’s board of directors on the board’s position following the company’s acquisition by Philip Day.
  • Advised Chamberlain & Co. as the administrator of Factory Media on aspects of French employment law.
  • Appointed by Welcome to Yorkshire to investigate the workplace culture, governance procedures and management of the organisation following extensive negative press.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc’s employment practice's work encompasses a solid mix of contentious and non-contentious mandates for mid-tier corporates and SMEs across the UK. Joint practice heads Paul Ball and Gearalt Fahy handle workplace mediations and the subsequent senior exits, large-scale TUPE arrangements, discrimination claims and the full breadth of HR governance issues. The group's diverse client list includes logistics, environmental, leisure, manufacturing and recruitment businesses.

Practice head(s):

Paul Ball; Gearalt Fahy

Testimonials

The team at Gateley are brilliant. They are a steady and technically great pair of hands, well respected in their specialisms and work in a collegiate way with their clients. They have built the practice in Leeds and are well known in the region – I would say one of the best teams at that commercial level. Paul and Gearalt are also available for their peers and my go-to people if I ever need to bounce an idea off someone.

Paul Ball and Gearalt Fahy are concise and extremely specialist and as a pair complement each other in terms of how they work with their clients and opponents. There is absolutely no two sides to either of these individuals; what you see is what you get.

Key clients

Cape Industrial Services Limited

The Property Hub Forum Limited

Valorum Care Plc

Optare Group Limited

WYG (a Tetra Tech Company)

Chevron TM Limited

VetPartners Limited

Wabtec Rail Limited

Bridon International Limited

Dr Oetker

Work highlights

  • Advising on the TUPE consultation and the harmonisation of employment terms for a client in the energy and natural resources sector following a company reorganisation.
  • Assisted Bridon International with several employment tribunals, a restructuring exercise and general employment law on a daily basis.
  • Advised a media company on an investigation following a complex grievance brought by a senior member of staff against the CEO.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s employment practice is headed up by Glenn Hayes, who advises large national clients on senior terminations and the related unfair dismissal claims, and TUPE restructurings. Jenny Arrowsmith has a focus on the education sector, handling issues ranging from discrimination claims to mental health and wellbeing work. The group also provides regulatory advice concerning the gig economy arena and offers a Bank of Hours product and other fixed-fee options for general advisory services. Senior associate Padma Tadi handles corporate immigration issues.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Hayes

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Arrowsmith; Padma Tadi

Testimonials

We have been provided with excellent service by Jenny Arrowsmith and her team for a number of years. Particular strengths include responsiveness, clear and concise guidance and advice, clear understanding of us and our business and expertise in the education sector- we trust Jenny and the team and value their contributions to the success of our trust.

In recent years the team has grown to become a major player in the Leeds owner-managed business sector. Their prevalence in the market place means that we frequently act against them in contentious matters and they have developed a reputation for fighting their clients’ corner without compromise. Given the structure of their team they are able to adapt to the size and complexity of any given matter with relative ease, combining a breadth of experience with technical excellence.

Glenn Hayes is the stand-out partner in the Leeds team and is one of the few lawyers I hear rated by fellow solicitors and mutual clients alike. He has built up a well-deserved reputation for being an expert in his field and a trusted adviser.

Key clients

Capita Group Plc

Persimmon Homes Plc

Begbies Traynor Plc

Headway Group (National Brain Injury Association)

D.A.S

ACAS

Brown Shipley

Nationwide Crash Repairs Centre

Leeds City College and White Rose Academies Trust

Ligentia Group Ltd

Services 4 Schools Ltd (S4S – Education)

Burnley Football Club

Bradford Grammar School (Education)

Hesketh Barlow Ltd

Kinderstons Limited

Hague Computer Services Ltd

The Cellar Trust

Audacia Consulting Limited

Praxis Management Limited

Orthoplastics Ltd

Language Empire Ltd

Technology Sourcing Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Capita before the Court of Appeal in a high-profile discrimination claim brought by a male employee citing sex discrimination for not receiving enhanced parental leave equal to that of maternity leave.
  • Advising on all employment law issues for Services 4 Schools, a company supporting over 200 schools across Yorkshire and the Midlands.
  • Advising a client in the gig economy space on the rapidly changing legal developments in this sector, including changes to IR35 legislation.

