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The South Employment
Band 1

3 Ranked Lawyers

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Employment - The South
Band 1
What the team is known for

Charles Russell Speechlys act predominantly for large-scale companies, as well as smaller regional entities, with notable expertise in the financial sector as well as charities and utilities. Also draws on its global network of offices to provide multi-jurisdictional advice. Experience acting for financial services clients extends to senior executive and international transfers.


An interviewee says: "I have always been impressed with the speed with which I get a response."

Others note: "They are brilliant, very strong - a go-to firm."

Work highlights

Advising Rapha Racing on a range of UK and cross-border employment matters, including COVID-19 complications, employee contracts and policy reviews.

Notable practitioners

Ben Smith regularly advises charities, educational institutions and religious organisations on grievances, disciplinary actions, redundancies and TUPE transfers as well as employment tribunal proceedings.
"Ben offers measured, professional, supportive and excellent guidance." "Nothing is too much trouble, he is happy to talk through everything."

Andy Williams assists with pension issues, reorganisations, contractual issues and TUPE matters.
"He has strong business acumen as well as comprehensive employment and pension law expertise." "Andy is always able to work with me on a pragmatic solution and I have always found him to be helpful, no matter how short notice."

Emily Chalkley is a senior associate who has expertise within the financial services, retail and TMT sectors. She is particularly specialised in sex discrimination and equal pay litigation.
"Emily's advice was helpful, concise, and crucially it was provided quickly when we were under extreme time pressure." "She was absolutely fantastic within a highly sensitive matter for a big client."

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Andy Williams
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Ben Smith
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Emily Chalkley
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