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Our industrial relations team advises in union and employer disputes

Our industrial relations team works with employers across a number of different sectors in relation to their trade union relationships.  Our in-depth understanding of trade unions, together with the importance of maintaining good relationships with unions, places us in the unique position of being able to advise our clients on how to manage and improve their relationships with their unions. 

We can help them to avoid discussions and any disagreements turning into full scale disputes.  Where disputes do occur, we are experienced in assisting in their resolution.

Our employment lawyers regularly advise clients on a wide range of trade union related matters, including trade union recognition and drawing up recognition and collective bargaining agreements. We help clients to manage collective consultation, whether in relation to TUPE or to collective redundancies. 

Our Industrial Relations Work

  • UK & Europe
  • Pre-litigation equal pay case and Trade Union negotiations

    Advising a plc on a substantial pre-litigation equal pay case with over 600 potential claimants, which included undertaking an equal pay review, reporting on liability and quantum, negotiating with the trade union and co-ordinating with an equal pay expert and Counsel.

    United Kingdom

    Resolving disputes via ACAS and other processes

    Advising clients in dispute situations as to how to resolve existing disputes via ACAS and other processes

    United Kingdom

    Legal options of balloting and strike action

    Advising on legal options around, and the legality, of balloting and any calls for strike action (and working in relation to any industrial action being called off)

    United Kingdom

    Advising Unions in redundancy and TUPE transfers

    Advising on consultation with unions in redundancy and TUPE transfer situations where industrial action is threatened

    United Kingdom

    Long running Unite Employment Tribunal case

    Advising on a long-running employment tribunal case brought by a trade union Unite, relating to collective consultation and protective award proceedings

    United Kingdom

    Request for registration as a leviable establishment

    Working with an industrial services company in the UK in relation to a request from a training board for its registration as a leviable establishment.

    United Kingdom

    Allegations of failure to consult on a change programme

    Advising a company in the UK in relation to a high value claim brought by a trade union for a failure to inform and consult appropriately around a change programme.

    United Kingdom

    Trade Union rule book revisions

    Assisted in drafting rule books revisions for 2 major trade unions

    United Kingdom

    Establishing internal employee consultation structures

    Advising clients in establishing internal employee consultation structures (both with and without unions)

    United Kingdom

    Resolution of dispute and avoiding industrial action

    Working with an international company in relation to the management of its relationship with its recognised unions, and the management of a dispute and avoidance of industrial action

    United Kingdom