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Dawsons Law are based in Watton and Hethersett and are proud to bring you the solution locally.
We provide a full range of quality legal services to individuals in Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Divorce, Matrimonial Finances, Family Matters, Employment Law, Business Services, Debt Recovery.
Our experience shows us that a barrier for clients in seeking much needed legal advice is fear about the costs of legal services required. Salena Dawson Solicitors provide affordable payment methods including interest free monthly payments.
So you are not entitled to Legal Aid (Public Funding) but still on a low income? don’t panic we have affordable solutions to suit your individual circumstances. Also for many services we offer fixed fee legal advice and assistance so you can relax knowing the exact cost of the service we provide to you from the onset.
We also provide quality legal advice in Employment Law, Debt Recovery and HR Services to businesses throughout Breckland and South Norfolk. Business services are often purchased on a retained basis giving peace of mind that legal advice is at hand when required. We know running your own business is not a 9 to 5 job and this is why Salena Dawson Solicitors are not just office hour legal advisers.
Looking for a solicitor in Wayland or Hethersett? Look no further. Both our offices are easily accessible, with free parking available. Don't fight the hustle and bustle of city traffic and city parking. Instead find the solution conveniently and locally.
Are you in the Norfolk Police Federation, Military Services or employed by HMPS? If so, you automatically qualify for 10% off all legal fees excluding disbursements and VAT.
Home visits for elderly clients by our dedicated elderly client advisor are also available on request.
IN THE NEWS
Changes to the Employment Tribunal Sytem are due to come into force in July 2013.
From this time the current system of No Fee for the Claimant to submit an Employment Claim will end.
The Government’s intention is a proposed two-tier fee structure and the sanction for non-payment of issue fees and hearing fees is that the claim will not be allowed to commence or continue in the tribunal. Employees will therefore be required to pay if the want a claim issues against an Employer.
Following consultation is has been proposed that the issue fee will be £250 and £950 for a hearing fee for single claims such as unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing. Straightforward single claims such as unlawful deductions from wages and statutory redundancy payments will carry a lower fee of £160 issue fee and £230 hearing fee.
For multiple claims, the fees will higher. Payments should be able to be paid online using a debit or credit card when issuing claims online. If lodging a claim by post, the ET1 and a cheque must be sent to a centralised processing centre. The Respondent will also be responsible for the fees of any application they make. The Unsuccessful party will be responsible for reimbursing the fees paid by the successful party
There will be the possibility for fee remission based upon the current civil court system.
Employment law changes taking effect in 2013
The following changes to employment law are now in effect.
New National Minimum Wage Rates to apply from 1 October 2013
The following rates will come into force from 1 October 2013:
- The adult rate will increase by 12p from £6.19 to £6.31 per hour.
- The rate for 18-20 year olds will increase by 5p from £4.98 to £5.03 per hour.
- The rate for 16-17 year olds will increase by 4p from £3.68 to £3.72 per hour.
- The apprentice rate will increase by 3p from £2.65 to £2.68 per hour.
- The accommodation offset will increase from £4.82 to £4.91 per day.
Free Employment Law Help For Employers
ACAS has launched six new step-by-step guides to help small businesses make sure they comply with the law when hiring staff, managing people and dealing with complaints at work. The six guides cover recruiting an employee, settling in a new employee, the new employee's contract, managing a complaint at work, managing staff absence and how to get the best out of staff. The guides can be accessed at: www.acas.org.uk/stepbystep
Online Toolkit To Help Employers When Taking On Their First Employee
An online toolkit that provides employers with help when taking on their first employee has been launched by the Government. An update from the version that was launched a year ago, the “Employing staff for the first time” toolkit helps potential employers through the process of hiring their first member of staff and sets out the relevant legal requirements.