Raworths LLP
Deborah Boylan Deborah Boylan

Deborah BoylanHead of Employment

Deborah Boylan

Contact Details

DDI: 01423 724637
M: 07815 049193
E: deborah.boylan@raworths.co.uk


Born: Northamptonshire
Educated: Huddersfield University (LLB (Hons)) and College of Law
Previous roles: In-house lawyer at Dawsongroup Plc, Hammond Suddards (Squire Patton Boggs) and Coates & Co
Joined Raworths: 1998

Accredited CEDR Mediator since 2007
Member of Employment Lawyers Association
Recommended as a leading individual in Chambers Legal Directory
Past President of the Harrogate and District Law Society

Deborah’s willingness to go the extra mile in terms of making herself available, speed of response and making you feel that your problem is her problem made me feel that I was in very good hands indeed.

Deborah is an Employment law specialist advising on matters which include the following:

  • Executive terminations
  • Strategy and HR planning
  • Transfer of undertakings
  • Redundancy and business reorganisation
  • All manner of disciplinary matters
  • Grievance handling
  • Drafting/negotiating settlement agreements
  • Exiting employees from the business
  • Dealing with Employment Tribunal claims (as well as how to avoid them)
  • Recruitment
  • Drafting/advising upon employment contracts and Employee Handbooks, policies and procedures
  • Drafting and advising on the enforceability of restrictive covenants
  • Work place dispute mediation
  • Work place training
What have you done in a former life ?

One of my first jobs was working for Dawsongroup Plc  dealing with a wide range of legal issues relating to their vehicle, hire and leasing business.  This was an invaluable experience as it gave me an insight into what business owners want from their legal advisers.

How can mediation work in the context of an employment dispute ?

By way of example, I helped a board of directors who between them had a difference of approach as to how to deal with a rogue employee.  I managed to mediate a resolution of the dispute between the directors and agree a course of action to deal with the offending employee.

What area of employment law do you believe provides an unacceptable level of administration on employers ?

I am tempted to say all of it !  The burden of employment regulations on business is huge.  I believe that part of my role as an adviser is to help to reduce the burden by giving practical and concise advice so that the regulations become manageable.  I help to navigate a way through and allow the business owners to concentrate on running their business.

Can you give an example of an important case you have been involved with ?

One of the most high profile cases I have dealt with involved a well known local peer namely Lord Mountgaret and his gamekeeper.  The gamekeeper had been unfairly dismissed.  We were successful at the Employment Tribunal and were chased from the Tribunal by journalists with the case been heavily reported in the major newspapers the following day.

Have you dealt with a case that was of public interest ?

We have been involved in a number of important “whistle blowing” cases which have highlighted the issues thrown up by the law in this area.

What are the strengths of the team you work with ?

Apart from the excellent advice and cohesive approach from my team, we strive to provide more than just legal advice.  We want to become part of your business and go into your company to immediately help with grievance meetings and other HR difficulties as soon as they arise.

What else do you do at Raworths ?

I am the partner responsible for the firm’s people.  I am also a member of the Board of Management.

Raworths head of Employment Deborah Boylan is held in high regard by her clients, who comment “She is an excellent communicator and is very good at clarifying expectations.”

Chambers Directory 2016


Department head Deborah Boylan is popular amongst clients for being “very quick to pick up on the overall picture and is excellent at signposting.

Chambers Directory 2015


“Deborah provided personal attention, she was empathetic, quick acting and understanding. She demonstrated knowledge of the surrounding legislation and was at all times transparent and open so I knew where I stood and could make well informed decisions. I particularly appreciated the clear, concise delivery of information. I was very satisfied with the outcome and would happily recommend Deborah to someone else if they needed employment advice”

Paul Richardson


“Deborah’s willingness to go the extra mile in terms of making herself available, speed of response and making you feel that your problem is her problem made me feel that I was in very good hands indeed.”

Liz Pepper-Darling, Morphets of Harrogate