Employment - South West
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.
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).