Employment Law


Employment law is constantly changing but our team of expert lawyers is here to help your business to proactively manage your employment issues. We provide commercially orientated practical advice and pragmatic solutions which are tailored to the needs and circumstances of your business.

Key employment law services

Our team of employment lawyers can advise you on all employment law related issues including:

  • employment contracts, director service agreements and consultancy agreements;
  • policies and staff handbooks;
  • performance management;
  • disciplinary issues and dismissals;
  • absence management and ill-health capability issues;
  • handling grievances;
  • advice on family friendly rights;
  • discrimination advice;
  • redundancies and restructuring;
  • employment issues related to mergers, acquisitions and disposals;
  • TUPE regulations;
  • protected conversations and settlement agreements, including director exits and shareholder issues;
  • whistleblowing;
  • managing mental ill health in the workplace;
  • employee GDPR (data protection) advice and documentation;
  • employment status issues including IR35;
  • post-termination restrictive covenants and breach of confidentiality issues, including injunction proceedings in the High Court; and
  • Employment Tribunal claims, including advocacy and representation at hearings.

Flexible fees

We understand that employers can perceive the cost of instructing a solicitor to be daunting, particularly if faced with the cost of defending an Employment Tribunal claim. To assist our clients, we have developed flexible fee arrangements to give our clients access to instant legal advice whilst offering financial peace of mind regarding their legal spend. We can provide:

  • retainer arrangements with or without insurance backing;
  • capped fee Tribunal representation; and
  • fixed fees for drafting and reviewing documents.

Employment law work examples in 2020:

  •  Advising on the furlough scheme and the changing rules relating to this scheme.
  •  Advising on numerous redundancy situations including collective redundancies.
  •  Advising employees in mass-settlement agreement exercises.
  • Representing clients in respect of a number of substantial Employment Tribunal cases, including:
    • TUPE claim for an employer where 15 employees brought an action concerning the application of the TUPE Regulations;
    •  Whistleblowing claims in the Employment Tribunal for employers and employees; and
    • Discrimination claims;
  • Obtaining injunctions and undertakings in restrictive covenant and confidentiality cases.
  •  Advising on director exits where the issues involved are often complex and high value, involving both employment and shareholder issues.
  • Representing a client on a national minimum wage case before the Court of Appeal.
  • Advising on insolvency situations for employers.

How we’ve helped our clients

“Paris Smith always provide us with excellent service. 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. ”

HR Manager

Formaplex Ltd

Chambers and Partners Legal Directory 2021

Paris Smith has a respected employment team, noted for its strong reputation in the local market, which acts for both employees and employers and has significant experience in acting on both sides of senior-level exits. Represents clients in employment tribunals and restrictive covenant actions as well as aiding companies with employment training programmes. Regularly advises clients from the education and transport sectors.

Interviewees say “The firm offers a good all-round service and they’re always available to act promptly on an instruction.”

Clive Dobbin, Partner and David Roath, Partner are both ranked in Band 1.

Legal 500 Directory 2021

As well as undertaking employment tribunal work, Paris Smith LLP’s employment team conducts its own advocacy on cases shorter than three days. The team has a strong reputation for restrictive covenant cases, particularly within the recruitment sector, and also advises clients in relation to senior level exits. Alongside this, the firm has a strong client following in the education and transport sectors. TUPE specialist Clive Dobbin leads the practice, while David Roath has niche expertise in whistleblowing cases.

Clients say : “Excellent client care, strong team ethos and they also integrate well with other teams for High Court work such as injunction work.  Good strength in depth and they are at the centre of the employment law community in the Solent region”; and

The team are knowledgeable and always seek to provide options and resolutions which protect my organisation. They are proactive and client focused.”

Introducing your key contacts

Clive Dobbin
Partner and Head of Employment, Southampton


David Roath
Partner – Employment Team, Winchester



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9th April 2021

Managing Mental Health at Work


9th April 2021

Managing Mental Health at Work

Employment experts Tabytha Cunningham and Claire Merritt answer the common questions managers have managing mental health at work. The pandemic has made it even more difficult to spot the signs of poor mental health, so how can we make sure we are being proactive as employers?

01:55 What do we mean by managing mental ill health at work?

03:56 When are employers liable for work related stress? What are the risk factors and where do employers stand?

07:00 What proactive steps can managers take to improve mental health of staff?

11:03 What does it mean to be a mental health first aider?

12:05 When is poor mental health classed as a disability?

16:26 If someone is disabled, what adjustments should you make?

18:42 What should potential triggers or warning signs should managers look out for?

24:08 What should a manager do when an employee discloses a mental health problem?

26:20 How best to manage poor performance related to mental ill health

Managing and supporting mental health at work with Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-your-staff/useful-resources/


30th August 2019

A Guide To Settlement Agreements


30th August 2019

A Guide To Settlement Agreements

Employment Solicitor Sarah Hayes takes us through a guide to settlement agreements. Why are they beneficial? What should you need to know and what are the practical steps that need to be taken for them to be legally binding?

Show notes
00:28 What is a settlement agreement? Sarah defines what it means
00:48 What is the purpose of a settlement agreement and what will include
01:15 There are various benefits of having a settlement agreement – Sarah talks through what these are
02:00 How long does it take to agree the terms of a settlement agreement?
02:40 It is important to see a solicitor if you are issued with a settlement agreement – Sarah talks about how this works in practice
04:06 What happens if you want to negotiate the terms of your agreement and do you have to sign the agreement? Sarah explains in detail and what the implications are for you.
04:45 How do you know if you’re getting a fair deal?
05:30 What is the typical time frame for payments being made?

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