disciplinary & grievance


Disciplinary and grievance issues are governed by fair process. However, many employers fail to follow their own disciplinary and grievance procedures or, as a minimum, the ACAS Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures. With the risk of an unfair dismissal claim and the scope to increase any Tribunal award by up to 25% for a failure to follow the ACAS Code, it is key that managers ensure they know what process to follow and implement this effectively.

Disciplinary an grievance advice we can help on:

  • Getting your processes right, including drafting disciplinary and grievance procedures and letters to the employee.
  •  Avoiding claims of unfair dismissal or discrimination.
  • Investigation meetings and collating evidence, including witness evidence.
  • Whether conduct is misconduct or gross misconduct and whether it is reasonable to dismiss.
  • Conducting disciplinary and grievance hearings.
  • The right to be accompanied.
  • Disciplinary penalties and issuing disciplinary warnings to employees
  • Best practice for communication and dealing with issues promptly and consistently.
  • Dealing with appeals.
  • Protected conversations and settlement agreements.
  •  Advice on dealing with unfair dismissal claims and constructive unfair dismissal claims.

We also regularly provide practical line manager training on disciplinary and grievance issues.

How we’ve helped our clients

“I am extremely happy with Claire’s advice and response rates. She advises many other colleges and therefore provides advice that is tailored to our organisation’s specific needs and standards. Claire helps us navigate the minefield of employment law and we appreciate the service she provides.”

Gordon Dodds, Deputy Principal – The Sixth Form College, Farnborough

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Clive Dobbin
Partner and Head of Employment, Southampton


David Roath
Partner – Employment Team, Winchester



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