Today legal services provider, LegalShield UK, is highlighting the knowledge gap around legal rights in the workplace. This issue is concerning across many major cities, with residents from Plymouth knowing the least followed closely by Bristol and Manchester.

Throughout their lifetime, many Brits will experience a legal issue at work. This could be anything from not being paid for overtime, harassment and discrimination, to wrongful termination, or even posting something unacceptable on social media. Very few people have a clear understanding of when these issues actually become a legal matter, which is what largely prevents them from seeking professional help in a timely manner.

Which cities lack the most legal workplace knowledge?


Ranking City Percentage of residents that lack knowledge of legal rights at work
1 Plymouth 96%
2 Bristol 92%
3 Manchester 87%
4 Cardiff 86%
5 Liverpool 86%
6 Newcastle 82%
7 Edinburgh 81%
8 Birmingham 79%
9 Leeds 75%
10 London 60%


Mike Roberts, Managing Director at LegalShield UK, commented: “It’s certainly difficult to predict when legal issues will occur in the workplace, but it’s clear from our research that many of us will encounter a problem that requires legal support throughout our careers. The knowledge gap we’ve uncovered can sometimes lead to seemingly small situations escalating. If employees aren’t empowered to know when and how to take action, a simple issue that could be solved easily could snowball into causing enormous worry and stress.

“Employers should look to support employees when it comes to legal rights, both raising awareness of rights within the workplace and more broadly foster a positive, inclusive workplace culture.”

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About LegalShield

LegalShield is the world’s fastest growing provider of membership based and app-enabled legal services for consumers. It has attracted some 1.7m members to date across North America, and launched in the UK in January 2019 to bring affordable access to legal services to consumers across England and Wales.

LegalDefence is a new to market app which directly connects a trusted law firm and ordinary people who need access to legal services and support. It is a membership subscription service with a monthly fee. Membership also covers your entire household, so your family also benefits from a single subscription.

LegalDefence is available from just £19 per month and offers 24/7 access to legal advice from Slater and Gordon qualified professionals.

About Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon has been a leading provider of expert consumer legal services in the UK since 2012. During that time, Slater and Gordon has earned a reputation for its determined pursuit of justice on behalf of tens of thousands of people every year who are faced with a range of legal needs.