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Mark Roby

HR Advisor & Paralegal

  01872 265100

Mark is a HR Advisor & Paralegal in the Employment team, with more than 20 years experience. He joined the firm in 2015, with a background as a HR Manager.

Mark is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), qualifying in 2001, and a volunteer member of the Devon & Cornwall CIPD committee. Mark is a Politics graduate from the University of Exeter and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management, awarded by Thames Valley University.

Mark specialises in providing HR support to clients on specific matters, or regular or project based secondments, either from our office or on-site. This can include assisting clients with internal processes, for example investigations, chairing hearings and appeals, drafting and issuing contracts, leading TUPE consultations or redundancy processes. He also delivers training and gives support to businesses on common HR issues such as holding difficult conversations, absence management, appraisal processes or misconduct.

Mark is also a member of our popular HRExpress service team, dealing with the full range of employment queries and regularly advises clients on disciplinary and grievance issues, redundancies, reorganisations, performance and sickness absence issues, flexible working to name a few.

Mark also undertakes paralegal work to support the team on complex employment cases, including Settlement Agreements, tribunal work (supporting work defending employment tribunal claims for employers and employees seeking employment tribunal compensation), and advising employees on disputes with employers.

Examples of recent work includes:

  • Delivering Equal Opportunity / Anti-Harassment & Bullying manager training to a manufacturing business;
  • Providing multiple businesses with support in sensitive disciplinary and performance cases (remotely where Covid restrictions applied);
  • Advising a housing association on a complex grievance/disciplinary investigation, hearing and appeal;
  • Chairing a dismissal appeal and grievance process for a finance business, to free up management time and ensure proceedings are impartial and undertaken with correct process;
  • Advising several businesses, including in food and drink, and hospitality sectors, on redundancies due to Covid, leading consultation meetings for clients;
  • Advising and negotiating several employee exits for businesses, and an NHS organisation;
  • Undertaking a complex disciplinary investigation for a healthcare sector client;
  • Advising several businesses on new employment contracts and Staff Handbooks
  • Advising various businesses on Covid-related issues such as furlough, testing, urgent restructuring, and vaccination
  • Advising an education establishment on a series of sensitive disciplinary matters
  • Supporting several businesses with corporate sales / TUPE work
  • Advising a consultancy business on a Pay Review process

Outside of work, Mark is a Director of Totally Truro (Truro and Newham BIDs - Business Improvement Districts) – the business led initiative supported by government legislation which gives businesses the power to raise funds locally to be spent locally, in this case on improving Truro, Newham & The Port of Truro.  He is a keen runner, cyclist, novice drummer and a music and sports fan.

Mark is an active member of our Charity and Rural sector teams.

Recommendations include: “We determined that the issue we were facing was delicate and included some complex employment law issues. Immediately once we made contact we were put at our ease as the Stephens Scown professionals were able to analyse, diagnose and recommend actions to meet the challenges at every stage.” (from a charity client)


Legal 500 Tier One Ranking 2019 (Employment: The West Country)

“Exeter's expertise covers whistleblowing, discrimination, regulatory issues, tribunal claims, corporate support work and disciplinary matters. It also has a dedicated HR support service that handles staffing and documentations, and includes three CIPD-qualified HR professionals. Terry Falcão advised Exeter City Football Club with regards to the transfer of two players and in relation to a disciplinary matter at the club which involved whistleblowing. Verity Slater, who is rated for her ‘clarity and precision’, advised Cornwall College Group on changes to terms and conditions following its acquisition of Bicton College. Laura McFadyen jointly led the team handling the share sale of Foxes Academy Limited, which involved advising on pension warranties and indemnities, liabilities, and drafting a settlement agreement relating to the termination of a senior member of staff. Jeremy Crook  handles employment litigation, restrictive covenants and issues arising from breach of contract.”