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Immediate and professional advice on all aspects of employment law  

Introduction

Legal problems arising from employment can be time-consuming, expensive and a distraction from your core business. In an increasingly litigation-conscious society each year hundreds of thousands of employment tribunal claims are made by employees against their employers. Employers’ risk exposure can be substantially reduced by ensuring that proper employment documents and procedures are set in place, followed and kept up-to-date and by taking professional advice before taking any action in relation to employees. Employment law is an extremely complex, substantial and rapidly changing arena so reducing your risk exposure can only realistically be achieved with the assistance of specialists. 

Our experience is that many employers believe that if they have employment issues, such as under performing employees or employees with poor conduct, it is virtually impossible to solve the problem due to the complex legal regulation that exists. The reality is, however, that these situations can be resolved effectively, providing it is done in the correct way.

Our Service

We offer a bespoke, commercially-focused and cost-effective service tailored to each client’s needs. Flexibility, professionalism, approachability and detailed care and attention to each client’s issue or case is inherent in the way we work. Whether it’s five minutes general telephone advice, support with steering through the process of handling a problematic employee, dealing with a potential TUPE transfer situation or defending an employment tribunal claim, the matter will be dealt with throughout by one of our experienced specialist lawyers. You will have direct access to your lawyer and your matter will not be passed on to juniors.

We find that new clients often like to meet us face-to-face and we are happy to travel to client’s own premises where this is preferred but we can also carry out our entire service without the need for face- to-face meetings by using telephone, e-mail, fax and, where required, telephone and video conferencing (Skype).

We provide clients with a clear and step-by-step advised course of action, rather than merely quoting the stated law and leaving you to interpret this and design your own course of action. We are confident doing this, no matter how complicated or uncertain the legal context might be. The background of Our Lawyers places them in an excellent position to provide commercially-focused and practical advice. We also work with HR specialists to ensure that this advice is always well-rounded.

Our ethos is that we prefer to take on a smaller workload. This enables us to give more care and attention to our work, carrying out in-depth legal research when required from our extensive range of  leading legal resources. The result is that our service is enhanced by very high technical standards and a proactive contribution, and consequently better outcomes. We like to work this way, not only because of the benefits to the client but also because of the personal satisfaction it gives our lawyers of being able to become really involved in cases and produce work of an exceptional quality. This way of working improves our people as lawyers and, therefore, the level of our service.

We can assist with all employment law related issues including:

  • Redundancy
  • Employees with poor performance, conduct or attendance
  • Varying employees’ terms and conditions
  • Dismissal
  • Statutory rights such as maternity and holiday rights
  • Pay, bonuses and other benefits
  • Grievances of any kind raised by employees
  • All discrimination issues including allegations made by employees
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Retirement
  • Moving employees’ location
  • Medical severance
  • Allegations by employees of bullying, harassment
  • Reorganisations
  • Executive Severance
  • TUPE
  • Employee breach of contract
  • Insolvency issues

Through our associations we also cover the following related areas:

  • Health and Safety
  • Pensions
  • A comprehensive HR support service, ranging from recruitment to investigations and training

We are flexible in the service we offer, providing our service to meet our clients’ requirements. The services we can offer include:

  • Telephone advice and guidance
  • Employment tribunal representation and advocacy
  • Employment contracts, policies, procedures and handbooks (off-the-shelf and bespoke)
  • HR service and support
  • Chairing disciplinary and grievance hearings
  • Reviewing employment documents and procedures
  • Written, practical guidance on existing and new legislation
  • Training
  • Carrying out merger and acquisition due diligence