At Stokes Partners, whether you are an employee or employer, we are able to provide expert legal advice to assist you on your employment issues, to achieve a successful outcome.
Commercial and yet pragmatic, our experienced lawyers will help you deal with the difficult and often urgent situations and navigate through the complexities of employment law.
As a business owner, employment law and regulatory obligations can be a mine-field, that leads to catastrophic damage to profitability and reputation. It is so easy to inadvertently fall on the wrong side of the law. Important decisions often have to be made urgently so you need your lawyers to be accessible and responsive.
We work with small to medium sized businesses, in a number of sectors, ranging from agriculture, construction and professional services to manufacturing. We advise as an integral part of their “management” team, often to provide important if not crucial, and yet easy to grasp, solutions to problems. We help the business managers in these organisations to focus on running their business, by making the advice we give clear and concise.
We also provide expert help on the less pleasant aspects like business restructuring and redundancies, and when matters become contentious, whether it is just HR advice on a grievance procedure or workplace dispute, or the defence of a claim in Court or an Employment Tribunal, we can advise and act for you.
Our employment law services for employers include:
- Preparing employment contracts;
- Preparing service agreements for directors and senior executives;
- Preparing staff handbooks;
- Preparing settlement agreements (formerly known as Compromise Agreements) and severance agreements;
- Advising on the employment aspects on change of business ownership and the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE);
- Advising on restructuring and redundancy;
- Advising on HR policies and procedures;
- Advising on grievance and disciplinary procedures;
- Defending (and bringing) claims in the Employment Tribunal or Court, including but not limited to:
- Unfair dismissal;
- Constructive dismissal;
- Breach of contract;
- Discrimination relating to age, religion or belief, gender, pregnancy or maternity, disability, race, sexual orientation, being married or in a civil partnership, gender re-assignment, part-time working or trade union membership;
- Unpaid wages
- Overpayment of wages; and
- Breach of restrictive covenants and confidentiality.
Our charges are fair and transparent; like most law firms we mainly charge according to the time we spend acting on your instructions, and based on hourly rates which vary according to the experience and seniority of the lawyer in question. Our rates are competitive and offer good value for the quality of advice and service we offer, because our location allows us to manage the cost of overheads better.
We are also able, in appropriate matters, to agree in advance with you to charge on the basis of a fixed fee. We recognise the need to be commercial, so we will always advise our clients to be pragmatic and to bear in mind the concept of proportionality, especially with regard to bringing a claim in the Employment Tribunal, with the attendant litigation risks. Please refer to our pricing guide in relation to unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal tribunal claims for employers.
Stokes Partners are proud to be the official legal partners for Somerset Day on May 11th! And we’re especially proud that we feature on the Somerset Day Trail Challenge! We’ll be working hard to ensure that our office window celebrates all things Somerset and we’ll definitely be “flying the flag” on Somerset Day!
Stokes Partners are delighted to announce that Hilary Askew has become a partner with the firm with effect from 1 April 2022. Hilary is part of the Wills, Tax and Probate team. She joined the firm in July 2012 and has over 20 years experience of private client work.
On 6 April 2022 the divorce “landscape” will change dramatically and for the first time in over 40 years. The family law team at Stokes Partners are all agreed that this change is long overdue and that it should help thousands of divorcing couples move forwards in ending their marriages with reduced disagreement and acrimony.
Half of wills in the South of England are out of date – Nicola McIntyre, head of our Wills, Trusts, Tax and Probate team suggests now is the time to review your wills ahead of “Update Your Will Week”.