We represent both employers and employees, from first query to tribunal.

We manage risk and resolve disputes for employers and employees. We’ve sat on both sides of the table – so we’re better than most at seeing issues from every angle and predicting how each side will act.

We don’t just apply the letter of the law. We think about the outcome you want, then find the most practical ways to achieve it.

We’ve handled many high-profile test cases in the higher courts, both in the UK and Europe. We’re also particularly well-known for working with charities and the public sector.

How we help

If you’re an employer we can help you with everything from day-to-day HR issues through to  tribunal claims and training. Whatever the issue, you can trust us to strike the right balance between protecting your business and staying true to your values.    

If you’re an employee we can advise you on everything to do with your work, contract and pay – from workplace disputes and disciplinary issues to discrimination and unfair dismissal.

Our reputation

  • Clients praise the lawyers' "impressive speed, pragmatism, and accuracy of advice"

    Chambers 2020

  • They are incredibly competent in their field and highly professional

    Chambers 2020

  • They are extremely professional, organised and knowledgeable about the legal and commercial needs of their clients

    Chambers 2020

  • The team combines commercial and strategic nous with a great deal of humanity

    Chambers 2020

  • The team has the ability to think both creatively and pragmatically around an issue and provides an excellent service, however large or small your organisation, and how large or small the matter.

    Legal 500 2020

  • The team's ethos and values are reassuringly client-oriented and as an organisation they are fully aware of the commercial context in which many of their clients operate."

    Chambers UK

  • Bates Wells' strong team is rated for its clear advice and fantastic awareness”

    Legal 500 2017