Employment matters

Image to illustrate employment matters adviceWe are fully experienced at representing both employers and employees in a range of employment issues, and will provide confidential and practical advice about your employment dispute. We can also assist with advocacy if required.

  • Settlement agreements; More...
    A “settlement  agreement” (previously known as a “Compromise agreement”) is a legally binding agreement drawn up on the termination of a contract of employment, including redundancy. Employers often use settlement agreements to prevent the possibility of being taken to a tribunal for unfair dismissal at a later date.  Before a settlement agreement (for redundancy or otherwise) can become binding it must have been checked that it is fair and explained to the employee by an independent solicitor. This should normally be paid for by the employer as part of the agreement.We have many years’ experience on advising on such agreements for a variety of different types of employee. We can also help employers to draw up settlement agreements and advise them on what terms are likely to be deemed reasonable.
  • Redundancy; More...
    The law sets out the minimum compensation that employees are entitled to when they are made redundant. There are also important procedures that have to be gone through before someone can be made redundant. An example of this is that the person has to have been correctly selected. If he or she has not been then the employee may have been unfairly dismissed. We can advise on either how to bring a claim or to protect your business from having one made against you.
  • Unfair dismissal; More...
    Claims can arise not only because there may be a legitimate reason for dismissal but also if the correct procedure has not been followed. We can advise your business on these procedures and the correct grounds for dismissal,. If you have been dismissed we can advise you on whether there were proper grounds to do this and whether the procedure has been correctly followed. We may well advise you to bring a claim.
  • Breach of contract/ wrongful dismissal; More...
    Claims can arise if there has been a breach of the terms of the contract of employment. A contract does not necessarily have to be written down – sometimes terms are implied by law. Wrongful dismissal claims can arise for example if an employee has been given the wrong notice period. There are important distinctions between wrongful dismissal claims and unfair dismissal claims which lead to different remedies. We can advise you on the distinctions and the possible claims that can arise. 
  • Discrimination. More...
    There are laws now protecting employees from discrimination either because of their race, sex, sexual orientation or any disability. Often people who have been injured for example may find themselves discriminated against if they now have a permanent disability. We can advise on the pitfalls and your rights in relation to this complex area of the law.

If you have an employment issue find out how we can help you by calling 01296 424681 or complete our enquiry form.

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