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Syma Spanjers, Senior Associate
I consider myself extremely fortunate to work for some fantastic clients alongside our incredible employment team at Charles Russell Speechlys. When clients come to me for support, it is often with complex or sensitive employment, HR or employee relations issues. I help them to navigate the ever-changing landscape of employment law to find timely, practical and sensible solutions to those issues. My role is incredibly varied; when I answer the phone I could be advising an individual on bringing a grievance, talking a HR adviser through a collective redundancy process or defending an employer from an unfair dismissal claim. Many of our clients consider us to be an extension of their own business and it is a privilege to be able to use our knowledge and experience to enable them to achieve the best possible outcome to their employment issues.
Skills most relevant in my role
Excellent attention to detail, the ability to keep calm under pressure and knowing how to provide responsive, commercially-focussed advice. It is also handy to be able to find ways to fit round pegs into square holes (ie achieving the desired results for clients whilst working within the confines of employment law).
I have never worked in such a supportive and hardworking team. Being part of the Cheltenham office allows me to carry out the same high quality industry-leading work for an international law firm as my colleagues in other offices, whilst also benefiting from Cheltenham's friendly, collegiate atmosphere and its location in a beautiful part of the world.