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  • Overview

    Expert advice from Employment Lawyers in Kent

    This page gives an overview of our employment services for employees. If you're an employer looking for professional advice on employment law, please visit our 'For Your Business' page.

    Facing a difficult situation regarding your employment such as redundancy or unfair treatment can be frightening and stressful. It can feel as if all the cards are stacked in favour of your employer. It's important to understand that employment legislation exists to protect employees – getting advice on your rights can give you an entirely different picture. That is why our employment lawyers are the perfect team to assist you. 

    Our employment lawyers have a proven track record of winning employment tribunal claims and disputes. They achieve great success in negotiating severance packages and assisting in the facilitation of exit strategies.

    Getting advice from our employment solicitors can help you achieve a quick resolution, maximum compensation and an amicable exit.

    How our employment lawyers can help:

    • Legal advice on the Employment Rights Act 1996
    • Spell out the pros and cons of the options open to you
    • Give you a clear idea of the timeframe
    • Define the best strategy
    • Guide you through the process
    • Prepare you for meetings with your employer
    • Draft any communications
    • Represent you at employment tribunal, employment appeal tribunal, high court and court of appeal.

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    With offices in two locations (Tunbridge Wells and Thames Gateway - Dartford), our employment lawyers in Kent are available for face-to-face client meetings and regular calls to update you on your case. Contact our employment solicitors in Kent and Sussex today for further advice.

    Alternatively you can read our frequently asked questions on employment related legal matters here; Employment - FAQ


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    Employment advice for a vulnerable employee during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Immediate, clear and brilliant employment law advice, about protecting an employee from detrimental treatment or dismissal. 

    Thomson Snell & Passmore assisted part of a multi-academy trust in relation to a data subject access request (DSAR)

    Alexander Millward and Eleanor Hobbs of the Employment Team at Thomson Snell & Passmore recently assisted part of a multi-academy trust in relation to a data subject access request (DSAR) submitted by a solicitor on behalf of a former student.

    Successfully advising a client regarding its managing director’s behaviour

    Thomson Snell & Passmore were instructed by a retail and wholesale business that needed advice regarding its managing director’s behaviour.

    Advising a headteacher on whether action taken so far could give rise to a claim of procedural fairness

    Nick Hobden was contacted by a headteacher of a specialist school when an employee (a speech and language therapist) did not return to work after the Christmas break. The employee gave notice and was signed off as sick by her GP for work-related stress for the duration of her notice period.

    Acting for an individual sued by his previous employer

    Our client was sued by his previous employer for £277,240 for breach of express and implied terms of his employment contract. In particular, it was alleged that he had breached his duties of faith and fidelity, had taken confidential information and had approached and solicited clients in competition with his previous employer as well as enticing five employees to leave with him.

  • Latest Updates

    Focusing on the task ahead: an Insider Media roundtable

    Working safely during COVID-19 in offices and contact centres

    Workplace Law - April 2020

    Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    As the impact of Covid-19 continues to be felt across the country, the Government announced an extension of its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) until 30 June 2020.

    Workplace Law - March 2020

    Welcome to the March edition of workplace law.

    Coronavirus and entering into employment

    UPDATED: COVID-19: Understanding the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

    UPDATED: COVID-19: Understanding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

    Coronavirus and employment law

    Workplace Law - February 2020

    Welcome to the February edition of workplace law.

    Workplace Law - January 2020

    Welcome to the January edition of Workplace Law.

    New leave rights for bereaved parents

    From April 2020, working parents will be entitled to two weeks’ bereavement leave following the death of a child under 18.  The new law is also known as ‘Jack’s Law’ in memory of Jack Herd who died at 23 months and whose mother has since campaigned on the issue of leave for bereaved parents.

    Manager relocated employee in order to become a ‘potential romantic interest’

    A female driver and trainee highway inspector has been awarded £73,600 after the Nottingham Employment Tribunal found that she has been constructively unfairly dismissed after her boss had relocated her as he had found her attractive and wanted to become a ‘potential romantic interest’. 

