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.
We’re delighted to announce that Rosanna Derryman from our Wills and Probate Team and Karen Mace from our Property Team have been promoted to the position of Associate. Both are long-standing members of staff who provide outstanding levels of service to their clients for whom they are always willing to “go the extra mile”! We managed to drag them away from work just long enough to have their photo taken with Sarah Warren, head of our Property Team! Congratulations to them both!
We’re delighted to announce that Charles Aslett has been promoted to Head of Residential Property at Stokes Partners. Charles joined us in 2020 and has worked extraordinarily hard to support his team and our clients through the pandemic and the Stamp Duty “holiday” periods. We are sure that the team will go from strength to strength under his leadership. Charles is pictured with Sarah Warren, Head of Property and Joanne Butler, Operations Partner.
In this video, our partner Michael answers some frequently asked questions about contentious probate.
Our partner Michael looks at what makes a will and how they work, starting with revocation. Michael specialises in wills and inheritance disputes which means he is well position to explain this area and consider what happen when things go wrong.
The execution of a will, in most circumstances, revokes an earlier one.
A revocation clause, usually found at the start of a will, ensures there can be no doubt that the testator wanted their new will to replace an earlier one.