The employment team regularly advise both employees and employers on their rights and obligations in the workplace. If you are an employee who has been treated unfairly by your employer we can let you know where you stand. If you have been unfairly dismissed or discriminated against, we can represent you before the employment tribunal. If you have legal expenses insurance, we can act for you free of charge and send the bill to your insurer at the end of the case. For those who don’t have insurance, we often accept instructions on a “no win, no fee” basis.
We mainly act for employees but we have also successfully represented employers in the employment tribunal. Prevention is better than cure, so we are happy to provide advice to head off a potential problem.
To succeed in an employment tribunal claim, you need a solicitor with an eye for detail and the ability to present your case in the most favourable light. As an experienced advocate, Jon knows the evidence you will need to persuade the tribunal. Jon accepts instructions from both employers and employees. Some of the more complex cases in which Jon has recently been successful include:
- Breach of the collective consultation requirements of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (Jon secured the maximum award for two claimants following an appeal to the EAT)
- Reinstatement order in a case concerning allegations of gross misconduct
- Whistleblowing claim against a school
- Disability discrimination claim against a major local employer
Jon is also frequently engaged to advise employees on settlement agreements.
Louise works alongside Jon in the Employment Team. Her experience as a union representative and branch secretary makes her an invaluable member of the team.