I am in a middle of a "misunderstanding" with my current employer - I have called for internal bullying resolution twice. In effect, I have got relocated, and am denied access to my work mailbox, where most of emails exchange took place. The situation takes place in UK.
During the process, I've forwarded one of the first questions I sent to HR to my personal mailbox. Since then, some of the correspondence ended in that mailbox as well (simply: reply-all, but I'm sure they're well aware of it). Now, would that kind of correspondence be considered confidential? May I use these materials when contacting a lawyer?
What about other materials, i.e. proofs of several issues that could support my case. Since I've got very limited access to my work mailbox, I fear the contents of it may get removed and I'd be left empty handed. Can I make a copy of these for my personal "just-in-case" use? (and use them in a court of law, should a need arise?)