Our employment lawyers are renowned for their impressive technical expertise, proactive approach and ability to deliver practical and commercial solutions. Working with clients, both across the UK and internationally, we have a wealth of experience that extends to all areas of employment law.

The advice we offer covers the day-to-day employment issues, such as disciplinary and grievance, absence, performance, dismissals and industrial relations, as well as supporting corporate transactions, providing advice on TUPE transfers and change management, including redundancy programmes and restructuring and handling employment litigation.

Employment litigation
Our lawyers are experienced in advising on Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) proceedings, as well as on alternative dispute resolution approaches such as mediation. Our team includes in-house Solicitor Advocates who regularly appear in the Court of Session, including in relation to the enforcement of restrictive covenants and the protection of confidential information.

As a team we work closely with the firm’s experts in pensionsemployee share incentives, and tax.

Our HR consultancy service is available to clients whose needs go beyond legal advice.

Training
We also provide bespoke training, covering all aspects of employment law from refresher sessions on employment law essentials to in-depth masterclass sessions. The sessions are tailored and can be provided to HR, Legal, managers and executives.

For more information on how our employment lawyers can help please get in touch. 

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Experience

The Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen
Full human resource support service, advising on employment, immigration, and employment taxes for the Universities who between them have over 25,000 employees.
Scottish Enterprise
Advising SE – a non-departmental public body - on employment law and equality issues in the context of the objectives set by the Scottish Government. Also advising on international issues and coordinating a network of advisers in relation to Scottish Enterprise’s international workforce.
Epic Games
Working alongside Epic Games Inc, creator of Fortnite, as they expand their presence in the UK, including providing general employment advice and supporting Epic in several corporate acquisitions, including its recent acquisition of another UK based games developer.
Fortinet
Advising multi-national cybersecurity giant on the employment aspects of the acquisition of Edinburgh head-quartered company, ZoneFox Limited and advising on a post acquisition harmonisation of employee terms and conditions to align with the Fortinet group.
Stagecoach
Acting for one of the UK’s largest transport groups to advise on executive-level employment issues and operational HR issues within the group.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Advisers to the in-house legal team at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, including recent advice on the impact of a corporate transaction on employee long-term incentive plan (LTIP) awards.
The R&A
Advising an international sports governing body on all employment, HR, discrimination and equalities matters including in relation to the fairness of competition within sport.
Baillie Gifford
Advising a leading asset management company on its employment law needs within the UK and supporting its expansion overseas.
Insolvency Practitioners
Working with PwC LLP, FRP Advisory, KPMG and other leading insolvency practitioners on the employment aspects arising in the insolvencies of independent Schools, Law Firms, Courier companies and other businesses, including support on structuring sales and managing redundancy and/or TUPE information and consultation obligations and representation in employment tribunal proceedings.