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Whether you run a business or work within one, employment law affects us all.

Our employment team works as trusted advisors to owner managed/family businesses, entrepreneurs, SMEs and individuals throughout Hertfordshire and the rest of the UK. We help you navigate the complexities of employment law and minimise commercial risk; whether by taking defensive action to avoid time consuming and costly court disputes, or by offensive action to protect business connections or confidential data.

When complications arise, we take a commercial and creative approach to protect your reputation and avoid lengthy and costly disputes.

We help individuals, particularly at senior/board level, to negotiate favourable terms before starting a new role, or achieving a swift and fair outcome to any workplace dispute, including exit agreements.

Whatever your needs, short court time limits and commercial realities dictate the pace of our work. Time is almost always of the essence, and our team’s focus is on delivering excellent advice quickly with the aim of achieving fast and pragmatic solutions.

"Debenhams Ottaway has ‘excellent industry knowledge supported by strong business acumen’, and ‘the strength within the firm’s practice results in very good value for money’. The team acts for owner-managed and family businesses, SME’s and individuals, advising on the full range of issues including redundancy, restructurings, settlement agreements and disciplinary matters. Practice head Louise Attrup is ‘highly knowledgeable, reassuring and able to explain complex matters in a clear and concise manner’." Legal 500 2017

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Implications of the Justin Forsyth story for employer references. Do new questions of balance arise?
Implications of the Justin Forsyth story for employer references. Do new questions of balance arise?

February 2018

It was reported last week that Justin Forsyth faced a formal grievance from a female colleague before resigning from Save the Children, as opposed to an informal complaint resolved via a confidential internal mediation p...

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