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Employment — South West


Burges Salmon LLP - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
-4 partners
-16 other qualified lawyers
-Office location: Bristol

What the team is known for Market-leading firm acting for national and global businesses, as well as government organisations on the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, sometimes involving overseas jurisdictions. Significant experience acting for clients in high-profile and sensitive disputes.

Strengths A client says: "They value the relationship and their assistance to our business has been invaluable."

A client says: "Burges Salmon are a top-class law firm, staffed with excellent lawyers who offer extremely commercial legal advice in a very user-friendly manner."

Work highlights Advised retail specialists Premier Asset Management on the employment aspects of a £140 million AIM IPO.

Successfully defended John Lewis against claims of disability discrimination and unfair dismissal brought by a former employee.

Significant clients Babcock International Group, Ofgem, BEA Systems, Bank of Ireland, University of Bristol.

Notable practitioners

Adrian Martin offers high-level expertise in restructuring, TUPE, outsourcing and complex tribunal claims. Clients say: "He's very pragmatic and really understands our business."

Chris Seaton is valued by a client for his "sound, reasoned commercial advice," which is "very customer-oriented and informed by great knowledge of both my company and my sector." He frequently advises on matters with an international dimension and has extensive experience with regard to industrial action, restrictive covenant litigation and restructuring matters.

Luke Bowery is praised by clients for "always telling it to you straight". He has expertise in major HR projects, as well as tribunal cases involving discrimination and whistle-blowing claims.

Roger Bull specialises in the education and transport sectors and is recommended for executive severance, internal investigations, regulatory compliance and restructuring. A client says: "The clarity of his advice is exceptional."

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DAC Beachcroft LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Bristol

What the team is known for Highly regarded employment practice acting for FTSE 100 companies and large public sector organisations, particularly global insurers and public and private healthcare providers. Offers expertise in tribunal work, non-contentious advisory and transactional work on a national and international scale.

Strengths A client says: "They were fantastic - the best law firm I have worked with."

Work highlights Represented the University of Bristol NHS Foundation Trust in a reported Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) case concerning a whistle-blowing claim made by an employee of a different organisation.

Represented Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch NHS Foundational Trust in a matter concerning the dismissal of a health care assistant for gross missconduct.

Significant clients BT, EE, Zurich, OFWAT, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Notable practitioners

Katy Horner has extensive experience working with clients in the health and social care sector, and advises on reorganisation, restructuring and redundancy exercises, and associated industrial relations matters. She also handles board issues, executive exits and high-value employment litigation. Clients "feel lucky to have her" advising and representing them.

Alex Lock is best known for his handling of Employment Tribunals and appeals, often concerning sex discrimination and whistle-blowing. He also advises on TUPE, restructuring, outsourcing and redundancies. A client says: "His straightforward approach and sense of humour is calming and puts things in perspective."

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What we do

  • We act for top tier clients primarily across four key sectors: FTSE 100/Major Corporates; insurance; health; and public sectors. The breadth and depth of our client base makes us unique in the Bristol market.
  • FTSE 100/Major corporates: we act for Dixons Carphone plc and major technology companies, including British Telecom and EE Ltd (Orange, T-Mobile and EE)
  • Insurers: we act for large global insurers including Zurich
  • Health Sector: we remain the largest provider of employment legal services to NHS health organisations in in the South West and South Central regions and have a growing private health employment offering, supporting these clients with their routine as well as their complex matters
  • We are one of the largest users of the Tribunal system in the region, handling over 1,000 claims a year for our clients
  • Our work for our clients operating globally has also enabled us to expand our core areas of work to advising on significant international transactions.

What we are known for

Employment litigation in Employment Tribunals, and Employment Appeal Tribunal work on behalf of major companies

  • The employment aspects of outsourcing, including TUPE, redundancies and restructuring
  • Work on all aspects of complex reorganisation and restructuring programmes
  • Working closely with clients on the implementation of redundancy exercises, including providing advice on consultation with trade unions, the election of employee representatives and procedural issues

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Osborne Clarke LLP - Employment Department

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

What the team is known for Pre-eminent full-service firm able to provide strategic advice and litigation support to UK-based and international companies. Sector expertise in the real estate, energy, retail and financial services sectors. Able to coordinate multi-jurisdictional matters across its network of European offices.

