We know people are the lifeblood of an organisation and how stressful and business-critical it can be if something goes wrong. Employment law is rapidly evolving and complex – with the potential for costly mistakes.
Our team is here to help guide you through a broad range of employment issues, both contentious and non-contentious. We are here to talk you through your situation and options, identifying problems before they become problems. Our ethos is built on a no-nonsense, common-sense approach and a focus on maintaining long-term relationships.
- Bonuses and related disputes
- Departures and settlement agreements
- Disciplinary and grievance proceedings
- Employment contracts
- Sports contracts and disputes
- Unfair dismissal
- Workplace investigations
- Successfully acted for a professional football club defending an unfair dismissal claim by a former manager. The matter went to a full hearing where the claim was dismissed.
Our pricing for acting on behalf of an employee for bringing a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal
Simple case: £2,000 – £4,000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £4,000 – £6,500 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £10,000 + (excluding VAT)
Our pricing for acting on behalf of an employer for defending a claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal:
Simple case: £3,000 – £5,000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £5,000 – £7,000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £10,000 + (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 is disabled (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
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,040 to £2,400 per day (excluding VAT) depending on the level of fee earner. Generally, we would allow 2 days depending on the complexity of your case.
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 between £3,000 and £5000 for the preparation and day 1 of the trial and between £750 and £1,500 per day thereafter (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)
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;
- Preparing claim or response
- Reviewing and advising on claim or 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
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of 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 on your individual needs.
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. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 4-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 9-12 months. 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.
We also offer an advice service on compromise agreements. Our fees for advising employees is £500 plus VAT. These costs are usually paid by the employer as part of the agreed settlement though sometimes they may only offer to pay a proportion. In this case, the employee would be required to pay the balance.
Our fees for drafting compromise agreement on behalf of employers is between £1,000 and £1,500 (exclusive of VAT)
A full copy of our Terms & Conditions can be viewed here
VAT is currently charged at 20% of the value of the cost or disbursement