Litigation Solicitors in Oxford

For Employees

Litigation Solicitors in Oxford

For Employees

Whilst many disputes can and should be settled without recourse to the courts or tribunals, sometimes litigation cannot be avoided. We can advise and represent you at all stages of proceedings and will partner with you every step of the way. We have considerable experience in the Employment Tribunal and in both the County Court and High Court.

What does an employment litigator do?

Litigation is the process of resolving a dispute in the courts or tribunals. Broadly speaking the steps are:

  • Letter before action

  • Issue of proceedings

  • Directions from the court

  • Discovery of documents

  • Witness statements

  • Hearing

An employment litigator advises on and conducts each of these stages for the client.

What is litigation in employment law?

Employment claims are likely to be brought in either the employment tribunal or the courts.

Employment tribunals generally deal with claims relating to statutory rights such as unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing, holiday rights and the like. Employment tribunals can also deal with some low value contractual claims following from termination of employment.

The courts generally deal with contractual or tortious (civil wrong) claims such as breach of contract (for instance non payment for notice period), breach of express restrictive covenants (restricting post termination employment) or misuse of confidential information.

The difference between the courts and employment tribunals is that legal costs are generally not recoverable in the employment tribunal and are generally payable by the losing party in the courts.

What are some examples of employment disputes?

In the employment tribunal:

  • Unfair dismissal - constructive or express dismissal

  • Discrimination

  • Holiday pay

  • Whistleblowing

  • Health and safety

In the courts:

  • Breach of contract - non payment of notice or holiday pay for instance

  • Enforcement of restrictive covenants or return of confidential information

Should I get a solicitor for an employment tribunal?

This is a question each client should consider. The factors to bear in mind are cost and the complexity of the case. We can represent you in tribunal or provide guidance to help you represent yourself.

Advice on appeals

We are often instructed after tribunal proceedings have been concluded with a view to appealing against an employment tribunal decision. The appeal is to the Employment Appeal Tribunal. This is never the best starting point for our involvement as the grounds for appeal are very limited but nevertheless, we have considerable experience in this area.

Here at Julian Taylor HR we're a small but very experienced team of employment law solicitors. What makes us different to other firms is that you're going to be working directly with one of us - we won't pass your case off to a junior, or someone else working behind the scenes.

Our team have a huge amount of experience dealing with all areas of employment law, for both employees and employers - so don't hesitate to reach out for a chat about your own needs.

Julian Taylor Solicitor


Partner and Founder
Paula Rome


Jayne Sinclair



Chambers 2024 "Julian would always be my first choice for employment advice at any level of complexity."

What the team is known for: Julian Taylor Solicitors is a boutique firm that handles the full spectrum of employment work, including restructuring and TUPE issues. Julian Taylor Solicitors regularly advises on matters relating to employment status and senior exits. The firm represents national clients in the technology, legal and non-profit sectors.

Julian Taylor is a well-regarded employment practitioner recognised for advising his clients on an array of HR-related disputes as well as negotiating senior employee exit terms. He is additionally adept at handling unfair dismissal claims and is noted for his experience of contractual issues and post-termination restrictive covenants.

"Julian is very experienced and confident. He is pragmatic and empowers the client to make informed decisions."

Paula Rome is an employment specialist who is recognised for her expertise in employment matters involving collective consultation. She also advises on senior exits, regularly working with both employers and employees in that area.

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“This team punches well above its weight, particularly in the high quality of legal advice, client care, responsiveness and experience. While the team is small, they provide an excellent service, on a par with some of the best London employment teams."

“Julian Taylor is a fantastic lawyer. He is knowledgeable, sensible and clear. He is usually my very first recommendation when asked for an employment solicitor."

“We instruct Julian Taylor on all of our employment issues and find them to be sensitive, commercial and practical in their advice."

Founding partner and seasoned litigator Julian Taylor heads the team.

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Employment Disputes and Litigation Solicitors in Oxford.

As specialists in employment law, we’ve dealt with many disputes and litigation cases from our offices in Oxford, including cases in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. If you would like to request our assistance with your own dispute please don’t hesitate to contact our team.

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