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Professional Services

Welcome to the Professional Services sector web page. Here you can find information about changing rules and legislation affecting the Professional Services sector, see relevant articles on employment law and find out the dates for our next workshops, where you will be able to get a legal update from our team and meet individuals working in the Professional Services sector.

Who we act for:

  • small and medium sized law firms;
  • accountancy practices;
  • recruitment agencies; and
  • independent financial advisers.

Top 3 Concerns in the Professional Services sector:

  • Redundancy and business reorganisations;
  • Business transfers/outsourcing and the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE);
  • Family friendly rights - maternity leave, paternity leave and the right to request flexible working.

See the latest guidance on handling a request for flexible working: click here

Our Experience:

The Professional Services sector team is a group of solicitors within ThomasMansfield LLP who have a particular interest in working for clients in the Professional Services sector.

The team meets on a regular basis to discuss, for example, updates and issues arising in the Professional Services sector and to share knowledge and information affecting this sector.

Some of the benefits of using solicitors in the Professional Services sector team are that each team member has experience of advising clients within the Professional Services sector in many contentious and non contentious employment matters and they understand the needs of clients within this sector too.

The Team's Experience:

The team advise clients in this sector on a full range of employment law issues. On the contentious side this includes redundancy, TUPE transfers, discrimination, equal pay, harassment and bullying, unfair dismissal, breaches of contract, discipline and grievance procedures, restrictive covenants and termination agreements. The team represent clients in employment tribunal and civil court claims. On the non-contentious side this includes drafting contracts of employment, directors' service agreements, policies and procedures.

Our team members have also provided extensive training to organisations within the Professional Services sector.  This training has included, by way of example, hosting seminars, holding workshops and supplying our own bespoke employment law training programmes in multimedia and e-learning formats.

Our "Associate Scheme" for Accountants:

We also run a scheme for accountancy practices called the 'Associate Scheme'. In summary, this scheme provides one hour's advice per month for a nominal sum to the accountant's practice in respect of it's employees. We then provide up to thirty minutes telephone guidance to any client of the accountancy practice without charge when they quote a reference number.

The primary aim of the scheme though is to forge long-term relationships with local accountancy practices with an opportunity to then be able to cross-refer work and undertake joint marketing initiatives.


  The team also receive regular referrals of work from organisations within this sector. Most of the team members work in different offices which has enabled them to build up an extensive list of local contacts for the purposes of referral work.

Client Testimonials

"I am very satisfied [with Thomas Mansfield]. It goes back to the need for practical solutions. When I talk to them they will go back to the law and how it’s interpreted and give us practical feedback on making valuable judgements for our business. A lot of the time you’re trying to define exposure and risk, and a lot of solicitors will say ‘it can be this or this or this’. It’s hard to get a really good, clear assessment of your risk. That’s not the case at Thomas Mansfield. The fact that Neill’s dealt with so many cases has given us the confidence in his judgement of the risks we face. They’re very proactive; they come back to me quickly; they’re very approachable; they’re contactable out of office hours – that’s very useful when some of these issues come up quickly or you have to deal with them quickly. And their follow-through’s good; we get a timely response and timely solutions."

Terry Sullivan, BCM Construction