When considering taking legal advice, it is best to check if:
- You have any legal expenses insurance which might cover your legal costs, click here to read more.
- Check that the lawyer has relevant employment discrimination experience through independent sources like the Law Society or client guides such as Chambers and Partners or Legal 500 which recommends specialist solicitors and barristers.
Find out what the costs will be
- You may be able to negotiate a reduced rate or fixed fee. Do not be anxious about asking what the costs are or will be. You can ask that they be capped but that may mean that your lawyer cannot do as much as you want because usually they charge by the hour
- Some lawyers will offer an initial brief free consultation by telephone
- If you get advice from a lawyer it is often helpful to provide a short (2 page) chronology of what has happened. It will enable a lawyer to advise you more quickly.
What do you want and how you may be able to achieve it
Make it clear to your lawyer what you want to achieve and how (for example in a conciliatory but firm way or by threatening a claim). This may be:
- To stay in your job but with flexible hours
- To negotiate an exit with compensation
- To bring a claim following dismissal
This can be achieved in different ways, for example:
- Discussion with your employer
- A letter 'off the record' suggesting a settlement
- A letter 'on the record' setting out your claims
- Asking your lawyer to write to your employer, though this is not usually advisable if you want to keep your job