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 Employment law for employers

Employment law for employers

Our dedicated team of employment law solicitors put your business needs and commercial interests at the heart of their support and advice.

Overview

Solution driven advice for employers in all sectors

We pride ourselves on getting to know our clients’ organisations, so when we work together on any given matter, we’ll rely on applying our legal knowledge with an understanding of the issues facing your sector.

From offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso, Elgin and Shetland our advice and strategic support is focused on providing practical, straightforward and solution-driven assistance for your employment law issues in Scotland & across the UK.

The team acts for a broad range of clients – from Government, Government agencies and public sector organisations, to multinational corporations, family-owned businesses and leading third sector employers – advising and representing them in Scotland, England and beyond.

Your work may require more than specialist employment law expertise, with data, governance, corporate or commercial issues often required alongside. You’ll benefit from the knowledge contained across the departments within one of Scotland’s leading law firms, providing you joined up advice from specialist solicitors in other disciplines, when required.

We can add value to your organisation through our open approach to discussing your appreciation of risk, with a joined up approach to assessing how decisions will help or hinder you achieving your strategic objectives.

Why choose us for your employment law advice?

When you work with us we become your trusted advisers first, and lawyers second. Our advice on employment transactions and contracts is down-to-earth, practical and makes complete business sense.

We’re also innovative in the way we deliver our services, providing transparent management information and a range of billing options to suit your needs, including our individually bespoke retainer scheme.

In addition to high quality legal advice, we offer tailored training and seminar programmes which focus on the issues relevant to our clients.

Services

Our services

From helping with advising on HR issues and policies which can help you to avoid workplace disputes in the first place to representing our clients at Employment Tribunals if the need arises, our specialists can guide you through all aspects of employment law.

Tailored training

Overview

Our bespoke training programs allow HR, executives, managers and employees alike to upskill or refresh their understanding of a variety of areas of employment law and HR practice including:

  • Recruitment pitfalls and getting it right
  • Investigations
  • Assessing evidence, weighing it up and making well-reasoned, robust decisions
  • A fair workplace and the rules on pay, hours and holidays
  • Compliance with and promotion of equal opportunities and discrimination law
  • Whistleblowing
  • Managing and reducing absence and short or long term illnesses
  • Disability discrimination problems
  • Appeals – reviews, re-hearings, fairness and mitigating risk

Work

Our work
Public sector

Overview

We have longstanding relationships advising and representing many national public sector organisations and local authorities across all of Scotland, from the Highlands and Islands, through the central belt and down to Dumfries and Galloway.

Recent work has included equal pay disputes; equalities; tribunal representation; appeal tribunal representation; Court of Session litigation; business transfers; reasonable adjustments; public sector equality duty; disciplinary; grievance; job evaluation; pay grading advice; common law duty of care; harassment; victimisation; whistleblowing; leading investigations; performance management; absence management; appointments; exits; settlement agreements; introducing new policies and procedures; compliance with the public sector finance manual; employment relations including trade union relations; collective bargaining; holiday pay issues; coronavirus issues; effective training; and compliance reviews.

Private sector

Overview

Our portfolio of private sector employers ranges from billion dollar international listed corporations, to multi-national service providers who assist household names, to tech, sports, retail and family-owned business.

Recent work has included advisory on the full employment life cycle; equalities including effective training; whistleblowing; redundancy; TUPE; equal pay; tribunal representation; appeal tribunal representation; Court of Session litigation; business transfers; disability discrimination compliance; reasonable adjustments; disciplinary; grievance; job evaluation; common law duty of care; harassment; victimisation; performance management; absence management; recruitment; exits; settlement agreements; pensions issues; holiday pay; working time; minimum wage compliance; introducing new policies and procedures; health & safety compliance; coronavirus issues; effective training; compliance reviews; confidential information and business protections including restrictive covenants.

Business transfers and TUPE

Overview

We have considerable experience of helping clients with business transfers and TUPE, assisting clients in acquiring or disposing of businesses, advising on more than 60 in the past year alone.

Recent work has included ordinary business transfers on sale, merger and disposal; service provision change TUPE transfers; offshoring TUPE transfers; tri-partite settlement agreements; information and consultation exercises; disputes connected to transfers; warranties, indemnities and guarantees including parent company protections.

Recruitment

Overview

We advise the recruitment sector and are an Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) trusted partner. Our clients within the sector include employment agencies, employment businesses and ancillary entities such as umbrella companies. Our recruitment clients vary from small third sector recruiters to large international agencies.

We have extensive experience in advising on and assisting with the wide-ranging legal and compliance challenges faced by the recruitment sector in respect of their own staff, agency workers and contractors. In conjunction with other advisers within the firm, we advise on matters ranging from data protection, Modern Slavery Act, Agency Worker Regulations and IR35 compliance to drafting complex contractual documentation, policies and procedures.

A focus of our work for our recruitment clients is business protection and ensuring that protective steps, including court action where necessary, are taken to preserve confidential information, the stability of their workforce, their candidate database and client connection.

Housing

Overview

Our work within the housing sector is as extensive as it is varied.  We act for some of the largest landlords in Scotland but also value our relationships with smaller independent landlords, providing vital housing and services in the heart of Scotland’s communities.

Recently we have advised on disputes including tribunal representation; exits including compliance with the Scottish Housing Regulator requirements; investigations; interacting with the Scottish Housing Regulator on whistleblowing issues; introducing new policies and procedures; employment relations including trade union relations; collective bargaining; equalities; business transfers; reasonable adjustments; disciplinary; grievance; job evaluation; pay grading advice; harassment; victimisation; performance management; absence management; appointments; exits; settlement agreements; introducing new policies and procedures; working time regulations; minimum wage compliance; holiday pay issues; coronavirus issues; effective training; and compliance reviews; EVH terms and conditions; exiting EVH; pensions issues including exiting final salary schemes.

Testimonials

“I have dealt with Harper Macleod for over ten years and have nothing but respect and admiration for the firm. I also use them for my own personal legal matters as I have total confidence in their professionalism and in the quality of their staff and advice.”

– HM client

“Lorna Davis represents private employers in employment disputes concerning breach of contract, disability discrimination and unfair dismissal claims. She also advises on TUPE matters and senior executive departures.” Clients add “She is full of enthusiasm and completely dedicated to her clients.”

– Chambers UK 2022

“Harper Macleod LLP has a strong profile acting for public sector employers but also advises private and third sector employers as well as senior executives. With Bruce Caldow heading up the team, it has a strong niche in sport sector work, and handles a wide range of advisory and employment tribunal matters. The former typically involves advice on business transfers and TUPE, restructurings and HR, while its contentious work also includes internal investigations.” Clients comment “The team always goes the extra mile in terms of service provision and advice. The guidance and support is always on-point helping us reach the right commercial decisions for the business.”

– The Legal 500 2022

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Speak to us today on 0330 159 5555

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CONTACT US

Get in touch

Call us for free on 0330 159 5555 or complete our online form below to submit your enquiry or arrange a call back.