Strengths Clients say the team "combines considerable expertise in the field with a strong work ethic."

Work highlights Advised Tech Mahindra on the UK and Spanish employment law implications of its IT outsourcing deal with International Airlines Group.

Provided an employment law service to US-based Deckers Outdoor Corporation across its European operations.

Significant clients BNP Paribas Real Estate & Property Management UK, Vodafone, Air Canada, Western Power Distribution, The Medical Defence Union.

Notable practitioners

Julian Hemming advises large employers operating in the UK and overseas on a range of issues, including outsourcing, international movement of senior executives and industrial relations. A market source says he is "absolutely excellent with clients and very supportive."

Paul Killen has a broad employment practice which takes in employee relations, the HR aspects of M&A, and litigation. A client says: "He draws on his extensive experience to make great judgement calls," adding: "He understands our business and the issues we face internally."

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TLT LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Bristol

What the team is known for Recognised full-service firm with notable work advising companies in retail, financial services, energy, leisure and social housing. Assists clients with complex employment issues, including benefit change processes, board-level exits, industrial action and whistle-blowing.

Strengths A client says: "Their approach is always friendly, and they show a genuine interest in the company and empathy for whatever problem I’m seeking advice on."

A client says: "No matter who you speak to in the team they are all up to speed on current issues."

Work highlights Advised an international engineering company in relation to the closure and buy out of a DB pensions scheme, including on whether employees had a contractual right to remain members of the scheme.

Advised two major retail banks on the employment aspects of recent legislation governing the senior managers' regime for banks and new rules regarding whistle-blowing.

Significant clients Imperial Tobacco, Mayor's Office for Policing & Crime, Savills, Southern Water, Sainsbury's.

Notable practitioners

Esther Smith has a comprehensive practice which takes in defending tribunal claims, TUPE and advice on pay gap reporting obligations. A client says: "She is a commercially focused lawyer who takes the time to really understand our business."

Stuart McBride offers "practical not theoretic advice," and has the ability to "make the law understandable for the layperson," according to clients. He advises a client base drawn in large part from financial services, retail and consumer goods on issues such as reorganisations, redundancies, TUPE and industrial relations.

Alison Cameron has a broad practice and advises on all manner of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. She is particularly recommended for complex restructurings, redundancy exercises and litigation.

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Ashfords LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Exeter, Bristol, Taunton, Plymouth, Tiverton

What the team is known for Acts for clients in contentious and non-contentious employment matters, with significant expertise in handling business immigration issues. Recognised for its work on litigation for national and international corporations and also public sector employers.

Strengths A client says: "They are committed to doing their best for the client."

A market source commends "the sound professional judgement offered and the effort that is put in to case preparation."

Work highlights Advised Viridor Waste Management on a large-scale collective redundancy consultation following a decision taken to bring an IT project to an end.

Advised The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust on a tribunal brought by a former employee claiming £100,000 for alleged constructive dismissal and disability discrimination.

Significant clients Somerset Larder, London Borough of Wandsworth, Centrax, C & C Group, South West Water.

Notable practitioners

Charles Pallot advises public and private sector organisations focusing on senior employee relationships, TUPE and collective redundancy consultations. Clients value his "very helpful, friendly and responsive" approach, and his advice, which "fits the needs and the culture of the organisation."

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Bevan Brittan - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Bristol

What the team is known for Recognised expertise in advising public sector clients, including health organisations, local governments and housing associations. Provides strategic employment advice on restructuring and reorganisations, senior-level departures and disputes. Specialism in medical workforce-specific issues such as changes to doctors' working practices in alignment with seven-day working.

Strengths Clients are reassured by the team's availability to offer "excellent service and great legal support when needed the most."

Clients say the team has "lawyers who are a pleasure to work with."

Work highlights Defended the Local Government Association on behalf of 52 Fire and Rescue authorities against alleged discrimination on the grounds of age, race and sex in reforms to public service pensions.

Successfully defended Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust against allegations of race discrimination and whistle-blowing spanning a ten-year period in an Employment Tribunal claim.

Significant clients London Borough of Wandsworth, Harrow Council, 2Gether NHS Foundation Trust, Plymouth NHS Trust, Canada Life.

