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Employment - Bristol and surrounds

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

What the team is known for Sizeable practice with employment law experience in a variety of sectors, including the financial services, transport, defence and energy. Broad expertise derived from acting on many high-profile employment cases, including numerous with cross-border aspects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Really practical and commercial advice, which is often difficult in employment as it's a very technical area. Very keen to support us on an ad hoc basis. It's a really co-operative relationship."

What's new? Recently won new instructions from major clients such as the Royal Horticultural Society, the International Cricket Council and Swedish bank Handelsbanken.

Work highlights Advised prominent transport operator FirstGroup on the employment aspects of its disposal of various bus operations, involving the transfer of over 3,200 employees.

Acted for BAE Systems on employment aspects of the restructuring of its Naval Ships business, including advice on potential large-scale redundancies.

Notable practitioners  

Roger Bull remains a top-rated figure in the Bristol employment market, with vast experience of acting on complex TUPE, restructuring and tribunal cases for many prominent domestic and international companies. He regularly advises significant clients from sectors such as education, transport and insurance.

Clients appreciate Adrian Martin for "cutting to the chase, and getting to the heart of an issue quickly" when acting on a range of employment matters. He has strong experience handling the employment aspects of major transactions, particularly those involving TUPE and procurement concerns. Lately, this included advising the OFT on the employment elements of its merger with the Competition Commission.

Christopher Seaton maintains his excellent reputation in the employment field, having acted on a variety of substantial cases across the contentious, transactional and advisory spheres. Key client Thomson Reuters recently engaged him on a range of employment matters, including several Employment Tribunal claims, and the HR aspects of major international IT outsourcing contracts.

Significant clients Babcock International Group, Bank of Ireland, Mulberry, MITIE, The Crown Estate.

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

What the team is known for Significant experience in employment cases involving market-leading financial services, healthcare and public sector entities. Well versed in transactional and contentious employment matters, including High Court litigation and complex industrial action cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"These lawyers were very valuable at the early stages of our project - they were keen to make sure the plan was the right one, which made it run smoothly. The team on the project really understood our business."

"They give very sensible and pragmatic advice and they are first-rate in terms of client service."

What's new? Added clients including Bristol Music Trust, The Bar Council and South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to its roster.

Work highlights Assisted Lancashire County Council with the complex employment law issues associated with the letting of a contract to a third party.

Advised the Bristol Music Trust on the employment aspects of its takeover of the Bristol Arts & Music Services.

Notable practitioners  

Alex Lock remains a standout employment practitioner, noted for his extensive experience of contentious employment matters. Clients are forthcoming in their praise of his practice: "Straightforward and honest - he tells it like it is, including what the potential pitfalls are, and where I can take risks. He has got to know my style of work. He also knows how to nicely slaughter the opposition in a tribunal - it's impressive!" 

Katy Horner impresses clients with her healthcare-focused employment practice, offering experience of medical disciplinary cases, complex restructuring programmes, and industrial action matters involving front-line medical staff.

Significant clients Everything Everywhere, Vodafone, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Zurich, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.

Band 1 | Osborne Clarke

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Widely revered employment practice, acting frequently for top-end clients from many industries on the most complex cases in the market. Offers broad day-to-day advice to a variety of companies from the UK and internationally, alongside significant expertise in major transactional and contentious employment cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"Very happy - they're quick to respond with decisive advice and support."

Notable practitioners  

Sources laud Julian Hemming as "very pleasant to work with, and a leader in his field - his experience is second to none. He is also extremely grounded, and approachable on sensitive issues." He has recently advised on an extensive range of complex Employment Tribunal cases.

Paul Killen comes recommended as a "first-class" employment lawyer, with "superb technical knowledge" and a pragmatic approach to his cases. His vast experience includes advising major clients on cases with complicated international elements, such as the employment aspects of post-acquisition integration for multinational corporations.

Significant clients Motorola Solutions, QinetiQ, Western Power Distribution, Ralph Lauren, Claire's Accessories.

Band 2 | Bevan Brittan

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

What the team is known for Best known for assisting public sector clients with their complex employment law issues, notably in healthcare and local government. Also provides day-to-day advice for numerous private companies, including on immigration issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"I can't begin to tell you how good this firm is - the service is absolutely superb. The advice is succinct and to the point, and if I say I need written advice this afternoon I will get it."

