What we do: Business and employer solicitors
We can provide you with expert business employment law advice to prevent and resolve employee disputes, as well as representation if you need to defend a claim made by a current or former employee.
Having a dedicated team of employees should be at the heart of every successful business. You rely on your workforce to drive your business forwards, representing you proudly and professionally. But while your employees are key to the success of your business, they can present you with a certain amount of risk if disputes arise.
Our employer solicitors offer pragmatic legal advice to make sure your employee matters are resolved effectively with minimum disruption to your business, in terms of cost, management time and negative PR.
We can help employers with all manners of employment law advice, including:
- Absence and sickness management
- Business immigration
- Managing disciplinary and grievance procedures
- Redundancies and business reorganisation
- Transactions and TUPE advice
- Employee contracts – including those for part-time and casual workers
- Representation at tribunals
- Drafting HR policies and procedures
- Stress and bullying claims
- Unfair dismissal claims
Who we help: Employment law advice for employers of all sizes
As a full service commercial law firm, we act exclusively for businesses and organisations of all sizes – but we don’t represent employees.
We’ve always specialised in start-ups, innovators and disruptors who are often backed by major private equity and venture capital firms, but our high-growth clients often mature into multinational organisations. Since launching we’ve worked with over 1,200 businesses: find out who we’ve worked with here.
Why choose our employer lawyers: Our experience in employment law
Our employer solicitors have all been recruited from top 100 firms or from top international businesses, and all have more than 10 years post-qualifying experience. We pride ourselves on reaching practical solutions for your business’s staffing issues, whether it’s before, during or after the employment relationship.
Employment Law Partner
Simon acts for employers of all sizes, particularly tech and manufacturing, and specialises in managing people matters, including TUPE, sales and acquisitions of companies, and restructures/redundancies.View profile
Employment Law Solicitor
Sean previously worked for a leading national law firm in the employment team, ranked tier 1 in the Legal 500. He advises employers on all aspects of employment law from TUPE to tribunals.View profile
Employment Law Solicitor
Previously a director in top 50 national firm Shakespeare Martineau, Alan specialises in restraint of trade issues, TUPE, shareholder and disputes at board level.View profile
Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:
Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.
An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.
Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £125 per hour.
A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.
Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.
Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.
What our clients say
We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.
As a young and growing fintech company, there have been a number of legal matters that we have needed to manage; such as client contracts, employment contracts and fund raising from investors. We’ve used Harper James for around a year and they have provided us with very valuable support through several lenses, not least in our funding round in late 2017, where we raised £1million and Harper James managed the legal side of the transaction. We recommend them without hesitation.
Gareth Morgan, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer
Harper James provides my small growing business with a scalable, reliable, team-oriented approach to legal advice. Whenever we face a problem, I know that Harper James are there to provide helpful and cost-effective advice, to scope out the options, make clear the costs and risks, and give me the information I need to make decisions.
Bryn Richards, CEO
We rely on Harper James to provide us with support across a full range of service areas, from commercial contracts and employment issues to fundraisings and investments. The team at Harper James are always available to provide us with cost effective, pragmatic and commercially focused advice.
Nick Holzherr, CEO
Harper James is a brilliant example of a company disrupting a traditional industry. Suddenly Solicitors become relevant and accessible for start-ups & small enterprises, with the best in-class knowledge of all major legal areas. I’ve used the business now for a year, and the Enterprise plan has been perfect for budgeting my company’s outgoings, and has given me a piece of mind when tackling key, decisive issues. Thank-you HJS!
Koral Ibrahim, Founder & MD
The Ready House
As a University spin-out getting the right team of lawyers to support our emerging business was fundamental and the team are always available to provide us with the invaluable guidance and support we require.
David Hodgson, CEO
Harper James have been a pleasure to work with. We dealt with another firm before approaching them who we had to leave because they were too slow and unresponsive. By the time we met Harper James we were urgently needing to progress quickly. They turned our project around at lightning speed for us and saved the day. Thank you!
Adam Bateman, Director
Push Security Ltd
Over the years Harper James have helped us navigate complex legal issues and red tape, providing distilled options and legal consultancy that far exceeds the service levels we’ve previously experienced from more traditional law firms. The team act like our own in-house counsel so, regardless of which lawyer we work with, we feel supported and that they truly have our best interests at heart.
Michael Edwards, Co-Founder
We are always impressed with both the speed of response and understanding of the situation.
Jon Mason, Sales Director
Call Assist Ltd
Quite frankly I was stunned at the low cost of the service given the value it provided us.
Dr Matthew Carr, CEO
Harper James never fail to impress with the speed and efficiency of their service, no matter the query. The team are friendly, knowledgeable and always on hand.
Karis Walker , Project Managing Officer
Fast, flexible access to specialists.
Derek Moore, CEO and Co-Founder
Coffee & TV
…very efficient and helpful, especially given that it was difficult logistically with most of the directors away!
Adam Fraser-Harris, Finance Director
Always great to have HJ on hand
Lucy Lam Po Tang, Head of Operations
Kite Global Advisors
For us, the support of Harper James Solicitors has been a gift. The collaboration we have had has been of tremendous importance. The service has been superb value for money.
Iraklis Bourantas, COO
We often need legal advice quickly, especially during sales with new customers, and Rob is very responsive and always available for meetings. When I was looking for a law firm, I wanted that full range of services, as I knew we’d need advice outside of the tech remit. The flexibility has been really positive.
Ivan Harding, CEO and Co-Founder
Harper James have been incredibly professional and responsive. They immediately understood the challenges we have. Not only those of any small business, but those relating to building a piece of complex tech, and they have been able to help us navigate that from a legal perspective.
Alastair MacGregor, Founder
Harper James removes the stress for us. I know that we can get advice quickly, without some sort of golden clock being turned on when you pick up the phone. This means we can focus on running the business.
Tom Davenport, Co-Founder
We initially turned to Harper James for help in one part of our business but quickly realised we could benefit from their support in other areas too. The level of service has been impressive. What I like about Harper James is they seem to take a proactive approach to legal services provision. They’ve looked at our business and made suggestions as to areas where they can best focus their support and expertise. It is reassuring to have a legal services provider like that working alongside you.
Heidi Ayton, Chief of Compliance
Harper James are our trusted legal adviser and having them by our side at key moments in our business growth, knowing we are protected, is immensely reassuring.
Chris Mason, CEO
Experience of your team and how they make it simple to understand the options and what is required. Value for money.
Paul Smith, COO
Stephen was very helpful, pragmatic and where appropriate, entertaining. We were grateful for the way Stephen advised us in layman’s terms, showing patience to ensure we understood the transaction and were able to move to completion. I value the relationship we have developed with Harper James over the last few years and would recommend them to others.
Jon Arcos, Founder & CEO
Axis Spine Technologies