HR support

Our employment team covers every aspect of workforce relationships, and from every angle. As a result we are often called upon by employers to provide external support to their HR teams.

We are told by our clients that we are commercial, responsive and, best of all, that they enjoy working with us.

We are here to guide you through grievance and dismissal procedures, ‘family friendly’ rights, sickness absence management, performance management, holiday pay, post-termination restrictions and restructuring and redundancy processes. We also run training courses for managers (that they actually find interesting).

Our client list ranges from global manufacturing businesses, PR companies, recruitment firms, hedge funds and hospitality companies, to non-profit entities, luxury and consumer brands and retailers. Many have or are developing global operations. For example we recently assisted an IT infrastructure company on its employment issues in the UK, the US and Singapore as well as putting it in touch with trusted lawyers in other jurisdictions.

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Meet the team

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Track record

Peel Hunt LLP

Acting as long standing, trusted advisors to this successful corporate broking, advisory, and trading firm, we have worked closely with its management team to help shape the firm's growth in size and sophistication over the last few years. Our highly skilled team offer both day to day and urgent advice on a number of confidential employment and partnership matters.

Winton Capital Management

Winton is a global investment management and data technology company that uses scientific methods to develop intelligent investment systems. The company contacted Withers for advice on internal restructures and mobility issues between its various locations. Our global reach and knowledge of multiple markets meant we were ideally placed to advise on issues in London and Oxford in the UK, and also in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

SSAFA, the armed forces charity

Withers has had a long and very successful relationship with the armed forces charity SSAFA and we have acted for them on many issues over the years. We are immensely proud of our continued association with this worthwhile organization. Our team was on hand to advise when the charity went through a redundancy exercise and TUPE transfer in Germany. We successfully negotiated when two senior executive roles were terminated, alongside more junior members of staff, one of whom brought a disability discrimination claim. In another notable instance, we advised an Employment Tribunal in the UK over whether the charity could be held liable for an allegedly discriminatory decision taken by the MOD. We secured a ruling in our client's favour.

J. Stern & Co LLP / J. Stern & Co Services Limited

We advise our client on a number of employment issues, from drafting their contracts and staff handbook to more complex contentious matters.

Institute of Contemporary Arts

We offer general employment and employee benefits advice, supplementing the HR function at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Insurance and underwriting company

Assisting an insurance and underwriting company on winding down its business including advising on collective redundancy consultation, incentive arrangements and TUPE.

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