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Employment — Yorkshire


DLA Piper UK LLP - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Leeds, Sheffield

What the team is known for Advises across the full spectrum of employment law matters with notable experience handling cross-border projects, as well as domestic matters such as the dismissal of senior executives. Acts for a broad client base from a diverse range of industries, including manufacturing, retail and finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They put things into layperson's terms. Although they are dealing with the theory, they are very good at translating it into practical information."

"They are focused, friendly, approachable and client-centric."

Work highlights Advised Raytheon Professional Services on its agreement with Honda Motors Europe to provide European dealer training requirements and Honda’s domestic training in Germany and the UK. The deal involved the transfer of Honda employees to Raytheon in the UK and Germany.

Advised AOL on the TUPE matters related to Microsoft's outsourcing of its digital advertising offering to the company.

Notable practitioners

Commentators recognise Guy Lamb for his "fantastic reputation" in the employment sector and for his role advising across TUPE and outsourcing matters. He is co-head of the Leeds employment offering.

Gurpreet Duhra is described as "client-focused, organised and prompt." He has significant experience handling domestic and international employment matters for private sector clientele, with notable work for groups in the retail sector.

Significant clients Ardagh Group, Mothercare, Hermes Parcelnet, HSBC, All Saints.

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Eversheds Sutherland - Employment

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Leeds

What the team is known for Thriving practice noted for its expertise in complex Employment Tribunal litigation, TUPE matters and cross-border restructures. Represents domestic and international clientele across multiple industries including retail, transport and finance. Also adept at trade union matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It is a fantastic firm with a team of employment experts."

"They are a very impressive team."

Work highlights Advised on the sale of Morrisons' convenience business to Mylocal, which involved the TUPE transfer of 2,300 staff.

Assisted Avery Dennison with a cross-border restructuring exercise.

Notable practitioners

Paul Cotton is noted for being "commercially astute" and for "running a tight ship." He heads the Leeds employment team and has a broad employment practice that includes advising clients on TUPE matters and industrial relations.

Simon Rice-Birchall is well respected for his all-encompassing employment law practice and work on tribunal litigation. Clients say: "His application of the law is excellent in terms of being solution-driven."

Significant clients DHL, Kier, Network Rail, Hallmark Cards, Skipton Building Society.

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Pinsent Masons - Employment

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Leeds

What the team is known for Premier employment law service to regional, national and global clients including many FTSE 100 and 250 groups. Broad sector expertise that includes banking, insurance and retail.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Pinsent Masons inspire great confidence because of their legal expertise and their ability to impart it to a lay audience with simplicity and clarity. The team think commercially, interpret the law and convey the facts."

"They are willing to offer informed opinions as well as information. This has been an invaluable assistance in complex cases."

Work highlights Assisted ASDA with revising its holiday pay calculation in light of recent case law developments, a change affecting over 140,000 employees.

Advised the University of Cambridge on a 15-day disability discrimination case in the Employment Tribunal, involving allegations of direct discrimination, victimisation, harassment and failure to make reasonable adjustments.

Notable practitioners

Clients praise Jon Fisher for his "highly pragmatic" approach, advising that "he understands the organisation and has an in-depth knowledge of all of our policies and has turned things around very quickly. He is reliable and effective and has a great service ethic."

Christopher Booth is respected for his specialist knowledge in the areas of equal pay, team moves and restrictive covenants. Peers comment: "He has got a gravitas to him and he's pragmatic."

Christopher Mordue is well respected for his experience representing clients from the university sector. He has advised extensively on industrial relations, restructurings and collective redundancy matters. His clients include Cambridge University and the University of London.

Significant clients Royal London, Direct Line, RBS, BP, William Hill.

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Squire Patton Boggs - Employment

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Supporting regional, national and international clients on all areas of employment law, including restructuring, grievances and Employment Tribunal actions. Also notable for its work on industrial relations matters. Particularly impressive following among retailers and manufacturers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I get technically excellent advice but delivered in a way which is right for me and the business. It’s a sign of how well they work with us."

