Firms To Watch: Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Lewis Silkin is continuing to build out its national platform, following up its Manchester launch with an office in Leeds led by former Knights plc partner James Keogh.

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire in Yorkshire And The Humber

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard maintains an eminent market position through a combination of deep sector expertise, particularly in the consumer retail arena, and capabilities covering the full span of core employment work. The ‘exceptional’ Shakeel Dad, who counts high-profile players in the consumer and retail sectors among his key roster of clients, jointly leads the team alongside Rebecca Kitson, who has experience in the energy, financial services, and retail sectors, and is praised for her ‘customer-focused, practical and ‘real world’ advice’. Legal director Gerri Elliott is another key contact in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Shakeel Dad; Rebecca Kitson

Other key lawyers:

Gerri Elliott


The key strength of the team is the leadership: Shakeel Dad is an exceptional partner who I have worked with for many years. The strength and depth of the team in terms of expertise is also excellent. Over the last year we have needed support on a variety of matters from immigration through to TUPE and complex ER cases, and the standard of service is always second-to-none.’

Shakeel Dad is a pragmatic lawyer and he is able to distil down information very easily and in an understandable and logical way.’

The team at Addleshaw Goddard give us legal support that we are able to apply on a practical level. They are approachable and have been very quick to understand our business and culture. When required, we have been able to reach out to their colleagues on other matters such as tax, immigration, and investigations.’

Very responsive. We get pragmatic, robust and not risk averse advice. Transparent and communicative on fees.’

The people in the practice are professional and knowledgeable in their field. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome and will work with you to come up with viable solutions and share best practice that we can use more than once. They make it a priority to understand our business, so they can relate to the challenges.’

Rebecca Kitson is an expert in employment law and also understands our business. She offers excellent advice which is easy to understand. Rebecca is a true business partner and a pleasure to work with.’

Rebecca Kitson is the partner responsible for the employment law team, and she ensures that they provide a customer-focused, practical and ‘real world’ advice on employment-related issues.’

‘Rebecca Kitson is a very knowledgeable and pragmatic employment lawyer. Her approach is always to look for a swift solution, and she makes matters easy to deal with, rather than seeking to score points unnecessarily.

Key clients

Kraft Heinz

Euro Garages




Network Rail

British Business Bank



British Airways

Government Legal Department


Vision Express

Safestyle Plc



Miller Homes




Work highlights

  • Advising ASDA and Boohoo, among others, on remote working issues and the legal and practical implications of international working arrangements.
  • Advising a financial institution on a highly confidential whistleblowing investigation.
  • Advising one of the country’s largest food and drinks retailers on injunction proceedings in the High Court.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has broad capabilities across advisory, litigation, restructuring, and outsourcing work, with a strong offering in employment mandates involving a cross-border element and in issues surrounding the gig economy. Leveraging its international resources, the firm acts as a one-stop shop for clients with complex employment matters with a global dimension. Jane Hannon oversees the work of the Leeds team, in addition to acting as the firm’s national head of employment, advising on the full range of employment matters with particular experience working on complex international projects. Chris Baker is also noted for the global reach of his practice, with experience managing complex employment disputes and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Jane Hannon

Other key lawyers:

Chris Baker


‘The team at DLA Piper are outstanding. They handle an enormous workload with ease and have extremely impressive attention to detail.’

‘Jane Hannon is calm, responsive and collaborative. Jane leads an extremely complex litigation and settlement work-stream of significant importance to UK businesses, whilst also connecting us with her team outside of the UK on related matters.’

Key clients


The Official Receiver

Morphe Cosmetics

Anglo American

Persimmon Homes PLC


Howden Joinery Group

Stanley Black & Decker

Dentsu Aegis


LSL Property Services PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Uber on all aspects of engaging drivers in its Rides business with worker status, including holiday pay, minimum wage, and pension rights.
  • Defending approximately 1,000 claims for a protective award arising from redundancies due to the collapse of Carillion in 2018.
  • Advising One Trust on a global workforce restructuring project.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP attracts a range of high-profile clients through the combination of its ‘commercial and practical understanding’ of employment law matters and the firm's international footprint. Industrial relations, board-level exits, and tribunal work are particular strengths of the practice, as is the education sector, which is managed by its own separate team. Operating out of Leeds, practice head Paul Cotton specialises in the employment aspects of M&A transactions, particularly TUPE matters, reorganisations, and redundancies, while Chris Mordue remains eminent nationally in the higher education space, with recent activity in industrial action mandates. Other lawyers of note include Simon Rice-Birchall and his work around minimum wage compliance; Lousie Lightfoot, whose strengths are in immigration and multi-jurisdictional projects; and Ben Wood, who specialises in the education sector.

Practice head(s):

Paul Cotton

Other key lawyers:

Chris Mordue; Simon Rice-Birchall; Louise Lightfoot; Ben Wood


Paul Cotton is my go-to counsel when I need an attorney in the UK, EU, or Asia.’

The Eversheds Sutherland Employment team at Leeds standout as a practice which puts the client firmly at the heart of what they do. They have a really stable, experienced team who make it their business to get to know their client’s particular circumstances and needs so any advice is always given in context.’

The professionalism of the the entire Eversheds Sutherland employment team means that whoever my team engages with, they can be sure of excellent service and advice. Specifically, I have worked closely with Simon Rice-Birchall over many years and his knowledge, experience, and commerciality make him a stand-out performer.’

‘Louise Lightfoot is the main point of contact in my current organisation and her breadth of knowledge and experience as well as her depth of understanding of our business means she can always be relied upon to provide sound, commercial and pragmatic advice.

Their uniqueness comes down to a commercial and practical understanding of our business. Not just advising on the law but also strategy and how to navigate situations with a best for business outcome.’

There is an understanding that our business is far from 9-5 and a clear willingness to act as though they are one of our own employees and see difficult matters through to a conclusion no matter the commitment required.’

The team has a valuable and friendly approach towards the client and proves willing and available to listen to the client’s needs and expectations in order to try to support them. The ease with which they can be reached is valuable.’

In general terms, the ease with which they can be reached and the team’s positive attitude towards the client and its needs are above standard.

Key clients

Virgin Atlantic

Lloyds Bank

University of Leicester

Assura PLC

Hallmark Cards

University of Nottingham

Network Rail

University of Reading


Skipton Building Society

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs acts on a number of novel mandates and is noted for its ‘pragmatic‘ and ‘commercial‘ advice by ‘personable' lawyers for clients across the technology, finance, healthcare, retail, and manufacturing industries. Industrial relations, pay-related issues, and executive-level departures are areas of particular activity for the team, though it possesses broader capabilities relating to Employment Tribunal disputes, restructurings, and redundancies. Matthew Lewis chairs the practice from Leeds, leading on the firm’s strong offering in industrial relations and business-critical corporate change projects. Andrew Stones works with a number of major FTSE clients in relation to their most sensitive projects.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Stones


Excellent and pragmatic employment advice. Personable lawyers who understand their clients businesses and those they interact with.

