Discrimination claims can be incredibly time consuming and costly for businesses. Compensation for such claims is uncapped and the reputational damage caused can be immense. So it’s crucial that you understand how discrimination can happen in the workplace, identify any potential issues promptly and deal with them effectively. It is also vital that you have robust, proactive equal opportunities policies and training in place to avoid these issues and minimise any risks to the company.

How we can help with discrimination issues 

  • Creating or developing equal opportunities policies
  • Understanding the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 such as age, disability, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation
  • Understanding the different types of discrimination that can take place, including harassment
  • Incident management and best practice
  • Disability discrimination, including whether an employee is disabled, obtaining medical evidence and reasonable adjustments
  • Advice on dealing with claims
  • Training for managers and employees

How we work with you

Whilst based in the South of England, Paris Smith acts for businesses and families throughout the UK. Technology has enabled us to provide a high level of service to our clients whether they are local to our offices or not. Our advice can be given in many ways:

  • Over the telephone
  • Via video conferencing
  • In face to face meetings

We will talk through how you would like to be contacted and the best ways for us to meet in our early conversations with you.

Meet the team

Our Discrimination team is made up of 3 partners, 3 associates, 2 solicitors and 1 trainee solicitor. You can find their contact details below.

Introducing your key contacts

Clive Dobbin
Partner and Head of Employment, Southampton


David Roath
Partner – Employment Team, Winchester



How we’ve helped our clients

“The best HR advice we have ever had. Very friendly and approachable, always helpful and the best HR advice we have ever had, because of their understanding of our issues and context. The advice has always been helpful, timely and well-considered. I have really benefited from the training and especially the networks. ”

HR Manager

Portsmouth College

Discrimination Resources

10th July 2019

Can Employees Be Made To Wear Heels To Work?


10th July 2019

Can Employees Be Made To Wear Heels To Work?

Recent media coverage around dress code at work has sparked examination into the guidance available for employers; what legal principles do you need to know before making any changes to dress code policy? Solicitor Sarah Hayes discusses.

Show notes
00:30 Sarah talks about recent media coverage from Japan around workplace dress codes – what can we learn from this?
01:25 Sarah examines a recent example from the UK
02:00 Sarah talks about the Equality Act – are there gaps?
02:30 New guidance is published for employers and employees – how are these applied in practice?
03:10 What does this mean for employers and what should you consider if revising your dress code policy?


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