Firms To Watch: Employers

Goodwin launched a UK employment practice in late 2022 with the hire of Travers Smith LLP partner Alex Fisher - he handles both contentious and non-contentious matters and brings significant experience of being part of corporate deal teams.
Virtual law firm Jurit has a developing employer side practice under the leadership of Adrian Hoggarth. The practice has particular strength in work for employers in the transport, energy and fintech sectors.
Oury Clark Solicitors is highly recommended for recruitment and team moves related work, including onboarding and restrictive covenant enforceability advice, particularly for American tech and gaming companies establishing operations in the UK. Ross Meadows leads the team.
Spencer West LLP recently recruited Sharokh Koussari, the former head of employment at Axiom Ince. He joins a growing team - led by firm co-founder Simeon Spencer, himself an employment specialist - which also includes Koussari's 'creative, tenacious and knowledgeable' former colleague Naylah Hamour.

Employers in London

A&O Shearman

The employer-side practice at A&O Shearman, described by clients as ‘genuinely exceptional,' is recommended for its expertise in the financial services sector, while also demonstrating strong capability in other industries such as tech and pharmaceuticals. The firm has an extensive record in defending tribunal and High Court claims, including high-profile cases concerning non-compete agreements. Senior investigations and the employment aspects of M&A transactions are also covered by the team. Practice head Sarah Henchoz has a high level of experience in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional restructuring and HR projects. She is supported by financial services employment expert Robbie Sinclair and Vicky Wickremeratne, who formerly worked in-house at Goldman Sachs. Kate Pumfrey and senior associate Hannah Crisp are further names to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sarah Henchoz

Autres avocats clés:

Robbie Sinclair; Vicky Wickremeratne; Kate Pumfrey; Hannah Crisp

Les références

‘A new generation of partners (and in particular Sarah Henchoz and Robbie Sinclair) are driving A&O’s employers’ practice forward. They are assured, experienced litigators.’

‘Sarah Henchoz is a very assured lawyer, with very good judgment – and also an excellent leader within the employment team.’

‘The A&O employment law team is very strong, with an impressive client base. It has an excellent reputation for undertaking respondent work, particularly in respect of high value and complex cases in the financial services sector.’

Principaux clients


BNP Paribas


Swansea University

McCarthy & Stone

Principaux dossiers

  • Defending Barclays against five complex and lengthy Employment Tribunal claims by two current and one former staff, who allege various forms of discrimination and whistleblowing detriment and seek over £52m in losses.
  • Advised GSK on hiring AstraZeneca’s former oncology business development head and settled a High Court claim by AZ seeking to enforce a non-compete agreement that would have delayed his start date by six months.
  • Defending CACIB in a high-profile employment tribunal case involving unfair dismissal, race discrimination and whistleblowing claims arising from the first COVID lockdown, and resisting an uncommon and complex application for reinstatement or reengagement in the financial services sector.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is known for its capabilities regarding the employment aspects of major transactions, including cross-jurisdictional acquisitions and joint ventures. The firm provides ongoing HR-related assistance to major clients including the BBC, Google and Walgreens, and also has experience in misconduct investigations and whistleblowing claims, particularly in the financial services sector. The practice is headed by John Evason, who has a high level of experience in boardroom disputes and senior employee terminations. Monica Kurnatowska, who handles employment aspects of M&A, carve-outs and JVs, is further recommended for her expertise in industrial relations and trade union matters; a field in which Jonathan Tuck is also a specialist. Post-acquisitions integration expert Carl Richards and the financial services-focussed Annabel Mackay are further key names. Lily Collyer left the firm to become employment counsel at Netflix in September 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Evason

Autres avocats clés:

Monica Kurnatowska; Carl Richards; Stephen Ratcliffe; Annabel Mackay; Jonathan Tuck

Les références

The multi-industry breadth of experience and quality of the lawyers at all levels throughout the team is what distinguishes this team from its competitors. The genuinely global reach with strong employment teams across many jurisdictions also makes it better placed than others to undertake global programs or advice.’

‘Monica Kurnatowska is outstanding. Experienced, clever, with a prodigious focus on detail – she is an outstanding choice for contentious matters in particular.’

‘John Evason – a leading thinker on collective bargaining and trade union matters. Strategic in his approach, a strong communicator and very good with clients.’

Principaux clients

Alliance Boots PLC


British Land



GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) / Haleon plc


Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)


Informa PLC


Prudential PLC

Sony Music Entertainment

Symphony Technology Group (STG)

Tapestry Inc (formerly known as Coach Inc)

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Principaux dossiers

  • Following up assistance to GlaxoSmithKline with a USD 12.7 billion joint venture with Pfizer with advice on the strategic separation of the combined Consumer Healthcare business (now called Haleon plc) from the “New” GSK pharmaceutical business.
  • Advising Emerson on employment aspects of various transactions this year.
  • Assisted Kantar with the sale of Kantar Public to Trilantic Europe, and following employment considerations.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a strong record in employment tribunal litigation, particularly in defending discrimination claims. The firm is also recommended for its ongoing assistance provided to NHS Trusts and hospitals in response to widespread strike actions in 2023. Alongside this specialism, the firm offers further sector-specific expertise in financial services and tech. The team is led by the highly recommended Khurram Shamsee, who specialises in employment litigation in the banking sector. Healthcare sector expert Udara Ranasinghe, whose clients include Great Ormond Street and Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust, is also integral. Further key names include Georgina Rowley, who is notable for advising US based clients operating in Europe, and strike actions expert Nick Chronias. Investigations specialist David Speakman and experienced employment litigator Richard Loxley are also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Khurram Shamsee

Autres avocats clés:

Udara Ranasinghe; Georgina Rowley; Nick Chronias; David Speakman; Richard Loxley

Les références

‘Very client-focused and flexible around client needs.’

‘Nick Chronias – fantastic Trade Union and industrial relations expertise, we wouldn’t use anyone else for our legal support in this area. Responsive, knowledgeable, pragmatic.’

‘Very strong employment law practice. Very inclusive, the lawyers aren’t just on your side, they are part of your team. Great pragmatic & relevant advice.’

Principaux clients



Bvlgari Hotels


The General Medical Council

Circle Health (formerly BMI Healthcare Limited)

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Unilever Plc

Royal Mail


BAE Systems Plc

University College London Hospitals

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing an investment bank in its successful appeal of a very large compensation award for age discrimination.
  • Advising multiple NHS providers on their responses to upcoming strike action from nurses and other health workers.
  • Advising Trellix, a cyber security provider, on employee change projects across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Asia and Australia including advising on global changes to terms and conditions, cross-border reorganisations and Works Council matters.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advises on the defence of major multi-party claims before employment tribunals, as well as assisting with the non-contentious employment aspects of sales, mergers and insolvencies, including industrial relations and cross-border employee transfers. The team is led by Andrew Taggart, who has 20 years of experience in employment litigation, industrial disputes and corporate transactional matters. He is supported by Tim Leaver, who also has a mixture of transactional and litigious expertise. Further key names in the team include Christine Young, who heads up the firm’s employment-related data protection and data subject rights sub-practice, and the experienced Peter Frost. Senior associate and barrister Siân McKinley and employee outsourcing expert Jennifer Andrews are also integral.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Taggart

Autres avocats clés:

Christine Young; Siân McKinley; Tim Leaver; Peter Frost; Jennifer Andrews

Les références

‘Deep thinkers with a wide grasp of the law. Cases are led by outstanding, extremely knowledgeable and insightful partners and resourced intensively by with highly qualified and super-co-operative teams of assistants. It is a delight to work with them as counsel.’

‘Andrew Taggart is an highly incisive legal thinker with a keen eye on the big picture and practicalities, with outstanding emotional and intellectual intelligence. Peter Frost has unrivalled knowledge of the area and great wisdom and judgment enhanced by his lifetime’s experience.’

‘An outstanding commercial employment team who offer a rare combination of commercial lit and employment lit experience within the team. Their experience is second to none and with plenty of new talent coming through they remain at the top of their game.’

Principaux clients


Post Office

Church Commissioners of England and Wales

The administrators (from PwC) of Design Limited


Marex Group

Go-Ahead Group

Capital and Counties Properties

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

The Ardonagh Group


Page Group

Kin + Carta


Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully acted for Post Office in relation to the defence of test case proceedings issued in the Employment Tribunal by 120 postmasters seeking accrued holiday pay on the basis that they claimed to be “workers” under UK employment protection law.
  • Provided strategic employment advice prior to the insolvency of Design Limited.
  • Advised The Go Ahead Group in relation to its acquisition and de-listing by private equity investors. This included managing all aspects of the transaction including, employment-related Takeover Code matters, coordination of support across multiple European jurisdictions and providing strategic employee and industrial relations advice in relation to the client’s communication with its employees and trade unions. Also assisted the client with subsequent board-level changes and departures.

Lewis Silkin

Lewis Silkin‘s employment group is recommended for its specialist sub-teams and is able to cover both high-level litigation, including before the Supreme Court, and complex non-contentious matters, such as the employment restructuring of Twitter following Elon Musk’s takeover. Joint managing partner of the firm Richard Miskella heads the team. He is supported by a strong group of expert lawyers, including highly experienced litigators Michael Anderson, Toni Lorenzo and Michael Burd. Colin Leckey, who specialises in disability discrimination claims, is also integral. Further names to note in an impressively deep bench include workplace investigations specialist Karen Baxter, internal employment and partnership specialist James Davies, the discrimination claims and sexual misconduct allegations-focussed Shalina Crossley and managing associate Carla Feakins.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Miskella

Autres avocats clés:

Toni Lorenzo; Michael Burd; James Davies; Michael Anderson; Karen Baxter; Colin Leckey; Shalina Crossley; Sean Dempsey; David Hopper; David Samuels; Tarun Tawakley; Lee Nair; Carla Feakins

Les références

‘Lewis Silkin is at the top of the tree for High Court employment work. Excellent black letter lawyers, brilliant tacticians and they really fight for their clients. They are the go-to firm for this work, by such a distance.’

‘Michael Anderson and Toni Lorenzo –  No one else in London has the breadth of experience, tactical nous, and willingness to roll up their sleeves, as these two.’

‘There cannot be many Employment teams in the world with a greater depth and diversity of talent and experience.’

Principaux clients







Chelsea FC


Royal National Theatre

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising AstraZeneca on successfully obtaining an injunction at the High Court preventing a former senior executive from starting with a competitor in breach of their non-compete agreement.
  • Acting for Deliveroo before the Supreme Court in the long-running litigation concerning the employment status of its riders which began before the Central Arbitration Committee and established that riders are not “workers” for employment law purposes.
  • Advising Twitter on a complex, fast-moving restructuring and headcount reduction exercise against the backdrop of a significant amount of publicity and governmental interest following the completion of Elon Musk’s acquisition.

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP is known for its handling of sensitive employment matters, including the ongoing management of whistleblowing allegations, renegotiations of senior employee contracts and unfair dismissal claims with criminal law elements. The team is led by Nicola Rabson, a specialist in conduct investigations and crisis management mandates. Also key within the team are Jean Lovett, who heads up the transactional and regulatory arm of the practice, and Sinead Casey, who has a strong litigation record and also handles investigations work. Counsel Emma Gray, whose experience includes advising on the employment aspects of fraud and executive-level terminations, is a further name to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nicola Rabson

Autres avocats clés:

Jean Lovett; Sinead Casey; Emma Gray; Nick Marshall

Les références

‘The team works in an extremely collaborative and supportive style with their clients, whilst working with the client to form a strategic and common sense approach to any issue.’

‘Nicola Rabson is outstanding, a clear thinker, strategic, and direct but extremely supportive of the client in guiding them to the best outcome for them. Nicola is neutral, balanced and totally unflappable, and is definitely the person you would wish to have in your corner in a difficult situation.’

‘Nicola Rabson is top of the market. Her experience is vast and unmatched in this area.’

Principaux dossiers

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP is retained by well-known companies across several sectors to assist with ongoing employment advice and provide representation in tribunal disputes, including precedent-setting cases. Recent work involves defending claims of alleged unlawful conspiracy surrounding high-level employee recruitment. The team is led by Daniel Naftalin, who has experience litigating before the EAT, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and has particular expertise on restrictive covenant enforcement. Also key to the team are Joanna Blackburn, whose experience includes advising major fashion brands and other law firms, and multi-party litigation specialist Sharon Tan. Gig economy expert Susannah Kintish, who acted for Pimlico Plumbers in their major 2018 Supreme Court employment status case, is a further name to note, as are whistleblowing and team moves litigator Jennifer Millins and experienced senior associate Matthew Wood. Managing associate Emily Knight, who frequently leads on high-profile disputes, is highly recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Daniel Naftalin

Autres avocats clés:

Sharon Tan; Joanna Blackburn; Sarah Keeble; Susannah Kintish; Emily Knight; Matthew Wood; Jennifer Millins; Anisha Vyas; David Parsons; Dominic Holmes; Katie Mahoney

Les références

‘Very approachable, always available for advice, really understand the business and its needs very supportive.’

‘We recommend Joanna Blackburn and Matthew Wood.’

‘Strength in depth for employment litigation.’

Principaux clients

Vesuvius PLC

Pimlico Plumbers PLC

Canaccord Genuity Limited


Principaux dossiers

  • Retained to act for organisations of many sizes, from entrepreneurs to large brands such as Expedia, Mercedes, Pimlico Plumbers, Kering Group (Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent), Chanel and Warner Music, advising them on employment law from day to day HR advisory to Employment Tribunal litigation.
  • Acting for Canaccord Genuity Limited on a £4 million claims brought by a former employee. Successfully struck out claims in respect of bonus and the outstanding retention award claim in the High Court.
  • Acted for Howden Broking Group in its defence to a High Court claim arising out of its recruitment of 31 reinsurance executives from a competitor, involving allegations of unlawful conspiracy.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner handles a broad range of employment work including strategic transactional advice, outsourcing, internal disputes and tribunal litigation. The practice is headed by Adam Lambert, who acts on investigations as well as providing TUPE advice in connection with corporate transactions. Rebecca Harding-Hill is also a central part of the team, specialising in employment litigation regarding the financial services sector, with a strong record in claims regarding discrimination and whistleblowing. Further key names include gender discrimination disputes expert Lisa Mayhew and Catherine Turner, who focusses on work related to the crossover of employment law and financial services regulation. Jackie Thomas moved to Fox & Partners in September 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Adam Lambert

Autres avocats clés:

Rebecca Harding-Hill; Lisa Mayhew; Catherine Turner

Principaux clients

Lumen Technologies


Heidrick & Struggles

MUFG Bank, Ltd

Business Talent Group

Affiliated Managers Group

David C Cook

Angel Trains

The administrators and receivers of Worcester Warriors rugby club

Stifel Financial Corp.