Matthew Lewis is an excellent employment lawyer. He is pragmatic, knowledgeable and prepared to give a commercial view. He understands the uniqueness of our business and the sector.

Always felt that they are an extension of our in-house legal and HR teams. Genuinely care about our business and able to deliver pragmatic but also technical advice on tap.’

Particular mention is given to Andrew Stones who just understands his clients’ businesses. He is always available at short notice to provide no-nonsense advice in a time sensitive manner that is balanced and fair. He is extremely approachable and easily navigates his way through complex and challenging scenarios.

A knowledgeable team who provide practical advice and guidance. They work with you to find solutions and support you with options.

Key clients



Burton’s Biscuits

Compass Group plc


Gate Gourmet

Greggs plc



Pets at Home plc

Pret a Manger




University of Law

Whittard of Chelsea

Zenith Vehicle Contracts

Work highlights

  • Advising Tesco on the equal pay claims being brought by store colleagues claiming the right to equal pay with colleagues in Distribution Centres.
  • Acting for FMCG businesses in applications for union representation.
  • Acting for one of the world’s largest healthcare companies on an Employment Tribunal claim brought by a former employee alleging unfair dismissal and multiple counts of discrimination.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP is notable for both the range of sectors in which it advises clients and its comprehensive capabilities across those sectors. Andrew Rayment sits at the helm of the department and frequently advises on the employment elements of transactions, technology-related matters, and logistic mandates, as well as handling worker status in multiple industries. The team consists of a number of senior directors with wide-ranging expertise: Lucy Gordon boasts an established practice assisting international clients setting up in the UK; Charlotte Smith leads the sports work, acting for a number of major football clubs; Shabana Muneer heads up work relating to business immigration; and Lorna Hopps handles high-value transactional mandates.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rayment

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Gordon; Charlotte Smith; Shabana Muneer; Lorna Hopps


They offer a very good mix of making us know we are a valued client and also having a breadth of services on offer. It has been refreshing to work with the team who always look to be innovative in their approach and champion diversity across their team and the industry.’

We absolutely adore working with Lucy Gordon. To sum it up simply, she gets us. She really understands what makes us tick as a business and has a great rapport with many of our employees. We really like the way Lucy applies the relevant employment law but with a very commercial interpretation alongside.’

The employment team have a wide range of skills and experience in all areas of employment disputes and an enviable client base. The cases are always very thoroughly investigated at an early stage to keep costs in check. The team ensure that all paperwork is immaculately presented and user friendly.’

We appreciate the firm for its diversity, quality of work, and speedy responses.

Charlotte Smith is high-quality and knowledgeable, providing advice that is well thought out, confident, and speedy.

‘It’s the team’s approach to dealing with complex employment-related issues that stands out: the relationship is very collaborative, the team adapt their style to the culture of the organisation they are advising, and in some ways we go through the highs and lows together. The more junior members of the team join our calls to get exposure to the conversations, which is a great way of building rapport and learning our business.’

‘Charlotte Smith has a wealth of knowledge in complex employment law and has a unique ability to present the guidance so that it’s easily understandable. Charlotte always asks what we are looking for as an outcome and presents us with options.’

‘The team is very responsive, pragmatic, and outcome focused, and takes its time to understand our business and business challenges.’

Key clients

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Burnley Football Club

Hallmark Cards Plc


Chipotle Mexican Grill

Menzies Distribution Group

British Steel


Watford Football Club


Work highlights

  • Advising Hovis on diversity initiatives, recruitment, and disputes, including industrial action and union negotiation.
  • Advising British Steel on a significant strike which affected their operations and the impact on the workforce following the proposed closure of a blast furnace.
  • Advised Watford FC on the appointment of head coach, Slaven Bilić, successfully obtaining an FA governing body endorsement for him.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has market-leading sector expertise in the insurance and healthcare spaces, and a broader offering that also encompasses a range of major corporate clients. Operating out of Leeds, employment litigation is a particular strength of the firm, handling a number of complex, sensitive, and high-profile mandates before the Employment Tribunal and appellate courts. The team also has a proven track record in significant restructurings and broader advisory work. Practice head Louise Bloomfield leads on the team’s insurer work with broad expertise across restructurings, TUPE, industrial relations, and restrictive covenants, while James Rhodes focusses on the team’s healthcare work. Associate Tim Gooder is noted for his restructuring work with the NHS.

Practice head(s):

Louise Bloomfield

Other key lawyers:

James Rhodes; Tim Gooder; Suki Attwal; Zoe Thomas; Andrew Tomlinson


Leaders in the use of technology and set the pace when it comes to hybrid working. The team is very knowledgeable, especially with regard to industrial disputes and NHS employment matters.’

Louise Bloomfield is a leader in her field and one of the most respected employment lawyers in the Leeds area.’

Responsive, contactable and taking a practical approach to advice in handling complex issues and people. Ability to adapt their approach where appropriate, thinking of both service and people needs.’

Key clients

NHS England

McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd


Royal Mail

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT


HSS Hire

Zurich Insurance



Work highlights

  • Advising Sainsbury’s on large-scale equal pay litigation, dealing with over 9,000 claims drawing a comparison between retail and distribution staff.
  • Advising a well known PLC on the intra-group transfer of 1000s of employees in the UK and Ireland to a newco following a lengthy TUPE consultation process.
  • Acting for employers in mass litigation brought by more than 120 care workers who were dismissed for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's Leeds-based employment team leverages the national resources of the firm to provide teams of sector-specialists across a range of industries, in addition to drawing upon the capabilities of other adjacent practices, such as data protection and immigration, to offer a depth of service. Jon Fisher heads the local team while also coordinating the national work for major retail clients and employment mandates related to financial services. Also of note in the Leeds office are senior associates Joe McMorrow, the firm’s global head for sports employment with an increasing focus on tech; Kate Dodsworth, who is responsible for higher education work; and Ben Brown, who is developing a specialism in the life sciences arena.

Practice head(s):

Jon Fisher; Helen Corden

Other key lawyers:

Joe McMorrow; Kate Dodsworth; Ben Brown


The team have several strengths that I have seen since I have been working with them: they are quick to respond, proactive, reactive and pragmatic. They will always work with you to find a solution that is right for your business, and put some great recommendations forward.’

They differ from competitors in that they are solutions oriented, quick to respond, and pragmatic. I always feel like they go above and beyond with their approach, and are happy to accept challenge and come to the right solution for the business. Ben Brown is who we deal with on a day-to-day basis, and I would highly recommend him.’

