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Many businesses are continuing to need to effect collective redundancies and reorganisations and our experience is that unions are increasingly challenging businesses’ actions.

For those companies with associations with trade unions, it is very important to manage the relationship and agreements with those unions in order to reduce the risk of industrial action.

Our team of specialist employment solicitors has extensive experience of advising on collective consultation and collective labour issues.

We act for a number of clients who have relationships with trade unions and we have wide ranging experience in advising on collective agreements, trade union recognition and negotiations and consultations with trade unions in order to achieve effective resolutions.

We are also able to advise employee representatives and groups of employees in cases where there has been an employer failure to comply with obligations (including those to inform and consult) in connection with collective redundancies and TUPE.

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Our Approach

We are aware that clarity on costs is vitally important to our clients. As standard practice, we give our clients an estimate of the costs involved in undertaking any piece of work at the outset. We then provide cost updates on a your case on a regular basis.

We also work closely with our clients to ensure that we meet their expectations both in terms of their objectives for a particular piece of work and in relation to costs. In addition, we are happy to discuss fixed fees and retainer arrangements and agreements if that is helpful to you.

Finally, your work is carried out by a solicitor in the team, who knows your business best. It is also carried out at the appropriate level, depending on the complexity, sensitivity and importance of the matter.

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Our Experience

Recent examples of our work in this area include:

  • Implementing a collective consultation process for a FTSE 250 company that needed to terminate its final salary pension arrangements for employees
  • Advising an international manufacturing company in relation to its negotiations with trade unions and employees over several tranches of significant numbers of redundancies
  • Advising a household name education client in relation to collective grievances, successfully preventing a matter from progressing to strike action by employees
  • Assisting a training body with union negotiations in order to avoid industrial action
  • Advising a national retail business on an application for trade union recognition and the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) process
  • Advising a national employer on the validity of a strike ballot and negotiating with the union and its lawyers over ending industrial action
  • Advising a national employer on picketing rules and the management of industrial action
  • Assisting a national retail client with drafting union consultation arrangements
  • Assisting a chemicals business with the terms of its union recognition arrangements

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Meet Our Specialists

Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our specialists are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.

Joanne Evans

Joanne Evans

Jo is a Partner and Head of our Employment department

Joanne Henderson

Joanne Henderson

Jo is a Partner in both our Employment and Compliance departments

Charlotte Gilbert

Charlotte Gilbert

Charlotte is a Senior Solicitor in our Employment department

Patrick Byrne

Patrick Byrne

Patrick is a Solicitor in our Employment department

Jordan Buckle

Jordan Buckle

Jordan is a Solicitor in our Employment department

Vicki Fagan

Vicki Fagan

Vicki is a Solicitor in our Employment Department.

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