Business Case Studies
Acted for several employers of nannies who became pregnant and claimed discrimination. Resolved the issues successfully and without dispute. Acted for another employer of a nanny who only came to us once their ex-nanny had issued a claim, resolved the matter through settlement and kept the matter out of the court.
To protect a modelling business, our client urgently needed terms and conditions drafted for the business’s agency workers and also terms for own clients to sign.
Firms of Solicitors
Have helped a number of solicitors' firms with issues relating to their employees. There have been redundancies in a property firm, which we have handled sensitively and efficiently. Maternity bonus issues have arisen in a specialist practice, with the potential for a sex discrimination claim if not approached carefully. We have advised on protecting the business when solicitors leave, threatening to take clients with them. The new pension regime that is being rolled out across businesses has been explained. Advice has also been given on staff policies and suitable contracts with provisions protecting the business (in terms of confidentiality and when staff leave) to a firm carrying out publicly funded housing work. Settled discrimination claim on a favourable basis.
We support a newly formed and very successful trade union, providing help on complex employment issues to the officials. These have included difficult unfair dismissal claims, unlawful deduction of wages, race discrimination, rehousing (as part of a deal on the member leaving his job) and help in settlement negotiations generally. This advice is provided on a monthly retainer, which we also offer to other businesses, who have ongoing issues and want to have a fixed monthly price for advice.
Financial services companies
Advised Founder Investor of the LLP on exiting the Managing Director, advised on exiting junior employees, detailed advice on restrictive covenants as well as day-to-day HR issues.
Investment banking partnership
Assisted the partnership through a difficult grievance, which was then resolved successfully.
Leading Specialist Marketing Company
Advised on a whole range of issues from redundancies of senior and junior executives to everyday HR issues eg dealing with flexible working requests.
International luxury goods companies
Helped a number of luxury goods companies on employment matters: settled discrimination claim, drafted employment contracts and advised on TUPE, grievances and HR issues as they arose.
Extreme Sport Company
We have successfully dealt with a complex collective redundancy, spanning many months and involving over 25 being made redundant. We had to set up elections for representatives and advise on that procedure. There was then both collective and individual consultation. We drafted all the necessary paperwork and easy to understand information for each step of the process for management. This way we broke down a complicated procedure into manageable steps. At each stage we gave dos and don'ts so that everyone was clear on how to manage the process properly. As it all took a long time, it was important to keep morale up, to minimise the risk of disruption to the business and claims. This we achieved.
Advised employment business that provides staff to hospitals on terms and conditions and details concerning the complex Agency Worker Regulations.
Acted for Doctor's surgery on a gross misconduct disciplinary involving the theft of monies from the surgery over a two year period. Advised on the investigation, disciplinary and the gross misconduct termination.
Acted for Respondent (luxury hotel) in Employment Tribunal who dismissed Claimant on performance grounds. Case successfully settled for minimal amount. We had applied for the case to be struck out and for a Pre Hearing Review to be heard. Claimant was looking for at least 20 x the amount in damages.
Private wealth firm
Advised on TUPE transfer of employees and assets.