Employment For Employees

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

Employment For Employees

Employment laws are in place to protect you and ensure that you are treated fairly when you’re at work. However sometimes things go wrong and employers don’t always get it right.

Your workplace is more regulated than it has ever been and the law covers almost every imaginable area from discrimination and sexual harassment to health and safety, parental rights, working hours and pay.

Our experienced employment specialists offer pragmatic, strategic and focused advice that gives you clear guidance, with a range of legal services to help you manage issues in the workplace. Our clients benefit from years of high-level expertise in South Yorkshire, delivered by a team which enjoys exceptional knowledge across a wide range of employment law.

Our employment specialists can support you with:

Settlement Agreements

Grievances and Disciplinary

Employment Status

Unfair Dismissals




ACAS Early Conciliation and Employment Tribunals

Free 30 Minute Consultation

We operate free initial 30 minute consultations every Monday and Wednesday for you to discuss employment issues you are experiencing at work. These sessions must be booked in advanced and can be in person at our Sheffield office or over the phone. Appointments must be made. The days and times are:

Monday & Wednesday 9:30am – 12:30pm

Contact us today to book your appointment.

Advice by telephone/email

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 and email.

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 also the way we pride ourselves on putting our client first. It’s our desire to see rights upheld, injustices corrected and disrupted lives put back on track. Either way, these are people you want working for you.

Legal 500 2018

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;

“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.”

Solicitor Clare Fowler
Clare Fowler
Head of Employment & Discrimination
0114 249 6644

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.