Our team of employment lawyers can advise you on all employment law related issues including:
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:
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.
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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.”
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The Employment Tribunal process – What you need to know
Welcome to the first episode of our two-part series on employment tribunals. In this podcast Employment experts Clive Dobbin, Claire Merritt and Andrew Willshire cover the key steps in presenting a tribunal claim, and what employers should do in response to a claim.
What is ACAS early consiliation and what do you need to do? We chat through how this process can help you address issues early and how ACAS can mediate.
More information: www.acas.org.uk/early-conciliation
What is our advice for employers about ACAS early consiliation? Should you engage and what are the benefits?
Are ACAS overburdened and what are the implications?
We cover how an employee presents a claim to the tribunal and what documents are required.
Access an ET1 form: www.gov.uk/government/publicat…t-tribunal-form-et1
We discuss what makes a claim acceptable
How much detail should an employee include in the claim? They must be concise and clear.
Should you attach documents in your initial claim submission?
What happens when you receive a claim as an employer? There are strict deadlines in this process, so explain the importance of this.
Our experts guide you through submitting an ET3 form, verifying the information that the employee has submitted, and when you have your opportunity to submit your version of numbers, dates etc.
When should you be instructing a solicitor and information gathering and submitting your response?
So the claim and response have been submitted – what happens now? We also discuss when a preliminary hearing is necessary.
Who attends a preliminary hearing?
What evidence do you need to defend a claim? We also discuss the process of ‘disclosure’ – what is this and how long does it take?
Our experts talk through the role of witness evidence
What should you do if you feel there are documents missing in the disclosure?
Employment tribunal costs – can you reclaim costs if you are successful in defending your claim?
Reaching a settlement – our lawyers answer key questions such as what options are there for settlement once a claim has been presented? Are settlements always done through ACAS?
The role of mediation – how does it work through the employment tribunal process, and how successful is judicial mediation?
How has COVID-19 affected the employment tribunal process? We know the employment tribunal is struggling to cope at the moment, so how does this affect when a final hearing can happen?
Performance management process: getting it right in your business
In our latest employment law podcast, where employment law experts Claire Merritt and Tabytha Cunningham dive into the complex topic of performance management. They explore and advise on how to manage poor performance, why its so important, the key components of a good performance management process and how to address concerns.
Why is performance management important? Good performance management leads to better productivity, open communication and allows managers to identify, and more importantly resolve issues.
How has performance management been affected by the pandemic? Good performance management is difficult at the best of times, and the pandemic had led many businesses to be in survival mode which means performance management slips off the radar.
What are the key components of performance management processes? The important things to remember are to be continuous, and have structure.
Claire and Tabytha discuss the importance of tailoring targets and performance criteria for individuals.
How do you set up a performance management process? Its not plain sailing! There is no ‘one size fits all’ but employers should focus on making it realistic, and investing in managers is key.
Claire and Tabytha discuss how important it is to set goals and targets that are appropriate.
How to use your system to manage those poorly performing – remember the aim is always improvement, not dismissal.
How to identify the reasons for poor performance. This could be anything from training requirements to personal issues. Managing this is an important part of good performance management.
Claire and Tabytha discuss how formal and informal performance management processes can be used together, and how they can serve different purposes.
What happens when an employee’s performance does not improve, despite a robust procedure?
Claire and Tabytha tackle a common question: how long do you set targets for?
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/
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?
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?