Prospect members have access to a range of legal services for work and non-work related issues.
Our legal services cover the following:
- assistance in the workplace with grievances and disciplinary issues, advice on employment rights and representation in tribunals
- advice on criminal law where the issue arises in the course of employment as a result of the member's official duties, and where the employment is at risk.
At work or outside
- a personal injury scheme providing high quality legal advice if you're injured or fall ill because of the negligence of a third-party. (We have special arrangements covering radiation linked diseases and, in the Ministry of Defence, noise-induced deafness.)
- a 24-hour legal helpline on non-work matters
- clinical negligence advice - initial advice on claims from our solicitors
- a wills service - free 'simple' wills or special rates for more complex wills
- advice on defamation - written advice from our solicitors on libel or slander issues
- welfare benefits advice - and where appropriate representation at tribunals
Legal services for your family
- Our personal injury scheme covers your partner, spouse or a financially dependant member of your immediate family for illness or injury caused by a third party outside their workplace.
Legal assistance is offered at Prospect's discretion and will be decided on the facts and merits of each case.
To apply for workplace and legal assistance the member must:
- be in membership at the time the problem arises
- continue to be in membership for the duration of their case
- not take independent legal advice before approaching Prospect
- not commence litigation before approaching Prospect.
We will withdraw assistance if the member:
- decides not to proceed on the basis of Prospect's advice
- fails to provide relevant information
- provides misleading or incomplete information
- fails to co-operate with the adviser.
How to access our legal services
30 September 2008
Full guidance for all Prospect members on the legal services that the union provides. Contents cover employment rights, personal injury scheme, legal advice, civil rights and criminal law. Large print version also available: http://library.prospect.org.uk/id/2011/00723
11 July 2008
A four-page booklet summarising what legal services are available from Prospect, and how to access them.