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London (Firms)

Employment


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Employment - London (Firms)

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 9 associates

What the team is known for Known for advising clients in the financial services sector as well as its large public company client base. The London team is strengthened by an impressive regional offering, allowing it advise across the full range of employment matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We continue to recommend them to others because of their strength in dealing with detail."

"A high-quality London team which uses its national coverage well." 

Work highlights Advised British Airways/BMI on tribunal claims brought by 150 pilots following the closure of bmibaby.

Advised Global Radio on the employment aspects of its purchase of GMG Radio including the sale of stations following a decision by the Competition Commission.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Michael Leftley is described as an "excellent and pragmatic lawyer" with a "great level of expertise in the area." Sources note his focus on reaching resolutions, calling him "sensible and good to deal with."

Richard Yeomans is a "class act" who regularly advises on the employment aspects of transactions and investigations. He counts Morgan Stanley and Britvic among his clients. He works on all aspects of employment law for blue-chip clients.

Annabel Mackay is praised for her attention to detail, with an impressed client noting her "technical ability and ability to give detailed advice." Others comment that she is "very attuned to the client's approach and very proactive when it comes to client management."

Significant clients Accenture, Britvic, Morgan Stanley, Paramount Pictures, Standard Chartered.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pre-eminent practice well known for its strength working with clients in the financial services sector. Regularly handles complex employment litigation and board-level disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their track record in the area and the calibre of the principal lawyers is great. I have appreciated their innate understanding of our business."

"Excellent across the board. They are well known for acting on the employment spin-offs of M&A as well as for being very strong on litigation." 

Work highlights Advised GlaxoSmithKline on the employment aspects of its divestment of Lucozade and Ribena including the TUPE transfer of more than 600 employees to Suntory Beverage and Food.

Continues to represent News UK on the employment issues resulting from the closure of the News of the World and the police investigation into phone hacking.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Mansell is "one of the leading figures in the employment world." Sources appreciate that he is "commercial, responsive and solution oriented" and that "he is not afraid to give you the right answer, even if it's not the one you want to hear."

Karen Seward heads the employment department and is known for "fighting her client's corner." She is noted for the depth of her expertise and for her experience across a full range of employment law matters.

One impressed source notes that Sarah Henchoz is "strong on all fronts because she combines good legal knowledge with a pragmatic approach." She recently advised Eni UK on TUPE issues resulting from its purchase of the Liverpool Bay development.

Significant clients Morgan Stanley, Barclays, BG Group, Lloyds, J.P. Morgan.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Niche employment firm renowned for handling discrimination and whistle-blowing claims for City executives. Regularly works for employers, including law firms and education institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their size and employment focus gives them the capacity to provide personal service very quickly."

"They are very approachable and offer practical advice. They understand the law but also take business requirements into account."

Work highlights Defended a former senior director of Western Union in the EAT in relation to the company's attempt to overturn his successful whistle-blowing claim.

Notable practitioners  

Corinne Aldridge is noted by clients as a "tenacious fighter" who "emphasises client care and needs." She focuses on whistle-blowing and discrimination claims for City-based senior employees.

Robert McCreath is a "technically extremely able lawyer" who "carefully protects his clients' interests." He focuses on respondent work and provides regular advice to higher-education institutions.

Nick Ralph advises senior executives in the financial and professional services sectors with notable strength on matters relating to bonuses and restrictive covenants. Clients say he has a "personable and sensitive approach" and praise his ability to build a rapport with the other side.

Significant clients Kings College London, Prada, The Dorchester Group, Roehampton University, Transport for London.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Adept at handling contentious and advisory matters for a diverse client base. Standout work for private equity houses and Japanese businesses, with notable work on cross-border mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide comprehensive advice, which gives you great confidence that you are well protected and well advised." 

"The whole team is very strong and they have a very commercial and very businesslike approach."

Work highlights Advised Bayfield Energy Holdings on board changeover and compensation agreements following its merger with Trinity Exploration.

Worked with Aspinalls to restructure its UK workforce, including advice on current jobs and work agreements as well as on working patterns.

Notable practitioners  

Clients welcome the fact that Caroline Carter is always available to them, with one impressed source noting her as a "class act." She recently advised William Hill on the employment matters resulting from its acquisition of Sportingbet.

Significant clients Apax, William Hill, Apollo, Qantas, Toshiba.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 1 of counsel
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Global reach means the team is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional employment matters. Recognised for its industrial relations capability and its investigations work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are good on big-ticket litigation, have great resources across EMEA and can really leverage their global footprint."

"Very proactive and responsive, as soon as I send them an email they get straight to work." 

Notable practitioners  

John Evason is "second to none for trade union matters," with a wealth of experience in industrial relations. Sources note that he is "very client-friendly and good in front of senior business people."

Monica Kurnatowska is described as "an exceptional employment lawyer." Clients note her as a "tactically savvy" and "detail-focused" practitioner who is able to advise across the employment spectrum.

Daniel Ellis is "supremely able" with a "superb knowledge in the international deal area." He is praised by sources for his TUPE work, with one client saying: "He is thoughtful, commercial and shows good judgement."

Stephen Ratcliffe advises clients across a range of sectors and industries. He is singled out for his client care, with sources commenting upon his "responsiveness and availability," as well as his ability to turn around work very quickly.

Significant clients British Airways, Invensys, UBM, Lloyds, Hitachi Europe.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advising senior executives on both complex litigation and non-contentious issues. On the respondent side, the team is respected for its work with third sector and education sector clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are extremely pragmatic and insightful, which helps them get to the problem at hand. They come up with solutions that are fit for purpose and can simplify complex issues."

"They are very sound on the basics of employment law and when I do have a tricky problem, I have the utmost confidence that they can help us through."

Work highlights Advised former Ryan Air pilots who were faced with a £5,000 penalty for failing to see out a three-month notice period.

Advised Greenwich University on restructuring its human resources department including an intervention on the part of trade unions.

Notable practitioners  

Lucy McLynn stands out because of her "experience and pragmatism" and "astute handling of her client's affairs." Impressed sources note her decisiveness: "She doesn't sit on the fence; she will always provide options."

William Garnett is known for his work with education institutions and senior executives. He is praised for his ability to develop a detailed knowledge of his client's case, with sources praising him as "one of the best employment lawyers around."

TUPE expert Martin Bunch is adept at handling both advisory and contentious issues. He is noted for his "common sense attitude" and for providing service that is "second to none."

Significant clients Thomason Local, Lambeth College, RNIB, British Red Cross, ASA.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well known for its employment litigation work, the team is similarly strong on advisory issues. Represent clients in the financial, retail and IT sectors on both domestic and international matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are our premium employment law provider and we use them when we need the best advice."

"I know that if I give work to BLP, it will get done on time. I have a confidence in them that I don't have with other firms."

Notable practitioners  

Rebecca Harding-Hill advises across the full range of employment work and has a wealth of litigation experience. She is described as a "prodigiously hard-working lawyer" who "is not frightened of giving options but does not sit on the fence."

Lisa Mayhew heads the employment department and regularly acts on matters relating to financial services regulation. She has an excellent reputation as one of the leading employment lawyers in London, with clients praising her "pragmatism and responsiveness."

Rob Eldridge is noted for High Court litigation with a focus on restrictive covenants. His clients include ASOS, LVMH and Panmure Gordon.

Marian Bloodworth has extensive experience across the full range of employment law, with recent notable work on team moves. Sources note: "She knows employment law inside and out, which allows her to provide comprehensive advice."

Significant clients Oracle, UBS, Thames Water, Tesco, British American Tobacco.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pre-eminent employment practice within the healthcare sector. Advises across the full range of employment law for private and public healthcare providers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They have a very strong client service ethos and they are always very keen to make sure we are happy."

Work highlights Advised Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in defending claims of harassment, disability discrimination and constructive dismissal brought by a long-term employee of the trust.

Notable practitioners  

Jodie Sinclair represents healthcare groups in the public and private sector on a full range of issues relating to employment law. Clients say: "She's very good on the client service aspect of the relationship. She is a good member of the team because she is efficient and responsive."

Alastair Currie is a senior associate within the employment team. He advises on all aspects of employment law and recently worked with an NHS Foundation Trust to review its employee relations procedures.

Significant clients Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Whittington Health, North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospital NHS Trust, Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad expertise encompassing contentious matters in the employment tribunal and High Court, notable advisory work and industrial relations. Well known for its work on pan-European projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They are prepared to change their approach, so nothing is static. They are prepared to listen to what the drivers are for the company and then be responsive to that."

"We have found them to be helpful, available and able to give very direct and practical advice."

Work highlights Advised Monarch Aircraft Engineering on a transaction with Flybe, which resulted in the TUPE transfer of 140 employees, recognition issues with Prospect the Union and unfair dismissal claims.

Advised Dart Group and its subsidiary Jet2.com on disputes with BALPA and UNITE including defending prospective High Court actions relating to collective bargaining.

