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Specialist Employment lawyers

Employment law is complex and ever-changing, but you can rely on us to guide you expertly over any potential obstacle. From whistle blowing to discrimination, cutting corners at work could damage both your company’s reputation and your bottom line. Knowing the rules is essential for protecting your organisation and keeping a positive business relationship with your employees.

From tackling day-to-day HR processes like redundancy to advising on Health and Safety regulations, we offer a bespoke yet cost-effective service. Employment law can be uncertain, and we have the confidence in our approach to ensure you can always trust our judgement.

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Our expertise in Employment

Our expertise empowers us to deal with problems in a strong and supportive way, however unusual the circumstances. In a stressful situation, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that we’ve seen it all and can be completely open about our costs. We’ve acted for private and public sector employers, and have established a reputation for timely responses and pragmatic, cost-effective solutions.

We provide a specialist employment law and HR advisory service to business clients, including directors and investors. Not to mention extras like bespoke training courses for your staff, our handy online resource ‘The Hub’ and a telephone helpline. Whether protecting your interests during a HR procedure, or assisting you with writing your new employee handbook – we build our relationships with a reassuringly human touch.

  • Ranked in the top tier for Employment in the region by the Legal 500 and Top Ranked by Chambers
  • A number of our Employment team are recommended as leading individuals in Chambers
  • Provide fast, efficient and practical advice at competitive rates to suit commercial needs
  • Highly regarded group of experienced, down-to-earth and personable people
  • Understand your business and expertly tailor advice to your objectives

The Hub for workplace management

Freeths’ online portal empowers managers to use HR processes as management tools. Find out more about its features and benefits here. Or log in to the portal.

HR update seminars

We run regular seminars at our nationwide offices; to find out more please visit our events page.

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Meet the team

Employment Lawyers

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Ella Sheppard
Senior Associate

0345 272 5681

Adele Coupland

0345 404 4183

Niamh Hogg

0345 634 2569

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"Very knowledgeable team and advice is swiftly given; clear and very pragmatic. Makes the client feel that they are important to the firm and is non-judgemental, highly professional and a safe pair of hands. Better than most firms I have dealt with in pretty much every respect."

(The Legal 500, 2021)

"Their advice is always grounded and pragmatic. They have an extensive bank of skills and experience that means all of our scenarios are familiar to their team. Their communication bulletins are invariably relevant and informative."

(The Legal 500, 2021)

An impressed client remarks: "They are professional and customer-focused." "They're a professional and reliable firm which is always happy to help us," reports a source.

(Chambers & Partners, 2021)

“They are reliable, professional, friendly and approachable." This is "a great team that is very personable and genuine," according to one client, who adds: "We feel like they are on our side trying to do their best for us. They feel like part of our company."

(Chambers & Partners, 2021)

"Freeths build a very strong working relationship with their clients and this ensures that their advice is relevant and appropriate. With regards to innovation, there have been plenty of developments over the last year – the introduction of a Freeths seconded into our team, the use of automated instruction forms and the use of AI to screen contracts."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

"Approachable; always provides sound advice and guidance including where that advice is to exercise caution. Identifies and advises where proposed courses of action may lead to difficulties. Advises on the level of risk and potential consequences while providing a range of possible options."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

"The individuals at the firm are very knowledgeable and they support with sector specific issues. Individuals point you in the direction of recent developments and how it could effect the business which allows us to be proactive and prevent issues."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

"They're a professional and reliable firm which is always happy to help us," reports a source.

(Chambers & Partners, 2022)

A source says:"They are reliable, professional, friendly and approachable." This is "a great team that is very personable and genuine," according to one client, who adds: "We feel like they are on our side trying to do their best for us. They feel like part of our company."

(Chambers & Partners, 2022)

Notable Work
  • Julian manages the delivery of all the employment and HR needs of one of the biggest supermarket retailers in the UK. He has written a reference book to guide all managers through their handling of all employment issues. He trains Managers and Directors and advises them and the business on all issues and represents them in all litigation.
  • Successfully defending a multi-claimant redundancy pay claim worth circa. £20 million (with leading QC).
  • Successfully negotiated a low commercial settlement of a multi-day employment tribunal claim of unfair dismissal and discrimination through judicial mediation.
  • Advising a company dealing with contentious exits from their organisation involving allegations of discrimination and concluding settlement of potential claims.
  • Providing employment advice to employees about all aspects of employment law including contractual issues, disciplinary and grievance procedures, redundancy consultations, settlement agreements and discrimination.
  • Assisting a professional services firm where a senior manager was accused of sexual harassment.
  • Advised a multi-site organisation on all aspects of employee relations when setting up in the UK, including TUPE, redundancy, performance management, national living wage and diversity.
  • Representing a client and appearing as the advocate in a dispute resulting in a 3-day tribunal case. The case included a claim of automatic unfair dismissal due to an alleged transnational TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)) transfer to a country outside of the EEA.
  • Successfully defending a County Council (including the advocacy) in a 7 day sex discrimination and unfair dismissal claim and successfully claiming substantial costs against the Claimant.
  • Successfully defending a rail company in a tribunal claim brought on behalf of 600 employees alleging a failure to inform and consult under TUPE. Rebecca disposed of the case and a potential liability of £3.5 million by successfully arguing that the tribunal did not have jurisdiction to hear the claim.
  • Managing Employment Tribunal claims on behalf of employers from start to finish, principally in relation to unfair dismissal and discrimination claims, which involved advising on the merits of the claims and potential liability, and complying with case management directions.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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