Thursday, 27 February 2020

New assistant joins growing law firm

A Shropshire law firm has welcomed a new legal assistant to its ever-growing employment team.

Dimple Mistry has joined Martin-Kaye Solicitors at their head office in Euston Way, Telford, after completing her university studies at Keele. She is working with the employment law team to develop her skills and build a career in the legal industry.

“I studied law with criminology at university and was lucky enough to be employed by Martin-Kaye almost instantly after I qualified,” said Dimple, who has also previously worked in hospitality and Human Resources roles.

“To prepare for my new career, I also gained work experience by volunteering at criminal courts and it’s great to now be working in a legal environment on a day-to-day basis.”

Dimple said she had received a warm welcome at Martin-Kaye, with more experienced colleagues readily sharing their knowledge and advice from the very start.

“They have very kindly given me the opportunity to shadow them in the workplace, and I have already gained a wealth of experience of not only employment law and its processes, but also of the varied and wide-ranging aspects of the legal world.”

Partner and head of the employment law team, John Mehtam, said Dimple had made an impressive start to her legal career.

“We’re very pleased with Dimple’s commitment and dedication to her new role, and our team has been keen to help her settle in and learn more about the career path she’s chosen. It’s always a pleasure to see keen and dynamic employees join our growing firm, and to help them establish themselves on the first steps of a successful future in the industry.”

As well as it’s Telford office, Martin-Kaye Solicitors has offices in Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton, and it has one of the largest specialist employment law teams in the Midlands.

The firm’s client base is spread right across the UK and its lawyers advise owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses as well as human resources managers and directors of multi-national companies.

Pic: Dimple Mistry joins the employment law team at Martin-Kaye Solicitors

Friday, 21 February 2020

Amna sets foot on the career ladder

A Shropshire law firm has taken on a new apprentice and given her the opportunity to take her first steps on the career ladder.

Amna Fiaz has joined Martin-Kaye Solicitors at their head office in Euston Way, Telford, as a Level 3 business administration apprentice working alongside her studies at Telford College.

“I’m really pleased to have been given the chance to work at Martin-Kaye, and I’m enjoying working with departments right across the firm as it’s an active role so every day is interesting,” said Amna.

“I’ve learned how to be more independent and confident as I’ve been given responsibilities and tasks that require a lot of trust and reliability, and everyone has been so supportive and helpful. Thanks to the support I’ve received, I’m also developing my communication skills still further as well as learning more about data input and receiving training on document coding.”

Amna, who lives in Wellington, studied for her GCSEs at Ercall Wood Academy, and also studied at ASAS International school and college in Pakistan.

Martin-Kaye’s office manager Sam Azzopardi-Tudor said she was pleased with Amna’s progress so far in her first ever job.

“Amna has been a welcome addition to our team and to the firm as a whole, and she has settled into her role with great ease. It’s always great to see apprentices take their first steps into the world of work and at Martin-Kaye Solicitors, we are committed to helping keen and dynamic candidates build their careers and make the most of the opportunities they are given.”

Telford College’s employer engagement manager, Beckie Bosworth, said: “We are delighted to be working with Martin-Kaye Solicitors helping to train their apprentices in their offices in both Telford and Wolverhampton.”

Pic: Amna Fiaz – Level 3 business administration apprentice at Martin-Kaye Solicitors in Telford

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Employment expert is appointed

A Shropshire legal firm has appointed a new employment law expert as part of its ambitious expansion plans.

Sonia Gaddu has joined the employment team at Martin-Kaye Solicitors and will be based at their head office in Euston Way, Telford.

“I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to join a busy and forward-thinking firm like Martin-Kaye, and it’s a very exciting time to be part of the company that is growing all the time,” said Sonia. “In my new role, I’ll be working with both employers and employees and I’m looking forward to meeting existing and new clients from right across the UK.”

Sonia will be working closely with John Mehtam, who leads the employment team, concentrating in particular on advising clients who subscribe to the firm’s Alpha service.

The Alpha employment and HR package offers support to companies 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the subscription is tailored to suit each individual business whatever its shape, size or budget. Areas covered by the service include employee dismissals, sickness absence, performance management, redundancy, and employee disciplinary and grievance issues.

Mr Mehtam said: “Our aim is to deliver effective and robust advice that minimises the risk of tribunal claims, and we have Alpha clients all over the UK, so Sonia will play a key role as part of the team that handles this extremely busy area of our work.

“We’re very pleased to have her on board and I’m sure she will find her new role varied and wide-ranging dealing with a broad spectrum of clients in all kinds of areas of business.”

Sonia completed her law degree at Derby University and studied legal practice at the University of Birmingham. She has previously worked in law firms across the West Midlands, and is very experienced in advising and dealing with employment matters on behalf of employers and employees.

Based mainly at the Telford office, Sonia will also support clients from Martin-Kaye’s Wolverhampton office and their newly-opened branch in the centre of Shrewsbury.

Pic: Sonia Gaddu – the new employment lawyer at Martin-Kaye Solicitors

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Winter workplace warning for employers

Shropshire bosses must take extra care to keep staff and visitors safe and warm when wintery conditions strike.

That’s the message from John Mehtam, who leads the employment law team at Martin-Kaye Solicitors in Telford and Shrewsbury.

“Freezing temperatures bring a whole new raft of challenges in the workplace – whether it’s staff or visitors slipping on icy surfaces, or staff working outside in the cold, or even arguments over changing the heating settings in your building. And it’s vital that company bosses are as prepared as possible to avoid any difficulties when the colder weather hits.”

Mr Mehtam said companies should keep any eye on weather forecasts, and ensure they had plentiful supplies of salt, shovels and grit on site.

“If icy conditions are predicted, take action in your workplace by making sure key areas are gritted the night before – it’s important that the employees who will be doing the gritting are well-prepared and that they are wearing appropriate protective clothing while they carry out the work. And if snow does fall or icy conditions occur, it’s likely that there will be some clearance work needed on site too.

“Don’t worry about clearing every single corner of your premises – that’s likely to prove almost impossible anyway, and it will be expensive too. Concentrate instead on the key routes across and around the site, and cordon off any really dangerous areas altogether.”

Mr Mehtam said staff working outside would need careful consideration in wintery conditions, and employers had a duty of care to take reasonable steps to ensure their safety.

“Ask yourself whether the work actually needs to be carried out while the weather is so bad or whether it could be done at a later date. But if there is no option to leave it for another day, make sure staff have access to extra equipment including thermal liners for hard hats, body warmers, gloves and non-slip covers for boots.”

And it’s not just staff working outside who will be feeling the cold – staff inside the workplace will probably be keen to turn up the heating.

“This of course though costs money, and your heating bill will increase by 8% to 10% each time you increase the temperature by just one degree. You are required though to keep the temperature at a ‘reasonable’ level and guidance suggests a minimum of 16 degrees, or 13 degrees if employees are doing physical work.

“Taking extra care to prepare your workplace ahead of wintery conditions could well save you money and also help you to avoid the difficulties of an unhappy workforce.”