We often find that there is a clash of approach between employers and the law when it comes to flexible working requests. 

Many employers will start from a position of; "why should we grant this request?"

However, where refusal of a flexible working request indirectly discriminates against an employee in relation to a protected characteristic, employment tribunal judges will expect employers to explain in detail the reasons for refusing the request ("why shouldn't you?"). 

This is a subtle but important difference in thinking and we would urge all employers receiving a flexible working request to consider it with an open mind.