    New Year, new me … and Brexit

    At the beginning of this decade, the UK has agreed a ‘deal’ to leave the European Union (EU) and whilst we are sure that you are all bored of hearing the “B” word, we thought it would be worth a little update about … Breakfast.  Just kidding, Brexit. 

    Workplace Law - December 2019

    Welcome to the December edition of Workplace Law.

    4-Week limit on carry-over of annual leave untaken due to sickness.

    The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has confirmed in two combined cases known as TSN v Hyvinvointialan that where someone cannot take their annual leave due to sickness, the right to roll over that leave to the next year is limited to the EU minimum annual leave allowance of four weeks (20 working days), unless otherwise contractually agreed or stipulated by domestic law.


    For a long time, individuals have provided their independent contractor services to ‘clients’ through an intermediary, such as a personal service company (PSC).

    Good staff gone bad at Christmas time

    As Christmas party season is nearly over, it seems that lunchtime events and team-building exercises have been favoured over the traditional boozy party. 

    Don’t forget about discrimination by association

    Ben Stepney explains what discrimination by association is, and outlines what employers need to be aware of, in an article for People Management magazine.

    Workplace Law - November 2019

    Welcome to the November edition of Workplace Law.

    #GlassesAreForbidden: Female workers in Japan protest ban on wearing glasses

    Earlier this month, anger in Japan surfaced following Japanese television network Nippon TV airing a story about employers banning female workers from wearing glasses, instead insisting that they wear contact lenses as an alternative. 

    Watching the watchers: workplace CCTV

    Contrasting judgments of two, recent, Spanish cases show that surveillance of employees in the workplace is an evolving and sometimes uncertain topic.

    Relationships at work

    Pardon the bun but there has been a flurry of media coverage regarding McDonald’s decision to dismiss its CEO, Steve Easterbrook after a saucy but allegedly consensual relationship with another employee. 

    Five common contract of employment mistakes

    This Halloween, don’t be caught with dusty old skeletons of contracts of employment in your personnel files.  Instead, make sure that they are at the heart of your employment relationship and update it regularly so they don’t suck the blood, and your will to live, out of you in the event of a dispute.

    World Mental Health Day 2019

    On the 10 October 2019, the World Mental Health Day was aimed at suicide prevention.  This was in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day which takes place on 10 September 2019 every year. 

    Workplace Law - October 2019

    Welcome to the October edition of Workplace Law.

    Mental Health in Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Cases

    On World Mental Health Day, Thomson Snell & Passmore reflects on what mental health means for our clinical negligence and personal injury clients. 

    Workplace Law - September 2019

    Welcome to the August edition of Workplace Law.

    Welcome - Dominic Williams

    A warm welcome to Dominic Williams who has started as a Trainee with Thomson Snell & Passmore this September in his first (and best) seat, Employment Law.  Dominic recently completed his Legal Practice Course and will be working closely with the employment department.

    Reasonable belief of the public interest

    Protected disclosures or “whistleblowing” is a tricky subject and for a protected disclosure claim to be successful, it must first pass a number of tests.  One of which is the ‘public interest’ test, i.e., is the information being disclosed in the public’s interest?  If it is not, then it will not amount to a protected disclosure.

    Tell me where it hurts

    In Komeng v Creative Support Limited, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) confirmed that the main consideration when calculating an injury to feelings award is the effect of unlawful discrimination on the Claimant, rather than the gravity of the Defendant’s act.

    Something to sink your teeth into: vegetarianism is not protected but vegans might be

    A recent employment tribunal ruled that vegetarianism is not a protected characteristic for the purposed of the Equality Act 2010. Meaning that you cannot unlawfully discriminate against someone for being vegetarian.    

    Stressed about stressed?

    Unfortunately, it seems that work is intertwined with stress.  Despite stress at work not being a new concept, some of the top commentators are saying that we need a better understanding of our fight or flight response, which triggers stress, to help organisations deal with impacts of stress on their employees and business.  

    The fight against sexual harassment in the workplace

    The #MeToo movement, fronted by Emma Watson, led to an outpour of historical revelations as it saw millions of women share their stories of sexual harassment and sexual abuse, especially in the workplace. The BBC conducted a survey which reported that 50% of women experienced sexual harassment at work. 

