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Restructuring and reorganisations

As your business grows and evolves, restructuring and reorganisation is often inevitable. The need for change can also arise during times of economic uncertainty, when challenging decisions must be made. Managing the process correctly plays a crucial role in the long-term health of your business and taking advice early is critical to ensure the legal risks are effectively managed.

How our employment solicitors can support you

Corporate transaction support

Our employment solicitors work closely with our Corporate team to ensure that all employment matters are effectively managed during and after a corporate transaction, including mergers and acquisitions, disposals and restructures.


When the ownership of a business changes, employees may be transferred between employers under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE). This is a complex area and specialist advice is crucial. We can help you understand if TUPE applies to your transaction, ensure the process is addressed correctly and that your organisation is protected.

Collective redundancies

Detailed legal obligations apply if you are proposing to make 20 or more employees redundant at one establishment within a period of 90 days. The process is known as ‘collective consultation’ and as an employer, you may face claims for damages from staff if you do not fulfil all your legal obligations. For larger scale redundancies, the process can be complex and specialist advice is essential to avoid making costly mistakes.

Our specialist employment solicitors have guided many companies throughout the collective consultation processes, including negotiating with staff representatives such as trade unions or works councils. We can support you, whatever the scale of the change you are planning.


Restructuring covers a wide range of business reorganisations. Often businesses realise that current staff roles are not suitable moving forward. Instead of losing those employees, your business may choose to alter those roles.

Restructuring can be a disruptive process that is accompanied by significant change for employees. We can support you with your restructuring projects to ensure they are implemented as smoothly as possible, allowing your business to operate efficiently and be well positioned to meet its goals.

Outsourcing and insourcing

From engaging cleaning contractors, to delivery services, to night security or IT support, many employers outsource (and later insource) a whole range of services.

Our employment solicitors can advise on drafting appropriate contracts with your suppliers and ensure you meet your legal obligations to your staff; for example, TUPE requirements often apply in these scenarios.

Contact a specialist employment law solicitor

If you would like to learn more about how we can support your business, please contact a member of our Employment & HR team below or call 0800 652 8025.

Clarke Willmott has offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton. We provide employment law and HR advice to businesses in the UK and internationally.

Your key contacts

Marc Long

Head of Employment and HR Team/COFA

Southampton and London
Marc Long is the Head of Clarke Willmott’s Employment and HR team specialising in TUPE and outsourcing.
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