We provide a wide range of employment law services to clients. Employer clients can engage our services to provide employment law and HR advisory and drafting services on an ongoing basis for a low, fixed monthly fee.
Alternatively, our services can be engaged on an hourly or daily rate basis or, depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to agree a fixed price in advance of undertaking a specific project in order to provide the client with certainty in relation to cost.
The main areas of service provision are as follows:-
Employment Law Advice
We understand that employment law and human resources are complex matters for employers to deal with. By providing pro-active and practical advice and assistance, we can take the uncertainty and difficulty away from you and give you confidence that you are following the proper procedures and making appropriate decisions.
Our employment law and human resources advisory services include, but are not limited to:-
- advising on recruitment exercises
- performance management and employee engagement strategies
- absence management
- disciplinary and grievance (including chairing meetings)
- redundancy exercises
- transfers of undertakings / service provision changes
- training for managers and staff
The law requires employers to provide employees with a written statement of main terms of employment. As well as being a legal requirement, it makes good sense to write down the terms of the employment contract so that both parties are clear regarding what can be expected of and by them. We can be engaged to provide advice on what should be included in a statement of main terms of employment and can provide clients with the correct paperwork to provide to their employees.
As well as issuing statements of main terms of employment, it is also helpful to provide employees with a handbook of HR policies so that employees can understand the organisation’s policies on a range of matters such as:-
- annual leave
- family related leave (maternity, paternity, etc)
- performance management
- use of email and internet at work
- equal opportunities
Well drafted and clearly communicated policies and procedures are of great value in the employment relationship and we can be engaged to assist employers in drafting these important policies.
In addition to drafting employment documentation, we can also be engaged to draft agreements for the provision of services by self-employed associates or sub-contractors to a business or organisation. It is important that these agreements are well drafted to help ensure that the relationship is not deemed to be one of employer and employee.
Mark Mason has many years’ experience in representing employer and employee clients in Employment Tribunal proceedings, including dismissal, discrimination, breach of contract and unlawful deductions from wages cases.
We undertake all the preparation work and advocacy in the Tribunal without the need to brief a Barrister. This means that the costs to our clients of Tribunal representation are kept well below the average market rate.
Strict time limits are enforced by the Industrial Tribunal and so it is important to take advice early if, as an employee, you think you may have a claim to the Tribunal or if, as an employer, you are served with a Tribunal claim form from a current or former employee.
We are passionate about achieving the best result for clients in Tribunal proceedings – whether that means negotiating a suitable settlement or representing the client’s case before the Tribunal in an effort to obtain a judgment in the client’s favour.