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Law by Design was established in 2013 in response to significant changes in the legal market. Its founders identified a need to provide a more innovative service that it could deliver by focusing on what they do best, doing it extremely well and adding value for their clients.

Since opening in 2013, Law by Design has been consistently recognised by Legal 500 as a recommended firm. LBD’s  Managing Director is consistently ranked as a leading individual and two of its Directors as recommended lawyers. LBD  provides bespoke Employment Law advice to employers throughout the UK and overseas. Its  employment lawyers have all previously worked in large international law firms advising employers in public, private and charitable sectors.

They have gained insight into the specific complexities and political sensitivities that challenge employers in these various different organisations and this insight enables them to deliver focused advice specific to each individual client’s needs. LBD’s lawyers are commended experts in their field with established reputations for the quality of their advice and service delivery. All are highly experienced litigators but equally adept at conducting negotiations and advising at strategic and operational level. Whilst LBD’s rates are highly competitive, “value” is not measured simply on the basis of cost alone. LBD  recognises that each client is different, with individual needs and their own unique expectations. We therefore strive from the outset of each relationship with our clients to gain an understanding of their business; their needs and objectives and their corporate culture so that the service we deliver represents quality to the individual.

• Strategic employment law advice

• Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation

• Mediation and workplace conflict resolution

• Employment essentials for business protection

• Advice on protected disclosures/whistleblowing

• Disciplinary and other dismissals and grievances

• Capability and conduct issues

• Employment mediation 


• Training and development 

• Sickness and absence management

• Disability and discrimination; victimisation

• Bullying and harassment

• Breach of contract

• Staff handbooks; policies and procedures

• Helpline and insurance-backed services


“Law by Design LTD’s team ‘really knows its stuff’ and provides the full range of employment services. Sue Morrison ‘always seems able to put her clients in a position of strength’ and director Rob Coward ‘inspires confidence’. ‘Highly experienced’ director James Upton is also recommended.”

Legal 500 2016

“Sue Morrison of Law By Design Ltd works with employers on disputes with senior individuals. Clients praise her “incisive, pragmatic and no-nonsense approach.”

Chambers and Partners 2015

“Law by Design delivered a very professional service, fulfilling the complete scope of work within the required timescale and budget.”

Lorraine McConnell – Head of Human Resources, North West Ambulance Services NHS Trust