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first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Movers and shakersOn 1 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Who’s doing what on the national employment law scene?  We give the low-down on this year’shigh-fliers, as chronicled in the latest Legal 500Once again employment law has seen a year of dynamic change, both in termsof substantive law and the market, with many firms enlarging their teams tocope with the continuing developments in this increasingly important practicearea. Heading the table again this year, two firms stand out in terms of both sizeand long-term commitment to employment law. Baker & McKenzie, ably led bypartner Christine O’Brien, has not been as adversely affected as was expectedby the departure in April 1999 of Fraser Younson. Among the work of the fivepartners and 21 assistants last year was the successful defence of a £9mwrongful dismissal case in Wheatley v Control Techniques and Emerson ElectricCo, and winning for bankers JP Morgan in an indirect sex discrimination casebrought by former female vice-president Aisling Sykes. Simmons &Simmons has an outstanding team, with four partners and 20assistants led by the high-profile Janet Gaymer and the other partners, WilliamDawson, Simon Watson and Mark Hewland, all highly respected practitioners. Inthe last year, the group has significantly expanded its financial servicescapability with new clients including Deutsche Bank, alongside existing clientsFirst National Bank of Chicago. Eversheds, with a national reputation for employment law, is a strong forcein London. The dynamic Elaine Aarons heads up a team of 14 assistants alongwith partners Roger Steel, Helga Breen and Rob McCreath. In the past 12 monthsthe firm has advised the FSA on the creation of the Financial Ombudsman schemeand advised CGU on its reorganisation following the merger between CommercialUnion and General Accident. Fox Williams is home to heavy hitters Ronnie Fox and Jane Mann. Fox is knownas a tough negotiator with a distinctive style, while Mann is the incumbentchairperson of the Employment Lawyers Association. The firm successfullydefended a sex discrimination claim for Charman Underwriting Agencies and alsoacted for the former managing director of Saga Petroleum in a discriminationsuit, illustrating both employer and employee expertise. Lewis Silkin’s employment team of five partners and ten assistants is jointlyled by Michael Burd and James Davies, strong players with complementary skills.The past year saw it act for Kamlesh Bahl in her dispute with the Law Societyand advise the Interpublic Group on the employment implications arising fromthe merger of The Lowe Group and Lintas, two of the UK’s leading advertisingagencies. Lovells’ London team of ten assistants is headed by Andrew Williamson andalso boasts partners David Harper, Naomi Feinstein and Elizabeth Slattery, whohas recently returned from an in-house secondment at Barclays Group. In thepast year the firm has been heavily involved in a number of significanttribunal cases for clients including Ford, Texaco and Esso, while on thecorporate side, it was involved in the Trinity/Mirror and Aegon/Guardian RoyalExchange deals. At Rowe & Maw, partners Julian Roskill and Nicholas Robertson are bothhighly regarded and in the past year, the firm has advised Reuters and VirginRail on corporate employment matters, as well as acting for Derek Wanless onhis departure from NatWest. Allen & Overy enjoyed a successful year, reporting 30 per cent growth inthe employment department, and recruiting high-profile Karen Seward fromPinsent Curtis. Mark Mansell leads a growing team of 14 assistants who workpurely on employment matters. New clients include CSFB, Cable & Wirelessand Coca Cola. At CMS Cameron McKenna, well-liked Simon Jeffreys heads a team of nineassistants with fellow partner Anthony Fincham. While corporate support workmakes up roughly one third of the practice, the firm advises and litigates forclients in a range of industries, including financial services,pharmaceuticals, retail, defence and engineering. Its client base includesAmazon.com and the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. Well-regarded David Green heads up the team at Charles Russell, whichconsists of 11 assistants along with fellow partner Lisa Mayhew. The firm actedsuccessfully on behalf of Suresh Anisetti in his high-profile racialdiscrimination case against Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank and also has a good corporateclient base. Clifford Chance LLP has three partners and 17 assistants. Department headChris Osman is ably assisted by partners Bruce Hedley and Chris Goodwill andwhile roughly one third of its practice is corporate support, Clifford ChanceLLP