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HR & Employment Law

HR and Employment Law Services for the Further Education Sector

With the further education sector facing a period of unprecedented change, colleges need employment lawyers who understand the challenges they are facing. We pride ourselves on providing practical and commercial legal solutions on the whole spectrum of HR and employment law matters.

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How can we help?

At a time when the further education sector is being asked to deliver more against a backdrop of increasing regulation and shrinking funding and when it is coming under scrutiny during the area review process, we understand the staffing issues that this can generate and we can provide informed and strategic advice to help you to maintain good employee relations, whilst encouraging staff to perform at the highest standards.

Commitment and FE Sector Knowledge

Our team is dedicated to providing tailored advice to suit the particular challenges and demands faced by further education colleges in employment and HR related matters. Addressing staff issues within such a regulated sector is a specialist discipline that not only needs legal expertise, but also the sensitivity and perspective that comes with years of sector specific experience. As nationally recognised legal experts, we have an unparalleled understanding of the features of an education institution that set it apart from any other workplace.

Our Service

Our service is based on sector knowledge, collaborative working, carefully crafted precedents and a proactive approach to ensuring our college clients are ahead of the curve in relation to the latest developments in employment law. We focus on high levels of service delivery. We are always at the end of the phone or happy to visit you and our clients consider us to be part of their team. Our highly qualified employment lawyers are well-known for finding pragmatic and commercial solutions in relation to:

  • Changes to pay and benefits, restructuring and redundancies
  • Employment aspects of college mergers and service provision changes
  • Industrial relations and collective bargaining
  • Performance and attendance management
  • Disciplinary and grievance issues
  • Pre-employment checks, safeguarding and professional conduct referrals
  • Equal pay and discrimination
  • Negotiated exits
  • Employment litigation
  • Immigration

Our senior lawyers are frequent speakers at conferences and are widely published in the press.

Additional Support and Template Documents

Our experience within the further education sector has allowed us to create a variety of template documents to assist colleges in complying with their legal obligations and employment best practice.

These documents include separate employment contracts for academic and support staff, a comprehensive but user-friendly employment manual containing numerous policies and procedures which provide certainty in relation to what is expected of your staff and what they can expect from you.

HR Retainer

As trusted advisers to the FE sector we recognise that you need prompt, practical advice from sector experts without having to worry about the cost. Our HR Retainer service allows us to become your virtual in-house employment law team. We have a variety of fixed price packages so that you can select the service that best meets the needs of your college. For more information, view our HR Retainer flyer.

HR and Employment Law Training

We can provide tailored in-house training to meet your requirements. We also produce regular, free of charge legal updates by email which are very popular with our clients and an invaluable and timely update service (subscribe).

To find out more about our range of HR and employment law legal services, from day-to-day support to strategic advice, please contact Jane Byford on 0121 227 3712, or Joanne Oliver on 0117 314 5361.

Client service is excellent both in terms of the quality of legal advice and responsiveness to enquiries. Matters are dealt with promptly and we have felt genuinely looked after. They are very communicative and flexible.

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