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How to choose a good employment lawyer
To understand your employment rights and maximise any potential claim, it is strongly recommended that you seek the advice of an employment lawyer. An employment lawyer will guide you through the complexities and processes involved in employment law.
After the first meeting with a solicitor they should be able to advise you on the merits and potential value of your case. The solicitor should also provide you with a strategy on how best to proceed in the matter.
Evidence is key! Evidence is what makes a case, without it you are fighting a losing battle.
It is good practice to try and gather evidence as early as possible. Print off e-mails, keep a diary and collate any relevant documentation. If you can take all of this with you to a solicitor then they will be better placed to be able to provide you with detailed advice on the prospects of success. Always be organised - it will save your employment lawyer time and you money.
Be prepared. If you are being called to a disciplinary meeting or grievance meeting then make sure you are prepared. Your employer should have provided you with details of the issues and any evidence they are relying on prior to the meeting. Read this thoroughly and make a note of any comments you have in relation to it. It can be useful to write down your case in the form of a witness statement and it will assist your employment lawyer to understand your key concerns. It also helps to focus your mind. You should be given reasonable time to prepare in advance of any meeting. If this is not so, then it is perfectly acceptable to request more time. Remember, you are able to be accompanied to the meeting by a Trade Union representative or a fellow employee. It is usually best to consult an employment lawyer at an early stage.
If you feel uncomfortable or out of your depth at any point during the meeting then ask if the meeting could be adjourned while you seek legal advice. You can then call an employment lawyer and ascertain exactly what your rights are in the situation.
Always appeal. If you have been dismissed or made redundant and you believe it is unfair then appeal the employer’s decision. This must be done in writing and to the specified person.
Contact an experienced employment solicitor as soon as possible. It is never too early to seek detailed advice on your employment issues it can, however, sometimes it can be too late.
Αsk your employment lawyer what they anticipate the level of damages might be. It is only therefore worth pursuing your potential claim if it outweighs the legal fees you are going to incur.
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