Employment Law

Spencers Solicitors are experienced employment law solicitors, offering a wide range of employment law advice to employees nationwide. Please view the links below for more information and get in touch online or call us on 08000 93 00 94 and let us know what happened.

It can feel overwhelming to deal with your employer. It can seem like it's 'me against all of them' and that you haven't a hope of being treated fairly or for your complaints to be taken seriously. Whether you are a company director needing advice on your rights and obligations, or a junior employee wanting help dealing with a difficult situation at work, as skilled employment solicitors and HR professionals, we can help.

If you do have a dispute with your employer, you need no-nonsense, practical and affordable employment law advice quickly from the team at Spencers Solicitors. Trying to navigate your way through the legal maze by yourself could cost you a lot more than just your time. Together it doesn't have to be confrontational, frightening or stressful.

In employment law, there is only a limit amount of time for you to act - usually three months less one day from the date of the dismissal (unfair or constructive) or discrimination to preserve your employment rights. Before you can issue proceedings, you must first notify ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) of a potential claim and start the Early Conciliation process. It is essential you get the details and timing correct. We can take care of the Early Conciliation process for you - giving you the best chance to settle your dispute or issue a claim on your behalf for a guaranteed fixed fee. Find out more here.

Please view the links below for further information if you are an employee looking to make a claim against your employer. You can also get in touch with us either online or by calling us on 08000 93 00 94 today.

Unfair and Constructive Dismissal

Employers are only able to fairly dismiss someone in a limited number of circumstances. If you feel the disciplinary procedure followed wasn't fair, the decision to discipline you was wrong or your dismissal without notice wasn't right, then getting expert legal advice quickly is essential, as you will face very short and strict time limits to make an unfair dismissal claim or achieve a settlement.

Settlement Agreements

Settlement Agreements are a common way to resolve employment disputes and/or agree the terms on which the employment relationship ends. A Settlement Agreement is a legally binding document, with the aim agreeing that the employee will not to pursue a claim against his/her employer and in return they receive a sum of money (usually tax-free) as an incentive for doing so.

ACAS Early Conciliation

Early Conciliation is the step before making a claim to the Employment Tribunal that all cases must go through. If you do not have the certificate from ACAS to confirm you have been through Early Conciliation then you cannot make a claim to the Tribunal.

Negotiated Exit Advice and Guidance

You may have decided you want to leave work. The time might be right for you to move on to a new challenge - either working for another business or setting up on your own. The relationship with your employer might have broken down or you feel you are being treated unfairly compared you your colleagues.

Disciplinary & Grievance

Facing disciplinary action or having to raise a grievance about something you are unhappy about at work are experiences that people hopefully don’t have to go through during their employment. The reality is though, that these situations do arise and they can often be very stressful.

Illness at Work Advice

If you are not well enough to be at work and have been absent or likely to be off for a considerable time, your employer may be able to fairly end your employment on capability grounds.

Redundancy Advice

If your employer is making redundancies then it can be a stressful time, not knowing whether you will be selected for redundancy or worrying what you will do if you are made redundant.

Employment Tribunal Guidance

There are very strict time limits in Employment Tribunal claims which often catch people out so they miss the opportunity to make a claim. In most claims, the start of the process must commence within 3 months (less one day) from the date your employment ended.

Employment Contracts

A contract of employment does not need to be in writing. It can be verbal or written. An employee is entitled at the very least to a "written statement of particulars" of the terms of employment after being employed for 2 months. Tribunals can compensate you by up to four weeks' pay if this is not done.

Post-Employment Restriction Advice

In some cases your former employer can limit the work you do, where you do it and who your new employer can't be. Wherever you are across England, we can identify your rights and responsibilities to your former employer and act on your behalf to help you reach the best and quickest resolution.

Problems with your Pay

Your employer might not be paying you all the money you are entitled to - a bonus or commission payment may not have been made, some money may have been deducted from your salary without your authority or your wages may be less than you were expecting. You might also be owed notice pay or holiday pay.

Discrimination Claims

It is unlawful for your employer to treat you differently because of any of the following grounds (known as protected characteristics) such as Age, Disability and Race.

Equal Pay

Despite Equal Pay provisions which have been around since 1970, there are still tens of thousands of Equal Pay Claims made each year.

Flexible Working

All employees who have 26 weeks' service will be able to submit a flexible working request. Agency workers do not have the right to make a statutory request.


Raising concerns with your employer about something that you believe they or perhaps a manager is doing wrong can be a daunting prospect. You may fear that your manager or your employer will look to dismiss you or do something in retaliation for you raising concerns.

How much will it cost?

It won't cost you a penny for an initial no-obligation appraisal. If after that you want to instruct us then we can act for you on a no-win no-fee basis, fixed and capped costs or paid for by your insurers. If you have a settlement agreement and your employer is contributing to your legal costs, we guarantee that you will not be charged more than what your employer is prepared to contribute towards costs. You can find out more about how we charge here.

At Spencers Solicitors we will explain your rights in plain, straightforward language, and provide the guidance you need to get the result you want. Wherever you are in the country, we can help.

If you do have a dispute with your employer, you need no-nonsense, practical and affordable employment law advice quickly from the team at Spencers Solicitors. Trying to navigate your way through the legal maze by yourself could cost you a lot more than just your time. Together it doesn't have to be confrontational, frightening or stressful.

Funding your employment law claim

There are a number of different funding types in place which can be used to pay for the work we provide for employment law matters. Please click the button below to find out more information about the funding types available.

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