TUPE

TUPE is designed to protect employees' rights when a business is transferred to new owners. But it's often complex, so if you think you are going to be part of a TUPE transfer, it's a good idea to get specialist legal advice.

Robert Whitaker, Chelmsford
Robert Whitaker, employment law specialist in Chelmsford

TUPE - legal advice

What is TUPE?

TUPE stands for the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations. TUPE is designed to implement European law, to protect employee’s rights on a business transfer. Subject to certain limited exceptions, if your employment continues with a new employer, your terms and conditions should stay the same – unless you agree to a change or your contract allows you this.

The aim of TUPE is to make sure that your rights are protected.

Employment law experts 

Our employment team are highly experienced in dealing with company restructures and outsourcing arrangements. Because we routinely act for both employers and employees, we see things from all angles in TUPE cases. That means that we can often anticipate arguments which may be put to us and have responses ready. If you’re facing the transfer of your job to another company or organisation, you’ll want to get independent legal advice to make sure that you’re being treated fairly. 

Our TUPE services

Our specialist employment law experts can advise you on:

  • whether TUPE applies to you in the situation you're in – or not
  • whether it’s in your best interests for TUPE to apply to you.  It’s possible that a redundancy payment may be preferable for you – every situation is different
  • where you stand if there's disagreement between the business that is leaving and the new business owners who are coming in. This situation is complex, but we’re used to handling these.
  • which business (the old one or the new one) has a duty of care towards you - it's surprising that it is not always clear-cut
  • Employment Tribunal claims for unfair dismissal which could be as a result of a TUPE situation and we can represent you at the Employment Tribunal if it comes to that
  • your rights if, after the TUPE transfer, your new employer tries to change your contract, for example pay you less or change your hours.

We’re here to help

If your job is being transferred to another business, come and talk to us about how we can help. Give us a call for a confidential chat.

Our specialist lawyers are based in:

  • Cambridgeshire: Cambridge
  • Essex: Brentwood, Chelmsford, and Saffron Walden
  • Hertfordshire: Bishop's Stortford and Royston 

But we can help you wherever you are in England and Wales.

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