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Employment — The South


Blake Morgan - Employment Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Portsmouth, Southampton

What the team is known for Pre-eminent full-service firm assisting clients across a wide range of employment matters, including representation in Employment Tribunals. Handles TUPE matters and outsourcing, as well as transactional and contentious matters for a range of clients from sectors such as education, retail and leisure.

Strengths Sources say: "They delivered thoughtful, accurate, commercially focused advice. They were also very responsive and helpful."

Interviewees add that "they are very impressive; they are smart, responsive, deliver on time and provide sound advice."

Work highlights Advised HQ Theatre and Hospitality on a range of employment issues including reorganisations, redundancies, disciplinaries, capability and sickness absence management.

Advised Taylor Made Computer Solutions on various TUPE issues and disciplinary matters.

Significant clients RNLI, Wightlink, Costa Coffee, Kerry Foods, CVS.

Notable practitioners

Max Craft typically serves clients from the retail, manufacturing and educations sectors and is highly respected for his extensive experience, particularly in resolving employment disputes. He is praised for being "knowledgeable, approachable and customer-focused."

Sarah Peacock handles a range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues, including all aspects of discrimination, TUPE and business reorganisations. A client notes: "She was very responsive, well informed and looks for solutions that work best for organisations," while another highlights her "appreciation of the commercial context."

Tim Forer is an employment litigator with a strong track record in Employment Tribunals. Sources say: "He is very commercially aware and gives pragmatic advice. He is highly knowledgeable and provides great customer service."

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Stevens & Bolton LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Guildford

What the team is known for Market-leading firm with noteworthy experience in general advisory work, TUPE and restrictive matters for corporations and senior executives. Also offers expertise in employment related immigration issues. Acts for both UK-based and international clients, with strength in acting for technology companies. Regularly represents clients from a diverse range of sectors, including recent work with IT and technology companies, media enterprises and food and drink producers.

Strengths Clients say: "They are a strong team who understand our business and provide us with pragmatic advice and clear solutions."

Sources add: "Their knowledge base is good and the team willingly include other experts in the practice to provide rounded advice."

Work highlights Represented Linde Group in Employment Tribunal proceedings concerning unfair dismissal and discrimination issues, as well as restrictive covenant matters related to senior departures.

Assisted Godiva with a range of employment issues, including restructuring matters and TUPE issues in relation to redundancies.

Significant clients FF Group, Nintendo, JKX Oil & Gas, SABMiller, Asahi UK.

Notable practitioners

Lloyd Davey covers all areas of employment law and is particularly well known among clients from the technology and media sectors, advising on matters such as outsourcing and employee data-privacy issues. A client states: "He was excellent in all areas. We particularly appreciate his practical and pragmatic, commercial awareness."

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Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Plymouth, Southampton

What the team is known for Highly regarded practice acting for national and international companies in the full spectrum of employment matters. Strong team of experts with experience in discrimination disputes, outsourcing and providing strategic advice for employers across a range of other employment law issues. Work includes several recent examples of both contentious matters and transactional projects. Regularly advises clients from the finance, education and retail sectors.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "excellent," and report that "they are highly responsive and pragmatic."

Sources add: "They have strength in depth and always offer commercial solutions."

Work highlights Advised Carnival on employment aspects of the closure of its defined benefit scheme, as well as assisting with its involvement in the closure of the multi-employer Merchant Navy Officers' pension fund to future accrual.

Assisted Colgate-Palmolive with a full update to its employment policies, including amendments to align with current legislation.

Significant clients Signet Trading, Associated British Ports, Old Mutual Wealth Management, Southampton City College.

Notable practitioners

Christina Tolvas-Vincent is recognised as someone who is "commercial and practical, providing top-quality advice, able to manage a team well and ensures that results are achieved in a cost effective and sensible way." She has a wealth of experience in advising on all aspects of employment law, handling tribunal proceedings, outsourcing and restructuring issues.

Jon Hales impresses clients with the way he "marries good legal knowledge together with strong commercial awareness." He offers expertise in TUPE matters, outsourcing and restructuring issues.

Dan Fawcett's practice includes handling employment litigation and tribunal claims, as well as advice on restrictive covenants and outsourcing mandates. One client describes him as "commercially aware, flexible and collaborative," while another adds that "he is approachable, nice to deal with and always answers my calls. He is also proactive, and goes the extra mile."

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Brachers LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Maidstone

What the team is known for Respected Kent-based firm acting primarily for employers and corporate clients in the healthcare, tourism and construction sectors. Offers expertise in the full range of employment matters, including high-profile litigation, training for employers and non-contentious advisory work, covering areas such as TUPE, data protection and restrictive covenants. Swale Heating is a new client win.

Strengths Clients say: "They are excellent and have broad-based expertise. Crucially, their advice is delivered in a timely manner while maintaining accuracy."

Sources say: "The team is responsive and flexible in the way that they meet our needs, and always thorough in all the work that they do for us."

Work highlights Defended Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust against discrimination claims brought by an employee on the grounds of race and sexual orientation.

Significant clients Hamton Environmental, Grupo Antolin, South East Water, Temple Legal Insurance, Global Sign.

Notable practitioners

Catherine Daw frequently handles contentious employment matters, such as representing clients in discrimination and whistle-blowing claims in Employment Tribunals. She is described by various sources as a "brilliant and much trusted legal adviser" who has "excellent technical knowledge, is highly responsive and provides a first class client service."

Colin Smith handles a mixture of employment matters related to restructurings, reorganisations and TUPE. He also advises on cases regarding senior executives. A client says: "His expertise continually provides me with confidence. He is commercially astute and able to articulate complex matters in a manner than enables instant understanding."

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Cripps LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Tunbridge Wells

What the team is known for Strong employment team providing support to clients from a range of sectors, including technology and media, not-for-profit and healthcare. Recent work includes advising on collective redundancy processes, issues of employment status and the enforcement of restrictive covenants. Acts for both UK companies and international clients.

Strengths A source says: "They are always available when I need them. They are prompt with their advice, proactive, experienced and helpful."

Clients add: "They were extremely efficient and helpful, and they gave us sound advice which was above the scope of the work. They were very well informed, up to date and available."

Work highlights Advised the French group Halbronn on the employment due diligence of its first UK transaction, the acquisition of 2D CNC Machinery.

