Contact Michael Hibberd
I am an Employment Solicitor in the Business Services Group. I advise employers and individuals on all aspects of the employment relationship, from recruitment to termination and beyond. I work closely with clients to understand their priorities and goals. I always aim to give clear and pragmatic advice, taking into account the client’s commercial and practical needs.
I advise employers and individuals on discrimination and harassment issues that can arise in recruitment, during employment and following termination. I advise on discrimination on grounds of age, sex, race, disability (including the duty to make reasonable adjustments), pregnancy and maternity, as well as equal pay matters.
I advise clients on contractual issues, including drafting and negotiating contracts of employment, advising on contractual and pay disputes and how to implement changes to terms and conditions in existing employment contracts.
I help clients deal with day to day employment issues, including long-term absence, disciplinary and grievance procedures, performance management, data protection and monitoring, flexible working, family friendly legislation and employee exits. I aim to give advice that is practical, easy to follow and fit for purpose.
I advise clients on redundancy processes, including selection procedures. I give advice and guidance on the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations (TUPE), including consultation and communication with staff.
I advise individuals who have been given a settlement agreement by their employer. I help individuals understand the meaning and effect of the terms of the agreement and I help negotiate changes, where appropriate. I aim to give advice that is clear, practical and informs individuals of the options available to them.
I act as an advocate, for both claimants and respondents, in Employment Tribunals throughout the UK. I can assist at all stages of the tribunal process, including preliminary hearings, final hearings and costs hearings. I will also work with clients to achieve settlement of claims, where appropriate, through ACAS conciliation.