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Lumen Technologies on the employment aspects of a $1.8 billion proposed divestiture of its Europe, Middle East and Africa business including its terrestrial and subsea networks, data centres and network equipment in the region, to London-headquartered Colt Technology Services.
  • Advised Stifel Financial Corp. on the multi-jurisdictional acquisition of shares and assets of a global investment banking boutique. Advised on several employment issues including TUPE requirements.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP provides a stellar client list with ongoing employment law support, including senior staff exit negotiations, disciplinary matters, grievances and regulatory compliance. Its position as a global firm gives it the capability to advise clients on matters concerning overseas branches and subsidiaries. The employment practice is led by Alistair Woodland, a specialist in ESG investigations and grievances of a serious nature, who is also experienced in SMCR and data security work. A further key lawyer is Chinwe Odimba-Chapman, whose work includes advising on the employment aspects of M&A transactions as well as providing tribunal representation. Redundancies, restructuring and collective disputes expert Alastair Windass is another integral part of the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alistair Woodland

Autres avocats clés:

Chinwe Odimba-Chapman; Alastair Windass

Les références

‘A very strong benefits and incentives practice. Our experience of working with the team on transactions, as well as one-off projects, has been excellent. CC’s employment and benefits/incentives practices are very closely aligned and offer a seamless service on transactions.’

‘A very strong employment practice with strength across the board. The team’s management of multi-jurisdictional transactions is second to none. What makes CC’s employment practice stand out is the strength of their senior associate offering on transactions as compared to other firms that we’ve worked with. The combination of expertise, seamless approach and sense of humour make this team one that you really want to work with on significant projects and transactions.’

‘Chinwe Odimba-Chapman is very impressive. She is in a class of her own in managing complex transactions and projects, always providing useful commercial insights.’

Principaux clients


Actis LLP

CVC Advisers Limited

Ruffer LLP

Teneo Financial Advisory Limited


Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for a leading sports and gaming betting operator to negotiate the exit/transition and employment of a number of C-Suite and below executives.
  • Supporting Actis LLP on a wide variety of employment and partnership matters (both internal and in respect of portfolio companies) across multiple jurisdictions, including their obligations under the new MIFIDPRU Remuneration Code.
  • Acting for CVC on an ongoing basis in relation to a range of employment law advice, including advice in relation to the more sensitive aspects of HR management like changes at senior management level, grievances, disciplinaries, performance issues, sickness absence management and disputes.


CMS focusses primarily on post-transactional employment restructuring, as well as providing advice on the handling of employment claims; including those involving discrimination. The firm is particularly well known for its representation of clients in the tech and gaming sectors. Reorganisations and outsourcings expert Melanie Lane leads the team. Steven Cochrane, who focuses on investigations work and regulatory matters, is another integral part of the practice, as is experienced employment litigator Anna Cope. Hannah Netherton, who has a strong record in disciplinary investigations matters, is also recommended, as is the ‘exceptional' Catherine Taylor.

Responsables de la pratique:

Melanie Lane

Autres avocats clés:

Anna Cope; Stephen Cochrane; Hannah Netherton

Les références

‘The employment team is exceptionally strong. They are very significant players in both statutory and employment-commercial matters. Therefore, the expertise CMS is able to offer across the entire area of employment law is second to none.’

‘I would rate CMS as being among the very best firms in London specialising in employment law.’

‘Without exception, the individuals at CMS are engaged and dedicated to getting the very best results for their clients.’

Principaux clients

British Telecommunications plc

Berenberg Bank

Del Monte Fresh Produce

Hewlett Packard plc




The Savoy

Wellcome Trust

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised on the employment law aspects of BT plc’s arrangement with Warner Bros, creating a major new sport offering for the UK and Ireland.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Well known for its industrial disputes work, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP represents clients from a range of sectors including financial services, energy and healthcare. The team is led by Paul Fontes, who has a high level of tribunal litigation experience as well as expertise on matters including remuneration and incentive plans, business reorganisations and restructurings and executive-level terminations. Supporting him is collective actions specialist and head of the firm’s industrial relations practice, consultant Marc Meryon. Further key names to note in the team include TUPE issues expert Sophie White, the industrial relations-focussed Emma Humphreys and experienced litigator Hannah Mahon.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Fontes

Autres avocats clés:

Marc Meryon; Sophie White; Hannah Mahon; Emma Humphreys

Les références

‘Eversheds is a good all-round practice which offers the advantages of a regional model while still having the market knowledge of a London firm.’

‘Paul Fontes is our main contact. He is always practical, personable, efficient and knowledgeable.’

‘Proactive and responsive. I feel as if we are their only client!’

Principaux clients

Peoples Energy

Open Banking

Aviva Plc


Principaux dossiers


Boutique employment law firm GQ | LITTLER advises a number of major international corporate clients on matters including tribunal litigation, post-transactional restructuring and ongoing internal matters. The practice is jointly headed by board-level crisis management specialist Paul Quain, the transaction support-focussed Daniel Pollard, internal employment matters expert Richard Harvey and Darren Isaacs, who splits his work between the firm’s London and Dublin offices. Highly experienced litigator and restrictive covenants expert Sophie Vanhegan is a further name to note. Laura Lobb, Deborah Margolis and Nicola James are also integral.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Quain; Darren Isaacs; Daniel Pollard; Richard Harvey

Autres avocats clés:

Sophie Vanhegan; Laura Lobb; Nicola James; Deborah Margolis

Les références

‘GQ Littler is probably the best boutique employment law firm in London. They fight complex and cutting-edge cases, and have unparalleled commercial judgment. There is quality in their most junior associates right up to their leading partners.’

‘The team are extremely responsive and make themselves available whenever works for the client. Their advice is always pragmatic, measured and supportive. They are really friendly and I feel very confident talking to them about any employee issue that we’re dealing with. I always feel clear on next steps and how to implement the advice they have given.’

‘Deborah Margolis is an exceptional lawyer and professional. She takes the time to understand your organisation, you as the client and tailors her responses and advice to ensure you feel heard and supported.’

Principaux clients

Uber BV

Overbury plc

Omnipresent Group Limited

Morgan Sindall Group PLC

Integra Insurance Solutions Limited

Inizio Health

HDI Global Speciality SE

Harrison Parrott Limited

Hannover RE UK Life Branch

Globalization Partners Limited

Epiq Systems Limited

E A Gibson Shipbrokers Limited

Cytel Inc

Commonwealth Secretariat

Commerzbank AG

Capitolis Inc

Argo Management Services Limited

ZOLL Medical Corporation



Charles River Associates


Onefootball GmbH

Whole Foods Market

Principaux dossiers

  • Defending a high value Employment Tribunal (ET) claim for Commerzbank AG which has been through various stages of appeal and which potentially raises new law on TUPE.
  • Supporting Omnipresent with their growth as an organisation by co-ordinating and providing bespoke advice in relation to key employment law topics in 60+ countries across the globe.
  • Advising Mimecast in relation to the UK employment aspects of the implementation of its acquisition by Permira.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons specialises in providing ongoing employment advice and tribunal representation to major clients in the financial services sector. The firm is regularly involved in defending various forms of claims before the employment tribunals, including discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissals, and is particularly recommended for its expertise on equal pay matters. The practice is led by Andrea Finn, an expert on the interplay between employment and financial services regulatory issues. The experienced Julian Taylor and Mandy Perry, a tech sector specialist with a niche for advising start-ups on founder disputes, are also key, as is the ‘excellent' Olly Jones.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrea Finn

Autres avocats clés:

Mandy Perry; Dan Ornstein; Julian Taylor; Olly Jones

Les références

‘Simmons & Simmons have an excellent international team of employment lawyers. As a global company we often require cross-border employment advice and Simmons & Simmons is able to deliver that.’

‘Olly Jones is fantastic. He gives pragmatic and commercial advice, whilst also being very personable.’

‘The team clearly has really strong technical expertise but also takes time to really understand our business and market context which makes a huge difference.’

Principaux dossiers

Travers Smith LLP

Travers Smith LLP is well regarded for its investigations and senior staff exits work, often dealing with matters involving sensitive allegations. The firm also assists its extensive client list with major restructuring and redundancy programmes, as well as providing representation in litigation before the employment tribunal, EAT and High Court. The team also works closely with the firm’s immigration group for support on recruitment issues. The practice is led by whistleblowing investigations specialist Ed Mills. He is supported by Siân Keall, who works on team moves and exits as well as investigations. TUPE and outsourcing expert Tim Gilbert and Ailie Murray, who was promoted to partner in July 2023, are also key. Alex Fisher left the firm in February 2023, joining Goodwin Procter.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ed Mills

Autres avocats clés:

Siân Keall; Tim Gilbert; Adam Wyman; Ailie Murray

Les références

‘Ed Mills heads up a team that is highly efficient and client-focused.’

‘Ed Mills holds the complete trust of clients: highly engaged, and able to offer practical solutions through the depth of his legal knowledge.’

‘Fantastic collaboration, effective and efficient communication and availability.’

Principaux clients

3Shape A/S

8×8 UK Limited

Aceragen GmbH


Allocate Software Limited

All Stars Operations Limited

Alven Capital Partners

All Seas Capital Partners Ltd

Ambassador Theatre Group



Artiq Limited

Arctic Securities AS

Astound Commerce Corporation

Atelier Capital Partners


BioGaia AB


Business of Fashion

Canaccord Genuity

Capital Economics

Carmignac Asset Management

Charger AcquisitionCo., d/b/a Emburse

Checkout Limited

Chemidex Pharma Limited

Clarion Partners Europe (U.K.) Limited

Conductor Founders UK Limited

Corebridge Financial, Inc

De La Rue plc

DF Capital

Dixa Limited

Edgetech (UK) Ltd

Elan Capital

Elementum Energy Limited

EMP Merchandising Handelsgesellschaft mbH

Enboarder Limited

Energy Dome S.p.A

ETFS Capital

Environmental Resources Management

Estee Lauder


Foundation for a Smoke Free World Inc


Graphnet Health Limited


Gunpowder & Sky

Gympass UK Limited

Identity Holdings Limited

Incubex Limited

Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

J&A Garrigues Slp (Lisboa)


K2 Corporate Mobility Limited

Karo Pharma AB

Lumibird SA


Manyone London Limited

Montresor Recruitment Limited

Nets A/S

Norton Healthcare Ltd t/a Teva Runcorn

NTT DATA Business Solutions AG

Omnipresent Group Limited

Perkbox Limited

Pfizer Inc

Phaidon International (UK) Ltd

Planted Foods AG

Proximie Limited

Quantessence Financial Ltd

Rede Partners LLP

Rendesco Limited

RLC Engineering Group Limited

Royal Bank of Canada

Saba Capital Management L.P.

Sanzone & McCarthy LLP

Saxon Bidco Limited

Securonix Inc

Skanska AB

SS Vape Brands, Inc

Steadfast Group (UK) Ltd

St Christopher Health Fund

Talan Holding

Thentia Canada Inc

The Other House Opco Holdings Limited

The Portfolio Club Opco Holdings Limited


Trinity Partners LLC

Turquoise Mountain Trust

Vibrant Foods Limited

Western Union LLC

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Tesco Pension Investments in an Employment Tribunal whistleblowing claim by a former senior manager claiming c.£1.2m in compensation.
  • Advised Groupon on a global restructuring project in eight jurisdictions, including co-ordinating local counsel advice.
  • Conducted a confidential investigation for a multinational PLC in the recruitment sector into sensitive allegations of bullying, intimidation, bribery and sexual harassment against a senior manager.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard assists a range of household names – including Blackberry, British Airways and HSBC – with ongoing employment and HR support, as well as providing advice on industrial relations, investigations and business protection. The team is led by the ‘pragmaticMichael Leftley, recommended by clients for his ‘robust and sensible advice’. The reorganisations and redundancy programmes-focussed Sarah Harrop is also key.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michael Leftley

Autres avocats clés:

Sarah Harrop

Les références

‘Very pragmatic and solutions-focused team. Great depth of resourcing and extremely smooth teamwork between associates and partners from different offices.’

‘Michael Leftley is calm, pragmatic and gives robust and sensible advice. Very ‘can do’ approach.’

‘The team appear to be highly integrated with their clients and have intimate knowledge of the politics, structure and strategy of their clients. They are highly trusted advisors. Excellent collaborators.’

Principaux clients

Anglo American

British Airways

Royal Mail Group





Doctor Care Anywhere

Impact Foods

M&C Saatchi

PGL Travel

River & Mercantile Group

The Commonwealth Games Federation


William Hill and its owner 888 Holdings Plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised on employment law considerations as part of the firm’s wider advise to nine of high street banking providers on setting up Cash Access UK Limited.
  • Provided pro bono business immigration advice to Ukrainian nationals via Ukraine Volunteers.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP is known for its capabilities in representing international clients operating in Europe. The firm also has a notable specialism in employment work within the tech sector, as well as offering a high degree of experience in the aviation and life sciences fields. The team is led by Tim Spillane, who has particular expertise in advising on senior-level terminations and restrictive covenant and trade secrets matters. Also integral to the team is Ian Hunter, who is recommended for cross-border restructuring advice. Further key members of the practice include employee retention schemes expert Elizabeth Lang and Alison Dixon, who is experienced in TUPE-related work and stands out for her specialist knowledge of the healthcare, aviation, defence and life sciences sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tim Spillane

Autres avocats clés:

Ian Hunter; Elizabeth Lang; Alison Dixon; Penny Hunt; Rob Collier-Wright

Les références

‘Practical and business-oriented advice. A diverse team.’

‘Elizabeth Lang has been a trusted partner to our business for several years now. She is pragmatic and her guidance strikes the right practical balance.’

‘Consistency of good advice from a very bright partner and able associate team.’

