What we do: Sickness absence solicitors for employers
Paying out vital business funds for sick pay, loss of productivity and the cost of temporary replacement staff due to employee absence can be a costly issue for many businesses in the UK. Regular absence can cause severe disruption to your business and even your customers.
We can advise you about absence management in your business in cases of both short and long-term absenteeism. Our employment solicitors can advise you on multiple issues related to repeated employee absence, including:
- Getting advice on medical conditions from a GP or other medical professional
- Advising on the process you should follow when an employee has been repeatedly absent from work
- Advising on medical conditions that come under the legal definition of a disability and the implementation of any reasonable adjustments to make
- How to manage situations where reasons for sickness aren’t genuine, or where an employee’s return to work is unlikely
Regular short term absences
In cases where your employee has been absent on numerous occasions for a short period, we can advise you on how to implement a fair procedure to help encourage the employee to reduce their absence. We can also advise you on carrying out an investigation regarding any underlying medical conditions which cause absence.
Long term sickness periods
If your employee has been absent from work for a long period due to sickness, you’ll be unable to permanently replace or dismiss this employee without going through an ill-health management process.
Failure to do so can lead to an expensive unfair dismissal claim or even a disability discrimination claim against you.
We can advise you on the best course of action for your business should you encounter a member of staff being absent from work for a long period.
Who we help: Employers of all sizes across the UK
We’re a national commercial law firm with solicitors based remotely across the UK, so we can advise you wherever you are in the UK. We act exclusively for employers – we don’t typically work for employees.
We act for many large businesses as well as start-ups, entrepreneurs, high-growth companies and SMEs.
Why choose Harper James? Our sickness absence solicitors’ experience
Our solicitors are all recruited from top 100 UK law firms or from large international businesses. They all have more than 10 years post-qualifying experience. This means that you’re getting the same level of employment law expertise as a leading City firm, but for a fraction of the cost.
Employment Law Partner
Simon acts for employers of all sizes, particularly tech and manufacturing, and specialises in managing people matters, including TUPE, sales and acquisitions of companies, and restructures/redundancies.View profile
Employment Law Solicitor
Sean previously worked for a leading national law firm in the employment team, ranked tier 1 in the Legal 500. He advises employers on all aspects of employment law from TUPE to tribunals.View profile
Employment Law Solicitor
Previously a director in top 50 national firm Shakespeare Martineau, Alan specialises in restraint of trade issues, TUPE, shareholder and disputes at board level.View profile
Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:
Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.
An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.
Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £99 per hour.
A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.
For businesses requiring 60+ hours of support a year, with prices equivalent to £99 per hour.
Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.
What our clients say
We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.
Harper James have become a vital part of our business. We get quality advice from experienced solicitors at prices that other firms do not appear to be able to match.
As with any business, we need access to good quality legal advice without the fear of facing huge legal fees. The service provided by Harper James is ideal because they are always available to assist and we know that the advice provided is of outstanding quality, with pricing that is cost effective and completely transparent.
Choosing Harper James was one of the best choices we made as a start-up. The firm has provided invaluable advice and insight throughout the early stages of our business.