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Employment disciplinary hearings are organised by an employer to address an employee’s conduct, capability or absence. These procedures are undoubtedly stressful but it is important to stay calm and be well informed so that you can minimise the impact where possible and identify if your employer is treating you unfairly.

We offer expert legal advice and assistance to executives and other senior employees throughout the employment disciplinary hearing process. This includes preparation for the hearing, advice on your case and how it would be best for you to respond, assisting in raising a claim for unfair dismissal or discrimination where necessary or negotiating a termination of employment. To discuss your concerns with our Employment Solicitors, please contact us.

What happens at a disciplinary hearing?

The procedure will differ from employer to employer. You should consult your employer’s disciplinary procedure, which should be easily accessible to you. If there is no disciplinary procedure, check if they are following the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) code of practice. If not, any decision they make could be unfair and you could be entitled to make a claim to an Employment Tribunal.

Your employer should provide you with a letter, in the first instance, setting out the reasons why they are considering taking disciplinary action or dismissing you. Next, you should be given the opportunity to discuss the problem with them. This process can be anything from a straightforward meeting to a hearing style format with the company’s lawyers and HR directors taking part. You have a legal right to be accompanied by a colleague or trade union representative at this meeting.

After the meeting, your employer should inform you in writing of their decision on what action, if any, to take. You should be given the opportunity to appeal this decision.

What are the possible outcomes of a disciplinary hearing?

Being summoned to attend a disciplinary hearing is stressful. It could result in:

  • Dismissal
  • A formal warning that the employee must refrain from certain conduct or improve their performance
  • Another form of disciplinary action

When can you make a Tribunal claim?

If you do not agree with the disciplinary action taken against you, you may be entitled to bring an Employment Tribunal claim, for example for unfair dismissal. It is vital to seek expert legal advice if you are considering taking action to ensure that you are fully informed about the likelihood of success and the process involved. We always aim to resolve employment disputes in the least stressful and time-consuming way for our clients.

How can Partners Employment Lawyers help?

The support that we provide in an employment hearing can make all the difference to an employee. We can help you prepare for disciplinary hearings as well as give you guidance on what to expect and how best to present your case. Our dedicated team is here to help take some of the stress out of the situation for you.

Contact our Disciplinary Hearings Lawyers London

Our Employment Lawyers are based in London and work with executives and other senior employees throughout England. We can help clients with all issues relating to contract negotiations and disputes. To discuss your concerns with our highly approachable and professional team, call 0207 374 6546 now or contact us online.


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