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Overview

Our Team

We offer a comprehensive range of employment law solutions for our clients from managing business reorganisations to drafting key employment contracts and policy documents.

We specialise in employment law but have a network of trusted colleagues providing additional legal services. Please click on the "other legal services" tab for more information.

Employment Tribunal Representation

We regularly represent clients at the employment tribunal. Our lawyers have acted in Tribunal's in England, Wales and Scotland. Our lawyers have also successfully acted in employment disputes at the Employment Appeal Tribunal, Court of Appeal and European Court of Justice.

We work closely with you in dealing with any claim. As our lawyers are advocates we provide continuity of service and will represent you from start to finish.

We have an enviable track record of success in the Employment Tribunal and the expertise of our lawyers in dealing with employment tribunal claims has been recognised by the Legal 500 who have described one of our lawyers as an "excellent advocate".

Business Restructures and Reorganisation

We work closely with our clients to advise on the strategic management and legal risk associated with the restructure of their business. We have experience in dealing with redundancy exercises ranging from large scale site closures to redundancies involving a handful of staff. We ensure that matters are managed sensitively and carefully whilst protecting clients from the risk of claims.

We have particular expertise in dealing with larger scale reorganisations involving consultation with trade unions and employee representatives.

Our lawyers have been at the forefront of changes in the law for collective redundancy having successfully acted at the EAT in the landmark case of NUM and BACM v UK Coal.

Business Transfers and TUPE

Employment laws applying to business transfers are complicated and warrant the instruction of a true specialist. We are experienced in advising clients on issues arising from the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE).

Our experience includes advising both public and private sector employers on the outsourcing of services, acting as key advisers involved in the recent reorganisation of local government and dealing with multi-party tribunal claims.

The Collingwood Legal team regularly present to clients and at seminars on TUPE. Most notably, Paul McGowan is one of the few employment lawyers in the UK to have acted in a TUPE case at the European Court of Justice.

Contracts and Policy Documents

We work with you to prepare contractual and policy documents to meet your needs. From basic contacts for junior members of staff to detailed service agreements for senior executives prepared with a view to protecting your business.

We also draft policy documents and Employee Handbooks.

Settlement Agreements

Settlement agreements are often used by employers to resolve employment issues without the risk of litigation. However, it is important that these documents are drafted carefully to ensure they provide full protection. We have experience in working closely with employers to assess risk and prepare tailored settlement agreements to meet their needs.

We also provide independent legal advice to senior executives on the terms of settlement agreements.

Dealing with HR issues

We find that the vast majority of our clients would rather resolve HR issues before they become employment disputes. We work closely with our clients to achieve this aim offering advice on the full range of employment issues.

We pride ourselves on providing pragmatic, practical and commercial solutions to our clients at an early stage.

Industrial Disputes

Industrial action is becoming more prevalent. Our lawyers have experience of working closely and in partnership with clients to manage industrial disputes. We provide strategic advice for managing industrial action.

Our experience includes successfully advising clients in the education sector in managing industrial disputes and dealing with Wildcat industrial action for businesses in the private sector.

Diversity and Discrimination Issues

We regularly advise clients on the management of diversity and discrimination issues. Our lawyers have successfully acted in multi-day discrimination claims at Tribunal.

We keep up to date with changes in the law and are fully familiar with the Equality Act 2010. We have lectured and provided training to employers and employer bodies on the changes introduced by the 2010 Act.

Employment Law Helpline

We find that many of our clients like to use our dedicated employment helpline service.

We can tailor a helpline service to meet the needs of your business and recognise that different types of business require different types and levels of support.

We offer competitively priced fixed fee employment law helpline packages. We can also offer helpline packages with insurance protection to cover you in the event of a claim and to provide you with budgeting control and absolute peace of mind.

Unlike helpline services offered by others, you can be guaranteed with Collingwood Legal that you will only deal with qualified employment lawyers.

Please contact us for further details and for a competitive quote.

For details of our unique Employer 123 service, please click here.

Training

We offer tailored employment law training packages. We have experience of providing training to a variety of audiences ranging from experienced HR advisers and in-house legal teams to line managers.

Training packages available include:

  • Managing restructure and redundancy
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • Practical tips for dealing with tribunal claims
  • Age discrimination and managing retirement

We can offer training on any other employment law issue too. Please contact us for details.

