It pays to employ the right employment solicitor

‘Even the best employer will experience employee issues that can escalate into full blown disputes if wrongly managed’

Your people are likely to be your most valuable asset so should be protected. However, your employment policies and practices should work to the advantage of your organisation and not leave you open to future risk. A Royds Withy King employment solicitor can help you achieve this difficult balance, avoiding costly mistakes.

Experts in employment law and TUPE

Our employment team specialises in working closely with business owners and HR professionals in all areas of employment law, including TUPE . You may need our advice for:

  • Protecting your business
    You can’t protect your business against every eventuality. However it’s possible to weatherproof it if a storm does break by following a number of best practice procedures. Find out more.
  • Tribunal disputes
    Whatever measures you put in place to avoid litigation, disputes will inevitably occur and you may sometimes find yourself facing a claim. Find out more.
  • HR solutions
    Perhaps it’s no longer cost-effective to have a dedicated in-house HR team, or the HR resource that you do have in-house, is overstretched. Find out more.
  • Recruitment
    People are what makes your business tick. We understand that finding and retaining the right people is essential to the success of your business. Find out more.
  • Saying goodbye
    The employment relationship can break down for a variety of reasons. Although sometimes it’s amicable, more often, it’s not. Whatever the reason, advice from a Royds Withy King employment solicitor can guide you though a maze of constantly changing employment law. Find out more.

Our advice is refreshingly direct and pragmatic, and we offer a range of highly cost-effective solutions. These include fixed price retainers and insurance-based services so you can budget your legal costs with no surprises.


Our credentials

“What the team is known for: Handles a full range of employment matters including advice in relation to employee shareholder schemes, business restructuring and employment litigation. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are a brilliant team and great support for businesses. They’re also very friendly and approachable.” Work highlights: Advised an individual in an appeal at the Employment Appeal Tribunal brought by Oxfordshire County Council, who appealed an Employment Tribunal judgment that the individual had been subjected to unlawful whistle-blowing detriments. Notable practitioners: Mark Emery (Band 3) has experience advising claimants and respondents on employment litigation, as well as working with businesses on general advisory matters. Sources say he “provides excellent advice and documentation.” Lauren Harkin (Associate to watch) is known among her clients for her “excellent understanding of employment law.” She is experienced in defending Employment Tribunal proceedings involving all aspects of discrimination. Malcolm Gregory is a Recognised Practitioner.” Chambers 2017 Thames Valley

Richard White (Band 2) of Royds Withy King “has been superb in his approach, exceedingly knowledgeable and really understands business,” according to one client. He regularly advises employers on matters such as redundancies, discrimination cases and business transfers.” Chambers 2017 South West

“Royds Withy King provides ‘practical advice that is easy to understand’. It handles all aspects of employment law, including discrimination issues, complex redundancies, re-organisations, business transfers, whistleblowing and TUPE transfers. The practice acts for a number of plcs as well as SME businesses, focusing on the social care, professional services, manufacturing, technology, transport and rail sectors. Recent highlights include advising a waste management company on a complex restructure which involved a contentious director exit with aspects of whistleblowing and age discrimination, and acting for a large furniture manufacturer in relation to proposed industrial action by a trade union following changes to shift patterns.  Partner Richard White is ‘very responsive, approachable and provides a good sounding board for employment related issues’; he ‘offers pragmatic common sense advice at all times’. Malcolm Gregory heads the team and advises on all employment law aspects. Partner James Sage is experienced in disciplinary action and dismissals, sickness, performance management and grievances. Lauren Harkin was promoted to partner and handles employment tribunal claims, exit packages and TUPE transfers. Key clients include Airsprung Group, Blue Marlin Brand Design, Churchill Investments, Clarion (GB), Novia Financial, Ohasi Technica (UK) and Salters Hill Charity.” Legal 500 2018 South West

“The team at Royds Withy King is ‘always attentive, knowledgeable and proactive’, and is noted for its advice to clients in life science, education, professional services and the electronics and technology sector. Oxford-based partner Kate Benefer has proven experience in dealing with complex collective issues, business reorganisations and TUPE, and regularly advises businesses and senior executives on all aspects of employment law. Swindon-based national employment head Malcolm Gregory spends time in Oxford, primarily assisting large companies with difficult issues arising from transactions or reorganisations. Associate Paul Hayward joined the team from dph legal, while Mark Emery left to join Freeths LLP.” Legal 500 2018 South East

“In Royds Withy King’s ‘responsive, thorough and highly tactical team’, Caroline Doran Millett attracts praise as ‘a calm, clear-headed and careful lawyer who provides considered advice throughout and fully supports and reassures her clients’; other key names include ‘highly experienced’ group leader Richard Woodman, racing industry specialist Gemma Ospedale, discrimination expert and ‘impressive and tenacious adviser’ Helen Murphie and David Israel, who joined from Wedlake Bell LLP in 2017. The practice is noted for its contentious expertise, particularly in discrimination issues and unfair dismissal claims.” Legal 500 2018 London


Contact us to find out how an experienced Royds Withy King employment solicitor can make all the difference.

Once again thank you for your efficient and professional services
Graham Taylor

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