UK

South West

Employment


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Employment - South West

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Offices locations ranked: Exeter

What the team is known for Acts for employers and employees alike on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. An impressive reputation of working with the public sector, especially local government. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "We always use them for our employment matters, big and small."

What's new? Howard Lewis-Nunn and Tanya Gruneberg recently joined the firm from Rochman Landau.

Work highlights Successfully represented the London Borough of Newham against a claim of sexual orientation discrimination, constructive unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing.

Advised NYnet on the procurement of broadband infrastructure, including the application of TUPE and other employment issues.  

Notable practitioners  

Charles Pallot is deemed an "exceptionally good adviser" for his work across employment law. One source comments that "he is reliable and a safe pair of hands – there is not much that would faze him."

Significant clients Bishop Fleming, Cheltenham Primary Care Trust, Brent Housing Partnership.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Significant work for health and local government clients. Strong knowledge and understanding of advising the public sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They offer a quality service, and are timely and friendly." 

Work highlights Advised Harrow Council on an agreement to create a joint legal service with Barnet Council, including the transfer of a number of staff under TUPE.

Acted for Action for Children in relation to a reorganisation, including changes to terms and conditions of employment and redundancy issues.  

Notable practitioners  

Julian Hoskins heads the employment team and "deserves the recognition he gets," according to interviewees. He has expertise across contentious and non-contentious employment law.

Sarah Lamont has significant experience with redundancy programmes, changes to employment terms and conditions, and managing industrial relations. She has a good reputation amongst both peers and clients.  

Significant clients Canada Life, Plymouth NHS Trust, Taunton NHS Foundation Trust, Tower Hamlets Borough Council, Sheffield City Council.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Offices locations ranked: Bristol 

What the team is known for Remains strong in the retail sector and in advising clients operating in the financial services industry. Expanding on the business immigration side.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They are very effective and have a tailored, responsive service."

What's new? Bond Pearce and Dickinson Dees merged to become Bond Dickinson in May 2013.

Work highlights Advises Sainsbury's on a range of claims, from whistle-blowing and discrimination to unfair dismissal.

Advised Sonus Networks on the USD42 million acquisition of NET Europe and on TUPE rules affecting the transfer of assets.

Notable practitioners  

Tim Woodward has a wide range of experience in employment law. Peers rate him as being a "very sensible" lawyer who "works hard for his clients."

Joanne Boyle has significant experience in handling complex litigation and insolvency matters. Clients comment that "her responses are excellent and she is always available at any time."

Kate Newman has been promoted to senior associate. She handles employment litigation and the employment aspects of corporate transactions.

Significant clients Post Office, Specsavers, H Samuel/Ernest Jones, Hydro, Royal Mail.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 10 senior associates
- 4 associates
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Engages frequently in cross-border work and international outsourcing projects. Also houses strengths in employment-related restructuring advice. Increasingly active in advising the financial services sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "They impress me. In terms of their service offering, there's a high level of quality. What differentiates them from other firms is that they have a real knowledge of and familiarity with our sector."

Work highlights Advised Thomson Reuters on complex employment tribunal claims concerning allegations of discrimination. 

Advised MITIE on a major outsourcing deal with Lloyds Banking Group, including negotiating employment and pensions provisions as well as the transfer of approximately 2,500 employees.

Notable practitioners  

Roger Bull has particular expertise in tribunal advocacy, redundancy, restructurings and internal dispute resolution procedures. He has a good reputation amongst his peers and is regarded as a "very capable and steady lawyer." Bull heads the employment team.

"Robust" Christopher Seaton is rated for his "sound legal advice." He acts for a large number of international clients and co-ordinates employment advice across a range of jurisdictions.

Adrian Martin has expertise in outsourcings, TUPE matters, restructurings and handling complex tribunal claims. Clients comment that "Adrian knows his subject inside out and takes a very commercial attitude to what we do." Another adds: "He is calm, collected and very sensible."

Significant clients Babcock International Group, BAE Systems, FirstGroup, the Office of Fair Trading, Bank of Ireland.

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

What the team is known for Has particular expertise in the sports and education sectors, focusing on respondent work for numerous sports clubs, colleges and academies.

Work highlights Advised an academy on TUPE matters relating to the transfer of staff from three different schools.

Defended an employer against a £100,000 constructive unfair dismissal claim by a former managing director. 

Notable practitioners  

Recognised for his work in the sports sector, Kevin Jones regularly praised by clients.

Sharon Latham is highly regarded by clients for her commercial awareness.

Significant clients Liberty of London, Wasserman Media Group, Bath Rugby, M+W Group, Bristol Rugby.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Top-tier stalwarts, highly rated for strong expertise in the healthcare and finance industries, and for advising the public sector.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "They do a lot of employment tribunal work and they do it well. They are deserving of a Band 1 ranking."

