for UK immigration, tier 2 – sponsorship by UK companies, extradition law, nationality, EU law & human rights law. We assist international business executives, private and public companies, banks, investors and individuals.
AP Partnership – Peterborough. Specialists in UK employment law, business and management development providing an online Newsletter covering topics in employment law, including industrial tribunals, Health & Safety, recruitment, outplacement and management training.
Blandy & Blandy – Reading, provides an employment law newsletter, covering topics like contractual obligations, liability for racial and sexual harassment, failure to return from maternity leave, TUPE and redundancy.
Boyes Turner – Reading, offers information on personal injury, commercial property, corporate & commercial, IT, intellectual property , employment, insolvency and litigation.
Bretherton Price & Elgoods (BPE), of Cheltenham & London, offers a series of free email “Legal Alerts” in employment, company/commercial, corporate finance, commercial property and commercial litigation.C
CMS Cameron McKenna provide Law-Now which features many free information services including e-commerce, European competition law, including Poland and the Czech Repulic in particular, Financial Services and markets Act 2000, Human Rights, Employment Law, and topics related to Pensions and the Pensions Ombudsman.
Clifford Chance – London and International. A truly massive site with a great deal of information. Online newsletters include: Budget 1998, Public Policy – Freedom of Information, Dealing with the Millennium – The Year 2000, European Monetary Union: The Legal Framework. There are also online newsletters on Europe in Prospect, China, Private Finance Initiatives, Asian Financial Markets, Asian M&A, Legal Risk In The Financial Sector, China Banking News, European Financial Markets, Employment News, Media Briefing, Russia and the other states of the CIS, Securities and Derivatives, and International Funds.
Collyer-Bristow – London, provides newsletters on employment topics.
Cousins Business Law, lawyers working with SMEs and owner managed businesses, have published a Guide to Solving Business Disputes. Available to download for free from their website the guide provides proven strategies to keep problems under control, a 5-step process for the effective management of business disputes as well as tips on how to save money when instructing a solicitor.D
Davenport Lyons – London, offers material on employment, licensing, e-commerce and other commercial law topics.
Discrimination Law Blog comes from Brabners Chaffe Street. The blog forms part of their specialised web site Discrimination Law which itself provides a great deal of information on this general area of law.E
EEF is an organisation providing engineering and manufacturing support & employment advice for business. They provide manufacturing and engineering support and advice as well as general business support to over 6000 manufacturing, engineering and technology companies. There is information on HR matters.
Ellis Whittam & Partners of Chester, provides information on changes in UK employment law and health & safety regulations, picking out the things which really matter to UK employers (in plain english!). There are also some substantial articles on employment topics.
Emplaw Online is the leading online resource for British employment law. The site provides almost 5,000 pages of comprehensive up-to-date information, covering all aspects of employment law, from Age Discrimination to Unfair Dismissal, more technical topics such as TUPE and Data Protection, and major developments such as the Equality Act 2010. They also provide summaries of employment law cases with links through to full text judgments. There is a free version and also an enhanced subscription service.
Employment Law Clinic is a site with a range of articles & tools to assist employers, including a disciplinary flowchart & an annual leave calculator. The site was set-up by Karl Limpert, previously a trade union representative who now works mainly for small businesses, advising them on a whole range of HR & employment law issues, using the experience of how employees fight their corner to help support employers.
Employment Law Mailing List is a free email bulletin service contain updates on employment law, sent out two or three times a week by barrister Daniel Barnett. Widely recognised as the leading employment law update resource, this email bulletin currently goes to over 24,000 recipients.
Employment Relations Solicitors provide information on Discipline and Grievance Discrimination, Dismissal, Family friendly policies, Pay and Reward, Performance Management, Personnel Administration, Recruitment and Redundancy.F
The Federation of European Employers (formerly The EU Employers’ Network) is an association for progressive employers operating across Europe. The Federation was founded in 1989, with financial assistance from DGV of the European Commission. Today it has members in all EEA states – plus Switzerland, The Czech Republic, Russia, USA, Canada, Japan and Israel. The site is a major source of pan-European national pay, employment law and collective bargaining data on the web. It includes legislation from the many countries it represents.
Fox Williams – London. They provide electronic Newsletters, which can be delivered by email, on Company Concerns, Employment Update, Personnel News, IT & Cyberlaw Update. Described as “Legal advice from ebusiness and online community specialists Fox Williams” the site offers current news in these topics and basic briefing documents. You can also sign up for a regular (free) email update along the same lines.
Future Law – Wells, Somerset, offer information on Corporate and commercial Law, Mergers & Acquisitions and Employment Law on their web site, as well as providing up to date news on commercial law topics and free legal articles written by the partners.G
Gordons – Leeds, Bradford and Keighley – provide information on Company and Commercial matters, Commercial Property, Employment and Litigation.
