Employment law

Employment law services to businesses and organisations.

The legal expertise and experience in our employment team is recognised in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

We specialise in providing practical, commercial advice that helps you run your business smoothly.

Whether you need legal advice relating to an individual employee or a strategic matter affecting your entire workforce, you will receive clear and commercial advice and solutions tailored to your unique circumstances and demands.  We will work carefully with you to draw up a strategy and process that minimises both the potential of litigation and any unnecessary costs and time away from your business.

We work with clients across the South of England and nationally. As a team we have particular experience in the charity, housing, education, manufacturing, retail, recruitment and media sectors and also enjoy working closely with a number of in-house lawyers and General Counsel.

We also have particular expertise working with technology businesses, fast growth companies and those operating in the gig economy. Whether it is advising on alternative employment models, employment status or providing staff training on topics such as cyber security we can help manage risk in an area which is frequently pushing legal boundaries.

Lawyers in our Southampton, Portsmouth, Newbury and Brighton offices are each recognised in the legal directories as leaders in their field.

Our commitment to exploring flexible and innovative methods of charging beyond the traditional hourly rate means we are happy to work closely with our clients to ensure we deliver excellent advice as well as added value at the right cost for them.

Coffin Mew LLP is, according to one client, ‘one of the best’ for advisory work and contentious matters. It acts for large corporates and also has a focus on the technology and not-for-profit sectors. In recent work, it is assisting a well-known high-street retailer with a raft of issues including employee exits, grievances and disputes, as well as a data protection project. It is also advising on a constructive dismissal and matters related to restrictive covenants. Leon Deakin is valued for ‘his pragmatism’ and commercial approach and Senior Associate Amy Richardson and Solicitor Charlotte Allery are other key members of the team.

Legal 500, 2019

The team is described as “professional and keen to deliver a service that meets the needs of the business. They take the time to understand you and the industry in which you operate, tailoring their services as a result.”

Chambers and Partners UK, 2019

Leon Deakin is noted for his commercial awareness by clients, one of whom reports that he “clearly explains any potential risk so we can make informed decisions.” His clients include several regional technology companies, education bodies and retailers.

Chambers UK Guide

Amy Richardson is an able employment litigator, representing both employers and employees.

Chambers and Partners 2018

Coffin Mew takes our needs seriously and they make me feel that they understand the importance of what we do. My contact Leon Deakin, who leads the Employment team, takes a great deal of responsibility around personal service, to ensure we get what we need. He is straightforward, easy to deal with, and one is able to get the job done with minimal fuss.

A Taylor – Thorngate Living, 2019

If you would like further information please contact us on 023 8033 4661 or click below to send an email.


What our clients say

What marks Coffin Mew out is that the lawyers there can take a step forward from the legal parameters and look at the commercial factors at play.

The preparation is second to none and litigation is approached with forensic analysis. Nothing is left to chance.

The firm is quick to respond and sensible. I rate it highly.

I have used Coffin Mew for many years. I have always found their service to be professional and friendly. In particular, I have had reason to use the skills of the Employment Team more than other departments. I always know that I will get a pragmatic approach to my issues and feel very comfortable and confident working with them.

Sylvia Goddard, HR that Helps.

Thanks Leon – speedy, pragmatic and informed response every time. And all wrapped up in a pleasant and down-to-earth conversation. What more could anyone want?

Susan Allen, Head of HR, Checkatrade