Firm Profile > Averta Employment Lawyers LLP > Birmingham , England

Averta Employment Lawyers LLP

Employment Tier 2

Averta Employment Lawyers LLP has an excellent niche three-partner employment practice. The group concentrates on acting for senior executives in the course of negotiating exit packages, settlement agreements, discrimination claims and other employment related issues. It also increasingly advises individuals on their rights in the context of group situations, such as large-scale redundancies and restructuring exercises. Names to note are the heads of department David Sykes and Alan Jones. Rachel Broughton is another notable practitioner.


The team is very good all round – all team members are highly rated‘.

The team knows how to handle senior individuals in organisations and has seen most situations before‘.

The group is sensible, pragmatic and commercial. It gets the deal done‘.

It has a personal touch and provides a first-class service‘.

David Sykes is brilliant. He is practical, down to earth and knows his stuff. He has empathy for his clients and likes to get things done quickly’.

Alan Jones is vastly experienced‘.

Alan Jones is approachable, experienced and takes a resolution focused approach. Rachel Broughton is experienced and takes a robust approach on behalf of her clients‘.

Alan Jones – if there’s a deal to be done, Alan is going to get you across the line.Rachael Broughton has excellent legal knowledge and is  a details person and someone to rely on‘.

Rachel Broughton is pragmatic, solutions driven, technically excellent and astute‘.

Rachel Broughton is tenacious, fights her clients’ corner well, is knowledgeable and is a very good litigator‘.


Averta Employment Lawyers is in Solihull, near Birmingham International station and airport and a few minutes away from the M42, M6 and M40 links. This specialist employment law firm focuses on the employment law needs of directors, managers, senior executives and other professionals. Averta also has expertise in handling immigration matters for individuals and has a London office offering similar expertise.

The firm: Averta Employment Lawyers was set up over ten years ago as a niche employment law practice. Its originating partners, David Sykes and Alan Jones, were partners at a major commercial law firm (DLA Piper), acting primarily for companies and corporations.

They saw first-hand at DLA Piper, that the quality of representation available to senior executives in the course of negotiating exit packages, compromise agreements, discrimination claims or other employment-related issues was balanced very much in favour of the company. Averta Employment Lawyers LLP was therefore created to help redress this balance and give senior executives the chance to play on a ‘level field’. The partners/directors are well-regarded in the legal community, and have many years’ experience of negotiating and litigating in the employment law context. Averta brings a level of expertise that clients say matches that of the major commercial law practices.

In March 2015, Averta became the Birmingham Law Society Law Firm of the Year (under four partners). This is a testament to the reputation built up over the previous ten years, which adds to the credibility that Averta brings to a case when representing senior individuals.

The firm now comprises four partners (directors), one of whom works from the London office in Marylebone, and all of whom formerly held senior positions at DLA. The firm receives excellent support from its more junior members of staff, each of whom subscribes to the firm’s ethos of responsiveness, service and value.

Averta is unusual in focusing on senior individuals and as such has few ‘regular’ clients. However, such is the quality of service provided and the reputation acquired over the last ten years that the firm is able to rely on word of mouth from existing clients, referrals from the major commercial law practices, internet searches and conflict situations. The firm takes great pride in its independence, such that it only accepts referrals or conflicts on the express understanding that the client’s interests are paramount, and the relationship with the referrer is secondary.

Types of work undertaken: The firm provides solutions to clients facing problems before, during and after the employment relationship. Thus the firm advises on contracts and service agreements presented to its clients by a prospective employer; issues arising during employment such as discrimination, harassment, non-payment of bonuses, LTIPs, share options and other benefits. At the point of ending the employment relationship, the firm advises clients on exit packages and settlement agreements (formerly called compromise agreements), and will negotiate arrangements that seek to match, if not exceed, clients’ expectations.

The firm acts in the public and private sector, having handled a number of senior and high-profile members of local government, NHS and other public bodies. It also advises groups of executives in conflict with a company, or considering leaving a business to work for a competitor. The firm advises on post-termination restrictions, and seeks to reach a practical solution in what is a complex and potentially expensive area of law. On a number of occasions, groups of employees have instructed Averta to advise them on employee share plans, which lends itself to a collaborative approach with the company’s lawyers. Other cases involve claims for carried interest on the part of private equity executives, advising and representing individuals facing serious disciplinary investigations, advising on TUPE transfers, contractual and bonus claims.

The partners and staff at Averta go to great lengths to understand the needs and expectations of its senior executive clients, and usually meet at its Midland or London offices, both of which are readily accessible by road, rail or air. However, it is not always convenient to meet face to face, as clients may be based abroad or in other areas of the UK, so many clients are supported by the use of telephone, email and/or skype. Averta has acted for executives as far afield as Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand, where the contracts are construed under English jurisdiction, and for clients in many European countries, often acting in conjunction with a local lawyer.

Averta also acts for a small number of corporate clients who seek commercially focused strategic advice and support at partner/director level.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Alan Jones
Managing partner David Sykes
Number of UK partners : 4
Number of other UK fee-earners : 7

Our clients, often very senior executives and professionals, expect that we will maintain a high level of confidentiality regarding their matters. We are therefore unable to put any client testimonials into the public domain. However, we would want to make the point, that our Legal 500 rankings are based on researchers’ conversations and feedback from our clients and unattributable quotes are used in The Legal 500 editorial. It is also significant that as a small firm we have maintained a high ranking in our region in The Legal 500, which is testament to the quality of the client feedback received from Averta’s client base.