Work highlights Successfully represented North Somerset District Council and five of its senior staff, who were individually sued, in an Employment Tribunal matter against an employee seeking significant compensation for a variety of alleged issues, including bullying and discrimination.

Notable practitioners  

Julian Hoskins is a market leader for healthcare employment advice, notably for NHS parties. His broader experience includes advising clients such as children's charity Action for Children, which he recently represented in Employment Tribunal claims brought by employee unions Unite and UNISON, concerning an alleged breach of collective consultation regulations.

According to clients, Sarah Lamont is a "tenacious and intellectual" employment lawyer, who has significant expertise in cases involving local government clients, alongside a strong private sector presence. Lately, she has acted for a number of local councils on a wide range of high-value contentious matters.

Significant clients Canada Life, Harrow London Borough Council, Plymouth NHS Trust, Local Government Ombudsman, Action for Children.

Band 2 | Bond Dickinson

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

What the team is known for Offers focused expertise in employment law to numerous clients from the retail, energy, consumer products and finance sectors. Highly experienced in large-scale, complex employment projects and major employment litigation, including recent High Court injunction cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"This team understands my expectations in a case, and helps me negotiate carefully to avoid having to show my hand."

Work highlights Advised international publishing company GDS on a High Court injunction case, concerning restrictive covenants put in place for a former senior employee who transferred to a competitor of the client.

Acted for ST Microelectronics on the employment aspects of the restructuring of its business.

Notable practitioners 

Tim Woodward remains a broadly admired figure in the Bristol employment market, noted by sources as "receptive, a good listener, and strong at building up a level of trust with his clients." Recent case highlights included advising semiconductor producer ST Microelectronics on the employment aspects of its UK business restructuring.

Joanne Boyle has a wide-ranging employment law presence, providing experience across many sizeable and complex projects and litigation cases. She has particular strength in the implementation of employment training programmes for major clients, such as storm and waste water management provider Hydro International.

Significant clients Post Office, Sainsbury's, AIG, English Heritage, Space Engineering Services.

Band 2 | TLT LLP

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

What the team is known for Provides advice to an extensive range of clients on TUPE and company reorganisations, redundancy-related litigation and employment law training. Notably active with regional and national players in the banking, technology, retail and energy sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"TLT provides an excellent service and timely, accurate and commercially viable advice."

Work highlights Advised high-street retailer WHSmith on the TUPE and other employment aspects of its joint venture with the Post Office, concerning the operation of over 100 Post Office branches within WHSmith stores.

Notable practitioners  

According to clients, leading figure Stuart McBride is "extremely professional and proactive, easy to get hold of, and good at bouncing around ideas and options for a case." His extensive experience of commercial employment law cases includes senior employee exits, redundancies and TUPE.

Graham Shaw remains a well-regarded figure in Bristol employment circles, particularly as he is "very calm and easy to deal with, understands business very well, and is good at articulating the difficulties and complexities of an issue."

Esther Smith recently joined the team from Thomas Eggar LLP. She advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues, and focuses her practice on acting for employers.

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

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

What the team is known for Advises clients from the local region and across the UK, in sectors such as sport, education and construction, on issues including TUPE and senior management exits. Also experienced in employment-related business immigration issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A first-class firm with a pragmatic approach. The team consistently delivers."

Work highlights Assisted Gloucestershire County Cricket Club with the termination of employment of its long-standing chief executive.

Notable practitioners  

Taunton-based Kate Gardner draws praise as a "formidable lawyer, with great expertise and client service." She is particularly renowned in the region for her knowledge of agriculture-related employment issues.

According to sources, Kevin Jones "has very broad experience, understands business, and offers practical and pragmatic solutions" to a wide range of employment questions. He is noted for his expertise in employment cases involving clients in the sports industry, assisting football manager Ian Holloway with the severance arrangements relating to the termination of his employment with Crystal Palace FC.

Department head in Bristol, Sharon Latham remains highly regarded in the region for her employment law prowess, particularly her "unflappable nature and excellent advice." One source states: "She is very practical and commercial, and able to discuss the risks and consequences of our actions within the appropriate legal parameters."

Significant clients Wasserman Media Group, Liberty of London, Lidl, Bristol Rugby, The Scotts Group.

