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Greenwoods GRM

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Robert Dillarstone

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Greenwoods GRM

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Employment and Employee Benefits


Robert is the Managing Partner at Greenwoods GRM.


His strengths lie in his commercial, practical and personable approach to delivering solutions to clients. His role as Managing Director gives Robert a clear insight and appreciation of the HR issues clients face in their organisation. As well as countless cases before the Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal, Robert has acted in cases both before the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords. Robert has advised on employment law for over 30 years and has been acknowledged by the legal directories as a leader in his field since the early 1990s. He advises on the full spectrum of employment law issues. 

East Anglia: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

Robert Dillarstone - Greenwoods GRM

Within: Employment

Greenwoods GRM is ‘very strong in the employment law area‘ and ‘advice is always pragmatic and timely‘. The firm has one of the largest employment and employee benefits practices in the region, and it is led by the highly regarded John MacAulay, who regularly advises clients on large-scale business reorganisations and difficult TUPE transfers. Managing partner Robert Dillarstone is still actively engaged in fee-earning and clients describe him and associate Keith Williams as ‘very good at coming up with the pros and cons of a situation such as the benefits of a textbook approach versus a pragmatic approach'. ‘Very approachable‘ newly promoted partner Joanna Scally in Cambridge is highly recommended for her ‘clarity of advice and reliable service'. Scally and senior solicitor Siobhan Thomson recently advised Bedford Borough Council on the employment aspects of its move to a digital operating model by 2020, which includes a major staff restructure and more than 250 proposed redundancies. The practice has many strong associates including Suzanne Wrench who has experience in TUPE transfers and tribunal proceedings; Vincent Galea who handles senior hires and departures, and post-termination restrictions; and Natalie Wiliams who is known for complex tribunal litigation.

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Within: Pensions

Greenwoods GRM joins the ranking on the strength of consultant Pauline Anning's specialist pensions practice, which complements the work of Robert Dillarstone and John MacAulay in the firm's standout employment practice. Anning has more than 20 years’ experience in advising corporate entities, public authorities, trustees and unions on occupational pension schemes. Last year, she advised a large client in the insurance sector on the reorganisation of its employee benefits package, which included issues of automatic pension enrolment compliance and pension scheme amendments.

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East Anglia: Public sector


Within: Education

At Greenwoods GRM ‘the level of service is very high, responses are swift and the team has good business knowledge and good depth‘. The firm has a long track record of advising high-profile clients in the education sector including a growing number of Cambridge Colleges and large independent schools. The firm's academies schools team regularly advises on setting up multi-academy trusts. The multi-disciplinary team includes employment law, which is a key part of the firm’s education practice and associate Joanna Scally is ‘very approachable and knowledgeable in her subject both generally and particularly relating to education‘. She recently acted for Emmanuel College, Cambridge, on the restructuring of its front-of-house and catering team. Managing partner Robert Dillarstone  also advises on employment matters. Head of corporate  David Woods, associate Victoria Robinson, property partner Stephen Illingworth and associate Kelly Peck are all key players in the practice.

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