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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

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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
  • The team are highly professional with excellent knowledge of the NHS and in particular the Ambulance Service. They are very reliable and promptly respond to clients requests. Ward Hadaway are an exceptionally client-focused firm who truly work in partnership with Trust. Overall we have an extremely good working relationship providing high quality and value for money.

    Alan Gallagher, Head of Risk and Regulatory Services, North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • We have a real sense of a fresh approach from Ward Hadaway in terms of client engagement which is providing the Trust with added value benefits in terms of both cost and quality of service.

    Paul Dowell MCIPS, Deputy Head of Procurement & Supplies, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
  • Edward Nuttman has gained a great deal of experience from advising organisations in the domains of healthcare and transport.

    Chambers & Partners

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