"Client service is second to none – it’s why it’s my go-to team. I get the impression they genuinely care and the advice is delivered in a way which is commercially right for the business."

Notable practitioners

Head of global retail Matthew Lewis has a broad employment practice and works with clients on a full range of issues. Clients endorse him as "extremely experienced, with a lot of energy which he focuses on the case to ensure that all angles are considered and that he gets the best outcome for the client."

The "passionate, committed and highly professional" Andrew Stones is respected for his work handling union, collective and industrial relations issues. He is highly valued by his clients, who remark that he is "incredibly bright, very commercial, with brilliant communication skills."

James Keogh has an all-encompassing employment practice, advising on everything from restructurings to TUPE-related matters.

Significant clients Tesco, TM Lewin.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP - Employment

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Band 2

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Basic facts about the department
-4 qualified lawyers
- Office location: Leeds

What the team is known for Notable for its work for regional and national employers, and executives, in sectors such as healthcare, finance and transport. Recommended for its work on Employment Tribunal claims as well as general advisory matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think they have been incredibly responsive, sensitive to my problems and always give all due attention."

"They give practical advice that puts the law in context, and gives me the opportunity to find a solution that can be applied in the business."

Work highlights Advised Sahaviriya Steel Industries on industrial relations, contractual changes and senior exits.

Advised on the employment aspects of Lloyds Development Capital's backing of the management buyout of SSP, a global insurance technology business.

Notable practitioners

Gerri Elliott is a key contact.

Significant clients BA, Card Factory, Howarth Timber, Monitor, Shepherd Building Group.

Department profile by Addleshaw Goddard LLP

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Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP - Employment

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Band 2

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations: Hull, York

What the team is known for Provides a quality service to a diverse public and private client base. Its work for corporates includes advising groups in the logistics, pharmaceutical, care and food service sectors. Recognised for its work handling redundancies, outsourcing and the defence of discrimination claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a connected firm and seek to understand the client and seek to complete work and tasks to achieve to most cost-effective result."

"They give a warmth out that feels as though you are contacting a real friend who will help you when you need it most."

Work highlights Acted for Homfray Hotels limited on its TUPE concerns in relation to the disposal of two hotels.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Dale has a broad practice that includes advising on the negotiation of severance terms, formulating redundancy programmes and outsourcing. Clients say: "He handled all the issues professionally and with clear advice and guidance as to the various potential outcomes."

Significant clients AAK, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Heron Foods, Thompson Commercials, Ebuyer.

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Clarion - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Esteemed practice that provides employment advice to national and international corporates. Handles matters from restrictive covenant issues, restructures and redundancy processes to Employment Tribunal claims. Offers a number of additional services including a monthly employment law bulletin, seminar programmes and mock employment tribunals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is very responsive and professional and they take pride in understanding our business and therefore give appropriate advice. Their strength is service and I believe their advice is excellent."

"They are professional, forward-thinking, service-focused and commercial."

Notable practitioners

Sarah Tahamtani advises on a range of matters including TUPE, redundancies and dismissals. She also has significant experience handling disability discrimination cases and regularly acts as an advocate in tribunals. Sources say she "provides first-class, pragmatic and commercial advice."

Joanna Dodd is known for her litigation work, including working with business clients on tribunal claims. Dodd frequently handles claims involving unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistle-blowing. Sources say she has "a good grasp of what the client's trying to achieve."

Significant clients Clipper Logistics, Nobia AB, MyCSP, Hesco Bastion, LNT Group.

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DAC Beachcroft LLP - Employment

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Leeds

What the team is known for Adept at advising on the full range of employment matters for high-profile clients in the healthcare and insurance industries. Significant experience handling sensitive employment litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I never have to wait for things, their advice is sound and they always give you a definite answer - they have been superb."

