Employment

“Their ability to maintain good client relationships makes them stand out.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession, 2014
The Blake Morgan employment team, comprising over 40 specialist employment lawyers, provides a top ranked employment law service throughout the country supporting national and international clients in all aspects of employment law.

It is recognised for its long standing client relationships and pragmatic, strategic and effective advice in such areas as restructuring and reorganisations, redundancies, trade union issues, employment tribunal claims, employment contracts and service agreements, discrimination issues and claims, corporate acquisitions, outsourcing, transfer of undertakings (TUPE), whistleblowing, grievances and immigration. 

Our team is also complemented by its highly ranked Pensions team, HR Consultancy, bespoke training and Vigil, its highly regarded fixed fee day to day employment advice scheme.

Main areas of practice 

Our large team of employment lawyers, many of whom are recognised as leading practitioners within their field, have a wealth of experience in all areas of employment law, including:

  • Advocacy and representation in the Employment Tribunals 
  • Representation before the EAT, High Court and other courts up to the Supreme Court;
  • Employment contracts and service agreements - including policies and documentation, restrictive covenants, protection of confidential information, partnership, employment status issues and consultancy agreements
  • All day-to-day employment law and HR issues - such as discrimination, equal pay, disciplinary hearings, grievances, absence, performance management, working time, whistleblowing and family friendly rights
  • Dismissals and retirement - redundancy, retirement, voluntary early severance, senior executive terminations, boardroom disputes, settlement negotiations
  • Dispute resolution and mediation
  • Collective bargaining and trade union issues - information and consultation and works councils
  • Restructuring and re-organisation - relocation,  mergers, acquisitions, procurement, outsourcing and TUPE

Such work is carried out across a number of industry sectors encompassing a wide range of clients in the public and private sectors - see Related Expertise for a full list.

The team benefits from working closely with its Pensions and benefitsImmigration, Real estate and corporate teams to provide the comprehensive and seamless service our clients require.

Clients

Our specialist employment lawyers act for a wide range of clients, from individuals to household names including some of the leading organisations in their respective fields.  Examples include:

PHS (Personnel Hygiene Services Limited) DAS  RNLI

Welsh Government

Principality Building Society Thames Valley Police 
The NHS in Wales Huawei Technologies (UK) Ltd MacIntyre Care
Swansea University Apollo Fire Detectors  Imtech Traffic and Infra
Russell & Bromley Limited Oxford University Colleges  Square One Resource Ltd
Dolce & Gabbana  Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association  St John Cymru
Wightlink    

Significant experience 

Our Employment team has provided specialist advice in many complex and highly sensitive cases. Examples include acting for or providing advice to:

  • The senior management and HR team of a major international consultancy company on implementing substantial restructuring exercises resulting in several hundred redundancies.
  • A university on its high profile merger with another university to form a new university.  A complicated merger involving a large number of staff and negotiating with their unions, completed within a short timescale.
  • A range of high profile public and private sector clients where we have acted in a number of cases involving alleged race, sex, disability and age discrimination, victimisation, public interest disclosure and unfair dismissal.
  • Social housing  organisations in relation to  TUPE transfers,  industrial relations and threat of industrial action, exit strategies and pensions.
  • A multi-national company in respect of over 100 acquisitions of  businesses and companies which included, amongst other matters, completing extensive due diligence investigations resolving  substantial integration issues.
  • A charity in relation to a transaction involving a complex transfer of activities to another charity, working closely with other teams.  Work included TUPE transfers, pension liabilities, granting and assignment of leases of several properties, novation of contracts, transfer of moveable assets, negotiation of IP and IT equipment, rebranding,  and amending governing documents.
  • A leading UK security company in defending 36 claims for unlawful deduction of wages, breach of contract, unfair dismissal, working time regulations, whistleblowing and race, religion or belief, disability, sex and sexual orientation discrimination.  We successfully defended all claims that went to full hearing; the remainder were withdrawn, settled or struck out.
  • Advising a national company on its internal procedures in dealing with an employee who submitted multiple grievances culminating in over 100 grievances in a working week and its subsequent disciplinary procedures in respect of his conduct, and then defeating the subsequent employment tribunal claim which alleged unfair dismissal for protected disclosures and disability discrimination.

“Excellent.”

The Legal 500 UK 2013

“Advice is both practical and supportive of our business needs. They are sure we are aware of the latest issues.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession, 2014

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