UK EMPLOYMENT & CONTRACT LAW FOR INDIVIDUALS
UK EMPLOYMENT & CONTRACT LAW FOR INDIVIDUALS
YOU ARE: an individual seeking to leave your UK job with a fair exit package. Your income will be from around £20k to £200k. You could be an employee, an entrepreneur, a manager or a director.
YOUR CASE: You could be being made redundant, or you might have a dispute at work. Disputes can include: unfair dismissal, notice periods, bonuses, commissions, discrimination, bullying, share options and more.
WHO WE ARE: A friendly team of solicitors and barristers who specialise in employment law for individuals. With over 100 years of experience between us we are based in London but represent clients by phone and email across the UK.
WHAT WE DO: we can advise you on whether you're getting a good deal. We can review and sign your settlement agreement. We can negotiate with your employer for a better deal for you, or guide your hand in negotiations. And we can go to court for you if necessary.
95% of our clients end up significantly better off after instructing us than they were beforehand.
The Financial Times & Wall Street Journal reported our whistleblowing trial on behalf of software sales employees in Central London Employment Tribunal against Reed Business Information. Reed was selling finance software to banks in sanctioned countries such as Iran and Syria. You can read about it by clicking the newspaper icon above.
The Independent on Sunday reported our Alex Monaco’s constructive dismissal case on behalf of a senior surveyor who allegedly discovered corruption in local government housing schemes across London – you can read about it by clicking on the newspaper logo above.
The Mail reported our Tribunal victory of 2 years’ salary for a bus driver who was discriminated against on the grounds of disability when he was dismissed after he was diagnosed with diabetes, even though he could have done his job with medication. Click on the newspaper logo above to read the full story.
Legal magazines ‘The Lawyer’ and the ‘Law Society Gazette’ reported our Alex Monaco’s case against the government for introducing an unfair new employment law. This was the unfair dismissal compensation cap, which disproportionately affected disabled, pregnant and older workers. Click on the icon above the read about it.
Negotiating settlement agreements
We start by taking detailed instructions from you, then calling and/or writing to HR on a ‘without prejudice’ (meaning ‘off-the-record’) basis. Sometimes we would recommend sending an open letter or grievance too. If your employer will not settle amicably, then we can help you to issue a tribunal claim with minimum fuss. But before it gets to that stage, most cases settle out of court, especially if expectations are realistic. Learn more about how to negotiate your settlement agreement in our free negotiation articles here.
SIGNING SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS
If you have a settlement agreement document that you are happy with, then you can have it reviewed and countersigned by us to make it legally binding. By custom and practice, the invoice from us is paid directly by your employer, so we will never charge you for this service.
Conducting employment tribunals
If you have to fight a claim because your employer won’t give you a decent settlement agreement, then it is important to get the tribunal claim form right, as this is the key document setting out your case. We can take care of everything for you, including the advocacy at the tribunal hearings. Also remember the very strict 3 month time limits for most claims. Read some of our articles on tribunals here.
If you are a group of employees facing multiple redundancies, or if you are representing such a group, and you want to hire specialist settlement agreement solicitors in London or further afield, then you have come to the right place.
We can attend the company site and speak to large groups of employees, or advise employees by phone or email. Clients love our swift turnaround time and competitive fees, but above all you can rely on our independence as we do not represent employers.
Free template letters and documents
The letter templates and examples are listed below for you to adapt for use in your dispute with your UK employer. Just click on the icon to view the specific templates. When completed correctly, your employer will think that you have hired lawyers. which of course makes it much easier to obtain a negotiated exit package, called a settlement agreement or compromise agreement.
Our settlement agreement templates (also known as compromise agreements) are fully up to date and compliant with the Equality Act and all other relevant legislation. Remember that each case is different, so each settlement agreement will tend to be different too.
Without Prejudice Letters
‘Without prejudice letters’ are a type of confidential or off-the-record letter, which set out the amount of money you are asking for and why. A good one can result in a decent settlement agreement, but a bad one can alert your employer to the fact that you don’t have a lawyer, so its important to get these right.
These grievance letter templates and examples will really help you to secure the settlement agreement deal which you are hoping for. Currently we have five different grievance letters, which you can chop and change to suit your case.
These templates are examples of the details of claims for the ’ET1′ forms, used when you want to issue a claim in the employment tribunal. Most people just fill in the details on the form itself, but lawyers use a separate document to set out the claim details. This is also known as a ‘particulars of claim’ or ‘grounds of complaint’ document.