Mundays Senior Associate, Sofia Syed, has joined Keystone Law’s all-senior Employment team.

Sofia’s main area of interest lies in advising high-net-worth clients and their private or family offices, guiding them on the recruitment, management and termination of staff such as butlers, close protection officers, private chefs, household and estate managers, nannies, chauffeurs and housekeepers. She also provides guidance on the general managing of staff relations.

More generally, Sofia predominantly acts on behalf of employers. Her work includes assessing claims brought or threatened against respondent clients, liaising with 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 respondent clients and all aspects of employment tribunal work. She also guides board members through issues such as company restructuring and advises on shareholder or director disputes and mediation.

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.

Keystone Law’s founder and Managing Director said:

“Sofia’s experience will be a useful asset to the firm. Her skillset complements the existing team’s strengths and her specialism in dealing with ultra-high-net-worth clients will help to raise the profile of our growing family office.”

Sofia added:

“I have met with a number of the Keystone team members and have enjoyed their warm and friendly welcome. I am now looking forward to meeting up with others from the Private Client team and am very excited about the development opportunities that lie ahead.”