Employment is a central focus of our business, with around 100 lawyers in our team. Consistently top-ranked amongst our peers for over a decade, we advise UK and multinational clients of all sizes, and many of our partners are independently rated as leaders in the field. Not only do we have one of the UK’s largest employment law practices, we have truly global reach as members of Ius laboris, the world’s leading employment law alliance, and with our Asia Pacific base in Hong Kong.
Underpinning the success of any business is its people. Meeting the competitive challenges of today’s rapidly changing world can require a radical re-think of the employer/employee relationship, and co-ordinating globally mobile talent can present significant challenges. Nurturing diversity, incentivising key staff and protecting against team defections are all essential to business success.
With so many issues to contend with, our award-winning specialist employment team covers the full range of work – from day-to-day HR support through to advising on the most complex or contentious of disputes. Going far beyond just legal advice, we also support clients with a range of innovative, value-adding services including consultancy, training and flexible legal resourcing to provide senior lawyers in-house to organisations.
In 2016 we were delighted to have been nominated for the FT Innovative Lawyers award in the Innovation in Human Resources category for our rockhopper service. You can read more about the nomination in our press release.
- Four partners listed in The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom (2018 Edition)
- Consistently top ranked by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners legal directories
- "I thoroughly enjoy working with them. They are knowledgeable about my business, friendly and responsive."
- "They have always been absolutely first-class, not just in their advice but the way they manage the relationship. You feel like a valued client of the firm."
- "They are a genuine leader of the field." (Chambers 2017, Thames Valley)
HR Academy09 October 2017
The course runs for two days and is designed to provide an in-depth look at the key employment law topics that you may come across as a busy HR professional, including the latest developments and forthcoming changes.
HR Academy Advanced17 July 2017
Following on from our popular HR Academy, the HR Academy Advanced is a one day course suitable for more experienced HR professionals or those looking for a deeper insight into some of the more complicated areas of employment law.
HR Academy - FULLY BOOKED26 June 2017
Our next HR Academy is taking place on 9 & 10 October 2017
Employment Status22 June 2017
Employment status is the hot topic of the moment, with various legal challenges being brought in relation to the status of individuals working in the “on-demand” economy.
Family rights and discrimination workshop16 June 2017
Maternity rights continue to be something of a minefield for employers, who face a real risk of discrimination claims if things go wrong.
TUPE update25 May 2017
This session will provide an update on all key TUPE developments over the past year or so.
Carolyn Soakell comments for The Times - Gender pay reforms will not reveal true size of the gap24 May 2017
Carolyn Soakell has commented in an article for The Times Brief which discusses the new Gender Pay regulations that came into force on the 6 April.