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messageEmployment Lawyer recommendation
Posted by tim77c51 13 January, 2016 16:54

Hi

I wondered whether anyone had any recommendations for a local employment lawyer? This is to support me through an exit process with my current employer (I am leaving via a settlement agreement). I don't need masses of legal advice as I work in HR and the situation is very amicable.

Many Thanks

Claire

messageRe: Employment Lawyer recommendation
Posted by nunheadmum 14 January, 2016 08:54

If you work in HR and it's an amicable settlement, do you need a lawyer to get involved? In my experience they only try to rack up the settlement amount - unless there is a real issue of unfairness somehow which the employer is trying to get around and the employee really has a potential claim, in which case they should get advice. But if it's an amicable settlement, it sounds like you're happy your not being duped and the legal advice is just fulfilling a step in the process.

Could you not amicably agree to forego the advice and your employer gives you some of the money they'd otherwise end up paying the lawyers?

messageRe: Employment Lawyer recommendation
Posted by tim77c51 14 January, 2016 09:10

Hi

Yes I do. It is because I am leaving via a settlement agreement.

Thanks Claire

messageRe: Employment Lawyer recommendation
Posted by EDmummy 14 January, 2016 12:40

Really good advice in this factsheet about settlement agreements [www.ms-solicitors.co.uk] - towards the end it says that your employer should pay between 350-500 towards legal fees.

messageRe: Employment Lawyer recommendation
Posted by rahrahrah 14 January, 2016 12:46

You need to have a solicitor to sign the 'advisors certificate' in order for a settlement agreement to be binding - which is why the OP is asking I imagine. I can't recommend anyone local I'm afraid.

messageRe: Employment Lawyer recommendation
Posted by tim77c51 14 January, 2016 13:37

Thanks all

I think I have found a local solicitor who can help. My company will pay up to 500, so in line with the market. I'm only used to dealing with big employment law firms, which are likely to be expensive, hence I wanted to find a local firm.

Claire

messageRe: Employment Lawyer recommendation
Posted by Carissa88 03 November, 2016 09:47

Hi Claire,

Can I ask who you used? I need one for the same reason (with the same budget) and not sure who to go with.

Many thanks

messageRe: Employment Lawyer recommendation
Posted by tim77c51 03 November, 2016 10:44

Hi

I used Sarah Jane at William Bailey solicitors. She was great for what I wanted. I didn't need her to negotiate the package, and my exit was very amicable.

Thanks

Claire

messageRe: Employment Lawyer recommendation
Posted by Carissa88 03 November, 2016 11:13

Thank you Claire, that's very helpful.

Carissa

messageRe: Employment Lawyer recommendation
Posted by Melph91 03 November, 2016 12:26

Hello,
Another recommendation - Rachel Lester at Levenes 02071487851 who handled a settlement agreement for a friend of mine and an issue for me personally. Her rates are 250/hour I believe.

messageRe: Employment Lawyer recommendation
Posted by Loz334 04 November, 2016 21:16

I also used Sarah Jane at William Bailey a few years ago and would recommend.

messageRe: Employment Lawyer recommendation
Posted by SB75 04 November, 2016 22:41

Hi there
I've been using Which Legal for employment law advice, 68 for the year for any legal advice and if you work in HR this may be sufficient...you could call them to see if this would work for you..
Good luck


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