Moorepay has launched an employment law advisory service that is SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) approved to give legally privileged advice for a lower-cost retainer fee.
Moorepay is a payroll and HR solutions specialist.
The service is a first for the HR, benefits and payroll sector and will allow Moorepay’s 10,000 small to medium-sized business clients to access employment law support from specialist solicitors.
The new service will be better value than accessing legal advice directly from specialist lawyers, with a retainer fee that replaces unpredictable and expensive hourly legal rates. The service allows customers to access advice directly from an allocated solicitor, 9am–5pm Monday to Friday, and includes a specialist defence Employment Tribunal preparation and representation service.
Recent legislative changes have seen a 77% increase in the backlog of cases going to tribunal. This is due to the removal of fees for raising a case which has made going to an employment tribunal a ‘no-cost option’ for staff. As a result, more cases are going to tribunal, placing increased stress on employers as they devote time to preparing for hearings – a particular issue for small owner/managed businesses. As a result, many feel it is cheaper to settle a weak claim than fight it, which can encourage more speculative claims in the future.
The new Moorepay solicitor service aims to change this by opening access to legally privileged advice. To support this initiative, Moorepay has boosted its in-house team of experts, recruiting a team of employment law solicitors who can offer specialisms in pre-Tribunal advice along with Employment Tribunal preparation and representation.
The service is also FCA regulated to offer legal expenses insurance. In-house HR teams with this service need only call the Moorepay solicitor team when they are at a decision point. This differs from the traditional insurance backed approach which requires a lawyer or consultant to have been instructed from the beginning to the end of the process.
Andrew Weir, Head of Employee Relations and Advocacy at Moorepay stated: “Moorepay is the first HR, payroll and benefits solutions firm to launch an SRA regulated solicitor-led service that is able to provide legally privileged advice and tribunal preparation and representation to clients. We think this will provide a valuable service that gives wider access to legal and HR support as a foundation for helping companies make better decisions.
“The service and retainer fees can be tailored to the individual company’s needs and likely demand for ongoing solicitor support. We can also create packages tailored for larger firms that have HR and legal departments and need additional specialist support, to more fragmented businesses that may be operating across multiple sites with a need for a centralised solution.”