Michael Stokes

Michael Stokes


Direct Dial: +44 (0)1432 349667
Mobile: +44 (0)7807 747 455
Email: mstokes@hcrlaw.com

Michael qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and has been a specialist employment lawyer since 1993. Now based in our offices in Hereford and the Wye Valley, Michael leads a growing Employment team in Herefordshire – one that is unrivalled for size, experience and expertise in the county. His clients include several local authorities and a major Police force, as well as companies of all sizes. He is equally at home advising not for profit organisations, including charities. Michael has also developed a strong interest in the firm’s Agricultural and Rural Affairs sector – clearly of huge importance in Herefordshire.

Michael is an experienced Employment Tribunal advocate and is therefore able to conduct claims from start to finish. As well as being an effective advocate, he is an engaging speaker and regularly delivers training to audiences in the Three Counties. He speaks at the firm’s regular Hereford breakfast seminars – and in the process exchanges information about good employment practice with the many Herefordshire-based HR practitioners who regularly attend those events.

Employment solicitors need to be true experts in the field. With over twenty years’ accumulated knowledge of employment law, gathered both as a long-time trade union solicitor and subsequently whilst acting primarily for employers, Michael is a genuinely expert employment lawyer.

From drafting new contracts to ensure that employers are fully compliant with the complexities of employment law, to advising on settlement agreements, Michael and his team in Hereford and Ross-on-Wye can offer employers and employees accurate, practical and cost-effective advice.

Michael has in-depth knowledge of all aspects of employment law, including:-

  • Business transfers under TUPE
  • Restructuring and redundancy
  • Drafting and changing contracts of employment
  • Collective and individual consultation
  • Employment Tribunal claims of all kinds
  • Absence management and capability issues
  • Disciplinary and performance management processes
  • Dismissal of senior employees
  • Local Authority and school-based employment law
  • Settlement agreements
  • Trade union law
  • Employment law as it relates to insolvency and restructuring
  • Equal pay
  • All types of discrimination claim
  • Family friendly rights (maternity, paternity and flexible working)
  • Shared parental leave

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Event – Hereford Employment Seminar

Just a brief line to thank you Michael and Stephenie for the session on Flexible Working this morning. As HR professionals, we really appreciated the relaxed and knowledgeable way you put over the subject and particularly appreciated your understanding that managers have to deal with employment legislation in a slightly different way from lawyers!

Michael Stokes – The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2014 rankings

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ clients include several large public bodies. Michael Stokes is ‘hugely experienced, thoughtful and wise’.

The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2014 rankings

Employment – The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2014 rankings

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ clients include several large public bodies. Jenny Jones is ‘very shrewd and clever, extremely hardworking and very pleasant to deal with’, and Michael Stokes is ‘hugely experienced, thoughtful and wise’. Matt Jenkin joined Harrison Clark Rickerbys in July 2013, and has a particular focus on restructuring and transfers, post-termination restrictions and senior executive disputes and terminations.

The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2014 rankings

Event – Hereford Employment Breakfast Seminar

Great speakers – love both your styles of communication.

Event – Hereford Employment Breakfast Seminar

Good information and very well presented by both Michael and Rebecca.

Event – Hereford Employment Breakfast Seminar

Both Rebecca and Michael were very informative and made the seminar interesting.


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