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 contracts of employments and suitable agreements to use with self-employed contractors. We can help employers looking to negotiate changes to terms and conditions for existing employees.
We can advise and assist employers about taking disciplinary action, handling staff grievances and going through performance review procedures.
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 help employers dismiss employees and advise them about how to go through the dismissal process correctly to avoid claims for unfair dismissal.
We can negotiate severance packages for senior staff.
Where appropriate, we can draft a suitable settlement agreement, so that when employees leave they will not pursue a claim against their employer, and we will handle meetings with the employees or their lawyers on our client’s behalf.
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 will interview the people involved and report back our findings to senior management or directors.
We will put forward our recommendations for a solution and we can act as mediators to deal directly with the complainant on the employer’s behalf.
We can draft confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, advise employers and negotiate with staff.
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.
You can arrange an appointment to see an employment lawyer at our offices in London EC2, or Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.
Martin Phillips is an experienced employment law solicitor who qualified in 1981. He has represented many claimants and respondents in unfair dismissal and discrimination cases at employment tribunals. He has a particular interest in disability discrimination cases. Workplace accident claims are another area where he has successfully acted for his clients on many occasions.
Ian Hurst has specialised in employment law and litigation since qualifying as a solicitor in 1999. He has a great deal of employment law experience, having acted for both large companies and trade unions as well as individuals. He has undertaken advocacy at employment tribunals including multi-day discrimination claims.