Acted for Burrswood on collective redundancy issues following a restructuring process.

Significant clients We are Social, Munroe K Asset Management, Concordia International, DAC Group Europe.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Gavin Tyler has considerable experience in the field of employment law, including redundancy matters, senior executive terminations and reputation management. Sources say: "He is pragmatic and focused on getting a solution that works for us."

Managing associate Rhona Darbyshire continues to grow her reputation, particularly within in the charities sector, towards which she has a strong focus. She represents both employers and senior executives in contentious cases. Clients are impressed by the way she can "understand the commercial bones and culture of our organisation."

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DMH Stallard 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: Brighton, Crawley, Guildford

What the team is known for Notable focus on general and strategic advisory work for public and quasi-public sector clients, as well as a diverse mix of private corporates. Offers further expertise in employment litigation. Sector specialisms include education, local government and charities. Brewers Decorator Centres and TC Facilities Management are among the firm's recent client wins.

Strengths Clients say: "We get the advice before or at the earliest sign of a problem, and they will set out which directions we can go in and what the most likely outcomes will be. They try to find the best and most cost-effective solutions for our employees."

Another adds: "I love working with DMH Stallard because of their strong commercial bias, as well as their flexibility to provide solid advice within often challenging timescales."

Work highlights Advised ProSight Specialty on implementing the Senior Insurance Managers Regime, as well as other employment issues, including redundancies, ill health and settlement agreements.

Advised Zotefoams on restructuring issues which included union consultations and handling tribunal proceedings following the redundancy of one its employees.

Significant clients Exclusive Hotels, Cineworld, City College Brighton, Change Grow Live.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Simon Bellm is highly appreciated by clients for his ability to guide them through contentious issues, regularly assisting public and private entities to avid or navigate Employment Tribunal cases. He also receives praise for his work on non-contentious issues such as dealing with employment aspects of merging employers. Sources say he is "incredibly knowledgeable, and also very sensible, practical and realistic."

Gregory Burgess advises both employers and senior executives on a range of employment matters, including TUPE, business reorganisations, executive exits and remuneration packages. His recent work has also involved assisting clients with the new Senior Insurance Managers Regime, redundancy programmes and business immigration.

Associate Phillip Vallon is noted for advising a broad range of organisations, including public sector clients and charities. He assists clients with a range of issues, including immigration matters and Employment Tribunal proceedings.

Antony Hyams-Parish offers significant expertise in contentious matters of employment law. He has a considerable reputation for handling discrimination claims. One impressed source reports: "He gave excellent technical advice and collaborated with me in a measured and logical way to achieve the result I was seeking."

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Paris Smith LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Southampton, Winchester

What the team is known for Respected employment team, noted for its strong reputation in the local market, which acts for both employees and employers and has significant experience in acting on both sides of senior-level exits. Represents clients in Employment Tribunals and restrictive covenant actions as well as aiding companies with employment training programmes. Regularly advises clients from the education and transport sectors.

Work highlights Represented the claimant in an Employment Tribunal concerning non-payment of national minimum wage.

Successfully defended the administrator of a transport company against claims for a protective award brought by its employees' trade union.

Significant clients Draper Tools, AFC Bournemouth, Hampshire Cricket, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, GDC Group.

Notable practitioners

Clive Dobbin has experience that ranges across Employment Tribunal proceedings to discrimination claims, and TUPE matters and he is highlighted by sources as someone who is "straightforward and pleasant to deal with."

David Roath is praised for his "down-to-earth and practical" approach. He represents clients in Employment Tribunals and advises both employers and executives on senior exits, recently assisting an employer in the health sector with the exit of a director and minority shareholder.

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Penningtons Manches 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
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Basingstoke, Guildford

What the team is known for Advises UK-based and international companies, as well as high net worth individuals in a wide variety of employment matters, covering employment litigation, discrimination claims, TUPE matters, director exits and shareholder issues. Offers significant expertise in the infrastructure, technology and education sectors, among others. Recent client wins include Not Just Cleaning, All Market Europe and MS Amlin.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the team "provides excellent, pragmatic legal advice that fits the business culture."

Another adds: "They provide sound advice, they have a friendly disposition and there is a sense of mutual trust. They are also always prepared to help at short notice."

Work highlights Advised a facilities company on claims related to the employee liability information obligations under TUPE.

Advised a defence sector organisation on potential claims concerning disability discrimination.

Significant clients Sika, Twentieth Century Fox, The Licensed Trade Charity, Wurth UK, The Finance and Leasing Association.

Notable practitioners

David Bickford leads the team based in Basingstoke and advises on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues, including terminations, Employment Tribunal claims and outsourcing matters.

Head of the Guildford team Mike Cole has experience across all aspects of employment work, with strengths in discrimination claims, TUPE and reorganisations. Clients report that he "can act decisively with lawyers on the other side to gain a good outcome for us quickly."

Chris Syder operates a wide employment law practice, with considerable experience in TUPE. His clients are spread across the construction and infrastructure, professional services, IT and technology sectors. A client states: "He always understands the issues and the culture, and he gives excellent commercial advice with exceptional technical knowledge."

Associate Gemma Woodhouse is described by sources as someone who is "very efficient and knowledgeable," with another noting:"She is very responsive, concise and straight to the point." She advises on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues, with a focus on discrimination issues.

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Our employment law team provides fast, proactive and practical legal support. Approachable and commercially aware, our specialists have in-depth experience of the issues faced by businesses when managing their staff.

We keep clients up to date with the raft of new employment law regulations, highlighting how these could impact on their overall strategy and safeguarding against the potentially huge costs of non-compliance.

Our employment solicitors cover the whole spectrum of employment law issues, including contentious and non contentious matters. We advise major companies through to smaller private and owner-managed businesses in a wide variety of sectors, including financial services, healthcare, recruitment, publishing, media, IT, hotels and leisure, manufacturing, retail and professional services. We also act for public companies, academic institutions and other not-for profit organisations.

Although we are experienced litigators, and frequently represent organisations at employment tribunals and in court, we also offer specialist employment law advice in resolving conflict through alternative dispute resolution. Our package of services to ensure optimum management of human resources includes ongoing support through in-house training, seminars, workshops, newsletters and e-bulletins.

