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Employment Solicitor in Cardiff, Newport & Swansea, Wales

Employment law for businesses

There are strict laws in place that govern the rights of employees and breaking them can lead to severe punishment. Howells Solicitors offers expert legal advice that keeps businesses on the right side of the law and running more effectively.

Employment law is an increasingly complex area which is subject to almost annual change. The potential damage to a business of failing to observe new laws could be financially catastrophic, which is why our team of specialist Solicitors are determined to keep you up to date and informed on how to keep your business protected.

Settlement Agreements

A Settlement Agreement is a legally binding agreement following the termination of your employment. It usually provides for a severance payment by your employer, in return for which you agree not to pursue any claim you may have to an employment tribunal. Quite often, the settlement agreement will also deal with the notice element in your contract.

Employers are now increasingly using Settlement Agreements as a method to prevent possible future complaints to a tribunal. Settlement Agreements are the only way a claim can be legally binding without tribunal proceedings having been initiated. You must have the Settlement Agreement explained by an independent solicitor before the agreement becomes binding.

Here at Howells Solicitors our Employment Law department has a wealth of experience in this area. We will make sure that the agreement has been explained fully to you and certify that the appropriate advice has been given.

Our fees start from £250 plus VAT and the fee is usually paid by the employer and not the employee.

Helping employees receive fair treatment

We can assist if you are an employee and have an issue with a current or past employer. Our team of Solicitors can advise you on your rights as an employee and are able to assist if you have been the victim of an unfair dismissal, have suffered discrimination or feel that you have been taken advantage of with illegal working practices. This must be a very difficult time for you, as well as those dependent upon you. Contact us today and we may be help to aleviate this stress and protect your rights.

If you have an issue that you wish to discuss, please fill in our online enquiry form and leave a contact number and brief description of your query. Alternatively, you can telephone any of our regional offices and they will put you in touch with one of our Employment specialists.

Meet the Key Individuals

Bethan Southcombe

Bethan Southcombe

Bethan’s has experience in advising both employers and employees on all aspects of employment law including:
  • TUPE transfers
  • Sickness absence
  • Advising and assisting with disciplinary and grievances procedures
  • Discrimination including sex, race and disability
  • Dismissals – unfair and constructive
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Representing clients at the Employment Tribunal
  • Redundancy and restructures
  • Family friendly issues including maternity, paternity, pregnancy, flexible working
  • Experience dealing with Trade Unions.
  • Day-to-day HR support for businesses
  • Seminars and training sessions
Gemma Bailey

Gemma Bailey

Gemma advises on the full range of employment issues. She has extensive experience advising both employers and employees. She now predominantly advises employees and her areas of particular interest are:
  • Grievances
  • Disciplinaries
  • Employment tribunal litigation
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Constructive dismissal
  • Discrimination
  • Whistleblowing
  • Settlement Agreements
Nayo Kirkpatrick

Nayo Kirkpatrick

Nayo specialises in advising employers on all aspects of their responsibility to their employees.
  • Advice to companies on all manner of employment related issues including drafting contracts, policies, negotiations, H.R. guidance, TUPE issues, disciplinary and grievance procedures and employment tribunal cases.
  • Advising individual clients on internal grievance and disciplinary issues, negotiating employee departures, settlement agreements.
  • Managing a caseload of litigated employment tribunal cases representing both Claimants and Respondents.
Lucy Richards
Legal Assistant

Lucy Richards

Lucy works within the Employment Department assisting the fee-earners in all aspects of employment law for both commercial and individual clients. Lucy is responsible for liaising with clients, barristers and other legal professionals. She has excellent organisational skills, a courteous manner and enjoys building good relationships with clients and professionals alike.

Lucy graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Law and recently completed her LPC in Cardiff Law School.
Sue Khalsi
PA to Bethan Southcombe

Sue Khalsi

Sue is an experienced PA who works within the Employment Department assisting the solicitors and organising the team on a daily basis. Sue is a great asset to the department and over the years has built up an extensive knowledge of employment law.

Sue, along with Lucy, deals with new enquiries and she has a great manner with clients and is professional at all times.

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