Leading Individuals

Next Generation Partners

Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire in Yorkshire And The Humber

DLA Piper

Based in Sheffield, DLA Piper acts for blue chip and international clients on a wide range of employment mandates, assisting on the employment aspects of wider global transactions in addition to undertaking advisory, litigation, outsourcing, and restructuring work. The firm is noted for its expertise in whistleblowing and harassment matters in the workplace concerning senior individuals in high-profile companies. Clare Gregory heads the practice and focuses on cross-border mandates, while Gurpreet Duhra has experience in technology, hospitality, and manufacturing sectors. Aaron Lyons is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Clare Gregory

Other key lawyers:

Gurpreet Duhra; Aaron Lyons


‘The team are professional but very approachable and friendly. They listen well and respond to our needs. They do not just stick to black and white legalities, but look at how they can best support us in our various situations where we need their help.’

‘Gurpreet Duhra is very accessible and supportive, switched on, and always willing to support.’

‘Advice cuts to the issues. Pragmatic and no nonsense, and extremely commercial in approach. You feel like the team are with you in the fire!’

‘Their responsiveness is very good. I feel they really are in the trenches with you.’

Key clients

University of Sheffield

Rolls Royce



Merlin Entertainments

Ardagh Group

Croda International



Utopia Music

Work highlights

  • Advising a client on the employment aspect of its £1.7bn sale across 9 jurisdictions, including the UK.
  • Acting for a client in a claim concerning the terms under which 16 claimants had been engaged to provide services to the client in the industrials sector.
  • Defending a client from a departing employee’s claim that he had been constructively dismissed and subjected to detriment having made a series of protected disclosures.


CMS has a broad employment offering, with particular strengths including corporate support work, especially regarding private equity; real estate and transactional support; and litigation, specifically Employment Tribunal claims. The firm also undertakes day-to-day advisory work for clients, and has a strong track record in major restructurings. The 'fantasticTracey Marsden heads up the Sheffield team, with significant experience across industrial relations, transfers, redundancies, and restructurings. Associate Emma Sweetman is also noted for her work in conjunction with the private equity and corporate teams.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Marsden; Alison Woods; Melanie Lane

Other key lawyers:

Emma Sweetman


‘Tracey Marsden and her team are no nonsense, straight to the point and don’t sit on the fence. They are also very quick to respond and don’t just tell you what they think you want to hear.’

‘Tracey Marsden is fantastic: very responsive, never sits on the fence, provides clear and sensible advice at all times, and is so friendly. I always feel that no question is a stupid question when I call Tracey.’

‘The employment team have access to the wider CMS practice which has a wide area of specialities and knowledge that can be utilised to assist the employment team and their clients where necessary.’

Key clients

Agilio Software Bidco Limited

Brightbay Real Estate Partners Limited

Forged Solutions Group Limited

Great Portland Estates PLC

Hazy Limited

J Rosenthal & Son

Low Carbon Contract Company Limited

Mines Rescue Service

Picnic Bidco Limited

Rackham Housefloors Limited

Salary Finance Limited

Sapphire Systems Limited


St George PLC

Solpro Group

Thor Investment Adviser Limited

TopSource Worldwide Group Limited

Agility Eco Limited

CFC Underwriting Limited

Queens Park Equity

Bridges Fund Management

NavVis Limited

Ahrend BV


Sonderwell Bidco Limited

Octopus Energy

Orchard Therapeutics

Work highlights

  • Advised Octopus on the takeover of Bulb Energy, a transaction which included an energy transfer scheme for the first time in the UK.
  • Acted for CFC Underwriting Limited in representing a number of their insureds in ongoing tribunal proceedings.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP's 'modern practice' covers the full range of employment work, advising and providing HR support to a number of major national clients across the engineering, food and drink, sport, travel, healthcare, and technology sectors. The team has an established track record defending Employment Tribunal claims and in redundancy exercises, with the newly promoted Tom Draper conducting his own advocacy and working with a number of large public and private sector organisations. Senior Associate Toby Pochron has a specialist interest in data protection and trade union work.

