We can offer legal advice if you are experiencing problems in the following areas:
Unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, maternity or parental rights, health and safety, changes in working hours and conditions, unpaid wages, bullying and any other employment-related matter.
We can also help you to negotiate your terms and conditions and levels of compensation in relation to your settlement agreement to end your employment.
Our advisers have particular expertise and experience in discrimination law relating to race, gender and disability. We also specialise in maternity rights.
If you are having problems at work, you may need advice and assistance so that you know your legal rights and entitlements. We can provide you with advice and information whether you are an employee, agency worker, casual or contract worker. We offer an initial appointment to give advice about some of the following:
- Do I need a contract of employment?
- What is the minimum I can expect to be paid by my employer?
- Can I be dismissed when I am on sick leave?
- Can I claim compensation if I have been unfairly dismissed?
- What should I do if I have been discriminated against at work?
- What should I do if I am being bullied or harassed at work?
- What are my rights if I work part-time or on a fixed term contract?
- What rights do I have at work when I am having a baby?
What to expect when you come to see us with an employment issue
We understand the time constraints in relation to employment matters and always aim to address your concerns quickly and efficiently.
Following your first contact with us, one of our experienced employment law caseworkers will contact you to either provide some basic advice and guidance on your matter, or if your matter is complex and requires a meeting with our lawyers, a fixed-fee consultation appointment.
During your consultation appointment, we will examine the facts of your case, look through any supporting documentation, advise you on the best course of action and answer any questions you may have.
If you need further assistance – including representation at a tribunal – we work on either a fixed-fee basis or damages based agreements.
A Damages Based Agreement (DBA) is an agreement between the lawyer and client under which an agreement is made that a percentage of sums recovered in any claim will be taken by the Lawyer. It enables us to take on work on your behalf on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. We will then recover a percentage of any damages awarded to you.
DBAs have the advantage of enabling us to do work on your behalf without you paying a fee upfront. However, in some cases it may be more cost effective for you to enter into a fixed fee agreement with us.
We can talk you through all the options and help you to find a way of working with us that works for you. As a charity, our intention is to cover our costs, so you can be assured that we will help you to decide what is best for you.
Employment Advice for Charities
We are able to offer free legal advice to the voluntary and community sector of Kensington and Chelsea.
This is a pilot project for which we have received funding from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
The areas we cover include:
- Employee disputes
- Staff Handbook (legal advice only)
- Staff contracts
Or if there is something else you need simply contact the Law Centre in the first instance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org