Helen Lucas - Swindon Employment Solicitor | Royds Withy King

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Helen Lucas

Helen Lucas

Associate

T: 01793 847 717 (DDI)
T: 01793 847 777

Helen is an experienced employment lawyer who advises both local and national businesses as well as individual employees on a wide range of employment law and HR matters.



About Helen

Helen qualified as a solicitor in 2005 having previously qualified as a Legal Executive in 2000. She has many years of experience advising businesses and individuals on all aspects of employment law.

Helen previously worked for a number of firms in the Swindon area including Lemon & Co and Star Legal before joining us in May 2015 as a solicitor in our Employment & HR team.

Helen is known for her friendly manner which compliments her knowledge and experience and clients describe Helen as “very professional with a commercial common sense approach” (source: client feedback).

Outside of work Helen is a keen supporter of SMASH, short for Swindon Mentoring and Self Help, a Swindon based charity dedicated to helping vulnerable young people through mentoring relationships.

 

I love the fact that employment law is constantly evolving, keeping me on my toes! I find it particularly rewarding when I can work with my clients to help them resolve difficult situations in the workplace.

Helen Lucas

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