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York-based Employment Law firm grows to eight strong team

Award-winning York-based Employment Law firm, Torque Law, has expanded to become an eight strong team making it the largest employment law specialist in North Yorkshire. The new appointments follow steady growth of the business during 2020 which accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic as companies and business leaders grappled with the complexities of employment, and the law, and needed support and strategic advice more than ever.

Torque Law was founded four years ago by Tiggy Clifford and Emma Whiting who had a vision to ‘do things differently’ and now has five specialist employment solicitors with over 75 years’ combined employment law experience.

The firm specialises in supporting business owners and HR departments of medium and large businesses in Yorkshire and across the UK with all their employment law issues, with a particular focus on the more reputational and complex issues.  It has built up an impressive client list including Ellis Patents,  York Theatre, Yorwaste, York College, British American Tobacco plc, Autohorn Fleet Services and Johnsons of Whixley Ltd. Torque Law have a strong reputation in helping senior executives on an individual basis to assist with sensitive employment issues including helping to negotiate suitable exit agreements and terms of entry to a new position.

Torque Law, Employment Law Firm, York (l-r), Emma Cousins, Tiggy Clifford, Tom Watkins, Emma Whiting and Tori Jackson Picture Frank Dwyer

Both prominent and highly respected employment law solicitors, Tiggy Clifford and Emma Whiting originally met at University and have created a business that attracts high calibre work giving their clients the best possible experience whilst attracting quality talent. Winners of the New Business of the Year at the York Press Business Awards in 2018 and Niche Law Firm of the Year at the Yorkshire Legal Awards in 2019, Torque Law are passionate about creating a business culture where team members feel valued and can achieve a sensible work, life balance.

Tom Watkins, a former Partner at a leading Leeds-based Law Firm, recently joined the team and brings with him twenty years of employment law experience. With particular expertise in the education sector, his client base includes a number of independent schools across England.

Tom Watkins, Consultant Solicitor said: “When I was considering my next step it was important that the firm I chose held the same values as me and my clients. I was aware of Torque Law’s reputation in the market, but it was their commitment to providing the best possible client experience which was the clincher for me”.

Tiggy Clifford, Partner, Torque Law said: “Building a team has always been part of the plan and we are mindful that our brand very much depends on our values being shared by those who work for the business. We’re conscious that to grow the team, it has to be with the right people, especially following the coronavirus pandemic, and Tom has already proven to be a great fit. We look forward to seeing where the next few months take us and to continuing to provide excellent, straight forward advice for our clients.”

When recruiting, the firm has always embraced those who were looking to return to work after time away, as well as accommodating flexible working patterns. Emma Whiting, Partner, Torque Law, commented: “Over the years I have seen a lot of talented people leave the legal profession for numerous reasons and then find it impossible to return.  We wanted to break this trend by welcoming those who may not have a conventional CV but still possess the skills to do the job”.

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