Principaux clients

SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK


Gulf International Bank

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co provides both transactional employment advice and representation for clients defending tribunal claims. The firm is also recommended for misconduct investigations work and assistance with internal disputes, particularly regarding LLPs. Practice head Robert Hill offers considerable litigious expertise, frequently acting on tribunal cases concerning whistleblowing, discrimination and team moves in breach of restrictive covenants. Chris Holme, who specialises in discrimination-related employment litigation in the financial services and legal sectors, as well as industrial relations work, is also key, as is the contractual and confidentiality disputes-focussed James Major.

Responsables de la pratique:

Robert Hill

Autres avocats clés:

Chris Holme; James Major; Ashleigh Nelson

Les références

‘I really enjoy working with Clyde & Co, and with this team in particular. They are extremely personable and easy to work with, collaborative in style and like to involve counsel at an early stage and in formulating overall litigation strategy.’

‘Everyone I have worked with in the team has been very diligent and competent and capable of turning work around at short notice.’

‘Excellent technical knowledge, responsive, pragmatic and has a great ability to provide simple and clear advice to tricky matters.’

Principaux clients

United Parcel Service (UPS)

Willis Towers Watson

Estee Lauder Cosmetics



University College London (UCL)

Mott MacDonald


Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Malaysia Airlines


Randall & Quilter




Laing O’Rouke

Springer Nature

Taylor & Francis



Principaux dossiers

  • Provides ongoing employment advice to UPS (United Parcel Service).
  • Advised VWS (UK) Ltd (trading as Veolia) on the UK employment matters for a large multi-jurisdictional sale of part of their business to Saur.

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP covers both sensitive contentious matters and transactional work, including harassment in the workplace allegations, and support with the employment aspects of M&A deals, often with cross-jurisdictional elements. Jason Butwick, a financial services and regulated industries specialist who handles contractual partnership agreements and SMCR matters, leads the team. He is supported by TUPE expert Charles Wynn-Evans. Further key names include counsels Emma Byford and Jennifer McGrandle.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jason Butwick

Autres avocats clés:

Charles Wynn-Evans; Emma Byford; Jennifer McGrandle

Les références

‘Jason Butwick is the standout partner for hedge fund and asset management disputes. He is incredibly experienced, with very good judgment, and what he doesn’t know about the sector isn’t worth knowing. He is my go-to recommendation for disputes in this field.’

‘Jason Butwick is extremely commercial. He is laser-focused on the best outcome for the client.’

Jennifer McGrandle is impressive and very experienced. She is one to watch.’

Principaux dossiers

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is recommended for its assistance with TUPE compliance, strategic advice, trade union negotiations and employment restructuring. Practice head Tim Marshall is a boardroom disputes specialist, advising on restrictive covenants, team poaching and LLP disputes. Also integral is class actions and industrial relations specialist Jonathan Exten-Wright. Gig economy expert and experienced litigator Vinita Arora is a further name to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tim Marshall

Autres avocats clés:

Jonathan Exten-Wright; Vinita Arora

Principaux clients

The UK Ministry of Defence

National Grid Gas Plc

Skanska UK Plc

GT Gettaxi (UK) Ltd

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting as legal adviser to the MoD, on the £1.7bn project to combine recruitment across all three Armed Services: the Armed Forces Recruiting Programme (AFRP).

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co acts for a wide range of clients in sectors including banking, insurance and sport. The firm also has a notable specialism in employment work in the academic and educational fields, representing Imperial College, the Natural History Museum and the Independent Schools Council, among others. The practice is led by David Smellie, a specialist in safeguarding work. He is supported by Rachel Lewis, who is recommended for advice on senior-level dismissals and employment reorganisations. Further key names in an extensive team include Anna Birtwistle, Alice Yandle, David Hunt and Kathleen Heycock.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Smellie

Autres avocats clés:

Rachel Lewis; David Hunt; Anna Birtwistle; Kathleen Heycock; Eleanor Rowswell; Alice Yandle

Les références

‘Great teamwork to ensure issues can be addressed timely and professionally at the relevant level, providing high-quality legal knowledge and expertise which is translated to practical solutions and management of risk.’

‘Approachability and timely, accurate advice.’

‘David Hunt – very approachable and easy to talk with. Often provides excellent advice in a simple, digestible manner.’

Principaux clients

British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA)

Imperial College

C Hoare & Co

The Natural History Museum

London Business School

The Independent Schools Council

The Independent Bursars’ Association (ISBA)

Principaux dossiers

  • Acts for the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) on a range of employment related matters, including in relation to individual members’ claims (whether in the Employment Tribunal or County and High Courts) and industrial relations matters (including wider class action claims).
  • Advises Imperial College on an ongoing basis, from day-to-day HR issues and Tribunal claims to highly complex employment matters.
  • Advised a leading insurance intermediary firm in relation to an attempted team move/employee poaching matter.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Matthew Howse, experienced in both strategic planning and restrictive covenants and team-move litigation, heads up the London employment team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP. The firm is recommended for its cross-border capabilities, with the London office being part of a strong global network. Further key names in the team include regulatory employment matters expert Louise Skinner and associate Thomas Twitchett.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Howse

Autres avocats clés:

Louise Skinner; Thomas Twitchett

Les références

‘The team are responsive and commercial’

‘Louise Skinner is great – sensible, pragmatic, responsive, commercial’

‘Prompt, responsive, knowledgeable partners and associates. They are always able to provide practical legal advice.’

Principaux clients

Millicom, Inc.

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented telecommunications company Millicom and certain of its current and former employees as the respondents to an appeal heard in the Court of Appeal.


RPC‘s London practice head Patrick Brodie is regularly engaged for employment integration, outsourcing and restructuring projects. He also possesses very notable niche expertise, including on the cross-over between employment rights and the engagement of state immunity. A further central part of the team is Kelly Thomson, who handles workplace equality matters as well as post-M&A employment restructuring work. The firm provides assistance to a broad spectrum of clients operating in industries ranging from sport to shipbroking and media to metallurgy.

Responsables de la pratique:

Patrick Brodie

Autres avocats clés:

Kelly Thomson

Les références

‘The team is dynamic, lively, warm, friendly and listens! They are sensitive to the individual’s circumstances.’

‘Patrick Brodie – outstanding intellect, creative thinker, engaged. Kelly Thomson – wonderful, dynamic.’

‘Patrick Brodie is outstanding in terms of his commercial advice. He has so much empathy and is able to provide great insights into complex employment matters combining legal excellence with a deep understanding of human psychology which makes him stand out from the crowd. ‘

Principaux clients

ArcelorMittal Group

Associated Newspapers

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia

Frasers Group plc




Zensar Technologies

Agent Provocateur


Studio Retail Limited

Coventry Arena Limited

Evans Cycles

Link Scheme Ltd and Link Scheme Holdings Ltd

Shepherd Neame

Braemar Shipbroking Limited

Missguided Retail Limited

Vantage Power

Egon Zehnder

Times Media Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the diplomat of a Gulf state in a Supreme Court case and decision that are of international and global importance and effect. It changes the law on diplomatic immunity in the UK and internationally. The case defined the extent to which diplomatic immunity could be maintained in relation to employment where there are allegations of human trafficking.
  • Acting for the AA plc in a case where the former CEO and Chair of the AA plc was sacked for gross misconduct and sued the company for over £100million.
  • Advising England Lacrosse, the National Governing Body for lacrosse in England, on the critical and charged issue of gender participation in sport, and the sport’s transgender policy.

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May is recommended for its M&A-linked employment work, as well as restrictive covenant enforcement and board-level appointments and terminations advice. Practice head Charles Cameron handles covenant negotiations and pension-related matters. Also central to the team are the senior employees and whistleblowing investigations-focussed Phil Linnard and ‘first class lawyer' Philippa O’Malley, who was promoted to partner in May 2023. Padraig Cronin retired in April 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Charles Cameron

Autres avocats clés:

Phil Linnard; Philippa O’Malley

Les références

‘The employment law team of Slaughter and May does not only have a broad expertise on very high level and landmark transactions on which we have had the occasion to work together, but it is also very reliable in terms of dedication and embracing client’s needs in terms of legal support and advice on overall strategy.’

‘Phil Linnard is a highly valuable expert in employment law. He is incredibly smart and reactive and has a very pragmatic approach that allows meeting client’s needs in the context of complex deals, especially transnational industrial reorganizations.’

‘First-class knowledge. Incredible work ethic, doing whatever it takes to get the deal done on time.’

Principaux clients

ASOS plc

Aviva plc


De La Rue plc


Drax Group plc

Land Securities Group plc

Prudential plc

RSA Insurance Group plc

Whitbread plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Ernst & Young LLP on the UK employment aspects of the proposed separation of its audit and consulting businesses, including employment issues relating to TUPE and governance.
  • Advised Next plc on the employment aspects of its acquisition out of administration of the majority of the assets of Joules, by a newly formed joint venture between Next and Tom Joule.
  • Advised FNZ Group Technologies Ltd on employment issues arising on the sale of financial technology provider GBST and on the subsequent re-acquisition of assets of GBST’s capital markets division.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is recommended for advice on cross-border transactional and employment transfer matters, including those involving immigration law issues, and on collective action disputes. The team is led by restructuring expert Janette Lucas. She is supported by the highly recommended David Whincup, well-regarded for assistance with internal workplace investigations and issues surrounding worker status, and the experienced Caroline Noblet, who also handles sensitive investigations as well as litigation. The ‘world class' Miriam Lampert is another key name, as is legal director David Regan.

Responsables de la pratique:

Janette Lucas

Autres avocats clés:

Caroline Noblet; David Whincup; Miriam Lampert; David Regan

Les références

‘I usually deal with David Whincup directly and he is the reason that we think so highly of Squire Patton Boggs.’

‘Our company has had a long-standing relationship with David Whincup. David is extremely personable and professional. He is always quick to respond and always ensures that we understand the options available to us. His advice is always clear and concise and I would not hesitate to recommend him.’

‘The way they advise all levels of staff is excellent.’

Principaux clients





Boston Consulting Group

WH Smith

Cleveland Clinic


Tesco plc


Principaux dossiers

  • Instructed to advise Illusive Networks on all of the UK and German law aspects of its sale to US technology company, Proofpoint, Inc.
  • Continuing to advise Tesco in relation to the equal pay claims being brought by store colleagues who are claiming the right to equal pay with colleagues in Distribution Centres.
  • Advising a global technology company on the employment and immigration law issues arising from the invasion of the Ukraine and subsequent western imposed sanctions, including a decision to exit Russa

Stephenson Harwood

Advising clients across a span of industries, Stephenson Harwood is recommended for both litigious work and ongoing support. Practice head Paul Reeves has a particular specialism in acting for financial services and luxury retail clients. Anne Pritam is notable for her cross-jurisdictional expertise, supporting the development of the firm’s employment practice in Dubai. TUPE transfers expert Richard Freedman is also recommended, while associate Natalie Edwards stands out for her specialist knowledge of employment issues in the rail industry.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Reeves

Autres avocats clés:

Anne Pritam; Richard Freedman; Natalie Edwards; Laura Anderson

Les références

‘The team of both partners and juniors were responsive and helpful with all of our enquiries. Compared to other firms, they were more thoughtful and understanding of our specific commercial needs.’

‘Richard Freedman was fantastic throughout our engagement. He has a really nuanced understanding of the unique challenges facing a truly global organisation. Richard understands complex matters quickly and is able to provide unrivalled advice immediately.’

Principaux clients

Elemica In

Open University

Offshore operations Ltd

Coniston Capital Management LLP


Hipgnosis Song Management Limited

Tila London Limited

IMCA Trading Ltd




AxiomSL Ltd (now Adenza)

Fragomen LLP

Investcorp International

ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG

Therium Capital Management

Standard & Poor’s

Arriva plc


Bank of Montreal/BMO Financial Group

Mizuho Bank Ltd


UIA Insurance Limited

Mizuho International plc


United Trust Bank Limited

Philex Electronic Ltd

Maersk A/S

Circa Healthcare Ltd

Extreme E Ltd

The Mines Advisory Group

LGPS Central Limited

The Council for Responsible Jewellery

LaserClinic UK

Macdonald & Muir Limited t/a The Glenmorangie Company (“Glenmorangie”)

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP (“Carpmaels”)

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised LVMH on various claims brought by Ms Messi against them in the Employment Tribunal.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP specialises in employment work for tech, fintech and life sciences companies, particularly those based in the USA. Practice head Paul Callaghan is recommended for his specialism in advising North American companies operating in Europe. Also integral to the team is HR and internal matters expert Helen Farr. Further key names at the practice include Sean Nesbitt, Joe Aiston and Roxane Davey.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Callaghan

Autres avocats clés:

Helen Farr; Sean Nesbitt; Joe Aiston; Roxane Davey

Les références

‘My firm works with Taylor Wessing on various areas (legal, regulatory, HR, company secretary, immigration) and the teams are all very professional, providing excellent advice and high quality work, capable of understanding customers’ need and working within tight deadlines’

‘I feel that the teams care about my firm’s needs and challenge, and value our relationship.’

‘Taylor Wessing has provided multiple streams of legal advice from large-scale outsourcing of multi-billion pounds of pension assets, TUPE, whistleblowing and post-termination restrictive covenant and bonus disputes. The ability to always deliver for the client irrespective of the complexity of the issues or the deadline.’

Principaux clients

TodayTix Group

Eurofins Scientific (EUFI.PA)


Branch Metrics Limited

Celsius Limited

International French bank (Banque Transatlantique)

Kantox Holding Ltd

Menai Markets UK Ltd

Consensys Systems UK Limited

Jentry (International) Limited

Coherent Corporation SV Limited

Laxman Narasimhan

Azenta Inc


British Airways Pensions Services Limited

Cadogan Tate

Principaux dossiers


Dentons assists a number of household name clients across a span of sectors in both contentious work, including the defence of multi-party tribunal claims, and non-contentious mandates including restructuring, employee transfers and wide-ranging HR policy implementation. As part of a global firm, the team is well-placed to advise on cross-border and cross-jurisdictional matters, and such employment projects are a specialism for practice head Purvis Ghani. Co-head of the London team Rhodri Thomas has High Court-level employment litigation experience and also handles investigations and transactional mandates. Counsel Esther Langdon is also recommended, specialising in employee competition matters, including post-termination restrictions and confidentiality obligations.

Responsables de la pratique:

Purvis Ghani; Rhodri Thomas

Autres avocats clés:

Esther Langdon; Emily Russell

Les références

‘Takes the time to understand the needs of the business.’

‘Dentons’ UK-based employment team has been an invaluable asset for our small, US-based, company. In addition to their subject matter expertise, the team is always professional, responsive, pragmatic, and pleasant to work with.’

