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Employment Law

Employment law affects every business which employs people, whether on a casual, part-time or full-time basis. Our team of employment law solicitors help your business protect itself against any employment law issue that arises in the day-to-day running of your business.

The last few years have seen major changes in employment law and failure to keep abreast of these changes is fast becoming the greatest area of risk of claims for all businesses. Your workforce may be your greatest asset but also has the potential to become your greatest liability. Management mistakes can be costly so you’ll appreciate that our employment law service reacts quickly, giving you relevant, clear advice and guidance at every stage.

Our employment law solicitors in Basingstoke are all members of the Employment Lawyer’s Association, accredited by Lexcel from the Law Society and listed in the Legal 500.

We not only identify how recent legislation will affect your working practices but we also help you make any changes that will prevent problems before they arise or manage issues speedily as they appear. Mistakes can not only damage your reputation but the consequences can be costly -  for example an Employment Tribunal can now award up to £68,400 for unfair dismissal, or worse, make your company liable to criminal penalties.

We work alongside our commercial clients and have the expertise to guide you from the interview stage through to termination of employment and to keep you up to date along the way with your contracts, policies and procedures.  If you are unfortunate enough to have a claim brought against you in the Employment Tribunals or before the Court then we are able to advise and represent you in defending such a claim.

You’ll find our employment law solicitors are good listeners, valuable partners and we’ll keep you on the right side of the law.

Town Gate HR

We know that dealing with HR issues can be challenging, time consuming and expensive. That’s why we have set up a new service called Town Gate HR.

For a fixed fee we can provide you with a bespoke service that will suit your business requirements when it comes to Employment Law and HR advice.

You’ll find us cheaper than employing an HR professional and best of all, the advice will come from qualified lawyers, protected by legal privilege, who will work hard to find practical solutions to quickly achieve your aims.

To find out more about Town Gate HR and how we can help you, call or email one of our employment lawyers today:

Gill Brown direct line 01256 854605 email: gill.brown@phillips-law.co.uk

Karen Bristow direct line 01256 854670 email: karen.bristow@phillips-law.co.uk

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An overview of our employment law services for businesses:

Employment documentation

This is a huge area which changes continuously. Businesses that employ staff need a raft of HR-related documents to ensure compliance with the latest and ever-changing legislation. You’ll need advice on employment documents ranging from advertising and recruitment throughout the relationship with your employees, to termination of employment for any reason. Whether you need employment contracts (full-time, part-time, fixed term), staff handbooks, individual polices and procedures, intellectual property, confidentiality issues and restrictive covenants or compromise agreements, we can help you to get it right and avoid potentially very expensive and unforeseen pitfalls.

Compromise agreements

Each employment law solicitor in our team is experienced in both drafting and advising on the terms of compromise agreements to ensure their compliance with the legislation.  We have expertise in the negotiation of exit packages for employees including those for very senior executives which may have global and cross border issues to be taken into account.

TUPE

This is a very complex area and protects employees’ rights when a business is sold or transferred. If your business uses a complicated web of contracts for the delivery of goods and services then you may also need advice on TUPE (automatic transfer of staff with employment protected) or you may need advice as an individual. Compliance is especially important in the context of mergers, acquisitions and restructures which may be handled by our corporate team. 

Family matters

Family friendly policies change constantly and you’ll need the expertise our employment law solicitors to steer you through the mass of different regulations, which include both the rights of your staff and your obligations as an employer. Just some of them include maternity, paternity and adoptive leave, dependant leave and parental leave, time off for household emergencies and applications for flexible working.  So much confusion arises over the differences between these but remember - or employment solicitors can help!

Contractors, outsourcing and agency

These are complex areas in which the law overlaps with employment issues and in which we are equally happy to provide you with advice and assistance.

Working time

We are here to help and advise you in respect of such matters as working hours, breaks, time off and holiday entitlement which can be quite complex to understand. Absences can also be an issue where help is needed whether due to ill health or other matters such as jury service or other public duties.

HR support and training

HR professionals are busy people but knowing the A to Z of employment law, as well as keeping up with all the changes in legislation, is impossible. Our employment lawyers aim to support your HR professionals, helping you to improve the effectiveness of HR within your organisation and to avoid costly mistakes. Our advice is employer focused - you choose the level of support, whether you want ad hoc advice or regular updates and our employment law solicitors will provide practical solutions at our offices or on your premises.

If you have no HR department or if you believe your HR department or managers would benefit from some support or employment law training, we can offer this on an individual or group basis, at your premises or ours. 

Contentious matters

With impressive success behind us, we are pleased to offer advice and assistance on all aspects of dispute resolution, whether negotiating, mediating, bringing or defending Court claims including injunctive relief and all types of claims dealt with by the Employment Tribunals.

These can include disputes where employment is ongoing (bullying, deductions from wages, unpaid bonuses or commissions, discrimination) or claims following termination of employment alleging unfairness or discrimination.  We also have considerable experience in advising on and enforcement of post-termination restrictions and/or breaches of them. 

The overriding aim of our employment law team is to resolve disputes quickly, cost effectively and in line with our clients' commercial objectives.  This is why we offer pre-litigation negotiations and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) such as mediation. We have a fully trained and accredited mediator within our team, however, if litigation is unavoidable the members of our team are well known for their focus and tenacity. We are also committed to delivering a commercial service where transparency of costs is achieved and maintained.

Dismissals -  fair and unfair

The subject of dismissal is a fraught one, whether in respect of redundancies, dismissals for one of the other fair reasons or where a claim is made for unfair or wrongful dismissal.  Whether you are trying to implement a fair dismissal process or feel you are the victim of an unfair one, get in touch with our employment law solicitors - we’ll offer advice, support and assistance.

Equality and discrimination

The new Equality Act now covers such matters as discrimination and equality including equal pay. Our employment law solicitors can assist and advise on all aspects of this area of the law whether it relates to age, sex, marriage, sexual orientation, disability, gender reassignment, religion or philosophical belief or race or ethnic group.

Call or email one of our employment lawyers to find out more: