At Blythe Liggins, our specialist Employment Law team are on hand to provide employers with comprehensive commercial advice on employment law in a competitive and ever-changing marketplace.

Your employees are a valuable asset to your business but if things do not work out then they can be a risk to the business. We can keep you informed about employment law matters and changes in legislation through seminars and news briefings. We appreciate how important it is to understand your business and have a point of contact you can trust and rely upon.

We offer a wide range of services to support your business:

  • Settlement Agreements (formerly Compromise Agreements)
  • Disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • Redundancy
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Dealing with sickness absence
  • Discriminatory and Diversity
  • Employment Tribunal claims
  • Employment aspects of business transfers
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Employment status – employee, worker or self-employed?

Employment contracts, Executive Service Agreements, Policy Manuals, Consultancy Agreements

The specialist Employment Law team can draft the documentation so that it is tailor-made to your business. Every business is different and we work with you to produce the appropriate documentation for your staff so that it truly represents the working practices within your organisation. We can assist you in the implementation of (and changes to) your employment contracts and policies as well as drawing up consultancy agreement for non-staff. We can also help with any associated training programmes.

Settlement Agreements

You may find yourself in a situation where as an employer you wish to offer you employee a severance or compensation package in return for settling employment claims. This is known as a Settlement Agreement (formerly a Compromise Agreement). Our specialist Employment Law team can provide you with advice as to when this type of agreement is appropriate, draft it for you and assist you through the process.

Disciplinary and grievance procedures

From time to time you may need to deal with disciplinary and grievance issues in the workplace. The Employment Law team can not only draft disciplinary and grievance procedures for you we can guide you through the process. We understand that these matters require empathetic handling and that any action taken must be done carefully and with due process being followed.


As an employer you may have to make difficult decisions including making redundancies. Whether it is reducing the size of your workforce, restructuring your business, or closing the work place, the Employment Law team is able to provide sound legal advice from the start to the end of the process. We can advise you on the correct procedures (and consultation obligations) and draft the necessary redundancy letters and documents to minimise the risk of claims.

Unfair Dismissal

The Employment Law team can advise you as an employer as to what is a potentially fair reason for ending someone’s employment and the fair process that needs to be followed. We will advise on the appropriate documentation and be available to answer any questions. We will try and resolve the issue without having to go to an Employment Tribunal if it is possible liaise with ACAS negotiate, mediate and prepare settlement agreements and if it does come to an Employment Tribunal, we will support and represent you through this.

Dealing with sickness and absence

Long term sickness absence and intermittent short term sickness absences can impact your business. We will provide practical help and guidance in situations which require sensitivity within the necessary legal framework. We can draft the relevant sickness policy documentation for you and manage the process with you.

Discrimination and Diversity

It is unlawful to discriminate, victimise or harass individuals because of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief and pregnancy or maternity. We can draft equality and diversity policies and provide training. There are potentially huge financial consequences for employers who get this wrong and we can help you get it right.

Employment Tribunal Claims

If you receive an Employment Tribunal claim we can support and advise you throughout the process. We will help you to gather the relevant evidence and prepare a quality defence to the claim. We will represent your organisation at the Tribunal.

Employment Aspects of business transfers

Selling and buying a business can be far from straight forward and the law in this area is complex. The Employment Law team can guide you through your obligations under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (known as TUPE) particularly your consultation obligations.

Restrictive Covenants

As a business you may wish to protect your goodwill and confidential information from your employees going to work for a competitor and stealing your clients and customers. We can work with you to draft the necessary clauses to put in an employment contract to give your business as much protection as the law will allow.

Employment status – employee, worker or self-employed

It is vital to identify whether your workforce has been correctly categorised as employees or workers or whether you have individuals that are genuinely self-employed. This will have a direct impact on the nature of the rights of each category of the individual and therefore have direct financial and tax implications for the business. The Employment Law team can you help you with that assessment.

Get in touch with our employment experts

Meet the Employment Team

Julia Woodhouse

Julia Woodhouse

Position: Principal Associate

Julia is the Head of our Employment Department. Julia qualified as a Solicitor in 1995 and has specialised in Employment law since 2000. She is a trusted adviser to both employers and employees, helping them navigate issues which they encounter at work.

Julia can help you with a wide range of employment law matters, including:


–  Working closely with employers, guiding them through disciplinary, grievance, redundancy and other procedures and finding pragmatic solutions to employment law/HR issues.

–  Advising employees who experience workplace problems. This includes assisting employees who face allegations of gross misconduct or issues relating to sickness absence, redundancy, discrimination or other unfair treatment. She provides a sympathetic ear, whilst providing objective advice and cost-effective solutions to employment issues.

–  Negotiating and advising upon Settlement Agreements (formerly known as Compromise Agreements) for both employers and employees as a pragmatic way of resolving conflict in the workplace, without recourse to legal proceedings.

–  Bringing or defending Employment Tribunal claims, ranging from unfair dismissal, constructive unfair dismissal, redundancy, discrimination, TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings), unlawful deduction of wages and breach of contract, amongst other claims.

–  Drafting documents such as contracts of employment, directors’ service agreements, staff handbooks, policies, consultancy agreements and post-termination restrictive covenants.

–  Providing strategic advice to employers on commercial transactions such as TUPE and advising employees on their rights in these situations.


Julia is a French speaker, having graduated from the University of Leicester with a degree in Law with French (Honours). She also obtained a diploma in French Legal Studies at the Robert Schumann University in Strasbourg.

Julia is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and you will also find her on Linked-In.

In her spare time, Julia enjoys taking part in amateur dramatics, treading the boards as well as providing back stage support.

Get in touch with Julia to find out if she can help you with your employment law queries.


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