It’s not uncommon for an employer to face an Employment Tribunal claim at some stage during the course of their business. The process can present a variety of challenging circumstances that can be stressful, daunting and time consuming, with serious consequences if handled incorrectly.
If an employee has raised an issue or made a claim against you, it’s important that you seek the appropriate advice from the outset in order to protect your business and reputation. Whether you’re facing straightforward allegations, or a more unique and complicated scenario, Loch Employment Law can help.
“The speed of their service levels combined with high quality advice always exceeds our expectations and as a result we have been a satisfied client of the firm for over 7 years. I would not hesitate to recommend Loch Employment Law to any business.”
Operations Director, Professional Services
How Loch Employment Law can help
Our employment law experience ensures that we are well placed to help businesses large and small through the entire process. Our employment lawyers can assess the various merits of a claim, before providing strategic advice and the various options available to you.
Whether that’s settling quickly, negotiating with the claimant, or preparing the case for the Employment Tribunal, our advice is both practical and commercial – helping to minimise costs while reducing the negative impact on the rest of your employees. We will provide an assessment on the likelihood of successfully defending the claim and guide you through the most appropriate course of action.
The benefits of working with Loch Employment Law
The stressful nature of Employment Tribunal claims and the breakdown of interpersonal relationships involved can often make it difficult to strategise rationally – and it can take the intervention of a third party to help assess the situation without negative emotions clouding judgement.
By working with Loch Employment Law, you can free yourself to concentrate on day-to-day operations of your business – and have the entire process handled for you by our dedicated lawyers. We’ll work with you every step of the way from when you first receive the notification of a claim and liaising with Acas and the ET, through to representing you if it goes to Tribunal. We’ll advise you on the practical steps to take and work to resolve the claim with the least commercial impact on your business.
Common disciplinary and grievance issues
Disciplinary and grievance issues are a frequent occurrence within most organisations, and common scenarios in which employers may need guidance include:
- Unfamiliarity with the correct procedure. Employers may be unfamiliar with the correct disciplinary and/or grievance process, or may need assistance in drafting company policies and procedures.
- Resultant disputes or claims. These may be brought by an employee when a disciplinary and/or grievance procedure has been improperly followed, and an employee is challenging the decision – e.g. if the employee was not provided with the opportunity to be accompanied to a disciplinary meeting.
- Staff raising grievances tactically. Staff may raise a grievance as a means of countering criticism of their performance.
“The expertise of Loch Employment Law made me feel in very safe hands. Caroline was thorough at explaining the legal situation, giving clear advice and was committed to getting me a fair outcome”
“Thanks for all your help. Very impressed how you pressed the negotiations forward on Wednesday to allow us to reach a quick resolution.”
“Being a new employer can be very daunting but she gave me the confidence to forge ahead with the process always explaining things in a straight forward manner.”