Empowering organisations to succeed.


Unlike other firms, we don't want to create dependency, we want to empower you.

By providing you with advice and practical help, our aim is to enable you to develop personal confidence and knowledge, as well as tools and expertise to support your organisation to succeed. 

We are committed to helping individuals, teams and organisational cultures to flourish and grow - whatever your size or situation.

We use legal frameworks and people management expertise to remove any barriers to success. Our own business structure means that our fees are fair and won't hinder your growth.

An uncommon practice

Starford arose from the need for employment law to address the way that people management really works, across organisations large and small.

Not your typical employment law firm, we don't sit back and give advice that's hard to understand and difficult to implement, at eye-watering cost. We're happy to get involved in the details of your problem and walk alongside you in implementing a solution. We will work with you as part of your team.

We have a network of experienced employment law associates, conveniently located close to where you conduct your business. Whether it's visiting your headquarters, your home office or an informal meeting in a cafe, we encourage meeting face to face, as we really want to get to know you and the things that you deal with day to day in getting the best out of your people.  

Our team


Julie Jones - Director & Solicitor

"As an employment lawyer I come from the traditional law firm background, where I worked my way up to being a partner in a large and well respected regional law firm. But before I became a lawyer, I spent many years running my own business and employing other people, and I felt that the traditional law firm structure wasn't always able to provide the support that clients were looking for in finding the right solutions for their people.

I started Starford because I wanted to work more closely with my clients, genuinely becoming part of their in-house team, without them worrying about exorbitant legal fees. I wanted to work only with people who want to do the right thing, whether by their company, by their people or by the law.  

I also wanted to create a law firm that could offer flexibility for its lawyers, and that's what Starford does. We don't have a head office, and all of my consultant solicitors work from home, during hours that suit them and the clients they work with. All good relationships are built on trust - the trust that I have built with my clients and the trust that I have for the consultant solicitors who work with me."

Amanda Lyons - Associate Solicitor

"I am a qualified solicitor specialising in employment law. Having previously worked as an associate at a traditional law firm, and more recently in-house as Head of Legal and then Head of People & Policy, I have joined Starford as a consultant solicitor.

I have extensive experience in advising businesses on complex and strategic HR matters, and can draw on both my legal and operational experience to give advice that is relevant, practical and to the point. I am also able to advise employers who require more day-to-day HR assistance, as well as providing bespoke in-house training programmes for managers and HR professionals. 

I work closely with all of my clients to really understand their requirements and their working culture, and to help them achieve their wider business objectives. Working as a consultant solicitor with Starford gives me the working flexibility that I need, and Starford allows me the opportunity to work with our clients more closely, providing the support that they need when they need it."                                                                                                                                                        


Sally Hillman - Management Consultant

"With a pragmatic approach, borne of many years’ experience in multiple industries at a senior level, my career has spanned 5* sports and leisure clubs, hotels, restaurants, corporate hospitality, fine dining and contract catering. With experience in sales, marketing, procurement and operations at director level.

Working for many notable FTSE 100, Fortune 500 organisations as well as private independent businesses, I have repeatedly identified ways to improve the operation of the businesses I was responsible for as well as driving financial benefits, through both tactical methods and sustainable strategic change. Now I want to use that experience to support my own clients. I am committed, energetic, adaptable and driven by a desire to continuously improve business performance.

A great deal of my success has been built through the strong relationships I have with clients and my own team. Integrity too is of critical importance as I see it as the most important principle of leadership and it underpins everything I stand for.

As part of the Starford team I know how important client relationships and integrity are, both as individuals and as a team."

Joanna Winton - Associate Solicitor

 “I come from a traditional law firm background and trained at a large regional organisation before qualifying as a Solicitor into the employment department. I chose to specialise in employment law because of the opportunity to get to know clients and how they operate on a day to day basis, as well as being there for them when things go wrong.

I have a special interest in helping employer clients prepare and defend claims in the ET. Over the years I have gained extensive experience in a range of claims including unfair dismissal and discrimination. I also specialise in developing employment-related documents, such as policies, procedures and contracts, and tailoring them to specific client needs.

I joined Starford as an Associate Solicitor after seeking a role that would provide more flexibility, not only for me but also for the clients I work with. Starford’s structure gives me the opportunity to work with clients on projects and issues that aren't strictly within the legal sphere, but are nonetheless people-related. I particularly enjoy how Starford’s collegiate culture allows the team to come together and provide the best solutions for our clients.”


Caroline Brown - Associate Solicitor

“I trained and qualified as an employment lawyer at a magic circle law firm.  As a senior associate in a City law firm, I spent many years advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law from large scale strategic reorganisation programmes and multi-national corporate transactions to discrimination issues, executive disputes and in-house training programmes.  I also spent six months on secondment to a major internet portal provider.

Having taken an extended career break to raise three young children, I am excited to return to work as a consultant employment solicitor with Starford.  Drawing on my wealth of previous experience, I bring a commercial and strategic approach to the increasing array of employment issues that clients face. Starford enables me to build close working relationships with my clients at affordable rates, so that I can work alongside clients as part of their team.  I enjoy being able to understand a client’s working culture more closely and implementing solutions together.”


Mike Jones - Director

“After growing up in Africa and graduating from Business School with qualifications in Business Administration and Accountancy, I spent ten years working for the Singer Sewing Machine Company in several global positions across their Finance, Marketing and Sales divisions. I then spent the next two decades working in Finance and IT with Initial, Guinness, Diageo and Shell, and I have been specialising as a Finance and IT Trainer since 2013.

At Starford, I head up our own Finance and IT Operations as well as offering training programmes for our clients. From creating bespoke presentations to developing interactive learning sessions, I enjoy working with our clients to understand their training needs across several areas of expertise, including; Accounting, Finance, IT Development, Cloud, Operating Systems (UNIX, MS), and Google applications.

Not only do I enjoy training others, but I am a passionate learner myself and recently completed an Open University BSc Degree in Computer Science, Finance, Astronomy & Cosmology.” 

Starford’s Growing Family