Knights plc

Knights plc has a focus on the contentious elements of employment law; the team, which is led by Ian Dawson, frequently defends employers in wrongful dismissal claims. Dawson also leverages his corporate knowledge to act in director and shareholder disputes involving restrictive covenant issues. Jim Wright has strong regulatory knowledge, which he utilises in National Minimum Wage, TUPE and casual workforce issues. The team has also seen an uptick in work for international clients.

Practice head(s):

Ian Dawson

Other key lawyers:

Jim Wright

Testimonials

There is a real personal feeling whenever we approach Knights, with an immediate availability.

Knights provide us with our employment advice and have done for some years. The lead partner is knowledgeable, reliable and engaging, and his team support him and us well. He understands our sector, our employees and our aims. Advice is measured, balanced and timely. No complaints!

The team of people at Knights have the right balance of utmost professionalism and experience matched with a caring and personal nature so that you fully understand and appreciate what needs to be done and the path that lies ahead.

Very professional at all times. All the people I have spoken with have been friendly and easy to talk to.

Key clients

Ghana International Bank PLC

Explorer (UK) Limited

Specialist People Services Group Limited

Milford Limited

Act Response Limited

Clipper Logistics PLC

Work highlights

  • Defended Ghana International Bank against an appeal to the dismissal of a £6m wrongful dismissal claim brought by an ex-employee.
  • Defended IT company Explorer UK against a constructive dismissal claim brought by a former director and shareholder.
  • Advising Specialist People Services on strategic HR issues including IR35 compliance, regulation in the employment business sector and agency worker regulation issues.

Lupton Fawcett

The regional footprint of Lupton Fawcett’s employment practice, which comprises partners in Leeds and York, makes it a key name for local clients as well as large-scale national corporates. Practice head Andrew Gilchrist advises on the full range of corporate, litigation and HR governance matters for clients in the construction, education, manufacturing and leisure sectors. Louise Connacher and Angela Gorton assist with the full range of discrimination issues, reorganisations, internal investigations and immigration matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Gilchrist

Other key lawyers:

Louise Connacher; Angela Gorton

Testimonials

In my eight years of using Lupton Fawcett, I have had nothing but a positive experience. Whenever I get referred to a different team or colleague whom I have not worked with before, they are completely up to speed with my company and are very responsive and helpful. Their fees are very reasonable too. All in all, an excellent experience at every level of the organisation.

Andrew Gilchrist is my go-to person for employment law. He always responds to my calls or emails same day, so I am never left in the lurch, and issues get dealt with very quickly and effectively. In the last 12 months, we have had several needs for advice and he always gives us the time we require to explain the law, the risk and the possible outcomes. His communication skills are superb and his plain speaking is very appreciated for non-legally-trained clients.

Key clients

Sweet Squared Limited

Calbee Ltd (and Seabrook Crisps Ltd)

Keycare Ltd

Hand Picked Hotels

PWS Distributors Limited

Work highlights

  • Defended hair and beauty company Sweet Squared in litigation involving claims of unfair dismissal and failure to inform and consult.
  • Advised Calbee Limited on the relocation and redundancies associated with the relocation of premises following the client’s acquisition of Seabrook Crisps.
  • Defended Hand Picked Hotels in a whistleblowing claim and unfair dismissal claim from a high-earning general manager at one of the client’s hotels.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s employment practice has a stand-alone client roster of regional SMEs and nationally significant corporates; many with a unionised employee base. Practice heads Phil Crowe and Paul Stokey (who also leads the national team) handle the full range of advisory issues, with expertise in large-scale training programme issues, worker status planning work, executive severance negotiations and TUPE arrangements. The group also acts in litigation before the Employment Tribunal including defending collective equal pay claims and claims pertaining to worker status in the gig economy.

