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Richard Port - Founder and Partner

Founding Partner, Richard Port, is well known for his astute yet down to earth approach. He is always quick to strike meaningful rapport with his clients, engendering confidence in his understanding of the situation and his ability to achieve a strategically acceptable outcome.

A solicitor with over 20 years’ experience, Richard has worked with some of the nation’s best known and high-profile legal firms, gaining a wealth of knowledge across the full spectrum of employment law issues. He has particular expertise in providing strategic employment law advice on complex reputational issues, often of significant importance, particularly for employers, but for senior executives too. This includes strategic contract reviews, advice on post-termination covenants and commercial approaches to tricky TUPE issues.

Richard has successfully defended high-profile discrimination and whistleblowing claims for employers in the Employment Tribunal, albeit almost all of his matters resolve without recourse to hearings.

Often described as having a high degree of emotional intelligence, Richard is recognised as an accomplished negotiator, securing favourable outcomes for some of the region’s most senior executives, often for board-level clients associated with household name companies. Work for these clients includes negotiation of appointments as well as severance packages, the handling of investigations, disciplinary proceedings and litigation involving sensitive issues, including allegations of sexual harassment, race and disability discrimination and whistleblowing.

Richard’s astute but down to earth approach has often been commented. He is quick to strike meaningful rapport with his clients, engendering confidence in his understanding of the relevant situation and in his ability to achieve a strategically acceptable outcome for the client concerned.

What others say

“A lateral thinker who gets good results.” Chambers UK 2021

“A great technical lawyer, but it is the commercial translation of this knowledge that sets him apart." Chambers 2021

"He was extremely sympathetic, listened acutely to detail, was thorough and professional, and showed a genuine interest in the case." Client comment in Chambers UK Guide 2021

"Richard does not sit on the fence with his advice but is clear, concise and on point. If there are risks, he makes sure that you are fully aware of them." Chambers UK 2020

“His calm and pragmatic approach makes him stand out as an advisor. I don’t see him as a lawyer, he’s a businessman who happens to be a great lawyer.” Senior manager, major global gaming business.

Outside of work

Richard enjoys cooking, travel, yoga and golf with family and friends.


Nadine Marston - Associate Solicitor

Nadine Marston is a highly experienced and perceptive corporate immigration law solicitor who advises commercial clients on the business immigration requirements of employees and their family. A Cambridge graduate and former City Law Firm Partner, Nadine’s impressive credentials make her the perfect choice for organisations seeking expert advice in this complex and fast-paced area of law.

She qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and during her career she has been responsible for managing the client immigration requirements for multinationals and financial institutes. Clients include leading investment banks and companies in the oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, management consultancy, information technology and insurance sectors.

As a highly experienced solicitor, Nadine is focused on providing prompt, accurate and cost-effective advice to businesses and their employees. Working closely with company directors and management teams, she creates effective corporate immigration solutions that support the business requirements of her clients.

Brexit has created a new landscape for businesses who trade or rely on the movement of workers between the UK and EU countries. By keeping abreast of the changes to EU and UK immigration laws, Nadine is well positioned to provide up-to-date advice and representation based on the latest developments.

Outside of work

Outside work, Nadine enjoys spending time with her family, walking and cycling in the countryside and playing the piano.

Cathy Baxandall - Associate Solicitor

Cathy is a highly experienced and versatile General Counsel and Company Secretary who has extensive in-house experience in corporate environments, both as sole General Counsel, and Head of Legal managing a team. Past roles have seen her operate as trusted adviser to Boards (private and FTSE-listed) and as a member of senior management with strategic responsibilities.

She has experience in manufacturing and services businesses and has served on multiple charitable boards, mainly in the arts and education sectors. She is therefore uniquely placed to be able to provide fractional General Counsel and Company Secretarial support, as well as bringing a wide range of practical and commercial skills.

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Hannah Jenkins – Associate Solicitor

Hannah Jenkins is a specialist commercial solicitor who qualified in 2009. She trained with one of the UK’s leading commercial practices before moving to in-house counsel positions at high profile commercial and private institutions. This level of experience means she has considerable expertise across a broad range of commercial law topics, coupled with outstanding business acumen.

During her career, Hannah has been responsible for managing and advising businesses on all areas of commercial law, including the interpretation, drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts; GDPR compliance; terms and conditions; and litigation matters. Her enthusiastic and highly personable approach to client work enables her to build long-lasting client relationships.

Outside of work

Outside work, Hannah enjoys walking, home renovation and travelling whenever the opportunity arises.

Kirsten Brumfitt - People and Culture Strategy Consultant

Kirsten Brumfitt is a seasoned People and Culture professional with significant experience in strategy and leadership across a variety of sectors and household names, latterly in the tech sector.
In addition to her Masters in Human Resource Management, Kirsten has a Masters in Employment Law from Robert Gordon University and so is adept at managing the intersection between the legal and commercial risks.

Throughout her in-house career rising to Chief People Officer level, Kirsten has used her finely honed business acumen to effectively develop and lead people strategy for high growth businesses. Kirsten builds trusting relationships to become a true partner to the C Suite and Board, offering creative solutions and advice on real business issues.

During her career, Kirsten has gained significant experience in IPO and investment rounds, as well as considerable M&A activities, resulting in complex TUPE transfers, in addition to the transition of business and resultant culture change programmes.

Outside of work

Kirsten is a trustee for a cat rescue charity and is passionate about animal welfare. She enjoys spending time in the garden, home renovation and travelling as her busy work and home life allow.