Always responsive, and able to deal with enquiries straight away. We have a long standing relationship and feel that they very much understand our business and our culture which is important in how we manage employee relation issues. I typically work with Jon Fisher at Leeds, and he is very much considered a trusted advisor.’

Key clients

Centrica plc

British Gas

RSA Insurance plc

Royal London


Liverpool FC

Marshalls plc

NHS Property Services

International Personal Finance plc

Leeds Beckett University

University of Lincoln

University of Sheffield

Work highlights

  • Supporting Tesco with all of its UK Employment Tribunal litigation.
  • Advised Northside Investments on their bid to acquire Chelsea FC.
  • Defending a leading technology company from a claim by its former CEO which could result in the highest award made by a UK Employment Tribunal.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP focusses on providing wide-ranging advisory services for clients, working closely with major companies to improve their everyday employment-related practices, while also being noted for proven capabilities in high-profile Employment Tribunal litigation, restructuring mandates, and sensitive executive-level departures. Phil Crowe heads the Leeds-based practice, with a specialism in defence of worker status and gig economy claims, and a track record in strike action and union recognition cases. He works alongside the national employment team head Paul Stokey, also based in Leeds, who is able to leverage the broader resources of the firm to advise clients with a nationwide reach.

Practice head(s):

Paul Stokey; Phil Crowe


‘The Shoosmiths employment team are excellent and offer great client care. I have a very high volume of litigation with them, and they provide a very high-end service.’

‘They are always very efficient and work really well with our employees, many of whom have not been involved in litigation previously.’

‘Shoosmiths have either won or helped us efficiently settle every litigation matter that they were instructed on in the last year.’

Key clients

Boots PLC

Alliance Healthcare Management Services Limited

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC

The Constellation Automotive Group

We Buy Any Car Limited

Cinch Cars Limited

Marshalls Motor Group

Vaultex UK Limited

Next PLC

A1 Comms Limited

Meadow Foods Limited

The IDH Group

Work highlights

  • Advising BCA Logistics on an on-going defence of a 500+ Claimant Employment Tribunal class action by employed trade plate drivers claiming worker status.
  • Advised Capfun UK on its share acquisition of ClawfordLakes, Lakeview Manor, and Otter Falls holiday parks.
  • Acting for the Alliance Healthcare Management Services Limited on all of the Employment Tribunal claims and general advice queries.

Blacks Solicitors LLP

Besides its broad capabilities across the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, Blacks Solicitors LLP provides a niche offering in advising clients on actions against the police and the Ministry of Defence, and on behalf of GP surgeries, dentists, sports professionals, and recruitment businesses. Paul Kelly co-heads the team, handling matters involving redundancy, disciplinary matters, and grievance procedures, alongside co-head Tom Moyes, who specialises in the national minimum wage and work for agency workers. Chris Allen, who also works as part of the sports team, assists in senior departures and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paul Kelly; Tom Moyes

Other key lawyers:

Chris Allen; David Ward


The team at Black’s always make you feel welcome and answer any queries, quickly making you feel at ease.’

David Ward is who I have worked with on a number of occasions. His knowledge of employment law is impeccable and he has always given me sound advice that has benefited the decisions I have then made. He knows when to move on a case and always explains the risks if any are involved. I have recommended David to family and friends who needed advice previously, as I fully trust his ability and expertise when dealing with employment law.’

Very easy to deal with. Open and timely communication.’

As soon as I met Partner David Ward, I knew I was in good hands. He immediately assessed my situation and quickly proposed his solution as to how we could ensure a successful outcome. Throughout the negotiations he kept me fully in the loop and instilled the utmost confidence that he would achieve our desired result.

I have instructed David Ward and his excellent team many times for my legal needs and all times Blacks Solicitors have not only been successful in terms of winning and settling my cases, but the level of care and compassion towards me and extra support to help me have been above and beyond.’

Down-to-earth and do not use legal jargon.’

The main difference to other law firms I have dealt with is Blacks ability to go the extra mile. They were there not only to offer legal advice, but also to support me mentally whilst going through a very challenging legal battle that lasted over five years.

David Ward was excellent in his advice and outstanding in his availability and general demeanour. He has stuck with me throughout the last five years and words alone really cannot sum up just how amazing he has been.’

Key clients

Really Useful Products Limited

EMS-FP&S Truck & Trailer Parts

Augean PLC

BigChange Limited

Southern Wind Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Timothy Lumb on a successful claim for whistleblowing against Greater Manchester Police before the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal.
  • Advised Kandice Farrow on a successful employment tribunal claim for disability discrimination against a firm of solicitors.
  • Advising Eville & Jones Group on its acquisition of Vorenta Group.

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP specialises in advising public sector clients on the full range of employment mandates, working across the healthcare, social care, emergency services, housing, and charities sectors. The firm has been particularly active in relation to various NHS Trusts, advising locally and nationally on a number of critical contentious and non-contentious matters. Co-head Rachael Heenan shares the public sector focus of the wider practice, regularly assisting health and social care clients on employment and governance issues. Heenan works alongside co-lead Alistair Kernohan, who advises clients across a range of sectors, including healthcare, the emergency services and police, local authorities, and charities.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Heenan; Alistair Kernohan


‘Very experienced and down-to-earth. They really understand healthcare and the challenges that brings. They think strategically in employment relations cases and can explain complex legal arguments in simple terms.’

‘Friendly and approachable. Rachael Heenan and Alistair Kernohan have provided excellent support to me on employment relations cases. Rachael gained the trust of my CEO in a particularly difficult case which made the process much easier.’

Worked with the team on a long-running case and the particular standout was their adaptability in light of feedback and the amount of time they dedicated to ensure we were kept properly (and promptly) informed throughout the case.

‘Rachael Heenan is responsive and a reflective listener.’

‘Responsive and well informed regarding the nature of the healthcare sector, and they provide pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS South West London ICB

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

The Chief Constable of Humberside Police

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Supported Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust to enable the deployment of staff across the Integrated Care System, ‘Joined Up Care Derbyshire’.
  • Advising an NHS Trust on mitigating the potential risk to patients following the short-notice stepping down of clinical activity of a local Children’s Hospice.
  • Supported a police force in defending a multi-respondent claim for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and age, harassment, victimisation, flexible working, and unfair dismissal.


Clarion provides a range of employment services, with capabilities across litigation, business immigration, and strategy. It is particularly noted for the strength of the training that it provides to its clients. Sarah Tahamtani heads the team and is highly experienced in advising the boards and management of international corporate clients. He is supported by Chris Booth, whose particular expertise is in board-level departures. Below partner level, Deborah Warren has experience in restructuring and redundancies; Joanna Dodd is active in litigation and strategy; and Suzanne Treen has an established track record in discrimination and whistleblowing claims.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Tahamtani

Other key lawyers:

Chris Booth; Deborah Warren; Joanna Dodd; Suzanne Treen


‘The employment team are a pleasure to instruct. They take the time to understand clients’ businesses and tailor their advice to meet client needs.’