Work highlights Successfully represented MITIE and two newly recruited employees in restrictive covenants and allegations of breach of contract.

Notable practitioners  

Alex Lock provides a range of advice to both public and private sector employers. Clients say that he is "approachable and easy to work with, even on the most complex of matters."

Katy Horner is praised by clients as "an excellent provider of high-quality employment law advice." She regularly advises on HR issues relating to reorganisations and restructurings, particularly for healthcare clients. She also handles discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.

Significant clients Vodafone, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Deutsche Telekom UK, Thomson Airways, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.

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

What the team is known for Provides strategic, commercial advice on complex matters including TUPE, tribunal advocacy, equal pay litigation, senior level exits and reorganisations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "Excellent overall with concise, clear and commercial awareness operating at all levels."

Visibility: "They are a large firm and well established."

What's new? Benjamin Loxton joined the firm as an associate from Burges Salmon in January 2013.

Lucy Harrington joined the Plymouth office from US-headquartered firm McGuireWoods.

Work highlights Advised BPO provider Firstsource Solutions on complex restructuring and TUPE-related matters.

Acted for Devon & Cornwall Housing on successfully defending several Employment Tribunal claims.

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Huddleson advises on a range of complex TUPE matters and senior level terminations. Clients rate him as "sensible and pragmatic."

Patrick Howarth has particular expertise in unfair dismissal and discrimination cases. One client comments that he combines "client-focused advice with a listening ear."

Significant clients Kingfisher, Odeon Cinemas, Screwfix, DAS Insurance, Eden Project.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Offices locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Advises SMEs on redundancies and tribunal hearings. Has added a number of schools and health practices to its roster in recent times.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They respond in a timely manner with advice we trust and use." 

Commercial awareness: "Their strength is the level at which they speak to you – they can relate to business in the real world."

Notable practitioners  

Sources remark that John Dalby "deals with cases well and fights his corner for the client." Clients also say that he "manages potentially difficult situations" and is "good at looking at things with a balanced view."

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Offices locations ranked: Exeter, Torquay

What the team is known for Established links with the leisure and tourism sectors, and a growing client base in the construction industry. Provides bespoke HR support to Devon businesses. 

Work highlights Successfully defended a client against a claim of unfair dismissal and discrimination.

Acted for the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education against a claim by a teacher for breach of contract.

Notable practitioners  

Rhodri Davey heads the employment team and handles both litigation and advice. Clients rate him as a lawyer who "clearly knows his stuff, is very easy to deal with and gets to the point."

Lucie Biddick works with a range of organisations, from SMEs to large companies and charities, on a range of employment law matters.  

Significant clients Age UK, the Guild of Construction Workers, Motability Operations, Riverford Organic Foods, Artemis Optical Holdings.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- Offices locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Provides employment law and HR advice to a wide range of clients, including national charities, universities, further education establishments and medical practices.

Notable practitioners  

Michelle Lennaghan is a key contact.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 qualified lawyers
- 1 barrister
- Offices locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Handles its own advocacy and offers a range of support to clients in the engineering and manufacturing, automotive, food and drink, and education sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: "They have a clear focus on the end goal – an understanding of where the client is at and where the client wants to be." 

Work highlights Advised New College, Swindon on managing employee relations, changes to terms of contracts, grievances and tribunal proceedings. 

Notable practitioners  

Luke Menzies is a dual-qualified barrister and solicitor, with significant experience across employment law and industrial relations. Clients say that he is "very pragmatic and business-focused." 

Catherine Mitchell has significant experience in employment law and advises many clients in the voluntary sector. One client comments that she is "very knowledgeable and understands our business." 

Significant clients MAN Truck and Bus UK, Direct Wines, South Gloucestershire & Stroud College, Ruskin Mill Educational Trust, Fiskars UK.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Exeter

What the team is known for Advises on all areas of employment law, with particular expertise in advising the healthcare, education and manufacturing sectors. Also has experience in handling union recognition matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "They are prompt to respond to our queries, have a very high standard of customer service and excellent understanding of our business, and are proactive in offering us support." 

Work highlights Advised Cambium Networks on the purchase of the Point to Point broadband business from Motorola. This work involved advising the client on the transfer of Motorola employees in 22 foreign jurisdictions, post-transfer contracts and severance issues.

Advised Newcross Healthcare Solutions on the enforcement of restrictive covenants applying to a former senior employee who was responsible for the company's social media programme.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Tobey has specialist expertise in the health sector and acts for a number of NHS trusts. Clients remark that he is "attentive and conscientious."

Associate James Baker advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including discrimination claims and TUPE matters affecting health and education clients.

Tim Davies has expertise in dealing with the education sector, with a strong focus on further education. Peers regard him as a steady, sensible presence.

Significant clients City of London Corporation, Brittany Ferries, South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Torbay & Southern Health and Care Trust, Plymouth College of Art.

