Leading law firm Slater and Gordon has launched a new digital legal service for unfair dismissal claims
The online service will provide information, advice and assistance to workers who believe they have been unfairly sacked.
Slater and Gordon head of Australia Ken Fowlie said every year thousands of people called the firm with potential unfair dismissal claims.
Mr Fowlie said the website could assist someone in determining if they met the criteria for an unfair dismissal claim, before providing legal assistance. He said if the person had a potential claim for unfair dismissal, then a combination of self-serve questions and a complimentary telephone consultation with a legal professional would help them to complete their claim.
“The system is user friendly, and comes with the backing of our firm’s legal expertise,” Mr Fowlie said.
Mr Fowlie said the unfair dismissal website was one of the firm’s first attempts in Australia to offer a fixed-priced, self-serve online legal service, with a telephone consultation.
“We believe we can offer meaningful, valuable legal advice within strict time limits and all for a fixed price which makes it cost effective for the client.
“Having this service online also means that someone can access it 24 hours a day, seven days a week and from any location in Australia.”
Mr Fowlie said the firm would look to develop additional legal services that could be offered online, in the future.
The service can be accessed at https://unfairdismissal.slatergordon.com.au
The website guides customers through a free set of questions to determine their eligibility to make an unfair dismissal claim. For a fixed fee the site then collects key information, and Slater and Gordon offers a 30 minute telephone consultation with a legal professional to review their draft claim. Those customers whose claims can proceed will be offered assistance with filling out the appropriate paperwork to be lodged with the Fair Work Commission.