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Disagreements or disputes with your employer can be stressful and it’s often hard to know how best to handle them. Many people feel intimidated and out of their depth, and as a result have a very difficult time at work.

That’s why it is vital to get good legal advice from a team that will work hard to resolve your employment problems and take the burden off your shoulders. Our specialist employment solicitors are experts in employment law and in making sure people know what the fair treatment they should be receiving in their workplace is. We regularly support clients at employment tribunals and know how to successfully present your case, to get you the right result.

How can our employment solicitors help?

Whether you have an issue with unfair or constructive dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination or redundancy, our employment dispute lawyers can help. We also manage settlement agreements and can advise on a range of ways to resolve disputes, including mediation.

We are committed to giving you the support, care and consideration that you need, whether you are a chief executive or a checkout assistant, we are here to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

An employee is an individual who has entered into or works (or worked) under the terms of a contract of employment. The contract can be expressly agreed (in writing or orally) or implied by the nature of the relationship

To have employee status:

  • An individual must be obliged to do the work personally (rather than being able to send a substitute)
  • The employer needs to provide the work and the employee is obliged to accept the work
  • The employer needs to have some control over the way the employee does the work

Workers are entitled to fewer statutory rights than employees, but do have some key legal rights, including:

  • Protection from discrimination
  • Protection against unlawful deduction from wages
  • Entitlement to the national minimum wage

Just because you’re viewed as self-employed by HMRC for tax reasons it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be viewed like that for employment reasons, so it’s really important for you to know the terms of your employment. This really will affect your rights as:

  • The self-employed enjoy no statutory employment rights (although they may be protected by discrimination law)
  • An employer is responsible for deducting tax and national insurance at source (PAYE) from the salary paid to employees. Self-employed individuals are responsible for paying their own tax and national insurance under self-assessment

As you can see, none of this is particularly straightforward but the effects can be considerable. If you have any questions we’re more than happy to advise you in more detail on any of the above.


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