South West Legal Services

The legal & affiliated services co-ordinator (RLAC) for the South West region is Kathryne Albanese who is based in the Bristol office and can be contacted by phone on 0117 923 0555 or by email.

The RLAC is responsible for liaising between members, officials of Unite, our panel solicitors and affiliated partners, to ensure that we are getting the most out of our legal services and that our affiliated products are accessible. The RLAC focuses on linking individual members to the benefits which are of particular interest to them, and also facilitating the promotion of benefits in workplaces and at campaigns in order to keep members informed about what they are entitled to.

At Unite the union we recognise that one of the key reasons members join Unite is to benefit from the legal services we provide. We believe that the range and quality of the services we provide with the help of our solicitors is the best available to trade union members in the UK. 

We aim to provide a full range of legal services; from seeking compensation for a personal injury or industrial wrong, to employment related advice and representation, to helping plan for the future by providing a Will writing service, Powers of Attorney and Living Wills, to assisting with the day to day issues that life throws up such as moving house. We even offer a free 24 hour legal help line where members can receive a free half hour advice on any non-work related matter.

The services we offer are second to none, and we believe are better than you would find on the high street because we use the best lawyers and we don’t take a cut of any damages or compensation awarded to you.

Some of the services are free, some are provided at heavily discounted rates and others, such as our road traffic service, actually save you money.  All our legal services are provided by expert solicitors in their field. 

What makes Unite Legal Services different?

  • Services are provided by a panel of solicitors who have over 100 years’ experience working with unions  
  • 100% of the compensation awarded is paid to you
  • We use solicitors who understand your workplace
  • We use solicitors who have a close relationship with Unite and its activists
  • Personal injury claims are conducted at no cost to you
  • We can offer additional influence in your workplace in respect of health and safety matters

South West Unite Legal Affiliated Services Newsletter Autumn/Winter 2015

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Personal injury

You & your immediate family are covered for any accidents you may have......

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Extended personal in...

Extended personal injury service for members' immediate families

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Standing up for you

Standing up for you

Unite members are protected from legal changes

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Employment issues

Employment issues

Employment issues - legal help

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Expert legal help

Unite members & their families shouldn't settle for less

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Free Will writing se...

Free will writing service

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Probate and estate

Probate & Estate adm...

Probate & estate administration

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Scotland financial mis-selling

Financial mis-sellin...

Financial mis-selling, conveyancing & other services

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Join now!

There has never been a better time to join Unite

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Conditions of eligibility for Unite Legal Services

1. Members are entitled to legal assistance in accordance with Rule 4.6 of the union Rule Book in force at the time.

2. Eligibility for legal services in respect of personal injury claims is immediate upon joining the union; for all other legal services, 4 weeks' full paying membership is required.

3.Unite legal assistance is granted at the sole discretion of the Executive Council of the union and can be withdrawn or varied at any time.