Boardside is a specialist Employment Law practice in Yorkshire, with offices in Leeds and Harrogate, providing legal representation to organisations and individuals throughout the UK. As a niche law firm that specialises in advising businesses in Employment Law we deal with all facets of this area including due diligence reporting, warranties and indemnities, covenants in shareholder agreements, service agreements, commercial contracts, redundancy processes, employment litigation and day-to-day advisory.
Boardside’s Principal Solicitor, Richard Port, has advised corporate boards and senior executives from the whole spectrum of organisations, including owner-managed businesses, PLCs, partners of professional services firms, sole traders and directors of FTSE companies. He has particular expertise in working with financial institutions and advising at board level on legal, risk, compliance and HR issues.
He launched Boardside after building his career within the employment law departments of some of the country’s biggest law firms, progressing to partner and overseeing the legal and compliance strategy of leading organisations in the finance, healthcare, retail, logistics and hospitality sectors.
Richard’s expertise spans the full spectrum of employment work, including advising on complex and high value employment litigation, all aspects of Employment Tribunal claims, board level disputes, change management (business restructures, reorganisations and redundancy processes), covenants and transfers of undertakings, including those in relation to mergers and acquisitions.
" Richard is a fantastic counsel on all employment law matters. He quickly assimilates all the facts around the situation and provides clear, specific and thorough advice and guidance. He is empathetic to the pressures these situations create and helps navigate through these to a sensible positive outcome. "
" I hired Richard to help me with my exit from my employer having been recommended to speak to him. He dealt with the difficult situation extremely professionally giving me great advice all the way through and got an excellent result for me. Richard is a very supportive lawyer to his clients who had a very clear strategy right from the start which worked very well. I have no hesitation in recommending him. A very grateful client. "
" Richard’s legal expertise and experience is second to none; what sets him out from the crowd is his commercial approach and pragmatism; combined with a drive to get the best result for me – his client – which might not be the best legal outcome. "
" Richard took the time to really understand our business, our culture and our strategy. His advice was always commercial and we always felt confident to follow his suggested course. "
" Richard is knowledgeable, commercial and strategic but also very pragmatic and solution driven. Given his experience, he quickly assimilates the facts, identifies the solutions available and has consistently provided sound advice. Richard operates with energy, passion and empathy. His involvement and support instils confidence. "
" I have known Richard for many years and it is hard to put into words the value I place on his expertise. He is perceptive regarding situation and intuitive about individuals involved. After every encounter I have felt more in control of situations with the knowledge and confidence to tackle the various challenges thrown at me. "
" I have always found Richard to be a smart, lateral thinker who is able to get great results for his clients. I would have no hesitation recommending him to clients seeking employment law services. "
" I have known Richard for many years now as a colleague and advisor, I really value the way he works and his commercial perspective. The nature of his work presents some complex situations that he handles sensitively and in a very human way, this is a real skill. His calm and pragmatic approach makes him stand out as an advisor. I don't think of him as a lawyer, he's a business man who just happens to be a great lawyer. He is creative, makes great connections and sees the bigger picture. I trust him and would use him every time. "