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Brodies LLP - Employment Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Eminent firm offering expert employment advice to a wide range of clients from the finance, education and energy sectors. Provides impressive experience on TUPE issues, restructurings and discrimination matters, among other areas. Recent work includes assisting clients with mediations.

Strengths Clients say: "They are a proactive practice with a comprehensive team of experienced and approachable individuals, and they are experts across different sectors and disciplines."

Others state: "They are both flexible and pragmatic, as well as highly up to date with technology."

Work highlights Successfully defended Royal Bank of Scotland in a claim relating to the bank's process of requiring additional scrutiny and sign-off of high value termination packages and whether that resulted in discrimination based on age.

Advised Artemis Investment Management LLP on the employment aspects of the departure of one of its fund managers.

Significant clients Dana Petroleum, Aberdeen City Council, Prudential, American Express, Enable Scotland.

Notable practitioners

Legal director Brian Campbell is a solicitor advocate who has notable experience of Employment Tribunal litigation. Clients say: "He is always very knowledgeable and gives thorough advice, clearly setting out available options and the pros and cons of each option with a view to minimising any risks."

Joan Cradden handles complex contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including senior exits, and dismissal and discrimination claims. Clients comment: "She is excellent and understands the need for practical advice."

Tony Hadden is head of the employment team and has considerable experience in senior exits and TUPE-related matters. Clients observe: "His strength is his practical, pragmatic approach, putting himself into the shoes of the client and being able to understand their position."

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Burness Paull - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Well-established firm offering comprehensive coverage of employment law issues with extensive expertise in TUPE, discrimination matters and holiday pay issues, among other areas. Regularly acts for high-profile clients from the energy, media and sport sectors. Recognised for its ability to support international organisations.

Strengths Clients state: "They give you the full picture and they've been so outstanding," adding that "it's such a pleasure to deal with them."

Others say: "They are incredible value for the depth of expertise provided," thanks to "their high level of service, technical depth and practical approach."

Work highlights Successfully advised General Electric Group on multiple holiday pay claims and a contract claim concerning the contractual or discretionary status of bonus entitlements.

Advised Wood Group on labour stoppages on offshore installations. This included advice regarding a potential injunction and the interplay between industrial action and inducement of breaches of health and safety legislation.

Significant clients ITN, Forth Ports, SSE, SFA, AXA.

Notable practitioners

Margaret Gibson is experienced in dealing with redundancies and discrimination claims. A client says: "It's refreshing to get advice from someone who understands us," adding that "the advice she gives is very clear and concise."

Morag Hutchison assists clients with a variety of employment law matters, including tribunal claims. Clients say she provides "common sense, is approachable and adds value."

David Morgan handles all manner of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, including trade union issues and large restructurings. Clients comment: "He's very considered, very sharp, and he gets things straight away."

Sean Saluja is head of the employment team and is noted for his expertise in the oil and gas sector. He deals with employment issues varying from industrial action to tribunal claims. Clients remark: "He is experienced, intensely knowledgeable and commercially aware."

Ronald Mackay furnishes clients with advice in relation to restructuring and tribunal advocacy, among other matters. Clients declare: "He is decisive and makes even the most challenging situation seem straightforward."

Associate Jennifer Skeoch aids clients in all employment law issues that arise. Clients state: "She is always a standout; she's professional, responsive and always on point."

Tricia Walker is particularly experienced in complex TUPE-related employment matters. One client notes: "She is incisive, has the ability to get to the point really quickly, and she's able to distil complicated matters."

Sandy Kemp recently joined the firm from Clyde & Co. He advises a variety of clients on a wide range of employment law matters, including claims relating to holiday pay, TUPE, unfair dismissal and discrimination. Sources comment that "he is a fantastic lawyer," and "his strength is his attention to detail."

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Anderson Strathern - Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Haddington

What the team is known for Experienced bench of practitioners offering advice on the whole gamut of employment law, with strengths in employment litigation. Regularly acts for employers across both the public and private sectors, with extensive experience representing education institutions. Noted for its work on disciplinary, grievance and trade union matters.

Strengths A client says: "I value the service and advice they provide; the employment law team speak plain English, explain options well and provide pragmatic advice."

Others state: "They gave helpful advice and responded very quickly," adding that "they're quite proactive in pointing out things that may not be obvious to us as clients; they're easy to work with and reliable."

Work highlights Advised five different further education colleges on continuous and discontinuous industrial action, ensuring that no college was required to close.

Successfully defended the Scottish Ambulance Service on all counts in tribunal when two trade unions and multiple claimants claimed that shift patterns and travel time contravened the Working Time Regulations 1998 and the NHS contract 'Agenda for Change'.

Significant clients INEOS Chemicals, Royal College of Nursing, University of St Andrews, Balmoral Hotel, Greene King Brewing and Retail.