    Social media in the workplace

    Social media is becoming increasingly useful in the workplace as many employers find it to be an effective means of communication and promotion of their company.  Despite its potential effectiveness in business development, social media can cause damage to employer reputation if used incorrectly or recklessly. 

    Workplace Law - August 2019

    Welcome to the August edition of Workplace Law.

    Workplace Law - July 2019

    Welcome to the July edition of workplace law.

    Covert recordings of meetings

    Individuals record meetings for a variety of reasons, some malicious, others to ensure an accurate recording of a meeting is taken.   

    Mind the (ethnicity pay) gap

    On 9 July 2019, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) published statistics on its analysis of its annual population survey which stated that the UK workforce is made up of the following:

    Constructive knowledge of disability

    In certain types of disability discrimination claims, the level of knowledge about the individual’s disability can be critical to having a defence or not.

    Workplace Law - June 2019

    Welcome to the June edition of workplace law.

    Workplace Law - May 2019

    In this edition, we review the rise of disability discrimination claims, the effect that menopause is having on women at work, the potential claims of discrimination from vegans, shared parental leave and the work/life balance.

    Work-life balance

    The UK has the longest working week in Europe but before we pat ourselves on the back too much for being such dedicated workers, there is evidence to suggest we are not working as productively as our European counterparts. 

    Shared Parental Leave and discrimination

    The Court of Appeal has handed down its judgment in two joined cases which concerned whether it was discriminatory to pay men on shared parental leave less than women on enhanced maternity pay terms.

    Why is there so much beef with vegans?

    It might be hard to swallow but veganism is on the rise, globally.

    Putting a Menopause on work

    Menopause can be a challenging time and bring with it unexpected changes to the body that affect an individual’s daily life. 

    Disability discrimination claims are on the rise

    Research indicates that disability discrimination claims being heard by the Tribunals increased by 37% from 2017 to 2018. This may well be because of the abolition of Tribunal fees, but another strong contender is that stress-induced mental health issues are on the rise. This comes as with the increasing readiness of employees to allege that mental health issues amount to disabilities. There is also an increasing awareness of mental health issues and a tendency to hold employers responsible for these.

    Holiday pay must include regular voluntary overtime

    The Court of Appeal has handed down a judgement in the case of East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust v Flowers which concerned whether pay for voluntary overtime should be included in holiday pay.

    Campaign launched to improve job security

    The Living Wage Foundation has recently launched Living Hours which is a new campaign aimed at FTSE100 employers and has been designed to improve job security for zero hour contract workers.

    Businesses encouraged to join the #WorkWithMe pledge

    There are one million disabled people in the UK who would like to work, but are not given the opportunity by many businesses. YouGov, a global public opinion and data company, recently conducted research focusing on HR decision-makers, which revealed that many businesses are contributing to a disability employment crisis due to outdated beliefs and an unwillingness to tackle the issue

    Workplace Law - April 2019

    Welcome to the April edition of workplace law.  This time we look at women’s progression in the workplace, the ethnicity pay gap, Brexit travel, National Minimum Wage enforcement and stress at work.

    Stress at work

    Stress is, arguably, inherent in work and is a nationwide issue.  A recent report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that 37% of the 1,078 professionals interviewed had noticed a rise in stress-related absences over the past year. 

    National minimum wage enforcement

    There are various levels of national minimum wage (NMW) and national living wage (NLW) depending on an individual’s age. 

    Only 5% of employers have analysed their ethnicity pay gap

    New research suggests that only a small fraction of UK businesses have conducted any analysis of their ethnicity pay gap with legal restrictions and GDPR compliance being the main factors restricting them from doing so.

    Women's progression in the workplace

    The Government Equalities Office has recently issued new guidance for employers on actions they can take to support women’s progress in the workplace.  It is hoped that this will help to close the gender pay gap and increase gender equality in the workplace.

    UK named among least ‘family-friendly’ countries in new study

    The UK has been ranked as one of the least family-friendly among the world’s richest countries; a new study by the UN’s children’s charity has shown.

    Workplace Law - March 2019

    Welcome to another edition of Workplace Law! In this edition, we look at the continuing increase in tribunal awards and statutory payments, the lack of awareness for holiday pay, mental health in the construction sector and suspension of employees.