Graphite HRM is a company specialising in Human Resource Management in Ireland and which provides an online reference manual on the translation of employment law into practice. This includes “Personnel Policies and Procedures: The Law in Perspective” which is updated regularly in line with legal changes. The manaul is available on subscription but there are sample sections which can be viewed free of charge on the site.H
HSEdirect has been developed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in partnership with Butterworths Tolley. The site is designed to cater for anyone who has a responsibility for health and safety issues and management in the workplace, “whether youre a dedicated health and safety professional, a personnel manager, or a managing director of a small business”.
The free area includes daily news summaries, all HSE press releases, current consultative documents, Year 2000/2001 health and safety conference diary, useful contacts, FAQs (frequently asked questions) and links to other relevant sites.
The subscription area includes commentary health and safety policy, employers duties to employees, employment protection and enforcement, and also approved Codes of Practice and HSE guidance on legislation, a selection of the most commonly used HSE forms, fully amended and annotated text of health and safety legislation, European Directives which relate to health and safety issues, and practical summaries of key cases, recent cases and cases of special interest.I
Jeffrey Green Russell – London. They offer an “Internet Law Digital Newsletter”, (delivered by email) and there are also articles in Construction Law, Computer Topics and Licensing Law.K
Kidd Rapinet (several locations in London and the South East including Aylesbury, Basingstoke, Beaconsfield, Farnham, High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Reading and Slough) provide articles on many business topics. Recent areas covered have included taxation, privacy and electronic communications, monitoring employees at work, software licensing, mergers, outsourcing, e-commerce and due diligence.
Kingsley Napley – London, provide information on current topics of business, e-commerce, employment and commercial law generally. They also offer a separate site called WebLAW.co.uk which focusses on the topic of e-commerce and legal aspects of web site development and maintenance. There is information on domain name disputes and SAAS and virtualisation agreements. They offer template and bespoke solutions.L
Lawrite HR provides employment law and HR solutions for employers in the UK. The Lawrite Employment Law software was first launched in 1999. The current version works through the web browser and seamlessly combines locally-stored document templates, PDF guides and manuals, with web-based news and update files. There are more than 120 templates including employment contracts, policies and procedures and sample letters to employees. The software is available as part of a range of services including 24/7 telephone legal support, an insurance-backed Employment Tribunal indemnity scheme and different levels of HR support including bespoke drafting of contracts, staff handbooks and other HR documents.
LK Shields, of Dublin, offer a large amount of free legal information on the site, including an extensive section called Investing and Working in Ireland. Other publications online cover Banking and Financial Services, Business, Company Secretarial, Data Protection, Employment and Industrial Relations, EU and Competition, Intellectual Property, Technology and E Commerce, and Pensions and Benefits.M
Mace & Jones – Manchester & Liverpool, provide a series of online guides (in pdf) to help business owners deal with legal minefields. The Guides are on Business Sales Share Sales, Management Buyouts, Shareholders Agreements, Limited Liability Partnerships, Employee Share Schemes, Agency and Distribution Agreements, Terms of Trading, Contracts of Employment, The Data Protection Act 1998, Intellectual Property Rights Commercial Leases, Civil Litigation, The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, and The Enterprise Act 2002.
Macfarlanes – London and International. Topics covered include financial services, commercial property, tax and employment law. One particular feature is a “Maternity Rights Calculator” which can be used to calculate the eligibility of an employee for Statutory Maternity Pay, Maternity Leave and Extended Maternity Absence.
MacRoberts – Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, provide a large amount of material (under “knowledge”) on employment, construction, corporate litigation, health and safety, property, pensions and technology media & communications – a major source of news and current information here. You?can sign up for an email alert in these topics. There is also an extensive set of links to other legal resources (internationally) under the “Links” section.
McCann FitzGerald, based in Dublin, provides extensive information on Ireland as a business location and on many other commercial topics, including commercial property, construction, e-commerce and information technology, employment, energy, EU and competition, intellectual propertly, the International Financial Services Centre in Dublin, inward investment, maritime, mutual funds and telecoms.
Mondaq is a provider of free legal and professional articles online. The sections “UK Briefing”, “International Briefing” and “Offshore Briefing” categorise information on the legislative and regulatory framework affecting business and investment in the UK and European Union, Eastern Europe, North America, South-East Asia & China, Africa and the Middle East and major offshore centres. Mondaq also provides these articles to Dow Jones, Reuters, Datastar, Lexis Nexis, WestLaw and FT Profile. Mondaq Professional Surveys provide details of peer-nominated practitioners around the world. Mondaq has recently formed an alliance with Butterworths Tolley.N
Nationwide Employment Lawyers have over twenty years experience in employment law claims including discrimination of all types, unfair dismissal, redundancy, compromise agreements, bullying and harassment, stress claims and whistleblowing. They have descriptions of many types of employment issue on their site, together with a FAQ (e.g. what is unfair dismissal), articles on current developments and case studies.O
OUT-LAW from solicitors Pinsent Masons, provides a vast amount – 10,000 pages – of free legal news and guidance, mostly on IT and e-commerce issues, and including data protection, employment and intellectual property issues, with many new items posted every day. There are also a large number of quite detailed “Guides” on technology and laws for the technology sector.P
Pattinson Brewer – London, offer online “pocket guides” to maternity rights, the disability discrimination act, the rights of casual, temporary and fixed term employees, TUPE, protection from harrassment and labour law updates for trade unions.
