We take the stress off you
Employment disputes are stressful. Employment relationships can be like family relationships: they can be close but when they break down, it can have a huge impact on your life and also your finances.
If you need advice regarding employment law, you not only want an employment lawyer with the experience, skill and knowledge to give you the answers you need, but one that can empathise with your situation. Our employment lawyers understand that the prospect of legal proceedings can be overwhelming but we can help minimise the stress placed on you whilst seeking the best possible resolution, which might be either a Settlement Agreement or Employment Tribunal claim.
We give expert Advice
Our employment lawyers also advise where a matter is not contentious, whether a Settlement Agreement in a redundancy situation or if you are looking to negotiate the terms of your Contract of Employment or freelance agreement.
We know that money can be tight when you need employment law advice. Where possible, we will work within any contribution from your employer towards advice on a Settlement Agreement. We assess whether we might be able to offer a Damages Based Agreement (where you pay us a percentage of the compensation you receive) to bring an Employment Tribunal claim or identify whether you can use existing legal expenses insurance to pay your legal fees. In other cases, we will fix fees where possible so that you can be certain how much you will spend.
We provide specialist advice to Employers and Employees on:
- Contracts of employment
- Grievance procedures
- Unfair and unlawful dismissals
- Representation at the Employment Tribunal
Negotiation of Settlements etc
Unfair or wrongful dismissal claims; Based on an hourly rate of £195 per hour+VAT.
Simple case: £3,000-4,500 including VAT
Medium complexity case: £4,500-5,500 including VAT
High complexity case: £5,500-8,500 including VAT
The above is for the preparation of and advising and supporting you through your tribunal hearing, there would be additional costs for attending tribunal to represent you or should we need to seek counsel to assist on your matter but these will be discussed with you (as with all costs) in advance.
Factors that could make a case medium-highly complex:
If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
- Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
- Making or defending a costs application
- Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
- The number of witnesses and documents
- If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
- There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £600-800 per day (including VAT).
- Generally, we would allow 1 day depending on the complexity of your case.
Expenses are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the expenses on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel’s fees estimated between £750 to £1,200 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
- Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
- Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
- Preparing claim or response
- Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
- Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
- Preparing or considering a schedule of loss
- Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
- Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
- Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
Preparing bundle of documents
- Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
- Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
- Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel
The stages set out above are an indication, if some of the stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.
How long will my matter take?
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 15-30 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 30-52 weeks. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.
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