Employees' Legal Rights
Unfortunately no matter what job you as an employee have or who your employer is things can sometimes
go wrong at work. Our specialist employment law solicitors have
a wealth of experience of advising trade unions and individual
employees at all levels. We are recommended in both the Legal
500 and in Chambers & Partners’ "Best of the UK"
for employee / union work. We are regularly instructed in cases that set precedent
in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Court of Appeal and House of Lords.
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Justice is not as inaccessible as you might think
What can we help with?
Our employment law solicitors can help you with any issues that arises under employment law such as:
The Legal 500 2016
"Led by Linda Stewart, the practice at Simpson Millar LLP has notable experience representing trade unions, particularly in the aviation sector, with clients including the British Airline Pilots’ Association, the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association and the Aircrew Officers Association Europe. The firm also has expertise in equal opportunities and discrimination mandates, and leads in holiday pay claims. Key names include Joy Drummond and Aneil Balgobin; Balgobin joined the firm in 2016 from Rollingsons."
Chambers and Partners 2017
"Nationwide firm with a well-regarded London team representing trade unions and employees. Areas of specialism include severance negotiations, wrongful dismissal and equal pay disputes."
"Described by sources as 'polite, friendly, and an excellent lawyer,' Joy Drummond specialises in equal opportunities employment law, including indirect discrimination and equal pay. A client reports: 'She kept me in the loop and was fighting my corner. She gave me fantastic support and confidence that I was getting the best outcome.'"
New mother refused change in working hours
A Mother wanted to return to work part time after her maternity leave so that she
could look after her new baby. She made a request to her employer which was refused.
She then lodged a grievance, which was turned down, and made a request for unpaid
parental leave, which was not addressed. As she found it impossible to work the
hours required by her employer and look after her son, she resigned. She then sought
our advice and we made claims to the Tribunal on her behalf, including indirect
sex discrimination and constructive unfair dismissal. Following negotiations, the
employer offered to re-engage her on half time hours (although by that time she
had been offered another job which she decided to accept) and to pay compensation
for her lost pay since her resignation.
(Note: Any woman in this situation should seek legal advice on other options before
resigning as it may not be the best course of action and may make her position worse.)
Remember that time limits are short for many employment claims
so you should seek legal advice as soon as possible.
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in suitable cases
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Unfair Dismissal Claim Successful
We recently represented an employee in a successful claim for constructive
unfair dismissal and breach of contract. The claim arose as a result of the employer’s
refusal to pay the employee the salary he was due under his contract of employment.
The employee raised a statutory grievance in respect of the employer’s failure to
pay the correct salary but his employer still refused to pay the sums due and failed
to follow the statutory grievance procedure. The employee resigned in response to
the employer’s treatment of him. Simpson Millar LLP issued a claim for unfair dismissal
and breach of contract.
In March 2008 the Tribunal awarded the employee the statutory maximum amount of
compensation (£58,400 maximum at time of dismissal) for the unfair dismissal claim.
In addition, owing to the employer’s failure to follow the statutory grievance procedure,
the Tribunal applied 40% uplift to the claim for unpaid salary which resulted in
a further award of £9,400.
Looking For Free Legal Advice?
If you are looking for free, reliable legal advice about employment law, our solicitors have put together a list of some links that you might find helpful:
Whilst these sites contain useful information, there might come a point when you need practical legal support. Our Employment Law solicitors are always ready to offer you a helping hand through a range of affordable fixed fee and bespoke services that are tailored to your needs.
Any employee who thinks their employer has breached their rights
please contact our Employment Law Team now. You can use our free, no obligation,
online enquiry form and we will call you back or you can call us directly
on freephone: 0808 129 3320.