I have worked personally with Emma for over six years now. The reason I initially was attracted to partnering with Emma for our employment law advice was due to the personal service provided and the pragmatic employment law advice which she offered at a seminar I attended. Since this Emma and her team have partnered Alexander Dennis Limited to provide Employment Law advice on a series of matters and cases, of varying complexity and nature. Most recently Emma led us through a complex Employment Tribunal case which we would not have successfully succeeded without her and the team at Forbes support, they made us feel at ease throughout the process and worked to keep the cost at a reasonable level, despite the case being particularly testing and demanding at times. The service provided is always of utmost quality and the team will 'go the extra mile' to ensure that we are fully supported at any time of the day and in a timely, thorough and helpful manner. I would not hesitate to recommend Emma and the team at Forbes, every recommendation I have made so far has been successful, which speaks for itself.
Alexander Dennis Limited
Key figures for Social Housing include Employment Head Jonathan Holden, who has a 'certain presence that provides assurance to the client's decision-making process'.
2018-19 edition Legal 500
Emma Swan and her team at Forbes recently assisted us with the difficult task of creating an Employee Handbook that would cover two very different divisions of the business. With a myriad of different policies and procedures to review, the team was very prompt in providing us with feedback and suggestions for changes. The resulting task of drafting an entire handbook from scratch based on what was already in place for two different companies was mammoth, and its completion nothing short of miraculous thanks to some very hard work by those involved. We wouldn't work with any other firm when it comes to employment and HR topics.
UK HR Business Partner
Voith Paper Ltd
The service offering at Forbes is of outstanding quality and value and has consistently exceeded our expectations. The Employment team are reliable, supportive and efficient, providing practical solution-focussed advice. They have been flexible and helpful in all matters and are regarded as a valued extension to our team.
Head of HR
Head of department Jonathan Holden leads a team of 'highly competent individuals' covering the full range of employment matters, including Ruth Rule-Mullen, who 'communicates in understandable language whilst wearing a commercial hat when advising'.
'Very practical' Associate Laura Cieplak is also recommended.
2018-19 edition Legal 500
Forbes Solicitors provides 'swift, efficient and pragmatic advice to its clients'.
2018-19 edition Legal 500
Forbes Solicitors is singled out for its 'significant experience in dealing with public sector clients' and attracts praise for its 'invaluable advice and support'. The 'always approachable and responsive' Jonathan Holden leads the team, which includes Ruth Rule-Mullen, who is 'experienced, thorough and helpful'.
2017 edition Legal 500
We have worked with Forbes for a number of years, having a retained service for employment law advice. We find the service to be reliable and efficient with a member of the team getting back to us promptly and taking the time to understand the context of the issue from an organisational perspective in addition to helping us apply the relevant employment legislation to the situation.
We find that the Forbes team take a pragmatic and supportive approach and enjoy working with their team.
Kepak Convenience Foods
We approached Forbes Solicitors on a recommendation because as a small independent organisation we needed clear guidance and backing on HR matters.
Forbes helped us by offering guidance and assistance around this HR mine field with help in the form of easy to understand information either face to face, by email or by phone.
The result was crucial in a number of HR issues, relating to maternity leave right through to redundancy queries which all seemed to come at once.
One thing I liked was their attention to detail and the swiftness of the response we required.
We found the experience daunting but with their help they guided us through some potentially sticky situations that worked not only in our favour as a business but also of those employees faced with some difficult decisions.
Piccadilly Garden & Support Service
The Forbes team were fantastic, the work and effort they put in was impressive and I was made to feel at ease throughout the proceedings. I can not thank the Forbes team enough for what they did for me and I would especially like to thank Ruth Rule-Mullen who went above and beyond to get the final result. I have no problem using or recommending Forbes Solicitors in the future.
Without doubt Jonathan Holden is like a security blanket. He understands that schools need to act in the best interest of school as a whole even though this may mean an individual or individuals may lose employment. His advice and reassurance is sharp, concise and valued beyond measure in terms of being able to move forward knowing that all aspects of any given situation or case have been considered in detail by him and advised upon accordingly.
If he gives me this peace of mind and I am a qualified HR Practioner then as a Head teacher I would consider him to be invaluable.
I can recommend him unreservedly to assist you and resolve any issues that can arise in a school or academy setting.
Brenda P Allen
I will keep promoting you and your services because I'm fully committed to the quality of your work and the impact that is has in school.
Ashton Community Science College
Amy Stokes was more than helpful throughout the whole process - Thank you Amy.
"I was looking for a solicitor that could help with my employment issues, that didn't 'sit on the fence', understood that principles matter and could help me balance those principles against commercial decisions. That's what I've got with Ruth and the team at Forbes Solicitors. They have a specialist employment team so there is always someone available to help with sound advice, support and guidance, whatever the situation.
They are proactive in relation to changes in legislation and HR practices and keep me informed via regular seminars, updates and bulletins, which I find invaluable and definitely adds more value to the service they provide."
Business Support Manager
Birchall Catering Supplies Ltd
"I have used Forbes Solicitors over the past five years to provide our company with commercial legal advice on a variety of matters, in particular the Employment Law team. I have always found everyone at Forbes to be approachable, helpful and professional, and would have no hesitation in recommending them to any other business organisation."
E A Foulds Limited
"May I say how much the employment team at Forbes have helped Samlesbury Hall with staff issues over the past ten years. From providing contracts and employee handbooks to ensuring that legislation is adhered to and helping the Hall as a registered charity carry out the correct procedures has taken a tremendous amount of the worry and stress of staff management away. Thank you for your commitment and honesty."
"We have worked with Forbes Solicitors on a number of occasions and have always found them to be professional and knowledgeable. Ultimately we have been successful in our legal dealings and feel that Forbes' have played a key role in this. As well as on a professional level, on a personal level we have found them to be an excellent team of people to work with, fully understanding our needs and goals."
Apeks Marine Equipment Ltd.