Getting legal advice

Workplace issues can be complicated, so you might want to get advice on what to do.

The Acas helpline can walk you through your options, but we cannot give legal advice. This is because we’re impartial and cannot take sides.

But there are options if you want specific advice on your situation.

For employees and workers

It can be useful to get independent advice if you are thinking about starting an employment tribunal claim or other court claim against an employer.

This can help you:

  • understand the strengths and weaknesses of your case
  • get support during the legal process, if you do go through with it

You might be able to get legal support through:

  • some Citizens Advice offices – find your nearest on the Citizens Advice website
  • your trade union, if you have one
  • your personal or home insurance policy
  • a solicitor (you might want to use one who specialises in employment law – search The Law Society website)
  • legal aid (for discrimination claims only) – find out about legal aid on GOV.UK

If you’re thinking of going to employment tribunal, you do not have to use a solicitor. Find out more about employment tribunals on GOV.UK.

For employers

It could be important to get independent advice if you:

  • are making a decision that could be challenged by your employees
  • want to know the possible outcomes or risks of legal action

You could get legal advice through one of the following:

  • your workplace’s insurance, if it covers legal advice
  • your workplace’s legal service subscription, if you have one
  • a solicitor (you might want to use one who specialises in employment law – search The Law Society website)

It’s important to remember that you might have to pay if you get independent or legal advice.