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Employment (for businesses)
Protecting your commercial interests
Business leaders routinely say that the greatest asset of their business is their people.
Relationships between employer and employees should in a perfect world be governed by goodwill and common sense on both sides. In reality, increasingly complex regulation is involved, which continues to evolve rapidly giving rise to more potential pitfalls with adverse consequences for employers, which we can help you to avoid.
We enable businesses of all sizes, across a range of industries, to foster productive and positive relationships with their employees. The objective must be to attract, retain and motivate the best talent available whilst at the same time protecting their commercial interests.
We know that dealing with difficult employee issues can cause considerable tension and management distraction.
Our approach to advising clients is commercial, no-nonsense and robust so that we focus on what really matters to you. We go to the heart of any issue so that you gain a swift and cost effective resolution.
Our experienced, specialist employment solicitors regularly advise businesses on a wide range of issues including:
- Employment contracts, policies and employee handbooks
- Employment termination and settlement agreements
- Workplace disputes, including grievances and employee disciplinary procedures
- Restrictive covenants and employee competition issues
- Restructuring and redundancy
- TUPE (protecting employment rights and putting in place relevant protections when businesses change hands)
- Employment tribunal representation.
We offer clients tailored workshops and training programmes on the above topics to increase understanding of key employment law concepts and issues at all levels in your company.
We encourage resolution of disputes by way of mediation where appropriate. Where that proves impracticable, we will present your case robustly and cost effectively at an employment tribunal.
Meet the Head of Employment – Richard Gvero
Richard is the Joint Senior Partner, Head of Commercial and Head of Employment. He is a specialist employment solicitor with over 30 years’ experience, who regularly helps businesses with a wide range of employment issues, including their reorganisation and redundancy challenges and their employment disputes. He has a particular specialism in advising recruitment agencies and education sector clients. Richard has extensive experience of employee competition disputes and injunction proceedings and has acted as a supervising solicitor. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and an accredited civil and commercial mediator.
What does he like about working for Longmores?
“We work tirelessly to deliver the best end result for our clients, because we always take their interests extremely seriously; I am proud to say that is the Longmores way.”
Examples of our work:
Advising on the dismissal of an employee for gross misconduct involving fraud and theft of funds, in the face of serious counter-allegations.
Advising on TUPE implications during the sale of a leading self-storage business, including collective consultation, leading to the smooth sale of the business and greater certainty for the employees and future management team.
Defending a constructive dismissal claim against a major electronics manufacturer involving bullying and harassment. The claim was settled out of court on advantageous terms.
Pursuing a claim for breach of restrictive covenants against a former CEO who had set up a competing business. This included the use of a search and seize order and covert surveillance to gather and preserve evidence of wrongdoing.
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