Legal cover is provided using a three tier system covering the legal advice telephone helpline, procedures in the event of legal action being necessary to resolve a situation regarding employment and finally, a telephone number to call if you find yourself under arrest at a police station in relation to a work related incident or event and require the attendance of a solicitor.
Legal Advice Telephone Helpline.
This service is provided by Law Express. The number you should ring to receive initial legal advice on the following matters is:
The range of legal subjects includes:
Details of this service have been provided in several PGA bulletins. Additional marketing materials containing all necessary information are available by contacting the PGA office.
In the event of you wishing to take legal action to resolve an issue or an incident relating to your employment, or your being advised to do so by the Law Express helpline, your first course of action MUST be to contact the PGA Office in London. Once your intent is registered, you will be sent a form asking you to outline the situation you are facing and the proposed legal course of action you wish to take. Once this is received, the decision on whether or not the Association can fund the case will be made by a panel. The panel will include the Association’s solicitor, Mariel Irvine, and will be based on an assessment of the probability of the action being successful. This step replicates the decision making process that our previous insurer used to take. Should the funding for your proposed action be approved, the Association’s solicitor will manage the process from that point on .
All legal matters are privileged and will be dealt with in confidence.
Solicitor’s attendance at a police station
In the event of your being taken to a police station in relation to an employment related issue and requiring the presence of a solicitor, you should telephone:-
Contacting this number will result in an experienced local solicitor being contacted on your behalf and instructed to attend the police station to assist you.
Further advice can be sought from the following websites. Passwords are restricted to PGA members and will be communicated separately. For further support please contact the PGA office.