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Whether you’re an employee or an employer, it’s wise to seek exemplary employment law advice to protect your interests. Employment law is constantly changing, but staying up to date with the latest legislation ensures that you get the right advice for you or your business. We hope to provide you with some clarity on what employment law encompasses.
Understanding Employment Law
Employment law is an area of law that covers all aspects of employment. In simple terms, it regulates the relationship between employers and employees, governing the rights of employees, as well as the rights, duties and obligations of employers. There is a wide range of legislation, regulations of conduct, statutory authorities and processes through which education law is administered and followed.
What Do Employment Law Solicitors Do For Employees?
When employment disputes arise, resolving conflict requires experience and a safe pair of hands. Employment law solicitors support fairness and best practice in the workplace, offering objective and constructive advice to resolve cases quickly and satisfactorily to avoid protracted and damaging disputes.
If you’re an employee, an employment law solicitor will empower you to enforce your employment rights in a constructive and non-confrontational way to help you resolve a dispute with your employer. Solicitors understand the stress and strain that an unhappy work life can have on your health and personal life, which is why they will offer total support to protect your best interests.
More than that, your employment law solicitor will take care of everything – from making that first approach to your employer by sending a letter on your behalf, to representation at a tribunal hearing. For example, if your employer treats you badly for filing a grievance, a solicitor can help you bring additional claims against them.
Similarly, if you’re facing disciplinary proceedings, a solicitor can make representations to your employer to help prevent your dismissal. Alternatively, they will try to negotiate an exit strategy on favourable terms, and with an agreed reference, through a settlement agreement. An experienced employment law solicitor can also provide you with advice on employment contracts, redundancy, discrimination claims, dismissal claims and more.
And, should you decide to pursue your case through a tribunal, your solicitor can represent you to ensure that you’re treated fairly and your voice is heard.
If you have legal expenses insurance as part of your household insurance or another insurance policy, it can be used to cover the cost of your claim. Your insurance cover will allow you to choose your own employment lawyer too, so there is no need to worry about getting the right advice and representation.
How Employment Law Solicitors Can Help Employers
When it comes to managing employee relations, prevention is better than cure. Seeking the services of an employment law solicitor can stop disputes from arising and escalating. After all, disputes could potentially damage your business reputation, so it’s important to manage the situation effectively. With the help of an employment law solicitor, you can benefit from the ability to diffuse disputes in a commercially pragmatic way, often through negotiated settlement agreements. This helps you avoid a tribunal or court case, which could do long-lasting damage to the reputation of your company.
If a dispute does escalate to a tribunal or goes to court, perhaps because it’s in the best interests of the business to bring or defend a claim, a specialist employment law solicitor can guide and represent you throughout the process.
We’re Here To Help
If you need legal support for any other aspect of the law, Cartwright King can help. Our solicitors are personal, proactive and productive, ensuring that you benefit from legal advice that truly protects your interests. From criminal defence and regulatory law to corporate and financial crime and immigration cases, our team goes above and beyond to give you the support you need, providing you with the peace of mind that your case is in good hands.
Our advice is backed by experience in dealing with a wide range of legal disputes. You can trust this experience to help guide you through the process as there aren’t many situations we haven’t come across before.
Working with a specialist Cartwright King solicitor gives you the assurance of having access to legal counsel who will advise you at every stage of your case. We’re committed to defending your legal rights and ensuring that you’re treated fairly throughout your case. When you need us most, we’ll be there to offer sound, sensible legal advice and sure guidance. Contact us today and see why we are specialists when it comes to a variety of legal issues.
How long does a claim take to go through an employment tribunal?
Once your claim has been filed to an employment tribunal it can take anywhere between three and six months to process before a tribunal hearing date is set. However, most hearings can be dealt with in one or two days.
What happens at an employment tribunal?
Your case will progress through the employment tribunal process to a hearing – either in person or by video conference. You and any witnesses will need to attend the hearing to give evidence under oath.
Your solicitor will put forward your case at the hearing, while your employer will be given the opportunity to respond to your claim and ask any questions. Once all the evidence has been heard, an employment judge will provide a legally binding verdict on the case.
All advice is correct at time of publication.