Advice for employees & workers
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Whether you are an employee or self-employed or a contractor or other worker, we can help with issues that arise at work. If you are being dismissed, advice is available about the fairness of the dismissal according to up-to-date employment law and the options you may have.
If your employment is ending with a settlement agreement, we can advise you about the agreement so that you understand what it requires of you and what the company is required to do. These are often quite lengthy documents written in legal terminology and you will need to understand what it means for you.
If you feel you are being discriminated against or harassed and bullied, why not give Middleton Law Ltd a call. We don’t charge for your first phone call and we can tell you if there are other options for you to consider, and how we can help empower you.
We can also advise on contract terms and what they mean to you, for example if you have restrictions in your contract that affect you after your employment ends, or if your employer wants to change your contract in some way.
We are not VAT registered so the rate charged is simply £200 per hour of work carried out for you. We will charge you for the time it takes to do your work for you, including submitting a case to the Tribunal, working on documents and disclosure, assisting with your drafting of witness statements, and drafting key documents required by the Tribunal – all whilst liaising with you and the opponent’s solicitor and keeping you informed and advised. For each item of work that our solicitors carry out for you, we will let you know how long it will take before it is completed, so that you can keep track of your costs. If you would like further detail on this before we start working with you, please give us a call and we would be happy to help. If there are any disbursement costs, such as the cost of a Barrister to represent you, we will work towards the Barrister charging you a suitable fee. They will usually charge you a fee plus VAT.
There is a process that any company has to follow and if this is not done correctly there may be an Employment Tribunal claim for unfair dismissal. This is a complex area of employment law and we would be pleased to help make things clear for you. The costs would be the same for this and all other claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal and would depend upon how much work you ask us to do.
These documents settle any disputes between a company and an employee at the end of the employment and place obligations on the employee and employer. We can help you by making the Agreement easy to understand so that you know what it means for you, what you would be legally bound to do, and what the employer would be legally bound to do as well. There is usually a contribution made by the employer to the cost of this work, and our charges to you would vary according to how much this contribution is. There may be not be any charges to you, but that is not always the case. As with all other work, our charges depend upon how much work you ask us to carry out for you.
If you find yourself being dismissed and it seems to you that it is unfair, give us a call so that we can tell you whether or not it is unfair according to the up to date employment law. We can advise you about making a claim to the Employment Tribunal and what your employer could be ordered to pay you. For information regarding our costs for this work, please see Tribunal Claims below.
Breach of contract
Employment contracts can be written, verbal, or a mixture of the two. When there is a written contract there could still be additional terms that are understood to be part of the contract even though they are not in writing. If your employer breaches any of these terms, written or otherwise, you may have a claim or a grievance that we can help with. For information regarding our costs for this work, please see Tribunal Claims below.
Harassment victimisation and discrimination
Under the Equality Act there are definitions of discrimination, harassment and victimisation that apply to age, sex, race, religion or belief, disability, gender reassignment, and sexual orientation. Let us help you to understand whether there has been harassment that could lead to a claim. For information regarding our costs for this work, please see Tribunal Claims below.
Bullying at work
What constitutes bullying? Let us help you to understand so that you can stop it happening. If the behaviour is bad enough there may be a claim for unfair dismissal on a constructive basis. Let us help you to know what you can and cannot do. For information regarding our costs for this work, please see Tribunal Claims below.
Do you carry out the same job as someone else who is paid more than you? If you are male and they are female (or vice versa) you may be able to claim under the Equality Act. We can help you to understand what is required and guide you through the process.
Contracts and Staff Handbooks
We can advise you on a contract if you are going to a new employer, or help you understand what restrictions are placed on you by a contract with a previous employer. In providing this advice we will help to prevent you being pursued for a breach of contract.
Family friendly rights
The focus in many of the developing areas of employment law is on increasing flexibility in your working life. With shared parental leave and maternity, paternity, and adoption leave all being possible in various sets of circumstances, this is a very detailed area of law and we can help you untangle it, empowering you to know your options and what you can request.
Our employment law specialist can advise you through the necessary steps in making a claim to the Employment Tribunal. We can carry out the whole range of work from submitting a claim up to and including representation at a Tribunal hearing. Our practical no-nonsense approach is invaluable when going through a stressful situation.