Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors
Recent legislation involving employment law has created important statutory rights, which affect both employers and employees alike.
Among the changes since 29 July 2013 is a new fees regime, applying to all employment claims and/or appeals.
Employment law is extremely important to protect the rights of workers and make sure employers carry out their legal duties, so it is important to know your rights as an employee in case you need to make a claim.
What is an employee?
An employee is a person who agrees to work for another person according to a contract of employment. There may be other types of agreement relating to employment and services rendered – and it is important to distinguish a contract of employment from other types of agreement. An individual needs to know if they are a worker, an employee or a self-employee.
To determine this, it is necessary to distinguish between a contract of employment (also known as a contract of service) – or a contract for services.
- Contract of employment – a person agrees to serve another
- Contract for services – a person agrees to provide certain services to another and would usually be self-employed, although it might be necessary to consider whether, over a period, the person was an employee.
It would be wrong to claim a person was an employee simply because he was not self-employed, as there may be intermediate categories of worker.
However, only employees have certain statutory rights – such as the right to claim unfair dismissal.
Because employment law is so complex, it is necessary to seek legal advice from a firm of specialist employment solicitors such as Duncan Lewis as soon as possible.
Duncan Lewis employment solicitors have considerable expertise in advising employees, part-time workers, flexible workers, freelance workers and contract workers on employment law.
The Duncan Lewis employment law team can advise on:
- Unfair Dismissal
- Breach of Contract
- Equal Pay
- Maternity and Paternity/Adoption Rights
- Minimum Wage
- Working Time Regulations
- Health and Safety
- Discrimination and the Equality Act 2010
- Flexible Working
- Settlement Agreements (formerly called Compromise Agreements)
- Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures
- Restrictive Covenants
Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – How we can help you
Duncan Lewis employment lawyers act on behalf of claimants and respondents in all Employment Tribunal related matters.
Our employment law specialists can represent all types of employers, large and small – as well as individual employees and groups of employees – in matters relating to:
- Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2014
- Disability Discrimination Act 1995
- Employment Act 2002
- Employment Relations Act 1999
- Employment Rights Act 1996
- Equality Act 2010
- Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
- Human Rights Act 1998
- Working Time Regulations 1998
- Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992
- Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Act 1993.
Our Employment Team advised Transport for London during a mass redundancy, but can also advise City firms, public sector organisations, SMEs and micro-companies – and collective employees or individual employees – on employment law.
Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – Fees
Duncan Lewis employment law solicitors operate a transparent fee scale – and can offer a range of competitively priced funding options for claimants and respondents:
- Damage based fee
- Contingency fee
- Fixed fees (for specific tasks)
- Insurance funded cases.
Some cases may also be funded if a client has Home Contents Insurance or Contents/Buildings Insurance with Employment Protection Cover.
Duncan Lewis believes clients should always know what they will be paying – and will advise on the best funding option at the initial client meeting.
Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – When to contact us
If you have a problem with employment, it is important to take legal advice and find out what your legal position is as soon as possible.
Duncan Lewis can offer clear legal advice on employment law at any stage of an employment matter.
Duncan Lewis also has a successful track record in advising companies and employers on employment matters and disputes.
The sooner you call us, the sooner we can help you with an employment claim or employment law matter.
Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – How to contact us
Duncan Lewis has offices nationwide and in most major cities, with more than 20 offices across London and the southeast.
For expert legal advice on employment law, call Duncan Lewis employment solicitors on 020 7923 4020.