Employment & Immigration is one of the fastest-changing areas of law. Legislation is developing rapidly, and employment claims and compensation payments continue to soar. In-depth expertise is vital to ensure businesses remain safe and individuals get the very best advice.
Keystone's employment specialists boast the experience and skills our clients need when dealing with any kind of employment-related or immigration issue. We ensure that companies have the correct documentation in place to reduce risk and improve employee efficiency, and we advise on issues from redundancy to disciplinary matters and grievances, including defending organisations in employment tribunals. We are also well placed to guide employers through the necessary immigration and employment issues involved in the recruitment of employees from outside the EEA or indeed their transfer.
We successfully help individuals on their own employment rights, regularly scrutinising contracts and giving guidance on tax implications. We also offer proactive solutions on any form of employment dispute, all the way to the prosecution of claims in employment tribunals.
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A vast number of employers depend on recruiting employees from outside the UK to ensure that their workforce is well rounded and has the best possible skill set. The hiring of non-EEA nationals from abroad is often a necessity in industries in which the UK sees a skills shortage or where expert personnel from overseas entities are needed. Regulation surrounding this area is stringent and it is crucial that companies employing foreign workers are compliant with the rules. Whether you require advice or assistance on transferring employees, on bringing employees to work in the UK, or on existing domestic staff, our Business Immigration team assist a range of businesses on all of the relevant obligations including visa applications, sponsorships, settlement, and extension of stay as well as best practice. Furthermore, the team can assist with auditing your existing workforce and internal processes to ensure that you are compliant with the immigration rules and where this is lacking, recommend corrective actions.
No matter the sector, we fully understand the potential challenges of negotiating executive appointments and exits. We work closely with employers and senior executives advising them on the statutory duties of Directors and we are always on hand to help resolve any boardroom or shareholder disputes should they arise.
Our dedicated team of employment lawyers are experts when it comes to employment rights and often guide through disciplinary, grievance and other internal proceedings. They are also on hand to provide training to managers to ensure that no claims are brought against them.
Every business is different. We work closely with our clients to draft tailored employment contracts to suit their individual needs and understand the importance of having adequate policies in place. Working hand in hand with our clients to fully grasp their business needs, we produce bespoke policies and handbooks for our clients on an individual basis.
Working closely with employers and individuals, we have considerable expertise in resolving workplace disputes through mediation, negotiating settlement agreements, through to representation on a full range of claims in the Employment Tribunal.
Passionate about equality and diversity, we work hand in hand with our clients to ensure that they fully understand and are compliant with the Equality Act 2010 in order to prevent any claims of discrimination.
Health and safety law naturally applies to all employers and workplaces. Written safety management systems are crucial, and regular consultations with employees and their representatives on such policies is essential. Our health and safety experts can assist in drafting, implementing and auditing such systems. Additionally, we are able to support and advise the business if things do go wrong and result in a workplace accident. In such circumstances, it is essential to call us in as early as possible to help manage the financial and reputational risks associated with such incidents.
Immigration affects all aspects of life, but it can have a particular impact on your working life. With frequent changes often occurring, keeping up to date on this area of law is vital. This enables us to provide a comprehensive immigration service to clients from start to finish. Our Employment team can work closely with our personal immigration experts to advise individuals wishing to make the move to work in the UK. Considering the perspective of each client, we work alongside them to minimise any stress or problems that may occur when applying for work.
Change is an inevitability with most businesses. Our team is experienced in advising on all change management issues, and the redundancy process in both private and public sector organisations. They also have extensive expertise in dealing with redundancy situations relating to business transfers and changes in service provider under the TUPE regulations.
Confidentiality and the protection of a business’ intellectual property is paramount. We have considerable experience in advising clients on how to protect their businesses through the drafting and advising on the enforceability of restrictive covenants, confidentiality agreements and IP clauses. We have also helped guide our clients through enforcement proceedings in the High Court.
Our experienced team is on hand to offer commercial advice to employers and employees on the termination of employment. The team has considerable experience in dealing with all levels of staff from juniors to CEOs and are able to draft and negotiate settlements to suit every clients’ individual needs.
