A proactive approach to employment issues
Our initial aim is to help clients prevent problems arising by providing a range of employment and HR-related services and advising on policies and structure within a legal framework. We provide clients with a greater insight into issues which may arise and advice on how to avoid any negative repercussions.
We cover the complete range of employment and industrial relations issues. We can help prepare the ground for mutually fruitful relationships between employer and employee by formulating effective employment agreements and guidelines based on proven experience. If conflict becomes unavoidable, we can support the client through negotiation and conciliation. Where necessary we will conduct cases before Employment Tribunals and through the courts, tackling problems such as unfair dismissal, redundancy, discrimination and restrictive covenants.
Whilst our advice aims to protect clients from legal action, our contentious team has successfully litigated on important employment issues through to the Supreme Court.
In today’s fast-moving employment law arena, we take a proactive approach to notifying our clients of forthcoming changes, court decisions and practical implications of new regulations through our regular employment law bulletins and seminars. We also ensure at the outset that our clients have the right HR standards, systems and procedures in place through our Employer Excellence Review.
Whether you are an individual looking to make significant investments in the UK or a business seeking to employ the right person for the job, we aim to reduce the stress and complexity of the planning and application process by providing clear, straightforward advice tailored to your specific needs and timetable.
We can assist you with all your business related immigration queries including advice on how to comply with the immigration status checks required for all new employees.
We can also provide assistance with the visa and entry clearance application process in respect of non-EEA hires. This includes advising on suitable visas for proposed employees, assisting them with entry clearance or ‘change of employer’ applications and assisting you with obtaining the necessary licence and certificates to sponsor them.
We also have significant expertise in assisting outside the Points Based System. This includes Sole Representatives and EEA nationals, including those from Accession countries such as Croatia.
We can help you come to the UK, together with your family where appropriate, in order to invest, study, work, and, ultimately, settle if that is your goal. Our aim is to minimise the stress and cut through the complexity of these applications and we have particular expertise in the following areas:
We also work closely with our private client department to make sure that all your circumstances are taken into account in order to provide a fully comprehensive and personal service.
Examples of matters handled:
New or updated employment law, currently high on the political agenda, generally means training your directors, managers and staff in new workplace policies and procedures in order to generate understanding, compliance and behavioural change.
Our employment law partners and solicitors are happy to provide such training, in-house at your premises and - unlike other public courses - tailormade for your staff and your particular requirements. We can accommodate your needs in terms of staff levels, delegate numbers and timing and duration of training sessions and can even source specialists in other related fields of expertise (e.g. performance management) should this be required.
From time to time, you may also need refresher sessions in a number of key areas in order to retain staff focus and commitment. Areas we cover include:
As our training is based on many years experience in dealing with the practical outcome of HR and employment law issues in the workplace, we offer the benefit of practical advice relating to real life workplace scenarios.
Examples of transactions in which our lawyers have been involved include the following:-
The new EU data protection compliance regime comes into effect in May 2018. Is your business prepared?