Lincs Law Employment Solicitors, specialist employment lawyers, solicitors and barristers in Lincoln. Free employment law advice, no obligation.

Employees

Do you provide free Employment Law advice?

We are happy to discuss your concerns with you over the telephone, by email or via our Website Enquiry Form. We can often assess whether you should take your workplace problem or issue further during our conversation. There is no charge for a telephone, email or website enquiry. For a free, no obligation discussion, please contact Lincoln based LincsLaw Solicitors.

Do you provide free appointments for Employment Law advice?

We are happy to discuss your concerns with you over the telephone, by email or via our Website Enquiry Form. However, we do not offer free appointments or face-to-face consultations. We find can often assess whether you should take your workplace problem or issue further during our initial conversation; there is no charge for a telephone, email or website enquiry. For a free, no obligation discussion, please contact Lincoln based LincsLaw Solicitors.

How much is a Fixed Fee Consultation?

A Fixed Fee Consultation is your choice of a telephone, video or face to face appointment of unlimited duration where a full assessment of your situation is undertaken by specialist Employment Solicitor. In summary we will:-

  1. Go through the full background of your situation and review relevant documentation;
  2. Discuss and identify your objectives - what do you want to achieve?
  3. Discuss any Employment Tribunal claims you may have so you know the strength of your position;
  4. Provide an estimate of the value of your claims so you can make informed choices moving forward;
  5. Discuss any relevant time limits you need to be aware of;
  6. Identify and advise on the next steps you should take to put you in the best possible position;
  7. Discuss the funding options available to you if you require our assistance going forward (this is where we would discuss the possibility of using any legal expenses insurance or one of the funding options below); and,
  8. After the Fixed Fee Consultation we will confirm our advice in full and in writing so you have a comprehensive record of our discussions.

You are under no obligation to instruct us to undertake any further work following the Fixed Fee Consultation. If the information provided in your assessment was all the help you needed, that is no problem. If further assistance is required, funding options will be discussed with you (see this page for some of the options available).

The cost of your Fixed Fee Consultation depends upon which of our solicitors you would like to instruct. Our fees are set out in the table below. Please remember, these fees are fixed no matter how long your consultation takes.

Employment Law SpecialistExperienceFixed Fee Consultation
Director, Employment Law Solicitor15 years plus post qualification experience£360 (£300 plus VAT)
Associate, Employment law Solicitor5 years plus post qualification experience£300 (£250 plus VAT)
Employment Law SolicitorUp to 5 years post qualification experience£240 (£200 plus VAT)

More information about our Specialist Employment Solicitors is available from our website at lincslaw.co.uk/about/our-team If you would like to arrange a Fixed Fee Consultation, please call us on 01522 440512, use our online chat or fill out the contact form on this website.

Do you provide Legal Aid advice?

If you have an employment or workplace dispute, you may be entitled to assistance through legal aid (legal help). However, such assistance is extremely limited. LincsLaw do not provide legally aided advice and, therefore, if you believe you may be eligible for legal aid you should first visit www.gov.uk/legal-aid/overview.

Can I have Legal Aid for my advice?

In very limited circumstances, Legal Aid is available for employment law advice. Legally aided advice can only be obtained from firms or agencies who hold a government contract to provide such assistance. Lincs Law Employment Solicitors do not have such a contract and therefore cannot offer clients Legal Aid to fund their advice and representation. More information about Legal Aid is available by clicking on the following link:
lawsociety.org.uk/for-the-public/paying-for-legal-services/legal-aid/

How much do you charge to advise on a Settlement Agreement (Compromise Agreement)?

If you have been offered a Settlement Agreement (previously called a Compromise Agreement) by your employer, you must obtain independent legal advice before signing. Our Fixed Fees depend upon the Employment Solicitor you chose to instruct.

Employment Law SpecialistExperienceFixed Fee Consultation
Director, Employment Law Solicitor15 years plus post qualification experience£420 (£350 plus VAT)
Associate, Employment law Solicitor5 years plus post qualification experience£360 (£300 plus VAT)
Employment Law SolicitorUp to 5 years post qualification experience£300 (£250 plus VAT)

The convention (although it is not a requirement) is that your employer will pay our fees for advising you. The amount your employer is willing to contribute is usually set out within the Settlement Agreement itself.

The Settlement Agreement Fixed Fee includes your choice of a telephone, video or face to face appointment of unlimited duration where your Employment Solicitor will:-

  • discuss the circumstances of your situation;
  • advise you in respect of your Settlement Agreement;
  • draw to your attention any potential Employment Tribunal claims being settled; and,
  • in the event you choose not to sign the Settlement Agreement, provide an estimate of fees for any additional work. This will include a discussion of possible funding options;
  • alternatively, if you do decide to sign the Settlement Agreement, arrange for the return of your signed document to your employer; and,
  • confirm their advice in full and in writing so you have a comprehensive record of your discussions

We put no time limit on your appointment as we understand the decision to sign a Settlement Agreement is important and has potentially life changing consequences. Put simply, we are happy for your appointment to take as long as you need so that you can make an informed decision.

For most people, a Settlement Agreement is dealt with at the first appointment and no further assistance is required. However, the reason we take the time to discuss the circumstances which led to you being offered a Settlement Agreement is so we can advise as to the “deal” deal being offered. If you are not being properly compensated, we will advise you fully on the alternatives available to you.

If you need help with your Settlement Agreement, please call us on 01522 440512, use our webchat, send on email to enquiries@lincslaw.co.uk or use the contact form on this website.

Where can I meet with you?

