Employment

Quick, relevant and clear advice

From the everyday to the strategic, the six-partner Employment team is experienced in all aspects of employment law, advising a broad client base including FTSE companies, private sector organisations, government departments and local authorities. The team's shared approach is to establish a client's desired outcome and plan the best course of action to achieve that outcome.

Ranked by Chambers as a National Leader, the team is recognised for its client-led approach and excellent problem solving. Clients rank the award winning Employment team as a premier practice because its experts tell it straight - "Wragge get off the fence and give you the options as well as telling you what they think is best for you." Chambers UK 2014.

Many of the team bring experience from senior in-house positions including Mark Greenburgh and former barrister Trevor Gibson.

The team enjoys an extensive international reach using a network of selected contacts in most jurisdictions. Examples of international work include the design and implementation of a standardised European employment contract, the development and rolling out of a uniform pan-European staff representation system and advising the division of a global outsourcing business on a programme for up-skilling line managers across Europe.

Clients include Oxfam, Cathay Pacific Airways, Sanctuary Housing, Norfolk County Council, AstraZeneca, Mercedes, Alitalia, Jacobs, Iglo Group and Aston Martin.

A three-lawyer employment team, led by partner Valerie Blandeau, joined Wragge & Co's Paris office in April 2011, completing the office's full-service offering. The team advises on issues including employee contracts and policies, disputes, trade union issues, crisis situations, compensation and benefits, company restructuring and M&A, and international employment law.

Additional services include the following:

Employment tribunal unit

The team's unique approach to employment tribunals offers a range of benefits including standardisation in tribunal handling and documentation, a RiskAssess methodology, which provides an upfront and forensic risk assessment of success, and likely costs, and a multi-track approach to categorise the claim and match the resource. It's an approach which has increased success rates to 99% and reduced costs by up to 50%.

Employee share schemes and incentives

Tax expert Neil Pearson advises on employee share schemes and incentives. Typically this includes structure and design, drafting documentation, implementation of the scheme including communication to employees.

Human resources consultancy

A human resources consulting unit can be called in to help manage major change in the business and work with clients on site. The service solves practical problems and improves employee relations. Client demand in this area includes due diligence and integration around corporate activity, organisational change, outsourcing, redundancies and re-structuring.

Combined Human Resources Solutions team

The only one of its kind in the UK, the Combined Human Resource Solutions team deals with the interaction between pensions and employment law. Typical work includes high-profile and high-value age discrimination claims and multi-billion pound pension re-structuring projects.

TUPE

If a business uses a complex web of contracts for the delivery of goods and services, TUPE (automatic transfer of staff with employment terms protected) is likely to be an issue. This is particularly the case if a company's support services are outsourced or if it is involved in buying or selling businesses.

The team has wide-ranging experience in TUPE issues, advising on award-winning projects to provide innovative legal solutions. Highlights include advising the Department of Health on its Independent Sector Treatment programme.

Its TUPE experts have launched a 'TUPE Club' on LinkedIn, the premier business social network. Bringing the latest thoughts and developments on TUPE from Wragge & Co and relevant breaking news from the web, it's a chance to exchange views and comments with fellow professionals.

Bespoke training

Wragge & Co's Employment team provides bespoke staff training on the full range of employment issues including redundancy and reorganisations.

Seminars and workshops

In the latest of its annual seminars on topical employment issues held in Waterhouse Square and Colmore Row, the team's experts explored religion and belief, post-employment restraints, and statutory termination procedures. Workshops are also held throughout the year.

Communication

The team issues regular alerts on legal developments.

Employment partners are Martin Chitty, Jonathan Chamberlain, Jane Fielding, Trevor Gibson, Richard Lee, Mark Greenburgh and Valerie Blandeau.

For more information on employment, contact Jane Fielding (jane_fielding@wragge.com).