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M & A Outsourcing and TUPE

Safeguards are in place to protect employees when a business is acquired or the change of control of an employer takes place. This protection also covers changes to outsourcing arrangements, for example, where work is outsourced for the first time or the contractor changes.

This legal protection comes in the form of legislation referred to as TUPE. Our team provides specialist TUPE advice. We help clients manage the impact of TUPE to ensure they understand and meet the requirements of TUPE whilst also ensuring their commercial goals remain in focus. Working closely with our corporate team we assist companies acquiring or selling businesses, together with those organisations looking to restructure their outsourcing arrangements.

We have particular expertise in assisting private sector businesses with the transfer of employees from the public sector. We help clients resolve common issues that arise with public to private transfers, including advice on how best to manage the harmonisation of both terms and cultures.

We regularly advise on:

  • due diligence of employee contracts
  • preparation of employee liability information
  • structuring acquisitions and managing the implications of TUPE
  • preparation of documentation to comply with TUPE requirements
  • the election of representatives and the consultation process
  • redundancies post-transfer
  • changing terms and conditions following a TUPE transfer

JP and Eleanor provided a really bespoke service, project managing an international employment law concern on our behalf – the timeliness and depth of the advice was excellent, including the continuing aftercare support.

The Square One Law employment team has been an excellent sounding board during a period of great change – they have embraced the unique circumstances we find ourselves in and have been instrumental in a smooth transition offering creative employment law solutions.

Stephanie Walker, Studsvik UK Ltd


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Our Work

Please see below examples of the matters Square One Law LLP has been instructed on in the last twelve months:

  • A newly created private sector company in the transfer of employees from a government department in relation to a multi-million pound service level agreement;
  • A private sector healthcare provider on multiple contract acquisitions nationwide;
  • A local new entrant to the banking sector in relation to the transfer of specialist staff from a service provider