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Patch Law

Station Road Workshops
Station Road
Kingswood
Bristol
BS15 4PJ

Patch Law is a law firm authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Am I safe at work ….. from coronavirus and from redundancy?

I promise this is not yet another piece aiming to answer all the questions about what happens next at work.  There are plenty of these already flooding the media and internet.  I think there are just too many variables, too many questions to try to answer these questions so that they are relevant to all.

You may be concerned about risk assessments and safety, furlough pay, redundancy, juggling work and childcare or all 4 plus several more.

Now that there is some progress towards getting businesses moving again, are you in the best position you can be to deal with what might be the next steps, whether as employer or employee?

Get yourself in the best position you can to face challenges ahead

As much help as the government funded support packages, particularly furlough pay, are to some, there are inevitably going to be many businesses that falter, and will need to shed staff to survive.

What are my rights in a redundancy situation?

For employees, make sure you’ve got at home a copy of your contract of employment, appraisals for the last couple of years and your pay and benefits information.  If you’re faced with being placed at risk of redundancy, for example, you’ll be able to check whether the payments offered are right, and whether selection scoring appears fair.  For more about your redundancy rights have a look at this page.

We can use this information when advising you of your options, particularly if you’re offered additional compensation in exchange for signing a settlement agreement.

We are also experienced in helping employers manage redundancies fairly and compliantly in a way that achieves the business needs, while minimising the risks of multiple unfair dismissal or discrimination claims to defend.  We offer bespoke advice to suit your business, but also have a whole range of documents including an up-to-date Redundancy Policy, model letters, meeting guidance, selection matrices etc, which mean that we can guide you through the process but keep your legal costs to a minimum.

Is my workplace safe?

No workplace is entirely risk free.  But what degree of risk is OK will depend on your perspective.  In legal circles there is a lot of anticipation of many valid health and safety unfair dismissal or ‘detriment’ claims, neither of which require the usual 2 years’ service.  But an Employment Tribunal award in 2021 is not going to deal with the immediate problems or replace lost income.

Whether you’re an employer trying to get your business back on its feet, or an employee worried about catching the virus in the workplace, the key is going to be communication in these uncharted waters.

Before making any rash decisions, get prepared, keep a paper trail …… and you know where to come for expert, realistic, objective and cost effective advice.

Get in touch

If you need help with an employment law issue then please don't hesitate to contact us. An initial enquiry is free and without obligation.

Call us on 0117 290 0905 or fill out the form below and we will contact you within 24 hours.

When your form is submitted you will receive an automatic email from Patch Law confirming receipt.

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Some of our Google reviews

review rating 5  I engaged Patch Law upon the recommendation of a friend and am so glad I did! I found Gillian an absolute pleasure to work with; warm and approachable whilst being extremely knowledgeable and strategic in employment matters. Gillian’s advice and support helped me to navigate my way through a difficult situation I faced at work on returning from maternity leave to a very satisfactory end. Gillian is certainly someone you want on your side of the battlefield and I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.

thumb Jennifer Short
8/16/2019

review rating 5  Exceptional service throughout. Gillian's expertise, professionalism and personal touch are invaluable. She was so caring and helpful to me during a difficult time, I felt in safe hands. Very happy with the outcome and I can't recommend her highly enough.

thumb Janice Rumming
6/10/2019

review rating 5  I found both Gillian and Alex from Patch Law a joy to work with. The service provided by both was timely and professional, with Gillian spending a lot of time explaining to me the meaning of various clauses of a legal document requiring my signature. I would not hesitate in using Patch Law again and would recommend their service to others wholeheartedly.

thumb Bob Screech
11/14/2019

Am I safe at work ….. from coronavirus and from redundancy?

I promise this is not yet another piece aiming to answer all the questions about what happens next at work.  There are plenty of these already flooding the media and internet.  I think there are just too many variables, too many questions to try to answer these questions so that they are relevant to all.

