We advise employers on the full spectrum of employment law and HR issues that arise from running a business in the UK: drafting employee contracts and handbooks, internal investigations, employee terminations and litigation, workforce restructurings and business transfers We’re here to provide effective and pragmatic employment law advice that helps achieve your business objectives.
As a law firm practising both UK and US employment law and that has dual qualified lawyers, we are well placed to assist US companies with their operations in the UK. We can translate English employment law requirements into language American companies can understand.
We can help harmonise your policies and procedures to ensure that all employees, wherever they are located, adopt the same corporate working practices, whilst at the same time ensuring they comply with English laws.
Types of work
We can handle the employment law aspects of setting up a new operation in the UK, including contracts with employees and contractors, confidentiality and proprietary information agreements, employee handbooks and HR guides.
If you want to downsize or close your UK operations, we can help you navigate the complex rules that govern redundancies and making changes to your employees' terms and conditions. We can help you follow fair procedures to minimise the risk of potential employment tribunal claims.
We can handle all employment law aspects of acquiring a business that has UK employees under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Act 2006 (“TUPE”).We can also defend litigation arising from a TUPE transfer, including claims for protective awards and unfair dismissal claims.
We can represent you in all types of employee disputes, including discrimination, terminations for misconduct or performance reasons, whistleblowing, pay issues and restrictive covenants.
We can help you with all your HR day to day issues, including assistance with conducting internal investigations, disciplinary and grievance hearings as well as handling employees on long-term sick absences or on maternity and other family friendly leaves.
We advised the client what redundancy procedures to follow, including the company’s consultation obligations and the redundancy payments owed to each employee.
We ensured that its policies and procedures were compliant with UK employment law, while at the same time harmonising them with those of the US parent company.
A service accommodation company wanted to take over a similar company with offices in England, Paris and Singapore.
We prepared a due diligence report analysing the company’s liabilities and obligations under TUPE, and liaised with foreign counsel to assess the same under French and Singapore employment laws.
A senior manager sexually harassed one of his team members at the office Christmas party, who subsequently raised a grievance regarding her treatment.
We advised the company how to deal with the grievance and the resulting disciplinary action that was taken against the harasser.
We counselled the company at each stage of the performance capability review, culminating in the employee’s termination.