Employment

Our team provides pragmatic advice on all employment and HR issues, from contracts, ad-hoc advice and litigation, to more complex reorganisations, outsourcing and acquisitions.

Overview

We provide practical and strategic advice that is tailored to our clients’ needs. Our clients are a diverse group – we act for employers, from blue chip companies to small local charities, and also for employees. We know that the same approach does not work for all.

We believe that our business should complement your business, not the other way around. That is why we actively seek to get to know our clients and how they work so that we can tailor our advice to their way of thinking. Our advice will be commercial with the options, risks, costs and benefits explained at the outset. If we can resolve a matter in minutes, we will.

Our team has impressive knowledge across the full range of employment issues and we are able to offer you the significant benefit of experts at different experience levels. Not every matter requires partner level advice or fees and if we think that an instruction can be handled by a different solicitor at a lower cost, we will let you know.

We are as comfortable advising on complex areas such as high court litigation, difficult exits of senior employees and enforcement of restrictive covenants, as we are providing day to day HR advice on matters such as redundancies and dismissals.

We have expertise in advising senior employees at director or executive level, including negotiation of contractual terms, restraints of trade, employee shareholder agreements and exit packages.

We also have a reputation for securing our clients the best possible terms if they are leaving employment under a settlement agreement and, with extensive experience of advising businesses, we can offer you a valuable insight into the approach your employer may take.

Our work for you doesn’t stop once a matter concludes. We seek long term relationships with our clients and focus on adding value, such as providing training sessions upon request, offering regular email updates, seminars, workshops, webinars and podcasts.

Featured experience

We recently successful defended an international company against claims of constructive dismissal and age discrimination by a former high profile director. The case involved over 10 witnesses, covert recordings that had been made by the claimant and was heard over two weeks. We ultimately secured the dismissal of the claim for our client.

We also handled the closure of part of a unionised business resulting in the redundancies of over 1,500 employees. We worked with our client on the strategy behind the decision and the need to maintain operations whilst the legally required consultation was completed. The process was completed without any legal claims from the process and without any unnecessary adverse publicity.

Podcasts

"Very approachable and knowledgeable team, that communicates well and has a quick turnaround."
"The team give clear advice in a friendly yet thoughtful way. The advice is always excellent and the team are a pleasure to work with."

Sue Tibballs OBE, CEO, The Sheila McKechnie Foundation
"Identifies the risks and evaluates the best course of action"
"The FSP team understands our business and their advice mirrors the reality of employment at Business Moves Group. This integrated approach allows us to manage and direct our employees with clarity and confidence."

Rachel Walton, Managing Director, Business Moves Group
"Whistl have worked closely with FSP for many years. They are pragmatic, knowledgeable and balanced. They make certain we are kept up to date on legal developments and the team has always been approachable and efficient. They constantly provide us with invaluable support."

Lynn Dillon, HR Director, Whistl