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Patch Law

Station Road Workshops
Station Road
Kingswood
Bristol
BS15 4PJ

Patch Law is a law firm authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Grievance and
discrimination advice
for employees

Are you unhappy with how you are being treated at work?

You shouldn’t just have to put up with unfair or discriminatory treatment until you have found a new job and can leave.

You are probably feeling angry and upset. But you need expert advice in order to know what treatment you can challenge as unlawful, and what is the best approach in order to get you the outcome you want.


Excellent service and advice was provided by Simon which was always measured and presented all options and implications, available for consideration. I would not hesitate to recommend Patch Law and will continue to use your services should I need them in the future.  I would also like to note that the breakdown of costs on an ongoing basis was very much appreciated. 
Lecturer
Bristol



We will give you honest, impartial advice about your situation, including letting you know at an early stage as to whether your complaints are worth pursuing.


Gillian was exceptional in helping my issue with the company and supporting me personally. I needed a good and knowledgeable friend. You came well recommended. I would wholeheartedly endorse that recommendation both personally and professionally.
Accountant
Bristol

Our experienced solicitors are well-placed to advise you on your particular circumstances and concerns, including such issues as:

  • Bullying and harassment – this may be overt or more subtle, such as side-lining or exclusion;

  • Discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation (all protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010);

  • Underpayment of wages, including bonuses and commission due to you;
  • Working hours that may be in breach of the Working Time Regulations; 

  • Suffering a detriment as a result of:
    • whistleblowing (making a protected disclosure);
    • raising health and safety concerns;
    • being a part-time worker;
    • asserting a statutory right (such as right to be accompanied, making a flexible working request).
    • There are many more!

I recently engaged Simon to help with a dispute with my employer over my return from maternity leave. He was absolutely brilliant. He had a very clear strategy, which was explained to me at every step, and he was so supportive to my situation and how we were going to navigate through it. His advice was very clear, he was fast to respond to my emails and telephone calls and I am delighted that I have reached a positive result – returning to work in the role that I wanted – which I am convinced I could not have achieved without Simon’s advice. I would not hesitate to recommend Simon to anyone who needs employment law advice.
Senior Systems Manager
Bristol

We can help you:

  • Decide whether and when to use your employer’s Grievance or other formal procedure;
  • Draft Grievance letters, and statements for hearings;
  • Navigate through the Grievance process, including the Hearing;
  • Appeal – including drafting appeal letters and statements, and how to handle the Appeal Hearing;
  • Initiate or Respond to ‘Without Prejudice’ settlement proposals and negotiations;
  • Decide whether and when resignation is appropriate, taking into account a potential ‘constructive dismissal’ claim, including resignation letters;
  • Decide whether to issue proceedings in the Employment Tribunal.  Some claims can be brought while still employed by your employer.  Strict time limits apply to such claims.

I am loving life post-employment and have finally had the space to push out a little side project I had been cooking up over the last year or so. Probably never would have had time/space to do that if it weren't for your help so just wanted to say thanks again.
Sales Manager
Bristol


If you have already resigned or been dismissed, you may have one or more claims that you can take to an Employment Tribunal, including Unfair Dismissal.


The advice I received was clear, concise and balanced with all the pros and cons, so I was left in no doubt as to what would be the best decision. I always found you easy to get hold of either by phone or email.
Secretary
Bristol

Many new employee clients take advantage of our Initial Advice service for quick, pragmatic and cost-effective advice.

For immediate employment law advice please either call us on 0117 290 0905 or complete a Free Online Enquiry and we will soon be in touch with you.


I am very happy with the service. Gillian gave very sound advice throughout, responded promptly to my numerous questions, and I could not have gone through the process without her support. She also made every effort to control costs, which again was very much appreciated.
Head of Finance
Bristol

Get in touch

If you need help with an employment law issue then please don't hesitate to contact us. An initial enquiry is free and without obligation.

Call us on 0117 290 0905 or fill out the form below and we will contact you within 24 hours.

When your form is submitted you will receive an automatic email from Patch Law confirming receipt.

Why choose us?

  • Expert and Practical Advice
    You Can Trust
  • Prompt and Friendly Service
  • Consistently Positive
    Client Feedback

Some of our Google reviews

review rating 5  I would highly recommend Gillian to anyone in need of employment advice. She offers a highly professional as well as caring service, listening sensitively to understand a person's individual circumstances and offering experienced and well-considered advice. She manages the process through very attentively which leaves you feeling that you are in very good hands. Her fees are very competitive and represent very good value for money.

thumb Helen England
10/23/2019

review rating 5  Very easy to deal with, efficient in returning calls and emails. Were very professional and helped me to understand the implications of the settlement agreement I was signing in plain English.

