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Employment Law

Specialists in Employment and HR Law

When you need employment law advice, Waterfront’s specialist lawyers are here to help out. Our approach is refreshingly simple: we provide robust, commercial solutions in a friendly and accessible way.

We provide expert employment and HR advice to a wide range of businesses: from SMEs to multi-national employers with thousands of employees.

The guidance we provide covers the life of the employment relationship. At the outset we advise on how to recruit fairly and draft offer letters, contracts and policies in a way which protects the business. We assist our clients in getting the most out of their workforces with advice on how to handle disciplinary and grievance issues, as well as performance management. If our clients need to remove individuals who aren’t right for their businesses, we make sure it is done in a way that minimises the risks resulting from the dismissal of staff.

We also advise on redundancies, restructures and the TUPE obligations arising from workforce transfers.

Whether your business is in the early stages and you require contracts of employment for your new employees, or whether you are at the stage of selling your business and you are negotiating your way through the complex employment law issues involved, we can help.

Our aim is to help our clients avoid litigation. However, if it cannot be avoided we are experienced in defending (and pursuing) claims in the Employment Tribunal and the courts.

Typically, there are two ways we charge for our services.

The first is on an ad hoc basis. This is on the basis of an hourly rate and when it comes to one-off pieces of work such as contract or letter drafting we will give a fixed or capped price. Although this can be more difficult to do when it comes to advising on disputes or litigation we will always give regular cost updates and estimates as the matter progresses.

The second is on the basis of a retainer, which allows clients to benefit from a fixed monthly cost.

On either basis, we can provide a virtual in-house HR desk. The HR desk operates as if it were part of your business and we pride ourselves in providing either an immediate or same day response to client questions. Our team comprises three qualified lawyers, meaning that there will always be someone available at the end of the phone.