Legal 500 2018-19 Guide recognises Doyle Clayton amongst leading UK employment and workplace lawyers

ELLINT is delighted to announce that UK member firm Doyle Clayton and many of its lawyers have again been ranked as leading employment and workplace law practitioners in the Legal 500 UK Guide 2018-19.

Employment law – London

The London offices of the firm are ranked by Legal 500 UK 2018-19 in Tier 5 for employment law work for employers, and in Tier 2 for advice to Senior Executives.

Legal 500 comments that “‘Strong boutique employment firm’ Doyle Clayton is ‘excellent for senior executive work’ and has ‘unparalleled strength in depth and exceptional technical knowledge’. Group leader Darren Clayton is ‘a wily litigator and knows how to get the best deal for his clients’; he recently worked with Jennifer Nicol to represent an individual in a High Court injunction claim. Clients also praise the ‘excellent’ Peter Doyle, the ‘very sharp and pragmatic’ Peter De Maria and ‘fantastic collaborator’ Dan Begbie-Clench; Doyle is a key name for employment disputes, De Maria recently advised a global financial services business on the recruitment of ten senior investment bankers from a competitor and Begbie-Clench represented a partner in an actuarial consulting business in a race and religious discrimination claim.”

Business Immigration – London

The Business Immigration team is ranked in Tier 5 in London.

Legal 500 comments that “The team at Doyle Clayton is ‘always prompt’, ‘very commercially minded’ and provides ‘straightforward advice’ for multinationals, SMEs, international law firms and high net worth individuals. Fueled, VAT IT UK, VAT Compliance Europe and WTax UK are clients. UK head of immigration Anita de Atouguia has ‘lengthy experience and knowledge of the immigration process’. Senior associate Elizabeth Timmins has a particular focus on the education sector. Associate Nicola Richards’ ‘command of UK immigration law is excellent’.”

The firm’s Education team is ranked in Tier 1 for advice to individuals. Legal 500 comments that the team has ‘a well-deserved reputation’ in this area advising teachers, with Partner Simon Henthorn ranked as a Leading Individual.

Employment law – Thames Valley/Reading

The Thames Valley/Reading offices of the firm are ranked by Legal 500 UK 2018-19 in Tier 1 for employment law work for employers. Partner Tina Wisener is ranked as a Leading Individual, with Victoria Burnip and Verity Saxon ranked as Next Generation Lawyers.

Legal 500 comments that “Doyle Clayton ‘inspires confidence and takes time to understand the client’s strategy and aims’. Practice head Tina Wisener has particular expertise in outsourcing and TUPE transfer matters, restructuring, and employment-related FCA issues, as well as whistleblowing and discrimination cases. Wisener recently advised telecoms company Lebara on all the employment law considerations of its sale to Palmarium, and, alongside Victoria Burnip, also defended Chestertons before the Court of Appeal in a landmark case surrounding disclosure in the public interest. Piers Leigh-Pollitt is an expert in advising on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), working with clients and specialist consultants on the move towards uniform GDPR compliance. Senior associate Verity Saxon heads the firm’s Reading office litigation team and regularly defends clients in complex multi-discrimination employment tribunal claims. Recent mandates for James Anderson include collective redundancies, discrimination claims and wage deductions. Sukhpal Matharoo is strong in assisting financial services clients with their employment law concerns, recently advising a bank on the appropriate strategies to follow in a major reorganisation of its business.”

Business Immigration – Thames Valley/Reading

The Thames Valley/Reading Business Immigration team is ranked in Tier 2.

Legal 500 comments that “Clients ‘love working with’ Doyle Clayton’s immigration practice, thanks in part to its ability to ‘break down complex processes in an easy to understand way; it combines in-depth legal knowledge with practical, commercially-focused and tailored advice delivered in plain English’. Victoria Burnip splits her time between Reading and London and acts for a sizeable list of commercial clients, as well as a growing number of individuals on immigration matters. The practice has experienced significant growth in cross-border work, and continues to advise both longstanding and new commercial clients on their sponsor licence applications.”