If we are investigating your fitness to practise and you’re facing an SSSC hearing we encourage you to have representation.
Having someone to represent or support you, who knows and understands the procedures and formalities can help you.
We’ve held almost 400 hearings in the past year
and less than 40% of people had representation.
Don’t leave it too late to join a union
We hear from people who have been through the hearing process that they have tried to join a union so they can have help, but often it is too late to join at that point.
We recommend that any worker who has to go through a hearing seeks independent advice about their case and the decisions they need to make.
Your representative does not need to be legally qualified. The following people and organisations may be able to help:
A trade union or professional body
We advise that you become a member of a trade union. They can help with many work problems that you may have and you can contact them to see if they can help before trying to find help elsewhere. There might be a union representative in your workplace, or you might need to contact your local branch. It is not usually possible to join a union after a complaint has been made against you or a hearing is arranged. For that reason it is worth considering joining a union now.
There are many legal firms to choose from and you can search for a solicitor on their website: www.lawscot.org.uk/find-asolicitor/
You might also find it useful to search for a firm online using the words ‘SSSC solicitor’ or ‘regulatory lawyers in Scotland’.
There is also help available from:
- Citizens Advice Scotland
- Law centres/clinics
- Faculty of Advocates
Check your home insurance policy
If you are worried about how you would be able to pay a solicitor’s fees, check whether you have legal cover through any of your home insurance policies. Legal cover is often included in policies and this may pay legal fees for employment matters – it’s worth checking.