Redundancy & reorganisation

Redundancy & reorganisation

"[Shoosmiths] has an exceptionally strong team [with an] impressive client base"


In today's turbulent economy, restructuring is a fact of life.

We have extensive experience of helping clients through the restructuring process, and can help you think about the alternatives to redundancy, including advising on outsourcing or off-shoring. 

Should redundancies prove necessary the situation can often be more complicated than many employers first realise: unfair dismissal, discrimination, and collective consultation obligations are common legal issues where headcount is being reduced.

Getting good advice early on in the restructuring process is vital so that we can help you plan and protect your position; getting the procedure right is the key to avoiding potentially large legal liabilities. 

Work highlights

  • Providing advice and support, including working at our client's premises alongside its HR team, in respect of a large scale, cumulative restructuring and redundancy programme, in order to make a significant cost saving
  • Assisting a US and European retail client with a collective consultation process involving changing the terms and conditions of its UK-based retail employees
  • Advising and working alongside our client to structure a consultation programme involving the merger of two travel organisations and the subsequent redundancies of employees in replicated roles
  • Defending a manufacturing client in an employment tribunal claim and an appeal to the EAT following the dismissal of a trade union representative for redundancy