Eversheds Sutherland

Employment Department

North West
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What the team is known for Pre-eminent firm acting for UK-based and international employers across a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Areas of strength include executive terminations, business immigration and the employment aspects of corporate transactions. Also represents clients before the Employment Tribunal in claims surrounding unfair dismissal, discrimination and holiday pay issues. A deep bench of experienced practitioners with recognised expertise in the education, utilities and retail sectors.

Strengths One client enthuses: "They are well organised and client-focused, providing a holistic service by drawing on a range of specialist advisers and delivering real results."

Another appreciates that "they take the time to understand our business and develop strong relationships."

"They are proactive, supportive and approachable," adds a source.

Work highlights Advised Ecolab on the potential impacts of Brexit on business immigration, regarding international assignment issues and impacts on cross-border operations.

Notable practitioners


Diane Gilhooley
has particular expertise in the higher education field, advising on contract changes and immigration issues. She has further strength representing clients before the Employment Tribunal involving unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.


Michael Thompson
acts on negotiations of senior executive exits and business immigration issues. He provides further strength in restrictive covenants and wage disputes, as well as advising on restructuring mandates.
"He is incredibly hard-working and down to earth."


Naeema Choudry
advises on exits and appointments of senior executives as well as representing clients at the Employment Tribunal on unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. She also assists with company-wide training projects.
"She understands our business and sees the wider strategic picture. She is business-savvy and insightful and helps to think through the options and impacts of different courses of action, providing excellent advice. She is proactive, supportive and open."