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 specialist 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 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
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.
Awards and Accolades
Oxford 26 September 2019
We are delighted to invite you to the first lunchtime HR Forum of our Autumn series in conjunction with Hays. The seminar will be held on Thursday 26 September 2019 in...Read More
A recent Court of Appeal case has shown how holiday pay must be calculated for term-time, casual or seasonal workers on irregular hours and zero hours workers (whether or not...Read More
The Greek Data Protection Authority ("DPA" the equivalent of the UK's Information Commissioner's Office/ICO) has just fined PWC €150,000 for GDPR breaches in connection with its processing of employee data....Read More
In anticipation of the extension of the off-payroll rules to the private sector in April 2020, the Government has published its draft legislation together with explanatory notes, policy paper and...Read More
Restrictive covenants are a useful tool for employers to protect their competitive edge and to reduce the risk of 'star employees' leaving to join competitors. However, failure to draft restrictive...Read More
The Government has intended to put a cap on the amount a public sector employee can receive on leaving employment for some time. The Enterprise Act 2016 inserted a provision...Read More