Employment Law Advice  at Downs

Our clients connect with us to help them navigate the increasingly complex landscape of human resources (HR) law. Many of them fear a tribunal and 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. This is just one of many reasons why our employment team feature in the Legal 500 directory. One member of our team also has experience working as an HR Consultant and has accordingly, uniquely for an employment solicitor, has hands on experience or running HR processes from start to finish and truly understands that actual challenges of implanting HR procedures. We will work with you to ensure employment law is not a minefield by providing regular employment law advice and guidance, keeping you up to date with new legislation and legal best practice.

How Downs can help you

Of course, there are also times when reality bites and things are more challenging. 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 focused help you need

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

  • Contracts of Employment/Directors Service Agreements
  • Data Protection and the General Data Protection Regulations – GDPR (including Data Subject Access Requests)
  • Disciplinary Issues
  • Performance Issues
  • Discrimination Issues – sex discrimination, disability discrimination, age discrimination, race discrimination
  • Employment Tribunal Representation
  • Family Friendly Rights – Maternity, Paternity, Shared Parental Leave
  • Grievances
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Staff Handbooks
  • Transfer of Undertakings - Protection of Employment (TUPE) 
  • Unfair Dismissal and Unfair Constructive Dismissal
  • Workplace Mediation
  • Employee Relation Matters
  • Holiday Pay
  • Flexible Working Requests
  • Redundancies
  • National Minimum Wage
  • Harassment 

Pro-actively preventing staff issues

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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