Bonus Payment Disputes - Solicitors for Employees & Executives

If you have an issue over salary or your bonus at work, it is highly recommended you seek legal advice. Our solicitors have extensive experience of assisting senior executives who become caught up in complex pay disputes. We can provide coaching and tactical advice and can provide direct representation on your behalf when required.

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The Discretionary Bonus

Disputes often arise over the discretionary bonus. The term "discretionary bonus" itself is misleading, as it does not mean there is no obligation for employers to pay. It is a common misconception that an employer can freely decide whether to award a discretionary bonus or not. There is case law to support to the fact that employees can claim an entitlement to a bonus where there is a reasonable expectation based on past treatment that a bonus would be paid.

Bonus Disputes Legal Advice - Are Your Entitled to Your Bonus? 

In the event of a dispute over a bonus, the Court will examine the contract to determine the intended nature of any bonus. Such an expectation provided it is supported by clear evidence can turn a discretionary bonus into a contractual entitlement. We have advised many employees on their entitlements to bonuses and will guide you smoothly through any pay dispute, advising you fully every step of the way. Where it can be found that a bonus is a contractual entitlement, an employer will be open to a breach of contract claim. A discretionary bonus, however, may become a contractual entitlement over time, where employers give regular and similarly calculated payments over a period of time. In so doing, the nature of the 'discretionary' bonus transforms to become an implied term of the contract of employment.

In some cases, the entitlement is for the employee to be considered for a discretionary bonus, but no right exists which guarantees they will receive a bonus. The term 'discretionary' does not mean that an employer can act subjectively when deciding who should get a bonus or how much an individual should be paid, especially where there employees in similar positions with similar levels of achievement.

Flexible Cost Options for your Case

Cavendish Employment Law is founded on the ethos of providing responsive, solution-focused legal advice with full transparency as to cost. We understand that handling an employment law issue against a sizeable corporation is stressful enough with the worry of cost. We provide executives and employees with flexible cost options including fixed fee, capped fee, hourly charges and insurance cover. Depending on the value of the claim, we can provide advice on a 'no-win, no-fee' basis. 

Contact our Employment Solicitors in London for Expert Advice on your Bonus Dispute

We are a team of high-calibre employment law litigators, recognised for our advocacy skills and excellent client satisfaction. We specialise in handling complex and high-value claims on behalf of directors, executives, senior management and employees, particularly in the financial industry. We also advise SME's, Charities, Schools and other organisations on employment law matters. We are experts in the employment field with an outstanding track record of success in contentious cases against some of the City's largest institutions.

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