Practice head(s):

Paul Stokey; Phil Crowe

Testimonials

Shoosmiths’ employment team in Leeds is “simply the best”. They’re responsive, available, and practical – both in the way they operate and advice they give. We would be lost with out them.

Extremely practical and pragmatic in their approach with a likeability factor. Good at considering all risk factors.

Phil Crowe is sensible, explains things clearly, and is brilliant at coming up with creative solutions.

Key clients

Boots PLC

BCA Marketplace Plc

Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc

Co-Operative Group

Wienerberger Limited

A1 Comms Limited

The Innovation Group

The IDH Group t/a MyDentist

The Altrad Group

Pavers Limited

Mansfield Building Society

British Wool Marketing Board

Hall Brown Limited

Ward Hadaway LLP

Ward Hadaway’s employment practice head Harmajinder Hayre is a key adviser to local and national clients on HR governance work, TUPE, restructurings, trade union negotiations, grievance policies and equal pay matters. Associate Flora Mewies also assists with business immigration matters, while Edward Nuttman and solicitor Andrew Craven defend clients in tribunal proceedings, with notable experience in self-employed worker status disputes. Sector strengths include the healthcare, transport and public sectors.

Practice head(s):

Harmajinder Hayre

Testimonials

‘The team understand our business very well. They react swiftly to our requirements which are often urgent.’

‘Harmajinder Hayre. He has a thorough knowledge of our company and is always available even at no, or short, notice. He always gives a choice of options and advises which is best for us.’

‘Accessible and responsive’

‘Harmjinder Hayre and Flora Mewies provided good service’

Key clients

RATP London

FirstGroup

Hisense

City of Bradford Metropolitan Council

Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council

StageCoach NorthEast

MMCG/Countrywide Care Homes

Keepmoat Limited

American Essentials UK Limited / Fourteen Eighty Five UK

Grosvenor Integrated Services Limited

Help-Link UK Limited

Nisa Retail Group

C&C Insurance Limited

Work highlights

  • Defended public transport operator RATP in two Employment Tribunal claims concerning unlawful detriment and discrimination.
  • Successfully defended Helplink UK in a dispute relating to the employment rights of self-employed contractors.
  • Assisting Arms’ Length Management Organisation (a Yorkshire-based local authority) with a range of HR issues including grievance appeals, disciplinary procedures and Employment Tribunal disputes.

Gordons LLP

Key names at Gordons LLP’s employment practice include Mary Walker and practice head Philip Paget, who together provide contentious and non-contentious advice to retail, manufacturing, IT, professional services and education clients.

Langleys Solicitors LLP

Mini Setty heads up Langleys Solicitors LLP’s employment practice and focuses on complex disputes before the Employment Tribunal and upper courts, including landmark cases concerning the calculation of holiday pay. Setty has extensive knowledge of equality and discrimination law, and regularly works with HR teams to devise training programmes. Additional fields of expertise for the team include complex staff restructurings, TUPE issues, HR governance work and business immigration mandates.

Practice head(s):

Mini Setty

Testimonials

Mini Setty provides excellent employment law advice to our business. She is highly knowledgeable, pragmatic and clear in her communication. Always commercially minded which means we get appropriate advice to strengthen our business. Consistent in the advice given and who we deal with which means we have a great rapport & can get straight to an appropriate solution for the business.

Mini Setty has on several occasions been readily available at the drop of a hat and her advice is always professional, discrete, consistent and confidently supported in case law. She is always up to date with recent legal changes which helps support our business when dealing with HR issues.

