Anna Harvey and Victoria Pratley are Partners in Price Bailey Legal Services. These employment lawyers are gaining recognition as thought leaders in the world of workplace wellbeing.

Price Bailey Legal Services is an employment law firm which sits within the Price Bailey Group, a firm of Accountants. Price Bailey Legal Services was the first law firm set up as an ABS within a firm of accountants. This unique set-up increasingly proves to be a complimentary and invaluable addition to the numerous other service lines offered by Price Bailey.

Anna, Victoria and their team work closely with businesses by providing outsourced employment law and HR services to clients without an internal HR or legal department, or alternatively to support those with already established HR and legal departments.

The team has particular expertise in advising Charities and Academy Schools and working with other professional firms, but also enjoy the variety of working with all types and sizes of business, providing legal advice and assistance on a complete range of both contentious and non-contentious employment law and HR services domestically and internationally. Services include drafting and preparing bespoke contracts of employment and staff handbooks, advising on day-to-day HR enquires such as capability, sickness and performance management issues, restructuring and redundancy procedures, including any TUPE issues which may arise, and disciplinary, grievance and dismissal procedures.

The focus is to understand each clients’ business in order to provide proactive and personable advice which is commercially focused, cost effective and tailored to their individual business needs. Aligned to the values and strategy of Price Bailey Legal Services, workplace wellbeing- both in terms of the workforce and of the organisation – sit at the core of all the advice the team delivers.

In addition, they work with individuals, particularly senior executives in relation to employment matters, for example assisting with detailed and complex settlement negotiations.

As the Legal Services team and business have grown it is now a key service offering within the Price Bailey Group. When clients struggle with recruiting that key individual, building and maintaining relationships of trust, or reaching the right balance between organisational wellbeing and employee wellbeing, Price Bailey Legal Services understand, and can empathise. As a result we consider this allows us to become more than just lawyers to our clients, but trusted advisers.

As Anna explains, “Our professional journeys have given us a greater understanding and knowledge of business which has further helped to identify the direct correlation between employee engagement and the productivity and efficiency of a business or organisation. For a business to be successful, it must ensure that it gives equal attention to the wellbeing of its staff (that is taking steps to ensure employees are able to maintain a good work life balance, that they are healthy and they are content and engaged) as it does to the wellbeing of the organisation (that is the financial status, its profitability, productivity and efficiency). In essence, a business owner, a Board of Directors, or Trustees must understand that better workplaces will equal better financial results.

Price Bailey Legal Services have become thought leaders in this area of workplace wellbeing by incorporating the important issue and its key principles in the way it delivers employment law services.

We are often questioned “why, as lawyers, are you discussing wellbeing ?” – the answer – because as employment lawyers and ultimately trusted advisers with a vast amount of experience and knowledge with a variety of businesses and industries, we understand its significance to businesses and organisations, and can help with putting in place workplace strategies.

It is our aim for our clients to have a mind-set shift from believing productivity and profitability is the key to its success, and instead understanding that the key to its success is the organisations’ people, their wellbeing and engagement.

This is a message we regularly pass on to our clients. Recently we hosted and ran an event with Dame Carol Black as keynote speaker. Dame Carol Black is a renowned expert on the subject of workplace wellbeing, being an Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England, amongst other roles. The vital messages delivered at this event were key features common to organisations which have improved health, wellbeing, resilience and engagement of staff include accountable trained managers who empower staff and enable engagement. Evidence shows that resources should first be focused on training line managers rather than just introducing wellbeing schemes such as providing fruit or implementing cycle to work schemes. It is our intention to host more events within this field and continue to deliver this message.

We feel ultimately it would be great for particular legislation to be implemented in this area. We feel strongly that workplace wellbeing should no longer be seen as ‘soft and fluffy’ but that it obtains the attention it deserves due to its direct link to the success and, ultimately, profitability of any business. With Dame Carol Black continuing to present the government with compelling evidence on this subject, we think it is definitely worth watching this space!

The other factor that differentiates Price Bailey Legal Services from other law firms is that it sits within a firm of Accountants. It is an original set up and allows them to provide innovative services that add value and benefits clients. Our clients are able to seek complimentary services and advice across the Price Bailey Group, all under one roof. We have recently been able to assist a global property investment company by providing a complete business outsourcing package including, payroll, bookkeeping, management accounting, HR advice and assistance. In addition, we have offered advice and assistance on technical legal matters involved in the transaction, together with strategic financial and commercial advice.

If you would like to contact Vikki or Anna direct to find out more about their Thought Leader initiative you can do so by emailing them on vmp@pricebaileylegalservices.co.uk or ah@pricebaileylegalservices.co.uk or call 01223 941 242.

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