Employment Lawyers to provide free advice to GM workers hit hardest by the pandemic

By December 3, 2020January 28th, 2021Employment, Firm news, Latest

Glaisyers Solicitors LLP has partnered with The Growth Company and Citizens Advice Manchester to ensure that Greater Manchester’s workers who have been hit hardest by the pandemic can access free legal advice.

During this period of uncertainty, many people across Greater Manchester are worried about their employment – everything from their employment rights, redundancy and pay cuts, to terms of employment and disputes. Employment Legal Advice is a new service to help individuals across Greater Manchester to access free employment-related legal support – getting advice at the right time as quickly as possible.

In addition to ourselves, other law firms are also taking part. These include:

  • Aaron and Partners
  • Davis Blank Furniss
  • Hattons Solicitors
  • JMR Solicitors
  • Linder Myers
  • Monarch
  • MSB Solicitors
  • Peach Law
  • Stephensons
  • Wrigley Claydon

Enquiries to the service will be passed on to a dedicated triage advisor who will review the case and decide on the correct approach, including whether to refer them to an expert from the network of legal partners.

“The North West has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, and even with some light at the end of the tunnel with the approval of the vaccine, people are struggling now. We are honoured to have been asked to be involved and are proud to be part of this scheme, helping the people of our city,” said Russell Brown, partner and head of employment at Glaisyers.

Mark Hughes MBE, Chief Executive of the Growth Company, said: “At a time of increased redundancy and unstable employment having a service like Employment Legal Advice available for the people of Greater Manchester is more important than ever.

“By working closely with Citizens Advice Manchester and legal firms we are able to offer free legal advice to those in need.  This sits alongside EmployGM which is a gateway service to help individuals with support, training and advice on securing new employment.”

Andy Brown, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Manchester, added: “We’ve had a huge increase of enquiries during Covid-19 from people who need to know where they stand on employment law, whether that’s with issues relating to furlough, redundancy or cuts to their salary. Understandably, these queries lead to additional stress and worry about keeping up with crucial bills, feeding families and the security of homes, so we are delighted to be working with the Growth Company and legal partners to deliver this vital service and help to put the minds of Manchester residents at rest.”

People who think they might benefit from the help of the Employment Legal Advice service can provide details of their issue on the service’s website. They can also email info@employmentlegaladvice.org, or call 0808 164 5541.

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