Employment - Scotland
Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow
What the team is known for Offers a strong pan-Scotland approach to major employment cases, thanks particularly to a growing presence in Dundee. Boasts significant expertise in energy sector work and higher education, alongside an impressive range of public sector and local authorities cases.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I am very pleased with the service from this firm - the lawyers are focused, and answer the questions in an honest, straightforward way."
What's new? Deborah Miller was promoted to partner.
Work highlights Acted for Dumfries & Galloway Council on an equal pay dispute concerning the education sector. The matter was tried at tribunal and appellate level, eventually reaching the Supreme Court.
Advised construction business Muirfield Contracts on a TUPE matter concerning a local authority re-tendering exercise, which also resulted in several tribunal cases.
Dispute-focused partner Sandy Kemp is widely regarded as a pre-eminent Scottish employment lawyer, with outstanding expertise in offshore jurisdictional issues and whistle-blowing matters. Sources state: "He is one of the best employment litigators I have ever come across."
Experienced figure Stephen Miller is recognised for his extensive expertise in equal pay, grievance and disciplinary issues. Interviewees recognise him as a leading presence in employment law, including activity on numerous UK-wide cases.
Seasoned practitioner Ian Truscott QC is widely revered amongst market commentators, who consider him "Scotland's most experienced employment lawyer." Recent high-profile cases include acting for logistics and freight client Ceva on a complex TUPE dispute.
Deborah Miller is a growing force in the Dundee employment market, thanks to her "first-class client service," and "thoughtful, experienced and balanced" approach to cases. She has extensive experience of TUPE-related matters, including recently advising Angus Council as one of four co-defendants on a tribunal case with TUPE aspects.
David Hughes' Aberdeen-based employment practice covers a variety of issues, including high-profile executive exits, and employment litigation and mediation. Lately, this included representing a defendant from the energy sector on an unfair dismissal claim.
Sources highlight Chris Phillips for his "exemplary service and tremendous advice" on employment law cases. According to clients, he "takes the time to think about your problem, and always finds a solution which suits your business."
Gina Wilson is a rising star of the Scottish employment market, drawing extensive praise from numerous commentators for her recent work. Interviewees particularly recommend her as "extremely responsive and very clear in her communication, as well as being pragmatic and risk-aware." She is especially active in tribunal cases, where she "always fights her client's corner."
Graham Mitchell has a growing reputation for employment law advice. He offers a notably strong employment litigation practice, including frequently representing clients before the EAT, from sectors such as education, transport and the arts.
Significant clients Dundee Energy Recycling, Marathon Oil, Baker Hughes, Audit Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council.