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. Jolyon Berry, 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 2022/23 the firm’s Employment Law team was once again ranked as Top Tier in Essex with team leader and Solicitor Jolyon Berry being noted as a Leading Individuals in its guide to elite lawyers nationwide.

The Legal 500 said: Based in Colchester, Thompson Smith and Puxon provides solution-based corporate advice, which enables the team to ‘understand the commercial and operational implications‘ of client’s legal issues. This is exemplified by practice head Jolyon Berry who ‘explores options available, whilst advising on any potential risks.’ Berry continues to ensure that the team delivers a full range of employment advice to corporate clients and is well supported by experienced litigator Sam Welham. Standout areas of expertise for Welham include work-related stress claims and disability discrimination proceedings.

Client Testimonials:

‘I appreciate the care taken by the team to prepare cases and communicate with their clients; they take a thoughtful yet deeply practical approach which really meets their clients’ needs.’

‘I have always been impressed by the commitment Jolyon Berry and Sam Welham show to their clients, whether acting for employers or for employees. They listen to what their clients say and pursue the best outcome for them with great determination.’

‘They understand the commercial and operational implications to the business in advising in relation to an employment issue.’

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