Employment lawyers in Bristol & Somerset
At some point in your career, it’s likely that you’ll need employment law advice. Our specialist team offer the advice and support you need to guide you through challenging situations at work – from contract re-negotiations to the threat of redundancy, maternity discrimination to workplace bullying.
Perhaps you’ve been asked to attend a disciplinary hearing, or you suspect that you’re being treated unfairly compared to your colleagues. Or you may simply want some guidance on the best way to handle a difficult manager or manage tricky issues at work.
We’re used to dealing with ongoing work-related issues. You don’t need to wait until crisis point before contacting our employment law specialists.
Employment law advice for employees
It isn’t easy leaving your work life at the office door. A problem at work can quickly escalate into a problem at home; it can be all-consuming.
Don’t let problems at work affect your emotional and physical health before speaking to an employment lawyer. Employment legislation is there to protect you; but it isn’t always easy to apply the law to your personal situation.
We’re cost-effective and practical. We’ll talk you through your options, explain your next steps and tell you what outcomes you should expect. More importantly, we’ll be right beside you – making sure you’re being treated fairly.
Our employment lawyers in Bristol and Somerset can help with a range of work-related problems, including:
- Redundancy advice
- Settlement agreements
- Unfair or constructive dismissal
- Unlawful discrimination of all types, including sexual, racial, religious or age discrimination
- Contract advice, including breach of contract
- Workplace bullying and harassment
- Family-friendly rights, including maternity leave & flexible working
Reviewing employment contracts
Before signing an employment contract, it’s important that you understand the terms within – and how they align with the position you’ve been offered. We’ll work with you to explain your contract, help you negotiate contractual terms and protect you against potential issues.
Disciplinary and performance issues
Workplace performance or conduct issues can be incredibly stressful – especially if you’ve been asked to attend a disciplinary hearing. However you can limit potential career damage by having the right legal support in place.
We’ll start by analysing your case. We’ll help you prepare for your disciplinary hearing and we’ll be there to challenge your employer if they’re not acting fairly. We can also negotiate and advise on settlement options if that’s your preferred way forward.
Bullying, harassment or discrimination at work can be detrimental to your career and your health. Equally damaging is if you’ve raised whistle-blowing concerns that haven’t been handled properly. We can advise you on the best way to register a complaint or workplace grievance with your employer, including bringing legal proceedings and arranging a settlement if necessary.
Maternity leave, flexible working & family-friendly rights
The law protects pregnant women and new mothers on maternity, but the rights of those eligible for paternity leave, adoption leave and shared parental leave are also protected. As an employee, you also have the right to request flexible working and for your request to be considered by your employer.
We can advise you on your family-friendly rights, how best to structure any requests and what to do if you believe your employer is not treating you fairly.
Employment tribunal claims
Taking an employer to a tribunal is usually a last resort. However when mediation isn’t successful or if litigation is the only option, we’ll guide you through the process. We’ll be clear about your likelihood of success. We’ll provide an upfront estimate of our costs and all the support you need – to the final hearing and beyond.
Whether you’re a director, senior manager or junior employee, you’ll receive our highest level of care. We can help you make sense of what’s happened, what is likely to happen and what practical steps you can take to start resolving matters.
To speak to an employment law solicitor in Bristol, Bridgwater or Shepton Mallet, Somerset, call our Bristol office on 0117 972 1261, Bridgwater office on 01278 554228 or our Shepton Mallet employment team on 01749 345 756.
We offer employment law advice for clients in South Bristol and Somerset, covering Sedgemoor, Taunton, Burnham-on-Sea, Shepton Mallet, Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Frome and Chew Magna.
Workplace discrimination solicitors
If you’re experiencing discrimination, harassment or bullying at work, speak to our employment law solicitors in Bristol, Bridgwater and Shepton Mallet. We can help you present your grievances to your employer in a calm, constructive manner whilst also taking positive, practical steps to resolve the problem.
Many clients want to deal with problems at work informally – at least initially. However we can also help you bring legal proceedings through an employment tribunal, as well as negotiating settlements on your behalf.
Everyone has the right to be treated fairly at work and there are laws in place that protect you against bullying and workplace discrimination. Furthermore, your employer has a duty to treat all staff fairly – starting at interview stage and continuing for the entirety of your employment.
Direct discrimination v indirect discrimination
The Equality Act 2010 protects UK employees from being discriminated against due to certain ‘protected characteristics’. These include age, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation.
Broadly speaking, there are two types of discrimination – direct discrimination and indirect discrimination.
- You may be able to make a claim for direct discrimination if you were treated differently on the basis of a ‘protected characteristic’. Direct discrimination claims include age discrimination and discrimination on religious grounds, or if you were treated unfairly because you were pregnant.
- Indirect discrimination can occur when you’re treated in the same way as others at work – but your employer’s policy or procedure is detrimental to you. A good example is when an employer implements a dress code that bans the wearing of religious jewellery or symbols.
Can I claim for workplace discrimination?
Not all cases of workplace discrimination are clear cut. It may be that you simply suspect that you’ve been discriminated against – but you can’t prove it yourself.
If you think you’ve been treated differently or unfairly at work, speak to our employment lawyers in Bristol and Somerset. We can help you determine whether you’ve been treated less favourably than someone else and if there are sufficient grounds for yo