If you are being treated unfairly by your employer we can support you through negotiating a resolution. If you are an employer with an unsatisfactory employee we will support your rights in law. James Thorn takes the lead in this area, working towards successful dispute resolution.
This is a negotiated settlement between employer and employee in exchange for an agreement that no further claims will be made.
This is a legally recognised way of terminating the employment and fulfilling the settlement, without future complications or problems.
Eldridges can act for the employer in drawing up agreements and advising employees on the effects of entering such an agreement.
All employees whose employment lasts more than a month need a written statement of their terms.
A properly drafted employment contract will help to ensure disputes can be dealt with quickly. The statement should include core provisions such as job title, rates of pay and disciplinary and grievance procedures. Eldridges can help you draft your statements of employment or more complex contracts of employment to meet your business needs and requirements.
Eldridges will represent an employer or employee in any dispute in the work place, and offer practical advice to either side.
Employers who behave fairly and reasonably, give proper warnings and follow statutory procedures, are entitled to dismiss employees who are incompetent, misbehave or whose services are no longer required. However, the processes involved are not always straightforward, hence the growth in claims to Employment Tribunals. Unfair dismissal is the largest source of complaint with awards of up to £63,000 a possibility (potentially unlimited in cases of discrimination) for those employers judged to be in the wrong.
Eldridges can advise on the steps that should be taken before dismissing employees. We can also appear on your behalf should you suffer a claim that goes to an Employment Tribunal.
Experiencing discrimination in the workplace is unpleasant and upsetting, whether it be through age, religion, race or gender.
Eldridges’ experienced team works toward the best outcome for employees suffering from day to day verbal bullying.
Discrimination in the workplace occurs when a worker is treated less favourably than others. This can be due to one or more of a range of factors – sex, race, age, disability, religion or even work hours.
Our Team specialise in a number of different areas. These are members of our team who specialise in this area. To see how we can help you, please give a team member a call, or alternatively, you can email a member of the team and we’ll get back to you as soon as is possible.
James’ particular specialism is in Family law and finds his ‘problem solving approach’ particularly effective in guiding people through tough times in their personal lives, whether it be in relation to Divorce unmarried separation, Child arrangements, Financial/Property issues, or a combination of these. He is known for getting to the heart of the problem quickly and trying to resolve issues swiftly, if at all possible without having to resort to Court proceedings or run up substantial costs.
He has a substantial following and receives many recommendations from former clients and fellow professionals. James has been on the Island since 1996 and while he has experience in areas such as crime, civil litigation and employment law, it is Family law that has been his continual interest. In 2010 he became the first solicitor on the Island to qualify as a family mediator; a way of avoiding the unpleasantness, time and expense associated with going to court. He still deals with financial mediation work on a private basis.
He does enjoy the cut and thrust of Court though, and is a well-regarded advocate. He is also very regularly instructed in his other main specialist area, employment law, representing employee or employer.
James is very active in the local community. As a well-known musician, he runs the annual Isle of Wight Jazz Weekend, and organises many music events at the Quay Arts Centre, where he has also served a Trustee. He is also a popular local sportsman: as well as having been Chairman of the Isle of Wight Cricket Board between 2006 and 2010, he has scored over 10,000 runs for Shanklin CC! James is also a very keen golfer and in his spare time he runs the junior golf section at his local Club.