Employment law for employers

Employment coronavirus advice for business

Solution driven advice for employers in all sectors

Our award-winning team of specialist employment solicitors advise on every aspect of employment law.

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.

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.

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.

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Our employment law services

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.

  • 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.
  • We advise leading bodies in the third sector.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • We advise the recruitment sector and are an Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) trusted partner.

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. 

Our key services include:

  • Adjusting for disabilities
  • Business transfers, TUPE and outsourcing
  • Change management:
    • Workforce planning including growth
    • Handling individual and large-scale redundancies
    • Planning and implementing restructuring and reorganisation
  • Contractual disputes
  • Equal Pay
  • Equalities and discrimination
  • Family-friendly and rights to time-off
  • Investigations, complex disciplinary and grievance issues
  • Managing long-term and infrequent absences
  • Managing the ACAS conciliation and negotiation process
  • Obtaining and resisting interdict & damages claims
  • Partnership issues, zero-hour contracts, structuring volunteer relationships and atypical workers
  • Post-merger implementation
  • Recruitment
  • Representation before the ET and EAT
  • Resolving employee disputes
  • Securing confidential information and intellectual property rights
  • Tailored contracts and policies (including preparing consultancy agreements)
  • Whistleblowing, health & safety
  • Workplace mediation

Supporting people and organisational development: 

  • Bespoke briefing notes
  • Focused seminars
  • Regular blogging and legal updates
  • Tailored training

Employment law retainer package

Sign up to our retainer scheme to get the best advice at a reduced rate

Harper Macleod LLP offer a high quality, comprehensive and cost effective tailored service, delivered by a dedicated team of employment solicitors who put our clients’ business needs and commercial interests at the heart of their support and advice. 

Some benefits of our retainer package

  • Preferred retainer rates
  • Policy health checks and reviews
  • New policies and procedures as the law develops
  • Private training sessions
  • Free telephone advice line
  • Advice from specialist Solicitors

Find our more on our dedicated employment retainer page.

Employment lawyers retainer package - Harper Macleod

Training services for employers

We also offer bespoke training programmes for clients. 

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 

Contact us

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

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