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We work with Simon on some employment matters. He is proactive and engaging - he doesn’t just tell us what the law is but works with us to develop pragmatic solutions for our business. Simon adds value to our legal resources.

Tom Cowling, General Counsel

Wiltshire Farm Foods (Bristol)

We worked very closely with Simon and his team during the second half of 2016 on a complex reorganisation and re-structure of our business. Simon was able to provide us with practical and commercially sound legal solutions. Simon enabled us to achieve our desired outcome while keeping the pressure and stress on management and staff to a minimum.

We have no hesitation in recommending Simon’s services to any business looking to bring about necessary changes to its workforce.

Adam Michallat-Cox, Managing Director

Pennant International Group Plc

Our business is constantly evolving as we grow and take on new contracts in the UK and internationally. Simon’s advice has been instrumental to guiding us through a whole range of employment matters. We enjoy working with him because of his incisive understanding of our business and his clear practical advice.

Phil Walker, CEO

Exception PCB Ltd

As the European leader in PCB manufacturing, Exception PCB Ltd is a fast-moving business in a competitive marketplace. Simon has been our employment lawyer for many years now and he has effectively guided us through some challenging times.  

We frequently make changes to our workforce to keep up with the needs of the business and those of our customers. Simon’s expertise in restructuring and change management has been essential to our success. He also works closely with the directors of our Chinese parent company Fastprint and is highly rated by them for his practical approach and ability to get things done.

Lesley Bird, HR Manager & Liyan Ma

Corin Group Plc

We have worked with Simon for employment law advice and support and have found him to be responsive and particularly focused on providing the optimum approach for the business. Simon works with the business to ensure the desired outcome is achieved and is a pleasure to work with. He is professional, efficient, available when you need him and delivers commercial solutions.

Sue Carey, HR Director

C21 Media

Simon has worked with us for several years and dealt with a number of tricky staff issues with fair, calm and collected efficiency. I am always confident that a call or email to him will go most of the way to resolving the issue.

David Jenkinson, Managing Director

Thomas Legal Group

We contacted Simon Collingridge concerning a complicated HR issue that needed to be resolved.  Simon grasped the problem extremely quickly and was able to present the proposed solution to us in a very clear and concise manner.  The matter has now been dealt with and Simon remains our “go to” HR legal advisor.  He is not only extremely professional but is also one of the most pleasant lawyers I have ever dealt with.

Simon David, Managing Director

The Centre for Reproductive & Genetic Health

Based in Great Portland St, The Centre for Reproductive & Genetic Health (CRGH) is one of the top fertility clinics in the country. We have a team of consultants and embryologists that are rated among the best in their fields. The nature of our business is such that we face a range of complex employment related issues that need to be resolved quickly.

Over the years our management team has worked closely with Simon Collingridge to ensure that challenging HR matters are handled smoothly and sensitively with minimum disruption to the business. He takes the time to understand our business and its needs.  We also like the fact that Simon is very hands on and responsive in the way he works. This means we can be secure in the knowledge that he will quickly and efficiently solve any problems for us.

Marion Wilson, General Manager

Marine Conservation Society

Simon has supported our organisation on a number of cases where the advice he has provided has been pragmatic and robust.  When working with us for the first time, Simon quickly understood the organisational culture and tailored the strategy to each case in a well thought out and straightforward way.  He is an engaging communicator and well grounded at the strategic and managerial levels. Simon engages in the real conversations that need to take place - there's no tangling us up in an overly dogmatic and legal approach.

Joanne O'Hagan, Head of HR

Helipebs Controls Ltd

With Simon as our lawyer we can run our business without worrying about employment problems. He has a wealth of experience and a refreshing down-to-earth approach, quickly and efficiently helping us get the most out of our team. He takes the time to understand how we operate and is a fantastic asset to us.

Geoff Davis, Group Managing Director

Wycliffe College

Simon has been a fantastically supportive presence on our Council of Trustees at Wycliffe College since coming on board in early 2015. His Employment Law advice and general strategic support have been first-rate; they have been 'above-and-beyond' in fact, especially at times of greatest need/urgency. This has helped not just the Leadership Team as a whole but also me (as Head) on both a personal and professional level.

He is (at one and the same time) incredibly warm and easy-going and yet also razor-sharp and perceptive. From Summer 2018, he will taking up a new position as Chair of our Welfare sub-committee (overseeing all aspects of our pastoral and medical provision [Prep and Senior schools], including Boarding). In essence, this makes him one of the half dozen most significant and influential Trustees of Wycliffe College.

Nick Gregory, Head at Wycliffe College

TBS Engineering

As a medium sized business we cannot afford the luxury of our own in-house lawyer. The service provided by Simon gives us the next best thing. Having an employment lawyer of Simon's calibre on a retainer basis is a much more cost effective solution for regular advice and guidance. He takes the time to listen to and understand the business' needs. I have no hesitation in recommending Simon to any company looking to secure pragmatic legal counsel.

Vivienne Empson, Finance Director

Severn Wye Energy Agency

We used Simon Collingridge to advise on delicate negotiations on behalf of the board regarding senior management reconfiguration, including a successful settlement agreement. Simon made himself available for meetings at short notice, responded by email or telephone immediately to our request and brought the task to a speedy and successful resolution. His tact and knowledge of employment matters rates very highly. I would have no hesitate in using his services again.

Roger Brown, former Chair of Trustees

Enviro Technology Services Plc

As a Stroud based SME, having Simon almost on our doorstep is not only highly convenient but also important in our overall ethos of working with locally based businesses when we can. I have known Simon for many years and his ability to quickly grasp issues and offer effective and pragmatic solutions has meant that he is our ‘go-to’ employment law specialist whenever expert advice and assistance is required.
Duncan Mounsor, Managing Director

Platform 14

We have worked with Simon for a few years now. We have experienced substantial growth and he has guided us every step of the way and helped us in planning ahead. He is an invaluable member of our team.  

Steve Dechan, Managing Director

Stroud Brewery

We are a small and growing business and our team is our most valuable asset. So we need to get it right. It's reassuring to know Simon is on hand.

Greg Pilley, Managing Director

Gardiner Bros & Co (Leathers) Ltd

We have worked with Simon for many years now on employment matters. In 2014 we worked with Simon on a retainer basis for the first time and will continue to do so. It's fantastic value. Simon works closely with all our team and offers practical advice. He then follows through with actions that have made a great impact on the business. Simon is a rare breed of lawyer who can marry the law with sound commercial reality - and he does it with great humour, compassion and integrity.

James Gardiner, CEO

Perendale Publishers

CEL provides our company with a professional service to suit our needs by assisting us in managing a young and vibrant workforce. We are a small publishing company that must focus on the 'product' in order to compete with larger, foreign and international companies operating in the same field. Without CEL's advice and support, delivered in a friendly yet firm manner to both management and staff, we would be much less successful than we are at present.

Roger Gilbert, Managing Director


Clear, sensible, sound and practical advice. Would highly recommend.

Jon Duckworth, Managing Parter

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