With employment law ever changing and increasingly complex, failure to obtain the correct legal advice will almost inevitably result in serious and expensive consequences. At Andrew Kingston & Co., we offer a number of employment law services, to both businesses and individuals:-
• Settlement agreements.
A Settlement Agreement is entered into when an employer and employee have agreed terms to bring the employment to an end. It is only legally binding if the employee has received advice on the meaning and effect of the Agreement, before signing it, from a solicitor who is independent of the employer. Provided that the Agreement is signed and comes into effect, it is therefore standard practice for the employer to pay the employee’s legal fees. We frequently advise employees on such Agreements and can also draft Agreements for employers.
• Staff handbooks, employment contracts, policies & procedures.
It is a legal requirement that any employee is given at least a written statement of the main terms of their employment. It is much better, however, that they be given a comprehensive and up to date employment contract, incorporating any relevant policies and procedures. We are able not only to draft such documents for employers, but also to advise employees on their position with regard to whatever contract or other documents they have been given.
We are also able to advise both employers and employees on disputes and grievances, but we do not provide representation in Employment Tribunal cases.
Our clients can expect a pragmatic and commercial approach, providing them with the practical advice they need rather than just an abstract account of the legal position.
This work is carried out by Rachael Kitchman – please see the “Meet the Team” page for details of her qualifications and experience.