For the third year our Ayr office were delighted to sponsor the Ayrshire Hospice Golf Day.
This year the event took place on Monday 13th August. Despite the weather, those that attended thoroughly enjoyed a round of golf at West Kilbride Golf Club and the opportunity to support such a fantastic charity.
Ayrshire Hospice provide essential services for adults with illnesses such as cancer and neurological conditions in the West of Scotland. They help adults live as actively as they can for as long as they are able to and support their family and close friends as well.
Damian White, Partner and Head of Digby Brown’s Ayr office, attended the day with a few staff members from the Ayr office and some partner law firms within our CPIN network.
Damian said "Ayrshire Hospice is an amazing local charity and the services it provides are vital for the Ayrshire community. This is the third year running that we were able to help out and be a sponsor for the day. We look forward to continuing helping the hospice with their fund raising over the coming years.".
People may want to take legal action against their employer for many reasons such as unfair dismissal, maternity and pregnancy disputes or disability discrimination – but some people stop short of seeing it through over fears it will be too expensive or leave them out of pocket.
In July 2017, the government removed fees for employees wishing to make a claim at an employment tribunal. Previously, they faced paying up to £1,200 simply to bring a claim forward whereas now it is entirely free. It is therefore no surprise that employment tribunal claims have now increased by up to 90% since fees have been removed.
Nevertheless, pursuing a claim through the tribunal process can still potentially be expensive when you take into account legal fees and this often comes at a time when that is more of a concern if employment has come to an end.
What many people may not know is that often funding is available for an Employment Tribunal claim through their own home contents insurance by something known as legal expenses insurance (LEI).
LEI is a free add on to your home contents insurance, similar to when a bank offers free travel insurance as part of a current account. This LEI cover means your home insurance company will pay the cost of a solicitor to pursue an Employment Tribunal claim on your behalf and you are not left out of pocket as a result.
Accessing LEI cover can be difficult if your home insurance company doesn’t believe you have a good chance of success or the circumstances don’t meet their requirements for funding. If they do grant funding, this can also come with a catch. They may try and select a cheaper solicitor to act on your behalf, saving them money but costing you in the long run.
You are legally entitled to appoint your own solicitor under this insurance cover and should not feel pressurised into accepting sub-standard legal representation. Your solicitor should be able to expertly guide you through the process and represent your best interests at the tribunal, leading to a more favourable outcome.
Our specialist employment solicitors at Digby Brown have already helped people across Scotland secure funding through their home contents insurance.
In one case, our client was dismissed after a workplace injury prevented him from carrying out his daily duties. We secured funding through his legal expenses insurer to raise a claim of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination, resulting in the client being awarded a significant financial settlement – which he received in full and all without him paying a penny in legal costs
The time limit to pursue an Employment Tribunal claim is very short. If you are considering doing so then please contact us on 0333 200 5925 or fill in our online enquiry form.
By Ross Milvenan, Associate
We were delighted to sponsor Headway Highland Group’s family day out which took place at Landmark Forest Adventure Park on Monday 13th August.
Our Inverness office has chosen Headway Highland as their local charity partner for 2018, and will be raising funds to support the charity this year.
Headway Highland provide vital support to people living with a brain injury and their families in the region. Often, we act for victims who have suffered serious head injuries and we understand the impact this can have on them and their families.
This family day out at Landmark Forest Adventure Park was open to Headway members, their families and carers. Admission to the park was entirely free of charge and there was a range of activities to suit everyone. Families could choose from going on the runaway timber train, the wild water coaster to discovering the butterfly house and exploring the ancient forest.
Both David McGowan, Associate Solicitor and Sarah Newman, Solicitor in our Inverness office went along to the day with our CSR manager Kirsten Smith.
Kirsten said: “Headway Highland is dedicated to supporting adults with acquired brain injuries and their families with a special focus on social activities.
“Sponsoring the group’s trip to Landmark allowed us to see first-hand the fantastic work the charity does and the difference our support can make.”
Lee Gordon, Development worker for Headway Highland said: "Headway Highland were delighted to receive support from Digby Brown Solicitors towards our Family day out at Landmark Forest Adventure Park.
“This day out is always eagerly anticipated by our members and their families and they always have a wonderful time enjoying the activities on offer."