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Are you experiencing a legal dispute with your employer? Or are you an employer who wants to ensure that your settlement agreements are fair and lawful? Poole Alcock’s Employment Law team in Congleton is here to help you navigate the complex and ever-changing world of employment law. We have years of experience in dealing with settlement agreements and compromise agreements, and we can help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Based in the centre of historic market town, Congleton, we’re situated within accessible distance from the A34 and A54 with limited client parking available. Close to several public car parks, our office is also within a walkable distance from Congleton train station.
Riverside, Mountbatten Way, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 1DY
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Monday – Friday: 9am – 5:15pm
If you have a question about our employment services, please complete our contact form or call us for free. We’re happy to arrange consultations over the phone or via video call. The consultation can be arranged at a time and date that is convenient for you.
Protect Your Interests and Settle Disputes Effectively.
A Settlement Agreement, also known as a Compromise Agreement, is a legally binding document used to resolve disputes between employers and employees, usually relating to the termination of employment. To be valid, it must meet specific legal requirements, including being in writing and the employee receiving independent legal advice. At Poole Alcock Congleton, our experienced Employment Lawyers can help you negotiate and draft a Settlement Agreement that protects your interests and meets all necessary legal standards. If you’re facing an employment-related dispute, contact us for expert guidance and support.
Get the Legal Support You Need for Employment-Related Issues: Congleton’s Trusted Employment Lawyers Can Help
As a professional employment lawyer based in Congleton, we understand the importance of having access to quality legal advice when it comes to employment-related issues. Employment law is a complex and constantly evolving area of law, and it is essential to have an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer on your side to help navigate the various legal requirements and regulations.
At Poole Alcock, we specialise in employment law and provide a wide range of legal services to both employers and employees. Our team of skilled lawyers has extensive experience in dealing with all types of employment-related issues, from drafting employment contracts and policies to handling discrimination claims and unfair dismissal cases.
Our services are tailored to meet the specific needs of our clients, and we take a proactive approach to ensure that their legal needs are met effectively and efficiently. We understand that employment issues can be stressful and time-consuming, and we work closely with our clients to provide them with clear and practical advice and support.
Some of the key services we provide as employment lawyers in Congleton include:
Drafting and reviewing employment contracts: We can help employers draft employment contracts that are legally compliant and protect their interests, while also ensuring that employees understand their rights and obligations under the contract.
Handling grievances and disciplinary procedures: We can advise employers on how to handle grievances and disciplinary procedures in a fair and legally compliant manner, ensuring that they follow the correct procedures and avoid potential legal claims.
Handling discrimination claims: We have experience in handling all types of discrimination claims, including those based on age, sex, race, and disability. We can provide our clients with practical advice on how to avoid discrimination in the workplace and how to handle discrimination claims effectively.
Redundancy and dismissal: We can advise employers on the legal requirements and procedures surrounding redundancy and dismissal, including consultation, redundancy pay, and unfair dismissal claims.
Negotiating settlement agreements: We can help employers and employees negotiate settlement agreements to resolve disputes without going to court, providing a cost-effective and efficient way of resolving employment-related disputes.
Our experienced solicitors at Poole Alcock are on hand to support you with a range of legal services.
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You are required to have your settlement agreement checked by a solicitor. This is completely free, as your employer pays the legal fees. With Poole Alcock you will get a speedy response – most settlement agreements that we deal with can be turned around within 48 hours. We also offer a same day service, if required. We will also negotiate with your employer if we think you are entitled to more. From beginning to end, your compromise agreement will be dealt with by a knowledgeable and supportive solicitor.
Find out more about Settlement agreements here.
Typically a restrictive covenant is a contract clause prohibiting an employee from competing with their ex-employer for a certain period of time after leaving the business. It can also be used to prevent the ex-employee from soliciting or dealing with customers of the business by using information gained during employment.
This can be a complex area and can lead to costly legal action if the right advice is not sought at the earliest opportunity. If you have fallen foul of the restrictions in your contract, get in touch with one of our specialist employment lawyers to discuss your options.
In cases where employment disputes cannot be resolved directly, you may be called before an employment tribunal. Our specialist employment solicitors will guide you through the process, recommending the best route for your case. If you do need to go to a tribunal, we will guide you at every step, ensure you are fully prepared, and help you achieve the best outcome for you. At Poole Alcock we have all the experience you need to provide clear, informed advice. Contact us to prepare for a tribunal, leaving you free to maintain your commercial focus and ensure you are fairly represented.
Our fees for representing you at an employment tribunal are charged on a staged fixed fee basis, giving you peace of mind and certainty in relation to costs. A full breakdown of pricing can be found here.
Employees may be entitled to a statutory notice period and redundancy payment. Employees selected for redundancy must be given at least one week’s notice if they have been employed between one month and two years, and one additional week for each year of employment over two years up to 12 weeks. Employers should enter into a period of consultation with their employees, providing information on why redundancies are necessary and any alternatives available. Employers who fail to adhere to the consultation requirements could face a claim for compensation, known as a protective award.
If your employer has dismissed you unfairly, we will provide practical advice and support to ensure that you receive what you are entitled to, whether that is reinstatement or appropriate compensation. We will ensure that your employer abides by the laws that safeguard employees and that any settlement agreement includes conditions that make it legally binding. Our employment solicitors are also adept at representing senior executives (directors, shareholders or partners) to resolve employment disputes, including executive severance packages and settlement or compromise agreements.
As an employee or prospective employee you have a right to fair practices and behaviour in the workplace under the Equality Act 2010 – this includes fair allocations of workloads; equal access to benefits and conditions; fair processes to deal with work-related grievances,;a merit-based selection process for recruiting and promotion; and a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination, harassment or bullying.
Discrimination is based upon ‘Protected Characteristics’ which include; race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief. If you believe that you have been treated differently as a result of one of these characteristics, our employment lawyers may be able to help you by negotiating an exit from the business, advising on whether you have a claim or defence, and provide practical legal advice.
If the mutual trust between employer and employee is broken, for example through bullying and harassment at work, the employee can resign and claim constructive dismissal at an Employment Tribunal, on the grounds of breach of contract (as long as they have worked for the employer for at least two years). If you have been a victim of workplace bullying or harassment, contact our specialist team today to get the necessary support and advice you need.
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