Sheffield law firm boosts employment team

Sheffield law firm Wake Smith Solicitors has appointed Briony McDermott in its employment law department.

Briony joins the firm with 10 years’ experience in employment law advising private and commercial clients on all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious.

She joins from Minster Law where she worked for insurance-backed private clients.

Solicitor Briony said: “I’m very pleased to join such an established firm. It’s a challenging time for many employers, and I am looking forward to helping Wake Smith build on the strong reputation it already has in the field.

“I have a wide range of experience in supporting both employers and employees through disciplinary procedures, grievances and business changes including redundancies and TUPE transfers, and have taken on a consultancy role managing these processes in the case of commercial clients.

“My previous roles have also allowed me to both bring, and defend, Employment Tribunal claims and have resulted in a proven track record of securing positive outcomes for my clients.”

Having graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in Law, Briony took the Legal Practice Course at the University of Sheffield before qualifying as a Chartered legal Executive through CILEx in 2016 and then cross-qualifying as a solicitor in 2018.

Liz Shaw, head of litigation at Wake Smith Solicitors, added: “Briony brings a wealth of experience and skill to Wake Smith’s employment law department. We are confident that her experience in his specialism will prove indispensable.”

Wake Smith Solicitors employment team is well known for its representation of small and medium enterprises in Yorkshire, assisting with a range of employment issues. It is also instructed by high-net-worth employees to assist with settlement agreements.

Employment director Holly Dobson is a highly regarded tactician in the industry guide The Legal 500 with notable expertise assisting clients with employment disputes, GDPR compliance and TUPE advice.



Liz Shaw with Briony McDermott who joins Wake Smith’s employment team.