Employment & HR for Business

There to help you to protect your business

Employment law is a complex area of law with many pitfalls for businesses which they are not prepared for. Our expert employment & HR team aim to work with you to protect your business and set a solid, legally sound foundation for all employment issues within your business.

Our experienced employment specialists offer pragmatic, strategic and focused advice that gives you clear guidance, with a range of legal services help you manage a successful business. Our clients benefit from years’ of high-level expertise in South Yorkshire, delivered by a team which enjoys exceptional knowledge across a wide range of employment law.

Legal services for your business:

Contracts of Employment, Staff Handbooks and Policies

Grievance & Disciplinary Matters

Redundancy & Re-Organisation 

Business Transfers

Gender Pay Gap

Settlement Agreements

Confidentiality and Restrictive Covenant Clauses

Work Visas

Recruitment Advice

HR & Employment Law Training

Data Protection


Our employment & HR specialists are experts in providing advice and support to businesses and employers. The team regularly help to resolve all types of workplace disputes whether this is dealing with disciplinary issues, grievances, employment tribunals, recruitment, dealing with re-organisations and redundancies and general day to day HR issues.

Free employment law clinic for businesses

Every Monday we run an ‘online employment law clinic’ for businesses in South Yorkshire. If you have a question regarding employment law within your business email [email protected] on a Monday between 9am – 4pm and one of our employment experts will respond to you on the same day.

Advice by telephone

We offer a national telephone service – it’s the same high quality advice from the same experienced lawyers, but with the added convenience of not having to make and attend appointments. We simply take your instructions and advise you over the telephone.


We provide comprehensive and understandable expert advice at very competitive rates, so you can be sure to receive a great value service with peace of mind over costs. We will always provide you with clear information about the costs involved in us handling your case.

Our services can be supplied at our competitive hourly charging rate, through our fixed fee packages or through an annual retainer. For further information see here.

Contact us now and we can provide bespoke quotes based on your exact requirements and your business set up.

We appreciate that it’s not always possible or easy to visit a solicitor in person that’s why we are flexible in how we can help you – we offer a variety of alternative means of providing you with the same high quality advice;

The Employment & HR for Business team

Our Employment team, is renowned for its no-nonsense, energetic and pragmatic approach. Its success isn’t just down to its extensive knowledge of the law, it’s also the way we pride ourselves on putting our client first, getting to know you and understanding what you want to achieve. To get the best results for you and achieve commercially sensible outcomes it is essential that we understand your business.

The team is highly regarded, with recommendations from many clients. The professional guide, Legal 500, also ranks Howells employment team highly in Sheffield and South Yorkshire;

Legal 500 2018

“The ‘friendly and approachable’ employment team at Howells is known primarily for its representation of employees in tribunal claims. Clare Fowler and Tom Bernard jointly head the team, which is supported by head of civil litigation Graham Hogarth. Fowler has particular experience delivering discrimination advice, while Bernard is recommended for his ‘balanced advice, thorough and clear communication’ in relation to claims. The team has recently handled disability discrimination claims, in addition to unfair dismissal claims under TUPE. The practice also has experience acting for SMEs, including advising one employer on a complex redundancy matter.”

Solicitor Clare Fowler
Clare Fowler
Head of Employment & Discrimination
0114 249 6644