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Trethowans LLP - Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Southampton

What the team is known for Provides employment support and TUPE advice to corporate clients from various sectors, including leisure, retail, manufacturing and healthcare. Handles the full range of employment law issues, including restructurings, trade union recognition and immigration matters. Recent work carried out by the firm has also included advising clients on discrimination and whistle-blowing claims and restrictive covenant issues.

Strengths One client describes the team as "knowledgeable, responsive and multi-disciplined."

Work highlights Advised a family-run business on a series of shareholder disputes, which in turn involved equality issues and unfair dismissal claims.

Represented three foreign nationals in a dispute with an international financial services company concerning alleged wrongful dismissal and restrictive covenant issues.

Significant clients Garmin, Autism Hampshire, Radio Taxis, Lane Clark & Peacock.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Simon Rhodes has deep experience handling all aspects of employment law ranging from restrictive covenants and discrimination claims to TUPE and outsourcing issues. Clients say he is "very user friendly, approachable, patient and someone who takes the time to listen."

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asb law LLP - Employment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Maidstone, Crawley

What the team is known for Represents employers and corporations, including several FTSE companies, handling both contentious and non-contentious employment issues, in addition to providing training services to senior executives. As well as attracting new clients such as Roman's Group, the team also added new hires to the team at partner level in 2016.

Strengths Sources say: "The advice has been timely, commercial and has provided options. They have taken the time to understand the business, and the advice is as bespoke as it can be."

One interviewee reports that the team "have been brilliant; they are always quick to respond, commercial and supportive."

Work highlights Advised YFM Private Equity on the management buyout of Ferrabyrne which included assisting with due diligence and director agreements.

Acted on behalf of the employees following the merger of two listed companies, representing employees in negotiations around settlement agreements and transitional payments.

Significant clients TUI Travel, Amadeus, Arsenal FC, ABTA.

Notable practitioners

Associate Rebecca Jorgensen advises on a broad range of employment issues, frequently representing corporate clients in contentious matters. One client says: "She is very pragmatic, prompt and strikes the right balance of being suitably cautious and appropriately aggressive."

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The team is known for its quick response times and commercial expertise, along with an understanding of the client’s business to provide solutions-orientated guidance.

Our innovative approach to the delivery of legal services has seen a highly successful year, with a number of new clients to the Employment team.

Price innovation and creative resourcing continue to be a key differentiator. With a move away from the traditional hourly rate, much of our work is now being carried out either on a fixed price or a retainer arrangement, which aligns with our clients’ needs for budgetary certainty and transparency.

A further differentiator for us in the market is the use of technology and project management techniques to deliver certainty and control to our clients. Through the use of Cael, a dedicated legal project management tool and collaborative working platform, we can scope the various stages of a legal process with our clients to provide transparency and budget certainty. 

The team’s extensive networks and strong relationships with specialist HR consultants, employee benefits providers, recruiters and tax specialists enables it to provide a tailored solution to all people-related matters relevant to its client base. Our bank of flexible resource, consisting of specialist advisers and generalist professionals, enables us to flex our resource in line with demand and provide tailored resource to any project cost effectively.

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Barlow Robbins LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Guildford, Woking

What the team is known for Experienced in both employment litigation and advisory work, with noteworthy expertise in advising companies on matters regarding restrictive covenants and fiduciary duties. Represents employers with corporate support in M&A transactions and contentious issues, frequently acting for SMEs and regional recruitment agencies. Also regularly acts for senior executives in matters such as boardroom disputes and severance packages.

Strengths Clients praise the team's "helpful and responsive" approach.

Work highlights Represented Triumph Structures in proceedings concerning an unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claim brought by a former employee.

Assisted VP Packaging with day-to-day employment advice, as well as managing the employment-related aspects of the acquisition of EnvelopeMaster.

Significant clients OLM Systems, VPG Systems, Abus Crane Systems, D4t4 Solutions, Special Products.

Notable practitioners

Head of department David Ludlow advises both businesses and individuals, often representing clients in Employment Tribunals and in employment litigation in the courts, as well as in non-contentious issues. Clients describe him as "very personable, approachable and thorough at explaining the issues."

Joanna Lada-Walicki particularly focuses on employment law issues relating to the education sector, advising on matters such as maternity leave, flexible working and the teachers' pension. Market observers note that "she is really responsive and technically very good."

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Charles Russell Speechlys - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Guildford

What the team is known for Acts predominantly for large-scale companies, as well as smaller regional entities, with notable expertise in the financial sector as well as charities and utilities. Also draws on its global network of offices to provide multi-jurisdictional advice. Recent work has included advice on large outsourcing projects, and employment advice related to corporate acquisitions. Samaritans is a recent client win.

Strengths Sources praise the team for being "diligent and very commercially savvy."

Clients add: "They are highly responsive and available. They are also able to convey complex legal issues in layman's terms, and they very organised."

Work highlights Advised Lambert Smith Hampton on a wide range of employment and pension issues, recently including a redundancy and restructuring matter.

Acted for Photo-Me International on the employment law aspects of its acquisition of ASDA's photo shop business.

Significant clients National Museum of the Royal Navy, Zenium Technology Partners, Alpha International, Lord Wandsworth College.

Notable practitioners

Andy Williams often works with clients on projects with extensive impact on the workforce, such as reorganisations, TUPE transfers and outsourcing arrangements. Sources describe him as "extremely collegiate with clients and counsel, adopting a strong team approach, keeping everyone informed very closely and ensuring good collaboration."

Ben Smith is recognised for his focus on the charities and healthcare sectors, advising clients on a broad range of issues such as disciplinary and grievance processes, redundancy and restructuring programmes. One source notes: "He is very commercial and extremely dedicated."

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Furley Page Solicitors - Employment Department

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Canterbury

What the team is known for Recognised focus on the education and charity sectors, regularly acting for employers such as universities, schools, higher education institutions and hospices. Also acts for a range of commercial clients, handling the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including workplace mediation, employee data protection and partnership disputes.

Strengths Clients say: "The level of service is excellent. They are responsive and provide very straightforward and effective advice, which is perfectly oriented towards business moving on."

Other interviewees describe the team as "helpful, supportive and they know our business well."

