rradar > Leeds, England > Firm Profile

Suite 4b
New Station Street

Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

rradar acts for clients from a range of sectors, including charities, construction, education and transport, amongst others. The team is jointly led by Jeff Swales in Hull, who has extensive experience in health and safety investigations, inquests and public inquiries, and the ‘exceptional’ Stephanie Thirlwell in Leeds, who handles a varied caseload of criminal and regulatory matters. Former practice head Matthew Coles left the firm in August 2021 to join Brabners LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Swales; Stephanie Thirlwell

Other key lawyers:

Rupert Nevin


‘The team have a wealth of experience, drawn from many years in the sector and covering a range of different types of H&S cases.’

‘The team at Rradar are unique in their approachability and the everyday clarity they bring to sometimes very complex situations. They are friendly while remaining professional and there is no sense that they look at the business with questions with anything other than professional interest. It is a very comfortable company to work with as they moderate their approach to suit the needs of the client.’

‘Their financing set up is innovative and their use of technology ensures case progression.’

‘Hard working, high standard of case preparation, excellent client care.’

‘A company that is not content to simply stand still in the legal sector, always seeking to move with the times and technology to provide improved services for clients.’

‘Stephanie Thirlwell. An exceptional leader that encourages and draws out the best in the team. Excellent knowledge base and communication skills.’

Key clients


Coolzone Air Conditioning Ltd

SFF Construction Ltd

MK Illuminations


Work highlights

  • Represented MK Illuminations in an HSE investigation where the employee was killed on site.
  • Represented Easyload in a HSE investigation in relation to a worker who was seriously injured in a transport incident and suffered life-changing injuries which left him unable to return to work.
  • Represented CoolZone Air Conditioning and one of its directors in a prosecution where an untrained employee fell through a skylight whilst walking across a roof of a factory in order to install an air condition unit.

Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

rradar‘s employment team focuses on litigation, handling cases from ACAS Early Conciliation to Employment Tribunal and the Appeal Courts. Led by Toni Haynes, the group has particular expertise in TUPE, whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Tom Bernard and ‘stand out associateJanine Lawton are also recommended, acting for a variety of clients, including charities, educational establishments and privately owned companies.

Practice head(s):

Toni Haynes

Other key lawyers:


‘The team at rradar are first rate in terms of advice, professionalism and commitment to their clients.’

‘We found that both the HR and legal teams at rradar gave quick and appropriate responses to the difficult issues we presented to them.’

‘We greatly valued the teams’ calmness and willingness to explain their advice.’

‘How they work together as a team is fantastic. They were supportive, reassuring and extremely knowledgeable.’

‘Janine Lawton is a stand out associate. Janine’s knowledge and experience of employment law is first class.’

‘Toni Haynes – goes the extra mile for her clients.’

‘Tom Bernard – a class act.’

‘Janine Lawton and Zain Zaman – superb, outstanding service and such lovely people to work with too. Extremely professional and knowledgeable.’

Work highlights

    rradar is a specialist litigation and commercial law firm that uses legal expertise and digital tools to proactively manage, advise and deliver business solutions to reduce legal risk.

    We don’t just stop at legal excellence. We also specialise in education and the prevention of legal crises in the first place. Our people are focused on sharing difficult-to-access legal knowledge through innovative digital channels so clients can easily access the information faster and tackle commercial risks before they become costly legal problems.

    Pioneering a new way
    To do this, we have built a multidisciplinary team of solicitors, HR and employment specialists, health and safety consultants, tax advisers,  IT and in-house developers, design and media specialists whose combined strength makes us a powerful advocate and champion for businesses, helping them to navigate and evolve in an ever-changing environment of regulation, compliance and litigation risk.

    ​We have 149 full time team members and we are continually growing across five key strategic office locations – Hull, Leeds, Birmingham, Glasgow and Leicester. We fuse first-class legal advice and representation with the latest technology to deliver a preventative, education-led strategy that makes the law more accessible and affordable to our clients.

    How we do it
    Our people work with businesses to manage their legal risk and associated problems. We offer a technology driven, preventative educational strategy that makes the law more accessible and affordable, supporting people to run better businesses.

