In the current work and employment marketplace, I am seeing more and more legal cases being brought to court under the banner of employment law. No matter how careful employees and employers are, there are still a few instances where things can go wrong at work. If this does happen, then it’s a realm within which employment solicitors are well-versed; but you do need to make sure that you select the correct and fully qualified legal representation if a case does get to the legal stage. Here is some advice on how to work with employment solicitors.
- Only select employment law solicitors that have experience in working with trade unions.
- Check to see if they have been recommended by the Chamber and Partner’s best lists and as an added bonus, are they listed in the Legal 500.
- Have they taken on cases which set the standards and best practice at the various authority organisations such as the House of Lords, Court of Appeal, and the Employment Appeal Tribunal?
- Will they work on a no win no fee basis or are will you have to pay a lot of money up front to use the services of their employment solicitors?
- Are there any example cases on their website?
When to Work with Employment Law Solicitors
There are a number of different scenarios in which you should enter into an agreement with a solicitor to take on your case from either an employee or an employer perspective. For example if you are a worker then it might be because you have been sacked, perhaps treated unfairly or discriminated against in the workplace (think racial abuse or sexual harassment). Alternatively it could be that your employer owes you some money. No matter what grievance you have, an employment solicitor will be able to advice on your legal and statutory rights.
The list of potential cases include (but are not limited to):
- Disciplinary hearings between the worker and company
- Grievances from the employee’s side
- Employment tribunal cases and proceedings
- Settlement and/or compromise agreements
How Much Should it All Cost?
Depending on where you live, the costs of working with an employment law solicitor can vary wildly. Some will agree to work on a no win no fee basis, but if you are an employer they will probably only work on a money up front basis due to the liquidity and funds availability you would have over a standard worker. Regardless of costs, you should at the very least be able to get a free telephone consultation before you start so that you can get an idea on how the work.
It’s worth noting that in many cases it is possible to apply for something called legal aid. Your solicitor will advise you on whether this is possible for you depending on your financial circumstances.
Conclusion on Employment Law
It’s a very muddled legal system at the moment, particularly in the United Kingdom. Employment law solicitors are ten a penny, but finding a good one is a skill in itself. Stick to the guidelines I laid out near the top of this post and you should stand yourself in good stead for working with a good one.
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