Our team of Employment Law Solicitors provide a broad spectrum of legal advice and guidance to Employers on all aspects of Employment law, from contracts of employment and disciplinary procedures to tribunals, redundancy and severance. Richard Porter, a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and a Legal 500 recommended Leading Individual, leads the team.

Our team of Employment Law lawyers work closely with the Corporate and Commercial and Commercial Property teams to provide a holistic service for clients who may be buying or selling a business, or who are involved in a TUPE / business re-organisation situation. They also work closely with the Corporate and Commercial team in relation to corporate matters such as Shareholders’ Agreements and Share Option Schemes. Based in Colchester and Clacton on Sea Essex, the team can help whether you are a local or national business and have experience working with businesses of all shapes and sizes.

When Employment law issues arise in your business we will provide you with practical advice designed to minimise the impact on your business and will work proactively with you for a quick, cost efficient resolution. The team advises on:



Employment Law: Policies and Procedures

  • Complete audit of current policies and procedures
  • Contracts of employment
  • Employment handbooks
  • Policies on all aspects of employment – disciplinary, health & safety, grievance
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Share Option Schemes
  • Employment related pension issues
  • Employment Protection Scheme

Employment Law: Disputes

  • Employment tribunals
  • Employee rights
  • Employer liabilities
  • Tribunals and ACAS
  • Wrongful and unfair dismissals
  • Discrimination

Employment Law: Business reorganisations

  • Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE)
  • Redundancy and severance
  • Strategic HR planning and advice

For a no hassle approach to Employment law we offer clients our TSP Employment Law Retainer Agreement. Our monthly fixed fee retainer is designed to provide businesses of all sizes with all of the employment law advice and assistance that they need to ensure the smooth day-to-day management of their business.

Employment Law: Advice, Workshops and Forums: We advise and assist clients going through re-organisations, redundancy programs, disciplinary proceedings and grievances and our quarterly Employment Law workshops for clients are well attended. The object of the workshops is to inform and familiarise clients with Employment law concepts and procedures, with the emphasis on “prevention is better than cure”.

Legal 500: In 2018/19 the firm’s Employment Law team was once again ranked as Top Tier in Essex and team leader Richard Porter noted as a leading individual in its guide to elite lawyers nationwide. The Legal 500 said:

“Thompson Smith and Puxon’s employment team impresses with its ‘realistic advice, an understanding of clients’ needs and communication that is delivered to a high standard’. Focus areas regarding employer matters include strategic advice and risk assessment, contracts and policies, disciplinary procedures, TUPE, restrictive covenants, dismissals and redundancies, disputes, tribunals and settlement agreements, while individuals are being represented in their equal pay, maternity/paternity rights, TUPE, unfair or wrongful dismissal and whistle-blowing claims. During 2017, partner Richard Porter, who ‘listens carefully and then provides clear and concise advice’, and solicitor Sam Welham acted for local and international clients from the media, printing, retail, financial, care, sports, construction, farming, education, engineering, hospitality and professional sectors.”

In 2017 the Legal 500 said “Thompson Smith and Puxon’s ‘excellent’ employment practice advises both businesses and private clients on contractual, procedural and organisational matters as well as acting in disputes arising from TUPE, employee rights, whistleblowing, employers’ liability, unfair dismissal, redundancy and discrimination. Colchester-based Richard Porter ‘grasps the details of a situation very quickly and provides prompt guidance’. He is supported by solicitor Sam Welham, who handles tribunals and litigation related to accidents and stress at work as well as employment issues arising from business transfers.”

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