Key clients

Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limited

The Chapter of York (governing body of York Minster)

Gear4Music Limited

ACM Global Central Laboratory Limited

York Vision Plus Limited (franchise of Specsavers)

Great Rail Journeys Limited

Agilisys Limited

Simpson (York) Limited

William Birch and Sons Limited

Askham Bryan College

Work highlights

  • Advised IT company Agilisys on a contended TUPE transfer of an employee who the client believed should remain with the incumbent employer or transfer to the local authority.
  • Advised construction company William Birch and Sons on the content and implementation of its substance misuse policy.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has steadily grown its practice under the leadership of Stuart Craig, who is noted for representing employers in high-profile discrimination claims before the Employment Tribunal and upper courts. The team is particularly active in the healthcare sector, with Craig and principle associate Rebecca Pallot advising a large roster of NHS bodies on senior employee exits, disciplinary issues and performance procedures.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Craig

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Pallot

Testimonials

‘Outstanding expertise in employment issues arising in health sector and education sectors in particular.’

‘The standout employment practice in Leeds.’

‘Stuart Craig is a towering figure in his field. Huge experience, legal insight and pragmatism.’

‘They are an impressive team of hardworking, intelligent and robust lawyers with an ever expanding client list. They offer a superb client focused service.’

‘Rebecca Pallot is bright and sharp, possesses sound judgment and is incredibly thorough.’

Key clients

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

HM Land Registry

Health Education England

Encon Insulation Limited

Rema Tip Top Automotive UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust with its internal investigations and disciplinary procedures in the context of simultaneous criminal and regulatory investigations by the police and the General Medical Council.

Raworths

Based in Harrogate, Raworths’ employment practice head Deborah Boylan provides the firm's client base of owner-managed businesses with the full breadth of contentious and non-contentious advice ranging from HR governance issues and transactional TUPE support to Employment Tribunal claims. Other recent highlights include Boylan and senior associate Sally Togher advising employers on grievance policies and acting for senior executives of publicly listed companies on high-value exit negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Boylan

Other key lawyers:

Sally Togher

Testimonials

Approachable. Friendly. Quickly accessible.

Raworth LLP Solicitors are outstanding. We have consulted with Raworths for over three years now and we know our company is in the best possible hands. Their responsiveness and the way they conduct business is excellent and greatly appreciated. They are professional and confident and have consistently demonstrated dedication and commitment in providing a reliable and excellent service. We feel their robust team, excellent communication and approachability sets them aside from any other firm. Raworths have undoubtedly lived up to our expectations. We would certainly recommend them. We look forward to doing business with them for years to come.

This is the first time I have ever had legal advice/support in a matter relating to an employment issue, but in general terms where I have had to deal with other practices and solictors it is fair to say that this has been one of the best experiences I have had. From the moment you walked into the building to when you left, to the emails and telephone conversations had, everything was very positive. So a verdict on the team as a whole – Excellent.

The go-to employment team for Harrogate and a wider area with an ability to communicate straightforward pragmatic advice in complex situations and, by interaction with the other teams in the firm, covering all disciplines.

Deborah Boylan is my main point of contact who always points me in the right direction if we need specific advice, whilst giving us professional advice on her areas of speciality. Being a small company, everyone knows everyone, which is a big advantage over their larger competitors. Calm and professional and always on the end of the phone – nothing is too much, or too little, which again sets them apart from their competitors.

Deborah Boylan leads a closely knit team. They all have the ability to communicate relevant solutions and demonstrate a breadth of experience of commercial situations. They are confident in their abilities and leave clients feeling similarly confident of the way forward.

Key clients

Celli Group (UK) Limited or Celli S.p.A

Linley & Simpson Limited

Higgidy Limited and its majority shareholders

Haywood & Co Chartered Accountants

CD (UK) Limited

Carter Towler Limited

GSM Group Limited

J.S. Miller Distribution Limited

Lindam Limited

Work highlights

  • Provided employment advice to Celli Group on its acquisition of MF Refrigeration.
  • Handled the TUPE for property company Linley & Simpson’s numerous acquisitions including the entire issued share capital of City Living.
  • Provided employment due diligence to catering company Higgidy for a multimillion-pound investment made by Samworth Brothers into the company.

