Grievance & Disciplinary Matters

From time to time you will be confronted with issues and conflicts that may arise in your business. To avoid any external conflict through the tribunals or courts it is always advisable to seek an early resolution of the matter before things deteriorate and cost you further time and expense.

Managing performance in the workplace can be one of the most difficult issues for you to deal with as an employer. Two key issues when considering an employee’s ability to carry out their role are performance and sickness absence.

There may be also issues with an employee’s performance which can be difficult to manage, and may potentially lead to dismissal. A business must follow employment law when managing employees and dismissing employees.

Our experts can also support your business to defend themselves at an employment tribunal due to unfair dismissal or discrimination at an employment tribunal.

Whether you do not have the time to deal with disputes and disciplinary issues as you are busy running your business, or simply need advice on how to handle certain situations, Howells are at hand to assist you with any disputes that may arise in your work place. Our advice will be focused on achieving a resolution of the issues and minimise the risk of any tribunal claims and deal with all the formalities for you.

We understand you may require different levels of assistance, so we aim to tailor our advice to suit your needs. From the outset we will give you a clear indication as to the level of costs you are likely to incur, whether you require full assistance during all stages of the process or you require a less hands on approach. We can also offer assistance in terms of alternative strategies such as dispute resolution and provide training to your workforce in how to deal with grievances and conduct any meetings.

Free employment law clinic for businesses

Every Monday we run an ‘online employment law clinic’ for small businesses in South Yorkshire. If you have a question regarding employment law within your business email [email protected] on a Monday between 9am – 4pm and one of our employment experts will respond to you on the same day.

The Employment for Businesses team

Our Employment team, is renowned for its no-nonsense, energetic and pragmatic approach. Its success isn’t just down to its extensive knowledge of the law, it’s also the way we pride ourselves on putting our client first, getting to know you and understanding what you want to achieve. To get the best results for you and achieve commercially sensible outcomes it is essential that we understand your business.

The team is highly regarded, with recommendations from many clients. The professional guide, Legal 500, also ranks Howells employment team highly in Sheffield and South Yorkshire;

Legal 500 2018

"The 'friendly and approachable' employment team at Howells is known primarily for its representation of employees in tribunal claims. Clare Fowler and Tom Bernard jointly head the team, which is supported by head of civil litigation Graham Hogarth. Fowler has particular experience delivering discrimination advice, while Bernard is recommended for his 'balanced advice, thorough and clear communication' in relation to claims. The team has recently handled disability discrimination claims, in addition to unfair dismissal claims under TUPE. The practice also has experience acting for SMEs, including advising one employer on a complex redundancy matter."

Tom Bernard
Senior Solicitor
0114 249 6640
Solicitor Clare Fowler
Clare Fowler
Head of Employment & Discrimination
0114 249 6644
Patrick Macken
Paralegal
0114 249 6669