‘Our main contact, Esther Langdon, is an extraordinary attorney. In particular, she consistently is able to balance our U.S.-centric approach and our business objectives with UK-based compliance requirements and practices.’

Principaux clients



TK Maxx

Liberty Insurance


Altus Group

Mitie Group Plc

Standard Chartered Bank


Yamaha Music Europe


Trammell Crow Company

Yondr Group

Amazon UK Services Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Handles a wide range of employment tribunal claims on behalf of TUI from constructive and unfair dismissal to discrimination.

Doyle Clayton

Doyle Clayton, well known for its employee work, also has a strong employer side practice which is continuing to grow. The firm regularly handles sensitive tribunal litigation for major multinationals and is recommended for its experience in navigating potential restrictive covenant infringements, particularly with regard to LLPs. The team is led by the highly experienced Peter De Maria, who offers expertise on team moves, breach of fiduciary duties and misuse of confidential information. De Maria has an impressive record in litigation and regularly receives referrals from barristers’ chambers. Other key team members include Dan Begbie-Clench, an expert in senior employee contractual negotiations, and retail and tech sector employment specialist Alison Garrow, who was promoted to partner in January 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Peter De Maria

Autres avocats clés:

Alison Garrow; Dan Begbie-Clench; Helen Brooks

Les références

‘Great depth of knowledge, commerciality, approachability and genuine interest in their clients.’

‘Dan Begbie-Clench – feels like a genuine partner to us, easy to deal with, talks in a language everyone can understand, provided training to our company that was practical and useful.’

‘The team has been cohesive and attentive throughout a two-year long matter.’

Principaux clients

Bank of Africa United Kingdom PLC

Principaux dossiers

  • Acts for Bank of Africa, its CEO and one of its non-exec directors in respect of claims brought against them by their former head of HR, for unfair dismissal and whistleblowing.
  • Advising an accountancy practice on recruitment of an LLP member from a competing firm and his non-compete restrictions.
  • Advising a law firm on recruitment of partners from rival London-based firms and advising on the LLP restrictive covenants for those individuals.

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP assists a range of corporate clients with the management of potential claims by senior employees – often with a reputationally sensitive angle – as well as assisting with employment restructuring following M&A deals and takeovers. The team is led by Joanna Chatterton, a specialist in employment and regulatory crossover work in the financial services and partnerships space. David Murphy, who is experienced in investigations work, is also key, as is fintech specialist Aron Pope.

Responsables de la pratique:

Joanna Chatterton

Autres avocats clés:

David Murphy; Jane Mann; Aron Pope; Kimberly Dennis; Tom Pennington-Hare

Les références

‘Fox Williams differentiates itself through their experience representing both sides of the corporate/executive table. Through this comprehensive experience, FW is able to foresee the full gamut of risks and scenarios at an early stage of a case and provides tactical advice to avoid potential pitfalls.’

‘I have worked with Jane Mann and her associates including Kimberly Dennis on a number of complex cases over several years and firms. Jane’s ferocious intellect, ability to see round corners and influence even the most reluctant of clients to the merits of her advice is second to none..’

‘I think Fox Williams stands out from other employment lawyers in that they become part of your business. They seek to understand all key issues and are able to tailor bespoke solutions very quickly. They think ahead and plan for each outcome, giving us as clients a choice.’

Principaux clients

MS Amlin

Bank Leumi

Aldermore Bank

Ascot Racecourse

Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP


Savannah Energy Plc


Falcon Chambers (Barristers)

Brain Labs Digital Ltd

Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

Principaux dossiers

  • Appointed by the CBI to conduct an independent investigation into allegations about its Director General published in the Guardian newspaper.
  • Advised an insurance underwriter in connection with the employment law and FS and Lloyds’ regulatory implications involved in the investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by a senior underwriter, his dismissal and subsequent proceedings for unfair dismissal and sex discrimination.
  • Advising the London office of a global law firm in connection with potential age and disability discrimination claim arising from a decision to de-equitize a partner.

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP‘s ‘high-quality and reliable’ employment team specialises in the regulated financial and professional services sectors. The firm is regularly instructed on workplace investigations, particularly in relation to allegations of sexual misconduct and whistleblowing. The practice is led by the experienced Corinne Aldridge, supported by TUPE expert Adrian Crawford, ‘safe pair of hands’ Andy Norris and senior consultant Richard Fox.

Responsables de la pratique:

Corinne Aldridge

Autres avocats clés:

Adrian Crawford; Richard Fox; Andrew Norris

Les références

‘They have many subject matter experts who easily weigh in on various topics: employment law and contracts, policies. They provide great legal and compliance updates needed to keep up with every evolving legislation.’

‘They are very easy to work with and accessible. They make the best of efforts and respond to our sense of urgency.’

‘The team provides a great service. They work collaboratively with us to ensure the best result for the business. They are always very well prepared with the highest standard of professionalism, managing our expectations at the same time as finding creative solutions to complex issues.’

Principaux clients



Augustus Martin

Lime FMS

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)


Chief Police Officers Staff Association (CPOSA) & its members

Principaux dossiers

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP is known for its expertise in the financial services sector, and the employment practice frequently works alongside the firm’s regulatory and litigation teams in relation to disciplinary, whistleblowing and other regulatory investigations. Other sectors covered by the employment group include hospitality and media. The team is led by Hayley Robinson, who is recommended for advice on disciplinary and grievance procedures, as well as restrictive covenants and other post-termination disputes. Seán Lavin is also key.

Responsables de la pratique:

Hayley Robinson

Autres avocats clés:

Seán Lavin; Kirti Tiwari-Mehta; Tabitha Al-Mahdawie; Jagwinder Kaur

Les références

‘Very much a safe pair of hands for employment litigation. The partners and associates I have worked with all have demonstrated excellent knowledge and judgment. Their cases are always extremely well-prepared.’

‘I have recently worked closely with Hayley Robinson and also Associates Tabitha Al-Mahdawie and Jagwinder Kaur. They keep me closely involved with tactical and strategic decisions on our cases which is crucial with complex cases.’

‘Macfarlanes’ employment practice excels in financial services, funds and private equity work. Their collaboration with the firm’s excellent tax and financial services teams means there is nothing they don’t know about these areas.’

Principaux dossiers

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright provides advice on boardroom disputes, non-competition clauses and employment alternative dispute resolution. The team is led by the tech sector-focussed Paul Griffin, who has expertise in restrictive covenant disputes, whistleblowing, discrimination, TUPE, outsourcing and employment-related data protection. Further key names in the team include pharmaceuticals industry specialist Nick Howard and the transactions and restructuring-focussed Catrina Smith.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Griffin

Autres avocats clés:

Catrina Smith; Nick Howard

Les références

‘I know there will be quality attached to the services provided by this firm.’

‘I recommend them for their availability, quality in service and work rendered.’

‘There was a great breadth of knowledge across the team. Each team member had their respective areas of expertise but they worked together to share information and deliver outcomes.’

Principaux clients

ABC Bank

Adoptmarket UK LTD

Battersea Power Station

Bechtel Corporation



Boston Consulting Group

Credit Agricole

Emerald Kalama

GFG Alliance


Kerry Group

Lyondel Basell

Maybourne Hotels Limited


Royal Bank of Canada

SiriusPoint International (previously Sirius International)

Société Générale

Standard Chartered Bank

Starr Insurance Companies

Wyelands Capital

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised SiriusPoint on the employment law aspects of its proposed sale of SiriusPoint International Managing Agency at Lloyds to Mosaic.
  • Advised Countryside Partnerships on its £1.2bn recommended cash and shares combination with Vistry Group plc.
  • Acting for a FTSE listed entity, advising on the defence of an employment tribunal claim brought by a former senior employee against both the company and two named individual senior employees with regards to whistleblowing detriment and breach of contract.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP offers a holistic employment practice, providing strategic advice, day-to-day support and representation in contentious matters. The firm is particularly recommended for its expertise in European employment law and entrance into EU markets via David Cubitt. He leads the practice jointly with litigator Victoria Parry, a specialist in financial services employment disputes. Also key to the team is HR and data protection expert Olivia Sinfield.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Cubitt; Victoria Parry

Autres avocats clés:

Olivia Sinfield

Les références

‘David Cubitt is superb – advice is always wise and gives us great confidence in making correct decisions.’

‘The employment team is clearly experts in their field but it is their pragmatic and commercial approach which stands out.’

‘Olivia Sinfield is excellent. Olivia strives to understand our business and priorities giving her the ability to combine legal expertise with commercial pragmatism.’

Principaux clients

Veritas Technologies

Tremor Group / Unruly

Institute of Directors (client for 17 years)



United Airlines

National Grid Electricity Distribution (South West) plc

Lansons Communications LLP

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Veritas on their EMEA and Asia Pacific & Japan employment law issues.
  • Working with the Institute of Directors (IoD) on the restructuring of the organisation.
  • Advising Unipart on employment litigation involving significant reputational risk.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP has broad employer-side capability, assisting with cross-border non-contentious work, including compliance advice, and defending claims at both the tribunal and High Court level. The practice is led by Robin Jeffcott, an experienced litigator with a strong record on claims including employment contractual disputes, racial discrimination and post-termination restrictions. Further key names include media and technology sector expert Graham Green and the highly recommended duo of David Ashmore and Carl Di Cicco. Employment in the financial services sector is a strong area of expertise for the team, which supports a number of major banks.

Responsables de la pratique:

Robin Jeffcott

Autres avocats clés:

Graham Green; David Ashmore; Carl de Cicco; Carlene Nicol; Joanna Powis

Les références

‘I have worked with David Ashmore – always very responsive, provides succinct and pragmatic advice.’

‘What makes this practice unique is their approach to clients – it’s not transactional and bland unless and they make it an enjoyable experience every time we speak.’

‘David Ashmore is incredible – his knowledge is the best out there. His individual approach to clients is great, he can adapt to be formal or informal and builds great relationships.’

Principaux dossiers

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter is known for its life sciences and pharmaceuticals specialism, and is taking on a growing amount of employment work for its clients in this space. The US-headquartered firm is also recommended for its post-transactional restructuring and senior staff negotiations work more broadly, with its representation of a conglomerate of lenders to Cineworld being a standout recent matter. This practice is notable for its capabilities in cross-border employment-linked privacy compliance and pro bono assistance for charities involved in employee disputes. Henry Clinton-Davis, a former practising barrister, leads the team, supported by associates Rosine Dawson and Peter Collins.

Responsables de la pratique:

Henry Clinton-Davis

Autres avocats clés:

Rosine Dawson; Peter Collins

Les références

‘This is an outstanding team – competent, integrated and pulled together.’

‘Henry Clinton-Davies is an outstanding employment law partner. We rely on him for wise, practical, risk-balanced advice and we always get it. Our trust in him is total, and that has served us well in some rather sticky situations.’

‘Henry Clinton-Davis is an excellent partner who brings a wealth of experience and creative thinking. His input is always constructive, creative and challenging in the best possible way.’

Principaux clients

Roche Diagnostics Limited

Telus International

Cognizant Technology Solutions

Argenta Syndicate Management



Skillsoft UK Limited

Wheels Up

Harrow Club

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised a conglomerate of leading lenders to cinema owner, Cineworld, on the employment issues arises from the bankruptcy of Cineworld in the USA, including conducting due diligence on the most senior executives of the company and negotiating and drafting a Transitional Services Agreement under which they would continue providing services to the group.
  • Advising telecoms and call centre company, TELUS International, in relation to cross-border employee-related privacy matters. Work encompasses the EU, the UK, the US and parts of South America.
  • Acting as longstanding employment counsel for pharma company Roche Diagnostics.


Ashurst's European practice advises on the employment aspects of large transactions and insolvencies as well as assisting with investigations, grievances and employee misconduct matters. The team is led by Crowley Woodford, who is experienced in both transactional work and contentious matters including discrimination claims and whistleblowing. Further key names in the team include financial services sector specialist Ruth Buchanan and TUPE, redundancies and reorganisations expert associate Liz Parkin.

Responsables de la pratique:

Crowley Woodford

Autres avocats clés:

Liz Parkin; Ruth Buchanan; Hannah Martin

Les références

‘The employment team has a broad range of expertise and delivers legal advice in a pragmatic way. The associates in the team are excellent, which is a testament to the way in which they are developed. This also means that you feel like you are getting partner-level expertise at the associate level.’

‘Ruth Buchanan is great to work with – she is responsive, excellent at getting to the nub of the problem quickly and always gets it. Hannah Martin is excellent – always on top of the brief and is always in solution mode.’

‘Excellent commercial advice, delivered in a timely manner with clear cost estimates and updates.’

Principaux clients

Qualitas Energy

Wm Morrisons Supermarkets Ltd




General Atlantic

Toshiba International

Global Aerospace


AEG Fuels

Principaux dossiers

  • Represents Qualitas Energy in both its internal employment matters and in its external transactions.
  • Provided strategic advice to Wm Morrisons Supermarkets Ltd on the employment aspects of the acquisition of the McColls retail stores (with its 16,000 strong workforce).

Bates Wells

Bates Wells is noted for its specialist expertise in advising NGOs, as well as institutional clients in the medical and sciences spaces such as the Royal College of Nursing. Further clients in a broad range include the Kuwait Investment Office, which the firm assisted with litigation pertaining to the interplay of employment law and diplomatic immunity. Practice head Lucy McLynn is a highly experienced litigator with particular expertise in employment status matters and discrimination claims. Rachel Mathieson, promoted to partner in April 2023, is also central to the team, as is Paul Jennings.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lucy McLynn

Autres avocats clés:

Rachel Mathieson; Paul Jennings

Les références

‘Paul Jennings – very responsive, pragmatic and thoughtful. Considers practical business implications and is very solutions orientated.’

‘Lucy McLynn – high-level solutions orientated – problem solver with positive client focus.’

‘I have been very impressed with the team’s breadth of clients and sectors, both nationally and internationally. Their commitment, expertise and knowledge are second to none.’

Principaux clients

British Red Cross

Royal College of Nursing

Center for Global Development


118 Group

The Science Museum

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)

Genesis Technology

Glencar Construction Ltd

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the Center for Global Development in an ongoing case concerning the conflict between gender-critical beliefs and trans inclusion.
  • Acts for the Kuwait Investment Office (the world’s oldest sovereign wealth fund) in complex litigation about its status in the UK, and whether it is subject to the jurisdiction of the English courts, including Employment Tribunal decisions.
  • Advises UNICEF on all day-to-day employment issues.

