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A highly experienced team

Our experienced team is made up of Neil Dwyer, Sarah Hall, Sarah Furness and Tom Clarke. We all spend 100 % of our time advising on all aspects of employment law and can offer varying fee options including fixed fees, monthly retainers, monthly account limits or the traditional ‘pay as you go’ hourly rates. We understand clients need to budget their legal costs at all times and we can accommodate this.

How we help our clients

  • We often advise our clients on their HR strategy and become involved at the outset with any HR issues they 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. We can offer advice on an hourly rate, fixed fee or retainer basis including HR Key or HR Key Plus.
  • 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 We pro-actively manage claims and this often leads to claims either being withdrawn or settled on a commercial basis. All members of the team carry out their own advocacy at Employment Tribunals across the UK. We offer insurance protection against tribunal claims – either sitting alongside our monthly retainer products, HR Key, HR Key Plus or stand-alone insurance.
  • We offer bespoke employment law training which is essential in ensuring managers do not make costly mistakes which impact negatively on your business. The training is interactive, offered on a fixed fee basis and covers a wide range of topics.
  • We can offer a free “HR Health check” and assist with HR Audits and the production of all employment documentation including directors service agreements, consultancy agreements and settlement agreements.
  • We provide guidance to directors in the negotiation and settlement of their compensation packages, the pursuit of tribunal claims and restrictions on their future trading activities.

A wide range of services and products – to meet clients’ needs

We recognise that no two clients are the same and that the support they require differs, depending on a wide range of circumstances. We have therefore built a portfolio of services, which allow clients to choose the type of support they need at any given time.

Costs for Employment

At Hay & Kilner, we strive to be as open and honest as possible about our fees. Please click here to find further information on how much this work 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