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has impressive capabilities across both advisory work and in defending Employment Tribunal cases, possessing specialist knowledge of the education, financial services, manufacturing, retail and consumer, technology, and private wealth sectors. The practice has also grown with the promotion of Padma Tadi-Booth to partner in May 2022, and she has a focus on specialist status issues, as well as an increased amount of work in major settlements and industrial relation mandates. Glenn Hayes heads the team in Leeds with a specialisation in restrictive covenants and all matters relating to senior level employees. He works alongside Jenny Arrowsmith, who leads in the practice’s noteworthy education sector work.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Hayes

Other key lawyers:

Padma Tadi-Booth; Jenny Arrowsmith


We feel that the team at Irwin Mitchell keep us safe. Always on hand to answer a general query and there to guide us through some of the trickier elements that arise in education.’

‘Our main contact is an employment specialist, but we know that any query sent will be passed on to colleagues in the relevant field.’

Jenny Arrowsmith is personable, helpful and professional. She understands the challenges that are faced in the education sector and we do not need to explain too much as she has normally come across a similar issue before.

‘Glenn Hayes’ team give sound and timely advice, always remaining professional and are just an extension of our HR team.’

Key clients

Amino Communications plc

Association of Colleges

Begbies Traynor Plc

Capita PLC

Cash Converters

Costa Coffee


ERS Medical

Floorbrite Group

Firesprite Gaming

Headway Group

Henry Boot PLC

Maher Limited

MJ Gleeson plc

New College Durham

Newson Health Limited

North Huddersfield Trust School

Overgate Hospice

Premex Services Limited

Pure Gym

Westfield Health

Work highlights

  • Advised a large number of Colleges on the impact of the Harpur Trust and Brazel holiday pay case for term-time workers.
  • Advised Capita plc on a £6m ten day Employment Tribunal claim for whistleblowing and race discrimination.
  • Advised a senior executive in the Formula 1 business and negotiated a six figure settlement to leave employment and a waiver of his restrictive covenants.

Lupton Fawcett

Based in Leeds, Lupton Fawcett has capabilities relating to the full range of employment matters, with a particular sector strength in education. Andrew Gilchrist chairs the department, employing his substantial expertise in relation to a wide range of employment and HR issues in his work with employers and high-level employees. Angela Gorton has notable experience in matters regarding the construction, housebuilding, logistics, manufacturing, and education sectors, while York-based Tom Watkins is active in relation to both day-to-day mandates and strategic projects in the independent school space.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Gilchrist

Other key lawyers:

Angela Gorton; Tom Watkins

Key clients

Bauer Group Limited

Simpson Millar LLP

The King’s School, Canterbury

Darchem Engineering Limited

Pocklington School

Barnard Castle School

Hymers College

Adva Optical Networking Limited

Vet Partners

Steve Clayton

Terrington Hall Preparatory School

Work highlights

  • Advised Bauer Group on the departure of a director/shareholder in relation to shareholder issues, unfair prejudice, the defence of tribunal proceedings and data protection issues.
  • Advised the King’s School Canterbury on numerous employment issues.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's employment department leverages the sector strengths of the firm in healthcare, education, and the public sector to bear on the local market, with capabilities across Employment Tribunal disputes, transactional work, and industrial relations. The firm’s offering in healthcare has been bolstered by the promotion of industry-specialist Rebecca Pallot to partner, working alongside the ‘experienced, pragmatic, easy to work with and unflappableStuart Craig, who heads the team with expertise in disputes. The team is also able to employ its ‘commercial sensitivities‘ to assist corporate clients in their employment mandates.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Craig

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Pallot


Amazingly pragmatic advice which takes into account how you operate as a client and internal risk appetite. A good common sense approach, which is well-thought through and based on outcomes. The team have an excellent knowledge of the law and don’t waste time by quoting it at you.

Stuart Craig is experienced, pragmatic, easy to work with and unflappable. Couldn’t recommend him highly enough.’

The employment team at Mills & Reeve is an outstanding group of people to work with. The team as a whole demonstrate that, in addition to in-depth legal knowledge, they understand the client’s commercial sensitivities and are able to offer advice on the best strategy with that in mind.

Rebecca Pallot is an outstanding lawyer. She has superb legal knowledge and a great understanding of the sensitivities in which many of her clients work. Her advice is always pragmatic and sound. Whenever I’m instructed by Rebecca on a case, I’m left thinking she probably couldn’t have done a better job! She is certainly someone you would want in your corner in an employment dispute.

Approachable, accessible and knowledgeable.

Pragmatic and solutions focused.’

They offer advice that is easy to understand, straightforward and really helpful. The team act efficiently and within agreed timescales.’

Stuart Craig has a deep understanding of all aspects of employment law aspects. I hugely respect him for his penetrating analysis, sound judgment and good strategic sense. The outstanding choice for advice in this area in the region and beyond.’

Key clients

HM Land Registry

Rema Tip Top Industry UK Limited

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

University of Bradford

The Prince’s Trust

The Children’s Trust

VetPartners Limited

University of Hull

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Ward Hadaway LLP

Ward Hadaway LLP has expertise advising on the full scope of employment matters, with a strong presence in the transport and private healthcare sectors. Practice head Harmajinder Hayre is also the national head for employment, working across the retail, financial and professional services, technology, and transport sectors on issues relating to industrial action, restructurings, and disciplinary hearings. Edward Nuttman leads the team on Employment Tribunal work, with a specialism in the transport sector, and Flora Mewies heads up immigration matters, focussing on the recruitment, technology, and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Harmajinder Hayre

Other key lawyers:

Edward Nuttman; Flora Mewies


Efficient at providing solutions to potential problems and scenarios we would encounter. A true partnership in enabling us to overcome any contractual issues.

Harmajinder Hayre was great to deal with; always came back to me on my queries, provided solutions to any issues that could arise, understood the full landscape of our problems, and enabled me to take our business forward without any bumps or legal issues. I would highly recommend him for the service he gave us!

I have worked closely with Harmajinder Hayre on a wide variety of issues and I always find his advice clear, pragmatic and solutions focussed. There is no waffle with Harmajinder; he goes straight to the heart of an issue and gives you the pros and cons of a solution. He always gets back to me and is responsive, which I really value, as quite often my needs are time sensitive.’

‘The team at Ward Hadaway are very thorough with their approach and they deal with requests in a timely manner. I get regular case updates with a detailed breakdown of cases and actions that are needed.