Notable practitioners  

Ian Hunter heads the firm's employment department and is recommended for being a "measured, sensible and pragmatic lawyer." He is experienced in both contentious and advisory work.

Warren Wayne is adept at advising on restrictive covenants and confidentiality issues. Clients appreciate his ability to "put everything into a wider context" and to "absorb pressure whilst focusing on the main objective."

Elizabeth Lang is praised for her ability to "identify the big picture and where litigation might be going." She is known for her industrial relations work, with sources singling her out because of her knowledge of union strategy, and one recommending her for "tricky cases with reputational issues."

Significant clients Amey, BAE Systems, Yahoo!, Lenovo, Quadrature Capital.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialist employment firm known for its high-level work advising senior executives on contract negotiations, employment tribunal claims and restrictive covenants. Also works with employers on a wide range of issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are great from top to bottom. They are efficient and nothing is too much trouble. They are a real pleasure to work with."

"They send a chill down opponents' spines because they know their stuff - and opponents know they will get a tough fight."

Work highlights Advised Bruno Angelici in relation to his appointment to the Board of Vectura as an independent non-executive director.

Notable practitioners  

Gareth Brahams regularly represents senior employees in the financial services sector. Sources say: "If you're a claimant running a difficult case, you want someone like Gareth in your corner because he fights his client's case as hard as he possibly can."

Arpita Dutt receives high praise, with an impressed source calling her "one of the best negotiators around because she routinely gets settlements that are worth more than the cases." Another says: "Clients get a fine service from her because she gets behind them and really cares about their litigation experience."

Ruth Badrick is praised for being "focused and well organised," as well as for being "knowledgeable and great at holding a client's hand." She routinely acts for employees and employers on a range of employment law matters.

Alistair French works across the full spectrum of employment law for senior executives and employers. He is noted by impressed clients for providing "thorough but pragmatic advice."

Significant clients Blick Rothenberg, Greenhill & Co International, First Utility, Pro Sight.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pre-eminent healthcare employment practice, which focuses on advising NHS trusts. Its client base also includes private healthcare organisations, charities and social housing groups.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"One of the premier trust-focused healthcare firms with near-unrivalled expertise in that area. They cover contentious matters but also have a wealth of knowledge on broader NHS procedures." 

"They have been great without exception. I have a high level of confidence in their advice and management of cases."

Work highlights Advised on the employment issues arising from the dissolution of the South London Healthcare NHS Trust.

Notable practitioners  

Martin Hamilton is head of employment and "impressive in all respects," according to clients. He works with clients across the healthcare sector, with regular work for NHS trusts, private groups and third sector organisations.

Andrew Rowland is "a specialist in working with health trusts." Sources note that he is "outstanding on the litigation side because he is steady, assured and excellent at dealing with clients."

Significant clients Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, East London NHS Foundation Trust, Homerton University Hospital.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service employment team adept at a range of work including general advisory, tribunal defence and High Court litigation. Diverse client base includes companies in the sports, retail and financial services sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide good advice at reasonable rates and take a pragmatic and personable approach."

Work highlights Advised Sony on a tribunal claim brought by a former intern claiming entitlement to the minimum wage.

Assisted Sports Direct with a high-profile test case brought against the company relating to zero-hour contracts.

Notable practitioners  

Sources consider David Green to be "a guru on employment law." He is an expert across the board but particularly valued by clients for his knowledge of trade unions and industrial relations.

Nick Hurley is praised for being an "extremely personable lawyer" who provides "commercial and pragmatic advice." He is noted by clients for his ability to develop an in-depth understanding of their business and for his solution-oriented approach.

Michael Powner leads the firm's employment and pensions group. He advises employers on a full range of employment matters but also routinely works with senior employees.

Will Nash advises employers, with a range of recent work for clients in the retail sector. He is also adept at working with senior employees and receives praise for his "no-nonsense approach."

Alan Julyan focuses on advising senior executives, with sources calling him a "signature name for individuals." He regularly advises City executives on restrictive covenants.

Trevor Bettany heads the employment practice and regularly advises employers on a wide range of employment issues. Sources say: "He has a clear grasp of the essential and he is a good person to have on your side in any dispute."

Significant clients Wagamama, Hotel Chocolat, The FA, Abellio, Mercedes F1.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised as one of the leading teams for large corporate and financial services clients. Regularly handles the employment aspects of transactions as well as standalone advisory and litigation work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide high-quality employment advice and the relationship is very smooth because of how well they know us. They really think ahead and are really proactive."

"The service is seamless - they really understand us and our needs." 

Work highlights Advised Barclays on a number of issues including the introduction of role-based pay and the exits of a number of senior executives.

Advised CQS Global Services on defending a claim for wrongful dismissal and release from covenants brought by the former manager of a portfolio company.

Notable practitioners  

Alistair Woodland has recently advised numerous clients on employment matters relating to banking regulation, with sources noting that he has "carved out a niche for himself in that area." One impressed client says: "He is excellent, client-friendly and a great technical lawyer."

Christopher Goodwill is considered "excellent with clients, very calm and composed." He is considered a "standout lawyer" by clients and is praised for his responsiveness with one source saying: "He goes out of his way to respond within hours."

Significant clients McGraw Hill, Permia Advisors, Mondelez International, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley.

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted for its litigation strength with experience in the employment tribunal, employment appeals tribunal and the High Court. On the advisory side, the team is capable of handling both domestic and international work for clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their advice is very pragmatic. They marry the straight legal advice with a commercial understanding of our business and the industry in which we operate." 

"They are very efficient and it is not unusual to only spend one minute in conversation with the partner, which really helps with cost-efficiency."

Work highlights Advised Estée Lauder on litigation including 18 employment tribunals covering the full range of complaints, including unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing.

Assisted Royal & Sun Alliance with the TUPE transfer of 250 staff following the insurer's exit from an insurance agreement.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Hill is recommended as a "pragmatic lawyer" who "is flexible and provides great client care." He has an impressive client following, which includes Baker Tilly, Willis and Santander.

Nick Dent has wide-ranging experience in employment law and clients report that he "provides an outstanding level of service and acts like an extension of our in-house team, giving clear and easy-to-follow advice."

Chris Holme is "tireless in representing clients," according to interviewees. He is valued for his forthrightness, with one source noting: "He will tell you what he thinks and not what you might like to hear. He tells you exactly how the ground lies."

James Major is praised by sources as a "good all-rounder, who you feel comfortable involving in complex cases." Recent work includes advising Estée Lauder on the defence of a range of employment tribunal claims and subsequent appeals to the EAT.

Significant clients UPS, Willis, Baker Tilly, Xchangin, Financial Times.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 associates

What the team is known for Niche employment practice, which focuses on advising senior employees in the financial and professional services. The team's work centres on team moves, senior exits and discrimination claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm stands out from others because they have partnership expertise and can also handle international work."

"They are good at providing practical and tactical advice which leaves you in a good position."

Notable practitioners  

Bettina Bender is "very experienced in dealing with City employers and has a good understanding of how banks and financial institutions work and what their strategy is likely to be."

Clare Murray is considered one of the leading lawyers in London for representing senior executives. She is adept at handling matters with an international edge and is considered "an extremely good relationship builder and a great communicator."

Sources praise Anna Birtwistle's "knowledge and ability to handle difficult matters." She is an expert on discrimination and has complementary expertise in partnership law.

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 22 associates

What the team is known for Wide-ranging employment expertise with an international presence. Diverse client base, including large public companies and groups in the financial services sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide business-focused advice, which is important. I can read a book to know the law but they apply it in a business context. It is real-world advice which enables you to do what you need to do."

What's new? Dundas & Wilson became part of CMS in May 2014.

Work highlights Advised Royal Mail on the employment issues arising from its IPO including TUPE concerns as well as board and senior level issues.

Defended the All-England Club against a claim of age discrimination levelled by a worker seasonally employed during the Wimbledon Championships. 

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Fincham stands out because of "the quality of his advice." He has wide expertise including employment litigation and industrial relations. He recently led the team's advice to Royal Mail in relation to its IPO.

Sources note Graham Paul as being "very much a client man." He is "strong on black letter law but also pragmatic, which allows him to translate it into something people can follow." He works in all areas of employment law, with notable litigation experience.

Robert Davies is known for advising public sector clients on their full range of employment needs. He also has a client following among private sector clients and is praised for having "really good current market knowledge."

Significant clients Allied Irish Banks, BT, MetLife, Commerzbank AG, National Grid.

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well known for advising employers in the health and public sectors, with a number of NHS trusts amongst its client base. Also adept at handling work for financial services clients. Able to leverage its regional offices to provide cost-effective advice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are not averse to risk and help us to solve complicated problems." 

"The advice is practical and commercial. They don't tell us what we want to hear, they challenge us."

Work highlights Advised on the TUPE consequences of King's College Hospital NHS Foundations Trust's acquisition of Princess Royal University Hospital after the latter was placed in special administration.

Acted on behalf of Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust following High Court litigation brought by a doctor alleging breach of contract.

