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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, across 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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Emma Moscrop

Trainee Solicitor — Private Client

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Emma Moscrop

Emma joined Laceys in 2019 after completing a degree in Law with Criminology at University of South Wales. She then studied her Legal Practice Course from the University of South Wales in Cardiff.

Emma worked in a legal advice clinic assisting members of Cardiff community with legal advice on various issues before spending over two years in a local regional firm specialising in Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate matters.

Emma is now gaining further hands on experience at Laceys working across different departments the firm has to offer so she can decide which specialist area to choose moving forward. Currently Emma is spending time within Litigation and Employment.

Outside of work Emma likes to keep fit, and has trained as both a Personal trainer and TaeKwonDo and Kickboxing instructor.

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Byron Sims

Solicitor — Litigation

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Byron Sims, solicitor in Laceys Litigation team

Having joined Laceys in 2018, Byron qualified as a solicitor in 2019 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.

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.

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Robin Watson

Partner — Employment and Immigration

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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 and advising on Human Resources. Robin also has an interest in Immigration for employers and individuals as well as Court of Protection advice.

With Employment matters, 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 has a Higher Rights of Audience, which after a period of training and assessment, entitles him to appear in all courts in England and Wales in civil law cases. Without this qualification, solicitors can only appear in the County Court.

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!

To find out more about Robin becoming Partner and why he chose to specialise in Employment and Immigration law click here;

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Ella Gould

Solicitor — Corporate and Commercial / Employment

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Ella Gould, Solicitor in Laceys Corporate and Commercial team
  • “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

  • “We were treated with a friendly and professional manor by all of your staff, especially Ella Gould. Everything was explained to us fully and the implications of the agreement we were undertaking.”

    David Smith

  • “I needed to find a solicitor for a work-related matter. I went to Laceys as they had represented me in my divorce 25 years ago. I was very happy with their services on both occasions.”

    Mrs Caroline Alexander

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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