Our vision is simple – to provide the best employment law and human resource support service to businesses whilst helping our clients create high performing teams.
Our approach is to identify what a business wants and needs and then work with them to provide a solution. All of our team (see below for details) are experienced in offering practical, industry-specific, business-focused advice and solutions.
Most of all, we work hard for our clients and want them to succeed
Many clients tell us how much happier their businesses are as a result of working with us. Staff are more positive and motivated. As a consequence, this translates into increased profit for the business too.
Whether it’s recruiting and retaining the right team, managing absence or performance, or dealing with issues around maternity or disability, we can help.
We will ensure all your policies and procedures are up-to-date so you stay on the right side of the law and will also deal with negotiations with ACAS or solicitors if needs arise.
Our experienced legal advisors, solicitors and mentors work together to provide the perfect solution for your business. No one understands the employment law challenges faced by business owners better than we do.
Let us help you to build the high performing team your business needs.
James has been advising Businesses on Employment Law and team performance since 1998.
Her experience of the veterinary environment give Eight Legal a unique insight into how best to support practices.
Don’t Ask Yourself. Ask Us.
How certain can you be that all your legal obligations are met? The team at Eight Legal will give your business a once-over completely free of charge.
Since my introduction to Eight Legal, the workplace has been immeasurably less stressful and more productive. There has been less sickness days since and profits are up according to the accounts. I have no way of measuring where we would be had we not used their services but I do enjoy going to work, much more, again! They have continued to give good advice on numerous occasions and helped to avert problems in advance of an escalation. They are also easy to communicate with, practical and have a great sense of humour.
We have been with Eight legal for some years now, it has made a big difference to us having proactive efficient advice available at the end of the phone. The advice is proactive rather than reactive and has enabled me to run the business the way I want, with greater harmony within the practice teams
James came into our business and helped us make some employment decisions which we had been putting off and stumbling over for decades. Our previous advisors had never given us all the options and left us to believe that we had little or no options with difficult staff members. With James’ help we made swift and effective choices which had led to a completely different atmosphere in our clinic and we are now already seeing the financial reward of the decisions. More people should know this man!
I was seeking to improve employee engagement in running the practice as a business. They helped me through the stressful and painful process. The result is that I have a more harmonious practice with improved engagement and profitability. I cannot recommend Eight Legal highly enough.
James and Kay at Eight Legal have a different approach to employment and employment law compared to other law firms. They have the practice harmony at the centre of their philosophy. If a person is no longer part of the team then it is better for them to leave. James was at the end of the phone or email practically every day through the process. The process was still painful but we did not have to go through the endless cycle of warnings, disciplinary hearings and tribunal; instead we cut to the chase discussed best options and then were guided to achieve a resolution. Because we pay a monthly retainer there is no concern about costs snowballing out control. Kay has also helped us with doing appraisals and we are in the process of updating our contracts; all this is included in the retainer price. I would say Eight Legal is the sensible choice if you have staff!
Working with Eight Legal has formalised our approach to HR and employment issues, given us method and perspective and made possible managing people constructively and profitably. This has created mutual benefit, both for team members and business owners.
We were just sick of the advice we were getting, and your proactive approach was a breath of fresh air.
We have been working with Eight Legal for 3 years now, having previously used the services of larger organisations who just didn’t seem to achieve anything.
James and his team have provided a formalised approach to our HR with regular updating as to contracts and the staff handbook throughout each year. We have in place suitable processes for every single new member of our team to be inducted into GP Vets.
Further to the above James has been able to approach each of our problems/challenges with a uniquely calm and personalised approach. He has brought a level of perspective from outside the business that has helped to take personality and ego out of the equation and to replace that with a calculated estimate of what it will cost the business to manage a problem… and equally what it will cost if we DON’T manage the problem! He has removed the FEAR element so beloved by the bigger legal companies and replaced it with a pragmatic common-sense approach.
In our experience, even relatively small changes to staffing, when managed well, have had a hugely positive knock-on effect upon the morale and well-being of the remaining team and indeed the profitability of the practice.
We have had practices join Eight Legal whilst their current contracts with big providers are still live and Eight Legal have jumped in and saved them from intolerable situations with nightmare employees. The difference being, the advice you will get from a company who also provide insurance cover will always be in the interest of them not having to ever pay out. This is rarely the advice that’s in the best interest of the business. Eight Legal will put you first and give you good advice, and probably save you hours of admin time in dealing with these cases. As a new practice owner (that wasn’t in our life plan!), I engaged Eight Legal early on to advise on contracts etc, and was pleased I did as we had a case of bullying which they dealt with. I absolutely know that if I’d been advised elsewhere, the most that would have happened would be she had a verbal warning and I’d still have a bad apple and a disunited team.
Eight Legal are the best in the business, streets ahead of the competition. Not only did they make our practice much more harmonious they helped us to increase profits too. I can’t recommend them highly enough.