Employment Disputes

We represent clients in Employment Tribunals all around the country, in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

Kemp Jones is one of the few firms whose lawyers perform their own advocacy rather than bringing in barristers who, frequently, have had no prior involvement with the case and have no connection with the client’s business.

Employment Advice

We provide day to day advice to our clients on every possible issue that might arise in the workplace, for example:

  • Flexible working requests;
  • Reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities;
  • Health and attendance problems;
  • Performance issues;
  • Personality clashes and a breakdown in relationships;
  • Bullying and harassment;
  • Inappropriate banter;
  • Discrimination;
  • Disciplinary issues;
  • Grievances;
  • Maternity leave and pay issues;
  • Settlement Agreements – and Without Prejudice conversations

We provide our clients with as much or as little input as they require, up to and including managing the particular process and preparing all scripts and letters.

Restrictive Covenants

We represent companies who want to enforce post-termination restrictive covenants – e.g. where ex-employees have poached clients, set up in competition, or are using confidential information.

We also defend senior ex-employees and their new employers against this type of claim.

Our clients include insurance brokers, technology companies, solicitors, estate agents and investment managers.

Boardroom Disputes

Sometimes you need to remove a director/shareholder who is not pulling their weight and is holding you back.

We can walk you through the process and produce all the letters/documents/scripts you will need to get the job done with minimum fuss.

Restructuring and Redundancies

We help companies, local authorities and others plan and implement reorganisations and deal with the changes in terms and conditions and the redundancies which are often part of the process.

We are experienced in dealing with workers’ representatives and trade unions.

Buying & Selling Companies & Businesses

We offer support to in-house legal teams and external law firms in dealing with the employment aspects of sales/purchases.

Typically this will involve due diligence, working on the documentation, advising on risks and advising on TUPE if it applies.

Partnerships and LLPs

We deal with all the issues which arise in partnerships including:

  • Drafting Partnership/LLP Agreements;
  • Exiting partners and disputes;
  • Restrictive covenants;
  • Mediation amongst partners

Data Protection

We advise a number of private and public sector employers on data protection issues and disputes in an Employment/HR context.

This is a rapidly expanding area of work with the GDPR being implemented in May 2018.

HR Investigations

Often, your internal HR team will carry out investigations into disciplinary issues, allegations of bullying and harassment etc.

Sometimes, however, where the issues are particularly complex or sensitive, it is best for the investigation to be carried out by a specialist firm like Kemp Jones.

We will work with your HR team, and your existing lawyers if they are involved, and will make sure the work is carried out swiftly and efficiently.

Also, we can often make use of “legal privilege” to protect against the obligation to disclose all relevant documents if the matter results in a claim or an individual makes a Subject Access Request.