Overview

Allegations of discrimination at work can significantly impact your business. Our equality, diversity and discrimination lawyers understand the sensitivity of these issues, the reputational damage they may cause and the importance of resolving them quickly.

We assist our clients in making the right commercial decisions to protect their reputation and their workforce.

We work collaboratively with our clients to respond effectively to claims of discrimination at work and to provide advice on equality and diversity in the workplace.

As well as dealing with complex and high-value claims, we also regularly advise on day-to-day equality and diversity issues, such as dealing with maternity and flexible working queries and advising on issues of equal pay.

We also provide a gender pay audit advisory service to help employers prepare for the onset of mandatory gender pay reporting.

Areas of focus

Our expertise in equality and diversity in the workplace includes the following:

  • Complex and sensitive claims of discrimination at work.
  • Analysing potential risks of discrimination at work.
  • Drafting and implementing policies for equality and diversity in the workplace.
  • Advising on issues of discrimination at work such as maternity and equal pay.
  • Training for managers and HR teams on equality and diversity in the workplace.
  • A Gender Pay Audit Advisory Service.
Experience

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

Defending a European Embassy in a multi-day discrimination and unfair dismissal hearing.

Advising global manufacturing and defence companies on important age discrimination claims relating to enhanced redundancy schemes.

Advising a multinational support services company in a high risk race discrimination claim from an existing employee, which was successfully resolved by way of settlement.

Acting for a further education establishment in a disability discrimination county court claim brought by a student, which was successfully resolved via a settlement.

Advising a train operating company on its Equality Act obligations to passengers.

Advising a power company on a long term illness/disability discrimination claim.

Acting for a FTSE 100 company to successfully defend a multi-party discrimination claim listed for a 10 day hearing.

Successfully defending an international bank in relation to a race and gender discrimination employment tribunal claim.

Meet the team
Luke Bowery

Luke Bowery Partner

  • Employment
  • Restructuring and Redundancy
  • Equality, Diversity and Discrimination
Roger Bull

Roger Bull Partner

  • Head of Employment
  • Employment Disputes
  • Strategic HR Projects
Adrian Martin

Adrian Martin Partner

  • Employment
  • TUPE: Business Transfers and Outsourcing
  • Restructuring and Redundancy
Chris Seaton

Chris Seaton Senior Partner

  • Senior Partner
  • Employment
  • Partnerships