At Lincs Law Employment Solicitors, we know that engaging a solicitor and possibly starting an Employment Tribunal claim is a big decision for our clients. Therefore, we want to make sure you have all the help you need.
Starting a claim or initiating action against your employer is not a decision to be taken lightly and an early assessment of your situation by a qualified employment law solicitor will avoid stressful (and costly) mistakes. If you are going through the ACAS Early Conciliation procedure or thinking of an Employment Tribunal claim, we can help.
First Free Employment Law Enquiry
All clients start their journey with us with a free employment enquiry. This can be by phone or email, whichever you prefer. During this enquiry, we will ask for a brief background and we should be able to tell you whether your circumstances could result in a successful claim. As we are a specialist employment law practice, your free initial consultation will be with a full qualified employment solicitor – not a trainee or paralegal. We think it is important that you are able to contact the person you have chosen to help you going forward and can have confidence in their assistance should you decide to move to the next stage.
Within the free enquiry we will discuss any jurisdictional issues you might have. Some types of claim require you to have worked for your employer for a minimum period before you can claim. In addition, claims have time limits within which you will need to issue your claim. If you have started the ACAS Early Conciliation procedure, the time limit can sometimes be extended. However, it is important to ensure you are not going to have difficulties of this nature, otherwise you could find your claim is lost before it has even started.
We discuss these issues at the very first opportunity during a free consultation. Quite frankly, we would not want our clients to commit their time, money and energy into a situation where there is no claim to bring or no way of their achieving their objectives.
Fixed Fee Consultation
If we consider you have a possible claim, we will then arrange for a Fixed Fee Consultation by telephone or video conference. A Fixed Fee Consultation is an appointment of unlimited duration where a full assessment of your situation will be undertaken by a specialist employment solicitor. In summary we will:-
1 – Go through the background of your situation in full and in detail. There really is no other way to find out what has happened. We will ask you to provide any documents and supporting information before the appointment so we can be thorough in our assessment of your situation.
2 – Discuss your potential Employment Tribunal claims. In identifying your claims, we will also be realistic about your prospects. Your employment law solicitor will discuss all aspects of your claim and what you will have to prove to be successful.
3 – Provide an estimate of the value of your claims. Whilst we appreciate compensation may not be the driver to start proceedings, an assessment of your potential award by your employment law solicitor allows you to make an informed decision. There really is no point in starting a process unless you have a realistic idea of what your claims could be worth.
4 – Discuss any relevant time limits. Although time limits will have been discussed with you at your free consultation, we will revisit these to make sure you know what action needs to be taken and by when.
5 – Identify and advise on the next steps you should take. This is where you will discuss with your employment law solicitor your objectives and, ideally, what you want to achieve. We can then work with you to devise a strategy to get you where you want to be. Knowing you have an Employment Tribunal claim is one thing, using that information wisely for the outcome you want is another.
6 – Discuss the funding options available to you if you require our assistance going forward. The best way to fund your claim needs to be considered. Your employment solicitor will be able to discuss with you the benefits and drawbacks of the different types of funding including Legal Expenses Insurance, “No win, No fee”, Conditional Fees, Fixed Fees etc. As ever, identifying the best form of funding will depend on what you want the outcome of your matter to be. Please be reassured, you are under no obligation to instruct us to undertake any further work following the Fixed Fee Consultation. You don’t have to worry that you would be committing yourself to additional costs which you have not agreed to in advance.
After the Fixed Fee Consultation, all our advice is then confirmed in detail and in writing, so you have a record of all that was discussed.
The cost of the Fixed Fee Consultation is, as the name suggests, fixed. You will not be charged more depending on how long your appointment takes. The fixed fee does vary depending upon which of our solicitors you would like to instruct – but that choice is yours.
A Fixed Fee Consultation with one of our Associate, Specialist Employment Solicitors is £330 (£275 plus VAT). A Fixed Fee Consultation with one of our Director, Specialist Employment Solicitors is £390 (£325 plus VAT). More information about the solicitors at Lincs Law is available from our website at https://lincslaw.co.uk/about/our-team/
Can Lincs Law Employment Solicitors Help You?
The starting point is your free telephone enquiry so call us now on 01522 440512. For more information about us, including what we do and how we do it, please visit our website at www.lincslaw.co.uk
Managing Director, Specialist Employment Solicitor
Lincs Law Employment Solicitors