    When can an employer suspend an employee without breaching the implied term of trust and confidence?

    In a case featuring London Borough of Lambeth, the Court of Appeal grappled with this question when Mrs Agoreyo, a primary school was suspended after two teaching assistants accused her of using excessive force against two young pupils with special educational needs.

    Holiday pay awareness

    We all recall the Taylor Review, published in July 2017, which looked at the labour market and provided a number of recommendations for workplace reform, addressing the status issues for atypical workers in the gig economy and agency workers.  

    Workplace Law - February 2019

    Welcome to another edition of Workplace Law! In this edition, we look at ACAS’ updated guidance on age discrimination, the recent Ladbrokes redundancy selection criteria case and the gender pay gap.

    How can my organisation explain its gender pay gap?

    Organisations with a headcount of 250 or more employees on the ‘snapshot date’ of 5 April 2018 are required to publish gender pay gap reports by 4 April 2019 at the latest.

    Ladbrokes out of luck on their proposed redundancy criteria

    Not only do some of their customers experience bad luck, but it appears that Bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral have had their fair share of misfortune this month.

    ACAS’ updated guidance on age discrimination

    Age is one of the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 (EQA 2010).  Under the EQA 2010, discrimination, i.e. the treatment of someone unfairly because of a protected characteristic, is discriminatory and therefore against the law.  

    Workplace Law - January 2019

    Welcome to the first edition of Workplace Law 2019! In this edition we look at the updates on the Government’s Good Work Plan, the gig-economy Uber case, and the ICO’s no-deal Brexit data protection advice.

    Welcome to Eleanor Hobbs

    A warm welcome to Eleanor Hobbs who started with Thomson Snell & Passmore at the beginning of this year. Eleanor joins us from Hailsham Chambers and is working closely with the employment team and through her apprenticeship course with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

    ICO reiterates data protection advice in the case of a no-deal Brexit

    The Information Commissioner’s Office has provided six practical steps for companies, including employers, to take in order to prepare for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit situation.

    Uber drivers are “workers”, and are entitled to minimum wage, annual leave and unlawful deduction protection

    The Uber case was one of the first and arguably the most high-profile Gig Economy cases that contested whether the individual Uber driver was self-employed or a worker. 

    The Government’s Good Work Plan

    Move over 2019, we’re already looking at April 2020! In December 2018, the widely-anticipated Good Work Plan was published, outlining the “Government’s vision for the future of the UK labour market”.   

    Workplace Law - December 2018

    Welcome to a festive edition of Workplace Law, in the articles that follow we look at GDPR and the risks of allowing employees to access work emails from personal devices, Collaborative Employment Law and our Christmas wish.

    All I want for Christmas is EU (withdrawal clarity)

    In a November Workplace Law article we highlighted the continued uncertainty of the position of the three-to-four million EU nationals residing in the UK, and the employers that employ them, in the event of a no-deal Brexit. 

    Collaborative Employment Law: make it your New Year’s Resolution…

    The Employment Tribunal national user group has published the minutes of its most recent summit, we feel they highlight the necessity for businesses to look for new and innovative means to approaching disputes in the workplace 

    General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

    Is it a coincidence that X-mas and GDPR both have four letters in them? We think not, and so here is a festive update on GDPR. This is our present from us to you, you’re welcome

    Workplace Law - November 2018

    Welcome to another edition of Workplace Law, in these articles we look at the employment tribunal fees, EU workers rights on a no-deal Brexit and the research conducted by ACAS on sexual harassment.

    ACAS research - Sexual Harassment

    In 2016, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) found that 52% of all women polled in their ‘Still just a bit of banter?’ report had experienced some form of sexual harassment.

    EU workers’ right to work in the UK on a no-deal Brexit

    The deadline of the 29 March 2019 for Brexit creeps ever closer and on a daily basis, we can all speculate whether we are heading for a “no-deal” Brexit.  

    Employment tribunal fees

    It has been a little over a year since the employment tribunal fees were abolished following the Supreme Court judgment, which heavily criticised the fees and decided that they were unlawful.

