Legal advice for the entirety of the employment life-cycle

We advise a portfolio of corporate clients, from small businesses to multi-nationals, and across sectors and industries. We have a strong reputation within Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, but we also advise clients in London and across the UK.

Our clients benefit from advice provided at a Partner or Senior Associate level from highly experienced lawyers and litigators from both local and City firms but without the associated costs.

We advise our employer clients on the entirety of the employment life-cycle. We commonly advise on:

  • Performance management, disciplinaries and grievances
  • Executive recruitment
  • Whistleblowing
  • Managing dismissals
  • Enforcement of non-compete and confidentiality agreements
  • Equal opportunities and discrimination
  • Restructuring and redundancy programmes
  • TUPE and outsourcing
  • Mediation of employment disputes
  • Tribunal claims and process
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Worker status issues
  • Training and knowledge sharing

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My family has dealt with Machins for many years, Machins deliver first class, excellent legal advice from experts within a broad range of specialisms. They take time to get to know their clients and providing a tailored, personal service of the highest possible standard.
Legal 500 2024
The team at Machins is very responsive and cases move forward in a rapid way, with no unnecessary delay. They have a broad skillset and are good at drawing in specific knowledge/talent as it is needed. They deliver a high quality of expertise, and provide exceptionally good value. They are pragmatic and professional, and are not interested in name calling or needless unpleasantness, even if the other side are. That said, they are firm and decisive, and are good at highlighting the pros and cons of each next move, so the client is able to make a well informed decision
Legal 500 2023
Machins are responsive to our needs, which are not frequent, but when they arise and need resolution at speed Machins provide solid, pragmatic advice at appropriate pace.
Legal 500 2023
In simple terms I think that the team simply bring a practical , friendly and yet highly skilled approach to their work. Always taking time to fully understand and respond appropriately whether a major case or much smaller advice. A truly great professional service.’
Legal 500 2023
The team has a strong, local employment litigation practice. The quality of the cases they handle is high, as is the quality of work they produce and the instructions I receive from them.
Legal 500 2023
Jackie Cuneen provides advice for employment relations cases. She has a pragmatic approach to problem-solving and is clear in relation to risk in order that the business can make commercial decisions advisedly. She is able to translate legal language into language easily understood by managers who need to be brought into the process.
The team is always responsive, fully understand our business needs and ensure they explain options and risks fully but simply.
The employment team at Machins Solicitors is an exceptional team and a credit to the practice. The service was efficient right from first contact, appointments were made in a timely way and the support staff understood the urgency.
Legal 500 2022
Very approachable and easy to contact team. Confident in answers given. Balanced view on matters between employee/employers. Concise information given and straight forward approach to challenging situations.
Legal 500 2022
I have worked on a couple of issues with Machins, most recently updating our employment contracts with David Rushmere, and I have found them to be all the things you would want your lawyers to be - knowledgeable, professional, friendly, approachable; they always find a way to communicate on your level, whatever that may be, so you never feel confused or belittled because you don't understand what they're saying. I would not hesitate to recommend them.
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