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Full members | Associate members | Multi-member discount scheme | Correspondents

There are two main categories of ELA membership: full or associate. Please read the definitions below to check you are eligible for membership before applying.


Full Members

Annual membership fee: £95
(£20 for lawyers working for voluntary sector organisations)

  • Qualified lawyers who practice employment for 25% of their time in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man;
  • Foreign lawyers (any person who is fully qualified to practise law in a jurisdiction outside the UK in accordance with the rules regulating the legal profession in that jurisdiction)who provide employment law advice for 25% or their time under the jurisdiction of the  England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.


Associate Members

Annual membership fee: £40

  • Trainee lawyers who practice employment for 25% of their time in the England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
  • Foreign lawyers who provide employment law advice for 25% of their time under any jurisdiction other than the England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man;
  • Qualified lawyers engaged in research of employment law or the academic or vocational teaching of employment law for 25% of their time in the  England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
  • Members of the judiciary with experience in the practice of employment law in the England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Correspondents

Annual fee: £50

Voluntary sector organisations with a material interest in employment law may benefit from all ELA services as correspondents. The annual fee allows for unlimited number of individuals within the organisation to benefit from ELA services. The requirement for a legal qualification for the individuals you declare to us is waived for correspondents.

Please contact the ELA office to apply for/renew your correspondent membership

Tel: 01895 256972

Email: ela@elaweb.org.uk

Definitions

Foreign lawyer means any person who is fully qualified to practise law in a jurisdiction outside the UK in accordance with the rules regulating the legal profession in that jurisdiction.

Member of the judiciary means a judge, Master or district judge, or an Employment Tribunal Judge or Chairman of the Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal (N.Ireland) or a person authorised to act as such.

Qualified lawyer means any person who is:

  • Admitted to (and remains on) the roll of Solicitors of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, the Supreme Court of Northern Ireland and/or the roll of Solicitors held by the Law Society of Scotland;
  • Called to the Bar of England and/or Wales (and has not ceased to be a member of that Bar);
  • Admitted as (and remains) an Advocate by the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland;
  • Admitted as (and remains) an Advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey;
  • Admitted as (and remains) an Advocate or Solicitor of the Royal Court of Jersey;
  • Admitted as (and remains) an Advocate of the High Court of Justice of the; or
  • Qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and has not ceased to be a Fellow

​Trainee lawyer means a trainee solicitor, pupil barrister, trainee advocate or a trainee legal executive who is training to become qualified as such in the British Isles.

Voluntary sector organisation are those which are either affiliated to the Law Centres Federation or the National Association of Citizen’s Advice Bureaux and which provide employment law services to the public or otherwise receive central or local government funding for the provision of employment law services to the public.

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Multiple member discount scheme 
Discount Scheme for Organisations with Five or More Members

The discount operates on a sliding scale depending on the number of members you have within your organisation. It is based on the starting fees of £95 for full members and £40 for associate members (see rates below):

To apply for membership under the discount scheme, please contact the ELA office with the names of the people in your organisation who you would like to be ELA members, indicating under each name whether they are a qualified lawyer or a trainee lawyer.

Tel: 01895 256972

Email: ela@elaweb.org.uk

The level of discount members in your organisation are entitled to will be determined by the number of members you have at the time of applying and will not change for the rest of that membership year, however many members you may gain or lose during the course of the year – i.e. a snap-shot approach.

5-10 lawyers £85.50 each (full) £36 each (associate)  10% discount
11-15 lawyers  £76 each (full) £32 each (associate)  20% discount
16-20 lawyers  £66.50 each (full) £28 each (associate)       30% discount
21-25 lawyers     £57 each (full) £24 each (associate)     40% discount
26+ lawyers £47.50 each (full) £20 each (associate)     50% discount

National organisations with offices in more than one region

The level of discount members in your organisation are entitled to will be determined by the number of members you have at the time of renewing (calculated nationally, if your organisation has offices across several regions) and will not change for the rest of that membership year, however many members you may gain or lose during the course of the year.

ELA has ten regions – you can check the counties which fall into each region here:

London 

Lower South East: Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey,

Upper South East: Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, 

South West: Avon, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Wiltshire, Channel Islands

Wales: Dyfed, Powys, Mid Wales, West Glamorgan, East Glamorgan, South Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan, Gwent, North Wales, Clwyd, Gwynedd

Midlands: Hereford and Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire

North West: Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire

North East: Northumberland, Durham, Yorkshire, Humberside

Northern Ireland: Fermanagh, Armagh, Down, Londonderry, Tyrone, Antrim

Scotland: Dumfries and Galloway, Borders, Lothian, Strathclyde,Central, Fife, Tayside,Grampian, Highlands & Islands