employment law advice on contracts, compliance and tribunals


We spend all day, every day, helping organisations - multi-national companies, SMEs, owner-managed businesses and not-for-profit organisations - with awkward employee situations. That could encompass anything from handling sensitive negotiations about the departure of a senior executive, to managing a staff transfer or redundancy/reorganisation, to managing a long-term ill-health absence, to a dispute over competitive activity by an ex-employee, or defending employment tribunal proceedings.

We understand that because employment law necessarily involves people in an organisation, there are as many different problems and solutions as there are individuals. That’s why we take the time to understand our clients as unique organisations, with their own issues, cultures and approaches. Our regular clients view us as trusted advisers who form an extension of their own HR function.

We like to be known for the quality of our work, which we would describe as a solutions-driven approach underpinned by technical excellence. We are also not afraid to put our necks on the line – we do not practise ‘defensive’ legal advice. Lastly, we realise that you need to be able to get hold of us quickly, and that a lengthy written opinion in a fortnight’s time isn’t necessarily what you want.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • employment contracts and consultancy agreements
  • HR policies/procedures
  • disciplinary situations
  • redundancies/ reorganisations
  • ill-health and other absence
  • executive severance
  • staff transfers and the TUPE Regulations
  • discrimination & equality
  • data protection
  • employment/self-employment and IR35
  • protection of confidential business information
  • restrictions on competition
  • employment tribunal proceedings (view our fees for defending a claim)
  • employee participation
  • immigration.

We offer the option of fixed-price employment law support which you can tailor to your business needs and budget. Our flexible package enables you to pick and choose from a range of legal services to suit you.

Another of our unique services is Willans' HR Legal Toolkit. We have designed a package which integrates with Cloudtamers HR management software and provides employment law support for all the HR activities an organisation may be undertaking. HR Legal Toolkit combines traditionally separate HR management and employment law services, empowering human resources professionals and those with line management responsibilities, with readily accessible legal support, invaluable templates and a document library.

Employment team

Please contact our head of department:

Matthew Clayton MA LLM (Cantab)

“.. particularly noted for their successful practice in the engineering and aerospace sectors ..” Legal 500

Helen Howes

Matthew Clayton