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No Win No Fee

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The legal process of employment law is complicated. To take or defend a claim without a representative would be risky.
If you’re an employee with limited means, and you are considering raising a grievance or going to mediation services, we encourage you to engage professional assistance. You can be sure your employer will have a lawyer so it’s best you have a legal expert on your side as well to make sure you have the best chance of a fair outcome.  Work Law provides a No Win No Fee service to employees when you have been treated unfairly. With our support, you and your employer can part ways on mutually agreed terms.

FAQ

What is an employment advocate?

An Employment Advocate is like an Employment Lawyer.

We are legal and human resources experts who know employment law like the back of our hands.

We can defend you in your workplace and all the way to the employment court if necessary.

Employment Advocates either hold law degrees or HR qualifications.  Our Advocates are ALL specialists in Employment Law.  We are fully equipped to help with any Employment Relationship Problem you are facing.

Are you funded?

No we are not funded  

We are careful what cases we do which is why we give a free consultation over the phone as our first point of contact.  We carefully consider the facts before we agree to take your case on a no win no fee basis.  Sometimes we need to charge an hourly rate but we always let you know straight away whether it is no-win-no-fee or hourly rate so there won’t be any surprises.  Most of the time we can get your employer to contribute to your costs, and what we can’t get your employer to cover we take as a percentage of what we win for you. More details on our fees page.

What’s no win no fee?

No Win No Fee literally means if we don’t win you don’t pay a fee. When you have lost your job or are faced with the prospect of losing your job because of a situation that has arisen with your employer it’s the least likely time you will be able to afford a lawyer.

If there are occasions that we will charge you an hourly rate we will let you know.  For example, If we need to attend your disciplinary meeting if you are wanting to save your job we do charge a meeting fee of $280+gst per hour.

No Win No Fee is not Free

If we accept your case on a no win no fee basis, and if we are successful in winning you a financial outcome there will be fees payable, either by your employer or by yourself as a percentage of the settlement.

 

Are you employment lawyers?

All our Employment Advocates are Employment Law specialists. Some have Law Degrees and some come from an HR background.  All are experts in Employment Law.

What happens if you lose a no win no fee case?

If you lose you will not have to pay a fee. Because we don’t get paid for our time and efforts if we don’t win we don’t take on a case if we don’t think it will be successful.

What does an exit package cost?

The cost of an exit package will depend on the length of time it takes to reach the final decision between employee and employer.

We can usually get your fees paid for by the employer, this is part of the negotiation process.

What is an exit package?

An exit package is when both the employer and employee come to a mutual agreement for the employment agreement to come to an end quickly and without a lot of delay or expense.

Typically, an exit package will contain some type of financial benefit for the employee, sometimes including a reference.

We can assist with ensuring the process is dealt with on a professional level and the agreed terms will be recorded in a record of settlement.

Are no win no fee lawyers good?

Employment Lawyers usually charge an hourly rate, so they get paid whether they are successful or not. You can be sure Employment Advocates who offer their services as no win no fee will be putting in the work to ensure your case is a success because their fee only gets paid if they are successful.

What do I do if I have been fired?

  1. Contact Us When you email us you will receive a confirmation email. Reply to that email with a full timeline of events, and attach any letters you have received from your employer.
  2. If you have just been fired or dismissed and you have no secured future income there are a few steps that you should take immediately to reduce your stress both financially and emotionally. If you have no money in the bank, ring the bank and stop all automatic payments, if there is no money in the bank you could incur fees.
  3. Contact the people that these payments go to and explain your situation.
  4. Contact your landlord and explain your situation.
  5. Book an appointment with your doctor if you are extremely distressed or have any symptoms such as; Difficulty sleeping, anxiety, depression, panic attacks etc…Please get a letter from your doctor explaining what you have visited him for, this will be added to your case file and will become part of your stress and distress claim.
  6. Contact Work and Income NZ, the sooner that you register for unemployment benefit, the sooner you will be eligible for payment. If we achieve compensation we will usually settle under a tax-free and tax-exempt section of the act, this will not, in this case, have any effect on your benefit.
  7. Cancel any unnecessary luxuries that will get you further into debt.
  8. Keep any and all evidence of attempts to look for work, loss of earnings can only be claimed (Unless you are unwell) if you have been actively looking for work.
  9. Contact friends or family for support to help get you through.
  10. Exercise even if you don’t feel like it, it will make you feel better and help you think clearly.

