Industrial relations

The team always seems to be ahead of the curve and develops close relationships with its clients.

Chambers UK
Employment Law for Businesses

Penningtons Manches’ employment team has a wealth of expertise in dealing with complex industrial relations issues in both the public and private sectors and on a national, European and global level. We provide tailored solutions to help minimise disruption to your business and aim to prevent and help resolve difficulties as efficiently and promptly as possible.

At a national level, we advise a wide range of private and public sector businesses on trade union issues ranging from the recognition of trade unions, to collective consultation, strike ballots and injunctions. We also offer guidance on picketing, public demonstrations, and social media campaigning in areas such as the living wage and supply chains.

As a member of Multilaw, a network of top quality international law firms, we are ideally placed to assist with industrial relations issues throughout Europe. Our track record includes advising on European Works Councils, corporate codes of conduct and collective bargaining.

Our team’s expertise extends to social and political industrial relations on a global level. We have a unique capability associated with the International Labour Organization (ILO), which is part of the United Nations system. One of our partners represents employers on the ILO’s governing body and its Committee on Freedom of Association. We offer advice on ILO labour standards and their use in corporate codes of conduct, framework agreements with trade unions, and CSR/business and human rights initiatives.

Our employment specialists are recommended in the latest editions of both Chambers UK and The Legal 500.

We offer expert advice on:

  • employee relations
  • membership organisations
  • trade union collective agreements, such as the NAECI blue book
  • collective bargaining
  • collective information and consultation
  • industrial action
  • strike injunctions

Recent work highlights

TUPE challenge

Defending multiple trade union claims for breach of TUPE information and consultation obligations. The claims concerned employees transferring back in-house to the client. Our team resolved the matters via mediation, avoiding a lengthy contested hearing.


Strike call

Advising a large social housing organisation on the legality of strike action following a pay dispute. Our team was asked to review the processes adopted by the union and picket line conduct as well as to offer assistance with settlement negotiations.


Charity sector protest

Providing guidance to the executive team of an organisation formed by the merger of two leading charities on a seven day strike, reported to be the largest ever within its sector. We also advised on ACAS conciliation proceedings.

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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