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The experts in Employment Law matters

Oakwood Solicitors Ltd has a dedicated team of leading Employment Law solicitors and support staff, helping clients nationwide. We are able to offer expert advice on all potential claims you may have against you, in both Employment Tribunals and the Civil Courts.

Where is the line between unfair dismissal and fair dismissal?

As a general rule, employees with two years’ qualifying service, who have then been dismissed can present a claim for unfair dismissal.

The dismissal of a qualifying employee will be unfair unless the employer can show that the reason was one of the potentially five fair reasons listed below and that the employer acted reasonably in treating that reason as sufficient for dismissal.

  • Capability
  • Conduct
  • Redundancy
  • Breach of statutory duty
  • Some other substantial reason (‘SOSR’)

It is natural to hope, even expect upon entering a new employment relationship that it will be mutually beneficially for years to come. Unfortunately, in many cases, particularly in uncertain economic times, this can turn out to be far from the case.

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How can Oakwood Solicitors Ltd help?

We act for a rage of clients in assisting them, where necessary, to discipline their employees who will not abide by their rules or procedures.

If an employee has proved incapable of performing the task for which he or she was hired, then we can assist our clients to remedy the issue or bring the relationship to an end through advice on a capability procedure.

If dismissal has been identified as the best option for all concerned, we can assist in drafting up a commercial agreement to capture the agreed terms.

We can provide advice on the implications of post termination issues such as restrictive covenants, the taxability of termination payments and other associated elements of termination packages such as share options or bonuses due.

When it does not prove possible to achieve a clean break, our expert team of solicitors have years of experience of dealing with a wide variety of matters through the Employment Tribunal, the High Court and the appellate divisions.

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Great service!

The service we received from Oakwood was fantastic. Prompt, clear and thorough. We won’t hesitate to use them again. Thank you.

- Julian C.

Fast and professional service.

Fast, Professional Service. Would use Oakwood Solicitors again. Responded quickly to emails and calls.

- Client

Ian Abel
Ian Abel - Solicitor and Head of Department
Ian Abel is a solicitor and qualified in February 2009. He specialises in and deals exclusively with Employment Law. Ian has a unique skillset that allows him to provide commercial and pragmatic advice, primarily focusing on the impact this has on the day to day operations of a business. His particular specialisms include large scale restructuring exercises and the Employment Law-related elements of TUPE associated with acquisitions and mergers.

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