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Employment Law Advice

Employment law advice for employees

When things start going wrong at work you need fast, no-nonsense, practical legal advice – That is what we provide.

If you’re affected by one of these situations, talk to us. Our specialist employment lawyers will get to the bottom of it and make sure you understand your options and your rights.

  • Told you are at risk of redundancy
  • A disciplinary investigation or hearing
  • Your employer or colleagues are harassing you
  • Your employer is discriminating against you because you’re disabled or pregnant, or because of your age, race, gender or sexual preference.
  • You want to submit a grievance against your employer
  • Your job is moving to another employer by TUPE transfer
  • Your employer has made unlawful deductions from your wages
  • You’re a whistle-blower in need of legal protection

Practical advice based on experience

Our employment law team of barristers, solicitors and lawyers can help you to:

  • Understand the situation clearly
  • Resolve the situation without going to a court or tribunal
  • Assess how strong your legal case is, if you do go to court or tribunal
  • Estimate how much you might receive in a court settlement

We can represent you in court, if necessary, and negotiate with your employer on your behalf. With our long experience of employment law, we can take away some of the stress of unfamiliar proceedings by filling in forms, gathering documents and guiding you through the process as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Phone us for support and advice on 0808 164 9328 or fill in the online contact form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Discrimination

It’s illegal under the Equality Act 2010 to discriminate against a person because of their age, race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, religion or disability. If you’ve experienced discrimination at work because of any of these things and your employer hasn’t put it right, we can help you understand what you can do about it and act for you in negotiations or legal action.

Appeals and grievances

If you’re not happy with the action taken by your employer, you can appeal in writing. State clearly why you’re appealing. Your employer needs to reply in writing promptly. If you raise a grievance and your employer arranges a meeting to discuss it with you, you have the right to take a colleague or union member with you. Sometimes, if your employer doesn’t resolve your grievance properly and it’s making your workplace intolerable for you, it can lead to a situation of constructive dismissal, because it’s impossible for you to continue working there. This is not fair. You could be entitled to compensation if this is the case. We can give you clear advice on what to do if your employer hasn’t resolved a grievance or employment issue in a fair and reasonable way.

Can an employee appeal against the employer?

Nothing should stop an employee from making an appeal if he/she is not satisfied with the action taken by the employer. The appeal should be in writing, stating the employee’s grounds and reasons for the appeal. Employers should respond to the employee in writing, without unreasonable delay.  An employee also has a statutory right to be accompanied by a colleague or union representative.  A failure by an employer to resolve a grievance can, in certain circumstances, amount to constructive dismissal. If your employer has failed to resolve a grievance which is making your workplace intolerable for you, please contact me immediately and I will advise you of your options. If you think that your problems at work have not been resolved fairly or reasonably, please click here to contact me.

Can you appeal against disciplinary procedures?

Generally speaking (as it depends on an individual’s circumstances), an employee may appeal against such disciplinary procedures if he/she believes that:
  1. The decision was wrong.
  2. Unfair procedures were used.
  3. The punishment is too harsh.
  4. New evidence has come to light.
There are other unforeseen circumstances. An employee cannot make an Employment Tribunal claim against a warning, or disciplinary procedures reached, although an employee could claim  constructive dismissal if the conduct of his/her employer forces him/her to leave. There is also an alternative approach to this, which is to suggest mediation.

What are Disciplinary procedures?

Employers use disciplinary procedures to let employees know that their work or behaviour isn’t acceptable. This is a formal process that's supposed to be fair and clear to the employer and employee. But in practice, it doesn’t always work that way. You can usually appeal against a disciplinary if you think your employer has made a wrong decision, if you’ve found out new information or if your employer has treated you unfairly. That includes imposing a punishment that’s too severe or using the wrong procedure. If your employer effectively forces you to leave unfairly, you could claim for constructive dismissal at an Employment Tribunal. With warnings and disciplinaries, every case is different. Talk to our expert employment law team to understand clearly what your options are in your specific situation.

What are the various forms of discrimination?

Some kinds of discrimination are perfectly legal. For example, it is not illegal to discriminate against people who are overweight or who support a different football team to you. However oranges are not the only fruit. Discrimination on any of the following characteristics is illegal under the Equality Act 2010.
  • Age
  • Race
  • Gender / Sex / Sexual orientation.
  • Religion
  • Disability

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Office Locations


Leeds

Chambers of Taryn Lee QC 
3 St. David’s Court
Leeds
LS11 5QA

Tel: 0113 467 8298
Fax: 0870 912 5323

Bristol

Suite 1,
Ten Victoria Street,
Bristol,
BS1 6BN
United Kingdom

Tel: 0117 325 6376
Fax: 0870 912 5323

Birmingham

Suite 1,
The Colmore Building,
20 Colmore Circus,
Queensway, Birmingham
B4 6AT

Tel: 0121 726 1322
Fax: 0870 912 5323

Manchester

Suite 1
3 Piccadilly Place
Manchester
M1 3BN
United Kingdom

Tel: 0161 696 1142
Fax: 0870 912 5323

London

Chambers of Timothy Raggatt QC
4 King’s Bench Walk
Inner Temple, London
EC4Y 7DL

Tel: 020 3958 4156
Fax: 0870 912 5323

London

5 Chancery Lane
London
EC4A 1BL

Tel: 020 3958 4156
Fax: 0870 912 5323