Joanne Sefton, Barrister, Mitchell Law

Employment law services for further education colleges

FE colleges face numerous challenges that require expert employment law advice. We are highly experienced in employment law for FE colleges, and are known for delivering on the sector’s most critical projects.

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Employment law advice for businesses

Poor handling of employment law matters can hold businesses back. But our distinctive style of solution-focused employment law advice considers commercial priorities and helps businesses achieve their goals.

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Employment law support for senior executives

If you are a senior executive seeking an exit, numerous obstacles may stand between you and the outcome you desire. We are experts in helping to achieve dignified business departures on the right terms.

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Matt Wayne, HR Director, Direct Wines


100 Years of Women in Law

This year we're celebrating the centenary of the (catchily-titled) Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919. That Act finally paved the way for female law graduates to qualify and practice as solicitors and barristers. As a (currently) all-female firm, we definitely think that’s something worth raising a glass to!

The Problem with Cake

Aside from being the scourge of every New Year’s diet, cake has now caused a real problem with the laws prohibiting discrimination in employment. It seems surprising – after all, pretty much everyone likes cake. So what’s the issue?