When a business changes owner, its employees may be protected under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations (TUPE). We regularly work closely with clients guiding them through the plethora of regulations when TUPE may be applied for example when the business is being transferred to a new company.
Recently, the Government and regulators have been working together to ensure that whistleblowers are encouraged to speak out through a raft of incentives and the promise of protection. We work closely with clients to ensure that these provisions are met with and guide them through the regulations involved.
Our employment team regularly advises clients on the UK Working Time Regulations to ensure that their businesses comply with all regulations.
Denham is a consultant in the firm’s Employment team. He is an experienced employment lawyer in all aspects of employment law advising employers and employees throughout the UK. His client base is diverse, ranging from large corporations, professional practices and SMEs through to senior executives, managers and startup businesses.
Tsige has over ten years’ experience in advising on immigration law and during that time has acquired a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all aspects of private and corporate immigration work.
Rachel is an advocate in the Isle of Man team with specialist focus on employment and dispute resolution. She has assisted with the employment aspects of a number of acquisitions and reorganisations in the Isle of Man, carrying out reviews of employment contracts and advising prospective purchasers of their obligations towards the employees.
Edward acts principally for SMEs, assisting with corporate, commercial and employment law issues. He also frequently handles the acquisition and sale of private companies and businesses. Edward practised in the West End of London throughout his career before joining Keystone in 2010 and is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.
Juliet is an experienced UK employment lawyer, with a particular interest in international employment law and global mobility.
Emma is an employment and partnership lawyer with extensive expertise in employment litigation, corporate transactions and advisory work.
David has specialised in the field of employee share ownership for almost 30 years and advises a diverse range of listed and private companies, both UK-based and international, on all aspects of employee share schemes.
Paul is a top-ranked UK employment lawyer with wide-ranging expertise across all areas of employment law including executive dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing, contract disputes and sport.
Mark is an experienced employment solicitor with a career spanning more than 20 years, during which he has gained a wealth of experience working at both international and niche law firms.
Nathan has two decades of experience in contentious employment law and advises a range of organisations and high-net-worth individuals. He specialises in cases concerning discrimination, whistleblowing, employment matters arising out of Financial Conduct Authority-regulated organisations, and advising clients in the hotel, education, healthcare and charity sectors
Sandhya is a barrister as well as a workplace and sports mediator. She assists the Keystone Employment team on a range of related matters including advising senior executives and employers on complex litigious matters.
Andrew is a consultant in Keystone’s employment team and has over 30 years’ experience in acting for employers in the SME sector as well as senior employees and executives in both contentious and non-contentious employment areas. He has undertaken both High Court and Employment Tribunal work and has considerable mediation experience.
Rachel brings a common-sense perspective to complex employment problems and is well versed in resolving employment and commercial issues strategically, using negotiation, mediation and litigation. As a qualified workplace mediator with a client base that includes both businesses and their executives, she is experienced in advising on exit strategy negotiations and in tribunal claims.
Nigel advises both employers and employees on all areas of employment law including contract and benefits negotiation, termination of employment, discrimination, whistleblowing, TUPE, disciplinary and grievance issues, team moves, and post-termination restraints, share and partnership disputes, LLPs and private equity/venture capital issues.
Louise is an experienced employment lawyer with expertise in both contentious and non-contentious employment matters. She started her career as a litigation specialist and this experience has given her a wide understanding of handling client disputes.
Tara is a solicitor advocate who advises on a range of employment issues, both contentious and non-contentious. She is also an employee data protection specialist and has an abundance of experience in advising companies on the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Heather’s employment practice spans all areas of employment law. Heather advises clients on the employment aspects of their corporate transactions including drafting and advising clients on their contracts of employment, senior-executive service agreements and consultancy agreements, negotiating contractual terms, and drafting/negotiating employment clauses in sale and purchase agreements. Heather also provides due diligence reports to clients highlighting areas of concern in relation to corporate transactions.
Angharad has over 25 years of experience working in a City law firm with 15 years as a partner. She advises on all aspects of employment law across a wide range of industry sectors across both the public and private sectors, acting for individuals and firms.
David is a very experienced employment lawyer advising employers and employees in relation to both contentious and non-contentious matters. He also advises on employment law aspects of corporate insolvency matters.
