Business Legal Services

Employment Law

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.

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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.

Business immigration

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.

Settlement agreements

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. 


Testimonials

What our clients say

As a young and growing fintech company, there have been a number of legal matters that we have needed to manage; such as client contracts, employment contracts and fund raising from investors. We’ve used Harper James for around a year and they have provided us with very valuable support through several lenses, not least in our funding round in late 2017, where we raised £1million and Harper James managed the legal side of the transaction. We recommend them without hesitation.
Gareth Morgan Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, Delio
Harper James provides my small growing business with a scalable, reliable, team-oriented approach to legal advice. Whenever we face a problem, I know that Harper James are there to provide helpful and cost-effective advice, to scope out the options, make clear the costs and risks, and give me the information I need to make decisions.
Bryn Richards CEO, Aeristech
We rely on Harper James to provide us with support across a full range of service areas, from commercial contracts and employment issues to fundraisings and investments. The team at Harper James are always available to provide us with cost effective, pragmatic and commercially focused advice.
Nick Holzherr CEO, Whisk.com
Harper James is a brilliant example of a company disrupting a traditional industry. Suddenly Solicitors become relevant and accessible for start-ups & small enterprises, with the best in-class knowledge of all major legal areas. I’ve used the business now for a year, and the Enterprise plan has been perfect for budgeting my company’s outgoings, and has given me a piece of mind when tackling key, decisive issues. Thank-you HJS!
Koral Ibrahim Founder & MD, The Ready House
As a University spin-out getting the right team of lawyers to support our emerging business was fundamental and the team are always available to provide us with the invaluable guidance and support we require.
David Hodgson CEO, Amalyst
Harper James have been a pleasure to work with. We dealt with another firm before approaching them who we had to leave because they were too slow and unresponsive. By the time we met Harper James we were urgently needing to progress quickly. They turned our project around at lightning speed for us and saved the day. Thank you!
Adam Bateman Director, Push Security Ltd
Over the years Harper James have helped us navigate complex legal issues and red tape, providing distilled options and legal consultancy that far exceeds the service levels we’ve previously experienced from more traditional law firms. The team act like our own in-house counsel so, regardless of which lawyer we work with, we feel supported and that they truly have our best interests at heart.
Michael Edwards Co-Founder, Inspire Group
We are always impressed with both the speed of response and understanding of the situation.
Jon Mason Sales Director, Call Assist Ltd
Quite frankly I was stunned at the low cost of the service given the value it provided us.
Dr Matthew Carr CEO, Luffy.ai
Harper James never fail to impress with the speed and efficiency of their service, no matter the query. The team are friendly, knowledgeable and always on hand.
Karis Walker Project Managing Officer, Thyssenkrupp
Fast, flexible access to specialists.
Derek Moore CEO and Co-Founder, Coffee & TV
...very efficient and helpful, especially given that it was difficult logistically with most of the directors away!
Adam Fraser-Harris Finance Director, Blow Ltd
Always great to have HJ on hand
Lucy Lam Po Tang Head of Operations, Kite Global Advisors
For us, the support of Harper James Solicitors has been a gift. The collaboration we have had has been of tremendous importance. The service has been superb value for money.
Iraklis Bourantas COO, Novoville
We often need legal advice quickly, especially during sales with new customers, and Rob is very responsive and always available for meetings. When I was looking for a law firm, I wanted that full range of services, as I knew we’d need advice outside of the tech remit. The flexibility has been really positive.
Ivan Harding CEO and Co-Founder, Applaud
Harper James have been incredibly professional and responsive. They immediately understood the challenges we have. Not only those of any small business, but those relating to building a piece of complex tech, and they have been able to help us navigate that from a legal perspective.
Alastair MacGregor Founder, Do IT
Harper James removes the stress for us. I know that we can get advice quickly, without some sort of golden clock being turned on when you pick up the phone. This means we can focus on running the business.
Tom Davenport Co-Founder, TalentPool
We initially turned to Harper James for help in one part of our business but quickly realised we could benefit from their support in other areas too. The level of service has been impressive. What I like about Harper James is they seem to take a proactive approach to legal services provision. They’ve looked at our business and made suggestions as to areas where they can best focus their support and expertise. It is reassuring to have a legal services provider like that working alongside you.
Heidi Ayton Chief of Compliance, Croud
Harper James are our trusted legal adviser and having them by our side at key moments in our business growth, knowing we are protected, is immensely reassuring.
Chris Mason CEO, Namos Solutions
Experience of your team and how they make it simple to understand the options and what is required. Value for money.
Paul Smith COO, Incuto
Stephen was very helpful, pragmatic and where appropriate, entertaining. We were grateful for the way Stephen advised us in layman’s terms, showing patience to ensure we understood the transaction and were able to move to completion. I value the relationship we have developed with Harper James over the last few years and would recommend them to others.
Jon Arcos Founder & CEO, Axis Spine Technologies
As an on-demand client with Harper James Solicitors I like the assurance of having a legal services provider which is there as and when the business needs it.
