As an employer, you will encounter a range of HR-related issues in the everyday course of business. Changes to your business, such as expansion or other operational developments, can create opportunities that may require expert legal guidance. Having an effective HR strategy and tailored support in place enables you to plan ahead, manage challenges as and when they arise and direct both resources and energy in order to maximise productivity.

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Helping your business achieve its objectives

Your company might be downsizing or embarking on a restructure, raising issues of staff transfers, redundancies or recruitment. You may be considering how best to manage employee retention issues, or managing requests for flexible working or parental leave. Perhaps you need support regarding health and safety or diversity and discrimination issues, or are seeking guidance on how best to manage internal disciplinary processes or sensitive employee grievance investigations. You may be looking to ensure that valuable company intellectual property is effectively safeguarded, or wanting to empower your company’s management to deal with commonly-arising HR issues appropriately and effectively.

Successful business planning is underpinned by strategic and effective HR and employment practices. With a collaborative approach that draws on legal expertise across the firm, we can devise a comprehensive employment strategy to suit your business. This includes delivering a fully integrated development service for your organisation, from practical HR workshops through to mentoring your leadership team.

Whether you require commercially minded practical guidance, larger-scale strategic advice or traditional legal services, our aim is to work with you as trusted business advisors. And as our client relationships are built to deliver long-term support, you can call us any time without feeling that the clock is ticking.


Our Employment and Immigration Team has worked closely with a range of businesses in this area. Highlights include:

  • advising a national charity on strategic projects relating to restructures within the group involving TUPE transfers of staff, and consultation with the recognised trade union and staff representatives on terms and conditions
  • advising on the executive-level restructure for the UK subsidiary of an international client, and drafting and advising on Directors’ Service Agreements
  • supporting a multinational employer with managing its expat workforce
  • advising a maritime employer on pension issues
  • reviewing working arrangements and terms for casual workers and freelance contributors for a national daily paper
  • advising on the employment aspects of a mixed-use landed estate of 4,500 acres, including updating the estate’s various contracts of employment (some of which remain bound by the Agricultural Wages Order) and the introduction of a performance-related bonus scheme for farm employees
  • working closely with the case managers of a team of dedicated care support workers, providing day-to-day HR assistance, and drafting contracts and handbooks


Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • absence and capability issues
  • data protection, confidential information and social media
  • Directors’ Service Agreements, fiduciary duties and liabilities
  • drafting documentation (including settlement agreements, contracts, policies and handbooks)
  • employee relations, disciplinary action and grievances

  • employment status, a-typical working arrangements, consultants and contractors
  • flexible working, maternity and parental leave
  • marine employment and pension law
  • protection of customer/supplier relationships and use of restrictive covenants


Thrings LLP handles a full range of claims work for commercial clients, as well as offering strategic assistance. Practice head Kerrie Hunt gives clear, commercially-sensible advice.

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