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Labour law and trade unions

How Eversheds Sutherland's labour law legal advisers can help

The last fifteen years have seen major changes in labour law. These changes include complex new UK trade union law, mergers between the biggest trade unions and the growth of continental style industrial relations as a result of European Union employment law. We are also seeing increasingly determined efforts by trade unions to retain their influence with the result that both the public and private sector are having to take trade union activity, and the threat of industrial action, into account. Yet, many of today's HR professionals and in-house legal advisers lack "hands-on" experience of dealing with trade unions and collective employee relations.

"Flybe obtained support and advice from Eversheds over an extended period in respect of labour relations matters. Eversheds demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of the law and the options available to the business and were commercial and pragmatic at all times. This has enabled the business to continue to innovate and grow."
Simon Charles, HR Director, Flybe

Our specialist labour law team has unrivalled experience in both UK and international labour law and trade unions. Effective legal advice in this field, in particular, requires experience and not just book-learning. Our continuous exposure to industrial relations issues gives us a knowledge of strategy and tactical options which we deploy for the benefit of our clients. For example, we have conducted more trade union recognition cases before the Central Arbitration Committee than any other law firm and we have extensive and current experience of advising high profile employers faced with industrial action.

Areas of experience include:

  • global labour law and trade union issues
  • trade union collective agreements
  • formal claims for trade union recognition
  • collective bargaining
  • industrial action
  • strike injunctions
  • information and consultation during large-scale redundancies and business transfers
  • establishing employee consultation groups
  • collective grievances and failures to agree
  • rights of trade union officials and members
  • European works councils
  • international labour relations
  • international or global framework agreements

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