Pioneer Law provides practical, high quality legal and HR advice to businesses of all sizes, charitable organisations and individuals across the UK.

We recognise that the requirements of each and every client are different. Our priority is to understand your needs so that we can ensure that appropriate advice is given. We can then work together to identify and effectively manage the legal issues that arise in an employment law context. We find that this approach helps to build and maintain long-lasting relationships.

At the core of our business is the vision to run a law firm that is committed to making a difference to society, rather than being driven solely by making profits. We do this by making high quality legal and HR advice accessible and by the way in which we conduct our business affairs and distribute our profits.

Services For Organisations

We have experience in acting for organisations and businesses of all sizes.

Our aim is to find solutions that are right for you and your particular circumstances. We take the time to understand your needs so that we can provide you with practical and straight forward, commercial advice.

Whilst there are steps that you can take to protect your business at the outset, we understand that disputes invariably arise in the workplace because, at the end of the day, you are dealing with individuals, all of whom are inherently different. We, therefore, seek to work with you to minimise the risk of any claims being brought so that matters can be resolved swiftly and efficiently, without the need for costly litigation.

We can offer you general HR support and employment advice, including the following services:

  • Contracts of employment, terms and conditions of employment and director service agreements (including their preparation, implementation and variation)
  • Consultancy agreements
  • Staff handbooks, policies and procedures
  • Settlement agreements (including their preparation and any negotiation)
  • Dealing with grievances and managing staff concerns
  • Dealing with performance management issues
  • Dealing with misconduct and other disciplinary issues
  • Advising on flexible working
  • Advising on the management of sickness absence and disability-related issues
  • Advising on restructures and redundancies (individual and collective)
  • Advising on the enforcement of post-termination restrictions and confidentiality obligations
  • Advising on the application of TUPE on the sale/purchase of a business or the outsourcing of services
  • Advising on employment status
  • Defence of employment tribunal claims

We also offer training for your management/staff that can be tailored to your requirements and budget. If this is something that you would like to discuss further, please let us know.

“I was fortunate enough to have Rathika and Pioneer Law recommended to me by a close friend. I found Rathika very approachable, knowledgeable and professional. The process I was going through was initially confusing but Rathika took to the time to explain and clarify what was happening, what my options were and made considered recommendations, leading me to a successful outcome. I have no reservations in recommending both Pioneer Law and Rathika for your employment law advice.”

– PM, Business Manager, Taunton

Services For Individuals

We also have experience in acting for individuals at all levels.

We understand that enduring problems at work can be upsetting and demoralising for employees.

Our aim is to make high quality employment law advice accessible and we are, therefore, focused on finding practical and cost effective solutions for individuals who find themselves in such situations.

We will always seek to understand your position and find out what outcome you would ultimately like to achieve, taking into consideration the costs involved. We will then use our expertise to seek to achieve those outcomes on your behalf.

We can offer you advice in relation to:

  • Unfair and constructive dismissal
  • Discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Bullying in the workplace
  • Settlement agreements
  • Contractual entitlements (bonuses, wages)
  • Restructures and redundancies
  • Disciplinary and/or grievance procedures
  • Employment status
  • Whistleblowing
  • TUPE

“I contacted Rathika for what I thought was just the formality of some advice and a signature to complete my compensation claim. After she had looked at the paperwork she recommended I progress it further, as she thought I had a case for an increased claim.

I was ready to give up as it had been a lengthy process, but through her knowledge and experience, she increased the value of my compensation claim by 40%.

I would have no doubt in recommending Rathika, I wish I had gone to her at the outset some 18 months ago!”

– KM, Taunton


Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses
Rathika is an expert in advising clients on a wide range of legal issues relating to the recruitment sector. In particular, she provides advice in relation to The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (The Conduct Regulations), which is a complex piece of legislation. The Conduct Regulations contain a number of procedural requirements with regarding to placing work seekers with hirers and also include restrictions on the ability to charge transfer fees once an introduction has been made. As a result of her knowledge in this area, Rathika has successfully used the legislation to ensure that clients have not been charged fees incorrectly, avoiding the commencement of legal proceedings.

Rathika is also experienced at drafting contractual documentation on behalf of the agencies/businesses, the hirers and/or the individual work seekers, tailoring it to each client’s needs as required.

Charitable Organisations
Having acted for a number of charities over the years, Rathika has a wealth of experience in dealing with the challenges faced when working with both paid members of staff and unpaid volunteers. In particular, she seeks to understand the workings of the organisation, taking into consideration its size and resources available, so that she is able to take a pragmatic approach to resolving any issues that may arise.

About Us

Rathika Chinnadurai
Legal Director and Specialist Employment Lawyer

Having grown up in Birmingham and studied Law and Spanish at Cardiff University, Rathika found herself moving further south to Taunton for her training with leading regional law firm Ashfords LLP.

She qualified as an employment solicitor in 2006, becoming an Associate in 2011. However, with 8 years’ experience under her belt, she had a clear vision to make high quality legal and HR advice accessible and affordable. She, therefore, decided to set up her own employment law firm, which has been fully authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Rathika has expertise in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious work, offering advice to both organisations and individuals. She has particular expertise in advising on restructures and redundancies, the removal of senior executives, the enforcement of restrictive covenants, the complex legislation affecting employment agencies and businesses and charities working with volunteers.

She has acted for clients ranging from individual employees, executives and consultants to charitable organisations, small-medium sized businesses and publicly listed companies. Although she works from her offices in Taunton, Somerset, Rathika has a wide client base from across the UK. The key to her success is the close working relationships she forms with all of her clients.

When not working in the office, Rathika is unlikely to be found indoors at home. She loves spending time with family and friends and living in the south west is perfect for enjoying the outdoors. However, Rathika also enjoys the vibrancy of city life, going to concerts and the theatre. She is passionate about music and plays in a local jazz band. She volunteers as a School Pastor at a local secondary school and is a founding Trustee of CHARIS (Christian Help & Action for Refugees in Somerset), a charity set up under the government’s community sponsorship programme for the resettlement of refugees.

Our aim is to provide our clients with the best service possible, looking for solutions that are practical and cost efficient. We understand both sides to workplace disputes because we have considerable experience in acting both organisations and individuals. We believe that this enables us to help clients resolve matters swiftly and efficiently, without the need for costly litigation.

Our aim is always to minimise the risk of claims being brought and to take a commercial view, but as that can never be guaranteed, we have the necessary experience to conduct litigation in the Employment Tribunal, High Court and Employment Appeals Tribunal.

The way in which we conduct our business affairs matters to us. We have a reputation for excellent service, acting in our clients’ best interests, but always with honesty and integrity. Our priority is to understand the needs of our clients and to work together, which we find results in building and maintain long-lasting relationships.