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP specialises in representing public services providers, including police forces and NHS Trusts, as well as private healthcare companies. Practice head Victoria Watson has a niche for employment litigation involving doctors and other clinicians, with a high level of experience representing clients before tribunals and the High Court. Senior executives specialist Martin Hamilton and Andrew Rowland, who heads the healthcare division of the firm, are also central to the team, as is the highly recommended Paul McFarlane. Particular standout work of the firm includes advising the NHS nationally on widespread industrial action within the health service in 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Victoria Watson

Autres avocats clés:

Martin Hamilton; Andrew Roland; Paul McFarlane; Alessandra Gettins

Les références

‘The team is knowledgeable and very personable.’

‘Paul McFarlane is a go-to representative for NHS employers and others in the public sector.’

‘Industry leader in healthcare issues, particularly medical HR, inquest and public law. Super responsive and has some real star performers. Excellent strategic and tactical advice.’

Principaux clients

NHS Employers

NHS England

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

East London NHS Foundation Trust

Kings College NHS Foundation Trust

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised NHS nationally, through both NHS Employers and NHS England, in relation to the unprecedented national industrial action taking place in the NHS during winter 2022/2023 as unions challenged the pay award which the Government announced for those staff engaged on national terms and conditions, including nurses and doctors.
  • Advised NHS England on the planned implementation of recommendations made by Tom Kark KC following his review of the Fit and Proper Persons Test (which applies to all Directors in the NHS) under the Kark Review.
  • Supported NHS England and NHS NEL Commissioning Support Unit on the transfer of c1000 NHS Business Services Authority staff from NHS NEL Commissioning Support Unit to a variety of newly created Integrated Care Boards, NHS England and also an NHS Trust.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP advises an array of clients ranging from corporates and professional service firms, as well as managing high value employment issues for private wealth clients. Managing senior executive exits and severance negotiations is also an area of strength. Nick Hurley, who providing strategic employment reorganisation and TUPE advice, leads the team. He is supported by Trevor Bettany, who is recommended for LLP disputes, and retail sector HR expert Michael Powner.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nick Hurley

Autres avocats clés:

Trevor Bettany; Michael Powner

Les références

‘The team are always available with expert, commercial and practical knowledge which encourages you to look at things in a different way.’

‘Mike Powner is an exceptional lawyer. He has a deep understanding of the law and how this applies to our sector. He is always available, a unique skill for such a busy man and is an vital partner to our business.’

Principaux clients

Brasserie Blanc



Hotel Chocolat

Goodwin Procter LLP

Parkson Mobile

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe




Principaux dossiers

  • Assists Belron on a wide range of employment matters on an ongoing basis.
  • Acts as employment adviser to Sony PlayStaton.
  • Advises Amundi, a large European asset manager, on employment matters.

CM Murray LLP

Specialist boutique CM Murray LLP is recommended for reputation-sensitive senior level investigations and strategic redundancy planning, as well as ensuing employment litigation. The team is led by firm founder Clare Murray, with David Fisher, Beth Hale and Merrill April further key names in an extensive team of partners. Partnership law expert Corinne Staves, who joined the firm in August 2022, is also integral, as is associate Yulia Fedorenko, who regularly advises on cross-border employment matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Clare Murray

Autres avocats clés:

David Fisher; Merrill April; Beth Hale; Corinne Staves; Yulia Fedorenko

Les références

‘They are excellent and extremely professional.’

‘They are very experienced in employment matters, our ‘go-to’ in the UK for our clients with UK matters for this area. They have considerable expertise, and are very professional and responsive. They are always trying to do the best for their clients and go the extra mile.’

‘Clare Murray is a top notch employment law specialist that I recommend whenever a client needs advice with respect to UK matters. She has an excellent skill to handle employment law matters, understands the problem and gives to the point advice for a reasonable price.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised an engineering services company on the redundancy process arising from the closure of part of their UK business and the subsequent discrimination claim threatened by one of the employees selected for redundancy.
  • Advised a firm in relation to allegations of misconduct that had been raised against one of the firm’s co-founders, and the subsequent investigation and disciplinary process followed by the firm.
  • Advised on and defended a leading financial services firm against claims for wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal, redundancy pay and holiday pay brought by a former US based senior executive.

Deloitte Legal

Deloitte Legal has a strong team of employment lawyers assisting with complex HR matters and industrial relations. The firm emphasises its multi-disciplinary approach, integrating the employment practice with its regulatory, tax and tech expertise. The team is headed by David Williams, who advises on TUPE and the broader employment aspects of M&A. Also key are senior executive contracts expert Andrew Lilley and the regulatory matters focused Marian Bloodworth.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Williams

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Lilley; Marian Bloodworth; Andrew Howard; Anna Byford

Les références

‘We have found that no matter how complex the situation, the legal support we’re always provided with navigates the complex into sensible, realistic solutions, and from a business perspective, always contextually well informed.’

‘Andrew Lilley is personable and approachable, clear and concise, gives us pragmatic advice. He is realistic; balances risk with real challenges and gives sensible solutions.’

‘Consistent expertise, considered advice and very responsive’

Principaux clients

Seiko UK Ltd

Vue Cinemas

Japan Airlines

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

Dolphin Square Limited (a subsidiary of AXA)

Travelzoo UK Limited

Genpact UK Limited


Principaux dossiers

  • Acting as the go-to employment law adviser for the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, advising on a broad range of strategic and day to day employment law and HR matters.
  • Advising Travelzoo UK Limited on the employment law aspects of key business processes and providing strategic contentious and non-contentious employment law advice arising as a result of these processes.
  • Providing Genpact UK Limited with ongoing strategic legal advice in relation to a range of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is recommended for the handling of sensitive whistleblowing allegations and senior executive departure negotiations. The firm also demonstrates capability in overseeing the employment aspects of cross-jurisdictional corporate downsizing and restructuring projects, with a track record of work in the life sciences and banking sectors. The team is helmed by Stefan Martin, a specialist in advising on such projects for MNCs, who is also skilled in trade union negotiations. Ed Bowyer and Anvita Sharma are also key names. Clients note the firm for the fact its 'employment and public law teams work together well'. 

Responsables de la pratique:

Stefan Martin

Autres avocats clés:

Ed Bowyer; Anvita Sharma

Les références

‘Strong public law offering is why I use them for legislation work, with the employment and public law teams working together well.’

‘The team displays clearly above average expertise and legal capabilities.’

‘Stefan Martin and Anvita Sharma are our primary contacts. They have typically supported with guidance on employment legislation, the employment bill and our engagement with government.’

Principaux clients

Diligent Corporation

Howard Kennedy LLP

Assisting clients in a range of sectors including fashion, sport and transport, Howard Kennedy LLP is recommended for representation in employment tribunal claims as well as advice on contractual negotiations and data protection issues. The team is led by Jane Amphlett, who focuses on discrimination, whistleblowing and harassment claims, as well as board level disputes and restructuring. 'Exceptional' industrial relations specialist Sam Murray-Hinde is also key.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jane Amphlett

Autres avocats clés:

Sam Murray-Hinde

Les références

‘The team at Howard Kennedy are second to none. They are all a safe pair of hands for any employment dispute. They are the team I would recommend my friends to use.’

‘Sam Murray-Hinde deserves recognition within that team – she is excellent. Client-friendly and down-to-earth but there is nothing she doesn’t know about employment law.’

‘The team are incredibly responsive to enquiries, very good value for money, and are well-resourced.’

Principaux clients


Condé Nast International Limited

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club

British Gymnastics

TriplePoint Capital

East London Bus & Coach Company Limited

South East London & Kent Bus Company Limited

Gordon Brothers International

TCI Fund Management

Ballymore Properties

Management Artists

Instalcom Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advises Yorkshire Cricket Club in relation to an ongoing Employment Tribunal claim brought by Azeem Rafiq and a multitude of allegations of race discrimination which had created a major crisis at the Club.
  • Advises Pandora regularly on a wide range of employment issues, including handling employment aspects of their franchising arrangements, data protection and the full range of employee relations issues.
  • Advises Management Artists, a major international fashion agency in a number of matters including contractual terms and bonus arrangements, post-termination restriction disputes and data protection compliance.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law operates under a non-traditional structure which enables its lawyers to operate more independently and flexibly, and has in recent years built up a large and growing bench of partners. The firm has key strengths in defending claims arising from collective redundancy and acting on senior level investigations. Key names within the employment team include the highly experienced Angharad Harris and Nicholas Robertson, TUPE specialist Fraser Younson, maternity law expert Emma Clark and the senior level terminations focussed Rob Eldridge.

Autres avocats clés:

Nicholas Robertson; Angharad Harris; Fraser Younson; Emma Clark; Rob Eldridge; Sarah Garth; Marie van der Zyl

Les références

‘The breadth of experience in terms of employment law allows us to make informed decisions based on practical advice.’

‘Rob Eldridge has supported us for well over 10 years. His knowledge of employment law and experience of the tribunal process provides us with an invaluable input into both our strategic decision making and individual cases.’

‘Sarah Garth is an excellent lawyer, with great client handling skills, and very good attention to detail. She has significant ability to judge a situation and deploy the best tactics in litigation. She has huge commercial and common sense. She is a great all-rounder.’

Principaux clients

MSX International Ltd

IPC Information Systems

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Tradition Management Services Ltd

Phillips Auctioneers

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP‘s London employment team has a strong track record of work on the employment aspects of major transactions, including restructuring and contractual rearrangements and renegotiations. The practice is led by Christopher Fisher, who is an experienced litigator alongside his ongoing non-contentious work, with a strong record in defending discrimination claims. Miriam Bruce and Katherine Fox are also names to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris Fisher

Autres avocats clés:

Miriam Bruce; Katherine Fox

Les références

‘Stand-out partners are Miriam Bruce and Chris Fisher. Both of whom always have their client’s ear. They combine commercial common-sense and robust legal analysis.

‘Commercial and understanding. Excellent client service mindset.’

‘Miriam Bruce – tenacious and engaging. Commercial mindset and pragmatism.’

Principaux clients

CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce)


Pernod Ricard SA

Lear Corporation



Credit Agricole

British Land


Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is known for its representation in board level disputes and high value discrimination claims, as well as providing assistance with the employment aspects of restructurings. The firm is also notable for its specialisms in the sports and technology sectors. Practice head Paul Mander is recommended for restructuring and collective redundancy advice as well as support on contentious dismissals. Sports specialist Andrew Haywood and maritime expert Nick Humphreys are also integral.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Mander

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Haywood; Nick Humphreys

Les références

‘Great team; well resourced; covers all aspects of employment law’

‘Nick Humphreys – a total guru when it comes to employment law. The person you definitely want in your corner fighting for you.’

‘Nick Humphreys is excellent – he’s very experienced, has great judgment, and always calm under pressure.’

Principaux clients

Oversight Board (Facebook/Meta)


Weber Shandwick

British Athletics Commission

Brick Kiln Composites Ltd

Gillingham Football Club / Brad Galinson

Playtech plc

Farfetch UK Ltd


Ocado Central services Ltd trading as Ocado


Lanson International UK Limited t/a Lanson Champagne

Cenkos Securities

Bucher Industries AG

John McAslan & Partners

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP provides ongoing support to its roster of clients on their internal matters, including the employment aspects of the implementation of growth share plans and SMCR compliance. The firm also has a strong track record of defending claims for unfair dismissal and discrimination before the tribunals and assisting clients to deal with potential team moves in breach of restrictive covenants. The tech and energy sectors focussed Ed Goodwyn and specialist financial services employment litigator Anne Sammon jointly lead the team. Anthony Hollands is also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ed Goodwyn; Anne Sammon

Autres avocats clés:

Chris Evans; Anthony Hollands

Les références

‘The service provided by Pinsent Masons is excellent.’

We appreciate the free updates and webinars offered as the topics are always timely and clearly presented.’

‘Dr Anne Sammon is our primary contact and we really value the support she provides to our HR team.’

Principaux clients

Natixis SA


Direct Insurance Group plc

Allianz Insurance plc

SEI Investments (Europe) Limited

Barratt Developments plc

McDermott International, Inc.

Houlihan Lokey EMEA LLP

Shangri-La Hotels Pte Ltd

Kier Group plc

Laing O’Rourke plc

Royal BAM Group

Masai Clothing Company ApS

Balfour Beatty Group

Lloyds Banking Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Defending employment tribunal claim brought by a job applicant, alleging that an Investment Bank’s graduate recruitment scheme was discriminatory.
  • Provided advice to Mabey Hire Limited, a construction and engineering firm, on the implementation of a growth share plan for the benefit of members of management, including providing corporate, employment and tax advice in relation to the arrangement.


PwC LLP represents a range of household names in restructurings, HR matters and industrial relations, often with a cross-border element. The team is led by Chris Perkins, who is experienced in advising on global HR policy implementation, compliance and recruitment. He is supported by litigator Ed Stacey, who handles pay disputes and discrimination claims. Industrial relations expert Tom Williams and barrister Tilly Harries are also core parts of the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris Perkins

Autres avocats clés:

Tom Williams; Ed Stacey; Tilly Harries; Rebekah Primrose

Les références

‘Their position within one of the Big Four accounting firms gives them a particular edge in dealing with employment matters. As one might expect, they are extremely thorough and highly competent, very alive to the clients’ needs, and also very good at task, time and costs management.’

‘They have consistently provided excellent analysis and advice on a range of employment law matters. The team is responsive, efficient and always goes the extra mile to ensure that the case is well-prepared and fully thought through.’

‘Tom Williams has excellent strategic insight and understanding in complex industrial relations disputes.’

Principaux clients

Health & Safety Executive

Transport for London

VFX Financial plc

Lookers plc

London School of Health & Tropical Medicine

John Lewis Partnership


British Airways


Arcline Investment Management

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising a general insurance company on managing and resolving a contentious pay dispute with Unite the Union.
  • Supporting an FS business with a major restructuring exercise affecting 400+ jobs in the UK.
  • Advising a multinational conglomerate on a number of the HR legal aspects of the separation of a number of its businesses, providing advice across 30 countries.

