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We act for institutions and senior executives on matters relating to grievances, disciplinary action, investigations, whistle blowing, or dismissals across a broad range of sectors including:

  • Professional services
  • Financial services
  • Cultural and Sports organisations
  • Charities
  • Education
  • Retail

Discrimination and harassment

Discrimination, harassment and bullying complaints can lead to complex and fast-moving issues, which require careful handling and quick solutions. Our team recognise the sensitive issues facing clients and the need to achieve a positive outcome as fast as possible. We provide pragmatic advise on handling and responding to complaints of discrimination and harassment, working with human resources, senior management and reputation management where necessary to ensure procedures remain on track.

We work with our clients to implement best practice in the workplace to help them create a safe environment for their employees in relation to:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

Further information on our investigation expertise can be found in our brochure on workplace investigations.

Advising on cultural change

Harassment and bullying at work can take many forms and tackling discrimination is not just about handling allegations. As well as advising on handling harassment, bullying and discrimination concerns, we deliver strategic advice and support in understanding where and how problems have arisen and how to avoid similar risks in the future, including cultural change where required.

We provide clients with training for staff on equality, diversity and inclusion and help them produce and update their policies (including equal opportunities and Bullying and Harassment) and staff handbooks.

We also provide legal advice and support to senior executives involved in making or facing allegations of discrimination, harassment or bullying.  For further information on our services for senior executives, please see our brochure

Recent work highlights:

  • Advising a higher education institution in relation to allegations of bullying behaviour by the CEO. We advised on a subsequent staff listening exercise conducted by an independent trustee, and supported the client with its options, including a potential disciplinary procedure and without prejudice discussions with the CEO with a view to their removal.

How can we help?

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