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Employment Law

Our employment department deals with all aspects of this ever-changing area of law.

We act for both employers and employees, advising on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues.

Dismissal – including Unfair Dismissal, Constructive Dismissal & Wrongful Dismissal

We advise employees and employers on dismissal and whether a dismissal has been carried out unfairly, wrongfully, or if a constructive dismissal has taken place. We also assist employees and employers with Employment Tribunal proceedings.

Redundancy Processes

We advise employers on redundancy procedures, how these should be carried out, and the redundancy consultation process required. We advise employees being made redundant on whether their redundancy has been carried out fairly, and their legal rights. 


The Equality Act 2010 aims to improve fairness for employees. Under the Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against people at work and organisations should have policies in place to prevent this. The nine areas covered by the legislation are: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.


The TUPE regulations apply to all organisations and protect employees’ rights when the organisation or service they work for transfers to a new employer. TUPE also applies if a business or part of a business moves to a new owner, or merges with another business. We advise on all aspects of the TUPE regulations and their application to specific situations.

Grievance & Disciplinary Procedures

We prepare disciplinary and grievance policies which provide clear steps for employers and employees to follow, should an issue at work arise.

Employment Contracts, Handbooks & Policies

We prepare and advise on employment contracts, handbooks and policies in line with current employment legislation. We also advise on the legal interpretation of contractual terms and whether they are likely to be enforced by a Court or Tribunal.

Restrictive Covenants

Restrictive covenants in employment contracts are designed to restrict ex-employees from causing harm or acting detrimentally towards their former employer. They will only be enforced if they are intended to protect a legitimate aim and are reasonable in their scope.

Settlement Agreements 

Settlement agreements set out the terms and conditions agreed by the parties (e.g. employee and employer) in order to settle a potential employment tribunal claim or other court proceedings. We advise employers and employees on negotiating settlement offers and agreements.

Employment Tribunal Claims

Tribunal Claims should usually be made within 3 months of your employment ending or other event giving rise to a claim. We prepare Tribunal documentation and advise on the procedure to follow throughout the duration of the claim, including preparation of Claim forms, Response forms, Witness Statements and Schedules of Loss.

We also advise on negotiating a settlement sum and the likely award to be made at a final Hearing. 

ACAS Consultations

Early Conciliation is a mediation service offered by ACAS. Prior to submitting a claim at an Employment Tribunal, it is a legal requirement for employee claimants to go through Early Conciliation via ACAS.

There is no requirement for legal representation during Early Conciliation, however employers may be more inclined to enter into settlement discussions if employees are represented by a solicitor.

We regularly represent employees during ACAS conciliation and provide legal advice on the prospects of success.

Paul offers a fixed fee consultation for employment matters.

Please call or complete the form using the link below, outlining your issue or concern, to be advised of the fee and how Paul can help. 

Our Employment Law Solicitors

Paul Owen, senior associate and highly experienced solicitor at Dickins Hopgood Chidley Solicitors

Paul Owen

Senior Associate | Solicitor
Harriet Schofield, one of DHC's friendly professional team members.

Harriet Schofield

Trainee Solicitor

Resources – the answer could be just a click away

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Unfair dismissal
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