Employment & equalities


When it comes to employment law, the best option is always to avoid problems in the first place.

The Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co team will make sure you do that, and we will also help you to reduce risk while ensuring managers act more commercially.

From the everyday to the strategic, our 35-strong global team advises a broad client base, comprising commercial, corporate and public sector entities, on the full range of employment issues.

You can expect our team to be:

  • Creative - The team is "excellent all round - they go the extra mile and know their stuff" (Chambers 2014). Recognising diverse client needs, a comprehensive range of support solutions are on offer, including bespoke training, a Combined Human Resource Solutions team and and a range of innovative products like our gamified e-learning scenario.
  • Decisive - Our experts "get off the fence and give you the options as well as telling you what they think is best" (Chambers 2014). While broad sector expertise and collective experience give clients access to tried and tested success strategies, the team loves to take on new challenges and find new solutions.
  • Trusted - Working as an extension of your team, our experts will always act in your best interests. Our approach is to stand in your shoes, and with several team members lending experience from previous in-house roles, our understanding of your commercial drivers and challenges is second-to-none.

We have a number of overseas offices with employment experts who can help our clients with employment issues in their local jurisdictions. We also call upon a tried and tested network of employment experts in other jurisdictions who share our approach to client service.

Wherever you are in the world, we - or someone we trust and recommend - can help you resolve any employment issue you have.

What's more, if an employment matter leads into other areas, our cross-sector specialists can step in at a moment's notice to provide you with expert advice on anything unexpected.

Our services include:

  • Combined Human Resources Solutions team - Unique in the UK, our Combined Human Resource Solutions team deals with the interaction of pensions and employment law. Typical work includes high profile and high-value age discrimination claims and multi-billion pound restructuring projects.
  • Commercial and corporate support - We are experts in advising on all aspects of the application of TUPE - Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) - offering practical solutions to our employer clients, in the context of mergers and acquisitions and outsourcings, or change of service provision arrangements. We have extensive experience of public and private sector outsourcings, property management agreements and international outsourcing.
  • Employment Litigation - We represent employers in all forms of litigation arising from employment disputes, covering both Employment Tribunals and High Court and County Court actions. We deal with everything from high value and strategically important claims through to more routine "volume" cases for major employers. Our rigorous methodology allows us to offer an appropriate and cost-effective solution for all kinds of claims and organisations.
  • Investigations - Allegations of discrimination, grievances and whistleblowing issues, such as employee corruption or fraud, can leave your organisation exposed to financial and reputational risk and force you to use valuable time and resources getting to the bottom of what is happening. Whether we support your own investigation or internal audit teams, or take the problem out of your hands, our team has experience of handling even the largest of cases, thereby reducing the risk and leaving you free to get back to business.
  • Bespoke Training - From redundancy and restructuring to raising diversity awareness and managing performance and sickness absence, our specialists cover a range of popular topics in bespoke training, focused on up-skilling and empowering line managers while keeping HR up-to-date with key developments. We find out what you need and deliver training delivered to you and your people, with a focus on your policies and procedures, and without any of the unnecessary 'fluff' you get with standard training packages.

Our experts are immersed in the latest regulatory changes and so are well-placed to advise on the hot topics effecting employers in all sectors and industries. Through events, workshops, alerts and digital media they ensure clients have the information and guidance they need. The team's insights into the pledges of the main political parties ahead of the General Election is a prime example and is captured in our employment and pensions manifesto commitments chart.

Clients who choose Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co for employment advice include Alitalia, Wates Group, Sanctuary Housing, London Borough of Croydon, Cathay Pacific and Jacobs.

Read the latest from Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co's award winning Employment & Equalities team via the Employment & Equalities blog.

Key contacts

Jane Fielding

Jane Fielding

My role is to ensure our team delivers top-quality service to its existing clients and wins new work to grow the business. We deal with whatever our clients need help with from harassment complaints, through detailed working time queries and large-scale re-structurings and other change programmes.

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