Employment For Employees

When things go wrong at work, it’s our job to make things right.

We all hope that we go to work, do what we need to do and don’t encounter any problems. However it doesn’t always go quite to plan. It is one thing understanding and knowing your employment rights, but enforcing them when something goes wrong at work is another thing.

Let Howells expert team of employment lawyers help you sort things out. We know that people sometimes worry about contacting solicitors but you’ll find us approachable and easy to talk to. We will provide you with clear, plain English, common sense advice to all your problems. At the heart of our service is our client. We are committed to understanding each client’s unique needs, listening to what you want and achieving practical and effective solutions.

We can help you with:

Our friendly team of specialists are skilled and experienced in handling all types of employment law disputes. We have specific expertise in bringing claims for discrimination under the Equality Act.

We can assist with:

  • Wages and holiday pay issues
  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Discrimination
  • Issues arising out of business transfers (‘TUPE’)
  • Whistleblowing
  • Settlement Agreements

We can help you in a number of ways:

  • Advice on your employment status or employment rights
  • Disciplinary hearings
  • Grievances
  • Early Conciliation via ACAS
  • Employment Tribunal proceedings
  • Employment Appeal Tribunal proceedings
  • Negotiating exit packages
  • Settlement Agreements

How we can help you

We pride ourselves on putting our client first, getting to know you and understand what you want to achieve. If you need help with your employment rights get in touch with us to arrange an informal meeting at our offices in Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley.

We appreciate that it’s not always possible or easy to visit a solicitor in person that’s why we are flexible in how we can help you – we offer a variety of alternative means of providing you with the same high quality advice:

Online employment clinic

Every Monday Try us out using our free ‘online employment law clinic’ every Monday. If you have a question regarding employment law, email it through to [email protected] on any Monday and one of our expert team will respond the same day.

Advice by telephone

We offer a national telephone service – it’s the same high quality advice from the same experienced lawyers, but with the added convenience of not having to make and attend appointments. We simply take your instructions and advise you over the telephone.

Free employment law drop in sessions

We also operate a drop-in service every Wednesday at our Sheffield office without the need to book appointments. These are held from 10.00am – 4.00pm.


We offer a professional yet personal service at competitive prices, so you can be sure to receive a great value service with peace of mind over costs. We will always provide you with clear information about the costs involved in us handling your case.

There are a range of payment options depending on your case.
Howells provides services with a range of fixed fees or competitive and affordable hourly rates.

If your case is suitable and after an assessment of the case we believe it has good merits we can also offer a damages based agreement (also known as ‘no win, no fee’), at up to 35% of damages received so you don’t have to worry about costs.

To discuss your case and the payment options available to you, Howells offers every client a free initial 20 minute telephone consultation.

Further free legal advice may also be available

  • If you have Legal Expenses Insurance as you are entitled to choose your own solicitor; or
  • You have a discrimination claim and are entitled to free legal aid; or
  • You have been offered a settlement agreement, as normally your employer will contribute to your legal fees (subject to such payment covering our fees)


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The Employment For Employees 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 the desire to see rights upheld, injustices punished and disrupted lives put back on track. Either way, these are people you want working for you.
The team is highly regarded, with recommendations from many clients.
Professional guide, Legal 500 ranks Howells employment team highly in Sheffield and South Yorkshire, also recommending Clare Fowler

Tom Bernard
0114 249 6640
Lauren Dey
0114 249 6656
Clare Fowler
Solicitor and Head of Employment & Discrimination Team
0114 249 6644
Patrick Macken
Employment / Discrimination Paralegal
0114 249 6669
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Sabeez Malik

Common Questions

Q.I’ve already been to ACAS and have been granted a certificate, can you help me?

A.Yes, if Early Conciliation was not successful, we can help you to look at whether you have grounds to make a claim to the Employment Tribunal and to then assist you with this. You usually need to do this within a month of the certificate being issued so don’t wait too long before taking advice.

Q.I’ve issued my claims in the Employment Tribunal, can you help me now?

A.Yes, we are able to help you even if you have commenced legal action yourself. Normally, we would need to conduct a review of your case initially to understand what the nature and merits of your claim are.

Q.I lost my case in the Employment Tribunal, can you help with an appeal?

A.Yes, you have 42 days to appeal against a Judgment. We can review the Judgment and the paperwork in front of the Tribunal to consider and advise if you have grounds for appeal.

Q.I have been awarded compensation by the Employment Tribunal, but my employer has not paid me?

A.We can advise you about enforcing an Employment Tribunal Judgment.