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People are the lifeblood of every organisation. Whether it is taking on more employees to support growth, restructuring or managing your current team, it pays to have experts on your side.

People are the lifeblood of every organisation. Whether it is taking on more employees to support growth, restructuring or managing your current team, it pays to have experts on your side.

Our team of experienced legal specialists work for clients across the healthcare sector including NHS Trusts, CCGs and primary care organisations.

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 here to help. Our experience means we understand your unique challenges within the sector, and have the  strength, depth and background to tackle any issue.

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.

Contact a specialist

Stuart Craig

Partner | Employment

+44 (0) 330 137 3163

+44 (0)785 092 8013

Email Stuart Craig

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Caroline Shafar

Partner | Employment

0330 137 3188

0770 401 7178

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James English

Associate | 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

Email Mark McKeever

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What people say

  • Graham Vials – a real fighter for his clients. ready to go the extra mile.

    Legal 500
  • Jamie Gamble – technically very adept.

    Legal 500
  • Paul Scope is very well regarded in the market. has the trust of his clients.

    Legal 500
  • One of the strongest employment teams in the north east. Excellent strength in depth and a well deserved stellar reputation.

    Legal 500
  • Roisin Patton has provided excellent employment advice and support on a variety of HR issues. The advice is given within context of our business needs with full support given throughout. I would recommend Roisin to other HR professionals without hesitation.

    Legal 500
  • Throughout the lockdown Ward Hadaway provided much needed support and guidance through webinars and their website on all matters furlough. This was invaluable during a hectic, stressful time for HR professionals.

    Legal 500
  • Gillian Chinhengo, is extremely professional and very approachable. Her advice is realistic and often innovative when trying to assist ourselves in addressing complex HR issues. She is quick to respond to queries and takes time to understand the issue and the outcome that the company is trying to achieve.

    Legal 500
  • Gillian Burns is also a key contact, her advice is clear and direct whilst always looking to find the most effective solution.

    Legal 500
  • Graham Vials is incredibly personable, skilled and willing to work with us to proactively problem solve, his understanding of the sector is exceptional.

    Legal 500

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