Employment lawyers for employers

Employment legislation and people management is a necessary part of running a business; but they’re also a potential minefield for employers. Ever-changing employment law, an increasingly competitive marketplace and a workforce rich in diversity – as a business owner, you simply can’t afford to take your eye off the ball for a minute.

As specialist employment lawyers, we can help you make the most of the people within your business. We recognise the need to act sensitively and efficiently to avoid escalating disputes causing disruption to your business.

From drafting contracts and reviewing policies, through to restructuring and redundancy guidance. We can help you handle employee grievances, manage poor performance and conclude settlement agreements. We can even represent you at an employment tribunal – if things get that far.

Our specialist employment law solicitors in Bristol and Somerset can also provide advice on:

  • Contractual disputes and breach of contract
  • Family policies, including maternity, paternity and shared parental leave
  • Employee grievances, including discrimination and workplace bullying
  • TUPE
  • Managing dismissals

Day-to-day HR support

Dealing with employees’ questions around policies such as flexible working, sick pay, holiday entitlement and maternity benefits can quickly consume management time. Our employment law team is on hand with accessible, practical support that does what it says on the tin – helping you deal with these queries quickly and efficiently.

Policies, procedures & contracts

Whether you want us to draft what you need or review what you have, we’ll work with you to put in place the policies, procedures and contractual documentation you need to protect your interests and minimise risks to your business.

Handling grievance issues

As an employer, you have a duty to investigate serious complaints – such as those involving discrimination, bullying or whistleblowing – quickly and thoroughly. We have experience of dealing with particularly sensitive issues and will work with you to deal with the matter properly.

Business reorganisation & redundancies

We provide hands-on, practical help and support to any business navigating a restructure with redundancies. Whether you’re up-sizing, downsizing or simply reorganising, we can help you put in place the correct procedures to minimise disruption and protect your business against employee action.

Employment Tribunal claims

An employment tribunal is almost always the last option; but when it’s the only one left, we’ll support you. Our tribunal claims solicitors have vast experience – both pre-action and throughout the litigation process. We’ll help you gather the necessary evidence to support your case and represent you at the tribunal. We can also help you appeal any decision if you’re unhappy with the outcome.

Whatever the size of your company or the sector you operate in, we offer practical and cost-effective employment law advice that safeguards your business and protects your interests.

To speak to an employment law solicitor in Bristol, Bridgwater or Shepton Mallet, Somerset, call our Bristol office on 0117 972 1261, Bridgwater office on 01278 554228 or our Shepton Mallet employment team on 01749 345 756.

We work with a range of business clients in South Bristol and Somerset, covering Sedgemoor, Taunton, Burnham-on-Sea, Shepton Mallet, Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Frome and Chew Magna.

Specialist disciplinary & dismissal solicitors

Employee relationships can break down for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s amicable; sometimes it isn’t. But as an employer, there may come a point at which you need to take disciplinary action against an employee. It may be for a minor issue – persistent lateness, for example. Or it may involve more serious issues, such as workplace bullying, harassment claims or gross misconduct.

If you’re dealing with an employee and are considering disciplinary action or dismissal, speak to an employment law specialist in Bristol or Somerset. As well as helping you manage the process properly, we offer preventative advice to minimise the risk of costly tribunal claims in the future.

Disciplinary action against an employee

If you want to take disciplinary action against an employee, it’s important that you do so properly – following fair and correct procedures. If you don’t and your employee claims to have been treated unfairly, they can take legal action against you.

If this happens we’ll look at the issues and tell you whether we think you have a case to answer. Our employment law team can advise you on the best way to proceed in order to protect your business. We’ll also handle all negotiations with your employee’s solicitor to resolve the matter without the need for an employment tribunal.

Dismissing an employee

Before you dismiss an employee, it’s important that you get specialist legal advice from an employment solicitor. Dismissing an employee isn’t always straightforward – even if they’ve committed gross negligence (such as behaving violently, coming to work drunk or stealing). They still have the right to a hearing and to state their defence to the allegations.

Our employment lawyers can help you dismiss an employee properly. We’ll advise you on the correct process to follow when terminating an employee’s contract. We can also draft effective settlement agreements to ensure that your business is fully protected from legal action and potential claims – including claims for unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal and discrimination.

If you need to ensure the protection of your client base and confidential information, we can also advise you on restrictive covenants.

Before dismissing or taking disciplinary action against an employee, speak to our employment law solicitor in Bristol or Somerset. We can help you take the right action properly and avoid potential tribunal action. To speak to our employment lawyers in Bristol, Bridgwater or Shepton Mallet, Somerset, call our Bristol office on 0117 972 1261, Bridgwater office on 01278 554228 or our Shepton Mallet employment law team on 01749 345 756.

We work with a range of business clients in South Bristol and Somerset, covering Sedgemoor, Taunton, Burnham-on-Sea, Shepton Mallet, Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Frome and Chew Magna.

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