As it relates to the workplace, employment law covers every aspect of working life in both small family-run businesses and large multinational corporations. As such it is a very varied and complex area of legal practice with the balance between employees’ rights, duties and obligations and their employer’s to be maintained at all times. This includes everything from recruitment and contracts of employment, to policies and procedures within staff handbooks and grievance processes. It can also cover whistleblowing, discrimination and redundancy issues, maternity and paternity rights and flexible working, long-term sickness absence and data protection.
Employment lawyers London often deal with non-contentious matters as well as advising on and preparing for litigation. They must have excellent organisational skills to be able to prioritise and manage their own caseloads. A strong understanding of the legal aspects of business and of the wider commercial context is essential as is a keen eye for detail and an ability to work to tight deadlines. It is usual for trainees to have direct contact with clients and the empathy required to help those who are experiencing very distressing situations in the workplace is important, particularly when they may be considering taking their employer to an Employment Tribunal.
Boutique employment firm Rahman Lowe Solicitors acts for both claimants and employers, with a particular track record of advising senior executives from the financial services sector on whistleblowing claims and stress at work cases. The team is led by partner and head of the employment group Jahad Rahman, who is “commercially aware and a pleasure to work with”. It also has a specialist disability team headed up by associate Sarah Lowe. employment lawyers London