Employment Law Advice from Bristol Solicitors


Free Employment Law Legal Advice

DPH Legal are innovative niche employment law solicitor in Bristol, offering outstanding legal services to employees and employers. As employment law specialists, we do not offer personal injury, wills probate, divorce settlements or family law services.

As specialist solicitors, we advise clients on the full range of employment law issues. We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Covid-19 Information

Throughout the covid-19 pandemic, DPH Legal’s phone lines and remote staff have continued to support employees and employers. We offer most of our free consultations as telephone calls and can also offer video or physical meetings if required.

Call us on 0117 321 7700 or complete our Contact Form below if you would like to arrange a confidential call back from our qualified solicitors without charge. We’ll endeavour to give you clear uncomplicated advice.

The initial telephone conversation will be free of charge with our qualified expert and we guarantee this will be straightforward legal advice that is jargon-free!

We Advise Business Executives, Individual Employees and Start-Ups

We can assist with any employment or staff-related issue. If you need to speak to a specialist firm of recommended solicitors in Bristol, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

We frequently advise employers and senior executives in Bristol and the South West on many issues such as exit packages, tribunal litigation and the enforceability of restrictive covenants.
Please take a moment to look at our ​Testimonials page to find out what our previous clients have to say about us.

For Employees and Employers

Our solicitors offer professional employment advice to both employees and employers of all types and sizes. We currently employ seven specialist employment solicitors as well as support staff that help us to understand and provide tailored advice unique to your situation.

All of our firm’s solicitors practice employment law exclusively. We advise new clients on contentious issues in the Employment Tribunal as well as the High/County Court.
As an employment law office in the Bristol area, we guide businesses, charities and individuals on non-contentious employment matters on a daily basis.

We can provide legal support and effective solutions for the following situations:-

You’ve Been Offered a Settlement Agreement

A settlement agreement is a legally binding document, signed by both the employee and the employer, and certified by a qualified employment lawyer.

It usually provides for a severance payment made to the employee by the employer, and in return, the employee agrees not to pursue any claim at an Employment Tribunal.

In the majority of cases, the employer will cover all fees for advising on the settlement agreement.

We will not incur any extra costs without prior approval from the employee. If you instruct us to negotiate on the sums being offered then we’d be happy to do so. Simply call us on our phone number which is 0117 321 7700.

Legal Advice For a Possible Discrimination Claim

If you feel that you have been unfairly treated in the workplace because of your race, religion, gender, health or anything other than your ability, either by your boss or colleagues you may be able to claim discrimination.

As upsetting as it may be, you may just want to ignore it and hope it goes away. It is advisable that any discrimination at work is challenged to make sure your personal life is not affected.

Our firm can help you present your claim for discrimination to your employer and ease your stress and worry for you.

We have achieved six-figure sums for executives with discrimination claims on many occasions.

Believe You’ve Been Unfairly Dismissed

We understand that it can be a very stressful and anxious time if you have been unfairly dismissed. As employment law solicitors, we can help ease that stress for you. The law around unfair dismissal is extremely complex therefore it is advisable to take advice from a legal advisor to guide you carefully through the process.

All of our expert lawyers at DPH Legal in Bristol specialising in employment law and only employment law. We have a wealth of experience in providing high-quality, common-sense advice regarding unfair dismissal.

Our solicitors have assisted many employees in achieving high levels of compensation when they have been wrongfully or unfairly dismissed.

In most cases workplace dispute resolution can be arrived at amicably, however, there are some occasions where this is not possible. If this is the case for you then an Employment Tribunal may be the only way forward.

Legal Advice to Employees and Employers

There are many people who are discouraged from instructing solicitors due to the perceived expense.  Our firm of solicitors offers many flexible pricing options including no-win-no-fee or fixed fee, meaning that representation can be more affordable than you first thought.

The solicitors at DPH Legal have extensive experience and a proven track record of providing high-quality representation in Employment Tribunals.

As an employment law office, we appear frequently in the local Employment Tribunal, representing numerous successful clients and established companies.

You Are An Employer and Require Some Legal Assistance with a Difficult Staff Issue

DPH Legal’s specialist employment law solicitors act for various local and national employers and offer exceptional legal advice for employers to suit their individual business needs. We work hard to understand your business and can work with you to provide a clear resolution for any employment law issues you may have.

We will guide you through the different aspects of employment legislation while taking into account the commercial needs of your business. We are a commercially minded firm and do not wish to preach the law to our clients; rather find a way to meet their objectives and assist with the smooth running of their business.

