Grievances and Disciplinary

Grievances and Disciplinary

Your relationship with your employer is such an important one, but it might not always be plain sailing. You may have problems or concerns in your workplace that cannot be resolved with an informal chat, such as unfair pay or working conditions, discrimination or harassment.  You may have been suspended or are being investigated with a view to disciplinary action.

If you want to make a formal grievance or are facing disciplinary action, our employment & HR specialists can provide you with expert advice, support and guidance on:

  • Understanding your employer’s grievance or disciplinary procedure
  • Making your grievance in writing
  • Preparing for the formal grievance or disciplinary meeting
  • Appealing against your employer’s decision after the meeting

Our employment & HR team aim to help resolve your grievance swiftly and professionally, and make you aware of your options and obligations at every step. If there is no choice but to go to litigation we can support you through the process.

You should note that most employers do not allow you to have legal representation in disciplinary or grievance meetings and there is no legal right to be represented by anyone other than a work colleague or Trade Union Representative.

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