Notable practitioners  

One impressed source says of Rachel Dineley: "She is very passionate about her area of expertise and presents it in a way that adds value. She is very helpful and pragmatic and gets straight to the point." 

Elizabeth Adams has a wealth of employment law experience with a focus on advising public sector healthcare clients.

Nick Chronias is an expert on the employment issues affecting healthcare groups in the public and private sector, with sources describing him as "technically exceptional" for his work in that space.

Khurram Shamsee is considered "unflappable" by sources because he is "very calm and doesn't get rattled by anything." He focuses on advising clients in the financial services industry and is considered by peers to be a "hard-nosed opponent."

Udara Ranasinghe is known for his work with employers in the healthcare and financial services sectors. Clients praise his "sensible and sound advice, which sets out the legal framework in a pragmatic way."

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, Unilever, Associated Press, AIG Europe, McAfee.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advising clients in the financial services sector including US banking institutions and hedge funds. Also advises senior executives in the same sector. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They really understand our business and the market we are in - which is key."

"I can probably count on one hand the number of times I have called and nobody has been available. When that has happened they have always called back as soon as possible."

Notable practitioners  

Charles Wynn-Evans is well known for his expertise advising both employers and senior executives. Sources praise his "commercial approach" while also noting his availability and incredibly upbeat approach. He is a part-time employment judge and clients value his ability to "bring that experience to the table."

Jason Butwick "knows his stuff from a technical hard skills standpoint whilst also being responsive and knowing how advice needs to be given in real time." Clients also note his "commercial sense" and ability to understand "urgency and the need to deliver." 

Emma Byford is an associate within the group and comes highly recommended by clients. She advises across employment law with a particular focus on issues arising out of transactions.

Significant clients BNY Mellon, SAGA Group, The AA, JC Decaux, PIMCO.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides clients in the financial services sector with contentious and non-contentious advice. Ability to leverage its global footprint to provide a seamless multi-jurisdictional service.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"As a client there is a lot you do not have to say because they already know it and suggest things on their own initiative. That really adds value."

Work highlights Advised Bank of China on a restructuring of its human resources department, which included alterations to terms and conditions and potential redundancies.

Assisted Zolfo Cooper with its role as administrator of the Bramwell pub chain. A number of sites were sold to Stonegate and the team advised on the resulting TUPE issues.

Notable practitioners  

Sources say Michael Bronstein is "very knowledgeable on employment and TUPE issues, providing practical, prompt advice with a focus on the specific business needs." He has a huge amount of experience across the full spectrum of employment law issues.

Significant clients GFI Group, NeoPay, Clarksons, Al Jazeera, Société Générale.

Editorial for Dentons, now merged with Dentons

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading employment practice for social housing and social care groups, with a client list featuring some of the biggest and most high-profile organisations in those areas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They understand our business very well, not only in terms of employment but also for pensions - that gives them real breadth." 

Notable practitioners  

Amanda Harvey is considered one of the leading practitioners for advice on employment issues affecting social housing groups, because "she has very good knowledge of how employment and social housing regulation intersect."

Significant clients London & Quadrant Housing Trust, Radian Group, Housing 21, Genesis Housing Group, Hanover.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides cross-border and international employment law advice to large multinationals. Also adept at handling domestic matters for its diverse client base.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very good and have a global presence. They are quick at turning things around and if you need advice they make sure you get it quickly." 

Work highlights Acted for Brewin Dolphin on its board restructure. The firm helped to exit four board members as well as split the executive chairman position into two roles.

Advised on a restructuring exercise spanning 18 countries in EMEA for NetApp.

Notable practitioners  

Tom Kerr Williams is considered "pragmatic and easy to work with" by clients. He works across a range of industry sectors and is experienced in advising on industrial relations and trade union issues.

Significant clients Babcock, Lockheed Martin, Lloyds Banking Group, RBS, British Airways.

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boutique employment law firm known for advising both senior executives and employers. The practice draws its employer clients from a range of sectors, while its work with senior executives tends to be focused on those working in the financial services sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are extremely focused on delivering a result for the client and have clients' interests on the mind at all times." 

"They are always pragmatic and give advice to HR staff that is relevant and in plain English."

Work highlights Advised the former head and deputy head of Investec's structured derivatives desk in their £6.3 million bonus claim against their former employer.

Notable practitioners  

Sources say Peter Doyle is "very commercial and astute with a natural flair for interpreting law." He has wide-ranging expertise including advising individuals on terminations and business disputes and employers on TUPE.

Darren Clayton is "a very practically minded lawyer" who is well known for his work with senior executives. Clients praise his decisiveness: "You get instant advice and if you have an issue you get it resolved there and then."

Jessica Corsi is praised as "a seasoned lawyer with a strong legal brain," which she balances with "practical-mindedness." She has a diverse practice and regularly advises senior executives and employers.

Peter de Maria regularly works on team moves and related restrictive covenant issues. Sources note him as being "strong on High Court litigation" and "good with clients because he is sensible and pragmatic."

Esther Langdon is a senior associate who provides broad employment advice to a range of clients. She focuses on contentious matters in the Employment Tribunal, EAT and High Court.

Significant clients A J Gallagher, Travelex, Brit Insurance, Towry Group, Marie Curie Cancer Care. 

Basic facts about the department
- 4 Partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Works with City-based senior executives on the full range of employment needs, including advice relating to restrictive covenants and breach of fiduciary duty. Also provides regular advice to employer clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They do lot of high-value individual work and they are not frightened of taking on High Court litigation which spreads a little wider than pure employment."

"They give quick responses and they are very realistic about the business world."  

Work highlights Defended Richmond Pharmacology against claims of sexual discrimination relating to its request that an employee work part-time after returning from maternity leave.

Notable practitioners  

Linky Trott sits as a part-time employment judge and brings that expertise and experience to bear for her clients, who say that she "knows her stuff, speaks with confidence and is very supportive." She advises both individuals and senior executives.

Sources say that Rachel Harrap is "a delight to work with because she combines strategic ability with pragmatism. She clearly knows the law, will ask you what you want to achieve and will then provide you with options."

Alexandra Carn is a noted litigator who is "user-friendly and easy to deal with." She is recommended for senior executives in the financial services sector but also regularly works for respondents.

Significant clients Otis, Nuclear Risk Insurers, Chubb Fire, Theatre Royal Haymarket, Richmond Pharmacology.

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Wide-ranging employment advice for PLCs and clients in the financial services sector. Renowned for its industrial relations expertise and is widely considered one of the pre-eminent groups for trade union-related advice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They are masters of client relationships. They preview costs and always keep you updated as work progresses."

"They have in-depth knowledge of the UK landscape as it relates to trade unions."

Work highlights Provided Royal Mail with advice on industrial relations during the group's £3.5 billion IPO.

Advised Anglo American on the employment aspects of an IT contract with HCL, including the transfer of staff in a number of jurisdictions.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Fontes is "engaging and quick-witted" and "steers his clients in a political and astute way." As well as his obvious employment expertise, he is well known for complimentary strength on partnership law and cases involving stress at work.

Sources note that Martin Warren "knows the trade union area extremely well" and is considered by some to be "the leading trade union lawyer in the country." He has recent experience of challenging leverage campaigns waged by UNITE the union.

Marc Meryon is one of the foremost industrial relations experts in the market. He is described as a "calm and persuasive individual" and is sought out by the likes of Royal Mail due to his in-depth knowledge of trade unions.

Audrey Williams leads the discrimination group and has a great deal of experience in that area. Her practice includes advice on all areas of employment law for clients such as John Lewis.

Holly Short is referred to by sources as "a real up and comer." She has broad expertise with "a very clear understanding of TUPE," and also advises on industrial relations.

Significant clients Lloyds Banking Group, FCA, UniCredit, Nationwide Building Society, Aon.

Basic facts about the department 
- 8 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding practice for senior executives in the financial services sector with notable recent work on team moves. Also adept at advising employers, with a focus on education and third sector clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their work for senior executives is brilliant and they really fight their client's corner." 

"They are a really valuable asset for advice on contentious issues. They give pragmatic and straightforward advice on how to resolve a problem rather than giving pages of case law." 

Notable practitioners  

William Dawson is praised for his "strong commercial grasp, which means he does not waste time on clever points which do not go anywhere." He is equally adept at advising employers and senior executives but is noted as being "good for FTSE 100 employees."

The "tremendously supportive" Rachel Lewis is described as "a reassuring presence and very good with clients." She has a wealth of experience advising senior executives with recent work for partners in equity partnerships.

David Hunt represents clients in a range of sectors including sports and education. His employment expertise is broad but he is singled out as "a highly effective marksman in litigation."

David Smellie advises both employers and individuals but is renowned for his work with senior executives. He is described as "an absolutely first-class lawyer" who is "excellent with clients and very hands-on and practical."

Jonathan Eley is noted as "a calm presence for clients who can ease anyone's anxiety." He is highly rated by sources and advises on the full range of employment work for employers and senior executives.

