In R (on the application of Kirk) v Middlesbrough Council and another  IRLR 699 HC, the High Court held that a social worker accused of withholding information about a child protection investigation, of which she was the subject, from her private sector employer was not entitled to legal representation at a disciplinary hearing.
The High Court has held that an individual was not entitled to legal representation at internal disciplinary proceedings, on the basis that it was a private law employment case on a standalone disciplinary issue.
Practical guidance on how to deal with a worker's right to be accompanied at a disciplinary or grievance hearing, including the choice of companion; union representatives; and requests for legal representation.
In R (on the application of G) v Governors of X School and Y City Council  EWCA Civ 1 CA, the Court of Appeal held that a teaching assistant had a right under art.6 of the European Convention on Human Rights to legal representation during disciplinary proceedings following allegations of misconduct, in view of the possible consequences for his career if the allegation was proved.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to the right to be accompanied at disciplinary hearings.