Band 3 | Menzies Law

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

What the team is known for Widely respected employment law boutique, focused on providing high-level, in-depth legal and HR advice to clients across sectors such as education, engineering, automotive and technology. Experienced across the spectrum of employment issues, from complex tribunal proceedings to major restructurings and employment projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"These lawyers have expertise and sound commercial knowledge, including an awareness of our industry. They are very easy to work with and provide prompt responses, even outside of standard working hours if required."

"The best bit is I get clear, easy-to-follow, unequivocal advice, with complex technical issues made clear and understandable for me as a non-lawyer. The team's guidance gives me the confidence to deal with matters in a fair and friendly way with staff, but also the knowledge of where we can go if we have to take issues further."

Work highlights Recently advised South Gloucestershire & Stroud College on a major restructuring exercise. The case included significant union involvement, due to the large-scale redundancy process required to complete the project.

Notable practitioners  

Luke Menzies draws praise for his wide-ranging employment law experience and "highly commercial advice." He utilises his barristerial experience to act on an extensive range of high-profile tribunal proceedings, alongside providing day-to-day advice to a wide range of clients.

Catherine Mitchell is recommended by numerous sources for her "direct, incredibly user-friendly support" and "strong, decisive advice" on employment matters. One client is particularly impressed: "She is practical and straight-talking; a legal expert with a lot of commercial sense."

Significant clients MAN Truck & Bus UK, Miele, Babcock International Group, EnerSys, Mabey Bridge.

Band 3 | Thrings LLP

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

What the team is known for Full-service employment practice with a strong South West presence, offering clients expertise in transactional, corporate support and advisory, and contentious employment matters. Experienced in employment cases of all sizes, including multi-jurisdictional matters and disputes at the High Court.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"This team takes the time to discuss and understand our business, and how we like to approach matters."

Notable practitioners  

Kerrie Hunt has a good regional reputation for employment law matters, alongside substantial experience in cases for national and international clients. Sources describe her as a "bright, intelligent and level-headed" practitioner.

Significant clients Airtanker Services, The Racing Post, Watson Fuels, Wessex Grain, Honda Logistics Centre UK.

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

What the team is known for Well known for its presence within the education sector. Expertise in cases relating to the public sector and charities. Also knowledgeable in private sector matters, with experience of issues such as unfair dismissal and TUPE.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"These lawyers are always available, and they give extremely helpful and practical advice. They recognise the needs of my organisation and avoid giving overly cautious advice - I always know I can trust what they tell me."

Notable practitioners  

Gareth Edwards remains highly regarded for his broad employment law expertise, particularly his knowledge of cases involving charities and clients from the public sector. He recently advised clients such as CBRE, the Diocese of Gloucester and the Welsh Fire Authorities on a range of employment matters.

According to interviewees, Simon Bevan is "calm, clear, quickly gets the core of the issue, and offers a practical route to secure the desired outcome. He is reassuring during stressful situations, and cannot be praised highly enough." He has a notable presence with clients from the independent school sector.

Alice Reeve recently joined the team, bolstering the practice's expertise in education-related employment matters. Market commentators recognise her as "reliable, articulate, well informed, and flexible over timings."

Significant clients Crown Prosecution Service, Bournemouth Borough Council, Eton College, Bristol Grammar School, Cheltenham Ladies College.

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Advises on a range of commercial and contentious employment matters, with notable expertise in senior employee exits. Highly active with clients from the digital media, manufacturing and construction sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very happy - excellent advice with a strong commercial focus." 

Notable practitioners  

John Dalby is a "prompt and responsive" employment lawyer with strong experience of contentious employment cases. He has also recently acted on a variety of advisory and transactional matters, for both claimants and respondents. One source stated: "He is amazing - he listens, is very attentive, and comes up with sensible ideas in a stressful situation. I can't praise him highly enough."

Significant clients Gordano Support Group, Royal Bath & West of England Society, Milsted Langdon, Lancer Scott.

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

What the team is known for Acts for numerous high-profile claimants on complex employment disputes. Also boasts a significant respondent practice. Notably active on cases involving parties from the social care, healthcare, charity and construction sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"This firm always guides you through a process in a way that complies with the law, but also achieves the end result you need as a client."

