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Graham Vials is a Partner in the employment department.


Graham specialises in providing commercial advice to predominately employer clients, advising on a full range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters to a variety of private and public sector clients, ranging from owner-managed businesses to large national companies, schools and academies and government departments and local authorities.

Graham provides pragmatic and strategic advice in respect of all day to day HR and employment related matters and has expertise in all aspects of employment law, including dealing with disciplinary and performance issues, grievances, discrimination, dismissal, breach of contract, pay and benefits and business restructures.

Graham is also a keen advocate and has successfully brought and defended Employment Tribunal claims around the country for a variety of private and public sector clients and individual employees. Specific examples include:-

  • Successfully defending a number of Employment Tribunal claims brought against a government department, including unfair dismissal, disability discrimination and race discrimination claims.
  • Acting for a social housing company and successfully defending unfair dismissal, disability discrimination and race discrimination claims.
  • Advising an ex-employee of a manufacturing business and issuing Employment Tribunal proceedings, resulting in a six-figure award of compensation.

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What our clients say

  • "Graham has provided us with a very prompt and effective Employment Law and HR service. His clear and friendly advice and guidance has helped us resolve HR issues quickly, decisively and with confidence."

    Linda Davies, Head Teacher, Parkside Academy
  • "While always giving the legal position with clarity Graham balances commercial interests with common sense and does do in a collaborative manner always seeking the input of all concerned. I cannot speak highly enough of the standard of service we have received."

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