Why do I use Paris Smith for my employment law advice? I use them because they always offer timely, honest and pragmatic advice which results in us being able to make decisions necessary for the business from an employment law perspective. I have worked with David Roath and Clive Dobbin for over ten years and know that when I phone them up they will listen and act in a professional and friendly way whether it is for general employment law advice or something more complicated. The firm also supports us by offering excellent training seminars which ensure we keep well informed of new or changing legislation in the employment law arena. I have always enjoyed my interactions with the team at Paris Smith and look forward to working with them in the future.
- Mary Garner, HR Director, Cobham TCS Ltd
Paris Smith has worked with Southampton Football Club on a number of key projects including the financing and relocation to St Mary’s, Intellectual Property Rights, Concert Planning, Employment and Licensing.
- Southampton FC
Our 4 large primary schools converted to becoming a Multi Academy Trust in April 2015. Despite being allocated a ‘DFE Guide’ we were immensely grateful for the guidance and support provided by Paris Smith. Prompt and invaluable advice was given, particularly around buildings and land acquisition, TUPE and the Funding Agreement. They steered us smoothly to a successful conversion and costs matched exactly what had been originally quoted. We would have no hesitation in recommending them to other schools.
- The TEACH Trust, Poole
Respected employment team, noted for its strong reputation in the local market, which acts for both employees and employers and has significant experience in acting on both sides of senior-level exits. A client enthuses: “Paris Smith provide a very first-class service. What you get from them is very practical and sound advice.” Another interviewee appreciates the lawyers’ “excellent and pragmatic approach,” also noting: “They share the same ethos as us as an organisation.”
Chambers and Partners 2020
Clients of the Employment team state: ‘All members of staff that we have dealt with, at all levels, are technically competent and able to provide a top-class answer to our employment questions straight away‘. ‘Clive Dobbin, David Roath and Claire Merritt are extremely approachable and offer a practical solutions to our issues‘. ‘A great service focused on listening to the challenges clients express and working to effect the best outcomes‘.
Legal 500 2020
The group is commended for an “excellent quality of work,” with the “infrastructure to have experts within their field, but also small enough to have the working relationship with key people.”
Another source has a “very good overall impression” of the team: “They tailor their advice to suit us, and they build up a rapport with you in terms of your business.”
Chambers & Partners Legal Directory 2019
The team at Paris Smith LLP represents both employers and employees and is a popular choice due to its breadth of expertise, which covers advisory and disputes work. It has a focus on the education, transport and logistics sectors and handles such matters as director exits, restrictive covenants and a range of discrimination cases. Clive Dobbin, who leads the team, successfully acted for a client in a dispute where 15 employees brought an action at the Employment Tribunal concerning the application of TUPE rules. David Roath has extensive expertise in dealing with employment cases, especially those concerning director exits, restrictive covenants and whistleblowing. He routinely conducts his own advocacy and is also a mediator.
- Legal 500 2018-19 Edition – Employment
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