Is No Win No Fee a con?

No, No Win No Fee is not a con.  Some employment lawyers speak badly of employment law advocates.  As in most industries, some employment advocates are cowboys and opportunists. Some are unprofessional and can harm your case by being too arrogant or aggressive.  It is important to shop around, read reviews and look for recommendations.  We are in direct competition with employment lawyers.  Employment lawyers want you to use them because they charge an hourly rate, which can really add up. Employment lawyers say it’s unethical to charge a percentage of a settlement. A New Zealand employment lawyer who holds a current practising certificate is prohibited from charging a percentage.  As with employment lawyers, our Advocates are qualified to practise employment law, many holding law degrees and HR qualifications. Wherever possible, we have your employer contribute to the costs. More often than not, we get our entire fees paid by your employer, so we don’t take a percentage of your win at all.

You will have a better chance of success if you have a legal expert on your side.

1000's of New Zealand employees per year trust us to help with their employment relationship problems.

We really care about our clients. You can turn to us when things are going wrong at work. 

Read Our Reviews:

Professionalism and a fantastic result

Rated 5 out of 5
02/08/2021

Thanks Jenifer for your professionalism, and more importantly for getting a quick and fantastic result.
Your responsiveness & expertise certainly calmed nerves, and in doing so gave me great confidence that I had found the right person to get the job done.
Many thanks from me & my little family.
Greatly appreciated.

Diamond M.

I had a great result, enabling me to move onto a new job quickly and happily

Rated 5 out of 5
30/07/2021

Kam bailey was my first choice to call about resolving an issue with my employer at the time, my first impression was that Kam was efficient, professional, and friendly, I was super impressed at the speed of the progress through my issues, fast response time with emails, and phone calls, with everything on point and explained on the way through the process, I was settled and relaxed that I knew Kam had the situation under control, which is totally reassuring, due to my circumstances. I valued everything Kam was able to do for me and had a great result, enabling me to move onto a new job quickly and happily, thanks to Kam and work law, kind regards, Kyle

Kyle J.

I highly recommend Work Law

Rated 5 out of 5
28/07/2021

I can’t speak highly enough of the service I received. The process was simple and everything moved very quickly. The service from start to finish was very professional. Kam assisted me greatly which resulted in a positive outcome. I highly recommend this business.

Raewyn F.

Words can't truly express how grateful I am for all of Jenifer's help

Rated 5 out of 5
23/07/2021

I’ve been trying to find the right words to express my gratitude and praises for having Jenifer and her team at Work Law. However, I don’t think any word would do justice for all of Jenifer’s help since my first call for an exit package. I am eternally grateful for having Jenifer and Work Law team on my side when I wanted to give up on my rights. During those times, Jenifer reminded me not to give up and to hang in there. Jenifer is an intelligent professional, calm, responsive, kind, patient and very supportive throughout the entire process. I honestly don’t know what situation I’d be in right now if it weren’t for Jenifer. If you are a potential client reading this review–no one is above the law regardless of their job title or their influence in the company. Employment law revolves around reasonableness. You need to find professional legal help. Please fight back for your rights by reaching out to Jenifer and her team because you cannot equate resilience with tolerating the questionable behaviours of your employer. I can’t promise the process will be easy, but Jenifer and Work Law will be there with you every step of the way. Jenifer has been there for me by going above and beyond for my case. She was there for me until the end and backed me up. As I said, I don’t think any words can truly express how grateful I am for all of Jenifer’s help. As for the outcome, Jenifer helped me gained a highly satisfactory result for the exit package. Most importantly, to no longer deal with the final season of this telenovela dealing with the toxic work environment. I would very highly recommend Jenifer and Work Law.

SS

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