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP specialises in acting for financial services clients, including wealth managers and alternative asset managers, on employment issues specific to their industry. This includes TUPE, restructuring and executive appointments and departures. The team is led by Adam Grant, who also has a niche for employment work concerning the arts and hospitality sectors, advising on matters such as unionisation and casual worker disputes. Ravinder Mahal is recommended for cross border matters. Stephen Ravenscroft joined from Memery Crystal in October 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Adam Grant

Autres avocats clés:

Ravinder Mahal; Jemma Pugh; Choy Lau; Stephen Ravenscroft

Les références

‘A professional and trusted firm with all the resources I need. They have advised me most recently on staffing matters, furlough, GDPR, etc. I see them almost as an internal department of the company! I would not hesitate to recommend them.’

‘Adam Grant is professional, reactive, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The whole interaction was human but simple and so easy to navigate. From the setting of meetings to the flexibility of when we spoke, responsiveness to my concerns and an app to pay for services, etc. Truly excellent.’

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP‘s employer-side practice continues to grow, with the firm acting for clients ranging from large corporates to charities. The team is particularly recommended for its whistleblowing investigations work. The practice is headed by Jo Keddie, recommended for strategic employment and corporate governance advice to boards of financial services and real estate companies. Also key are TUPE specialist Andrea London and experienced litigators Blair Adams and Susan Kelly, with the latter having niche expertise in employment claims within the Church. Chris Garrett - noted for his capabilities in employment transactional work - is also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jo Keddie

Autres avocats clés:

Andrea London; Blair Adams; Susan Kelly; Chris Garrett

Les références

‘The highest standard of work, both written and verbal, exceptional knowledge and they are completely aligned as a team and communicate internally and with clients very well.’

‘The speed and response, legal knowledge and practical advice. They are also exceptionally nice people too wiih very strong ethics.’

‘The first has a deep knowledge of our sector. The employment team is particularly strong and offers a very strong end to end service where fee earners at all levels go the distance to ensure great communication and consideration of problems from all angles. Also a very friendly team.’

Principaux clients

BNP Paribas Real Estate

Mountview Estates P.L.C.

The Financial Conduct Authority

Reliance Bank

R Raphael & Sons plc

Vistra Group

AEG Europe

Edwards Limited

Brunswick Group Limited

Welbeck Health

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans is well recommended for employment corporate support work, as well as disciplinary and whistleblowing matters. Practice head Brian Gegg handles HR support work for clients in a wide spread of sectors, including sports, transport, real estate and IT. Further key names include Caroline Yarrow and senior associate Zoe Merrikin.

Responsables de la pratique:

Brian Gegg

Autres avocats clés:

Caroline Yarrow; Zoe Merrikin; Ian Wasserman

Les références

‘The team has excellent knowledge across the whole spectrum of employment law. They are very responsive, cases are always very well prepared and the individuals I have worked with all demonstrate excellent judgement. They are a pleasure to work with.’

‘They are a pleasure to work with. Their cases are always well prepared; their knowledge and judgement is excellent.’

‘BDB Pitmans is a very friendly and experienced firm with a wide range of capable individuals at all levels of seniority to address employment disputes. I have found the team to be excellent in Tribunal cases as well as in handling sensitive investigations.’

Principaux clients

Smurfit Kappa Uk Limited

Jones Lang La Salle (Jll)

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Sita Inc

The Doctors Laboratory

Tony’s Chocolonely Ltd

Colliers International

Mapeley Group / Salisbury Workplace Ltd

London General Transport Services (Go Ahead Buses)

London Irish Rugby Club

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised on the employment aspects of a number of acquisitions made by Frenkel Topping Plc in the last 12 months and (ii) advised on the employment aspects of Sondrel (Holdings) plc’s successful admission to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and associated fundraising.
  • Acted and continues to act on behalf of Go-Ahead London in defending employment tribunal claims and in providing on-going employment advice to the Group.
  • Advises Smurfit Kappa Group on all day-to-day employment and HR issues arising in the UK across all divisions.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP specialises in ongoing employment support and compliance advice for public services providers, particularly NHS trusts. Practice head Jodie Sinclair is an expert in providing workforce support and restructuring assistance in the areas of health and social care. Alastair Currie is also integral. The firm is recommended for covid-19 related workforce issues, which have increased prevalence in the healthcare sector.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jodie Sinclair

Autres avocats clés:

Alastair Currie

Les références

‘There is always someone within the team that has specialist knowledge, queries are triaged to ensure that the right person will respond. This is done in a timely manner.’

‘Jodie Sinclair – responsive, knowledgeable, actively understands our business needs.’

‘Jodie Sinclair has always provided superb employment support and advice in the most difficult cases. She has also been able to source wider support and advice as necessary giving confidence that the advice is as good as it possibly could be’

Principaux clients

Barts Health NHS Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

St Georges Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust,

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

North East London NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Solent NHS Trust

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

Active Care Group

King Edwards VII Hospital

Circle Healthcare


Holmes Care Group

HCRG Care Ltd

Bromley Healthcare CIC

St Andrews Healthcare

Fairview Health Partnerships Ltd

Northern Healthcare Ltd

Healthcare First Partnership Ltd

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising health and social care organisations across the UK on the implications of the short-lived statutory requirements for Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment (VCOD).
  • Acted for buyer om Anchor Homes’ Acquisition of Halcyon Care Homes TopCo Ltd. Advised as part of the overall corporate support and due diligence process on the key workforce, employment, immigration and pensions elements of this corporate transaction including the drafting and negotiation of the commercial documentation.
  • Supported Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust on a shared Services Agreement for OH services to multiple London NHS Trusts.

Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP

Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP has a strong focus on the financial services and insurance industries and other regulated sectors, often advising on the intersection of the regulatory environment with employment law. Practice head Gareth Brahams is frequently engaged in defending tribunal litigation, particularly in claims involving employee competition and executive severances. Tom McLaughlin, Claire Dawson and Polly Rodway are further key names to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gareth Brahams

Autres avocats clés:

Claire Dawson; Polly Rodway; Tom McLaughlin

Les références

‘They have an impressive team of highly knowledgeable and committed lawyers.’

‘I have found working with BDBF to be a collaborative and enjoyable experience.’

‘Exceptional employment law boutique BDBF provides pragmatic and efficient advice that is always focused on a commercial solution.’

Principaux clients

Apollo Private Wealth Management


Brompton Bicycle Company

CBH Wealth UK


Green Street Capital

HIG European Capital Partners

Millennium Capital Partners


PIB Group

Veritas Technologies LLC

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully acted for CBH Wealth in Borozna v CBH Wealth UK, an Employment Tribunal case involving whistleblowing issues.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP offers a comprehensive practice, covering employment tribunal claims relating to harassment, discrimination and wrongful dismissal as well as complex redundancy and restructuring programmes on the non-contentious side, with its work on the employment aspects of the administration and sale of Coventry City’s CBS arena being a standout example. Adrian Martin, an expert on the TUPE and employment aspects of corporate transactions and outsourcing, leads the team. The experienced Chris Seaton is also a key member of the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Adrian Martin

Autres avocats clés:

Chris Seaton; James Green

Les références

‘Adrian Martin is extraordinarily knowledgeable – what sets him apart from other competitors I have worked with is his ability to work across all levels within my team. Nothing is ever too much.’

‘They are an extremely personable team. They enable us to feel secure.’

‘The responsiveness of the team is excellent. We are a small organisation and that can normally mean we fall down the chain of importance. I have never experienced that with this team – they are excellent.’

Principaux clients

Babcock International Group plc

Thomson Reuters

John Lewis Partnership

FirstGroup plc

Bank of Ireland

The Crown Estate

Spire Healthcare Group plc




The Racecourse Association

Unispace Global Limited

University of Bristol

PGA European Tour

Government Legal Department

Transport for Wales

TCR Group

Scottish Building Society

Affinity Water


UK Atomic Energy Authority

Royal Horticultural Society

Sterlite Technologies

Progressive Energy Limited

Imperva UK Limited

Food and Drink Federation

Sport England

Government Property Agency

Ordnance Survey

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the FCDO on the employment aspects of the procurement process for UK and European Facilities Management Services across multiple jurisdictions as part of the FCDO’s wider design, development and implementation of a new dynamic purchasing systems valued at up to £1.5 billion.
  • Advises Babcock International Group on the full range of employment and HR issues across its c.34,000 employee global workforce.

Constantine Law Limited

Constantine Law Limited is a growing presence in the London employment arena, increasingly involved in high profile contentious matters including major worker status cases. The firm also demonstrates capability in corporate support work such as TUPE and restructuring. The team is led by John Hayes, an expert in the field of restrictive covenants and injunctions. Nick Hine, Sarah Evans, Will Clayton and senior associate Caroline Glacken are also key members of the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Hayes

Autres avocats clés:

Will Clayton; Caroline Glacken; Nick Hine; Sarah Evans; Eliza Nash

Les références

‘The team are extremely well organised and exceptionally good at pinning down the issues and merits at an early stage by really effective collaboration of different levels of seniority.’

‘John Hayes is extremely hardworking and in every case I work with him on he brings invaluable high level strategic thinking and oversight to a case which always adds value. He is also a really strong and confident litigator.

Sarah Evans has fantastic judgement, is great with clients and her negotiating skills really stand out.’

Principaux clients

The MCG Group Holdings Limited

Coyle Personnel Limited

McGee Group (Holdings) Limited

Lockhart Capital Management LLP

I HS Africa (UK) Limited

Takepayments Limited

Restore Plc

Storm Global Limited

Café Royal Management Limited

Contino Solutions Limited/Cognizant New Solutions Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for a national recruitment business Storm Global  involved in a major employment (agency) status cases.
  • Acting for the Restore Group Plc in relation to their ongoing restructure of the business and, specifically, in a High Court injunction case for a Group company during the past year.
  • Advising Fidera Vecta Limited and working with Cohen & Gresser (a NYC based firm) to represent this financial services company in a case interim relief proceedings in a whistleblowing case before the Employment Tribunal.

Excello Law

Excello Law, known for its work representing senior executives, also has a growing employer side practice, covering internal issues such as ongoing HR advice and senior executive investigations and exits, as well as supporting on transactional matters including TUPE advice. The firm also has notable litigation capability through Hina Belitz, who has a strong record before employment tribunals, the EAT and High Court. Further key names include the experienced David Greenhalgh, manufacturing and engineering sector expert Nelu Abeygunasekera and Sarah King, who is also an employment judge.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Greenhalgh; Hina Belitz

Autres avocats clés:

Nelu Abeygunasekera; Sarah King

Les références

‘Hina Belitz and her team at Excello Law always go above and beyond to deliver an excellent bespoke client service, tailored to our needs. The firm has an excellent response time, and a wide-ranging team of experts across different legal areas, making Excello Law very much a one-stop provider.’

‘Hina Belitz is a true expert in employment law, and always provides us with excellent advice and support, going beyond the normal expectations of a client-firm relationship. We also benefit from the regular legal updates she and her team produce, keeping us informed of relevant developments in the field.’

‘Very commercial , grounded and with bags of common sense .’

Principaux clients

Maddox Capital

TPA Capital

Reach PLC



Suzy Lamplugh Trust

Principaux dossiers

  • Designed and delivered banter awareness training to all managers at Reach PLC in conjunction with external HR specialist.
  • Advising SafeWorkPlace on design of HR app product intended to reduce employment law risk.
  • Providing private equity houses JRJ Group and TPA Capital with employment law advice for their investment portfolio businesses.

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP offers considerable expertise in strategic employment work, often with a cross-border angle, with its advice to Tripledot Studios on relocating employees from Belarus to Poland being a standout example. On the contentious side, the firm provides representation before tribunals, defending against claims of unfair dismissal and whistleblowing, among others. The team is led by Taj Rehal, a specialist in strategic workforce and partnership matters including contractual negotiations, reorganisations, exits and post-termination disputes. Michael McCartney and Mike Tremeer are also central to the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Taj Rehal

Autres avocats clés:

Michael McCartney; Mike Tremeer

Les références

‘Tan Rehal – personable and understands our business when advising.’

‘A cohesive and efficient team that delivers commercially astute advice at sensible prices.’

‘Taj Rehal and Mike Tremeer are excellent. Their client care is second to none and they both know employment law inside and out.’

Principaux clients

Tripledot Studios Limited

Cellular Goods plc

Interland Group/ Atlantic Green Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for an international golf club owner in relation to a claim for whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and unlawful deduction of a bonus payment.
  • Advised longstanding client Tripledot Studios Limited on the relocation of its office and employees in Belarus to Poland as a result of instability and, ultimately, war in the region.
  • Advised Cellular Goods plc on the exit of two CEOs and the appointment of a new CEO.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

US firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is recommended for advising on the employment issues arising from major M&A transactions. Sensitive investigations into senior executives’ conduct are also handled by the firm, as well as high level terminations and post-termination settlement agreements. The firm’s roster of large corporate clients includes Amazon, Asda and KKR & Co. James Cox, a cross-border employment matters expert, leads the team, supported by experienced associate Heather Gibbons.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Cox

Autres avocats clés:

Heather Gibbons

Les références

‘The team has a real depth of technical knowledge but are strong communicators who take a practical view. They provide strong advice, not essays on legal theory but they give you confidence that the technical thinking has been done in the background.’

‘James Cox is extremely technically knowledgeable but also practical in his approach. James gives you immediate confidence.’

‘James Cox leads a superb team of subject matter experts at Gibson Dunn. I worked for them on a long-running and high-profile restraint of trade case. I was enormously impressed by the deep sector knowledge and commitment of the team.’

Principaux clients

Elliott Investment Management L.P.


Veritas Funds








Principaux dossiers

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP has a notable niche for employment work in the music, media and performing arts sectors. Acting on disputes and HR issues arising in West End productions is a standout example. The firm is also recommended more broadly for both defence of tribunal claims and non-contentious matters including recruitment and contract preparation. Howard Hymanson and Yvonne Gallagher jointly lead the team. Managing associate Sarah Verrecchia is also key.

Responsables de la pratique:

Yvonne Gallagher; Howard Hymanson

Autres avocats clés:

Sarah Verrecchia

Les références

‘My main relationship is with Howard Hymanson – efficient, approachable and knowledgeable.’

‘Howard Hymanson understands our business and culture. He is an excellent listener and works to help us achieve our goals but also challenges where appropriate and gives robust advice, based on legal knowledge and experience as well as understanding of our business.’

‘Everyone from the Employment Team are extremely knowledgeable, pragmatic and collaborative ensuring that no unnecessary time is billed for. Team members are happy to discuss possible solutions and ideas.’