Notable practitioners  

Department head Julia Beasley is well known for her strong representation of individual claimants in contentious employment matters. Her recent caseload has involved parties from sectors such as insurance and higher education.

Star associate Rhiannon Thomas draws extensive praise from across the Bristol market for her employment practice. Sources recognise her as "passionate, client-focused, personable and knowledgeable."

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

Band 4 | Thompsons

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What the team is known for Recognised for a focus on employment cases with significant trade union concerns. Primarily acting for claimants.

Notable practitioners 

Richard Arthur is "probably as good a collective and trade union solicitor as you can get," according to one source. He is noted for his strong track record acting across all areas of trade union law.

Employment - Somerset

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Band 1 | Mogers Drewett

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

What the team is known for Advises an extensive list of clients on employment and HR issues. Mandates are drawn from numerous sectors, including manufacturing, agriculture, and food and beverages. Experienced in all aspects of transactional and contentious employment law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The advice is not just up to date and in line with the legal requirements, but also pragmatic and commercial. The speed at which these lawyers turn things around is incredible."

"These lawyers are extremely good at identifying the kind of approach and style that works for you; they have a good attitude towards process and ensuring that the basics are covered. Their style is suited to the dynamic world of our business."

Work highlights Recently assisted Premier Training International with a bullying and harassment complaint brought against a number of junior managers within the client's business.

Advised Premier Global/Active IQ on the exits of two senior-level employees.

Notable practitioners  

Clients appreciate department head Sean McDonough for "his experience and knowledge within the field of employment law," and for "taking the time to understand and respond to his clients' needs." Others consider him "incredibly commercial, clear in his advice, and good at taking the emotion out of a problem." He has recently advised on numerous cases for Monster Energy Europe, a leading drinks manufacturer.

Significant clients Julian Hodge Bank, Berry Rowan Consultants, Margin HR, Radstock Co-Operative Society, Theatre Royal Bath.

Band 1 | Nicholas Moore

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Wellington

What the team is known for Employment law boutique, offering in-depth expertise across the full spectrum of employment issues. Widely recognised for outstanding knowledge of the merchant shipping and hospitality sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers understand our business, and are practical in their approach, and commercially minded - they are aware of the commercial realities of business life."

"Very responsive and accommodating - if I ask for a price estimate, that is what I will pay. Timely, proactive, commercial and very much value for money."

Work highlights Recently advised P&O Ferries on a union-supported collective grievance and unfair dismissal case concerning an ex-employee.

Successfully defended Integral in a complicated TUPE case which had been brought by two claimants.

Notable practitioners  

Nicholas Moore is a renowned employment law expert, with market-leading experience in cases relating to the merchant shipping sector. Sources recognise the vast knowledge derived from over 40 years of practice, including a period as an employment judge: "He deals with issues properly, giving advice on taking brave steps in a case. With his help we were actually able to change the culture of our business, which is something that a lot of employers would be frightened to do."

Significant clients Carnival Group, Royal Veterinary College, Cancer Research Technology, Diamond Light Source, Broad Oak Toiletries.

Band 1 | Withy King LLP

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations ranked: Bath

What the team is known for Highly active on a range of advisory and contentious employment matters. Significant experience working with clients from key sectors in the South West, notably manufacturing and retail.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very responsive team, which gives advice in what I consider a very accessible, down-to-earth way. Everything is explained clearly."

"Always able to consider a different view and come up with solutions. Great commercial advice."

Notable practitioners 

Department head Richard White has brought his "great knowledge and experience" to numerous significant employment cases lately, including unfair dismissal tribunal cases, equal pay claims and TUPE matters. Sources state: "He provides practical and reasoned responses, and is a good sounding board for employment queries."

Significant clients Airsprung Furniture Group, Trapeze Group (UK), Salters Hill Charity, Blue Marlin Brand Design, Leiths School of Food & Wine.

Band 2 | Stone King LLP

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

What the team is known for Notable strength in employment matters concerning charities and education sector clients. Experienced in contentious and advisory employment issues, including data protection and business immigration.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"This team is quick to provide clear and considered responses to queries."

"These lawyers have access to real expertise on complex issues."

Work highlights Recently assisted the David Ross Education Trust with a range of employment matters, including a tribunal case brought against one of its member academies, following a redundancy process.

