Employment law is a fast moving area, which reflects societal and economic changes. Keeping up to date can be a constant challenge, never more so than with the host of new employment laws introduced recently in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic and the lasting impact that COVID-19 will have on working practices and the workplace, employees’ expectations and their health and wellbeing going forward. Coupled with the employment law changes that will be effected in time as a result of Brexit, HR departments are going to be very busy for a considerable period into the future. This is where Rosenblatt’s employment team can assist you.
Who are we and what do we do?
We advise on complex, sensitive employment and partnership matters where the monetary stakes and reputational risks are high and which have the potential to become contentious.
We are a high end City practice focused on advising SME and PLC employers and senior executives, predominantly in the financial services, professional services, media, creative, tech and hospitality sectors.
As a result of acting on both sides of the table for employers and senior executives, our employment team, which has real strength and depth, have formidable negotiation skills which enable us to meet and often far exceed our clients’ expectations in terms of the results we achieve for them. We also have wide-ranging Employment Tribunal, County Court and High Court litigation expertise, for when matters cannot be otherwise swiftly and amicably resolved.
Our team understands that law does not operate in a vacuum. Instead, the team’s advice is commercial and adaptable to changing circumstances. We provide tailored, strategic, tactical and decisive advice on challenging HR and ER issues at all stages of the employment life cycle. We also advise on the full range of non-contentious, advisory and project based employment law matters.
We provide employment support to senior executives, partners and LLP members at some of the most critical stages of their career, which can be a particularly emotional time for them. We understand what is at stake for them and we know what it takes to go the extra mile needed to help our clients achieve their objectives in sensitive, difficult, demanding and challenging circumstances. We provide a partner led service with Michelle Chance having been ranked in Chambers and Partners UK and Legal 500 for many years for both her employer, senior executive and contentious partnership work.
Each member of the employment team is highly personable and collaborative. For our clients, this translates into professionalism, clear and honest communication, commercial awareness and prompt responsiveness.
How can we help you?
Our areas of expertise include:
- Restrictive Covenants
- Team Moves
- Protection of Confidential Information
- Injunctive Relief
- Discrimination, harassment and victimisation (including race, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation and religion or belief)
- Sexual harassment
- Family friendly issues
- The 3 R’s: Restructuring, Re-organisation and Redundancies (both collective and individual)
- COVID-19 Support, including application of the CJRS (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) and furlough arrangements, flexible, agile and hybrid working arrangements, return to work plans and health & safety issues
- Employment-related FCA matters, including regulatory references and the Senior Managers Certification Regime (SMCR)
- Internal Investigations
- Disciplinary and grievance issues
- Management of under-performance
- Handling of long-term sickness absence and stress claims
- Bonus and commission disputes
- Equal pay and gender pay gap
- Employment contracts and staff handbooks
- Breach of contract (wrongful dismissal) and unfair dismissal
- Data protection and privacy
- Transactional support and TUPE matters, including assistance on the employment law aspects of corporate transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions
- Partnership law advice for both individual partners and firms, whether LLPs or traditional partnerships
- Board disputes
- Day to day HR support, and staff training on HR & employment issues
Michelle Chance is an experienced practitioner who focuses on representing individuals in contentious partnership matters. “Michelle is very thorough and her advice is clear and precise,” remarks one source, adding: “She understands well the needs of her client and is prompt to address those needs.”
Chambers and Partners, UK, 2020
Practice head Michelle Chance specialises in high value, sensitive employment disputes, advising both plc employers and senior executives across the professional practices, media and financial services sectors.
Legal 500, Employment, 2020
Contentious partnership matters are handled by Michelle Chance, who acts for partnerships, LLPs and their individual members in matters including partner exits and terminations, as well as discrimination and whistleblower cases.
Legal 500, Contentious Partnership, 2020