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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

Our employment solicitors are dedicated to assisting and advising on how to achieve your business objectives in the most efficient and practical way. We pride ourselves on providing straightforward and bespoke advice tailored to your business requirements and resources.

We understand that employers need to be decisive and act calmly but quickly in the context of the current coronavirus crisis.

Your work will be carried out by a qualified solicitor in the team, who knows your business requirements best. Work is also carried out at the appropriate level, depending on the complexity, sensitivity and importance of the matter. 

We work closely with our clients to ensure that we meet their expectations both in terms of their objectives and in relation to costs. We are aware that clarity on costs is vitally important to our clients, especially at a time when businesses are challenged by sudden and dramatic changes to economic circumstances.

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 regular basis. We are also happy to discuss fixed fees and retainer arrangements and agreements if that is helpful.

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 the Head of Myerson HR and a Senior Associate in our Employment department

Patrick Byrne

Patrick Byrne

Patrick is an Associate 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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