Notable practitioners

Nick Watson leads the employment team at this firm, and is the main point of contact for employment queries.

Significant clients Ormiston Academies Trust, Grammar Schools Heads Association, Ensign Bus Company, Harris Federation, Royal Society of Medicine.

Employment - Plymouth and surrounds

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

What the team is known for Widely recognised employment law strength across the South West, with extensive experience of complex Employment Tribunal and litigation cases, as well as large-scale restructuring projects and transactional matters. In-depth expertise available in TUPE, discrimination, corporate advisory and HR issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"These lawyers are just wonderful - great at coming back to you with answers to your questions, so you're never left hanging. We have complete and utter confidence in them. It's very much a two-way conversation; they listen to our thoughts and will help us to find the best way forward."

"This team provides responsive, timely, comprehensive and appropriate advice - the lawyers are also open to being challenged and questioned on that advice."

Work highlights Advised prominent automotive and cycling retailer Halfords on a range of employment law issues, including TUPE outsourcing advice and employment tribunal cases.

Represented DAS Legal Expenses Insurance on a range of HR and employment matters, including equal pay-related Employment Tribunal claims.

Notable practitioners  

Patrick Howarth remains one of the top-rated employment lawyers in the Plymouth market, recognised for his wide-ranging experience of complex employment cases. Lately, he has acted for numerous high-profile clients in the retail sector, for example assisting major homeware supplier Robert Dyas with issues including collective consultation, TUPE and gross misconduct dismissals.

Prominent Exeter-based lawyer Matthew Huddleson continues to draw praise for his employment law work, particularly his client service skills. His recent case highlights have covered issues such as board-level disputes and departures, Employment Tribunal claims, and strategic acquisition and restructuring arrangements.

Significant clients Kingfisher, Odeon Cinemas, Screwfix, Eden Project, Torbay Council.

Employment - Cheltenham and surrounds

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

What the team is known for Respondent-oriented employment practice, with strong experience in large-scale tribunal cases. Increasing presence in project and advisory work, including outsourcing arrangements and complex restructurings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We are impressed - we're pleased with the timeliness of the lawyers' responses, and the fact that they've made a genuine effort to understand our business. We get clear, concise, business-focused advice."

"It's an easy relationship - quick and clear communication, and they are responsive. They worked well within our requirements."

Work highlights Successfully represented Interserve Industrial in an Employment Tribunal case against three individuals, who alleged that the client had refused to consider them for employment due to a recruitment blacklisting.

Acted for Summit House Support on a complex unfair dismissal claim.

Notable practitioners  

Lisa Gettins draws extensive praise from market sources for the quality of her work and her "pragmatic advice, aided by an understanding of a client's existent knowledge of employment law." One interviewee further recommended her as "very knowledgeable in her field, always available, and faithful to deadlines."

Significant clients Sytner, Cotswold Outdoor, Lifemarque, Association of Train Operating Companies, Roots HR CIC.

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Sizeable team with extensive, in-depth expertise across all areas of employment law, notably in education and healthcare-related matters. Significant presence amongst regional clients in numerous sectors, providing detailed HR knowledge alongside employment law advice. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very good - attentive, businesslike, efficient and straightforward to deal with."

"These lawyers provide practical advice, and explain the implications of changes in the law. They spend considerable time getting to know the nature of our business, so that they can provide accurate advice."

What's new? Highly regarded partner Matt Jenkin joined the team from Morgan Cole in the Thames Valley.

Work highlights Advised University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust on a long-term, complex dispute with a cardiologist. The high-profile case concerned issues of whistle-blowing, race discrimination, disability discrimination and unfair dismissal. 

Notable practitioners  

Recent hire Matt Jenkin impresses sources with his employment law practice, and has a strong reputation in the South West. Since joining the firm he has acted for claimants and respondents on numerous significant employment cases, concerning issues such as restructuring-related redundancies and a settlement agreement for an executive-level departure.

Senior associate Tim Crane offers advice to clients on a broad range of matters, such as restrictive covenants, discipline and grievance matters, employment tribunals and TUPE issues.

Significant clients London Borough of Redbridge, West Midlands Police, University Hospital of Leicester NHS Trust, Worcester Rugby Football Club, Dudley MBC.