Poppleston Allen – Nottingham, provide a very large amount of information on licensing law, betting and gaming, employment and planning related to the licensing trade. They provide a free Enews Bulletin on licensing, gambling, planning and employment issues which affect the licensed trade. You can subscribe to a free newsletter on these topics or access the site itself as a mine of information. They offer a free 30 minute face to face consultation, to potential clients, at their offices in London or Nottingham.
Prettys – Ipswich. Numerous articles on general commercial topics including employment law, contracts, landlord and tenant, disability legislation and other topics.Q
Ralli Partnership Law are solicitors who can advice on the law which governs partnerships, a form of business entity which arises automatically when two or more people carry on a business together with a view to making a profit. The site provides information on many of the legal complexities in this area, including those involved with employment issues.
Rogers & Norton – Norwich. Updates on line in employment, tax, family, motoring, business, employment and property.S
Shepherd+ Wedderburn – Edinburgh, provide newsletters on and articles on Commercial Property Law, Commercial Law, Construction, Corporate Finance, Employment, EU & Competition Law, IT & Intellectual Property Law, Pensions, Planning, Private Finance Initiative (PFI). There are also general newsletters on commercial topics.
Simmons & Simmons provides elexica, their free online legal resource. elexica offers an email current awareness service, legal updates, weekly EU Diary (also available in Palm(TM) format), training modules (with CPD hours), legal checklists (also available in Palm(TM) format), a legal discussions forum and an extensive library of categorised web links. There are also regular ‘specials’ such as detailed analysis of the Budget 2004, a detailed review of Japanese law and a comprehensive guide to the EU Financial Services Action Plan All material on site is produced by the firm’s professional support lawyers and, although predominantly in English, includes a growing number of items (some in their local language) from Simmons & Simmons’ international offices, including the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The site content is regularly reviewed and older material either removed or updated. elexica has more than 20,000 registered users and its email alerts are sent out to a distribution list of 15,000. The current awareness emails are on the following subjects: Budget 2004, Commercial Contracts, Construction, Corporate, Corporate Recovery, Employment, Environment, EU Diary, Finance Litigation, Financial Services, Global Counsel Handbooks – Japan, Insurance, Intellectual Property, IT & E-commerce, Key UK Legal Developments, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology, Property, Securities & Derivatives, and Tax.
Simpson Millar – Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, London, Manchester, Wimbledon and Gateshead, provide articles and guides on employment law for employers and trade unions.
UK Corporator is an expert system for generating limited company formation documents online. The system operates on a question and answer basis to obtain the information needed for the forms, providing full explanatory notes at each stage so that the user is in effect “coached” in the process of preparing the documents, and taking account of the relevant Companies Act provisions. There is also a considerable amount of free information available on the site relating to the incorporation process for people to use whether or not they are using the system on a paid basis. At the end of the generation process, the user can decide whether he or she wishes to go ahead with the formation and pay the £49.99 (plus Government charges payable direct to Companies House) required for the finished documents and delivering them automatically. All content has been written by the directors of the company who are also solicitors. The system can be used directly by the person wanting to set up a limited company, or by a solicitor wishing to carry out the process quickly and efficiently on behalf of clients.
UK Employment Law is a blog written by Gustav Patrick, UK employment lawyer at Aldridge Brownlee Solicitors, with information for individuals and companies on major developments in the tribunals, courts and legislation. The overall site in which the blog is embedded provides an overview of the main areas of employment law that affect both employers and employees.V
v-lex limited – Gateford, Worksop, are a firm of solicitors who are specialists in IT Law and they provide several short documents free on their site: simple short offer of employment letter, simple software licence, simple confidentiality agreement, and simple working time regulations agreement.W
Workplacelaw.net is the web site of Asset Information Ltd, a publisher and conference provider based in Cambridge. The site offers legal information for companies on Employment, Premises and Health & Safety. There is already news on these topics on the site with cases and articles to follow.
World Link for Law is a leading international association of law firms. It was established as Euro-Link for Lawyers in the late 1980s and now comprises a network of 70 law firms with 80 offices in 47 countries worldwide. It is one of the largest international law networks in the world. It is formed as an association in Zurich and there are also regional centre firms in Hong Kong and Sao Paulo. Their web site provides free business information (country by country) in relation to company formation options, debt collection and enforcement, commercial property acquisition and labour law. They also provide World Trade Links, a business matchmaking service.Y
Young & Lee – Birmingham, provides information on law for employers and also commercial law.Z