Steeles Law marks start of new chapter with launch of Education HR service for local schools

Steeles Law is celebrating the launch of a brand new service.  The firm has appointed human resources specialist Sarah Turner to head Education HR, an HR support service designed especially for schools.  The service is the first of its kind to be delivered by a solicitors’ firm in Norfolk.

Education HR is a bespoke service aimed at schools, academies and other educational institutions.  It builds on the success of Steeles Law’s commercial services which have assisted a growing number of local schools in the academy conversion process.  The service includes unlimited telephone/email support; providing advice on topics such as redundancy, disciplinary procedures, grievance, discrimination complaints, maternity advice and absence management.  Based on their needs, clients will pay a fixed fee each month.

Sarah Turner joins Steeles Law from a national legal firm, where she provided customer-focused HR consultancy services and advice on complex employment matters, mainly to schools and the not-for-profit sector.  Sarah’s HR background spans the private, public and voluntary sectors, including experience within the NHS and education environment.  “Our new service has been specifically designed to assist schools and, in the longer term, small to medium-sized businesses, helping them to address and resolve day-to-day HR issues”, Sarah explains.  “As we are local, we can provide on-site support.  Our aim is to initially meet with the client and conduct an audit of areas such as employment contracts and policies, or discuss any specific problem areas or concerns they may have.  From there, we can agree a bespoke service agreement that perfectly suits their particular needs.”

Steeles Law will also be developing a similar service for small to medium-sized businesses to complement the work undertaken by the firm’s talented employment law team, which works with employers throughout the region and beyond.

Oliver Brabbins, head of the employment team at Steeles Law, said: “Workplace issues and administration can be hugely time-consuming and worrying for many businesses and educational establishments.  We’re here to provide organisations that aren’t large enough to employ a full time HR professional with the peace of mind that comes with having an HR specialist on their team.  If our clients face more complicated issues that require the input of a lawyer, we can provide a seamless approach by bringing in a member of our employment law team.  The HR support services we are planning to offer really do reassure employers and allow them to get on with what they do best – running their business.”

The launch of Education HR coincides with the relocation of Steeles Law’s head office to Number 2, The Norwich Business Park.  The firm is consolidating its two premises at The Norwich Business Park to create a single Norwich base.

“Because two of our private client teams have recently moved to our Diss Office we’re now in the position where all our Norwich staff can be under the same roof,” explains Managing Principal, Stephen Drake.  “We’re excited about this move as it will enable us to bring people together more often; sharing ideas and best practice and ensuring we continue to provide our clients with exceptional customer service.”

For all enquiries, Steeles Law’s main phone number will continue to be 01603 598000.  For  further information on Education HR or Steeles Law’s HR support service for businesses, please contact Sarah Turner.

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