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  • Overview

    The law relating to dismissal is complicated and fast moving. The contractual rights of the parties to a contract of employment are supplemented by considerable statutory protection for employees. As a result, the implications of getting things wrong can be costly. So taking expert legal advice at an early stage is essential.

    We have extensive experience of acting for both employers and senior employees in situations where dismissal is being contemplated. As well as advising you on the law, we are also well aware of the importance of employing the right tactics to ensure the best possible outcome.

    Whatever the circumstances, we are used to hitting the ground running, ensuring that we quickly analyse your case, advise you on the best course of action and assist you in taking the necessary steps swiftly and effectively.

    For further information please contact one of the team.


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    Helping an employer resolve a complicated case involving risk of disclosure of confidential information

    One of our client’s employees was found, after he handed in his notice, to have been using our client’s confidential information and its systems to conduct business for some clients of the business on side for his own gain.

    Aiding in a restructuring of senior management

    Our client, a subsidy of a pan-European company, needed to boost profitably. We conducted five managed terminations of senior staff whose performance at work was not conducive to the future success of the company.

    When is it appropriate to settle an employment tribunal claim?

    There are times when an employer needs to, and should, take a stand when facing a claim in the employment tribunal and there are times when it makes commercial sense to settle.

    Defending employment tribunal proceedings for unfair dismissal

    There are times when an employer needs to take a stand which is exactly what Berry Gardens Limited the UK's largest berry supplier, with an annual turnover of £193 million did in respect of defending unfair dismissal proceedings issued against it by a former employee which it felt was a ‘try on’.

    Striking out frivolous employment tribunal claims and recovering costs

    Crowhurst Park, a holiday and leisure park on the outskirts of the historic town of Battle in East Sussex which lets luxury pine lodges and holiday homes on its 120 acre country estate, successfully got claims for constructive unfair dismissal struck out and costs awarded against the employees.

    Minority shareholder - unfair prejudice

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Corporate, Commercial, Employment and Dispute Resolution teams who worked closely together to secure a successful outcome for our client, seamlessly managing unfair dismissal and unfair prejudice claims side-by-side and offering the client a single point of contact in relation to both claims.

    Dismissing a difficult and obstructive employee

    The conduct of an employee in certain circumstances can result in the irretrievable breakdown of the working relationship entitling an employer to terminate the contract of employment.

  • Latest Updates

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    The Reading employment tribunal recently heard how socialite Countess Maya von Schoenburg (the respondent), friend of Lord Rothschild and ex-wife of Mick Flick, told her housekeeper not to get pregnant unless she told her first.

    Changes to the unfair dismissal qualifying period – what difference will they make?

    By Ben Stepney, Solicitor in Employment. In its recent response to the ‘Resolving Workplace Disputes’ consultation paper, the Government has announced what it describes as “the most radical reform to the employment law system for decades”.

    Employment mock tribunal

    The employment lawyers at Thomson Snell & Passmore have significant experience and an excellent success rate in dealing with employment tribunal claims.

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Susanna was clear and efficient in explaining my options when dealing with my employer. At no point was I left confused or unsure of my options. Exactly what I want in a lawyer!

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Susanna was the first employment lawyer I've ever had to use. She was great and exceeded my expectations at every stage

Client

I have worked with Susanna on two separate matters, and I find her to be thorough, considered, practical and extremely professional. She takes time to thoroughly understand the issues and gives carefully considered advice. During what was often a very stressful time, Susanna gave me great confidence and appropriate support, helping to ensure we achieved the best solution

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Nick Hobden is noted by clients for his 'insight into business needs and strategy'

Chambers UK 2015

is praised for her ability to 'understand background without needing to be briefed in detail

Chambers UK 2015

Thomson Snell & Passmore is 'very professional, and values its clients'. Department head Nick Hobden is praised for his 'professionalism and attention to detail'

The Legal 500 2014

At every stage in instructing TS&P (and I have used them for Residential Conveyancing, Family Law and Employment Law) I have always been very impressed with the quality of the people I have dealt with. Keep doing what they are doing and they will keep my business as well as be warmly recommended by me.

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Susanna was the first employment lawyer I've ever had to use. She was great and exceeded my expectations at every stage.

Client

Susanna was clear and efficient in explaining my options when dealing with my employer. At no point was I left confused or unsure of my options. Exactly what I want in a lawyer!

