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  • C Savage

    We were selling our house (through Nick) and buying a house (through Natalie) and I can honestly say these are the best solicitors we’ve ever used (we had always used ones in London previously). They both kept us informed on a regular basis as to how things were progressing which I really valued and they were quick to respond to any queries I asked. They were professional, efficient, helpful and really nice to deal with. We were recommended Versus through local friends that have used them previously and I would definitely recommend Versus to anyone else asking me for a recommendation.
    Thanks again Natalie and Nick.

  • J Percy

    We used Nicola Nolan for our purchase/transfer of ownership. She was excellent from start to finish. We were fully informed of the process throughout and she was always friendly, approachable and very professional at all times. Would definitely recommend her at Versus Law. Thank you again

  • J Guntren

    Amazing law firm for conveyancing!! My wife and I made an offer on a house 24th September and we were moved in by 20th December. It should also be noted that we were selling my wife’s apartment at the same time (also using Versus), further complicating everything. Thanks to Natalie, everything was done in a very efficient manner and she was very understanding of our situation.

  • P Godfrey

    Many thanks to Anita and all the staff at Versuslaw, they made my flight compensation claim for delay a breeze. I would highly recommend them

  • G Ryder

    The service and advise that we received from Versuslaw was exceptional. We had numerous issues with the house that we were buying and the team at Versus law guided us through the process whilst always looking out for our best interest.They were always prompt in responding to any question that we had and would update us on a regular basis. Thanks again to Nicola, Nick and Francine

  • Mark

    Excellent, professional and friendly work from Nick, Nicola and Natalie. They were flexible and very helpful in pushing along the sale despite several hurdles. Would definitely use again in future and would recommend others do so too

  • C Keen

    Absolutely superb service from Nicola Nolan. Highly trust and recommend. Honest attention to detail.

  • V Griffith

    We would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to Saqib Kazam versuslaw
    Once he took our case in for Holiday compensation He kept us up to date with every thing explaining every step he took this was not an easy case but he got us an excellent result a kind polite very professional young man. Highly recommend

  • J Williams

    From the moment we rung Versus Law and spoke to the receptionist on the phone to the moment we completed on our first home, Versus Law were excellent. Our solicitor was Tom and not only did he keep us updated every step of the way but he was very professional, efficient, offered valuable advice and made the process of buying a house stress free. We couldn’t recommend Versus Law enough and we just wanted to say a huge thank you to Tom and the team. Joe and Kara

  • S Foster

    Sarah handled my claim quickly and efficiently. It made the whole process easy and stress free. She was very professional and kept me informed every step. I would highly recommend Versuslaw.

  • H Cooper

    We would highly recommend Versus law, especially Nick Wintrip (selling) and Nicola Nolan (buying). They both kept us up to date throughout the whole process. They were easy to get hold of and were very prompt to answer any questions/email. We would have no hesitation in recommending Versus law for conveyancing.

  • I Asaf

    Fantastic service, very helpful and kept me informed at every stage

  • M Long

    From start to finish Versus Law have been professional and helpful. Tom Reid was always available to talk to us and gave us updates regularly meaning we did not have to constantly chase up matters. We are very happy by the service and would recommend to anyone looking for a reliable solicitor.

  • Jill T

    Excellent service. I was kept informed every step of the way. Natalie Moylan and Renee Burke were a pleasure to work with. Highly professional but with a personal touch. They both went above and beyond!

  • Danielle

    Excellent service from start to finish from Nicola and Natalie! Super responsive to emails and all my questions as a first time single buyer. Natalie and Nicola make a great team and are so approachable. Definitely recommend them for property related legal services.

  • Frankie

    Really happy with my experience using versus law, from start to finish they put my mind at ease as I wasn’t buying a house in the normal way, it was through a family divorce and there were time scales and dead lines to meet, versus law managed to conker my mortgage and speed things up to avoid any extra costs, nicola was always there to ease my mind when I had any concerns as things do get stressful whilst purchasing a property, the ladies on the reception we also a delight and couldn’t do more to make you feel comfortable in any situation, if you are thinking of using versus law to assist you through your mortgage then look no further as these guys couldn’t have done more for me, I couldn’t have been happier with my experience

  • Matt W

    Nicola Nolan’s conveyancing service has always been excellent, I have used them several times in the last 5 years. In particular for my business I have found their relationship and understanding of Paragon Bank to be very useful. I would highly recommend.

