The sad fact about solicitors is that you generally only approach them when something in life is worrying you. Of course, there are occasions when people consult lawyers in order to start an exciting new business or to arrange the conveyancing for their dream home, but a lot of people only find themselves in the company of solicitors when they are experiencing some kind of hardship. This is particularly true in the field of employment law, with over 186,000 claims having been accepted by the Employment Tribunal in April 2011 to March 2012 alone (Employment Tribunals and EAT Statistics, 2011-12 [2012-2013 figures were not available at the time of writing]). Due to the rapidly-evolving nature of employment legislation, if you find yourself in the position of needing expert advice on a difficult employment situation, the first people to whom you should turn are employment law solicitors in London or your local area.
The role of the employment solicitor is to advise you on the validity of your claim and, if they are confident that your case has merit, to help you in seeking remedy, whether that is a financial award such as compensation or the rare award of reinstatement and re-engagement. Although you may be apprehensive about approaching employment law solicitors in London or your local area, for fear that they will mislead you about the legality of your case in a bid to proceed with the matter and charge you for their services, a legal adviser who brings an unsubstantiated case may be penalised for wasting the time of the tribunal and other parties. Therefore, you can be confident that a recommendation to proceed is genuine and that your case will not be thrown out at the first sifting of applications.
Before presenting your claim to the tribunal for their judgment, employment law solicitors in London and across the UK may also help you to avoid a hearing through the use of mediation and by negotiating a settlement on your behalf. While you may attempt to finalise a compromise agreement by yourself, your employer (or former employer) is likely to have a greater knowledge of employment law than its staff and may manipulate them with this information. Instructing employment law solicitors in London or elsewhere can provide a counterbalance to this tactic and ensure that you are not bullied or browbeaten by the company’s authority.