Notable practitioners

Julian Hoskins is best known for his work in healthcare, although he also represents private sector employers. He handles the full range of non-contentious employment and union issues, and represents employers in disputes and capability and conduct matters involving doctors.

Sarah Lamont advises public sector employers and housing associations on the full sweep of contentious and non-contentious matters. She also has a number of private sector clients. A client says: "She's technically extremely able, very thorough and she's good at keeping you in the loop."

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We advise on the full spectrum of workforce issues encountered in a wide range of sectors and industries. As you would expect from a team with a national reputation for employment law, we have depth and breadth of experience and expertise in helping our clients make employment law work for them. Some examples of our work include:

  • innovative workforce modelling, including family-friendly and agile working platforms​•equalities, inclusion and diversity
  • future proofing and workplace planning, including mapping the workforce impact post Brexit embedding change through employee engagement and consultation
  • data protection and information law
  • supporting the raising concerns agenda ('whistleblowing')
  • managing social media at work
  • secondment issues
  • workforce transfers and outsourcing (TUPE)
  • business immigration services
  • pensions (including public sector pensions, auto-enrolment and governance issues).

We provide strategic and operational 'helpline' advice and have a wealth of experience of advising on workforce policies and documentation, employee relations matters, managing SOSR dismissals, executive appointments and terminations. We also support our clients with employment litigation at tribunal and appellate levels.


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Foot Anstey LLP - Employment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton, Truro

What the team is known for Respected firm acting for national employers in a range of sectors such as retail, charities, financial services, transport and outsourcing. Notable focus on providing strategic and operational employment advice to clients based in the South West and throughout the UK. Extensive experience advising on large-scale restructuring projects.

Strengths A client says: "We received outstanding service from the whole team, who were quick to respond to enquiries, thorough in their assessments of our HR issues and robust in their advice."

Work highlights Defended Hinduja Global Solutions in a series of complex tribunal claims.

Advised Livewell Southwest on the implementation of a new labour model which involves pharmacists being deployed to GP practices, allowing GPs to concentrate on their core responsibilities.

Significant clients Halfords, Screwfix, Met Office, RSC, Odeon.

Notable practitioners

Patrick Howarth is recognised for his work for large employers in retail and leisure. He advises on the full span of employment issues.

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Michelmores LLP - Employment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Bristol, Exeter

What the team is known for Handles employment law matters for both public and private sector clients, and advises them on both contentious and non-contentious work. Notable experience acting for local authorities, education clients and regional health trusts.

Strengths Clients say the team has "excellent communication skills and a great understanding of the commercial aspects regarding our business."

A client says: "They give clear, concise advice, and they will meet any deadline."

Notable practitioners

Nikki Duncan is recognised for her work on behalf of education sector employers and her handling of trade union matters. Clients say she is "commercially savvy" and is "incredibly knowledgable about the TUPE regulations."

Andrew Tobey advises local authorities and clients in the health sector on contentious and non-contentious employment matters. A client says: "I trust his judgement implicitly."

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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
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Bristol, Plymouth

What the team is known for Represents national employers in the retail, financial services and energy sectors in employment litigation and advisory work. Experienced in acting on high-profile and high-value employment matters such as large restructurings, multiparty tribunal claims and restrictive covenant issues. Works closely with the firm's business immigration and pensions experts to provide a comprehensive service.

Strengths A client says: "They are quick to respond and keep you up to date with new developments in the law."

Work highlights Advised Post Office on its dispute with Unite and CWU.

Advised TSB on the TUPE and other employment aspects of a major project connected with its general insurance offering.

Significant clients Post Office, AIG, Historic England, B&Q, H Samuel.

Notable practitioners

Tim Woodward offers experience and expertise in major restructuring and reorganisation exercises, industrial relations and employment litigation. He acts for a number of financial services institutions and large corporates. Clients value his "considered and pragmatic advice."

Joanne Boyle "has excellent knowledge of employment law and gives an excellent service," according to clients. She advises on the HR implications of corporate transactions and reorganisations, and is highly experienced in dispute resolution, heading the department's claims-handling unit.

Emma Doble advises a broad range of large employers on all employment issues, and is particularly noted for defending tribunal claims. A client says: "She is responsive, detail focused and good to work with."

