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

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Do You Provide Free Employment Law Advice?

If you have an employment law problem, you are welcome to contact us for an initial, no-obligation consultation. Just complete a contact form, engage in a webchat, email at contactus@lincslaw.com or simply call us on 01522 440512 to discuss your situation with a fully qualified employment solicitor.

We will not charge you for your enquiry and we will try and help as far as we can. If yours is an issue that requires a more detailed assessment or consideration, we will suggest the next steps and provide details of possible costs. We are completely transparent about our charges and more information can be found at https://lincslaw.co.uk/fees/employees/

What Is A Fixed Fee Consultation?

If you have an employment law problem, you are welcome to contact us for an initial, no-obligation consultation. Just complete a contact form, engage in a webchat, email at contactus@lincslaw.com or simply call us on 01522 440512 to discuss your situation with a fully qualified employment solicitor.

Depending on the nature of your matter, during your free enquiry, we may suggest that you engage us for a Fixed Fee Consultation. To explain, a Fixed Fee Consultation is your choice of a telephone, video, or face to face appointment of unlimited duration (so no need to worry about how long the appointment takes) where a full assessment of your situation is undertaken by a 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; 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. 

The cost of your Fixed Fee Consultation will depend on which of our employment solicitors you would like to instruct. We are completely transparent in relation to our charges and full details can be found on our website at https://lincslaw.co.uk/fees/employees/ Information about our specialist employment solicitors can be found on our website at https://lincslaw.co.uk/about/our-team/

If you would like to arrange a Fixed Fee Consultation, please call us on 01522 440512, use a contact form, email at contactus@lincslaw.com or engage with our webchat.

Can I Get Legal Aid For My Employment Law Problem?

Unfortunately, very little publicly funded support or Legal Aid is available for employment or workplace disputes. If you believe you might be eligible for Legal Aid, you should visit www.gov.uk/legal-aid/overview to check whether your matter meets the relevant criteria.

Legally aided advice can only be obtained from solicitor’s 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 their clients Legal Aid to fund assistance or representation. Additional information about Legal Aid is available from www.lawsociety.org.uk/for-the-public/paying-for-legal-services/legal-aid/. At Lincs Law Employment Solicitors, we do provide a free initial no-obligation consultation. If you would like assistance, just complete a contact form, engage in a web chat, email contactus@lincslaw.com or simply call us on 01522 440512 to discuss your situation with a fully qualified employment solicitor.

How much do you charge for a Settlement Agreement (Compromise Agreement)?

Usually, your employer will agree to pay for advice regarding your Settlement Agreement up to a certain amount.  We are fully transparent about our charges and offer fixed fees for reviewing and advising on Settlement Agreements.  If you want to make sure that your employer’s contribution will be sufficient to obtain legal advice about your Settlement Agreement, please visit our website page at https://lincslaw.co.uk/fees/settlement-agreements/  for full details of our fees and charges.

Broadly our charges are dependent upon which of our experienced employment solicitors you would like to engage.  More information about the team at Lincs Law Employment Solicitors can be found on our website page at https://lincslaw.co.uk/about/our-team/

If you have been offered a Settlement Agreement and would like a free, no-obligation with an employment solicitor to discuss your situation, just complete a contact form, engage in a webchat, email at contactus@lincslaw.com or simply call us on 01522 440512

I Do Not Live In Lincoln, Can Lincs Law Employment Solicitors Still Help Me?

How you would like to engage Lincs Law Employment Solicitors is entirely a matter for you. Inevitably, some sort of appointment will be required so that we can fully understand the detail of your situation. However, we are happy to arrange those appointments at a time and in a way that is convenient to you.

For clients who prefer face to face meetings, we would be happy to meet with you at our offices at Greetwell Place, Lime Kiln Way, Lincoln, LN2 4US.

For those clients who are happy to undertake appointments remotely, we are happy to arrange for video link or telephone at the client’s preference.

If you have an employment law problem, you are welcome to contact us for an initial, no-obligation consultation. Just complete a contact form, engage in a webchat, email at contactus@lincslaw.com or simply call us on 01522 440512 to discuss your situation with a fully qualified employment solicitor.

Can I Get Help At Weekends Or Out Of Normal Office Hours?

Lincs Law Employment Solicitors are open from 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9.30am to 12.00pm on Saturdays. If you would like to contact us or arrange an appointment with us during those hours, we would be delighted to help. If these hours are not convenient for you, we can arrange for early morning or evening appointments to assist.

