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People matters go to the heart of every organisation and our award winning employment lawyers provide creative and tailored support throughout the life cycle of the employment relationship.

People matters go to the heart of every organisation and our award winning employment lawyers provide creative and tailored support throughout the life cycle of the employment relationship.

Our employment solicitors recognise that the advice you seek will often be sensitive and highly personalised, and 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 has 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. Click here to visit the 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

  • ‘I mostly work with Tom Shears and the advice given is always professional and reliable. Where the law may be ambiguous, Tom always provides helpful risk based options so that we can take informed decisions. I’m particularly impressed by how well Ward Hadaway and Tom understand our business and culture – the relationship feels like an extension of our own organisation.’

    Legal 500, client quote
  • We have developed an excellent working relationship with Ward Hadaway over the past 3 to 4 years. They understand how we operate as a company and the many challenges facing us. They are always available to give guidance advice and assistance even at very short notice. We have found the guidance given by Ward Hadaway to be sound, professional and focused on our needs.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • The team are very knowledgeable and efficient giving timely, practicable and useful advice and guidance. We also receive lots of pro-active information so we can keep abreast of what is coming up in employment law.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • The team have been incredibly supportive and pro-active and the linked insurance package offers extra reassurance (without numerous exclusions or caveats). They are experienced and always willing to discuss context and find the right solution for each situation without being overly risk averse.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • The team is an excellent partner to our business and provides a great service...client-focused, and with an excellent level of knowledge. A very innovative and growing practice.

    Client quote
  • The team at Ward Hadaway are brilliant at making their advice relevant and easy to follow for your business circumstances.

    Client quote
  • We have used Paul and the team for many years for complex HR issues, but traditionally we bought into an HR service from an employer's federation for day to day advice. We moved to HR Protect because, as a fast moving manufacturing company, we need our advice to be immediate and commercially focused. The support we have had from Paul and (especially) Hollie has been fantastic.

    Managing Director, Union Electric Steel
  • Edward Nuttman has gained a great deal of experience from advising organisations in the domains of healthcare and transport.

    Chambers & Partners
  • I love working with the team; they give great advice and support, and they get where we are as a business.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners

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