Employment

We are the job well done.

Our clients connect with us to help them navigate the increasingly complex landscape of HR law. Many of them fear a tribunal, some simply struggle to understand their legal obligations to employees. Our experienced team of employment lawyers clear the complicated fog of questions to leave a smooth and simple way forward so that you can get on with the day-to-day job of running your business.. It’s one of many reasons why our employment team feature in the Legal 500 directory.

Employment lawyers for your HR law needs 

Of course, there are also times when reality bites and things go wrong. Perhaps you need to make redundancies, amend staff contracts, tackle poor performance or discipline an errant employee? Or perhaps an employee is bringing an employment claim against you? Our expert employment lawyers can give you the focussed help you need. What’s more, our employment litigators can represent you at an Employment Tribunal and provide advice and support from start to finish.

As you would expect, our employment lawyers have a wealth of experience in advising businesses on human resources matters including, in particular: 

Training from our friendly employment lawyers: pro-actively helping you prevent staff issues

At heart, the main aim of our employment lawyers is to help you stop issues arising in the first place so that there is a strong foundation on which to build the relationship with your staff. This is why we offer staff training in key HR areas. We know all too well that an hour or two of prevention is worth many days of cure.

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Chancellor announces changes to the Job Support Scheme

The Chancellor announced on Thursday 22 October that the Government contribution to employers’ wage costs under the Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be increased. Employers will be expected to pay 5% of the cost of unworked hours instead of the 33% originally announced.

Coronavirus Update - CJRS Bonus - Are you eligible?

Back in the summer the Chancellor announced that employers could receive a one-off payment of £1,000 for every employee who had previously been furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme  provided they remained continuously employed to the end of January 2021.  Businesses will be able to claim the Job Retention Bonus from 15 February 2021 and the Government has stated that further guidance will be provided by the end of January 2021.

Coronavirus Update - Jobs Support Scheme announced

With new government guidance on Covid coming into force today and the current furlough scheme coming to an end next month, as expected, the Chancellor has today announced a new scheme to help businesses.  

Immigration reform and workforce trends

The Government’s white paper on post-Brexit immigration policy is expected in October. Will the future immigration rules reflect the self-employment and flexible working that are now intrinsic to the UK labour force?

Employers glimpse the future of EU skilled migration

The Brexit White Paper of 12 July 2018 suggests what the future of skilled EU migrants in the UK might look like, but the wording is vague. In this analysis for Thomson Reuters, Downs Head of Immigration Samar Shams tries to decode the government’s plans for skilled migration from the EU.

Downs Solicitors submits evidence to the Home Affairs Committee

The Home Affairs Committee has published Downs Solicitors’ submission to its inquiry on post-Brexit migration policy. The submission, drafted by Head of Immigration Samar Shams, makes suggestions relating to the future of work and the realities of corporate restructurings. Samar argues for appeal rights and gender equality, and the reduction of application fees. Samar also warns that mobility negotiations might lead to overly complex immigration rules and requirements.

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