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Employment & discrimination

"Leigh Day are without doubt the most important employee firm." - Legal 500 2021

Our employment department provides comprehensive supportive and cost effective advice to employees and trade unions.  We are leaders in this field, winning Employment Law Team of the Year in both 2013 and 2015.
The department is made up of specialist teams, each led by a partner or senior lawyer.  Head of department is Chris Benson.  Please refer to the individual profiles of our lawyers (see “Our people”) for information about their particular areas of expertise.  

We bring successful employment claims on behalf of individuals working across every sector – from the media to the armed forces.  We have acted for some of the most senior people in industry and we have acted for those in the most junior roles: we apply the same level of commitment and expertise to all our cases.
  • We aim to achieve the best result in the quickest time;
  • We understand employment law and practice and we put that understanding to best effect to help our clients;
  • We are a Band 1 employment team in Chambers and Legal 500 with Chris Benson ‘a go-to expert in equal pay and disability discrimination’; ‘the outstanding’ Emma Satyamurti; and ‘super-smart’ Michael Newman all recommended (Chambers and the Legal 500);
  • Our cases regularly set precedents and attract national media interest.

Employment law and the best outcome for you

Employment law can be complex, but our employment lawyers will explain it in clear and relevant terms.

Your aim may be to obtain the highest payment possible through negotiation.  You may want to seek flexible working arrangements, equal pay or satisfactory terms for ending your employment. You might simply want to ensure that a new employment contract is protecting your interests.  We provide advice and assistance across all employment matters.

If litigation becomes necessary, we will provide you with a formidable team.  We will only take on a case if we consider that it has reasonable prospects of success but we are not afraid to take on the difficult cases.  We give clients our honest view about their prospects of success at an early stage.

Paying for employment law claims

A dispute with your employer is almost always stressful.  The cost, stress and uncertainty of litigation means that our employment lawyers will initially strive to settle disputes in other ways, such as through discussion and meetings with an employer or formal mediation. Many of the cases we handle end in a substantial settlement for the client, without a hearing. Some clients keep their jobs and, as one client commented, her career.

We charge competitive hourly rates for private paying clients and where appropriate will try to recover these from your employer.  We will always tell you in advance how much our work will cost and keep you updated with regular costs information.

Many of our cases are funded under clients’ Legal Expenses Insurance and for some, we are able to offer a ‘no win no fee’ arrangement.  Where agreed, we will work to fixed (i.e. capped) fees agreed with you in advance.

Types of claims

We advise on all types of employment claims and run cases in both the tribunal and civil courts, including:  

We also regularly advise on settlement agreements.

To speak to a member of the employment team for a confidential initial consultation please call Leigh Day on 020 8080 6994.

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