Employment Law for Employers.

Employment Law for Employers.

At Lanyon Bowdler, we specialise in employment law for employers.

Employment law and HR impact hugely on how a business functions – but it can also prove restrictive and time consuming at times for managers and business owners. At Lanyon Bowdler we can help relieve a lot of the burden in providing prompt, concise and commercially minded advice on how to deal with a full range of employment law and HR matters.

We don’t just sell time; we sell experience, expertise, know-how and results. We will tailor our service, pricing and payment arrangements to suit your business and priorities, whether on a standalone basis or to complement your existing HR capabilities, from anywhere between providing unlimited 24/7 support for a fixed fee to providing “pay as you go” as-required assistance – backed by service level guarantees and, if selected, insurance cover against tribunal costs and awards.

We approach employment law matters for business clients in the manner that will best suit the client’s requirements. This may mean applying a ‘least risk’, a commercially practical or an aggressive approach, depending on whether a client’s priority is to minimise exposure to risk, to reach a quick resolution or to discourage further claims of a similar nature.

Whatever your requirements, whether in relation to:

  • ACAS early conciliation
  • Employment tribunal claims
  • Holiday queries
  • Disciplinary matters
  • Grievances
  • Medical incapability
  • Performance issues
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Reasonable adjustments for disabled workers
  • Family leave and pay entitlements
  • Maternity leave and pay
  • Paternity leave and pay
  • Shared parental leave and pay
  • Parental leave
  • Time off for dependants
  • Flexible working requests
  • Absence management
  • Settlement agreements
  • TUPE (employee transfers)
  • Employment contracts and handbooks
  • Director’s service agreements
  • Consultancy agreements
  • Zero hours contracts
  • Apprenticeship agreements
  • Staff training
  • Management training
  • Whistleblowing
  • Equal pay
  • Employee retention
  • Recruitment
  • Redundancy and reorganisation, including collective consultation
  • Restrictive covenants and confidentiality
  • Social media conduct
  • Trade union and industrial relations
  • Data protection and GDPR
  • Employment status issues
  • Contract disputes
  • Part-time workers’ rights
  • Temporary and agency workers’ rights

Our specialist employment lawyers will be happy to assist you.

Our fixed fee retainer packages help businesses spread the cost of legal advice and assistance, whilst also providing pricing certainty; and they provide a ready means for managers to obtain advice at the point when they should prudently obtain it, rather than potentially waiting until it’s too late and problems being created, or being made worse.

In addition to reactive advice, depending upon the level of service you choose, we can provide in house training for managers at your premises on a range of topics such as absence management and how to deal with difficult employees at no extra cost.

Unlike some firms who offer retainer services, with Lanyon Bowdler you know that you will receive high quality advice from qualified solicitors – and not inexperienced advisers or otherwise non-solicitors. Further, given our wide geographical spread, we are local to most of our clients, and so conveniently on hand for when face to face advice and assistance is required.

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Key Contact

John is the head of the Employment Department. He acts for employers of all sizes from small businesses to large national and international concerns, including in relation to business transfers, the preparation of contracts of employment, effecting dismissals and conducting in-house training. John advises both employers and employees in connection with employment tribunal proceedings and appeals and is an experienced advocate.

John Merry
John Merry
Employment Law for Employers | Employment Law | Leisure & Tourism | Agriculture

Our Expertise

Our Employment Law Solicitors have many years experience supporting our business clients.

Employment Insurance

We offer employers insurance which will pay legal costs in respect of representation and any settlement, compensation or damages awards arising from a dispute with a worker.

Cover is triggered by the commencement of ACAS early conciliation or when a claim is issued in the employment tribunal.

