Are you a Head of HR dealing with a collective consultation for potential redundancies or TUPE, or facing a tribunal claim from an employee? Maybe you’re the owner of an SME with an employee issue you’re unsure how to approach. Our Business Employment law team are highly reactive, we’re prepared to work around the clock to resolve your business issue, no matter how tight the deadline.
We offer a full range of business employment law services including:
- ACAS – Early Conciliation
Have you been contacted by ACAS for early conciliation? Contact our team for a free of charge initial consultation to ensure you are on the right footing to handle the threat of a tribunal claim.
ACAS early conciliation is compulsory and free of charge for employees who have a dispute with their employer. It is mandatory if they intend to bring an employment tribunal claim. We appreciate that this can be time-consuming and costly for businesses to manage, so we offer to take on that hassle for you.
Our lawyers will conciliate and negotiate with ACAS on your behalf with the aim of limiting the risk of future litigation being brought. In our experience, this can save your business thousands of pounds in legal fees by ending a dispute before it has the chance to properly start.
- TUPE – Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)
Our team is highly experienced in advising employers on the legal implications of a TUPE transfer. Whether you’re an SME or a national PLC, we can assist your business through the informing and consulting process to ensure that the procedure is undertaken in the most effective and efficient way whilst fulfilling the legal obligations.
- Settlement Agreements
We understand that sometimes there becomes a need for a business and employee to part company. Whether it’s the managing director or an apprentice, we can draft, negotiate and tailor settlement agreements on your behalf to best protect your business.
If you require a legal adviser to give independent advice to your staff in bulk, perhaps due to a number of redundancies or a TUPE transfer, we offer this service at a discounted rate depending on the number of staff involved. Our team is available to travel to your place of business if necessary and we also offer the service remotely where required.
If this is something that could be useful for your business to consider, please see our download guide ‘Should you use Settlement Agreements?‘.
- Collective consultation
Whether it’s redundancies or just a change of terms and conditions, we offer specialist practical advice to employers looking to collectively consult their workforce. If you need assistance with a workforce agreement, we also have a wealth of experience negotiating with trade unions and are always on hand to discuss any issues which arise to ensure you comply with all your legal obligations.
- Employment contracts and HR policies
Employment contracts and HR policies are a vital part of business. They provide clarity, structure, fairness and are legally binding. On 6 April 2020, changes to sections 1 to 3 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA 1996) came into force. Instead of issuing employees written statements (contracts of employment) within two months of commencing employment, all new employees and workers will have the right to a statement of written particulars from their first day of employment.
We offer a complete set of policies and procedures which we can tailor for your business regardless of its’ size or the sector you operate in.
Discrimination claims can be a daunting experience for all involved. Our employment team are here to help you understand your business’ obligations under all forms of discrimination law and can guide you through difficult claims with clear and straightforward advice in order to best reduce any risk of reputational or financial damage.
We also offer tailored employment training to your staff in order to further reduce the likelihood of discrimination claims in the future.
- Data Subject Access Requests (DSAR)
Although not a new concept, following the introduction of the GDPR into UK law Data Subject Access Requests, or ‘DSARs’, have become an increasingly common phrase in the employment sector.
Whilst they are free for an employee to bring, the cost in management time to a business can be high. Our team offer a flexible retainer for businesses of all sizes which handles DSARs for you. Whether you receive one a year or one a month, we will provide a cost-efficient service that takes away the administrative stress and ensures total compliance with the law.
- Managing grievance, performance and disciplinary processes
Handling grievance and disciplinary action Steeles Law will work with you to ensure that matters run as smoothly as possible when employment comes to an end, whether it is by reason of redundancy, expiry of a fixed-term contract, retirement or a reason related to the individual’s performance or conduct. We can help draft the necessary letters and agreements and provide the expert advice and guidance to ensure that potentially contentious matters are handled with sensitivity and with a clear understanding of each party’s legal obligations.
- Employee disputes and tribunal proceedings
When dismissals, grievances or disciplinary actions are challenged, Steeles Law will help make sure that the business is in the best possible position to defend such claims, and that it is fully advised on its legal position at the earliest stage. We can offer specialist advice on the full range of discrimination issues. Our experience ensures that clients are given the most practical and commercially realistic advice at every stage of the proceedings, with a view to achieving the most positive outcome.
The team provides support and advice on all aspects of business immigration to support you in obtaining the right employees for the role. We have supported a range of national and international companies in obtaining and maintaining their sponsorship licence. We offer fixed-fee packages for preparing the sponsorship licence application. We are also experienced at dealing with the complexities of the resident labour market test, and the TUPE implications when inheriting sponsored employees.
We also advise a range of businesses on the right to work checks, which are crucial in ensuring that your business has the right to employ all members of your workforce, and protecting you from government intervention.
- HR Training
Keeping pace with developments in employment law is key for any large business. To help give your managers a better understanding of the issues involved, we can work collaboratively with your in-house HR to deliver in-house training with tailored seminars, workshops and case studies help bring key staff up-to-date with a view to limiting future liabilities and reducing tribunal claims. They also provide the perfect opportunity for the organisation to review existing documentation, policies and practices.
Please see our employment training webpage for further information on the training offered by our team.
Bringing a business employment law partner to your team
We bring to the boardroom table a risk-based understanding of the legal issues involved. With particular expertise in the manufacturing, education and motorsport sectors, our lawyers have real-world, real-time experience and will work 24/7 to resolve the issue. And if you’re a small business owner without the time to decipher the language of employment law, please contact us, we’ll happily translate.
Who do we act for?
Steeles Law’s employment team works with HR professionals, in-house lawyers, large and small companies, public sector organisations and local authorities.
Already prepared to work all-hours, our flexibility extends to our pricing. From fixed fees agreed upfront, to hourly rates and retainer helplines offering full support at a controlled cost.
We are proud that our Employment team is ranked in Tier 2 of the 2020 Legal 500 publication, with Oliver Brabbins being listed as a ‘leading individual’ and Robert Hickford a ‘rising star’ for offering employment advice in East Anglia. The Legal 500 provides the most comprehensive coverage on recommended law firms in the UK, for a full review of our 2020 rankings please our dedicated news page.
Managing Director and Principal Solicitor, Oliver Brabbins retains his band 1 lawyer ranking against some impressive competition in the East Anglia region in the Chambers UK rankings 2021.
To find out how Steeles Law Employment team can support you and your business, please do not hesitate to call 01603 598000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments are available at our Diss, Norwich and London offices or at your offices by appointment.