Employment Status

Employment Status

If you have a contract with an agency and work through them for an end user client, whether or not you are employed and who by will be determined by your contract, and the reality of the work you do and how you do it.  If you work through a limited company, consider yourself self-employed or have been told by the organisation you work for that you are self-employed, that might not actually be the case – you could be employed, or a worker.  Workers have a lot of the same rights as employees.  The well-publicised cases about uber drivers and couriers have shown that it’s not always easy to work out your employment status.

If you think you are losing out on holiday pay, or not being paid minimum wage or sick pay because you are being wrongly treated as self-employed, our experienced employment & HR specialists can help you work out what your legal status is, and what you might be entitled to.

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 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."

Solicitor Clare Fowler
Clare Fowler
Head of Employment & Discrimination
0114 249 6644
Danny Smith
0114 249 6738