If you have an employment law problem, you are welcome to contact us for an initial, no-obligation consultation. Just complete a contact form, engage in a webchat, email at contactus@lincslaw.com or simply call us on 01522 440512 to discuss your situation with a fully qualified employment solicitor.

I Have Legal Expenses Insurance. Can I Use My Insurance To Pay For Lincs Law Employment Solicitors To Help Me?

If you have Legal Expenses Insurance (usually as part of a home and contents policy or some other type of insurance or membership) your insurer will usually cover all fees payable to represent you at the Employment Tribunal. Lincs Law Employment Solicitors have represented hundreds of clients and assisted them to pursue their claim using funding from their Legal Expenses Insurance.

Policies vary considerably but, unfortunately, few cover advice and assistance at the early stages of a workplace problem or through an internal procedure, such as a disciplinary or redundancy process. For the significant majority of policies, cover usually starts when you are at the stage of issuing your Employment Tribunal claim.

When we meet with clients for a Fixed Fee Consultation (please see https://lincslaw.co.uk/fees/employees/ ). We will discuss with you the funding options available to pursue an Employment Tribunal claim. If you do have Legal Expenses Insurance, this is likely to be the preferred funding option as, of course, you can use your insurance indemnity to pay for legal costs without affecting any compensation you may get.

If you have an employment law problem or if you would like to discuss whether you could use your Legal Expenses Insurance to instruct Lincs Law Employment Solicitors, you are welcome to contact us for an initial, no-obligation consultation. Just complete a contact form, engage in a webchat, email at contactus@lincslaw.com, or simply call us on 01522 440512 to discuss your situation with a fully qualified employment solicitor.

My Legal Expenses Insurer Says I Have To Use Their Solicitors. Can Lincs Law Employment Solicitors Help Me?

It is common for insurers to request that a policy holder instructs a firm of solicitors on their insurance panel. To explain, these are solicitors that the insurers have selected and will usually have a special financial arrangement with. Although many insurers suggest differently, 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 Lincs Law Employment Solicitors. If you would like to discuss the transfer of your matter from an insurance panel solicitor or similar, please contact us for a free initial consultation. Just fill out a contact form, email contactus@lincslaw.com, engage with our web chat, or simply call 01522 440512.

Do Lincs Law Employment Solicitors Provide “No Win, No Fee” Legal Representation?

At your Fixed Fee Consultation (please see https://lincslaw.co.uk/fees/employees/) your employment solicitor may suggest your matter is suitable for a Damages Based Agreement, which is more commonly known as “no win, no fee”. Unfortunately, this option is not available to every client. For example, these types of funding arrangements are not suitable for general employment law advice or assistance with an internal procedure, such as disciplinary, redundancy etc. Due to the nature of these Agreements, they are only really suitable for situations where an employee is pursuing an Employment Tribunal claim.

At Lincs Law Employment Solicitors, we will consider offering a Damages Based Agreement (no win, no fee) to clients for representation at their Employment Tribunal final Hearing if they 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, schedules 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.

The way these funding arrangements work is that if you are successful with your Employment Tribunal claim or a settlement is negotiated for you of that claim, an amount of compensation is retained to cover your legal fees. If there is no successful Judgment or settlement, then you do not pay for representation.

Many clients want to discuss these types of arrangements. Indeed, the media is filled with stories about no win, no fee. However, such agreements should be treated with caution. In many cases, there may be a better way for the client to fund their legal representation. Firstly, by its very nature, a Damages Based Agreement will mean that you do not get to keep your full compensation. A percentage (up to 35%) is retained to pay for your fees. Secondly, such arrangements will never be suitable if there is Legal Expenses Insurance or something similar available as, of course, your insurance company will then pay your legal fees and you will get to keep your full compensation.

Finally, you may find a Damages Based Agreement (no win, no fee) is actually an expensive way of funding your matter.  The percentage of the compensation which is payable for fees is set at the outset.  That percentage is the same no matter how much or how little work is done on your claim.  Accordingly, it may be that this type of funding is incredibly expensive when compared with other alternatives. Therefore, whilst Lincs Law Employment Solicitors do offer Damages Based Agreements (no win, no fee) in certain circumstances, your employment solicitor will always discuss with you whether there are better and more cost-effective options available.

If you have an employment law problem, you are welcome to contact us for an initial, no-obligation consultation. Just complete a contact form, engage in a webchat, email contactus@lincslaw.com, or simply call us on 01522 440512 to discuss your situation with a fully qualified employment solicitor.

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