We resolve employment disputes quickly and cost effectively with workplace mediation
The Longmores employment team are acutely aware that workplace disputes can be very damaging for all parties. We always look for opportunities to resolve a dispute satisfactorily using an employment mediation process. This can remove the need for an acrimonious formal process or costly and risky tribunal action.
We therefore encourage all efforts to “nip in the bud” conflicts that may arise at work. This includes disagreements between colleagues or issues between employer and employee, for example, disciplinary issues or complaints by employees about working conditions.
In most cases, reaching an agreement is the best outcome for all concerned. We pride ourselves on “thinking outside the box” and finding creative solutions where none immediately come to mind.
Longmores Solicitors have a wealth of experience assisting companies with substantial turnover and multiple staff members. Our specialist solicitors have supported clients with a variety of complex legal issues associated with employment disputes and grievances. We have the expertise and experience to support senior management professionals across various industries to resolve their issues swiftly and efficiently.
At Longmores Solicitors, we will actively listen to your situation and concerns, ensuring that we have a detailed understanding of the employment dispute with which you are faced. With a detailed knowledge of your situation and our legal expertise, we can support you with the most appropriate mediation advice and processes.
Get expert support for successful workplace mediation
Our workplace mediation solicitors can assist with:
- Advice to prepare for employment mediation
- Workplace mediation services from accredited mediators
- Further legal support if an employment dispute remains unsolved
Work with industry-leading employment lawyers
Our employment lawyers consistently appear in the directories of leading practitioners and are ranked by the leading client guides The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. This provides strong assurance that we offer an exceptional service.
The team is led by Joint Senior Partner Richard Gvero, who is closely supported by Associate Solicitor Miranda Mulligan. Both Richard and Miranda are individually recommended by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
Miranda and Richard are members of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA), further emphasising their specialist expertise. Richard and Miranda are also accredited mediators.
Speak to our solicitors about workplace mediation
To discuss your requirements with our proactive, specialist team of workplace mediation solicitors, please get in touch.
Longmores employment mediation services
Advice to prepare for employment mediation
If you are having a dispute with one of your employees and you would like to resolve it using a mediation procedure, our employment law solicitors can assist you to prepare.
We can guide you to review and reflect on the situation, safeguard your interests and consider what would be the most desirable outcome. Once we understand your perspective, we can use our expertise to make you fully aware of your legal standpoint.
Our employment law solicitors will ensure that you are best prepared for your workplace mediation session and understand the potential outcomes that may follow.
Legal services from accredited mediators
At Longmores Solicitors, we offer an employment mediation service, where you will be working with one of our accredited mediators. Your mediator will guide you through every stage of the process with professionalism, expertise and sensitivity.
The employment mediation procedure includes the following stages:
- Consulting both parties separately, allowing the mediator to gain an understanding of each party’s position
- Facilitating a mediation meeting, inviting both parties to attend the meeting together with a trained mediator
- Guiding the involved parties to reach a mutually acceptable agreement
Support if the employment dispute remains unsolved
When disputes cannot be resolved using mediation these disagreements may be resolved using a workplace grievance procedure, or failing this, an employment tribunal.
Whatever the outcome of the process, our employment mediation solicitors can support your business with the stages that follow. Where no further action is needed, we can offer employment law advice about preventing disputes in the future.
Employment mediation FAQs
What is workplace mediation?
This is a voluntary process whereby one of our specialist employment lawyers seeks to facilitate finding a solution to any workplace dispute. We act as a neutral third- party mediator to assist with the issues and try to find a middle ground and lasting solution. The earlier mediation is attempted, the better.
Employment mediation might be used in a variety of different contexts, including:
- Instead of formal grievance or disciplinary procedures
- Where there is a dispute involving an employment contract or pay
- Supporting colleagues to rebuild relationships where disagreements have occurred
- In the aftermath of a grievance process, mediation can be used to repair workplace relationships
- If there are accusations of harassment or workplace bullying
How can employment mediation benefit your business?
Workplace mediation can benefit your business in many different ways. Employment tribunal claims can be expensive and time-consuming. Resolving disputes using a mediation process is a quicker and less costly option.
Having an employment mediation scheme in place can help you to reduce the likelihood of a grievances being raised. These processes can also be used to improve employee retention and avoid losing talented staff in the event of a workplace disagreement.
Workplace disputes must be appropriately managed or the reputation of your business could be at stake. To preserve your image and continue to build a successful brand, it is advisable to resolve disputes as professionally and amicably as possible.
Our employment mediation fees
We charge a fixed fee of £1500 plus VAT for an eight-hour day including up to two hours of preparation time. If the mediation is to take more than a day, we will calculate a fixed price taking into account the complexity of the matter and time needed.
Speak to our employment mediation solicitors
To discuss employment mediation with our employment law solicitors, please get in touch.