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Employment for Business

Our employment solicitors provide practical and effective advice on Employment Law and HR best practice.

The Wake Smith Employment Team is recommended in the Legal 500 for its employment law expertise.

Employment law is a fast moving area which can cause difficulties for employers to keep abreast of all of the developments.

The employment team provides advice and strategic guidance on a wide range of employment law issues and HR matters including advice in the following areas:-

  • Contracts of Employment and Staff Handbooks.
  • Director’s Service Agreements.
  • Business Transfers and TUPE – Expert Employment Advice for acquisitions, disposals, mergers and joint ventures.
  • Defending Employment Tribunal Claims.
  • Unfair Dismissal.
  • Discrimination.
  • Handling Redundancy and Re-Structuring.
  • Restrictive Covenants and Confidentiality.
  • Settlement Agreements.
  • Maternity and other “family-friendly” rights.
  • Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures.
  • General HR Advice and Support.
  • Training in family law issues, including equal opportunities and handling disciplinary grievances.

We provide commercially-minded employment advice across a range of industry sectors with a particular emphasis on engineering, manufacturing, healthcare, professional services, education and retail.

Please see the profiles of the directors and associates in the department, in particular the recommendations they have received from their peers and clients for the work that they do.

We regularly share our expertise at seminars for clients and other parties. At our quarterly HR Club we enjoy meeting with our clients and contacts where we freely discuss current issues and we provide employment law updates by email.

Our Employment team are recommended in the UK Legal 500 2020.


Employment Team

Joan Pettingill
Director & Head of Employment Law & HR Services

Holly Dobson

Our Clients Say

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Simon Lowe - Jagged Globe
Richard Hide
Sue Barraclough - Westfield Health

“ You will always get straight and expert advice from Holly. She’s not in the game of telling you what you want to hear, but what you must hear. She will lay out the options clearly with unswerving, unbiased professionalism so that you can clearly see the road ahead and make the right decisions”.

Simon Lowe - Jagged Globe

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Our team of friendly, professional solicitors in Sheffield can provide support and advice in a wide range of areas for you and your business. Call our Sheffield Solicitors on 0114 266 6660 or fill out the simple form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

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8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sheffield Head Office - City Centre
No1 Velocity
2 Tenter Street
S1 4BY
Tel: 0114 266 6660
Fax: 0114 267 1253
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