Work highlights Advised George Hammond plc on all employment related aspects of the sale of its Port Services Division to the Dover Harbour Board.

Advised The University of Kent on issues concerning the Equality Act 2010 and reasonable adjustments for disabled students.

Significant clients Dean & Chapter of Canterbury, Kent College, Farringtons School, Astrum Education, Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Andrew Masters has impressed clients, who are "astounded by his knowledge and attention to detail, as well as commercialism." He regularly assists with restructuring, TUPE exercises and discrimination claims, as well as numerous other areas of employment law.

Senior associate Amanda Okill advises on contentious issues, including unfair and constructive dismissal cases, discrimination and employment status disputes.

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The Furley Page Employment Team primarily represents employers with a particular expertise in providing advice and support to the education and charity sectors. Clients are in Higher and Further Education as well as a number of high profile independent and academy schools. In the charity sector clients include several regional, well-known names. The Team also represents an impressive, commercial SME client base across a range of sectors as well as senior executives.
 
The Team is renowned for its extensive seminar and training programme that has been in operation for a number of years. It also has trained employment mediators that complement its employment law offering.
 
It is led by the highly experienced, Andrew Masters, who is also a Governor Emeritus of an independent school. Amanda Okill, is highly respected amongst clients and peers and is a trustee of a mental health charity.

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Irwin Mitchell - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Crawley, Southampton

What the team is known for Offers experience in complex tribunal representation, as well as restructurings, consultation exercises and TUPE matters. Maintains a strong focus on the financial services, manufacturing and retail sectors, and an increasing client-base in the IT and technology industries.

Strengths A client notes: "I was impressed by their strategic, tactical and commercial advice which really took our industry into account."

Work highlights Acted for Paula Rosa Manhattan on redundancy and reorganisation issues, which included a significant collective consultation.

Advised Hendy Group on employment issues related to its refinancing and acquisition of the Lifestyle Motor Group car dealership business.

Significant clients Laleham Healthcare, Envitia, JCC Lighting, ITSU, World of Books.

Notable practitioners

Simon Fenton is a key contact.

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It’s been an incredibly positive year for the Irwin Mitchell southern employment team and has seen the legacy Thomas Eggar LLP team integrate into the wider national team. As a result of the enhanced national offering the team has retained its key clients whilst further developing its reputation amongst nationally and internationally significant clients. Irwin Mitchell has a well established training team and ‘products’ which are fixed fee and offer significantly more than simply a telephone helpline.

Key innovations include IMhrplus (Insurance backed advice and Employment Tribunal product). This service provides a fixed, annual fee for all employment work, backed by a range of insurance wrappers indemnifying against damages and costs for defence of Employment Tribunal cases and a web-based suite of support services. 

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Moore Blatch LLP - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Southampton

What the team is known for Provides strategic advice and litigation support to clients in relation to senior terminations, discrimination proceedings, redundancies and multi-claimant actions. Additionally advises on employment aspects of business sales and acquisitions, including TUPE. Significant experience assisting clients in the technology, financial services, hospitality and media sectors.

Strengths A client says: "They are courteous, responsive and very capable. The senior lawyers and their associates and all are very easy to deal with, flexible and timely. They give advice in a language I understand, are approachable and professional."

Sources add: "They know the subject matter well and they apply commercial common sense to the decision making process."

Work highlights Advised Drake & Morgan on employee due diligence and TUPE issues following its acquisition of Corney & Barrow Bars.

Acted for new venture, Wright & Bell, on a range of employment issues, including drafting service agreements and creating template contracts.

Significant clients Magic Media Works, FD Copeland, Box-it UK, National Advertising Benevolent Society, Adapt Services.

Notable practitioners

Katherine Maxwell heads the employment team and has deep expertise in handling shareholder disputes, termination packages, TUPE and redundancy issues, acting for both employers and senior executives. Sources say: "She absolutely gets it from the operators' perspective. She guides us without being in the slightest condescending. She is commercially aware and astute, and her expertise has been instrumental in helping keep our employees' welfare at the forefront of our mind."

Naomi Greenwood is well reputed for advising clients in the media, hospitality and banking sectors. She is noted for her expertise in redundancies and restructurings, as well as representing clients in Employment Tribunals. Sources state: "Her advice is pragmatic and practical, and she is a solution-orientated partner."

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Mundays LLP - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office location: Cobham

What the team is known for Offers expertise in contentious and non-contentious employment law to a varied base, including regional and national businesses and other employees, in addition to a growing client base of high net worth individuals. Experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional employment matters, with employee and business immigration being a key area. Demonstrates particular experience in the areas of aviation and logistics.

Strengths Commentators note: "They are responsive, available, on top of issues, super-proactive and ahead of the game, which is very useful."

Clients add: "They are well qualified, responsive and provide an independent outlook, which is helpful in finding the right solution."

Significant clients George P Johnson, MiTAC Europe, Motors Unbeatablecar, Victoria Trading.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Andrew Knorpel is well regarded for handling a broad range of employment issues and has a focus on the aviation industry, regularly handling corporate restructurings, contract outsourcing and TUPE in the sector. His practice also includes employee data-protection matters. Clients say: "He is excellent: very knowledgeable and proficient."

Fiona McAllister handles a mixture of contentious matters, including High Court litigation and non-contentious matters, including cross-border issues. She acts for both corporate clients and senior executives. One client describes her as "responsive, practical and also very knowledgeable," while another praises the "excellent quality of her advice."

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Shoosmiths LLP - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Basingstoke, Southampton

What the team is known for Respected practice providing employment services to a range of household-name clients. Areas of expertise include litigation, as well as day-to-day general and strategic advisory work. Also frequently provides employment support to corporate transactional activity.

Strengths A client praises the team's "good understanding of our business," "good tactical approach" and ability to "tailor advice to take account of the day-to-day operational view."

Work highlights Acted as employment law adviser to Krispy Kreme, recently assisting with settlement agreements, absence management issues and tribunal matters.

Assisted Regus Management with a broad range of employment issues, including tribunal claims.

Significant clients Gattaca, Brightside Group, Fyffes, Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

Notable practitioners

Stuart Lawrenson's expertise and experience covers contentious issues such as unfair dismissal cases, sex, race, age and disability claims, as well as collective redundancy consultations and TUPE issues. He is also heavily involved in delivering employment law and HR training for corporations.

