Top quality helpline advice at a low, affordable cost
We appreciate how difficult it can be trying to deal with and balance employee matters with the needs of your business. Whether you need to issue new employment contracts and policies, get help dealing with a staff disciplinary process, or just need reassurance that your planned approach is the right one, our responsive and friendly rockhopper advisors will provide commercial, clear and practical advice – always with your business objectives in mind.
rockhopper services are provided by experienced qualified employment lawyers. This distinguishes us from many other similar services, where advice is provided by ‘advisors’ who have no legal qualifications or experience of providing commercially-focused employment law and HR advice to employers. Our rockhopper lawyers have worked for several years in Lewis Silkin’s market-leading employment practice before transferring to rockhopper, advising a wide variety of employers, from multi-nationals with thousands of employees across the UK to small companies and start-ups with no dedicated HR function.
rockhopper lawyers also have the great advantage of being able to seamlessly liaise with Lewis Silkin’s top-ranked employment practice when advice is needed on specialist, more complex or international matters.
Our fixed monthly helpline fee includes secure access to a comprehensive set of employment documents, including contracts, template letters for a wide range of scenarios, redundancy consultation scripts and staff policies. The documents are top quality and written in unstuffy plain English. They are easy to use and can be accessed at any time, whenever you need them. So whether you are a startup or established business, and whether you need to issue an employment contract, respond to a grievance, give a warning letter to an employee for poor performance, agree severance terms in a settlement agreement, or update your hr policies, all the hard work has been done for you, at no extra cost.
Handbook and contract reviews
With employment law ever changing it is important to make sure your contracts and staff handbooks are up to date, compliant and easy to understand. For a low fixed fee, we can ensure that your employment documentation is current and compliant, taking into account any recent legislation and developments in employment law. We will also tailor your documentation to the requirements of your business and ensure that it is user friendly and written in plain English.
Employment Tribunal support
Instructing solicitors to defend Employment Tribunal claims is usually the best way to maximise an employer's chances of success or get the best settlement result. With many law firms, legal costs can soon escalate and insurance arrangements can often be a false economy for employers, with poor quality and uncommercial advice being provided by inexperienced, unqualified advisors.
We charge low, fixed fees for Employment Tribunal claims so that costs are set at the very start of the process. Fees are paid in stages, so if the claim is settled, withdrawn or struck out at an early stage, only part of the fee is payable.
All our rockhopper lawyers are skilled and experienced in defending Employment Tribunal claims, from unlawful deduction from wages and unfair dismissal to disability and race discrimination. We provide you with advice on the merits of each claim and any strategies for settlement at an early stage. We also keep you updated on the status of each claim through our Tribunal Tracker which is tailored to your requirements. Should you find yourself facing high volumes of claims, we will work with you to address any trends or recurring issues to minimize the risk of similar claims occurring in the future.
Let us handle your Employment Tribunal claims so that you can focus on your business.
Data Subject Access Requests (‘DSARs’) made by employees wishing to have a copy of information about them held by their employer can be troublesome for any employer to handle. They frequently involve reviewing a huge volume of email and other correspondence before disclosure. Dealing with these requests can be a nightmare for HR teams and senior managers who may struggle to find the time to respond to them in a way that complies with the law. We offer fixed costs for handling and responding to DSARs and we provide employers with practical assistance.