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Employment law for the employee

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Frequent changes to employment law mean that clear practical advice is essential to protect your interests if you have lost your job recently, been harassed at work, or have been treated unfairly.

You will need to know what your rights are if you are dismissed:

  • whether or not you have been unfairly dismissed;
  • what are the financial consequences of losing your job;
  • whether or not you have a claim for damages arising from this; and
  • possibly matters concerned with Health and Safety at work. 

You may also need to consider your rights if you have been unlawfully discriminated against or have been dismissed without sufficient notice or correct procedures.

Hancock Quins Solicitors in Watford have an experienced team used to guiding and supporting clients through the problems that can arise from such situations.  We offer fully independent advice on all employment matters, including the increasing influence of European law.

Your protection

Employees have rights based on legislation and case law.  The legal service we provide includes advice in relation to the following:

  • new contracts of employment;
  • being a temporary or probationary employee;
  • fixed term contracts;
  • minimum statutory standards;
  • special terms agreed by you with your employer;
  • collective agreements;
  • works rule books or manuals;
  • customs and duties of employers;
  • your rights relating to sick pay;
  • holidays, and hours of work;
  • time off work and flexible working;
  • the Wages Act;
  • suspension from work on medical grounds;
  • maternity pay and leave;
  • rights of employees regarding trade unions;
  • discrimination in employment;
  • unfair dismissal and claims arising;
  • redundancy; and
  • health and safety at work.

Why choose Hancock Quins?

It is never too early to speak to us.  We believe that pre-emptive advice is the soundest course of action for all clients in relation to employment law.

We provide:

  • a fast, efficient and friendly service;
  • clear information about costs from the beginning and throughout the case;
  • explanation of your rights; and
  • representation at an employment tribunal to defend your position if appropriate.

For a confidential discussion about your case call Tony Irving on 01923 650853 or email him at

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.