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 or Somerset, call our Bristol office on 0117 972 1261 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 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, call 0117 972 1261 or contact our Shepton Mallet employment law team on 01749 345 756.

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

Employment policy & contract lawyers

Putting in place the right policies, procedures and contractual terms for employees is an important part of being an employer. If you need help drafting employee documents or if your current documents are due for review, speak to our employment law solicitors in Bristol and Somerset.

As well as offering practical advice on employment contract law, we can help you put in place policies and procedures that minimise risks to your business whilst safeguarding the rights of your employees.

Our specialist employment policy and contract lawyers can help you with a range of employee documents, including:

  • Reviewing existing policies, procedures and contracts
  • Writing employee policies and handbooks
  • Drafting employment contracts
  • Advice on restrictive covenants, including drafting and enforcement
  • Employee breaches of contracts

Clear & robust employment terms

Properly drafted company policies, procedures and contracts set the framework within which your employees will operate. They’re time-saving tools; they create the right culture, deal with everyday HR matters and ensure that your business is compliant with current legislation.

But there’s a fine line between comprehensive and over-complicated. As an employer, it’s important that your documents are clear and concise – after all, they’re there to protect you just as much as your employee. However you don’t want to get caught up in complicated rules, procedures and processes that tie you in knots and stop you implementing changes when necessary.

Policy & employment contract solicitors

Our employment lawyers in Bristol and the Mendips specialise in the creation of staff policies, procedures and employment contracts that are fit for purpose.

Whether we’re reviewing existing documents or creating new ones for you, we’ll ensure that you have robust terms in place – written in clear English, of course. We’ll build in flexibility, so that your employee documents grow and adapt with the needs of your business.

We’ll tell you what needs to be included as contractual, what you can choose to include as discretionary and whether there’s anything we think you’re missing. But most of all, we’ll ensure that the terms you put in place offer you maximum protection against the threat of legal action by an employee, whilst still being fair and reasonable to your staff.

We offer practical and cost-effective help and advice on putting in place employee policies and contracts that protect your business. To speak to an employment law solicitor in Bristol or Somerset, call our Bristol office on 0117 972 1261 or our Shepton Mallet employment law team on 01749 345 756.

We offer practical, cost-effective employment law advice to a range of clients in South Bristol and Somerset, covering Shepton Mallet, Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Frome and Chew Magna.

Redundancy solicitors in Bristol & Somerset

Nobody wants to make an employee redundant; it’s a difficult and stressful situation for everyone involved. But any major changes to your company structure – whether that’s the closure of a department, loss of a business function or the need to redistribute work – can lead to necessary and unavoidable redundancies.

If you’re in the process of reorganising your business and there’s a risk of redundancies, speak to our employment lawyers in Bristol and Somerset. We’ll give you all the support you need to put in place the correct procedures, protect your business from potential employee action and restructure fairly and professionally. Our employment law solicitors can advise you on a number of redundancy law issues, including:

  • Redundancy procedure
  • Redundancy criteria for employees
  • Voluntary redundancy
  • Collective redundancy (20+ employees)
  • Settlement agreements for employees being made redundant

Redundancy advice for employers

As employment lawyers, we work with both employees and employers; we see redundancy from both sides. We’re familiar with the common mistakes that can add weight to an employment tribunal claim – and we can help you avoid them.

Whatever your reason for making staff redundant, the most important thing is that you follow a fair and objective process. You can’t select someone for redundancy based on factors such as their age, sex, religion or length of service. Instead you need clear criteria for selection and a proper redundancy procedure which is followed correctly, throughout.

Our employment law specialists can provide support from the initial stages. We can help you define your strategy, agree the process and set your timescales. We’re here to help you with your selection pool and can provide guidance throughout the consultation period, including advice on dealing with voluntary redundancies, calculating statutory redundancy payments and finding alternative roles in the business.

Specialist settlement agreement solicitors

When making anyone redundant, it’s common practice for you to offer your employee a settlement agreement. In the agreement, your employee waives their right to pursue a claim against you in return for a severance or redundancy payment.

Settlement agreements may seem straightforward, but it’s important that they’re legally watertight. Our redundancy lawyers will help you draft a bespoke settlement agreement that safeguards the rights of your employee whilst offering maximum protection to your business. We can also negotiate on settlement terms with your employee’s solicitor – if necessary.

Specialist TUPE solicitors

If you’re going through a restructure, it’s important that you speak to a specialist TUPE solicitor at an early stage to avoid inadvertently being liable for an employee claim.

Our employment lawyers have extensive experience in helping business owners with restructuring and the TUPA issues that can affect employees, including how to elect an employee representative, advice managing the consultation process and help dealing with any resulting redundancies.

We offer practical and cost-effective help and advice on dealing with business restructuring and redundancies. To speak to an employment law solicitor in Bristol or Somerset, call our Bristol office on 0117 972 1261 or our Shepton Mallet employment law team on 01749 345 756.

We offer practical, cost-effective employment law advice to a range of clients in South Bristol and Somerset, covering Shepton Mallet, Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Frome and Chew Magna.

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