  • Kay

    Excellent decision to go with Versus Law! Nick Wintrip handled the very stressful job of our house sale with professionalism, calmness and a good sense of humour. We did everything via email, phone and post, and he was always quick in responding and keeping me updated every step of the way. Very competitively priced too. I would highly recommend Versus Law without the slightest hesitation.

  • O Li

    Thomas Reid dealt with the sale and purchase of our properties. He was a pleasure to work with – very quick to respond to queries and very efficient in his work. As a result, the process went very smoothly with minimal delays. I would highly recommend competitively priced Versus Law and especially the professionalism of Thomas Reid.

  • Mr RS

    Natalie Moylan dealt with the sale and purchase on my behalf. The whole process was very well handled with constant updates. The first solicitors I’ve used that’s responds within to an email within an hour! Would 100% use again!!!

  • Mrs LC

    Recently dealt with Nick Wintrip at Versus law when selling my property. Found him to be professional, quick and thorough. Process went smoothly and I was well informed throughout the process. I received regular updates and all enquiries were dealt with efficiently. Nick made the whole process of selling my home stress free and a happy one! Your the best Nick – thank you again 🙂
    Will highly recommend Versus Law Solicitors. They are the best

  • Jaxx

    Would recommend Versus Law for conveyancing; Nick and Natalie we’re our team with Nick the main contact, thank you Nick and Natalie for making the conveyancing experience as stress free as possible.

  • Paula

    Great experience working with Versus Law. Excellent level of professionalism from Thomas Reid who provided clear, precise information. Highly recommended from my side. Thanks to Tom and the team.

  • D

    Fantastic experience with Natalie and her colleagues. Email updates throughout the home buying process, estimates of how long it would take to get her work completed and local knowledge which speeded up the process. 100% recommended.

  • R Napier

    Really good and really helpful got things sorted alot quicker than anticipated very cooperative

  • Wetherill

    What an outstanding team they turned my purchase around within the set time frame and very professional at all times.
    They went above and beyond reassured myself throughout the process.
    As being a first time buyer I felt this was most important I would recommend them highly.

  • Nasir

    Versus Law dealt with my house sale from start to finish in a most professional manner. A friendly, professional, competent team who get the job done within the time parameters. I highly recommend this firm.

  • Colin and Yvonne

    Absolutely brilliant service as always.
    This is the third time using Versuslaw and they never fail to impress. Natalie and Nicola are real diamonds and you really get the sense that they actually care about you.

    We actually live in London, but continued to use them for our London property because of our previous experience with them.
    Thank you guys, would highly recommend you to anyone.

  • B Man

    Excellent service!!! We are really happy with the service VersusLaw provided to us. Being first time buyer, we dint have much idea about the whole process and had lots of questions. They have given proper and clear response on time to everything we have requested. For us, one of the property got cancelled in between the process because the owner decided to not to sell that property few days after accepting our offer. Though there were searches and procedures done already for that property VersusLaw did not ask Fee for that purchase as they understood the difficult situation we were in. When we found our next property, we had no doubt whom to contact. We are really happy and totally satisfied by the service Nicola, Natalie and their team offered. We will highly recommend your service to anyone,

  • Ross Grant

    Today I have completed on the purchase of my very first apartment, and it just wouldn’t have been possible without the INCREDIBLE knowledge, guidance and GENUINE care of Nicola, Natalie, and the entire Versus Law team.

    This purchase was far from straightforward, with lots of potential pitfalls – all navigated with professionalism, patience and an impeccable attention to detail by Nicola.

    Nic went well above and beyond the call of duty to look into some extremely complex accounts and repair budgets to the apartment block in question – something I would have completely overlooked.

    As a result, with her guidance, I managed to negotiate a £2,000 reduction in asking price – something I’m sure other solicitors would have let slip through the net.

    That’s a genuine £2000 saving – a lot of money for a first-time buyer.

