We like to put things simply: Menzies Law is the best employment law and people management service in the South West and South Wales
Dual-qualified as a barrister and solicitor, our founder Luke Menzies wanted to break the mould. He formed Menzies Law in 2009 to do something that was both refreshingly different and exceptional in the field of employment law and people management. And he’s continued to do that, along with his team of hand-picked, senior specialists, every day since then.
From the outset we’ve been making lives easier for in-house HR professionals and senior executives on a daily basis. Why? Because our down-to-earth approach and our commitment to giving our clients exactly what they want sets us apart. It works brilliantly. We put our client relationships (as well as their needs) constantly at the centre of everything we do. This means we’re able to be flexible, transparent, innovative and friendly – as well as expert.
Yes, we’ve genuinely built our entire approach to advising around what our clients tell us they want and how they want it delivered. That’s why you’ll only ever get ‘options based’ advice from us. We weigh up your legal, financial, reputational and other risks to identify the best ways forward in collaboration with you.
You’ll never get any over-cautious or risk-averse advice from us. We’ll never sit on the fence. We’re always pragmatic, commercially focused and forthright in our advice and what we think you should do.
And that’s why we’re an award-winning team that consistently receives praise from independent market research reviews.
What’s the secret to our success?
We love what we do. Due to our experience as real specialists across the employment law and people management disciplines, we’re able to deliver robust, sustainable solutions for the high-level, complex work that many others can’t. And because we each combine creative and bold advice with the highest level of expertise, delivered in a friendly, frank style, our clients really trust us. That means a lot. And finally, best of all we tell it the way it is and never sit on the fence.
At Menzies Law, being the best isn’t always about doing something different… it’s about doing everything better than everyone else.
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- How we work25th January 201610 things set us apart as the best choice for employment law and people management support in the South West and South Wales… 1. Being human is important to us We are unashamedly honest and approachable but we’re also no-nonsense and down-to-earth. We work hard to help you avoid risk – and that means refusing to sit on the fence when it comes to giving you the best advice. But that doesn’t mean we don’t care about the people at your organisation. We know that recruitment, retainment and people management is what makes you a success – and we want to help you do that. 2. We provide the opposite of a helpline With us, you’ll only work with your nominated team of real, senior experts. You and we will get to know each other well. As well as being available to you on the phone or email whenever you need us, we offer you so much more. We’ll build invaluable supportive relationships with you, where together we get lots done (and hopefully also find time for the occasional laugh at the odd things some people get up to at work). We want to be an extension of your HR team, another senior colleague to support you in your busy role and a confidante to talk over tricky issues with – whether you want us to just sense-check a decision, tackle a major problem or help in developing your staff. We’re also highly proactive, always spotting the next issue that you’ll need to get to grips with, and providing you with early insights into what it means for you and how to approach it. It’s not a helpline, it’s a partnership. 3. We understand your sector and the pressures you’re under If you’re in the education sector we understand that with every funding cut and policy change your life gets harder. And that’s before we factor in changing staff requirements, pay pressures, utilisation juggling and trade union relationships. And if you’re in the manufacturing/engineering sector we understand all the HR challenges of running your sort of business – attendance management, changing shift patterns, union relations, agency workers and everything else that needs your attention and constant review to keep your production line flowing well, your products being shipped on time and your profitability high. 4. Collaboration sits at our core Developing a long-term, trusting relationship with you is a crucial part of us being the best. We take the time to get to know your organisation, your HR team, your senior managers, your attitude to risk, your strategic goals and challenges… all these things matter to us. We also have a very strong belief in providing upskilling opportunities to your HR team and senior management wherever we can, whether it’s explaining all the reasoning behind our advice or providing bespoke L&D sessions for your colleagues. With us on your team, you can relax. We really care about your success. 