If you require the guidance of an employment lawyer to address workplace challenges, the Advocation team can support you.
The complexities and challenges of the workplace are often those that can’t be resolved without an understanding of how the law works or what your rights and duties are.
At Advocation, this is exactly how we add value – through our employment law expertise. Explore our FAQs to find out what you need to know about working with us.
We are an employment law firm that helps both employers and employees (including independent contractors), who require assistance when there is a problem in the workplace.
Our firm assists with job dismissals, wrongful and constructive dismissals, workplace harassment and bullying complaints; sexual harassment complaints, employee performance management, strategic advisory services; new position employment contract reviews, legal document drafting, responding to and drafting demand letters, settlement negotiations, and legal representation in workplace investigations, at hearings, tribunals and in the courts.
No. We do not provide pro bono legal services, which are legal services delivered to you at no cost. As employment lawyers, we respect the right of workers to be paid for the work they do. We uphold this right for all workers including members of our firm, who work hard to serve our clients.
You can find out more about government-funded pro-bono services in Ontario, here: https://www.probonoontario.org/
Our website is also full of free information, which may answer basic employment law questions. Please check out our Tools and Resources section.
No. We charge a fixed fee for our consultations because we provide legal services (i.e. review your documents, provide a legal opinion and strategy and answer your specific case questions) during the consultation.
Though we do not offer free consultations, we do offer complimentary case assessment calls, which give you and the firm the opportunity to determine whether working together is in our mutual best interests.
Additionally, our website is full of free information, which may answer basic employment law questions. For more, please check out our Tools and Resources section.
The case assessment is a 20-minute complimentary call between you and a member of our firm. The case assessment is our opportunity to determine whether and how we can help you. As part of the case assessment phone conversation, you have a chance to let us know what is most important to you and what assistance you require. Through the case assessment process, we both decide if we are a good fit for each other.
Because we don’t provide legal services (i.e. review your documents, provide a legal opinion and strategy, answers to your specific case questions etc.) during the case assessment call, we don’t charge a fee.
The case assessment is a complimentary call between you and a member of our firm (not necessarily a lawyer).
During the case assessment, we obtain some basic information about you and your situation to determine whether and how we can help you. We do not provide legal services during the case assessment call.
The legal strategy consultation is your opportunity to obtain legal advice and ask us any questions that you have. As part of the legal strategy consultation, you will work with a lawyer from our firm. We review your documents, formulate an opinion and meet with you (in person, over the phone or via web conference) to discuss your legal rights and provide a strategy to address your workplace matter.
By the end of your legal strategy consultation, you will be equipped with the information you need to move forward.
Our fees vary based on the scope of services we provide you. If we are hired for preventative workplace matters (e.g. contract drafting, contract review, strategy and advice discussions), our fees range from $500.00 to $3,500.00 + HST.
If we are hired to solve standard workplace disputes (without starting a lawsuit, Ministry of Labour proceeding or human rights complaint) our fees range from $7,500.00 to $15,000.00 + HST.
Where we offer contingency payment arrangements, our fees are much higher. Lawsuits and other formal legal proceedings can range anywhere from $20,000.00 to $100,000.00 + HST.
Yes. But we are extremely selective with whom we offer contingency fee services. Cases that we accept on contingency have the following characteristics:
Clear liability – evidence, documentation or case law that clearly establishes that you are legally on the right side of the law;
Limited complexity – in other words, your case falls under well-established employment law areas;
Clean work history – though not a requirement, most employment clients that we take on contingency have no prior history of performance or behavioural problems at work;
Long work history – most contingency clients have been employed by their employer for 5 or more years;
No prior legal representation – if we are taking over a case started by another legal professional, we do not offer contingency fee arrangements; and
Significant damages – most contingency clients earn a significant salary (over $90,000.00).
If you don’t have the funds to pay for legal services and you have a case worth pursuing, our firm may be able to offer you a payment arrangement or a contingency fee arrangement.
Where a payment arrangement or contingency fee option is not possible, we will discuss other funding options, some of which are listed on the Financing page of our website.
Lastly, if you are an employee who is seeking compensation from your current/former employer, we do negotiate reimbursement of all or some of your legal fees from your employer.
We have designed our intake process to be an opportunity for both you and the firm to determine whether working together would be a good fit.
During the case assessment call, you have an opportunity to ask questions about the firm and its lawyers to determine whether we are the right firm for you. This is another reason why the case assessment is complimentary – we want you to be sure about working with us before you spend your time and money on our legal services.
No. Most employment law cases are resolved through negotiations. Only where negotiations are unsuccessful would we consider a lawsuit - and then only after consulting you and obtaining your agreement that a lawsuit is the best path forward.
This depends entirely on the type of case you have. A severance package negotiation can take as little as 4 to 6 weeks while a court case could take a year or more.
During the legal strategy consultation, we will discuss timelines on how long we think it should take to resolve your workplace matter.
You can contact us to schedule a case assessment call on through one of the following ways:
Our intake specialist will be in touch with you within 24 hours.
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