In a specialist sector like housing you need a specialist employment lawyer who understands the housing association business.
Our specialist employment team advises across the full range of employment issues Registered Providers deal with on a daily basis. The team forms part of our wider top-tier, not-for-profit employment team spread nationally across our four offices. Our team has an in-depth understanding of the housing association business, its regulatory constraints, dual business and social imperatives, HR challenges and reputational focus having worked with housing providers of all size and scale and across a broad range of activities for many years.
We advise housing clients across the full range of normal workforce issues standard to employers but also have specific expertise in matters affecting the sector such as Board matters, pensions’ changes and obligations & liabilities post-merger/acquisition, unusual shift patterns, bank/casual work, vetting, barring & safeguarding and public sector duties. On a more strategic level we have advised on large-scale reorganisation and change of terms projects complicated by inherited employment terms and we act for many clients who either recognise trade unions or have employee forums feeding into consultation. The housing sector also sees high contract turnover through first, second and subsequent generation outsourcing of local authority and other purchase contracts and we have a wealth of expertise advising incoming and outgoing providers in connection with these TUPE ‘service provision’ changes and the issues which can arise as a result.
We regularly defend complex, sensitive, multi-action claims at Tribunal and on appeal to the EAT and Court of Appeal. We have also developed a bespoke case management system for handling Employment Tribunal litigation which is designed to ensure that cases are managed efficiently, rigorously and without unnecessary delay.