Employment law solicitors

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Our employment solicitors offer legal advice and representation in all areas of employment law, with fixed-fee pricing.

Our employment solicitors offer legal advice on all aspects of employment law, explaining your legal rights and what action to take. Our employment law solicitors charge fixed fees.

Fixed fee employment law solicitors from £240

We offer fixed fee employment law advice and representation services, which cost from £240. This means that we will agree a price with you before we start work on your employment issue, and we guarantee there will be no hidden costs attached to your final bill when we conclude your case.

For some claims, we can provide a 30 minute free consultation with an employment law solicitor. To use this service, you first need to check if you have a claim.

Funding the cost of your employment law claim

As part of the Co-op Group, Co-op Legal Services is committed to providing access to justice, regardless of an individual’s financial situation. We offer a range of funding options, including:

All prices include VAT.

In some cases, your employer may also help to cover the cost of employment law advice. Our costs are easy to understand and we will ensure that everything about the costs associated with your employment case are explained to you in full before any work begins.

1 hour consultation with an employment solicitor for £240 (phone or video)

Our employment solicitors offer a comprehensive 1 hour phone or video consultation for £240 (including VAT). Whether you’re facing redundancy, discrimination, a disciplinary or grievance procedure, an existing employment claim or if you have questions about your employee rights, we can help.

During the 1 hour consultation, the solicitor will discuss your employment issue with you and explain your rights, so that you know exactly where you stand. Your solicitor will also provide guidance on the options available to you and your legal position, so you can decide what to do next.

Employment law claims report for £450

If you'd like an employment solicitor to review your documents, set out your legal position and explain your potential options, we can provide a standard claims report from £450 (including VAT).

This clear investigation report will be completed within 21 days of you providing the relevant documents to us. In the report, we will provide a robust and objective assessment of your case at the outset, based on the documents you provide and will provide you with an analysis of your case. This will include a proper merits assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your case.

The report also includes practical advice on the law and your possible options, including what points you should raise during any settlement negotiations.

If you then need further legal support, fixed fees will be agreed with you at each stage of the process before any additional work starts. We have a set of fixed fees for standard claims, including unfair dismissal, wages claims and breach of contract in the employment tribunal (court).

Hourly rate employment law services

If your claim is more complex, our fixed hourly rate starts from £230 per hour (including VAT) and a fee estimate will be agreed with you before work starts. Complex claims include discrimination, constructive unfair dismissal and whistleblowing.

Our fixed fee employment services provide you with an employment lawyer to take you through the steps of pursuing an employment tribunal claim. This includes issuing the claim in the tribunal, reviewing the response (your employer’s defence), disclosing documents, drafting and exchanging witness statements, preparing for substantive hearing and settlement negotiations.

Fees will be agreed in advance for each stage of the proceedings. Once we have provided a written quote for the agreed work, that price will not change (unless the original information is shown to be incorrect or circumstances change).

Legal expenses insurance for employment law claims

If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) through an insurance provider, then our employment law solicitors can provide you with an initial assessment of any employment law claim that falls within the policy wording.

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Pay and bonus advice

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Discrimination, grievance and bullying

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Worker rights

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UK Employee Rights Explained

Employee rights exist to ensure that employees are treated fairly by their employers. They cover things such as pay, discrimination, health and safety, working hours, dismissal procedures, and the rights of new parents.

Some employment rights will be set out under the terms of the employment contract. There are also statutory employment rights, which employers must adhere to as a minimum.

Most employees in England and Wales are entitled to statutory employment rights, which include:

  • the National Minimum Wage
  • protection against unlawful deductions from wages
  • statutory minimum amount of paid holiday (5.6 weeks per year for full-time employees)
  • statutory minimum amount of rest breaks (a 20 minute break if working more than 6 hours and a minimum of 11 hours between shifts)
  • maximum of 48 working hours per week (unless they opt out of this)
  • protection against discrimination and unfair dismissal
  • protection as a whistleblower
  • statutory sick pay
  • statutory redundancy pay
  • statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave and pay
  • minimum notice period if employer is terminating employment (unless the dismissal is on the grounds of gross misconduct)
  • right to request flexible working
  • right to take unpaid time off to look after dependents in an emergency

A minimum length of continuous employment applies to some of these statutory rights.

When you have instructed our employment solicitors to represent you

Your employment law solicitor will provide specialist legal advice to suit your employment law issue. Our bespoke employment law advice is tailored to your individual needs as we recognise that every employment case, and every individual is different.

You will receive practical, jargon-free, expert legal advice from your employment law solicitor, who will keep you informed every step of the way as your case progresses. Our employment solicitors promise no nasty surprises, just exceptional legal advice and service.

Alternative dispute resolution for employment law

Our employment law solicitors believe in engaging in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures wherever possible, as opposed to formal litigation. ADR includes mediation and ACAS conciliation.

We believe that ADR is more cost-effective and quicker than going to court or an employment tribunal, so we start early conciliation through ACAS or negotiate directly with your employer or former employer before starting legal proceedings.

Your employment law solicitor can work with you every step of the way, providing clear, concise employment law advice on the best approach to achieving your objective.

If you need employment law advice and legal support for a settlement agreement, unfair dismissal from Work, redundancy, workplace discrimination or another kind of employment legal issue, we can help you.

About Co-op Legal Services

Co-op Legal Services has over 600 staff working in different businesses with offices in Manchester, Bristol, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sheffield and London.

As part of the Co-op Group, our values of openness, honesty, social responsibility and caring for others are core to the service we provide.