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Restraint of trade and team moves

Business protection is key to successful businesses. We help organisations protect their business by drafting appropriate restraint of trade provisions and taking enforcement action for breaches.

We also act for individuals and teams moving to competitors with a view to reducing the risk of legal action. We have particular experience in dealing with restraint of trade issues in the legal and financial sector.

Partnerships and LLP's

We act for partnerships and members of partnerships and LLP's in dealing with partner or member departures and, in particular, connected restraint of trade issues.

Company and Commercial

We offer company and commercial law advice in addition to our employment law services. The services available range from drafting of commercial agreements to business sales.

Shareholder Issues

We are experienced in dealing with employment issues involving senior employees who can often be shareholders or have share options. We regularly deal with these issues and are fully equipped to deal with any shareholder issues which may occur.

Other Legal Services

We are a specialist employment and equality law firm, however, we have strong connections with trusted advisers who provide other specialist legal services. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

Sectors

Education

The team have extensive experience in advising education institutions across the UK. Our experience in the education sector is noted by the Legal 500 and the Chambers and Partners Guide.

We are specialists in supporting institutions in changing contract terms, restructures and redundancies. Our team is extremely experienced in advising in connection with matters subject to collective bargaining with trade unions.

Members of the team have worked in the education sector, sit on panels and boards in institutions and have a real insight into how the sector operates.

With expert employment law knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the sector we are perfectly positioned to offer the best possible advice to schools, colleges and universities.

SMEs

Understanding the client and their business is at the core of what we do and the foundation of how we add value to your business. This is true for all our clients but perhaps particularly important for the SME/owner managed business.

Our team of highly experienced employment lawyers will get to know your business in order to offer you advice and support which is pro-active, practical and focused on securing the commercial results you want to achieve. We are innovative, efficient and become a valued member of your team.

We have experience of every conceivable HR/employment law situation and a reputation for providing an excellent service. We offer more than advice; we work with you to grow your business.

Our process is simple. You contact us for advice and we provide it. Quickly. Leaving you to get on with running your business.

We recognise that employment issues can create particular problems for SMEs , particularly when they take up significant amounts of time and have the associated risks of costly employment tribunal claims. That’s why we developed the Employer 123 package.

Charities and Social Enterprise

We are expert employment and equality lawyers with a wealth of experience on issues relevant to charities and the third sector, from governance issues to safeguarding. Members of the team hold positions as trustees on charity boards and also volunteer at charities too. That’s why we are well placed to understand the particular employment problems and issues in the sector.

We have an excellent track record of advising charities of all sizes, from 3000 staff to 3, in connection with all manner of issues, such as creating and changing terms and conditions of employment, dealing with disciplinary issues and ultimately defending tribunal claims.

We understand the very real budgetary constraints that prevail and the additional regulatory and compliance issues that may be relevant to your charity. We’ll always work with you to manage your employment and HR issues and avoid potential risk.

Manufacturing

Manufacturing is a varied and fast moving sector, innovation often being the key to success. From our experience we recognise that the sector can be particularly vulnerable to external factors; such as currency rates, civil or political unrest and so on.

With so much uncertainty we are here to provide you with a completely reliable source of support and advice. We are employment law experts with a wealth of experience in advising companies across the UK who operate globally.

Our team of highly experienced employment lawyers will get to know your business in order to offer you advice and support which is pro-active, practical and focused on securing the commercial results you want to achieve. We are innovative, efficient and become a valued member of your team.

We have experience of every conceivable HR/employment law situation and a reputation for providing an excellent service. We offer more than advice; we work with you to grow your business.

Health Care

We're extremely proud of the long term relationships we have built with clients across the UK in the healthcare sector, ranging from clients offering mental health residential facilities to GP’s and residential care homes.

Our many years of experience in working in partnership with our clients has given us a valuable insight into the sector and its many challenges, not least the significant regulatory and compliance obligations. With our advice you will avoid the pitfalls; and we’re also here to help you take advantage of the opportunities, perhaps from NHS outsourcing.

As employment law experts we provide you with the best quality advice, quickly. Our advice and experience in TUPE, agency workers and dealing with disputes in the workplace is particularly valued in the sector.