A year in the provincesOn 1 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Excellence in employment law stretches well beyond the capital: the regionsare a rich source of diverse expertise, as these extracts from the legal 500showEast Anglia Eversheds has an outstanding partner in each of its East Anglian offices:Owen Warnock in Norwich, Dilys Lloyd in Ipswich and Ian Mather in Cambridge.Warnock heads the team, which has a long-standing and impressive public andprivate sector client list and attracted significant new instructions in 1999. Greenwoods Solicitors partner Robert Dillarstone, in addition to histechnical skills, is known as an affable and responsive lawyer. At Hewitson Becke & Shaw, partners Nick Sayer and Tim Tyndall arebuilding up expertise in trade secrets and restrictive covenants-related work,handling some large cases. Both Tyndall and team head Sayer undertake advocacy.Mills & Reeve acts for a wide range of local businesses, plcs, educationinstitutions, local authorities and NHS trusts. The firm successfully defendeda local authority in a deduction from wages claim made by more than 180employees. East Midlands Hilary Campion heads the highly rated employment team at Eversheds. In 1999the firm advised Vinshire Plumbing and Heating in a successful claim concerningthe definition of “relevant transfer” under Tupe. Other clientsinclude WH Smith News Division, The Post Office and the East MidlandsDevelopment Agency. Browne Jacobson’s four-partner employment team is led by Edward Benson, anacknowledged expert in the field. Recently the firm successfully defendedNottingham City Hospital NHS Trust in a claim by a doctor for dismissal andredundancy pay and also Derby City Council against a complaint of race and sexdiscrimination. Clients include Derbyshire Police and Nottingham Forest plc. David Potter, who heads Freeth Cartwright’s employment services department,has been retained on the employment law panel of PowerGen UK plc, and colleagueRichard Bullock recently acted on the mediation of a £1m claim by a dismissedmanaging director. The firm also successfully represented an employee in anunfair dismissal claim against Boots plc. The North In Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Dickinson Dees operates a broad-ranging employmentdepartment headed by Glenn Calvert. It handles both contentious andnon-contentious matters and is supported by specialist practitioners inpensions, tax and data protection. The firm’s major coup during the year wasattracting contentious specialist Robin Bloom from Jacksons. Clients includeArriva, Northern Electric and Northumbrian Water. Eversheds will feel the loss of the highly rated associate Seamus Sweeney,who returned to the Bar during 1999. But at partner level Michael Ord, formerlylead employment partner at Wilkinson Maughan before that firm’s merger withEversheds, has transferred back to Newcastle from the firm’s Teesside office.Eversheds is especially active in collective industrial disputes, in whichrespect it acted for more than 400 claimants in connection with TUPEproceedings brought against ICI. Short Richardson & Forth has a highly focused employment practice headedby one of the best-known practitioners in the region, Michael Short. Thedepartment has four fee-earners specialising in employment work for clientssuch as Nissan, Newcastle Building Society and Durham County Council. PartnerSharon Langridge, a member of the Maternity Alliance, is also highly regarded. North West Addleshaw Booth & Co has an excellent reputation throughout the region.In Manchester, Malcolm Pike and Andrew Chamberlain lead a team of 10 full-timelawyers. Clients include American Airlines, Punch Taverns and United Utilities.Three of Hammond Suddards Edge’s employment partners are based inManchester, led by the well-thought-of national group head, Sue Nickson. Havingdoubled in size and turnover in the past three years, the Manchester departmentis now the largest in the region, boasting 18 fee-earners. Last year it wasappointed the sole UK employment law adviser to Motorola Ltd. Employment law is the bedrock of the general practice of Mace & Jones,which offers the services of renowned department head Martin Edwards inLiverpool and partner Michael Malone in Manchester. Clients include Shell UK,Mersey Docks & Harbour Company and the Merseyside Police Authority. The vast majority of Cobbetts’ employment work is stand-alone. Among avaried portfolio of clients are Sharp Electronics (UK), Royal Ordnance plc andCussons International. Experienced tribunal advocate Jeff Middleton and teamleader Judith Watson have strong reputations. DLA has two leading individuals in Vincent Reston in Liverpool and MaryClarke in Manchester. In Liverpool the team continues to advise Cammell Lairdon issues arising from the acquisition of Northeast Shipyards. Adding anotherdimension to the service, last year the firm launched its dedicated HRconsultancy service. The South West Bevan Ashford’s team of four partners (including David Widdowson and SarahLamont) and eight