Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures

Disciplinary and grievance procedures

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 and grievance 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 callback.

Who to contact

Jane Crosby

Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution & Accredited Mediator

Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution & Accredited Mediator

Jane Crosby

Jane is a Partner based in the Guildford office and she is also Head of the Dispute Resolution team here at Hart Brown. Jane specialises in employment Law and commercial litigation and brings more than 15 years' experience to her role.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Jane was employed in the aviation industry. This experience is appreciated by many of Jane's clients who note that she is able to take a commercial and pragmatic approach to any legal issue that they face.

Jane acts for a wide range of individuals and businesses and her areas of specialism include aviation, property related industries and IT. Jane regularly advises on aspects of employment law, such as settlement agreements, employment contracts, policies and procedures, redundancies, equal pay, data protection, issues arising from TUPE and reorganisations, the calculation of holiday pay, bonus and commission payments, disciplinary and grievance issues, dismissal and termination issues, the protection of confidential information and the enforcement of restrictive covenants. Jane gets involved in GDPR training for her clients and she is able to deliver tailored employment law training sessions upon request.

As a commercial litigation lawyer, Jane also deals in shareholder and directors disputes, commercial contract disputes and the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Jane has been involved in successful high value commercial litigation for clients in the High Courts, she is an accredited mediator and she is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Jane is often asked to write for a number of well known publications, including The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Week and she has been interviewed on BBC Radio 4.

Here is small selection of the feedback that Jane has received:

“Jane, I cannot sincerely thank you enough for your wise counsel and am delighted to have made your acquaintance. If I am blessed with a new position somewhere I will hand over my contract in the first instance to you. Likewise, any of my friends, peers, romans and countrymen wanting advice, I will point them in your direction.”

“Jane, you have been most resilient on my behalf for which I sincerely thank you for all your endeavours. I have a tremendous working relationship with Hart Brown and you have undoubtedly compounded this further."

“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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