thumb Pete Wonnacott
11/14/2019

review rating 5  I instructed Gillian Patch of Patch Law who is a Grade A Solicitor during the Pandemic/Lockdown. I always check the SRA website to check how long someone is qualified for before I instruct them to ensure they are regulated. She was made aware of my personal restrictions in leaving my house. Several documents were sent to her and due to her extensive experience she was able to identify the relevant documents. She was also able to respond remotely in a tight timescale and there were no delays in her carrying out my instructions as a Client despite probably being very busy dealing with other Clients. She acted in the best interest of the Client by considering both the financial issues of leaving and the practical issues of leaving but also recognised the difficulties for a Client not being able to see a Solicitor in-person and the trust needed in the Solicitor-Client relationship. Instructions were provided remotely email and telephone and Geography was not a problem in terms of acting in her professional capacity. It was easier to discuss issues over telephone given that when I do go out I am conscious of wearing a face mask and that does create a barrier to communication. During the correspondence she was able to provide an objective opinion on the issues. There is often a saying an individual cannot be their own Doctor, the same is true an individual cannot be their own Lawyer. Your not objective on your own life. Having extensive experience myself with Solicitors I tried to keep the Legal costs to a minimum by responding quickly but also ensuring everything that needed to be covered was covered.

thumb Jessica Winter
7/14/2020

Grievance and
discrimination
advice for
employees

Are you unhappy with how you are being treated at work?

You shouldn’t just have to put up with unfair or discriminatory treatment until you have found a new job and can leave.

You are probably feeling angry and upset. But you need expert advice in order to know what treatment you can challenge as unlawful, and what is the best approach in order to get you the outcome you want.


Excellent service and advice was provided by Simon which was always measured and presented all options and implications, available for consideration. I would not hesitate to recommend Patch Law and will continue to use your services should I need them in the future.  I would also like to note that the breakdown of costs on an ongoing basis was very much appreciated. 
Lecturer
Bristol

We will give you honest, impartial advice about your situation, including letting you know at an early stage as to whether your complaints are worth pursuing.


Gillian was exceptional in helping my issue with the company and supporting me personally. I needed a good and knowledgeable friend. You came well recommended. I would wholeheartedly endorse that recommendation both personally and professionally.
Accountant
Bristol

Our experienced solicitors are well-placed to advise you on your particular circumstances and concerns, including such issues as:

  • Bullying and harassment – this may be overt or more subtle, such as side-lining or exclusion;

  • Discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation (all protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010);

  • Underpayment of wages, including bonuses and commission due to you;
  • Working hours that may be in breach of the Working Time Regulations; 

  • Suffering a detriment as a result of:

    • whistleblowing (making a protected disclosure);
    • raising health and safety concerns;
    • being a part-time worker;
    • asserting a statutory right (such as right to be accompanied, making a flexible working request)
    • There are many more!

I recently engaged Simon to help with a dispute with my employer over my return from maternity leave. He was absolutely brilliant. He had a very clear strategy, which was explained to me at every step, and he was so supportive to my situation and how we were going to navigate through it. His advice was very clear, he was fast to respond to my emails and telephone calls and I am delighted that I have reached a positive result – returning to work in the role that I wanted – which I am convinced I could not have achieved without Simon’s advice. I would not hesitate to recommend Simon to anyone who needs employment law advice.
Senior Systems Manager
Bristol

We can help you:

  • Decide whether and when to use your employer’s Grievance or other formal procedure;
  • Draft Grievance letters, and statements for hearings;
  • Navigate through the Grievance process, including the Hearing;
  • Appeal – including drafting appeal letters and statements, and how to handle the Appeal Hearing;
  • Initiate or Respond to ‘Without Prejudice’ settlement proposals and negotiations;
  • Decide whether and when resignation is appropriate, taking into account a potential ‘constructive dismissal’ claim, including resignation letters;
  • Decide whether to issue proceedings in the Employment Tribunal.  Some claims can be brought while still employed by your employer.  Strict time limits apply to such claims.

I am loving life post-employment and have finally had the space to push out a little side project I had been cooking up over the last year or so. Probably never would have had time/space to do that if it weren't for your help so just wanted to say thanks again.
Sales Manager
Bristol

If you have already resigned or been dismissed, you may have one or more claims that you can take to an Employment Tribunal, including Unfair Dismissal.


The advice I received was clear, concise and balanced with all the pros and cons, so I was left in no doubt as to what would be the best decision. I always found you easy to get hold of either by phone or email.
Secretary
Bristol

Many new employee clients take advantage of our Initial Advice service for quick, pragmatic and cost-effective advice.

For immediate employment law advice please either call us on 0117 290 0905 or complete a Free Online Enquiry and we will soon be in touch with you.


I am very happy with the service. Gillian gave very sound advice throughout, responded promptly to my numerous questions, and I could not have gone through the process without her support. She also made every effort to control costs, which again was very much appreciated.
Head of Finance
Bristol

Get in touch

If you need help with an employment law issue then please don't hesitate to contact us. An initial enquiry is free and without obligation.

Call us on 0117 290 0905 or fill out the form below and we will contact you within 24 hours.

When your form is submitted you will receive an automatic email from Patch Law confirming receipt.

Why choose us?

  • Expert and Practical Advice
    You Can Trust
  • Prompt and Friendly Service
  • Consistently Positive
    Client Feedback