Employment law on top of the agenda

David Poddington, head of employment law at Taylor&Emmet LLP
David Poddington, head of employment law at Taylor&Emmet LLP
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South Yorkshire boasts a wealth of employment law expertise with no fewer than 11 firms from the area listed in the latest edition of the Legal 500.

DLA Piper, HLW Keeble Hawson and Nabarro share a place in the top ranking.

Alan Chalmers heads the practice at DLA Piper and, with Clare Gregory, handles outsourcing work, offering combined expertise which included dealing with complex discrimination cases and cases involving the European Union Acquired Rights Directive and the UK Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment), or TUPE, regulations.

The Legal 500 also highlights the work of promoted partner Gurpreet Duhra and David Bradley, who is UK regional head of DLA Piper’s employment group, in addition to being joint global leader of its group covering activites in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

HLW Keeble Hawson’s Sheffield and Doncaster offices both secure a mention for their employment law expertise.

Its employment team is led by Barry Warne, whose expertise in advising on TUPE arrangements relating to large-scale public sector outsourcing, change of contractor arrangements, and executive severance is highlighted.

Clients include Chesterfield FC.

Nabarro’s department, headed by Tracey Marsden, recently advised the University of the Arts in London on a number of matters.

Howells, Irwin Mitchell, Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley, Taylor & Emmet and Wake Smith all secure places behind the top three and are followed by Hill Dickinson, Thompsons Solicitors and Barnsley’s sole representative, MKB Solicitors.

The work of Howells’ Pam Kenworthy and Scott Sim on behalf of claimants in discrimination and unfair dismissal cases is highlighted, as is the firm’s expertise in disability discrimination cases.

Irwin Mitchell is cited as having particular expertise in trade union and labour relations law and a focus on the manufacturing and education sectors, while Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley’s work for national and international companies is highlighted

Taylor & Emmet’s growing national practice, led by David Poddington, is noted for its work in the education sector, on unfair dismissal, breach of contract and whistleblowing cases and tribunal claims relating to an alleged TUPE transfer.

Wake Smith’s team, headed by Mark Serby, is known for advising regional SMEs on TUPE issues, changes to contractual terms, restructuring, and compromise agreements for senior executives. It also acts for the third sector and private schools.

Hill Dickinson is gaining a reputation for work in the social housing and sports sectors and includes Sheffield FC and Southampton FC among its clients

Thompsons’ five-strong team, led by Andrew James, represents trade unions such as the PCS and union-backed employees in rule book and industrial action issues. Barnsley-based MKB Solicitors’ team, headed by Simon Brian and including Ben McFeely, advises on a range of employment and HR-related issues.