Whether you run a business or work within one, employment law is evolving rapidly and affects us all.

Our employment team works as trusted advisors to owner managed/family businesses, entrepreneurs, SMEs and individuals throughout Hertfordshire and the rest of the UK. We help you navigate the complexities of employment law and minimise commercial risk; whether by taking defensive action to avoid time consuming and costly court disputes, or by offensive action to protect business connections or confidential data.

When complications arise, we take a commercial and creative approach to protect your reputation and avoid lengthy and costly disputes.

We help individuals, particularly at senior/board level, to negotiate favourable terms before starting a new role, or achieving a swift and fair outcome to any workplace dispute, including exit agreements.

Whatever your needs, short court time limits and commercial realities dictate the pace of our work. Time is almost always of the essence, and our team’s focus is on delivering excellent advice quickly with the aim of achieving fast and pragmatic solutions.

Herts CIPD

Our employment lawyers have in recent years been pleased to present at some Herts CIPD webinars and events, including at their annual employment law update. In these sessions we offer practical advice to HR professionals and businesses across Hertfordshire from a variety of industries and sectors.

“I found the recent Employment Law update from Debenhams Ottaway extremely informative and inclusive.  It provided relevant and highly interesting information delivered with a professional but intimate approach that left me well informed and able to address some of the hidden issues which often prove difficult to articulate accurately.” Sharon Mackay MHRM, Assoc. CIPD, Pg

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What Clients Say
  • Very friendly and informative level of service. There is always a quick response to questions and fast action when required.

    The Legal 500 2022
  • The team is knowledgeable and take the time to understand our business and challenges in how they advise and deal with our cases.

    Legal 500 UK 2024
  • The team is extremely passionate and knowledgeable and their interpersonal skills are above any firms I have worked with, they genuinely care about their clients and the outcomes.

    Legal 500 UK 2024
  • This practice is unique in the quality of the advice given. Always high quality, but at the same time pragmatic and well reasoned.

    Legal 500 UK 2024
  • I think the customer service levels are very high and you always feel valued as a client. It is a level of quality not always replicated by other firms.

    Chambers UK 2024
  • I found them to be pragmatic, proactive and client-focused.

    Chambers UK 2024

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