Expert Employment law solicitors Southampton

Employment Law Solicitors Southampton.

Employment law is constantly changing, but at Blake Morgan our team of expert employment law solicitors understand the commercial impact of these changes and how to secure the best outcome for your organisation.

Our employment lawyers are part of Blake Morgan’s wider Employment, Pensions, Benefits and Immigration group who work closely together, comprising a team of over 40 employment experts. Our employment law solicitors specialise in all aspects of employment law and our clients consistently praise our pragmatic, commercial and solution-driven advice which is tailored to their needs.

Main Areas Of Practice


Advocacy and representation

For claims in Employment Tribunals.

Representation before appeal courts

Including the EAT, High Court and other courts up to the Supreme Court.

Employment contracts, service agreements and policies

Including drafting GDPR-compliant policies, handbooks, staff privacy notices and contractual documentation, drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants, protecting of confidential information, drafting and advising on partnership documents, advising on employment status issues and drafting consultancy and independent contractor agreements.

All day-to-day employment law and HR issues

Such as discrimination, equal opportunities, equal pay, disciplinary hearings, grievances, absence, performance management, staff-related data protection issues including subject access requests, wages, working time, gender pay reporting, whistleblowing and family friendly rights.

Dismissals and redundancy

Disciplinary dismissals, redundancies, ill-health dismissals and retirements, voluntary early severance agreements, senior executive terminations, boardroom disputes, protected conversations, settlement negotiations and settlement agreements.

Dispute resolution and workplace mediation

As well as our employment law solicitors resolving legal disputes, our separate HR Consultancy service can provide mediation at an earlier stage. It is able to offer ongoing retained or interim HR support, work on strategic interventions or specific projects, and has a team of Accredited Workplace Mediators.

Collective bargaining and trade union issues

Including advice on collective agreements, strikes or threatened industrial action, information and consultation requirements and works councils.

Restructuring and reorganisation

Advice, drafting and due diligence work, changes to terms and conditions, relocation, mergers, acquisitions, procurement, resourcing, outsourcing and TUPE (transfer of undertakings or service provision changes).

Recruitment sector advice

Our Southampton team are experts in advising on all legal aspects of recruitment including advice to organisations supplying or relying on permanent, self-employed or temporary staff including agency workers. The team advises on Recruitment Process Outsourcing and Managed Service Arrangements as well as all legal considerations facing recruitment businesses.

Our Clients


Our Southampton employment law solicitors act for a wide range of public, private and third sector clients, from individuals to household names, spanning a large number of industries and sectors and including some of the leading organisations in their respective fields.

"They are attentive, personable and knowledgeable."
- Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2019


"Quick to respond, has excellent strength-in-depth and a pragmatic and sympathetic approach to problem resolution."
- The Legal 500 2019


"A wide range of expertise, and individual lawyers can offer detailed support in key areas such as GDPR or Safeguarding, which is particularly valuable."
- Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2019


Highlights


Providing all employment law advice (with Pensions and Immigration) for a key health sector client on complex clawback provisions on training costs (potentially running to six figures), discrimination issues, TUPE, collective agreements, back-pay for doctors, and a major restructuring project involving redundancies of very senior staff.


Advising a Plc and a subsidiary when a contract was awarded to various incoming contractors resulting in complex TUPE and redundancy issues. The 18-month project (affecting 700 employees) involved identifying the transferring staff, and advising on redundancies, collective consultation, electing representatives, Trade Union issues, and fragmentation. The project successfully resulted in no tribunal claims.


Defending a leading UK security company in 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.


Our experts


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Southampton

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Joshi
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Reading

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Paula
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Cardiff

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Sarah
Peacock
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Southampton

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Matthew
Smith
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Cardiff

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Oliver
Weiss
Partner

London

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