    You get a real sense that these guys actually CARE – they make you feel more like a friend, than a client – and don’t leave a stone unturned when it comes to conveyancing. If there is anything to uncover on a property, trust me, Nicola will find it!

    In essence, Versus Law made what could have been a rather stressful situation, easy and straightforward.

    Communications and response times were brilliant, with daily updates coming via phone and email – and I never felt rushed by anyone when I had queries.

    I honestly cannot recommend Versus Law enough.

    I’m going to pick up the keys to my apartment now – and won’t be using anyone other than these guys for all future property purchases/ sales.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH Versus Law – I’ll be raising a glass of champagne to you all at the housewarming! 🙂

  • CW

    Great service provided by Nicola and her team.
    Always communicating with updates for the completion of my property.
    Would highly recommend

  • Jackie

    I used Versus Law to buy my first house. Had no idea how it worked but I must say that the conveyancing team held my hand all the way through. On the day of completion there was a delay and they stayed in office late to ensure it went through so I wasn’t waiting over the weekend. It was an absolute pleasure to deal with Versus Law and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them. It was nice to speak to people who I felt cared for me and put my interests first at all times. Thank you so much for your help

  • Andy

    Versus were great to deal with when they provided the conveyancing for my house purchase. I was able to complete the process without needing to physically travel to their offices and my solicitor was always available for any questions when I was completing all the paperwork. Everyone was very friendly to speak to.

  • T Baguley

    Fantastic conveyancing service from Nicola and Natalie, they kept on top of everything from start to finish and were always available whenever we had questions. I’d be happy to recommend them to anyone.

  • David JC

    Very impressed with every aspect of Versus Law, from service they provide to the attitude of the staff. Always called back when they said they would and had a laugh with them too. Will definately use again (if I need to).

  • Mrs Morris

    I would recommend Versus Law to anyone, particularly Nick Wintrip, who looked after us extremely well. They are very efficient and communicated with us fully at all times. We were able to contact them by phone and e mail and did not need to rely on letter going back and forth. Nick is really friendly too and put us at ease throughout the end to end sales process. Thank you.

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Discrimination


Discrimination is the unequal treatment of an individual or a number of individuals who are considered protected under the Equality Act 2010.

Discrimination at work cases are usually agreed through out of court settlements, rather than won at court because it can be very difficult to establish discrimination to the tribunal’s satisfaction, often because of lack of evidence.

Although it may be difficult to establish in a tribunal, it does not mean that discrimination in the work place does not exist.

A lot of employers will settle any potential claim long before it gets to a tribunal, but some will deny and even lie to avoid the uncomfortable truth that managers have engaged in such unlawful discriminatory conduct.

Although discrimination claims are difficult to prove due to lack of evidence, you may be able to prove that you have been disadvantaged because of that discrimination, in which case you may be able to negotiate a settlement agreement, or make a claim through the employment tribunal.

If you want an idea as to how much you should get, try our calculator here.

Discrimination in the workplace can be very difficult for employees and we offer a range of funding options. In some cases, we can offer a ‘no win no fee’ arrangement to you.

We can also offer a range of funding options for assistance on various aspects of a claim for discrimination and we will be happy to discuss all options with you.

Contents:

Who can make a claim for discrimination?

Types of discrimination

Time limits in discrimination at work claims?

Discrimination settlements

Negotiating a discrimination settlement agreement

Can I make a discrimination claim while I am still in employment?

Discrimination claims have the potential of damaging an employer’s reputation

If negotiations come to a standstill

What should I do next?

Who can make a claim for discrimination?

Under the terms of Equality Act 2010, an individual can be protected from discrimination if it can be proven that the act to which they were subjected was because of one or more of their ‘protected characteristics’, as follows:

  • Age – a person of a particular age or belonging to a particular age group.
  • Disability – a person classed as suffering a disability by way of a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect of that person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities.
  • Gender reassignment – a person who is transitioning or has transitioned from one gender to another.
  • Sexual orientation – whether a person is sexually attracted to their own sex, the opposite sex to to both sexes.
  • Sex – a man or woman.
  • Marriage and Civil partnership – the legal union of a man and woman or between a same sex couple.
  • Pregnancy or maternity – being pregnant and then maternity being the period following the birth of the baby and is linked to maternity leave.
  • Race – a person’s race, nationality, colour, and ethnic or national origins.
  • Religious beliefs – a person’s religious or philosophical beliefs or lack of such beliefs (such as atheism). Generally, a belief is interpreted as a mindset which affects an individual’s life choices or the way they choose to live their day to day lives.