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Offices locations ranked: Bath

What the team is known for Offers advice to a range of SME employers and senior employees from a variety of sectors. Increasingly active in offering employment advice to educational institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They are very professional and very responsive. Employment law is quite a reactionary environment – one needs speedy advice and they can give us that."

Work highlights Acted for a claimant in a pregnancy discrimination claim against a global corporate outsourcing organisation.

Advised WRH Marketing on the restructuring of its workforce, including legal documentation and providing training in conducting redundancy consultation meetings.

Notable practitioners  

Sean McDonough heads the employment team and is well regarded by peers, who say he always seeks "the best deal for his clients." Clients say he "is practical and straightforward, and doesn't confuse the issue." 

Significant clients Julian Hodge Bank, CPI Mortars, Money-wise IFA, the Corsham School Academy Group, Theatre Royal Bath.

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Offices locations ranked: Wellington

What the team is known for A specialist employment firm that concentrates on providing advice to a range of business sectors, including shipping, higher education and hospitality. Peers note that the firm has a very strong reputation.

Notable practitioners

Nicholas Moore is highly regarded in the area and has over 40 years of experience in employment law. He has a niche understanding of concerns affecting the merchant shipping industry.

Stephanie Paterson has particular expertise in restraint of trade issues, outsourcing and complex Employment Tribunal claims. Her clients include respondents and claimants.

Significant clients P&O Ferries, BBA Aviation, The Royal Veterinary College, Cancer Research Technology, Diamond Light Source.

Since publication, Stephanie Paterson has joined Ramsay Paterson LLP

Since publication, Stephanie Paterson has joined Ramsay Paterson LLP

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers
- Offices locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Provides a broad range of advice to both UK and international clients. Key sectors include digital business, energy and natural resources, real estate and infrastructure, retail, financial services and defence.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are dedicated in the service they provide and always achieve and exceed our expectations."

Market standing: "They have a hands-on approach and senior specialists. They are down to earth, with a fantastic client base."

Work highlights Advised the Graphic Packaging International Holding Company on the UK employment aspects of the £71 million purchase of a Contego Packaging subsidiary. 

Advised Claire's Accessories on employment matters and incentives arrangements in the UK and across its European operations.  

Notable practitioners  

Julian Hemming is a long-standing employment law practitioner with experience of advising clients based in India. Peers regard him as "a star with a real hands-on approach."

Paul Killen is noted for his strategic approach and experience of working with large commercial clients. He is experienced in handling dismissals, breach of contract issues, discrimination claims and employee relations management.

Significant clients Motorola Solutions, Western Power Distribution, Unite, Zimmer, Endsleigh Insurance.

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Offices locations ranked: Bristol 

What the team is known for Regularly advises clients on complex discrimination matters, whistle-blowing, restrictive covenants and TUPE. The firm has a strong client base in the charity, construction and healthcare sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: "Their niche strength is their understanding. They had a quick grasp of the case and knew what I was thinking before I said it."

Responsiveness: "Communication is what stands out with the team."

Responsiveness: "They were very responsive and always answered my e-mails."

Notable practitioners  

Julia Beasley leads the team and is noted for her work for directors and senior managers. Clients describe her as "really approachable."

Rhiannon Thomas handles complex employment cases for individuals and businesses, and often provides corporate support in commercial transactions. She is highly regarded by clients, who say that she is "a real specialist in her field."

Significant clients BAWA Healthcare & Leisure, Auros, Bristol Care Homes, Weston Hospicecare, Shield Environmental Services.

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Offices locations ranked: Exeter

What the team is known for Considerable expertise in advising employers on contentious and non-contentious matters, including restructurings, redundancies, grievances and disciplinary issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "I rate the service received extremely highly. There is a good level of commercial awareness, balanced against sound legal advice and at a cost-effective fee level."

Industry knowledge: "We were extremely pleased with the way in which they conducted themselves, and with their expertise and advice."

Notable practitioners  

Laura McFadyen takes a particular interest in employment issues arising from the sale and acquisition of businesses. She also has expertise in advising on unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.

Terry Falcão heads the employment team. Clients note that "he has sound knowledge in the field" and "his approach is very confident," with one adding: "He epitomises the things I am looking for from a professional adviser."  

Significant clients Trago Mills Group, H2OK, Amulet Hotkey, Devon Doctors, Cornish Mutual Assurance Company.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Offices locations ranked: Bath

What the team is known for Particularly strong in advising the education and charity sectors. Handles a range of employment issues, from TUPE to industrial and strike action to day-to-day HR assistance. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "They have a range of experts in a variety of legal fields whose expertise we can draw upon. Response times have been exemplary."

Work highlights Acted for Ensign Bus Company on an Employment Tribunal claim by a driver dismissed for harassment of a passenger.

