We are a boutique employment law firm based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
Sadly, it is not uncommon to hear an appointment with a solicitor being compared to unpleasant experiences such as going to the dentist, or visiting your GP - but at Barnard & Co Employment Law Solutions we want to change that!
Dealing with issues at work can be stressful and emotionally draining. Generally speaking, we spend more time at work than we do with our friends or family, so when something isn’t right, it can quickly become all-consuming. We understand this and promise to treat you like a person, not just a fee.
Of course, things don’t need to be going wrong for you to require employment law advice - maybe you have secured a big promotion, been offered your dream job, or you might even be branching out on your own. Whatever your reasons are for requiring the services of an employment solicitor, Barnard & Co Employment Law Solutions are on hand to provide you with the expert advice, guidance and support you need at every step of the way.
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A Settlement Agreement (formerly known as a compromise agreement) is a legally binding contract that deals with the termination of your employment on agreed terms. By signing a Settlement Agreement you are agreeing not to pursue any employment related claims that you may have against your employer in return for compensation.
For the agreement to be legally binding, there is a requirement for you to seek independent legal advice on the terms, and usually the cost of obtaining this advice is covered by your employer.
At Barnard & Co Employment Law Solutions, we will take the time necessary to fully understand the background to your matter so we can advise in detail on any claims that you may have. We will make sure that you understand all the terms of the Settlement Agreement, and will ensure that it is in your best interests to enter into the agreement. Where necessary, we can also help you negotiate the terms of the agreement with a view to securing you the best deal possible.
Employment related contracts come in a variety of forms, including contracts of employment, consultancy agreements and directors’ service agreements. Whilst starting a new job or project can be an exciting time, it is prudent to take the time to review the terms of your new contract carefully from the outset. Disputes can often arise further down the line when the interpretation of a contract is not clear.
We can review your contract, provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the relevant clauses, and where necessary help you negotiate the best terms for you.
We can also assist in circumstances where there is a contractual dispute or if your employer is seeking to vary your existing terms and conditions of employment.
A claim for unfair dismissal arises if an employer has no fair reason for the dismissal and / or does not follow a fair procedure. Generally speaking, an employee has to have 2 years continuous service before they are eligible to pursue a claim for unfair dismissal (although there are some very limited exceptions to this).
If you believe you have been unfairly dismissed, it is important to seek advice as soon as possible as there are strict time limits for pursuing a claim.
We will consider your employer’s reasons for dismissing you and the process that has been followed in order to advise you of your legal rights, and the merits and value of any potential unfair dismissal claim. We will advise you how to challenge your dismissal whether via the appeal process, correspondence, ACAS Early Conciliation or at an Employment Tribunal, and will provide you with support at every step of the way.
We do not want to see your access to justice restricted due the cost of obtaining sound legal advice and representation. We therefore offer a variety of funding options to suit your individual needs, including hourly rates, fixed fees, and in some circumstances may even be able to represent you on a “no win no fee” basis.
For your convenience, we offer evening and weekend appointments upon request, and are also happy to facilitate home visits where appropriate.
Please contact us if you require any further information.
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