Employment Law presents pitfalls for the unwary and necessitates a detailed understanding of the opaque and increasingly complex provisions of both domestic and European law.
The Team provides a specialist drafting, advisory and advocacy service that is available from the outset of any problem through to its final resolution that will be tailored to meet the needs and resources of your clients.
As a Team we aim to provide pro-active advice in developing situations to prevent problems before they arise. Many difficulties can be avoided with timely advice and advance planning.
The Team has extensive advocacy experience across the full range of employment related issues from the Employment Tribunal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal. Members have also appeared in, and chaired, disciplinary hearings.
Between them the Team have many years of experience dealing with employment law matters. The former head of the Team sits as a full time Employment Judge and Jeremy Burns sits as a part-time Employment Judge in Central London. Team members are on the Junior Counsel to the Crown (provincial panel). The Team are members of the Employment Lawyers Association and some are members of the Employment Law Bar Association.
The Team has expertise covering all areas of employment law and in particular:
- Unfair dismissal
- Wrongful dismissal
- Transfer of undertakings
- Disciplinary & grievance hearings/ADR
- Contract based claims including wages, bonuses and notice pay
- "Whistle Blowing" dismissals and victimisation
- Sex Discrimination including equal pay
- Race discrimination
- Age discrimination
- Discrimination on the grounds of religion or beliefs
- Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation
- Drafting contracts of employment/staff handbooks
- Restrictive covenants, confidentiality/trade secrets
- Immigration/visa requirements
The Chambers' Employment Team understands that cost to any client is an important factor. We aim to give your client transparency of cost in relation to any matter in which we are instructed. We will keep you informed of what each step is likely to cost the client as well as the likely overall cost of bringing the matter to a conclusion.
The team endeavours to take a flexible approach to fees taking into account the means of each client and, when cases settle, we charge for the work that has been undertaken rather than strictly enforcing the idea of 'brief delivered'. This can lead to significant cost reductions on a case by case basis should the matter settle well in advance of a hearing.
Our Team regularly delivers seminars both in house and here in Chambers. All seminars are CPD accredited by the Bar Council and the Law Society. The Team design seminars to meet the learning requirements of those attending. The Team also create bespoke in-house training sessions for local authorities and solicitors firms.
The Team believe that ADR is an important tool in the resolution of employment disputes.
Clients with Limited Means
The team operates an affordable scheme for Claimants of Limited Means to enable them to be represented at tribunals. For more details of how this scheme operates please contact us.
Conditional Fee Arrangements
Chambers are also willing to accept cases under CFA funding where counsel could be treated as a disbursement.
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