Employment Cases

Successful defence against a bogus unfair dismissal claim

Paul acted for a solicitor responding to an unfair dismissal arising from an alleged Public Interest Disclosure. The Claimant had been a Legal Secretary who alleged that the employer had been routinely marking up disbursements and avoiding VAT liability over an extended period. The Claimant said that the issue had been raised with the employer Continue reading

Compensation for sex discrimination

Rachel’s client, the Claimant, had been employed as a receptionist in a male-dominated company and had been subjected to sexual harassment and sex discrimination from colleagues, including the company’s Director. During the four-day hearing, the Director had made comments to the Claimant about her physical appearance, which indicated that he did not take her complaints Continue reading

Compensation for unfair dismissal

Paul represented an employee sacked for speeding, in a case where a vehicle tracker had recorded evidence of over 1000 occasions in a 6 month period when the speed limit had been exceeded. The Tribunal found that the dismissal was procedurally and substantively unfair and in breach of contract (wrongful dismissal), and awarded compensation of Continue reading

Defending claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination

Paul acted for an Employment Agency providing staff for local authority placements in a claim involving Transfer of Undertakings and unfair dismissal and allegations of sex, race and disability discrimination by employees of the Agency and the Local Authority; a number of the matters were dismissed at a preliminary stage, thereby reducing the anticipated hearing Continue reading

Acting for a firm of solicitors in a dispute over a takeover

Paul was instructed by the employer in claims brought by several solicitors following the takeover of a solicitors’ firm by another firm. The matter involved determination of individuals’ rights under the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations and claims for redundancy payments, unlawful deductions from wages and unfair and/or constructive dismissal. Detailed negotiations took place and tactical/economic Continue reading

Defending dismissal procedures

On behalf of a defendant employer criticised for not having proper and adequate systems in place, John successfully defended the procedures in place for dismissal, and negotiated the settlement and discontinuance of a number of pending claims.

Reducing costs in an unfair dismissal case

Prior to John’s involvement, a client had lost an Employment Tribunal case. At the costs hearing some weeks later, John was able to reduce a costs order of the court from over £30,000 to less than £7,000.

Unfair dismissal for theft

Holly represented a manager who was dismissed for theft. He made a claim to the Employment Tribunal for unlawful deductions from wages (arguing that he had been under-paid for some months) and unfair dismissal. The case lasted for 6 days and involved consideration of whether the investigation into the alleged theft was fair and reasonable. Continue reading

Pregnancy-related discrimination and redundancy

Holly advised a client who claimed pregnancy-related discrimination after being made redundant. Her client’s argument was based upon the fact that her employer dismissed her due to absences related to IVF treatment, shortly after she had advised them that she would be undertaking IVF. Holly successfully guided her client to the Employment Tribunal where directions Continue reading

Disability discrimination and dismissal

Holly represented a long-term employee who was unable to return to his previous role following a shoulder injury and consequent depression. Her client claimed disability discrimination on the basis that he had been dismissed for failing to attend the workplace despite having not been provided with alternative work to. It was contended that the employer Continue reading