Employment Law for
Individuals & Businesses

Wiltshire’s leading employment law specialists

Employment law, Management & Business advice

Effectively using engagement and procedures
to resolve workplace disputes

Employment law can be a potential minefield and an area of law subject to constant change. Litigation is not only costly, but can be a major distraction. Difficult situations are sometimes unavoidable which is why getting the right advice from the start is paramount.

Our team has a proactive, can-do, approach to employment matters. Our aim is to support you in running your business and provide you with tailored, comprehensive and practical advice. We are not here to tell you what to do, but to help you to make things happen, how and when you want.

For Employers

Dismissals & severance deals

Ensure you know your obligations

Performance & management

Supporting you through your internal processes

Contracts for employers

Your employment contract experts

Disciplinaries & grievances

What you need to know

For Employees

Redundancies, dismissals & your rights

What you need to know

Contracts for employees

An essential guide to your rights

Restructuring & your rights

Your workplace rights

Disciplinaries & grievances

A guide for employees

Company restructuring and succession

Your definitive guide

Disciplinaries & grievances

What you need to know

Contracts for employers

Your employment contract experts

Performance & management

Supporting you through your internal processes

Redundancies

Your local redundancies expert

Claims and defences

Your employment law guide

Training and support

Empowering your business to grow

Dismissals & severance deals

Ensure you know your obligations

Effectively using conflict to
resolve workplace disputes

Your local business solicitor since 1882

The Goughs approach to employment law

We listen to our clients and provide creative outcomes to any employment situation. Our refreshing and innovative approach will ensure that you have the information you need to make the right commercial decisions for your business and your people.

Philip Fowler

Very professional service

Very professional service - at a difficult time due to Covid 19.

2021-03-08

Jane Weller

Helpful

Helpful, prompt and efficient

2021-03-08

Ms Michelle Fielding

I would definitely recommend Goughs

I definitely would recommend Goughs they were very efficient, very helpful and always informed us of what was happening in the chain.

2021-03-02

Ms Kathleen Lucas

Thank you very much for doing a great job

Thank you very much for doing a great job as always, would recommend you for sure for being so efficient and getting the job done as quick as possible.

2021-03-01

Very helpful

Very helpful. Advice clear with plenty of time for us to consider all the options before making decisions.

2021-02-14

Mr Wood

Very thorough

Very thorough, and we also got forces discount.

2021-02-02

Testimonials

David Philpott

Personable and professional.  Kevin is a contemporary and relevant employment lawyer.

2020-05-14

CH

Very approachable.  Kevin's advice was explained in a clear and concise manner, without a lot of technical jargon.

2020-05-14

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Meet Angela West - Head of Employment at Goughs Solicitors
Meet Angela West - Head of Employment at Goughs Solicitors
Meet Kevin Basnett, Managing Partner at Goughs Solicitors
Meet Kevin Basnett, Managing Partner at Goughs Solicitors

Most popular business
employment questions

Well in a nutshell:

Firstly, the employee should raise the grievance in writing.

The employer should hold a meeting and investigate the complaint. At the meeting the employee is legally entitled to be accompanied by a fellow work colleague or a trade union representative if they are a member of a union.

The employee should be given sufficient time to discuss the nature of their grievance, and if appropriate the meeting should be adjourned for further investigations to take place.

After the grievance has been fully investigated a further meeting should be held to enable the employer to communicate its decision; this should also be followed up in writing. If the employee remains unhappy, they have a right of appeal.

Contracts go far beyond the legal necessity, they provide protection and peace of mind to all parties so everyone knows where they stand.

Redundancy pay is calculated based on the employees length of service and age. The length of service is capped at 20 years. The weeks pay is also subject to a statutory cap, which usually increases annually.

Subject to a statutory act and the definition of ‘a weeks pay’ an employee gets:

  • 1.5 weeks pay for each full year of employment after their 41st birthday
  • a weeks pay for each full year of employment after their 22nd birthday
  • half a weeks pay for each full year of employment up to their 22nd birthday

Courts and Tribunals have long recognised the rights and needs of a business to reorganise and restructure. Such reorganisation could include a reduction in staff, changes to terms and conditions, or perhaps a change in the way an item is produced.

If an employee refuses to go along with a business reorganisation then in certain circumstances an employee can be fairly dismissed.

Find out more by visiting our frequently asked questions or get in touch with a specialist employment lawyer today. 

Putting your trust
in Goughs Solicitors?

Locality

With offices throughout Wiltshire, we are here for face to face, or virtual appointments at a time to suit you.

Knowledge

We draw from a wide range of disciplines to support you in keeping your business moving forward.

Experience

Goughs have been providing legal services to businesses across the south west since 1882.

Your employment law team

Kevin Basnett

Managing Partner

As the firm's managing partner Kevin deals with employment law matters in a pragmatic and logical manner to offer realistic, fair and reasonable recommendations to all clients.

Related Pages

The purpose and importance of an employment contract

Your definitive guide

Disciplinary and grievance procedures

Everything you need to know

Dismissals & Severance Deals

Training & Support

Claims & Defences

Redundancies

Performance & Management

Contracts