Significant clients Telegraph Media Group, Imperial College, Charterhouse School, Hess, London Business School.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Known for representing senior employees in employment litigation. The team focuses on high-level executives working for City-based financial services institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are good for employees because they have genuine consideration for the person. They really seemed set up to help employees in trouble." 

Notable practitioners  

Sources say Charles Ferguson "does well for his clients because he makes life difficult for the other side." He is well known for his litigation expertise and regularly advises individuals employed in the banking sector.

Fiona Macdonald comes highly praised by clients with one commenting that "she has a killer instinct and lays traps for the other side, which they invariably fall into." Another impressed source notes that she "is very calculated and calm."

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for High-profile advisory work relating to government projects and broad employment advice to its private sector clients. The team continues to grow its international employment practice with an increasing amount of work on cross-border mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They support our needs and have always been very efficient. They have also been good at establishing the parameters for legal issues." 

Work highlights Advised Pearson on the TUPE implications of outsourcing its IT function.

Worked with the Cabinet Office on the TUPE issues relating to the ISSC2 shared services project.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Kenyon has a wealth of contentious and non-contentious experience and is valued by clients because "he can translate into non-legal language and make his advice easily actionable."

Significant clients Autodesk, BBC Worldwide, Control Risks, DTZ, Miramax.

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialist employment firm known for representing City-based senior employees in disputes with their employers. The team draws its clients from the insurance world as well as professional and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They listen to the issues and give strong advice on the right thing to do. They really do provide a good level of service." 

Notable practitioners  

Ronnie Fox is renowned for his work advising senior executives, with sources noting: "The service he offers is perfect for senior individuals." Clients say: "He is easy to work with, takes time to understand the issues and addresses them in a holistic way."

Catriona Watt is "an excellent employment litigator" who advises both employers and employees. She is best known for her work with senior individuals, with impressed clients praising her availability and overall client service.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Works with employers and senior executives across the full breadth of employment law. Experienced in advising on City disputes such as team moves, whistle-blowing claims and claims relating to bonuses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide a brilliant service combining quality of advice with response times. They come back in a timely fashion, and they are effective and efficient in terms of turnaround without it being detrimental to the quality of advice."

"They have got a very commercial approach to employment issues and a very good understanding of the commercial reality because they know that applying the law on the ground can be trickier than reading it out of a textbook."

Notable practitioners  

Joanna Chatterton's practice covers both litigation and advisory work for employers. She is described as being "extremely easy to work with" and noted for "giving good advice and explaining things in a pragmatic, non-legalistic way."

Jane Mann "impresses with her ability to get to the crux of a matter." She heads the firm's employment practice and has a wealth of experience, which leads sources to recommend her for "complicated and high-risk matters because she has the experience to see things from a potential litigant's perspective."

Significant clients Domestic & General, Amlin, Chelsea Football Club, BHP Billiton, Crest Nicholson.

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Formidable employment practice known for the strength of its work on investigations and employment law in a transactional context. In addition, the group is adept at assisting with broader employment issues, both contentious and non-contentious.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are great because of the commercial focus and speed of response. They take time to listen and understand what the problem is and the follow-up is first class." 

"They are all of a high calibre, very practical and understand us well." 

Work highlights Assisted AstraZeneca in a global restructuring project. This included advice on pan-European redundancies and the employment issues connected to moving its global headquarters to Cambridge.

Notable practitioners  

Nicholas Squire is described as a "fantastic lawyer" and counts Bumi and Cinven amongst his client base. His employment expertise is broad and he has a growing practice advising alternative asset managers on the hiring and firing of senior managers in their portfolio companies.

Caroline Stroud advises PLCs and financial institutions on all of their employment law issues. Sources note her as "practical and pragmatic" as well as "very good with clients, with a very commercial approach."

Kathleen Healy is called "outstanding" by clients who say: "She is extremely commercial and she understands we have to balance the law with running a business." Sources also praise her "good instincts on how things might play out and where there might be difficulties."

Significant clients Invensys, State Street Bank, Bumi, Pearson, Deloitte.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Niche employment practice focused on advising City-based employers in the financial services industry. The team advises on both litigation and non-contentious matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are fantastic and give you the Rolls-Royce service of a magic circle firm with the personable approach of a niche practice."

"Wise heads of employment law with a real depth of experience. They are quick on the uptake and quick to get things done." 

Notable practitioners  

Paul Quain is a "brilliant lawyer" with "a real aptitude for High Court work." He is regularly asked to advise on injunctions and team moves but is an expert on all aspects of employment law.

The "impressive" Jon Gilligan is noted for his "prodigious work rate" and for being "completely on the side of the client at all times." He has broad employment experience and instils confidence in clients because he is "unbelievably thorough with a good grasp of clients' cases."

Sophie Vanhegan receives praise her for technical ability. She has extensive experience of tribunal and High Court litigation as well as more general advisory work.

Significant clients Commerzbank, Monitise, Close Brothers, Ariadne Capital, Global Investment Mandate.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises employers and senior employees in the creative industries. The team's work covers all areas of employment law on both sides of the divide and it is equally able to handle contentious and non-contentious matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They develop a thorough understanding of the issues in a very short time and they have the ability to understand their client's best interests." 

Notable practitioners  

Clients say Howard Hymanson "delivers a gold standard service" and is "a powerhouse of good counsel and advice." He has recent experience advising on significant pieces of litigation, and sources note: "He is very creative, the fact that something has not been tried before does not stop Howard."

Significant clients Tripadvisor, National Theatre, Comic Relief, Wolford London, Society of London Theatre.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Best known for the strength of its litigation advice, with a great deal of experience advising employers on whistle-blowing claims. Regularly works on transactional support and advisory matters including industrial relations issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"If I want to do something that is not straightforward they do not sit on the fence, and will give you a feel for the risks involved." 

"They are extremely committed to furthering the interests of their clients."

Work highlights Advised hibu on the employment elements of its restructuring following administration. The team also assisted with an investigation relating to the company's US subsidiary.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Frost is a "superb litigator" who has been at the forefront of the use of arbitrations to settle employment disputes. His recent highlights include a high-profile whistle-blowing defence and advice on industrial relations issues.

Andrew Taggart is "very focused on the objectives of the client and sincere in providing an answer which will meet their needs." He is noted for his High Court litigation expertise as well as his experience of conducting investigations.

Sources consider Tim Leaver to be "commercial in his advice and happy to stick his neck out and give us the most appropriate way forward, as well as the pros and cons." He works on contentious and non-contentious matters and is recommended as being "good for critical work."

Significant clients Michael Page, Stagecoach Group, BSkyB, IBM, EDF.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad employment expertise with a focus on advice in a transactional context. Regularly advises PLCs on board and senior employee-related issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a combination of technical expertise and interpersonal skills, which builds trust and confidence."

Work highlights Advised FTI consulting in relation to the administration of 2e2, including numerous grievances lodged by members of staff who had been made redundant.  

Assisted the Bank of Scotland with the employment aspects of the sale of its 50% stake in Sainsbury's bank.

Notable practitioners  

Elizabeth Slattery is praised as a "solution-oriented problem solver." She is noted for advising large public companies on issues relating to their senior executives and has experience in handling complicated multi-jurisdictional issues.

Edward Bowyer is described by sources as "a very skilled and experienced employment lawyer." He regularly advises on the employment issues arising from corporate transactions, and clients say: "He is commercial, whilst also being a strong technical lawyer."

Significant clients eBay, Honeywell, ExxonMobil, Northern Trust, Weightwatchers.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Substantial employment practice with a wealth of clients in the media including print, television and the internet. Also advises clients in the leisure sector on their full range of employment issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are good at providing strategic advice and they are always on the lookout for things that are important to us."

"They understand the commercial nature of things. They are straight-talking and deal with things in a sensible way." 

Notable practitioners  

Carolyn Brown heads the employment department and is a key contact for the group.

Significant clients Guardian Media Group, Condé Nast, Mills & Boon, GFI Holdings, Top Right Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad range of employment work including significant litigation and non-contentious matters for PLCs and private equity clients. Regularly sought out to aid US-based companies with their UK employment needs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We go to them for tactical advice and I have been delighted because they are really in tune with the way our business deals with disputes." 

Work highlights Advised One Equity Partners on a pre-sale TUPE transfer relating to its USD485 million sale of Systagenix.

Advised Hansteen Holdings on the TUPE aspects of its purchase of the asset management business of Warner Estate Holdings and on its acquisition of a stake in Ashtenne Industiral Fund Unit Trust.

Notable practitioners  

Jules Quinn regularly advises on employment law for domestic and international companies. Clients say: "She is very straightforward and she gets the commercial side. We have a point we want to get to but we have to comply with legislation and she helps us avoid the minefield."

Mark Taylor is noted for his "spot-on and succinct advice" as well as his "helpfulness on complex employee relations cases." His employment expertise is broad but he is particularly adept at advising on employment issues resulting from transactions.

