The new team brings together award-winning employment law solicitors and CIPD-qualified consultants who will work together to tackle issues ranging from disciplinaries and grievances to restructuring and redundancies.
The HR Consultancy service is aimed at SMEs without a full HR team, as well as larger companies that prefer to use external HR expertise.
The team is headed by Deborah Carr, HR Director at Lupton Fawcett, who has more than 20 years’ experience in HR.
She said: “We’re here to support organisations that might not have in-house HR support and require a specialist to guide them through challenging situations. We’re also here to help when your HR function is over-stretched and you need some extra help.
“Our role is to manage the task from start to finish, minimising lost time and stress on all sides, allowing directors and managers to get on with the day job of running their businesses, confident that they have all the specialist information to hand.”
The HR consultancy also provides support around performance management, recruitment and talent management. It advises on disciplinary action, grievances and appeals and offers guidance on employment contracts and documentation.
The service is available as a standalone service or as part of Augment, Lupton Fawcett’s fixed fee employment/HR retainer service, which also includes training and a 24/7 helpline.
Lupton Fawcett has long been recognised for its expertise in employment law and HR support. In 2018, it was named Employment Team of the Year at the Yorkshire Legal Awards.
The firm is hosting a series of HR Network events to help employers understand changes due to come into force in April as a result of the government’s Good Work Plan. These will be held on 6 February in Sheffield and York and 12 February in Leeds.
The latest Legal 500 report, which assesses the capabilities of law firms through a comprehensive research programme, said: “The employment team at Lupton Fawcett offers an outstanding service, quality advice and real value. It has a genuinely friendly approach and makes time to chat through any questions.”
L-R Alex Evans – Senior Associate, Employment, Angela Gorton – Partner, Andrew Gilchris – Head of Department, Joan Pettingill – Partner, Debbie Carr – Head of HR and Lucy Smyth – HR Advisor.