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We advise employers (ranging from London based, to national and multi-national employers) on best practice in carrying out disciplinary and grievance procedures, including the steps which need to be taken when terminating someone's employment. We can:
- help you to avoid an unfair or constructive dismissal claim
- ensure that the steps you take and the correspondence you send put you in the best light
- guide you in any negotiations and help you to ensure that any attempt to negotiate does not count against you
- prepare the settlement agreements you will need if you reach an agreement
Whatever your query, our team will do more than warn you about worst-case scenarios and list your obligations as an employer. We aim to provide the best practical advice for your situation, pointing you towards the most sensible, risk-managed approach.
Employers who consult us when a problem first arises nearly always manage to avoid tribunal proceedings. For additional reassurance, however, Employment Risk Solutions allows you, for an annual premium, to insure your business against the risk of employment tribunal claims.
We are one of a relatively small number of employment law teams that is highly recommended in The Legal 500 (the independent legal research directory), which notes that we are a team of "tenacious and committed litigators, which delivers appropriate and measured advice that gives clients confidence in its ability".
We are a six-strong team of specialist employment lawyers.
Cases we have dealt with recently include cases involving allegations that the employer had prejudged the outcome of a procedure, cases involving criminal conduct by the employee, and cases involving employees on long term sick leave.
Clients include companies and other businesses, barristers chambers, sports clubs, charities, schools, trade and regulatory bodies and government bodies.
We tailor our service to the specific needs of each client, providing one-off advice or ongoing assistance as required.
International Bar Association
The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies.www.ibanet.org
Employment Lawyers Association
A national membership association of over 5,000 lawyers who specialise in employment law.www.elaweb.org.uk
European Employment Lawyers Association
EELA is an association which works to bring together practising employment lawyers across the European Union through conferences and to strengthen links between EU employment lawyers.www.eela.org
Charges are usually based on our hourly rates plus administrative charges and disbursements. We will provide you with an initial estimate of your likely legal costs and will update this as your requirements or the circumstances of the work change.
The current range of hourly rates for members of the team is from £185 plus VAT to £420 plus VAT per hour.
We may also be able to offer fixed priced options for work such as drafting of contracts, policies and handbooks.
We would be pleased to discuss your requirements free of charge and tailor a costs proposal accordingly.
We also offer a product called Employment Risk Solutions. For a fixed annual fee this provides advice and assistance from one of our qualified lawyers in dealing with employment issues at an early stage and insurance to cover costs and compensation in the event that an employment tribunal claim is made.
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