Significant clients IBM, Cobham, Mastercard, Capital & Regional, SAS.

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises technology companies on all of their employment law needs with regular advice on sector-critical issues such as TUPE and outsourcing. Attracts digital media clients including start-ups and more established groups.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It is a brilliant team that is engaging and easy to work with." 

Notable practitioners  

Sources consider David Williams to be a "problem solver who is able to take his understanding of employment law and get his head around what the business is trying to do. He can see things from an employee's perspective and then provide a solution."

Significant clients AKQA, Ancestry.co.uk, Buzzfeed UK, Turner Broadcasting, Thomson Reuters.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises clients in the transport sector with expertise on sector-critical industrial relations issues. Also helps groups in this area with their bread-and-butter employment issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"If I contact them, I get an immediate response back. They are happy to talk through any issues I have got and it always seems as if I am their only client."

"They give the legal perspective but also provide incredibly clear practical advice." 

Work highlights Advised East Midlands Trains on the defence of an unfair dismissal claim. The case eventually made its way to the Court of Appeal on the subject of the application of human rights law to unfair dismissal.

Worked with Aspen Healthcare on a widespread review of the healthcare providers policies, procedures and contracts.

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Leake is noted for his "particular expertise in the rail field and its related employment law and industrial action issues." His clients praise him as being "both approachable and pragmatic in terms of his advice."

Significant clients First Great Western, Stagecoach South Western Trains, Southern Railway, West Coast Trains, RSA.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad employer-focused practice able to tackle advisory work and litigation for its diverse client base. Particularly notable for its cross-border capability.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very astute and capable, the quality and the level of service has really been outstanding." 

"They are very responsive and technically good, but they also understand our industry."

Work highlights Assisted Universal Music Group on the employment law issues resulting from the sale of Parlophone to Warner Music.

Advised Mazars in its role of administrator to Thamesteel including on 250 protective award claims brought by Community the Union for Life.

Notable practitioners  

Nicola Kerr advises employers including private equity houses, law firms and hedge funds on a wide range of issues. She also acts for senior employees in the professional and financial services.

Sources comment on Hilary O'Connor's expertise across all areas of employment law as well as her ability to understand her clients' business and culture. 

Carl Richards has broad employment expertise with recent highlights including his advice to Universal Music on its sale of Parlophone. Clients note his responsiveness: "If I indicate I need an immediate response, I get one."

Significant clients The British Land Company, Deloitte, Digital Lumens, Infinis Energy Services, Ladbrokes.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 Partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly advises SMEs in the financial services sector on their full range of employment law issues, with noted expertise on investigations. Also works with individuals in the same sector on discrimination claims, bonus disputes and issues relating to restrictive covenants.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They are quick to turn around work, very thorough and their costs represent value for money. They are also able to be commercial in their approach to the advice they give rather than simply quoting the law." 

Notable practitioners  

Richard Fox heads the employment law practice and advises both individuals and respondents. He is described as "punchy and pragmatic" and praised for "quickly understanding issues then finding ways to resolve them."

Adrian Crawford has extensive experience advising senior employees across a range of sectors including finance, media and legal. He also has a developed respondent-focused practice.

Significant clients Baker Tilly, iDirect, Health Care Professions Council, EPG, WhiteOak.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad client base including US-based companies and private equity houses. International presence means it is well placed to advise on multi-jurisdictional employment issues.

Work highlights Advised OpenTable on the dismissal of an employee for gross misconduct where there were allegations of fraud.

Assisted Zipcar with a restructuring following its acquisition by Avid Budget Group.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Brown advises employers on a range of issues, with significant work on the employment law consequences of corporate transactions. His client base includes large PLCs and FTSE 100 companies.

Sources say Catherine Drinnan is "always at the end of the phone and always there when you need her." Her recent work spans the full range of employment law and she is as adept at handling outsourcings as she is board level disputes.

Significant clients The Carlyle Group, Barclays Bank, Diageo, Goss International, Twitter.

Basic facts about the department
- 25 partners
- 69 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Large employment team well known for its work with claimants and respondents. Its employer work covers a range of sectors including financial services, legal, media and advertising. Its senior executive practice is focused on representing individuals employed in the financial services sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They understand their clients' commercial environment and work with a personal touch."

"The service they provide and the access you have is good. They are reasonable and if there is an issue they are always open to a discussion on fees." 

Work highlights Advised Linklaters on the defence of a high-profile employment tribunal claim brought by a former paralegal who accused the firm of discrimination and fraudulent billing.

The firm acted alongside existing deal counsel to provide employment advice to IRESS in relation to its acquisition of Avelo, including a due diligence exercise and post-deal restructuring.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Burd is joint head of the department. One impressed source refers to him as "the doyen of employment law," whilst another calls him "very impressive, pragmatic and sensible because he uses good commercial knowledge and he challenges our thinking in a tactful way."

James Davies is joint head of the employment practice and considered to be "one of the best around" by impressed sources. His expertise is wide, but one interviewee notes him as being "very good on age discrimination."

Toni Lorenzo is called "a proper High Court litigator," with one client commenting: "He will take on litigation with an ADR outlook; he is always looking for a resolution and uses litigation to its best effect rather than running it for the sake of it."

Sources say Ellen Temperton "really gets to know her client and their culture, and is able to translate the letter of the law and give it practical application." She regularly advises employers on a range of issues with expertise in handling High Court litigation.

Nicholas Hadaway advises City-based senior employees with a focus on those working in financial services. His work includes litigation in the employment tribunal and High Court, with recent experience including bonus claims and team moves.

Significant clients Ford, Freshfields, Credit Suisse, Nokia, Jaguar Landrover.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Standout work for global banks, alternative asset managers and FTSE 100 corporates. Covers the full range of employment law, with impressive capability on litigation and advisory as well as notable transactional strength.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They understand the law, they have an excellent service ethic and you walk away with a sense of confidence in the advice you have been given."

"They have high-quality people and the advice they give is credible and pragmatic." 

Work highlights Advised Julius Baer on the employment law consequences of its acquisition of Merill Lynch's International Wealth Management business from Bank of America.

Advised Deloitte on the cross-over of insolvency law and employment following the administration of HMV. The team also advised on HMV's sale to Hilco Group.

Notable practitioners  

Nicola Rabson is considered to be "practical, commercial and technically good" by impressed sources who also note her as being "very attentive to client needs." Her clients include Bain, Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank.

Jean Lovett regularly works for some of the best-known groups in the financial services sector. She is praised for her work on senior exits, with one source noting "we go to her for senior executive problems and she always comes up with solutions."

Significant clients Commerzbank, Anglo American, Deutsche Bank, Invesco Perpetual, Morgan Stanley.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Equally adept at assisting clients with transaction-related employment advice as it is with general advisory and litigation. Recent highlights include advice on the overlap between employment and regulatory issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They make clients feel like they are in safe hands. They are clever and experienced advisers." 

Work highlights Continues to advise Slater & Gordon on its acquisition of other law firms including the recent acquisition of Pannone's consumer law business.

Advised Legal & General Property on the potential TUPE issues relating to the merger of its Industrial Property Investment Fund and its Falcon Property Unit Trust.

Notable practitioners  

Seán Lavin is described as "an urbane and pragmatic lawyer who gets a good deal for his clients." He heads the department and has broad respondent-focused employment law expertise. He also regularly advises senior executives in the financial and professional services sectors.

Dan Lavender is a litigation expert who is recommended as being "calm, rational and good at understanding an issue quickly." Sources also say he is "thoughtfully proactive about the nature of the problem and the next steps."

Significant clients Omnicom Group, Schroders, IMG Worldwide, Red Bull, KFC.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Go-to employment practice with a client following that includes some of the world's largest banks, insurers and corporate clients. The practice is boosted by its international capability as well as the firm's wider strength in pensions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They give good and succinct legal advice. They were really pragmatic and commercial, which you do not always get with City firms."

"They are always quick to over-deliver, and come back quicker than we agreed."

What's new? Hired Stefan Martin from magic circle firm Allen & Overy. 

Notable practitioners  

Nicholas Robertson heads the employment department and is noted as being "good at presenting solutions and very good at recommending what needed to be done." Sources also note that he fights hard for his clients, who include large international corporates.

Christopher Fisher has a broad respondent-focused practice with one impressed interviewee calling him "one of the leaders in London employment." He is described by sources as being "thoughtful, reflective and commercial," as well as "a good pragmatic negotiator."

The "unflappable" Stefan Martin is well known for advising on the employment elements of transactional work. His practice is more broad and he is valued for his contentious and advisory skills.

Significant clients HSBC, QBE, AXA, Wells Fargo, Aspen Re.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 counsel
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong litigation practice with recent high-profile work relating to team moves. Regularly advises large corporate clients on the employment elements of their M&A activity.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Strong and pragmatic, they are able to present things in a way business people can understand. They find solutions that work for the business." 

Work highlights Advised on a TUPE consultation for Intersnack relating to its acquisition of KP Snacks.

