We can give legal advice to employers and business owners about workplace and employment law, health and safety law, employment contracts, redundancy, dismissal, disciplinary and grievance procedures and other employment law issues.
We can draft new contracts of employment, or review and update documents for employers. If there are no written contracts, we can draft new contracts to reflect the existing terms and conditions of employment. We can also help employers who want to negotiate changes to terms and conditions for their employees.
We can give advice to employers about taking disciplinary action against employees and if required we can handle the disciplinary hearings and draft the letters to send to the employee about the outcome. We can help employers go through the procedure necessary to handle staff grievances fairly.
We can provide the legal advice to ensure our clients go through the process of dismissing an employee fairly and lawfully and if required we can preside over the dismissal meeting. Where appropriate, we can draft a suitable settlement agreement, so that when an employee leaves they will not pursue a claim against their employer, and we will also have meetings with the employee or their lawyers on our client’s behalf to negotiate if necessary.
We can draft legally-compliant staff handbooks for employers with policies and procedures to cover conduct, disciplinary action and grievances, performance review, equality and discrimination, absence from work, parental leave, maternity leave, and paternity leave, anti-bribery and corruption, data protection, use of internet, e-mail and social media at work, company vehicles and many other areas.
It is very important for employers to avoid discrimination during recruitment, promotion, disciplinary action, pay and benefits and many other aspects of dealing with employees. We can advise employers about avoiding discrimination, and what to do when staff have made complaints about discrimination, harassment or bullying at work.
We can advise employers about carrying out redundancies, including the process of seeking candidates for voluntary redundancy.
We can carry out workplace investigations for employers when there are disputes and employees have made allegations about directors, managers or their colleagues.
We can draft confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements.
If an employer is facing an employment tribunal claim, we can represent them, and we can also act for them during ACAS early conciliation negotiations. We are experienced in providing pragmatic solutions to minimise liabilities and resolve problems in the most efficient and cost-effective way we can.
If you are starting a business, we can advise and assist with all legal aspects, including proper contracts of employment for all employees, contractor agreements for freelance workers, and an employee handbook with all the required policies and procedures, so that your business starts off on the right legal footing to avoid problems later on.
We can advise employers about health and safety law compliance, risk assessments and health and safety statements.
Solicitors at Bishopsgate Law provide legal support for subscribers to the Lawrite Employer Support service - fixed-cost subscriptions for employment law and HR documents, law guides and unlimited telephone legal advice for small businesses.
You can arrange an appointment to see an employment lawyer at our offices in London EC2, or Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.