We understand that businesses of different sizes require different approaches.

We Offer Employees and Local Businesses A Full Range of Employment Legal Services

Common requests range from:

  • workplace grievance advice
  • employee exit packages
  • drafting contracts or policy documents
  • defending claims in the Employment Tribunal

As well as offering multi-discipline practices in employment law, we also advise on restructuring and the employment aspects of outsourcing or acquiring or selling a business.

Types of Businesses Our Local Legal Team Have Helped

Our firm of solicitors in Bristol has acted both for and against Formula 1 racing teams, as well as providing employment advice to the world’s second-largest food manufacturer and world-renowned private schools and universities.

Our clients have included professional football and rugby clubs. We have assisted businesses of all sizes with legal help.

What Are Your Legal Rights As A Business Employee in the UK?

There are certain rights that an individual worker is entitled to.

These include:

  • Receiving the national wage
  • Not having unlawful deductions taken from their pay
  • Receiving the statutory minimum amount of paid holiday
  • Unlawful discrimination protection
  • Not to exceed more than 48hrs work in a week

Can You Be Sacked For No Reason?

We’ve Been Specialising in settlement agreements and unfair dismissals for Many Years.

It can be devastating and shocking to be sacked from your current job or position. We use the term ‘dismissed’ as the legal synonym for being sacked.

An employer is allowed to dismiss employees, as long as the dismissal was fair and for good reason. If you feel that you have been dismissed unfairly then there may be something you can do about it by talking to one of our solicitors.

Our Local Firm of Solicitors Can Help You with This

  • Understand the status of your employment. Your rights will be determined by this status.
  • The length of time you have been employed by your current employer. You will need to have worked for at least 2 years before you can challenge a dismissal.
  • Whether the reason given for your dismissal is classed as legally ‘unfair’.

If you haven’t received a written explanation from your Bristol employer in relation to your dismissal, then you will need to ask them for one. Ask them via a written letter and not verbally so you have a record of the request.

Your employer must provide a written explanation regarding your dismissal within 14 days of the request.

Our Clients

Many of our Bristol clients that come to us for help don’t understand the reason they’ve been given for their dismissal. This can sometimes be the case if the written reason contains legal jargon or cites an additional document that you don’t currently have access to.

If you have received a written explanation that you either don’t understand or seems unfair to you, then you may have been unfairly dismissed. If this is the case please contact us by calling our telephone number 0117 321 7700 or using our email address info@dphlegal.com.

What Is Classed As Legal Discrimination in the Workplace in the UK?

We all have the right to be treated fairly at work and be protected by laws that protect us from discrimination.

Discrimination against us can be on the grounds of gender, disability, beliefs, religion, race, and gender to name a few.

Talk to the perpetrator if you feel comfortable approaching them in a calm, peaceful manner. If this is not possible or talking with them does not resolve your issue, you may need to speak with someone in a higher position.

Ensure you keep written records of the nature of the discrimination, dates, times and witnesses etc. This will help any law office to help you with any dispute you may have.

If the discrimination continues then you may want to make a formal complaint. You can check with the HR department to follow the company’s grievance procedure. This should guide you in the process of making a formal complaint.

Direct Discrimination Vs Indirect Discrimination Disputes

When an employee is treated in an untoward manner based on a protected attribute, this is classed as ‘Direct Discrimination’.

When a company rule, requirement, or policy applies to the majority but disadvantages some more than others. This may put you at a particular disadvantage according to the Equality Act 2010.

Call our phone number for your free consultation directly with one of our qualified solicitors in Bristol. We endeavour to give you a seamless, complementary legal service from a senior member of our firm on your first call.

Our central Bristol office is situated on Castle Street. For the latest information and the latest news, click on the ‘News’ item on our main menu (top right).

Please Note:

DPH Legal are solely employment solicitors in Bristol. We are not property lawyers and neither do we offer family law or offer advice on intellectual property or personal injury but we are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

We offer consultations via telephone meetings or as a video call using Zoom/Teams or as a physical meeting for limited circumstances. Physical meetings are structured around current government guidelines.

We Provide Unrivalled Expertise On Employment Law In The Following Nearby Areas

Bristol and Portishead, Clifton Village, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath, Weston Super Mare, and Glastonbury.

If you would like to speak to one of our senior solicitors then please get in touch by calling our telephone number 0117 321 7700 and we’ll give you expert advice and friendly service. If you’d like the latest news on employment law, please go to our news page / latest blogs.

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    Lower Castle Street
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    0117 321 7700
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