Testimonials

As a firm we all work extremely hard to exceed the expectations of our clients.  The nature of our work means that when they need us our clients expect expert advice in a timely manner and we strive to deliver.  As a result of this focus on service, professionalism and speed we are delighted to have received many endorsements of our work a selection of which are detailed here.

“I have worked with many employment lawyers via my professional career, and without doubt Laurence is the best I’ve worked with. His knowledge of employment law is outstanding. In addition, he is a fantastic negotiator, whilst maintaining a high degree of integrity. I found him extremely personable, and supportive, and his approach offers a level of clarity and understanding that drives through legal jargon. In summary, if you need a professional employment expert and tough negotiator to represent you or your company, Laurence is your man!”

Wendy Twist, Senior HR Business Partner, PepsiCo

“I have been completely satisfied with the service received from DC Employment Solicitors over the last five years. I have called on their expertise many times over this period and have always received a prompt response with clear advice which, given their expert knowledge, could always be relied upon.”

Horsfield,  Managing Director, Construction Partnership Limited 

“As a company we have been using DC Employment’s solicitors for a number of years now and have always found their advice to be up-to-date, relevant and good value for money.

Their service is second to none and we have benefitted greatly from their expert knowledge with regards to employment issues. Their response is always timely and gives us the reassurance we need when dealing with complicated legal issues. Whatever the outcome we are thankful to have had them on our side.

If you are in business you simply cannot afford not to have competent, expert legal advice behind you and we are more than happy to recommend DC Employment Solicitors.”

D J Bowley, Managing Director, W Hurst & Son (IW) Ltd.

“We have sought the advice of Daryl Cowan three or four times over the last few years and have always found his knowledge and support to be exactly what was required. He has an impressive and comprehensive knowledge of employment law, as you would expect. But in addition he has a good understanding of business needs and how to structure solutions to satisfy these whilst at the same time demonstrating humane and ethical standards.

Legal conflict between employer and employee is always stressful for both parties and unsettling for other staff, the sooner resolved the better, in a clear and unequivocal way so as to avoid misunderstandings and confusion. Daryl always responded quickly whether for information, clarification, or production or review of documents. Where the situation was complex he was able to highlight the key issues, and we were confident that we were following the best course of action.

I would highly recommend Daryl.”

Clare Hogg, Director of HR and Marketing, The S-T Diesel and Marine Group

“As a medium sized business employing over 50 people, employment law is a complete minefield and certainly an area where disaster could easily be achieved!  Recommending someone or something is always very risky and not something we do lightly but in respect of Kirsty Alleyne at DC Employment Solicitors we would certainly have no hesitation.  I am an impatient person and operate on a need to know NOW basis and delightfully Kirsty has never failed us on this.  Both her advice and the way it is explained is always in a very clear and concise manner which we have always found comfortable to understand and without doubt has helped us to avert what could otherwise have been awkward and time consuming situations.”

Nickie Jenvey, Director, Pressing Needs Limited

“As a charity we found the support and expertise of DC Employment Solicitors invaluable in a recent employment tribunal claim. They guided us through the process, providing timely expert knowledge. It was reassuring to know that we could call them and have a speedy response to our queries. The outcome of the case was successful and has made a real difference to our organisation in terms of costs and the removal of future issues. The attention to detail and care that DC Employment Solicitors showed throughout our engagement with them means that we will be seeking their support in the future.”

Michael Clowes, Chief Executive, Community First New Forest

Laurence and his team have proved an invaluable resource for Legal/HR issues both internally and on behalf of our clients. I have no hesitation in highly recommending their services.”

Bob Law, CEO, Langdowns DFK

“It is not that we go out of our way to find the wide range of employment challenges we have experienced over the years but Daryl and the team at DC Employment have always been on hand to provide the expert advice and support we have needed in understanding the simple everyday employment obligations to the complex issues when things are not going as they should.

Always on hand, prompt and professional with their support we have achieved successful outcomes every time and DC Employment have proved to be an invaluable part of our team.”  

Mike Worley, Director, Rolwey Group Limited

I am delighted to recommend Daryl, who has been my ‘go to’ legal ally for many years. As well as recognising Daryl’s expertise, I value his idiosyncratic approach. Daryl is an affable and popular member of the Southampton business community. Employment law is a discipline which is notoriously emotive, but Daryl manages to deal with those issues with great sensitivity, whilst displaying an immediate grasp of the root of the problems – and how to resolve them.”

Graeme Lovell, Tax Director, Langdowns DFK

We greatly appreciate your firm’s expert advice across all the multitude of circumstances on which we consult you.