"They really are a team you feel confident having behind you."

Work highlights Acted as sole advisers to Arcadia on the employment aspects of the high-profile sale of BHS, including the transfer of close to 8,000 employees.

Notable practitioners

Head of the public health employment team James Rhodes is recognised for his work with public sector healthcare and educational institution clients. Sources say: "I could not speak more highly of him - he gets into the depths of it and is amazing at what he does."

Significant clients Royal Mail, Spire Healthcare, Bupa, Typhoo Team, Zurich.

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DWF LLP - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Leeds

What the team is known for Advises a broad range of clients from a diverse range of industries including finance, retail and education. Works across the full spectrum of employment law including outsourcings and redundancy programmes, as well as Employment Tribunal claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are professional, knowledgeable and customer-focused. I like that they listen and adapt their advice around our own business, our individual circumstances and our risk appetite."

"They meet our requirements in a timely and efficient manner and they are easy to work with."

Work highlights Advised BellPenny on the employment aspects of various acquisitions and including TUPE issues and terminations.

Acted for Manchester College in relation to an appeal to the Court of Appeal against an EAT decision of automatic unfair dismissal under Regulation 7 TUPE following changes to the terms and conditions of 6,000 employees.

Notable practitioners

Philippa O'Brien is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Telefónica UK, Bupa, Countrywide Estate Agents, Yorkshire Building Society, The AA.

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Irwin Mitchell - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Leeds, Sheffield

What the team is known for Experienced team handling complex claims in Employment Tribunals, as well as day-to-day matters for large corporates. Draws its clients from the financial services, insurance, retail, manufacturing and educational sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team are highly responsive, skilled and value for money."

"They're excellent - commercially astute, great value for money, and they have a transparent fee structure. They pay considerably more attention to detail and are more client and commercially focused."

Work highlights Represented Capita Business Services in an Employment Tribunal claim involving 30 former employees made redundant after the outsourcing of back office services from the London Borough of Barnet.

Advised SIG with pre-acquisition employment-related due diligence matters.

Notable practitioners

Glenn Hayes undertakes both advisory and advocacy work and handles a full range of matters. His work includes high-value discrimination and whistle-blowing cases, holiday pay and overtime-related matters. Clients say he is "a straight-talking no-nonsense lawyer who gets straight to the point with sound and unequivocal advice."

Significant clients easyJet, Dukeries Healthcare, Sky Betting & Gaming, Cepac, Persimmon.

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Walker Morris LLP - Employment

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Offers specialist services to large-scale businesses in the retail, transportation, manufacturing and education sectors. Supports organisations on all facets of employment law, including disciplinary procedures and managerial departures. The team also offers its clients a range of support services and seminars.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is very effective, responsive, and takes a pragmatic and commercial approach to resolving disputes."

"They are consistently successful in resolving matters and answering questions consistent with our needs."

Work highlights Advised ASDA on the transfer and integration of staff in relation to various store acquisitions from the Co-op.

Provided advice to Starbucks in relation to TUPE aspects of a number of franchising disposals.

Notable practitioners

David Smedley is well thought of by commentators, who describe him as "a good, solid, respected individual," while a client notes: "He knows our business and industry, is technically and commercially sound, and has supported us well." He has a broad practice advising and litigating for clients in a wide array of industries.

Andrew Rayment has a solid reputation acting for high-profile clients in the food and drink industry including Starbucks and ASDA. Sources say: "He's very business-driven and understands our organisation."

Significant clients Capita, Toyota, Caterpillar, Moss Bros, Chipotle.

Department profile by Walker Morris LLP

Our Employment & Pensions Teams work closely together to provide a complete service for clients.

Employment & Human Resources

Our Employment Team is recognised for its large private sector client base with considerable experience in providing complex employment legal advice to private and listed companies. The Team also advises and represents significant numbers of public sector, local authorities and education organisations in relation to all forms of projects and disputes. This experience includes assessing risks with clients, advising on processes relating to redundancy, TUPE, sales, shared services, and insolvency as well as advising on day to day issues arising from implementing policies.

