Employment law & discrimination

Our employment law solicitors pride themselves on providing expert advice to employees to resolve all types of workplace and employment issues. For advice on any kind of dispute with your employer call our legal advisers on 0203 816 9302. Our employment law specialists advise clients nationally from our offices in London, Manchester, Bolton, Wigan, St Helens and Leigh.

Our employment law solicitors aim to achieve the highest quality of service and the best possible results for our clients. We are on hand to deal with any concern or dispute that may arise at work and provide advice on the options available to you.

Where employment disputes cannot be resolved within the workplace our solicitors can provide expert advice and assistance in dealing with employment claims through the Employment Tribunals and Civil Courts.

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Funding your employment law claim

There are several ways in which we can help an employee looking to resolve a dispute with their employer or pursue a claim in the employment tribunal:

  • No win no fee
  • Payment on an hourly rate
  • Insurance policy
  • Fixed price services
  • Legal aid

No win no fee - employment law advice

If you would like to have your situation assessed call us on 0203 816 9302, our advisers will find out a little more about your claim before passing this on to our specialist solicitors who will confirm whether or not we can assist you on a no win no fee basis. 

If we can assist you on a no win no fee basis, we will guide you through the ACAS Early Conciliation and Tribunal process to help you achieve the best resolution of your claim. 

Our employment law experts have a strong track record successfully recovering compensation from employers when acting on a no win no fee basis. The following examples highlight what we have achieved for our clients.

Case Study 1: We acted on behalf of an employee who worked as a carer and was subjected to a series of detriments as a result of blowing the whistle on her employer's unethical practices. We issued a claim on her behalf and were successful in recovering £17,500 as well as the costs incurred by our client in seeking legal advice.

Case Study 2: Our client was unlawfully discriminated against due to her pregnancy whilst employed by a large supermarket chain. Following her resignation, we successfully negotiated compensation to enable her to retrain and pursue opportunities elsewhere.

Case Study 3: Our client was a long-standing employee of an organisation with a national reputation who was summarily dismissed following a minor health and safety breach. We settled the claim in our client's favour without the need for her to attend court.

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Payment on an hourly rate

A solicitor’s hourly rate usually reflects their level of experience and seniority. Paying a solicitor on an hourly rate to deal with the whole of a claim in the Tribunal is the most traditional method of funding. It secures you comprehensive assistance from day one, but you will need to consider whether the cost of proceeding with a claim outweighs the value of it. Typically speaking, a claim for unfair dismissal will cost at least £3,000 plus VAT and associated costs, such as barristers and Tribunal fees. If your claim far exceeds this value, and you are prepared to accept the risk that it may not succeed, then this could be a good method of funding for you. You should however be aware that only in a small minority of cases are legal costs recoverable from your opponent.

From the outset we will outline the potential costs that you are likely to incur to take your claim to an Employment Tribunal. We will fully outline any risks to you and discuss the options available to you to successfully resolve the claim. We believe in transparency of costs and therefore provide regular updates as to the costs you are incurring on a monthly basis.  We believe in taking a pragmatic approach to resolving complaints before proceeding with litigation and therefore will discuss all options available to you.

If you wish to pursue a claim and want to know more about costs of doing so, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0203 816 9302 or complete the online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you to discuss.  

Insurance policy

Everyone who owns a house will have taken out buildings insurance, and as part of this type of cover you may also have the benefit of a legal expenses insurance policy which can sometimes cover legal assistance in the Employment Tribunal. You can check this by looking at your policy terms, or contacting your insurer directly.

You do have freedom of choice to select the solicitor you would like to instruct, and we have extensive experience of acting for clients with this type of policy. Upon becoming aware of a claim, you should contact your insurance company as soon as you can and advise that you wish to instruct your own solicitor to assist with the claim. We are able to liaise with insurers on your behalf to quickly secure cover.

If you believe you have the benefit of a legal expenses insurance policy, please contact us on 0203 816 9302 and we will deal directly with your insurer to arrange cover so that your claim can be dealt with as soon as possible.  

Fixed price employment law advice

If you are experiencing difficulties at work we can provide you with practical advice on the options available to you as well as advice on potential claims. For a fee of £200 plus VAT we can provide an initial face to face meeting to discuss your concerns and identify the steps you can take to resolve these. For that fee we can consider documentation you have received from your employer and following the meeting provide you with a written advice outlining the options available to you. We often continue to advise clients following the meeting by looking to resolve the issue on their behalf.

Civil legal advice - legal aid

Although the scope of the assistance we are able to offer under the civil legal advice scheme has been greatly reduced as a result of recent legal changes, Stephensons are one of only three providers in the country who can offer help under this scheme. Employees who have been subjected to unlawful discrimination and who are in receipt of certain benefits or on a low income can claim free legal advice and help. The first point of contact should be the Civil Legal Advice team, who can assess your financial eligibility and transfer your case through to us. 

Settlement agreements

On occasions where there is a dispute in place, an employer may offer you a settlement agreement. It is usual for an employer to make a contribution towards your legal fees in obtaining that advice. It is very important that you are aware of the implications of the settlement agreement wording you are agreeing to as sometimes the wording can contain indemnities and restrictive covenants which need to be fully explained to you by your solicitor. As your costs are likely to be covered by your employer, you may not need to contribute towards our costs. We will liaise with your employer directly on your behalf to negotiate the best settlement terms possible on your behalf. 

Should you require further information relating to settlement agreements, our handy guide outlines the reasons for settlement agreements and the steps to be taken when concluding a settlement agreement - Settlement agreements

If you have received a settlement agreement or are in discussions with your employer about circumstances which could lead to your termination and are being offered a financial package, we will be able to assist you. 

If you wish to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0203 816 9302. You can also complete an online enquiry form highlighting the fact you have been offered a settlement agreement in the enquiry details section and a member of the team will contact you directly to discuss.

What should I do next?

If you wish to discuss any of our employment law services in further detail, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0203 816 9302, you can also complete an online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you directly.

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