Notable practitioners

Alun Thomas is head of the employment team and is experienced in a wide range of tribunal matters, including dismissals and discrimination claims. Clients state: "He is very responsive and able to get straight to the point, and he gives solid and pragmatic advice on what we should be doing."

Alan Masson provides key advice to clients on complex employment law issues. Sources say: "He is excellent; he's clear, concise and provides practical, professional advice."

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Clyde & Co LLP - Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Well-established firm housing a deep bench of experienced practitioners who offer support across the whole range of employment issues. Strengths include restructurings, TUPE and discrimination issues, with extensive experience assisting offshore energy clients. Possesses strong litigation expertise with five solicitor advocates on the team.

Strengths Clients state: "They have good lines of communication; they reply and respond to emails and telephone calls in a prompt and efficient manner, and we are very happy with the level of service we receive from them."

Work highlights Acted for Glasgow City Council in the Inner House of the Court of Session over equal pay claims brought on behalf of over 5,000 claimants.

Significant clients Marathon Oil Group, CHC Scotia, Police Scotland, The Malcolm Group, The Denholm Group.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Miller is experienced in the full range of employment issues, with work on everything from equal pay claims to industrial action. Clients state: "He has a fantastic intellect and can deal with complex, multi-layered issues in a calm, confident and knowledgeable manner."

Graham Mitchell advises clients on issues such as complex dismissal claims and senior exits. Clients say: "He is always calm and pleasant, quickly understands the issues and proposes practical solutions in a readily understood manner."

Gina Wilson is experienced advising on tribunal claims, particularly those relating to TUPE issues. Clients observe: "She has an exceptional level of knowledge and understanding, and she is pragmatic and very good at simplifying the legal jargon."

Since publication, Ian D Truscott has joined Westwater Advocates

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CMS - Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Offers advice across a wide range of employment issues, with the firm particularly recognised for its work with large financial services clients. Also regularly advises clients in the energy and industrial engineering sectors. Additional strengths include employment tribunal work. Its international network allows the team to handle complex cross-border employment issues.

Strengths Clients say: "Their particular strengths are their personable approach, seamless service delivery and strategic foresight and insight."

Others state: "Their guidance is always clear and written in an easy to understand format," adding that "they are always proactive to communicate changes in employment law."

Work highlights Successfully defended a complex equal pay claim raised against Stirling Council, which involved an 18-day Employment Tribunal hearing.

Advised SSE on the TUPE issues regarding the future closure of Lerwick power station and commencement of power supply agreements.

Significant clients Clydesdale Bank, Schlumberger, ConocoPhillips, Franklin Templeton, University of Glasgow.

Notable practitioners

Gillian MacLellan frequently advises clients on matters such as redundancy exercises and unfair dismissal claims. Clients state: "She is helpful, knowledgeable and responsive, and is good at understanding our strategic issues and providing tailored advice."

Alison Woods is head of the employment team and handles complex employment issues involving TUPE, unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. Clients say: "She has an ability to wade through complex issues and explain the best solutions quickly in layperson's terms."

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Please visit the CMS website for more details about the practice and our work:
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Morton Fraser - Employment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Advises both private and public sector clients on a diverse range of employment issues. Its deep bench of practitioners also has extensive experience in employment tribunals. Also advises with senior employers on a wide range of matters, including terminations and exits.

Strengths Clients state: "They are very approachable. You are always made to feel that they are happy to help and that your query, however small, is important to them."

Others say: "They are always on hand at short notice, and always able to accommodate emergency situations that crop up in the area of employment law."

Work highlights Advised a large manufacturing PLC in relation to the integration of two work forces into one site, necessitating advice in relation to possible TUPE implications and collective redundancy consultation.

Acted for a large employer relating to an alleged contracting back of IT services, with the outgoing provider maintaining that a TUPE transfer occurred immediately following the termination of a contract for the provision of IT services.

Significant clients Ministry of Defence, Royal Mail Group, Micron Europe, Glasgow Kelvin College, DAS Insurance.

Notable practitioners

Lindsey Cartwright provides advice on the full range of employment issues, including TUPE, redundancies and discrimination claims. Clients state: "She has quite a down-to-earth style and is easy to deal with; the way she provides explanations and conveys follow-ups is very clear."

Innes Clark is head of the employment team and is experienced in senior level departures and holiday pay claims. Clients say: "He provides a highly professional and responsive service; he is very approachable and always easily contactable."

David Hossack advises on organisational restructures, grievance procedures and trade union issues. Clients comment: "He can cover the whole spectrum of employment matters with confidence and is able to communicate this easily."

David Walker is experienced in dealing with large claims involving equal pay and discrimination, and is also noted for his knowledge of TUPE. Clients observe: "He has a great way of advising and explaining to those without legal backgrounds, and is also very commercially aware."

