Our specialist industrial relations lawyers advise high profile clients on trade union and collective bargaining issues. We understand that the relationship between an organisation and its trade unions can be invaluable and yet these relationships are often fragile. It is essential to work closely with our clients to fully understand their business needs, the background and any sensitive issues, in order to deliver high quality industrial relations advice.

Our Industrial Relations lawyers act for public and private sector employers on issues relating to works councils, trade union recognition and employee forum agreements and constitutions. We regularly advise on collective consultation in restructuring and redundancy exercises, as well as transfers involving TUPE law.

We also have expertise in dealing with strikes and other industrial action (including applications for injunctions to prevent industrial action). We are skilled in defending union-backed collective employment disputes.

Areas of focus

Our industrial relations lawyers specialise in the following:

  • Industrial relations advice for works councils.
  • Supporting trade union recognition.
  • Employee forum agreements and constitutions.
  • Handling issues arising from industrial action.
  • Advising and supporting employment disputes and failure to agree.

Advising a US listed provide of corporate payment solutions, on the industrial relations and employment aspects of a proposed acquisition across nine European jurisdictions.

Providing employment advice to a UK passenger rail operator in relation to disciplinary action and associated industrial action issues.

Providing employment advice to a client in the sports sector in relation to the re-negotiation of trade union collectively agreed terms and conditions of employment and associated redundancies.

Advising a provider of criminal justice and immigration security solutions on a dispute over employee terms and conditions with their recognised trade union.

Advising a major defence, security and aerospace organisation on the industrial relations implications of restructuring working patterns.

Advising a security organisation on an application by GMB union for statutory recognition.

Advising a FTSE 100 company on setting up a European Works Council.

Advising in relation to strike action and obtaining an injunction to prevent a strike at a public establishment.

Advising a train operating company in relation to threatened strike action leading to its withdrawal.

Advising a further education college in relation to threatened strike action by its lecturers.

Meet the team
Chris Seaton
Chris Seaton Partner
  • International
  • Employment
  • Partnerships
Luke Bowery
Luke Bowery Partner
  • Employment
  • Restructuring and Redundancy
  • Equality, Diversity and Discrimination
Roger Bull
Roger Bull Partner
  • Head of Employment
  • Employment Disputes
  • Strategic HR Projects
Adrian Martin
Adrian Martin Partner
  • Employment
  • TUPE: Business Transfers and Outsourcing
  • Restructuring and Redundancy