Employment law shapes many of your key business decisions. It is a fast moving area and understanding the impact of employment law on your business objectives can be challenging. Our expert team of specialist employment lawyers is recognised by the leading independent legal directories and has a reputation for providing high quality advice.
We ensure our clients are not only kept abreast of developments but also understand the implications and potential business risks. Our approach is commercial and forward thinking and we are at the cutting-edge of developments in employment legislation, enabling us to anticipate the practical impact of changes for our clients.
Whether your requirements are domestic, international or focused on inward investment, our combined legal expertise and grounded commercial approach will provide you with practical solutions and strategic advice.
Through our own network of offices, and our association with firms in other jurisdictions, we are able to provide clients with a specialist, seamless service and local expertise. Our lawyers also work closely with our specialist teams advising on pensions, equity incentives and tax.
Our experience spans the following areas: advising on HR strategy and implementing legislative changes across the workforce; planning and managing organisational change, including TUPE transfers, redundancies and restructurings; handling complex litigation in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court; advising on trade union and industrial relations issues; handling discrimination allegations and litigation; managing poor performance and sickness absence and handling disciplinary and grievance issues; negotiating departures and settlement agreements; and advising on cross-border employment law issues.
We are also particularly experienced in providing training on the full range of employment issues. Our seminars and workshops are informative, interactive and appropriate for all those dealing with HR and employment matters. We regularly provide bespoke training on a range of issues, including handling grievances, disciplinaries and dismissals, managing redundancies and restructuring, tackling absences, misconduct and poor performance, understanding family friendly rights, equality and diversity and handling Employment Tribunal litigation. If you have a specific training need, please get in touch.
Chambers 2014 says the following about our team:"What makes them an excellent firm is that they always respond very promptly and the advice is very clear. They seem to be experts at putting complex legal issues in layman's terms."
Chambers 2013 says our team "is rated for its advice to major employers on the full spread of employment law matters. Impressed clients say the group 'provides prompt and high-quality work'."
Notable deals / highlights
Advised an international IT services provider as it competed for a number of high profile IT outsourcing projects and service deals. We led on providing multi-jurisdictional employment advice and support in relation to the potential transfer of staff covering both the UK and a significant number of separate jurisdictions (obtaining advice from local partners where appropriate).
Acted for a global organisation on a range of issues, including an anti-bribery and corruption investigation in the Middle East, advised on consequent Employment Tribunal claims in the UK and dealt with jurisdictional issues under the Employment Rights Act 1996 and the Equality Act 2010. To date, we have been successful in resisting all claims before the UK Employment Tribunal on territorial grounds, against the current direction of travel in respect of case law in this area.
Represented a major public body on a multi-day, multi-issue race discrimination dispute listed in the Employment Tribunal for eight weeks. The case tested our project management skills, was highly newsworthy and political in nature and involved issues going back over a decade, considerable documentation and numerous respondents and witnesses. The dispute was successfully resolved through an all-parties mediation that we led and coordinated.
Advised a City financial institution on an outsourcing deal with a mutual insurer whereby the management of £8bn of assets was transferred to our client. The work involved consideration of collective redundancy issues and TUPE. Some employees took voluntary exit packages pre-transfer, others objected to the transfer and were retained and a further group was transferred. A range of complicated settlement agreements were negotiated in addition to detailed provisions in the implementation agreement sharing liabilities through a series of indemnities.
Advised a Royal Academy in relation to a number of cross-border issues, including discrimination, constitutional and other matters and advising and supporting them in relation to malpractice / disciplinary action in South Africa and China by registered individuals.