Employment is an intricate and fast developing area of the law. It is now essential that employers and employees ascertain effective and balanced management.

At Godwins Solicitors LLP we offer specialist advice and can advise both employees and employers. As a result, we can bring a unique perspective to matters. Over the years we have appreciated the vital importance of pragmatic, commercially minded and flexible solutions.

Having advised on discreet and high value matters in the past we understand the need for the utmost discretion in what can often be sensitive situations.

This page describes the services we offer to employees. If you are an employer seeking more information, please click here to visit our employers page.


Godwins Solicitors LLP are frequently asked to act on behalf of employees, exploring the scope of their rights and their options for exercising them. We always seek to achieve a prompt resolution that minimises any impact on the relationship between employer and employee. However we will also offer our full support in the event that a situation becomes contentious.

Every issue contains unique elements from a commercial perspective and our approach to any matter is always tailored specifically to match the situation. A large number of our clients in this area arise as a result of personal recommendations. A testament to our personal, sensitive and effective service.

Contracts of Employment & Settlement Agreements

When considering a new employment opportunity, you will often encounter a number of issues but seeking professional advice from Godwins Solicitors LLP will help you navigate them. We offer sound advice on the transition process between roles and the impact of any contracts. We can offer succinct and practical guidance on complex causes and packages.

Upon the termination of any employment, we will provide clear and prompt advice when called upon (including considering any draft Settlement Agreement given to you by your employer).  Our assistance will help you through what can be a stressful process and we will act robustly to ensure that any outcome is favourable to your position.

Business Transfers, TUPE and Redundancies

Employers will often review their company structures in a search for increased efficiency, especially in a struggling economy. The outcome can be redundancies. We have a deep expertise in representing employees under these circumstances and can advise on areas such as:

  • Reorganisations
  • Restructurings
  • Business transfers (including TUPE regulated matters)
  • Redundancy matters

We are sensitive to the wide variety of situations that an employee may encounter and we always offer a bespoke service.

Disputes & Procedures

Godwins Solicitors LLP will advise you on the range of situations that can lead to a dispute relating to employment including unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal claims.

Internal procedures will differ from company to company. But our experience means that we are well equipped to steer you through any legal process. In a majority of cases it is beneficial for both sides to conclude a dispute promptly. However in the instance that a resolution cannot be found, we will offer clear and robust advice on the forthcoming stages.


If you are discriminated against at work, it is essential that you receive clear and proper advice and support when considering the conduct of your employer. Conduct that you feel is inappropriate in the workplace is not restricted to the employer but can apply to fellow employees or even third parties related to the business.

Godwins Solicitors LLP can advise on matters of discrimination that arise during your employment and we can assist with resolution of disputes and if necessary, pursue claims.

People: Nigel Spicer.

See also: Business Acquisitions and DisposalsTax AdviceCivil Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

If you are an employee seeking advice, contact us on 01962 841484.