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Nick Hobden, Partner and Head of the Employment Team at Thomson Snell & Passmore

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Four Kent law firms to launch new legal services initiative

Nick Hobden, Partner and Head of the Employment Team at Thomson Snell & Passmore

Nick Hobden, Partner and Head of the Employment Team at Thomson Snell & Passmore

Four law firms from Kent and the south east have announced the launch of a new innovative employment law service called Collaborative Employment Law (‘CEL’).

The founding law firms are Brachers, Furley Page, Thackray Williams and Thomson Snell & Passmore. The new service aims to minimise the stress of the litigation process for their clients by not going to employment tribunal or court. CEL is a new offering to UK employment law, and each of the participating firms have specially trained employment lawyers that will work together to resolve employment and workplace disputes in a non-adversarial way. By working in this way they guarantee a quick and cost effective employment related dispute resolution outcome for both employer and employee sides.

CEL involves mediation, which the lawyers are professionally trained in, and enables a more effective and cooperative negotiation between the parties and their lawyers to reach an agreed settlement. The whole process is confidential and provides clients the opportunity to resolve their disputes in a more efficient, less stressful and cost effective manner, instead of going through the courts.

Nick Hobden, Partner and Head of the Employment Team at Thomson Snell & Passmore, says: “We are proud to be rolling out this innovative new service alongside our founding partner firms. Often employment disputes are highly charged and emotional for those involved. People become entrenched in their views and positions.

“The resulting court or tribunal case perpetuates that entrenchment to the point of no return, i.e. a hearing at which the outcome is taken away from them, placed in the hands of a judge or tribunal hearing; and then each case is decided on the weight of evidence and whether one witness appears more credible than the other. CEL will put the control for resolving conflict or issues back into the hands of our clients. It aims to shorten the legal process, make it more amicable, less disruptive and less expensive.

“This initiative fortifies our commitment to responding to challenges in the sector to provide clients with the highest quality legal advice and service. Through constantly adapting to meet our clients’ needs we have remained a resilient law firm who has, and will, continue to serve our clients for future generations to come.”

For more information, contact one of the founding law firms.
 

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