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Leading HR & Employment Law Protection For Your Business

When you are running a business and employing staff, it is likely that there will come a time that you find yourself in a situation where you need to seek specialist Human Resources and related legal advice. You may have an internal HR specialist or work with a HR business partner, Alternatively you may be attempting to manage your employees and undertake all HR related matters yourself with the assistance of Google and the ACAS Website.

Our team is made up of fully qualified Employment Law Solicitors, who have extensive knowledge of Employment Law. We are here to help with a diverse range of matters such as HR support with employment contracts, managing disciplinaries, grievances, redundancies, company handbooks and more.

We can help you in any of these scenarios. We can work alongside your HR advisors or we can assist you with help and support if you or one of your colleagues are undertaking these duties and require some back up.

We have developed our own scheme called “FORTRESS” which provides HR & Employment Law support and related insurance if required for businesses of all sizes. Unlike some other providers our team is made up of fully qualified Employment Law Solicitors, who have extensive knowledge of up to date Employment Laws and practices and are also fully trained in assisting you with any litigation in the employment Tribunals.

We are able to help with a diverse range of matters such as general HR support, sense checks and second opinions, employment contracts, restrictive covenants, staff handbooks and policies, guidance as to disciplinary & grievance matters, redundancy and restructuring strategy and compliance advice, TUPE guidance, whistleblowing advice, and we also provide fully insured advice in relation to all areas of discrimination legislation.

We get to know your business from the outset by meeting you face to face and get a firm grasp and understanding of the specific issues that are impacting or may impact your business.

We ensure that all your policies and procedures are up to date and that you have a full suite of documents that will protect you from former staff poaching employees, customers, and confidential information or intellectual property. Our fully qualified advisors are on hand via phone, email, and/or face to face to suit the needs of your business. You will always have a specific point of contact who is familiar with your business.

No delays, no lengthy onerous contracts, no call centres and no box ticking. Just tailored commercial strategic advice.

We ensure that all your policies and procedures are up to date and that you have a full suite of documents that will protect you from former staff poaching employees, customers, and confidential information or intellectual property. Our fully qualified advisors are on hand via phone, email, and/or face to face to suit the needs of your business. You will always have a specific point of contact who if familiar with your business.

If you do not have a qualified HR advisor and you require on the ground assistance we are also able to put you in touch with our recommended full qualified CIPD member contacts and partners.

Whether you are looking to outsource your HR and legal support entirely or you need help and assistance with a one-off matter, our specialist team are here to support you.

Consider us an additional layer of protection for your business. Contact our team today to discuss how Consilia HR Support can add value to your business.

What Is Fortress?


Fully insured in the event of employment tribunal claims subject to following our advice.


Ongoing HR and Employment law advice ensuring you are up to date with the latest legislation.


Rolling contract following initial 12-month term therefore no long-term commitment.


Tailored documents suitable for the direct needs of your business.


Responses within agreed parameters to ensure high quality service.


Expert guidance to protect the interests of your business and manage your staff effectively.


Specialist and dedicated commercial advice.


SRA regulated employment law solicitors.

Fortress Fees

We offer flexible options when it comes to levels of cover. Pay as you go which is an hourly rate, a monthly fixed fee retainer which is calculated dependent on your headcount, or you can purchase blocks of 10 hours at a discounted rate.

Areas of Expertise

Employment Tribunals
Sickness Absence Management
Capability Management
Disciplinary and Grievances
Working Time Regulations

Holiday Pay
Paternity and Maternity Leave
Contracts & Handbooks

Restrictions & Restraint Of Trade
Flexible Working
Furlough Advice
Early Conciliation and ACAS – COT3’s
Workplace Mediation
Settlement Agreements

Our Employment Law & HR Support Team

Marie Walsh
Director, Employment Solicitor & Workplace Mediator

Marie Walsh is a Director/Employment Law Solicitor & fully trained workplace mediator. Marie heads the HR & Employment Law team and has a wealth of experience in assisting businesses and individuals with a wide spectrum of employment law matters. She is also well known for her excellent work in the area of settlement agreements.

Andy Boyde
Associate, Employment Law

Andy Boyde is a former professional rugby union player and employment solicitor. Andy qualified as a solicitor in 2015 and specialises in advising individuals, owner managed businesses and SMEs. Andy provides sensible, straight-forward and commercial advice to his clients.

Victoria Horner
Senior Associate, Employment Law

Victoria is an associate at the firm and an experienced solicitor in the Employment team. She provides expert practical advice and assists both individuals and Commercial clients. Victoria is approachable, reliable and straight talking.

