Lawyer Jay branches out in Barnsley – thanks to Voice of Barnsley FC championing his town

Jason Thelwell

When Sheffield’s award-winning employment lawyer Jay Bhayani was planning to open a new branch, there was a strong voice in her team cheering for Barnsley…


Jason Thelwell, Bhayani Law’s client relationship manager, is otherwise known as the Voice of Barnsley FC.


The Tykes’ stadium announcer for 31 years, Jason’s dulcet tones are recognised by generations of supporters.


He is also a big advocate of the town in which he was born and bred.


“Barnsley was a mining town that time had forgotten, but has gone through a huge regeneration and the transformation has brought in new companies and more jobs,” Jason said.


“When Jay wanted to set up a branch of Bhayani Law to complement our offices in Sheffield and Leeds city centres, I encouraged her to opt for Barnsley.”


Jay is one of the leading employment lawyers in the Yorkshire region and has won various accolades, including Yorkshire Lawyer’s employment lawyer of the year, ABDN Professional of the Year and 2021 Enterprise Nation’s Top 10 UK HR Advisor.


She took Jason’s advice and Bhayani Law now operates out of the town’s Digital Media Centre on County Way. 


Two lawyers are currently being recruited from the area and Barnsley businesses are already benefitting from its quarterly HR training forums and free monthly legal and HR drop-in seminars.


A forum recently staged in Barnsley led to a number of local food producers setting up their own monthly HR meet-ups. The next, on March 16, titled Safe Exits, will focus on termination procedures, redundancy and settlement agreements.


Jay said: “Jason opened our eyes to the fact that Barnsley is a vibrant town with a growing number of new digital and technology businesses – it’s a great location for us.


“We have brought our unique and affordable expertise in employment and HR law to their doorstep.


“Bhayani Law operates Watertight, a monthly fee support package for businesses who don’t have dedicated teams in-house and is soon to launch a similar package for companies with less than five staff.”


Jason joined Bhayani Law in December 2019  from a national HR and employment law provider. His first job, via a YTS scheme, was with the Halifax Building Society. Her spent 20 years in its property sales division – and narrowly missed out on becoming famous via its TV ads.


Jason made it to the final ten out of 3,000 employee applicants, but lost his nerve in the final audition, forgot the words to the Tom Jones hit Sex Bomb and cashier Howard Brown went onto become a household name.


“Looking back, Howard was exactly what they needed,” said Monk Bretton-born Jason, who loves the day job, looking after clients at Bhayani Law, and being in the spotlight at the football club he’s supported since the age of five.

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