Manufacturing company in Andover*

“I utilised the services of DC Employment Solicitors for a particularly complex HR matter in 2012. The solicitors were recommended to me by an HR professional.  My experience was extremely good and the support that I received was highly professional at all times. I believe that the consistent level of communication coupled with the legal advice and expertise to manage my case was paramount to securing a successful outcome.  I would recommend them highly.”

Di Sheridan, Client

I am writing on behalf of all the Trustees and the young asthma and allergy researchers in Southampton who have benefited from AAIR, to thank you so much for your enormously valuable contributions to this local charity in helping resolve our employment issues.  Without your help, we would now be in a very difficult position.  You gave us wise counsel and stepped in at times with very helpful suggestions when we did not know how to proceed.  The Trustees wanted me to let you know how grateful we are.”

Professor Stephen T Holgate CBE, FMedSci, Former Chairman of AAIR

“Our (AAIR) experience of Laurence was excellent and he demonstrated what a good person he is. He really is on the ball and I doubt if you could be in better hands. He is absolutely meticulous, but combines that with being a very pleasant person who you can really talk and open up to.”

Frank Anderson, Trustee, AAIR

“Since January 2009, we have been subscribing to DC Employment’s “Enhance” package.  For a very competitive annual fee, they provide expert help and advice on all aspects of employment law.  

We normally ask our query by e-mail, and receive a clear and comprehensive response the same day, often within an hour or two, from our designated partner, Mr. Laurence Dunn.  If the matter is urgent, we have the option of speaking to Laurence on the phone, often receiving an answer immediately. 

We have received invaluable help on matters such as parental leave, disciplinary hearings, employee disputes, paternity leave and redundancy, and the advice has always been delivered in a prompt, efficient and professional manner, giving us complete peace of mind.  We have always been more than satisfied with the outcome.

We would therefore have no hesitation in recommending DC Employment to any company looking for a knowledgeable, competent and trustworthy firm of employment law solicitors.”

Client company*

Kirsty, I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your help. I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out and that was mainly due to yourself – a real calm while I was in the middle of a storm!

Graeme Legg, employee client

“When, as an HR professional, I seek advice from an employment solicitor, I want a clear and understandable interpretation of employment law, a knowledgeable assessment of risk and an action plan based on a pragmatic and commercial approach. Both Daryl and Laurence deliver consistently against these criteria and that is why I have worked with them for many years and am more than happy to recommend them.”

Brian Kemp Chartered FCIPD, Executive Network

“Laurence & Kirsty,  I thought I’d drop you both a note to say thanks for everything on my case.  It  goes without saying that your guidance and advice made a huge difference to the outcome that we achieved and I am very happy with the result.  I’d also like to add that working with you both has been a pleasure and you managed to make what could have been a very stressful process really quite enjoyable!”

Chris Morley, client

“Having spoken to several solicitors at the beginning of my unfair dismissal claim, there was no doubt that Kirsty was the right person to handle my case and get results.  Kirsty is an incredible asset to your legal practice.  I had every confidence in her and her work which inevitably led to a successful outcome.  Kirsty was very reliable, honest, compassionate and professional in turn, making what was a stressful ordeal appear effortless.  Thank you!”

Luke Prendergast, client

“I would have no hesitation in recommending DC Employment Solicitors and, especially, Kirsty Alleyne, for the advice and huge amount of effort which has been put in on behalf of my case. I quickly established a great rapport with Kirsty and she was able to turn what could have been a really difficult situation into one in which I had every confidence was being dealt with in a professional, but very caring, way. Thank you, Kirsty – I really appreciate how you helped and advised me!”

David Goodhand, client

“Kirsty Alleyne of DC Employment Solicitors was recommended to me by a friend when I was faced with an unfair dismissal claim. Given the time-scales involved Kirsty and her team acted super fast and were able to help me make the right choices taking away much of the stress from the situation. Kirsty ensured that I had the best outcome and was a fantastic support throughout the process – I would not hesitate to recommend Kirsty and DC Employment Solicitors in the future.”

Richard, client

“Thank you Kirsty; for what otherwise would have been a very stressful period for me, particularly as I have been so unwell.  I am extremely grateful; you have been professional and guided me realistically to achieve what I needed too, but have also been sympathetic and understanding of my complex health needs and this has been really appreciated, not only by me,  but also my family.  Thank you!”