Additional cover can also be provided in respect of all or any of:

  • costs involved in resolving legal disputes that arise from restrictive covenants;
  • representation in connection with appeals against the decision of a licensing or other authority, to change the terms of, suspend or revoke a business license or compulsory registration;
  • representation in the event of prosecution under the Data Protection Act 2018.
Legal 500 & Chambers UK Recommendations

The 2024 edition of The Legal 500 states “John Merry leads a ‘professional and approachable’ team at Lanyon Bowdler that is lauded for its ‘clear and concise advice’. It specialises in TUPE issues and is also skilled at advising schools and colleges as well as farmers and growers on various employment matters. Another core area of expertise includes advising Court of Protection appointed deputies and case managers on the employment of carers”.


‘Excellent and friendly advice – very clear and pragmatic. Everyone is professional but ‘user friendly”.

‘This practice is unique by giving the personal touch and are with you every step of the way. Nothing ever feels like too much trouble and they are open and honest about their costs’.

‘Very competent, helpful and knowledgeable. Quick to reply to matters raised’.

‘Lanyon Bowdler are a very ‘on the ball’ practice, their knowledge of employment law and up to date case law, makes the more difficult aspects of employee relations easier. They are able to guide my team into a fair approach which does not put the business at risk‘.

Work highlights

Advised Plastic Omnium in respect of TUPE in connection with insourcing contracted out logistics services.

Advised Plastic Omnium in connection with the UK employment law aspects of its acquisition of ACTIA Power.

The 2024 edition of Chambers UK states: ‘Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors is noted for its non-contentious employment expertise and is frequently sought after to advise on transactions and TUPE transfers as well as changes to terms and conditions and policies and procedures. The team offers additional capabilities assisting with claims of discrimination and unfair dismissal as well as redundancy processes. The employment team is based across Telford and Hereford.


“Fantastic human approach to employer difficulties with full support and advice given.”

“Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors always provide sound, pragmatic advice.”

“The Lanyon Bowdler team is able to handle lots of different legal fields and its ability to cross-reference to other offices is good.”

“Excellent service and extremely responsive to queries.”

“Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors have been able to simplify quite complex situations to enable us to navigate them more easily.”


Our awards and accolades.

Legal 500 Leading Firm
Chambers UK 2024 Lanyon Bowdler

What our clients say.

Since dealing with Lanyon Bowdler they have been diligent, efficient and at all times very helpful along with being structured in dealing with matters, fees and clarity on all levels. Thank you.

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I was clearly informed of progress step by step. The service you provided was very good.

Peter Weston

All work carried out effectively and efficiently.

Hubert Jones
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An excellent service with solicitors that you can talk to and who give you a clear understanding of all necessary legal implications and interpretations.

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From start to finish we had excellent service. Friendly, approachable and professional.

Carl Gittins
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Very clear, concise advice and guidance, easy to understand.

Ian Jamieson

Good service provided throughout with clear communication throughout with all options explored.


I can thoroughly recommend the highly professional and supportive service received over the last few months.

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Responsive, supportive, approachable, clear and empathetic.

Lisa Thacker

Professional and prompt communication. Supportive and client focused.

Lisa Thacker
Jennifer M Whittall Ltd

Whenever I have had need to contact Lanyon Bowdler I have always received a fast, concise and friendly response.

Lee Mortimer
UK Case Management

Definitely would use Lanyon Bowdler again if I need the use of a solicitor.

Mark Bowkett
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Smooth and efficient service from very professional firm.

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We were particularly impressed with the quality of work, the speed and excellent communication.

Allenby Douglas Ltd

Very friendly and approachable. Very good advice

Ivor Brown
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Great Service; Lanyon Bowdler were excellent from the outset. Straightforward and easy process. I just sat back and waited.

Paul Rowe
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I can thoroughly recommend the highly professional and supportive service received over the last few months. In particular John Merry.

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Everything has been professional, efficient and courteous throughout and we are very pleased, both with the service and with the eventual outcome of our case. Everything was first class and exceeded our expectations. Thank you again for providing such splendid service. It is really appreciated.

Mr N J & Dr S J Browne
Our people

Meet the team.

John Merry
John Merry
Employment Law for Employers | Employment Law | Leisure & Tourism | Agriculture
Gemma Workman
Gemma Workman
Employment Law for Employers | Employment Law | Education

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