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Employment Law Advice

Organisations make decisions every day that affect their workforce. Getting the right employment law advice from the start ensures that these decisions are the correct ones for your business.

Managing day-to-day issues relating to your business and workforce can often be a time-consuming task, but if these issues aren’t dealt with appropriately and promptly, they can result in problems for your organisation.

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Employment law advice

At Nelsons, our expert team of employment law solicitors in Derby, Leicester, and Nottingham advise businesses and not-for-profit organisations on contentious and non-contentious employment law issues.

Through our employment law service, we look to empower our clients, give them a voice, fight for them, help them seek justice, and steer them through the complex legal issues they face on a day-to-day basis.

Examples of employment law issues

The list below is not intended to be exhaustive. If you have an employment law issue that does not appear below, please contact us for a no-obligation initial telephone discussion to see how we can help.

  • Recruitment and contracts – for example, advice regarding best practices during the recruitment process, drafting and issuing contracts of employment, and changing terms and conditions.
  • Discrimination – for example, advice on best practices and how to minimise the risk of facing a potentially expensive discrimination claim and defending discrimination claims relating to each of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.
  • Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) – for example, advice and support on carrying out a fair consultation process where your business is being sold or certain functions are being outsourced.
  • Employment Tribunal claims – conducting and defending various claims, such as:
  • Settlement agreements (drafting and negotiating) – including providing pragmatic and commercial advice and assistance during negotiations and drafting settlement agreements that are tailored to and protect your organisation’s needs.
  • Redundancy – for example, advice and support on how to conduct a redundancy selection and consultation exercise.
  • Discipline and grievance issues – for example, how to deal with issues that are raised fairly and reasonably and how to deal with and appropriately sanction misconduct when that does occur.

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Why choose Nelsons?

Our team, which is recommended by the independently researched publication, The Legal 500, understand that organisations have different needs when it comes to employment law and HR support. That’s why we offer choices about how our clients engage with us. Some come to us for employment law advice as issues arise, but a growing number choose to fix their legal costs through our fixed-price services.

Businesses are also increasingly recognising the value of training their managers and staff. We offer a wide range of flexible, practical employment law training services which are tailored to the needs of each of our client organisations.


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