Torque Law LLP

York-based employment boutique Torque Law LLP is led by the highly rated duo of Emma Whiting and Tiggy Clifford. Clients range from senior executives to regional food and drink and financial services companies; they instruct the team on strategic board issues and senior exits, and act in unfair dismissal litigation, discrimination claims and internal disciplinary proceedings. Previously at Knights plc, consultant solicitor Tom Watkins enhances the team’s presence in the education sector.

Practice head(s):

Emma Whiting

Other key lawyers:

Tiggy Clifford; Tom Watkins

Testimonials

Tiggy Clifford and Emma Whiting are specialist and personable lawyers who have built a bespoke brand to cater to ever increasing demand for employment law advice. They are straight talking and experts in their field.

Torque has an exceptional strength when it comes to employment law.

Emma Whiting is an excellent solicitor, she understands the law and has a wider understanding of tactical considerations. She is friendly and works tirelessly for her clients.

Excellent niche firm of specialist employment lawyers who deliver high-quality advice of a large national firm quality, but at fantastic cost and with an outstanding service. The advice is very commercial and they build good rapport with the HR and legal teams.

Tiggy Clifford and Emma Whiting are leading the way in the boutique market with Torque Law. Their boutique brand separates them from the other local firms and makes them a good proposition for businesses and individuals alike.’

We work with Tiggy Clifford who is excellent and has built great relationships with key stakeholders. She gives clear advice and thinks very creatively in complex situations. Tiggy has achieved some excellent settlements for us with a mix of commerciality and pragmatism. Working with her is like working with a member of the in-house legal team – I and the business have absolute confidence in her advice and approach.

Emma Whiting is stellar. She is commercial, strategic, and knows the law inside out. Her perspective is hugely valuable to us.

Key clients

Autohorn Fleet Services Limited

Belmont Green Finance Limited

British American Tobacco plc

CamVac Limited

Eight Fifty Food Group

Ellis Patents Limited

Mereo BioPharma Group plc

RWE Generation UK plc

Sirius Minerals Plc

Stage One Creative Services Limited

Stuart Rivers Associates

Washington Inventory Service Limited

York College

York Theatre Royal

Yorwaste Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Belmont Green Finance in a whistleblowing claim.
  • Appointed as sole employment advisers to the panel of Eight Fifty Food Group. Advising on strategic employment matters and tactical defence of Employment Tribunal claims.
  • Successfully defended two tribunal claims (one struck out and one withdrawn) for British American Tobacco.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Managing associate Ed Duffield heads up Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s employment practice with a focus on contentious matters, acting before the Employment Tribunal in unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing claims. The team also advises on senior employee exits and restructurings with a strong focus on the charity and education sectors; other clients stem from the manufacturing, chemicals and transport industries. Andrew Tingley is developing the firm’s corporate immigration practice with support from associate Alan Kennedy.

Practice head(s):

Ed Duffield

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Tingley; Alan Kennedy

Testimonials

All of the people we have dealt with in the Employment team have been professional, helpful, pleasant and easy to speak to. They offer clear, concise advice and discuss the levels of risk involved depending upon actions taken. Ed Duffield is our main contact and we have developed an excellent relationship with him over the last five years.

Ed Duffield is clear and concise and provides advice to protect the organisation and minimise risk to the organisation. Ed has a great sense of humour and is always engaging in our conversations either by phone, email or face to face. Ed provides excellent letters where required. Ed has got to know us as an organisation and understands our needs and his advice is given in this context.

Key clients

Dnata Limited

Sky Betting & Gaming

Ordnance Survey

Cello Health Group plc

Stevenswood Group

OnX Enterprise Solutions

Sanderson Weatherall

Huntsman/Venator

Ampleforth College

Vertellus Specialties UK

Saint Catherine’s Hospice

Work highlights

  • Assisted Dnata Limited (a company operating cargo and ground-handling services at international airports) with pay negotiations and subsequent industrial relations issues.
  • Retained by chemicals manufacturer Vertellus Specialties to advise on various employment issues including dismissals of senior employees.
  • Assisting Huntsman Polyurethanes UK with numerous employment issues including negotiating settlement agreements with senior executives, advising on performance management issues and a restructuring, which impacted on contractual terms and conditions.