Stacey Harbut, client

Amy Shaw has provided an excellent service at a most difficult and stressful time of my professional career.  She, and all I have dealt with at DC Employment Solicitors, have been supportive, prompt and sensitive in their dealings with me and my case.  DC Employment Solicitors were recommended to me by a friend who had used them in the past and I have already recommended them to others experiencing employment difficulties and would do so again without hesitation.”

Anonymous client*

“DC Employment Solicitors have been absolutely fantastic in helping me with my case and with all of Amy Shaw’s hard work, I got the result I wanted.  Amy made the process so easy and stress free and I can’t recommend all at DC Employment Solicitors highly enough!”

Anonymous client*

“Andrew Harpham-Salter, with his wealth of knowledge and experience, is well-placed to communicate effectively both with empathy and with a level of straight-talking, giving clear advice and setting achievable targets.  He is an extremely safe pair of hands and I cannot recommend him highly enough.”

Anonymous client*

“I’ve known Claire for many years now, since the start of DCES. I have always found her honest, helpful, friendly, efficient and very professional. Once business is done however we enjoy our little chats about our up and coming holidays and advise each other about places we have been and seen and where we are going next. It’s a real pleasure to pop in and see her.”

David Armstrong, ISL Office Solutions

“I have worked with Claire for over 5 years in providing her firm’s clients with Employment Protection Insurance. Claire’s attention to detail and understanding of the scheme is very impressive and I have no hesitation in recommending both Claire and DC Employment.”

Daniel Black, Albion Legal

“I have always found Claire to be warm, friendly and efficient in my dealings with her.”

An Andover based client*

“I have known Claire for the past eleven years during my employment at Blue Diamond Technologies Ltd. Throughout this period I have found her to be extremely quick in responding to our enquiries, professional, courteous, but in a friendly engaging way. Apart from these qualities, her sense of humour always shines through, which helps to brighten our days.”

Ruth Hewlett, HR Manager

“Claire is a fantastic PA/Office Manager whom I’ve known for over 6 years through DC Employment. She is highly skilled, professional and an absolute pleasure to deal with.”

Heather Oakley, Sprayzone Office Manager

“Working with Andrew has given me the tools to turn my career in the direction I wanted to go and to surmount a number of obstacles (both personal and organisational) that were standing in my way. I now have the skills to more proactively manage the progress of my own career. After an in depth exploration of my own personal attributes, I regularly team my newly acquired skills with a better knowledge of my strengths and weaknesses to effectively channel my efforts into desired outcomes. I am more efficient, less stressed and more focussed – I would recommend Andrew to anyone looking to improve their understanding of themselves and how they work and their careers”

Chris Trimmer, Executive Director, World Obesity Federation

“Darren Tibble has been a most remarkable employment solicitor with sound advice delivered without fuss. His negotiating skills are excellent and he always presents a fair view on employment matters. I wish him every success – he will remain my employment solicitor.”

Richard Cuzens

“Darren Tibble has been our Group employment lawyer for over fifteen years. During that time he has given us very useful advice on constantly changing employment law, with a reasonable and readily transparent fee structure. Much more than this, Darren has given both the Directors, but more particularly our Managers, the confidence to make difficult decisions. We continue to ask Darren for his wise measured advice, usually in a hurry, and seemingly almost always late on a Friday afternoon.” 

Dr John Sargent, Director

“I was completely satisfied with the service received from Darren Tibble at DC Employment Solicitors. Nothing was too much for Darren and my claim was resolved within a matter of weeks. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending their services.”

 Anonymous client*

“I have dealt with DC Employment Solicitors for many years now and have always found Claire to be an absolute pleasure to liaise with. As the PA and Office Manager for the firm Claire is extremely efficient, personable and knowledgeable. Claire is certainly the lady that keeps the office running as smoothly as it does.”

Lorraine Ashover, Director, Minerva Procurement Consultancy Services Limited

“In the period January – June 2014 we had two exceptionally difficult H.R. issues to deal with; one relating to an Employment Tribunal claim and the other to director issues.

Daryl successfully guided us through this minefield with wisdom and humour.

Without the resolution of both issues, it is doubtful if the business would have survived.

So thank you”

Kim Beazley, Trinity Gateway Community Services

“I’m very happy to highly recommend the team at DC Employment Solicitors. Their professionalism and expertise was evident from my first telephone conversation with Daryl and Claire. Prompt communication and their reassuring presence meant I never felt alone during the process. They showed compassions and sensitivity to my personal and health issues which was very much appreciated.

CJ

* Due to the sensitive nature of our engagements some clients have asked for their comments to remain anonymous.

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