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What role does HR have in preparing a business for sale? Clare Gilroy-Scott published in People Management

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Clare Gilroy-Scott, Partner in our Employment team, has been published in People Management, the magazine of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

“From an HR perspective, the buyer will need to know what terms are offered to employees, workers and contractors so that it can: comply with its obligations after completion; assess wage costs; consider restructuring or other changes post-completion; and assess risk in terms of employee-related liabilities. The seller will want to be able to demonstrate to prospective buyers that all is in order in respect of its employees and their contractual arrangements.”

Clare’s article goes on to consider the different obligations for sellers in asset and share sale scenarios, outlining the more prescriptive information required in an asset sale, when TUPE applies. In both cases HR can prepare efficiently for a company sale by:

  • Collating the relevant employee information and documents in good time
  • Creating clear employee lists detailing the ELI/ main terms of employment
  • Ensuring information is accurate and up to date
  • Anonymising information as far as possible

The full article is available now on the People Management website:

Clare Gilroy-Scott

Clare Gilroy-Scott is an experienced employment lawyer advising on all aspects of the employment relationship to clients in a broad range of sectors. Clare’s experience is in both contentious and non-contentious employment matters and includes restructurings, redundancies, TUPE, HR support, drafting employment documentation and resolving employment disputes. She also advises on employment status, off-payroll working and IR35 implications.

Goodman Derrick – Employment

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More information

This guide is for general information and interest only and should not be relied upon as providing specific legal advice. If you require any further information about the issues raised in this article please contact the author or call 0207 404 0606 and ask to speak to your usual Goodman Derrick contact.