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Employment Law For Businesses

CWJ's team of employment solicitors in Kent is headed by Judith Curran and is supported by a team of experienced lawyers, all specialists in employment law.

  • Judith Curran
      • 01689 887812
      • 07787 228116
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  • Laura Claridge
      • 01689 887873
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  • Paida Dube
      • 01689887857
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Why should businesses use our employment law team?

Our employment team is made up of specialist employment lawyers who take the time to get to know you and the needs of your business. Our lawyers strive to find practical, cost effective and common sense solutions to employment issues and employee disputes your business is dealing with.

As part of our employment law service, we offer advice and support through the full employment cycle from recruitment of employees, through to dismissal and termination of employment. We are experienced and trusted in providing strategic advice on exiting senior employees or making changes at senior management level as well as guiding your business through mergers and acquisitions. 

If you don’t have an in-house HR team, or have one but still need specialist advice for the more technical employment law problems outside your experience, our employment solicitors in Kent can help you.

We offer the quality of service of a London law firm but at regional prices. Many of our solicitors at CWJ have been collectively and individually recognised by Chambers UK, the independent guide to the legal profession, as leaders in their field.

Our Value Added Employment Law Services

As a CWJ client, we will provide you with free employment law updates, seminars, webinars and workshops to ensure you are able to keep up to date with the ever-changing world of employment law.

If you do not have your own dedicated HR Manager or your HR team needs to use external resources and expertise to maintain confidentiality and independence in dealing with complaints or disputes involving employees our outsourced HR consultancy services can help you.

We can offer you the following HR consultancy services:

We can offer you the following employment law services:

  • Managing day-to-day employment law issues

  • Defending Employment Tribunal and EAT claims
  • Reviewing and updating your employment documentation
  • Dealing with difficult employees, including dismissal
  • Day to day HR Corporate Support
  • Defending all types of Employment Tribunal claims
  • Advising on TUPE and corporate transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Employment Contracts/Company Handbooks
  • Advising on redundancy and business reorganisations
  • Advice on changes to senior management teams
  • Pre-termination conversations and dismissal of employees
  • Advice in dealing with employee grievances and disciplinary issues
  • Specialist Medical Partnerships and Practices advice

We can also draft and update your contracts of employment, consultancy agreements, settlement agreements, directors’ service agreements, staff handbooks and policies. For a free quote email judith.curran@cwj.co.uk.

Employment Law Training For Businesses

Our employment team currently provides employment law training to various organisations, including all Medical Practice surgeries in Kent. If you have a specific training need, we can provide bespoke training either at our offices, or at your premises. For more information on training sessions, including costs, please click here or email judith.curran@cwj.co.uk

Offering access to HR Consultancy, Health and Safety Advice, Pension and Immigration services

Who are our employment law clients?

The team acts mainly for small and medium sized businesses and owner managed businesses in the South East as well as PLCs, including construction, printing companies, garden centres, media businesses, commercial cleaning companies and medical partnerships.

What are our employment law costs?

As well as advising on an hourly rate basis (for which we provide estimates of our overall costs), we also advise on a fixed rate basis for certain work. Costs can be confirmed from the start and are based more on the value of the task rather than the time it has taken to do and gives the peace of mind of knowing exactly what overall legal costs will be from the start.

This applies to our employment documentation review and training as well as our unique Employment Retainer Scheme which costs as little as £600 per year and gives you your first 2 hours of advice free-of-charge along with a host of other benefits and discounts. Our Retainer Plus Scheme goes one step further, providing you with employment dispute insurance to cover the costs of defending Tribunal claims and, if you wish, Awards and settlements. 

Employment Law FAQs

What is a Settlement Agreement?

Settlement agreements have replaced compromise agreement as a way to resolve employment disputes without resorting to an employment tribunal.

A settlement agreement involves an employer making a one-off payment to an employee or former employee in exchange for the employee agreeing not to take a specific matter to an employment tribunal. This can allow employment disputes to be resolved faster, at lower cost and without the publicity of a tribunal hearing.

For a settlement agreement to be legally binding it must:

  • Be in writing
  • Relate to a specific complaint
  • Be signed only after the employee has had independent advice from a lawyer or certified, authorised trade union member with appropriate insurance
  • Identify the employee’s advisor
  • State the relevant statutory conditions regulating the agreement

What counts as workplace discrimination?

Under the Equality Act 2010, you could be considered to be committing workplace discrimination if you treat an employee or prospective employee unfavourably on the basis of one of the following protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

This could include in relation to hiring or firing someone, promoting them, how much they are paid, other terms and conditions of their employment, and making someone redundant, amongst other issues.

What are the rules for using self-employed workers?

An increasing issue for many modern businesses is the use of self-employed workers. Relying on the self-employed can offer a number of advantages, including allowing you to only pay for people as and when you need them, minimising costs such as tax, National Insurance and holiday pay and giving you a more flexible workforce.

However, there have been a number of high profile cases recently where workers have challenged companies they work for over their employment status. This understandably has caused concern for many employers about whether they could face legal issues over the employment status of the workers they use.

As things stand, the law in this area is not clear-cut and is open to interpretation, so it is important to seek specialist legal advice when using self-employed workers to ensure you are complying with all of the relevant regulations.

Speak to our employment law solicitors for your business now

For expert employment law advice for you business, please call us now on 01689 887 887 or use our enquiry form to ask us a question.