EMPLOYMENT & BENEFITS
Experiencing problems at work can be a daunting and stressful time. Employees can often feel out of their depth and be taken by surprise, but sometimes all that’s necessary is some friendly, straightforward advice guiding them through options.
This is what we specialise in, clear practical guidance, support and solutions you can trust from employment specialists with a proven track record of successful representation and claims.
We are committed to ensuring you are treated fairly with a personable service, transparent fees and a promise that we will be there to protect your interests when you need us.
We can assist with a variety of employment related issues including the following:
- Grievances & Disciplinary Matters - Helping you to resolve difficulties at work, with practical guidance and support through the formal process.
- Discrimination - Tackling discrimination issues such as age, gender, pregnancy, race, religion, disability paternity/maternity rights and equal pay.
- Employment Contracts - Understanding your rights and obligations under your work contract.
- Family & Flexible Working Rights - Providing you with advice on your parental rights as an employee.
- Bullying & Harassment - Advice on how to prevent or deal with abuse or harassment in the work place.
- Holidays & Sickness - Guidance if you are in the position of unreasonable pressure due to sickness or time off.
- Restrictive Covenants & Confidentiality - Advice on exactly what must be upheld and if they are enforceable.
- Dismissal & Redundancy - Help if you have been unfairly dismissed or require guidance on a potential redundancy situation.
- Representation - We can provide effective representation in both employment tribunals and the civil courts
For a free, no obligation call with one of our employment team, please contact us.
Partner, Luke Hutchings is highly recommended by clients;
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OUR PRICES Personal Employment Tribunal
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal:
- Simple case: £800-£3,500 (excluding VAT);
- Medium complexity case: £2,500-£10,000 (excluding VAT);
- High complexity case: £10,000-£25,000 (excluding VAT).
Factors that could make a case more 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; and
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,000 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 0-3 days depending on the complexity of your case.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel's fees estimated between £500 to £5,000 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, including instructions to Counsel;
- 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; and
- Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of 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 2-8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 20-52 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.