Doyle Clayton, ELLINT’s member firm in the UK, has again been highly ranked by the Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession 2021.
The firm is ranked in Band 4 for Employer work in London by the Chambers UK Guide 2021, Band 1 for Employer Work in Thames Valley, and Band 2 for Senior Executive work in London. Numerous lawyers are ranked as highly-rated individual practitioners.
The Chambers UK guide’s comments for the London team are:
What the team is known for: Specialist firm acting for employers and senior executives. Adept at handling complex litigation, including that relating to restrictive covenants and High Court injunctions. Further assists employers with internal investigations and breach of contract disputes. Advises a wide spectrum of clients from the insurance, retail and charities sectors. Also regularly advises other legal professionals and clients from the financial services sector.
Strengths: Clients describe the team as “brilliant – always responsive, reliable and practical in their approach.”Others observe that the lawyers are “knowledgeable and very experienced in their field; they are excellent.”Sources describe this as “a high-class outfit with breadth of experience.”
Work highlights: Successfully acted for Peter Burton in the High Court litigation brought by AJ Gallagher and Alesco in which the claimants’ conspiracy claim was dismissed.
Notable practitioners: Dan Begbie-Clench is adept at advising employers in the financial services sector. He is experienced in handling a variety of employment matters including grievances and senior exits. “He’s a technically brilliant lawyer and an exceptional strategist.” “He provides wise counsel and advice, and is both thorough and pragmatic.” “He is highly responsive, strong technically, highly personable and easy to work with.”
Kate Mahoney assists senior executives with a range contentious employment issues. She is recognised for her knowledge of team moves and post-termination restrictions. “She has a superb approach and attitude to matters and is a total pleasure to deal with.” “She’s really good; she does lots of employee competition work and is really on top of that area. She definitely stands out.”
Peter De Maria has a broad practice encompassing all aspects of employment work for senior executives including whistle-blowing and discrimination claims. He is particularly experienced in team moves and restrictive covenants. “He’s excellent. He has a great ability to break down complex situations and explain steps and options in a simple way; he is strategic and thoughtful.” “He is extremely knowledgeable in the area of injunctions, particularly in the financial services arena. He’s first-class.” “He is wonderful – technical and strategic.”
The Chambers UK guide’s comments for the Reading/Thames Valley team are:
What the team is known for Provides outstanding service to both employers and individuals across the full spectrum of employment law. Noted for its work on employment litigation, with recent work including advice on whistle-blowing claims. Adept at advising on data protection matters, redundancies and reorganisations, along with business sales and acquisitions. Also able to assist with areas including benefits schemes, restrictive covenants and employment status matters. Specialist expertise representing clients in the finance and insurance industries.
Strengths: Sources say: “They are a very bright firm and they really know their stuff.”
Work highlights: Advised Destinations of the World on a question of worker status for individuals engaged across Europe under consultancy agreements.
Notable practitioners: James Anderson is an experienced solicitor undertaking a full spectrum of employment law issues which encompass matters pertaining to joint ventures, restrictive covenants and gross misconduct. He regularly works with clients in the financial sector.
Piers Leigh-Pollitt is a highly respected practitioner with an exceptional reputation in data protection and GDPR-related matters. He also regularly advises his clients on discrimination and constructive unfair dismissal claims. “He’s very knowledgeable and practical.” “He has a good practice and is very good with GDPR work.”
Tina Wisener is a well-respected solicitor known for her expert handling of restrictive covenants, discrimination and sexual harassment matters. She maintains a broad client base acting for clients in a range of sectors including technology, pharmaceuticals and higher education. “She is an outstanding lawyer. She is very down to earth, she tells clients as it is and she is very practical and pragmatic.” “She is really knowledgeable, has the experience and knows her stuff. She is a real quality lawyer.“