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Employment law advice for employees and employers in Kensington and Chelsea
A top 100 London-based law firm, we have around 200 highly regarded specialist solicitors and lawyers. Russell-Cooke has been meeting the legal requirements of London's businesses, organisations and individuals since 1880 and is within the largest 1% of solicitors' firms in the UK.
The employment law team at Russell-Cooke has been providing advice to employees at all levels of seniority in relation to all employment related issues for more than 20 years.
We are recognised as one of the leading employment law teams in London and the UK.
The employment law team at Russell-Cooke is one of few employment law teams that is legal directory rated, can meet the needs of clients in and around Kensington and Chelsea, and that specialises in advising employees and employers on all aspects of UK employment law.
We are one of a relatively small number of employment law teams that is highly recommended in The Legal 500, which notes that:
- clients receive "good, realistic advice that allows them to make informed decisions about the available courses of action." (2021)
- we are known for our "attention to detail, bespoke advice, excellent client service." (2021)
- the "service provided is responsive, efficient and straightforward even though the contents of issues can be complex." (2021)
Employment law advice for employees
Our employment law team has a broad base of employee clients.
We specialise in acting for senior executives and more junior employees within all industry sectors, including the retail and investment banking, private equity, legal, accountancy, insurance, media, technology, energy and education sectors.
The fact that our team of employment law solicitors so regularly act against many of the large banks and financial services businesses in the City of London (i.e. the Square Mile) and their advisers gives us additional insight and perspective that we can use to our clients' advantage. Members of our employment law team have represented some of the most senior members of these industries, including in seven figure disputes.
Areas that our employment lawyers advise employees on include:
- unfair dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination and/or whistleblowing
- claims relating to bonuses, commission and/or share entitlements
- restrictive covenants, including in connection with team moves
- minority shareholder rights
- shares and share options
- confidentiality and fiduciary duties
- individual redundancy
- collective redundancies
- bullying and harassment
- settlement agreements and settlement negotiations
We have very few conflicting interests with financial institutions in the City of London/the Square Mile or elsewhere in London.
The firm’s breadth of expertise and complementary practice areas means we can advise on complex multi-practice area cases that are beyond the scope of specialist or boutique teams that only advise on UK employment law.
Unusually for a highly rated employment law team, we are also able to act in claims in which our clients have legal expenses insurance. Indeed, many of the claims our employment law solicitors advise on are funded by legal expenses insurance and we have significant experience of liaising with legal expenses insurers on behalf of our clients.
Many of our employee clients live and/or work in or around Kensington and Chelsea, Notting Hill, the City of London/the Square Mile, Central London, West London, South West London or Canary Wharf, areas that are close to our various locations around London.
Employment law advice for employers
Our team of employment lawyers also advise employers on all employment related issues, ranging from London-based, to national and multi-national 'household name' employers.
Areas that we advise businesses on include:
- defending unfair dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination and/or whistleblowing claims
- defending claims relating to bonuses, commission and/or share entitlements
- enforcing restrictive covenants and defending against team moves
- director duties
- confidential information
- individual redundancy
- collective redundancies
- transfer of undertakings protection of employment (TUPE)
- allegations of bullying
- data protection and workplace monitoring
Articles, know-how and publications
Members of our employment law team regularly write about developments in employment law and have contributed employment law related articles and commentary to national, legal and human resources publications such as The Times, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph,City AM, Employment Law Journal, Managing Partner, the International Bar Association's Employment and Industrial Relations Law Newsletter, Tolley’s Employment Law Newsletter, Solicitors Journal, Personnel Today, People Management, HR Magazine and HR News.
We are also responsible for the 'dismissal', 'resignation', 'references', 'employee status' and 'sick leave and pay' sections of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's UK employment law guidance website, HR-inform. The CIPD is the world's largest chartered HR and development professional body.
A selection of our more recent employment law related articles, know-how and expert commentary can be found here:
- visit our service page to read our latest employment law articles for employees
- visit our service page to read our latest employment law articles for businesses
Our meeting rooms in Kensington and Chelsea
Our employment solicitors are able to meet the legal needs of clients based in Kensington and Chelsea and the surrounding areas in our meeting room in the heart of Kensington and Chelsea just off Kensington High Street:
We can also act on a 'remote' basis for employees and employers who are based throughout the UK, including in cities such as Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Bristol, Nottingham, Cardiff, Oxford, Cambridge, Reading and Brighton.