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Employment

4 ranked lawyersBand 2ScotlandUK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Offers advice across a wide range of employment issues, with the firm particularly recognised for its work with large financial services clients. Also regularly advises clients in the energy and industrial engineering sectors. International network allows the team to handle complex cross-border employment issues. Advises clients on employment litigation, regularly handling disputes in tribunals and in the higher courts, with particular activity on claims surrounding whistle-blowing, discrimination and pay.

Strengths

A commentator remarks: "It is clear that there is a wealth of knowledge and experience within the firm. All of the team demonstrate the same high quality service."

An interviewee adds: "They can be relied upon for their excellent guidance and direction."

Sources say CMS is "an excellent firm with consistent strength in depth."

Work highlights

Continues to act for Stonewall in its defence of a tribunal claim brought by Allison Bailey, a barrister at Garden Court. The team are defending a claim by Ms Bailey that Stonewall instructed Garden Court to discriminate against her.

Notable practitioners

Alison Woods is co-head of CMS's UK employment team. She advises clients across a range of sectors including technology and media, while offering particular strength handling matters pertaining to the oil and gas industry. She acts on the employment aspects of transactions, such as the application of TUPE, with further experience of senior executive departures.
"Alison is fantastic. She provides practical, straightforward advice and is accessible and responsive."

Eric Gilligan advises on issues surrounding senior executive departures such as exit bonuses and restrictive covenants. He also assists with whistle-blowing matters.

Finlay McKay acts for clients across a range of matters from the employment aspects of commercial transactions to claims alleging bullying, harassment and unfair dismissal. He also advises on senior executive departures including issues surrounding exit bonuses and restrictive covenants.
"He's always very responsive and gives both the legal answer and a commercially appropriate answer."

Gillian MacLellan represents clients in sensitive claims before the Employment Tribunal relating to discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing. She also advises on redundancy measures and employee transfers.
"Working with Gillian is always a privilege, she offers sound advice and guidance."

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Scotland

Employment


Alison Woods
Band 1
Eric Gilligan
Band 4
Finlay McKay
Band 4
Gillian MacLellan
Band 3