Business Legal Services
Our employment solicitors know employment law inside out and can support employers with all aspects of employment, ranging from drafting policies to defending employment claims.
Your people are often your biggest asset, but if employment goes wrong, it can cost you time, money and stress. Put yourself on the right track from the start and let our industry-leading employment experts take the hassle out of your HR.
Our team can assist you across all areas of employment law, including:
Our employment law solicitors can support your business with:
Absence and sickness management
We can draft relevant policies and procedures, review your current ones and suggest updates. We’ll be happy to advise you on long and short-term absences.
Navigating the latest rules in business immigration law can be complex and time-consuming. If you need help hiring talent from outside the UK, our specialist business immigration solicitors can guide you from recruitment through all stages of the employment relationship.
Defending Employment Tribunal claims
Our Employment Tribunal experts will be by your side for every step of the process. We’ll quickly get to grips with case background and agree a strategy with you. We can draft ET3 defence forms, organise representation and take care of the overall process and documentation. Our expertise in agreeing settlements means we can also carry out sensitive negotiations for you.
Drafting HR policies and procedures
Engaging legal experts to draft your policies and procedures is the only way you can be sure they are fair, reasonable and precise. Our employment solicitors’ experience is practical as well as theoretical, and we can share our advice on what policies are appropriate and how to implement them.
Employee and other staff contracts
From templates for simple employment contracts to bespoke contracts for specialist roles or arrangements, including for workers and consultants, we can draft all of your employment documentation.
Employee incentive arrangements
Our extensive knowledge of employee incentive arrangements allows us to recommend the best scheme for your staff and circumstances. We’ll factor your budget and any regulation compliance into our solutions.
Managing disciplinary and grievance procedures
Making sure your disciplinary and grievance procedures are clear, compliant and protect your business is an important job that our specialists can manage for you. A general review of your employment policies, procedures and contracts can reduce grievances and staff issues. We can also advise on the best way to handle the disciplinary and grievance process.
Redundancies and business reorganisation
We understand how hard it is to reorganise your business or make redundancies. Talk to our experts early on in the process and let us guide you through the practicalities and legalities of a correct and fair redundancy process.
Our experienced employment solicitors can draft settlement agreements, make settlement proposals and negotiate these on your behalf.
Stress and bullying in the workplace
If you need help drafting a stress and bullying policy or practical support with avoiding or managing this type of complaint, talk to our employment lawyers.
Transactions and TUPE advice
We can advise you on the employment aspects of any transaction, including how and when TUPE will apply to your transaction, disposal or outsourcing agreement.
How can our employment law solicitors make a difference to your business?
Save time and money
Employment law changes all the time. We make it our business to keep up to date with the latest changes and rulings. Work with us and you’ll spend less time researching compliance with employment law. Consulting our employment solicitors early about your policies and procedures and how to manage particular employee issues will help minimise future problems later on.
Lessen the risk of future employment claims
Talking to our friendly employment law team as soon as an issue arises will help solve problems sooner. It will also reduce the chance of Employment Tribunal claims being brought against your business. Employment claims are a distraction from running your core business, they can also be lengthy and very costly, both financially and reputationally.
Robust and well-drafted documents
There’s no substitute for having your documents drafted by a professional employment solicitor. Your employment documentation should cover what you intend it to and protect your business. You can tell us what you want to achieve and we can draft it in the right legal terms. For example, well-drafted restrictive covenants will limit certain activities of former employees which could be damaging to your business, but vague, poorly drafted or non-existent covenants will not give your business this future protection.
Recruit and retain productive employees
Make sure that your talent policies are in order, that you are consultative and fair and have clear and transparent processes throughout your business. Our partner-level solicitors can help draft policies which are thorough and precise but easy to understand and implement. You can also ask us about employee incentives; we can share our knowledge and experience about this area to help you to attract and retain your staff, whom you have worked hard to recruit and train.
We’ve also produced lots of useful resources and advice on legal matters for employers in the employment law area of our Knowledge Hub.
Who we help: Employers of all sizes and from a variety of sectors all over the UK
Harper James Solicitors supports a wide range of UK-based employer clients. Our employment specialists advise HR directors, managers and founders across all sectors whether they are start-ups, SMEs or large multinationals. We can support your business with the full range of employment and HR legal services: from policies to contracts, grievances and disputes.
What our clients say
Why choose Harper James Solicitors?
As the law firm for entrepreneurs, we understand the common and complex issues you face as owners and operators. We look to form genuine partnerships with our clients. Our team of mainly remote-based and always accessible senior employment lawyers are the people to call when you need a second opinion, or specialist advice fast.
As your business grows, accessing expert legal support is invaluable. But accessing it at a reasonable price from experienced solicitors that you can rely on is not always so simple. As champions of entrepreneurship, we aim to provide legal advice that’s cost-effective, holistic, and always from an experienced team. That’s why we created our legal subscription plans, helping you build a consistent partnership with our solicitors who will take the time to get to know, not just the matter at hand, but your business strategy and how best to support it with an ongoing relationship.
Most of our employment solicitors are recruited from top 100 UK law firms or from large international businesses and have more than 10 years’ post-qualified experience. Find out more about the team here:
Legal support designed
to fit your business needs
Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:
Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.
An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.
Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £125 per hour.
A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.
Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.
Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.