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Employment Law & HR Support Solicitors 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. 

Our Approach

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.

Employment Tribunal Claim Insurance

As you may know, Employment Tribunal fees have now been abolished and claims are returning to the high level that they reached before fees were introduced.

Tribunal awards can sometimes be high, including because some claims, such as for discrimination and harassment, are uncapped in terms of the potential level of damages, and even if a claim is successfully defended, it can be extremely costly in terms of legal fees – as the usual rule is that each party pays their own costs, whatever the outcome.

For these reason, employers are often minded to settle even unmeritous claims. That can be galling – and it can also encourage future claims.

We therefore offer an insurance backed service, LB Protect, which covers the cost of legal fees in defending claims, plus the cost of Tribunal awards or settlements. This can be added on to your retainer package or purchased separately, giving you complete peace of mind.

To find out about our LB Protect Policy, download our guide or call today and speak to one of our team. 

Legal 500 & Chambers UK Recommendations

The 2023 edition of The Legal 500 states that the team has a 'strong reputation' for its work on TUPE matters and the employment aspects of business transfers. It states further: 'The practice has a key specialism in advising schools and colleges in addition to farmers and growers. Another core field of activity is the team's advising of Court of Protection-appointed deputies and case managers on the employment of carers.' 

The 2023 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, unfair dismissal as well as redundancy processes. 

Published testimonials include:

‘Lanyon Bowdler is unique in that the lawyers are all 100% approachable and totally professional.’

‘The employment law team at Lanyon and Bowdler is very down to earth and understands the issues employers encounter on a daily basis. If you need advice with a pragmatic approach, they are your people. Over the years I have utilised the services of a few employment law specialists but have found Lanyon’s approach the most sensible and cost effective.’

‘Always accessible which is extremely important re employment advice. They ensure they are up to date with current legislation and can usually provide immediate advice unlike other firms I have dealt with. As a company I feel totally confident with the advice they give me and the support they provide.’

'Lanyon Bowdler demonstrates good communication between the team members which is effective and timely. I have confidence that I am directed to the most appropriate and knowledgeable person to answer my query. Each individual I have worked with at Lanyon Bowdler is clear on their role and their expertise and will redirect or revert if there is any uncertainty giving me confidence that I am receiving correct guidance and direction. I find the manner of the team excellent with myself and our clients. I find they are honest, nurturing and caring with clients and their families’.

‘The employment team provides clear, concise and practical advice. It provides an excellent service and prompt responses to subjects or queries raised.’

‘All elements are provided in a very detailed way to help us make the right decisions. They also keep in mind the mindset of our company.’  

‘They provide excellent service levels and are always responsive, especially when complicated employment matters demand immediate attention.’                                   

‘I am able to comfortably ask for help, advice or information and be directed to someone to help. They are very responsive and clear in the answers and information they provide.’


Seminars and Training

We hold Employment and HR Networking events across Shropshire and in Hereford every spring and autumn, which include presentations on employment law developments and areas of HR practice. To be included on our mailing list, please click here to be added to our mailing list.

We also provide in-house training and presentations to employers and associations.

Contact Lanyon Bowdler's Employment law team

For more information regarding our employment law & HR support services in Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Conwy, Hereford, Ludlow, and Telford or at your premises please telephone or complete the online enquiry form.


We only communicated by e-mail and phone. Information and queries were always conveyed clearly and in good time to meet deadlines.

- Porter & Woodman Gifts Limited, Telford

Efficient, friendly and helpful service. I received prompt and professional emails and letters.

- Mrs Marilyn Shields, Shrewsbury

They simplified the appeal process for me considerably.

- Mr Griffiths

A very good service - it simplified the appeal process for me considerably which went very smoothly.

- Mr P Griffiths, Telford