Employment Law & Discrimination Solicitors

When disputes arise, setting out the issues and engaging in an early dialogue can avoid the need for the involvement of the Tribunals.

Employment Services

Representing employers & employees on a variety of employment issues.

When disputes arise, setting out the issues and engaging in an early dialogue can avoid the need for the involvement of the Tribunals. Employment claims must now be referred to ACAS before a claim can be issued at the Tribunal so there is a greater emphasis on reaching a commercial compromise early on. Given that legal costs in Tribunal claims are generally irrecoverable, it is in the interests of both parties to reach a deal.

Employment disputes can be avoided or their impact minimised if the appropriate documentation is in place and the correct procedures are followed.

Employment Law

Our Employment Law Department provides expert employment law advice for both employers and employees on a wide range of issues

What is Employment Law

Employers and employees both have rights and obligations to one another. The better the paperwork in place, such as contracts of employment and policies, the better those rights and obligations will be understood. When disputes arise about employment issues, they can be resolved in the Tribunal if needed.

Why Us

Wherever reasonably possible, we help clients to reach a resolution to compromise employment disputes at an early stage and in an amicable manner. The likelihood of costs being recovered in employment disputes is very low, so it is much better for the parties to try to reach an early resolution, rather than spending considerable sums of money and time on litigating.

Our Team

Paul Hatton has extensive experience in disputed employment cases and alternative dispute resolution. Andrew Stockton and Nicola White advise on employment documentation and employment-related matters in commercial transactions and TUPE transfers.

Get to know

the team

Meet the team

Andrew Stockton - Head of department

After graduating from Leeds University, Andrew trained with the firm and qualified as a solicitor in 1984. He has specialised in commercial work since 1989 building a solid reputation for advising a wide variety of clients – from small start up ventures to national organisations.

Paul Hatton

Paul takes pride in being a “problem solver” for his clients. In commercial litigation and employment matters he advises clients on a broad range of disputes and problems in the civil courts, striving to nip problems in the bud and minimise the impact on you or your business. Paul studied law at the University of Liverpool and qualified in 2005. He joined Dootsons in 2013, after working for law firms in Bolton and Altrincham, and became a Partner at Dootsons in May 2016. Paul is also an LSM accredited mediator.