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.
if you are experiencing problems in the following areas:
- Unfair dismissal
- maternity or parental rights
- health and safety, changes in working hours and conditions
- unpaid wages
- bullying and any other employment related matter
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 have having a baby?
We offer all initial advice free of charge and in many cases, we are able to address your concerns quickly and efficiently.If you need further assistance – including representation at a tribunal – we work on either a fixed fee basis or damages based agreements.
We are able to act as an independent legal adviser in the event that your employer proposes to terminate your employment by way of a settlement agreement. We could usually do this at no cost to yourself. Costs of preparing a settlement agreement are normally covered by the employer.
Damages Based Agreements (DBAs)
A 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. In terms of your engagement with the Law Centre, it essentially 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 make 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, it is simply our intention that we cover our costs, so you can be assured that we will help you to decide what is best for you.
How to access advice
We can offer we offer free initial advice through our weekly telephone advice service every Monday between 10.00-12.00.
By drop-in initally:
If you live, work or study in Camden we offer a weekly drop-in service every Wednesday between 10am-12 noon. PLEASE BRING PROOF OF RESIDENCE. People are seen on a first come first served basis. We may not be able to see everyone who comes.
Access is initially by drop-in.