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP's employment team focuses on the charity sector; clients include faith schools, academies, student unions and integrated care and disability services. Practice head Chris Billington and Sue King handle contentious and non-contentious work including sensitive senior exits, HR governance issues, TUPE, employee restructurings, grievance procedures and Employment Tribunal claims. The team also acts for rural employers, landed estates and family-owned businesses.

Practice head(s):

Chris Billington

Other key lawyers:

Sue King

Work highlights

  • Defending an advisory services charity against a disability discrimination claim brought by an unrepresented claimant.

Berwins

Berwins provides employment advice to SMEs and owner-managed businesses, and regularly works in conjunction with the corporate department on M&A due diligence matters, TUPE and restructuring work. Harrogate-based practice head Mike Patterson assists HR teams with senior hires and exits, policy reviews, bonus schemes and misconduct proceedings. Patterson also represents clients in unfair dismissal claims and recently acted for a company in the IT sector; the practice also assists clients in the finance, hospitality and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mike Patterson

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Mawdsley

Testimonials

A highly professional and friendly team, always responsive and informative on case-related matters with clear explanations.

Excellent on employment law.

Andrew Mawdsley and Mike Patterson handled a complex and lengthy legal matter concerning my shareholding, directorship and employment. Both were very understanding and compassionate on the emotional highs and lows experienced throughout the case and always went the extra mile to assist me.

Key clients

Black Sheep Brewery Plc

Belzona Polymerics Limited

Welcome to Yorkshire

Chameleon Technology (UK) Limited

Twentysix

Harrogate BID

Kingfisher Windows

Stagebox

Prodigi Group Limited

Neo G

Work highlights

  • Advised Prodigi Group on the risks and liabilities under TUPE of its merger with a subsidiary of Canon.
  • Engaged by Chameleon Technology to review and update certain policies and procedures, notably equal opportunity and diversity policy and bonus schemes.
  • Drafted and negotiated contracts of employment for Scaled Insights’ employee and service agreements for the company directors and new CEO.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP’s employment, pensions and immigration practice recently expanded its Leeds presence with the addition of senior associate Tim Gooder, who adds extensive expertise in Employment Tribunal litigation including discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Key clients stem from the public sector, notably local governments and NHS Trusts.

Practice head(s):

Jodie Sinclair

Other key lawyers:

Tim Gooder

Testimonials

‘Always on hand to provide pragmatic and considered advice.’

‘Individuals are personable and friendly as well as professional and responsive.’

 

Key clients

Scarborough Borough Council

The Huntercombe Group

Broadacres Housing Association

Together Housing

Derby City Council

Hillingdon Borough Council

Pizzalits Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Broadacres Housing Association with the TUPE transfer of employees to another housing association.
  • Advised two Italian investors on setting up a chain of high-end Italian takeaway restaurants.

Consilia Legal

At Consilia Legal, advisory work handled by the employment practice include corporate transactions, senior exits and restructuring projects for local and national employers. Practice head Marie Walsh has expertise in workplace mediations and regularly represents clients in Employment Tribunal disputes including discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.

Practice head(s):

Marie Walsh

LCF Law

LCF Law’s employment practice focuses on the healthcare sector, with a client base of GPs, dentists, care homes and other SMEs. Practice head Liz Henry specialises in handling senior and director exits, while associate James Austin focuses on representing clients before the Employment Tribunal in discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.

Practice head(s):

Liz Henry

Other key lawyers:

James Austin

Ramsdens Solicitors LLP

The Huddersfield-based employment practice at Ramsdens Solicitors LLP is headed up by David Bradley, who has expertise in trade union disputes, executive remuneration issues and executive restructuring negotiations. Senior associate Gareth Dando has experience in representing senior executives in unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. The team is also well equipped to handle dismissals and exit package negotiations for senior executives and employers.

