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Our team is made up of employment lawyers with an in-depth knowledge of UK employment-related issues. In addition to our legal know-how, our lawyers are recognised for their commercial focus and ability to accommodate genuine business needs when delivering legal solutions.

Sitting within the wider EY professional services firm, our lawyers work with complementary teams in immigration, payroll, pensions and HR advisory. This means our advice is set in a wider context of employment services to better meet our client’s business needs.

By linking our lawyers with experienced professionals from across our EY networks, we combine a knowledge of local employment law with strategic insight into how organisations operate within the UK and across international borders.

As well as interacting on a day to day basis with our colleagues in other EY service lines, we are part of EY’s global legal network, joining numerous other jurisdictions around the world. In this way we are able to offer truly integrated legal services.

Our practice services employers in the core areas of:

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HR advisory – day to day employment law issues

  • Drafting terms and conditions of employment
  • Individual and collective dismissals
  • Employee grievances and disciplinary procedures
  • Drafting a full suite of employment documents
  • Compliance with data protection and privacy law
  • Minimum wage, holiday leave and equal pay
  • Strategies for diversity and equal opportunity employment
  • Collective labour law including industrial disputes, trade union law and strike action
  • Termination of employment
  • Discrimination, victimisation and harassment
  • Employment status (‘officer’, ‘worker’ or ‘employee’?)
  • Preparation and review of codes of conduct, individual policies and employee handbooks
  • Effective communication with works councils, unions and employee representatives
  • Restructuring and outsourcing.

Transaction support

  • Due diligence of the employment component in any transaction involving company staff
  • Strategies for employee and workforce communications
  • Advising on employer obligations for outsourcing and offshoring
  • Development plans for posttransaction integration
  • Advising employers on obligations to inform and consult for transfers of business or service provision changes
  • Reviewing transaction documents for compliance with relevant employment laws.

Employment litigation

  • Unfair dismissal
  • Wrongful dismissal, and other disputes relating to employment contracts
  • Discrimination, victimisation and harassment claims
  • Whistleblowing
  • Litigation regarding industrial action including strike injunctions
  • Disputes regarding national minimum wage, unlawful deductions and working time regulations
  • Employee competition and breach of confidentiality.