    Workplace Law - October 2018

    Don’t be tricked by recent updates on employment law, let us treat you with updates on the scary Data Protection fines, parental bereavement and frightening vicarious liability. Happy Halloween!


    A belated welcome to William Chrusciel who has started as a Trainee Solicitor with Thomson Snell & Passmore in September.  This is his first seat but already William has assisted with a number of the workplace law articles and is working closely with the employment team.

    Vicarious liability

    There has been a recent string of vicarious liability cases seemingly increasing the remit for which an employer will be found to be vicariously liable for the actions of its employees.  The case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Limited is another one of these cases.  

    Parental Bereavement – new right to 2 weeks’ leave expected in 2020

    The Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Bill has recently received Royal Assent, and is expected to come into force in April 2020.

    Data Protection fines – what employers should really be nervous about this Halloween…

    UK data protection legislation, including the new GDPR, is enforced by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO has the authority to issue monetary fines of up to 4% of a company’s annual worldwide turnover, or 20 million euros, for those in breach of their data protection duties.

    Workplace Law - September 2018

    In this edition of Workplace Law we look at the new guidance on employment references, the call for a four day week and some tribunal statistics.   

    Call for a four day week

    We’re not one for causing controversy but we couldn’t let this one just pass us by!

    Tribunal statistics

    It’s that time again; the Government has published the latest batch of tribunal statistics detailing claims from April to June 2018. 

    ACAS launches new guidance on employment references

    The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) have produced new guidance on providing references in an effort to assist employers when providing references for departing personnel.

    Employment status

    The hot topic

    Are you being discriminated against?

    More and more people think they may be being discriminated against – but there are many different forms of discrimination which means potential claims are not always straight forward.

    Workplace Law - August 2018

    In this edition of Workplace Law we look at holiday pay calculations and the recent gender pay gap reporting. 

    Workplace Law - July 2018

    We are really heating up this edition of Workplace Law as we take a look at the recent heatwave and the government’s recent list of employers failing to pay the National Minimum/Living Wage.

    Naming and shaming of employers failing to pay the National Minimum/Living Wage

    The saying goes “another day, another dollar”. 

    Some like it hot

    Summer has officially arrived and with it comes a heatwave.  With some parts of the country reaching a scorching 30 degrees there are a number of heatwave warnings in place.  

    Workplace Law - June 2018

    Welcome to another edition of Workplace Law. In this edition, we consider how you can survive the World Cup and the recent Supreme Court case involving Pimlico Plumbers.

    Pimlico plumbers

    By way of a very brief re-cap to this long running worker status case, Mr Gary Smith commenced work for Pimlico Plumbers in August 2005 and worked solely for them until he was released from service on 3 May 2011.  During this time Pimlico Plumbers gave him a contract that labelled him as an independent contractor.

    The World Cup 2018

    Football fever has once again gripped the world with the advent of the World Cup – Russia 2018

    Shared parental leave

    Shared parental leave has had a very low uptake on a national scale.

    ACAS time limits are sequential

    Whenever you are faced with an actual or potential employment tribunal claim, the first thing to look at is whether the claimant will/has lodged their claim within the limitation period for the specific claim(s).

    Article for people management re unpaid internships

    Internships are an increasingly common route into work, particularly for young graduates. In April, the Institute for Public Policy Research published research suggesting that the number of internships has doubled since 2010. Of these internships, they estimate that one in five is unpaid. 

    Workplace Law - March 2018

    Happy Easter!  In this Spring edition, we consider the possible extension of shared parental leave to the self-employed, the increase in ACAS Early Conciliation notifications and tribunal claims and finally the recent case outlining that costs can be awarded even before the ET3 is served on the claimant.

    Costs can be awarded for the period before the ET3 is lodged

    Unlike the other civil courts in the UK, costs are not necessarily awarded to the winning side.  Instead, costs can be awarded generally only when a party has acted, amongst other things, unreasonably.  

    Increase in employment tribunal claims and ACAS Early Conciliation notifications

    Since the abolishment of the employment tribunal fees in July 2017 there has been an increase in both ACAS Early Conciliation (EC) notifications and employment tribunal claims.  

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