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Noted for its activity within the retail and leisure, charity and rural business sectors, advising on a range of employment matters for regional and national clients. Largely respondent-focused, although also offers expertise to high net worth individuals on employment issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very pragmatic, and always available. What I like about the lawyers is that they gauge the tone of their advice based on your instructions - if you want to take a hard-line approach, they will morph into a beast!"

Work highlights Recently represented CleeveLink in an appeal against a previous tribunal decision, concerning an allegedly unenforceable employee exit repayment agreement. The original decision was overturned at the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Provided advice to Sotheby's on auto-enrolment issues.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Sarah Jane Turcan draws praise as a "technically excellent legal adviser, who stands out for how pragmatic and commercial she is in her application of the law." She is highly rated for advising claimants and respondents on issues including company restructures and incorporations, TUPE and disciplinary procedures.  

Significant clients SuperGroup, Stagecoach West, Gulf Air, Calcot Manor, Sudeley Castle.

Band 2 | Willans

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Broadly experienced team, with a major presence amongst companies in the South West, and numerous prominent national clients. Increasingly active with respondents on contentious and transactional matters, notably advising technology companies and professional services entities. Growing strength in the charity sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"All advice from this team is commercially sensible as well as legally sound."

Work highlights Recently assisted the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators with numerous employment law matters, including the negotiation of a severance deal with a senior employee, and successfully dealing with allegations made by a member of staff upon resignation.

Notable practitioners 

Leading figure Matthew Clayton is a "helpful, engaging and constructive lawyer" with substantial experience of employment matters involving local, national and international parties. Lately, this included advising financial services software producer IRESS on a wide-ranging staff restructuring programme, involving the closure of three company offices. One interviewee enthuses: "He is responsive, commercial, understands where employers are coming from and gets right to the point, with meaningful and practical advice."

Significant clients ADEY Innovation, Orchard Catering, Brass Bands England, St Nicholas School (Fleet) Educational Trust.

Employment - Exeter and surrounds

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded, respondent-focused team, with substantial experience in employment cases involving public sector clients, such as NHS trusts and local education authorities. Growing prominence in the retail and charity sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The quality is consistently high across all the board, the service is seamless and the lawyers are all great - they enjoy working together and what they do."

"This team is excellent - no complaints whatsoever. The advice got us through some fairly tricky situations, and helped us to avoid having any grievances with our employees."

"Very happy with their work and their desire to find pragmatic ways through situations."

What's new? Added clients such as South Devon Clinical Commissioning Group and G4S Security to its roster.

Work highlights Advised Haynes Publishing Group on the employment aspects of major restructurings within various divisions of the group, including a downsizing procedure.

Represented Torbay & Southern Devon Health Care NHS Trust in two sensitive cases concerning whistle-blowing accusations brought against the trust.

Notable practitioners  

According to sources, Andrew Tobey is "highly pragmatic and direct, with excellent relationship management skills." One source was particularly effusive in praise of his practice: "He was absolutely excellent. Despite being senior in the business, he was still always available, even on holiday. His documents are flawless. I really can't praise him highly enough."

James Baker is a "thorough, practical and realistic" lawyer who has recently acted for numerous high-profile healthcare clients, including the Secretary of State for Health, on a range of employment matters.

Tim Davies has a strong presence within the education and local authority sectors. Lately, this has included successfully defending West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council against claims of unfair dismissal and age discrimination.

Significant clients City of London Corporation, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Steinhoff UK, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, CDS (Superstores International).

Band 2 | Ashfords LLP

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

What the team is known for Full-service employment practice, demonstrating strength in tribunal litigation, TUPE, outsourcing and HR support. Offers additional expertise in business immigration issues on behalf of domestic and international clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"Excellent - the team is always correct in its advice, and very thorough and detailed."

"Accurate, commercially focused advice. Not afraid to take a view on something."

Work highlights Recently advised international client Diana Naturals on the HR and employment law issues relating to its cross-border acquisition of British food producer Confoco International.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Pallot is a highly experienced employment lawyer and has a strong reputation in the Exeter market, notably for TUPE cases. One client says: "He is really great. He has a pragmatic approach to business, and helps us to balance up our legal, moral and ethical responsibilities in a case. He will also jargon-bust the law, putting it in layman's terms and translating it into a context that I can understand."

Significant clients Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Enghouse Group of Companies, Patron Capital Advisers, London Borough of Croydon, Mylan Group.