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Thomson Snell & Passmore - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Tunbridge Wells, Thames Gateway

What the team is known for Advises companies on employment matters such as reorganisations and senior exits, in addition to offering expertise in employment litigation. Also noted for assisting clients with TUPE and outsourcing issues. Client base consists of charities, corporate employers and numerous institutions in the education sector, including schools, colleges and multi-academy trusts.

Strengths Clients say: "Their breadth of knowledge and skill supports us across our business to find practical solutions to problems and we are advised in advance of likely costs and risks for any proposed course of action."

Work highlights Advised Avante Care & Support after employees claimed unfair dismissal for TUPE reasons following a restructuring of the company's operations.

Successfully defended North Kent College in tribunal proceedings brought against the college by a former lecturer on alleged grounds of pregnancy and maternity discrimination, among other claims.

Significant clients The Kenmal Academies Trust, Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People, Pure Asphalt Company, Mid Kent College.

Notable practitioners

Susanna Rynehart has extensive experience in advising senior executives on exit negotiations, as well as frequently acting for employers across the education, food and beverage, distribution and insurance sectors in both contentious and advisory matters. Sources say: "She is extremely knowledgeable and very easy to work with."

Head of department Nick Hobden is described by clients as someone who is "very knowledgeable and commercially astute with a strategic perspective." He regularly represents clients in Employment Tribunal and High Court claims, and is noted for his expertise in the education and charity sectors.

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For business
Handling employment law issues can be a big distraction when you are trying to run a business. Get it wrong and it can tie up lots of management time as well as being very costly. But, when you get it right, it complements the business and keeps you running smoothly. We keep you running smoothly, with minimal disruption.
Our advice covers all aspects of the employment relationship, helping to settle disputes, defending employment tribunal claims and providing immigration compliance audits.
The fact is that employment law has become much more complicated in recent years. So you can rest assured that we have a team with terrific expertise and experience across the full spectrum of work.


For individuals
Facing a difficult situation regarding your employment such as redundancy or unfair treatment can be frightening and stressful. It can feel as if all the cards are stacked in favour of your employer. It's important to understand that employment legislation exists to protect employees – getting advice on your rights can give you an entirely different picture.
Our employment solicitors have a proven track record of winning employment tribunal claims and disputes. We achieve great success in negotiating severance packages and assisting in the facilitation of exit strategies.
Getting advice from our employment solicitors can help you achieve a quick resolution, maximum compensation and an amicable exit.

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Boddy Matthews - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office location: Reigate

What the team is known for Employment and litigation boutique offering expertise across the all areas of day-to-day HR advice, including redundancies, TUPE, restructuring and contentious cases such as tribunal claims, discrimination claims and dismissals. Serves a diverse client base consisting of corporates, SMEs, owner-managed businesses and senior executives.

Strengths Clients say: "The firm possesses excellent skills, with vast knowledge and experience. The team is highly professional and responsive to our needs. Overall the service is outstanding."

Clients add: "It's a small team which is able and willing to understand client issues in a very personalised way. The team demonstrates extensive subject matter knowledge, which builds trust and makes for a very comfortable relationship."

Work highlights Acted for PJ Pipe & Valve on a range of employment and HR issues such as recruitment and post-termination issues, restructuring matters and employment contracts.

Assisted Wm Lillico & Son with performance management, disciplinary and grievance matters, as well as disputes, change management and settlement agreements.

Significant clients Rolls-Royce Power Systems, Prater, Shillington College, Storm Building.

Notable practitioners

Clients value the "fantastic collaboration" they have experienced with Helen Boddy. Interviewees say she "delivers in a very personable manner. Her excellent technical knowledge is applied well in the context of the commercial environment, which enables good decision-making. She creates a high level of trust." Her wide-ranging employment expertise covers restructurings, redundancy programmes and TUPE.

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Clarke Willmott LLP - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Southampton

What the team is known for Strong focus on acting for clients in Employment Tribunals as well as advisory work relating to TUPE obligations and business restructurings. Areas of litigation expertise include sex discrimination, breach of contract and unfair dismissal. Advises clients from a range of sectors, including retail and technology.

Strengths Clients say: "They are quite a modern practice, meaning that they are switched-on to the latest cases and recognise that their clients don't want to be blinded by legal jargon."

Work highlights Advised Onecom Group on harmonising its employment contracts following its acquisition of another company.

Advised an electrical component manufacturer on terminating employment, following an employee's sentence to 10 months imprisonment for an assault.

Significant clients PEI Genesis, Page & Cooper, Andrews & Wykeham, The Cornish Bakery Shops, Medicom Healthcare.

Notable practitioners

Marc Long offers expertise in a broad range of employment issues, including TUPE, Employment Tribunal claims, disciplinary and grievance issues. One client observes: "He is excellent and provides great, prompt advice, and is very solution-oriented."

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The Clarke Willmott Employment and Human Resources team comprises a mixture of experienced employment lawyers and HR consultants. With this combination, they provide a genuinely holistic and complete support service to employer organisations.

The Employment and Human Resources team are a solutions driven team that strives to provide usable commercial advice on any “people issue” that an organisation might encounter. They are also extremely responsive and always provide advice in plain English.

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Clarkson Wright & Jakes Ltd - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Orpington

What the team is known for Acts for both employers and employees in Employment Tribunal proceedings. Further expertise in matters such as restructurings and transfers as well as HR corporate support for a range of employers. Often acts for clients involved in the health and care sectors, including GP practices and charities supporting community care throughout Kent.

Strengths Clients say that "the service they provided was first class, and requests for advice were answered promptly."

Significant clients Kent Local Medical Committee, Panalpina World Transport, Netdimension, Mytime Active, Piaggio.

Notable practitioners

Judith Curran is a key contact.

