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EEA Legal Services

Employing people can be a complex area; and learning about the law and how to deal with disagreements and problems isn't high on most people's to do list. 

Once in a while you may require some legal guidance, and as an employer that might be employment law advice. 

Employment disputes can be messy, time consuming and expensive, so let us help you to get things right from the start.

With EEA membership you get 30 minutes free advice from equestrian and employment law specialists at 5 Essex Court Chambers. Please note, it is best practices to prepare your precise question(s) prior calling and be succinct, in order to gain the maximum benefit of the service. 

Call or email and let us know you’re an EEA member. The team will aim to respond to your enquiry within 24 hours.

As an EEA member you will receive a 15% discount from the usual direct access fees.


BEFORE CALLING THE HELPLINE you must view the Coronavirus Page as many of your questions will be answered. 

If your situation is more complex and you need legal advice, please be prepared that you are likely to have a  problem that is too complicated for a 30 minute free session. You will be advised to retain either 5 Essex Court or Bindmans LLP - at your own cost. 

Your issue could result in quite serious court action, and it is a false economy to avoid paying lawyers’ fees now which will be a drop in the ocean compared to what could be due if the problem is not put right, now. 

If you are advised that your situation needs further and more detailed work, that is because it does. 

Phone Helpline:      020 7410 2000   (9.00 - 5.30pm Monday to Friday)

Email:  (Quoting ref: EEA Enquiry) 


HR ISSUES - WHAT is my first step?

Free initial helpline with 5 Essex Court - speak to one of their experienced barristers. (referred to as ‘Counsel’.) 

What if I need more advice?

If you need more advice, or if the matter is more complicated than can be dealt with in the original 30 minutes; for instance, the prospect of an HMRC investigation in to your pay levels, or arrangements needed for working abroad.

Because at this stage you are going to be charged for Counsel’s time and you are contracting directly with them, you will need to enter into a “Direct Access Agreement”.

You will be sent a contract to read and sign and then return to Counsel. Within this contract will be a breakdown of the work Counsel will undertake and the cost for that work. What work could this be: 

  • Written advice on the law relating to your situation
  • Written advice on evidence needed to be gathered relating to your situation
  • Face to face conference on the above
  • Advice on your next steps
  • Give outline advice if proceedings have already been started

I am being taken to tribunal 

I received an ET1 (Employment Tribunal Claim) or notification of a hearing from HMRC Tribunal relating to National Minimum Wage or Working Time?

Send it to Counsel immediately who, upon receipt will advise you to instruct a Solicitor to work with them.

The Solicitior will undertake the following work: 

  • Take over conduct of the case and be your point of contact with the court and the other side’s representatives
  • Correspond with interested parties on your behalf
  • Organise the process of gathering evidence and relevant paper work
  • Take witness statements
  • Put together a bundle for trial

Will I still need a Counsel? 

Yes, there will be certain matters that Counsel needs to undertake. Your Solicitor will advise what these are and when this is necessary. 

Who are 5 essex court?

5 Essex Court is a tier one barrister’s chambers with specialists in employment, tenancy, equine and public law.

difference between a barrister and solicitor giving me advice?

A barrister, like a solicitor is a qualified lawyer. In many cases solicitors will go to barrister’s for specialist legal advice.

With the Direct Access scheme, clients can now work with barristers directly rather than going via a solicitor which gives clients access to quality advice at a lower cost.

What happens after first 30 mins?

If after 30 minutes it is felt that further advice is required such as drafting papers or litigation – terms and agreements will be drawn up and fees negotiated.

Is the barrister on my side and sympathetic?

The barrister will give you impartial legal advice but we are your first line of defence and you are our priority.

5 Essex Court discount and services offered

As an EEA member you will receive a 15% discount from the usual direct access fees with 5 Essex Court. 

We can offer advice on Contracts of Employment, National Minimum Wage, Working Time Regulations, accidents at work, grievance and disciplinary, tenancies/employees as tenants.

Victoria von Wachter also has experience in specific equine law. Victoria has acted for the police, private individuals and breed societies in litigation and advisory work involving horses.


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