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Our specialist employment and pensions team brings niche expertise tailored to the sector in which you work.

That’s why we’re trusted by clients ranging from major retailers through to educational establishments, public sector organisations, global manufacturers and those trading in the energy and natural resources sector.

With one of the largest employment and pensions teams outside London, we protect some of the most recognisable brand names in the UK. We understand that people are your most important asset and that careful management of employment law matters can mean the difference between achieving your organisational objectives and opening yourself up to financial and reputational risk.

To find out more about the full breadth of our pensions expertise, please visit our dedicated Pensions page

Our Employment Team take the time needed to get to know you and your organisation. Understanding your commercial ethos and goals is important to us, as is asking the right questions so that we get to the heart of the problem as quickly and effectively as possible.

We provide clear, practical advice on all areas of employment law, ranging from drafting and reviewing contracts, policies and procedures, through to structuring employee pensions and benefits, handling immigration matters for executives and, should the worst happen, protecting your interests through the dispute resolution process.

Our team includes experienced advocates as well as being supported by some of the best specialist barristers, tax experts, corporate lawyers and wealth management professionals in the sector. One of our partners is a part-time employment judge and all of our employment partners and solicitors are members of the Employment Lawyers Association.

"They've got real strength in depth, which is reassuring. They are always able to field someone of sufficient status and authority to handle the work. We think very highly of them."

"They are committed to developing excellent working relationships with clients, and are well structured to deal with all aspects of employment law matters." 

"They are great - great value, and they handle a high churn of employment testimonial claims without compromising quality. Very commercial, intelligent, and they understand the business and our goals." 

"They are thoroughly knowledgeable and good in terms of responding. We are completely satisfied with them as our advisers."

"All of the lawyers we have dealt with have exceptional knowledge of pension schemes but are prepared to take the time and make the effort to explain issues in a way that can be understood by a layperson."

Chambers 2017

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Examples of work

Large-scale employment projects, recent examples include:

  • Post Office on high-profile national industrial action taken by CWU/CMA UNITE.
  • English Heritage continuing advice on £85million separation into regulatory arm and a charity to manage its portfolio of historic buildings. 
  • Countrywide Farmers on its simultaneous sale of three parts of its livestock feed and forage business, plus its arable products and crop marketing companies, for £18.5 million.

High Level Litigation

  • Advising a company in relation to the settlement of holiday pay claims affecting approximately 180 employees, including collective consultation and Acas early conciliation.
  • Advising an insurance broker on breaches of restrictive covenants by employees, including advising on strategy and pursuing litigation against the employees and their new employer. Proceedings were issued and the matter was settled, with payments being made to our client.
  • Acting for an NHS trust in relation to its defence of a large number of equal pay claims. The advancement of technical issues resulted in the withdrawal of the vast majority of the claims, with the remainder being struck out by the employment tribunal.
  • Successfully defending five ex-employees of a business in an application to the High Court for a springboard injunction and an injunction to enforce restrictive covenants (the reported case of CEF Holdings Ltd and another v Mundey and others).

Retail clients include: Sainsbury's, Signet Group, Post Office, Specsavers, Countrywide Farmers plc and Cotswold Outdoors.

Financial services clients include: AIG, Arthur J Gallagher, LV=, Virgin Money, Old Mutual Wealth Management (formerly Skandia) and GMAC.

Our clients include: Post Office, Sainsbury's, AIG, English Heritage, Formica, Vertu Motors, SABIC, Huntsman Corporation, TOTAL Petrochemicals, AAF Ltd, Badee, City Hospitals Sunderland, Devon Partnership NHS Trust, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, ST Microelectronics, Doddle, Plymouth University, Associated British Ports, B&Q, Carnival, Colgate-Palmolive, Ordnance Survey, Specsavers and Signet Group.