Principaux clients

Sonia Friedman Productions

Gordon Ramsay Restaurants

TPX Impact Limited

Amazon Studios


Zeno Agency Limited



Nimax Theatres Ltd

Stardanced hospitality ltd

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Harrods Limited on claims brought against them including allegations of race discrimination, disability discrimination and unfair dismissal.
  • Advised the Platinum Jubilee Pageant Limited (PJPL) on the recruitment of all individuals hired to provide services to PJPL (in relation to the Queen’s platinum Jubilee celebrations), including employees and contractors, and prepared the various relevant employment documentation.
  • Advised Sonia Friedman Productions on issues arising in relation to a number of West End productions. These include grievances about behaviour of members of cast crew and others involved in productions.


Kennedys has significant strength in industrial relations advisory work within the transport sector. The firm is also retained by a number of major insurers to defend tribunal claims brought against their clients. Practice head Matthew Leake has particular expertise in assisting unionised employers, including advising on and litigating in respect of industrial action disputes and other trade union related law. Erica Aldridge and Julian Cox support.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Leake

Autres avocats clés:

Julian Cox; Erica Aldridge; Sarah Ludlam

Les références

‘Should be more highly recognised than they are – top class work.’

‘Matthew Leake is an astute lawyer and has such brilliant judgment.’

‘Erica Aldridge is superb and has a great eye for detail.’

Principaux clients




Stagecoach Group

First Group

Abellio Group

Freightliner Group

USI Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Stagecoach Group in relation to the ongoing industrial action across its transport network, which has included providing advice on collective pay deals and procedures and picketing procedures.
  • Acting for major insurers AIG, RSA, Chubb & Liberty in the defence of Employment Practices Liability claims brought against various employers covered by insurance.
  • Acting for Abellio Group and its subsidiaries East Midlands Railway and West Midlands Trains, across the spectrum of litigation and non-litigation matters, as well as advising on industrial relations issues.

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Katie Clark, an expert on contentious employment matters including team moves, restrictive covenants, discrimination and whistleblowing, leads the London team at McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP. On the non-contentious side the firm is recommended for its skill in data privacy, HR matters and TUPE. Paul McGrath is specifically recommended for his expertise in data protection issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Katie Clark

Autres avocats clés:

Paul McGrath

Les références

‘Paul McGrath has a depth of knowledge whilst being very pragmatic and always ensures clients are aware of any risks and how to minimise these. He is also personable and down to earth and explains issues in a clear manner.’

‘Katie Clark is excellent. She is completely responsive, incredibly bright and really user-friendly.’

Principaux clients


D. E. Shaw & Co


McGuireWoods London LLP

McGuireWoods London LLP offers a small and compact team with high quality employment litigation expertise. Regulated industries employment specialist Dan Peyton, a practising barrister before entering private practice, leads the team. He is supported by associate Adam Penman, who has experience in employee benefits, incentives work and data protection as well as defending tribunal claims. The firm is particularly recommended for advising US clients operating across the UK, with the firm having experience defending claims for such clients before Northern Irish Industrial tribunals as well as in England and Wales.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dan Peyton

Autres avocats clés:

Adam Penman

Memery Crystal

Memery Crystal is recommended for board level employment matters, including arrivals and departures of senior board members and the negotiation of their packages. The practice also covers cybersecurity related matters and ongoing HR assistance. Regulated industries, such as financial services, are a key area of specialism. Stephen Ravenscroft left the firm in October 2023 to join Wedlake Bell.

Les références

‘Business savvy and knows our company inside and out.’

‘Very willing to explore different approaches. Collaborative team.’

‘Time and again they have provided sensitive and timely advice on the sometimes complex relationship between a pension fund, sponsors and the executive team that support the trustees.’

Principaux clients

Cyber Hunters Limited & Cyber Hunters UK Limited

Royal Mail Pension Trustees Limited

Sterling Check

J O Hambro Capital Management

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Royal Mail Pension Trustees Limited, which manages pension funds of the Royal Mail Group in relation to employment matters including the outsourcing of investment management services to Blackrock, which involved a transfer of key employees under TUPE.
  • Advising the EMEA business of Sterling on a wide variety of HR matters including in a number of European and Asia-Pacific jurisdictions.
  • Advised JO Hambro Capital Management on a variety of employment and incentive matters, sometimes with a regulatory angle, throughout the year.

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP is recommended for its cross-border capabilities, with the firm handling ongoing employment and HR advice, restructuring and employee transfer matters for multinational companies operating across jurisdictions. The team is led by Suzanne Horne, who is experienced in both litigious work and major international business reorganisation and integration projects. Associate Kirsty Devine is another name to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Suzanne Horne

Autres avocats clés:

Kirsty Devine

Les références

‘Good knowledge of charity and employment law, friendly, professional, approachable, knowledgeable, taking the time to explain complex work’

‘Kirsty Devine displayed a high level of competency throughout.’

‘Suzanne Horne – A pleasure to deal with, thoughtful, creative, endlessly knowledgeable, and commercially very aware.’

Principaux clients

AIG Inc., AIG Financial Products Corp. and AIG Management France, S.A.

Intel Corporation

Boomi, Inc.

Abercrombie & Kent Travel Group Ltd

McAfee Enterprise (Musarubra US LLC)



The Bank of London

Avillion LLP

Masimo Corporation

World Vision International

Luzsana Biotechnology

Reef Technology, Inc.

Phantom Technologies, Inc.

Principaux dossiers

  • Defended AIG against claims that deferred compensation accounts of bankers in London were improperly reduced based on the losses that were sustained by an AIG subsidiary as a result of the financial crisis in 2008.
  • Acted as lead advisers for employment, benefits and equity incentive matters relating to the acquisition of Codeplay by Intel.
  • Advising Boomi Inc. on information and consultation obligations, offer letters, employment contracts, HR and data policies, employee benefits and the protection of IP and confidential information relevant to its global workforce of circa 1,300 employees in 29 jurisdictions.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP provides both non-contentious services - including overseeing the implementation of major HR projects - and representation in tribunal litigation and arbitration associated with industrial action. Financial services sector employment law expert and former practising barrister Kevin McCavish leads the team. He is supported by tech sector expert Robert Forsyth and 'diligent and thorough' principal associate Karen Mortenson. The firm is praised for its 'fantastic client service and attention to detail'.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kevin McCavish

Autres avocats clés:

Karen Mortenson; Robert Forsyth

Les références

‘Shoosmiths has fantastic client service and attention to detail’

‘Karen Mortenson is hugely diligent and thorough, and a real pleasure to deal with’

‘Karen Mortenson – responsive and pragmatic’

Principaux clients


Almacantar Limited

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Principal Global Investors

Global Switch


The Estates Office, Shoreditch

Cordiant Capital

Acadian Asset Management LLC

Jacobs UK Limited

Rixo Limited

Goldsmiths University

The Courtauld Institute of Art

The V&A Museum

The National Trust

Calor Gas

JM Finn & Co Ltd


Bank of China

Sosei Heptares


Local Fuels Limited

The Land Trust

Pricewatch UK Limited

Centralis Group

Amp Energy Renaissance UK Limited

Miroma Group Limited

WiredScore UK Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Goldsmiths University in a long-running industrial dispute involving applications to the Central Arbitration Committee, responding to industrial action (including strike action and action short of strike action) and defending associated employment tribunal claims and responding to contractual appeals.
  • Acted as Estée Lauder’s UK counsel on its acquisition of the iconic global brand, TOM FORD. Advised on employment aspects of the deal.
  • Acts for biopharmaceutical group Sosei Heptares on significant HR projects including providing in-house support by way of virtual secondment in relation to the roll-out of new contracts to all UK employees.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The practice at Trowers & Hamlins LLP covers matters ranging from TUPE to restructuring and employee competition matters. The team is led by Emma Burrows, who handles board level disputes and governance issues, as well as pensions related employment matters. Nicola Ihnatowicz, experienced in tribunal litigation as well as non-contentious work including business transformation and HR policy implementation, is also key.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emma Burrows

Autres avocats clés:

Nicola Ihnatowicz

Les références

‘The team are consistent in the advice they give and the way in which they give it. They work as a true team, and cover each other is one is not available to ensure that advice sought is given in a timely manner and is reactive to the needs of the business.’

‘Individuals within the team are personable and approachable, they adapt the advice away from legal jargon to ensure it is clear and understandable. They have incredible insight in to the challenges faced by employers and their advice is smart and pragmatic in line with risk.’

‘Emma Burrows is outstanding with good knowledge and understanding of a wide range of sectors. She has a wealth of experience and always provides pragmatic advice to deliver the best outcome for the client.’

Principaux clients


Bede House

Globe Locums Limited

Battersea Cats and Dogs

Hyde Group

Inflexion Private Equity Partners LLP

Nursing & Midwifery Council

South Essex Homes


Regulator of Social Housing

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised various Recruitment sector organisations on a wide range of employment issues, including employee competition, restructures, bonuses and senior executive exits.
  • Advised Save the Children on Employment Tribunals and day to day HR support.
  • Advised the London Borough of Croydon on the TUPE issues arising out of a repairs and maintenance reprocurement.

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP regularly provides transactional employment support, as well as providing representation in tribunal claims and assistance in handling internal grievances. Practice head Daniel Isaac is recommended for advice on board level disputes, terminations and hires. The team is known for its focus on employment work for the hospitality sector, but is expanding to other areas, with James Williams providing specialist advice on marine employment matters, including crew disputes, seafarer employment agreements and the Maritime Labour Convention.

Responsables de la pratique:

Daniel Isaac

Autres avocats clés:

James Williams

Les références

‘Daniel Isaac and James Williams are excellent and deliver great value for partner-level advice.’

‘James Williams was very responsive, extremely polite and what I value most: to the point, clear and pragmatic in his recommendations he gave us.’

‘Daniel Isaac and his team are very down to earth and pragmatic in their approach to dealing with Employment issues. They understand completely the client’s needs and the client’s company ethos which we find invaluable.’

Principaux clients

Fulcrum Asset Management LLP

Acer UK Limited

Revature UK Limited

Mitsui OSK Lines

Vivobarefoot Limited

Henry Schein UK Holding Ltd

Software of Excellence

Efficio Limited

The Analyst Research LLP/Analyst Alpha Generation Ltd

The Feed Group

Intratone UK Ltd

Wempe Jewellers London

Saffron Brand Consultants Ltd

Equiteq Advisors Ltd

TradingView UK Limited

Victoria Asset Management

Black & Blue (C) Limited

RCS Global Limited

Metrus Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Providing transactional support on the sale of TechQuarters to Babble, including advising on the application of TUPE, reviewing and amending warranties and indemnities, preparing employment documentation and due diligence.
  • Worked with VivoBarefoot on reimagining their contracts and supporting them on the whole employment lifecycle from hires in the UK and abroad, through employment benefits to terminations.
  • Advised Cedar Recruitment Limited on employment tribunal proceedings (including a successful application for strike out), day to day employment matters such as grievances, changes to terms and conditions, and the enforceability of post-termination restrictions.


Weightmans, recommended for its ‘sharp, commercially astute and charismatic practitioners‘, handles employment litigation regarding matters such as discrimination and worker status, including at Court of Appeal level. The firm is particularly noted for its healthcare sector expertise. Sejal Raja, a discrimination and whistleblowing claims specialist, heads up the team. She is supported by the experienced Michael Ryley and Alex Leslie.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sejal Raja

Autres avocats clés:

Michael Ryley; Alex Leslie

Les références

‘This team has a national stretch with sharp, commercially astute and charismatic practitioners. It is well led by Sejal Raja and she is supported by a team with expertise especially in areas such as NHS Trusts and care providers.’

‘Sejal Raja – is an exceptionally experienced, knowledgeable and talented practitioners of the highest quality. She is sensible and pragmatic and achieves the best results for clients time and time again.’

‘Very approachable and committed to delivering client outcomes.’

Principaux clients

Epson UK Limited

Parkinson UK

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Fitch Ratings Limited

Central and NorthWest London NHS Foundation Trust

Livent Limited

FMC Agro Limited

Elysium HealthCare Limited

Science Museum

Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

Barchester Healthcare Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Barchester on the ‘no jab no job’ policy and then successfully defended claims that were brought in the Employment Tribunal.
  • Advised Kickabout Production Limited in relation to employment status and IR35 in the Court of Appeal.
  • Advised a Charity client in respect of significant allegations of race discrimination in the work place and defending the claim.

Withers LLP

Withers LLP provides ongoing employment and HR support to a diverse group of clients in sectors ranging from charity to motorsports. The firm is recommended for high level employment contractual negotiations, post termination restrictions enforcement and defence of tribunal claims. The practice is led by professional and financial services employment expert Meriel Schindler. She is supported by Claire Christy and Hugh More.

Responsables de la pratique:

Meriel Schindler

Autres avocats clés:

Claire Christy; Hugh More; Emma Sanderson

Les références

‘Withers’ employment team has a wealth of experience in claims covering a range of legal issues, including claims with an employment and commercial angle. Client management is second to none; they fight hard, but are commercial and pragmatic at the same time.’

‘Claire Christy – an outstanding employment lawyer with expertise in commercial work as well. Fantastic at managing tricky clients and opponents, and a great tactician. Tough, but pragmatic.’

‘Meriel Schindler is very responsive, experienced, commercial/pragmatic and user friendly; all of the qualities that we look for in our external lawyers.’

Principaux clients



Aston Martin

Guide Dogs

Salt Pay

Edward James



Chipper Cash

Max Mara

Principaux dossiers

  • Advises Aston Martin Racing Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team on all aspects of employment law, including its contracts, day-to-day HR issues and post-termination restraints.
  • Advises UK charity Guide Dogs on employment, immigration and pensions issues affecting its large (c1,500 employees) and varied workforce.
  • Providing advice to Tate on a range of ad hoc employment related matters, such as strategic personnel issues including equality issues and trans rights.

Armstrong Teasdale

Armstrong Teasdale has strengths in HR support work, senior executive termination negotiations and claim management, and is described by clients as providing ‘a one-stop shop‘. Well known clients of the practice include Totaljobs and Lavazza.

Autres avocats clés:

Louise Smyth

Les références

‘Strong client understanding, great process management and expertise’

‘Great agility and knowledge.’

‘Quick to respond, polite and professional.