Band 2 | Kitsons LLP

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

What the team is known for Frequently advises on complex employment litigation claims, and cases concerning employment status in the construction and security industries. Strong ties with education, leisure and tourism clients, across the South West and nationally.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Quite simply outstanding. These lawyers understood the complexity and severity of the mess we were in and responded accordingly, well beyond what we'd expect. You rarely hear of a client questioning whether a law firm has undercharged - that's what I asked this firm!"

Work highlights Represented local boutique hotel Southernhay House in two employment tribunal cases, concerning sex and race discrimination.  

Represented GPX Engineering and The Guild of Construction Workers in an Employment Tribunal hearing.

Notable practitioners  

Rhodri Davey draws widespread recognition for his extensive employment law expertise, and comes highly praised for his client service. One source states: "He is very pragmatic. He manages to detach from the emotion of a case, and add some realism. He is also a steadying influence, and can calm clients in difficult situations." His recent case highlights include a complex disability discrimination and unfair dismissal claim in the third sector.

Clients strongly recommend Lucie Biddick for "her pragmatic approach to dealing with issues, which is fantastic." One source adds: "She has a very good knowledge of employment law, and is able to pass that on to clients in a workable way, especially if the client isn't legally trained." She has broad experience across all aspects of transactional, advisory and contentious employment law.

Significant clients Motability Operations, Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education, Riverford Organic Foods, Artemis Optical Holdings, Rowcroft Hospice.

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

What the team is known for Wide-ranging employment law experience, with particular knowledge of restructuring matters, mediation, and day-to-day employment law and personnel issues. Active with regional clients from the charity, manufacturing, and hotels and leisure sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very responsive - this is a good, mid-sized firm, with knowledge of the law, and good access to the lawyers. The quality is consistently high."

Work highlights Acted for a litigation solicitor as the claimant on a high-profile case against her former law firm. The case concerned allegations of sexual discrimination involving the firm's managing partner.

Advised Trade Media on a complex TUPE case brought by 18 ex-employees of APR Media, which had gone into administration.

Notable practitioners  

Terry Falcão remains highly active in the Exeter employment market, noted for his "sound legal knowledge, and ability to apply that to the commercial side of things." Alongside his experience in litigation and non-contentious matters, he offers a specialism in employment-related mediation.

Laura McFadyen is a respected presence in regional employment circles, with broad experience of advising public and private clients across tribunals, TUPE and collective redundancy.

Significant clients Shred-It, Trago Mills Group, Cornish Mutual Assurance, Devon Doctors, Suttons Seeds.  

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Sources praise Paul Housego of Beers LLP as "vastly experienced, with wonderful wisdom, sensitivity and balance." He brought his "amazing level of judgement" to a range of employment cases recently, including numerous complex tribunal hearings.

Adrian Poole of Porter Dodson Solicitors remains an active player in Somerset's employment market, notably in cases involving education and medical parties. Recent highlights include advising a former employee of Somerset County Council on an appellate unfair dismissal case.

Interviewees strongly recommend David Thomas of Quay Legal for his claimant-focused employment practice, citing him as "a brilliant, leading employee adviser, with an incredibly strong local reputation. Bright and capable." 

Stephanie Paterson of Ramsay Paterson LLP comes recommended by clients for her availability, knowledge and attention to detail. One impressed interviewee states: "It's been excellent. We had an urgent employment issue so we contacted her, and she's been very helpful. Rarely unavailable, she understands our organisation, and her tone and manner are participatory." Her expertise spans trade issues, TUPE, Employment Tribunal claims, senior executive exits and internal HR matters.

Darren Sherborne of Sherbornes Solicitors LLP is a widely admired figure in Cheltenham employment circles, with noteworthy expertise in industrial relations matters. Clients appreciate him as "pragmatic and commercial, in the sense that he understands the business dynamics of our issues. Also an effective and down-to-earth communicator, who can get arcane concepts across in terms which are easy to comprehend." He recently represented Mears Group in a High Court case concerning implied terms.

John Turnbull leads the employment team at Stones Solicitors LLP, and he joins the rankings this year due to his prominence in the field. His broad employment experience includes advising businesses on restructuring, TUPE, outsourcing and insolvency.

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Senior Statesman

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