Employment Solicitors

Employment law issues come in all shapes and sizes and it can be a challenge for an employer to know and understand everything.

Our employment and HR specialists at Birkett Long will help you manage your business effectively and get the best out of the investment you have put into your people. 

Our employment solicitors can support you with:

  • Do you understand the procedures for dealing with disciplinary and grievance issues?
  • Do you understand maternity, paternity and parental rights?
  • Do you need advice on the management of performance and absence?
  • Are you having trouble advising on equal pay and equal opportunities?
  • Are you facing any contractual issues?
  • Do you understand the right and liabilities for your employees?
  • Are you up to date with health and safety?
  • Are you facing an Employment Tribunal and do you understand the procedure?
  • Do you have anyone approaching retirement?
  • Our employment law and HR support can also assist you with:
  • Do you know enough about zero hours contracts?
  • Do you want to avoid any type of wrongful or unfair dismissal?
  • Do you have to make redundancies?
  • Do you understand all types of discrimination (including age)?
  • Are you offering equal pay and equal opportunities?
  • Are you acquiring a new business and do you understand how TUPE affects you?
  • Are you facing any restraint of trade or confidentiality issues?
  • Do you understand when you may be responsible for your employees' actions (vicarious liability)?
  • Do you understand employees’ maternity, paternity and parental rights?
  • Are you facing an Employment Tribunal claim?
  • Do you have an employee getting ready for retirement? What should you do?
  • Are you up to date with health and safety?

We aim to give employers peace of mind, knowing that their business is up to speed with employment law and the risk of claims from employees. We will always have an expert on hand to get to know and understand your business, and to help deal with employment law issues big or small.

We also advise on workplace conflict resolution and mediation, regularly draft and review policies and handbooks, and provide tailored training to HR teams and line managers.

We will fight your corner using our extensive experience of the Employment Tribunal and High Court judicial systems.

Whatever your requirements, we are always happy to offer a free initial telephone consultation to discuss your particular query or concern, and how we can help you. We will, in this respect, work to a fixed or capped fee arrangement agreed with you. Call Julie Temple on 01206 217318 to find out how we can help.

Contact a member of the team in BasildonColchester or Chelmsford, or complete our enquiry form, to discuss how our employment and HR solicitors are able to help you.


To support you cost-effectively, we offer a pay-as-you-go arrangement where you pay for advice as and when it is required.

Birkett Long human resources offer a fixed price retainer scheme, whereby you pay an agreed monthly premium (from £99) in return for unlimited telephone advice, and more. Different schemes are available to match your business needs, together with indemnity cover against legal fees and awards made in connection with any tribunal claims, if required. Full details are available on request.

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What our clients say

  • Trying to be constructive, I have given a lot of thought to anything which could have been handled better, and nope, I've come up blank...I have no hesitation to recommend you, and have done so a few times recently - not least to my wife!
  • The lawyers don't just say, 'No you can't do this', they explore options and assess the potential consequences of actions. "The lawyers are pragmatic and give commercially focused advice".
  • Without the very detailed and thorough response provided by Reggie Lloyd, I remain convinced that we would have lost the case. Instead, we won and were awarded costs, a feat in itself.
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