Staff and volunteers are at the heart of every charity, however employment law can be difficult to navigate with constant change through legislation, the courts’ interpretation, Government policy and Charity Commission guidance. Our employment solicitors are able to assist trustees and senior leaders in taking a pro-active approach in managing their employees and the working environment.

As a leading provider of legal advice to the Charity sector, we act for a broad and diverse range of clients. Our team has extensive experience providing employment advice in all aspects of employment law as it relates to charities and the wider not-for-profit sector. We know that a charity’s employees will often feel a great loyalty towards, and ownership of, the charity or charitable trust for which they work which can lead to greater scope for acrimonious disputes. We also understand how the constraints of charity law can affect charities who want to reward loyal employees.

We understand how important the relationship between the trustees and the senior executive teams is and can assist in keeping this relationship stable and productive, and also assist if such a relationship deteriorates.

We have experience in supporting charities in moments of crisis, particularly arising from grievance or whistleblowing complaints. The HR Consultancy team are able to investigate allegations and support disciplinary procedures, whilst our employment solicitors are able to advise on strategic approach, engagement with the Charity Commission, and risk management. 

Our employment law solicitors have in depth expertise in all matters affecting charities. A few examples of the advice often provided to charities include (but is not limited to):

  • charity mergers and corporate restructures;

  • redundancies and reorganisation;

  • safeguarding and child protection;

  • conduct and capability processes;

  • grievances and whistleblowing complaints;

  • complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination

  • managing senior staff;

  • brand management;

  • use of volunteers and employment status;

  • Charity Commission reporting;

  • Trustee obligations in making severance payments;

  • Representation at employment tribunals.

We also offer HR consultancy services. Our team of HR Consultants works closely with the Charity Employment team to provide continuity of advice in relation to a wide range of employment issues. We offer a range of charity employment retainers to enable you to take advice quickly and easily, at a fixed cost. We are also able to provide Workplace Mediation.

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"All the staff at Stone King listen very carefully to the needs of the business so they get a clear understanding of what the client outcomes and expectations are. The invoicing is clear and has all of the detail on it that you would expect."

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"The manner and clarity with which support has been provided has been exceptional."

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"The team are absolutely excellent in terms of turning around work and being attentive to client priorities."

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What our clients say

"Harriet is always quick to respond, knowledgeable and works with the best interest of her clients."

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What our clients say

"The team are very knowledgeable and thorough."

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What our clients say

"Stone King are always fast and efficient in responding, and willing to meet tight deadlines with readiness."

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What our clients say

"Stone King are true professionals. They remain calm and collected when faced with complicated issues, and they run through the various layers with focus, close attention and a problem-solving mindset." 

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What our clients say

"Their legal advice is solid, clear and well expressed. They are also very good at confirming best practice and giving practical as well as legal advice on implementation."

Legal 500, 2021

What our clients say

‘The employment and charity expert teams are excellent and have consistently given good advice to us on trustee, employment and governance issues.‘

Legal 500, 2021

 

What our clients say

"They take the time to really get to know the organisation; they offer proactive as well as reactive advice and support, they are incredibly knowledgeable and reliable, the quality of their work is exceptional and they always think things through from all angles."

Chambers

What our clients say

"Many interviewees are quick to laud the insight the firm offers, with one praising the team's expertise and in-depth knowledge of the charity sector, as well as its solution-orientated and pragmatic approach."

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What our clients say

"The team is lauded for its ‘well-presented advice’ and for the fact that there are ‘sufficient subject matter experts on hand to be able to tackle a wide range of questions’."

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What our clients say

"They have a range of experts in a variety of legal fields whose expertise we can draw upon. Response times have been exemplary."

Chambers - 2014

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