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Public or third sector organisations help our communities thrive, yet often, they are faced with complex employment issues, requiring specialist knowledge and understanding to find resolutions.

Our award-winning, multi-disciplinary team of solicitors and human resources professionals, work with a range of public and third sector organisations, from schools and academies to local councils and charities.

We offer a full legal service, often working closely with in-house teams, and our breadth and depth of experience working across the North, means we can offer a tailored approach to both cost and delivery.

Collaborating with you, we act as your sounding board, your navigator through tricky cases and your advisor when dealing with urgent issues or planning for the future.

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

Acting as an extension of your team, we give clear, commercial and practical solutions tailored to your specific needs, supporting your organisation so you can get back to what you do best; supporting local communities

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.

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 hub

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 wrongful dismissal by an individual, please click here.

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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Paul Scope

Partner | Employment

+44 (0) 330 137 3167

+44 (0)754 055 6295

Email Paul Scope

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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

  • Full-service firm with expertise in property, employment and housing management. Increasingly relied upon by clients for data protection advice. Noted for the provision of training to housing professionals and in-house lawyers.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Edward Nuttman has gained a great deal of experience from advising organisations in the domains of healthcare and transport.

    Chambers & Partners
  • This team earned praise for its advice to significant employers on a range of matters, including employment tribunal claims and TUPE issues.

    Chambers & Partners
  • This team is highly regarded for its advice to NHS and local authority clients on tribunal cases, including substantial equal pay claims

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • The professional expertise, superb legal guidance and ready availability of staff from Ward Hadaway are significant factors in our decision to continue our ongoing relationship with the team. Issues are dealt with speedily and complex legal situations explained in a user-friendly manner. The staff are very approachable and provide an excellent and comprehensive service, meeting the many and varied needs of our busy academy.

    Lesley Powell, Principal, The Academy at Shotton Hall
  • 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
  • Very impressive team that provides very commercial and timely advice that's also business-friendly.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • The client care the team provides is excellent and they are very competitive in terms of money. The lawyers are personable, proactive and responsive.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • Lauded for its ‘expert knowledge, impressive ability and competitive rates’…

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