Do I really need an Employment Law solicitor?
Posted on 4th May 2021 at 13:52
It may be tempting to resort to searching the internet for employment law advice in the hope of taking the case into your own hands and keeping costs down. However, there is a risk this could make your situation more stressful and achieve the wrong outcome.
Here are some of the benefits of hiring an employment law specialist:
Specialist knowledge and experience
Employment law is complicated and without specialist guidance, it is easy to misunderstand your legal rights. Every case is unique, so generic employment law information on the internet may not apply easily to your case.
While the facts of the case are fixed, expert legal advice can be vital in choosing which facts to present and which legal points to apply. For example, in Forbes v LHR Airport, Mr Forbes’ claim rested on whether his employer was responsible for the actions of his colleague in sharing a racially offensive image. Mr Forbes’ claim referred to a colleague who had originally shared the image on social media, but not a second colleague who shared it in the workplace. The Tribunal was unable to consider the second issue, which would most likely have allowed Mr Forbes to claim for compensation.
Specialist legal advice when preparing the claim would have spotted this, and most likely helped Mr Forbes achieve success.
Peace of mind
Unless you are an expert in Employment Law yourself, you may experience some doubt about the accuracy of information you find and whether you have applied it correctly.
Using a specialist solicitor governed by The Law Society and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, you will have the peace of mind knowing that any advice we provide is professional and accurate, with your best interests at heart.
Save time and stress
Very few people can focus entirely on their legal claim. Most will also be working, looking for a new job, managing family commitments, or focussing on improving their health following the impact of the dispute. Employment claims take a lot of time and attention. Not just in research, but in speaking to ACAS, the tribunal, and the other party. The people you need to speak to may not be available when you are, and a lot of time can be lost in delayed responses or scheduling a call when everybody is free. Be realistic with yourself about whether you can give your case the time and attention it needs.
At Spencer Shaw, we focus on the quality of service we provide, not the quantity of cases we take on, so your case will receive the attention it needs, when it needs it. This means we keep your case active and progressing, and always ahead of deadlines. With legal qualifications and years of experience, our solicitors understand the law, how it applies to your case, and how best to present your argument.
Negotiate the best possible deal
Negotiating a settlement can be quicker, cheaper and far less stressful than taking the matter to tribunal, so it is usually worth being open to settlement offers. However, not all settlements are beneficial. You need to be sure you are not giving up a strong claim for a disproportionately low financial settlement.
A solicitor will understand how strong your case is, and the possible outcomes if it were to go all the way to a tribunal. They can also advise you about the realities – and risks – of pursuing a claim, so that you can weigh this up against your offer.
If you choose to negotiate a settlement, having an employment law solicitor represent you will make the process easier and likely improve the outcome. An experienced solicitor will know the appropriate level to pitch offers and counteroffers, when to accept a good offer and how to engage with the other party’s solicitor.
How can we help?
Our solicitors are specialists in employment law. They will ensure you understand your options and are able to make informed decisions about:
whether to take action
what that will involve
what the possible outcomes may be
what the prospects of success are
what compensation you may be entitled to
We believe our clients deserve the best legal representation. That is why we’ve built a team of experienced solicitors who not only know about employment law but are also committed to excellent service. We understand that legal processes can be difficult and so we will help you to understand your options to get the best solution for you. We believe in:
Guiding you to make the best choices for your case, using our specialist knowledge and experience of employment law and procedures.
Providing clear information on fees so that you have control of your costs right from the start.
Actively progressing your matter. Thanks to our focus on quality of service, not quantity of cases, your issue will get the attention it needs, when it needs it.
Keeping you up to date about your matter. You shouldn’t need to chase us to find out what is happening.
If you are unsure whether Spencer Shaw Solicitors is the right firm for you, get in touch to discuss anything you are still uncertain about.
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