Acted for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund on employment issues related to the end of the fund's operation.

Significant clients Ormiston Academies Trust, National Maritime Museum, UCL Academy, Royal Society of Medicine, Stratford School Academy.

Basic facts about the department
- 1 senior solicitor
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Offices locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Specifically known for its employment law work with trade unions and their members. Particular expertise in litigating on unfair dismissal and discrimination claims, TUPE and collective redundancy issues.

Notable practitioners

Michelle Cronin is a key point of contact.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Offices locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Advises on a broad range of employment litigation, including unfair dismissal, whistle-blowing claims and discrimination cases relating to sex, pregnancy and race. 

Notable practitioners  

Kerrie Hunt is instructed by a number of corporate clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. She is highly regarded by sources, who remark that she is "very thorough."

Significant clients Helphire Group, Watson Fuels, Airtanker Services, Honda Logistics Centre, Centurycomm.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Offices locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Has particularly strong expertise in acting for clients on TUPE matters, reorganisations and redundancies. Also provides training to clients' HR teams and line managers.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Strategic planning: "They are flexible and talk through what the risks will be and how to mitigate those risks."

Problem solving: "They provide exactly what we are looking for: pragmatic, commercial advice."

Notable practitioners  

Stuart McBride has specific expertise in handling senior exits, changes to contracts, redundancies and TUPE matters. Clients say that he is "always helpful and pragmatic." 

Graham Shaw has over 18 years of experience in employment law and is described as being "very measured in his approach." He is particularly experienced in advising on TUPE matters, senior terminations and corporate restructuring programmes.

Significant clients Imperial Tobacco Group, Merlin Entertainments Group, Biffa, UPS, Ageas Insurance.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Offices locations ranked: Bristol 

What the team is known for Handles a broad range of employment matters, from equal pay and TUPE to whistle-blowing, working time regulations and maternity issues. Specific expertise in the charities, education and public sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "I have never had to chase them up. They are perfectly responsive."

Client service: "They deal with things in an orderly way."

Work highlights Advised Glastonbury Abbey on the dismissal of its former Director. 

Successfully defended the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service in relation to Employment Tribunal proceedings brought by an employee. 

Notable practitioners  

Gareth Edwards takes a particular interest in labour and industrial relations as well as discrimination law. Clients commend his responsiveness and highlight his work in leading an effective team.  

Simon Bevan advises on a range of employment and discrimination law matters. Clients remark that he "gets back to you, gives full advice and is always available."

Alice Reeve specialises in providing employment advice to clients in the education sector and is noted for her reputation in this field. 

Significant clients CBRE, Crown Prosecution Service, Bournemouth Borough Council, Bristol Zoo, Eton College.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- Offices locations ranked: Bath

What the team is known for Remains particularly strong in acting for clients in the manufacturing and retail sectors. Provides a range of employment and HR advice to clients both nationally and internationally.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They are good at giving advice and are very responsive."

Notable practitioners  

Richard White advises on all aspects of employment law and has a strong employer client base. One client remarks that he is "approachable and a down-to-earth person, who understands the type of advice we need." 

Significant clients Airsprung Furniture Group, Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, Trapeze Group, Touchstone CPS, Leiths School of Food and Wine.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Tony Brown founded Bath Employment Law and provides specialist employment advice to a broad spectrum of clients. Peers commend his strong technical skills.

Nigel Tillott of Davies and Partners has significant experience of employment issues affecting a range of business sectors, such as house builders, employment agencies, retail, care homes and the football industry.

Paul Housego of Beers LLP is instructed by both respondents and claimants, many of which are long-standing clients. He also sits on the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Lisa Gettins is head of the employment team at BPE Solicitors LLP and regularly advises clients on discrimination claims, whistle-blowing and TUPE transfers. Clients say that working with Gettins is "always a very positive experience."

Sarah Jane Turcan of Charles Russell LLP takes a particular interest in redundancies, HR policies and discrimination. She is commended for her strong knowledge base.

Tim Crane of Harrison Clark Rickerbys acts for a range of private and public sector clients on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Clients rate him for his "pragmatic and no-nonsense approach."

Adrian Poole of Porter Dodson Solicitors acts for both employers and employees on a range of matters, including unfair dismissal, compromise agreements, TUPE, equal pay and discrimination.

David Thomas of Quay Legal is highly respected by sources. One source remarks that he is "tenacious on behalf of his clients," while others add that he is "very dogged and knowledgeable," and a "safe pair of hands."

Darren Sherborne is head of employment at Sherbornes Solicitors LLP. Clients report that he is "down-to-earth and gives practical advice."

Matthew Clayton of Willans handles a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, with a particular focus on complex restructurings and business transfers. Peers regard him as a "very efficient and practical" lawyer.

Foreign Experts

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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Other Noted Firms

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