Helen Wyatt has been working in employment law since 1999. She developed a particular interest in providing advice to the recruitment industry upon moving to Goodman Derrick LLP in 2000.
She acts for both employers and employees. Her employer clients include public and private companies, charities, partnerships and professional associations. Her individual clients tend to be senior employees, officers or partners.
Wyatt’s work includes all aspects of non-contentious employment law advice covering the whole of an employment relationship from recruitment to termination of employment. This includes contract drafting for directors, employees of all descriptions and self-employed contractors; drafting staff policies and procedures; advice on issues arising during employment such as restructuring and redundancy, discrimination, statutory benefits such as minimum wage, holiday and rest entitlement, rights to time off for family reasons including maternity, paternity and adoption, rights of part-time and fixed-term workers, whistleblowing, data protection; the application of disciplinary and grievance procedures and of course, dismissal.
In the contentious sphere, she provides representation in employment tribunals in all types of claim and advises on the enforcement of post-termination restrictions.
She enjoys advising on the employment aspects of corporate transactions such as outsourcing and the sale or purchase of a business, primarily the application of the TUPE Regulations. She also advises on boardroom disputes, particularly those involving associated shareholder issues.
In respect of the recruitment industry, Wyatt advises on regulatory issues — in other words, the application of prevailing law; terms of business and terms of engagement for employment agencies and employment businesses; and on all day-to-day employment law issues that arise in respect of this industry.
Wyatt regularly provides seminars for clients on both employment law and topics relevant to the recruitment industry.
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