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Commercial Employment Law

Protect your business against Employment claims.

Ward Gethin Archer Solicitors can assist your business no matter what stage it is at. Whether you are at the beginning, setting up your business and taking on your first employee or whether you have already grown and developed into a successful business, employing hundreds of staff. Our experts can help you to manage your employees and protect your business against Employment Tribunal claims.

Employment Law

As you will be aware, employment law is extremely complicated and undergoes changes on a regular basis. It is therefore difficult for employers to keep up to date with employment law and often employers can be held to have unfairly dismissed an employee when they did not even realise that they were in breach of the law. Unfortunately, employment law is not just common sense and without specialist advice you can leave yourself open to timely and costly Employment Tribunal claims.

At Ward Gethin Archer our solicitors can help you to ensure that you are protected and reduce the risk of an expensive claim being made against you. We can assist you right from the start before any Employment Tribunal proceedings are issued and often find prevention is better than a cure. So it is always better to seek our advice before you dismiss or discipline any of your employees.

We can also help you avoid Employment Tribunal claims by ensuring that you have suitable procedures in place. We can assist you with the following:

  • Drafting your employment contracts. If you do not have a contract of employment in place, then the Tribunal can make awards on behalf of employees against you.
  • Drafting of employment policies and your procedures for disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • Drafting of retirement policies which you now have to have in place
  • Representing you in negotiations and proceedings in the Employment Tribunal
  • Assisting you in director's duties, service agreements and post termination obligations including restrictive covenants and non solicitation clauses. It is important to ensure that your employees do not take away your clients and set up in competition with you. We can advise you in relation to these clauses which can protect you and your business
  • Advising you on employment law issues of buying and selling of your business which can be costly if you do not do correctly

Please do not leave it too late to contact our employment team, and try to seek advice before proceedings have been issued against you. If you require advice please contact one of our solicitors or contact your nearest office and we will be more than happy to assist. The contact details for each of our offices can be found by clicking here.


Richard Pennington

Richard Pennington

Richard is a solicitor and Director in our Family, Civil Litigation and Employment departments based in King's Lynn.

Richard became a solicitor in 1986, and has been a Director since May 1991. Richard brings over 20 years of litigation experience and deals with particularly contentious financial issues in divorces for SME owners and their spouses, commercial disputes of all sorts, contentious probate matters and professional negligence disputes for the firm.

Richard is a trained civil litigation mediator, a Member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association and a Resolution Trained Collaborative Family Lawyer able to deal with collaborative work, and is also a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.

Richard is also the Chair of YMCA Norfolk and a trustee of a number of local charities, a church elder and a member of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship.

As published in The UK Legal 500 2014 East Anglia Private client Family recommended Law firms:

"Richard Pennington at Ward Gethin Archer is 'an old-fashioned litigator with a superb legal brain and great tactical awareness'; he regularly advises on contentious divorce settlements."

Email Richard Pennington 

Telephone Richard Pennington 01553 667202

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Members of ResolutionMembers of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)Professional Negligence Lawyers AssociationResolution Collaborative Lawyer

Kim Faivelowitz

Kim Faivelowitz

Kim is a Chartered Legal Executive and a Director, working in the firm's Litigation and Employment Law Department. Kim joined the firm in 2002 and she advises clients on a wide range of litigation matters, including contract disputes, debt collection, commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, property disputes, professional negligence and contentious probate. In terms of employment matters, Kim advises both employers and employees in employment disputes including representing clients in Employment Tribunal claims and she drafts employment contracts for employers.

Outside of work, Kim enjoys keeping fit and spending quality time with her family.

Email Kim Faivelowitz 

Telephone Kim Faivelowitz 01553 667225


Chris Dewey

Chris Dewey

Chris is a solicitor, the firm's Managing Director and a key member of both the Personal Injury and Employment Law teams. He is a Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, a member of the Law Society's Personal Injury Panel, and specialises in helping Union members with accidents at work and occupational disease claims. He also has a wealth of experience advising on all aspects of Employment Law including claims for unfair dismissal, disability claims and TUPE transfers.

Email Chris Dewey 

Telephone Chris Dewey 01553 667209


Sarah Scott

Sarah Scott

Sarah is a solicitor and Director in the Personal Injury team.

She has been with the firm since 1994, initially as a trainee, qualifying as a solicitor in 1996.

Sarah specialises in industrial injury cases including asbestos exposure, occupational asthma and accidents at work generally. She also deals with claims involving medical negligence, road traffic accidents, accidents abroad and occupier's liability accidents. She is a member of the Law Society's Personal Accreditation Scheme.

Sarah is also a Notary Public.

When time allows, Sarah enjoys playing the piano and bassoon (albeit not at the same time).

Email Sarah Scott 

Telephone Sarah Scott 01553 667210

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Personal InjuryMembers of The Notaries Society

Maria Short

Maria Short

Having trained and qualified as a solicitor in 2010 with a niche commercial firm in Hampshire, Maria joined Ward Gethin Archer in April 2016 and is based in our office in King's Lynn and specialises in civil litigation and employment law, and is able to help and advise clients on a wide variety of dispute matters in various areas of law, for example commercial and consumer contracts, negligence claims, Landlord and Tenant matters. Maria also has experience in employment law and can provide advice on a range of Employment Law matters for clients both from an employer and employee perspective.

Maria is an experienced civil litigation solicitor who has until recently been working in the public sector for an NHS Trust, where she adapted her legal skills to assist an organisation working within a challenging financial environment, and brings a practical solution focus to her legal work

Email Maria Short 

Telephone Maria Short 01553 660033