Katy is a commercial solicitor who also specialises in employment matters. This unique blend enables her to act for companies, owner-managers, investors, employers as well as employees.
As well as providing day-to-day employment law advice to corporates and senior executives, Asha is an employment lawyer who has particular expertise in TUPE, redundancies and reorganisations
Michelle is a skilled employment lawyer, with over twelve years’ experience in advising clients on a broad range of non-contentious and contentious employment law matters.
Stephen Levinson is a consultant in the Employment team. He acts for senior executives exiting their positions or looking to take up new employment and for employers with similar issues.
Fiona is an employment lawyer who specialises in representing individuals, predominantly senior executives, in the financial services sector. She has particular expertise in contractual disputes relating to bonus and incentive schemes and post-termination restraints, and discrimination and whistleblowing claims in the Employment Tribunal.
Malcolm is an experienced all-round contentious and non-contentious employment and labour lawyer with over 30 years’ experience.
Jacqueline is a leading employment law specialist with extensive experience in all aspects of both non-contentious matters (contracts, policy and procedure) and contentious matters, with a strong track record in gaining results in Tribunal and High Court claims.
Hilary advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law and has wide-ranging experience in advising on people management issues, litigation, restrictive covenants, board restructures and business reorganisations.
Brian is a hugely experienced employment lawyer who regularly acts for firms in a range of sectors but in particular finance, banking, insurance, legal, charity and education. He also advises senior executives and partners on leaving and entering employment/partnerships as well as firms and boards dealing with such matters and internal issues.
David has specialised in employment law for nearly twenty years and has comprehensive experience in advising on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment law and industrial relations issues. He has particular expertise in organisational change including collective redundancies, changing terms and conditions of employment, and the application of the TUPE Regulations. David advises well-known brands in the engineering, energy, media, advertising, education and leisure sectors.
Bryan is a highly experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, handling the full range of corporate transactions including M&A, private equity, corporate restructures and joint ventures. He is also an employee share schemes specialist.
Helen has 20 years experience in employment law advising clients on both contentious and non-contentious issues. Her clients include large city corporations and banks as well as executives such as CEOs, directors and television producers. Helen’s particular area of expertise is in acting for individuals in the negotiation of their new employment contracts and in terminations.
Ilana advises both companies and employees on all aspects of both non-contentious and contentious employment law. As well as advising on day-to-day HR matters, she has particular expertise advising on Employment Tribunal proceedings, restructurings, workplace disputes, discrimination claims, managing sickness absence, restrictive covenants, disciplinary and grievance matters, exit strategies, settlement terms, TUPE and business reorganisations.
Employment lawyer Sofia deals with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, across a variety of sectors. Her main area of interest lies in advising high-net-worth clients and/or their private or family offices and guiding them on the recruitment, management and termination of staff such as butlers, close protection officers, private chefs, household and estate managers, nannies, chauffeurs and housekeepers.
Employment lawyer Rhodri has extensive experience in contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, corporate transactions and restructurings, and experience in employee benefits work.
Matt is an experienced employment lawyer specialising in strategic advice on senior-level exits.
Rachel is highly experienced employment lawyer who advises UK and international clients on all aspects of UK employment law from tribunal claims, business reorganisations and transactions to day-to-day HR advice. She frequently assists employers and senior executives on exit strategies that work for all parties and has extensive litigation experience should situations escalate.
Nick is an experienced employment lawyer and acts for domestic and internationl employers, as well as senior executives and high net worth individuals. Although he acts for clients across a wide range of sectors, he has particular expertise in dealing with employment related issues arising in the fashion, media, retail, sports and transport sectors. Nick's practice covers advisory work as well as contentious disputes.
Helen is an experienced employment lawyer with a comprehensive practice that spans all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment work, in addition to the employment aspects that are associated with corporate transactional work. She advises on the range of issues that occur throughout the employment process from recruitment through to termination.
Fraser is a skilled employment lawyer, with over 35 years’ experience in his field, having been called to the Bar in 1976 and going on to qualify as a solicitor 11 years later. He is well placed to advise on all employment disputes, boasting particular specialisms in discrimination claims and prevention, European Works Councils, union recognition and disputes, and whistleblowing.