We assist employees who have an issue with a current or past employer. Across all stages of the employment life cycle, our specialist team can advise on the full spectrum of employment law matters from contracts and procedures through to redundancy, settlement agreements and discrimination.
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We act for both employer and employee clients. This means that we see both sides of the employment relationship and are best placed to provide strategic, practical and effective advice to individuals about their rights in the workplace.
Employment is all about relationships
Whether you have a new working relationship with your employer, or if the relationship has broken down, we can provide advice on all stages of the employment life cycle. If you need guidance on how to deal with a dispute with your employer, or simply want to understand your rights and obligations, our expert solicitors can provide you with support.
Don't take our word for itHave used Machins many times, more so for family issues and house conveyancing, unfortunately I had the need to use them for a recent potential employment related issue. Both Philip Bain & David Rushmere were absolutely fantastic. They offered good sound practical advise and guided me calmly through a situation that could have quite easily escalated. I highly recommend them both and can only thank them both for their recent endeavors.Google 5* ReviewThe team were really approachable, responsive, and had compassion and empathy. The whole process was straightforward and user friendly and I think the personal touch they provided would have been lacking from a larger firmLegal 500 2024It is evident that they are a team of professionals who strive to deliver a high-quality, personalised service. Everyone I’ve had contact with has been professional, thorough and proactive, which gives a sense of confidence in their ability to handle my case, they manage to do this with such a high level of expertise and efficiency. I have no hesitation in recommending MachinsLegal 500 2024Philip and Ramiya are amazing - quick reliable and wealth of knowledge.5* Review SolicitorsI worked with Philip Bain and David Rushmere from Machins Solicitors. The service was fantastic, smooth, I felt listened to and all my queries were responded on time and without any delays. I would recommend Machins Solicitors to anyone who needs an employment advice. Thank you.5* Review SolicitorsThe team is always responsive, fully understand our business needs and ensure they explain options and risks fully but simply.Machins has a broad breadth of capabilities due to its many knowledgeable and experienced staff. The way they conduct their business, (professional, polite, timely, etc.), the responsiveness, and the ability to communicate in plain English provides a unique experience in my view.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 2022Very 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 2022Faith Widdowson has always given excellent advice and support, very practical. David Rushmere has also been very helpful with employment law queries. Both solicitors show their knowledge and expertise in employment law and more importantly, the implementation of it.Legal 500 2022Contacted Machins due to an Employment Law issue and can honestly say they were brilliant throughout! Made the process simple and showed genuine empathy for my situation. Dealt with Ramiya, Grace and Philip and have full faith in all of them, in the event I ever need assistance in future.Google 5* ReviewI was recently recommended Machin Solicitors for an employment matter. I initially contacted Dave Rushmere who was extremely helpful, I was then put in contact with Philip Bain, both have been thoroughly professional and efficient throughout, a pleasure to work with, would highly recommend.Google 5* ReviewAmazing experience during a very difficult time with my employment case. Supportive during the whole process always looking after your best interests. Can’t recommend highly enough.Google 5* Review
Employment Legal Services for Individuals
Our employment solicitors have a wealth of experience in providing employees with independent legal advice on Settlement Agreements are here to help you guide you through the process from start to finish.
In redundancy cases, our expert solicitors advise you on your employment rights and consider whether a proper procedure is being or has been followed.
We can advise you on the terms and effect of your new employment contract and can assist with any negotiations or amendments you may require to protect your position and future career.
The average person spends over 90,000 hours at work in their lifetime and therefore it is important to feel comfortable, safe and supported in the workplace. Employers have a duty of care to all employees and this includes dealing with bullying, harassment and stress at work.
We can advise you on your rights, what constitutes a fair process and what elements of the process can be challenged. We can also assist you with your response to your employer and help you prepare for any internal hearings or meetings.
Discrimination claims are complex and you should try to obtain legal advice as early as possible; if you are unsure as to whether you are experiencing discrimination or need clarity on the remedies available to you, you can contact our Employment Team for a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your matter.
If you have been dismissed or been made redundant, and feel that your employer has acted unfairly and/or unlawfully in doing so, we provide clear and realistic advice about the possible rights and remedies available to you if you choose to challenge the termination of your employment
If you are pregnant or have become a parent you will acquire certain rights during pregnancy and maternity or paternity leave. We can advise you upon your legal rights and help you resolve any concerns you might have that you have been unfairly treated.
The law recognises this and affords carers certain protections in the workplace. There may be practical measures you can discuss with your employer to make the things more manageable; you could discuss part-time working or job share arrangements with your employer and agree on variations to your contract of employment.
If you feel that your employer has not dealt with your flexible working request reasonably or fairly, or you need guidance on how to make a statutory request, our solicitors can advise you on your rights and the best way to approach making these requests.
We can provide expert guidance on whether you should follow a grievance process and if you do, we can assist with the drafting of your grievance complaint and support you through the subsequent process.
Where possible, our aim is to resolve disputes without the need to submit a claim to the Employment Tribunal. However, where litigation cannot be avoided, we can assist you with all aspects of the Tribunal process.
If you are a self-employed consultant, we can work with you to draft and negotiate a consultancy agreement that suits you. We also provide practical and clear advice on your employment status and rights.
Our solicitors can advise you on any exit packages or Settlement Agreements which are arising from your departure, and how the terms of your employment may impact you going forward.
If you are subject to restrictive covenants in your employment contract that unfairly disadvantage you in the job market, or you have been contacted by your ex-employer in relation to an alleged breach of these terms, we can assist you.
TUPE is a complex and technical piece of legislation, and you may have concerns or questions about whether TUPE applies to you, or whether your employer is acting lawfully. Our experienced solicitors can provide clarity and help break down your rights and possible options in a clear, simple and straightforward way.
Employees with cancer have protection from disability discrimination from day one of their diagnosis even when their condition is in remission. If you are an employee working through your cancer Machins Solicitors have the specialist employment law expertise to guide you through this.
The menopause and perimenopause are not specifically protected under the Equality Act 2010. However, if a worker is put at a disadvantage and treated less favourably because of their menopause symptoms, this could be unlawful discrimination, harassment or victimisation if related to the protected characteristic of age, disability, gender reassignment and/or sex.
This page will give you up to date information in relation to our pricing structure and timescales for our individual employment services.
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