Practice head(s):

Tom Draper

Other key lawyers:

Toby Pochron


‘The lawyers are down-to-earth and understand that the practicalities of running a business mean you need them to give you pragmatic advice and they have done this very well for us, both in relation to general questions and detailed legal issues over a number of years.’

‘Tom Draper continually gives solid advice on a range of complex employment matters.’

‘The Freeths Sheffield employment team are pragmatic, commercially aware, astute and informed. They have taken the time to understand the intricacies of our organisation to deliver an informed perspective on issues, acting as a true business partner. Knowing our business and what is important to us allows the Freeths team to pre-empt issues proactively, allowing us to address them at the root cause.’

Key clients

NG Bailey Group

Sheffield Wednesday Football Club Limited

Queenscourt Limited

ASK4 Group

NTT Data UK Limited


Ant Marketing Limited

Northern Taxis Limited

Progressive Care Limited

Abbey Care & Nursing

Cathelco Limited

In-Part Publishing Limited

Abbotsbury Contractors Limited

Nimble Delivery Limited

Elevation Recruitment Limited

Tessian Limited

Boynton Bros. & Hallam (Ranskill) Limited

InfoTrack limited

St Luke’s Hospice

Tutora Limited

Litigationware Limited

Blossom View Respite Unit Limited

Ivy Cottage Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Boynton Bros. Hallam (Ranskill) Limited on urgent employment matters when its tyre recycling business was forced to close after a catastrophic fire.
  • Defended GDMA Care Group in an Employment Tribunal claim for breach of contract.
  • Assisted Northern Taxis on reforming their internal HR governance.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's Sheffield office is co-headed by Kelly Gibson, who acts for a number of major clients and provides employment support for the corporate team. Associate and co-head Sara Ellison has done a substantial amount of work in the charities sector, particularly in relation to HR and Employment Tribunal advice. Associate Holly Butterworth also assists in managing the practice, employing her previous experience as in-house HR for a range of businesses.

Practice head(s):

Kelly Gibson; Sara Ellison

Other key lawyers:

Holly Butterworth


‘Our key contact is always available, responds quickly, and in her absence has colleagues who take over the baton.’

‘Responses are thorough, well worked out, and very helpful, and we can apply them instantly to whatever legal question we need to answer.’

‘The personal approach means we genuinely feel our queries are dealt with and the advice is highly personalised rather than providing generic feedback, something which we feel is wonderful.’

‘Kelly Gibson shows interest in what we do, gives professional and tailored advice, and she makes time to deal with our enquiries.’

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.

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett acts for clients across a range of industries regarding their Employment Tribunal claims, and has a number of other notable capabilities, including advising on issues relating to national minimum wage and senior-level departures. Glenn Jacques operates from Sheffield, advising on redundancies, restructurings, TUPE issues, and Employment Tribunal claims, in addition to providing corporate support. Holly Dobson heads up the data protection work across the firm and acts for a number of clients across the education, travel, healthcare, and charity sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Gilchrist

Other key lawyers:

Glenn Jacques; Holly Dobson


‘I have found the team to be really helpful, ensuring there is always someone available when advice is required.’

‘They provide concise and clear solutions to our issues, and provide clear step-by-step guidance on how to proceed.’

‘Holly Dobson is able to quickly understand our concerns and the subtleties of our scenarios, quickly providing advice which is relevant and practical.’

Key clients

Arcelor Mittal Sheffield Limited

Tuffnells Parcels Express Limited

Porter Brook Medical Centre

Trupart Limited

Skyline Taxis Limited

Renovotec Limited

Alfons Haar Limited

Brett Martin

Bauer Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Tuffnells Parcels Express Limited on a multitude of contentious and non-contentious HR and employment issues.
  • Advised Transave Credit Union on numerous employment issues affecting the company and their compliance with employment and financial services regulations.
  • Advised Porter Brook Medical Centre on a range of employment and healthcare compliance issues under the firm’s employment retainer scheme.