Thank you for looking at our services for Employment Law. We regularly advise employees on Employment Tribunal claims, Settlement Agreements and all other aspects of employment disputes. Our clients include everyone from directors and senior executives through to entry-level workers.
As an employee, you have rights under the law that employers must respect. If you believe you have been unfairly dismissed from your job, getting the right legal advice as soon as possible is vital. This will allow you to get a clear picture of whether you have grounds for a claim and what compensation you may be entitled to.
Our employment lawyers offer clear advice and practical support to help you secure the best available outcome as quickly and simply as possible. We aim to be completely transparent about our pricing, so you can be confident our fees are fair and you are getting good value for money.
Our expert team have years of experience, so have almost certainly dealt with similar situations to the one you are facing many times. We will explore all the options available to you, helping you determine a course of action that fits your circumstances and personal priorities.
We know that value for money and overall costs really matter when pursuing an employment claim, so will provide you with a range of estimates and keep you updated on costs at all times. This way, you can be confident we are handling matters for you in a cost effective and efficient way.
If you decide to make an employment tribunal claim, we can offer strong experience in handling Employment Tribunal proceedings and appeals. Our team can provide the robust arguments, skilled judgment and lateral thinking need to prepare your case and achieve the best available outcome.
Whether you wish to settle a claim or fight it at tribunal we will advise you on the best strategy for you and any additional fees involved.
Our fees for bringing claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal are based on our hourly rate of £210.00 plus VAT for time spent.
We will advise you of the funding options available to you, for example as an individual you may have insurance which can cover your legal fees.
There are various items we will consider when deciding what pricing band your case falls into. We will make this assessment and inform you of the relevant fees at the earliest opportunity.
Factors that may influence this include the need for:
- Filling out and submitting a claim form outlining your case to the relevant Tribunal centre
- Reviewing your former employer’s response to the claim
- Reviewing documentation received setting out the factual and legal basis of the claim
- Reviewing any Orders made by the Court
- Making any further applications to a Tribunal on your behalf
- Whether an Employment Tribunal hearing is required
We offer a fixed fee appointment for all types of employment matters and disputes.
Initial Advice (30 minutes conference time)
The purpose of the fixed fee appointment is to enable you to explain the type of claim you may have and obtain basic advice.
It does not cover the time of reading any paperwork relating to your matter and is for advice only. We can discuss the likely costs involved in this first meeting. If you require longer than 30 minutes, you will be charged on our hourly rate of £210 plus VAT for time spent.
We regularly advise employees on the terms of a settlement agreement they have been given by their employers. Having a Settlement agreement is more to the employer’s than the employee’s benefit (because it stops the employee bringing claims in the future) and accordingly it is normal for the employer to meet (or at least contribute a fixed amount to) the costs of the employee’s legal fees. The remit of our advice is limited to what the terms and effect of the Settlement agreement are.
Advising an employee on the terms of a settlement agreement and signing the same
Legal Fee total (range)
£250 to £500
If you require us to advise you on whether the package being offered in the terms of the agreement are fair and reasonable, you will be responsible for those additional costs which will be charged in accordance with time spent on an hourly rate of £210 plus VAT. On average it may involve two to three hours of consideration and negotiation and the costs range between £420 and £630 plus VAT in addition to the employer contribution.
Our costs for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal will be charged in accordance with time spent on our hourly rate of £210 plus VAT.
The range of our legal fees are set out below. These should be taken as a guide only and we can provide a more accurate quote when you contact us with details of your case.
Cost/Range of Costs
£3,000 to £10,000
Medium complex case
£10,000 to £25,000
High complex case
£25,000 to £50,000
Our costs will be discussed with you as your matter progresses.
We will provide price information on any additional services, such as obtaining witness statement, sourcing expert witness or advising on an appeal as appropriate.
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.
Barristers fees, you will usually be represented by a Barrister in respect of any Tribunal hearing, their fees are estimated between £1,000 and £2,000 (plus VAT) per day depending on the experience of the barrister for attending a Tribunal hearing and preparation.
Exclusions and Factors Which May Make a Case More Complex
In the event that the issues become more complex, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.
Factors that may lead to an increase in cost include:
- If it is necessary to make an application to amend your claim or to provide further information about an existing claim
- Making or defending a costs application
- Complex preliminary issues such as whether you have a disability (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
- If there are allegations of discrimination linked to the dismissal
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.
Employment tribunal claims take a long time. A tribunal claim is not a fast process. According to HM Courts and Tribunals Service, the average time between starting a claim and receiving a decision is 27 weeks. Depending on the factors involved, it could be more than a year.
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.
There are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. They may be as follows:
- 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 your claim
- Reviewing and advising on the 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