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Our employment team is made up of specialist employment lawyers who take the time to get to know you and the needs of your business. Our lawyers strive to find practical, cost effective and common sense solutions to employment issues and employee disputes your business is dealing with. As part of our employment law service, we offer advice and support through the full employment cycle from recruitment of employees, through to dismissal and termination of employment.
We can offer you:
Virtual HR Director Service
Free quarterly HR Networking Lunch
Employment Advice Retainer Scheme
Medical Practices Employment Advice Retainer Scheme
Employment Law Training, seminars, webinars and updates 

We offer the following services:
Managing day-to-day employment law issues
Defending Employment Tribunal and EAT claims
Reviewing and updating your employment documentation
Dealing with difficult employees, including dismissal
Day to day HR Corporate Support
Defending all types of Employment Tribunal claims
Advising on TUPE and corporate transactions
Mergers & Acquisitions
Employment Contracts/Company Handbooks
Advising on redundancy and business reorganisations
Advice on changes to senior management teams
Pre-termination conversations and dismissal of employees
Advice in dealing with employee grievances and disciplinary issues
Specialist Medical Partnerships and Practices advice

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Coffin Mew LLP - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Portsmouth, Southampton

What the team is known for Provides employment advice and tribunal representation to clients in the education, charities and social housing sectors. Areas of notable experience include advisory work in relation to TUPE, as well as supporting clients in large-scale business reorganisations. Recent work includes providing advice together with the firm's insolvency team on employment law aspects of companies going into administration.

Strengths A client says: "We have a good working relationship and I'm happy with their service as they are timely in responding to queries, very approachable and down to earth."

Work highlights Continued to advise Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, recently assisting with a collective consultation exercise and trade union discussions in relation to extended operating hours.

Notable practitioners

Mark O’Halloran is a key contact.

Leon Deakin handles a range of employment issues with a focus on senior exits and restructurings, as well as representing employers in tribunal claims. He joined the firm from Irwin Mitchell in January 2018.

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Lester Aldridge LLP - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office location: Bournemouth

What the team is known for Offers substantial experience in handling employment matters for healthcare sector clients and boasts a significant client base of local businesses and executives in Dorset, as well as larger corporates. Typically advises on issues such as restructuring mandates, TUPE matters and whistleblowing.

Strengths A client remarks: "They are always able to respond with clarity and practical advice whenever I contact them. The team are very effective at getting back to me in good time which is important."

Others add: "They are great to work with because they are very available, get back to you quickly and they have a very knowledgeable and practical focus."

Work highlights Assisted Data Installations and Networking Services with the dismissal of an employee who was convicted of an ABH offence for which he consequently received a prison sentence.

Advised General Asset Management on issues concerning amendments to an employee's terms of employment following maternity leave.

Significant clients Curtiss Wright, Ceuta Holdings, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Global Maritime Consultancy.

Notable practitioners

Susan Evans is well regarded for her focus on contentious matters, with additional experience in handling redundancy procedures, TUPE and insolvency issues. A source notes that "she is excellent, very knowledgeable and commercial. She really takes the time to understand what I'm trying to achieve and finds good solutions. She ticks all the boxes."

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Loch Employment Law - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Brighton, Tunbridge Wells

What the team is known for Employment boutique with a strong track record in handling the full spectrum of employment matters for both employees and employers, including advice relating to long-term illness and return-to-work disputes. Also acts on disciplinary and performance issues, restrictive covenants and TUPE matters. Clients include senior executives and various companies, with notable experience acting for SMEs.

Notable practitioners

Pam Loch offers expertise in a broad range of employment issues, including dismissals, discrimination claims, dispute resolution and TUPE matters. She is particularly known for her advice and advocacy on contentious employment matters and also acts as a mediator in employment cases.

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Morrisons Solicitors - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Redhill, Woking

What the team is known for Advises a range of clients on the full spectrum of non-contentious employment law matters, including TUPE, HR policy and employment handbooks and senior exit strategies. Also has considerable experience in contentious issues such as discrimination issues and disciplinary matters, and recent work carried out by the firm includes advice on outsourcing agreements and redundancy issues.

Strengths Clients say the team is "incredibly user-friendly, pragmatic and supportive in its approach."

Another source notes: "Their extremely knowledgeable and professional staff gave good in-depth and solution-orientated advice that enabled us to achieve our legal obligations."

Significant clients Jellyfish Group, Secom, Hampshire Trust Bank, Premier Tax Free.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Joanne Kavanagh has extensive employment law experience and advises clients on issues such as disciplinary and grievance proceedings, discrimination, bullying and boardroom disputes. Sources praise her for being "commercially astute and in tune with our requirements."

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The team is led by Joanne Kavanagh, who has been ranked in Chambers since her appointment as Head of Employment at Morrisons in 2011.  Since her appointment, Joanne has built up a growing portfolio of corporate clients including PLCs and SMEs. 

The team provides advice across all of the firm’s offices which means that unlike many other law firms, we are ‘local’ to clients across Surrey and South London.

All members of the team advise on the full range of employment law services acting for businesses (the majority of our work) and private clients, particularly those of high net worth. We all deal in non contentious work (contracts, handbooks etc.) and on employment disputes up to and including tribunal representation. 

The team is continuing to build niche expertise on TUPE matters, to include outsourcing in conjunction with our commercial team. We are also advising on restrictive covenant matters and where appropriate, High Court proceedings in which counsel is instructed.

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Pure Employment Law - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Chichester

What the team is known for Assists businesses with the full range of employment law matters, including senior departures, TUPE issues and disciplinary matters. Also skilled in representing both employees and employers in Employment Tribunal proceedings. Recent work has involved advising on major redundancy programmes, TUPE issues in relation to care service contracts and unfair dismissal claims.

Strengths Sources note that "they gave us prompt and clear advice, which was helpful."

Significant clients Baqus, Spheric Trafalgar, Air Europa, Valassis, Moore Stephens.

Notable practitioners

Peter Stevens has a wealth of employment law experience and supports clients in disciplinary and performance issues, discrimination claims and dismissals. He is also noted for his particular focus on TUPE issues. Market commentators state: "He is very practical, engages really well with people, has a good level of knowledge and is very responsive. He has a pleasant manner and provides good, commercial advice."

Nicola Brown works with clients on both contentious and non-contentious issues, with considerable experience in discrimination, breach of contract, pay and benefits, and family-friendly rights. She regularly assists clients from the social care sector. Sources praise her for being "very approachable, pragmatic and commercial in her approach."

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Eminent Practitioner

Cripps LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Managing partner Gavin Tyler has considerable experience in the field of employment law, including redundancy matters, senior executive terminations and reputation management. Sources say: "He is pragmatic and focused on getting a solution that works for us."

