Employment - North West
Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester
What the team is known for Superb employment practice handling matters such as TUPE, outsourcing, and employment matters relating to M&A, restructurings and reorganisations. Extremely active in both the private and public sectors.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Incredibly professional and very responsive. They work with pace and energy."
"The team's response time is phenomenal."
What's new? Michael Burns joined the team from DLA Piper in 2014.
Work highlights Advised UCEA on a legal challenge by the University & College Union against the implementation of legislative changes to redundancy collective consultation provisions.
Naeema Choudry is described as "an incredible professional who goes out of her way to understand her clients' business." Her specialities include TUPE, large-scale redundancies and contractual disputes for employers in industries such as retail, aerospace and automotive.
Peter Norbury is a pre-eminent practitioner who is particularly well known for handling cases related to the high-profile terminations of senior executives. Sources say: "He is an amazing lawyer who has the reputation of being at the very top of employment law."
The "commercially astute" Michael Thompson is a standout figure in employment law, with particular expertise in large-scale reorganisations, executive terminations and injunctive relief. He is also a respected advocate before the Employment Tribunal and the EAT.
Diane Gilhooley is most prominent advising on matters related to employment within the education industry. She works for both private and public sector clients on matters such as redundancy and restructuring.
Michael Burns is noted for his activity across the board, for example in employee relations, TUPE cases and terminations. Clients comment that "he is exactly what we need: tough, pragmatic and great value for money."
Significant clients Booker, Makro, Sheffield Hallam, Speedy Hire, Turning Point.