You have the right to request to be accompanied by a fellow work colleague or an appropriate trade union official. Your employer should remind you of this right and must not unreasonably refuse your request. In fact, employers have almost no scope now to object to an employee’s choice of companion. Sometimes your employer will be justified in asking you to be accompanied by a different person if your first choice creates a conflict of interest.
Unless your employer’s policy and procedures allow, or your employer agrees, you won’t have the right to be accompanied by a friend, family member or solicitor. Many employers, however, tend to adopt a flexible approach and will allow an employee to be accompanied by a friend or other person if there is not a suitable work colleague or trade union person.
For a disabled employee, sometimes it can be a reasonable adjustment for the employer to allow the employee to be accompanied by a friend or other person, for example his or her spouse or partner.
In almost all cases employers will not allow you to be accompanied by your solicitor.