The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill published today will help SMEs reduce workplace disputes by cutting regulatory red tape, according to QualitySolicitors, the UK’s fastest growing legal brand.

Chief Executive of QualitySolicitors Craig Holt says,

“We spoke to 400 solicitors around the country and found that the biggest fear for two thirds (63%) of small and medium sized businesses seeking legal advice in the UK is dealing with the dismissal of under-performing employees.

“The changes put forward by this Bill will help SMEs and this approach will provide a layer of protection and opportunity for employers to resolve disputes where the cost of employment tribunal proceedings can have serious consequences for the business. The proposals should ultimately reduce the amount of time and money currently spent on employment tribunals.

“However it is vital that the introduction of fees for initiating tribunal proceedings, which will reduce the number of speculative claimants, doesn’t deter genuine cases. To counter this concern, the Government is introducing increased penalties for businesses that breach employment laws. With our research finding that 85% of SMEs don’t understand their legal requirements, the Government must ensure that these changes are properly communicated to employees and SMEs.”

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Notes to Editors:

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The statistics in this press release have been taken from research conducted by QualitySolicitors using SurveyShack, an online polling programme. Total sample size was 414 solicitors from QualitySolicitors branches. Fieldwork was undertaken between 18th - 23rd April 2012. The survey was carried out online.

About QualitySolicitors:

  • Launched in 2010, QualitySolicitors is a group of law firms across the country working as part of the QualitySolicitors brand. Only one firm per local area is selected to become a QualitySolicitors partner. Customer feedback forms an integral part of the selection process.
  • QualitySolicitors’ national network of lawyers consists of over 400 branches across England and Wales, including 150 Legal Access Points in WHSmith stores. QualitySolicitors is on course for its target of expanding to 1,000 locations by the end of 2012.
  • QualitySolicitors lawyers are experts in their fields dealing with both consumer and SME legal matters. QualitySolicitors offers a personal, local service but with the assurance of a recognised national brand.
  • QualitySolicitors’ CEO is Craig Holt and Saleem Arif is the COO.
  • QualitySolicitors’ website address is www.qualitysolicitors.com
  • In 2011 QualitySolicitors secured equity investment from Palamon Capital Partners, a private equity house with a £700m fund.
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