A Newcastle law firm is welcoming an experienced solicitor to head up its growing employment division.

Lee Betchley, a dual qualified barrister and solicitor specialising in employment law, has joined Clarke Mairs LLP in Newcastle city centre.

Lee, who is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA), has experience of advising a broad range of clients from PLCs to owner managed businesses. Lee also has extensive experience in the public and charitable/not-for-profit sectors.

Lee is an experienced advocate and has represented clients, in place of a barrister, in employment tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the High Court.

He was born and raised on the Wirral and moved to the North East in 2007. Lee has previously worked as in-house Counsel to the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus) where he advised on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues before working in the Newcastle offices of two leading commercial law firms.

He said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to build on the well-established employment offering at Clarke Mairs. The firm has an impressive reputation in the North East and beyond, and I’m looking forward to sustaining our existing client relationships, developing new ideas for the department and working to attract further commercial work in the months ahead.”

Tim Clarke, senior partner at Clarke Mairs, said: “We have been looking for the right candidate for some time to expand our employment offering; someone with the experience, expertise and personality to actually advise clients rather than simply tell them the law. To that end we are very pleased to appoint a specialist of Lee’s ability at the helm of our employment division. He has a vast amount of both in-house and external experience in this area of law and we are confident that his vision and ambition for this department will be an asset to us as we continue our plans for growth this year.”

For more information about employment law, contact Lee on 0191 2454817 or email leb@clarkemairs.com

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