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        Trade Union & Collective Issues

        The relationship between employer and union can vary on a national and local level, depending on a number of historic factors, respective bargaining positions, the particular characters involved, and the issues at hand.

        Inevitably, the strength of such relationships can impact upon the efficient running of your business, the happiness and productivity of your people, and your ability to adapt in the face of challenging market developments.

        At DWF we act for a wide variety of UK employers on all aspects of employment relations issues including advising on:

        • voluntary and statutory recognition requests and agreements,
        • collective bargaining on a wide range of matters such as pay, terms and conditions and pensions,
        • industrial disputes involving high profile strikes, unlawful industrial action, action short of strike and injunctive relief,
        • collective mediation, and
        • collective litigation brought by unions on behalf of their members regarding alleged failure to pay holiday pay correctly, equal pay, and protective awards for redundancy. 

        Our approach is accessible, practical and innovative in style. We are alert to the potentially sensitive nature of industrial issues and relations, to reputational points of concern, and to the commercial realities and objectives of the client. Our advice is informed by the very real experience of engaging and negotiating with Trade Unions directly.

        With a particular focus on strategic risk management and pragmatic commercial resolution, we will help you to resolve potentially insoluble industrial disputes, and will ensure that positive relationships with unions and employees allow your business to focus on business.

        Andrew Chamberlain

        • Partner // Head of Employment & Chair of the SDE

        Helga Breen

        • Partner // Head of Employment (London)

        Kirsty Rogers

        • Partner // Executive Partner (Manchester) & Head of Client Development

        Kate Meadowcroft

        • Director // Head of Employment (Birmingham)

        Tim Scott

        • Head of Employment (Liverpool) // Partner