The Team offers experience of contentious employment law issues, representing both parties in employment disputes from individual claimants to corporate respondents and regularly undertakes advocacy.

We underpin our employment and HR advice with regular bespoke training, not only for our clients’ HR departments but also for their field managers. This client-focused, practical approach has been illustrated by the publication of our handy Little Green Book of Employment Law.

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CMS - Employment

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Sheffield

What the team is known for Experienced team with domestic and international capabilities that regularly advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Continues to work with clients on TUPE issues, business restructuring and procurement-related employment issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm overall is very good on all fronts."

Work highlights Successfully represented UK Coal Production and UK Coal Thoresby in the defence of 70 claims involving allegations of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination related to the winding up of its mining business.

Represented Costco Wholesale in a range of day-to-day matters including the management of a senior employee suffering from long-term ill health.

Notable practitioners

Tracey Marsden stands out for her "knowledge base and very responsive and very thorough nature." She regularly works on discrimination issues and has a significant background advising on trade union and industrial relations.

Significant clients LGC, ATCO Power Generation, Vaultex, University of the Arts London, Tarmac Trading.

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Langleys Solicitors LLP - Employment

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Band 3

第三等

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

What the team is known for Full-service firm noted for its expertise in advising on the TUPE implications of altering employment policies, restrictive covenants and the defence of unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing claims. Clients include a range of educational institutions and corporate groups.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team overall are excellent."

Notable practitioners

Mini Setty and Kate Hindmarch are key contacts for the department.

Significant clients Synectics, Agilisys, The Gorse Academies Trust, Continuum Group, PL Law.

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Lupton Fawcett - Employment

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Leeds, Sheffield, York

What the team is known for Advises on a full range of matters for employers in the education, construction and healthcare sectors. Routinely handles day-to-day HR and employment issues as well as employment disputes. Also offers clients training and seminars.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a respectful team who do a thorough job."

"I trust the firm's advice, which has proved sound in a number of complex tribunals."

Work highlights Continues to work with Northgate on a range of issues. This includes advice in respect of litigation, restructuring, day-to-day employment issues and the removal of senior employees.

Acted for ISG in a potential Employment Tribunal matter brought by a former employee.

Notable practitioners

Sources say Louise Connacher is a "technically astute lawyer who is patient and truly outstanding with clients." Her work includes senior recruitment and dismissal, restrictive covenant disputes and immigration issues.

Andrew Gilchrist "offers a very prompt and professional service," according to clients. He heads the team and regularly advises on contentious employment matters.

Angela Gorton handles the full gamut of matters including recruitment and dismissal. She advises both public and private sector organisations and senior executives.

Significant clients Card Factory, Arcelor Mittal, Seabrook Crisps, Handpicked Hotels, Leeds City College.

Department profile by Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett has one of the largest and most experienced Employment Teams in Yorkshire.  We act for a number of significant and household name clients and we carry out complex and high profile work.

Although the larger firms have larger Employment Teams than us nationally, they do not have larger Employment Teams than us in Yorkshire.  We have 5 Directors/Partners (most of whom are ranked by the Chambers and Legal 500 legal directories), and 3 other lawyers (which include a Senior Associate and an Associate).  Each and every client receives pragmatic, commercial advice which is based on our in-depth knowledge of their business. 

Our team is spread across the 3 main business centres in Yorkshire (Leeds, Sheffield, York).  As a result, we are able to provide proper coverage throughout the region.

Over the course of the past 12 months, we have been instructed by a number of new and high profile clients. Consequently, our client base is now more impressive than not only the client bases of our competitors but also the client bases of many of the much larger national firms.

Crucially, and unlike many Employment Teams, we have genuine strength in depth, which means that if clients are unable to contact their main contact, they are able to contact numerous others who are equally skilled and experienced.  By contrast, some other teams only have 1 or 2 key individuals, which means that if they are unavailable, the client has to deal with a junior lawyer.

