Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures

Helping you to handle disciplinary issues.


If you are unhappy about the work performance or conduct of an employee, you may need to take disciplinary action. We can help with all of the stages in the disciplinary procedure including written notification to the employee, the initial hearing, the decision and any appeal. If appropriate, and particularly with smaller businesses, we can involve an independent HR consultant to handle the initial stages.

We will provide clear, practical, cost effective advice as the various outcomes including:

  • an oral warning
  • a written warning (first or final)
  • summary dismissal (generally only appropriate where there has been gross misconduct)
  • some another reasonable sanction for example demotion

Often an employee who is disciplined will wish to raise a grievance. We can also help you with that since it may be better if the two are investigated together. In any event you need advice from an expert in employment law since if it is not handled properly you could find yourself faced with a claim for unfair dismissal or even constructive dismissal. In short getting it wrong can prove expensive so let us help you to avoid that.

To speak to a specialist employment law expert who can help with your businesses’ disciplinary and grievance procedures or any other employment law issue call, email or request a call back.

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Jane Crosby

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Jane Crosby

Jane specialises in commercial litigation and employment law acting for both employers and employees in both contentious and non-contentious matters. She has also over recent years carved out something of a niche in the field of mobile homes legislation acting for an owner with a number of sites.

Having studied geography at University College London Jane worked for a number of years in the aviation industry which has given her a real insight into the challenges faced by most businesses. Jane qualified as a Solicitor in 2004 before joining Hart Brown in 2011 and becoming a Partner in July 2018. Not only is Jane our specialist in employment law but she is also a prolific blogger within Hart Brown. You can find many of her articles on the 'News' section of the website.

Jane often receives praise from her clients:

“I appreciated the clarity of advice given at a stressful time”.

“A sensitive and highly professional approach and efficient work in the interests of the client”.

“Your advice, conduct and assistance have been indeed outstanding and very professional but also – and most importantly – very humane”.

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