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Employment Law

Employment law has become a complex legal minefield, with legislation and regulations changing almost daily.

How can we help?

Most of us will inevitably come up against a legal issue at some point; it is a sad fact of modern life that workplace relationships can become fragile and break down, which may put pressure on employees and businesses. This is where we come in.

We believe that ‘Prevention is better than Cure’ and the list below of non-contentious work illustrates the type of support we can help with:

Non-contentious – Providing day to day support to HR practitioners and senior management teams

  • Drafting and reviewing internal Policies/procedures and developing early warning systems;
  • Advice on how to deal with internal grievances and disciplinary matters;
  • Data Protection and Freedom of Information matters;
  • Corporate Governance;
  • Production of fact sheets on key legal issues;
  • Formal structured training (drafting, designing and delivery);
  • Drafting agreements: Contracts of employment, consultancy, secondments, Settlement and TUPE agreements;
  • Business immigration (work permit applications);
  • TUPE transfers and Reorganisations;
  • Managing sickness absences

We also represent employers in all contentious matters at the Employment Tribunal and at the County Court in disputes over contracts of employment and in defending claims brought by employees for unfair dismissal or discrimination.

Contentious – Advice and representation

The list below gives the areas where we can help

  • discrimination and equal pay;
  • dismissal/redundancies;
  • TUPE/outsourcing;
  • employee status;
  • Part-time and fixed term contracts;
  • deduction of wages;
  • Working Time Directive and holiday pay;
  • whistleblowing;
  • Employee benefits

Mediation

Our accredited mediator, David Taylor, can provide a more conciliatory approach to employment problems. This can be extremely valuable when a claim from an employee is made whilst still in employment and when both sides wish to protect and maintain their working relationship. Crucially it can also help save legal costs. We can provide representation for both parties in the mediation process.

What will it cost me?

We feel that charging at hourly rates can be off-putting for employers due to the uncertainty about overall legal costs. We offer fixed fee first appointments so you can gain comprehensive advice on your legal position at a competitive cost. We also offer fixed fees for drafting contractual documents and for the initial stages of responding to a Tribunal claim.

For employers who want ongoing assistance with all their employment law requirements, we offer a competitive monthly retainer.