Employment Law - Derby

Legal Practices Offering Advice on Employment Law Firms in Derby and Derbyshire

There are 103 law firm offices in the county of Derbyshire with 57 in Derby itself, however only 70 in the county offer advice related to employment law.  The number of practices providing employment law in Derby itself is 29.  The overwhelming majority are general practice solicitors offering employment law as part of a wider portfolio of legal advice services.

Of the 27,900 businesses in Derbyshire, only 100 employ more than 250 staff.  There are 145 businesses employing 100 to 249 staff.  It is interesting to note that there are wide variations between cities in terms of employers and the number of law firms offering advice on employment law:

Number of Businesses Per Employment Law Firm In Derbyshire


There are 232 businesses per employment law firm office in Derby, compared with 425 for the county of Derbyshire as a whole, this contrasts sharply with the city of Nottingham with just 184.



Employees Per Employment Law Firm In Derby



The difference between the two cities is also marked when one compares the number of employees in each area to the corresponding number of Employment Law firm offices.


Businesses Per Law Firm, Derby and Derbyshire Compared to the Average for England and Wales



Considering all law firms Derby is above the national average with 276 businesses each compared with 215 for England and Wales as a whole.  



Source: LegallyBetter calculations based on official data at www.nomisweb.co.uk



Freeths LogoFreeths

Ranked as the top employment law firm in Derbyshire by the Legal 500, Freeths has offices in 11 cities: Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent.

The firm covers a range of business and private client practice areas and has 176 Partners & Directors and over 700 members of staff in total and a fee income the year to 31 March 2016 of £63.9m. This is an increase of 14.3% on the previous year.

Julian Middleton is National Head of Employment (based in Leicester).

Every month, Freeth’s employment lawyers create new information on key employment issues. The latest is here:


Click here to see Freeths website


Nelsons Solicitors logoNelsons Solicitors

Nelsons has offices in Derby, Leicester, and Nottingham and is a general practice law firm with an HR and employment team. Head of the Employment Department is Andy Johnson.

As well as a full range of employment legal advice services, the firm also runs an employment law training service and an HR consultancy service. The firm is now offering fixed price Employment Law Service options:

  • Emplus - a comprehensive employment protection and help line advice service.
  • Employment Basics for online documents checked by our Employment Lawyers

Click here to visit Nelson Law's website


Smith Partnership logoSmith Partnership Solicitors

A general practice law firm with an employment team offering HR and employment services tailored to the needs of the individual client. As well as the office in Derby, there are offices in Burton, Leicester, Stoke, and Swadlincote.  Alongside full employment legal advice services, other services include: an online HR document support service (“hrbank”); expert advice on all aspects of employment law; bespoke drafting of employment documents such as contracts and handbooks; employment tribunal representation; HR consultancy; HR and employment training; employment tribunal insurance cover. The firm can also act as the HR function on an out-sourced basis.

James Johnson, based in the Derby office, is Head of the Employment Team.

Click here to visit the Smith Partnership website


Flint Bishop logoFlint Bishop

Flint Bishop has one of the largest employment law teams in the East Midlands and is led by Partner and Head of Employment Robert Tice from the head office in Derby. There is also an office in Ashbourne. 

Recent developments have included fixed fee options for HR and employment advice and the setting up of 2 new websites for specific client groups. At www.fb-support.co.uk there are specific support services for a) commercial employers (FBe) and educational institutions (FBeducation). 

Click here the visit Flint Bishops website


Geldards logoGeldards

Employment law advice from the Derby office plus offices in Cardiff, Ilkeston, Nottingham, and London. The Senior Partner in the Employment Law Team at Derby is Jameel Mann.

As well as a full portfolio of legal advice services, the firm runs regular employment law training courses and its web site and blog is full of up-to-date news, legal factsheets, and articles on employment law.

Click here to visit Geldards website