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What Clients Say

I was the Group Finance Director of a well known FTSE company for ten years and was summarily dismissed in exceedingly complex circumstances. I took a very difficult case to Alan Jones.

He proved to be an excellent listener with a great ability to empathise with my situation, including keeping costs under control. He was a quick thinker and presented options in a clear and concise manner. He was clearly well experienced and wasted no time in formulating what turned out to be a very successful strategy. He was tough when it mattered and dealt very successfully with the bullying tactics of a top firm of London solicitors.

I was extremely pleased with the outcome and would never have any doubt about recommending Alan’s services.

Alan Flockhart

Group Financial Director FTSE company

Many thanks for all of your help in assisting me through the rather difficult few weeks leading up to my departure from my last employment and indeed in the setting up of my new business venture.

It had become clear to me that I was in need of top quality and urgent legal advice in this specialist field and, at our first meeting I realised that you were the man for the job. You certainly proved worthy of the high recommendation that had steered me in your direction in the first place.

We achieved a great result, particularly as otherwise I could have easily ended up in an extremely difficult position. I wish you well with your business, although I am convinced that you will need no luck if you continue to provide the same quality of advice and service in the future.

Robert M G Birch

Managing Director, Birchwood Developments

Notwithstanding the possibility of further issues with the other party, today’s decision seems an appropriate moment just to record my thanks to you for your sound advice, good judgement, deft touch and speed of response. This has not been a happy or easy situation, but throughout, we have felt extremely well supported both by your intimate knowledge of the relevant law and invaluable practical experience. Please don’t misunderstand when I say that I hope never to have to speak to you again

Peter Jackson

HR director of a national retailer

Whilst writing I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you and Alan for your help and guidance through what was a difficult couple of months. Whilst handling the matter totally professionally, you both managed to make the process relaxed and the decision making easy.

Rest assured I shall thoroughly recommend you to anyone in need of legal advice on employment matters.

Nick Levey

I have had the pleasure of working with David Sykes over a number of years. He is confident and reassuring in his approach and in line with Tesco culture works hard at making things as simple as possible. He has helped to solve the diversity of issues we face and is proactive in delivering pragmatic and commercially sensible solutions. In my words, he is ‘great to do business with’.

David Fairhurst

HR Director, Tesco Stores Limited

I met David early in 2004 as a result of my own potential employment dispute. As a personal injury solicitor I am well aware of the pitfalls of any type of litigation. I can’t therefore, thank David enough for helping to ease the path of my own claim. I was immensely impressed with his knowledge of the Law, the manner in which he carried out the negotiations as well as his efficiency. I am especially thankful for the constant speed of his responses and the service provided. Additionally, he was always thoughtful to my specific circumstances.

In short, David achieved more than I had hoped for in less time quite remarkable for a Lawyer! Many, many thanks.

Victoria Tarrant

Solicitor and Director, Law Linx Ltd

I have known Alan for more than 20 years in my capacity as Head of Employment at Edge & Ellison and managing partner at the Birmingham office of Hammonds. For most of that time he and I competed against each other which, I think, gives me an excellent perspective as to his qualities. I always found Alan to be a tough but courteous opponent who battled hard for his clients. The fact that he was someone to whom I referred clients that I was conflicted from acting for speaks volumes for the regard in which I held him.

James Retallack

Consultant, Squire Sanders. Former member of the Board of Aggregate Industries.

A brief note to say many thanks for your expertise and support around extracting me from *****.

All went well just waiting for the cheque to clear now!

Kathryn Price

Alan Jones at Averta was totally dedicated to my case and sorted out what was complex and messy exit. As well as offering legal expertise, he was also able to help manage press interest. In the midst of a complex and messy exit his guidance and expertise was invaluable. He wasted no time in putting together a successful strategy and I would have no hesitation in recommending Alan for his advice, especially for those who like me are in the public eye.

Mike Umaga

Birmingham University Rugby Coach and former rugby union international

I have worked with David for a number of years and greatly appreciated his intelligent, down to earth approach to employment law. His friendly, relaxed manner and wide ranging experience gave our line and hr teams confidence in difficult situations and he has always dealt quickly and efficiently with complex issues. Without doubt, David is the most user friendly employment lawyer I have worked with in my time in Human Resources.

Judith Waddell

HR Consultant, formerly HR Director Selfridges

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