5. Insightful and proactive We’re focussed on your success, so working with us will probably be very different to what you may be used to with previous advisors. You will find us far more aware of your needs, priorities and frustrations than other lawyers are. And we’re always looking to learn more about you and where you are heading. We’re also constantly scanning the horizon for new legal and policy developments that may affect you. When we spot something, we are highly proactive in telling you about it and how it might impact on you, with practical and insightful suggestions about what to do within your organisation in response. Often, we will devise a suitable advice package, guide or training event specifically to cover it, usually well ahead of the competition. 6. No hidden charges… we know you have to be cost conscious That’s why we are too, on your behalf. You want clear, certain pricing that can be easily mapped to the value we deliver. That’s why we rarely use hourly rates – preferring fixed annual or project fees. Our core service is our fixed-fee annual retainer scheme. Although we do lots of one-off projects, we love working day-in-day-out, as an extension of your HR team. You get the best advice and support at the most competitive prices. You know how much you’re going to be charged and we even provide a money-back guarantee for new clients. (Now that’s something you definitely won’t find with any other law firm.) 7. We’re all senior specialists in our field You won’t get palmed off with juniors, trainees or unqualified advisors. There is simply no substitute for our level of expert, sector-relevant knowledge, developed over many years… so that’s all we offer. We’re an expert team, at the top of our game, and that’s all you’ll ever get. 8. We tell it straight Our advice is ‘straight up’, frank and matter-of-fact. We know you need a fast solution and that means presenting the options and answering all the questions you have. We always provide ‘options based’ advice, weighing up your legal, financial, reputational and other risks to identify the best ways forward in collaboration with you. 9. We look at the whole issue, not just part of it We’re not traditional tunnel-vision employment lawyers. We work in a ‘blended’, multi-disciplinary team for a ‘joined up’ approach to solving your HR challenges, offering complete solutions. Across our team we’re driven by what you need us to do, not by what employment lawyers traditionally do. That means we don’t just give the employment law and people management advice that’s required – where useful, we also bring in learning & development, investigations, trade unions, pensions, data protection, pay & reward and any other people management advice and services you may need. Unlike other employment lawyers, with us the whole problem gets solved, not just part of it. 10. The best results, with the best support We’re proud to be creative and brave, to help you achieve big, bold outcomes swiftly and successfully. Whether you need to carry out a major restructure, a large redundancy exercise, far-reaching contract changes or exit some of your most senior executives, this is what we successfully do with our clients every week and we’ve all been doing it for 15-20 years. Challenges like strikes, multi-claimant Tribunal cases and removing both a CEO and FD in the same day are what we eat for breakfast. We’re fast, thorough, innovative, highly reassuring and all the other things you need your legal support to be when something big needs doing, and doing well. Get in touch We’d love to talk to you, so please either call us on 0117 325 0526 or complete an Online Enquiry to start the conversation. ...
- Our People25th January 2016One of the biggest complaints we hear about our competitors is that clients get ‘fobbed off’ with unqualified helpline staff or lawyers too junior to add much value. Well you won’t find any of them here at Menzies Law. Every single one of our advisers in our award-winning team is a senior and highly qualified specialist in their field, with years of experience to draw on. Most of us have over 20 years’ experience each. Our specialists have appeared as legal experts on BBC News and in a number of newpapers, including The Telegraph, the Evening Standard, The Sun and the Bristol Post. We regularly speak at national and regional conferences and frequently write articles for leading HR and business publications, such as The HR Director and HR News. We understand in depth how organisations operate, how people tick and how to get you the best results. Whether you’re looking for employment law, people management or L&D support, you can trust us to deliver the best of everything. To find out more about our specialists, their experience and what makes them stand out, take a look at their profiles below. To get in touch with any of our specialists, use the contact details above. Alternatively you can get in touch with us on 0117 325 0526 or complete an Online Enquiry. “A boutique firm that punches well above its weight” Managing Director, South West manufacturing company...
