We assist organisations by providing strategic and operational advice on workforce restructuring projects and reorganisations. We advise on the appropriate pathway and managing legal risk associated with redundancies and contractual remodelling implementation.
In an era of increasing competitiveness and transformation around the way in which labour is supplied, we ensure that our clients are operating with maximum flexibility and agility, within the restrictions of the complexities of the regulatory and legal framework.
Our experienced lawyers support clients on the full range issues associated with innovative workforce and agile labour arrangements, including restructuring and redundancy programmes, outsourcing projects, secondments, agency worker and independent contractor advice (for both users and suppliers) equal pay issues, worker status analysis, intermediaries (including IR35 legislation) and umbrella companies and pension liability issues.
We advise clients from global corporates to SMEs and are also recognised as leading advisers to a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, local government, education, social housing, manufacturing, retail and financial services.
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Working with clients
We pride ourselves on our ability to give you advice in the right commercial and policy context, with a practical focus.
We are regularly praised for our down to earth, solution focussed approach. Whilst we are careful to provide thorough and well- reasoned advice, it will be couched in terms that can be readily understood: the options will be clearly laid out, with a recommended pathway identified and linked to likely outcomes. We do not believe in sitting on the fence.
We provide a friendly, responsive service to our clients, recognising the often urgent nature of employment law advice. We are always happy to talk through any formal written advice before it is provided, whether in person or over the telephone. We provide approachable support for day-to-day queries, whether 'helpline' style or in person.
Richmond & Wandsworth Councils Shared Staffing Arrangement
We provided the employment and pensions support to Wandsworth and Richmond councils to implement new arrangements to share their workforce. The joint workforce creates the largest staff group in London local government. We advised on the employment law aspects including options for staffing models and drafting the requisite agreements and correspondence for staff documentation, as well as the pensions implications of the arrangements, particularly in relation to the Local Government Pension Scheme.
Health & Social Care
We advised on joint working arrangements between health and the local authority for integrated management of the commissioning and provision of health and social care services in Islington. As an extension to these arrangements, we advised on the establishment of a pooled fund and lead commissioning arrangements for residential and nursing care services for older people with mental health needs in a care home being procured by the London Borough of Islington as a 25 year PPP from Care UK.
Advice to CCGs and independent primary care providers
We have advised on proposed organisational changes to workforces. This has included resolving protracted contractual disputes with senior employees and specific advice on the due diligence required in assessing potential redundancy liabilities.
Advising charity on restructuring workforce
We advised a charity on the movement of staff between the parent company and a trading subsidiary. This involved considerations around TUPE (and strategies to avoid it applying), contractual requirements regarding changes to terms and conditions, VAT, and pensions. We put in place the necessary corporate documentation and advised fully about the consultation obligations of the parent company and a way to achieve the objective of staffing the trading company and changing terms and conditions with minimum legal risk.