We work really hard to understand each of our clients’ needs and priorities. This means that, wherever we can and without any charge, we will arrange an introductory meeting on-site and will also offer to attend Board or senior management meetings periodically – that way we really get to understand how you work, what is going on in your business, your goals and what makes you tick.
We can provide a cost effective in-house advisory service for those clients who need more strategic input from us, as well as helpline and retainer-style arrangements for those needing ad hoc advice.
We undertake 3 main types of work for employers:
We provide clear and pragmatic advice on day to day employment law matters such as disciplinary and grievance issues; managing sickness absence and family leave entitlements. We also prepare and review key employment documentation including employment contracts, policies and handbooks to ensure they’re legally compliant, and are fit for purpose.
We are experts in project managing more complex HR legal issues, freeing up your time to manage your business. We can deal with everything from ending an employment relationship (including negotiated exits and Settlement Agreements) to restructuring, redundancies and TUPE transfers.
Sometimes the headache or an Employment Tribunal claim can’t be avoided. We can help lessen the pain by working with you, from the first contact through ACAS to final Tribunal hearing. We’ll advise you about the strength of your defence and tactical considerations.
We help senior executives in each of the following ways:
We will give an informed view on whether the terms of your contract of employment/service agreement are reasonable and identify any potential gaps or omissions in the overall package being offered. We’ll give you a clear steer on the likely enforceability of any restrictive covenants and advise you on your duties and responsibilities. Whether you’re a seasoned executive or stepping up into an executive role, we’ll be on hand to ensure you start your new role on the right footing.
When it comes to negotiating your exit, it is important that you choose the right adviser; not just someone to sign off your Settlement Agreement but someone to guide you through the negotiation process and secure the best outcome for you. We fit the bill because we’re experts at dealing with complex director arrangements, including pension and share option arrangements. We will devise creative solutions to best achieve your aims – whether that’s to get the best financial package or set you up for your next career move.
We know that employment law disputes occasionally can’t be avoided and by taking early advice you can be put in the strongest possible position. We regularly act for senior executives in contractual, bonus and covenant disputes at pre-action stage and will also act as your representative in any relevant Employment Tribunal or Court process.
We can advise you on your Settlement Agreement – what the financial and non-financial terms mean for you, whether we believe they are reasonable in your circumstances and what impact they have on the work you can do in the future.
In large redundancy or restructuring exercises, our streamlined systems mean that we can provide co-ordinated advice and a single point of contact for the HR team when advising groups of employees on their settlement terms.
For employers wishing to outsource some or all of the settlement agreement process, we will consult with you to devise an efficient process to suit your requirements, timescales and budget.
We can devise a bespoke training session or suite of training modules to equip your managers to address common employment law issues. We can deliver that training at your premises or at our office.
Our Managing the Employee Lifeline training course is described by clients as “relevant, interactive, thought provoking and extremely useful in highlighting potential HR pitfalls” and “essential for anyone line managing staff or running a business”. Download more information here.
We also have our own programme of training events covering topical employment issues.