You may be concerned about risk assessments and safety, furlough pay, redundancy, juggling work and childcare or all 4 plus several more.

Now that there is some progress towards getting businesses moving again, are you in the best position you can be to deal with what might be the next steps, whether as employer or employee?

Get yourself in the best position you can to face challenges ahead

As much help as the government funded support packages, particularly furlough pay, are to some, there are inevitably going to be many businesses that falter, and will need to shed staff to survive.

What are my rights in a redundancy situation?

For employees, make sure you’ve got at home a copy of your contract of employment, appraisals for the last couple of years and your pay and benefits information.  If you’re faced with being placed at risk of redundancy, for example, you’ll be able to check whether the payments offered are right, and whether selection scoring appears fair.  For more about your redundancy rights have a look at this page.

We can use this information when advising you of your options, particularly if you’re offered additional compensation in exchange for signing a settlement agreement.

We are also experienced in helping employers manage redundancies fairly and compliantly in a way that achieves the business needs, while minimising the risks of multiple unfair dismissal or discrimination claims to defend.  We offer bespoke advice to suit your business, but also have a whole range of documents including an up-to-date Redundancy Policy, model letters, meeting guidance, selection matrices etc, which mean that we can guide you through the process but keep your legal costs to a minimum.

Is my workplace safe?

No workplace is entirely risk free.  But what degree of risk is OK will depend on your perspective.  In legal circles there is a lot of anticipation of many valid health and safety unfair dismissal or ‘detriment’ claims, neither of which require the usual 2 years’ service.  But an Employment Tribunal award in 2021 is not going to deal with the immediate problems or replace lost income.

Whether you’re an employer trying to get your business back on its feet, or an employee worried about catching the virus in the workplace, the key is going to be communication in these uncharted waters.

Before making any rash decisions, get prepared, keep a paper trail …… and you know where to come for expert, realistic, objective and cost effective advice.

Some of our Google reviews

review rating 5  I instructed Gillian Patch of Patch Law who is a Grade A Solicitor during the Pandemic/Lockdown. I always check the SRA website to check how long someone is qualified for before I instruct them to ensure they are regulated. She was made aware of my personal restrictions in leaving my house. Several documents were sent to her and due to her extensive experience she was able to identify the relevant documents. She was also able to respond remotely in a tight timescale and there were no delays in her carrying out my instructions as a Client despite probably being very busy dealing with other Clients. She acted in the best interest of the Client by considering both the financial issues of leaving and the practical issues of leaving but also recognised the difficulties for a Client not being able to see a Solicitor in-person and the trust needed in the Solicitor-Client relationship. Instructions were provided remotely email and telephone and Geography was not a problem in terms of acting in her professional capacity. It was easier to discuss issues over telephone given that when I do go out I am conscious of wearing a face mask and that does create a barrier to communication. During the correspondence she was able to provide an objective opinion on the issues. There is often a saying an individual cannot be their own Doctor, the same is true an individual cannot be their own Lawyer. Your not objective on your own life. Having extensive experience myself with Solicitors I tried to keep the Legal costs to a minimum by responding quickly but also ensuring everything that needed to be covered was covered.

thumb Jessica Winter
7/14/2020

review rating 5  I engaged Patch Law upon the recommendation of a friend and am so glad I did! I found Gillian an absolute pleasure to work with; warm and approachable whilst being extremely knowledgeable and strategic in employment matters. Gillian’s advice and support helped me to navigate my way through a difficult situation I faced at work on returning from maternity leave to a very satisfactory end. Gillian is certainly someone you want on your side of the battlefield and I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.

thumb Jennifer Short
8/16/2019

review rating 5  Very easy to deal with, efficient in returning calls and emails. Were very professional and helped me to understand the implications of the settlement agreement I was signing in plain English.

thumb Pete Wonnacott
11/14/2019


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We are recognised by the recommendation website Three Best Rated as one of the top three employment law firms in Bristol.