Practice head(s):

David Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Dando

Testimonials

The practice know their customers well. They are highly responsive to customer needs.

Have all the facilities and experience of a large corporate practice but feels like a family-run business. Always accessible, nothing is too much trouble and no question is ever stupid. Most importantly we get excellent advice and we trust their judgement.

I am provided with down-to-earth, practical solutions to my HR issues I am offered a no nonsense approach.

The practice’s ability to seamlessly engage team members cross-functionally is a great advantage. It becomes more about my case rather than dealing with parts of my case with various individuals in their specialist areas. As always, the practice delivers a very personalised and tailored service at very competitive rates and is able to anticipate my needs through knowledge of our business and its individuals.

Gareth Dando is a highly personable, easy-to-talk-to, regular, straightforward, down-to-earth person.

Gareth Dando provides a personalised HR advisory service and is both patient and understanding of some of our organisation’s sensitive matters that he is exposed to.

Key clients

Verizon UK Limited

Innovative Bites Group

Smart Pensions Limited

C&K Careers Limited

Xiros Limited

Greenhead College

Manzana Contracts (UK) Limited

Eric’s Restaurant Limited

Northern Belle  Limited

Omnia Property Group

The Ark Experience Limited

Work highlights

  • Engaged by Verizon UK to handle arbitration proceedings under the European Works Council Agreement related to alleged failures by the company to provide adequate information relating to transnational projects and restructurings.

Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney has a key contentious employment offering under practice head Simon Shepherd; the team handles discrimination, unfair dismissal and trade union disputes. Education is a sector of focus; clients include schools, academies and other higher education bodies. The group also provides advice on HR governance issues, training matters, grievance policies and senior exits.

Practice head(s):

Simon Shepherd

Testimonials

The team are knowledgeable and consistent in their advice.

Very knowledgeable staff, quick response times, very commercially aware.

We principally work with Simon Shepherd who has a very down-to-earth, friendly, non-patronising and helpful approach. His advice and levels of service are always excellent, so I can recommend him highly.

Key clients

Horton Housing Association

Ashville College

Carlton Bolling College

Wakefield & District Housing

Woodhouse Grove School

Greenhous Group Limited

JD Sports Fashion

Sanderson Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Represented JD Sports Fashion in claims of unfair dismissal, race discrimination and pregnancy discrimination.

Stone King LLP

Stone King LLP’s employment practice has niche expertise in the education and charity sectors. Key contact Polly O’Malley advises an extensive list of multi-academy trusts on strategic HR governance issues, crisis management work, senior exits, TUPE, equality training and trade union negotiations. The team is also acting in several Employment Tribunal disputes including whistleblowing, discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.

Practice head(s):

Peter Woodhouse

Other key lawyers:

Polly O’Malley

Weightmans

Ben Daniel leads Weightmans’ employment practice with an emphasis on Employment Tribunal advocacy for a mix of private and public sector employers. Daniel is also recognised for handling industrial relations disputes in unionised sectors, particularly the transport industry. The team also has the capacity to handle TUPE issues, senior reorganisations and risk-management projects.

Practice head(s):

Ben Daniel

Key clients

FirstGroup Plc (UK Bus and Rail)

National Express Group Plc (UK Bus and Coach)

Hoyer Group

Abellio Transport Holdings Ltd

Brit European Transport

Turners (Soham)

Cafcass

Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Leeds City Council

Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Blaby District Council

Real Life Options

Haydock Commercial Vehicles

Phoenix Futures

Northside Truck & Van

Samsonite (UK)

Nucleus Group

Yorkshire Energy Services

East Riding Fertility Services

Ireland Wood & Horsforth Medical Practice

Ficep UK

Lawcris Panel Products

Naylor’s Timber Recovery

Work highlights

  • Acted for a national haulage company in a class action involving 40 claims of holiday pay, whistleblowing and constructive dismissal.
  • Advised a national public transport provider on the TUPE implications of the transfer of bus services at an international airport.
  • Defended a public body facing wide-ranging claims of race discrimination.