Durham Office

Our specialist team are available to advise in your area. We have an office at Portland House, Belmont Business Park and our Solicitor Kayleigh Mountford is available for meetings in person at our office, or for businesses she will come to you. 

Services for Employees

Legal Disputes

We provide support and advice on what you can do if you feel you are being bullied or harassed at work. We will explain your legal rights and options, but also listen to what you want to achieve and focus on practical solutions to reduce the stress and worry to you. 

We will help you to understand your contract of employment and what to do if your employer has failed to do something, or has done something, in breach of the contract.

We provide help, support and advice on what you can do if you feel you have been treated unfavourably at work because you have a protected characteristic. We can discuss your legal rights and provide practical advice on the steps you can take to remedy the issues either to remain at work and/or take matters further should you wish. We can represent you in the Employment Tribunal with a claim for discrimination.

We provide help support and guidance on the next steps that are available to you if you are dismissed from your job, whatever the reason for your dismissal.

We can review the terms you have been provided by your employer and explain the content of the terms with you. We can flag the issues that you need to be aware of and assist you with negotiating the terms before you agree them. It is much easier to negotiate the terms and deal with issues that arise when the terms are presented to you than have to wait until later in the employment relationship. This is very important when it comes to post-termination restrictions and notice periods, particularly if you are in a senior role and the restrictions are more onerous. 

As we are specialist employment law solicitors, we are experts in dealing with Employment Tribunal claims. We are able to represent you and/or assist you in making a claim against your employer in the Employment Tribunal. From the very start of the process with ACAS Early Conciliation and preparing your claim form through to representation at the final hearing. We will advise you at every step of the case about the strengths and weaknesses of your case as well as ensuring you understand the Employment Tribunal process. 

You may have legal expenses cover in a personal, home or other insurance policy which will pay for your legal costs if you find that you have to make a claim in the Employment Tribunal. We can represent you under insurance funding and liaise with your insurers to help you. As a consumer you have the right to stipulate that you would like to use your own representative rather than the one assigned to you by the insurer.

If you have been told that you job is at risk of redundancy or you have been given notice of redundancy then we can provide you with support and advice on your legal and practical options. We can also advise you if you have a claim for unfair dismissal and if the process followed by your employer complies with the legal minimum requirements. 

including post termination restrictions

We can advise you about the impact and whether such restrictions are enforceable either at the start of the contract or if you are looking to move on to a new employer.  If you are planning on setting up your own business after leaving employment, we can also advise you on the impact of any restrictions, so you avoid costly legal claims. 

If you have been offered a settlement proposal and/or agreement by your employer we can advise you on the terms and effect of the document. As specialist employment solicitors we can analyse your potential claims and advise you on the value verses what your employer is offering. We can also help you get a deal that works for you, where a non-specialist solicitor may not have the expertise to do so.

We provide help, support and advice on what you can do if you feel you have been treated unfavourably at work because of your gender. We can also advise you on your rights and remedies available if you have been the victim of sexual harassment at work. We can discuss your legal rights and provide practical advice on the steps you can take to remedy the issues either to remain at work and/or take matters further should you wish. We can represent you in the Employment Tribunal with a claim for discrimination and/or harassment.

When you are suspended it can be a shocking experience and very stressful. We can provide support and advice on your options. How to defend yourself against allegations and ways to help you get back to work as soon as possible. We also have a DIY Toolkit available to purchase for £36 if you want detailed guidance and template letters to help resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

If your employment is ended by your employer and there is no legitimate or fair reason for doing so, we can advise you on your rights and help you to make a claim for compensation against your former employer. We can hold your hand through the process if you want to do it yourself and/or represent you throughout the process and all the way to the final Employment Tribunal hearing.

Other Services

You have a number of rights under various legal provisions and it can be tricky to navigate the various rights and requirements. We can help you work out what options you have and the practical steps to work with your employer so that you can utilise your parental rights. 

We can advise you on maternity, paternity, adoption, parental leave, shared parental leave and flexible working rights at work. 

If you are having issues at work with your employer and/or a colleague then it is important to consider, where possible, raising a formal grievance to try to resolve the issue. We can help you with advice on when it is the right time to raise an issue formally, the steps you need to take and the process you’re your employer should follow. In addition, we can even help to write the grievance for you and if your employer allows, we can be involved at the meetings and/or liaise with your employer on your behalf. 

If your current employer is proposing to transfer your employment to a new employer because of a sale of part of the business or change in contracts then we can advise you of your rights and help you to understand what will happen and what your options are. 

Services for Employers

Legal Disputes

We can represent you if you find that you have to defend an Employment Tribunal or Court claim from an employee. We can advise and support you throughout the process, from the initial ACAS Early Conciliation process and receipt of the ET1 Claim Form through to the final Tribunal hearing.

