Employing people, especially for the first time, can be a daunting prospect. Not only do you have new dependants who rely on the success of your business, but you also have a bewildering maze of law to negotiate. Employers need to take care when dealing with the recruitment, management and dismissal of staff.

At Gowen & Stevens we have many years’ experience dealing with the concerns of employers and are well aware of the need to strike the right balance between risk and benefit when advising one or the other. We always promise to give you affordable and practical advice.

Employment Contracts and Workplace Policies

Employment contracts need not be in writing. As soon as someone begins to work for an employer a contract arises.

Managing Performance, Discipline and Absence

Gowen & Stevens can advise on internal procedures for continued or prolonged instances of discipline or absence because of illness.


An employer may one day have to face a potentially damaging claim, both in financial and reputational terms, for discriminatory conduct on one of eight proscribed grounds.

Settlement Agreements

Redundancies are often accompanied by a Settlement Agreement, which precludes a claim in tribunal.

Business Reorganisation and TUPE Transfers

Gowen & Stevens have a wealth of experience in this complicated area of employment and can assist you with your employees’ rights during business reorganisation or sale.

Redundancies and Dismissals

At Gowen & Stevens we can advise both employers and employees about fair reasons and procedure.
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