Bosses planning redundancies to cope with tougher market conditions should be wary of falling foul of employment law, a north west law firm has warned.

North west firm Mace & Jones said that the redundancy process needed to be well managed and carefully planned to avoid problems.

A recent survey by KPMG of 200 senior executives from major companies found that more than half were planning to lay off staff.

Mace & Jones employment law partner Phil Allen said: ‘Employers can walk into a minefield of costly and time consuming problems if they mismanage the redundancy process.

‘Ultimately this is a highly sensitive process where it is easy to fall foul of the legislation. It will run far more smoothly with considerable preparation.’