Published: June 14, 2020 | Updated: June 14, 2020

New employment head will give reassurance to law firm’s clients during “turbulent times”

Deborah West, Head of Employment Team, Steele Raymond.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Law firm Steele Raymond has appointed a new Head of Employment Team.

Specialist employment lawyer Deborah West joins the Bournemouth-based firm with more than 20 years’ experience.

She has significant employment law knowledge acting for employers ranging in size from international corporates and FTSE 100 companies through to SMEs, across a variety of both private and public industry sectors.

Deborah has often been called upon to give significant HR as well as employment law input at both strategic and practical levels.

She has worked alongside Boards, senior management, HR teams and owner-managers and has practical experience across a variety of sectors including construction, retail and education.

Deborah joins Steele Raymond from a London-based firm.

She said: “Steele Raymond has an excellent reputation in employment law, so the move was an obvious choice for me.

“I’m excited to have joined such an experienced team.

“The growth of the firm in recent years has been exceptional and I’m looking forward to playing a part in the vision and expansion going forward.

“Employers are experiencing challenges to their businesses like never before.

“Business owners will need to be taking pragmatic steps to evolve the way they operate in the future and the impact this will have on their employees.

“Many businesses will not return to the way they were before the pandemic and must therefore prepare themselves to support their employees’ needs and establish flexible business structures for a new way of working in the future.

“Employees are increasingly aware of their rights (which are constantly evolving and often at real speed), so it is now more important than ever to manage these carefully and efficiently.”

Peter Rolph, Steele Raymond’s Managing Partner, said: “Deborah is a valuable addition to head up our Employment Law Team and we are delighted to have her on board.

“Her track-record of handling complex employment law issues and disputes in a commercially astute manner will provide much-needed reassurance to our clients in these turbulent times.

“Her appointment very much supports our delivery of first-class legal services of the highest calibre to our clients.”