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Employment in the government sector

The government sector is experiencing considerable challenges in the current economic environment and those challenges impact on its employment relationships. Financial constraints with no corresponding reduction in the services to be provided require government sector bodies to be innovative in how they structure themselves to meet those demands. We are experienced government sector lawyers who understand your pressures and the nuances that apply to government sector bodies.

We deliver expert advice to support government sector clients in their evolving roles and objectives, working with our clients to support HR practice and to reduce the likelihood of employment disputes. Where matters overlap with other areas of law – such as governance or procurement issues – our colleagues are on hand to provide support to ensure that a full service is available for our clients. We work with a number of local authorities, fire services and government bodies and are members of a number of panels enabling any UK public body to access our services and experience.

We advise on the whole spectrum of employment issues – from changing terms and conditions to complex discrimination claims, outsourcing of services and union relations. We regularly provide training for our clients, including tailored materials to suit a particular client’s requirements and internal policies and procedures, and updates to help our clients stay on top of a complex and rapidly changing area of law. When an issue arises, our clients can be confident of quick, clear, practical advice that addresses not only the legal issues but also the politics and PR issues associated with many employment matters.

What we do...

  • Restructures and reorganisations, including advising on the impact of the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government, etc) (Modification) Order 1999.
  • Advising on the TUPE implications of outsourcing arrangements, including the Principles of Good Employment Practice, the Best Value Authorities Staff Transfers (Pensions) Direction 2007 and Fair Deal.
  • Dealing with allegations of discrimination, including claims of institutionalised discrimination, and the Public Sector Equality Duty.
  • Drafting and negotiating settlement agreements, including advising on senior exits, constitutional issues and restrictions on exit payments.
  • Handling tribunal claims covering the full range of employment issues.
  • Advising on the nationally agreed terms and conditions of employment such as the Gold Book, the Grey Book and the Green Book.
  • Advising on the employment implications of alternative service delivery models, including terms and conditions of employment, equal pay, union relations and employee engagement.
  • Advising on disciplinary procedures, grievances and whistleblowing complaints, including advice to appeal panels on process and procedure.
  • Advising on the impact of European law on the government sector, for example, holiday pay and allegations of Human Rights breaches.
  • Providing training, legal updates and HR consultancy services.

Focus on...


Fire and Re-hire

In late March, P&O Ferries made 800 members of staff redundant instantaneously and with no notice, to then go on to replace them with cheaper agency workers. This sparked wide range shock and triggered government interest in introducing a new statutory code of practice covering fire and rehire.


Legal updates

Employment law in 2022

As we move into 2022, we take a look at what employment law developments may be on the cards for the coming year.



‘Gay cake’ discrimination case ruled inadmissible by ECHR

This case has been rumbling on for over seven years. It relates to a bakery’s refusal to make a cake with the slogan ‘support gay marriage’.



Flexibility Over Flexible Working Procedure

Flexible working applications can take many forms but the pandemic has resulted in a significant increase in the number of individuals working from home or under a hybrid model. Both CIPD and Acas have published guidance to support employers in dealing with hybrid working arrangements.


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