Principaux clients

Totaljobs Group

Lavazza Coffee UK Ltd

National Fostering Agency Group

HSF Health Plan Ltd

London Marathon Events Limited

Hackett Ltd

FKA Brands Ltd

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised London Marathon Events Ltd on a number of HR and employment law matters.
  • Advised the HR team at long-standing client, Lavazza Coffee UK Ltd, on a range of employment matters.
  • Advised Otto Bock Healthcare Ltd on the employment aspects of their acquisition of Pace Rehabilitation Limited.

Bellevue Law

Technology sector employment specialist Florence Brocklesby leads the team at Bellevue Law. The firm operates on a model whereby clients are provided with a lawyer acting as an outsourced in-house employment lawyer for set hours of the week, providing HR teams with immediate advice. Clients report that this model means the firm ‘stands out in a crowded field‘. Rachel Clementson and Imogen Finnegan are further key names to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Florence Brocklesby

Autres avocats clés:

Rachel Clementson; Imogen Finnegan; Leigh Edgar

Les références

‘This innovative hub of experienced employment lawyers is drawn from the ranks of former City/blue-chip solicitors, now breaking the mould to provide flexible, high quality legal services to a broad range of employers at competitive rates.’

‘They stand out in a crowded field. Their advice is always clear and accessible, often providing employers with the tactful support they need to overcome difficult disputes in Courts and Tribunals. The team is particularly collaborative, bringing in counsel early to develop a team-based approach.’

‘A champion of meaningful workplace equality.’

Principaux clients

L’Oréal UK

Principaux dossiers

  • Continues to advise L’Oréal on day-to-day UK employment law related matters.
  • Advising a security technology business on a wholesale change of employment contracts across its workforce of approximately 200.
  • Supporting a financial services firm on the creation of an innovative family leave policy under which all new parents – whether mother, father, biological or adoptive (including via surrogacy) – receive periods of leave and pay on the arrival of their child.

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP is recommended for ongoing HR support and advice on team hires and moves, often with a cross-border element. The firm is known for its specialism in the technology and life sciences sectors and frequently acts for clients in those spaces. Gareth Wadley leads the team, supported by of counsel Lizzie Field.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gareth Wadley

Autres avocats clés:

Lizzie Field

Les références

‘This team is the best employment practice I’ve worked with in over 25 years in HR. Gareth Wadley and the team are practical, pragmatic, commercial and very responsive. Their knowledge and capabilities are superior. They give the legal view of course but also cover market practice, commerciality, moral and ethical points.’

‘Gareth Wadley is exceptional and I class him (and his team) as team members rather than service providers.’

‘Lizzie Field is excellent.’

Principaux clients

Capgemini UK plc



Blue Diamond Limited

Flexera Software Limited

UniCredit Bank

Cashplus Bank


Expedia Group

Confluence Technologies

Ingram Micro

Orca Computing

Water UK

Orbis Investments

Fisher Investments

OMass Therapeutics Limited

Baringa Partners

SystemIQ Capital

Warner Media

Guardian News and Media

CesiumAstro Inc.

Girl Effect

Saffery Champness LLP

FIA Foundation

LiveRamp UK Ltd

Voice & Script International Ltd

Territory Studios

Jupiter Asset Management Limited

Idorsia Pharmaceuticals


Wellcome Trust

Flawless a.i.

Big Little Technology Ltd

Principaux dossiers

  • Advises Baringa Partners on all of its local and international employment matters and its global expansion plans.
  • Advised UniCredit Bank AG on all if its day-to-day employment matters in addition to specific projects and litigation.
  • Advised Texas-based satellite technology manufacturer CesiumAstro on the “acqui-hire” of the small team of founder inventors and expert software engineers together with the intellectual property and some of the business of two UK satellite modem manufacturers.

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP's London practice head Ann Bevitt assists clients with the employment aspects of establishing operations in the UK, as well as advising on risk management and defending tribunal claims including age discrimination and unfair dismissal cases. Nicola Squire and Chris Stack are further names to note. The US-headquartered firm specialises in acting for clients in the tech and fintech space and has a longstanding reputation for its work in these markets.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ann Bevitt

Autres avocats clés:

Nicola Squire; Chris Stack

Les références

‘Accommodating, responsive, practical, thoughtful and extremely professional.’

‘The team are very understanding and work well to stay up to date and support you even if there are absences in the team.’

‘Chris Stack was very understanding, helpful and supporting’

Principaux dossiers

Duane Morris LLP

Duane Morris LLP handles legal advice on ongoing internal HR work, as well as assisting in senior level exits and defending tribunal claims. Team moves and trade union relations are also areas of expertise. The practice is led by the highly experienced Nic Hart, a solicitor advocate with a strong trial record in employment tribunals (including in Scotland) and the EAT.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nic Hart

Autres avocats clés:

Alice Head

Edwin Coe LLP

Linky Trott leads the team at Edwin Coe LLP, which acts for clients in sectors ranging from hospitality to construction and tech to investment management. In addition to handling the employment aspects of large transactions, as well as sanctions related matters, the team also covers work for clients the charity sector, an area in which Ruth Hickling is a specialist. Claire Gilroy-Scott and Alexandra Bonner are also key, as is disability discrimination matters expert Emma Sangeelee.

Responsables de la pratique:

Linky Trott

Autres avocats clés:

Clare Gilroy-Scott; Alexandra Bonner; Ruth Hickling; Emma Sangeelee

Les références

‘A consistently high standard of advice and fast turn around second to none we have experienced from other legal advisers.’

‘Linky Trott is always available to give immediate and comprehensive advice in the context of our business values . She has taken the time to understand our business sectors and the need for pragmatic solutions.’

‘Good at understanding the nuances of the case. Meet deadlines. Good communicators.’

Principaux clients

Chubb Fire & Security Ltd and Chubb (NI) Ltd

Swaine Group Limited

Choice International Limited and Choice Forex Limited

Truphone Limited

Morris & Company (Shrewsbury) Limited

Otis Ltd

Principaux dossiers

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is recommended for international cross border employment matters, including post sales and acquisitions TUPE transfers. The firm also handles day to day HR support. Shah Qureshi leads the team jointly with Sybille Steiner, who is dual-qualified in the UK and Germany and recommended for advising German clients operating in the UK. The firm also serves a wider range of clients including Gatwick Airport and The Economist.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sybille Steiner; Shah Qureshi

Les références

‘Extremely helpful and always there to support my needs’

‘The team at Irwin Mitchell are there to help no matter what time of day or how small or big my needs. My direct contact is so supportive and informative and explains it in a way I can always understand.’

‘Vast areas of expertise’

Principaux clients

Association of Colleges

Gatwick Airport Ltd

Diesel Technic UK & Ireland

Costa Coffee

The Economist

Principaux dossiers

  • Appointed as the sole legal provider of employment law support to Gatwick Airport.
  • Provides employment law support to the Association of Colleges (AoC), giving a dedicated advisory service for over 300 AoC member colleges across the UK.
  • Provides day-to-day employment adviceDiesel Technic UK & Ireland.

Marriott Harrison LLP

Marriott Harrison LLP provides ongoing advice to corporate employer clients on UK employment law, working across a range of industries including banking, tech, music and retail to mitigate employment law risks. TUPE and financial services sector expert Bob Mecrate-Butcher leads the team. He is supported by the ‘knowledgeable, responsive and creativeRima Mehay and associates Ed Belam and Sofia Gottgens.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bob Mecrate-Butcher

Autres avocats clés:

Rima Mahey; Ed Belam; Sofia Gottgens

Les références

‘The level of service as well as the attention to the customer.’

‘Bob Mecrate-Butcher is an absolute star – he offers business acumen, practical assistance and advice, as well as clear, to the point guidance and support.’

‘They are very approachable – responsive, knowledgeable and comprehensive.’

Principaux clients

RBG Holdings PLC

Sony Music Publishing

Affinity Fragrances Limited

Principaux dossiers

Morrison Foerster

US firm Morrison Foerster's London team is recommended for advice on the employment law aspects of M&A deals, often with a cross-jurisdictional angle, and restructuring projects. Practice head Annabel Gillham is an expert on employee related data protection issues, as well as providing a breadth of non-contentious employment advice. Of counsel Oliver Spratt and associate Lara King are further names to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Annabel Gillham

Autres avocats clés:

Lara King, Oliver Spratt

Les références

‘Extremely responsive, commercial, pragmatic and thoughtful advice.’

‘Oliver Spratt is exceptional: he quickly became a trusted adviser.’

‘They are very strong in projects for tech companies and on other matters with a cross border employment aspect.’

Principaux clients


SoftBank Vision Fund II

CellPoint Digital


GLP Pte. Ltd.


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised eBay in connection with the employment law aspects of its acquisition of KnownOrigin.
  • Advised Endurance Acquisition Corp on the employment law aspects of its merger with SatixFy Communications Ltd.
  • Advising the administrators of Concert Live Ltd on the employment aspects of its restructuring.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP advises on the employment aspects of transactions, particularly in the online technology and sciences sectors. Nicola Whiteley, who focuses on strategic advice, TUPE issues, team moves and restructuring exercises, leads the team. She is supported by associates Emma Zarb and Charlotte Oliver.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nicola Whiteley

Autres avocats clés:

Charlotte Oliver; Emma Zarb

Les références

‘A great team very tech and founder focused, down to earth and extremely knowledgeable, led by the fantastic Nicola Whitely’

‘Nicola Whitely is tenacious, commercial and utterly down to earth.’

‘Orrick are highly responsive, practical, and provide pragmatic advice in my view.’

Principaux clients


ADM Investor Services International

Aptean, Inc.

Cambridge Glycoscience

Cisco International


GFT Financial Ltd


Hudson RPO Limited

Instil Bio, Inc

Kognitiv Corporation

Lilium GmbH



One Media IP Group plc

Ørsted Onshore A/S


Sabre Corporation



Trident Energy

Underdog Sports LLC

Workday Inc.

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Ford Next, LLC, a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) on employment law aspects related to the creation of Canopy, a joint venture with ADT Inc.
  • Advised Sonantic Limited on employment law aspects of its acquisition by Spotify.
  • Advised Shipamax on employment law aspects of its acquisition by WiseTech Global.


RSM UK Legal LLP - the legal arm of accounting firm RSM UK - assists with ongoing HR matters and the implementation of workforce structuring and restructuring projects. The firm is also recommended for senior investigations. As part of a tax and auditing firm, the practice is readily able to provide multidisciplinary advice. Charlie Barnes heads up the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Charlie Barnes

Autres avocats clés:

Jennifer Mansoor

Les références

‘A real strength has been their ability to tailor advice to our needs, not providing overkill but having a conservation with us as a client and fully understanding what those needs are.’

‘The responsiveness is impressive in terms of answering calls, emails or replying in a timely fashion. When something is outside their remit, a clear effort is made to gain information in a timely manner.’

‘We use RSM as our auditors and it was a logical step to contact them when we needed legal and HR advice for the furlough scheme. The team was there to walk us through the process of claims and drafting employee letters regarding the furlough scheme. They were invaluable.’

Principaux clients

Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services UK Limited

CitizenM London Bankside Operations B.V.

Wellington Country Park


Harbour Park Limited

Isabel Hospice

Lead Forensics Limited

Lingfield College

Skillcrown Homes Limited

W Westerman Ltd

W & G Harrison Limited

Montage Gold Corp

The Metrocentre Partnership

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising a temporary recruitment business in the health sector on the employment aspects of several key projects concerning the supply of temporary workers.
  • Advising an international company which provides maintenance equipment and services to industrial clients on the legal and practical consequences of the IR35legislation which included a review of its end-to-end processes from procurement to engagement with contractors to ensure compliance with the legislation.
  • Providing legal and strategic support to an international hotel chain on cases involving long-term sickness absence, disability discrimination, misconduct and employment tribunal claims.

Vedder Price

Vedder Price advises on day to day HR matters and regulatory compliance as well as the employment aspects of acquisitions. The firm acts for clients in a range of sectors including medical care, technology and aviation. Jonathan Maude, an expert on transaction related employment law as well as data protection, heads up the team. Associate Rachel Easton is recommended for her part in project managing restructures and acquisitions, as well as contentious work for the firm’s pro bono clients.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonathan Maude

Autres avocats clés:

Rachel Easton; Daniel Stander

Les références

‘The employment practice at Vedder Price is very well regarded for its international work. They can manage the employment aspects of transactions, and also they can manage the day-to-day employment work for global clients having operations in multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Very business oriented, and they demonstrate a flexibility in billings that make them be a very unique law firm with very unique capabilities.’

‘I must particularly highlight the name of Jonathan Maude, an extraordinary UK lawyer and a very well regarded international employment lawyer. Jonathan leads the employment team and is considered to be one of the most prestigious, amicable and respectful employment lawyer in the UK.’

Principaux clients

Harvey Nash Inc.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising and project managing the employment aspects of the strategic acquisition of Knoldus by NashTech.
  • Advising a company in the food delivery gig economy space in relation to holiday pay and employment status issues stemming from the UK Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Harpur Trust v Brazel, strategic changes to their operating model and changes to their contracts.
  • Advising a global manufacturer in the aviation industry on their data protection obligations, restrictive covenants and providing strategic commercial advice to prevent the misuse of confidential information.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP advises on the employment aspects of transactions, including in sectors such as renewable energy development and investment management. The team is jointly led by Devan Khagram, a maritime employment law expert, and aviation and financial services expert Anna Robinson. Senior associate Aarti Jagpal is also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Devan Khagram; Anna Robinson

Autres avocats clés:

Aarti Jagpal

Les références

‘The main strength of the WFW team was the effective collaboration. From the get go of the project, they were extremely well-informed, conscientious and efficient.’

‘The team is very pragmatic and has extensive knowledge.’

‘The matter was lead by Aarti Jagpal, who’s fantastic at managing all situations. Turnaround is swift and always very in-depth.’

Principaux clients

PGS Exploration (UK) Ltd

Fairphone B.V.

Tufton Investment Management Limited

Gamesys Ltd

Holland America Group (which included Princess Cruise Lines and is part of Carnival Corporation)

Frasers Management (UK) Limited

NGT Services UK Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Provided Fairphone with pro bono legal advice and support on the drafting and development of its Living Wage Bonus Agreement template.
  • Advised on the employment aspects of Societe Generale’s proposed acquisition of PayXpert.
  • Assisted on the employment aspects of a transaction for TEPCO.