Types of discrimination

Discrimination can take a number of forms and the two broadest categories are Direct discrimination and Indirect discrimination.  Harassment and Victimisation are also counted as discrimination. 

  1. Direct Discrimination

Direct discrimination is easy to recognise and it occurs when you have been treated less favourably than others because of one of the protected characteristics you may hold.

Not all unfair treatment is unlawful discrimination under the Equality Act 2010, therefore in order to prove discrimination; you must be able to show that it is because of a protected characteristic. This is difficult because few people discriminate so explicitly.

In rare cases where an employer’s behaviour amounts to direct discrimination, it may be difficult to get to the truth without going through the long process off grievances and potentially a tribunal hearing before the discriminatory conduct is uncovered. Once direct discrimination is established, an employer cannot provide a defence to this conduct.

  1. Indirect discrimination

This is when an employer applies a policy, condition or requirement across the board, but puts you or a group of people at a disadvantage because of the protected characteristics you may hold.

An employer may have a defence if they can objectively justify the requirement and that the discrimination is a proportionate way of achieving a legitimate aim, such as for genuine health and safety reasons.

Therefore in order to utilise the defence, the employer would need to show that there is no reasonable alternative by providing evidence that they have considered the needs of the business, the discriminatory effect of the requirement and any alternatives that may achieve the same result without putting you or other individuals at a disadvantage.

  1. Harassment

This is when an individual is subjected to unwanted conduct (whether this be verbal or physical) because of their protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating their dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual.

A harassment claim can be brought against the individual who conducted that behaviour and their employer or the organisation because the employer can be held responsible for the discriminatory acts of their employees, which took place during the course of the employment or association. Such claims cannot be brought against an individual alone in an employment tribunal.

An employer or organisation does not have to have known about the conduct of the individual harasser and will only have a defence if they can show that they have taken all reasonable steps to prevent and stop discrimination from taking place.

  1. Victimisation

This is when you are treated badly because you have made a ‘protected act’ or it is believed that you have done, or are going to do a protected act.

A protected act is reporting or alleging discrimination, bringing a claim for discrimination, or offering assistance to someone else in their discrimination claim.

Essentially, victimisation is retaliation by your employer for complaining about discrimination.

It is also worth noting that an individual does not necessarily have to have made a protected act, if it can be proven that they have been subjected to a detriment because they are believed to have done so.

Time limits in discrimination at work claims

You will be pleased to know that unlike unfair dismissal claims, you do not have to wait two years of continuous employment before you have the right to bring a claim. Therefore, there is no requirement of a minimum period of employment before you can make a claim in the employment tribunal for discrimination. This is because your rights not to be subjected to less favourable treatment start from the first day of your employment, or even before employment if you were denied an interview due to a protected characteristic.

Once you decide to make a claim for discrimination, you have three months from the date of the discriminatory treatment, or course of events to commence a claim in the employment tribunal, unless you can show it was reasonable in the circumstances to wait. You do this by notifying ACAS through the Early Notification Form.

If you miss the time limit, the tribunal may reject your claim, unless they decide that it is just and equitable to accept it. Therefore, you will need a very good reason for waiting more than three months to issue a claim.

Your employer will be less likely to offer you a decent settlement agreement if you have missed the deadline.  Also, you should also be aware of your employer’s intentions, as it is not uncommon for employers to drag out grievance procedures to take individuals over the three month time limit to issue their claim.

Discrimination settlements

In order to get an idea as to how much you should be looking to settle your discrimination claim for, you should consider how the claim would be dealt with in a tribunal. Most employers will ask this question to their own lawyers and then base any settlement offers on their answer. 

