Sofia has extensive experience in advising high-net-worth clients in all aspects related to their household and their business affairs. This includes advice as General Counsel for business and corporate matters relating to her clients, as well as more specialist advice on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters for clients across a variety of sectors. Sofia regularly advises high-net-worth families and/or their Private or Family Offices in respect of their office and household staffing requirements. Her work involves guiding her clients on the recruitment, management and termination of staff such as butlers, close protection officers, private chefs, household and estate managers, nannies, chauffeurs and housekeepers. Sofia’s experience includes seeking anonymity and restricted reporting orders, drafting bespoke contracts, NDAs and confidentiality agreements to protect their privacy as well as providing specialist guidance on reputation management, more usually upon termination and post-termination of staff members. Sofia also deals with contentious terminations and defends her clients’ position and reputation if they are faced with employment claims or unreasonable demands from ex-employees.

Sofia brings her corporate and commercial background to her role as adviser to high-net-worth individuals and their families. This enables her to offer holistic and pragmatic solutions to a range of different issues.

In a more general employment capacity, Sofia predominantly acts on behalf of employers. Her work includes assessing claims brought or threatened against respondent clients, liaising with ACAS and/or the claimant’s representative on pre-claim conciliations, selecting, instructing and managing counsel, and preparing for tribunal hearings as well as defending claims on behalf of her clients and all aspects of employment tribunal work. In addition, she guides board members through issues such as company restructuring and advises on shareholder or director disputes and mediation. Understanding the employer’s perspective also enables Sofia to act more effectively for employees when the need and opportunity arises.

Her work ranges from preventing employment claims by ensuring the correct documentation is in place, to advising on employee management such as disciplinaries, grievances, and sickness management. She also advises on terminations including on structuring, dismissal, maternity, redundancy procedures, and tribunal claims, in addition to the negotiation of settlement agreements and packages on behalf of employees as well as employers.

Sofia is an avid industry speaker and article contributor. She regularly organises seminars on a wide range of issues including data protection, modern slavery, stress management and general employment law updates. She is also a frequent guest speaker at CIPD and ACCA events.

  • I would like to sincerely thank Sofia Syed for her hard work, expertise and support during my case. Sofia understood immediately that I was going through a very distressing time. From the outset, and at every interaction she listened attentively to what I was saying, always checking she had understood correctly. This meant she grasped the key issues and facts quickly and I did not need to repeat my story. She dealt with my case with efficiency and calmness, which meant I felt immediately reassured and was able to focus on giving and receiving information. She was always responsive, honest in her advice and took time to check my understanding. I had every confidence in her, and got the outcome I wanted.

    Nikta Tava

  • Sofia presents at our HR Forums in a clear and concise manner ensuring simplicity throughout the seminar. Sofia is always well prepared and extremely knowledgeable on the subject matter and ensures that everyone is engaged, through audience participation. You will find her extremely approachable at the beginning and end of the seminar and always willing to answer individual questions. What you get from Sofia is someone that can make sometimes a tedious subject, entertaining and light hearted.

    Rachel Oliver
    Managing Director

  • Returning from one of Sofia’s sessions, I learnt an incredible amount of useful information and had 3 pages of notes to take back to the office!Sofia is a lively presenter, delivering really well throughout. Her content, is relevant and jam packed with useful legal tips and insights. Delivered in a way that is totally understandable, commercially savvy and at times very thought provoking. Sofia is such an engaging speaker that there is no need for the typical boring power point presentations – Sofia can engage an audience just by speaking, given her wealth of knowledge and expertise. Her style is relaxed and informal, whilst encouraging the audience to give their thoughts, feedback and sharing of experiences. This makes you feel very confident in her advice and that you could easily approach her with questions.

    Sophie Sheppard
    People Experience Lead, Unilever

  • Sofia is definitely an expert in this niche and very sensitive area of employment law. She is a real go-to person for private household HR - there's no doubt!

    Angus Harley
    Country House Consultancy Partner, Knight Frank

  • Thank you for all your help and being so efficient. If we need further advice on anything I will definitely come back to you.

    MK

  • Sofia held a very informative and interesting Private Household HR Forum for us. It covered all of the necessary topics - I can't wait for the next one!

    PL
    PA/Office Manager

  • Sofia presented a great Private Household HR Forum. It was really useful & practical!

    CR
    House Manager

  • The Private Household HR Forum that Sofia held for us was very informative. It was especially good to have small groups for discussion.

    HW
    Family Office Manager

  • I can't fault Sofia's work and her attention to detail which is so impressive. Whenever I have a problem which requires any legal advice she is my first port of call for honest answers. I have been running my companies for 20 years and I have seen many solicitors come and go until I met Sofia Syed, she brings vast knowledge and professionalism to each and every issue I ever have and is always at the end of a phone whenever I need her! The overall impression Sofia Syed and Keystone Law leaves in your mind is the following: Why would I go anywhere else when they deliver every time!

    Anthony Parfitt

    Executive Chairman for Futronics Group Ltd and CANARE-I Innovations Ltd