Helping you Through a Wide range of Employment Disputes
Employment disputes can be extremely uncomfortable and stressful for those involved. For many people, a career is not just a source of income but is also the result of years of training and hard work, so any problems can be very stressful and can have a serious impact on both your professional and personal life.
While laws do exist to create a fair working environment and to protect your safety, not every employer respects the law and sometimes your legal rights are breached. We understand what your job means to you and your family and will try to come to a solution as quickly as possible regardless of the nature of your problem. The specialist employment disputes team at Fraser Dawbarns are experts in all areas of employment law and can help answer any queries that you may have. Contact us to find out more.
This page covers our employment law services for employees. If you are an employer looking for employment law advice, please see our Employment Law for Business service page.
Our Employment Disputes Services
Our clients come to us with a wide range of employment disputes, from simple unpaid wages claims to complex unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. We routinely deal with issues such as:
Changes to Your Employment Contract
Generally, your employer should seek your agreement for any changes in your contract. If you do not agree to this, your employer may seek to impose the change. Your employer will need to have a strong business case in order to vary your contract without agreement. If your contract of employment is being altered without your consent, contact our employment disputes team who can provide you with advice on how to proceed under these circumstances.
Unpaid Money Claims
Employment disputes related to unpaid wages, redundancy, holiday pay, bonus payments, pensions, family leave and flexible working should be acted upon quickly as it is harder to get your money after 3 months from the date you should have been paid. If you are unable to resolve this with your employer time is of the essence, so contact our employment disputes team today and we can start guiding you through the process of making a claim.
If you have tried talking to your employer about a concern, problem or complaint but you are not able to resolve it informally, you can raise the matter formally using your employer’s grievance procedures. When raising a grievance against your employer, it is useful to have advice from an employment law professional to help you understand your rights. The employment experts at Fraser Dawbarns have helped numerous people bringing grievance claims and will be happy to assist you. Call or email us today for more information.
If your employer is concerned about absences, your conduct, or your work they can start disciplinary action against you. The disciplinary policy should be in writing and available to all employees. In brief, you should be invited to a disciplinary hearing where the complaint will be examined, a decision will then be reached and you will get the chance to appeal. This is very distressing, but we will be on hand to provide advice through the procedure. If you are going through disciplinary procedures, contact the employment disputes team at Fraser Dawbarns for advice on your specific circumstances.
Bullying and Harassment Claims
Bullying or harassment can take many forms. It can be one-on-one or involve groups, it can be obvious or subtle. The one commonality is that it is unwarranted and unwelcome to the individual concerned. If you are being bullied or harassed at work, regardless of the form this takes, contact the employment disputes team at Fraser Dawbarns who can help you understand your legal position and help to find the solution that works best for you.
Health & Safety at Work
Health and safety has become a buzzword for when bureaucracy overrides common sense. However, in the most part health and safety law is rational, sensible and exists to ensure that employers have a duty of care to their workers. If you have been injured as a result of a health and safety breach and your employer has not provided suitable training or put adequate safety procedures in place, we can help you navigate the rules and regulations to help with your claim. Contact the employment disputes team for advice on health and safety law in the workplace.
Redundancies, Workplace Restructuring and Business Transfer (TUPE)
A business reorganisation is a stressful time for employees of that firm. Historically, if your employer was bought or lost a major contract, it was likely that you would lose your job. Since 2006, the TUPE regulations have meant that employees now have far more protection from dismissal or changes to their contract. If your employer is restructuring, sold or loses a major contract, by contacting the employment team at Fraser Dawbarns we can help you understand your rights in the case of redundancy or transfer to another employer.
Unfair or Constructive Dismissal Claims
Redundancy or dismissal because you are unable to do your job properly is usually considered to be fair dismissal. However, if your employer doesn’t have good reason for dismissing you or doesn’t follow the formal disciplinary or dismissal process you may be able to bring an unfair dismissal claim. If your employer’s conduct forces you to leave your job against your will, you may have grounds for a constructive dismissal claim. Contact our employment disputes lawyers who can advise you on whether you have a claim.
It is illegal for your employer to discriminate against you because of: age, gender reassignment, being married or in a civil partnership, being pregnant or on maternity leave, disability, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. If you have been discriminated against because of one of these ‘protected characteristics’, please get in touch with our employment disputes specialists who will be able to help you.
Settlement Agreements and Negotiated Departures
In certain circumstances, an employment dispute can make it untenable for you to continue working for your current employer. If you find yourself in this position, we can help you to negotiate a legally binging contract so that you can leave the organisation with a mutually agreed severance package. Settlement agreements can also be used when employment is ongoing but both parties want to settle a dispute between themselves. If the end is within sight, contact Fraser Dawbarns for help negotiating your departure and arranging a settlement package from your employer.
Employment Tribunal Claims and Representation
We always aim to resolve employment disputes as quickly and on the best terms possible. We have negotiated large compensation payments for many of our clients and will aim to do the same for you. If your dispute cannot be resolved, you may decide to bring a claim in the employment tribunal. Making a claim in the employment tribunal can be demanding and stressful and the employment team at Fraser Dawbarns will be on hand to help you through the process.
We can help you bring your own claim, either advising on an ‘as needed’ basis or by providing a comprehensive service, that covers every aspect of the process from drafting your claim form to acting as your advocate at the final hearing. Our lawyers appear frequently before the tribunal and enjoy an excellent success rate. If you need help with an employment tribunal claim, contact Fraser Dawbarns who will be able to support and help you throughout your claim.
Expert Help With Employment Disputes
Our employment lawyers advise workers and employees on a full range of employment problems, including disciplinary action, dismissal and discrimination at work. They ensure your employment rights are upheld and fully protected giving you total peace of mind.
Everyone we had contact with (including the dogs!) were friendly, personable and professional - that's not always the case with solicitors by any stretch! Thank you.....Client - Downham Market Office
Why Choose Fraser Dawbarns To Help You?
Free, No Obligation Consultation
You may be unsure about whether your employment dispute is valid or you may be wary about being pressured into making a claim if you see a solicitor. The team at Fraser Dawbarns will be happy to listen to your situation and advise you on whether we think you have a claim and whether we think you have a reasonable prospect of success. We will give you our opinion and an idea of any potential costs but will not put you under any pressure to proceed if you are not yet ready to do so.
To accommodate the different requirements of our clients, we offer a choice of service levels so that you can choose the level of contact that best suits your needs. By offering the choice between undertaking work on either a fixed fee basis or at an hourly rate, we give you the freedom to pick the pricing option that best suits you.
Fixed Fee Service
It is important to us that our clients know exactly what they will pay and the scope of the services they will receive at the beginning of the transaction. That is why Fraser Dawbarns offer a fixed fee service with no hidden costs or unexpected charges for clients who are dealing with legal disputes.
An Experienced Team
Fraser Dawbarns are ideally situated to help you with any legal claims you may have. Our team of civil litigation experts have years of experience handling a wide range of claims and disputes and the team is ranked in the Legal 500 guide to the top law firms for our Debt Recovery, Employment, Personal Injury and Contentious Probate work. With offices in Wisbech, King’s Lynn, Downham Market, March and Ely we are close at hand when you need to see someone to discuss your case.
If you would like help with any legal dispute, please contact us to see how we can help you.
Contact Us Today
Our team will help you from the beginning of your case to the end, giving you total peace of mind. If you would like friendly, client focused advice on a wide range of legal issues, get in touch and see how we can help you.
Call or email us today and find out how we can make your life easier.