New Partners

The Partners of Doyle Clayton are delighted to announce the appointment of two new partners Helen Brooks and Gino Rocco.

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Helen Brooks

With over 20 years of experience, Helen has established an excellent reputation as an employment litigator and adviser to both employers and employees.

Helen advises on all aspects of employment law and HR strategy working with employer clients at different stages of the business cycle from start-ups, through the growth phase to M&A, restructuring and downsizing.

Helen has particular expertise in discrimination, business transfers, redundancy and business protection (restrictive covenants and confidential information). She has spent time on secondment to two multi national companies.

Helen trained as a High Court litigator and early in her career she represented high profile clients such as Richard Branson (working alongside George Carmen QC) and Roger Moore. She has subsequently established particular expertise in Employment Tribunal litigation, often managing high profile cases attracting media interest.

Helen advises national and international businesses, primarily in the technology and financial services sector. She also has an established practice advising senior executives at the start and/or end of the employment/partnership relationship.

Helen became a partner in 2006 (whilst at Charles Russell LLP) and joined Doyle Clayton in 2015. She trained and qualified at Frere Cholmeley Bischoff. Helen is a member of the Employment Lawyers' Association (ELA) and is a seasoned speaker at ELA and Law Society events. She is recommended in the Legal 500 Directory.


What the directories say:

"Helen Brooks is a Tribunal specialist with a technology and media focus." Legal 500

"Helen Brooks is "thoughtful, thorough and sound in her approach, and is completely trusted" for Tribunal and advisory matters." Legal 500

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Gino Rocco - Partner Head of Pensions

Gino has over 14 years experience advising on all areas of pensions law. He has advised trustees and sponsoring employers of pension schemes that range in size from the small to the very large. Gino has over 14 years experience advising on all areas of pension law gained at City firms such as Mayer Brown, PwC Legal and at national firm DAC Beachcroft. He works with trustees and sponsoring employers of pension schemes that range in size from the small to the very large across a range of sectors including retail, pharmaceuticals, shipping, banking and financial services.

His work covers a full range of issues including scheme documentation, funding issues, compliance, benefit changes, liability management exercises and regulatory matters. Gino also advises on pensions implications of corporate transactions and re-organisations.
His expertise includes advising private and public bodies on issues arising from public sector scheme arrangements, in particular the NHSPS and LGPS.

Recent work includes;

• Advising an employer whose scheme was partly (deemed segregated) in the PPF assessment period and consequent issues arising from a s.75 liability ensuring palatable resolution for the client.
• Undertook a “class action” instruction to senior counsel on points of interpretation regarding the employer’s ability to change the rate of increases to pensions without amending their scheme rules, resulting in a considerable reduction in scheme liabilities.
• Successfully helped develop a client’s policy in relation to employee transfers with public sector pension rights leading to greater clarity for the client’s business acquisition team.
Gino is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers.

His experience covers a full range of issues including scheme documentation, funding issues, compliance, benefit changes, liability management exercises and regulatory matters. Gino also advises on pensions implications of corporate transactions and re-organisations.

Gino is a member of the association of pension lawyers and an adviser for The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS)