We manage the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment law for our recruitment clients, from HR advisory to large scale reorganisations and redundancies, complex litigation, and business disposals and acquisitions (including TUPE).
We have unique experience managing exceptional, complex, high profile and high stake situations, acting at the highest level for organisations, senior executives and teams within the recruitment services sector. As a result we have an in-depth understanding of the tactics deployed by both sides and a balanced understanding of the issues involved.
We know that the relationships between recruitment consultants, clients and candidates are central to the success of a staffing company's business. We work with our clients to protect their relationships, both during employment and post-termination, particularly through the enforcement of restrictions in contracts of employment.
Our team has extensive experience of drafting and advising on effective contractual restrictions and policies. These are tailored to both the sector and the business, and focus on the unfair competition issues prevalent amongst recruiters.
We are frequently instructed on complex, high profile and high value breach of covenant, breach of confidence and team move disputes. Our clients value our adeptness at deploying and defending specialist injunctive proceedings. We regularly advise on both sides of team moves and poaching raids, including how to acquire teams without incurring liability or, conversely, how to protect a business against poaching and the significant disruption and costs caused by raids.
Examples of our experience include:
- Drafting sector specific employment contracts, policies and procedures, including comprehensive policies regarding the use of LinkedIn and other social media and the protection of client and candidate databases to respond to the difficulties that recruitment companies face in policing and prosecuting unlawful competition online, and to prevent the theft of valuable confidential information and databases.
- Managing large scale and complex Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation for clients, with cases ranging from discrimination and whistleblowing to high-value bonus and commission disputes and applications for injunctive relief.
- Prosecuting and defending complex, high profile and high value breach of covenant, breach of confidence and team move disputes in the recruitment sector.
- Working with employers on preventative measures to minimise the risk of employment claims, ensuring adequate training, policies and procedures are in place.