Whatever your workplace challenge or employment issue may be, Prettys has the breadth and depth of expertise to help you.
Our services as employment law solicitors in Ipswich and Chelmsford extend beyond providing employment legal advice, although we do this in abundance. We take a broader view in helping our clients, drawing upon our collective experience and knowledge to provide the best and most effective solution possible.
Our remit also goes beyond matters concerning employment, with advice provided that addresses any aspect of a workplace relationship. In addition, our Employment Expert programme offers bite-size training to develop your own HR capability.
From multinationals to small fast-growth businesses, and with a range of specialist sector experience, our formidable team offers a service of the highest calibre – responsive, clear, flexible, friendly.
“The employment practice at Prettys has a firm reputation for its ‘excellent overall advice delivered in a reliably accessible manner’. Matthew Cole and the ‘professional, pragmatic and level-headed’ Kelly Sayers are singled out for their ‘superb, practical advice’. Sayers advised a local employer on a £350,000 employment tribunal claim."
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Matthew studied law at the London School of Economics and Political Science before qualifying as a Solicitor at a leading City law firm in 1995. He joined Prettys in 1997 and became a Partner in 2002.
Matthew’s clients include FTSE 100 companies, local authorities, NHS Trusts and charities. He advises on the full range of HR issues including grievances, performance management, disputes and dismissals, and collective and strategic matters such as redundancies and restructurings, mergers and outsourcing exercises, and policy making. He also advises on pensions matters to the extent to which they affect employers, and data protection. Matthew’s clients span a range of sectors, but he has particular expertise in working with organisations within healthcare, logistics, leisure, local government, aviation, insurance and bloodstock. He also acts for senior executives.
Matthew is the UK contributor to the American Bar Association’s Global Guide to Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law.
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Kelly studied in Northampton and Chelmsford before qualifying as a Solicitor at a law firm with offices in London and East Anglia. Kelly joined Prettys on qualification in 2002 and became an Associate in 2005. She became a Partner in 2008 and Head of the Employment Services team in May 2011.
Kelly advises on the full range of HR and employment related issues including managing difficult employees, defending complex Employment Tribunal claims, advising on redundancy and restructuring exercises, and advising on the employment aspects of corporate transactions. She also advises on policies and procedures and undertakes training to managers, HR teams and directors on a range of employment subjects.
Kelly works for organisations across a variety of sectors including healthcare, logistics, leisure, construction, engineering, manufacturing, financial services and energy. Her clients include large multinationals, NHS Trusts, local authorities and charities as well as family owned businesses and start-ups. Kelly also acts for senior executives.
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Vanessa studied at Southampton University and BPP Law School before qualifying as a Solicitor in a City firm in 2007. Vanessa joined Prettys from London in 2014 as a Solicitor in the Employment Services team.
Vanessa advises public and private sector clients on the full range of employment related issues, including grievances, disciplinary and performance management issues, advice on redundancies and business reorganisations, defending complex Employment Tribunal claims and providing advice on policies and procedures. Vanessa also regularly undertakes training for clients’ managers and HR teams.
Vanessa works for clients across a variety of sectors with particular experience of working for organisations within the education, leisure, aviation and retail sectors. Vanessa also has experience of acting for senior executives.
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Emma graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in Law before completing the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School in London where she obtained a distinction. Emma qualified as a Solicitor in September 2011.
Emma joined Prettys as a Solicitor in the Employment Services team in January 2012 after completing her training contract at a large commercial law firm with offices in Cambridge and
Emma advises a range of public and private sector clients within a variety of sectors including healthcare, transport and logistics, not for profit, finance and property on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Emma also delivers training sessions and seminars to clients on various topics.
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Zoë graduated from King’s College London, and worked as a paralegal at a commercial law firm in London. She completed the Legal Practice Course in 2013 and qualified as a solicitor, specialising in Employment Law, and as a solicitor advocate in 2014.
Zoë joined Prettys in 2017 and works for public and private sector clients in the Employment Services team.
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Sheilah graduated from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff with a 1st Class BA Hons degree before qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive, specialising in Employment Law, in 2011.
Sheilah joined Prettys in 2016 from a large commercial firm with offices in Cambridge, London and Singapore.
Sheilah works for employee and employer clients across a variety of sectors. She advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters and is also experienced at preparing and delivering training and seminars for clients.
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Cicely studied her law degree at Cardiff University and subsequently completed her Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Leeds.
Cicely is in her final seat working in the Employment Law team. She assists the team with defending tribunal claims, undertaking legal research and with enquiries from business clients.
Cicely has also completed training seats in the firm’s Shipping and Insurance and Residential Property departments.
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Lyndsey graduated from the University of Reading in 2013 with a degree in Law, as well as receiving the Reading Experience and Development Award for employability skills and recognising commitment to extra-curricular activities.
Lyndsey went on to study the Legal Practice Course, combined with a Masters in Legal Practice at the University of Law in London.
Lyndsey commenced her training contract with Prettys in September 2015 having already gained experience in a variety of legal work experience placements. Lyndsey is currently enjoying her final seat within the Employment department, having completed seats in Prettys' Residential Property department, Corporate and Commercial department and, our Dispute Resolution department including one of Prettys’ specialisms, Construction.
Lyndsey assists qualified solicitors in a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters for employee and employer clients across a variety of sectors.
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