Managing Sickness & Absence

Key facts: Sickness absence solicitors for employers

  • Our employment law solicitors can advise you on both short- and long-term staff absence whilst protecting your business from disputes.
  • We can help if your business needs legal advice on medical conditions and disability legislation, in order to avoid claims of unfair dismissal, disability discrimination, or breach of contract.
  • You’ll need properly drafted policies, contracts and agreements to ensure you treat employee sickness and absence consistently and fairly.
  • We can help you in ensuring a fair and legally compliant process when dealing with staff on long term sickness or absence leave.
  • We operate on a national basis but we also have offices in Sheffield, Birmingham, Cambridge and London – we can help your business wherever you are in the UK.

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.

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:

City

Straightforward access to senior solicitors from £200 per hour.

An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive 'City' partner-level expertise at a fraction of 'City' prices.

Enterprise

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.

On-Demand

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.

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A national law firm

We mainly work remotely, so we can work with you wherever you are. But we can arrange face-to-face meeting at our offices or a location of your choosing.

Our commercial lawyers are based in or close to major cities across the UK, providing expert legal advice to clients both locally and nationally.

50-52 Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 3RJ
Stirling House, Cambridge Innovation Park, Denny End Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9QE
10 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 5HP
13th Floor, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester, M1 4BT
Harwell Innovation Centre, 173 Curie Avenue, Harwell, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QG
2-5 Velocity Tower, 1 St Mary’s Square, Sheffield, S1 4LP

Our other locations

Immeuble Danica B, 21, avenue Georges Pompidou, Lyon Cedex 03, Lyon, 69486