How we help Employers

Our narrow but deep field of focus ensures that our employment lawyers will have come across a situation like yours before and will know what to do. We have specialist expertise in representing employers in financial services, insurance, professional services, the regulated sectors, and technology - the common factor is people-focused businesses.

Our Track Record Speaks Volumes

All law firms will tell you that they invest in building client relationships and delivering great service. We think actions speak louder than words.

BDBF was founded because we thought that we could offer our clients more, by doing things differently (we were right). We incentivise every single employee in our firm to deliver to our clients. We set our lawyers much lower billable hours targets than our competitors, so we have time to learn about our clients and how they like to work. This also means that we are responsive and engaged, not over-stretched and exhausted.

For further information about how we can help businesses, email Tom McLaughlin on  
or call on +44 (0) 203 828 0350 


BDBF Insights

Stay informed with BDBF Insights providing tips and thought leadership guides on key employment law developments and their impact on your business from our leading employment lawyers.

We also provide newsletter updates on case law, training, and events to keep you on top of the latest employment legislation.

Our ethos means that the very best lawyers want to work for us. And those that join our team are given the time and space to develop, and ultimately to do a great job for our clients.

We love what we do and are truly experts in our sole field of employment law. This is recognised by the legal directories as well as by our peers. We receive most of our work through recommendation, including from some of the most well-known law firms in the market.

Our sectoral knowledge, allied to our specialism in our field is what makes us so successful for our clients.

All our partners are involved in running our business. We know what it’s like to make tough decisions. We translate that day to day experience into pragmatic and hands-on support for you. We won’t advise you to do something that we wouldn’t do ourselves.

Despite our big reputation, we are a small firm. Every client is important to us and we strive to reflect that in the exceptional service we deliver. It seems to work; our stable client base includes over 200 employers from start-ups to multinationals.

BDBF provide prompt, clear advice and have provided our business with extremely helpful guidance in steering through complex scenarios with sensitivity and commercial awareness.

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Sector ExpertIse

We have a wealth of experience in acting for hedge funds, private equity firms, asset managers,  smaller investment banks, and broking firms in the financial services and insurance sectors.

Gareth Brahams set up and grew BDBF to a leading specialist law firm and have all worked at large full service law firms. We have the inside-track on the issues firms face.  

From start-ups to the global stars of tomorrow  we advise businesses with great ideas how to protect their assets with bespoke employment contracts, policies, and real-world advice. 

Dismissals and Negotiated Departures

When it’s time to part company with an employee or board member, let us help you.  We can advise you on the best approach and support your firm through the complete process, ultimately minimising business disruption and managing risk.

Bespoke Employment Contracts and Handbooks

Well-drafted employment documentation geared towards your business is a proven and essential business protection that can prevent many employment problems before they arise.  Let us help draft your policies.

Redundancies and Workplace Changes

Businesses must be agile to thrive. This means being able to change structures, numbers and terms of your staff when necessary. We can help with restructuring and protect businesses from any later claim of unfair dismissal.

HR Advice and Project Support

Employee rights and legal requirements evolve constantly, We provide flexible, pragmatic and responsive help for all employment-related issues, whether a quick query, help with a judgment call or full support for a major project.

Avoiding Litigation – Early Stage Advice

Advising both employers and employees, enables us to have a deep understanding of the priorities and motives of each side allowing us to negotiate effectively on your behalf. We will ensure that your disputes are resolved quickly and cost-effectively.

Protecting You in the Courts and Tribunals

Sometimes, litigation cannot be avoided.  Whether there is a need to protect confidential information, or defend your business against employee claims, our team of experienced litigators, will give you the best chance of winning in the Courts or Employment Tribunal.

TUPE – Selling or Buying a Business and Outsourcing

Buying, merging, outsourcing or restructuring can be a big but exciting challenge for any thriving business, however, the obligations that TUPE brings with it can be a minefield if not managed effectively. We know the short-cuts, pitfalls, and opportunities that TUPE poses.

Updates on Employment Law and Employer’s Duties

Employment laws change rapidly. We will ensure your business is not left behind. Being at the forefront of UK employer legislation means we are best placed to keep your team up to date with  any changes in the law and specific industry insights that affect your firm.

LLPs and Partnerships

LLP and partnership issues cannot be dealt with in the same way as employment issues. We are experienced and up to speed in this fast-developing area of law and can help you make watertight decisions.

Regulatory issues

The SMCR applies to the entire financial services sector, including most of those working in it. It is imperative that those firms act now to ensure they are fully compliant with the rules.

How does receiving employment law advice benefit businesses?

Our ethos has always been to partner with employers long-term. This allows us to truly get to know your organisation and act proactively, providing the advice you need throughout the life-cycle of your venture, from conception through reorganisations and (a possible) sale. Our clients benefit not only from the confidence of knowing they are advised in a way that ensures they are alive to any changes in employment regulations but from a long-term trusted relationship with a firm that understands their commercial ambitions.

Employee disputes can be stressful and affect company morale and productivity. Having an employment law solicitor on your side, providing expert advice and protecting your interests, allows you to focus on growing and looking after your business.

Why should a business looking for employment law advice choose BDBF?

By choosing BDBF, you are assured of receiving advice and representation from lawyers whose sole focus is not only on employment law, but employment law in the finance, insurance, legal, healthcare and technology sectors.

You will have named lawyers to go to for advice and to build a relationship with, led by a partner, not just a team of people who you don’t know. We will be frank about the cost of the approach you take, and we won’t

Our specialist team have been mentioned in Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, and The Lawyer Magazine’s Top 100 Lawyers to Watch.  We are businesspeople as well as solicitors and always tailor our legal advice to how it will affect your growth plans.

If you are looking for a London-based employment law firm who you can partner with long-term and who is truly interested in your business and long-term success, then contact us to start a conversation.


For further information about how we can help businesses, email Polly Rodway on or call on +44 (0) 203 828 0350 


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