Tribunal claims have three elements:

  1. Financial losses are based on the same principles as for unfair dismissal, but they are not capped at £84,444 (September 2019). Therefore financial losses for discrimination are unlimited and based on the amount of money you lost whilst out of work. If on the other hand you got a job straight away on the same money, then you will have suffered no financial loss.
  1. Injury to feelings is always paid in successful discrimination claims and the guidelines for the amounts payable as set in April 2019, are currently as follows:
  • Band 1: £900 – £8,800 for a one off or isolated incident and is the most common award.
  • Band 2: £8,800 – £26,300 for more serious discrimination.
  • Band 3: £26,300 – £44,000 for a sustained campaign of the most serious discrimination and is very rare.
  1. Personal Injury compensation depends on the type of injury caused, it is very difficult to prove and there is no guarantee that you will be awarded for this. It is based on the same principles as for a car accident, but rather than physical injuries, the most common to discrimination employment matters are psychological injuries, such as depression, anxiety and other similar disorders. If you’re claiming personal injury, then medical evidence is necessary where you will have to show with a medical experts supporting opinion that your employers conduct was the only and direct cause of your condition and that they should have known that their actions could lead you to injury.

Negotiating a discrimination settlement agreement

Being discriminated against by being treated less favourably or harassed because of a protected characteristic is one of the most serious claims to be made at a tribunal. Therefore it is very important for you to have got all the facts and allegations exactly right.

The first thing is that you need to know what you are claiming and why and how to prove it. Sometimes this will not be apparent; therefore you will need to find out more from your employer.

Because discrimination claims are so sensitive, not only to the individual, but to the employer also, any negotiations must be conducted very carefully in order for there to be a chance of success.

The first step is the questions procedure, (previously known as discrimination questionnaires) under the Equality Act 2010. This is a formal statutory procedure that you can use to ask questions about your employer and they must answer, otherwise adverse inferences may be drawn by a judge should the matter proceed to a hearing. An adverse inference means that a judge will be entitled to find that an employer has been, or is up to no good.  Details of the questions procedure, including a questions template can be downloaded from the ACAS website.

Commencing the questions procedure is a good negotiating tactic, as your employers will have your questions and will know that you are serious about making a claim. It is advisable to start the questions procedure and then follow up with without prejudice negotiations; this allows your employer not to investigate the questions, thus keeping the issues confidential.

Alternatively, you could wait tactically for the answers, as this may put you in a stronger position as you can use the answers, or the lack of answers as the basis of writing your without prejudice letter.

Remember not to make allegations without the correct facts and supporting evidence.

Can I make a discrimination claim while I am still in employment?

The answer is yes. This is also a good negotiation tactic, putting pressure on your employer to make an offer to settle. Their first instinct will be to get rid of that employee, but this is not possible without victimising them and thus increasing the likelihood of them having to pay compensation.

Therefore, this is the perfect time to send a without prejudice letter, offering settlement and termination with a good settlement agreement.

Discrimination claims have the potential of damaging an employer’s reputation

Being accused of and being found guilty of discrimination is very worrying for an employer, as not only can it damage their reputation, but it can also damage their business. There is the possibility of further claims too.

Therefore, it is important to use facts, evidence and decent knowledge of discrimination. If you can show your employer in correspondence that you have a case with prospects of success if heard in an employment tribunal, then they will probably want to settle the case.

Take a look at our evidence section as a guide to collecting and using evidence for your claim.

If negotiations come to a standstill

Should negotiations breakdown, the next step would be to submit a grievance, a subject access request and/or a questions procedure if not already done so.

If all of those have failed to secure the desired outcome for you, then now is a good time to instruct a solicitor to issue a claim at the employment tribunal or commence ACAS pre – claim conciliation. This will show your employer that you are serious and will often lead to an improved offer.

What should I do next?

If you would like legal advice regarding any form discrimination that you feel that you have been subjected to because of a protected characteristic, as discussed above, then please complete the enquiry form or call us on XXXXX and we can help you to identify the claims that you may have, advise on time limits and your employers liability and discuss your options and/or settlement options.

We offer a range of funding options to assist you. In some cases, we can offer a ‘no win no fee’ arrangement to you.

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