In these unprecedented times, Axiom Stone Solicitors will, in common with other businesses, be following the Government's official advice on social distancing and social isolating.

Public health measures must have the highest priority and, as a result, some staff will be working from home. Also, our offices will be closed to visitors.

However, we wish to reassure existing and potential clients that we will continue to provide the highest levels of service.

Please be assured we have a robust business continuity plan in place that is designed to minimise the impact on our service to you.

In addition, please continue to contact us electronically or by phone in relation to the progress of your matters or on any issues of concern to you.

Until further notice, service of claim forms, application notices and all other court documents and contractual notices must be made to our head office only (we shall not accept service through any other means). Our head office address is at Axiom Stone Solicitors, Axiom House, 1 Spring Villa Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7EB. We ask that all other correspondence be sent by email to the relevant member of Axiom Stone Solicitors. In the event that service of court documents or contractual notices is attempted by post, courier, DX, or fax to any address other than that of our Head Office, we cannot provide any assurance that they will be received or processed. We are grateful for your understanding at this time.

We will update this information regularly on our website (Please see COVID-19 Updates Here) and via social media.

Finally, we urge everybody to follow the official advice on fighting the virus outbreak so enabling you to stay safe and well.

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Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment

Work environments should be a setting which promote positive behaviour rather than cause distress. Being discriminated against is not only unfair but unlawful under the Equality Act 2010. To be discriminated against is to be treated unfairly, bullied and/or harassed due to the following:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

Protection from discrimination applies to the self-employed, agency workers, partners, job applicants and employees and does not require any qualifying service.

Keys points to note where discrimination is suspected:

  • What is the reason for the unlawful treatment? It can only be discrimination if it is for the one of the reasons given above
  • How is the treatment unfair? There are different types of unlawful discrimination depending on the circumstances of each case
  • There are defences an employer can rely on such as business need and the reasonable steps they have already taken with policies, training and the like to prevent the unlawful behaviour
  • Strict time limits apply to the issue of Tribunal proceedings

Bullying and Harassment can still be unlawful even if the behaviour is not discrimination and claims can be brought in the County Court under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 or in the Employment Tribunal for constructive unfair dismissal.

Bullying and harassment can include:

  • Offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour involving the misuse of power
  • Physical or psychological threats
  • Overbearing levels of supervision
  • Inappropriate derogatory remarks about performance