Short Cover


Short Cover is the comprehensive employment law advice service.

We created Short Cover with the aim of providing employers with complete advice and support on all employment law matters for an annual subscription fee. Since then we have continued to develop the service in response our clients’ concerns, primarily the increasing time and resources employers find themselves spending on resolving workplace issues and responding to the frequent changes in the law.

As part of the Short Cover service we carry out an extensive audit of the client’s existing employment documents to ensure that they have a full range of up-to-date essential policies and procedures. These essential policies and procedures include the following:

  • Disciplinary procedure
  • Capability procedures
  • Grievance procedure
  • Sickness absence procedure
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Communications policy
  • Anti-bribery policy

Short Cover clients also receive unlimited access to a solicitor in our Employment department who will provide prompt, dependable advice on their employment-related queries and concerns.

In addition, we provide Short Cover clients with training and support on important legal developments and points of interest through our newsletters and programme of quarterly seminars.

Although the aim is prevention, and with our expert advice clients should avoid such proceedings, should a Short Cover client receive a claim during their subscription to the service we will represent them in employment tribunal litigation at the reduced hourly rate of £150 plus VAT.

Alternatively, we are pleased to be able to offer our clients a premium service, Short Cover Plus.

Short Cover Plus clients receive all the benefits of Short Cover plus employment protection insurance to cover the cost of representation at tribunal and the cost of any awards or settlements. This effectively removes all risk from an employer’s point of view. We offer a range of indemnity limits in any one claim and on annual aggregate cover. The cover even includes costs awards and tribunal fees.

We can also now offer Pursuit of Employee cover to protect our Short Cover Plus clients against the cost of pursuing former employees in breach of restrictive covenants. This addresses the high cost of enforcement which was preventing employers from relying on post-termination restrictions to protect their legitimate business interests.

Because first year costs take into account a full review of our clients’ existing employment documents, and because after benefitting from the service for a year they are far better prepared to deal with employment issues, in the majority of cases annual subscription fees reduce in subsequent years. This means that Short Cover pays for itself and is even better value for money.

With a general election looming and reform seemingly a vote winner, continuing changes to employment laws should be expected. At the same time, other areas of business regulation, such as pension auto-enrolment, increasingly involve employment law issues or have workplace implications. The economy is improving and employees are less concerned about simply keeping their jobs. Employers meanwhile, having weathered the storm, will be looking to make the most of the employees they retained through the recession.

Now is the critical time for businesses to take stock and ensure that their key assets – their human resources – are managed as efficiently as possible. With Short Cover you can control the situation and remain confident that your business won’t face any unpleasant surprises.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for a free quote. The process is both quick and simple, and our annual subscriptions are even payable monthly.