Sarah Gilzean is known for her work on equal pay and discrimination. Clients say: "She is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of employment law, and has provided very sound and helpful advice in a number of challenging cases."

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Pinsent Masons LLP - Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Strong employment practice offering expert advice on a wide range of issues, with particular strengths in employment tribunal representation, senior executive disputes and restructurings. Offers a deep bench of practitioners, with experience in acting for high-profile clients in the energy and finance sectors. Also has expertise in TUPE and industrial relations matters.

Strengths Clients say: "They provide relevant advice on a wide range of employment matters in a way which has practical business application," adding that "their advice is timely and accessible."

Others state: "Their strength is the effort they put into building the relationship with us, so they really know our business and offer the right advice."

Work highlights Continued to advise Balfour Beatty on its approach to holiday pay claims and advised it on how to mitigate further risks and claims.

Significant clients BP, Standard Life, Walmart-Group, Centrica, Tunnock's.

Notable practitioners

Diane Nicol is noted for her handling of matters involving TUPE, industrial relations, and discrimination claims. Clients note: "She has strong knowledge, excellent client management, and gives strong commercial advice on challenging employment law issues."

The "exceptional" Stuart Neilson is recognised for his expertise in TUPE and claims involving equal pay and holiday pay. Clients comment: "He always suggests practical, commercially focused strategies."

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BTO Solicitors LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Experienced team offering employment law advice to public and private sector clients across Scotland, often working with educational institutions and local authorities. Respected for its healthcare work, particularly its expertise in handling complex disciplinary matters. Regularly handles discrimination, whistle-blowing and TUPE matters.

Strengths Clients say: "They ensure their advice is pertinent to your business and tailor it accordingly."

Work highlights Assisted the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland in connection with protracted investigation proceedings against one of their doctors, involving serious issues of whistleblowing, patient safety, and allegations of racist and sexist behaviour.

Advised Booth Welsh Automation on high level exits

Significant clients Prisoner Officers' Association for Scotland, Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, HR Routes, City of Edinburgh Council, Chubb Insurance.

Notable practitioners

David Hoey advises clients on many different aspects of employment law including TUPE, discrimination and unfair dismissal matters. Clients remark: "He is incredibly responsive, thorough and helpful."

Caroline Carr is head of the employment team and handles a wide array of employment issues, including complicated TUPE and grievance matters. Clients observe: "She provides a first-class service; response time is excellent, attention to detail is second to none, and she's very approachable and professional."

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Dentons - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Offers comprehensive employment law advice to clients in the charity and food and drink sectors, with added expertise representing educational institutions. The team has noticeable strengths advising on senior exits and outsourcing work, with experience of employment tribunal advocacy. Also handles matters related to TUPE and industrial action.

Strengths Clients say: "Their strengths are that they answer queries with actionable initiatives, they know their stuff inside and out, and they are great to deal with."

Others state: "They are very responsive and the advice is complete and well considered; they have a commercial approach and consider our specific situations very well."

Work highlights Defended Maritime Craft Services against a breach of contract claim before an Employment Tribunal.

Advised an oil and gas sector service provider, which had issued a number of employees with notice of redundancy and confirmed entitlements to enhanced redundancy payments. The day the employees were due to be made redundant, it became clear that there should in fact be a transfer of the employees under TUPE to a new contractor providing the same services.

Significant clients Diageo, The Edrington Group, Stork Technical Services, Martin Currie Investment Management, Hunter Boot.

Notable practitioners

Amanda Jones is head of the employment team and advises clients on the full spectrum of employment law, including tribunal claims. Clients observe: "She has a huge depth of knowledge and common sense, and has a practical approach to giving advice."

Alison Weatherhead assists on a wide range of employment matters, with a focus on TUPE. Clients remark: "She has an excellent understanding of our needs, and will always provide advice to obtain the best resolution for us."

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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP - Employment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Experienced in handling a wide range of complex employment issues, with particular strengths in TUPE issues, collective redundancies and restructurings. Maintains a strong presence representing clients in employment tribunal disputes, including discrimination and whistle-blowing defence. Frequently advises clients in the education and energy sectors.

Strengths Clients state: "They are very competent, prompt and attentive, and they understand our business."

Work highlights Advised Vallourec Oil & Gas UK in relation to a multi-site collective redundancy situation prompted by a production line closure and business downturn.

Assisted Skills Development Scotland on the TUPE and employment implications of taking over responsibility for various employability services on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Significant clients The University of Edinburgh, Scottish Enterprise, FanDuel, Genius Foods, Kyowa Kirin.

Notable practitioners

Neil Maclean is head of the employment team and manages contentious and non-contentious employment law, including restructurings and TUPE. Clients comment: "He is excellent," adding that "his advice is helpful, pragmatic and thorough, enabling us to move forward with complex matters."