Edward Nuttman’s response times are extremely quick and his advice is thorough and yet made simple to ensure that I can take on board his advice. His approach is excellent and he has taken on board my long-term aspirations and is working to achieve these with me.

‘We have been working closely with Ward Hadaway for several years and they have got a broad understanding of our company and our business environment. Their response time to our queries is almost immediate and we are never left waiting for an answer.’

Key clients

RATP London

Stagecoach North East

Turner & Townend Ltd


Weir Minerals Plc

Grosvenor Integrated Services Limited

Paccor Packing Gmbh

Maria Mallaband Care Group

Naylor Wintersgill Chartered Accountants

Springfield Healthcare


Weightmans is primarily active across litigation, project work, and risk management, with a specialism in dealing with industrial disputes and organisational change management. The team has a significant presence in the healthcare and public sectors, while practice head Ben Daniel‘s particular involvement is in industrial disputes relating to transport. As an advocate, he is also active in relation to Employment Tribunal hearings, much like Nick Newman, who also provides strategic advice across the full spectrum of work.

Practice head(s):

Ben Daniel

Other key lawyers:

Nick Newman


The employment team has a keen customer-focused approach, seeking to understand what is important to the client and what the customer is seeking in respect of issue resolution. The legal expertise offered is exceptional, well considered and thought through, and delivered in a way that makes it easier for the client to understand opportunities and risk and determine its approach.’

‘Nick Newman is an amazing lawyer; professional in his approach and clearly well versed in his specialism. He is clear in his guidance and advice, takes time to understand and clarify issues, and delivers clarity in respect of risk and opportunity. Nick is calm and assured and works through problems with seemingly effortless ease in order to identify options for management and resolution. Nick is a joy to work with.

All individuals are extremely knowledgeable and helpful with queries, responding quickly to queries. Nick Newman works with us closely, understanding the nuances of the industry we work in and he is on hand when needed. He is always able to respond to queries or situations we are experiencing, and where not possible immediately, will come back when he says he will.’

A clear, pragmatic approach that is customer centric, with a very quick response and turn around to queries and issues with a real desire to understand your business and the nuances of any particular situation.’

The expertise and approach of Ben Daniel is excellent and gives immense confidence in the advice and options available to you across a range of complex industrial relations landscape. Also excellent support from Nick Newman.’

Weightmans have been providing employment law advice to my organisation for seven years. From day one they took the time to get to understand the nature of our business. We have a dedicated contact within Weightmans who is always available and very responsive. When he is not available, alternative arrangements are proactively put in place.’

‘For Nick Newman, nothing is too much trouble; responsive, takes the time to understand the situation, clarity of advice recognising the subtle nuances, and understands the management position. He has a focus on helping the organisation come to a resolution, recognising the different risks at play, and goes the extra mile.’

Ben Daniel is an exceptional employment solicitor. Very client focused, legally knowledgeable and tactically astute. He is my go-to employment solicitor as I firmly believe he is the best employment solicitor in the country. Absolutely top drawer.’

Key clients


National Express


Hoyer Group

West Yorkshire Combined Authority


Phoenix Futures

Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust

Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Supporting the National Transport Provider with the management, defence, and attendance at hearings for Employment Tribunal claims.
  • Acted for an NHS Trust in relation to a disputed TUPE transfer, with both the client and another employer claiming no responsibility for certain terminated employees.
  • Acting for a University client in the defence of an Employment Tribunal claim from a member of academic staff.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

The Leeds employment team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP leverages the resources of the wider firm to advise a range of both local and national employers, with an established sector specialism in the chemical, manufacturing, and utilities industries, as well as growing capabilities in charities and education. Gearalt Fahy chairs the Leeds group, having joined from Gateley Legal in October 2022, with a particular focus on corporate clients in the energy, construction, manufacturing, and retail sectors. Managing associate Ed Duffield is also of note for his Employment Tribunal focus.

Practice head(s):

Gearalt Fahy

Other key lawyers:

Ed Duffield


Highly specialised areas of practice, particularly in the healthcare sector. I have worked with WBD on a large number of complex Tribunals.

‘The team work well together to cover for each other over periods of leave and do well in handovers so as a client I don’t feel I have to explain any case over and over.’

Key clients

Dnata Limited

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Ordnance Survey Limited

Value Demonstration Group

Sanderson Weatherall LLP


Ampleforth College

Saint Catherine’s Hospice

Work highlights

  • Advising Dnata’s senior leadership and HR teams on employment-related issues, including furlough arrangements, restructuring, TUPE, trade union issues, and disputes.
  • Assisting Ordnance Survey Limited on a variety of complex matters concerning a number of potentially contentious employment matters, some of which were resolved through negotiated settlements.

Consilia Legal

Consilia Legal is best known for its litigation specialism, with an established track record in whistleblowing and discrimination matters before the Employment Tribunal. It also has demonstrable capabilities in relation to senior departures, representing both high-level employees and employers in this regard. Marie Walsh heads the practice and co-directs the entire firm, with broad capabilities across employment and qualification as a workplace mediator.

Practice head(s):

Marie Walsh

Gateley Legal

Gateley Legal operates a broad practice across a range of sectors, including logistics, financial services, rail, air, construction, engineering, and charities, and the group works with corporate clients locally, nationally, and abroad. Paul Ball heads the practice in Leeds, providing ‘sound, commercial and pragmatic advice’ for a range of clients, with discrimination, business transfers, and in-house client training being areas of particular activity.

Practice head(s):

Paul Ball


Paul is the go-to person in Leeds for commercial employment advice. Paul has a vast array of experience in the area and his pragmatic approach is valued by clients and other lawyers. Paul is the go-to person for me if I have an issue or question and he is always happy to help; working collaboratively with other professionals is a strength.

The team are pragmatic, responsive and wise. Their advice is excellent and straightforward. Much of their work is for corporates but they have also been very helpful and equally attentive to individuals, which differentiates them from many in the employment market.’

Paul Ball, the head of the practice, is particularly good. Despite his seniority, he’s always super responsive. He has well-placed and high confidence in his team if he’s not around. He never leaves you hanging.’

The practice is extremely pragmatic. The team listen to concerns and quickly come up with pragmatic solutions that are well-thought-out, risk assessed, commercial and explained well in plain English. Team members are available when required and alternative contacts are provided proactively. When urgent matters arise, I don’t have any problems in getting through to someone and this is enormously reassuring.’

A stand out partner is Paul Ball. He is clear, concise, warm and engaging. He is exceptional. He gets to the crux of matters quickly and offers sound, commercial and pragmatic advice. I can’t recommend him strongly enough.

Key clients

Bridon-Bekaert the Ropes Group

Wabtec Rail Limited

Leeds Bradford Airport Limited

Deep Sea Electronics Limited

Sue Ryder

Loram UK Limited


Work highlights

  • Advised Remedy Healthcare Solutions on an IR35 and worker/employment status audit.
  • Advised a rail sector client on resolutions to an industrial dispute and challenging the unions about the behaviour of people on the picket line.


