Performance & capability issues

If your employer thinks you're not doing your job properly, specialist legal advice can help. Our employment lawyers are in your corner and can guide you through the process.

Ellieshia Hyam, Bishop's Stortford
Ellieshia Hyam, trainee solicitor in Bishops Stortford

Performance at work - legal advice

If your employer questions your performance or capability at work, you may well feel stressed and anxious about the situation and your future. It’s a good idea to ask for help from a legal expert to consider your options and how best to deal with the issues you face. You’ll have someone on your side who will help you to feel more confident about the process you’re facing and feel more in control.

Employers are entitled to raise legitimate performance issues and need to be effective and address matters with guidance and support. However, when faced with a performance improvement plan you may feel concerned that your employer has not taken into account your side of the story or you are being unfairly scutinised. It may be, for instance, that you have been set targets that you consider to be unachievable, or you are being blamed for the poor performance of team member that is beyond your control. 

Our performance at work legal services

Our specialist employment lawyers can help you by:

  • checking whether your employer has followed their own procedure, and the ACAS Code and Principles of best practice 
  • advising whether your employer may be discriminating against you, or treating you unfairly
  • giving you practical advice about whether or not the employer is justified and able to take the action that they are
  • helping you to prepare for any hearings and how best to respond to allegations against you, including by obtaining copies of relevant paperwork e.g. your job description, appraisal reports, positive feedback from colleagues, clients etc
  • negotiating to reach an amicable solution. Sometimes, things are just not working out at work and we can look at how you might resolve things whether to continue in your job with adjustments or, if your employer has offered a settlement agreement, helping you decide how to proceed and negotiate a better deal for you where possible
  • advising on whether you have a potential case to issue an employment tribunal claim against your employer, if it’s not possible to resolve the situation another way.

With our specialist advice and support, you're in the best possible position to take practical steps to achieve your objectives. 

We're here to help

If you’re facing capability or performance action at work, give us a call for a confidential conversation. Let’s talk about how we can help you sort things out.

Our specialist lawyers are based in:

  • Cambridgeshire: Cambridge
  • Essex: Brentwood, Chelmsford, and Saffron Walden
  • Hertfordshire: Bishop's Stortford and Royston 

But we can help you wherever you are in England and Wales.

Call our Employment Law solicitors on 0800 0131165

For an initial chat, at no obligation, or fill out our enquiry form and a solicitor will get in touch.

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