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Laceys’ Employment Team provides clear, concise and confidential advice to employers on all aspects of employment law and HR. This includes drafting contracts and policies; managing a disciplinary or grievance; representation during an Employment Tribunal claim and when buying or selling a business.

Employment law is complicated and changes quickly. Getting it wrong can be expensive.  Being able to speak to a specialist when you need to is important and we work with you from the start.

Our employment team has experience in advising employers of all sizes, employees and in varied business and industries. We know that the most important thing to employers is getting sound commercial advice.

We can help with the termination of employment, settlement agreements, recruitment, discrimination and redundancy. It is also vital to protect your business when employment has ended. We can advise upon and draft bespoke restrictive covenants for your business or industry.

Historically we have advised on large business sales and purchases that involve TUPE and collective consultations; breaches of confidentiality and restrictive covenants; tender awards and employee status.  We regularly work with HR Directors and Managers to support them in their role.

In addition, the team regularly advises businesses on the best way to engage consultants and contractors. We can also draft the appropriate agreements.

As well as advising you when you need us, we also run regular seminars and updates for our clients too.

If you would like information on our fees for employment issues please download the fact sheet below, or if you would like further advice please contact one of the team below to see how we can help.

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Meet the Team

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Byron Sims

Trainee Solicitor — Litigation

Direct dial: 01202 755215
Switchboard: 01202 755980

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Byron joined Laceys as a trainee solicitor in 2018 and is delighted to be working within the dispute resolution team, with a focus on employment matters, debt recovery and landlord and tenant disputes.

Byron completed his first degree in modern language studies with the Open University in 2010 with a 2.1 (hons). He then studied law at Bournemouth University, passing the Graduate Diploma in Law with merit and the Legal Practice Course with distinction. Byron is now looking forward to qualifying with Laceys at the end of February 2019.

Before coming to law, Byron lived and worked around the world, from France to Bolivia, teaching English as a foreign language. From his travels and studies, Byron speaks fluent French and Spanish, as well as bits of other languages. As well as travel, Byron likes to spend his free time outdoors (weather permitting) and playing music.

Robin Watson

Partner — Employment and Immigration

Direct dial: 01202 755202
Switchboard: 01202 755980

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“Cocowai is a wholesale and online retail cashmere company. We recently contacted Robin Watson at Laceys Solicitors to help and advise us with producing an employment contract, and subsequently for advice on other employment issues. Robin has been extremely helpful and efficient throughout the whole - from our initial meeting, through to further telephone conversations and subsequent emails. I have been impressed by Robin's consideration of our "type" and "size" of company, whilst advising on what kind of contract we needed for our business. ”

Frances Macaulay, COCOWAI

Robin studied law at the University of Southampton before achieving Distinction in a postgraduate law diploma at Bournemouth University in 2011 and being awarded the Dorset Magistrates’ Association Excellence in Advocacy Award.

Robin qualified as a solicitor with Laceys in 2011, and is now one of Laceys partners, specialising in employment law. He advises employers, HR Directors and managers on all aspects of complex employment law and day-to-day HR issues.

Robin regularly advises on TUPE when clients are buying or selling a business or in relation to tenders. Robin also represents clients during Employment Tribunal proceedings. Robin’s clients range from small local start-ups to large national businesses. Robin advises on immigration for employers and individuals too.

In addition, Robin is a litigator and advises clients when a dispute arises. Robin’s particular interest is in advocacy and he has gained Higher Rights of Audience as a Solicitor-Advocate that permits him to appear in all civil courts and tribunals for clients.

Away from work Robin enjoys cycling, cooking and eating. Lately Robin has (again) started sketching and is trying to convince himself that he has a talent!

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Ella Gould

Solicitor — Corporate and Commercial / Employment

Direct dial: 01202 205040
Switchboard: 01202 557256

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  • “Ella carried out the work for my business sale very efficiently, and always responded promptly. This was particularly important to me as I often required assistance quickly in order to progress matters within the given time frame.”

    Jon Dudley

  • “Throughout the acquisition process, I am constantly reassured by the fact that Ella, along with the rest of the Laceys team, will respond quickly to urgent issues and her swift communication means that I am always advised of any issues as soon as they arise. I am impressed by their professional and efficient way of doing business, leaving me time to concentrate on other areas rather than worry about the business purchase.”

    Stuart Harding, Child 1st (Bakewell) Ltd

Ella completed her Law LLB Hons degree at the University of Surrey graduating in 2013 and subsequently the LPC at the University of Law. Ella joined us to commence her training contract in 2014 and qualified into our corporate and commercial team in March 2016, now acting on a wide variety of corporate, commercial and employment matters ranging from local businesses to national companies.

Ella can assist with business and share transactions, shareholders’ agreements, drafting articles of association and other general company law matters. Ella also advises on employment law aspects predominantly in a corporate context. In particular, her work includes drafting and reviewing contracts of employment, providing assistance and advice on TUPE transfers, and other general employer advice.

Outside of work Ella enjoys going for long runs around Bournemouth and the Purbecks, skiing when the opportunity arises and making the most of the local beaches in the summer.

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Fact Sheets

  • Legal Fees

    Employment and Representation for businesses

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  • Struggling with legal fees?

    Unbundling explained.

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  • How to fund disputes.

    Different options explained.

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