We are expert employment lawyers and our team is ranked highly by both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. We pride ourselves on our ability to simplify the law and provide practical and commercial solutions for any staff issue. Our clients commend us for being able to handle their HR issues in a manner that is not only legally expert but reassuring and empathetic.
We offer a fixed monthly fee employment law and HR retainer service for employers based on an estimate of usage which is reviewed and adjusted periodically. Many employers prefer this approach as we don’t tie them in to long contracts so our arrangements can be flexible.
We have particular expertise in strategic issues affecting large sections of the workforce. We are accustomed to dealing with collective consultation issues and the sensitivities of working with a unionised workforce. Our knowledge and experience is often sought in situations such as collective redundancy, changes to terms and conditions, outsourcing, industrial action, union recognition, corporate mergers and acquisitions and insolvency.
We also represent employers in all forms of employment litigation and can draw from vast experience having acted in thousands of cases in the employment tribunal or higher appellate tribunals/courts. Such cases include constructive and unfair dismissal, redundancy, whistleblowing, discrimination, harassment, working time, breach of contract and more. Our vast experience defending tribunal claims enhances the support we provide to our employer clients in their day to day HR matters, where we bring sound judgement to disciplinary and grievance investigations, discrimination issues, performance or absence management and senior terminations.
Employment disputes waste your precious time and money, deplete morale and damage reputations. We aim to limit your exposure to litigation by delivering a bespoke and holistic service on all HR matters from start to finish. Our clients value our straightforward and collaborative approach in helping them recruit, manage and retain an enthusiastic workforce. If employment tribunal proceedings can’t be avoided, our experienced Employment lawyers will guide you through the tribunal process with your best interests at heart and the minimum of disruption to your business.
Links to Guides and Further Information
- Wrongful and Unfair Dismissal - further details including costs, what is included, how long it will take and who at Berry Smith will be helping you can be found by clicking HERE
- Employment contracts, policies and procedures
- Changes to an employee's terms & conditions
- Disciplinary procedures
- Grievances and workplace disputes
- Collective employee issues
- Managing sickness absence
- Employment Tribunals
- Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE)