Employment Law

Our Speciality

Employment law is forever changing due to precedent cases emanating from the Employment Tribunals and Governmental legislative updates. At Hicks Watson we are able to focus on this one area making us specialists in our field.

We work mainly with corporate clients and we have first-hand knowledge of just how demanding running a company can be. We do not deal with our clients at arms’ length, we make it our priority to wholly familiarise ourselves with your business needs and requirements especially when it comes to employment. We know that the people who work for you are majorly important to the structure and the success of your business and good employees are vital to the company’s future if it wants to thrive and prosper. Because we make it our goal to get to know you intimately we know that we can give you the best advice and even train your management on how to employ the right person for the right job.

We offer a unique, bespoke service to our clients and by having an exclusive working relationship with you whereby we are entrenched in your business, we can readily advise you as to the best way forward in any employment law situation no matter how difficult.

Employment law is diverse and every person is different so situations may arise with one business that would never happen with another but because our knowledge is extensive and our corporate clients are so diverse, we can adapt to each situation in the most appropriate way, thus tailoring our expertise to your requisites.

We are not here however to be “judge and jury” when things go wrong, we want to avoid potentially contentious situations from the outset. Therefore we want to guide you through what sometimes can be perceived as a bit of a minefield. We are here to listen to you and to give you the correct advice and steer you in the right direction.

Sometimes claims are unavoidable through no fault of anyone’s and if and when you have to defend a claim then we want you to know that we are with you all the way and you will not be left on your own to plough the Employment Tribunal’s procedures. We have vast knowledge of Tribunal hearings and whether or not a claim is likely to succeed or fail. As such we can give you our genuine and honest opinion of the possible outcome after having evaluated the case, and provide sound, commercial advice.

Hicks Watson’s dedicated employment advisors offer expert legal advice in the following areas of employment law:

– Employment Contracts and Policies
– Restrictive covenants
– Redundancy and Restructure
– Long and short term sickness
– Disciplinary procedures
– Capability procedures
– Grievances
– Family leave rights
– Discrimination
– Agency workers and AWR 2010
– Equal pay
– Holiday pay
– Part time worker rights
– Whistleblowing
– Trade union rights and negotiations
– Settlement agreements
– ACAS Early conciliation
– Tribunal claims