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Redundancy & Restructuring

Our specialist restructuring and redundancy lawyers work with businesses to devise, implement and manage restructuring and redundancy programmes. These range from large scale, multi-jurisdictional programmes to individual redundancies and cost control measures such as pay cuts.

Carrying out redundancies and implementing restructuring programmes can be complex. These processes aim to secure the long-term strategic aims of the business, protect it against the risk of claims, and maintain a motivated workforce. These complexities are magnified significantly where large numbers of employees are involved across multiple regions or where they involve a major culture change.

Our market leading team specialises in advising employers on all aspects of redundancy and restructuring. We continue to support organisations throughout the post-implementation process and, if matters become contentious, we have significant experience acting in redundancy and restructuring related disputes.

We work with organisations to:

  • Identify when the thresholds triggering collective consultation obligations under the Trade Union & Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (“TULR(C)A”) are met
  • Plan successful strategies for complying with TULR(C)A information and consultation obligations in the context of collective redundancies and fire-and-rehire exercises
  • Advise on the duties of employee representatives, including providing bespoke training
  • Ensure that redundancy pooling, selection and consultation processes at an individual level run smoothly
  • Develop redundancy severance proposals, and prepare and negotiate settlement agreements
  • Comply with obligations under the TUPE Regulations where these arise in the context of restructuring (including where insolvency is contemplated), drawing on the expertise of our specialist TUPE group
  • Engage effectively with trade unions, employee forums and European Works Councils, with the assistance of our specialist trade union and collective rights group
  • Plan, implement and project manage international redundancy and restructuring programmes, working with our Ius Laboris colleagues
  • Defend claims resulting from redundancy and restructuring exercises, for example in the Employment Tribunal and the Central Arbitration Committee
  • Assist with post-restructuring integrations and ensuring an effective transition towards business as (new) normal

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