Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Long service awards for law firm staff

Four employees from a Shropshire law firm have been officially recognised for their dedication and commitment to the practice.

Suzanne Lees, Emma Palmer, Clare Pitchford and Alison Thornton are all employed by Martin-Kaye Solicitors in Euston Way, in Telford, and they’ve received long service awards from the board.

Senior partner Graham Davies said their loyal support had been invaluable in the years they had worked for the firm, and he wanted to express the gratitude of the partners and colleagues for all their efforts.

“We’re a very close-knit team here at Martin-Kaye and we believe it’s crucial to recognise the dedication of our staff, and all the work they put in to help ensure the practice runs smoothly and efficiently.

“Many of our employees have been with us for long and settled careers, and it’s always an honour to be able to thank long-serving colleagues in person.”

Suzanne Lees works in the accounts team and received her award for 20 years’ service; Emma Palmer is the employment team manager who has also worked for the firm for two decades; Clare Pitchford is a legal advisor in the employment team who has also reached her 20th anniversary; and Alison Thornton, who is a solicitor in the personal injury team, received a 15-year award.

Martin-Kaye Solicitors began in 1985 with just three members of staff and in the decades that have followed, the independent practice has become one of the largest legal firms practising in the Midlands region.

“We pride ourselves on giving our employees the opportunity to continuously develop their skills and to build a strong career in the legal world,” said Mr Davies.

“And the fact that we have so many colleagues who have now reached such milestone anniversaries with us is testimony to the way our firm nurtures talent. It also shows that we are meeting one of our key objectives – to retain the very best staff in order to support our clients in all their dealings with our firm.”

Pic: Emma Palmer, Alison Thornton, Clare Pitchford and Suzanne Lees from Martin-Kaye Solicitors

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Lawyers branch out with employment advice

Employment law experts from a Shropshire legal practice are taking their advice on the road to reach businesses in the wider Midlands.

The lawyers from Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Telford, will be hosting an interactive employment advice seminar that will see them share invaluable information to help company bosses protect their business from escalating employment tribunal claims.

The Top 10 Blunders seminar will take place at the Village Hotel Walsall, Tempus Ten, on Thursday, February 28, at 12noon, and the free event will be hosted by the firm’s employment law specialist, John Mehtam.

“Our presentations are always extremely popular wherever we hold them, and now we’re branching out into the wider Midlands to give local companies an opportunity to find out just how we may be able to help them.

“We are seeing an avalanche of employment tribunal claims since the Government abolished the fees that employees needed to pay to bring a claim. And because there is no fee to pay to lodge a claim, it’s clear that some employees are bringing claims that stand little chance of succeeding, but employers have to take them all seriously and you need to be sure you’re complying with all the relevant legislation.”

Mr Mehtam said he would be sharing his advice to help businesses navigate through the increasingly-complicated minefield of employment law, and to help them avoid the most common pitfalls.

“We will include suggestions on how to tackle some of the most common workplace and HR issues including sickness absence, dismissals and poor employee performance – and perhaps more importantly, we will look at how to avoid these situations and how to protect your business.

“With employers short on time, it’s almost impossible to keep up-to-date with ever-changing legislation, so our seminars offer clear, concise information in a time frame that suits our busy delegates.”

Businesses who would like to attend the seminar should contact June Noto on 01952 525951 or email junenoto@martinkaye.co.uk

Pic: Martin-Kaye’s Employment Law Specialist John Mehtam who will be presenting the Top 10 Blunders seminar at the Village Hotel Walsall