Discipline & Grievance Procedures

Head later problems off at the pass by accessing timely and expert advice on preparing and following disciplinary and grievance procedures.

Let our employment team advise and assist you with your grievance procedures, protect your business and minimise the risk of costly errors.

Helping you understand and implement legally compliant disciplinary and grievance procedures

Our team of employment solicitors can support you with: 

  • Drafting disciplinary and grievance documentation – Your business is required by law to have written disciplinary and grievance procedures. Our experts can draft and define procedures that meet your business’s specific needs. They will also take care of drafting related documentation such as letters for disciplinary or grievance meetings and outcome letters.  
  • Drafting wider employment documentation – We can review or draft your employment contracts and other policies and procedures to provide awareness and certainty regarding disciplinary situations and to minimise future grievances. We believe that prevention is better than cure: clear and accessible procedures help prevent later problems.
  • Advice on how to apply disciplinary and grievance procedures – The documents we produce comply with the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures as standard. We can also explain and advise on individual procedures, and can guide you on how to apply them.

Watch our video explaining more about a fair process for performance management of employees:

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What are the benefits of well drafted disciplinary and grievance procedures? 

Reduce employment tribunal claims – If your disciplinary procedure is clear, and you follow it fairly and reasonably, your chances of having to defend or losing an unfair dismissal claim are greatly reduced. The same logic applies to constructive unfair dismissal claims: an employee claim is less likely to succeed against your business if you have carried out your grievance process fairly. If you do not follow a disciplinary or grievance process and breach the ACAS Code of Practice, an employee bringing a claim against your business can be awarded up to 25 per cent more compensation, if you lose the case. It is worth getting your processes right to avoid these extra expenses.

Save your time and money – Asking our employment law experts to draft and update your business’s disciplinary and grievance procedures will save you time and money. Our partner-level solicitors provide a targeted and efficient service, so you can focus your efforts on running your core business.

Improving communication and productivity of staff – Consulting and involving your employees in creating employment policies achieves greater engagement and buy-in. In an open company culture where staff are encouraged to speak informally of any complaints at an early stage, issues can be dealt with as they arise and may not need to be escalated. If you would like guidance about how to involve your staff in forming policies and procedures and ways to encourage a positive dialogue in your business, our specially trained employment experts can help.

Who we help: Employers of all sizes and from a variety of sectors all over the UK

We support a wide range of UK-based employer clients. We advise clients across all sectors whether they are start-ups, SMEs or large multinationals. Our specialist employment solicitors can support with contentious and non-contentious matters in a timely and cost-effective fashion.

Why choose Harper James? Our Employment Solicitors’ experience

As the law firm for entrepreneurs, we understand the common and complex issues you face as owners and operators. We look to form genuine partnerships with our clients. Our team of remote-based and always accessible senior employment lawyers are the people to call when you need a second opinion, or specialist advice fast.

Our solicitors are all recruited from top 100 UK law firms or from large international businesses, and all have more than 10 years post-qualifying experience. Find out more about the team here:

Pricing plans

Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:


Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.

An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.


Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £125 per hour.

A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.


Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.

Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.

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Our commercial lawyers are based in or close to major cities across the UK, providing expert legal advice to clients both locally and nationally.

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