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McCormicks - Employment

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Band 3

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

What the team is known for Focuses on advising high-profile clients in the sports world, but also works with a range of SMEs and charities. Handles everything from unfair dismissal claims to employee share schemes and TUPE.

Notable practitioners

Consultant Neil Goodrum advises on a full range of employment issues. He is also an accredited mediator.

Significant clients Premier League, Professional Game Match Officials, Leeds United FC, Harrogate Town AFC, War Memorials Trust.

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Department profile by McCormicks

The team operates nationally and regionally, predominantly on behalf of major employers. 

The full range of employment work is covered including breach of contract; unfair dismissal and constructive dismissal cases; defending claims of sexual and disability discrimination; confidentiality and post-termination restrictions; Settlement Agreements; redundancy; TUPE; and employee bonus and share schemes. 

The main sectors in which we work are Sport, Charities; SMEs; and private individuals. 

Significant clients include the Premier League, Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (the joint venture company operated by the F.A., Premier League and EFL, responsible for the refereeing of professional football), Leeds United FC, Harrogate International Festivals and InTechnology PLC. 

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Raworths - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Harrogate

What the team is known for Supports SMEs, owner-managed businesses, charities and individuals on a variety of employment concerns, including restrictive covenants, disciplinary hearings, and the defence and preparation of Employment Tribunal claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"All the team at Raworths are friendly, helpful and professional. They are also excellent in terms of responsiveness."

"Absolutely superb from start to finish. Extremely professional, prompt and efficient. Good supportive network within their workforce."

Notable practitioners

Deborah Boylan is held in high regard by her clients, who comment: "She is an excellent communicator and is very good at clarifying expectations." She possesses extensive experience advising business executives and owner-managers across the breadth of the practice area.

Significant clients Adler and Allan, Harpers Environmental, Cartridge World, Signet Planning, Yorkshire Agriculture Society.

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Rollits - Employment

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Band 3

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

What the team is known for Full-service employment offering, with experience advising on employment matters across multiple industry sectors including food services, education and healthcare. Continues to advise family-owned and owner-managed businesses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They offer a personable and professional service at all times."

"The firm is easy to work with, customer-focused and very responsive."

Notable practitioners

Clients say Ed Jenneson is "extremely approachable" and "works hard to explain things in a straightforward way." He advises across the breadth of the practice area including work on TUPE and discrimination claims.

Significant clients Hull City, Cranswick, William Jackson Food Group, Fenner, Unique Industries.

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Ward Hadaway - Employment

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Band 3

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

What the team is known for Offers a wide range of services to clients, with particular expertise relating to TUPE transfers, industrial action and restructurings. Houses a strong team of advocates who make regular appearances before the Employment Tribunal, handling claims relating to discrimination, equal pay and whistle-blowing.

Work highlights Advised the Maria Mallaband Care Group on its defence of a pregnancy discrimination, sex discrimination and automatic unfair dismissal claim brought by an ex-employee.

Notable practitioners

Harmajinder Hayre is highly sought after for his expert advice on a variety of employment matters. He regularly advises on restructurings and reorganisations, as well as grievances and disciplinary hearings. He represents a range of clients from senior executives to large corporates in many different industries including the financial services, insurance and health sectors.

Significant clients The Priory Group, FedEx, SRCL, The Gold Standard Foundation, Renew Holdings.

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Gordons LLP - Employment

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

What the team is known for Provides a dedicated service to a wide selection of business clients in the retail, transport, media and education sectors, among others. Well versed in handling everything from large-scale business reorganisations to HR advisory work and defending Employment Tribunal claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They take the time to understand your business, how it operates and most importantly offer pragmatic and commercially astute solutions."

"Gordons look after their clients really well and take the time to develop their client relationships."