assistants has been making significant inroads into theBristol employment market. The client base has widened from the NHS, and nowincludes private and other public sector bodies. In the past year the firmacted for Dr Kay Swinburne in her high-profile sex discrimination case againstDeutsche Bank. The Human Resources Unit at Burges Salmon (Bristol) undertakes employmentmatters and is widely respected. The unit recently advised General Electric onTUPE issues arising from a computer outsourcing project. Other clients includeBritish Aerospace and First Great Western plc. Until recently Osborne Clarke OWA (Bristol) treated employment matters as asupport service to corporate clients. It is now a designated national practicearea, and 70 per cent of the department’s work is free-standing. Under theguidance of Nicholas Moore and Julian Hemming turnover has increased by a thirdin the past year. Bond Pearce in Plymouth has one of the largest employment practices in thesouth, and acts for the Post Office, Virgin Group and English Heritage. West Midlands Employment is a highly competitive practice area in Birmingham, and thequality of service distinguishes the Birmingham market from other regions wherethe City-style “one-stop shop” employment practice has not beendeveloped to such a degree. Eversheds has been awarded a place in the top tier for its superior clientlist, gaining a wealth of high-profile new instructions in 1999 such as CapGemini, IBM and McDonalds Restaurants. The firm recorded an impressive 25 percent increase in turnover in this area in 1999. James Retallack is widely acknowledged as one of the most personable andcharismatic lawyers in Birmingham, and with the highly regarded department headVeronica Dean is considered one of the driving forces behind the continuingsuccess of the Hammond Suddards Edge employment practice. Although it has arelatively small team, the company has a superb reputation and a burgeoningclient list, including Delphi Automotive Systems and Compass Group plc. Wragge & Co has the largest employment team in Birmingham. Itsdepartment head Martin Chitty and associate Anna Fletcher are both highlycommended. Clients include AT&T, Lloyds TSB Group and PowerGen. Yorkshire John McMullen, national head of employment at Pinsent Curtis in Leeds, isthe region’s most widely acknowledged employment specialist and a nationalauthority on Tupe. The three-partner, six-assistant Leeds-based employment teamis clear of the competition, receiving regular instructions from a range ofhousehold names. Gains in 1999 include GNER and Marks & Spencer. Hammond Suddards, also in Leeds, has built up its team to comprise 12fee-earners. Mark Shrives is recommended for work on drafting and enforcingcovenants, Tupe advice and discrimination and harassment claims. CatherinePrest has boosted the department’s profile since her arrival from Eversheds in1999. The firm advised CGU on the introduction of collective and unionrecognition agreements. At Addleshaw Booth & Co, Colin Tweedie is a well-regarded figureservicing a strong client base. The department advised CGU on the employmentaspects of its various acquisitions and disposals in relation to its estateagency business. DLA has a team of six solicitors headed by David Hill, which in 1999 addedColin Ions, an experienced HR consultant, to the team to provide a one-stopshop for clients with HR issues. Clients include Abbeycrest plc, Dixons Groupplc and Henlys Group plc. Wales Eversheds is the market leader. Partner Viv Du-Feu has a first-ratereputation, and the practice is fuelled by excellent work and quality clients,including US multinationals. Last year Edwards Geldard, whose practice is jointly led by two partners,Carys Lang and Stephen Jenkins, acted in several high-profile employmentdisputes. Hugh James Ford Simey was the only firm other than Eversheds to be appointedto the employment panel for the Welsh Development Agency in February 2000. Morgan Cole’s experienced employment department has been involved insignificant matters, one involving hundreds of High Court claims. Scotland Edinburgh’s Mackay Simon, Scotland’s only niche employment practice, remainstop of the league for employment law work. Founding partners Malcolm Mackay andShona Simon are well known as leading employment specialists. Dundas & Wilson in Glasgow and Edinburgh possesses three respectedpractitioners in Eilidh Cameron, Euan MacLeod and David Walker. They are part ofa team totalling 10 lawyers which is particularly strong on the employmentaspects of mergers and takeovers. In 1999 the team represented Kwikform UK on130 Working Time-related employment tribunal claims. Glasgow-based Harper Macleod’s employment practice notched up someimpressive achievements in 1999. Strong on contentious matters, the firm actedfor the appellants in an appeal to the House of Lords in the equal pay case,Marshall & Ors v Glasgow City Council. Partners Rod McKenzie and Stephen Millerare both accredited specialists and are highly recommended. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.