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Neil DwyerSarah HallSarah Furness and Tom Clarke are our employment law specialists at Hay & Kilner. We act predominantly for employers and our clients range from local SMEs to National PLCs.

Hay & Kilner are specialist Employment Law Solicitors in Newcastle. We often advise our clients on their HR strategy and become involved at the outset with any HR issues they may have. Clients appreciate our “hands on” common sense approach, quick response times and the day-to-day support they can lean on in respect of matters such as disciplinary, misconduct and grievance issues, reorganisations and TUPE transfers.

Our free bi-annual seminars and regular email bulletins also ensure that our clients are kept up to date with any changes to employment law.

HR Key – Employment Law Service

The team’s “prevention is better than a cure” approach is backed up by its HR Key service. This optional service is offered to clients at a fixed cost and provides, amongst other things, unlimited access to a telephone support help line and insurance protection against employment tribunal claims. Click here for further information

The Employment Law team spends 100 % of its time advising on all aspects of employment law:

  • We have vast experience of defending Employment Tribunal claims on behalf of employers. We pro-actively manage claims and this often leads to claims either being withdrawn or settling on a commercial basis to our clients’ advantage.  All members of the team carry out their own advocacy at Employment Tribunals across the UK.
  • We are experienced in obtaining injunctions for employers particularly where an employer’s confidential information is being misused.
  • We offer a production and renewal service of all employment documentation.  This includes terms and conditions of employment and staff handbooks.
  • We work alongside our commercial team and regularly advise on the employment law aspects of business acquisitions and disposals.
  • We provide guidance to companies and/or outgoing directors in the negotiation and settlement of directors compensation packages and restrictions on their future trading activities.

Costs for our Employment Tribunal services 

At Hay & Kilner, we strive to be as open and honest as possible about our fees. Our Employment Tribunal Services Document provides details about how much our services may cost you.

  • "Sarah Furness provides excellent, no-nonsense employment advice."

    - Chambers & Partners

  • "Sarah Hall is 'always quick to respond, and gives guidance and clarity to complex problems', according to clients. She is noted for her expertise in providing employment support for disposals, acquisitions and TUPE transfers."

    - Chambers & Partners

  • "Neil Dwyer has considerable experience in HR-related matters including discrimination, reorganisation, performance issues and dismissals. One client said that 'his advice and guidance throughout our case were faultless'."

    - Chambers & Partners

  • "They respond very quickly to your needs and fundamentally understand where you're coming from. You tell them a scenario and they grasp it straight away. They respond with the advice you need to get the results you need."

    - Chambers Guide

  • "The individuals in the practice work with you in a team capacity. I can bounce ideas off them, they deal with things very quickly and they are approachable and helpful. I find that the quality of the advice is good."

    - Chambers Guide

  • "An absolutely exemplary team. They are understanding, direct, open, honest and give good advice. I'd recommend them to anyone in a heartbeat."

    - Chambers Guide

  • "Hay & Kilner is valued for its ‘quick’ responses and ‘business-focused, jargon-free advice’. It has recently been active in relation to redundancy and TUPE matters, as well as advising on grievances, disciplinary issues and discrimination issues. Sarah Hall is ‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced’ and, in common with department head Neil Dwyer and Sarah Furness, takes a ‘practical approach’."

    - The Legal 500

  • "This team is highly recommended for its advice to employers on day-to-day employment issues, and significant tribunal and injunction-related work. It also has strength in advising on reorganisation projects. Clients commend the team's quality and clarity of advice: 'They provide an excellent service which our organisation could not do without."

    - Chambers Guide

  • NLA - Employment Finalist