We advise employees when they are being discriminated against or harassed on the basis of:

  • age
  • sex
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • disability, sexual orientation
  • trans-gender status
  • marital status

We can help whistleblower employees who have been dismissed or treated unfavourably by their employer because they disclosed information about the employer's wrongdoing. Employees can also seek advice from us where they are being victimised because they have complained of discrimination or acted as whistblower.

We deal with employees from a wide variety of backgrounds and sectors of the economy. Many of the claims we handle are funded by legal expense insurance and we can often assist in dealing with insurers.

Our team

We are one of a relatively small number of employment law teams that is highly recommended in Legal 500 (the independent legal research directory), which notes that:

  • we frequently handle ‘high-value senior executive employment cases’” (2015)
  • we are "extremely thorough and client-focused" (2014)
  • we "have a strong practice representing both senior executives and employers" (2014)
  • our employment team "provides 'exemplary' service'" (2013)
  • we are "'more alive to the issues' than some competitors and a regular opponent of heavyweight firms'" (2012)
  • We are a six-strong team of specialist employment lawyers.
  • We have a strong track record and have handled high-profile cases, including the associative discrimination case Coleman v Attridge Law, a whistleblowing claim against the television production company Vera Productions and a claim involving allegations of sexual misconduct against one of England's richest men.
  • Acting for trade or qualifying bodies, or bodies exercising public functions, we have successfully defended a number of very large discrimination claims in which the claimants were claiming for loss of career, obtaining some of the largest costs awards ever awarded in the Employment Tribunal.
  • Unlike many other employment teams, we also regularly act for employees in whistleblowing and discrimination claims - enabling us to offer a special insight into what the other side is likely to be thinking.

Cases we have dealt with recently include:

  • the reported cases of Fu -v- London Borough of Camden [2001] 186, IRLR EAT and Woodward -v- Abbey National plc [2006] IRLR 677
  • many claims brought on behalf of very senior individuals within the banking, financial services and insurance industries (a number of which have been seven figure claims)
  • a number of complex disability discrimination claims for loss of career
  • a claim in which our client received a settlement of more than 10 times her salary, after she was taken out of an equity participation scheme when she became pregnant
  • a sex discrimination claim against a well-known surgeon

Our approach

  • Unlike many employment law specialists, we regularly act for both employers and employees. This gives us a better insight into what the other side is likely to be thinking
  • We understand the importance of providing emotional support to clients who have been bullied or mistreated, particularly where their health has been affected

International Bar Association

The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies.

www.ibanet.org

Employment Lawyers Association

A national membership association of over 5,000 lawyers who specialise in employment law.

www.elaweb.org.uk

European Employment Lawyers Association

EELA is an association which works to bring together practising employment lawyers across the European Union through conferences and to strengthen links between EU employment lawyers.

www.eela.org

Charges are usually based on our hourly rates plus administrative charges and disbursements. We will provide you with an initial estimate of your likely legal costs and will update this as your requirements or the circumstances of the work change.

Many of the claims we handle are funded by legal expense insurance. We can tell you how to check whether you are covered and can help in dealing with insurers.

The legal fees of many employees should be covered by legal expenses insurance which form part of home insurance policies.

We would be pleased to tailor a costs proposal accordingly.

Direct Gov

Directgov aims to provide easy access to government information and services. It does this by working closely with ministerial departments and non-departmental public bodies to collate key information all in one place.

www.direct.gov.uk

Business Link

Business Link was developed in partnership with subject experts within government and relevant business-support organisations to help companies comply with regulations and improve performance.

In October 2012, a new ‘centralised’ Government website replaced both Businesslink.gov.uk and Directgov.uk (www.gov.uk)

www.businesslink.gov.uk