McCormicks specialises particularly in employment law relating to sports organisations, with football and shooting being the two primary points of focus. The Harrogate team is active in relation to non-contentious work and it is led by Peter McCormick, who is eminent in the sports sector. Iain Jenkins is another name of note, and he acts across the technology, manufacturing, financial services, recruitment, transport, and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Peter McCormick

Other key lawyers:

Iain Jenkins


They have a strong understanding of data protection legislation in general, but especially as it applies to the field of occupational health.’

Iain Jenkins is an exceptional solicitor, being both knowledgeable and approachable. He explained the process to us regarding our issue, allowing us to make an evidenced-based and informed decision regarding our case. He was responsive, illuminating and professional. A joy to work with.’

‘Really good service, good at listening and providing options to be taken, which are very clearly explained. Efficient and friendly. Superb service.’

‘Peter McCormick is a great advocate for his company and Iain Jenkins is excellent; very clear on our way ahead, the costs, always available, cooperative and deals with issues quickly and articulately – the right person to have in your side. He has helped me achieve our complex goals with employment law. The best.’

‘Excellent support and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

The Premier League

Professional Game Match Officials Limited

Leeds United Football Club Limited

Norwich City FC

Harrogate Town AFC Ltd

The Premier League Charitable Fund Ltd

Harrogate International Festivals Ltd

Walsall FC

Yorkshire Agricultural Society

Rudding Park

Redline Specialist Cars

Work highlights

  • Advising Professional Game Match Officials on numerous matters originally arising from the pandemic and issues relating to officials, working practices, and various capability issues.
  • Advising Professional Game Match Officials on a key case before the Supreme Court on worker status against HMRC.
  • Advising Leeds United on an ongoing basis and following a new HR appointment.


Operating from Harrogate, Raworths has experience handling advisory, contentious, and transactional mandates for its clients. Deborah Boylan, as practice head, brings her experience in industry to provide commercial advice, working alongside Sally Togher, who supports the corporate team in providing employment advice on transactions and works with individuals on their senior-level departures. Associates Liz Pollock and Harjeet Nangla have specialisms in schools and data protection respectively.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Boylan

Other key lawyers:

Sally Togher; Liz Pollock; Harjeet Nangla


This firm provides a fantastic service in employment law with a strong team of knowledgeable solicitors. They are all very approachable and easily contactable and their knowledge of employment law is second-to-none. They embrace all the new technologies available and respond promptly to calls if not available. Meetings can take place either face to face or online, which provides great flexibility for clients.’

Sally Togher was very approachable and carefully listened to the position that I was facing, as well as fully understanding the details of my employment contract. She was very knowledgeable about what my employment rights were and to what I would be entitled. Throughout the whole process she kept me fully informed and was always chasing up my employer if she had had no response from them.’

The have a strong, diverse presence in the local area, being renowned for their ability to resolve difficult issues. A team with differing specialisms within a well-respected practice.’

I have dealt with Deborah Boylan and Sally Tougher over many years. They have supported me both from an individual perspective and that of an employer with ultimate professionalism, but just as importantly, the understanding of getting the best resolution without the need to be unreasonable.’

Creative solutions, sound advice, and a commercial mindset.

Liz Pollock is an exceptional solicitor. Very responsive and attentive to client needs. Very commercial mindset backed by sound legal advice.’

‘The Raworths team are knowledgeable and supportive and speak to you in layman’s terms. They give direct answers rather than sitting on the fence.’

I work a lot with Harjeet Nangla. She is friendly and approachable and is always on hand to help and support me. No question or query is ever too small for her.

Key clients

Lomond Capital

Linley & Simpson Limited

Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney provides a strong offering in contentious work, but also has capabilities in respect of restructurings, redundancies, and advisory work. Education is a particular sector focus for the firm, but healthcare, housing, and immigration are also spaces of activity. Simon Shepherd heads the Leeds-based practice and specialises in education, as does the newly promoted Annie Gray, while John Robinson focusses on corporate clients.

Practice head(s):

Simon Shepherd

Other key lawyers:

Annie Gray; John Robinson


Warm and friendly staff with considerable expertise and sector knowledge. Partners are very available and respond promptly to any enquiry. Staff go above and beyond to support, often with a pragmatism and solution-focused approach that is refreshing in this sector.’

‘Our support package represents exceptional value for money in the way that it is highly tailored to our specific needs and context. The firm often runs events which are highly informative and provide excellent networking opportunities.

‘Simon Shepherd is highly efficient, with nuanced understanding of the context of our organisation; he has lots of integrity but with a lightness of touch and a sense of humour that makes him a pleasure to work with.’

The team are knowledgeable, personable, approachable, and reliable.’

The legal team feel part of our own organisation.’

‘Large firm with the quality and personal service of a provincial firm.’

‘Commercially astute and pragmatic. Professional and engaging. Speed of response is excellent.’

Key clients

GMI Construction Group PLC

Wakefield and District Housing Limited

DMC Mining Services (UK) Limited

Wellspring Academy Trust

Carlton Academy Trust

Greenhous Group Limited

Alpek Polyester UK Ltd

Eville & Jones (GB) Ltd

Barca Leeds

Torque Retail Services Ltd


McCarthy’s Removals and Storage Ltd

Barwick Bathroom Distribution LLP

Techbuyer Limited

Torque Law LLP

Torque Law LLP has niche expertise in executive departures, advising both high-profile executives and employers on the relevant issues, both regionally and nationally, from York. Practice head Emma Whiting employs her ‘top-class, pragmatic perspective' to these mandates, and has worked for notable employers on a number of contentious matters, including discrimination and unfair dismissal claims. Tiggy Clifford handles a similar caseload, working across senior-level departures and contentious mandates.

Practice head(s):

Emma Whiting; Tiggy Clifford


Attention to detail and tailoring the advice in a very personal way.’

Their commitment is breath-taking. Also, their levels of empathy and understanding for the challenges and injustices being faced have been a fantastic support for us. The team are there for you and each other no matter what.’

Excellent level of partner service and practical advice.’

Tiggy Clifford was practical and pragmatic, and crunched through to the key points quickly and without over labouring the minor ones.’

The Torque team comes with big-firm experience, but from an agile, personalised and highly cost-efficient platform.

Emma Whiting has masses of experience acting for both corporates as well as individuals, so is able to bring a top-class and pragmatic perspective to issues which can quickly become intractable.

As a boutique specialist practice, Torque is a standout in the employment law field. Both Tiggy Clifford and Emma Whiting are well-respected and extremely knowledgeable in the area of employment law and have a great following. The firm is pragmatic and looks at ways of problem solving outside litigation which appeals to me as a fan of ADR and workplace mediation.’

