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    Employment Law Advice

    At Howarths, we deliver effective, efficient, commercially focused employment law advice to hundreds of SMEs across Yorkshire and the UK. But, we do it with a personal touch; we know every single one of our clients and we’re committed to helping their business grow.

    From supporting schools with employment tribunals, to helping charities through mergers and employee transfers, we have the breadth of experience and knowledge required to help your business.

    All the Howarths employment law team are qualified solicitors and balance down-to-earth, commercial advice, with expert and up-to-the-minute legal knowledge to get your business where it needs to go.

    We’re proud of the one-to-one relationships we have with our clients. Work with us and you’ll speak directly to your dedicated employment law expert who’ll become your go-to contact over the phone, via email or on video call.

    Just some of the key areas of employment law guidance we can help SMEs with are below.

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      Your Employment Law Team

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      Gavin Howarth

      Managing Director & Employment Law Solicitor

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      Charlotte Geesin

      Head of Employment Law and Business Immigration

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      Sarah Edwards

      Senior Employment Law Solicitor

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      Freya Dearman

      Trainee Employment Law Advisor

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      Anna Schiavetta

      Employment Law Solicitor


      Disciplinary and investigation support

      As your business grows, so does the number of staff you employ. You want to focus on your day job, but you’re spending more and more time dealing with people issues like lateness, sickness and disciplinaries. Sound familiar?

      Our team can provide over-the-phone advice to help you manage sickness absence, disciplinary and investigation situations, or we can do it all for you, attending your place of work to carry out difficult conversations, conduct employee investigations and sit in on disciplinaries.

      Handling these situations effectively and in accordance with the relevant employment law is crucial. If you don’t have the confidence, skillset or time to do it yourself, let us take away the strain.

      Restructure and redundancy support

      We can help guide your business through the sensitivities and complexities of a legally compliant redundancy process or restructure.

      For time-strapped SMEs, redundancies and restructures can take up valuable resource that needs to be focussed elsewhere. Work with Howarths and we’ll walk you through exactly how to prepare, including the considerations and risks for your business, what information you need to share with staff, what meetings need to take place and what letters need to be sent.

      We act as your in-house HR team going through the journey step by step to achieve a successful outcome looking at business case, pooling, scoring, consultation, redundancy calculations.

      You can lean on us for emotional support, too. Making redundancies can often be extremely hard on the manager tasked with doing it, so we make sure they feel confident and prepared whilst upskilling them throughout.

      Our team of specialists are ready to help your business today

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      Support with all areas of Employment Law

      Employment law support for SMEs should blend the most current legal advice with a strong commercial awareness.

      This creates the formula for successful business growth, where effective management of your employment law obligations serves to help, not hinder, business growth.

      Areas of employment law we can support you with include:

      – Staff performance management
      – Staff behaviour issues
      – Maternity and Paternity
      – Sickness, lateness and absence management
      – Employment contracts
      – Flexible and remote working requests
      – TUPE, restrictive covenants, restructures
      – Discrimination and equal opportunities

      Creation of Employment Law documents

      Many businesses look to us to supply them with the relevant documents relating to the many areas of employment law. They do this because they’re guaranteed those documents are legally compliant and contain the information required to cover what’s needed.

      Are you a fast-growing business? We can help you put in place the employment law documents you need as your team gets bigger. Are you a long-established company? We can review your documents and ensure you’re always working from up-to-date, legally compliant templates.

      Just some of the letters, forms and documents we can provide include:

      Staff induction documentation –
      Manager’s guides on disciplinaries/investigations/redundancies –
      Flexible working request documents –
      Change of terms and conditions letter –
      Redundancy scoring matrix –
      TUPE documentation –
      Confirmation of passing probationary period letter –
      First written warning for underperformance letters –
      Performance improvement plans / templates –
      Subject Access Request response letter

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