Finding Advice

ELA is an association of qualified lawyers who are registered with their professional bodies and have told ELA that they practise employment law in the British Isles.

Who are the members of ELA?

They can be solicitors, barristers, legal executives, advocates and foreign lawyers who are fully qualified in their jurisdiction.

Many ELA members are leaders in the field of employment law in advising people and businesses, who train others and are engaged in consultations with Government. Other members of ELA  may be starting out in their professional career as an employment lawyer or barrister and/or may only spend part of their time advising on employment law, because for example, they also advise in other related areas, such as personal injury or commercial law

What benefits do members of ELA receive?

ELA members benefit from a wide range of services such as specialised online resources including expert lecture notes, access to specialist publications, a regular bulletin with legal updates, the ability to attend lectures and seminars on specialist areas within employment law.

How can I find a member of ELA or a Mediator?

ELA keeps a register of members that can be searched by the general public. Note that some members opt not to be listed in the members directory

Find an Employment Lawyer

ELA also keeps a register of mediators who have told us that they are mediators and can be searched by the general public.  

Register of Mediators

Other sources of help and information

You may wish to consider the following:

Time limits

You should act quickly.

Many claims in employment law have a short period of time in which they must be made of as little as three months from when the events happened.

Benefits of using a qualified lawyer

Using a qualified lawyer has many advantages over seeking advice from an unqualified person.  For example:
  • Giving legal advice, helping clients manage risk, resolving legal disputes and conducting and defending litigation are ‘core business’ for lawyers – this is what we do.
  • ‘Legal privilege’ can offer valuable private space to discuss needs and seek legal advice without prejudicing your position.  Eg by contrast disclosure of ‘open’ discussion of potential settlement terms might prejudice your position in negotiations.  Legal privilege is not normally available where advice is sought from unqualified people.
  • Qualified lawyers have studied the law, been trained by other lawyers, completed legal qualifications and must ensure that they stay up to date.
  • All qualified lawyers are subject to onerous duties, including obligations designed to protect their clients, for example lawyers must check for ‘conflicts of interest’ and set out the main terms of your agreement with them in writing.
  • Qualified lawyers are regulated by regulatory organisations that  aim to ensure that professional behaviour.  
  • Qualified lawyers have to provide internal complaints mechanisms to resolve issues that may arise if you can’t resolve an issue with your lawyer then you can take it to their professional body and or the Legal Services Ombudsman.

What you can expect if you are in an employment dispute 

You may find the Law Society’s website on Problems at Work useful.