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.
“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.
Richard enjoys cooking, travel, yoga and golf with family and friends.
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 work, Hannah enjoys walking, home renovation and travelling whenever the opportunity arises.
Lucy provides invaluable support to the partners in our busy practice, enabling them to focus on offering strategic support to employers and senior executives.
She joined Boardside from a regional law practice in Lincolnshire, where she worked as a paralegal after graduating in law at the University of York.
Lucy jumped at the chance to join a leading niche employment law practice, particularly as Boardside is based in her native Yorkshire, as well as gaining experience in this ever-changing area of law.
Lucy enjoys travel, sewing and reading.