You have three things you can talk to your boss about:
Justification for your annual raise.
Possibility of working remotely.
The possibility of your relocating.
I would avoid including #1 in your discussion. It will muddy the waters and give the impression you are threatening to quit over your compensation. Also, it doesn't appear that these items are ...
Be careful about hitting them with so many issues at the same time. Often, that could blunt the impact of your message.
IMHO, I would talk about the raise now, and then follow up with a discussion about remote work later.
That way, you can focus on what you need to do in order to get the raise you feel you deserve. Hopefully, you can get that raise and ...
Another thing that might be important to note is that the three of us are long-time friends outside of work.
This is probably the most important part to take into account since this issue is likely to affect your friendship or even end it forever.
I wouldn’t talk to your manager behind his back, you owe him at least a warning before it comes to that.
How do I politely tell them I'd like to keep my current working setup if/when they move the rest of the UK people into that small open office?
The most polite way is referring to the non-existing location in your contract.
When they first approach you about moving, you can say you are willing to renegotiate the contract if they plan on incorporating a fixed ...
How do I politely tell them I'd like to keep my current working setup
if/when they move the rest of the UK people into that small open
You just talk. You explain, as you have here, that you would prefer to continue working from home, and you explain why.
I do not have any worry about them saying "no" as I can find another
contract within a ...
I joined this company around 1.5 months ago
They've just hired one more person ... and now the lead person in the UK
Your company has hired 2 people in less than 2 months, can it be on an expansion mode? Since the newest member is a lead, maybe he knows about these plans more than you would?
Now the lead person in the UK (London) says we will get an ...
If your contract don't state place (or method) of where work should be performed then adding such requirment would require appendix to your contract.
And that leave you open for negotiation. Requiring you to commute to workplace means your income will be lower.
You agreed on X pay based on the fact that you will work from home. Commute will change that pay ...
he wants to be e-mailed first everytime before I can talk to him because he has a busy schedule.
It looks like a practise that he follows to keep his day organized, so an e-mail asking for some time should be enough here (as a direct report you don't have to be 100% precise).
What would I need to put in the Subject line and how should the body of the ...
First off, you should never tell your boss you are resigning (or may resign) in an email unless you have no other option. If at all possible this should be done in person, or over the phone if that's not feasible.
Since you don't have regular one-on-one meetings with him and he requires an email to set up any other meetings, you'll have to say something. In ...