Our award winning Employment Unit has experience in advising clients on all aspects of employment law and HR issues. Given the ever changing nature of employment law, we understand our clients require purposeful and practical guidance to allow them to properly understand their legal obligations, rights and options; not regurgitation of black letter law. Our approach focuses on our clients’ desired outcomes which are at the forefront of the advice we provide. In this way we are able to offer commercially focussed solutions to meet our clients’ needs.
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We act for both employers and employees, allowing us to take a balanced view on those issues with which our clients require assistance. We deal with all areas of employment law including unfair dismissal, redundancy, discrimination laws, contractual disputes, compromise agreements, business re-organisations, advice on the application and impact of the TUPE Regulations and family friendly issues (maternity/paternity/adoption/parental rights).
Our expertise across these areas is supported through the Employment Unit having been awarded Specialist Accreditation by the Law Society of Scotland in both Employment and Discrimination Law.
The Employment Unit has a particular strength in representing clients before the Employment Tribunal, as well as the Employment Appeal Tribunal and other courts, with all members of the team having a strong background in litigation representation in the Scottish courts. Our solicitors regularly appear personally in these forums, achieving successful outcomes for their clients.
We are also able to provide advice at an early stage with regards to any disputes which arise in the workplace. The old adage of it never being too early to call your solicitor is never truer when it comes to employment law matters. What may start life as a simple disagreement can quickly escalate if it is not dealt with promptly. We regularly help our clients deal with such disputes, offering advice and guidance on disciplinary, grievance and procedural matter.
We are also able to provide our clients with employment documentation, including contracts of employment, directors’ service agreements and policies and procedures.
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We are also able to provide employer clients with legal expenses insurance (both before and after the event) to give added protection in respect of the legal costs that any employment tribunal claim may create for your business.
Training is an important part of the service we provide. We will tailor bespoke sessions for employer clients which target your specific business needs. Our client feedback from your training sessions is excellent.
One of our recent employment tribunal wins involved the successful defence of a case brought against our client Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) by former Grampian fire chief David Dalziel for unfair dismissal and age discrimination. This significant case has already received widespread national media coverage (see BBC, Herald Scotland, Evening Express, The Scotsman and The Press and Journal). Read more about the case here.
Another tribunal win involved success for former Radio Clyde DJs, Coll and Cameron, in claims against the station's owners, the Bauer Group. Employment status was established at an initial hearing and following that the DJs were found to have been unfairly dismissed. The presenters will now be entitled to compensation from their former employers. This case too has received widespread coverage in the media. Read more about the case here.
Recently, Marie Macdonald, Head of our Employment Law Team, also won a high profile victory for the widow of a motor neurone sufferer who died before his case was heard by the Employment Tribunal. Read more about the victory here: The Late F.G. Allan vs Caledonian Windows & Conservatories Limited
Our Employment Unit’s efforts on behalf of our clients have been recognised on a number of occasions.
- Employment Law Firm of the Year – finalists – The Law Awards of Scotland 2014
- Employment Law Firm of the Year – shortlisted finalists – The Law Awards of Scotland 2010
- Employment Law Firm of the Year – shortlisted finalist – Scottish Legal Awards 2010
- Employment Firm of the Year – winner – the Law Awards of Scotland 2009
- Employment Law Firm of the Year – Shortlisted finalist – The Law Awards of Scotland 2008
What Our Clients Say
"When other lawyers told me there was no case to answer to Marie Macdonald took the case on. As my husband is no longer with us, sadly he passed away April 2014, Motor Neurons Disease, this case was unique as he wasn’t able to represent himself.
Marie was honest with me from the start. It was a time where emotions were running high with no certain outcomes, but we decided to go ahead and fight. Marie was brilliant. I was overwhelmed at her dedication and determination to pursue justice not just for my husband but for us as a family.
Although in a case like this the ‘win’ is bitter sweet, at the end of an eighteen month battle I can finally say I carried out my husband’s last wishes. This was only possible with the support, professionalism and a belief in what is right shown by Marie Macdonald."
- Mrs X for Marie Macdonald