Employment Law



Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ Employment Law team is one of the largest and most experienced specialist employment teams in the Midlands.

We act for employers of all sizes in the public, corporate and third sectors throughout the UK. We enjoy long-term and trusted relationships with the organisations we work with, who like to view our team as an extension of their Board or HR function.

The Employment Law team provides legal support to employers of all sizes, including multi-national businesses, listed companies, public authorities, schools, charities, SMEs, owner-managed businesses and start-ups.  Our approach is to listen and understand your business or organisation, its values, visions and goals. That way we can help you to manage your people successfully and with the minimum of employment relations problems. This helps avoid costly and time-consuming litigation and results in you having more time to achieve your goals.

HCRWEBWe are ranked as Tier 1 for Employment in the 2015 Chambers and Partnersrankings- the ‘guide to the worlds best lawyers’.

The team is sizeable, with extensive, in-depth expertise across all areas of employment law, notably in education and healthcare-related matters. Significant presence amongst regional clients in numerous sectors, providing detailed HR knowledge alongside employment law advice.  

Matt Jenkin impresses sources with his employment law practice, and has a strong reputation in the South West. Since joining the firm he has acted for claimants and respondents on numerous significant employment cases, concerning issues such as restructuring-related redundancies and a settlement agreement for an executive-level departure.

Chambers and Partners rankings 2015

If employment litigation becomes unavoidable, our clients are in very safe hands.  Our approach to employment-related litigation is confident, robust and skilful and we support our clients and their witnesses throughout the process. We also manage risk for our clients via regular and easily digestible electronic updates, and seminars and workshops on topical employment law issues.

We offer advice in the following:

  • Drafting and reviewing service and consultancy agreements and employment contracts
  • Executive and Board level appointments and severance
  • Disciplinary situations
  • Managing ill-health and other absence
  • Settlement Agreements and executive severance
  • Maternity, paternity and family friendly rights
  • Working Time Regulations
  • Business immigration
  • Discrimination, equality and human rights issues
  • Data protection and freedom of information
  • Employment/self-employment and related issues such as IR35
  • Drafting and enforcement of restrictions on competition
  • Unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and other employment tribunal proceedings
  • Industrial relations, trade unions and employee consultation
  • Whistleblowing
  • HR policies
  • Health and Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • TUPE transfers
  • Business restructuring, redundancies and reorganisation
  • Absence management
  • Flexible working
  • Grievances and discipline
  • Staff consultation
  • Business protection and restrictive covenants

We also have specialists in Pay and Reward and Equal Pay.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ team is led by Jenny Jones, and was boosted by the arrival of Rebecca Kirk from Borough Council of Bolton. The practice advised on a major headcount-reduction programme for a manufacturing company.

The five-partner team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys undertakes appellate work with in-house advocacy, and has a track record dealing with matters that present a reputational risk. Matt Jenkin is a key contact.

The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2015 rankings

We work hand-in-hand with our corporate, commercial and property teams when dealing with employment issues arising on business transfers, sales and acquisitions, and in/outsourcing of services. We also have extensive experience in resolving employment-related directorship and shareholding issues.

We work tirelessly to defend our clients’ interests in litigation in the Employment Tribunals and the civil courts. We also have in-house advocacy expertise, enabling us to represent our clients throughout the preparation process and at trial. Alternatively we can use specialist Counsel as appropriate.