Katie Russell advises clients on everything from senior exits to tribunal claims and High Court litigation. Clients note: "She's straight-talking, fast and always constructive in finding solutions."

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Our employment lawyers are renowned for their impressive technical expertise, proactive approach and ability to deliver practical and commercial solutions. Working with clients, both across the UK and internationally, we have a wealth of experience that extends to all areas of employment law.

The advice we offer covers the day-to-day employment issues, such as disciplinary and grievance, absence, performance, dismissals and industrial relations, as well as supporting corporate transactions, providing advice on TUPE transfers and change management, including redundancy programmes and restructuring and handling employment litigation.

Our lawyers are experienced in advising on Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) proceedings, as well as on alternative dispute resolution approaches such as mediation. Our team includes in-house Solicitor Advocates who regularly appear in the Court of Session, including in relation to the enforcement of restrictive covenants and the protection of confidential information.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP - Employment Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Advises clients across the whole spectrum of employment law, with particular expertise assisting clientele from the energy and transportation sectors. Strengths include advising on restructuring and outsourcing projects. Noted for its particular expertise in TUPE and large equal pay cases.

Strengths Clients say: "They are professional and knowledgeable," adding that "they are good value and the quality of service is fantastic."

Others state: "They are very attentive, and I feel like we have received a value-added service," further noting that "their strengths lie in the wealth and breadth of their experience."

Work highlights Continued to act for the majority of claimants in the largest equal pay litigation in Scotland, with proceedings outstanding against West Lothian Council representing 100 claimants, whose claims are worth £1.3 million.

Successfully defended Menzies Aviation before the Employment Tribunal in Edinburgh on a highly technical and complex TUPE matter.

Significant clients FNZ, Afimilk, Dominion Hospitality, Briggs Marine, Slater Menswear.

Notable practitioners

Kim Pattullo is head of the employment team and is recognised for her work involving trade unions and TUPE, among other matters. Clients say that "her knowledge is exceptional," going on to note that "the quality of advice is great, and she is quite creative and practical."

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Please visit the Addleshaw Goddard website to find out more about our work in this area: https://www.addleshawgoddard.com/en/specialisms/employment-incentives/employment/


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Balfour+Manson LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Notable for its focus on contentious work, with extensive experience representing employees and trade unions in employment tribunals. Expertise includes claims of unfair dismissal, race discrimination and disability discrimination. Also assists educational and charity sector clients on non-contentious matters.

Strengths A client states: "I'm very happy with the service they provide us; what's good is they have a range of partners who are specialists in different areas all under one roof."

Another adds: "They come up trumps in giving me the solutions I need," noting that "it's been really helpful to have someone to talk through the pitfalls in the right sort of manner."

Work highlights Advised individual North Sea pilots on their employment status following redundancy exercises by CHC and Bristow Helicopters, and raised multiple tribunal claims. Managed to secure a large settlement agreement for a number of these pilots.

Instructed to litigate a multi-strand disability claim against HMRC for a claimant with Crohn's disease, who had not been subject to an OH referral or any reasonable adjustments.

Significant clients Educational Institute For Scotland, Bethany Christian Trust, Edinburgh World Heritage, Scottish Veterans, Core Asset Consulting.

Notable practitioners

Robert Holland is well regarded for his work on unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. A client says: "He knows the organisation quite well, we can trust him to understand the circumstances we're in."

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The B+M employment team continues to be recognised by its clients and peers for its contentious work and is probably the leading Claimant firm in the Scottish jurisdiction. The depth of work is apparent in the cross over litigation involving the firm’s leading Personal Injury and Human Rights Practice. This expertise led to instruction in a number of ground breaking cases including Johnston v Glasgow City Council on foster carer rights and as intervener in the Unison fees case.

Lead Partner, Robert Holland, Solicitor Advocate, and Senior Associate Sarah Shiels both bring a wealth of experience in trade union work and discrimination claims. The team is distinct in having a core Claimant base and acts for three of the country’s leading trade unions, BALPA, the EIS and IWGB along with the multinational antismoking charity, “The Union”, who have offices in Edinburgh and Paris. Robert Holland is also well regarded for his expertise in the area of sports law, dealing with a number of high profile individuals through the course of the year. 

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Blackadders LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Arbroath, Dundee, Edinburgh, Forfar, Glasgow, Perth

What the team is known for Established firm with a presence across the whole of Scotland. Offers advice to both employers and employees across a diverse range of employment issues, including expertise in Employment Tribunal representation. Frequently advises clients in the construction and engineering sectors.

Strengths Clients say: "They are proactive, supportive, dynamic and accessible, and they do great employment law seminars and briefings."

Others state: "They are very professional in all aspects of their business, and we are made to feel that nothing is a problem; the team always goes the extra mile to make sure we have the right advice."

