Employment Law

Ian Godfrey leads the employment law department at Shepherd Harris & Co solicitors in Enfield. Having specialised in employment law for over 25 years, Ian has particular expertise in dealing with the following areas of employment law:

  • Compromise Agreements
  • Constructive Dismissal
  • Unfair Dismissal Claims
  • Discrimination Claims
  • Drafting Employment Contracts & Disciplinary Grievance
  • Equal Opportunity Policies

As expert employment law solicitors, we represent employers and employees in the employment tribunals and courts on a regular basis, with excellent success rates.

Types of Employment Law…

Employment law is complex and covers a wide range of legal aspects affecting both employers and employees. No matter whether you are an individual or business, its important that you take expert legal advice from employment law solicitors should you feel uncertain of your legal standing on an employment law matter.

We can help employers to avoid claims and assist with best practice.  We can help draft contracts or appropriate procedures such as grievance and disciplinary policies.  Being involved in tribunal proceedings can be costly, even if you succeed.  We can help you to try to avoid such proceedings.

We can help employees by offering sound advice before taking important steps.  We can assist with grievance issues, redundancy issues and compromise agreements.  Seeking advice first can protect your position and help resolve issues promptly and efficiently.

Common areas of employment law that affect both employers and employees are:

  • Constructive Dismissal – you may feel compelled to quit your job as a result of your employer’s behaviour. This may take the form of bullying or harassment by your employer of other members of staff, or your employer may conduct themselves in other ways that it makes it very hard for you to remain in your job. This is classed as constructive dismissal. As an employer it is important that you obtain expert employment law advice should an ex-employee raise a claim of constructive dismissal against you.
  • Unfair Dismissal – this is when your employer has terminated your employment unfairly. This can take the form of being dismissed without the use of the correct procedure or being dismissed for a reason that would not usually qualify for dismissal. Employers should seek legal advice or be sure of their legal standing in employment law before dismissing employees to avoid future claims of unfair dismissal.
  • Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, disability, gender or age – if you feel that your employer has discriminated against you due to your age, sexual orientation, disability or gender then you may have a claim for discrimination. Employers should ensure that they have anti-discrimination policies in place and seek legal advice to ensure that they are fully versed in all aspect of discrimination law.
  • Compromise Agreements – These agreements are helpful to resolve disputes between employers and employees without having to resort to an employment tribunal. Compromise Agreements are a faster and legally binding way to agree certain terms and settle any present or future claims made by employees against an employer. Compromise agreements are very often used in cases of redundancy, covering factors such as notice period, severance pay and similar issues. In accepting a compromise agreement, employees are agreeing not to take any claim that they may have against an employer to an employment tribunal. Overall Compromise Agreements can benefit the employee and the employer and resolve disputes quickly. However, both parties should take legal advice to understand the full implications before signing any Compromise Agreement.

How Shepherd Harris & Co solicitors in Enfield can help…

As expert unfair dismissal solicitors, constructive dismissal solicitors and compromise agreement solicitors, Shepherd Harris & Co can offer immediate assistance and advice to both employers and employees. Our employment law services are competitively priced and we pride ourselves on our personal care and attention to your case. We are very successful in acting for both employers and employees and act fast to achieve the resolution of any employment law matters.

Employment law and regulations are constantly changing - we can help you to keep up to date.

Next steps…

To request the assistance of our unfair dismissal solicitors, constructive dismissal solicitors and compromise agreement solicitors - please contact Ian Godfrey on 020 8363 8341 who will be more than happy to discuss your requirements in total confidence.

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