We offer a service that extends from offering initial advice, to bringing and defending proceedings, to providing full representation at an Employment Tribunal. We have clients all over England and Wales, who rely on our guidance and support, whom are both employees and employers, some of the employment areas we deal with are:-
- Unfair Dismissal
- Breach of Contract
- Restrictive Covenants
- Wrongful Dismissal
- Contracts of Employment and related documents
- Settlement Agreements (formerly compromise agreements)
- Stress at Work
- Employers Services
Employment is a continuous changing area of law. We help employers to have robust policies and procedures in place to ensure that they are compliant with current regulations. We provide pro-active employment law advice for employer’s commercial solutions.
We work with a team of consultants and specialist barristers to provide a high quality employment service. Our clients consider our firm the equivalent to stakeholders in their business, as we give impartial and unbiased advice, as well as guidance and support, we give direct and unwavering advice. We are dedicated working closely with clients and their HR department, sometimes in relation to day-to-day HR support, litigation representation, advice on tactics and settlement negotiations, drafting ET1/ ET3 forms etc.
We offer strategic advice in respect of redundancies, business reorganisations and the implications of TUPE, draft contractual documentation, including directors’ service agreements, handbooks (employee manuals) and policies and procedures.
The employer-employee relationship is very important and getting the balance is right not always easy, but we have a way of helping such relationships, which is why we also deal with Employer Mediation, where we help the relationships between employer-employee that help prevent problems. Where we are instructed after a problem has arisen, we are often able to broker an amicable resolution, this requires “give and take” on both sides.
Employees and Senior Executives
We have extensive experience of advising employees, especially senior executives. Our personnel have acted for individuals in different sectors, professions and trades and senior executive at all levels of management. We advise employees on a wide range of complex employment issues, including settlement agreements.
Whatever your problem, we offer you professional and efficient advice that takes is relevant to your situation, which is practical, informative, personal and vigorously protects your best interests. We understand the emotions and sensitivity involved with employment cases. We aim to give you the best solution to your problem with good communication that helps alleviate the stress and anxiety associated with employment matters.
Our fees vary for the different employment advice and support services, but to issue or defend cases in the Tribunal or Court are:
- Straightforward cases: £2,000-£5,000 plus VAT & Disbursements;
- Medium complex cases: £5-£15,000 plus VAT & Disbursements; and
- High complexity case: £20,000-£40,000 plus VAT & Disbursements. Where cases are very serious, then quotes specific to those issues will be given on a case by case basis.
There are additional costs for attending a Tribunal hearing vary between £500 to £2,500 per day plus VAT & Disbursements. Some preliminary hearings are attending by our personnel, but often we will usually instruct Counsel (a Barrister).
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 (Barristers) fees estimated between £1,200 to £40,000 for preparation including the first day in Tribunal and then £600 to £6,000 per day for each additional day (commonly known as Refreshers) at the Tribunal hearing (this depends on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing. This does not include and other advice, prepare witness statements and/or Conference, which can only reasonably be quoted on a case by case basis, at the point of need.
How long do cases take to finish?
All cases vary, but the involvement in pre-claim conciliation takes and average 4-6 weeks.
Where cases proceeds to a Final hearing, they take between 6-18 months. This varies from Court to Court depending on their resources and how busy they are. A case that is listed to be heard for a Final hearing for multiple days can take longer than 18 months.
The level of legal fees charges and how long a case may take or be listed for hearing are dependent on many factors, including the complexity, disclosure documents and issues. The stages below are purely illustrative and not exhaustive to give an idea of the work done and to set out some of the key stages of a claim:
- Taking initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising on merits and likely compensation (this is constantly reviewed throughout the matter);
- Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore all possibilities to resolve matters amicably;
- Preparing claim or reply;
- Reviewing and advising on case from opponent;
- Continuously keeping an open mind at all stages about trying to reach a negotiated settlement;
- Preparing or considering a schedule of loss;
- Preparing and/or attending for a Preliminary Hearing and/or instructing Counsel to attend;
- Exchanging disclosure documents with opponent and agreeing a hearing bundle, as and when required;
- Meeting with witnesses and preparing witness statements;
- Reviewing opponent’s witness statements and advising client;
- Identifying and narrowing the issues, preparing a chronology;
- Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel, notifying witness etc.
Our clients are assured of our best care and meticulous preparation of their case, with great skill and attention to details.