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About us

WE ARE THE EMPLOYMENT LAW SOLICITORS AND HR SPECIALISTS

WHO ARE BRIDGE

BRIDGE, was set up by a former Partner in a leading UK law firm to successfully deliver clear, hands on, no-nonsense employment law and HR support, no pomp, no inflated costs, just precise, common sense quality support to business owners and leadership teams. delivered by experienced employment law solicitors,

BRIDGE combines 25 years of proven expertise in employment law and HR advice. Our mission is to provide a complete and very personal and commercial service to our SME and larger clients in various sectors, from Care Homes to Manufacturing.  We want to get to know you, your business and your team so that we can offer the most appropriate, bespoke advice for you.

No jargon, no call centres, we solve your problems, we protect your business and we’re with you and your business all the way.

We also have a wealth of experience of supporting employees who have issues with their employment, dealing with matters confidentially and sensitively.

OUR SERVICES

For employers…

We can offer and range of services from day to day employment and HR support, to complex reorganisations and Employment Tribunal defence – we cover all employment law and HR issues.

Outsource to BRIDGE and we’ll save you money.

We guarantee that you only get the service you want and need – we know that some managers would rather we be much more proactive and be hands on whereas other need some guidance and telephone support when needed.  That is why we let you decide what level of support you need whether that is working with your dedicated advisors to receive telephone advice and full document support, assisting with a large scale reorganisation or management development programme or having an specialist experienced advisor on hand to coach you through a difficult meeting with a employee – we are guided by you.

No lengthy contracts, no tie in and no call centres – we know you will want to continue working with us as our current clients tell us this!

 

For employees…

We understand that sometimes things can go wrong with your relationship with your employer and our team of experts is on hand to give clear, well thought out advice and options on how to resolve the matter.

OUR SECTOR EXPERTISE

We know a lot about employment and HR challenges in many sectors particularly:

  • Care Homes
  • Food and agriculture
  • Logistics
  • Child Care
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing  
  • Recruitment
  • Dental Practices
  • Packaging

 

BRIDGE work with these and many other sectors allowing us to understand how employment law applies to your sector and what you need to prioritise and protect against.

Our Sectors

OUR TEAM OF EXPERTS

Over 25 years’ proven expertise and skills acting with and in defence of businesses large and small in various sectors, we’re shoulder to shoulder with our clients,
all the way.

LEE STEPHENS
Managing Director / Principal Solicitor

DD:                 01904 360184
Mobile:          07983 607388
Contact:        stephens@bridgeehr.co.uk
LinkedIn:       Lee Stephens

Lee Stephens heads up the team with the help of his co-Directors, Lee has practiced as a specialist employment Solicitor for almost 20 years now, formerly as a Partner with a leading UK law firm  Lee Stephens advises SME’s to PLCs and he has a wealth of experience in successfully helping businesses with all aspects of employment law from the day to day to complex reorganizations, TUPE, senior executive removals and disputes through to Tribunal too.

Lee has significant experience on:-

  • Post termination and confidentiality breaches and injunctive relief work
  • TUPE transfers and consultations;
  • Senior executive disputes and removals
  • Re-organizations and restructures in various sectors from healthcare, manufacturing to independent schools
  • Agency and self-employed contracts and related claims
  • Employment Tribunal defence and claims

Lee has spoken on invitation on various aspects of employment law for various groups across the UK.

Using his knowledge and experience Lee solves problems for clients and provides excellent service too.

Lee also undertakes his own advocacy and delivers management training workshops and he has particular experience working with clients within the Private School, Veterinary, Care, Recruitment and Production, Logistics & Manufacturing sectors.

