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Diversity and Equality

Successful management of equality and diversity issues can play a major role in talent attraction and retention. It will greatly reduce the risk and cost of litigation. However, many businesses struggle with what is a very complex area of law, particularly as the legal landscape undergoes significant upheaval as a result of the UK leaving the European Union.

Main contact

John Hayes


We can help your business by:

  • Reviewing or drafting equal opportunities and family friendly policies 
    to ensure they remain up to date and are not inadvertently discriminatory.

  • Advising on the management of equality and diversity issues such as flexible working or shared parental leave requests.

  • Training your staff on equality and diversity issues in order to reduce the risk of a claim arising.

  • Advising you on how to investigate and respond to allegations of discrimination under disciplinary or grievance procedures.

  • Defending discrimination claims brought against the company or its staff or representing individuals wishing to pursue a discrimination claim.

Case study

  • Advising a regulated business on conducting a robust grievance investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Providing guidance on the outcome of the investigation and negotiating the exit of members of staff. 

  • Advising on investigating allegations of bullying by the managing director of a regulated business and his subsequent dismissal. Defending the following litigation and achieving a highly favourable settlement of the alleged claims. 

  • Representing City-based women and disabled workers in a number of complex and hard-fought discrimination claims. Achieving outstanding settlements which included payment of their legal costs.

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