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We are recognised by the recommendation website Three Best Rated as one of the top three employment law firms in Bristol.

Patch Law

Station Road Workshops
Station Road
Kingswood
Bristol
BS15 4PJ

Patch Law is a law firm authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

For Schools

Patch Law’s reputation in the education sector has continued to grow, maintaining our trademark approach to offering cost effective and high quality HR & employment law services to employers across the South West and further afield.

Each school is partnered by a senior HR specialist and a Solicitor, so maximising the impact and effectiveness of advice for school leaders across the full range of HR and employment law needs. As well as Day-to-Day Advisory Support, Settlement Agreements, Employment Tribunal Claims and specific HR Projects can be provided.


Gillian and Amanda have given us invaluable support with a range of HR challenges, including team restructuring and the resolution of some long standing tricky issues. Their advice is straightforward, structured and consistent, and is focussed on delivering the best outcomes for the school. We have been able to build an easy rapport with each of them, and they have invested time in getting to know our school, its aims and objectives. Both Gillian and Amanda have come into school on many occasions to support us with consultation meetings, and have liaised with trade union reps on our behalf. This has given us the confidence to address issues that might otherwise have impeded improvement. Having Patch Law in our corner has made a huge difference to the effectiveness of our HR management.
Linda O'Coy | School Business Manager
Milton Park Primary School | Weston-super-Mare

There is no need to escalate through a range of less experienced practitioners: we help you tackle your people management challenges swiftly, pragmatically and professionally – every time.

We offer engaged partnership support to your school on terms that give you access to the highest quality of advice, service delivery and with swift access to our advisers. Our services are very competitively priced, and offer superb value compared with hourly charging commercial providers in the field, or in terms of the level of qualification and expertise available from Local Authority providers.

Led by Amanda Wright - FCIPD (a former Education Head of HR for CYPS (North Somerset), and Gillian Patch (Specialist Employment Solicitor), our Schools team comprises senior commercial and education HR and legal specialists with experience spanning the full range of the sector. We believe our range of expertise and personal engagement with schools supports our thorough understanding of the culture and priorities affecting your people management at all levels.

For your school to achieve excellent learning outcomes, you need equally excellent professional HR advice and support to enable all of your people to deliver. Your school can benefit from advice that has a proven pedigree as skilled, robust and highly effective.

Cuts to budgets are a constant major challenge, especially as employees consistently form the greatest proportion of expense on any school budget. As a result, school leaders are increasingly needing to focus efforts to ensure that the school’s structure, roles and wage-bill represents the best possible value in supporting results. Patch Law is well placed to support ambitious and aspirational schools, and will help you focus on the contribution that robust operational and performance management can have in helping you drive your school improvement agenda.

We offer school leaders a trusted partnership, specifically designed to support you to energise and manage your school staffing.

For more information about the Patch Law Schools Service please contact us for a no obligation initial discussion of your school’s requirements.

Get in touch

If you need help with an employment law issue then please don't hesitate to contact us. An initial enquiry is free and without obligation.

Call us on 0117 290 0905 or fill out the form below and we will contact you within 24 hours.

When your form is submitted you will receive an automatic email from Patch Law confirming receipt.

Why choose us?

  • Expert and Practical Advice
    You Can Trust
  • Prompt and Friendly Service
  • Consistently Positive
    Client Feedback

Some of our Google reviews

review rating 5  I engaged Patch Law upon the recommendation of a friend and am so glad I did! I found Gillian an absolute pleasure to work with; warm and approachable whilst being extremely knowledgeable and strategic in employment matters. Gillian’s advice and support helped me to navigate my way through a difficult situation I faced at work on returning from maternity leave to a very satisfactory end. Gillian is certainly someone you want on your side of the battlefield and I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.

thumb Jennifer Short
8/16/2019

review rating 5  Fantastic service from Gillian who advised and acted very quickly with a short timescale to deliver. Friendly approachable firm and I felt they had my best interests at heart. Would highly recommend.

thumb Ryan Barnett
7/16/2019

review rating 5  Exceptional service throughout. Gillian's expertise, professionalism and personal touch are invaluable. She was so caring and helpful to me during a difficult time, I felt in safe hands. Very happy with the outcome and I can't recommend her highly enough.

thumb Janice Rumming
6/10/2019

For Schools

Patch Law’s reputation in the education sector has continued to grow, maintaining our trademark approach to offering cost effective and high quality HR & employment law services to employers across the South West and further afield.

Each school is partnered by a senior HR specialist and a Solicitor, so maximising the impact and effectiveness of advice for school leaders across the full range of HR and employment law needs. As well as Day-to-Day Advisory Support, Settlement Agreements, Employment Tribunal Claims and specific HR Projects can be provided.


Gillian and Amanda have given us invaluable support with a range of HR challenges, including team restructuring and the resolution of some long standing tricky issues. Their advice is straightforward, structured and consistent, and is focussed on delivering the best outcomes for the school. We have been able to build an easy rapport with each of them, and they have invested time in getting to know our school, its aims and objectives. Both Gillian and Amanda have come into school on many occasions to support us with consultation meetings, and have liaised with trade union reps on our behalf. This has given us the confidence to address issues that might otherwise have impeded improvement. Having Patch Law in our corner has made a huge difference to the effectiveness of our HR management.
Linda O'Coy | School Business Manager
Milton Park Primary School | Weston-super-Mare

There is no need to escalate through a range of less experienced practitioners: we help you tackle your people management challenges swiftly, pragmatically and professionally – every time.

We offer engaged partnership support to your school on terms that give you access to the highest quality of advice, service delivery and with swift access to our advisers. Our services are very competitively priced, and offer superb value compared with hourly charging commercial providers in the field, or in terms of the level of qualification and expertise available from Local Authority providers.

Led by Amanda Wright - FCIPD (a former Education Head of HR for CYPS (North Somerset), and Gillian Patch (Specialist Employment Solicitor), our Schools team comprises senior commercial and education HR and legal specialists with experience spanning the full range of the sector. We believe our range of expertise and personal engagement with schools supports our thorough understanding of the culture and priorities affecting your people management at all levels.

For your school to achieve excellent learning outcomes, you need equally excellent professional HR advice and support to enable all of your people to deliver. Your school can benefit from advice that has a proven pedigree as skilled, robust and highly effective.

Cuts to budgets are a constant major challenge, especially as employees consistently form the greatest proportion of expense on any school budget. As a result, school leaders are increasingly needing to focus efforts to ensure that the school’s structure, roles and wage-bill represents the best possible value in supporting results. Patch Law is well placed to support ambitious and aspirational schools, and will help you focus on the contribution that robust operational and performance management can have in helping you drive your school improvement agenda.

We offer school leaders a trusted partnership, specifically designed to support you to energise and manage your school staffing.

For more information about the Patch Law Schools Service please contact us for a no obligation initial discussion of your school’s requirements.

Get in touch

If you need help with an employment law issue then please don't hesitate to contact us. An initial enquiry is free and without obligation.

Call us on 0117 290 0905 or fill out the form below and we will contact you within 24 hours.

When your form is submitted you will receive an automatic email from Patch Law confirming receipt.

Why choose us?

  • Expert and Practical Advice
    You Can Trust
  • Prompt and Friendly Service
  • Consistently Positive
    Client Feedback