Employers

Employers

At Julian Taylor Solicitors we have been advising on employment law for a long time, so you can be confident that we have the experience to find the solutions you need. We act for a wide range of employers, working with HR teams and business owners to tackle people issues that crop up at any stage of the employment relationship. We pride ourselves on getting to know our clients, so that we can tailor our advice to you and your business.

We specialise in all areas of employment law, including the following:

Often as businesses grow or become more established there are a number of changes in the way staff work for you. You need to audit your workforce regularly to consider if they are genuinely self-employed contractors, workers, agency staff or traditional employees. It is important that you correctly identify the manner in which you have engaged your staff, as it can have tax and employment rights implications. We can help with this.

If you receive a claim, or notification through ACAS of a claim, we can assist you to resolve this. We can assess the likelihood of success in defending the claim, and the potential costs of doing so, to enable you to take a view on the practicalities of fighting or settling the matter.

If you are considering a potential sale of the whole or part of your business there are a number of simple steps that you can take to ensure that due diligence does not uncover any nasty surprises that might affect the value. We can assist in a “pre-sale tidy up” of your business to ensure that potential buyers find the purchase as attractive as possible.

We can ensure your business runs smoothly by putting in place necessary and helpful policies and contractual terms which are appropriate to your specific business. This will assist managers to deal with day-to-day issues and reduce the possibility of conflict where employees do not understand the requirements of the business. We can also help you to train managers in the correct implementation of these policies to ensure that issues such as discrimination do not occur.

We have experience working with HR teams and managers where there may be tricky issues in dealing with unions or works councils (both UK and European). If necessary we can provide training to works councils on their role in day-to-day situations but also in TUPE and redundancy situations. This knowledge will assist in the smooth running of such processes and lead to a more confident representative function.

As a business there are periods of uncertainty which can result in the need to review how you run your business. This can include consideration of reductions in the number of staff employed, changing terms and conditions and business reorganisation. We can assist with all of these matters. We can work with you to consider alternatives to workforce reductions. If reductions are inevitable then we can plan with you to not just ensure legal compliance but also the fairest and most business efficient method to select and inform staff. We will work with you to protect your brand value in even this difficult situation.

We can ensure that any steps necessary are sensitive to the staff, and place the business in the best position to succeed going forward. We have experience of handling large-scale restructures and more focussed processes.

We can assist in analysing and reducing the risk of grievances and claims based on discrimination. We can assist with policy drafting, training and communications with HR, managers, staff or employee representatives. We can advise on steps to take if Gender Pay Gap figures are disappointingly slow to change, working with HR and both internal and external communication teams.

You may need to restructure your business either because of growth or amalgamation with other companies. We can assist with the collective process and assist you with reducing the concern employees may feel in the situation by careful communication of the changes.

We regularly advise HR teams and owner-managed businesses on all day-to-day employment issues from grievances and poor performance to contracts and TUPE.

We know that matters such as your confidential information and customer connections are critical to your business. We advise employers on designing, implementing and enforcing post-termination restrictive covenants to protect these and stop unfair competition by former employees.

“Taylor is particularly strong in dealing with contentious matters in the Employment Tribunal and the High Court, and has particular expertise in dealing with cases involving restrictive covenants.”

Legal 500, 2019

UK HR Manager for international intellectual property consultancy

“Our firm has worked with Julian Taylor Solicitors for a number of years. We receive clear, pragmatic employment advice in what can be complex and difficult situations which require time critical solutions. Julian and his team are always available at short notice and they are a pleasure to work with. We would have no hesitation in recommending JTS as a stand-out, commercial employment law firm.”

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