A highly personable team who are always on hand to help. There is a real sense of a personal touch to the way Torque support and engage.’

Key clients

Alvar Financial Services Limited

David Pelter

Anglo American Woodsmith Limited

Sofina Foods

Emerald Publishing Group

Saint Catherine’s Hospice

Greenray Turbine Solutions

Bartoline Limited

Stage One Creative Services Limited

York Racecourse

Northpoint Wellbeing Limited

Belmont Green Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for David Pelter in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in relation to a high-profile direct age discrimination claim regarding the cessation of PHI benefits.
  • Defended Alvar Financial Services Limited successfully in an application for interim relief brought by a former employee against.

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP specialises in advising charities and educational establishments on the full breadth of employment issues, with a particular emphasis on assisting trustees. Chris Billington heads the practice in Leeds, with expertise cutting across data protection, senior staff, employment contracts, worker statements, and trustee disputes; he works alongside Sue King, who, in addition to working closely with the firm’s wider charities and pensions offering, specialises in discrimination issues before the Employment Tribunal.

Practice head(s):

Chris Billington

Other key lawyers:

Sue King; Alacoque Marvin


‘We have always been very pleased with the work and advice we have received from Wrigleys, whether this is ad hoc HR advice on employee relations or a larger piece of project work. They are attentive, understand our business, and are flexible and willing to provide tailored advice at all times.’

‘Alacoque Marvin was our main contact and is excellent. She understands our business needs, will always offer tailored advice, and works hard with us to ensure the right outcomes.’

‘The employment law team has a great understanding of the needs of the NFP sector and are willing to share ideas and to help support our clients, even if it is for a limited piece of work. I like the in-depth understanding of the sector, which includes active involvement with at least one of the governing bodies, which helps to provide some additional insight where this will help the client.’

‘I work mainly with Sue King. She is very approachable and pragmatic in her approach. Where I have helped to provide client introductions, they have also been very complimentary about Sue and her team. They like the approach and practical ideas they bring.’

‘The practice are friendly and approachable. Nothing is too much trouble.’

‘They have passion in what they do and you feel they really do care.’

‘The team at Wrigleys demonstrates a great knowledge of the charity sector and of the locality, so the advice they offer is tailored and practical. Because they have the specialism, they are able to alert us to changes in law that we need to consider and know what the likely impact is going to be for us.

‘Sue King has been particularly helpful and responsive.’


Berwins works with a number of SMEs and employees on a broad sweep of issues, and has been developing its offering in data protection. Mike Patterson heads the team in Harrogate and undertakes a range of work, advising employees, professional sports people, and company directors across various sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mike Patterson

Key clients

Champion Health Limited

Belzona Polymerics Limited

The Dextrous Web Limited

Fineline VAR Limited


Greyhound Box

It’s Clean Limited

Supreme Search Specialists

Xiros Limited

Harrogate Business Improvement District

Work highlights

  • Acted for Champion Health in a range of employment maters arising from a multi-million-pound sale of this innovative wellbeing business.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP has a sector specialism in healthcare and housing, supporting clients on a range of issues with capabilities across contentious and transactional mandates. Jodie Sinclair heads the national practice, with the Leeds-based team of Nigel Bolton and legal director Andrew Uttley working on pensions and NHS mandates respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jodie Sinclair

Other key lawyers:

Nigel Bolton; Andrew Uttley


On the whole, I find Bevan Brittan to be supportive and collaborative. I appreciate and actively seek their advice, whether it’s a formal employment law case or a highly complex issue. I find their advice sensible and pragmatic, and in the more formal interactions I find them genuinely supportive and engaged.

‘Responsive and knowledgeable.’

The practice has taken the time to build relationships with key stakeholders and acts as a trusted source of advice as we navigate complex employment matters. We are always quickly triaged to the correct person with the specialist knowledge to respond to our enquiries.’

‘All interactions are professional but relaxed and our enquiries and requests for support are well engaged with.

We have always enjoyed positive interactions with agents of Bevan Brittan, however, Andrew Uttley particularly has always acted as a trusted legal advisor and is often our preferred contact, simply on the basis of his personable manner, expert knowledge and sound advice.’

‘Andrew Uttley has a wealth of sector knowledge which makes his advice all the more credible and he always acts as professional sounding board on employment matters.’

‘Bevan Brittan LLP have a unique way of analysing the nature of our legal queries and transforming this into helpful and practical legal sessions. They have a helpful platform which allows us to ask queries with a response within 24 hours given. We are able to view the responses to other queries saving time and generation wider understanding. The legal advice itself is helpful and sensible.’

‘Bevan Brittan partners are proactive and responsive. They are friendly and we get the sense we are working in partnership.’

Key clients

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust

Financial Conduct Authority

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

Holmes Care Group Ltd

St Georges Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

Active Care Group

Holmes Care Group

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Rockline Industries Limited

Oxfordshire County Council

Catalyst Housing Limited and Peabody Trust

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Rehability UK Community Ltd

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented Barts Health NHS Trust in relation to 54 Employment Tribunal claims from 28 claimants arising out of a TUPE transfer and related contractual disputes.
  • Advised Holmes Care Group on a range of workforce and HR initiatives following the acquisition of 12 care homes in Fife, Scotland from Kingdom Homes.
  • Advised Catalyst Housing Limited and Peabody Trust on relation to a merger to form PeabodyGroup, with a merged turnover of £664m

Gunnercooke LLP

Gunnercooke LLP continues to grow its presence in the region, working in conjunction with other national offices, in addition to undertaking a range of contentious matters from its Leeds office. Jo Tindall, Joan Pettingill, and Mini Setty are noted for the breadth of their practice, while Angela Brumpton has experience in unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. Paul Menham and Ed Jenneson have expertise in the Equality Act and redundancy mandates.

Other key lawyers:

Jo Tindall; Mini Setty; Angela Brumpton; Joan Pettingill; Ed Jenneson; Paul Menham


‘Reliable, personable and attuned to the risk appetite of the organisation. Easily available and rapidly responding to issues as they arise. Feels like part of the team rather than an external stakeholder’

‘Paul Menham is knowledgeable, realistic, transparent and to the point. He does not try to overcomplicate issues and cuts through complex issues in an easy to understand way. Paul is personable and approachable and emotionally invests in supporting his clients.’

‘They are all experienced solicitors with over ten years experience, so you know the advice you receive will be to the highest standard.’

‘Mini Setty is quite simply brilliant! Probably the best employment law solicitor I have ever worked with during my HR career. Very pragmatic, easy to talk to, listens, and provides excellent advice to support commercial business decisions. She also has a great personality and sense of humour! I cannot recommend Mini highly enough.’

