Sara is training to be a qualified Chartered Legal Executive with CILEx Law School, specialising in Employment Law.
Sara has advised both employers and individuals with all aspects of HR and employment law matters including claims for unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and discrimination. She has supported both claimants and respondents during matters before the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, and in mediation, including judicial mediation.
How Sara helps
Sara utilises her skills and experience to help clients with a wide range of employment law matters including the drafting of settlement agreements and service level agreements, the drafting and review of contracts of employment, staff handbooks and other policies and procedures.
Sara’s previous employment in HR, gives her an insight into both employer and employee perspectives, especially when dealing with matters relating to disciplinary and grievance procedures, redundancy, discrimination and sickness absence.
Sara studied at Manchester Metropolitan University and qualified in 2011.
With her academic and professional experience in the field of forensic psychology, Sara is able to apply this knowledge within a legal setting, and demonstrate empathy and understanding to clients who, due to the nature of employment law matters, face potentially life altering issues.
Sara is also a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.
As part of the Employment Law team, Sara is extremely proud to have won the Employment Team of the Year Award for two consecutive years (2022 and 2023) at the Sheffield & District Law Society Awards!
She also advised alongside our wider commercial law team on a deal which won National/International Deal of the Year at the 2023 South Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards.
In 2023, we were once again independently ranked for the fourth consecutive year as one of the ‘Three Best Rated’ Employment Solicitors in Sheffield, recognising our position as a leading provider in the region.
Some comments from clients include:
"Sara made a very stressful and uncertain situation easy to understand and ensured I was updated throughout the process. It was reassuring to be able to speak to Sara directly over the phone and email and the response time was super quick. As someone who has never been in a situation where I have needed legal support before, I was nervous and unsure what to expect. However, Sara was really easy to speak to and gave me really clear advice, ensuring I was aware of all my options and avoided using legal jargon".
"Sara is very professional and possesses the all-important human touch. She was very approachable, sensitive, understanding and patient with me throughout the process, keeping me in the loop at all times and making clear efforts to translate legal jargon and complicated processes for my understanding. I would say that she went above and beyond for me on multiple occasions and am extremely grateful to her for her help during a difficult time this year. I would happily work with Sara again and highly recommend her".
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I would like to put on record and to thank you for the manner in which you dealt with this claim, being both highly professional whilst at the same time showing real empathy.
The outcome was very much along the lines we expected, but at least I got some personal satisfaction from pursuing the matter-- and he got the monies which were properly owed to him.Mr H
Sara has been amazing throughout the process and I can’t thank her enough. Very professional, always few steps ahead of everything, making sure my case is being taken care of. Sara has been an amazing support on every level, I couldn’t have gone through it without her, she has been my rock. It was a pleasure working with her, I had total trust in herMs P, Chesterfield
I worked with Sara for nearly a year on my case. During that time not only was she the ultimate professional in dealing with the case, but her friendly manner made it a pleasure to deal with her. I also dealt with other members of the Employment Team and they to were superbly professional. I would strongly recommend that if you have Employment problems liaise with Katie and her Team and you won’t be disappointed with the advice given.
(Employment Law Chesterfield)Anonymous
Employment Law- Chesterfield
"Sara made the whole process really easy and dealing with her has been a really positive experience. Having never had to seek legal assistance before, I was a little apprehensive, but she was always really easy to deal with and really good at keeping me updated."Mr B, Chesterfield
Sara Patel and the team have supported us with more complex HR queries, and we are very happy with the service provided. The team are knowledgeable and understand our business to give us the best advice and support required. I would not hesitate in recommending the Employment team at Banner Jones.Amy Sawicki - Senior HR Advisor Ferdinand Bilstein UK Ltd
Sara is very professional and possesses the all-important human touch. She was very approachable, sensitive, understanding and patient with me throughout the process, keeping me in the loop at all times and making clear efforts to translate legal jargon and complicated processes for my understanding. I would say that she went above and beyond for me on multiple occasions and am extremely grateful to her for her help during a difficult time this year.Sarah