Human Resources Advice


Our professional services are there to balance legal risk, staff motivation and business performance.

With almost 40 years professional experience, we have established a track record of building trust with clients in providing solutions in areas including employment law, contracts of employment, grievance and disciplinary, employment rights, performance management, workplace mediation and redundancy.

Based in York, we cover Leeds, Bradford, Hull and surrounding areas of Yorkshire.


employment advice york imgAdvice and support is provided personally by David Cawthorne.

David has 30 + years of practical hands on experience. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – a senior ranking in the UK’s professional body.

He was a senior HR and employment law specialist in British Alcan and Courage and has advised blue chip companies including Sainsbury’s, Nestle, Motorola, The Royal Mint, Pedigree Petfoods, University of York and States of Jersey.

David believes passionately that while a company should ensure legal compliance, employment law is not a barrier to meeting business requirements. Having the ability to take complicated problems and identify simple steps for solution, David has the reputation of having a “safe pair of hands” providing human resources advice and ensuring everything runs smoothly.

David helps businesses of all sizes in the following sectors:

  • Manufacturing
  • Food processing
  • Engineering
  • Transport
  • Warehousing
  • Construction
  • Electrical Services
  • Plumbing & Civil trades
  • Drainage
  • Agriculture
  • Pest control
  • Hotels & leisure
  • Catering
  • Restaurants
  • Cleaning
  • Vehicle repair & maintenance
  • Motor sales
  • Hair and beauty
  • Residential care
  • Medical services
  • Veterinary services
  • Children’s nurseries
  • Not for profit
  • Voluntary
  • Telecommunications
  • Heating & ventilation
  • Retail
  • Estate agents
  • Letting agents
  • Accountancy
  • Financial services
  • IT services
  • Publishing
  • Religious Organisations

“David Cawthorne is one of those rare individuals who combines exacting HR knowledge with the capacity to understand, and predict, how people will react in challenging work-based circumstances.”

Tony Layton, Managing Director, Words&Pictures, communications agency


Without professional support employers often spend a lot of management time and still fail to achieve a successful outcome.

E-mail david@cedargbltd.co.uk to discuss how David can help you with his substantial knowledge and experience.

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