Employment Law

Our Employment Team gives advice and assistance to our clients in all areas of employment law, whether it be at the beginning of a job when your contract terms need reviewing or negotiating, or at times when there are disputes or disagreements which may or may not lead to the end of your employment.

Employment Tribunals

Whether you are considering bringing a claim at the employment tribunal or court; or if you have an employee who is threatening or has issued a claim against your business we will be able to help.

Where appropriate we shall work with you to secure resolution or settlement ahead of any claim being issued.  Where that is not possible, we shall act on your behalf in the build up to and then at the final hearing.

You shall find below general information about costs for bringing or defending a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal.  Please note that before a claim is issued there is likely to be a compulsory period of conciliation through ACAS.  This shall need to be attempted before bringing a claim.

Please call Alexis Lane on 01491 570909 or 0118 9756622 for an initial discussion about your situation and the support we can provide.

What could I expect in relation to Legal Fees?

Many claims are self-funded, however, it is possible that you may have other funding options available such as cover under an insurance policy and we will check this with you at your first appointment.

Should your matter progress to the issuing of a claim, our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal at court or tribunal are as follows:

Simple case                                  £2,000.00 – £12,000.00 plus VAT

Medium Complexity                      £11,000.00 – £20,000.00 plus VAT

High Complexity Case                   £19,000.00 – £150,000.00 plus VAT

Factors which could make a case more complex are:

  • Defending claims which are brought by litigants in person
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as where there is a dispute over employment status
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • Any preliminary hearings
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer.
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.
  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.

If the claim is for something other than unfair or wrongful dismissal, we shall be able to provide an estimate of fees both for initial stages and for bringing or defending a claim at court or tribunal.

Are there any additional costs or disbursements?

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that a payable to third parties such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf in order to ensure a smoother process for you.

Employment Tribunal

The Employment Tribunal does not charge for claims to be issued or heard. Should it be necessary to go to Court rather than Tribunal, there are likely to be Court fees which operate on a sliding scale depending upon the size of the claim.

Counsel’s Fees

We are not affiliated to any barristers’ chambers.  If it becomes necessary to instruct a barrister we would always obtain quotations and details of the level of experience of a selection of barristers for discussion and approval by you before instruction. Typically a barrister may charge in the region of £1,500 plus VAT a day to attend a hearing or for advice and drafting of pleadings, but this would be expressly confirmed before making any instructions on your behalf.

How long will my matter take?

The time it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely upon the stage at which your case is resolved.  If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation you case is likely to take 4 – 6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing your case is likely to take between 26 – 52 weeks, depending upon when the court or tribunal list a hearing.  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.

When your job or career is in jeopardy, or you are being made to feel uncomfortable at work, it can be both lonely and stressful. In those circumstances we believe you need support and practical, decisive advice on your rights and the best way forward. That’s what solicitors should give you.

Alexis Lane
Employment Law Department

Who to contact

If you would like more information in respect of this service including details of fees and expenses and an idea of the process involved and how to get started then please contact:

Alexis Lane
Tel: 0118 920 9490 / 01491 570909

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