The simple answer is No. You don’t need a solicitor to pursue a claim in the WRC.
That’s part of the reason the WRC was established. The WRC was set up as a forum to facilitate individual claimants by allowing them to take a claim against an employer without the complication or cost of employing a solicitor.
The difficulty is that the employer is almost always well-represented by legal professionals. This, of course, unbalances the status quo. Often the employer can afford highly paid solicitors and even legal counsel such as Junior and Senior Counsel. And an individual claimant is faced with this.
The cost of fighting a case this way can be extremely high and stressful. Most of our Clients are realists, and while they may know that they have a good case, they also know that they have neither the legal expertise nor the capability of successfully handling their claim independently.
Sure, they could fill in a WRC form online and submit it and take the chance that things might go their way, but they’re smarter than that.
They understand that by having the right representation, people who understand employment law and how it works and who have the experience of building a successful case and know how the Adjudicators think and how their opponents think.
They understand that by using someone like us, they have the best chance of getting a good result. We’re dealing with the WRC and the Labour Court every day of the week.
Many people still do manage their own claims. But, it’s a fact that their applications are generally poorly prepared, badly submitted, managed and run, and as a result, they often fail, sometimes on a mere technicality. When they are successful, they usually fail to achieve the claim’s full value.
Now to be clear, we’re not suggesting that anyone should ever or that we would ever entertain an embellished claim. We will never take a claim we don’t believe is genuine and merited. That’s why we insist on meeting all of our Clients before proceeding, and they fill in a client application form before we take them on. But while some people might make claims that are either disingenuous or dishonest, employers also often defend claims in this way.
Unless you properly prepare, submit and run your claim, we know that you risk losing out on the compensation you deserve simply because you haven’t properly identified, explained or communicated your claim to the Adjudicator. Worse than that, a poorly prepared claim could leave you with an egg on your face before an employer to whom you wanted to teach a lesson.
Often, it’s the case that a claimant may not even understand the merits of their case, and it is only on review that we discover other avenues open to them. It is not simply a matter of just turning up and collecting compensation!
Given the complexity of many types of WRC cases, we believe you should definitely instruct someone who is a specialist, who knows their way around the WRC and who’s known there. Many solicitors are general practitioners who do a bit of everything and may not be familiar with the peculiarities of the WRC.
Using a specialist gives you;
- Peace of mind that your claim is being dealt with by an experienced specialist who will guide you through an extremely complex process and ensure that no stone has been left unturned in seeking a legal remedy for what happened to you; and
- access to an expert professional who can advise on how best to maximise your prospects of success in your case and recover the true value of that to which you may entitle.
If your local or previous solicitor specialises in employment law claims, he or she may be the ideal solicitor for you. But what if they’re not?
You certainly don’t have to limit your choice by geographical location or to someone you may have dealt with on an unrelated matter. We operate a nationwide service in employment law claims exclusively for employees and our clients nationwide.
With modem communications and the internet, physical distance is no longer a problem. Don’t worry about where your representative is when thinking about your employment claim.
What is important is making sure that you get the right team, one that you are comfortable with and that they have the specialist skill and experience to handle your case successfully. If you’d be interested in a Free Case Assessment without any obligation whatsoever, please here and complete the attached form.
We are a specialist employment law practice. That means that we’re dealing with our Client’s Data Protection and Privacy rights every day and ensuring that employers respect these.
We are perfectly placed to offer you advice on data privacy and protection concerns and guide you through its complexities too. We’ve already built up years of experience working with individuals’ data protection rights, ensuring we’ve gained a comprehensive view of how to offer you the best level of guidance and support.
What We Do
Our dedicated team of professionals has huge experience working on behalf of and with workers in these situations. We have the legal knowledge required to guide you through this complex situation and give you the advice and support you need.
We are experienced at resolving these types of claims quickly and effectively – often without you even having to face a drawn-out battle in Court. We aim to work for you to achieve the best possible outcome so you can move on with your life. We will;
- Listen to You!
- Advise you on your legal rights;
- Take all the necessary legal steps required to make your voice heard and;
- Get you compensation.
With You, Every Step of the Way
Most of all, we will be with you every step of the way, and when push comes to shove, we will be your voice.
Barrack Obama once said, “one voice can change a room, and if it can change a room, it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world”.
Make your voice heard and help to change something…
Our service is confidential, discrete and tailored to each Client to fit their needs. We will never disclose your information to others.
What do I need to Do Next?
Every month, we offer several potential clients an opportunity to meet with one of our team for a free, no-obligation initial consultation to discuss your options.
At that meeting, we will LISTEN and go through with you every aspect of your case and can give you clear advice about your options and what legal steps you can take to make this stop. We will also explain the whole process and the strengths and weaknesses of your case.
If you wish to proceed, we will file your claim, draft written submissions, and represent you at any Court hearing. Due to high demand and because we only work with a limited number of cases, we only offer 20 appointments a month.
We know that these appointments always fill up very quickly. Contact us today to see how we can help you choose your desired outcome. Please also remember that you only have two years from your accident or injury to make your claim, so don’t delay. The clock is ticking.
After that time limit passes, your claim is called “statute barred”, which means that you can’t make a claim at all after that.