Employment Law Solicitors
Employment Law Solicitors
We help you as an employer have the right employment documents such as a staff handbook, contractual documents in place including policies and procedures suited to your 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.
We will advise on and represent clients in the following matters:
- Settlement Agreements
- Unfair Dismissal cases
- Disciplinary Proceedings and hearings
- Variation of Employment contracts
- Discrimination cases
- Constructive Dismissal cases
- Bullying and Harassment at work
- Whistleblowing cases
- TUPE- Transfer of Undertakings, Protection of Employment
Maureen at Reen Anderson Solicitors has been so supportive throughout the current coronavirus pandemic, I had been to see her 2 weeks before the first lockdown in March 2020 at their office in Central London, about my business and she was meant to handle all my business matters including updating my employment contract which is about 15 years out of date, unfortunately, when the lockdown happened, I had to furlough most of my staff and some had to also be made redundant, I simply could not afford to operate at the same level as I had been before 2020. I wanted to run away from it all, however, Maureen kept reaching out to check on me every few weeks, in the end, I had to tackle things head on with her support and we have now managed to get all the employment contracts updated, updated some business contracts and our staff handbook and policies are all now in place, we even managed the smooth redundancy process of some employees due to business needs.
I can now sleep without that anxious feeling at the pit of my stomach that I have had for months since the pandemic, I have the reassurance that I can always turn to Reen Anderson Solicitors as my trusted legal advisers, thanks to Maureen and her team”
Mr. H Johnson – Director
Pest Control Company – Birmingham
Fees – Transperency
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: £10,000-£20,000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £20,000-£40,000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £50,000-£100,000 (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
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 £450-£650 per hour (plus VAT) depending on the experience and complexity of the case. These will be discussed with you beforehand.
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 with inter-party correspondence;
- Preparing claim or response;
- Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other parties;
- 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 on 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 on a list of issues, a chronology, and/or cast list;
- Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.
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 is settled before the hearing commences the settlement can be achieved at any time after the hearing up to the date of the hearing.