Employment law

A wide range of public and private sector employers rely upon the Sharpe Pritchard employment law team for advisory support when recruiting, managing and restructuring an organisation’s human resources.

Our expert employment solicitors ensure that our clients comply with the latest employment regulations. They draft and update terms conditions of service, including for atypical employment models, policies and procedures or staff handbooks.

When issues arise, our clients can rely on our employment lawyers to assist with a full range of advice on matters including:

  • employment policies and procedures;
  • equal pay or holiday pay;
  • disciplinary procedures;
  • handling staff grievances;
  • managing redundancies;
  • avoiding discrimination claims;
  • settlement agreements;
  • advising on TUPE and pensions;
  • handling employment tribunal claims
  • claims in the Employment Appeals Tribunal, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court;
  • managing sickness absence;
  • maternity paternity and adoption rights;
  • avoiding industrial unrest.

Our employment law team is available to our clients for general advice on employment policy and procedures to help facilitate the smooth running of our clients' organisation. 

In the event of a problem heading towards an employment tribunal, we advise and support our clients' HR team at every stage of the case.

Sharpe Pritchard has particular expertise in large scale projects (PFI and PPP), shared services and restructuring, so our employment lawyers are experienced in providing TUPE advice on outsourcing arrangements.

They also have expertise in the local and central government pension schemes especially in the context of outsourcing.

Click here for our Employment Tribunal Fees Information.

Recent work

  • acting for a London Local Authority defending an unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and race discrimination claim; appealing against judgment in favour of the Claimant; conducting a retrial ordered by the Employment Appeals Tribunal, including judicial mediation at which the Claimant refused to engage constructively, and following a lengthy retrial all the claims were dismissed;
  • advising a County Council regarding a disciplinary investigation, whistleblowing complaint and potential claim for unfair constructive dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and disability;
  • advising a District Council on a restructuring proposal and a grievance, whistleblowing complaint and complaint for race discrimination and potential unfair constructive dismissal arising from it;
  • acting for a London Local Authority in an 8 day Employment Tribunal claim for unfair dismissal involving whistleblowing and discrimination, defending appeals to the Employment Appeals Tribunal and Court of Appeal, which has directed a retrial relating to two potential protected disclosures;
  • following outsourcing of services, advising the transferee on negotiating new arrangements with trade unions to replace previous recognition agreements;
  • advising three local authorities regarding TUPE and pensions aspects of the outsourcing of a shared service;
  • acting for a London Local Authority on unfair dismissal and TULR(C)A claims following closure of its Parks Police Service; the question of the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear the claims went to the Court of Appeal;
  • successfully defending complex unfair dismissal, race and disability discrimination claims in a 6 day trial in the Employment Tribunal, acting for a body supplying public sector services;
  • settling a very substantial LGPS pension loss claim following an Employment Tribunal finding of discrimination and unfair dismissal.

 

What others say

"[Sharpe Pritchard] has provided invaluable support to Newham Council on a number of employment tribunal cases over the last three years.  [Sharpe Pritchard] has supported us on a range of matters from equal pay group actions to complex cases from individuals.  The Council has achieved outcomes which it is pleased with from these cases and would recommend [Sharpe Pritchard] for its approachability and pragmatic way of dealing" Brenda Whyte, Human Resources, London Borough of Newham.

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