Lawrence Stephens

Disciplinary and Grievance

Grievances and disciplinary issues can be disruptive and potentially damaging.  Having the advice of an expert employment lawyer early on means that you can handle difficult issues effectively before the issue becomes entrenched.

Our Employment team understands the challenges of managing disciplinary action and grievances and how important it is to resolve them promptly.  We work to find an acceptable solution quickly to prevent matters from escalating.

We always aim to find a resolution that avoids legal action, advising on best practice and implementing the right processes so that everyone understands their rights, responsibilities, and disputes mechanisms.

Services for employers and HR managers

When dealing with disciplinary issues and grievances, it is crucial to follow internal procedures.  As a minimum, these should follow the ACAS Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures as well as complying with current employment legislation.  We guide clients, ensuring that they do not become inadvertently exposed to the risk of a legal claim.

Our comprehensive service includes:
  • Advising on and managing disciplinary issues
  • Advising on and managing grievances
  • Drafting disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • Employment appeals tribunals
  • Employment tribunals
  • High court cases
  • Negotiating with employees’ solicitors where necessary
  • Representing you in defending legal action by employees
Expert advice

In advising clients of their rights and responsibilities, we offer practical recommendations.  Wherever possible, we aim to resolve matters without a hearing.  If a hearing is necessary, we represent clients robustly.

We can draft internal disciplinary and grievance procedures, working with clients to create a strong legal framework designed to avoid conflict issues.  In forging strong working relationships, we become their trusted advisers.

We are recognised as employment specialists by assorted media.