Employment

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Employment Law Services – Getting the Job Done

We know that any business is the sum of its parts and we can assist both employers and employees in selected areas of employment law.

Our team will work with you to ensure that you have comprehensive and detailed contracts of employment that reflect all the latest legal developments, while protecting you and your business from potential disputes and future headaches.

Our solicitors can assist with:

  • Contract Advice for Employers and Employees
  • Redundancy and Unfair Dismissal issues
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Self-Employment & Employment Status
  • Employee Handbooks

 

Settlement Agreements

For Employees

When an employment is being terminated by agreement, we are here to assist with the review and certification of the Settlement Agreement which lays out the agreed terms of this arrangement.  We are not a litigating practice, and so cannot assist if your matter is contentious and you believe that you may wish to dispute the termination of your employment, but can advise and guide you if you are considering accepting the Agreement proposed by your employer.

The signature of a Settlement Agreement involves the waiver of all of your rights in relation to a potential claim against your employer relating to the termination of your employment, as well as precluding you from almost every other claim relating to your period of employment other than limited personal injury or pension rights claims, in exchange for a payment.  The adequacy of this payment has to be reviewed.  This is, consequently, a significant document which requires a fully informed decision on your part, with a view to all the facts and the rights that you are giving up.  Our employment solicitors will provide you with detailed advice to allow you to make this informed decision, based on the documentation reviewed and on our interview itself.

In order to ensure that the Agreement proposed meets both your contractual rights and requirements, and those allowed by law, we review your contract of employment and associated documentation in advance of meeting you.  This allows us to advise you promptly of any areas of concern, giving you the opportunity to either raise these with your employer, or to instruct us to deal with negotiations on your behalf to ensure that your Settlement Agreement provides the most comprehensive and advantageous set of terms possible in your particular circumstances.

We review your statutory redundancy entitlement, and compare this to the proposal made.

Where restrictive covenants are included in your original employment contract we will advise you on the impact of these on a future role and will seek to tackle these within the Settlement Agreement negotiations.

Once our specialist lawyer has reviewed the documentation and has advised you on any areas which need to be dealt with prior to signature, a meeting will be fixed promptly to go through the Agreement clause by clause, and for you to sign this if all is in order.  Detailed advice is provided on the Agreement and its effect, prior to its completion and the return of the signed copies and Certificate to your employer for their counter-signature.

Our team will provide you with all the support and advice that you need at a difficult time, and will be here to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the settlement proposed and its impact on your future employment.

 

For Employers

Where a non-contentious dismissal or redundancy situation occurs, we can provide full advice and support throughout the process, preparing all the necessary documentation and advising on different potential outcomes.  Our employment solicitors can provide advice on all related employment law matters, and ensure that the process runs as smoothly as possible.

 

Other Employment Matters

For Employees

Our employment lawyers can review new or existing employment contracts to advise on terms and covenants, and advise on non-contentious employment issues and documentation.

For Employers

Our specialist team can assist with the preparation of contracts for new employees or Directors and provide advice on existing ones, advise on general employment issues, TUPE, and assist with company policies or other supporting documentation.  We can prepare Shareholder and Partnership Agreements, and specialist advice on associated matters.

 

How we Charge

We aim to be as transparent as possible about how we calculate your legal costs. Our charges relate mainly to the time spent on your legal matter, plus any addition expenses such as court fees. You can learn more from the link below.
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Cockfosters Head Office

Tel. 020 8441 1556

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East Barnet Office

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Please note that our physical offices are open as usual, with appointments available by arrangement in limited circumstances to ensure the safety of our staff and clients.

 When attending our offices, please

You will be asked to stand at a safe distance from our staff at all times.

Please do not attend our offices if you or anyone in your household is currently experiencing symptoms of COVID19 or has tested positive for the disease in the last 14 days.

We shall be working remotely wherever this is possible and we will have access to our emails which is currently the best form of communication.

Meetings will be held in the first instance by telephone, and your solicitor will discuss with you any arrangements relating to ID or signature of documents. If you have any questions please direct these to your solicitor in the first instance or by email to law@pwjsolicitors.co.uk.

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