Work highlights Assisted Ogilvie Group on the reorganisation and harmonisation of terms following on from its acquisition of Longdin & Browning Surveys. This involved a number of redundancies covering various sites and potential for claims for automatic unfair dismissal as a result of TUPE.

Advised Dundee Contemporary Arts on a significant restructuring exercise, including advice on a redundancy process.

Significant clients National Express Group, Insights Group, Robertson Group, CJ Lang & Son, Dover Corp.

Notable practitioners

Simon Allison is head of the employment team and manages a full spectrum of employment law mandates including tribunal claims, restructures and TUPE. Clients say: "He was extremely knowledgeable, thorough, and able to explain things in a way that was comprehensible and enabled us to make the best decision."

Associate Jack Boyle assists clients on a full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. A client states: "He has been a great help to the organisation. He responds in a timely manner, giving clear and structured advice in a way that a layperson can understand."

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Harper Macleod LLP - Employment Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Lerwick, Thurso

What the team is known for Solid practice advising a diverse mix of employers and senior executives, ranging from public sector clients to sports and third sector organisations. Advises on all employment law matters, with extensive experience on TUPE and on issues related to business insolvency. Frequently handles contentious matters such as whistle-blowing and dismissal claims.

Strengths An impressed client notes that "their track record in helping us manage difficult issues and achieve positive outcomes and results is very good," adding: "The lawyers that I deal with are very down to earth."

Work highlights Successfully obtained the maximum award in a claim of unfair dismissal against City of Edinburgh Council.

Advised Celtic FC on changes to support and backroom staff following the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as manager.

Significant clients Highland Council, Forestry Commission Scotland, Cornerstone Community Care, Scottish Engineering, Scottish Professional Football League.

Notable practitioners

Bruce Caldow is head of the employment team and advises clients on issues such as TUPE and unfair dismissals. Clients say: "He is able to give robust and clear advice around a range of complex problems."

Lesley Murphy advises private and public sector clients on a range of employment matters, including tribunal litigation. Clients state: "She has been terrific; very sound, pragmatic and understanding of our position."

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Our team of specialist employment solicitors advises on every aspect of employment law for clients throughout Scotland. The team acts for a broad range of clients - from Government agencies and public sector organisations, to multinational corporations, family-owned businesses and leading third sector employers.

Our advice and strategic support is focused on providing practical, straightforward and solution-driven assistance for our clients' employment law issues - from advising on HR issues and policies which can help avoid workplace disputes in the first place to representing our clients at Employment Tribunals if the need arises. Our advice on employment transactions and contracts is down-to-earth, practical and commercially focused.

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Ledingham Chalmers LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness, Stirling

What the team is known for Delivers critical support to clients in the energy, engineering and food industries, as well as acting for public sector institutions. The team has a range of specialisms with notable strength in the oil and gas sector. Regularly handles claims of dismissal, and sex and disability discrimination.

Strengths Clients say: "They are a diverse team, offering a variety of skills and experience."

Others state: "They are professional, have a passion for what they do and the service they provide, and they have a particular strength in engagement and knowledge sharing."

Work highlights Advised the John Gordon and Son sawmill on its introduction of a suite of new policies, including discipline, equal opportunities and health and safety.

Represented a major employment agency in tribunal proceedings where a claimant alleged that they had been blacklisted by employers in the construction industry.

Significant clients Lifescan Scotland, SGL Carbon Fibers, Baxters Food Group, Neptune Offshore Services, Highland Fuels.

Notable practitioners

Kirk Tudhope oversees a wide array of employment law issues, including claims of unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and disability discrimination. Clients say: "He always provides practical and comprehensive employment advice and has a clear understanding of the priorities that we have from a business perspective."

Associate Sine MacKay has a particular focus on supporting clients in tribunal litigation. Clients state: "Her strengths are that she's great to work with, gives fast and detailed responses, and has a keen eye for detail."

About the Team (content provided by Ledingham Chalmers LLP)

The Employment Team is based in both Aberdeen and Inverness and supports employers throughout the North and North East of Scotland. It is headed by partner Kirk Tudhope who is the only Law Society accredited employment law specialist based in the Highlands.

Services include representing employers at Tribunals in particular resisting claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination. The team also focuses on providing a hotline service by phone and email offering pragmatic advice to businesses on the many challenges arising from the workplace such as discipline, absences and grievances.

Also provide expert advice on the commercial transactions and sale of businesses including TUPE, drafting of contracts and policies and in employment related litigation such as enforcement of restrictive covenants and other post termination obligations.

Over and above serving clients the team are well known for their innovative training including a rolling series of in-house seminars and external events including for Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland.

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Lindsays - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, North Berwick

What the team is known for Provides expertise in assisting charities with a full range of employment law concerns, from TUPE issues and unfair dismissals to employee grievances and redundancies. Recognised for advising clients in the construction, energy and healthcare sectors.

Strengths Clients state: "They are trusted and high quality, and work in true partnership with us to meet our needs."

Others say: "They take the time to get to know their clients and understand their environment, background and culture."

Work highlights Acted for the chief executive of a publicly funded arts company and successfully negotiated his exit from the organisation obtaining a payment of compensation valued at £50,000.

Represented a bakery and confectionery business in relation to a disabled employee who claimed constructive dismissal, failure to make reasonable adjustments, breach of confidentiality and disability discrimination. Successfully refuted the claims, negotiated a settlement and achieved termination of employment.

Significant clients McLaughlin & Harvey Construction, The Mentholatum Company, Scottish Association for Mental Health, Doosan Babcock, Common Thread Group.

Notable practitioners

Ben Doherty is a key contact.

About the Team (content provided by Lindsays)

Our employment lawyers are experienced in providing advice to private, charity and public sector employers, ranging from small enterprises to multinational corporates. 

We provide employment advice in relation to:

  • Employment tribunals, employment appeal tribunals and court litigation
  • Disciplinary and grievance matters
  • Equal opportunities and discrimination
  • Redundancies and restructuring
  • Compromise agreements and business transfers and the operation of the TUPE regulations
  • Advising on alternative dispute resolution methods
  • Contracts and policy and procedure drafting

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MacRoberts LLP - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Advises clients on a broad spectrum of employment issues, including both disputes and non-contentious issues. The team is well placed to advise on complex TUPE transfers and senior executive exits, and regularly acts for local authorities. Also frequently acts for clients in the charity and education sectors.

Strengths Clients say: "Their particular strengths are their approachability, professionalism and industry knowledge."

Others state: "They are extremely pragmatic and have a personal approach ."

Work highlights Assisted South Lanarkshire Council in defending complex Employment Tribunal claims by significant numbers of temporary teachers for unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and breach of contract.

Advised North Ayrshire Council, Orkney Islands Council and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar on multiple tribunal claims by significant numbers of local authority employees for equal pay.

Significant clients Chivas Brothers, Scottish Government, NATS, Johnston Press, Howden Group.

Notable practitioners

Katy Wedderburn manages a broad range of employment issues, including TUPE matters and tribunal claims. Clients remark: "She is methodical, down to earth, personable and has a pragmatic approach."

About the Team (content provided by MacRoberts LLP)

Our Employment team is the longest established team in Scotland. We are known for using our practical and effective approach to find solutions for our clients. In an area of law that continually evolves, our team of accredited specialists work to ensure our proactive advice is tailored for our clients’ strategic needs.

Our approachable team has an unrivaled reputation for representing clients and has been praised for its “partner-led advocacy” in Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

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Thorntons Law LLP - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Anstruther, Arbroath, Cupar, Dundee, Edinburgh, Forfar, Kirkcaldy, Montrose, Perth, St Andrews.

What the team is known for Advises employers on a range of employment issues, with particular expertise representing groups in the healthcare and education sectors. The group has experience handling complex whistle-blowing and unfair dismissal claims. Also well practised in matters related to TUPE, in addition to experience in tribunal litigation.

Strengths Clients state: "They are completely focused on the needs of their clients and determined to provide a quality service."

Another adds: "I am always impressed by their responsiveness both in terms of time and the rounded nature of their advice, which takes the organisation's particular situation into account."

Work highlights Assisted Abertay University in relation to a complex, concurrent grievance and disciplinary matter involving allegations of sex and race discrimination, and harassment and sickness absence.

Advised the University of Stirling in connection with the TUPE implications of the termination of an existing outsourcing agreement for leisure and accommodation facilities on the university campus, and the replacement of the existing supplier by a wholly-owned subsidiary of the university.

Significant clients University of Strathclyde, The James Hutton Institute, Abertay Housing Association, St Andrews Links Trust, Edan Communications.

Notable practitioners

Noele McClelland deals with all manner of employment matters, including TUPE, unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. A client observes: "There's very little I could throw at her that she can't deal with."

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Senior Statesperson

Anderson Strathern

From the Chambers UK guide

Alan Masson provides key advice to clients on complex employment law issues. Sources say: "He is excellent; he's clear, concise and provides practical, professional advice."

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Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Joan Cradden handles complex contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including senior exits, and dismissal and discrimination claims. Clients comment: "She is excellent and understands the need for practical advice."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Amanda Jones is head of the employment team and advises clients on the full spectrum of employment law, including tribunal claims. Clients observe: "She has a huge depth of knowledge and common sense, and has a practical approach to giving advice."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Sandy Kemp recently joined the firm from Clyde & Co. He advises a variety of clients on a wide range of employment law matters, including claims relating to holiday pay, TUPE, unfair dismissal and discrimination. Sources comment that "he is a fantastic lawyer," and "his strength is his attention to detail."

