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Private Individuals > Employment Law

Employment Law

Are you facing redundancy or being unfairly dismissed? Have you been treated unfairly at work or been discriminated against?

Your best interests are our prime concern and here at Ward Gethin Archer Solicitors we have a specialist team of employment solicitors who can provide you with advice on all your employment law concerns.

Employment Law

Whether you have been dismissed or believe that you can no longer go into work as a result of your employer's actions, if you think you have been discriminated against or you are not getting what you are entitled to, we can offer advice on what you can do.

We offer an initial consultation of up to 30 minutes, either by telephone or in person, free of charge. It does not matter if your employment was part time or full time.

Here at Ward Gethin Archer Solicitors we can provide advice on the following employment claims:

  • Unfair Dismissal claims
  • Constructive Dismissal claims where your employer has breached your contract of employment and you believe that you had no alternative than to leave employment
  • Discrimination
  • Breach of Contract
  • Redundancy
  • Employment related dismissal and pregnancy related dismissal
  • Settlement Agreements

If our employment solicitors believe that you do have sufficient grounds for a claim in the Employment Tribunal, then we may be able to represent you under a no win no fee agreement. This means that if you are successful in your claim, our fees will be paid from your compensation but if you are unsuccessful, then we will only charge you for the expenses which we have incurred in bringing your claim such as travel expenses and the costs of an expert if necessary. We will not charge for our time and therefore there will be no other charge to you, except for the fees which are now payable to the Employment Tribunal, and which, unless you are entitled to exemption, you will have to meet. You will be kept informed throughout of any expenses you may incur.

If we are unable to represent you on this funding arrangement, then we will give you a quotation as to the costs of acting on your behalf privately and if necessary, you can pay us on a monthly basis in order to allow you to budget for your legal costs.

If you require advice, then please contact one of our solicitors below or contact your nearest office who will be more than happy to assist. The contact details for each of our offices can be found by clicking here.

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Richard Pennington

Richard Pennington

Richard is a solicitor and Director in our Family, Civil Litigation and Employment departments based in King's Lynn.

Richard became a solicitor in 1986, and has been a Director since May 1991. Richard brings over 20 years of litigation experience and deals with particularly contentious financial issues in divorces for SME owners and their spouses, commercial disputes of all sorts, contentious probate matters and professional negligence disputes for the firm.

Richard is a trained civil litigation mediator, a Member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association and a Resolution Trained Collaborative Family Lawyer able to deal with collaborative work, and is also a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.

Richard is also the Chair of YMCA Norfolk and a trustee of a number of local charities, a church elder and a member of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship.


As published in The UK Legal 500 2014 East Anglia Private client Family recommended Law firms:

"Richard Pennington at Ward Gethin Archer is 'an old-fashioned litigator with a superb legal brain and great tactical awareness'; he regularly advises on contentious divorce settlements."

Email Richard Pennington 

Telephone Richard Pennington 01553 667202

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Members of ResolutionMembers of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)Professional Negligence Lawyers AssociationResolution Collaborative Lawyer
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Kim Faivelowitz

Kim Faivelowitz

Kim is a Chartered Legal Executive and a Director, working in the firm's Litigation and Employment Law Department. Kim joined the firm in 2002 and she advises clients on a wide range of litigation matters, including contract disputes, debt collection, commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, property disputes, professional negligence and contentious probate. In terms of employment matters, Kim advises both employers and employees in employment disputes including representing clients in Employment Tribunal claims and she drafts employment contracts for employers.

Outside of work, Kim enjoys keeping fit and spending quality time with her family.

Email Kim Faivelowitz 

Telephone Kim Faivelowitz 01553 667225

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Chris Dewey

Chris Dewey

Chris is a solicitor, the firm's Managing Director and a key member of both the Personal Injury and Employment Law teams. He is a Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, a member of the Law Society's Personal Injury Panel, and specialises in helping Union members with accidents at work and occupational disease claims. He also has a wealth of experience advising on all aspects of Employment Law including claims for unfair dismissal, disability claims and TUPE transfers.

Email Chris Dewey 

Telephone Chris Dewey 01553 667209

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Sarah Scott

Sarah Scott

Sarah is a solicitor and Director in the Personal Injury team.

She has been with the firm since 1994, initially as a trainee, qualifying as a solicitor in 1996.

Sarah specialises in industrial injury cases including asbestos exposure, occupational asthma and accidents at work generally. She also deals with claims involving medical negligence, road traffic accidents, accidents abroad and occupier's liability accidents. She is a member of the Law Society's Personal Accreditation Scheme.

Sarah is also a Notary Public.

When time allows, Sarah enjoys playing the piano and bassoon (albeit not at the same time).

Email Sarah Scott 

Telephone Sarah Scott 01553 667210

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Personal InjuryMembers of The Notaries Society
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Maria Short

Maria Short

Having trained and qualified as a solicitor in 2010 with a niche commercial firm in Hampshire, Maria joined Ward Gethin Archer in April 2016 and is based in our office in Ely and specialises in civil litigation and employment law, and is able to help and advise clients on a wide variety of dispute matters in various areas of law, for example commercial and consumer contracts, negligence claims, Landlord and Tenant matters. Maria also has experience in employment law and can provide advice on a range of Employment Law matters for clients both from an employer and employee perspective.

Maria is an experienced civil litigation solicitor who has until recently been working in the public sector for an NHS Trust, where she adapted her legal skills to assist an organisation working within a challenging financial environment, and brings a practical solution focus to her legal work

Email Maria Short 

Telephone Maria Short 01353 662203

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Amy Matthews

Amy Matthews

Amy joined Ward Gethin Archer in May 2016 as a Trainee Solicitor and is currently in the Litigation team in our King's Lynn office.

Amy graduated with a Law degree in 2013 and completed her Legal Practice Course at BPP University Cambridge in April 2016.

Before relocating to King's Lynn, Amy worked as a Paralegal in Norwich for two years within the Civil Intervention & Asset Recovery and Insolvency Departments.

Amy previously volunteered with the Citizens Advice Bureau and is currently a member of the Law Society Junior Lawyers Division.

Email Amy Matthews 

Telephone Amy Matthews 01553 667211

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Personal Injury