Who we are
Meet Gavin Booth
I don't have clients. I have people like you who I help with employment rights guidance and support based on my experience as a former trade unionist and my current experience as a representative in the Employment Tribunal. I started doing this initially in 1996 with Citizens Advice and the Trades Council. I started the Law at Work in 2004 as a Social Enterprise activity to help people in my community.
Meet Emma Marchbank
I am a fourth-year law student with a passion for justice and giving a voice to those who do not have one. I handle multiple tasks regularly and use creative ways to solve problems. I am interested in employment law, and I enjoy helping people with advice and support. I believe taking the time to understand the challenges people face and giving good practical advice are keys to success.
How we started
We started initially in 1994 as an employment law consultancy by advising people about their rights at work.
By 1996, we extended this to representing employees and workers in the Industrial Tribunal (now known as the Employment Tribunal).
In 2004, we became a Social Enterprise.
In 2014, we started representing professionals at hearings before the NMC and SSSC.
Our community is mainly Central Scotland, although we will advise anyone who needs help, no matter which part of Scotland or the UK they are from.
Most of our representation has been in the Glasgow Employment Tribunal, but we have also acted in the Employment Tribunal in Edinburgh, at various Tribunal venues in England and before regulatory panels at the NMC in Edinburgh and the SSSC in Dundee.
We are not-for-profit
Money should not be a barrier to justice which is why almost all of our advice is free of charge.
We know that getting employment law advice or finding someone to represent you in the Employment Tribunal can be expensive. We started the Law at Work as an affordable alternative for advice and representation.
Our primary goals
Our primary goals are not about making a profit but about providing a public service to help people in our community with advice on a not-for-profit basis, and in particular, to assist low paid or vulnerable workers and employees.
Almost all of our advice is provided free of charge.
We advise people about the merits of a potential claim to the Employment Tribunal and whether or not they have an arguable or worthwhile case.
We do charge for representation in the Employment Tribunal or at other types of hearing on a not-for-profit basis.
Our representation is cost effective because we aim to keep fees low. We provide affordable representation by utilising strategies that provide the most effective type of representation.
In every single case, an individual's ability to pay will be taken into account.
We have a passion for what we do and have been helping people since 1994. We have been very fortunate in being able to help and represent many people in that time. In doing so, we have gained a lot of experience and have been involved in every type of claim that could be presented to the Employment Tribunal.
We understand that having a knowledge of employment law is of little use without an understanding of how the law works in practice. With more than 28-years employment law experience, we have both knowledge and understanding.
Why we do it
The answer is easy, we do it for justice. In an inclusive society, fair treatment at work and freedom from discrimination, victimisation and harassment is essential.
Access to justice is important, we help people within our community to enforce their employment rights and correct any wrongs they have suffered.