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Band 1

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Miller is experienced in the full range of employment issues, with work on everything from equal pay claims to industrial action. Clients state: "He has a fantastic intellect and can deal with complex, multi-layered issues in a calm, confident and knowledgeable manner."

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Band 1

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

David Morgan handles all manner of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, including trade union issues and large restructurings. Clients comment: "He's very considered, very sharp, and he gets things straight away."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Diane Nicol is noted for her handling of matters involving TUPE, industrial relations, and discrimination claims. Clients note: "She has strong knowledge, excellent client management, and gives strong commercial advice on challenging employment law issues."

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Band 1

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Sean Saluja is head of the employment team and is noted for his expertise in the oil and gas sector. He deals with employment issues varying from industrial action to tribunal claims. Clients remark: "He is experienced, intensely knowledgeable and commercially aware."

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Band 1

Anderson Strathern

From the Chambers UK guide

Alun Thomas is head of the employment team and is experienced in a wide range of tribunal matters, including dismissals and discrimination claims. Clients state: "He is very responsive and able to get straight to the point, and he gives solid and pragmatic advice on what we should be doing."

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Band 1

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Alison Woods is head of the employment team and handles complex employment issues involving TUPE, unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. Clients say: "She has an ability to wade through complex issues and explain the best solutions quickly in layperson's terms."

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Band 2

Blackadders LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Allison is head of the employment team and manages a full spectrum of employment law mandates including tribunal claims, restructures and TUPE. Clients say: "He was extremely knowledgeable, thorough, and able to explain things in a way that was comprehensible and enabled us to make the best decision."

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Band 2

Lindsey Cartwright

Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

Lindsey Cartwright provides advice on the full range of employment issues, including TUPE, redundancies and discrimination claims. Clients state: "She has quite a down-to-earth style and is easy to deal with; the way she provides explanations and conveys follow-ups is very clear."

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Band 2

Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

Innes Clark is head of the employment team and is experienced in senior level departures and holiday pay claims. Clients say: "He provides a highly professional and responsive service; he is very approachable and always easily contactable."

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Band 2

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tony Hadden is head of the employment team and has considerable experience in senior exits and TUPE-related matters. Clients observe: "His strength is his practical, pragmatic approach, putting himself into the shoes of the client and being able to understand their position."

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Band 2

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Hoey advises clients on many different aspects of employment law including TUPE, discrimination and unfair dismissal matters. Clients remark: "He is incredibly responsive, thorough and helpful."

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Band 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Neil Maclean is head of the employment team and manages contentious and non-contentious employment law, including restructurings and TUPE. Clients comment: "He is excellent," adding that "his advice is helpful, pragmatic and thorough, enabling us to move forward with complex matters."

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Band 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "exceptional" Stuart Neilson is recognised for his expertise in TUPE and claims involving equal pay and holiday pay. Clients comment: "He always suggests practical, commercially focused strategies."

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Band 3

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Caroline Carr is head of the employment team and handles a wide array of employment issues, including complicated TUPE and grievance matters. Clients observe: "She provides a first-class service; response time is excellent, attention to detail is second to none, and she's very approachable and professional."

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Band 3

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Ronald Mackay furnishes clients with advice in relation to restructuring and tribunal advocacy, among other matters. Clients declare: "He is decisive and makes even the most challenging situation seem straightforward."

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Band 3

Thorntons Law LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Noele McClelland deals with all manner of employment matters, including TUPE, unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. A client observes: "There's very little I could throw at her that she can't deal with."

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Band 3

McGrade & Co

From the Chambers UK guide

Tony McGrade of McGrade & Co provides employment advice to individuals and small and medium-sized businesses. Sources say that "he's a very good, very personable lawyer who knows what he's doing."

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Band 3

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kirk Tudhope oversees a wide array of employment law issues, including claims of unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and disability discrimination. Clients say: "He always provides practical and comprehensive employment advice and has a clear understanding of the priorities that we have from a business perspective."

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Band 3

Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

David Walker is experienced in dealing with large claims involving equal pay and discrimination, and is also noted for his knowledge of TUPE. Clients observe: "He has a great way of advising and explaining to those without legal backgrounds, and is also very commercially aware."

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Band 3

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gina Wilson is experienced advising on tribunal claims, particularly those relating to TUPE issues. Clients observe: "She has an exceptional level of knowledge and understanding, and she is pragmatic and very good at simplifying the legal jargon."

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Band 4

Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Bruce Caldow is head of the employment team and advises clients on issues such as TUPE and unfair dismissals. Clients say: "He is able to give robust and clear advice around a range of complex problems."

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Band 4

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

Dawn Dickson of Eversheds Sutherland oversees all types of contentious and non-contentious employment law, including senior exits. Clients comment: "She is a fantastic support to us," adding that "she is always proactive in the way she deals with us and has a very commercial approach."

