Employment law is a complex and fast-moving area of law which poses a number of risks and challenges to businesses as they try to keep up-to-date with their responsibilities. Being unaware of the law is not a defence for failing to comply with it. Therefore, with employees becoming more aware of their rights than ever, it is increasingly important that businesses understand and fulfil their obligations as employers in order to protect themselves when an employee raises a dispute.
Our team of highly-skilled employment law solicitors advise and support businesses of all sizes through employment law matters and disputes. From unfair dismissal claims, to redundancy issues, to allegations of discrimination, we have decades of experience resolving issues facing employers efficiently, pragmatically, and cost-effectively.
We recognise your business’s need to keep costs low and reduce any potential reputational damage. In most cases, we are able to use our strong expertise to successfully settle employment disputes without the need to attend an Employment Tribunal hearing.
Where it is necessary to attend a hearing, we will provide practical advice on the merits of your case and robust representation, so you have the best possible chance of the matter being settled in your favour.
Our employment law expertise
Our employment lawyers can assist your business across all areas of employment law, including:
- Contract advice and disputes
- Advice surrounding recruitment
- Settlement agreements
- Salary and wage disputes
- Discrimination disputes
- Disciplinaries and grievances
- Handling long-term absences
- Maternity leave
- Paternity leave
- Adoption leave
- Unfair dismissal claims
- Constructive dismissal claims
- TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations)
- Bullying and harassment disputes
- Restrictive covenants
Amicable resolutions to employment disputes
In most cases, we can resolve your employment law disputes without needing to attend an Employment Tribunal Hearing, saving you time, money, and reputational damage.
We can provide expert advice on dispute resolution including settlement agreements and the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Early Conciliation service.
Settlement Agreements, or Compromise Agreements, are legally binding documents used to end an employee’s employment according to negotiated terms, resolve disputes, and waive any claims the employee has against their employee.
Our employment law solicitors can represent your business during settlement discussion negotiations and advise on any issues or questions your employee has regarding the proposed terms.
We will also draft up the final settlement agreement, ensuring all terms comply with employment law and formally waiving all current and future disputes with the employee.
ACAS Early Conciliation
Before employees submit an Employment Tribunal claim, they are required to contact ACAS where they will be offered the opportunity to use the ACAS Early Conciliation service to try and resolve the dispute without going to court.
It is important for businesses to try and resolve any employment disputes as quickly and efficiently as possible to avoid the employee taking the matter to the Employment Tribunal. We can assist you throughout the ACAS Early Conciliation process including negotiating settlement terms on your behalf.
If you and your employee are able to reach an agreement through Early Conciliation, you will enter into a legally binding settlement called a COT3. As part of the COT3, your employee waives all their claims and agrees not to start Tribunal proceedings.
Why choose Huggins Lewis Foskett for employment disputes?
Our employment law solicitors have decades of experience advising and representing businesses as employers, from sole traders, to partnerships, to limited liability companies.
We have in-depth understanding of the unique challenges posed by employment law to businesses and the difficulty employers have keeping up with their ever-changing obligations. Our goal is to resolve your employment law dispute swiftly without having to attend an Employment Tribunal hearing, so you can save time, costs, and reduce the risk of reputational damage.
As well as businesses, we also provide employment law services to employees, giving us insight into both sides of the dispute. This experience enables us approach negotiations with your employee realistically and effectively, helping you reach a settlement faster.
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