Constantine Law, the employment and business immigration law specialists and employment law specialists Hine Legal have joined forces to create a firm of 11 practising lawyers. Nick Hine and his London-based team are joining John Hayes, who founded Constantine Law in 2015. They will now be part of Constantine Law and work under its growing legal brand.

The two firms have a number of synergies and believe they will be “Stronger together”. Both offer the full range of employment law advice for companies and individuals including strategic workforce advice, restructuring and TUPE; dispute resolution; terminations and employee relations; director, shareholder, LLP and partnership dispute and exits and senior executive battles and settlements.

Both firms are highly entrepreneurial. Constantine Law has an agile law practice approach, whereby practitioners work from their own offices, with the result the firm is without the fixed costs of many competitors- enabling it to offer senior expert advice at extremely good value. This is highly attractive to clients.

In addition, Constantine Law offers specialist business immigration advice and has a highly regarded Financial Crime and Regulatory Team headed by partner Sarah Wallace.

This link up with Hine Legal represents the latest initiative in Constantine Law’s growth plans. The firm has been expanding over the last couple of years- in June 2020 it recruited employment partner Will Clayton from Knights and in September Sarah Evans joined as a new partner from JMW Solicitors in Manchester. Employment lawyer Alan Lewis and Regulatory specialist partner Sarah Wallace also joined the firm in the previous year.

John Hayes, Managing Partner of Constantine Law said, “Nick’s decision to join Constantine Law with his team is a great boost to our offering and the way we work. Nick is highly respected in the employment law marketplace with a strong following of clients. As well as synergies in types of work and in approach, joining forces will strengthen our offer and expertise, and provide us with a team of greater depth, giving us greater capability to serve our clients.”

He continued, “Employment law continues to be an expanding area of law, particularly following the fall out of the Covid -19 pandemic where firms and individuals have had to deal with issues such as WFH, Health & Safety, furlough, redundancies and the increasing number of disputes-  as the latest Employment Tribunal figures show. Following Brexit and with IR35 on the horizon, we believe the demand for services is unlikely to calm down and we are delighted we will have greater resources to help look after our clients My plan is to grow the business further- to 20 practitioners over the course of the next few years.”

Nick Hine commented, “I believe Constantine Law and Hine Legal will be stronger together and I’m very excited about working more closely with John and his team. Their wider range of services will be useful for my current clients and I plan to work with John to build the practice up further.  We will now have a national practice covering London, the Midlands and the North able to service any clients’ employment, immigration and regulatory needs.”

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.