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BPE Solicitors LLP - Employment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 Partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Handles employment litigation and day-to-day advisory work, in addition to providing employment support on corporate transactions. Acts for entrepreneurs, high-level executive individuals and listed companies.

Strengths A client says: "They work very hard at their customer relationships."

Work highlights Advised Interserve Defence on high-profile claims arising from a redundancy exercise affecting the client's outsourced cleaners working at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Successfully defended an individual against a springboard injunction brought by their former employer, a multinational company, with regard to restrictive covenants and confidentiality clauses in their contract.

Significant clients Omega Resource Group, PureGym, Scotts of Stow.

Notable practitioners

Lisa Gettins is recommended for advocacy in employment tribunals, as well as advice on non-contentious matters such as TUPE and business restructures. A client says: "She has ensured that we get the best outcome while remaining within the regulatory requirements."

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Charles Russell Speechlys - Employment Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Focuses on advisory work for charities, not-for-profit clients and family businesses. Able to draw on a firm-wide expertise in private wealth matters to act on employment issues and shareholder disputes for family businesses and high net worth individuals. As part of an international firm, the team is able to provide employment law advice on multi-jurisdictional matters.

Strengths Clients say: "They have great legal knowledge and use common sense. We received exceptional customer service from everyone we dealt with."

Work highlights Advised Sotheby's on the closure of its final salary pension scheme and the transition of employees to a defined contribution scheme.

Advised Immedia PLC on the employment aspects of its acquisition of a business in Scotland.

Significant clients Cats Protection, THB Group Limited, Pennant International, RAF Benevolent Fund, Trifast.

Notable practitioners

Sara Wilson is a key contact at the firm.

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Clarke Willmott LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Bristol, Taunton

What the team is known for Acts for leading regional organisations in education, manufacturing and agriculture, in addition to offering representation to individual claimants. Noted specialisation in the sports sector representing nationally recognised organisations and individuals. Also recognised for its ability handling business immigration cases.

Strengths A client says: "They are commercial, efficient and have good knowledge of our industry."

Work highlights Has acted for over 100 former Post Office employees in securing a redundancy settlement.

Advised on the employment aspects of the merger of Bridgwater College and Somerset College, including TUPE and union consultation.

Significant clients Bristol Rugby, Wasserman Media Group, Refresco Beverages UK, Portland Brown, Yeovil College.

Notable practitioners

Kate Gardner is recommended for employment litigation and restructuring exercises. She has a large client following in agriculture. Clients value her "authoritative advice when dealing with incredibly difficult circumstances."

Kevin Jones advises on the full range of employment issues, including director and executive exits, and restructuring projects. He has a large client base in sport. A client says he provides "a seamless service" which "really adds value to our business."

Sharon Latham has a broad practice which takes in executive exits, the HR implications of corporate insolvency, TUPE, restructuring and redundancy exercises. Her clients are mainly drawn from the food and drink, manufacturing, real estate and retail sectors.

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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.

Clarke Willmott has 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.

The team predominately works for employer organisations that operate in numerous sectors. They do, however, also advise individual employees on their employment related concerns and issues.

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Menzies Law - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Bristol

What the team is known for Boutique employment firm which works with manufacturing, education and private clients in particular. Acts on the full range of employment matters, including offering management training on a range of HR issues, such as gender pay gap audits.

Strengths Clients view the firm as "professional, approachable and very knowledgeable."

Another client says it is "outstanding - I would not want to use another firm."

Work highlights Assisted a further education college with making major changes to staff contracts and after industrial action resolved the dispute to the satisfaction of both parties.

Acted in a three-day constructive dismissal employment tribunal case with serious reputational implications for the client.

Significant clients Babcock International Group, Swallowfield, Bristol Water, Weston College, Gloucestershire College.

Notable practitioners

Luke Menzies advises on restructuring exercises, industrial action and other trade union issues. A former barrister, he is also recommended for advice on disputes. Clients appreciate his ability to "explain tricky legalities in layman's terms, clearly outlining any corporate or financial risks."

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Stephens Scown LLP - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified solicitors
- Office location: Bristol

What the team is known for Acts for employees from a range of sectors on contentious employment matters, with notable expertise in handling whistle-blowing and discrimination cases. Offers support on transactional matters and restructuring exercises.

