Lead trainer & Solicitor (Excello Law)
Hina Belitz is a senior employment lawyer, author and trainer with over 20 years’ experience. She has headed up employment teams at a number of City firms, including DLA Piper, Dentons and Pinsent Mason, and has, for the last eleven years, been managing partner of her own City of London law firm – Partners Employment Lawyers – now part of Excello Law. She works with a team including solicitor Ben Payne and paralegal Zahra Mahmood and her teams have been listed in the Legal 500.
Hina acts for a wide range of companies including financial institutions, IT, service and property organisations, charities and educational establishments, as well as for international royalty, and UK-based embassies advising on employment law, supporting on strategy and board level decision making. She also advises senior executives on termination and settlement agreements.
She has personally conducted the advocacy in over 80 claims at Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and the High Court, often partnering with barristers to assist with representation.
The most substantial part of her work is working with executive teams to advise on employment law when viewed alongside commercial strategy ensuring the smooth running of their organisations, especially when faced with redundancies, TUPE and corporate re-organisations.
Hina established a City-based employment law club in 2007 which runs quarterly updates for up to 70 businesses and additionally offers HR consultancy services and employment law training.
She is a published author and media commentator on employment law, co-authoring the ‘Penguin Guide to Employment Rights’ with preface by Cherie Booth, barrister and wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, and published her first fictional novel, ‘Set Me Free’ in 2016, named as one of Amazon’s ‘Best Debut Novels’ that year.
Advising a major corporation on protracted and burgeoning grievances including claims of race and disability discrimination and working with them on a strategy to contain and limit damage. Preparation for potential threatened claims and corresponding to defend the client in multi-pronged attacks involving highly technical legal issues.
Mrs M P v S Limited – representation of company client at employment tribunal. Successful outcome in a claim for unlawful deduction of wages.
Advising on re-organisation and redundancies of an international business.
Advising on the transfer of the division of a business with TUPE ramifications.
Representing an Embassy in defending and resolving serious conflicts with an employee in the face of the need to accommodate pressing and urgent requirements of the Head of State.
Conducting intense round table negotiations on behalf of a company client to resolve a major dispute with a team of ex-employees who set up in competition which resulted in a very favourable outcome for the client.
What Hina says
“Of all the challenging and fascinating experiences I have had, I still find the connection with my clients the most thrilling part of the process. There is an energy, a synergy when we work together as equal partners, recognising each others strengths and weaknesses to use all creative, legal, psychological and people based resources available to us to reach the absolute best outcome for the business/executive, whatever that may be. If doing the best thing means sidestepping the legal obligation, then I would see it done.
There is true camaraderie in the way I work, and one thing is for sure, I really care for our clients and there is little I wouldn’t do to share their stresses and pressures, even if that means taking calls at odd hours or pushing for sanity in situations that are bereft of it.
It is a case of ‘we’ will deal with this, not ‘I’ will tell you what to do."
"We appointed Hina and her team to represent us in protracted Employment Tribunal proceedings involving complex legal issues and a difficult personality. Hina and her team guided us with great care and focus and her professional consultative style assisted us in making key strategic decisions. We won the Employment Tribunal claim hands down which we know deflected much larger threatened proceedings. This was an important case for us as we were able to publicly demonstrate that we will stand against those who unfairly challenge us when we have sought only to do the right thing. This was a great victory not only for the management, but because of the message it sent to everyone in the company. Hina’s guidance, along with the hard work of her dedicated team, meant we received the advice, and representation necessary to enabled us to achieve this outcome."
Pearl & Coutts Ltd.
"I have worked with Hina Belitz on numerous complex employment issues within our business. We have an open and consultative relationship which ensures risks are addressed in a consistent manner. This has led to the honesty and openness I rely on to make key strategic decisions for the business"
Head of Human Resources & Recruitment
Business Monitor International
"The Penguin Guide to Employment Rights will help management and workers alike to navigate this increasingly complex and important area of law"
"Since Hina’s training day we have reduced absences by 60%"
Mark Jackson, Seebord
"A special thanks to Hina Belitz for her interesting talk on what we must take into account before employing someone at any level. She carried us through what could be a “heavy weight” topic with such ease that we could have listened to her for hours!"
Marilena Narbona – The Athena Network
"Thank you for all your great work on the tribunal. I am pleased with the outcome and continue to hold my breath and hope that XXX can move on."
Chief Executive of City Company