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As an employer, you will encounter a range of HR challenges and opportunities, and you may need legal advice on matters both big and small. So whether you require commercially-minded practical guidance, larger-scale strategic advice or traditional legal services, we can provide you with ongoing support tailored to your business.

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Helping your business achieve its objectives

Successful HR and employment practices are underpinned by strategic business planning. Using our legal expertise and external perspective, we can devise a comprehensive employment strategy to suit your business.

We take time to understand your business and objectives, and our collaborative approach enables us to draw on expertise across the firm to provide you with the advice and support your business needs. We can also deliver a fully integrated development service for your organisation, from practical HR workshops through to mentoring your leadership team.

In addition to providing legal advice, we become trusted business advisors to our clients. And as our client relationships are built to deliver long-term support, you can call us at any time without feeling that the clock is ticking.

Highlights

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
  • advising a multinational employer on 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
  • advising the case managers of a team of dedicated care support workers, including day-to-day HR assistance, and drafting contracts and handbooks

Expertise

Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • employee relations, disciplinary action and grievances
  • drafting documentation (including settlement agreements, contracts, policies and handbooks)
  • tackling absence and capability issues
  • managing flexible working, maternity and parental leave
  • Directors’ Service Agreements, fiduciary duties and liabilities

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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