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Catherine and Gabriela from Forbes Solicitors share their knowledge and experience from a legal and people perspective.

In this interactive session Catherine and Gabriela from Forbes Solicitors will share their knowledge and experience from a legal and people perspective to showcase how you can ensure your people practices grow with you and even drive your business growth.

Getting things right as early as possible can ensure your business has a sound foundation.

Ensuring you have the right tools, processes and procedures in place now, will support you in the future.

Getting it wrong will set a precedent that is hard to shake in terms of branding, both in the public realm and also internally, not to mention financially.

Potential Investors routinely look for employment frameworks in their due diligence and shareholders will often seek transparency too.

Business startups often face difficulty in expanding their workforce from that original cohort of people, so during this session we’ll look at a number of key topics to support businesses:

· What is your business culture and why this matters.

· How to find the right people to add to and compliment your existing business.

· Address the pitfalls of recruitment and managing new hires, including new employment legislation coming up in 2024.

· How to set competitive pay and benefits to aide recruitment and retention.

· How to Introduce new people to established teams or working structures.

· How to develop a line management structure fit for growth.

· Key considerations for ensuring your employees are with you on the journey.

· Protecting your business from the inside out.


Bio of Deliverers:

Catherine Hare is a Professional Support Lawyer with 15 year post qualification experience in employment law. Catherine provides support and training to colleagues and clients on changes to legislation, key case law developments and assistance on technical legal issues. Catherine also supports clients by providing training and knowledge sharing sessions, to ensure that they are kept up to date and aware of their current legal obligations from an employment law point of view, in an ever-changing legal landscape. Qualifications: LLB (Hons) Law Degree, LPC, Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority..

Gabriela Hammond has over 20 years' experience as an HR/People Professional. She moved to Forbes from a leading Lancashire manufacturing organisation, to lead our client facing HR Consultancy strategy. Working across sectors supporting all sizes of organisations, assisting leaders and HR teams to proactively manage and develop their people with best practice frameworks that match with individual commercial needs.'

Partner Bio:

Forbes Solicitors has offices across the North but our roots are firmly based in Lancashire. We offer the full range of legal services to individuals, commercial clients and a number of specialist sectors where we excel nationally.

Our clients tell us that we stand out from other firms. We are real people who are passionate about getting the best results. Working together and listening to our clients, we provide genuine and practical advice.

We hold ISO9001 Quality Certification and in our recent assessment we were described as exceptional.

The firm is ranked as a Legal 500 Top Tier Firm and a Chambers and Partners Leading Firm, receiving 67 nominations in the latest editions. A number of Partners are included in the elite "Leading Individuals" list, the Next Generation Lawyers list, and Forty two of Forbes' solicitors are listed as recommended lawyers.

We are committed to the development of our staff at all levels and have Investors in People status. If you thrive on working in a team where you live and breathe ideas then we'd love to hear from you.


As this workshop is fully-funded, businesses are subject to funders' eligibility criteria. Please keep an eye out for communication from our Enquiry team at GM Business Growth Hub who will discuss your eligibility and complete paperwork. If your place is confirmed, you will receive an email from us with further details.

  • Greater Manchester Clients Only
  • Sole trader, micro business, small and medium-sized enterprise, or large business.
  • Social enterprises where these engage in economic activity

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