We are a boutique employment law firm based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
Employees are an integral part of any successful business. However, we understand that keeping on top of staff issues and the never-ending changes in employment law can be time consuming and distracting. Barnard & Co Employment Law Solutions can provide prompt, pragmatic and cost effective solutions to all your employment law and HR needs, enabling you to devote your valuable time and resources to your core business goals.
Every business is unique. We will therefore take the time to get to know your business, the way you work and the challenges you face so we can provide a bespoke service, tailored to your individual business needs. We promise to avoid legal jargon and will provide clear, straightforward and commercially sound advice.
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Whether a contract of employment, consultancy agreement or directors’ service agreement - soundly drafted contracts are essential to the effective running and protection of your business.
It is a legal requirement that you must provide employees with a written statement containing the main terms and conditions of employment within two months of them starting work.
We can draft bespoke contracts that are compliant with current employment law and also tailored to your individual business needs. We are also happy to conduct a review of any existing contracts used by your organisation to ensure they are legally compliant.
Where necessary, we can also advise on the procedure to follow when seeking to vary contractual terms and conditions, or what action to take if you believe a contract has been breached in any way.
Well drafted policies and procedures will provide protection for your business, ensure compliance with current legislation and generally help you to manage your business more effectively.
Whether you require a complete staff handbook or individual policies / procedures, we can draft bespoke documents that are compliant with current employment legislation and tailored to your individual business needs. We can also review any existing staff handbook to ensure that it is up to date, and recommend whether any further policies / procedures may be necessary or advantageous.
As well as drafting the documents, we are also happy to provide hands-on support when it comes to conducting any formal employment procedures, including disciplinary, grievance and capability procedures.
If you wish to exit an employee from your business for any reason, a Settlement Agreement can be an invaluable option. A well drafted Settlement Agreement will enable you to bypass lengthy formal procedures whilst also giving your business protection against any future claims from the dismissed employee.
We can advise you if and when a Settlement Agreement is an appropriate option, and will ensure that you fully understand all the implications of offering and entering into such an agreement.
We will draft a legally compliant Settlement Agreement based on your proposed terms, and will assist you in presenting this to the employee. We are also happy to represent you in any further negotiations with the employee’s legal adviser.
There can be many reasons for seeking a restructure or reorganisation of your business. Whatever the motivation behind your plans, we will identify the employment issues you face, and support you at every step of the way. If there is a genuine redundancy situation we will guide you through the consultation process and assist you in applying a fair selection process, considering alternative employment and ensuring that redundant employees receive the correct statutory and contractual payments to limit your exposure to potential claims.
Restructuring your business, whether through merger, acquisition, insourcing or outsourcing, can raise a number of potentially complex employment issues, including the application of TUPE.
We can help you navigate the complexities of TUPE with a view to ensuring that any transfer proceeds as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Where necessary, we can assist you with the election of representatives, the information and consultation process, and drafting / reviewing the employment related terms of any business transfer agreement.
Win or lose, employment litigation is an expensive and unwelcome distraction from running a business.
We can offer quality legal and strategic advice at an early stage with a view to securing your business the most cost effective and expedient solution to potential employment disputes.
Unfortunately, no matter how fair and reasonable you have been, employment litigation sometimes becomes unavoidable. We also appreciate that on occasion you may decide that litigation is necessary to set a precedent for your staff or to protect your business. Either way, we are committed to robustly representing you in any legal proceedings with a view to securing the best possible outcome for you.
We can provide bespoke training in respect of any employment related matter eg. conducting disciplinary hearings, managing performance, equality and diversity…etc. Please contact us to discuss your requirements in further detail.
We offer a variety of funding options to suit your individual business needs, including hourly rates, fixed fees, and retainer packages. We also offer discounts for registered charities and start-up businesses. We are happy to facilitate meetings at our offices, but are equally happy to come to you if it is more convenient.
Please contact us if you require any further information. – email@example.com or 01442 531021
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