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Margaret M Gibson

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Margaret Gibson is experienced in dealing with redundancies and discrimination claims. A client says: "It's refreshing to get advice from someone who understands us," adding that "the advice she gives is very clear and concise."

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Band 4

Stronachs LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Eric Gilligan of Stronachs LLP is well practised in areas such as TUPE and whistle-blowing claims. Clients state: "He's very responsive, analytically very strong and understands things very clearly from a business perspective as well."

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Shoosmiths LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Karen Harvie of Shoosmiths LLP provides advice to clients in the social housing sector on a wide range of employment law. Clients note: "She provides easy-to-implement solutions to problems," adding that "her main strength is her outstanding attention to detail."

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Band 4

Balfour+Manson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Holland is well regarded for his work on unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. A client says: "He knows the organisation quite well, we can trust him to understand the circumstances we're in."

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Band 4

Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

David Hossack advises on organisational restructures, grievance procedures and trade union issues. Clients comment: "He can cover the whole spectrum of employment matters with confidence and is able to communicate this easily."

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Band 4

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Morag Hutchison assists clients with a variety of employment law matters, including tribunal claims. Clients say she provides "common sense, is approachable and adds value."

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Band 4

Gillian MacLellan

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Gillian MacLellan frequently advises clients on matters such as redundancy exercises and unfair dismissal claims. Clients state: "She is helpful, knowledgeable and responsive, and is good at understanding our strategic issues and providing tailored advice."

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Band 4

Jacqueline McCluskey

Morisons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jacqueline McCluskey of Morisons LLP advises clients on a wide scope of issues, including claims of unfair dismissal, disability discrimination and maternity discrimination. Clients remark: "Her strength is her ability to understand our business problems quickly and help us over those efficiently."

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Band 4

Michael McLaughlin

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael McLaughlin of DWF LLP manages all manner of tribunal claims, including age, disability and sex discrimination. Clients say: "His commercial and pragmatic approach to employment law is invaluable to us."

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Band 4

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Graham Mitchell advises clients on issues such as complex dismissal claims and senior exits. Clients say: "He is always calm and pleasant, quickly understands the issues and proposes practical solutions in a readily understood manner."

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Band 4

Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Lesley Murphy advises private and public sector clients on a range of employment matters, including tribunal litigation. Clients state: "She has been terrific; very sound, pragmatic and understanding of our position."

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Band 4

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kim Pattullo is head of the employment team and is recognised for her work involving trade unions and TUPE, among other matters. Clients say that "her knowledge is exceptional," going on to note that "the quality of advice is great, and she is quite creative and practical."

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Band 4

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Tricia Walker is particularly experienced in complex TUPE-related employment matters. One client notes: "She is incisive, has the ability to get to the point really quickly, and she's able to distil complicated matters."

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Band 4

MacRoberts LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Katy Wedderburn manages a broad range of employment issues, including TUPE matters and tribunal claims. Clients remark: "She is methodical, down to earth, personable and has a pragmatic approach."

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Up and Coming

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Katie Russell advises clients on everything from senior exits to tribunal claims and High Court litigation. Clients note: "She's straight-talking, fast and always constructive in finding solutions."

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Up and Coming

McGrade & Co

From the Chambers UK guide

Giles Woolfson of McGrade & Co advises individuals and employers on issues such as breach of contract, restrictive covenants and TUPE.

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Star Associate

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Legal director Brian Campbell is a solicitor advocate who has notable experience of Employment Tribunal litigation. Clients say: "He is always very knowledgeable and gives thorough advice, clearly setting out available options and the pros and cons of each option with a view to minimising any risks."

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Associates to watch

Blackadders LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Jack Boyle assists clients on a full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. A client states: "He has been a great help to the organisation. He responds in a timely manner, giving clear and structured advice in a way that a layperson can understand."

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Associates to watch

Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

Sarah Gilzean is known for her work on equal pay and discrimination. Clients say: "She is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of employment law, and has provided very sound and helpful advice in a number of challenging cases."

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Associates to watch

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Sine MacKay has a particular focus on supporting clients in tribunal litigation. Clients state: "Her strengths are that she's great to work with, gives fast and detailed responses, and has a keen eye for detail."

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Shoosmiths LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Kenny Scott of Shoosmiths LLP assists clients on employment issues such as TUPE and tribunal litigation. Clients say he is "an absolute delight to deal with," and appreciate that he is "prepared to go the extra mile in everything he does."

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Associates to watch

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Jennifer Skeoch aids clients in all employment law issues that arise. Clients state: "She is always a standout; she's professional, responsive and always on point."

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Associates to watch

Alison Weatherhead

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Alison Weatherhead assists on a wide range of employment matters, with a focus on TUPE. Clients remark: "She has an excellent understanding of our needs, and will always provide advice to obtain the best resolution for us."

^ See whole ranking table