Notable practitioners  

Katie Clark has a broad employment practice encompassing contentious and non-contentious work. She is praised as being "very responsive" and for quickly getting to know the way the client thinks.

Sharon Tan has an all-encompassing employment practice and comes highly recommended by sources. She also has complimentary experience advising on data privacy issues.

Significant clients Macquarie, Heckler & Koch, Expedia.com, GFI Group, Commerzbank.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for All-encompassing practice which offers contentious and non-contentious employment advice. The team regularly works on the employment elements of corporate transactions.

Work highlights Advised Norcon in relation to the replacement of its CEO, which included termination agreements across multiple jurisdictions.

Assisted the Rethink Group on numerous employment matters including the creation of new director's contracts.

Notable practitioners  

Merrill April advises both respondents and claimants and is noted as having "a good grasp of how to tackle things from a strategic point of view." She recently advised Savill's former Head of New Homes on his exit from the company.

Significant clients The Harley Medical Group, Spirited Wines, EIM, Beds and Bars, Allium Capital.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Premier firm for senior individuals, with expertise on exits and bonus claims as well as whistle-blowing and discrimination claims. Stands out for its work on the respondent side, with a client base including companies drawn from a wide range of sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are exemplary at what they do and I would highly recommend them. There is no other firm I would use for employment." 

"They provide timely and pertinent advice that fits our culture."

Work highlights Continued to act for former Dresdner Kleinwort bankers after their former employer lodged a challenge in the Court of Appeal.

Notable practitioners  

Sources consider Joanna Blackburn to be "an employment law guru." She heads the employment law team and advises senior executives and employers in a range of sectors. Recent highlights include advising on partnerships issues in the financial services sector.

Sarah Keeble is recommended by interviewees because "she cares passionately about her clients and supports them through all of their issues." She mainly acts for the firm's corporate clients and has a client following that spans a range of sectors.

Daniel Naftalin advises both employers and senior employees on all areas of employment law. Sources recommend his "proactive and personal advice" as well as the value he places on his client relationships.

Significant clients Warner Music Group, The Co-operative Group, Cancer Research, Christian Louboutin, Tata Communications.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong international practice advising clients on the full range of employment law, including frequent work on multi-jurisdictional mandates. Noted for its recent work on team moves.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They can co-ordinate European activities and they are able to translate the legal contexts of lots of countries into advice that is useful for us."

Work highlights Advised Santander on the TUPE implications of its sale of its store card business to SAV Credit.

Assisted Direct Line with the creation of an ABS in partnership with Parabis Law. This included advising on secondments to the ABS.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Griffin heads the employment practice and leads the practice's contentious work. He receives praise for both his commercial and legal knowledge, with one source saying he is "extremely commercially astute."

Significant clients Aeroturbine, Bank of Ireland, GlaxoSmithKline, Starr, Contour Global.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad practice providing advice on all areas of employment law. Assists clients in the TMT sectors, with recent highlights including a wealth of work on contentious matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They go above and beyond what they should do to provide good client service."

"The associates are very responsive and the entire team is commercial and pragmatic." 

Notable practitioners  

Catherine Taylor advises employers on a full range of matters, including regular work on restrictive covenants. Clients praise her as "very commercial and responsive" and "very adept at explaining the strategic options during litigation."

Melanie Lane assists clients in a range of sectors on a wide variety of employment law issues. She is noted as being "very practical and solution-oriented" and sources recommend her for work relating to senior employees.

Significant clients BBC, Channel 4, Huddle, Rightmove, Searcys.

Since publication, Daniel Aherne has joined EY Law.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong employment practice known for its work with mid-market and high-end financial services institutions. Regularly advises clients in the TMT sector. Frequently handles litigation work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have the ability to understand the business pressures, and come up with practical but fair solutions to employment issues." 

Work highlights Advised Manpower in relation to the Agency Worker Regulations, with the team providing strategic advice on its effects on the company's business model.

Assisted GDF Suez with the removal of a senior employee including advice relating to allegations of discrimination.

Notable practitioners  

David Cubitt leads the firm's national employment practice and regularly advises clients in financial services and technology sectors. He is praised by sources for his experience, thoroughness and responsiveness.

Victoria Parry is noted as being "personable and very commercially aware." She regularly advises clients in the financial services sector with a wealth of experience working on discrimination and bonus claims for City-based employers.

Significant clients Nomura International, Lazard, Eurostar, Mark & Spencer, Standard Chartered.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Focus on advising mid-market clients on their full range of employment needs. Possesses employment capabilities across the South of England and can offer cost-effective advice to larger clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their advice has been reassuring and pragmatic and they really understand our business."

"They have been practical in helping us resolve difficult issues." 

Work highlights Assisted SPA Future Thinking with the defence of unfair dismissal and race discrimination claims brought by a former contractor.

Notable practitioners  

Tom Walker draws his clients from a range of sectors and works with both claimants and respondents on notable matters relating to restrictive covenants. Impressed sources describe him as "a reactive lawyer" who "is very experienced at explaining processes."

Paul Mander heads the team and advises employers on the full spectrum of employment law. He is recognised for his work on restrictive covenants and disputes involving senior employers. Sources praise his work, with one calling him "an astute tactician."

Significant clients Ocado, Eurotunnel, Just-Eat, Liberty Retail, Links of London.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on a broad range of employment matters for clients in numerous industry sectors. Regularly acts on the employment law aspects of both domestic and cross-border corporate transactions.

Work highlights Advised IMG and Channel 4 on their defence of the high-profile age discrimination claims brought by John McCririck.

Notable practitioners  

Robin Jeffcott works with clients on their advisory, litigation and transactional needs. He regularly works on international projects and has impressed clients with his cross-border capability.

Significant clients Royal Bank of Scotland, BT, AXA Investments, PWC, Koch.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises clients in a range of sectors, with recognised strength advising insurers. Regularly works for global clients on outsourcing matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have taken the time to get to know us as a business, what we need and look for, and what key stakeholders need. It is an extraordinary level of engagement."

"Very pragmatic and commercial, and always look for the right outcome for us. They are prepared to give advice and tell us it is the most realistic thing that will happen."

Work highlights Assisting Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and UCLH NHS Foundation Trust with the formation of a joint venture with The Doctors Laboratory, a provider of pathology services.

Advised The Mill Hill School Foundation on its merger with The Mount School.

Notable practitioners  

Cath Thorpe is the head of the employment team and a key contact.

Significant clients Veolia Environmental Services, Waterstones, Investec Wealth, Chubb, Associated Newspapers.

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading practice advising on the full range of employment matters. Focuses on employers in the financial services sector, including asset managers and investment banks. It has recently undertaken standout litigation work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They are the go-to because they provide a Rolls-Royce service. We use them on big-ticket litigation as well as some of the bigger project work."

"They are really good. It is a large department but they all know what they are doing and have good resources and a good network. A top-tier firm."

Work highlights Advised BlueCrest Capital on the defence of a claim brought by a former partner claiming he had been removed from the partnership unlawfully.

Assisted Telefonica UK with outsourcing the entirety of its UK call centre business to Capita Customer Management.

Notable practitioners  

Julian Taylor assists clients with a wide spectrum of employment law issues but has noted expertise on High Court litigation. He regularly works with clients in the financial services and insurance sectors. He is widely praised by sources, with one impressed interviewee stating: "If you have him on the other side, you sit up."

Simon Watson is the firm's international head of employment. He regularly advises major financial groups on their employment issues. One client notes: "His wise counsel and experience is hard to match," while another states that he "has come across every situation, knows the banks very well and is at home in front of business people." 

Sources say Mark Hewland "provides a great service both legally and practically. He gets the bigger picture and understands the banking sector and its issues." He regularly advises City-based financial institutions on all of their employment needs.

Philip Bartlett is praised for his technical strength. His recent work includes a broad range of advice to clients in the financial services sector, with notable advice on industrial relations.

Andrea Finn advises large international employers on a wide range of employment issues including High Court and tribunal litigation as well as general day-to-day advice. Sources note: "She deals with the most difficult points in a convincing and analytical way."

Anna Rentoul acts for large companies with a particular focus advising those in the financial services sector. Her recent work includes defending discrimination claims for these clients. She is praised for her client service, with one source describing her as "personable and fun to work with."

Significant clients Moody's, AllianceBernstein, Visa, AXA Group, Deutsche Bank.

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 35 other qualified partners

What the team is known for Leading senior executive practice with a wealth of experience advising those clients in both tribunal and High Court litigation. Impressive experience and strength advising claimants with lower-value claims as well as trade unions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Real leaders in the field and really committed to their clients. They stand out as being really top class." 

"They provide a complete and thorough service that is City quality but also good value. They fight a hard case in a sensible way."

Notable practitioners  

Paul Daniels advises senior executives on a full range of employment matters. He has noted expertise advising on the cross-over between sports and employment and he has represented a number of Premier League managers. Sources describe him as a "fighter who is very good on high-profile cases."

