At some point, every working person will find themselves in a difficult situation with their employer. Usually, these matters can be resolved through discussion and mutual agreement. Still, ever so often, you’ll need a Lawyer that specializes in Employment Law to fight your battles for you. Choosing the right one can mean the difference between a satisfactory outcome or a dark cloud that could hover over you for the rest of your working life. Here are some of the most important things to look for when choosing an Employment Lawyer, if ever you need to resort to litigation to resolve a problem with your employer.
1. Knowledge, Know-How
Employment law is complex and dynamic so it’s important to find a lawyer who is a specialist in the field. You need your case to be fought by someone who not only understands the problem you’re facing but also someone who knows how to deftly manoeuvre within the framework of the law to ensure the best odds of a favourable outcome for you. It’s also important that your Employment Lawyer works cases for both employers and employees. While this might seem counter-intuitive at first, a Lawyer that works on both sides of the divide will have a balanced view of the strengths and weaknesses of your case and a good idea of what strategy your opponent may use against you.
2. Fees & Costs
Many Lawyers will charge by the hour, which means you’re paying for their time rather than their value and this can be a disadvantage. Instead, you should seek out Lawyers with fixed price solutions so you get certainty of cost, certainty of delivery and value for money. The best Lawyers will have transparent fee structures, which will be set out in writing and brought to your notice at the initial interview. This will leave you with a clear understanding of how much you will likely have to pay for legal help, expenses and other fees. You should also expect to be given lots of information about funding options that are open to you.
Speaking of fees and costs, the Lawyer you select should be happy and willing to have an initial discussion with you, free of charge. They should also be willing and able to explain things in simple English, without using legal jargon, as it’s essential that you fully understand your rights and responsibilities.
3. Owning Your Problem
Good lawyers care about their clients but great lawyers own their clients’ problems. They make your problem, their problem and align with you so fully that a victory for you is a victory for them and vice versa. Your chosen Lawyer should have high standards for management and client care and should preferably be accredited. Before you choose your Lawyer, do an internet search on them and see what others have to say about their experiences working with them. This will give you a good understanding about the level of care and commitment the Lawyer has.
Finally, you should simply like the person or people you choose to work with. It’s important that you feel comfortable with your chosen Lawyer and their team because you will need to share lots of intimate details with them so that they can effectively work on your case. Building a good personal rapport with your legal professional will enable them to know you better and more effectively seek justice for you.