Work highlights Advised The Book People on its major national restructure and subsequent alterations to its terms and conditions, which affected shift patterns, wages, benefits and pensions as well as involving large-scale redundancies.

Notable practitioners

Philip Paget represents employers and employees on issues such as large corporate planning and restructuring as well as contract negotiations and terminations. One client comments: "I have to say he is brilliant and provides solid practical advice on how to deal with the problem and find practical solutions."

Significant clients Cafcass, Northern Rail, London United Busways, Costcutter Supermarkets, FirstGroup.

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Hempsons - Employment

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

What the team is known for Maintains its long-standing reputation for its quality niche healthcare employment practice. Offers specialist advice and representation to NHS Trusts in a diverse range of matters, including discrimination, wage and hour issues and whistle-blowing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They offer excellent client service, quality advice and value."

"It's a firm that does a lot of work in the healthcare space and has an excellent reputation."

Notable practitioners

Martin Cheyne is a key contact for the team.

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Schofield Sweeney - Employment

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations: Bradford, Leeds

What the team is known for Expertise across all major disciplines within employment law, taking in disciplinary procedures, grievances, settlement agreements, TUPE and advocacy at Employment Tribunal hearings. Continues to advise clients in the education sector. Offers clients an online HR portal that contains advice on day-to-day issues.

Work highlights Acts on behalf of hVivo for all employment-related queries, including advice in relation to two Employment Tribunal claims.

Provided equal opportunities and diversity training to over 60 partners and staff of the Miles Partnership.

Notable practitioners

Simon Shepherd regularly acts as an advocate defending, among other things, discrimination, dismissal and whistle-blowing claims. He also works on day-to-day employment matters.

Alex Clements is described by her clients as "very sensible, very good and very commercial." She is experienced across the whole range of employment issues working for both private and public sector clients, and handling contentious and non-contentious matters.

Significant clients Bishop Wheeler Academy Trust, Sanderson Group, Yorkshire Building Society, Wakefield and District Housing, JD Sports.

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Wrigleys Solicitors LLP - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Profound understanding of social enterprise, education and charities. Recommended for advice on TUPE, redundancies and restructures as well as Employment Tribunal claims concerning equal pay and discrimination allegations. The firm also hosts employment law seminars.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A fantastic, knowledgeable, helpful team. They are exceptional professionals with outstanding practices."

Notable practitioners

John McMullen is notable for his TUPE-related expertise. His clients say he is "exceptionally knowledgeable" and also praise his "specialist advice on union matters."

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​Wrigleys has a specialist employment team, working for all kinds of organisations where high quality employment law advice is required.

Key Sectors

As a pre-eminent private client and third sector firm, Wrigleys employment team specialises in acting for clients in the following sectors:

  • Charities
  • Social enterprises
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • Estates and families

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Eminent Practitioner

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Cotton is noted for being "commercially astute" and for "running a tight ship." He heads the Leeds employment team and has a broad employment practice that includes advising clients on TUPE matters and industrial relations.

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Christopher Booth

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

Christopher Booth is respected for his specialist knowledge in the areas of equal pay, team moves and restrictive covenants. Peers comment: "He has got a gravitas to him and he's pragmatic."

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Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Dale has a broad practice that includes advising on the negotiation of severance terms, formulating redundancy programmes and outsourcing. Clients say: "He handled all the issues professionally and with clear advice and guidance as to the various potential outcomes."

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Capsticks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Capsticks Solicitors LLP's Rachael Heenan focuses on advising clients in the healthcare sector across the full range of employment matters. She receives no shortage of praise from sources, who say she is "proactive, responsive, incredibly flexible and available at all hours."

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Limbo

From the Chambers UK guide

Rob Riley of Limbo

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Raworths

From the Chambers UK guide

Deborah Boylan is held in high regard by her clients, who comment: "She is an excellent communicator and is very good at clarifying expectations." She possesses extensive experience advising business executives and owner-managers across the breadth of the practice area.