‘The team are approachable, knowledgeable and act in the best interests of the client. As a client, I am super impressed with the teams ability to manage complex changes in employment arenas, which are also at times untested and at pace. The team have good connections across Europe and have a barrister network which can be utilised via the team.’

‘Jo Tindall has been imperative with the start-up of our employment practices within the company. Jo has supported us with complex cases, TUPE’s, Union approaches, voluntary recognition, and difficult performance management processes. Jo has been flexible, approachable and at times, invited into the client workspace to give technical employment views with associated risks.’

‘Mini Setty is commercially aware, always professional, but friendly and available. During the pandemic we went through a whole company restructure and Mini’s advice was invaluable in ensuring a fair consultation and redundancy process. I highly recommend her.’

‘Gunner Cooke is excellent. My experience with them has been nothing but positive and supportive. The training they run is great, and I was particularly impressed by the menopause training they ran. Jo Tindall also came into my work place and trained all of our staff over several session on HR policy and the law, which was great! They are incredibly friendly and approachable.’

Key clients

Premier Technical Services Group Limited

Thomas of York

Bishop Burton College

Transaction Network Services Limited

Orion Himes Ltd

Cafeology Limited

SolarFrame Holdings

Aprolis UK

Homes for Students

Prince of Wales Hospice

St Gemma’s Hospice

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Halton Housing

Work highlights

  • Advised the UK arm of Hologic Limited, a global women’s health business, on its employment matters.
  • Advised Sheffield Forgemasters International Limited on employment law matters.
  • Acting as sole employment adviser to Sir Robert McAlpine Limited.


LCF Law works with SMEs and senior executive employees in the professional services and healthcare sectors, providing a range of services. James Austin heads up the employment team, undertaking his own advocacy in the Employment Tribunal and representing employees from a range of sectors in their claims.

Practice head(s):

James Austin


I have known James Austin in a professional capacity for almost two decades and over that period, James has always come across as someone who thinks outside the box, provides solutions, and resolves complex cases in a timely manner. His knowledge in his area of specialism is remarkable.’

We have used LCF Law for many different issues, and always find them responsive to our needs.’

‘Our main dealings at LCF have been with James Austin: his methodical in his approach, and always delivers excellent, easy to understand information.

Ramsdens Solicitors LLP

Ramsdens Solicitors LLP is weighted to senior individuals and matters involving discrimination and whistleblowing. David Bradley heads the Huddersfield team, working on trade unions and changes in management, alongside Paul Booth, who is active in relation to disputes and Employment Tribunal claims.

Practice head(s):

David Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Paul Booth; Emily Walker


Emily Walker is extremely responsive, well organised, and has an excellent grasp of the law. She provides a level of service beyond many of her peers practising in London.’

Emily Walker was fabulous: she’s young, hungry for success, dynamic, and she worked so very hard on my case; I had every faith in her. She was always there for me, by phone, by email or in person. Nothing was too much trouble; she supported me through an extremely difficult and long employment tribunal.’

‘Emily Walker would always be very clear and concise at delivering all of the facts, and she would speak in layman terms and not in legal jargon. I simply cannot praise Emily highly enough and I’m certain she has the brightest of futures ahead of her.

Key clients

Verizon UK Limited

Greenhead College

Manzana Contracts (UK) Limited

C&K Careers Limited

HGF Limited

Innovative Bites Ltd

Northern Belle Limited and West Coast Trains

A-Safe HQ Limited


rradar offers a broad service, both in terms of the claims that it handles and the sectors in which it works. In Leeds, senior solicitor Toni Haynes acts in contentious mandates for trade unions and individuals, and solicitors Tom Bernard and Janine Lawton defend Employment Tribunal claims. In Hull, solicitor Joshua Lee acts across a range of sectors.

Practice head(s):

Robin White

Other key lawyers:

Toni Haynes; Tom Bernard; Janine Lawton; Joshua Lee


The approach is very open, friendly and understanding. The knowledge level is good and the approach to risk is very balanced.’

Individuals go the extra mile to engage and understand. They are very professional and spend time explaining the issues. They understand the charity sector and how it is different.

‘Fully engaged, solid, professional experts who are able to give confident and productive information and insight.’

Open, personable, available, easy to contact and engage with.

This is an excellent firm with quality people. This is reflected in the high calibre of work they receive and retain on a repeat basis. Their level of engagement, both with the legal issues, clients and instructed counsel, is second to none. They are both fiercely robust and commercially sensible when appropriate.’

‘The two stand out individuals in my mind are Joshua Lee and Janine Lawton. They are all extremely user friendly.’

All the fee earners with whom I have worked have provided their clients with an excellent service.’

Joshua Lee leaves no stone unturned in striving to achieve the right result for his clients. He is technically strong and a real team player.’

Key clients

Pallotine Missionary Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate

Abbatt Dual Management Ltd

Opus Care

Complete Sport Solutions

Exeter Leukaemia Fund

H I Weldrick Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for a large property management company in successfully persuading the Employment Tribunal to strike out a disruptive claimant’s disability discrimination claim.
  • Defended a charity successfully against a claim for unfair dismissal, unlawful deduction of wages, and whistleblowing detriment made by a former employee.
  • Defended a large family run network of pharmacies successfully against a claim for constructive unfair dismissal and discrimination worth £169,000.

Stone King LLP

Stone King LLP has a major sector focus in education, but also undertakes some work for charities and businesses across the transport and hospitality sectors. Polly O’Malley heads the team in Leeds, with expertise in education and acting as the deputy head of the firm’s education sector. Craig Vincent similarly specialises in education.

Practice head(s):

Jean Boyle; Polly O’Malley

Other key lawyers:

Craig Vincent


What stands out from colleagues at Stone King is that the advice is pragmatic and empathetic: the legal position is made clear and the probabilities attached to risks are spelled out in a way that supports, rather than unduly constrains, management decisions.’

From Polly O’Malley, I have valued particularly her availability, the directness of her advice, and the pragmatism and empathy shown to the management position. I always feel like she and her colleagues are on our side, even if the advice is not what we want to hear.

The team has a good depth of employment law expertise in the education sector and have given us helpful and pragmatic support and advice through a number of very complex cases over the last couple of years.

Polly O’Malley provides good leadership to her team, and hands-on support with the most difficult issues. Where appropriate, she has made suggestions about how our internal practices could be further strengthened.’

Stone King have a strong team of experts and were able to appoint a partner with the specific specialism to support us with novel and targeted advice for a complex and unusual situation.’

Polly O’Malley was extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful in providing advice on the complex dismissal of a senior individual facing a number of most serious criminal safeguarding allegations which required a novel approach.’

Excellent range of skills and expertise to cover all situations.

Perfect professional individuals that work with high values and integrity.’