dealt with approximately 200 employment tribunal cases against the OpenUniversity. Following the merger of Denton Hall and Wilde Sapte, Denton Wilde Sapte nowboasts an employment team of five partners and eight assistants, led by therespected Stephanie Dale and Guy Fifield. Strong in entertainment, energy,banking, projects and insolvency, the new firm’s clients include Old Mutual plcand the World Professional Snooker and Billiards Association. Herbert Smith’s employment group has ten assistants and three partners, ledby the capable John Farr. Particularly strong on contentious matters, the firmacted for David Montgomery on his departure from the Mirror Group, litigatedagainst CSFB on the Flaming Ferraris affair and advised the government on theemployment implications of creating the Greater London Authority, involving thetransfer of 55,000 employees. The past year saw Linklater’s employment group, consisting of 16 assistantsled by the astute Raymond Jeffers, boost its contentious practice. Litigationpartner Mark Humphries has aligned his practice with the employment group andappeared for the AEB in the Court of Appeal in Humphreys v University ofOxford, an important Tupe decision. The firm also has an enviable corporateclient base which includes ABN Amro, Vodafone Airtouch and SmithKline Beecham. A firm with a strong national reputation for employment law, Osborne ClarkeOWA has three partners and 11 assistants based in London, with further plansfor expansion. Led by Christopher Southam, the firm counts Prudential and theProfessional Golfers Association among its client base. At Ashurst Morris Crisp, Caroline Carter heads a young and dynamic team. Thefirm acts for the new management at Arrows Formula One and was involved in theOne2One transaction on behalf of Deutche Telekoms. Beachcroft Wansbroughs is the acknowledged market leader for employment lawin the health field and in Elizabeth Adams, head of the national employmentdepartment, and Rachel Dineley, has two highly respected practitioners as wellas a team of ten solicitors. DLA has an excellent national reputation for employment and fields a team offive partners and 15 assistants in London, headed by Tim Marshall. Particularlyrecommended for discrimination cases, the firm has set up an HR consultancy inthe past year. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is particularly strong on corporate work. Thefirm acted on the Hewlett-Packard demerger which involved the transfer of50,000 employees across 40 jurisdictions. Partners Peter Jeffcote and NicholasSquire are well regarded. Fraser Younson and David Dalgarno have got off to a strong start atMcDermott, Will & Emery, since beginning the practice in April 1999. Withseven assistants and plans for further expansion, clients include DresdnerKleinwort Benson, Levi Strauss & Co and Marks & Spencer. The first USfirm to invest heavily in employment, this is definitely one to watch. At Olswang, partners Catherine Taylor, Julia Palca and Sarah Keeble lead ateam of nine assistants with plans for expansion. Particularly known for itsmedia work, clients include Granada and the Guardian. Paisner and Co lost long-standing partner Stephen Levinson to KLegal inspring 2000 – a high-profile departure which will affect the department. But itretains a strong client base and a team of eight assistants led by partnerAlexandra Davidson. With a nationally respected employment practice led by Leeds partner Dr JohnMcMullen, Pinsent Curtis has expanded in London. However, the loss of respectedpartner Karen Seward to Allen & Overy is a blow. Clients include ThistleHotels and British Gas, while financial services is becoming an increasinglyimportant area for the firm. At Slaughter and May, the respected Howard Jacobs leads a large team whichis particularly recommended for corporate matters, while Speechly Bircham,headed by Alan Julyan, is also recommended. Kate Brearley and Tom Flanagan of Stephenson Harwood have excellentreputations. Brearley is known for her expertise in restrictive covenants,while Flanagan is an authority on Tupe and employee consultation. Taylor Joynson Garrett, where partners Andrew Granger and Carolyn Saundershead up a team of eight assistants, is recommended. The firm won Legal BusinessEmployment Team of the Year award 1999 for its work on the National Buslitigation. Theodore Goddard is also respected in the marketplace. In addition to the expertise available at the firms recommended here, otherfirms with good employment practices include Biddle; Lawrence Graham, whereGeorgina Keane of Richards Butler has joined Yvonne Gallagher as head ofdepartment; Clyde & Co; Field Fisher Waterhouse; Garretts; Glovers;Harbottle & Lewis; and Jones & Warner, where David Warner is building astrong niche reputation. last_img read more