Useful Legal Resources To Help Smaller Games Businesses With EDI Journeys

For an small businesses, navigating the intricacies of employment law can often seem daunting. Whether it’s to comprehend complex legislation, handle disputes, or simply implement best practices when it comes to EDI, third-party resources can prove invaluable. Fortunately, the UK boasts a plethora of such resources aimed at helping small businesses. Here are some to get you started…

Employment Law

Solicitors and Law Firms

The easiest starting point. While larger law firms might be beyond the budget of most small businesses, many solicitors and smaller law firms cater specifically to this demographic. They often offer fixed-fee packages tailored for small business needs, ensuring transparency and affordability, and can advise around a range of topics, including employment law and EDI. It’s always worth shopping around and negotiating to find the right fit both in terms of expertise and cost.

ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service)

ACAS offers independent and impartial advice to both employers and employees on all aspects of employment law. Their services range from guidance on day-to-day issues to more specific, tailored advice. Moreover, ACAS also provides training events and online resources, ensuring businesses remain updated about ever-evolving employment legislation.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

While ACAS serves businesses of all sizes, the FSB is focused specifically on championing the interests of small businesses. Members benefit from a 24/7 legal advice line, where they can get guidance on employment issues. FSB’s legal hub also offers online resources and template documents, which can be especially handy for businesses that might not have dedicated HR departments.

Law Centres Network

Operating on a not-for-profit basis, Law Centres provide free legal advice to those who can’t afford it. While they’re more commonly associated with individuals, many Law Centres do extend their services to small businesses, especially those with limited financial resources. For a small business just starting out, this can be a cost-effective way to ensure compliance with employment laws.

Legal Clinics at Universities

Numerous universities across the UK run legal clinics, where law students, supervised by experienced solicitors, provide free legal advice. It’s a win-win situation: students get practical experience, and small businesses get guidance without incurring hefty fees. The advice might range from drafting contracts to resolving disputes.

Trade Associations and Chambers of Commerce

Many industry-specific trade associations offer legal guidance as part of their membership benefits. Similarly, local Chambers of Commerce often have partnerships with law firms that offer members discounted services or free initial consultations.

Online Platforms

With the digital revolution, several online platforms have emerged, offering cost-effective legal advice tailored for small businesses. They often work with a network of solicitors, ensuring that advice is both accurate and affordable.

While the landscape of employment law can be intricate, small games businesses in the UK are not without aid. Whether it’s free resources, industry-specific guidance, or affordable legal consultations, a myriad of third-party resources are at their disposal. Leveraging these effectively ensures not just legal compliance but also fosters a positive workplace environment.

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