Emma Cartlidge
Employment Law Solicitor

Emma has a joint honors degree in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of the West of England, Bristol. Emma has completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at the University of Law in Bristol and the LLM Legal Practice Course at Leeds Law School.

What our clients say about Consilia Legal on

  • 5 star review  Received a really good service from Marie and the team including Emma, who offered valuable support throughout. I contacted Consilia following a recommendation from a union representative. Was given great advise through her trusted associate who offered an accurate and professional assessment. Marie secured a really good outcome due to her knowledge, perseverance, conscientiousness and genuine desire to try and get the best outcome on my behalf. A lot of genuine empathy and respect expressed and a brilliant negotiator. Very well informed, experienced and brilliant communicator. True to her word re costs as discussion was upfront and honest. Very reasonable rate compared to other firms. Would recommend to others Thank you very much!

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    5 star review  Honest , sensible and efficient advice given over telephone . Very impressed . Would recommend

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  • 5 star review  I could not have asked any more from Andy. He was really friendly and helped me through a very difficult time. He did not waist time, both to make sure we resolved the matter quickly but also to keep cost to a minimum. I’m extremely happy with his services.

    thumb Tatiana Sebastiao

    5 star review  Marie and her staff have been very helpful. Marie had assisted me previously with an employment law issues so I had no hesitation in engaging her again. She helped me through an unpleasant job related matter when I was at a low ebb and feeling unable to fight my own corner. As before Marie gave sound, straight forward advice and took over the handling of communication with my employer until the matter was resolved. When I had to take action myself Marie was always there to consult if I was worried about something. I would thoroughly recommend Consilia Legal to anyone.

    thumb Amanda Keers
  • 5 star review  Marie, Andy, Victoria and Emma were exceptional in their help, advice and support – all done with a non-nonsense super friendly approach. Really took the stress out of a difficult corporate employment process. I felt safe and confident in their capable hands, recommending them highly.

    thumb Sophie Webb

    5 star review  Consilia Legal was recommended by a friend. Victoria provided excellent guidance in a timely manner. Would definitely recommend.

    thumb Alison Metcalfe
  • 5 star review  I had to get a Solicitor a pretty short notice, and Andy was able to see me the same day. He made me feel very at ease and explained everything to me so I could understand it better. I would highly recommend Consilia to everyone Thank you again Andy for your fantastic advice and support

    thumb Kelly Rawson

    5 star review  Great service provided by Andy from initial contact all the way through to completion. Very helpful and knowledgeable and helped to get everything sorted out quickly. I would highly recommend.

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  • 5 star review  Andy Boyde made the process straight forward and easy (Redundancy contract). I found him very knowledgable and was able to answer all my questions with ease. I would recommend the firm for employment matter.

    thumb Mark Timmons

    5 star review  Very professional and got the right result for me in a very timely abs efficient manner. Great service, good advice and an excellent result I couldn’t have got on my own

    thumb Jon Geldart
  • 5 star review  Marie Walsh is undoubtedly the best employment solicitor in Leeds, if not the whole of Yorkshire. I always knew this from her great reputation and she recently assisted me with a very complex and difficult matter. Marie handled the situation with a pragmatic approach and endless patience. I cannot recommend her enough - she is an absolute superstar! I also dealt with Andy Boyde in her absence who was extremely professional and great to deal with.

    thumb Bin Sparkes

    5 star review  I would like to say a big thank you to Emma Cartlidge Employment Solicitor. She was extremely professional, friendly and polite and very thorough in her work. Emma helped me with my matter making sure to stay in touch and keep me fully informed at all stages. The service from Consillia Legal has been amazing. Everyone I have spoken to has been super friendly and so helpful including Matt on Reception and Victoria who I spoke to for initial advice. This is definitely a 5-star rated law firm and I would not hesitate to recommend Emma and her colleagues. A big thank you !

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  • 5 star review  I emailed Sarah at Consilia and received a very quick response. Sarah agreed to call me the following day and called me at the agreed time so no waiting for the call! Sarah was fantastic, she offered great advice and left me feeling alot more positive and informed on my situation. I cannot recommend highly enough, professional and caring and highly informative. Thank you

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Awards and Accreditations

Laura Clapton
Director, Family Solicitor & Mediator
0113 887 4672
0786 023 2975

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Marie Walsh
Director, Employment Solicitor & Mediator
0113 887 4670
07736 252 681

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Emma Cartlidge
Employment Law Solicitor
0113 887 4674

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Andy Boyde
Associate Employment Law Solicitor
0113 322 9222

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Victoria Horner
Senior Associate, Employment Law
0113 887 4673

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