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Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

Clients praise Jon Fisher for his "highly pragmatic" approach, advising that "he understands the organisation and has an in-depth knowledge of all of our policies and has turned things around very quickly. He is reliable and effective and has a great service ethic."

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Irwin Mitchell

From the Chambers UK guide

Glenn Hayes undertakes both advisory and advocacy work and handles a full range of matters. His work includes high-value discrimination and whistle-blowing cases, holiday pay and overtime-related matters. Clients say he is "a straight-talking no-nonsense lawyer who gets straight to the point with sound and unequivocal advice."

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Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of global retail Matthew Lewis has a broad employment practice and works with clients on a full range of issues. Clients endorse him as "extremely experienced, with a lot of energy which he focuses on the case to ensure that all angles are considered and that he gets the best outcome for the client."

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Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

John McMullen is notable for his TUPE-related expertise. His clients say he is "exceptionally knowledgeable" and also praise his "specialist advice on union matters."

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Christopher Mordue

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

Christopher Mordue is well respected for his experience representing clients from the university sector. He has advised extensively on industrial relations, restructurings and collective redundancy matters. His clients include Cambridge University and the University of London.

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Simon Rice-Birchall

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Rice-Birchall is well respected for his all-encompassing employment law practice and work on tribunal litigation. Clients say: "His application of the law is excellent in terms of being solution-driven."

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Walker Morris LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Smedley is well thought of by commentators, who describe him as "a good, solid, respected individual," while a client notes: "He knows our business and industry, is technically and commercially sound, and has supported us well." He has a broad practice advising and litigating for clients in a wide array of industries.

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Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers UK guide

The "passionate, committed and highly professional" Andrew Stones is respected for his work handling union, collective and industrial relations issues. He is highly valued by his clients, who remark that he is "incredibly bright, very commercial, with brilliant communication skills."

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TORQUE LAW LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Emma Whiting of TORQUE LAW LLP is endorsed by clients as a "very bright, highly personable and calm" practitioner who "provides advice that is always clear, pragmatic and solutions-focused." She handles matters across the breadth of the practice area for high-profile commercial clients.

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Bridge McFarland Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Lee Whiting of Bridge McFarland Solicitors "offers consistently excellent advice across all areas of employment law in a professional and commercial manner," according to clients. He has a breadth of experience spanning the entire area, with regular work on restructuring, outsourcing and discrimination claims.

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Lupton Fawcett

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say Louise Connacher is a "technically astute lawyer who is patient and truly outstanding with clients." Her work includes senior recruitment and dismissal, restrictive covenant disputes and immigration issues.

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Gosschalks

From the Chambers UK guide

Ted Flanagan of Gosschalks is described by his clients as "extremely knowledgeable, very approachable and quick to evaluate a situation." He heads the firm's employment offering.

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Lupton Fawcett

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Gilchrist "offers a very prompt and professional service," according to clients. He heads the team and regularly advises on contentious employment matters.

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Lupton Fawcett

From the Chambers UK guide

Angela Gorton handles the full gamut of matters including recruitment and dismissal. She advises both public and private sector organisations and senior executives.

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Harmajinder Hayre

Ward Hadaway

From the Chambers UK guide

Harmajinder Hayre is highly sought after for his expert advice on a variety of employment matters. He regularly advises on restructurings and reorganisations, as well as grievances and disciplinary hearings. He represents a range of clients from senior executives to large corporates in many different industries including the financial services, insurance and health sectors.

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DLA Piper UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Commentators recognise Guy Lamb for his "fantastic reputation" in the employment sector and for his role advising across TUPE and outsourcing matters. He is co-head of the Leeds employment offering.

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CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Tracey Marsden stands out for her "knowledge base and very responsive and very thorough nature." She regularly works on discrimination issues and has a significant background advising on trade union and industrial relations.

