With the current recession still sitting like a pregnant rain cloud over the United Kingdom and the economy going through its cyclical convulsions there is more than ever a need for employees to obtain free employment law advice so that they can properly enforce their rights. This post therefore looks at a variety of sources that free employment law advice for employees can be obtained from. It looks at the following sources:
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Your local law centre
- The Free Representation Unit
- Your Trade Union
- A specialist employment solicitor
Citizens Advice Bureau
The Citizens Advice Bureau (“CAB”) is a network of independent charities through the United Kingdom that give free, confidential information and advice to businesses and consumers. It’s not guaranteed that all CAB centres will provide employment law advice – they rely on volunteers to staff their legal team. However, if you don’t ask you won’t get so give your local CAB a ring and see if they provide free employment law advice and, if so, when you should attend with your problem.
You can find details of your local CAB by visiting their website.
Your local Law Centre
As well as attending at your local CAB you can also try attending at your local law centre. Law Centres were founded in the early 1970’s to work within communities to protect the rights of local people. They offer legal advice, case work and representation to individuals and groups. You may be able to get free employment law advice from your local Law Centre if they provide employment law advice.
You can find details of your local Law Centre here
The Free Representation Unit
The Free Representation Unit is a registered charity that provides employment law advice, case preparation and advocacy in employment tribunal cases for those who cannot otherwise obtain legal support. They do not accept referrals directly from members of the public buy you have to be referred to them by a specific referral agency, such as:
- The Citizens Advice Bureau
- A Law Centre
You can obtain details of the Free Representation Unit here.
Your Trade Union
If you are a member of a Trade Union then you may be able to obtain employment law advice and Employment Tribunal representation from them. However, whether your Trade Union will be able to take your case on depends on a range of factors, including (among other things):
- The nature of your case
- Your case’s estimated prospects of success
- When you became a member of the Trade Union
However, if you are a member of a Trade Union it’s worth calling your representative to find out how they can help you.
Employment law solicitors
Getting employment law advice from a solicitor is perceived to be an expensive option but they don’t necessarily have to be. A lot of employment law firms now offer free employment law consultations and operate on a relatively inexpensive basis, such as on no win no fee agreements or on a fixed fee basis. Have a search for an employment law solicitor on Google and compare quotes for providing advice or representation from a number of firms before making your choice.
Direct 2 Lawyers provides free employment law advice for employers and free employment law advice for employees. The specialist employment solicitors that they use offer employment law advice, compromise agreement advice and are unfair dismissal solicitors.