Employment Law

What do we do?

Employment law is constantly evolving and staying ahead of the changes is critical to ensuring that your business is fulfilling its statutory obligations.

We offer up-to-date legal advice on a wide range of employment related issues such as employee contracts, redundancies, settlement agreements and tribunals.

How we do it?

Our job is simply to help solve your legal problems.  To do this, we promise to explain complex legal matters in plain and simple English, provide you with regular updates on your matter and give you clear guidance on our fees, so there’s no nasty surprises.

Our friendly, knowledgeable solicitors are here to provide all the help and advice you need, freeing you up to get on with running your business. So if you’re looking for legal advice to support your business, call us today on 0121 511 2233.

Employment law
Whether you’re newly established, expanding, or restructuring; having access to first-class employment law advice can really make a difference to the success of your business.

At Silks Solicitors we understand that when running a business you need the peace of mind that you’re fulfilling all your legal obligations as an employer. You also need the right processes in place to maintain a happy, motivated and productive workforce. And we know that you don’t want employment law issues to take up more time than they need to.

That’s why our employment law solicitors provide a comprehensive service that lets you get on with running your business. We can help with day-to-day tasks such as managing contracts and employment checks, or if you need one-off advice when something’s gone wrong, we’re here for you too.

We make employment law easy to understand and straightforward to implement. We know that every business is different and our employment solicitors will work hard to address the particular challenges you face. We won’t baffle you with legal jargon but will always be on hand to provide help and support when you need it, keeping you informed every step of the way.

So if you’re looking for friendly, local employment law advice, give us a call. We offer a same-day response and with our free, initial, over-the-phone advice, you can talk to us in complete confidence and find out what your options are.

Employment documentation and policies
Every business needs basic policies and procedures. Having basic rules in the workplace makes certain everyone knows what to do. Silks Solicitors can ensure your employment documentation is taken care of.

Good administration makes running business more straightforward. Having written terms of employment, an employee handbook, proper policies and procedures – like ones that take care of discipline and grievance – makes sure employees know what’s expected of them. And it makes sure you treat people fairly, consistently every time.

Silks Solicitors helps you get the basics in place. We draft documentation that is bespoke to you. Everything we do is tailored – our employment lawyers make sure they understand your business to best support your needs. All prepared in plain, simple English – not legal jargon. Before we start work we explain likely timescales and costs. If your administration is out of date, we can update as we go. And we can help you train in new policies and procedures too.

Employment tribunals
Workplace disputes can often feel like a drain on management time. Silks Solicitors’ helps you to deal with them correctly, fairly and in a timely manner.

In almost every workplace, disputes between employers and employees can occur from time to time. As an employer, you’ll want to ensure that disputes don’t impact negatively on your business and wherever possible, it’s best to resolve differences directly with your employees. However, when disputes cannot be resolved internally, you may need to attend an employment tribunal.

Employment tribunals usually comprise a panel that includes an employment judge and two non-legal people who have experience in the world of business. Witnesses may be put forward for both the employer and the employee and after hearing the case, the panel will reach a legally-binding decision.

At Silks Solicitors, our knowledgeable employment solicitors are here to guide you through the entire process. We’ll help you avoid a tribunal where possible by finding alternative ways to deal with disputes. And if you do need to attend a hearing, we will ensure you are fully prepared – supporting you with everything from documentation to obtaining witness statements. We’ll clearly outline all of your options and responsibilities from the start so that together we can plan the best course of action. We’ll make sure you and your business are represented fairly and will ensure you are informed and in control throughout the process.

Employment law changes regularly and can sometimes seem complex but at Silks Solicitors we explain everything in straightforward terms, clearly addressing any concerns you may have. If you’d like to have an informal conversation to find out what your options are, we offer a free, initial over-the-phone chat.

Human resources advice
Having an expert readily at hand to deal with any Human Resources matter can be a comfort. Silks Solicitors expert lawyers work with business owners, executives and Human Resources professionals to support their workplace needs.

Some businesses have a Human Resources department. Some do not. Knowing there is an expert who can help your business with any Human Resources matter is reassuring. Drafting contracts of employment, writing policies and procedures, advising on or dealing with disciplinary issues, company handbooks and training are all topics a Human Resources service can assist with.

A Human Resources advice service fits around your needs. They can deal with your matters as and when they arise. Some businesses like to know they have someone retained. Whatever works for your business, you will know what the costs are, what this includes and how it operates. Advice is offered in simple terms without the legal jargon. And if you need to change the approach, your service can be adapted to your needs.

Restructuring and redundancy
When your business needs to make changes it may result in redundancies. Silks Solicitors can help you restructure professionally and fairly. Restructuring may look to make your business more successful. Or it may be required, unavoidable. Whatever the reason, it is important that those affected are treated fairly and proper procedures are followed. Informing employees and involving them throughout is less likely to lead to litigation when you take the final decision.
If you think redundancies are likely or you’re planning some kind of reorganisation, Silks Solicitors’ expert lawyers can advise you on what you need to think about. Our advice is pragmatic and straightforward. We make certain we understand what you are hoping to achieve. We explain the likely outcomes, discuss options and make certain you know the relevant laws. Our advice is jargon free and we always say what our likely costs will be. Many other businesses have successfully worked with Silks Solicitors to restructure.
Business transfers
The decision to transfer a business is often straightforward. Ensuring the relevant legislation is not forgotten is where Silks Solicitors can help.

There are certain legal requirements that have to be observed when a business is transferred. Failure to do so is a problem. Employees are protected and you need to know what this means. What you can do in a transfer, and what you cannot. If you are being transferred, it helps if you know what should happen.

Silks Solicitors helps many businesses to plan and mange a transfer. Employee rights are paramount in avoiding litigation. Our expert lawyers can meet with you to listen to what your plans are. We explain what you need to do, and help make it happen. We always explain your options and the issues using plain English. And we clearly say what the likely timescales and costs are. And if a problem should occur, we are always on hand to help find you a solution.

Mr Thomas was very helpful, he made me feel very comfortable talking to him, I would not hesitate to use him again

Client

I was very pleased with Mr Thomas as a solicitor, he met my needs and was caring and very understanding. I will definitely recommend your company and use it again if need be.

Client

Thank you, excellent service.

Business Client


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