Employment Law

Affordable employment law advice

Do you feel you’ve been mistreated or unfairly dismissed from your job? Are you looking for advice on employment terms or for an expert set of eyes to cast over your new contract? Our experienced team of employment solicitors regularly advise employees on their rights and offer a high quality, cost-effective alternative to large corporate law firms.

We provide sympathetic support and representation in Employment Tribunals and cover most aspects of employment law including the following:
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Settlement agreements

A Settlement Agreement (also known as a compromise agreement or redundancy agreement) is a legally binding contract made between an employer and employee, either towards the end or just after employment has terminated. Its aim is to help end an employment relationship in a way which is mutually acceptable.

When you sign a settlement agreement, you waive your rights to bring any kind of legal action against your employer at any date in the future – so it’s vitally important you’re happy with it. Our employment team will help you negotiate the best deal possible for your particular circumstances; we’ll also make sure the agreement is properly worded and provides adequate protection for you once you’ve left.

Redundancy

As an employee, you have a number of rights which must be recognised during the redundancy process and your employer has a very particular procedure which they’re obliged to follow. Our employment solicitors can take a careful look at your circumstances and advise you on issues including:

  • Disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • Your current employment rights
  • Deductions from wages
  • Restrictive covenants
  • The correct level of redundancy payments
  • How to achieve a satisfactory compensation package

Unfair dismissal

Your dismissal can be deemed unfair if your employer doesn’t have a good enough reason for dismissing you or if they haven’t adhered to the company’s formal disciplinary or dismissal process. This could include situations where you did any of the following:

  • Joined a trade union
  • Needed time off for jury service
  • Took part in industrial action that lasted 12 weeks or less
  • Were forced to retire
  • Requested flexible working hours
  • Exposed wrongdoing in your workplace (whistleblowing)
  • Refused to give up the rest breaks you were entitled to
  • Applied for maternity, paternity or adoption leave

If any of these apply to you, then you may be able to take legal action against your employer. Speak to our lawyers to find out how you go about challenging the dismissal; they’ll give you a no-obligation assessment of your case, as well as a breakdown of how long it might take and how expensive it might be.

Discrimination

Our employment lawyers regularly represent clients who have been on the receiving end of unlawful discrimination. It may be that you’ve experienced victimisation or harassment in the workplace or simply that you feel you’ve been treated unfairly on the basis of your:

  • Sex
  • Race
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Religion
  • Marital status
  • Sexual orientation

Whatever the problem, we’ll advise you of your legal rights, help you navigate your way around the claims procedure and provide support and representation during any hearings and appeals.

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