This is a claim that employees may be able to make in the Employment Tribunal if they resign because of something they allege you have done. It is a claim that employees can make in a similar way to unfair dismissal but instead of you dismissing them they resign on the basis that your behaviour left them no choice. We can advise you and/or represent you in respect of defending a claim for constructive unfair dismissal.

We provide help, support and advice on what you can do if you find yourself defending a claim for discrimination. We can discuss your legal options and provide practical advice on the steps you can take to defend or resolve the issue. We can represent you in the Employment Tribunal if you are defending a discrimination claim.

When there is a disagreement between you and your employee or between employees, we can assist in reaching an agreement through mediation. We will provide a neutral and impartial person and can be there to help both parties find a solution that all the parties agree to which will prevent it from escalating into formal litigation and avoiding further disruption to your business. Alison Colley is an ACAS trained workplace mediator and has experience in resolving a variety of internal disputes.

(Formerly known as Compromise Agreements)

We can provide advice, support, and guidance on how to propose and negotiate an effective settlement agreement to end the employment of an employee. We regularly draft settlement agreements tailored to employers, requirements in order to ensure that any claims the employee may have against you are effectively resolved.

This is a claim that employees may be able to make in the Employment Tribunal if they are dismissed and you have not followed a fair process or have a fair reason for the dismissal. We can advise you and/or represent you in respect of defending a claim for unfair dismissal.

Paperwork & Contracts

We can prepare bespoke contract for employees and workers which will provide protection for your business and guidance for your employees and managers. We will also ensure that your documents are legally complaint with up to date legislation.

Drafting bespoke contracts that support and protect your Business.

If you are engaging a consultant in your business then we can prepare the contract to ensure that the relationship between you is set out clearly and is legally compliant.

If you work with contractors in your business then it is important that you have a contract in place to set out how things will work and to reduce problems should a dispute arise. We can prepare a contract for you that fits with your business requirements and is legally compliant.

We can draft bespoke and enforceable covenants that protect your business interests into the future; and prove advice and guidance on the scope and application of the covenants. We can also help you enforce any restrictions should it become necessary and advise you on their application in the particular circumstances.

Policies & Procedures

Having a comprehensive Handbook and set of policies is crucial to having a successful business and to resolving disputes or issues that arise. We can advise you on what your Handbook should include and prepare the policies to fit your business.

We can help with every stage of the process from conducting a full investigation through to holding the disciplinary hearing for one of your Employees. We can also provide support and guidance as you navigate your way through the process.

We can get you started a bespoke equality and diversity policy and  training for your team as well as detailed guidance on how you can ensure that equality and diversity and best practice are being followed in your business/organisation.

The decisions you make when recruiting staff are crucial to the success of your business. There are the issues about the suitability and skills of the candidates, getting your interviews right and ensuring that you comply with the law. We can assist you every step of the way and work with local recruitment specialists who can help you to advertise and find the right candidates.

We can assist with all aspect of the redundancy process. Regardless of your budget we have an option for you. We can do anything from run the full process on your behalf through to providing guidance and template documents to do it yourself.

Dealing with sickness absence can be stressful and high risk. We can give you reassurance and confidence in dealing with the issue, providing guidance and support on best practice procedures to manage sickness absence; long-term sickness absence; and incapacity or intermittent sickness absence. We can also provide advice and guidance on how to obtain medical evidence or effectively use and access Occupational Health. Where appropriate we can also help you manager the issue to ill health dismissal.

Sometimes it becomes necessary to suspend employees if you are undertaking an investigation into a grievance or disciplinary issue or if you need to suspend for medical reasons. We can provide guidance and advice on when you can or should suspend an employee to ensure any suspension is fair and justified. We will also provide the letters and documents needed to communicate with the employee.

Other Services

Managing people is something that many business owners find tricky or time consuming and often for small and medium sized businesses there is no internal HR department or dedicated person for HR. This is where we can step in and provide your out-sourced HR function. We can offer a variety of levels of service for HR support from on off advice or projects through to full HR support. Whatever level of HR support you choose you have the confidence to know that not only are you getting expert HR advice but legal support at the same time.

We provide advice and guidance on the scope of family friendly rights both from a legal perspective and practical application. We can provide advice and support on best practice procedures to help you create a family friendly workplace offering a good work life balance for your staff, while balancing and protecting the needs of your business.

When issues arise with employees it can be time consuming, stressful and ultimately takes you away from working on your business. We can help with all aspects of the process from providing an impartial investigation process to assisting with the outcome and implementing any actions.

If you are transferring your business or part of your business to another organisation or transferring into your business there is a minimum legal process that needs to be followed with regards to transferring employees.

Kayleigh Mountford

EMPLOYMENT SOLICITOR

My passion is helping people, this is at the heart of everything I do, both in my professional and personal life.

Durham Office

Portland House
Belmont Business Park
Durham
DH1 1TW

0191 375 9694

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