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Employees (and workers, partners and agency staff) are protected from being discriminated against on the grounds of their sex, age, race, religion and belief, disability, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, fixed term status and part time status. These are known as “protected characteristics” and now fall within one piece of legislation, the Equality Act 2010.

The Equality Act 2010 covers direct and indirect discrimination, the duty to make reasonable adjustments, harassment, discrimination by association and perceived discrimination.

These are areas of potential significant liability for employers. As there is no qualifying period required for a discrimination claim and no cap on the level of compensation that can be awarded, employers need to treat these claims seriously. Whistleblowing claims, which are similar to discrimination claims and have unlimited compensation as well, also need a careful approach.

Our specialist employment solicitors have extensive experience in dealing with all types of discrimination and whistleblowing claims and providing assistance on all aspects of a claim for both employers and employees, including dealing with discrimination claims where the claimant remains in employment.

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Our Approach

Our employment solicitors are dedicated to assisting and advising on how to achieve your business objectives in the most efficient and practical way. We pride ourselves on providing straightforward and bespoke advice tailored to your business requirements and resources.

We understand that employers need to be decisive and act calmly but quickly in the context of the current coronavirus crisis.

Your work will be carried out by a qualified solicitor in the team, who knows your business requirements best. Work is also carried out at the appropriate level, depending on the complexity, sensitivity and importance of the matter. 

We work closely with our clients to ensure that we meet their expectations both in terms of their objectives and in relation to costs. We are aware that clarity on costs is vitally important to our clients, especially at a time when businesses are challenged by sudden and dramatic changes to economic circumstances.

As standard practice, we give our clients an estimate of the costs involved in undertaking any piece of work at the outset. We then provide cost updates on a regular basis. We are also happy to discuss fixed fees and retainer arrangements and agreements if that is helpful.

Our Experience

Recent examples of our work in this area include:

  • Successfully defending a household name retail company in relation to various claims including disability, sex and race discrimination and equal pay claims brought by ex-employees
  • Acting for a major national law firm in defending a discrimination claim brought by a solicitor
  • Advising a national employer on the impact of age discrimination laws on their collectively agreed severance and early retirement terms
  • Assisting various large employers achieve the amicable exit of senior employees and directors against a backdrop of absence of poor performance associated with potential disability discrimination concerns
  • Advising employers on what changes they should consider introducing in order to comply with the duty to make reasonable adjustments (and what changes they are not obliged to make)
  • Advising an employee in respect of a claim of age discrimination and unlawful compulsory retirement resulting in a settlement sum in excess of £150,000
  • Representing various individuals in relation to discrimination claims (including maternity discrimination, disability discrimination and equal pay) against former employers, leading to the achievement of six figure settlement sums
  • Defending a complex whistleblowing claim brought by a finance director claiming in excess of £1m compensation. Robustly defending all allegations and securing settlement for a nominal sum

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Meet Our Specialists

Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our specialists are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.

Joanne Evans

Joanne Evans

Jo is a Partner and Head of our Employment department

Joanne Henderson

Joanne Henderson

Jo is a Partner in both our Employment and Compliance departments

Charlotte Gilbert

Charlotte Gilbert

Charlotte is the Head of Myerson HR and a Senior Solicitor in our Employment department

Patrick Byrne

Patrick Byrne

Patrick is a Solicitor in our Employment department

Jordan Buckle

Jordan Buckle

Jordan is a Solicitor in our Employment department

Vicki Fagan

Vicki Fagan

Vicki is a Solicitor in our Employment Department.

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