Employment

employmentWe advise employees who need to understand their legal and contractual rights and obligations. There are various circumstances at work, where an employee may need advice about where they stand, and what options or remedies they have against their employers when things go wrong.

We also keep businesses up to date with the ever-changing employment law regulations, highlighting how these could impact on their company structure, strategy, and safeguarding against potentially huge costs for non-compliance. We advise companies of all sizes, from large through to smaller private owner-managed businesses.

We deal with a vast range of employment law issues, including assisting clients to lodge and respond to Employment Tribunal claims. Often it is the case that you are right, but it makes no economic sense to make a claim, or defend a claim. We will give you legal advice that is practical and honest, so that you always know where you stand. Call or email us to see how we can help you.

Summary of services for private individuals include:

  1. Compromise agreements
  2. Discrimination –
  3. Employment contracts
  4. Maternity and paternity rights
  5. Grievance and Disciplinary procedures
  6. Restrictive covenants
  7. Dismissal: advice about unfair and wrongful dismissal
  8. Redundancy

Summary of services for businesses include:

  1. Day-to-day advice
  2. Avoiding discrimination claims
  3. Drafting and enforcement of policies, handbooks, and contracts
  4. Equal opportunities
  5. Health and safety
  6. Maternity rights and parental leave
  7. Termination of employment: advising, planning and executing exit options
  8. Drafting compromise agreements etc

 

Employment tribunal claims for unfair/wrongful dismissal

We provide a wide range of employment law services including both pursuing and defending employment tribunal claims and appeals. These costs only relate to unfair/wrongful dismissal claims in the Employment Tribunal. Please contact us for information and costs for other services.

Hourly rate:

Our hourly rate of £250.00 per hour will apply. The more issues or complexities involved in a matter; the more time will be required. The final cost will depend on the individual circumstances, complexity and duration of the matter.

Simple case

Case will require between 20 to 40 hours of work, and costs could be in the range of £5,000.00 to £10,000.00 excluding VAT

Medium complexity case

Case will require between 40 to 80 hours of work, and costs could be in the range of £10,000.00 to £20,000.00 excluding VAT

High end / Complex case

Case will require over 80 hours of work, and costs will be from £20,000.00 excluding VAT

Plus Disbursements

 

Work included in fixed fee:

  • 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 Early 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 trial including any separate hearing to determine compensation, including instructions to Counsel

 

Disbursements

Disbursements (i.e. expenses), are costs related to your matter that are paid to third parties, such as court, experts and barristers fees etc. These expenses are never included in our fees. We require funds on account, in order to handle these expenses to ensure a smooth process.

Counsel’s fees vary according to the experience of the individual counsel.  Fees for a hearing are usually based on a brief fee which covers the cost of preparation and the first day of the hearing and “refresher” or a daily rate which is payable for the second and each subsequent day of the hearing.

 

Additional costs:

  • Making or responding to additional applications, for example applications for specific disclosure, to strike out a claim, to seek additional time to take a step in the process, to seek an unless order to compel the other side to complete a step in the process.
  • Joining additional parties or dealing with additional parties.
  • Amending pleadings.
  • Dealing with appeals

 

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter will usually depend on whether your matter settles and if so at what stage. A settlement can be proposed at any time. The employment tribunal aims is to conclude all cases within 26 weeks of the claim starting but in reality most take longer.

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