Transfers Of Undertakings (TUPE) - MLP Law

Transfers Of Undertakings

If you work in a business which is sold or replaced by a new service provider, you are protected by The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006, known as TUPE.

TUPE means your employment transfers to a new employer on your existing terms with your continuity of service intact. You are also entitled to be informed of any transfer and consulted with about its effects.

If your TUPE rights are breached you may be entitled to significant compensation.

Request a consultation with our expert Employment Law solicitors to discuss your TUPE rights and what to do if they are breached.

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We advise you on your rights and ensure you are protected throughout the complex TUPE process. If your rights are breached, we help you maximise the compensation you receive.

Our services include:

  • Advising you on your rights under TUPE, before, during and after the transfer of your employment to a new employer; 
  • Ensuring you are protected where your new employer proposes to make post-transfer changes; 
  • Maximising compensation if your rights are breached; and 
  • Representing you in TUPE related Employment Tribunal claims and substantial penalties for TUPE breaches. 

Our Approach

All of our highly experienced Employment Law solicitors are Legal 500 recommended leaders in their field, who provide jargon-free, commercial legal advice. We speak to you in plain English and provide specialist, practical and pro-active solutions for you.

We take the time to understand you and the challenges you face, enabling us to provide bespoke advice which is tailored to you.


“I thought Julie’s advocacy at the remote Employment Tribunal hearing was excellent, as was her clear advice on the process throughout. She championed our case professionally and achieved a successful outcome, whilst maintaining a commercial approach.”

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  1. What does TUPE stand for?

    TUPE is short hand for Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employees) and is governed by legislation. 

  2. Who is protected under TUPE?

    The purpose of TUPE is to protect employees if the business in which they are employed changes hands. Its effect is to move employees and any liabilities associated with them from the old employer to the new employer. 

  3. What is protected under TUPE?

    Under TUPE, employee’s terms and conditions of employment are preserved after the transfer. 

  4. Can I refuse to transfer?

    In short, you can refuse to transfer, which means that you effectively resign and are not entitled to a redundancy payment. 

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  • Unparalleled Expertise and Experience

We are vastly experienced, Legal-500 recommended Employment Tribunal experts who live and breathe Employment Law.

We have successfully defended countless Employment Tribunal claims, from tackling issues like unfair dismissal and discrimination to diving into the minutiae of holiday pay and wage disputes – there is no Employment Law challenge we haven’t met head on.

  • Your business, your service

Your business is unique, as are the challenges it faces. That’s why our approach is always as unique as your business itself. We don’t like one-size-fits-all strategies. We’re all about crafting tailored strategies that fit your specific needs.

  • In your corner from start to finish

When you’re facing an Employment Tribunal claim, you need someone in your corner who knows you and your case inside and out. We don’t pass the torch to a third-party advocate. As seasoned Tribunal advocates, we stand by your side from the moment the claim lands on your desk to its triumphant resolution, representing you in all preliminary and final hearings along the way.

  • We keep your options open

The road to success isn’t a one-way street, and we’re here to keep your options open. We’re masters of alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation and negotiation, which are the keys to sidestepping the time, money, and stress typically associated with the Employment Tribunal process. Before we embark on the tribunal journey, we’ll explore every available avenue for resolving your challenges. Our goal? A victory that fits your unique needs, whatever form it may take.

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