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Employment Solicitor in Cardiff, Newport & Swansea, Wales

Employment law for businesses

There are strict laws in place that govern the rights of employees and breaking them can lead to severe punishment. Howells Solicitors offers expert legal advice that keeps businesses on the right side of the law and running more effectively.

We offer a proactive, cost effective service and a transparent billing system that helps small and medium enterprises (SME’s) comply with current and future legislation. We can offer assistance on an ad hoc basis, or companies can benefit from our cost effective Howells Employment Law Package (HELP), which has been created by our team of employment law legal experts at Howells Solicitors to advise and assist employers of their requirements and can deal with a wide range of employment issues, including:
  • Redundancy
  • Contract terms
  • Unfair, constructive and wrongful dismissal
  • Minimum wages
  • Discrimination of all types
  • Working hours
  • Maternity, paternity and parental issues
  • Sickness absence
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Employment law is an increasingly complex area which is subject to almost annual change. The potential damage to a business of failing to observe new laws could be financially catastrophic, which is why our team of specialist Solicitors are determined to keep you up to date and informed on how to keep your business protected.

Settlement Agreements

A Settlement Agreement is a legally binding agreement following the termination of your employment. It usually provides for a severance payment by your employer, in return for which you agree not to pursue any claim you may have to an employment tribunal. Quite often, the settlement agreement will also deal with the notice element in your contract.

Employers are now increasingly using Settlement Agreements as a method to prevent possible future complaints to a tribunal. Settlement Agreements are the only way a claim can be legally binding without tribunal proceedings having been initiated. You must have the Settlement Agreement explained by an independent solicitor before the agreement becomes binding.

Here at Howells Solicitors our Employment Law department has a wealth of experience in this area. We will make sure that the agreement has been explained fully to you and certify that the appropriate advice has been given.

Our fees start from £250 plus VAT and the fee is usually paid by the employer and not the employee.

Helping employees receive fair treatment

We can assist if you are an employee and have an issue with a current or past employer. Our team of Solicitors can advise you on your rights as an employee and are able to assist if you have been the victim of an unfair dismissal, have suffered discrimination or feel that you have been taken advantage of with illegal working practices. This must be a very difficult time for you, as well as those dependent upon you. Contact us today and we may be help to aleviate this stress and protect your rights.

If you have an issue that you wish to discuss, please fill in our online enquiry form and leave a contact number and brief description of your query. Alternatively, you can telephone any of our regional offices and they will put you in touch with one of our Employment specialists.


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