If you would like a face to face meeting, we would be happy to meet with you at our offices at Greetwell Place, Lime Kiln Way, Lincoln LN2 4US.

For those clients who would prefer, we are happy to conduct meetings and appointments by video link or telephone.

If you would like to arrange a meeting or appointment, please call us on 01522 440512, use our online chat or fill out the contact form on this website.

I work normal office hours, can I arrange an appointment at the weekend?

LincsLaw Solicitors are open from 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 12.00 noon on Saturdays. We would be happy to meet with you during those hours.

Please note, Saturday morning appointments are extremely popular and you will need to book early to avoid disappointment.

If our opening times are not convenient for you, we can usually arrange an appointment to suit your availability. For a free, no obligation discussion, contact Lincoln based LincsLaw Solicitors.

What are the time limits for an Employment Tribunal Claim?

As a general rule, you must submit your claim to the Employment Tribunal within three months of the act, omission or incident your claim is about. For claims about redundancy or dismissal, this is usually fairly easy to calculate as you use the last day of your employment as the first day when calculating the time limit. For example, if your last day of employment was 30th June, your claim would need to be submitted to the Employment Tribunal on or before 29th September. However, please note, these time limits can be extended if you are going through the ACAS Early Conciliation Process when your Employment Tribunal time limit would normally expire.

It is sometimes more difficult to work out your time limit for cases where there has been discrimination or where the claim is about an employer's failure to act. In those circumstances, please contact us for a discussion about the time limit to bring a claim as we will need to know the full circumstances. Again, please note the time limit can be extended if you are going through the ACAS Early Conciliation Process when your Employment Tribunal time limit would normally expire.

Claims submitted "out of time" will not be accepted by the Employment Tribunal and in those circumstances your ability to pursue your claim will be lost. It is therefore important that if you have a workplace concern or issue, you take legal advice as soon as possible. For a free, no obligation discussion, contact Lincoln based LincsLaw Solicitors.

If I submit a claim to the Employment Tribunal, how long will it take?

This is a difficult question to answer as much depends on the type of claim(s) you have submitted. Most claims for unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal etc. will have a hearing before the Employment Tribunal within six months of the claim being submitted. However, complex discrimination matters or claims where there is a dispute over employment status (for example where there is a TUPE situation or agency arrangements make it unclear who is the employer) then these claims can often take up to a year.

For a free, no obligation discussion, contact Lincoln based LincsLaw Solicitors.

Can I use the Legal Expenses Insurance I have on my home and contents policy to pay for representation at the Employment Tribunal?

If you have Legal Expenses Insurance (as part of your home and contents policy or as part of any other insurance) your insurer will usually cover all fees payable to the Employment Tribunal and all your legal fees incurred with LincsLaw Solicitors in pursuing your claim. Policies vary considerably, but, unfortunately, few cover advice and assistance at an early stage of a workplace problem such as a disciplinary or redundancy situation. The cover usually commences when you are at the stage of issuing your Employment Tribunal claim.

For clients who have met with us for a Fixed Fee Consultation, we will happily complete your insurer's claim form and include our assessment of your Employment Tribunal claim for free . For clients who have not instructed us previously and have not met with us for a Fixed Fee Consultation, we will need confirmation that your insurer has agreed to fund your claim before we can accept your instructions.

For a free, no obligation discussion, contact Lincoln based LincsLaw Solicitors.

My Legal Expenses Insurer allocated my Employment Tribunal claim to one of their own solicitors, can I transfer my case to LincsLaw Solicitors Solicitors?

It is common for insurers to request that policy-holders instruct a panel firm of solicitors. These are solicitors that the insurers have selected. As a policy-holder you have the right to choose your own solicitor once you have issued your Employment Tribunal claim. The insurers are bound to respect that decision and allow you to use your insurance funding to instruct a solicitor of your choice.

Obviously we would like you to choose us and instruct LincsLaw Solicitors. However, if you are happy with the solicitor chosen for you by your insurer. then you should think carefully before you change. If you are not happy (perhaps the solicitor is based miles away and you are unable to meet with them face to face, or the work they have been doing for you is rushed, last minute and pressured) then please contact us. Transferring your matter to LincsLaw Solicitors is a straightforward process. We will need you to sign some consent forms to transfer your file, but we will take care of the rest.

For a free, no obligation discussion, contact Lincoln based LincsLaw Solicitors.

Do you do "No Win, No Fee" legal representation?

At your Fixed Fee Consultation, your Employment Solicitor may suggest your matter is suitable for a Damages Based Agreement (or “No win, No fee”). This option is not available to every client. For example, we do not offer these types of funding arrangements for general employment law advice or representation outside of Employment Tribunal litigation.

Damages Based Agreements (No Win, No Fee) are only offered to clients for representation at their final hearing and who meet the following criteria:

  • they have submitted a claim to the Employment Tribunal; and,
  • their Employers have submitted a Response; and,
  • all Preliminary Hearings have been attended; and,
  • all Employment Tribunal orders (bundle, witness statements, schedule of loss etc) have been complied with; and,
  • the matter has been assessed as having good prospects of success at a Fixed Fee Consultation by one of our Employment Solicitors.

Essentially, the way such arrangements work is that you are not required to pay us for our work unless or until we win a settlement for you or win your Employment Tribunal hearing. If we do win a settlement or the hearing for you, we retain up to 35% of all and any monies you receive to cover our fees.

If you would like assistance with your employment law matter, please call us on 01522 440512, use our online chat or fill out the contact form on this website.

I have been made redundant, do I have an unfair dismissal claim?

Please click here to take our unfair dismissal questionnaire to see if we can help you.

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