Employment and pensions for public sector

Browne Jacobson’s experienced employment and pension lawyers and HR consultants understand the challenges faced by public sector organisations.

We deliver expert advice and strategic support on a full range of projects with employment implications. Working in partnership with your HR and management teams we’ll help reduce the likelihood of employment disputes – and risk and manage your obligations as a public sector employer.

We can also advise you on the commercial employment law implications of Brexit, including issues relating to immigration and licences to sponsor. When appropriate, our employment and pensions experts will also be called upon to support public procurement projects, specifically in relation to TUPE.

Our specialisms include:

  • contracts and contractual disputes, including collective/recognition agreements and pay disputes
  • policy drafting and amends - secondments, diversity, maternity, paternity, harassment, disciplinary, grievance, whistle-blowing, immigration
  • restructures, changes to terms and conditions and redundancy exercises
  • TUPE and the outsourcing or bringing services back in-house
  • immigration and licences to sponsor
  • settlement agreements and the approval and audit process
  • trade unions, collective issues and industrial action
  • private and public sector pension schemes, pensions litigation, regulatory compliance, trusteeship and other employee benefits
  • renumeration strategies

Featured experience

Local authority Chief Executive

We supported a local authority Chief Executive to manage their relationship with a Section 151 Officer, avoiding an irretrievable breakdown.

Hybrid working

We’re advising a non-departmental public body on a move from its current Covid-enforced homeworking arrangement to a true hybrid working model. We provided an options appraisal on contractual, tax and physical space issues to help them make an informed decision.

NHS Pension Scheme

We’ve advised a number of NHS Trusts on the statutory requirements of the NHS Pension Scheme, and eligibility to participate in other public sector pension arrangements, together with automatic enrolment requirements.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

We advised Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service in relation to the over- and underpayment of pensions to firefighters.

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