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Clarion

From the Chambers UK guide

Sarah Tahamtani advises on a range of matters including TUPE, redundancies and dismissals. She also has significant experience handling disability discrimination cases and regularly acts as an advocate in tribunals. Sources say she "provides first-class, pragmatic and commercial advice."  

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Christopher Allen

Blacks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Christopher Allen is managing partner of Blacks Solicitors LLP and is described as "straightforward, to the point and an excellent negotiator." He represents clients across the full range of matters including exit strategies, redundancy and restructuring, and TUPE.

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3volution

From the Chambers UK guide

Clients laud Paul Ball of 3volution, saying: "Working with Paul is always an enjoyable experience. He has great depth and breadth of knowledge and he combines this with warmth and approachability." He is recognised for his experience handling restrictive covenant and confidentiality matters.

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Schofield Sweeney

From the Chambers UK guide

Alex Clements is described by her clients as "very sensible, very good and very commercial." She is experienced across the whole range of employment issues working for both private and public sector clients, and handling contentious and non-contentious matters.

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Weightmans

From the Chambers UK guide

Weightmans' Ben Daniel advises both public and private sector groups on a full range of matters. One client comments: "His advice always takes into account our organisation's specific circumstances and he always puts forward options that consider a number of different issues."

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3volution

From the Chambers UK guide

Gearalt Fahy of 3volution undertakes a range of work including grievances, discrimination issues and executive disputes. He assists clients from a broad range of sectors including education, the financial services, oil and gas and construction.

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Rollits

From the Chambers UK guide

Clients say Ed Jenneson is "extremely approachable" and "works hard to explain things in a straightforward way." He advises across the breadth of the practice area including work on TUPE and discrimination claims.

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gunnercooke LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Menham of Gunnercooke LLP advises on everything from TUPE to redundancy and restructuring-related matters. Sources say he is "a very astute employment lawyer who is very impressive and a brilliant commercial adviser."

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Gordons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Philip Paget represents employers and employees on issues such as large corporate planning and restructuring as well as contract negotiations and terminations. One client comments: "I have to say he is brilliant and provides solid practical advice on how to deal with the problem and find practical solutions."

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Blacks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Parr of Blacks Solicitors LLP is known among commentators as "pragmatic and sensible." He is experienced across the breadth of the practice area.

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Walker Morris LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Rayment has a solid reputation acting for high-profile clients in the food and drink industry including Starbucks and ASDA. Sources say: "He's very business-driven and understands our organisation."

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DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the public health employment team James Rhodes is recognised for his work with public sector healthcare and educational institution clients. Sources say: "I could not speak more highly of him - he gets into the depths of it and is amazing at what he does."

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Schofield Sweeney

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Shepherd regularly acts as an advocate defending, among other things, discrimination, dismissal and whistle-blowing claims. He also works on day-to-day employment matters.

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Shoosmiths LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Since publication, Paul Stokey has joined Shoosmiths

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hlw Keeble Hawson

From the Chambers UK guide

Barry Warne of hlw Keeble Hawson heads the employment team. He undertakes a range of work including advising SMEs on senior exits and TUPE issues.

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Up and Coming

DLA Piper UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gurpreet Duhra is described as "client-focused, organised and prompt." He has significant experience handling domestic and international employment matters for private sector clientele, with notable work for groups in the retail sector.

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Associates to watch

Clarion

From the Chambers UK guide

Joanna Dodd is known for her litigation work, including working with business clients on tribunal claims. Dodd frequently handles claims involving unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistle-blowing. Sources say she has "a good grasp of what the client's trying to achieve."

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Associates to watch

Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers UK guide

James Keogh has an all-encompassing employment practice, advising on everything from restructurings to TUPE-related matters.

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Associates to watch

Berwins Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Mike Patterson of Berwins Solicitors is "easy to work with, and gives clear advice and solutions that are effective and suit the needs of the business," according to clients. He has a wealth of experience to draw upon owing to his long-standing history in the sector advising both businesses and individuals.

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