Overview

It may be a well-worn statement but it is entirely true that “employees are an organisation's most valuable asset”. It is equally true that getting the most from employees is no easy task, one that requires particular skills and expertise as well as a large investment of time.

Our employment and HR legal specialists deliver astute expertise to ensure that your greatest asset doesn't turn into your worst nightmare. We work in partnership with clients to offer pragmatic solutions, minimise risk and help maximise human capital.

We adopt an innovative approach to employment law as we understand that advising about employment means going much further than just understanding the law. We take time to understand the bigger picture - the regulatory context, the internal ramifications and the sensitivities so that we can deliver effective legal solutions that work for you.

The team provides a comprehensive range of services in dealing with professional and operational HR issues and handles a variety of employment law work. 

We deliver high quality services that make a real difference to businesses. Our services include:
 
  • absence management;
  • advice on legislation, relevant case law, best practice guidance;
  • defending employment tribunal claims, including all preparation and advocacy;
  • dispute resolution and mediation;
  • drafting contracts, contractual disputes and implementation of contractual changes;
  • expert advice on atypical working i.e. part time and fixed term employees;
  • HR policies and procedures;
  • managing diversity - ensuring compliance, best practice and resolving conflicts;
  • managing risk of dismissal processes;
  • pensions and employee benefits;
  • redundancies, restructuring and change management;
  • stress and bullying claims; and
  • TUPE.

 

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A highly specialised lawyer, Louise is a Partner and Head of Employment and HR services. Her expertise includes corporate support work, TUPE, pensions and employee benefits advice. She regularly advises private, public and third sector clients regarding large scale TUPE transfers of staff including drafting indemnities and warranties, advising on potential employment and pension liabilities, information and consultation obligations, and providing best value guidance.

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"It's an excellent firm - they conduct their business with technical expertise and humility. From the top to the bottom of the organisation they work as a team and want to do the best for their client."

Chambers and Partners UK

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Over the years, the advice I have received from Louise has always enabled us to deal with employment matters competently, minimising any risk to the organisation. Louise is adept at clearly explaining complex employment matters to lay people.

Lesley Davies, Chief Executive of Rhondda Housing Association

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Sali Owens of Hugh James Solicitors advised the Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust in the development of templates and policy documents which enabled the Trustees to have confidence in its policies relating to Human Resources and Equality and Gender Mainstreaming. The adaptations and improvements suggested have now been implemented into the business practice and will be of great assistance as we move into the recruitment phase of our project. The Trustees were particularly impressed by Sali’s accurate interpretation of our requirements and the high quality of the service provided.

Yvonne Rodgers, Trustee Community Engagement - Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust

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