Whether you are an Employee or an Employer there is nothing more stressful than workplace conflict

Our dedicated Team of Employment Lawyers can help you get past your current issue and move on to new opportunities. Our breadth and depth of experience mean there is no situation we cannot handle. Call us now to be put in touch with someone near you.

Resolving Issues at Work such as:

  • Discrimination including age, sex, disability, race and nationality
  • Grievances
  • Disciplinaries
  • Misconduct
  • Maternity related issues
  • Whistleblowing
  • Commercial Agency Law

What Can I Do When My Job Ends?

  • Resignation and Constructive Dismissal
  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Wrongful Dismissal
  • Settlement Agreements

We all want to feel safe and fulfilled in our work, but sometimes this is not always possible, either through the direct actions of your employers or because the company's processes and procedures are discriminatory or don't reasonably take account of your personal circumstances.


Mark Jones
Mark Jones
Partner & Head of Employment Law

Discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 is the primary legislation which protects workers from discrimination in the workplace and covers a full range of protected characteristics such as:

  • Age Discrimination
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Race Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination
  • Gender Reassignment Discrimination
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership Discrimination
  • Pregnancy and Maternity

Grievance

Your employer may have an established Grievance Process, but some do not and many are complex and hard to navigate. 

Our experienced Employment Solicitors can help you with every aspect of bringing a grievance to your employers attention, including help with drafting a grievance letter, presenting a grievance, navigating the grievance process and procedure, supporting you and your right to be accompanied by representing you at a hearing.  We can also help with appealing against any decision made against you.

Disciplinary

Employees can often find themselves accused of misconduct or that their productivity has fallen below the standard demanded during a capability and performance review process.

Our experienced and specialist Employment Solicitors can help you to presenting your arguments, defend you against allegations of misconduct, gross misconduct, poor performance and incapability.  We can appeal against unjust decision and respond in cases where you may have received a verbal warning, final written warning, and even dismissal.  We can further support you by helping you to excercise your right to be accompanied and represented at any meeting or tribunal hearing.

Pregnancy, Maternity and Family Friendly Issues

Good employers know that happy staff are productive staff and sometimes this means that they need extra support at key points in their personal lives.  However, not every employer sees it this way. 

At MW our dedicated employment lawyers can help you with a number of Family Friendly employment issues such as: Flexible working and homeworking requests, adoption leave, shared parental leave, emergency leave for dependents, bereavement leave, carer leave, grandparent leave, paternity leave, compassionate leave, parental rights, keeping in touch days, Statutory Maternity Pay and job sharing.

Whistleblowing and Health and Safety

A whistleblower is a person who raises a concern about an unlawful wrongdoing in their workplace. 

The act of Whistleblowing is protected in Law by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, but whistleblowers often face unjust sanctions against them such as unfair dismissal, gagging clauses.  At MW our experienced and specialist Employment Solicitors can help you to exercise your rights as a whistleblower.  We have recent experience defending clients in high profile cases against employers such as the Ministry of Defence and a number of large companies in sectors such as transport and construction. 

We Can Help

At MW, Our Mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those people who are having difficulties with their employer.

Our experienced and specialist Employment Lawyers can accompany you at disciplinary and grievance hearings and help you to draft correspondence to your employer.  If you need to discuss you case with one of our Employment Team call us today on 020 3551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk

If you are dismissed or have to leave your job, there can be a number of legal issues, but it can be difficult to identify these and know whether you have an effective remedy.  Should you go to a Court or Employment Tribunal?  Can ACAS  help or is there a better way to achieve the outcome you want.  Knowledge is power and these are things it is good to explore with a specialist.


Andrew Norris
Andrew Norris
Solicitor - Employment Law

Resignation and Constructive Dismissal

If you resign, do you have to work your notice period?  Can you be forced to go on ‘garden leave’ or work from a different location.  What if you resign because you have been bullied or other poor treatment (amounting to a breach of the implied term of mutual trust and confidence) and have therefore been constructively dismissed? We have extensive experience advising and dealing with these matters, and can assist you to understand your rights and obligations and to enforce them, including bringing claims of unfair constructive dismissal.

Restructuring and Redundancy

If you are facing a redundancy, you will want to know that the business is going through a fair process and that you are receiving your proper entitlements. 

Our experienced and specialist Employment team can help ensure you are aware of your rights and that the correct process is followed.  We can help you to identify and challenge any unfair process or selection for redundancy.  Where an amicable resolution is not possible, we will help you pursue a claim in the Employment Tribunal.

Restrictive Covenants (including non-compete and non-solicitation clauses and injunctions)

Many employment contracts place restrictions on what you can do after leaving your job.  If you breach them, you may be threatened with an injunction or a claim for damages. 

Our dedicated employment team has extensive experience in dealing with contractual obligations, advising on the enforceability of restrictive covenants and how to reduce any risk of being sued.  We can also help you defend legal proceedings where you are accused of breaching restraints.

Bad References 

Leaving a job under difficult circumstances can leave you concerned about a negative reference.  

Our specialist employment solicitors can help you reduce the risk of a bad reference harming your chances of finding a new job and, where you have been given a reference that is unfair or inaccurate, we can help you put it right.

Unfair Dismissal

A dismissal may be potentially fair for the following reasons: conduct, capability, illegality, redundancy, some other substantial reason.  Even where that applies, the dismissal may be unfair, eg because a fair process was not followed if believe you may have a claim for unfair dismissal.

Our experienced and specialist Employment team employment will be able to discuss with you the merits of a claim and where appropriate giving you Employment Tribunal representation or assist you in bringing a claim.

Wrongful Dismissal

A wrongful dismissal is where you have been dismissed in breach of contract, for example you have been dismissed without notice or your employer has not followed their contractual procedure. 

Our dedicated employment team can provide you with prompt practical advice.

Settlement Agreements or Compromise Agreements

Settlement Agreements (previously known as compromise agreements) are one of the few ways you can agree to compromise your statutory employment rights (such as claims of discrimination or unfair dismissal). 

Our experienced and specialist Employment team can advise you on your agreement, ensuring that it is drafted correctly and that you are fully aware of the implications in signing the agreement. We regularly negotiate changes to settlement agreements including increased compensation.  We may be able to do the same for you.  

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors, our mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those people who are having difficulties with their employer.

Our experienced and specialist Employment Lawyers can assist you to avoid issues in the first place, and help you see them through to a successful conclusion.  To speak to one of our team call us today on 020 3551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk

Since the introduction of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 the legal landscape for commercial agents has changed dramatically. Subsequent interpretative case law has shifted it further in this evolving area of law.

At McMillan Williams, we act for principals and agents in commercial agency disputes.

Our lead expert on commercial agency law at McMillan Williams has litigated for more than ten years through the courts and settled out-of-court hundreds of commercial agency disputes. We also represent clients in mediations and arbitrations. 

We deal with all manner of disputes over commercial agency law concerning issues such as those relating to entitlements to commission, termination of contracts, compensation and indemnity lump sum payments, notice periods, retirement, the duties of principals and agents, the terms of agency agreements, breaches of contract, and variations of agreements.

In addition, our specialists provide lectures and seminars upon commercial agency law.

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