Strengths Clients describe this as "a friendly team providing an extremely comprehensive package."

A client says: "They offer modern legal support and the ability to adapt to changing commercial world."

Work highlights Successfully defended an employer in an unfair dismissal claim concerning the termination of employees for using racially, sexually and disability-related offensive language. The case hinged on the legal concept of protected conversations.

Advised Cornwall College Group on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Bicton College.

Significant clients Age UK, Trago Mills, Shred-It, Cornish Mutual, St Austell Brewery.

Notable practitioners

Terry Falcão is recommended for his handling of tribunals and advice on potentially contentious restructuring and redundancy exercises. A client says: "He is calm, very professional and knowledgeable, and he guided us expertly through what could have become a very heated situation."

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VWV - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Bristol

What the team is known for A large employment team providing support to education and charity clients in both contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Noteworthy experience in advising education bodies on academy conversions and high-profile litigation. Offers expertise with regard to emergency services and associated industrial relations issues.

Strengths A client says "They're always accessible, the advice we get is always of high quality and it's always timely."

Work highlights Represented a charity encompassing several independent schools in a tribunal claim concerning the calculation of holiday pay with regard to term time-only workers.

Advised CBRE Group on a wide range of contentious and advisory matters.

Significant clients Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Eton College, The Royal Ballet School, British Library, Rugby School.

Notable practitioners

Simon Bevan's practice is centred on the education sector. He advises on day-to-day matters, as well as disputes and industrial relations matters and sector-specific regulations.

Gareth Edwards's practice deals with the full range of employment law, and he is especially knowledgeable on discrimination law, and data protection and information law issues. He also advises on HR in corporate deals and senior executive matters.

Alice Reeve specialises in employment law in the education sector. She is sought after to support on the HR aspects of academy conversions. She is also experienced at handling contentious and sensitive staffing matters.

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Burroughs Day - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- Office location: Bristol, Portishead

What the team is known for Acts for individuals in high-value litigation, with notable expertise in handling discrimination cases. Also offers support on day-to-day employment issues to local SMEs from a wide range of sectors. Well-established reputation acting for employers in social care, dentistry and pharmacy.

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Kitsons LLP - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Torquay, Exeter, Plymouth

What the team is known for Advises construction clients on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Also acts for clients in the education, leisure and tourism sectors.

Strengths Clients say the team's advice is "effective, timely, clear and always to the point, and backed by a 'can-do' approach."

A client says: "The firm has a strong presence in the local community but can and does compete nationally."

Significant clients Trucksmith, Guild of Construction Workers, Duchy Group, Saltrock, Worldteam.

Notable practitioners

Rhodri Davey advises employers and also senior executives in education and construction on all manner of non-contentious employment matters, as well as disputes and tribunal claims.

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Thrings LLP - Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
-Office location: Bristol, Bath

What the team is known for Assured representation in the full array of contentious matters and tribunals concerning discrimination and wrongful dismissal claims. Strategic advice on restructuring, TUPE in M&A deals, board-level exits and restrictive covenants.

Strengths A client says: "They understand what we want and meet our needs."

A client says: "They are responsive and proactive."

Significant clients AirTanker Services, Dynamatic, Centurycomm, Denhay Farms.

Notable practitioners

Kerrie Hunt acts for companies and individuals across the range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. Clients say her advice is "always timely, considered and appropriate."

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Burges Salmon LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Roger Bull specialises in the education and transport sectors and is recommended for executive severance, internal investigations, regulatory compliance and restructuring. A client says: "The clarity of his advice is exceptional." 

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Osborne Clarke LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Julian Hemming advises large employers operating in the UK and overseas on a range of issues, including outsourcing, international movement of senior executives and industrial relations. A market source says he is "absolutely excellent with clients and very supportive." 

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Bevan Brittan

From the Chambers UK guide

Julian Hoskins is best known for his work in healthcare, although he also represents private sector employers. He handles the full range of non-contentious employment and union issues, and represents employers in disputes and capability and conduct matters involving doctors.

