The Employment Law team at Girlings is adept at helping employees of all levels with employment law issues.
We have many years of experience of advising a diverse range of individuals on issues including settlement agreements, flexible working requests, post-termination restrictions, whistleblowing disclosures, confidential information disputes, grievances, wrongful and unfair dismissal claims, discrimination complaints and other Employment Tribunal claims.
We have extensive experience in advising employees on settlement agreements. Our experienced and specialised team offer timely, pragmatic and cost effective advice, and advise on the terms and effect of the settlement agreement in a way which is easy to understand. We can act on your behalf in negotiating severance terms and advising on your legal rights and any alternatives that may be available to you. We also advise individuals and groups of employees who have been offered settlement agreements as part of a collective redundancy procedure.
When moving on to a new role or starting a new business, restrictive covenants and other contractual obligations such as confidentiality clauses can cause problems for employees. Taking early advice with regard to the meaning and enforceability of post termination restrictions before exiting can help to spot and avoid potential disputes. We regularly assist individuals who are accused of infringing restrictive covenants or misusing trade secrets and confidential information.
We are very experienced at helping employees facing disciplinary, performance management, ill-health or redundancy procedures. We provide advice to employees going through such procedures, and to employees who have been dismissed. We offer expert guidance on whether your employer has acted fairly in conducting a dismissal procedure, on potential claims arising from dismissal such as discrimination and wrongful and unfair dismissal, and with representation in Acas Early Conciliation and Employment Tribunal proceedings.
Our expert team can also assist employees to resolve claims arising from unlawful deductions from wages, breaches of their contract of employment and statutory rights. We can advise on disputes over working hours and flexible working, pay (including national minimum wage), holiday entitlement and holiday pay, changes to your role or duties, sick pay, bonus payments and other contractual entitlements. Our specialist solicitors can advise on your rights relating to grievance procedures and the resolution of problems such as bullying, harassment, discrimination and personality conflicts in the workplace. We can advise you on how to raise a grievance, your rights in the procedure and, in the event that your grievance is unsuccessful, how to pursue a claim for constructive dismissal where appropriate.
Our experience in drafting new contracts, bonuses or incentive plans allows our specialist team to identify areas of concern to employees who have been asked to sign a new contract of employment. We can help you clarify what contractual terms mean in real world language, and we are happy to advise and assist you in reviewing and negotiating all types of employment contracts, bonus schemes, long term incentive plans and share option agreements.
We have extensive experience advising individuals who feel they have been discriminated against, and may wish to bring Equality Act claims, or subjected to detriments for “blowing the whistle” or exposing malpractice. We can assist you in raising grievances regarding these issues, advising on time limits and bringing claims in the Employment Tribunal.
Our specialist lawyers add value to our employee clients through our expensive experience, expert knowledge and pro-active service driven approach. Our focus is to find cost effective solutions at all times.
To find out more about support for employers on business issues, go to Employment Law for Businesses.