- Disciplinary issues and dismissals
- Performance management; absence management and capability issues
- Handling grievances
- Business re-organisations and redundancies
- Post-termination restrictions
- Employment issues relating to acquisitions and disposals including TUPE
- Drafting employment contracts and policies/procedures
- Settlement agreements, including Director exits
- Tribunal claims, including representation at hearings
- Right to work checks and penalties
- Sponsor licences
- Visas for employees (e.g. Tier 2 (General) and (Intra-company transfer) visas)
- Advice on Brexit and the rights of EU nationals
- Joining family in the UK
- British citizenship
- Settled status applications for EU nationals
- Settlement/indefinite leave to remain
- Working or studying under the Points Based System (e.g. Tier 2, Tier 4 (students) or Tier 5 (temporary workers))
- Advice on Tier 1 (start up) and (Innovator) visas
Jane has an excellent reputation in partnering with her clients to achieve practical solutions to their problems. She provides a prompt and efficient service and her attention to detail is second to none. She works with her clients to pro-actively manage their employee issues and, where possible, avoid protracted disputes.
Jane qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and works for a broad range of clients in all sectors from small owner managed businesses to large national companies. She provides day-to-day advice in all areas of employment law, including disciplinary issues, performance and absence management and handling grievances. In addition, she advises on the employment implications of business re-organisations and large scale redundancies.
Jane has acted on a range of Employment Tribunal claims, including unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. She also supports our commercial team with the employment aspects of buying and selling businesses, including advising on the complex area of TUPE. Jane has extensive experience in drafting and reviewing employment contracts, service agreements, policies/procedures and staff handbooks.
Jane also acts for individual employees in relation to a range of employment disputes and settlement agreements.
Jane also has experience in advising on a range of business and personal immigration issues. She assists companies in obtaining sponsor licences to employ highly skilled individuals from outside the EU and advises them on the requirements of employing people on Tier 2 work visas. Jane also advises individuals regarding a variety of immigration applications such as joining family in the UK visas, British citizenship and settled status/permanent residence applications as well as individual Tier 2 work visa applications.
Jane provides in house training to HR teams and managers as well as presenting at seminars (ranging from small group case studies to large seminars with over 150 attendees). She is also a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association.
Advising a large national company in relation to a whistleblowing, disability discrimination and race discrimination claim which spanned two years and involved several grievances and claims brought by one employee. This culminated in a 20 day hearing in the Employment Tribunal, at the end of which all claims against her client were dismissed. A substantial costs award was also subsequently awarded in favour of her client.
- Illegality in the context of employment contracts – breach of immigration law
- Managing absence – Top tips
We recently engaged Paris Smith to assist us to obtain a Sponsor Licence and subsequent Tier 2 visas required for our staff members to relocate from our China office to our recently opened UK office. Throughout the process we found the service provided by Jane to be timely, detailed and concise with checks, explanations and cross checks carried out at all stages. The end result was a successful application which led to the Tier 2 visas being issued on time, which from a company owner’s point of view was a fantastic result. We also came in around 12% under the allotted budget for the process which has added to our overall satisfaction with the service and advice provided.
- Chris Anderson, Managing Director
The advice received from Paris Smith in respect of immigration matters has been extremely valuable, in particular with the support provided from the team around Tier 2 Sponsorships which was a subject that, as a business, we had little exposure to at the time we were required to apply for this licence. Jane and the team have always provided sound and detailed advice in respect of immigration matters that has ultimately led to issues being resolved in a timely and efficient manner for us as a business.
- Sam Ginger, HR Manager
Millbrook Healthcare Ltd
Just wanted to let you know that Jane Biddlecombe has now finalised a settlement agreement with my employers and their income protection insurers and we are very pleased with the result. Jane managed to secure a tax free payment due to my disability and also improved my employer’s offer in respect of notice and holiday entitlement. None of these things would have been possible without Jane’s sure and steady handling of the case. She had a lot to do in correcting my employer’s mistakes on the agreement and it was very much appreciated. We wouldn’t hesitate to use your firm again and we will be recommending you to others.
- Employee of company specialising in insurance advice
Jane provided us with clear and pragmatic advice regarding an employment related contractual dispute. She always responded quickly to our queries and we valued her excellent advice and support throughout the settlement process. Jane was always a pleasure to deal with and I would highly recommend her to advise on any employment issues.
- Richard Carter, Chilworth Partnership Ltd
With reference to my settlement concerning my shares, directorship and retirement, I received a first class service with excellent, professional guidance from start to finish. I would recommend Jane to friends and foes.
- Director and Shareholder in a timber merchant
Jane always provides such clear, comprehensive and easy to understand advice. It just makes my job so much easier and makes me feel much more confident when I’m dealing with tricky issues. Jane is supportive, perceptive and quick to understand the nature of our business so I’d have no hesitation in recommending her.
- Sam Trott, HR Manager
Natta Building Company
We appointed Jane to help us to update our employment contracts and procedures. From the outset, she was helpful, diligent and quickly got to the point, establishing what documents we needed and what was relevant. We are very pleased with the result and would have no hesitation in recommending her. Many Thanks.
- Billy Heyman, Managing Director, BTL Property
I just thought I would say a huge thank you for all your support regarding my visa application. My application was successful which we were all delighted with. You made the whole process so smooth and clear for myself and my family and we greatly appreciate your advice and work.
Individual obtaining a spousal visa
Thanks for your help today and throughout the redundancy consultation process. Whilst it has been a difficult few weeks for all involved, the process has gone as smooth as it could have and this would not have been possible without you. We really do appreciate all your advice and guidance.
A large charity client
Paris Smith always provide us with excellent service, we use them for their employment law expertise and they have guided us through some complex situations with various employee issues as well as some major restructures
- Angela Tomkins, HR Manager
Just a quick note to say thank you for the advice you gave us back in October last year. The visa was approved today – as evidenced by the celebrations happening in Dusseldorf! We received zero queries on our application – I’m attributing this to your good advice, and us doing the things you said to do six months before the application was made (joint bank account with £60k in it, joint names on household bills, letters of support from parents). With many thanks
Individual obtaining a spousal visa
I found the prospect of applying for EU Settled Status very daunting. Jane put me at ease with her expertise and professionalism. She provided excellent guidance through the application process and never failed to answer any questions. I can’t thank Jane enough for all her support and would highly recommend her to anyone.
Individual seeking personal immigration advice