Disciplinary and grievance issues in the workplace need to be dealt with as efficiently as possible. Our team of business employment solicitors deal with a wide range of disciplinary and grievance matters and can assist employers throughout the relevant process. To speak with a Business Employment Solicitor call freephone 0800 916 9060 or contact us online and we'll be happy to help.

Our team is well equipped to identify cases where the risk of employment tribunal proceedings may be higher. In those circumstances we work with employers to put in place a strategy by which that risk can be minimised to the lowest possible extent.

We will discuss an employer’s commercial objectives and establish the best way of achieving them quickly, cost-effectively and with minimum risk and disruption to the business.

Disciplinary Matters

Our work with employers includes:

  • advising on whether to suspend;
  • identifying lines of enquiry and advising on the process to follow at the investigation stage, including how to deal with reluctant witnesses and the drafting of an investigation report;
  • advising on all aspects of disciplinary or appeal processes, including the questions to put to the employee during a formal meeting and the matters to be considered prior to reaching a decision;
  • advising on compliance with the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures;
  • advising on possible outcomes and sanctions at each stage of the process and any associated risks;
  • advising on the employee’s legal right to be accompanied at a disciplinary or appeal meeting, and the role of the companion during those meetings;
  • advising on matters which may delay the disciplinary process, such as the employee embarking upon a period of sickness absence or raising a grievance;
  • advising on how to deal with any further lines of enquiry which may be identified during the disciplinary or appeal processes;
  • drafting any necessary correspondence, including invitations to meetings and outcome letters;
  • if relevant, engaging in a protected conversation with the employee in order to negotiate a termination of employment.

Grievance Matters

When dealing with grievances our skills and experience lie in:

  • identifying lines of enquiry and advising on the process to follow at the investigation stage (including drafting or reviewing an investigation report);
  • advising on all aspects of grievance or appeal processes, including the questions to put to the employee during a formal
  • meeting and the matters to be considered prior to reaching a decision;
  • advising on compliance with the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures;
  • advising on possible outcomes and further action at each stage of the process, and any risks associated with the same;
  • advising on the employee’s legal right to be accompanied at a grievance or appeal meeting, and the role of the companion during those meetings;
  • drafting any necessary correspondence, including invitations to meetings and outcome letters;
  • if relevant, engaging in a protected conversation with the employee in order to negotiate a termination of employment.

Disciplinary and Grievance Policies

As well as providing employers with day-to-day advice and support on handling disciplinary and grievance matters, we assist employers in creating or updating disciplinary and grievance policies and procedures to enable employers to deal with these matters consistently and confidently.

If your business needs advice on any aspect of absence management, we invite you to contact our expert team of solicitors on Freephone 0800 916 9060 or contact us online. We will be very pleased to talk through your options without obligation, and if further advice is required, provide a fee proposal for your consideration.

Industry Recognised

The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016/17 edition stated that "The very well-regarded Jim Lister leads the team at Slater and Gordon.“

For expert legal advice call our Business Employment Solicitors to assist your business on freephone 0800 916 9060 or contact us online. We are here to help you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.