Clive Howard advises senior executives and partners in financial services on a full range of employment work. His expertise is broad and recent highlights include assisting clients in the context of regulatory investigations. Sources note him as an "excellent negotiator" who is "always capable of securing a deal."

Julie Morris is described as "a fantastic claimant-focused solicitor who is tactical and sensitive to clients, and able to get good results." She is notable for her discrimination expertise and for her client following of City-based executives.

Sources say that John Marshall "knows the finance industry and always gives forthright advice." He regularly advises on High Court litigation such as restrictive covenant and bonus disputes. His clients tend to come from the leading City-based banks and asset managers.

Claire Dawson has a broad senior executive-centred practice and advises on issues including terminations, team moves and discrimination claims.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading team for advice on the employment aspects of high-value corporate deals. The team is also adept at providing ongoing advice to global companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are accessible and always get back to me in a reasonable period of time. Also very pragmatic and make sure we act practically and appropriately."

"They work their global network seamlessly to produce coherent advice." 

Work highlights Advised INEOS on industrial relations at the Grangemouth refinery including a long-running conflict with UNITE the union.

Assisted Renesas Electronics with a multi-jurisdictional redundancy process related to the closure of a number of subsidiary companies.

Notable practitioners  

As well as his employment work, Roland Doughty is also renowned for his pension expertise and regularly advises on the cross-over between the two. His clients include global corporates and he advises these groups on a full range of issues. Sources say: "Nothing seems to ruffle his feathers. He is a class act and when he is involved, deals run more smoothly."

Elizabeth Twigger is described as a "fierce negotiator" who "always knows what a client wants." Others praise her as being "extraordinarily bright and hard-working," as well as a "very thorough lawyer."

Significant clients Ashmore Group, BBA Aviation, Cambridge Silicon Radio, Dentsu Aegis, Marks & Spencer.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respondent-focused practice assisting clients with all aspects of employment law. Its client base spans a range of sectors but it has noted expertise in recruitment, hospitality and retail.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They give the best guidance on complicated issues and have the resources to figure them out."

"I have found them to be very responsive, the attitude they have is one of client service first."

What's new? In June 2014 Squire Sanders merged with the US firm Patton Boggs to create a new combined firm known as Squire Patton Boggs.

The firm strengthened its employment offering by hiring Fraser Younson from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. 

Notable practitioners  

Fraser Younson has a wealth of experience in the field and is a well-known and respected market presence. Sources refer to him as "a thoroughly good operator" and "an elite lawyer."

David Whincup is recommended by clients for the most complex matters. One source noted his "forthright and direct advice" and the fact that "he does not pull any punches." His employment expertise is broad and he regularly works with large corporate clients.

Caroline Noblet regularly advises large corporate clients on matters relating to their senior executives. She is joint head of the firm's labour and employment group. Sources praise her creativity and problem solving, with one saying she is "thoughtful and solutions-oriented."

Significant clients WPP, Marriott, Investec Bank, US Airways, Elizabeth Arden.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading practice known for its broad employment expertise. Recent work includes advice relating to regulatory investigations and the cross-over employment issues these can throw up. The team is also known for its litigation work, with team moves taking up a good deal of time recently.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They deliver a thorough and satisfactory service with a good range of specialists who can deal with all the issues we throw at them." 

Work highlights Advised Parker Drilling on the employment aspects of its acquisition of International Tubular Services. The team assisted with cross-border due diligence and TUPE matters.

Advised Universal Music Group on the defence of a High Court breach of contract claim brought by a former employee.

Notable practitioners  

Anne Pritam advises a wide range of clients on all of their employment law needs. She regularly works with mid-sized international banks and other financial institutions. Sources say: "Anne is a very good technical lawyer who communicates in a calm way."

Kate Brearley heads the employment team and is well known as being one of the leading practitioners for advice on restrictive covenants and team moves. Clients appreciate her decisiveness, with one saying: "She is very prepared to come forward and tell you what she thinks is in your best interest."

Paul Reeves advises large corporate clients on the full spectrum of employment law matters. Sources consider him to be extremely commercial, with one saying: "He is very impressive, very sharp and he gets to the nub of a case very quickly."

Significant clients DNB Bank ASA, Milton, Mizuho Corporate Bank, The Royal College of Art, Northern Rail.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-known senior executive-focused practice. The team works with employees and former employees of groups in the financial services, legal and media sector. In addition to its work for individuals, the firm also has a growing respondent practice.

What's new? The practice was boosted with the arrival of Richard Nicolle from Dentons. 

Notable practitioners  

Richard Nicolle advises employers on a wide range of employment matters. He also works with senior executives advising them on tribunal and High Court litigation.

Tim Spillane focuses on advising senior employees working in the financial services sector. Recent work includes advising individuals on whistleblowing and discrimination claims. He is praised for his client service and called "an expert at both the technical and emotional issues that are rife when dealing with any employment situation."

Significant clients Dover Harbour Board, Fusion-io, Ducada Capital, Sammons Associates, Gravis Capital Partners.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong team advising on all aspects of employment law. Stands out for its work with US inbound companies. Also noted for dealing with matters in the technology and retail sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have performed exceptionally well and within budget. The advice is always helpful and you always feel able to pick up the phone to them."

Notable practitioners  

Sean Nesbitt acts for clients in a range of sectors and is a noted TUPE expert. Sources consider him a business-focused lawyer, with one saying: "He cuts through the irrelevant issues and always has a firm grasp on the commercial issues that matter."

Andrew Granger works for employers in a range of sectors including finance, insurance and publishing. His recent experience includes advice on transactions and industrial relations. Sources praise him as a clever and technically strong lawyer.

Significant clients Macmillan Publishing, Esterline, Vifor Pharma, Giles Insurance, Natixis.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading group advising on all aspects of employment law. The team works across a wide range of sectors with high-profile clients in financial services, insurance and retail.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are the most pragmatic, commercially focused law firm I have ever dealt with. They tell you what they think and what the risks are. It is very commercial and very responsive."

"Their advice is excellent and they are very responsive almost 24/7. They are much more than lawyers to us in that they provide advice and guidance and go the extra mile." 

Work highlights Assisted Direct Line on the establishment of its European Works Council including advice on its constitution.

Worked with Shepherd Neame on the outsourcing of its warehousing and distribution arm to Kuehne & Nagel Drink Logistics.

Notable practitioners  

The "impressive" Andrew Lilley advises a wide range of clients on issues including TUPE, discrimination and restrictive covenants.

Siân Keall works with clients on all aspects of employment law including tribunal and High Court litigation. She is widely praised by sources, with one in particular noting her "top-notch advice which is concise, effective and commercially precise."

Sources say Tim Gilbert "knows his stuff and conveys it in a very concise manner." He advises on both contentious and non-contentious issues for clients in a wide range of industries.

Significant clients Metrobank, AIG, LVMH, Virgin Active, Raytheon.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading team for work with housing associations and third sector clients. Noted for its TUPE expertise, litigation defence and advice relating to outsourcings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We have a good working relationship because they know what our needs are and look for solutions to our problems. Very customer-focused, it really is a good team."

"Strong commitment to high-quality standards, the junior lawyers are well supported by senior lawyers and day-to-day they are very good." 

Work highlights Advised Acis Group on defending a claim of unfair dismissal brought by a board member.

Assisted the Brandon Trust with a collective unfair dismissal claim by 35 UNISON-backed employees.

Notable practitioners  

Emma Burrows focuses on advising clients in the public sector on TUPE transfers. She is widely praised by clients, with one considering her "as complete an employment lawyer as I have ever known."

Significant clients Metropolitan Housing Trust, East Thames Group, Shepherds Bush Housing Group, Family Mosaic, Kier Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Employment team with broad expertise. Noted for the international focus of its practice, with regular work with non-UK headquartered financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They give sound advice and also present interesting and relevant briefings and an annual employment law seminar." 

Notable practitioners  

Elizabeth Buchan focuses on advising employers on all aspects of employment law and is noted by sources for her litigation expertise. Her practice cuts across a range of sectors and she also frequently works with senior employees.

Angharad Harris works with employees and employers on all aspects of employment law. She receives praise from clients for giving "sound, to-the-point and swift advice." She has complementary expertise on immigration and can advise on the cross-over between the two.

Significant clients Gamesys, Push Technology, Petroleum Geo-Services, Affinion International, Gearbulk.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advising mid-sized and high-end corporates on the full range of employment law. Noted for its international capability, with regular work on multi-jurisdictional matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are diverse and can offer advice on anything, but more importantly the people you work with are outstanding." 

Work highlights Advised Right Management on a range of issues including redundancies and restructurings.

Notable practitioners  

David Israel heads the employment team and advises both senior individuals and employers in all areas of employment law. Sources praise his responsiveness as well as his client-first approach.

Significant clients London Broncos, London Chambers of Commerce, Reed Exhibitions, Vestey Foods, Jaeger.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading senior executive practice known for working with employees of international corporates and global banks. Also advises mid-market financial services groups, with a focus on hedge funds and private equity houses. Well known for its work with charities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They have not been determined to push me in any direction but they were clear on the options open to me. They did not sit on the fence and were very clear in their advice and recommendations."

