When you run a business or charity, you want to make sure you are getting the best from your employees.
Employing people is essential for the growth of any business, but with it comes legal responsibilities, pitfalls and challenges, no matter what sector you are in.
We do NOT give textbook legal answers or sit on the fence. We give commercial, practical and workable recommendations to help you achieve your desired outcome.
Whether you want to exit an employee, take disciplinary action, manage performance or undertake a business restructure, our specialist employment solicitors and HR advisors will guide you through the process.
We can help with:
There are many things to consider when seeking advice on a settlement agreement. If you are looking to terminate an employee’s employment without worrying about having to face a future claim, we can help you negotiate and draft a successful settlement agreement.
Disciplinary & grievance procedures
Disciplinary & grievance procedures ensure that everybody is treated fairly and assist employers in complying with employment legislation and the ACAS Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance matters. At all times, employers need to conduct these procedures correctly and proactively, which is what our legal advisors are here to help you do.
You can be taken to an employment tribunal for various issues such as pay, dismissal and discrimination. Whatever specific issue you are facing, our expert employment lawyers can represent you at a tribunal hearing and throughout the proceedings to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome for you.
Business transfers, takeovers and TUPE
Not following the right TUPE process when taking over a business means that employees can bring a claim in an employment tribunal and seek compensation. Understanding how TUPE functions in employment law is therefore essential to a successful takeover, so be sure to speak to our TUPE experts well in advance and we can prepare all the relevant letters and contracts.
Contracts of employment and staff handbooks
We prepare tailored contracts and handbooks for many clients. It is a simple case of assessing your needs and drafting contracts, policies and procedures which work for your organisation. We charge a fixed fee ranging from £250-500 plus VAT (depending on the complexity), however our Watertight HR & Legal clients can receive these drafts free of charge.
Changing business contract terms
There are lots of reasons why either an employer or employee may wish to vary a contract of employment. If you are looking to update a contract with one of your employees, seek our team’s specialist advice to understand the full nature, implications and enforceability of any proposed changes to the contract.
The best way to deal with discrimination in the workplace is to prevent discrimination from occurring in the first place. Speak directly to one of employment law experts to understand what you can do to address fairness and prevent discrimination at work, or to receive legal advice if an employee has put a grievance forward.
Here at Bhayani Law, we have vast amounts of experience in helping businesses conduct redundancy procedures fairly and efficiently. We can provide you with a tool kit to assist you in undertaking redundancies and we can guide you through the process to minimise the risk of a tribunal claim.
If you are interested in undertaking a secondment arrangement in your business or organisation, there are a number of questions you should be asking yourself first. Follow the link below to learn what benefits a successful secondment can bring, or speak directly to a member of our team for more assistance.
We often work with companies which are seeking to enforce post-termination restrictions against an ex-employee who poses a threat to their business. For that reason, we have put together a useful guide on the essential considerations your business should take when drafting and seeking to enforce restrictive covenants.
Incidents of gross misconduct
There are a number of simple mistakes which you can make when responding to an incident of gross misconduct. Rather than responding inappropriately and risking the threat of an employment tribunal, ensure you speak to employment law experts such as Bhayani Law so that you are following the Acas code of practice every step of the way.
There are a number of legal steps you need to follow when bringing people to your team, such as inclusion and diversity requirements, pre-employment checks and overseas worker guidelines. Our sister company, Bhayani Recruitment, combines recruitment knowhow with vast employment law experience to ensure you are legally compliant at all times during the recruitment process.
How much will it cost my business to take legal advice?
Because we deal exclusively with employment law work, our comprehensive service comes with significantly lower overheads than traditional law firms. We will always discuss and agree with you how we will charge for our services, and we will also set initial and subsequent cost budgets so that you know how much your legal fees are likely to be.
View our cost options for more information.
How can we work with you?
1 – Watertight HR & Legal Fixed Fee Package
Our Watertight HR & Legal and Health & Safety fixed fee retainer is an option which may be right for you. This is a straightforward, great value plan designed to make relations with your employees as stress-free as possible. See here for more information and to generate a quote.
2 – Employment Law Risk Check
Our Employment Law Risk Check includes an audit which identifies risk areas and how to minimise them. The cost is fixed at £400 plus VAT and must be booked in advance.
3 – Get help on a specific issue
You can contact us to discuss any issue in confidence. We will give you an idea of the cost of the advice related to your specific issue, and guide you through the minefield of employment legislation at a reasonable cost.