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The success of your business is dependent on the business hiring and keeping the right people.

Most successful businesses invest a great deal of time, energy and resources to make sure they recruit and retain the best staff and that those employees have a positive environment for them to succeed. Integral to creating such an environment is the need to understand the sometimes very complex laws governing the workplace to ensure they support and do not detract from the objectives of the business. 

Working with people brings opportunities, but also risks. A business has to manage those risks and find solutions to minimise potential liabilities. Delivering solutions is a huge challenge in an environment where employment law is constantly changing and there is the added dimension of the interaction between talented and motivated people. To help you meet this challenge you need to work with a team of employment lawyers you can trust.

A team who both know the sector in which you operate and who will make the effort to understand your business and its people challenges. A team who can work with you to deliver solutions that are insightful, commercial and right for your business, rather than providing a 'one size fits all' approach.

The Employment team at Charles Russell Speechlys does just that. We make a point of getting to know our clients’ businesses and goals. We strive to build strong relationships with the aim of being a trusted advisor to your business so enabling us to deliver prompt, strategic, and cost effective solutions. We want to be part of your team and help your business grow. 


Risk management

Including our award-winning 'Manage The Risk' service which combines employment audits, a helpline and bespoke training, to help minimise the risk of all employment related claims.

Employment documentation

Pre-employment screening, recruitment processes, drafting contracts, policies and staff handbooks as well as employee benefits including bonus, incentive and share schemes.

Dismissals and grievance

Advising on practical solutions throughout the dismissal and grievance processes, investigations, performance and absence management and whistleblowing.


Advising on training programmes as well as reviewing and implementing diversity policies and procedures.

Corporate governance and regulatory issues

Advising on the UK Corporate Governance Code, financial services regulation and data protection.

Project work

Advising on individual and collective redundancies, the implementation of new terms and conditions, large scale restructuring and all related consultation issues as well as advice on union rights and obligations including collective arrangements.

Business transfers

Advising on TUPE and the employment related aspects of UK business transfers, outsourcing and post merger harmonisation issues.

Dispute resolution

Advising on all aspects of employment related litigation including unfair dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination, whistleblowing, boardroom disputes and enforcement of restrictions, as well as negotiation of settlement agreements at every level, together with the conduct of both judicial and private mediations.

Business protection

Advising on restrictive covenants, protecting confidential information and client/customer contacts/relationships as well as unlawful interference by competitors and team moves.


Co-ordinating local partner advisers across Europe to give day to day labour law advice, as well as multi-jurisdictional employment aspects to M&A, outsourcing/insourcing arrangements. Due diligence risk analysis, harmonisation programmes including the necessary consultation/compliance obligations across Europe and worldwide.

General advisory work

Advising on all aspects of employment law and HR support, including employee monitoring and performance, the impact of incoming European Directives, equal opportunities issues, health and safety, as well as how to deal with insolvency situations.