Work highlights Advised the CEO of the Co-operative Bank, Barry Tootell, on his exit from the company.

Worked with Jigsaw to defend unfair dismissal and sex discrimination claims lodged by its former financial director.

Notable practitioners  

Meriel Schindler heads the practice and regularly advises individuals and employers on all aspects of employment law. She is described as "calm and unflappable" with "a clear determination to resolve the issues her clients face."

Daniel Isaac regularly works with both senior employees and employers. He is noted for his litigation expertise as well as cross-over work on partnership disputes. Sources describe him as "clever and measured" and also praise his "combination of being very relaxed but very focused at the same time."

Elaine Aarons primarily acts for senior executives and is widely seen as a leader in the field. Her work in that area is broad and includes discrimination claims, bonus disputes and severance issues. Sources praise her for being "relentless for her clients."

Significant clients Lotus F1, Winton Capital, Henkel, SSAFA Forces Help, Girls' Day School Trust.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad client base including regular advice to public sector employers and mid-market financial services clients. Regular work on TUPE transfers as well as notable strength on team moves.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I have found them to be extremely pragmatic - we float an idea, give them an outline and they come back with solutions on how we could achieve that with the least risk and the least cost." 

What's new? In May 2014 Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham merged to form the combined firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Work highlights Assisted Jacobs UK in having a blacklisting claim brought by a former contractor struck out.

Notable practitioners  

Yvonne Gallagher has broad employment expertise including noted advisory work on TUPE and litigation in the employment tribunal and High Court. Clients praise her ability to translate difficult legal subjects into layman's terms as well as the reassurance she provides.

Significant clients Brewin Dolphin, Mediaforce, London Borough of Croydon, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Amey.

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Henry Clinton-Davis of Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP leads the firm's employment department and offers a range of advice to respondents. He is praised for his understanding of how the law works on a practical level and for making it accessible.

Ray Silverstein of Browne Jacobson LLP is said to be "very knowledgeable and measured in his advice." He has an array of public sector clients including local councils, schools and NHS trusts. He is well known for this work with high-end retailers.

Gary Freer of Bryan Cave LLP advises on all aspects of employment law for his predominately respondent client base. One source notes his strength on tricky issues and calls him "a consummate employment lawyer."

Nathan Donaldson of Collyer Bristow LLP focuses on advising both senior individuals and employers on contentious matters. He regularly assists both sides on claims of discrimination and whistle-blowing. Sources say "he is a very good tactician and provides practical advice."

Sources say Christopher Walter of Covington & Burling LLP is "focused, business-oriented and solution-driven." He advises large corporate clients on all aspects of employment law. He regularly assists with multi-jurisdictional issues for US-headquartered groups.

Rustom Tata of DMH Stallard LLP leads the team's employment practice and frequently advises on changes to senior management structure. He is noted for his commercial focus. One source notes: "He has a first-rate grasp of issues and a first-rate understanding of our business."

Helga Breen of DWF LLP heads the firm's employment practice and advises respondents on all aspects of employment law. She is noted for her work on restrictive covenants and team moves both in a contentious and advisory context.

Daniel Aherne recently joined EY Law from Olswang. He focuses on advising employers in litigation at the tribunal and High Court level. He advises across a range of sectors including TMT and financial services. Sources say: "He is a highly practical and commercial thinker."

Nicholas Tsatsas of Fladgate LLP heads the firm's practice. He regularly advises on the employment aspects of transactions as well as handling general advisory and litigation work. He recently advised MWW on its acquisition of Parys Communications.

James Cox of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP stands out for the strength of his advisory practice with notable expertise on transaction-related work. Clients single him out for his "excellent speed of response and practical advice on delicate matters."

Marie van der Zyl of Gordon Dadds LLP advises clients in the media and entertainment sectors on a wide range of employment issues. She continued to act for Stringfellows in the high-profile claim brought by a former dancer.

Naomi Feinstein of Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP has a wealth of experience and leads the firm's employment group. She is well known for providing clients with transactional-related employment advice. She is widely praised, with one source noting her as "an exceptional lawyer who gets the job done."

Russell Lamb of Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP is noted as being a "proactive and innovative lawyer" who "explains technical matters well and comes down either side of the fence." His expertise is broad and includes regular advice on contentious and non-contentious matters.

Jane Wheeler of Hine Legal has a broad employment practice with recent work including advising employers on TUPE and defence of tribunal claims. She also regularly works with senior individuals and is described as a "responsive, reliable and sensible adviser to employees."

Joseph Sutton of Joseph Sutton Solicitors's employment practice covers advice to both employers and senior executives. He regularly advises on team moves and business reorganisations and restructurings. Sources say: "He is easy to deal with, talks a client's language and is great at negotiating."

Paul Callegari of K&L Gates advises clients on all aspects of employment law. His client base includes a number of US-based employers. Sources praise his "practical advice and guidance."

Gareth Kervin of Kervin & Barnes is highly praised by clients, whom he assists with all areas of employment law. His impressive clients list includes household names such as Danone, P&O Ferrymasters and YouGov. One source notes: "He is like a member of the team, he knows the individuals, the business, and what we are trying to achieve."

James Davies of Laytons heads the firm's national employment practice. He is called "a very thorough lawyer" by impressed sources. His practice spans the full range of employment law and he assists both employers and employees.

Dan Peyton of McGuireWoods London LLP regularly assists respondents with contentious matters including whistle-blowing, discrimination and restrictive covenants. Sources note him as "an out-and-out employment lawyer."

Matthew Howse of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP focuses on advising clients in the financial services sector. He also handles a great deal of cross-border employment matters with regular work between the UK and USA. Clients trust him with their most significant issues because he is "responsive, practical and down to earth."

Richard Brown of Nabarro LLP is praised by clients for his commercial-mindedness. Sources say "he focuses on applying the law best to minimise commercial exposure." He heads the employment group and assists clients on general advisory work as well as litigation.

Simon McMenemy of Ogletree Deakins International LLP works with clients across a range of sectors and advises on all areas of employment law. He is well known for the strength of his advice in the context of transactions.

Helen Parker of Parker & Co advises senior employees, with a focus on those working in the professional and financial services. She regularly advises on High Court litigation related to team moves and bonus disputes. Sources say: "She listens and understands our issues and the advice is easy to understand and practical."

Edward Goodwyn of Pinsent Masons advises clients in a range of sectors on all aspects of employment law. One impressed source praises him for some "outstanding work" on difficult issues.

Daniel Ornstein of Proskauer Rose LLP stands out for his work on employment litigation. He has developed a well-balanced practice and aids clients on all areas of employment law. He counts global banks such as RBS and HSBC among his client roster.

Sejal Raja of RadcliffesLeBrasseur advises across the full range of employment law. She regularly works with charities as well as healthcare and care home clients. Clients say she is decisive and "is prepared to go out on a limb and recommend what we should do."

Anthony Sakrouge of Russell-Cooke LLP has a client following which spans multiple sectors including legal, media and higher education. He advises these clients on all aspects of employment law. Sources say he gives "commercial, sensible and caring advice" and that "even the most discerning of clients are impressed by him."

Sam Whitaker of Shearman & Sterling LLP is described by clients as "flexible, communicative and proactive on things I may not have thought of." His practice spans general employment and executive remuneration and he is particularly adept at advising on those matters where the two intersect.

Danielle Spiers of Sheridans is called "absolutely superb" by an impressed interviewee. Another praises her, saying: "She understands the issues quickly and helps us make decisions."

Ray Wann of Sheridans advises on the full range of employment law with a focus on clients in entertainment, leisure and the media. He is considered client-centred by sources, with one in particular noting that he "gets the confidence of the clients and is very supportive of them."

Mark McQuillan of TLT LLP works with clients in a range of sectors but is best known for his work with retail clients. Clients recommend him for "high-level strategic work" and "hard-nosed industrial relations."

David Greenhalgh of Twenty Twenty Law regularly advises senior executives and employers on a wide range of employment issues. He leads the boutique's work and handles an array of work for UK subsidiaries of US companies. Sources praise his business-minded advice: "He takes a practical approach rather than being legalistic."

Michael Ryley of Weightmans has a broad practice which encompasses the public and private sector. He is noted for his work on TUPE transfers and also advises on industrial relations.

Ivor Gwilliams of Weil, Gotshal & Manges frequently advises private equity houses on the employment issues that arise in their deal work. He also regularly works with portfolio companies, providing them with ongoing advice. Clients praise his "phenomenal commitment" to their work.

Oliver Brettle of White & Case LLP provides regular advice to large multinational clients. Sources say he gives "robust but sensible advice" and he is noted by clients for his work on their most sensitive issues.

Jo Keddie of Winckworth Sherwood stands out for her work with senior employees and board members. Her recent work includes employment advice in the context of wider regulatory investigations. Clients consider her to be "very pragmatic and to the point."

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