Grievance meeting companion
You can request to be accompanied at your grievance meeting. Your companion can be a work colleague or a suitable qualified trade union representative, if you are a union member. As long as your companion is not involved in the grievance in some way your employer should not object to your choice of companion.
Your employer may allow you to bring your partner or another person to provide support. It is always worth asking particularly if you are unwell. Employers rarely agree to a companion being a solicitor or other legally qualified representative.
If you take a companion he or she will not be able to answer questions on your behalf but they can speak at the grievance meeting, respond to opinions expressed during the meeting and confer with you. Your companion can also make representations for you. Briefing note
You or your companion during the meeting should keep a written note of what is said and done. Your record may prove to be useful evidence in the event you have to take things further such as an appeal or bring a claim in the employment tribunal.