Employment & HR for Schools

Keeping your organisation working

Over recent years, employment law has become increasingly wide-ranging and ever more complex.  Employment law is subject to constant change through legislation, the courts’ interpretation and Government policy.  Consequently we assist charities in taking a pro-active approach in managing their employees and the working environment.

Our specialist unit has extensive experience 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 for which they work which can lead to greater scope for acrimonious disputes.  We also understand how the constraints of charity law can effect charities who want to reward loyal employees. We work with senior management and trustees of charities to provide day-to-day advice on all aspects of employment law, from addressing single questions to contracts and policies through to complex tribunal matters and large scale restructuring programmes.

Our expertise includes:

  • Contracts and terms of employment;
  • Disciplinary, grievance and capability procedures;
  • Equal opportunities, including defending equal pay litigation;
  • Working time rules and calculations;
  • Part time and fixed term employees;
  • Age, disability, race, sex, sexual orientation and religious discrimination;
  • Dismissals, including advice on unfair, constructive, wrongful, redundancy and retirement dismissals;
  • TUPE and related issues;
  • Pensions – occupational, personal and public sector;
  • Restrictive covenants;
  • Family friendly working issues;
  • Settlement agreements;
  • Human rights;
  • Employment of non-EEA nationals;
  • Appraisal systems;
  • Whistle blowing;
  • Representation at employment tribunals.

Unusually for a firm of solicitors we have a group of professional HR Consultants within our employment team who are able to assist our clients on all day to day HR issues as well as on specific HR projects, such as restructures, performance management systems and TUPE. The distinct advantage of this is that you know our HR Consultants have the full support of our experienced employment lawyers. See our HR Capability Statement for further details.

Our team also contains a Partner who is dual qualified as a barrister and a solicitor. Consequently we can represent our clients throughout Tribunal and Appeal Proceedings.

We also provide an employment law “hotline” facility for clients on an annual retainer basis as well as a regular newsletter and a monthly e-mail bulletin highlighting all of the latest important developments in employment law.

Get in touch

Please contact Nick Watson for a no-obligation discussion on the employment services we offer.

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