When disputes related to the treatment of employees arise, employment lawyers play a big role in this. There are a range of disputes that both parties, employer and employee, may find themselves in. Ranging from over pay and superannuation disputes to unfair termination issues or issues related with employee misconduct. Although these disputes can be resolved by direct negotiation between two parties, in most cases the third party or employment lawyer may be necessary to deal with such disputes. 

As a business owner, choosing the right employment lawyer to legally represent you and your company, is a difficult decision to make. Here, we gather some questions that you should consider asking your employment lawyer before hiring. 


What should you ask before hiring your employment lawyer 

What particular experience do you have that would make you suitable for my employment matter 

The more experience an employment lawyer has, the more likely you’ll see the positive outcome of the case. It is important to ask your potential lawyer about the experience in this field. Most likely many employment law firms have teams of lawyers who specialise in different areas such as unfair dismissal, sexual harassment, unpaid overtime and other areas in employment related issues. It is crucial to ensure that your potential employment lawyer has experience in the area that is relevant to your cases.


What likely are the results of my case 

Of course it is impossible to predict the outcome of your case, however, your employment lawyer should be able to give you an idea of the possibilities that may occur, in terms of the best case and worst case scenario. By setting out these expectations from the beginning, you will be able to prepare for either of these outcomes. It is important that your lawyer also mentions what they can do to help you with your case. The following are some services employment lawyers can offer that help you with the case:

  • Resolving employment disputes; 
  • Drafting clear and confidential dispute resolution procedure
  • Advising on employee dismissal issue 
  • Advising on the process of collective bargaining
  • Advising on employment contracts, contractor agreements and workplace policies

By assisting you in drafting and reviewing contracts, it is to ensure the compliance with the relevant employment laws (including Fair Work Act) are met. 


What is the percentage of cases your firm handles in employment matters similar to my case?

It is important that your employment lawyer is specialised and familiar in employment law. Choosing the lawyer or the law firm that have experienced similar cases as your employment field matters as it gives you the confidence to work with them as well as being able to expect more positive outcomes from the case. 


What are my options?

Depending on the situation of your case, some employment lawyers might recommend you to take a further step and take your case to trial while some may ask you to settle. Although they are the specialists, you are still the decisions maker and they should support you in that. 


How many cases have you taken to trial?

The employment lawyer that has taken plenty of cases to the court are more likely to be your preferable choice. The more experience they have at court the more likely that they are able to represent your case well and are able to convince your jury for the right compensation. Nobody would want to accept a settlement amount less than what they deserve. 


How much will you charge?

The amount that an employment law firm is going to charge you may be your last priority, however it is as important as other questions. It is important to hire the lawyer that you feel most comfortable with as well as able to answer any questions that you have in mind. Not only that but they also need to be able to provide a service that is fast and the most cost effective for you.


In conclusion, although it is possible to resolve the dispute by direct negotiation between two parties, it is easier to hire an employment lawyer to handle the dispute for you with a clear head and no personal emotion involved.

At LegalVision, we have specialist employment lawyer teams that are ready to provide the most cost effective service for you. We actively seek solutions through mediation, negotiation and dispute resolution procedures. Contact us now today for more information or arrange the appointment for consultation.