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Recruitment Advice

Recruitment Advice Solicitors York, Wetherby & Malton

At Ware & Kay, we have a comprehensive understanding of the key areas of law that apply to pre-employment matters, including discrimination and data protection. It is important that you understand and comply with the relevant legislation to protect your business from legal action.

We understand this can feel like a lot of work. Our specialist employment lawyers are here to provide clear and practical advice on how to ensure your recruitment process remains within the law. Our efficient, cost-effective solutions will give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on managing your business.

Recruitment Legal Advice for Employers

There are many areas of law that you must understand and keep up to date with when recruiting staff. Here, we provide an overview.


Under the Equality Act 2010, an employer must not discriminate against applicants because of any of the protected characteristics set out in the Act. These characteristics are age, gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

The wording used in job adverts must be considered carefully so as not to discriminate against potential candidates. During job interviews, it is important to think carefully about the questions you will ask. For example, you must have a valid reason for asking for an applicant’s age or information about their health or disability. Further, when selecting candidates to interview and hire, your decisions must not be influenced by any of the protected characteristics. 

Data protection

During the recruitment process, you will deal with candidates’ personal data. Accordingly, your end-to-end recruitment process has to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. Among other obligations, you must ensure you have a legal basis for processing personal data, that the data is processed in accordance with the law and that you keep records of all data processing. 

Right to work in the UK

Before you can employ an applicant, you must carry out a right to work check. You could face a civil penalty if you do not, so it is essential to know how to perform this crucial part of the recruitment process.

Recruitment Legal Advice for Employees

If you are an employee and you feel you have been unfairly treated when applying and interviewing for a job, our employment lawyers can help.

If you think you have been discriminated against during the recruitment process, we will take the time to listen to your situation carefully and provide clear and practical legal advice on your options.

If you have been offered a job and you would like advice on the employment contract, our solicitors will provide a thorough review of the terms to help you make an informed decision on whether to accept the position or not.

Contact our Recruitment Solicitors in York, Wetherby and Malton

Our specialist employment lawyers have many years of experience assisting employers and employees across a broad range of sectors, helping them to overcome a diverse range of challenges. We offer clear, practical and forward-thinking legal advice to help you pursue your objectives.

For expert advice on all recruitment matters, call Ware & Kay Solicitors today on 01904 716 000 (York), 01937 583 210 (Wetherby) or 01653 917 793 (Malton), or complete our online enquiry form.