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Employment Law Advice for Employees


This is something we are passionate about. At ELP our philosophy has always been to give employees access to at least the level of expertise and service that they would expect from a large corporate firm while keeping our fees reasonable. We help you get the best deal, and we make sure you are not “steamrollered” just because you are the “smaller fish”.

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Employment Law team at ELP Arbuthnott McClanachan

Our Employment Law Practice has been advising and representing employees in employment law matters for more than 14 years, in Edinburgh and across Scotland.

We have always been aware that it is not easy for employees to find an experienced employment lawyer to act for them. Some law firms are more interested in doing work for employers, and others have fees structures which are not viable for many employees. At ELP Arbuthnott McClanachan our specialist employment law solicitors are very proud of the fact that we represent employees and employers. We believe it is right that employees should have access to real employment lawyers, and it should go without saying that we offer the same combination of expert employment law advice and quality personal service to all of our clients. The fact that we represent both employees and employers gives us a distinct tactical advantage – we know what the other side is likely to do to try and discourage you, and we can advise you with experience on what issues are worth pursuing, what is likely to be a “bluff”, and much more.

Our clients can meet us, confidentially, in relation to a full range of employment law matters at our offices in West and East Edinburgh. All of our clients benefit from dealing directly with one of our employment law solicitors who is responsible for and does the work on their file. We offer a FREE INITIAL TELEPHONE CONSULTATION, as we believe it is important for us both to be happy that we can offer you worthwhile and valuable advice before you take the step of instructing us as a client. Thereafter we offer employees legal fees packages for ongoing employment law advice, which are specifically tailored to give our clients the best value for money in the circumstances, whether it be for a small one-off piece of advice, a compromise or settlement agreement, or an ongoing dispute or Employment Tribunal.

At ELP Arbuthnott McClanachan we provide expert advice to employees on the entire range of employment law issues. Whether you are facing a redundancy situation, you are being unfairly dismissed, you are facing disciplinary proceedings, you are being discriminated against or victimised, you have an employer who won’t accommodate your personal or family situation, you have a legitimate grievance which is not being dealt with, or you simply want advice in relation to the content of a new employment contract or terms and conditions, we can help.

We can provide you with advice in relation to your legal position, and, just as importantly, using our extensive experience we can advise you of the best course of action depending upon what you would like to achieve. For example, we can assist with drafting of submissions for disciplinary, grievance and redundancy meetings, we can directly negotiate severance packages, we can advise on the value and content of Settlement Agreements, and of course we regularly represent our clients in Employment Tribunal proceedings. Unlike many advisers we are actually experienced in providing these services in full.

Our employment lawyers advise employees on complicated employment law matters on a daily basis. We provide expert advice on what is a complicated area of law, but we do so in a way that is effective and convenient for our clients. We will not waste time and money on matters which are not going to assist your employment law case. We will tell you if an offer which you have been made is unreasonable, and we will help you negotiate in an effective way, all using our experience. We will always be happy to discuss matters with you in detail and to explain our thinking on the legal issues. We firmly believe that to have a close two-way relationship with our clients can help achieve the best results.

Employment Law Services For Employees

We have provided some information below in relation to the areas of employment law which we are commonly asked about below. However, every employment law case is unique on its own facts, and you will get the best advice from one of our specialist employment law solicitors who will look into the detail of your case with you. If you feel that we can be of assistance in relation to any employment law matter please feel free to telephone or email us in the first instance. We know that employment situations can often be sensitive and even upsetting, and for that reason we try to ensure that our clients feel as comfortable as possible when dealing with us.

Please remember that in our experience issues in the workplace often have the best chance of being resolved if they are dealt with at an early stage. For this reason, and also because Employment Tribunal proceedings have to be dealt with within strict time limits, we always recommend that potential clients speak to us at the earliest possible stage.

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We have been using the services of ELP, especially their employment law advice service for employers, for more than 3 years. The reason we chose ELP is previous firms of lawyers we used were very aloof and did not offer practical guidance. We have a great relationship with them and trust Duncan’s advice implicitly. The reason for this is he knows our business and understands our style of management. This is invaluable when you are dealing with staff issues. The advice given is straight forward and to the point. ELP have also helped us develop our staff handbook and other procedures that are relevant to our company over the years.

I’ve turned to ELP for advice and support on a range of legal matters and have found them to be friendly, fast and efficient. A lot of people are intimidated by solicitors but ELP go out of their way to make legal support easy and accessible.

I would like to express my gratitude towards you for the professional, courteous, efficient, and helpful manner in which you conducted yourself within the business of dealing with myself and the sale of my property. You are a credit to yourself and the people that you represent.

We are a firm of Chartered Surveyors operating in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas and on two occasions during the course of the last year required help in relation to Employment Legislation.

In the first instance, we were looking to employ a Chartered Surveyor from a company which had gone into voluntary liquidation and sought advice from ELP prior to proceeding due to concerns in relation to matters such as restrictive covenants. That advice was well explained on a sound basis, delivered timeously and enabled us to proceed with the employment of that person.

Following his employment we took the opportunity of reviewing our Contracts of Employment and to that end, ELP provided an excellent service in that regard. In what appears to be a constantly changing working environment, ELP provided us in the first instance with a standard Contract of Employment which we jointly reviewed taking into account the nature of our business and business practices and produced a document to the satisfaction of both employer and employees. The service provided by ELP was first class in terms of efficiency, consideration of options and attention to detail.

We propose to continue our relationship with ELP in the years to come in relation to employment issues as it has become quite clear that such services from a competent organisation are invaluable in the present working environment.

We deal with digital distribution of music. We wanted to use a law firm who were good at what they do but who also had a modern and friendly approach that would suit our kind of business. We have used ELP to frame our employment contracts and employment policies, which are well drafted and tailored to suit and protect our business. We are also able to call them when anything legal comes up in the business that we need some guidance on, whether it be staffing issues or anything else. This is probably the best part of the service we receive – ELP are always happy to help, and we can speak to them as business advisers as well as employment lawyers. We would definitely recommend ELP to any business needing employment law or just general advice.

I just wanted to thank you for your professional service you provided me during what is a very difficult time for me. Your experience, diligence and knowledge have resulted in a larger settlement of which I am very grateful . I also appreciated your patience and understanding of my situation. I would have no hesitation in recommending your services to others.

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