Commercial Businesses

We work in partnership with businesses ensuring that you receive expert, relevant and prompt support and advice.

The services we offer you:


1. Drafting mandatory contractual documents

Legislation and the ACAS guidance (amongst other things) dictate the mandatory documentation which you must have in place if you employ staff. Primarily this is:

  • Section 1 of the Employment Rights Act 1996: all employees should be given a written statement of particulars within two months of commencing their employment. The section further details the exact information which should be contained in the statement of particulars (or contract as it is more frequently referred to). Failure to provide your employees with contracts may lead to financial penalties in an employment tribunal.  
  • ACAS Code of Conduct for disciplinary and grievance procedures: this sets out the recommended procedure that employers should follow and details employee rights. Failure to follow the code could lead to a 25% increase in any compensatory award made by the employment tribunal.
  • The Equality Act 2010: you should have in place policies, procedures and training for management to prevent the discrimination of your employees on any of the following grounds: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation. There is no cap for compensation if you are found guilty of discrimination in an employment tribunal.
  • The Bribery Act 2010: you should have in place policies, procedures and training to prevent any form of bribery. Failure may result in criminal sanctions.

Further complications arise if you are a business which regularly uses agency workers. Under the Agency Workers Regulation 2010, from the start of the assignment, a worker will be entitled to (a) access any shared facilities that the comparable employees/workers can access, e.g. canteens, crèches and gyms and (b) the same opportunity to apply for relevant vacancies as comparable employees/workers (unless the vacancy arises as a result of restructure). Further, once the agency worker has completed a 12-week qualifying period, they will be entitled to the same basic working and employment conditions as their comparators at the hirer.

The lawyers at SCE Solicitors are at hand to draft documents and policies to protect your business. These include (but not exclusive to):

  • Contractual documents (including statements of particulars, consultancy agreements and senior executive contracts).
  • Employee handbooks.
  • Performance issues (including disciplinary, grievance and capability policies).
  • Equality policies (including anti-harassment and bullying, maternity, paternity, adoption, parental leave and flexible working).
  • Day-to-day policies (including sickness absence, dress code, social media and expense).
  • Redundancy policy.
  • Anti-bribery policy (including statement of ethics).
  • Health and safety policy.

2. Outsourced HR service: 

Owing to the vast quantity of and rapid changes in Employment Law and Health & Safety legislation issues, managing your HR issues can take up too much of your time. This is precious time which could be used more productively, generating business, networking and generally getting you that bit closer to making your first million (or second, third or fourth million). That is why we have developed myHR plus.  

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3. Representation

In the Employment Tribunals

If you have been presented with an employment tribunal claim and you need a qualified advocate to take it off your hands and deal with the exchange of documentation, drafting of witness evidence, final bundles and representation, we will be happy to offer you an initial free consultation where one of our lawyers will consider the facts and provide you with an assessment of prospects of success, at no cost to you.

The experts at SCE Solicitors are at hand to advise you on:

  • Unfair dismissal (including wrongful and constructive dismissal).
  • Redundancy (including settlement agreements).
  • TUPE transfers (including the transfer of service provisions).
  • Breach of contract claims.
  • Discrimination law including harassment and victimisation claims because of:
    • Age;
    • Disability;
    • Gender reassignment;
    • Marriage and civil partnership;
    • Pregnancy and maternity;
    • Race;
    • Religion or belief;
    • Sex or
    • Sexual orientation.
  • Equal pay claims.
  • Whistleblowing claims.
  • Health and safety issues.

If necessary one of our trained advocates will represent you at the tribunal. 

All our lawyers are pragmatic and attempts to negotiate an out-of-tribunal settlement will be explored in the first instance. 

In the County Court

If one of your employees has breached their restrictive covenants and you need advice and assistance in dealing with bringing a claim for breach of contract or dealing with pre-action matters, we will be happy to offer you an initial free consultation where one of our lawyers will consider the facts and provide you with an assessment of your prospects of success.

The experts at SCE Solicitors are at hand to advise you on claims for breach of:

  • Restrictive covenants.
  • Confidentiality covenants.
  • Non-solicitation covenants.
  • Non-dealing covenants.

If necessary one of our trained advocates will represent you at the tribunal. 

All our lawyers are pragmatic and attempts to settle the matter out of court will be explored in the first instance.


4. Training

You may not be aware of the fact that training your employees (particularly management staff) will provide you with a defence in respect to any allegations of discrimination (on the grounds of your employees age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation) and any wrongdoing in respect to the Bribery Act 2010 (which can subject you to criminal liability).

Our lawyers and consultants can on request provide you with bespoke training in respect to equality issues, the Bribery Act, recruitment and updates on current legislation and case law.

The sessions can be on a one-to-one basis or in groups on and off site.

If you would like a quote or further information on any of our services please contact us by completing our online enquiry form or ring 0113 350 4030 to speak to a member of the team.

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