Employment law for employers

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Solution driven advice for employers in all sectors

Our award-winning team of specialist employment solicitors advises 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 agencies and public sector organisations, to multinational corporations, family-owned businesses and leading third sector employers – representing them in Scotland, England and beyond.

From 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 approach your HR issues - policies, procedures, contracts, transfers or disputes - we're doing so first and foremost on the basis of our understanding of organisations of all sizes across all sectors.

  • We have particular experience of business transfers and TUPE regulations, advising on more than 60 in the past year alone.
  • We represent many local authorities all across Scotland.
  • We advise some of the leading bodies in the third sector.

Your employment transactions will often require more than employment law expertise. So you'll benefit from the knowledge contained within one of Scotland’s leading law firms, which means we're able to draw on specialist solicitors in other disciplines.

We can add value to your organisation through our appreciation of risk and assessment as to how particular decisions will impact on you. 

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
  • 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 a 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 impenetrable 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 

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