Our Employment Solicitors can offer practical legal and strategic advice to employees from any industry. In particular we can help you with:
- Discrimination at Work
- Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts
- Settlement Agreements
- Unfair Dismissal
We offer a down-to-earth, friendly and pragmatic approach, combined with great technical expertise and a proven track record of getting positive results for clients.
Crucially, we recognise that not all clients are the same. So while some may want to adopt a peace-making approach, others may want and need tough legal action.
We’ll work with clients and shape and deliver employment law advice according to what they want.
We offer a reliable and prompt service, ensuring we’re available when you have a question. And we pride ourselves on speaking to clients in plain English rather than legal jargon.
Our specialist Employment Solicitors are just as transparent in terms of costs and will provide estimates from the outset, so you’re never caught out by surprise legal fees.
As a national law firm, we take a national approach and our client base comes from all over England and Wales.
We’re hands-on and proactive, and to suit our clients’ needs, we can deal directly with the employer, or give advice in the background - whichever is best for you.
More information on Employment Law
While many problems or disputes at work can be resolved informally, this isn’t always the case. That means you need to know your employment rights and what you can do to achieve the result you want.
Our Employment Solicitors can help you with:
- Termination of Employment (Contract)
- Settlement / Compromise Agreements
- Contract Disputes / Changes to Terms and Conditions
- Restrictive Covenants (or Non-compete Clauses)
- Disciplinary, Grievance and Capability Procedures
- Unpaid Wages, Bonus, and Commission Disputes
- Unfair Dismissal
- Discrimination at Work
- Equal Pay
- Harassment, Bullying and Victimisation
- Employment Tribunals
Our Employment Solicitors can help to secure agreement wherever possible and regularly advise on settlement agreements. This often includes negotiating on a client’s behalf to secure the best termination package.
We can provide legal advice if you’ve been dismissed and are subject to regulatory proceedings from organisations such as the General Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the Health and Care Professions Councils.
When employment disputes can’t be resolved, we can assist employees through the Employment Tribunal process.
Our Employment Solicitors are enthusiastic and passionate about what we do, so get in touch to see how we can help you.
Get in touch for free initial legal advice.
Funding Your Case
We’re always transparent and upfront about our costs, which we’ll discuss with you at the outset to avoid any surprises. We have different hourly rates, according to each Solicitors’ level of experience - and a discount may be offered for the first hour.
On settlement agreements, employers usually make a contribution to your legal fees, which may be sufficient to cover our costs. In more complicated cases, where we’re asked to carry out extensive negotiations to secure a better settlement package, we seek a higher contribution from the employer.
Any additional charges will be discussed with you in advance.
Subject to gaining an agreement with your insurer, we may be able to act for you under the terms of your Legal Expenses Insurance policy.
Our Employment Solicitor Fees
When you speak to our employment team, we’ll take the time to understand your circumstances and the kind of help you need. We’ll then provide you with choices.
Examples of how you can pay for your legal advice include:
- A Fixed Hourly Rate
- A Fixed Quote for All the Work
- Staged Payments
Our pricing for a wrongful or unfair dismissal claim is as follows:
Simple Case: £1,500-£4,000 excluding VAT
Medium Complexity Case: £3,000-£7,000 excluding VAT
High Complexity Case: £6,000-£10,000+ excluding VAT
Factors that could make a case more complex could include:
- If it’s 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 isn’t agreed by the parties)
- The number of witnesses and documents
- If it’s an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g: if you’re dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as expert reports.
We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel's fees are estimated at between £500 to £1,700 per day (depending on the 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 aren’t 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.
The time 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 4-12 weeks.
If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 24-48 weeks. 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.
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