Client

I was particularly impressed with Ben’s attention to detail and clear explanation of the finer points.

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Congratulations on your 10 years of success, with the quality of service you and your team provide I am sure the next 10 years will see more deserved success for you.

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Thomson Snell & Passmore's particular strengths are customer care and the speed at which they respond. Often when you are dealing with complicated issues speed is of the essence. I have not seen any weaknesses.

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Clear, high quality communication and guidance.

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Quick response to questions and successful outcomes due to good advice.

Client

I have worked with Susanna on two separate matters, and I find her to be thorough, considered, practical and extremely professional. She takes time to thoroughly understand the issues and gives carefully considered advice. During what was often a very stressful time, Susanna gave me great confidence and appropriate support, helping to ensure we achieved the best solution.

Client

A huge thank you for helping to resolve such a difficult situation.

Client

Nick Hobden is noted by clients for his 'insight into business needs and strategy'.

Chambers UK 2015

Susanna Gilmartin she is praised for her ability to 'understand background without needing to be briefed in detail'.

Chambers UK 2015

Realistic, pragmatic, good speed of response. They have built a relationship with us.

Chambers UK 2015

I feel confident in the way forward after speaking or meeting with the firm. They're very open and easy to talk to, with great expertise.

Chambers UK 2015

Thomson Snell & Passmore is 'very professional, and values its clients'. Department head Nick Hobden is praised for his 'professionalism and attention to detail'.

The Legal 500 2014

Thomson Snell & Passmore in my experience can meet expectation when dealing with employment matters and I would not recommend another practice before them. A highly professional service for a fair price.

Commercial client

Thank you so much to Thomson Snell & Passmore for the excellent mock tribunal‚ I found the experience extremely useful.

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I am delighted that we work with Thomson Snell & Passmore and look forward to continuing the partnership.

Commercial client

Demonstrated they are a local company who offers a first class professional service to their clients.

Commercial client

Very personable partners, vast experience in most areas of lawyer business.

Corporate intermediary

Thanks for your advice and support. I would never have had the confidence to go through this to get this outcome without becoming a nervous wreck so thank you.

Private client

I would just like to thank you and your team so much for all the hard work, long hours and weekend working that you have put in over the last weeks and months on this case. We have definitely got a great result for our business.

Client

Well-thought out and realistic advice.

Chambers UK

The advice I got was first class from start to finish.

Private client

Impressive case management and responsiveness...extremely intelligent and commercially astute.

Chambers UK

Pragmatic, commercially focused and responsive

Client

Susanna was extremely competent in her approach and guided me through the process with clarity and professionalism at all times, she was a pleasure to have as my adviser

Client

Head of department Nick Hobden has a strong focus on the healthcare and education sectors. He covers all aspects of employment law, with particular expertise in restructuring matters. 

Chambers UK 2016

Susanna was very professional, full of knowledge but mostly assuring and listened to her client and made sure I understood all the aspects of the process.    

Client

The advice I got was helpful, straightforward and I find Susanna to be very knowledgeable.

Client

Clearly understood the issues, explained to me what I was not really familiar with and confirmed that my understanding of certain aspects was indeed correct.

Client

Clear concise advice and the negotiated removal of a number of unpleasant clauses to my benefit.

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Provided high quality advice!

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I was able to meet and discuss my situation very soon after contacting TSP, Susanna was easy to contact and turned round review and responses to my employer swiftly, and the matter was dealt with within a relatively short timescale, minimising stress to me.

Client

All the advice given was structured toward the type of business that we are.

Client

Very prompt and responsive both during and after business hours, to successfully progress the case to agreement within a short time period and to schedule

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Thank you to Nick Hobden, for the support and advice offered to me during a rather difficult period in my life.

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I appreciate the responsiveness of Susanna with regards to my last minute request for help, and believe the advice given was very sound. I also recognise and appreciate the professionalism I have seen at all stages of our engagement

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I came away understanding the background to the advice given, and I am happy that this takes into account my best interests

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I appreciate the responsiveness of Susanna with regards to my last minute request for help, and believe the advice given was very sound. I also recognise and appreciate the professionalism I have seen at all stages of our engagement.

Client

I came away understanding the background to the advice given, and I am happy that this takes into account my best interests

Client

Quick response, talked me through the process as this situation was new to me. Discussed options throughout and gave good advice

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