    Working across all our offices, rradar’s legal services teams include solicitors with recognised experience and expertise who are regularly involved in complex, high profile and high value cases in our specialist practice areas.

    Whether faced with regulatory investigation or criminal prosecution, an employment tribunal or involved in a commercial dispute, it is essential that our clients know that our team is on their side. We are very proud to have strong links both with leading experts and also with barristers in the country’s top ranked chambers ensuring that our clients receive the best possible representation and service.

    Email us: contactus@rradar.com
    Visit our website for more information: www.rradar.com
    Call on: 03300 414 996

    Commercial Disputes, Corporate and Commercial Stuart Ashall
    High Value Commercial Disputes Robert Norton
    Employment Toni Haynes
    Business Crime and Regulation Stephanie Thirlwell
    Health and Safety, Business Crime and Regulation Jeff Swales
    Cyber, Data and Information Law Neil Topham
    rradar Scotland, Business Crime and Regulation Alastair Gray
    rradar Scotland Employment Robin White
    rradarstation Nkolika Oraka
    Commercial Disputes Tim Lawrence
    Toni Haynes photo Toni HaynesTeam Leader, Senior Solicitor
    Robert Norton photo Robert NortonSenior Solicitor and Team Leader (Leeds)
    Stephanie Thirlwell photo Stephanie ThirlwellTeam Leader 
    Hull : 90
    Leeds : 41
    Birmingham : 7
    Glasgow : 9
    Leicester : 2
    English (fluent)
    ELA (Employment Lawyers Association)

    rradar is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and engaging workplace where all employees feel that they belong, empowering them to thrive and grow to their full potential and enabling the company to deliver innovative, customer-centric solutions. Our vision is to leverage the diversity of our employees, business partners and clients to foster a culture of engagement, fairness and respect within our workplace and the community.

    At rradar we encourage equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace and create a working environment free of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, promoting dignity and respect for all. We recognise and value individual differences and support and encourage all our employees to develop and progress to their full potential and perform at their best, so their talents and resources can be fully utilised and in turn continuously innovate, improve and grow the success of the organisation.

    Our commitment includes training our people managers and all employees on equality, diversity and inclusion, setting out clearly the collective responsibilities as leaders and employees in providing equal opportunities in employment, and preventing bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination. Our values, combined with the above form the blueprint for our people strategy at rradar, opposing and avoiding all forms of unlawful discrimination. This includes in pay and benefits, terms and conditions of employment, dealing with grievances and discipline, dismissal, redundancy, leave for parents, requests for flexible working, and selection for employment, promotion, training or other developmental opportunities.

    CLIENT: M.Follett
    COMPANY/FIRM: RBL Hawkhurst Club Ltd
    TESTIMONIAL: “Check your business insurance policy to see if rradar is included. I got clear, efficient legal advice from polite and friendly advisors at rradar who put me at ease from the start and gave me the confidence to make the right decisions for my business – and it didn’t cost me a thing.”

    CLIENT: Colin Nagle
    COMPANY/FIRM: Draycast Foundries Ltd
    TESTIMONIAL: “For over 2 years, we have used rradar’s legal advice line service on a weekly basis to guide and advise us on the whole spectrum of HR issues and especially when we were going through a series of fairly complex HR matters during the pandemic – The advice we get is always prompt, accurate and incredibly helpful. Dealing with approximately 40 employees – this service is priceless. An excellent service to date from rradar. Thank you.”

    CLIENT: N.Sodha
    COMPANY/FIRM: Sodha and Company
    TESTIMONIAL: “My experience of using rradar’s services has left an overwhelmingly good lasting impression on me. A lot of companies tell you that they are your trusted partner; I found rradar truly embodies that statement. I discussed a difficult disciplinary issue with the advisors and got clear, professional advice on the next steps, the language I should use in the follow up correspondence and have downloaded letter templates should I need them. Everyone I spoke to at rradar genuinely cared and wanted to help me. I really haven’t been this impressed by a company in a very long time.”

