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People matters are at the heart of every organisation and having a good relationship with employees can be crucial to business success.

Our award-winning employment lawyers are here to support your business with the legal aspect of this relationship by providing practical and tailored advice on all employment law issues throughout the life cycle of the employment relationship.

Employment law is complex and with regular developments and amendments to legislation, it can be challenging for businesses to stay up to date and remain compliant. Our employment solicitors are here to help navigate your business through challenging employment situations, ensuring your business complies with relevant employment legislation and minimise the risk of employee disputes. Whether you need advice on recruitment, flexible working arrangements, or managing sickness absence, our employment team can advise your business on all aspects of employment law.

Our employment solicitors recognise that employment disputes, such as constructive dismissal, will often be sensitive and highly personalised.  By taking the time to understand you and your unique circumstances, our employment specialists can help you find solutions to difficult situations that are in line with your commercial objectives and culture.

If you’re busy searching for ‘employment solicitors near me’ look no further. Our team of employment solicitors have the experience to provide support to organisations from start-ups and SME’s to major national and international PLC’s on:

  • Day to day HR advisory support in areas such as sickness absence management, disciplinary and grievance guidance and drafting of contractual documentation
  • Ongoing strategic support on business critical and sensitive internal issues such as restructurings, discrimination/whistleblowing complaints, equality & diversity, TUPE/outsourcing, and conducting external independent investigations
  • Complex and contentious disputes such as defending employment tribunal claims, restrictive covenant/confidentiality breaches and senior executive/director exits

By taking a proactive approach our employment law specialists help you identify risks at an early stage and build on this with regular, accurate advice in your best commercial and strategic interests.  By doing so, we look to limit reputation and financial damage to you and your organisation.

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

Our services

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 fixed price retainer

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. Visit the HR Protect hub.


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

Dedicated Employment law hub

Our HR Protect hub, freely available to all, is packed with topical insights for your team’s learning & development, plus a quick-reference suite of FAQs covering all sorts of common HR questions.

Visit the Hub

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.

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  • 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

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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