- Clients and Sectors25th January 2016“They have a clear focus on the end goal – an understanding of where the client is at and where the client wants to be.” Chambers & Partners’ Guide to the UK Legal Profession It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, where you’re going or what you do – with Menzies Law you can rely on us to deliver the very best specialist employment law and people management support in the South West and South Wales. Our clients range from small local businesses to significant national employers, as well as a regular number of senior executives. But we aren’t just satisfied with our breadth of expertise – we also make sure we’re delivering real depth. By ‘depth’ we mean a huge amount of experience, technical skill, guidance on how things are best achieved and a large dose of insight into people management challenges in the world of HR. Underpinning our work are two particular areas of expertise that we’re really proud of, where we offer a level of insight you’ll struggle to find anywhere else: Get in touch We’d love to talk to you, so please either call us on 0117 325 0526 or complete an Online Enquiry to start the conversation. ...
- Community and Environment29th January 2016We believe in corporate social responsibility and the concept that every business has its part to play in society. Equality We are committed to ensuring equality of treatment and opportunity for all, including our clients and third parties with whom we deal. As regional leaders in equality and diversity matters, we are proud of our Equality & Diversity Policy. If you have any access requirements when visiting us, contacting us or using our services, please let us know. We will do all we can to accommodate your needs. Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter Our firm proudly upholds and promotes the principles of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities in its operation and practices. In 2013 we joined may similarly minded law firms in pledging to uphold these values by signing the profession’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter. The signatories to the Charter have pledged to: Strive to achieve best practice in our recruitment, retention and career progression practices as employers. Support the development of good diversity practice. Therefore, collecting and sharing examples of practical activities that contribute to progress with other signatories. Assign responsibility for meeting our Charter commitments to a named, senior level individual. Work together to develop and adopt future protocols that support the practical implementation of the aims of this Charter. Annually publish the diversity profile of our UK employees and details of our work on equality, diversity and inclusion. And finally, publish a joint annual report on the basis of a monitoring exercise to measure the impact of this Diversity and Inclusion Charter and its protocols. These reports will form the basis of regular dialogue with stakeholders, employees and clients. Environment We firmly believe that everyone should do more to safeguard the world in which we live, something we make an active effort to do at Menzies Law as much as possible. We: led the way in the legal sector in being a paperless office from the outset only print an electronic document if we really need to, and always on 100% recycled paper source 100% of our electricity from renewable sources – mostly from the solar panels on our roof recycle every item possible, including all paper, card, plastics and printer cartridges seek to avoid creating waste in the first place buy electronic equipment with an energy saving mode use public transport for business journeys wherever viable annually record and review our carbon footprint with the intention of reducing it further where we can plant trees to off-set our carbon footprint (in 2015 we planted 240 trees ourselves!) report our carbon footprint every year to the Legal Sustainability Alliance (see below) We are also proud to be a member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance. This is a movement of law firms and organisations committed to working collaboratively to take action to improve the environmental sustainability of their operations and activities. Charity Menzies Law is proud to support United World Schools in the form of supporting their organisation with HR and employment law advice. United World Schools creates educational opportunities for children living in the world’s poorest regions. We also support the following charities: WWF, Oxfam, Save the Children, NSPCC, Tearfund’s Toilet Twinning and Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled. Additionally, several of our team are trustees of charities and give their time (including legal and business advice) on a voluntary basis to a number of educational establishments and local community projects. We provide heavily discounted support and advice to the following charities based in Bristol: The Care Forum is an independent voluntary and community sector infrastructure organisation. They support communication, consultation and networking with the voluntary and community sector (VCS), as well as promoting partnership working with the VCS and empowering adults and young people to voice issues about local social and community care services. They also provide information and advice about voluntary and statutory sector health and well-being services. Brentry and Henbury Children’s Centres deliver Children’s Centre services in Brentry and Henbury for families across North Bristol. Their work has been recognised locally, as well as nationally, and our focus is on the wellbeing of the child and the whole family. ...