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1. Assisting with notice period and bonus structure within the contract of employment which reduced the clients financial exposure by £60k. The company was in a difficult financial position, we assisted with the workforce costs and any changes that could be considered, the contract of employment did not fit the needs of this particular business, these clauses were fundamental to its profit margins. Amendments with consultation were made and the business is in financial growth and considerably healthier.
2. Advising on internal issues on sick absence and providing practical assistance to manage absence costing the business. The workforce were aware of the lack of absence procedures in place with the company, and absence was an all time high, by providing the business with the tools they needed and putting these into practice enabled them to regain the trust and respect of the staff. Absence reduced significantly, saving the client money and boosting morale within the workforce.
3. Advice on gross misconduct dismissal issues and providing the step by step approach to reduce the legal implications exposed to the business. Christmas in the kitchen with the Head Chef, preparing the food for a Christmas event, decided to physically assault another member of staff who passed out. The client contacted me over the weekend, asking what to do as they still had 300 dishes to go out and didn’t want to suspend.
4. Support with internal grievance complaints, investigations and outcomes. Process to be followed in relation to serious allegations made by the employee of bullying with the threat of resignation.
"I first met Laura in 2004 where she assisted in auditing and updated our contract of employment, staff manual and policies. Since then our professional relationship has developed where she has assisted me in all aspects of employment law, from advice in restructuring the business, to ad hoc advice on dealing with employment issues to supporting us with tribunal claims. More recently she has assisted in providing us with a Directors Contract of Employment. Back in 2005 whilst assisting us with an employment claim, Laura successfully won us a cost order against an employee who withdrew their claim, the amount I still believe stands as the highest awarded by the Southampton Tribunal. Over the last 8 years through Laura, my confidence and knowledge in employment law has increased substantially, and I have to certainly credit her for that. We have a great relationship and I would have no hesitation in recommending her."