Will Richardson CEO, Wayland Additive
As a young and growing fintech company, there have been a number of legal matters that we have needed to manage; such as client contracts, employment contracts and fund raising from investors. We’ve used Harper James for around a year and they have provided us with very valuable support through several lenses, not least in our funding round in late 2017, where we raised £1million and Harper James managed the legal side of the transaction. We recommend them without hesitation.
Gareth Morgan Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, Delio
Harper James provides my small growing business with a scalable, reliable, team-oriented approach to legal advice. Whenever we face a problem, I know that Harper James are there to provide helpful and cost-effective advice, to scope out the options, make clear the costs and risks, and give me the information I need to make decisions.
Bryn Richards CEO, Aeristech
We rely on Harper James to provide us with support across a full range of service areas, from commercial contracts and employment issues to fundraisings and investments. The team at Harper James are always available to provide us with cost effective, pragmatic and commercially focused advice.
Nick Holzherr CEO, Whisk.com
Harper James is a brilliant example of a company disrupting a traditional industry. Suddenly Solicitors become relevant and accessible for start-ups & small enterprises, with the best in-class knowledge of all major legal areas. I’ve used the business now for a year, and the Enterprise plan has been perfect for budgeting my company’s outgoings, and has given me a piece of mind when tackling key, decisive issues. Thank-you HJS!
Koral Ibrahim Founder & MD, The Ready House
As a University spin-out getting the right team of lawyers to support our emerging business was fundamental and the team are always available to provide us with the invaluable guidance and support we require.
David Hodgson CEO, Amalyst
Harper James have been a pleasure to work with. We dealt with another firm before approaching them who we had to leave because they were too slow and unresponsive. By the time we met Harper James we were urgently needing to progress quickly. They turned our project around at lightning speed for us and saved the day. Thank you!
Adam Bateman Director, Push Security Ltd
Over the years Harper James have helped us navigate complex legal issues and red tape, providing distilled options and legal consultancy that far exceeds the service levels we’ve previously experienced from more traditional law firms. The team act like our own in-house counsel so, regardless of which lawyer we work with, we feel supported and that they truly have our best interests at heart.
Michael Edwards Co-Founder, Inspire Group
We are always impressed with both the speed of response and understanding of the situation.
Jon Mason Sales Director, Call Assist Ltd
Quite frankly I was stunned at the low cost of the service given the value it provided us.
Dr Matthew Carr CEO, Luffy.ai
Harper James never fail to impress with the speed and efficiency of their service, no matter the query. The team are friendly, knowledgeable and always on hand.
Karis Walker Project Managing Officer, Thyssenkrupp
Fast, flexible access to specialists.
Derek Moore CEO and Co-Founder, Coffee & TV
...very efficient and helpful, especially given that it was difficult logistically with most of the directors away!
Adam Fraser-Harris Finance Director, Blow Ltd
Always great to have HJ on hand
Lucy Lam Po Tang Head of Operations, Kite Global Advisors
For us, the support of Harper James Solicitors has been a gift. The collaboration we have had has been of tremendous importance. The service has been superb value for money.
Iraklis Bourantas COO, Novoville
We often need legal advice quickly, especially during sales with new customers, and Rob is very responsive and always available for meetings. When I was looking for a law firm, I wanted that full range of services, as I knew we’d need advice outside of the tech remit. The flexibility has been really positive.
Ivan Harding CEO and Co-Founder, Applaud
Harper James have been incredibly professional and responsive. They immediately understood the challenges we have. Not only those of any small business, but those relating to building a piece of complex tech, and they have been able to help us navigate that from a legal perspective.
Alastair MacGregor Founder, Do IT
Harper James removes the stress for us. I know that we can get advice quickly, without some sort of golden clock being turned on when you pick up the phone. This means we can focus on running the business.
Tom Davenport Co-Founder, TalentPool
We initially turned to Harper James for help in one part of our business but quickly realised we could benefit from their support in other areas too. The level of service has been impressive. What I like about Harper James is they seem to take a proactive approach to legal services provision. They’ve looked at our business and made suggestions as to areas where they can best focus their support and expertise. It is reassuring to have a legal services provider like that working alongside you.
Heidi Ayton Chief of Compliance, Croud
Harper James are our trusted legal adviser and having them by our side at key moments in our business growth, knowing we are protected, is immensely reassuring.
Chris Mason CEO, Namos Solutions
Experience of your team and how they make it simple to understand the options and what is required. Value for money.
Paul Smith COO, Incuto
Stephen was very helpful, pragmatic and where appropriate, entertaining. We were grateful for the way Stephen advised us in layman’s terms, showing patience to ensure we understood the transaction and were able to move to completion. I value the relationship we have developed with Harper James over the last few years and would recommend them to others.
Jon Arcos Founder & CEO, Axis Spine Technologies
As an on-demand client with Harper James Solicitors I like the assurance of having a legal services provider which is there as and when the business needs it.
Will Richardson CEO, Wayland Additive

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: 


Pricing plans

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:

City

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.

On-Demand

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.



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