Proactive employment advice for your business
Running a company successfully goes hand in hand with managing the workplace efficiently. Having comprehensive policies that deal with issues like poor performance, misconduct and absence through stress or sickness ensures that a business can continue to run smoothly and, for the employee, provides certainty in knowing how these issues will be dealt with if they arise.
Employers are strongly recommended to follow full and thorough procedures relating to staff grievances, disciplinary hearings and dismissals. The ACAS code on disciplinary and grievance procedures, whilst not being legally binding, has strong persuasive authority in employment tribunals with the ability to award penalties if these are not complied with. We advise on how to deal with an employee whose work or conduct falls below the acceptable standard, the steps that should be taken and where the ACAS code of practice comes into play.
“What the team is known for: Handles a full range of employment matters including advice in relation to employee shareholder schemes, business restructuring and employment litigation. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are a brilliant team and great support for businesses. They’re also very friendly and approachable.” Work highlights Advised an individual in an appeal at the Employment Appeal Tribunal brought by Oxfordshire County Council, who appealed an Employment Tribunal judgment that the individual had been subjected to unlawful whistle-blowing detriments. Notable practitioners: Mark Emery (Band 3) has experience advising claimants and respondents on employment litigation, as well as working with businesses on general advisory matters. Sources say he “provides excellent advice and documentation.” Lauren Harkin (Associate to watch) is known among her clients for her “excellent understanding of employment law.” She is experienced in defending Employment Tribunal proceedings involving all aspects of discrimination. Malcolm Gregory is a Recognised Practitioner.” Chambers 2017 Thames Valley
“Richard White (Band 2) of Royds Withy King “has been superb in his approach, exceedingly knowledgeable and really understands business,” according to one client. He regularly advises employers on matters such as redundancies, discrimination cases and business transfers.” Chambers 2017 South West
“At Royds Withy King, department head Malcolm Gregory handles employee shareholder schemes, restructuring, pension cap applications and TUPE matters, while Richard White predominantly acts for employers and has strength in tribunal claims.” Legal 500 2016 South West
“Royds Withy King’s highlights included successfully representing an in-house solicitor in a disability discrimination and unfair dismissal claim against a former employer. Practice head Malcolm Gregory is recommended alongside tribunal and mediation expert Mark Emery.” Legal 500 2016 South East