Solicitor Jodie Hill has set up Thrive Law in Leeds to offer employment and HR legal services.
The firm launched in March and is based in Leeds city centre. Hill, who is a part-time law lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, plans to incorporate artificial intelligence into her offering, with a new app on the way.
Hill, who is also a fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, has worked at a number of law firms in Leeds, where she was born and studied.
She set up Thrive Law because she wanted to move away from the traditional legal model.
“I felt that the traditional structure of private practice did not offer me the opportunity to innovate and create a flexible environment,” Hill explained. “Therefore, I took the decision to set up as a consultant continuing to advise clients on employment and HR issues.”
Hill (pictured) set up Thrive Law with one employee, before adding another in June and recruiting its first solicitor. She added: “My drive for innovation is taking me into the artificial intelligence space and will be launching an app and a website designed to connect legal services to a wider market.”
Thrive Law offers distinct ‘packages’ of legal services for a fixed fee to suit different categories of clients.
The basic start-up package, for example, will audit employees’ contractual status and review the adequacy of contracts to ensure they’re compliant with current legislation, and make amendments if shortfalls are identified. This package will also see Thrive Law work with the client to amend and update its employee handbook.
The new firm also has a strong focus on mental health in the workplace. Hill started a petition a few months ago that calls for mental health first aiders to be made mandatory in the workplace. It’s reached than 1,000 signatures so far.
Hill was also interviewed on Sky News about the petition.