Redundancy Advice

Our employment lawyers are highly experienced at advising businesses and individuals in redundancy situations.

We provide advice to employers on carrying out redundancies always ensuring that our advice is always tailored to the situation. We consider the specific needs of the business when giving advice on the procedure for making redundancy dismissals.

We have particular experience advising in relation to collective redundancies where there are strict rules regarding mandatory processes for collective consultation with employees and their representatives.  Failure to comply with these procedural requirements can lead to civil and criminal penalties.

We also advise in relation to redundancy and reorganisation proposals arising out of corporate restructuring and business transfers.

We also advise employees facing a redundancy process on the best way to achieve their desired outcome, whether that is to remain in the organisation, negotiate an amicable exit or bring a claim against the employer. We assist employees in preparing for redundancy consultation meetings, appeal meetings and in raising grievances.

We are experienced in representing employees and employers in employment tribunal proceedings arising out of redundancy dismissals.

Representative Redundancy Advice Work

Examples of our team’s redundancy work include:

  • Advised numerous employers and employees in connection with redundancy processes.
  • Advised employers in respect of collective redundancy processes and, in particular, in respect of their mandatory obligations for collective consultation with employees and their representatives.
  • Advised in relation to redundancy and reorganisation proposals arising out of corporate restructuring and business transfers.
  • Advised and represented employees and employers in employment tribunal proceedings arising out of redundancy dismissals.

Key contacts:

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James Baker

Partner Employment
Home 37 – 41 Bedford Row London WC1R 4JH United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 20 7611 2349

Biography

James qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and is Head of Teacher Stern’s Employment practice. He regularly advises a wide variety of clients ranging from large multi-national companies to senior executives. James has, along with Teacher Stern’s employment practice, been listed in the Legal 500 Directory where he has been described as a “real star”.

Along with the other members of the employment team, James has spent many years developing close relationships with clients and regularly advises on all aspects of employment law. These range from “day-to-day” employment issues to more stand-alone matters such as collective consultation on redundancies and high value employment tribunal and high court cases.

James has expertise and experience in dealing with restrictive covenants, employee competition and the protection of confidential information, as well as the employment aspects of business sales and staff transfers (including the regulations governing transfers of undertakings in the UK). He has particular sector experience in the financial services arena, and regularly advises regulated businesses and senior individuals on employment law issues.

The firm’s employment team is well-known and respected for its work for senior individuals in relation to the negotiation and termination of employment contracts and restrictive covenant/”team move” issues. James has successfully negotiated for his clients with employers in many different business sectors including with some of the largest financial services institutions.

Representative Experience

James has:

  • Advised a global bank in relation to lengthy disciplinary issues and regulatory investigatory proceedings involving the alleged manipulation of the financial markets.
  • Advised a listed IT services company in relation to the acquisition of its business by a rival company and a subsequent business reorganisation involving collective consultation with trades unions and elected employee representatives.
  • Advised a logistics business in relation to matters including the negotiation of services contracts with customers involving the transfer under TUPE of employees, settlement agreements with senior individuals, disciplinary and grievance matters and data protection issues.
  • Advised a private wealth management business and family office in relation to an Employment Tribunal claim from a former employee including allegations of discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal.
  • Advised a senior board member of an international bank in relation to a bonus claim and disciplinary investigation into alleged regulatory breaches.
  • Advised an investment management firm in relation to the recruitment of a team of senior employees from a rival business who were subject to restrictive covenants.
  • Advised a recruitment business in relation to the departure of a team senior employees and the removal by them of confidential information and the establishment of a competing business.

Career History

Partner, Teacher Stern

Solicitor, Macfarlanes

Solicitor, Stringer Saul

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