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Blake Morgan

From the Chambers UK guide

Max Craft typically serves clients from the retail, manufacturing and educations sectors and is highly respected for his extensive experience, particularly in resolving employment disputes. He is praised for being "knowledgeable, approachable and customer-focused." 

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Paris Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Clive Dobbin has experience that ranges across Employment Tribunal proceedings to discrimination claims, and TUPE matters and he is highlighted by sources as someone who is "straightforward and pleasant to deal with."

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Furley Page Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Andrew Masters has impressed clients, who are "astounded by his knowledge and attention to detail, as well as commercialism." He regularly assists with restructuring, TUPE exercises and discrimination claims, as well as numerous other areas of employment law.

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Trethowans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Simon Rhodes has deep experience handling all aspects of employment law ranging from restrictive covenants and discrimination claims to TUPE and outsourcing issues. Clients say he is "very user friendly, approachable, patient and someone who takes the time to listen."

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Christina Tolvas-Vincent

Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Christina Tolvas-Vincent is recognised as someone who is "commercial and practical, providing top-quality advice, able to manage a team well and ensures that results are achieved in a cost effective and sensible way."  She has a wealth of experience in advising on all aspects of employment law, handling tribunal proceedings, outsourcing and restructuring issues.

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Boddy Matthews

From the Chambers UK guide

Clients value the "fantastic collaboration" they have experienced with Helen Boddy. Interviewees say she "delivers in a very personable manner. Her excellent technical knowledge is applied well in the context of the commercial environment, which enables good decision-making. She creates a high level of trust." Her wide-ranging employment expertise covers restructurings, redundancy programmes and TUPE.

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Brachers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Catherine Daw frequently handles contentious employment matters, such as representing clients in discrimination and whistle-blowing claims in Employment Tribunals. She is described by various sources as a "brilliant and much trusted legal adviser" who has "excellent technical knowledge, is highly responsive and provides a first class client service." 

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Antony Hyams-Parish

DMH Stallard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Antony Hyams-Parish offers significant expertise in contentious matters of employment law. He has a considerable reputation for handling discrimination claims. One impressed source reports: "He gave excellent technical advice and collaborated with me in a measured and logical way to achieve the result I was seeking."

Antony Hyams-Parish offers significant expertise in contentious matters of employment law. He has a considerable reputation for handling discrimination claims. One impressed source reports: "He gave excellent technical advice and collaborated with me in a measured and logical way to achieve the result I was seeking."

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Mundays LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Andrew Knorpel is well regarded for handling a broad range of employment issues and has a focus on the aviation industry, regularly handling corporate restructurings, contract outsourcing and TUPE in the sector. His practice also includes employee data-protection matters. Clients say: "He is excellent: very knowledgeable and proficient."

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Loch Employment Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Pam Loch offers expertise in a broad range of employment issues, including dismissals, discrimination claims, dispute resolution and TUPE matters. She is particularly known for her advice and advocacy on contentious employment matters and also acts as a mediator in employment cases.

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Barlow Robbins LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department David Ludlow advises both businesses and individuals, often representing clients in Employment Tribunals and in employment litigation in the courts, as well as in non-contentious issues. Clients describe him as "very personable, approachable and thorough at explaining the issues."

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Katherine Maxwell

Moore Blatch LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Katherine Maxwell heads the employment team and has deep expertise in handling shareholder disputes, termination packages, TUPE and redundancy issues, acting for both employers and senior executives. Sources say: "She absolutely gets it from the operators' perspective. She guides us without being in the slightest condescending. She is commercially aware and astute, and her expertise has been instrumental in helping keep our employees' welfare at the forefront of our mind."

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Blake Morgan

From the Chambers UK guide

Sarah Peacock handles a range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues, including all aspects of discrimination, TUPE and business reorganisations. A client notes: "She was very responsive, well informed and looks for solutions that work best for organisations," while another highlights her "appreciation of the commercial context." 

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Paris Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Roath is praised for his "down-to-earth and practical" approach. He represents clients in Employment Tribunals and advises both employers and executives on senior exits, recently assisting an employer in the health sector with the exit of a director and minority shareholder.

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Thomson Snell & Passmore

From the Chambers UK guide

Susanna Rynehart has extensive experience in advising senior executives on exit negotiations, as well as frequently acting for employers across the education, food and beverage, distribution and insurance sectors in both contentious and advisory matters. Sources say: "She is extremely knowledgeable and very easy to work with."

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Pure Employment Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Stevens has a wealth of employment law experience and supports clients in disciplinary and performance issues, discrimination claims and dismissals. He is also noted for his particular focus on TUPE issues. Market commentators state: "He is very practical, engages really well with people, has a good level of knowledge and is very responsive. He has a pleasant manner and provides good, commercial advice."

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DMH Stallard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Simon Bellm is highly appreciated by clients for his ability to guide them through contentious issues, regularly assisting public and private entities to avid or navigate Employment Tribunal cases. He also receives praise for his work on non-contentious issues such as dealing with employment aspects of merging employers. Sources say he is "incredibly knowledgeable, and also very sensible, practical and realistic."

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Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Bickford leads the team based in Basingstoke and advises on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues, including terminations, Employment Tribunal claims and outsourcing matters.

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Pure Employment Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Nicola Brown works with clients on both contentious and non-contentious issues, with considerable experience in discrimination, breach of contract, pay and benefits, and family-friendly rights. She regularly assists clients from the social care sector. Sources praise her for being "very approachable, pragmatic and commercial in her approach."

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Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the Guildford team Mike Cole has experience across all aspects of employment work, with strengths in discrimination claims, TUPE and reorganisations. Clients report that he "can act decisively with lawyers on the other side to gain a good outcome for us quickly."

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Pitmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Gray of Pitmans LLP's Southampton office handles both contentious and non-contentious mandates. He routinely provides corporate employment support, as well as advising on TUPE issues and representing clients before Employment Appeals Tribunals. Sources say: "He is very friendly, speaks in layman's terms and explains things very well."

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Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jon Hales impresses clients with the way he "marries good legal knowledge together with strong commercial awareness." He offers expertise in TUPE matters, outsourcing and restructuring issues.