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Osborne Clarke LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Killen has a broad employment practice which takes in employee relations, the HR aspects of M&A, and litigation. A client says: "He draws on his extensive experience to make great judgement calls," adding: "He understands our business and the issues we face internally."

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Bevan Brittan

From the Chambers UK guide

Sarah Lamont advises public sector employers and housing associations on the full sweep of contentious and non-contentious matters. She also has a number of private sector clients. A client says: "She's technically extremely able, very thorough and she's good at keeping you in the loop."    

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DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alex Lock is best known for his handling of Employment Tribunals and appeals, often concerning sex discrimination and whistle-blowing. He also advises on TUPE, restructuring, outsourcing and redundancies. A client says: "His straightforward approach and sense of humour is calming and puts things in perspective." 

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Burges Salmon LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Adrian Martin offers high-level expertise in restructuring, TUPE, outsourcing and complex tribunal claims. Clients say: "He's very pragmatic and really understands our business."

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TLT LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stuart McBride offers "practical not theoretic advice," and has the ability to "make the law understandable for the layperson," according to clients. He advises a client base drawn in large part from financial services, retail and consumer goods on issues such as reorganisations, redundancies, TUPE and industrial relations.

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Burges Salmon LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Chris Seaton is valued by a client for his "sound, reasoned commercial advice," which is "very customer-oriented and informed by great knowledge of both my company and my sector." He frequently advises on matters with an international dimension and has extensive experience with regard to industrial action, restrictive covenant litigation and restructuring matters.

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Band 2

Kitsons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Rhodri Davey advises employers and also senior executives in education and construction on all manner of non-contentious employment matters, as well as disputes and tribunal claims.

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VWV

From the Chambers UK guide

Gareth Edwards's practice deals with the full range of employment law, and he is especially knowledgeable on discrimination law, and data protection and information law issues. He also advises on HR in corporate deals and senior executive matters.

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BPE Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Lisa Gettins is recommended for advocacy in employment tribunals, as well as advice on non-contentious matters such as TUPE and business restructures. A client says: "She has ensured that we get the best outcome while remaining within the regulatory requirements."

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Foot Anstey LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Patrick Howarth is recognised for his work for large employers in retail and leisure. He advises on the full span of employment issues.

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Matthew Huddleson

OTB Eveling LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Matthew Huddleson of OTB Eveling LLP has a practice focused around strategic employment issues such as TUPE, outsourcing and transfers, senior exits and industrial relations issues.

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Band 2

Ashfords LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Charles Pallot advises public and private sector organisations focusing on senior employee relationships, TUPE and collective redundancy consultations. Clients value his "very helpful, friendly and responsive" approach, and his advice, which "fits the needs and the culture of the organisation."

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Stephanie Paterson

Ramsay Paterson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephanie Paterson of Ramsay Paterson LLP advises schools, charities and companies in the creative industries on all facets of employment law. A client says: "She will always listen carefully and respond immediately with a balanced view of the best course of action and the associated risks."

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Band 2

Royds Withy King

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard White of Royds Withy King will "always provide comprehensive advice in a timely manner and in easy-to-understand language," according to clients. He advises employers on the full span of employment issues, such as discrimination claims, redundancies, reorganisations and business transfers.

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Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tim Woodward offers experience and expertise in major restructuring and reorganisation exercises, industrial relations and employment litigation. He acts for a number of financial services institutions and large corporates. Clients value his "considered and pragmatic advice."

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Band 3

Wards Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Julia Beasley of Wards Solicitors is "incredibly knowledgeable and easy to work with," according to a market source. She represents executives and professionals, as well as public sector and corporate clients in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters.

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Band 3

VWV

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Bevan's practice is centred on the education sector. He advises on day-to-day matters, as well as disputes and industrial relations matters and sector-specific regulations.

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Burges Salmon LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Luke Bowery is praised by clients for "always telling it to you straight". He has expertise in major HR projects, as well as tribunal cases involving discrimination and whistle-blowing claims.

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Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Joanne Boyle "has excellent knowledge of employment law and gives an excellent service," according to clients. She advises on the HR implications of corporate transactions and reorganisations, and is highly experienced in dispute resolution, heading the department's claims-handling unit.

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Band 3

Willans

From the Chambers UK guide

Matthew Clayton of Willans deals with the full array of general employment law, with niche expertise in data protection and unlawful competition issues. A client says: "We always felt the whole procedure, which was quite complex, was perfectly under control."

