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People are the lifeblood of every organisation and in the healthcare sector, it is especially important to have the right team in place to provide high-quality care.

Whether you are taking on more employees to support growth, restructuring or managing your current team, it is crucial for you to have access to expert legal advice to ensure you are complying with relevant legislation. As healthcare employment laws are highly complex, it can be challenging for organisations to effectively navigate through these laws.

To ensure your organisation remains compliant, and to minimise the likelihood of employment disputes arising, we would recommend seeking the support of a specialist healthcare employment lawyer, who has the knowledge and experience to advise you on the best solutions for a diverse range of employment issues.

Our team of experienced legal specialists have a particular focus on healthcare employment law and can provide legal advice and representation to clients across the healthcare sector including NHS Trusts, ICBs and primary care organisations. We understand the unique challenges facing healthcare organisations, and our strength, depth, and background allow us to tackle any issue.

With one of the largest specialist employment law divisions in the North of England, our multi-disciplinary team of solicitors and human resource professionals is well-equipped to help with healthcare employment law issues. We provide a bespoke team with experience closely matched to your specific needs, ensuring the best outcome for your organisation.

NHS Trusts that face a range of employment law issues is a particular specialism. Most are complex organisations, employing a large workforce comprising different skills and professions, meaning one size does not fit all.

We’ll take the time to listen and understand your specific requirements, providing a bespoke team with experience closely matched to your specific needs, ensuring the best outcome for your healthcare organisation.

Our services

We can advise on all employment related matters including:

  • Agenda for Change Contract of employment, policies and procedures
  • Disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • Employment agencies, bank staff and other temporary workers
  • Employment Tribunal claims
  • Equal Pay
  • Investigations and training
  • Recruitment
  • Restructuring/redundancies
  • Settlement agreements
  • Trade Unions
  • TUPE transfers
  • Pensions
  • Immigration
  • Workplace mediation
HR Protect for Primary Care

Our HR Protect primary care 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.

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Caroline Shafar

Partner | Employment

+44 (0) 330 137 3188

+44 (0) 770 401 7178

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James English

Director | Employment

+44 (0) 330 137 3162

+44 (0) 770 130 9588

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Mark McKeever

Managing Associate | Employment

+44 (0) 330 137 3155

+44 (0)773 846 2151

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