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Thomson Snell & Passmore

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Nick Hobden is described by clients as someone who is "very knowledgeable and commercially astute with a strategic perspective." He regularly represents clients in Employment Tribunal and High Court claims, and is noted for his expertise in the education and charity sectors.

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Morrisons Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Joanne Kavanagh has extensive employment law experience and advises clients on issues such as disciplinary and grievance proceedings, discrimination, bullying and boardroom disputes. Sources praise her for being "commercially astute and in tune with our requirements."

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Clarke Willmott LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Marc Long offers expertise in a broad range of employment issues, including TUPE, Employment Tribunal claims, disciplinary and grievance issues. One client observes: "He is excellent and provides great, prompt advice, and is very solution-oriented."

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Mundays LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Fiona McAllister handles a mixture of contentious matters, including High Court litigation and non-contentious matters, including cross-border issues. She acts for both corporate clients and senior executives. One client describes her as "responsive, practical and also very knowledgeable," while another praises the "excellent quality of her advice."

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Sherrards Employment Law and Human Resources

From the Chambers UK guide

Harry Sherrard of Sherrards Employment Law offers expertise in a broad range of employment law matters, including outsourcing, whistleblowing and various types of discrimination allegations. Clients state that he is "pragmatic, which is admirable when it comes to legal issues. He really knows how to pick the right battles."

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Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers UK guide

Andy Williams often works with clients on projects with extensive impact on the workforce, such as reorganisations, TUPE transfers and outsourcing arrangements. Sources describe him as "extremely collegiate with clients and counsel, adopting a strong team approach, keeping everyone informed very closely and ensuring good collaboration." 

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DMH Stallard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gregory Burgess advises both employers and senior executives on a range of employment matters, including TUPE, business reorganisations, executive exits and remuneration packages. His recent work has also involved assisting clients with the new Senior Insurance Managers Regime, redundancy programmes and business immigration.

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Lester Aldridge LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Susan Evans is well regarded for her focus on contentious matters, with additional experience in handling redundancy procedures, TUPE and insolvency issues. A source notes that "she is excellent, very knowledgeable and commercial. She really takes the time to understand what I'm trying to achieve and finds good solutions. She ticks all the boxes."

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Blake Morgan

From the Chambers UK guide

Tim Forer is an employment litigator with a strong track record in Employment Tribunals. Sources say: "He is very commercially aware and gives pragmatic advice. He is highly knowledgeable and provides great customer service."

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Moore Blatch LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Naomi Greenwood is well reputed for advising clients in the media, hospitality and banking sectors. She is noted for her expertise in redundancies and restructurings, as well as representing clients in Employment Tribunals. Sources state: "Her advice is pragmatic and practical, and she is a solution-orientated partner."

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Joanna Lada-Walicki

Barlow Robbins LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Joanna Lada-Walicki particularly focuses on employment law issues relating to the education sector, advising on matters such as maternity leave, flexible working and the teachers' pension. Market observers note that "she is really responsive and technically very good."

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Shoosmiths LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stuart Lawrenson's expertise and experience covers contentious issues such as unfair dismissal cases, sex, race, age and disability claims, as well as collective redundancy consultations and TUPE issues. He is also heavily involved in delivering employment law and HR training for corporations.

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Rix & Kay Incorporating Bunkers

From the Chambers UK guide

Miranda Martin heads the employment team at Rix & Kay's Brighton office. She is recognised by clients as "very personable, knowledgeable and approachable." She offers particular expertise in Employment Tribunal proceedings and advises clients from both the public and private sector.

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Brachers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Colin Smith handles a mixture of employment matters related to restructurings, reorganisations and TUPE. He also advises on cases regarding senior executives. A client says: "His expertise continually provides me with confidence. He is commercially astute and able to articulate complex matters in a manner than enables instant understanding." 

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Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Chris Syder operates a wide employment law practice, with considerable experience in TUPE. His clients are spread across the construction and infrastructure, professional services, IT and technology sectors. A client states: "He always understands the issues and the culture, and he gives excellent commercial advice with exceptional technical knowledge."

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Up and Coming

Cripps LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Managing associate Rhona Darbyshire continues to grow her reputation, particularly within in the charities sector, towards which she has a strong focus. She represents both employers and senior executives in contentious cases. Clients are impressed by the way she can "understand the commercial bones and culture of our organisation."

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Up and Coming

Stevens & Bolton LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Lloyd Davey covers all areas of employment law and is particularly well known among clients from the technology and media sectors, advising on matters such as outsourcing and employee data-privacy issues. A client states: "He was excellent in all areas. We particularly appreciate his practical and pragmatic, commercial awareness." 

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Up and Coming

Coffin Mew LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Leon Deakin handles a range of employment issues with a focus on senior exits and restructurings, as well as representing employers in tribunal claims. He joined the firm from Irwin Mitchell in January 2018.

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Up and Coming

Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Dan Fawcett's practice includes handling employment litigation and tribunal claims, as well as advice on restrictive covenants and outsourcing mandates. One client describes him as "commercially aware, flexible and collaborative," while another adds that "he is approachable, nice to deal with and always answers my calls. He is also proactive, and goes the extra mile."

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Up and Coming

Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers UK guide

Ben Smith is recognised for his focus on the charities and healthcare sectors, advising clients on a broad range of issues such as disciplinary and grievance processes, redundancy and restructuring programmes. One source notes: "He is very commercial and extremely dedicated."

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Up and Coming

Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Gemma Woodhouse is described by sources as someone who is "very efficient and knowledgeable," with another noting:"She is very responsive, concise and straight to the point." She advises on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues, with a focus on discrimination issues.

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Associates to watch

Rebecca Jorgensen

asb law LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Rebecca Jorgensen advises on a broad range of employment issues, frequently representing corporate clients in contentious matters. One client says: "She is very pragmatic, prompt and strikes the right balance of being suitably cautious and appropriately aggressive."

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Associates to watch

Furley Page Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Senior associate Amanda Okill advises on contentious issues, including unfair and constructive dismissal cases, discrimination and employment status disputes.

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Associates to watch

DMH Stallard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Phillip Vallon is noted for advising a broad range of organisations, including public sector clients and charities. He assists clients with a range of issues, including immigration matters and Employment Tribunal proceedings.

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