Payment in Lieu of Notice clauses - 'PILONs'- we can advise on whether the £30,000 tax exemption applies.
Tax Indemnities in compromise agreements or settlement agreements - what does such a clause mean and does your employer have a right to ask for one? We can advise on whether you should accept one and if so on how to protect yourself.
Garden Leave - we can advise on whether your employer can insist you stay at home;
Service Agreements - not only do we draft them for companies but we regularly advise executives before they sign them.
Restrictive covenants - we can advise whether your employer can prevent you working for a competitor after you leave and on what to do if after you leave your employer is threatening you.
Bonuses – we will advise on whether you are entitled to your bonus under the terms of the bonus plan and in certain instances we will try to obtain part if not full payment of bonuses for the year of departure if the bonus is yet to be paid.
Ex Pat employee termination issues - we have a lot of experience of dealing with ex pat termination agreements having dealt for many years, for example, with senior executives in the oil and tobacco industries. There are special tax breaks for termination payments for departing ex pat employees and those with foreign service. These are very important as they are in addiiton to the normal £30,000 tax free allowance. They can be claimed for up to 6 years.
Discrimination – we have wide experience of dealing with discrimination cases including a great deal of experience of pregnancy discrimination and redundancy during maternity leave. Our most recent experience was of obtaining a very significant settlement in respect of a discrimination claim for a senior executive working in a worldwide software company. That settlement was obtained after a mediation lasting from 9.30 until just after midnight. Most mediations don't take that long!
Employment Tribunals - we usually say that for every 100 executives we speak to we issue proceedings for 15 and actually stand up in an employment tribunal for 1 of them. In other words tribunals are rare. We will, however, issue proceedings if necessary and if we do we will work with you to minimise your costs. In December 2013 a client wrote "I wanted to say thank you for all the help [with the tribunal] that you had given me over the last year, I definitely could not have done it without you. If there's a form to fill in, so that I can write a recommendation, I would be happy to". In that case we helped the Client in the background so as to minimise costs. We also attended the tribunal and conducted the case on her behalf. It was a sex discrimination case involving a female manager recomending that our client be made redundant as she had taken time off with morning sickness: not a winning strategy. That the Company's HR director was disbelieved by the Tribunal didn't help the Company's case either.