We’re a small team of experienced, down-to-earth lawyers who enjoy what we do: helping you get great results while saving you stress.
Mark Minns, Partner
Phone: 0118 951 4572
Mark has been an employment law specialist since 1999 and acts for large international corporations and national and regional businesses across all sectors. As well as businesses based in this country Mark also acts for overseas businesses looking to set up activities here and can assist not only with employment law advice but also introductions to other professionals to assist in the establishment process.
Mark’s day-to-day activities include the full spectrum of employment law. This includes matters such as advising businesses on how to protect themselves from employees that leave to work for a competitor to coaching businesses on family friendly strategies to dealing with Employment Tribunal claims.
A specialist in supporting clients with change programmes and complex workforce restructures, Mark is often involved in the formative stages of such exercises to provide both strategic and legal support. This will often will include both redundancy and outsourcing advice as well as changes to senior and Board level appointments.
Prior to establishing mpm legal in 2008 Mark was a partner in the Employment, Industrial Relations and Employee Benefits team of a leading London and regional law firm. Mark is ranked in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a Leading Individual and is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.
Mark is married and has three (noisy) sons.
Adrienne Hardy, Partner
Phone: 0118 951 4571
Adrienne has been advising on employment law issues since 1997 and her practice is mainly supporting corporate clients, particularly in the retail sector. Clients appreciate her commercial and plain-speaking advice which focuses on finding workable and strategic solutions to tricky employee issues, from complex grievances and discrimination matters, employment tribunal litigation to restructuring, outsourcing and TUPE.
Adrienne also provides business immigration support. She works closely with international tax experts for companies who might be starting business in the UK and wish to employ migrant workers. This includes applications for sponsorship licences, the appropriate routes into the UK (which will depend on the long term aims of the migrant workers and their employers), visa applications and renewals and support to HR to ensure compliance with their duties as a sponsor.
Before joining mpm legal in 2010, Adrienne worked at Andersen Legal, Olswang and Doyle Clayton.
As an antidote to sitting at a desk all day, outside of work Adrienne can be found on a variety of hockey pitches, either playing or coaching children at club, county and regional level.
Peter Beisty, Partner
Phone: 0118 951 4573
Peter has specialised in employment law since 2006 and really enjoys working with a variety of different businesses – from global corporations to small charities. In the words of his clients, Peter works with care, expert knowledge, and complete integrity to advise on sensitive issues in a constructive way.
Peter has a solid grounding in the employment tribunal process and has handled in excess of 250 claims including for unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, race and disability discrimination. More recently he has successfully defended claims in both the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.
Apart from litigation, Peter advises businesses on business protection, service agreements, staff handbooks, and general employment policies and procedures. He also helps businesses manage long term absent employees, take steps to protect their commercial interests when key employees leave, and to resolve tricky or sensitive disputes between managers and senior employees.
Peter is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, a committee member of his local CIPD group and supports a local charity’s management committee. Outside of work Peter’s passions (in no particular order) are cycle racing and riding in the Alps; Italian food and his family.
Sarah Wilder, Partner
Phone: 0118 951 4574
Sarah is a Partner at mpm and has been providing expert employment law advice to businesses since 2004. Having trained and worked at leading City and National law firms, Sarah moved in-house in 2008, first to a global bank and more recently as lead employment lawyer for a global soft drinks brand.
Sarah has broad experience ranging from advising on complicated employee relations issues, to helping to shape the HR aspects of large business restructures, to dealing with tribunal and high court litigation and almost everything in between.
Sarah’s particular expertise is inclusion and belonging –she has seen first-hand the anguish and expense caused when things go wrong in this space, and is passionate about helping businesses build high performing, diverse teams. Sarah has appeared as an expert on gender pay on BBC News and regularly speaks and writes on matters relating to flexible working, inclusion and diversity.
Having been ‘the client’ for eight years of her career, Sarah understands the pressures of working in a large corporate and the importance of considering the full commercial picture when shaping a strategy for dealing with the employment law issues that arise for corporate clients.
Sarah builds strong, trust based relationships with clients. Sarah believes that lawyers add most value when they have a seat at the table – but that this seat can only be won through building trust and credibility via technically excellent, commercially focussed legal advice.
Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, running along or swimming in the Thames in preparation for her latest triathlon and sparring at her Krav Maga club. She fuels all that activity by indulging in plenty of the great food offered by the wonderful pubs and restaurants in her home town and balances it with some early morning yoga.
Verity Saxon, Legal Director
Phone: 0118 951 4575
Verity is an employment law expert and tribunal litigator.
Recognised for being “a great listener, who asks good probing questions and makes clients think about all areas of risk”, she has a reputation for navigating her clients through their complex workplace issues with her no-nonsense, sound business approach to finding solutions.
Verity enjoys advising her clients on a wide variety of day to day employment issues. Her particular focus and expertise are around advising clients on complex, and highly sensitive disciplinary and grievance issues. Her methodical and strategic approach has given her clients the tools to overcome some very difficult ER issues.
She also has specialist experience in working with clients on large scale projects (restructuring, outsourcing, changing terms and conditions and TUPE). Her expertise lies in advising clients on all aspects of projects work, from developing an HR project plan, to drafting the document portfolio, and offering practical guidance and resolutions right from the outset of the project planning, all the way through to the end of the process.
Verity has over 10 years’ of tribunal litigation experience, and her particular interest has been defending multi-discrimination claims. Known for her sound business acumen, Verity has a reputation of achieving successful results for clients.
Learning and training is an essential part of employee relations for Verity’s key clients, and her friendly and approachable style means she is regularly asked to provide clients with in-house training. Verity’s training sessions are practical, interesting and engaging. She creates bespoke sessions for her clients to fit the needs of the business and their key HR priorities.
When Verity is not busy running around after her three young children, she enjoys weight training and cooking something delicious for her family.
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At mpm legal, we enjoy building great working relationships with our clients. We’d love the opportunity to get to know you and your business better. If you’d like to meet, just say the word and we’ll put the kettle on.