Our Service

Family-friendly rights are constantly developing so that they better support modern working families.  More women are holding senior executive positions in businesses and the developing rights aim to remove the stereotypical view that the mother is always the primary carer for the child.

The number of surrogate babies is also rising and with this we are seeing a change in the rights for couples who use a surrogate. For example, from April 2015, couples who use a surrogate have the following rights:

  1. the right to adoption leave and adoption pay; and
  2. the right to unpaid parental leave (for up to 18 weeks until the child is 18 years old).

We provide advice on all aspects of family-friendly rights including rights for surrogate parents.

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Our Experience

  • Advising a senior HR employee on maternity leave in relation to a potential discrimination claim arising from her selection for redundancy, securing a significant exit package for her.
  • Advising another employee on maternity leave in relation to the right to be offered an alternative role because her role had been made redundant whilst she was on maternity leave.
  • Bringing claims for sex and pregnancy discrimination in relation to women treated less favourably whilst pregnant or on maternity leave, including claims resulting in significant payments of compensation.
  • Advising on the right to request flexible working and the process that employers must follow when such a request is made.
  • Providing training on Shared Parental Leave and the entitlements now available to leave and pay for mothers, fathers and adopters.

If you would like assistance in relation to family-friendly rights, please contact a member of our Employment department. Our Family department can also provide you with advice regarding family law (including advice on assisted reproduction and surrogacy). LINK TO FAMILY HERE

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Our Approach

Our specialist team of employment solicitors is described in the independent Legal 500 directory as “excellent”.  In addition, both Partners in our team are recommended by the Legal 500.  Therefore, you can be reassured that you will deal with some of the best employment solicitors in the country.

We are determined and robust on your behalf, but also easy to deal with and clear in our advice.  We will fight your corner but understand that a common sense approach is often required in order to find solutions that work for you in the context of your professional and personal circumstances.

In particular, we offer:

  • Clear and straightforward advice.
  • Cost-effective support and certainty on costs where you need it.
  • Extensive experience of advising senior executives, directors, partners and others with complex employment concerns, including discrimination issues and group claims.
  • A credible team that is used to dealing with and acting against large employers and law firms on behalf of our clients.

Our Approach to Costs

We know 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 costs updates on a regular basis.

Please click here for further details of our cost for this service.

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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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0161-941-4000