    CLIENT: Stellamaris Mohammed
    COMPANY/FIRM: St Giles Trust
    TESTIMONIAL: “I use the legal helpline at least once a month and have always found rradar’s advisors very efficient and knowledgeable. They listen and explore the options to resolve issues with you. I now feel very confident and reassured with the advice I am given. I am extremely pleased that I switched from using another service provider to using rradar with no regrets.”

    CLIENT: Helen Bayne
    COMPANY/FIRM: Link Group Ltd
    TESTIMONIAL: “The rradar team has provided expert support to Link across various practice areas including regulatory issues, employment/HR and commercial litigation, dealing with disputes and property damage. The point of consistency remains the high quality of advice and the team’s ability to confidently navigate us through often challenging and complex issues. Our thanks for your on-going support.”

    CLIENT: Francis Davidson
    COMPANY/FIRM: Avenue Care Services Ltd
    TESTIMONIAL: “The level of service and professionalism that rradar have provided my business with has been second to none. They always go above and beyond our expectations and leave no stone unturned. With rradar you get a professional yet a very personal service, and you would be hard pushed to find a law firm that equals this standard of quality. It’s so reassuring knowing we have them to advise and represent us.”

    CLIENT: Chris Barry
    COMPANY/FIRM: Viva Italia Ltd
    TESTIMONIAL: “The team at rradar continue to give us the confidence to make balanced decisions to protect both employees and company alike. We have worked hand in hand with Robin White and his team throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and their dynamic approach to really understanding our business challenges has ensured we have navigated through the pandemic without HR issue. There is a consistency in approach and direct advice received has allowed us to make the right decisions around employee performance and welfare. They will continue to be our HR partner as we expand the business and grow the team.”

    CLIENT: Lissa Di Giacomo
    COMPANY/FIRM: Oakminster Healthcare Ltd
    TESTIMONIAL: “We have been working with rradar for over 5 years and always found them to be a dedicated and highly experienced team of solicitors. Over the years, they have given us excellent support and advice on various employment law and regulatory issues. Robin White especially has given us an excellent service, representing us in a complex Employment Tribunal case. At every stage he acted with integrity, great professionalism and excellent communication, leading us to a positive outcome.”

    CLIENT: Carol Wannan
    COMPANY/FIRM: Malcolm Allan Ltd
    TESTIMONIAL: “rradar, and in particular, Robin White have consistently given us excellent professional advice on a whole range of employment law issues, supporting us fully throughout each stage of the process. I would not hesitate in recommending them.”

    CLIENT: Mario Arcari
    COMPANY/FIRM: La Vita Group
    TESTIMONIAL: “We engaged rradar on a recent Employment Tribunal and were very impressed. Robin White and Diane Turner were in constant dialogue with us and went into immense detail to advise us on all the appropriate steps to take. We were very happy with their work and the outcome. We would definitely use them again if any future cases arise.”

    CLIENT: Jennifer Hunter
    COMPANY/FIRM: Stevenson Bros. (Avonbridge)
    TESTIMONIAL: “Since 2018, the rradar Scotland team have supported us with consistent advice on Health and Safety, Transport and Employment Law and supported us throughout some extraordinary and challenging times. They have expert legal and industry knowledge and fully understand our business and key personnel. Previously, we retained legal support as a last resort and for specific circumstances. Now advice is sought proactively which can conclude matters promptly. Contact is fast over phone or email, we have ongoing support for more complex circumstances and online resources are available on their web portal. The benefits of our partnership with rradar are clear and we would certainly recommend them.”

    CLIENT: Anna Kozlowska
    COMPANY/FIRM: M&H Logistics (Glasgow) Ltd
    TESTIMONIAL: “Professional, efficient, knowledgeable and personable legal services partner. We have been working closely with rradar for several years now and can always count on their sound advice and guidance whether that is with employment or commercial law matters, or even a public inquiry. rradar have provided great support to M&H through the whole process. I felt as if rradar was a part of our own team which resulted in thorough, extensive and strong preparation and a successful conclusion of our case. I would highly recommend rradar to any business looking for a solid legal services partner.”