What clients say about Lee Stephens:

‘Lee and his team at Bridge HR did a superb job. When dealing with an alien environment it’s important to have the best advice, a balanced view between the emotion and the legal perspective. Good guidance and clear pricing was central throughout the process delivering a good result.’ Director of UK logistics SME


‘The staffing reorganization and progress we have made would not have happened without the invaluable advice we have had from Lee Stephens and the team.’ Head of private School


‘Lee’s advice is excellent and clear and always from a business perspective.’ Managing Director of Recruitment SME


‘I have engaged the services and advice of Lee Stephens a number of times with regards to HR and always found his support very pragmatic, professional and commercial. I was always impressed how he maintained awareness of the end goal and drew up a plan to ensure this was always achieved with cost management in mind. A world of HR knowledge and advice always there. I would highly recommend Lee and will continue to engage his support in the future.’ Managing Director, warehousing and logistics SME


‘Lee Stephens is our first port of call for employment law advice. He takes a commercially orientated approach, tailored to each situation, and is mindful of the nature and size of our business. His support has guided the organisation through challenges with clarity, given confidence to our team and enabled us to make decisions based on sound professional advice. His charges are fair and his service is valued.’ Managing Director, Market Research SME


‘I have worked with Lee for several years in the minefield that is HR. He has constantly provided us with reliable and sound advice to manage our way through difficult situations. He is thorough and I absolutely trust his judgement and advice and his personable approach is much appreciated throughout our business.’  Owner, Distribution SME

LEE WHITING

Director and Solicitor

Contact: whiting@bridgeehr.co.uk
DD:        01482 451878
Mobile:  07590 776 842

Lee Whiting is a Director and Solicitor who has specialized exclusively in employment law for more than 20 years. His focus and approach is to give practical advice and provide pragmatic and commercial solutions to a client’s employment law problems.

 

Lee Whiting has been ranked as a ‘leader in the field’ for over a decade by legal directories Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 and he has regularly given seminars and training sessions to clients and has been a guest speaker on employment law for organisations such as the CIPD.  Lee has also been asked to comment on employment law matters by local radio and television, the BBC Sunday Politics Show and the Daily Telegraph.

Areas of interest and significant experience include:

  • Advising employers and senior employees regarding restrictive covenant issues, including team moves
  • Restructuring and redundancy advice
  • Senior employee exits (advising both employers and employees)
  • Defending Tribunal claims, including complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims
  • TUPE
  • Dealing with trade unions and industrial action

What Clients and the legal directories say….

“With a ‘straightforward, no nonsense approach’ Whiting ‘considers matters from a business perspective, offering pragmatic solutions”


“Highly respected” Lee Whiting is an “absolute professional” with a “first class knowledge base.”


“The ‘go to’ lawyer for employment advice in this region” – Legal 500


“His communication skills are excellent”


“[Lee] is very thorough and consistent, and really demonstrates that he understands the operating environment of our business.”


“His advice is technically excellent but pragmatic – he understands the employer’s position and advises accordingly.” – Chambers & Partners

GEORGINA THOMAS
Senior Solicitor

DD:        01904 360 296
Mobile:  07594 088 064
Contact: georgina@bridgeehr.co.uk

Georgina trained and qualified in a large Yorkshire-based commercial law firm where she worked, for a number of years, in all areas of employment law – both contentious and non-contentious – as well as carrying out risk and compliance work on behalf of The Law Society. Georgina joined Bridge in 2017 where she continues to work across all areas of the practice, acting for individuals and small/medium companies as well as the firm’s larger, commercial clients.  Georgina has a particular interest in discrimination law and Tribunal work. She is also developing her practice in the legal requirements of the education sector – another area in which she has a specific interest.

EMMA GRACE
Solicitor

DD:                01904 360184
Mobile:         07983607388
Contact:        emma@bridgeehr.co.uk

Emma works as an employment lawyer within the legal team having recently returned from a career break. Emma trained and qualified as a solicitor in a medium sized Firm. She then worked in the City for several years before re-locating to Yorkshire where she continued her legal career. Throughout her career, Emma has advised on a wide range of employment law issues for both claimants and respondents, including representing clients in Tribunals. She also has a wealth of experience in corporate support.  Emma has also undertaken work for the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

What our clients say about Emma:

Emma was professional and calm in what was for me an extremely upsetting and uncertain period. Emma set out my options and advised me on the legal process, towards the later stages, liaising with the company on my behalf when trust and communication had broken down. Emma made sure that the agreement was sound and protected me.”


