Employment & HR

People are a major asset within any business and, like any asset, they need to be supported and managed effectively and efficiently. Our employment law solicitors work with employers across a variety of industry sectors, including both the public and private sector, registered providers and charities, advising on all types of employment law matters.

Our employment law solicitors are supported by specialist employment tax, HR management and information governance expertise to provide employers with a comprehensive employment-related service, whatever the size of workforce.

Our employment law solicitors and HR consultants advise on:

  • employment contracts
  • employment policies and handbooks
  • executive appointments and severances
  • employee benefits and incentives
  • employment tribunals and disputes
  • remuneration issues including bonus payments
  • settlement agreements
  • TUPE transfers
  • unfair dismissal
  • discrimination and equal pay
  • redundancy and restructuring
  • severance and settlement agreements
  • HR consultancy
  • Data protection and information governance

A different approach

As employment law solicitors, we believe our approach is different. Our clients tell us that our practical advice not only ensures that they manage their employees in a legally compliant manner but it is also in tune with the way they need to do business. Timely, commercial and pragmatic advice along with pro-active account management and transparent, flexible billing arrangements are all aspects of a first-class service which we aim to deliver over and above expert legal advice.  We set great store by our approach to building long-lasting relationships with our clients and much of this is achieved by added-value elements such as training and regular updates.

Client and industry testimonials

Chambers UK 2016

"Ian Besant is highly experienced in discrimination claims and regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal. "He is very diligent and has great in-depth knowledge," comments an interviewee."

Chambers UK 2015

“Strong and well-regarded employment practice offering a full range of services, boasting particular strengths in tribunal work and TUPE, but also adept at matters relating to discrimination, health and safety and operational HR. "The lawyers offer clear and sound advice while understanding the need to keep cost to a minimum." ”

Legal 500 2015

"Advocate Ian Besant heads the team at Wright Hassall LLP, which represents clients such as Waterloo Housing Association, Trident Reach and the British Safety Council. Suki Harrar is an expert in agreeing severance packages before matters reach the tribunal."

Employment client

"I contacted Wright Hassall requiring legal advance regarding an employment matter in June 2015. Rebecca handled my case in a highly organised & efficient matter. She was calm and clearly communicated the legal details of the matter & advised on the best outcome. At a time that was potentially highly stressful, Rebecca’s professionalism was greatly appreciated." Contact Rebecca Harmer

Tribunal work

Ian Besant conducts his own advocacy before both the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal, nationally as well as regionally. He has defended a wide range of cases on behalf of both corporates and senior directors involving, among other issues, whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, discrimination on the grounds of religious belief, age, race, sex and disability as well as TUPE dismissals. Recent cases have included:

  • Successfully defended a whistleblowing claim brought against our client by an employee alleging financial irregularity.
  • Successfully defended a client facing an unfair dismissal claim from one of its employees who, having been made redundant, contended that there was not a true redundancy situation and that it was procedurally unfair.
  • Successfully defended a disability discrimination, unfair dismissal and breach of contract claim made by an employee who was injured at work. This involved a six day hearing with eight witnesses. The case went to appeal which we, again, successfully defended.

TUPE

Suki Harrar specialises in TUPE work, supporting the TUPE aspects of the transactional work undertaken by the commercial, corporate and social housing teams. She has advised both purchasers and vendors in company acquisitions, sales and outsourcing transactions and is particularly experienced in advising Registered Providers on the TUPE implications of LSVTs. Recent experience includes:

  • Advising a financial services company on TUPE-related matters relating to the provision of outsourced services including advice on amending and negotiating the services agreement.
  • Advising a large corporate on a complex claim, which includes TUPE-related issues, brought by senior personnel relating to a company acquisition.
  • Advising a client in an EU Procurement situation regarding issues in relation to the staff potentially transferring from one contractor to another;
  • Advising on the harmonisation of contracts following TUPE, including full consultation, notification, and negotiation of changes to employment contracts which involved both unionised and non-unionised members of staff.

Operational HR

We have a HR consultancy team which advises and supports clients, from start-ups to established businesses on a regular or ad hoc basis, advising on a range of HR matters from policies and procedures to managing redundancy programmes and TUPE-related due diligence. Our HR consultants frequently act as an extension to clients’ own management and/or human resource team, providing practical, commercial support on all human resource issues. 

Knowledge & insight

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