Employment For Businesses

We know that running a business can be hard work, time consuming and expensive, it’s our job to make things easier for you.

We understand that running a business is hard work, the last thing you need is to have to deal with an employment dispute. Our expert team aim to work with you to protect your business and set a solid, legally sound foundation for all employment issues within your business.

Employment law is a complex area of law with many pitfalls for businesses that aren’t prepared.

Howells can provide a comprehensive employment law service for organisations tailored specifically to their needs. We are happy to help whatever your employment law problem.

Whether you are considering disciplinary action against your employee, dealing with an employee’s sickness absence, need to make redundancies, forced to defend an Employment Tribunal claim or any other employment matter, we can help you.

Our service is delivered by an expert team of solicitors, renowned for its no-nonsense, energetic and pragmatic approach. We take a genuine interest in our clients, understand their objectives, and meet or exceed their expectations. We work hard to provide legal services in a timely, effective, and efficient basis, whilst maintaining the highest standards of professional integrity.

We can help you with:

Our experienced Employment Team deals with aspects of employment law for Employers:

  • Advising on recruitment and the best staffing structures to suit your business
  • Drafting contracts of employment, staff handbooks and employment policies
  • Grievances and Disciplinary matters
  • Redundancy and reorganization
  • Issues arising out of business transfers (‘TUPE’)
  • Equality including training and equality audits
  • Gender pay gap reporting
  • Protecting your business through confidentiality and restrictive covenant clauses
  • Settlement agreements

We can also review your existing policies/procedures and employees’ contracts of employment. We will suggest ways of improving or updating these documents to ensure that they remain compliant with ever changing employment laws and provide your business with maximum protection. This annual ‘healthcheck’ is one of our popular services.

Our services

We can help you in a number of ways:

  • HR Support including general day to day enquiries about employment law issues in the workplace
  • Handling grievances
  • Handling disciplinary matters
  • Defending claims in the Employment Tribunal
  • Employment Appeal Tribunal matters

We can also offer bespoke training for you and your business – whether this is on equality and diversity, or specific management training on matters such as performance management or dealing with sick employees. We can create a bespoke training schedule for you to suit the needs of your managers and to assist with your business improvement.

How we can help you

We pride ourselves on putting our client first, getting to know you and understand 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.

If you need help with any aspect of employment law within your business get in touch with us to arrange an informal meeting at our offices in Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley.

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:

Online employment clinic

Every Monday Try us out using our free ‘online employment law clinic’ every Monday. If you have a question regarding employment law, email it through to [email protected] on any Monday and one of our expert team will respond 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.

Free employment law drop in sessions

We also operate a drop-in service every Wednesday at our Sheffield office without the need to book appointments. These are held from 10.00am – 4.00pm.


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.

We can generally offer fixed fee packages for contracts, policies, grievance or disciplinary support and for defending Employment Tribunal claims.

You never know when an employment issue may arise, so to take the hassle out of agreeing fees, when really you just want answers and support, we can offer annual retainers for our service. Our quotes are tailored to your needs and your business.

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

The Employment For Businesses 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 the way we understand your business and our commercial know-how that allows us to achieve the best practical and cost effective results for you.

The team is highly regarded, with recommendations from many clients.

Professional guide, Legal 500, ranks Howells employment team highly in Sheffield and South Yorkshire, also recommending Clare Fowler.

Tom Bernard
0114 249 6640
Lauren Dey
0114 249 6656
Clare Fowler
Solicitor and Head of Employment & Discrimination Team
0114 249 6644
Patrick Macken
Employment / Discrimination Paralegal
0114 249 6669
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Sabeez Malik