Sofia is an experienced employment lawyer with a commercial background having previously worked at DLA Piper in London. She advises on all aspects of employment law, providing clear and concise legal advice as well as practical, commercial solutions to complex legal issues.
Sofia advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious matters. She has particular expertise and interest in working with High Net Worth clients and Family Offices; providing strategic advice to the households on the recruitment, management and termination of household staff. Sofia’s experience, knowledge and contacts in this area mean she is often a valuable member of the senior advisory team to such households.
Sofia’s general employment work includes providing strategic advice to board members in relation to company restructuring including advice on shareholder/director disputes and mediation. Her work ranges from preventing employment claims by ensuring the correct documentation is in place, through to advising on employee management (disciplinary, grievances, sickness management) as well as advising on termination (re-structuring, dismissal, redundancy procedures, handling tribunal claims) or negotiating settlements agreements and packages.
In addition to working closely with corporate team members on wider corporate transactions and family offices, Sofia has experience in advising employers operating in a variety of business sectors, including healthcare and technology.
Sofia has extensive experience in developing and delivering employment law seminars on a wide range of issues including including Data Protection, Modern Slavery, Stress Management and employment law updates. She is regularly invited as a guest speaker to CIPD and ACCA events as well as lead speaker/presenter at internal seminars or as a founding member of the Woking Diamond HR Forum. Sofia’s articles and contributions are often published in national or specialist media.
LLB (Hons) University of Southampton
Legal Practice Course, The College of Law, London
Member of Employment Lawyers Association
Affiliate Member of the Chartered Institute Personnel & Development
The Law Society
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“I have been very fortunate to have Sofia on my side helping me to ensure I achieved the very best outcome following a recent decision by my employer. Throughout my dealings Sofia was very clear and concise, explaining exactly what I was entitled to and was equally as demanding of my employer ensuring they delivered everything I was entitled to. Throughout, she was professional and importantly supportive of me at a time of heightened anxiety and I was very pleased to have her alongside me at the time and we achieved a fair outcome.”
PB – A client leaving employment under a settlement agreement
“Sofia got to grips with our business needs effortlessly. She has a keen eye for detail and was able to swiftly identify any risks in our proposed strategy and provide practical and cost effective solutions. Her advice was implemented and has resulted in greater trust and understanding between us and our employees. When considering any employee issues, we would not hesitate to give Sofia a call first to sound out our thoughts; she is quick to respond and thinks outside the box. I am confident that she will provide swift and appropriate guidance based on her experience. Whilst Sofia can be a tough negotiator, she is actually very personable!"
Managing Director, Giles Homes Limited
“Whenever we are in need, even concerning our most delicate and complicated matters, Sofia Syed is readily available with punctual and precise professional counsel, expressed in the clearest of ways, whether by email, telephone, or in person. As Sofia has an outstanding propensity to work efficiently, in synergy, and towards our best interests, we have come to consider her and Mundays LLP essential and trusted members of our team. We are confident in an enduring and growing professional relationship in our current and future endeavors!”
Ing. Mario Galleri, MAII INTERIORS
Sofia Syed is a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 UK 2016.
The Legal 500 UK 2016
"On the occassions when I need professional advice it is often short notice and high priority. A recent matter concerned with restrictive employment covenants, saw some calm and objective guidance from Sofia Syed at Mundays, when she identified a route map to overcoming the challenge. For me this was timely, calm, effective and successful! Job done."
Ian Davies, Director Grosvenor Billinghurst
“Sofia is really easy to work with and an extremely clear communicator whether that is in writing, on the phone or on her feet delivering a legal update seminar. I know I can trust her advice as a commercially aware lawyer but I also believe she is a talented legal/HR trainer.“
Karen Hockaday , Human Resources Director, EMEA at Kingston Technology Europe Ltd