Employment Law for Employers

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Employment Law for Employers

We can provide you with specialist advice on all areas of employment law.

Introduction

We know how vast, complex and ever changing the world of H R Management and Employment Law can be.  We can therefore provide you with specialist advice, irrespective of the size or nature of your business on all aspects of employment law such as:-

  • Recruitment of Staff
  • Contracts of Employment
  • Staff Handbooks including all the policies and procedures that you will require
  • Dealing with Disciplinary and Grievance issues
  • Managing issues like performance and sickness absence
  • Employees’ Rights, e.g. maternity, against discrimination etc
  • Redundancies, reorganisation and restructuring
  • Dismissals
  • Settlement Agreements/Termination Packages
  • Transfer of Undertakings (the transfer of staff to or from you by way of a change in ownership of a business)
  • Post-Termination Restrictions such as claims preventing an Employee from working in competition against your business

Our Approach

Our main aim is to help you to avoid problems in the work place with staff, especially as this can effect productivity and take up a considerable amount of your valuable time.  We can make sure that you are on the right footing from the start by guiding you through the recruitment procedure and sorting out your contracts of employment, staff handbook and policies and procedures.

If we cannot prevent an issue arising with your staff, then we can guide you as to how best to deal with such matters, and can assist you with issues such as redundancy processes, disciplinary matters and/or advising upon the effect of a sale or purchase of a business.

We will help you to try and avoid Court and Tribunal proceedings.  Unfortunately from time to time matters do go to a Court or Tribunal Hearing, and we can provide you with high quality representation.  We have an excellent track record in representing businesses before a Court or Tribunal.


Employment Guard

We are one of the few firms in the area to be able to offer insurance against Tribunal claims for businesses.

Our insurance policies, underwritten through Temple Legal Protection Limited, can insure your business against a Tribunal Claim of up to £250,000 per case or £1 million in aggregate per annum.  These sums covered include not only the Tribunal award against your business but also your own legal costs. The premium can be as little as £159 per annum (including insurance premium tax) and can be made in monthly instalments to assist you with cash flow.

The benefits to your business of the scheme include the following:-

  • Effective management of employment law risks
  • Better financial planning and cash flow
  • Greater awareness of the correct approach to employment matters
  • Reducing disputes and saving valuable management time
  • Eliminating damaging publicity
  • Peace of mind
  • Improved employer/employee relations

For more on this scheme please read our section on Employment Guard below, or contact a member of the Team.


Costs

If you do not enjoy the benefit of our Employment Guard Scheme then we can offer fixed fees so that you can budget accordingly for your own business needs.  Your business may even have an insurance policy that includes an element of legal expenses cover for employment issues.  We can assess your eligibility under any such policy that you may have, and often agree with the insurer to take on your case in accordance with the terms of your policy of insurance.


Here to Help

Gemma Mayer LLB

Gemma Mayer is an Assistant Solicitor who advises our employer clients in respect of contracts of employment, policies and procedures, handbooks and with ensuring compliance with employment legislation generally.

Telephone 01775 722261 or Email: gemma.mayer@maplessolicitors.com

Daven Naghen LLB

Dav can assist businesses with advice on issues relating to taking on staff from a business that is purchased or taken over and with issues generally under the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations.

Telephone 01775 722261 or Email: daven.naghen@maplessolicitors.com


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Who Will You Be Entrusting With Your Conveyancing?

WHO WILL YOU BE ENTRUSTING WITH YOUR CONVEYANCING WORK?  THE CHOICE IS YOURS!

Are the selling agents or perhaps the mortgage broker pushing or trying to persuade you to use a particular conveyancing firm? If so, we would strongly recommend that you ask the following pertinent questions so that, armed with all relevant facts, you are better able to make a reasoned decision:-

Why?

Are the agents receiving a kickback or referral payment from the firm concerned? Using a firm in cahoots with an estate agency inevitably leads to a potential conflict of interest. Will such firm be working in your best interests or simply those of the introducer? Here at Maples we pride ourselves on being completely independent and we consider the idea of a referral fee both abhorrent and unethical. We much prefer to obtain our work based on past performance and recommendation.

How Much?

Do not be misled by a seemingly attractive basic figure initially quoted but be sure to enquire about and read the small print for add ons for so called “extras” (such as mortgage costs, preparation of a stamp duty land tax return, telegraphic transfer fees and the like) which suddenly spring up at a later date and only become apparent in the firm’s final statement. Ensure that you are comparing like for like. Here at Maples, we give you a complete and all inclusive rundown of our professional charges and all disbursements at the outset, with no hidden extras.

Where?

Is the firm local or, as is more likely, based in a completely different part of the country? If the latter, then the transaction will, without a doubt, be dealt with by post, phone or email and lack any personal contact. Here at Maples we are fully accessible, like to meet our clients to discuss and advise upon the transaction face to face and share with you the benefit of our wealth of local knowledge and experience.

Who?

Will you actually be aware as to who will be dealing with the matter for you or will you simply be a reference or matter number at the end of a phone in a firm dealing with volume conveyancing? Here at Maples, you will be assigned to your own experienced and dedicated conveyancer who will be responsible for and deal with the transaction for you from beginning to end, with a high level of personal service throughout.

Making a hasty and bad appointment could seriously prejudice or delay your transaction and cost you dearly. Getting honest answers to these four simple questions at the outset could make all the difference.

To discuss any Conveyancing matters please contact either Claire Smith or Anita Zaborniak of our Conveyancing Team or telephone the office 01775 722261.

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Testimonials

Gemma Mayer LLB

"I would highly recommend Maples Solicitors, especially Gemma Mayer, for any conveyancing work. The level of support and professionalism was excellent at all times. I also felt if I needed to ask or clarify anything that it was not an issue. Buying and selling a house is stressful enough, but Gemma helped me through it step by step."

Anita Toal LLB BA

"I think you are brilliant. You can use my comments above. You are efficient, friendly and quite clearly very good at what you do. Mainly you don’t leave people hanging around too long for." "So easy to talk to her and she understood what I wanted. She put me at ease and I cant thank her enough"

Daven Naghen LLB

"I felt the service I got from Maples was excellent and was very honest all through the process. I would recommend Maples as a first class Solicitors group"

Faye Blair LLB

Faye was excellent, sensitive and acted very well to the time constraints we faced. Great service and dealt with compassion at such sad times made the process less painful very professional.

Jamie Dobbs ACILEx

Over the last forty years I have cause to deal with many law firms both in a personal and professional capacity, including some ‘top’ London Companies. In all of those dealings I have never found anyone as proactive and so willing to offer help and advice as Jamie Dobbs. During the last two years Jamie guided my parents through the completion of Lasting Powers of Attorney. Helped myself with the use of the LPA and recently dealing with Probate and Estate Administration following their death.

Mike Pepper MA

This is the second time we have used Mike Pepper at Maples Solicitors in the sale of our house. We cannot praise Mike enough for the highly efficient and professional service that he has provided us with. He is by far the best solicitor we have ever worked with, and the service that he has provided us with has gone far and beyond anything we have ever experienced. We have found the whole process to be a very relaxing experience.

Claire Smith FCILEx

Claire Smith has been amazing in every way. I highly recommend her and I am so grateful for all her help. She’s professional on all levels, reliable, extremely organised and I will be recommending her to everyone. I’m very lucky to have had her representing me and I can’t thank her enough. She is an asset to Maples. Thanks so much Claire!

Anita Zaborniak

We found it a pleasure to deal with Anita Zaborniak, she was most helpful and informative and kept us up to date with the progress of the purchase of our new home. If we were to move again we wouldn’t hesitate to use Maples again.