Employment disputes can arise in the best-run organisations. If not tackled strategically matters can escalate and become time-consuming and disruptive. We tailor our advice to match your organisation’s ethos and will work with you to identify a solution that is right for your business and appetite for risk.

We have a substantial employment tribunal practice so are very familiar with handling the most complex of claims including whistleblowing, discrimination and National Minimum wage litigation. Our team includes experienced employment tribunal advocates who appear in employment tribunals throughout the country.

Recognising the need to offer value for money and budgetary certainty, we offer a fixed fee employment tribunal service – usually priced on a stage by stage basis.

Our employment lawyers can also represent your organisation in High Court litigation including in relation to the enforcement of restrictive covenants and injunctions to prevent strike action.

Areas of focus

We can advise you on all employment disputes and claims including:

  • Individual and collective grievances.
  • Workplace investigations and whistleblowing.
  • Working time, holiday pay and unlawful deductions from wages.
  • Unfair dismissal.
  • Discrimination and equal pay.
  • Class actions
  • Collective claims involving redundancy law and TUPE law.
  • Industrial relations and strikes.
  • High Court proceedings including high value bonus claims and seeking/defending injunctions involving enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Please refer to our pricing and services details for further information.


Due to the sensitive nature of our work in this area, the examples below have been anonymised.

Acting for a major media and information company to successfully resolve a number of tribunal claims, including claims for unfair dismissal and discrimination, and a collective employment tribunal claim brought by employees who transferred to the organisation under TUPE; also dealing with a number of other related tribunal claims and relevant appeals to the EAT.

Acting for a large retail client in relation to all of their tribunal and EAT claims across the different UK jurisdictions.

Successfully defending a high profile public figure against very serious claims of sexual harassment and unfair dismissal.

Advising a large engineering and support services group on collective employment tribunal and High Court cases brought by employees who transferred to the organisation under TUPE.

Advising a large engineering and support services group on various collective disputes with their recognised trade unions, and successfully averting industrial action amongst its non-industrial workforce.

Acting for a major global printing business to successfully resist an employee’s appeal to the Supreme Court in relation to unfair dismissal and age discrimination claims.

Successfully defending a high profile sexual harassment and disability discrimination complaint brought against a major manufacturer and two named respondents.

Defending significant whistleblowing and grievance claims for a large healthcare organisation, including an employment tribunal claim involving race discrimination.

Successfully defending a number of complex tribunal claims for a leading multinational electricity and gas generation and distribution company.

Advising an international recruitment business on enforcement of restrictions against competing ex-employees.

Advising an international IT business on enforcement of restrictions against competing ex-employees.

Advising an international insurance company on a discrimination-related grievance and complex employment tribunal proceedings, and successfully conducting a three day judicial mediation.

Successfully defending a global manufacturer against multiple claims of race discrimination following a collective grievance dispute.

Providing a fixed fee employment tribunal service to a FTSE 100 defence and security group.

Meet the team
Luke Bowery

Luke Bowery Partner

  • Employment
  • Restructuring and Redundancy
  • Equality, Diversity and Discrimination
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Katie Russell Partner

  • Employment
  • Financial Services
  • Sport
Annelise Tracy-Phillips

Annelise Tracy Phillips Senior Associate

  • Employment
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Restructuring and Redundancy
Huw Cooke

Huw Cooke Senior Associate

  • Employment
  • Business Immigration Services
  • Data Protection

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