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Band 3

Gregg Latchams Limited

From the Chambers UK guide

John Dalby of Gregg Latchams Limited specialises in senior executive and partner exit situations. Clients praise his advice, which is "practical, sensible and delivered in plain English."

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Michelmores LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nikki Duncan is recognised for her work on behalf of education sector employers and her handling of trade union matters. Clients say she is "commercially savvy" and is "incredibly knowledgable about the TUPE regulations."  

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Stephens Scown LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Terry Falcão is recommended for his handling of tribunals and advice on potentially contentious restructuring and redundancy exercises. A client says: "He is calm, very professional and knowledgeable, and he guided us expertly through what could have become a very heated situation." 

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Clarke Willmott LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kate Gardner is recommended for employment litigation and restructuring exercises. She has a large client following in agriculture. Clients value her "authoritative advice when dealing with incredibly difficult circumstances."

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DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Katy Horner has extensive experience working with clients in the health and social care sector, and advises on reorganisation, restructuring and redundancy exercises, and associated industrial relations matters. She also handles board issues, executive exits and high-value employment litigation. Clients "feel lucky to have her" advising and representing them.

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Thrings LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kerrie Hunt acts for companies and individuals across the range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. Clients say her advice is "always timely, considered and appropriate."

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Clarke Willmott LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kevin Jones advises on the full range of employment issues, including director and executive exits, and restructuring projects. He has a large client base in sport. A client says he provides "a seamless service" which "really adds value to our business."

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Clarke Willmott LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sharon Latham has a broad practice which takes in executive exits, the HR implications of corporate insolvency, TUPE, restructuring and redundancy exercises. Her clients are mainly drawn from the food and drink, manufacturing, real estate and retail sectors.

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GA Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Rhiain Lewis of GA Solicitors is recommended for the full span of employment law advice, including on outsourcings, TUPE and executive exits. She is highly sought-after by GP practices. Clients appreciate her "clear, decisive advice."

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Menzies Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Luke Menzies advises on restructuring exercises, industrial action and other trade union issues. A former barrister, he is also recommended for advice on disputes. Clients appreciate his ability to "explain tricky legalities in layman's terms, clearly outlining any corporate or financial risks."

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Band 3

Catherine Mitchell

Mitchell Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Catherine Mitchell of Mitchell Law is described by clients as "pragmatic, client-focused and commercially savvy." She has a comprehensive employment practice and specific expertise in further education and the food and drink sector.   

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VWV

From the Chambers UK guide

Alice Reeve specialises in employment law in the education sector. She is sought after to support on the HR aspects of academy conversions. She is also experienced at handling contentious and sensitive staffing matters.

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Sherbornes Solicitors Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Darren Sherborne of Sherbornes Solicitors Ltd is recommended for his expertise in industrial relations, dismissal disputes and executive exits. A client says: "He is a fount of knowledge."

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TLT LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Esther Smith has a comprehensive practice which takes in defending tribunal claims, TUPE and advice on pay gap reporting obligations. A client says: "She is a commercially focused lawyer who takes the time to really understand our business." 

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Quay Legal

From the Chambers UK guide

David Thomas of Quay Legal has a reputable practice acting for claimants such as senior executives and directors on a wide range of employment matters. He is also experienced in advisory work for employers. Interviewees describe him as a "very tenacious claimant lawyer."

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Michelmores LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Tobey advises local authorities and clients in the health sector on contentious and non-contentious employment matters. A client says: "I trust his judgement implicitly."  

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Associates to watch

Harriet Broughton

Stone King LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Harriet Broughton of Stone King LLP is an experienced employment practitioner, adept at discrimination and whistle-blowing litigation, as well as at TUPE and reorganisation projects. A client remarks on her "her strong sense of empathy and ability to pre-empt my concerns." 

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Associates to watch

TLT LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alison Cameron has a broad practice and advises on all manner of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. She is particularly recommended for complex restructurings, redundancy exercises and litigation.

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Associates to watch

Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Emma Doble advises a broad range of large employers on all employment issues, and is particularly noted for defending tribunal claims. A client says: "She is responsive, detail focused and good to work with."

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