“Emma, I would like to thank you sincerely for your help and support. I can now put this sorry mess behind me and move on. Hopefully,it is the last I hear from them.”

JANE COOPE
Head of HR services

Mobile:  07513 125054
Contact: jane@bridgeehr.co.uk

Jane brings extensive HR experience across a wide range of sectors to Bridge clients. After starting her career as a Graduate Trainee in the public sector, Jane has worked in roles including Head of HR for the National Trust, Director of People & Business Services at Guide Dogs and Director of HR at Marlborough College. Since 2013, Jane has been providing businesses in the area  with pragmatic HR support, engaging training and mentoring on business strategy and leadership. Clients value Jane’s approachable style, practical advice and business focus.

Jane’s expertise is recognised professionally as a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the CIPD. She contributes her business knowledge in her voluntary roles as Trustee of a large Multi Academy Trust and as a Member of the Regional LEP Business Board.

Jane also works with our external HR partners, supporting them but always in a way that does not conflict with our valued and trusted external HR Partners interests and clients, Jane works for BRIDGE clients and supports our external HR clients when it is agreed for her to do so, often helping cover their work and supporting them when needed too.

CLAIRE HORSFIELD
Senior Paralegal & Practice Manager
(Aff CILEx and Chartered CIPD)

Claire is an experienced employment lawyer, training legal executive with extensive previous HR experience too.  She has particular experience in discrimination, harassment and whistleblowing tribunal claims and internal disputes in various sectors (including healthcare, veterinary, charitable services sector, and engineering clients).  Claire is a doer and thankfully she also supports the head of the team as Practice Manager, helping develop our growing practice and business too.

Having also been a specialist in HR advice for over 10 years she frequently helps clients with all day to day employment law issues, such as disciplinary and grievances, employee performance management and engagement and all things from recruitment to dismissal too – more recently Claire has been undertaking work defending and bringing claims at the Employment Tribunal.

Her credentials include, Affiliate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

ANDREW JOHNSON
Business Development Manager

DD:          01904 360 295
Mobile:   07860 907137
Contact: andrew@bridgeehr.co.uk

Andrew heads up all things “Business Development” as our Business Development Manager at Bridge. Andrew has particular experience in GP practices having worked as a Practice Manager.

After leaving University Andrew joined the Royal Navy and trained as a warfare officer serving in multiple roles around the world, from the Mediterranean to the Gulf, West Africa and even Antarctica. Changing career Andrew became the Operations Director of a national healthcare organisation delivering primary care (GP) and secondary care (diagnostics) on behalf of the NHS as well as private patients. Leaving healthcare behind he took over and rescued the local pub in his home village which continues to thrive. Andrew has recently joined Bridge to develop the business and bring their expert advice to more and more people and companies.

MANDY PARKER
Office Manager

DD:        01904 307648
Mobile:  07486 543779
Contact: mandy@bridgeehr.co.uk

Mandy is the Office Manager at Bridge, responsible for the accounts, office equipment and ensuring the smooth running of all things administrative. Having spent several years as an officer in the Royal Air Force Mandy has experience running many different departments, some of which include human resources, military law and accounting in operational theatres overseas as well as on bases here in the UK. Mandy resigned her commission to raise a family but continued to move around the UK with her husband, during which time she worked with a wide range of charities and undertook voluntary roles, prior to joining the team at Bridge.

LYN CREASEY
HR Consultant

Lyn heads up Lync HR an independent HR consultancy that works with our team on various projects.

Lyn is a highly experienced commercial HR Consultant having worked in industry for many years, she has proven commercial HR experience and is relied upon by MD’s FD’s and HRD’s alike across Yorkshire and further afield.

Lyn provides expert independent support to our clients on various internal investigations, meetings and training and development, where experienced independent support is required, we refer Lyn and Lync to our clients.