You never know when you might need a TWU Lawyer!
It costs nothing to talk to a TWU Lawyer
TWU members have access to a comprehensive range of expert legal services. Many of these services come free of charge, others are heavily discounted.
We have our own in-house lawyers and also have special arrangements for members with Australia’s leading trade union law firm Slater & Gordon.
We work together to ensure that you and your family receive quality legal back-up when you need it - in all areas of law.
Our in-house lawyers, industrial officers and organisers can help you FREE of CHARGE in a range of work-related areas including:
- Unfair dismissal applications
- Disciplinary Hearings
- Workers Compensation Claims
- Underpayment of wages and entitlements
- Health & Safety Issues
- Owner-Drivers Tribunal Representation
If we cannot resolve your issues – or your legal problem is not work-related - we may refer you on to Slater & Gordon.
Slater & Gordon deal with all aspects of law including criminal matters, family law, personal injury claims, etc.
Financial TWU members are entitled to a FREE initial consultation with Slater & Gordon.
This legal information can be obtained over the telephone or in person by appointment.
This initial appointment will NOT be limited to a prescribed time limit. The purpose of this consultation is to put you in a position where you can make an informed decision on where you stand and how to proceed.
If You Suffer A Personal Injury
TWU members who suffer a personal injury either at work, on the road or in a public place will have access to expert legal advice in the following areas:
Slater & Gordon will access your Personal Injury Case and if you decide to go ahead it will be on a ‘NO WIN – NO FEE’ BASIS.
Motor Vehicle Claims
Members of the TWU and their families are entitled to expert legal advice on motor vehicle personal injury claims.
Slater & Gordon will provide advice in relation to members' injuries, negotiate out of court settlements and if necessary, pursue their claim at court.
Public Liability Claims
If a TWU member, spouse or child suffers an injury outside the workplace, that person may be entitled to claim compensation for loss and damage.
Some examples are as follows:
- Slips and falls in shopping centres
- Accidents in private commercial premises
- Dog bite injuries
- Sport and leisure related accidents
Criminal Injury Compensation
If a TWU member is a victim of crime they may be entitled to a claim for compensation. Slater & Gordon will process your claim on your behalf.
Family Law Disputes
TWU members are entitled to a Free First Consultation on any family law matter.
Slater & Gordon offer our members a discounted rate structure for services which fall under this category. Special reduced rates have been introduced to accommodate members’ needs. Slater & Gordon will prepare documentation and represent members at court in undefended divorces at a special flat rate.
Criminal Law Matters
Members are entitled to a FREE initial consultation with no time limit. After that Discounted Rates will apply.
How "NO WIN - NO FEE" works
Slater & Gordon's 'No Win - No Fee' arrangement simply means that you will only be charged legal fees if your personal injury claim is successful.
In other words, if the case is unsuccessful you will NOT be charged fees for work performed.
As an added bonus to TWU members, Slater & Gordon will commit to payment of disbursements such as court fees, medical reports, photocopying, etc during the conduct of your claim.*
*Slater & Gordon will seek recovery of these disbursements on 'successful' completion of your claim.
Some Common Questions
If the claim is taken on, will there be a formal agreement?
Yes. If the case is taken on a No Win - No Fee arrangement, the member will be entitled to have a written agreement. The agreement will be in plain English and will very specifically set out the fee arrangement between Slater & Gordon and you.
Are you protected against an Order for Costs if the case is unsuccessful?
No. In most cases where litigation is unsuccessful, courts will award the costs of the other party against the unsuccessful party. A No Win - No Fee arrangement will not extend to costs of the other party, but every care will be taken to minimise that risk.
If the claim is successful, will you have to pay more?
No. Under a No Win – No Fee arrangement all fees and costs will be calculated in accordance with the hourly rates prescribed in the No Win – No Fee agreement between you and Slater & Gordon Lawyers.