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Working closely together – your reputation is ours

Highly respected and approachable employment law solicitors,  we have over 30 years’ combined experience, working with local, regional and national employers and senior executives.

 Jargon-free and pragmatic advice

Where there are options you’ll know about them and, as well as supporting you to understand the potential fallout of different actions, we will tell you what we would do in your position.

Tiggy Clifford of Torque Law, specialist employment solicitors in York

Tiggy Clifford | Partner

Tiggy is a specialist employment solicitor with particular expertise in advising Yorkshire based SME businesses and senior executives. 

Tiggy provides business owners and managers with practical and commercially aware advice to help them deal with tricky employment issues as swiftly and painlessly as possible.  Tiggy advises employers on employment disputes (including Employment Tribunal claims), disciplinaries and grievances, negotiated exits, restrictive covenants and protection of confidential information.  Tiggy also draws up effective employment contracts, policies and handbooks for employers.

Tiggy has extensive experience working with directors and executives on issues relating to their own employment circumstances, often involving a negotiated way out of their current work situations to achieve the best possible package for them, but also on terms for new employment and benefits arrangements

Tiggy set up Torque Law in 2016 with Emma Whiting to be able to collaborate with their clients to provide pragmatic employment advice.

Tiggy’s clients describe her as “approachable, prompt and down to earth with terrific employment law knowledge and business savvy”  and “a constant voice of calm and reason”

 T: 01904 437681  |  M: 07943 842404

Emma Whiting of Torque Law, specialist employment law solicitors in York

Emma Whiting | Partner

Emma has over 17 years’ experience as a specialist employment solicitor and a proven track record of providing commercially savvy advice. 

Formerly, a Partner and practice head of the Leeds employment team at Addleshaw Goddard LLP, Emma established Torque Law, a niche employment law firm, with Tiggy Clifford in September 2016.

Emma has a wealth of knowledge spanning the full spectrum of employment law issues, with a particular emphasis on providing strategic employment advice on complex, reputationally significant and high impact matters for employers and senior executives.  Emma has conducted a significant number of contentious matters, advising businesses on the defence of actual or threatened claims, from straightforward unfair dismissal claims, to more complex discrimination and whistleblowing complaints.  Over the course of the last 18 months, Emma has also negotiated over 100 settlement agreements for senior executives, securing favourable outcomes on each occasion.

Emma is a regular speaker at client seminars, on training course and in the local media.

According to clients, Emma is “nothing short of amazing”; “she can see issues and provide pragmatic solutions before they become a risk” Chambers UK Guide (2019)

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Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what others have to say about Tiggy and Emma:

“Keen to understand our needs and talk our language, whilst also managing our expectations, Torque Law’s advice is jargon free, grounded and always focused on our end game. We demand a lot and Torque delivers.”

“Always focused, practical and positive, Torque Law are fantastic and have a refreshingly pragmatic approach.”

“You have been fantastic support throughout all of this, a constant voice of calm and reason, for which I cannot thank you enough.”

“You provide the complete package for advice, response and pragmatism.  Delivering a high calibre service more efficiently and cost effectively than larger, more high profile firms, we value your knowledge, clarity and personal approach.”

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