HR and Employment Law Advice for Employees
The workplace is a place to develop new skills, build relationships and advance your career. Despite this, most people will need advice from a specialist employment solicitor at some stage of their career.
Advice may be needed when starting a new job, when leaving a job or during employment. At all times when employment advice is required, our expert employment lawyers strive to secure the best possible outcome for you.
Smith Partnership offers a team of top employment law solicitors who each have significant experience and knowledge of all areas of HR and employment law. We will familiarise ourselves with your specific issues and objectives from the moment you instruct us, outlining our advice on achieving your desired outcome in clear language.
A comprehensive employment law service
We advise employees working across all sectors on how best to achieve employment law and HR solutions. We regularly advise clients on a diverse range of employment issues, which include:
- Employment processes: investigations, suspensions, disciplinary proceedings, dismissals, performance management, grievances, redundancy, bullying and harassment, whistleblowing and discrimination
- Family matters: family leave (maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, shared parental leave, time off for dependents) and flexible working requests
- Contracts: advice on terms of contracts of employment, including salary, bonuses, share options, employee benefits, confidentiality, intellectual property, restrictive covenants / post-termination restrictions
- Leaving employment: dismissal, resignation, settlement agreements
- Transferring employment: advice on rights under the TUPE regulations.
- Employment claims: ACAS Early Conciliation, mediation, boardroom disputes, Employment Tribunal claims (unfair dismissal, constructive unfair dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination, unlawful deduction from wages) and High Court proceedings (breach of contract, restrictive covenants)
If you require legal assistance regarding any of the areas listed above, or if you’re faced with any other issue relating to your employment, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.
Who do we advise?
We offer clients at all levels of seniority the resources they need to face employment law issues with the utmost confidence. We advise clients at all levels, from manual workers to boardroom executives.
No matter what stage in your career you’re at, we believe that everyone should be able to benefit from legal advice whenever the circumstances call for it. For this reason, our team is on hand to help advise you on virtually every employment challenge imaginable.
Settlement agreements are commonly used by employers to reach an agreement with an employee in the case of a workplace dispute. The terms set out in these agreements can have significant consequences for the parties involved, and employees are legally obligated to seek legal advice prior to signing the agreement.
Our employment team regularly helps employees better understand the legal implications of these settlements as well as helping them to negotiate terms that are more favourable to them. To learn more about our services in this area, please refer to our dedicated settlement agreement page.
Employment Tribunal representation
In cases where employment disputes cannot be resolved at an earlier stage, we offer the expertise required to argue employees’ cases before an Employment Tribunal.
Employment disputes will normally only be heard by an Employment Tribunal. In most cases, you must have already attempted to settle the dispute via ACAS Early Conciliation and have made your claim within three months of the specific incident or the end of your employment.
Given the complexities involved with preparing employment cases for hearing in a Tribunal, our team offers a dedicated Employment Tribunal representation service designed to offer you expert legal support in making a successful claim.
Employment law advice that works for you
The way in which you deal with challenges in the workplace can have a significant impact on both your current and future employment. Whether you’re looking to protect your financial interests, safeguard your reputation or anything in between, getting the right legal expert in your corner can make all the difference in protecting your future career.
If you are involved in any negotiation or dispute with your employer, our solicitors can offer you trusted legal advice that works in your best interests. Our employment team provides practical and highly professional legal representation, ensuring you benefit from expert guidance during each stage of the process.
Why choose us?
As one of the leading law firms in the East Midlands, we pride ourselves on making expert legal advice accessible to all those who need it.
Drawing on our substantial experience of dealing with all aspects of employment law, our workplace solicitors offer legal advice at each of our offices in Derby, Burton-on-Trent, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent and Swadlincote. We also offer legal advice remotely, ensuring you get the advice you need at a time and place that suits you.
We provide employment advice based on hourly rates, fixed fees, legal expense insurance and as part of No Win No Fee arrangements, depending on the case. Adopting a straight-talking approach at all times, we’re proud to offer a wide range of jargon-free legal services centred around your needs.
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The team is proud to have been recognised by the Legal 500, which states:
James Johnson provides a personable service, has always delivered and turned around responses and documentation in a timely fashion. His knowledge and support with the cases we present and his advice accordingly provides a great deal of comfort and confidence.