Employment Law Advice


Work is often a big part of your life so it’s important that any work issues are managed promptly. Small difficulties at work can easily escalate into problems that create a huge amount of stress and you may require employment law advice to resolve matters. You may be facing disciplinary action, a redundancy situation, unfair dismissal or discrimination, or you may want to leave your employer in an amicable way. Whatever situation you are facing, our experienced team of expert lawyers can provide support, help you understand your rights and achieve the best outcome for you. To assist you further, we offer a fixed fee service for individuals who wish to take some initial advice.

Problems in the workplace

Below are some of the areas in which we can provide employment law advice:

  • Disciplinary or grievance situations, advising you on your rights and reaching a solution
  • Discrimination issues including discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, age, religion or belief, sexual oritentation, pregnancy/maternity and disability
  • Bullying or harassment issues
  • Contract issues – has there been a breach of contract or are the terms of your contract in dispute? 
  • Whistleblowing cases
  • Long term sickness absence – is your employer managing your absence properly?
  • Unlawful deductions from wages
  • TUPE advice if your employment has or will be transferred to a new employer
  • Equal pay issues
  • Flexible working requests including a change in hours or working from home

Leaving your role 

  • Unfair dismissals – leaving your employer on bad terms can be incredibly stressful, even more so when you feel you have been dismissed unfairly or forced to resign
  • Redundancy situations – has the process been fair and have you received the payments you are entitled to?
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Post-termination restrictive covenants – are they enforceable and what do you need to know before handing in your notice? You may be accused of being in breach of a restrictive covenant and we can defend you and negotiate an amicable resolution with your employer.
  • Representation in employment tribunal claims

For Directors 

  • Service Agreements – advice on the terms of your contract
  • Settlement agreements and exit terms
  • Obligations after your employment including post-termination restrictions
  • Benefits, bonuses and commission schemes
  • Share options and RSUs
  • Long term incentive plans

How we’ve helped our clients

“They helped me decide on the best and most appropriate solution in my circumstances. I instructed Paris Smith on a complex exit from a professional practice. They were clear and concise in their advice. They helped me decide on the best and most appropriate solution in my circumstances. They talked through the options and gave me a really clear view on the likely outcomes of each option. I wouldn’t hesitate to contact the Employment team in the future and recommend them to anybody in similar circumstances. I would recommend Paris Smith LLP. ”

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Chambers and Partners Legal Directory 2022

Respected employment team, noted for its strong reputation in the local market, which acts for both employees and employers and has significant experience in acting on both sides of senior-level exits. Represents clients in employment tribunals and restrictive covenant actions as well as aiding companies with employment training programmes. Regularly advises clients from the education and transport sectors.

They are very professional and responsive,” according to a client, who goes on to say: “We get a very good service from them.

Notable Practitioners :

Claire Merritt is sought out by clients for her ability to advise on both contentious and non-contentious matters. She regularly works with clients on defence strategies in the Employment Tribunal, GDPR issues and ongoing training.

Clive Dobbin leads the firm’s employment practice. He regularly advises on senior-level exits, contractual issues and TUPE matters.

David Roath is an experienced employment lawyer and mediator who acts for corporate clients as well as senior employees.

Legal 500 – 2022 Edition

Paris Smith LLP’s employment practice is regularly instructed by a range of clients in the Hampshire region. The team is particularly adept at handing restrictive covenant actions and senior level exits, most notably on behalf of local authorities, transportation companies, and sixth form colleges and private schools. Practice head Clive Dobbin is a seasoned Employment Tribunal advocate, who has experience of complex discrimination and whistleblowing cases, and TUPE matters. Claire Merritt is the lead for the firm’s education-sector offering, and has recently been engaged on various Covid-19 response mandates. David Roath is recommended for his experience with protective awards regarding collective redundancies, and shareholder exits. All named lawyers are based in Southampton.

Sources say:

  • “Very professional, easy to contact, responsive, always provides advice in a timely manner”
  • “This is a strong team with a good breadth of experience and expertise. They have a strong focus on client care and have been quick to embrace the new technologies that the pandemic has required us to face. They are really good at working as part of a team and also have a good breadth of expertise more widely in the firm to deal with niche issues”
  • “Paris Smith are excellent employment solicitors. They provide advice that is accurate, helpful and easy to understand. They respond quickly to requests and have access to specialist advisers when needed”

Introducing your key contacts

Clive Dobbin
Partner and Head of Employment, Southampton


David Roath
Partner – Employment Team, Winchester



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?


26th June 2019

Can An Employee Enforce A Discretionary Bonus?


26th June 2019

Can An Employee Enforce A Discretionary Bonus?

By looking at a previous real world example, Aleksandra Golat from our Employment law department answers the question, can an employee enforce payment of a discretionary bonus?

Show notes
00:43 When can employees enforce a discretionary bonus, what must they do?
01:00 Aleksandra discusses the case of Bluestone Medical Recruitment
03:05 What factors need to be considered by the employer and the employee?
03:45 What can we learn from this case? How should employers take this in practice?

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