Our specialist Employment Solicitor, Deborah Francis can provide guidance and advice to both employees and employers across the whole sphere of employment law.

UK employment laws are in place to make sure that both employers and employees are protected. Providing legislation on dismissal, holidays, pay, discrimination and more, these laws are in place to protects worker’s rights while also safeguarding an employer’s interests and keeping the relationship between the two fair.

Our services include providing advice and assistance in connection with the following:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Employment Contracts
  • Directors Service Agreements
  • Staff Handbooks
  • Confidentiality and Restrictive Covenants
  • Disciplinary Hearing
  • Poor Performance issues
  • Garden Leave
  • Flexible Working
  • TUPE Regulations
  • Wrongful dismissal

Initial reduced fixed fee consultation:

We can provide an initial assessment of a range of employment matter for a reduced fixed fee of £150 plus VAT.

If you would like to book a consultation please contact Deborah Francis on dkf@arbrown-solicitors.co.uk or via our contact form.

Main services include:

Constructive and unfair dismissal

If you have the requisite of period of service and have been unfairly dismissed, then you may be able to pursue a claim of unfair dismissal.  Similarly, if you have been unfairly treated at work making your position untenable and had to resign, you may be able to pursue a claim of constructive unfair dismissal.  There are strict time limits that apply to employment tribunal claims so it very important to seek advice at an early stage to avoid your claim being struck out for being out of time.

Discrimination and Equality

There are laws that protect you from discrimination at work.  The are currently nine protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010 which, provide you with protecting from discrimination on the basis of:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage or civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Bullying, harassment are often connected to these characteristics. Many people suffer less favourable treatment, because they have these protected characteristic.

Examples include:

Maternity discrimination: Where a pregnant employee is selected and dismissed for redundancy.

Equal pay: Where someone is paid less than someone else doing the same work on the basis of a protected characteristic most common claims occur where women are being paid less than a men doing the same job.

Age discrimination: Where an older worker is selected for redundancy in preference to a younger worker with less experience and ability.

Unfair policies and rules: Which indirectly treat less favourably followers of one religion who are not permitted to wear symbols of their faith whereas followers of another faith are.

There are strict time limits that apply to employment tribunal claims so it very important to seek advice at an early stage to avoid your claim being struck out for being out of time.

Maternity and paternity leave

If you are pregnant, expecting a baby or have just had a baby then you have certain maternity and paternity rights and entitlements.

Settlement agreements

A settlement agreement is an agreement reached between an employer and employee which sets out the terms upon which they have agreed that the employment ended or settling a dispute.  Employees are legally required to obtain independent legal advice before signing an agreement.


There are sometimes occasions when you may feel that you have a duty to report wrongdoing or malpractice that is occurring in the workplace by making a protected disclosure, referred to as whistleblowing.  We can provide you with advice and support to do this, including if necessary to pursue a claim for compensation if you are made to suffer any detrimental treatment as a result of making this disclosure.