“deeply knowledgeable and approachable, with a sharp legal mind”
“very pragmatic and business-focussed”
“empathetic, caring style”
“very commercial advice”
Chambers & Partners – A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2013-17
Our firm is led by our Director, Luke Menzies, a dual-qualified Barrister and Solicitor and a leading employment lawyer in the South West.
Luke has an enormous amount of experience and expertise in working with CEOs, HR Directors, Finance Directors and their colleagues to deliver pragmatic, commercial solutions to their employment law and people-related challenges. He does this in a very collaborative style, with a lot of respect for his clients and a good listening ear. As a result, you will find Luke giving consistently sound, sensible advice, applying full attention to your needs in an approachable, engaging style.
His extensive experience as a Barrister handling Employment Tribunal and court claims allows him to offer bold and creative advice with a high degree of authority and confidence. He spends much of his time with clients handling the exits of senior executives and high-level strategic issues such as restructuring, pay & reward, trade unions and industrial action.
Style & skills
Luke is not your average lawyer. As a business owner/leader and entrepreneur as well as a lawyer, he fully understands what it takes to build and run a successful organisation.
He can quickly spot when a difficult decision needs to be made and he is not shy in ‘telling it as it is’. And as well as setting out the various risks and options involved, Luke is quite ready to share with you exactly what he feels you should do, and why.
Sitting on the fence is something he hates when it comes to giving advice. His many years as a Barrister and experience in the City of London give him the confidence to quickly suggest the best option and why he feels it is so.
In addition to Employment Tribunal claims, Luke tends to focus on exiting senior executives, trade unions/industrial action and equalities law. He has developed a reputation as the region’s leading expert on Equal Pay and the Gender Pay Gap, having developed our unique Gender Pay Gap Audit & Advice service.
Luke has appeared as a studio guest on BBC TV News as an employment law expert and is regularly invited to speak at national and regional conferences such as the CIPD, Association of Colleges, the E-Rewards Annual Conference and the Sheet Plant Association. He also writes articles for leading HR publications, such as The HR Director and HR News. He is regularly asked for comments and quotes as a gender pay gap/equal pay expert by publications, which have included national newspapers, such as The Telegraph, the Evening Standard, Bloomberg and The Sun.
In 2017 Luke was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) for his work in promoting gender equality both within our firm and through his work with our clients. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and very active in the IoD’s South West region.
Luke is invited to speak to business people at a range of events each year and provides occasional lectures on employment law at UWE’s Bristol Law School and the University of Bristol Law School. He is also a Business Fellow within Bristol Business School at UWE Bristol.
Starting his career as a self-employed barrister, Luke then worked for a leading South West regional firm, a leading City of London firm, a leading Welsh firm and the EEF. He went on to form our own specialist firm in January 2009 where, from the start, he has been advising an impressive list of leading employers in the region, including several household names, members of global industrial groups and a considerable number of educational institutions.
Luke has degrees in History and in Commercial Law from the University of Bristol. He has NED and trustee positions on the boards of a number of charities and associations and is a governor of a large FE college. He has served as a Disciplinary panel member for the Bar Council.
Away from work and meetings, Luke loves spaniels, castles, chopping logs, running and a good single malt.Call 0117 325 0921