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Thank you for looking at our services for Employment Law. We regularly advise employers of all sizes across a wide range of industries on dealing with employment tribunal claims, early conciliation and other options for resolving employment disputes.
As an employer, you have a legal duty to provide a fair working environment that complies with all relevant legislation, while still needing to be able to manage your workforce effectively. If an employee has raised an issue or made a claim to an employment tribunal, it is essential to have the right expert advice to protect your business and reputation.
Our expert employment lawyers can guide you through each step of the process of dealing with an employment dispute, removing as much stress and uncertainty from the situation as possible. We can help you secure the best available outcome for your business as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible while minimising any negative impact on your commercial interests.
Our expert team have years of experience handling both straightforward and highly complex employment disputes at every level, from negotiation and early conciliation through to Employment Tribunal hearings and Employment Appeal Tribunals proceedings.
We appreciate that getting the right result is only one of the concerns when dealing with an employment dispute – protecting your reputation and making sure the matter is dealt with efficiently are often just as important. We therefore tailor our approach to your priorities, making sure we resolve your matter in way that works for you and your business.
Value for money and overall costs are important factors for any business, so we will provide you with a range of estimates and keep you updated on costs at all times. That way you can budget appropriately and be confident that we are handling your case cost-effectively.
Whether you wish to settle a claim or fight it at tribunal, we will provide an honest assessment of the situation and commercially-focused advice to make sure you are pursuing the best strategy for your business.
We are proud to hold the Lexcel Accreditation issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain the highest levels of client care.
Our fees for defending claims brought against your business for unfair and wrongful dismissal are based on three bands, which we will be happy to discuss with you.
We will advise you of the funding options available to you, for example, using any commercial legal expenses insurance your business is covered by.
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:
|Item||Cost/Range of Costs||VAT||Subtotal|
|Simple case defined as: a hearing lasting up to 2 days, both parties being legally represented, up to 3 witnesses in total plus the Claimant, witness statements of no more than 5 pages per witness (typed and double spaced) and no more than 300 pages of documents.||£5,000 – £12,000|
|Medium complex case defined as: a hearing of 3 to 5 days, both parties being legally represented, up to 5 witnesses in total plus the Claimant and no more than 600 pages of documents.||£12,000 – £20,000|
|High complex case defined as: a hearing of 6 days or more, 6 or more witnesses plus the Claimant, more than 600 pages of documents.||£20,000 – £50,000|
Please note that the above costs do not include Solicitors’ costs for attendance at a tribunal hearing or barristers’ fees should it be necessary to instruct a barrister (Counsel).
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):
The exact amount a barrister will charge depends upon the preparation needed and the seniority of the barrister.
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:
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.
Most employment tribunal claims settle before the final hearing. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 2-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26-52 weeks. These timescales are just an estimate and are often dependent upon when the tribunal is able to hear your claim.
We will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the 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 based upon your individual needs.