Employment Law

Employers

We help you as an employer have the right employment, staff handbook, contractual documents in place including policies and procedures suited to their type of business. One size does not fit all, so we will not just hand out generic templates for a business owner to complete.

We take out the stress and save our clients time by drafting legally compliant documents tailored to their business and commercial needs.

We also advise and assist your internal HR professional or external HR professionals as and when they require legal support or input.

As an Employer, if you have received notice from ACAS of a potential claim by a former employee or you have received a letter from your local Employment Tribunal advising you that your former employee has actually made their claim against you and you have to complete your defence form, known as an ET3, within 28 days, it is imperative you seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity.

Employees

We advise Senior Executives, Managers and Healthcare Professionals on the offer of new contracts by a new employer or company, we help you negotiate the key terms regarding bonuses, restrictive covenants and incentive provisions, we advise you on the documentation. Our aim is to advice on any employment contract at the outset to avoid any subsequent issues arising at a later stage and if it does arise, to minimise the adverse effect and financial implication for the Senior Executive or Manager. Most Senior Executives that take advice at the outset find it beneficial, the ones that failed to do so, very often wish they did when problems arise further down the line.

We also represent Healthcare Professionals in Employment and Disciplinary proceedings and hearings before their regulatory bodies.

We will advise on and represent clients in the following matters:

  • Settlement Agreements
  • Redundancy
  • Unfair Dismissal cases
  • Disciplinary Proceedings and hearings
  • Furlough
  • Variation of Employment contracts
  • Discrimination cases
  • Constructive Dismissal cases
  • Bullying and Harassment at work
  • Whistleblowing cases

Employment Tribunals

 

Fees – Transparency 

Litigation is always seen as a last resort, therefore, we will negotiate a settlement as far as is possible in your case and can do this on an agreed fixed fee basis, however, should that not be possible then, we will invariably charge for our fees on an hourly basis.

The majority of cases in the Employment Tribunal settle before the hearing. This will mean

the total cost to you is likely to be lower than the estimates below:

Simple case: £20,000-£40,000 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £40,000-£60,000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £60,000-£150,000 (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 has a protected characteristic (which includes but is not limited to being disabled, pregnant or observing a particular religion) (if this is not agreed by the parties);
  • The number of witnesses and documents;
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim;
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal 

Our hourly rates

  • Our hourly rates are:
  • Solicitors and Lawyers over 7 Years qualified – £350 per hour
  • Solicitors and Lawyers less than 7 Years qualified – £250 per hour
  • Paralegals – £150 per hour plus VAT
  • Trainees – £120 per hour plus VAT

Disbursements

Disbursements are additional costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as: Court fees, Barristers’ fees; Expert fees for expert reports etc. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

We may sometimes need to instruct barristers to work on your case, only where we deem it necessary, the fees for Barristers vary and their fees range between £300-£950 per hour depending on experience and complexity of the case. These will be discussed with you beforehand. 

Key stages

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;
  • Dealing wither inter-party correspondence;
  • 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/s 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 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. In large part, the time it will take to reach a conclusion will depend on when a hearing can be scheduled.  When a

hearing can be scheduled is dependent on how many days the Tribunal thinks it requires to resolve the matter. Simple cases usually require 1 to 2 days and get given a hearing date in 6 to 9 months from the date of the claim.  Medium and high-level complexity cases usually take 3 to 8 days and can be given a hearing date in 9 to 14 months.

If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case will be resolved sooner than this. Where a claim is made but it is settled before the hearing commences the settlement can be achieved at any time after the hearing up to the date of the hearing. 

Retainer Packages for Businesses

We offer various business support packages to businesses to support them and ensure that they are legally up to date with their legal obligations. We are happy to discuss these during the initial consultation.

Please call us on 0207 859 4451 to book a free initial 20 minute consultation.

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