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Public or charity organisations help our communities thrive, yet often, they are faced with complex employment issues.

With employees being a key asset to charity success, it is important for employment issues to be resolved efficiently by charity employment solicitors, who have specialist knowledge and understanding to find the most appropriate resolutions for charities and other public sector organisations.

Our award-winning, multi-disciplinary team of employment lawyers and human resources professionals, work with a range of public and third sector organisations, from schools and academies to local councils and charities.

The Ward Hadaway public sector and charity employment solicitors provide a comprehensive range of legal support to charities and other public sector organisations to help them navigate complex employment laws and ensure they remain compliant, minimising the risk of employment disputes. So, whether you need support with redundancies, equality and diversity issues, or employment disputes, our experienced public sector and charity employment solicitors can help you with practical legal advice and support.

If you’re busy searching for ‘employment solicitors near me’ look no further. We offer a full legal service, often working closely with in-house teams, and our breadth and depth of experience working as one of the largest teams of specialist public sector and charity employment law solicitors in the North of England, means we can offer a tailored approach to both cost and delivery.

Collaborating with you, our public sector and charity employment specialists act as your sounding board, your navigator through tricky cases and your advisor when dealing with urgent issues or planning for the future. We assist charities and other organisations with all their employment law needs, including employment disputes and charity mergers.

One of our most popular solutions is our HR Protect package. For a fixed cost, every month, you can access unlimited advice from our team of employment law solicitors, find out more here.

Acting as an extension of your team, our employment law specialists give clear, commercial and practical solutions tailored to your specific needs, supporting your organisation, so you can get back to what you do best; supporting local communities.

HR advisory support
  • Disciplinary and grievances
  • Performance and capability
  • Contracts of employment
  • Service agreements
  • Secondment agreements
  • Consultancy agreements
  • Company handbooks/policies and procedures
  • Settlement agreements
  • Training
HR Consultancy

Experienced CIPD-qualified HR professionals will take the worry out of any day to day staffing issues you may encounter such as disciplinary, grievance and appeal meetings, carrying out mediation for interpersonal disputes, absence management and training as well as offering advice and guidance on good practice on the full range of HR solutions. The service allows businesses without a dedicated HR department to take a professional, cost-effective approach to staff management and allows hard-pressed HR teams valuable additional support. Many of these services can be delivered as part of a fixed-fee monthly package, adding a reassuring element of financial certainty to the situation, or as a one off project to address a specific business need.

More information can be found here

Complex and sensitive internal support/compliance
  • Outsourcing/TUPE
  • Immigration/Visa
  • Senior executive exits
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Discrimination
  • Collective and individual consultation
  • Restructuring/redundancies
  • Post-termination restraints and team moves
  • Changes to terms and conditions
  • Independent internal investigations
  • Mediation
  • Equal pay
  • GDPR and subject access requests
  • Whistleblowing
  • Trade Unions and Works Councils
  • Industrial action balloting, strike action and Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) applications
  • Employment status
  • IR35
Complex and contentious disputes
  • Employment tribunals (ET/EAT/Court of Appeal/Supreme Court)
  • Restrictive covenant and confidentiality breaches (County/High Court)
  • Senior executive/director dismissals
  • Strike action and Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) applications
HR Protect hub

HR Protect clients receive all the employment law advice they need across the year, delivered by experienced specialist solicitors, at a single fixed price. To complement this, we have developed a hub that gives you access to up-to-date, legally-compliant policies, procedures, contracts, letters and company handbooks, as well as topical insights for your team’s learning & development. Click here to visit the hub.


For details of pricing information in relation to certain employment tribunal claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal by an individual, please click here.

Contact a specialist

Harmajinder Hayre

Partner | Head of Employment

+44 (0) 330 137 3165

+44 (0)751 519 9903

Email Harmajinder Hayre

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Jamie Gamble

Partner | Employment

+44 (0) 330 137 3164

+44 (0) 751 519 9925

Email Jamie Gamble

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What people say

  • He [Paul] is clearly very knowledgeable in his field and gives you upmost confidence in the advice being provided. He gives you sufficient time and listens to the area of support you require and provides sound legal and commercial advice.

    Legal 500, client quote
  • An overall strong team in all aspects of legal advise. Ward Hadaway has excelled in their service delivery and supported us for over 7 years and providing practical solutions and guidance for all our employment and commercial needs

    Legal 500, client quote
  • I am yet to meet an employee of Ward Hadaway that hasn’t delivered great advice consistently for our business

    Legal 500, client quote
  • Roisin Patton is the key person I work with and she is excellent at ensuring we get the best advice by taking into account our business context.

    Legal 500, client quote
  • HR Protect is a really good website which is ideal for companies of our size – where you can access templates, FAQs and get more affordable support

    Legal 500, client quote
  • The team takes the time to get to know our business, structure, values and then works alongside us to deliver these. It feels very much like a partnership.

    Legal 500, client quote
  • Laura Darnley’s spotlight was excellent, being very informative and helpful in breaking down what options employers have when it comes to employing EU nationals and breaking down the differences between workers with settled/pre-settled status and those without.

    Legal 500
  • He [Harmajinder] is a confident and sophisticated lawyer who I trust.

    Chambers and Partners 2023 - client quote
  • ‘Working with Ward Hadaway is more of a collaborative experience, which sets them apart from their competitors. They are always willing to take ownership of issues and offer solutions, rather than pass the issue over to ‘discuss internally’. In Saji Bratch we have a Partner hugely experienced, readily accessible who provides clear and concise advice.

    Legal 500

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