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Disciplinary, performance & grievance cases

Are you struggling to cope with a disciplinary, performance or grievance issue at work? Our Employment Team have a proven track record for assisting employees in resolving workplace issues.


A grievance is a complaint or concern that you raise with your employer. It could relate to anything at work, including your working conditions, pay, workload, a colleague’s behaviour, your line manager’s treatment of you – the list is endless. You may raise a grievance at any time during the course of your employment, and you would usually be expected to raise a grievance before resigning if you are intending to bring a claim for constructive dismissal.

If you do wish to raise a grievance, then you should do so in accordance with your employer’s grievance policy. Many of our clients seek legal support to help them to frame their grievance, and to guide them through the procedure once it has been initiated – we help them to gain back control of the situation and to see a way ahead. 

Disciplinary and performance management proceedings

If your employer has concerns about your work, including your conduct, the standard of your work or your ability to do your job, then they might decide to take action against you. This may be disciplinary action, or action on capability or performance management grounds. Facing this kind of action can be difficult at the best of times, but it can be more distressing when you don’t understand why action is being taken against you, or when you don’t understand the procedures involved. At a point in your life when you may feel very alone, we can help guide and support you.

Preparation and confidence

If you are involved in a disciplinary, performance or grievance process and are uncertain of your rights or how to proceed then we can help you. Experience has taught us that if an employee is well prepared, confident of his or her their position and able to present their arguments in a logical and consistent way then they stand the best possible chance of securing a favourable outcome.

Advice and support

Our specialist employment lawyers frequently advise clients on disciplinary, performance and grievance issues. Typically, the advice that our solicitors give helps employees to ensure that they are fully prepared for any hearings that they are required to attend and, that they are aware of all the relevant issues, and that they understand their rights.

We can also advise you if you are considering appealing a decision made by your employer following a disciplinary, performance or grievance procedure.

Whatever your situation, you can be confident that our employment solicitors are on hand to give you practical and realistic advice at every step of the way. We will explore all options available, including, where appropriate, considering whether to negotiate an exit through a settlement agreement.