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Employment Law Solicitors

Employment Disputes

A dispute with your employer can result in stress, loss of income and damage to your reputation. Our employment disputes solicitors can give you expert guidance and support through the process of defending your rights.

Employment disputes are often resolved without the need to go to the Employment Tribunal or court. We can support you through:

  • Raising a grievance with your employer
  • The ACAS pre-claim conciliation process (you have to go through this process if you want to take your claim through to the Employment Tribunal)
  • Employment Tribunal
  • County Court
  • High Court.

What Can We Help With?

If you have a dispute with your employer, our lawyers can help. We support senior executives and professionals with resolving disputes in areas including:

  • Unfair dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Dealing with regulatory investigations
  • Restrictive covenants and team moves
  • Discrimination
  • Worker status
  • Pay, bonus and reward
  • Whistleblowing
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Breach of contract
  • Allegations of poor performance
  • Misconduct allegations.

While we always try to resolve disputes sensitively, sometimes it may be impossible for you to carry on working for your employer. In these situations we can negotiate a severance package that protects your interests and allows you to move on to what’s next.

Who Can We Help?

We understand what you’re going through and will support through it. Employment disputes can be upsetting and stressful, so it helps to have the experts in your corner.

We can help you if you’re a:

  • Employee
  • Senior executive
  • Director
  • Partner
  • Board member
  • Regulated Professional.

Why Choose Our Employment Disputes Solicitors?

We are expert negotiators and regularly secure six-figure settlements for our clients. Our lawyers aren’t intimidated – we act against large multinational corporations and often have cases in the High Court.

But in many instances we’re able to resolve disputes before they get to court or Tribunal. And we’ll work hard to try and preserve your relationship with your employer too. We are practical and will give you advice that’s got your best interests and reputation at heart.

Our legally-qualified team of senior associates, associates and solicitors is supervised by a Partner, and supported by expert paralegals and legal assistants with 1 to 5 years of experience.

To ensure you are clear on the service you’ll receive and the price you can expect, please take a look at our prices section.

Contact Us

If you have a dispute with your current or former employer, our employment lawyers can help. Call us on 0207 650 3875 or contact us online.

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    • What is the process for making a discrimination claim?
    • Your first step should usually be to raise your concerns directly with your employer and give them the chance to resolve the issue internally. If this doesn’t lead to a conclusion that you’re happy with, you can start the formal grievance process.

      If the formal process still doesn’t satisfy you, it’s time to consider going to the Employment Tribunal. The first step towards this is to start the ACAS early conciliation process. ACAS helps you and your employer to try and settle the dispute out of court. This process can take a month and can be extended by two extra weeks if you and your employer agree.

      When the ACAS early conciliation process ends, you’ll be given an ACAS certificate. If your dispute is still unresolved at this point you can issue a claim in the Employment Tribunal. Your employer will get a copy of your claim and they have 30 days to send their defence.

      The Tribunal will then set a date for a full hearing in six to nine months. We’ll work with you to prepare your case during this period. Going through the full Employment Tribunal process may feel long and stressful. We’ve been through it many times before so will support and guide you through each step.

      Time limits 

      It’s important to contact us as soon as possible. You have three months minus one day to from the last act of discrimination to start the ACAS early conciliation process. These time limits can come up very quickly, so you need to move fast.

    • What redress can you seek from an employer if they have discriminated against you?
    • If your claim goes to the Employment Tribunal or to Court, the outcomes could be:

      • Compensation
      • Declaration of your rights
      • Recommendation to your employer to stop the discrimination from happening again.

      If we settle your claim through negotiation, we may be able to get a reference and an apology for you, as well as a confidentiality agreement and terms which protect your reputation. Reaching a settlement this way can be less stressful than going to Court or the Employment Tribunal. In our experience it’s also likely that you’ll receive a more favourable compensation settlement through negotiation. 

    • What Payment Options Are Available?
    • There are a number of ways you can pay for your legal work:

      • Hourly rate – this is how most of our cases are funded. You only pay for the time you use.
      • Agreed fixed fees – in more complex cases it might be more cost effective for us to agree a fixed fee for your work.
      • Legal expenses insurance – this is legal cover that’s often a bolt-on to home insurance. It’s worth seeing if you have this as it may cover some or all of your legal fees.
      • Trade union membership – if you’re a member of a union, they might have something in place that pays your legal fees if you have an employment dispute.
      • Your employer – in some instances your employer may pay some of your costs (this can be the case if you are negotiating a settlement agreement).
      • Third party funding – this is where someone who isn’t directly involved in your case agrees to pay your costs.
      • Crowd funding – it may be possible to crowd fund your case using the CrowdJustice website (particularly if it’s of public interest).

      We can review your options in an initial meeting and let you know how to best pay for your case.

      It’s best to have any relevant membership/insurance documents to hand, as they will help us to understand any cover you already have.

    • Where Are We Based?
    • Our employment lawyers are based in major cities across the country, so we can help wherever you are.

      We offer an initial consultation, either over the phone or in person, where we can discuss your case.

      Call us on 0207 650 3875 or contact us online today to find out how we can help you.

Shah Qureshi is highly esteemed for his work, pursuing the cause of discriminated professionals against large corporate entities."

Chambers & Partners, 2019

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