We act for a number of private and publicly listed multinational companies as well as SMEs and start-ups. We also work with charities both in the UK and abroad. Additionally, we have a vast amount of experience acting for individuals in various different business sectors across all levels of seniority.
Our areas of expertise include:
- Providing advice and representation in Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal claims, such as discrimination, unfair dismissal breach of contract claims and bonus claims.
- Drafting, reviewing and negotiating employment contracts, directors’ service agreements, consultancy agreements and employee policies and procedures.
- Advising on post-termination restrictive covenants, including, team moves injunctions and High Court proceedings.
- Employment status issues, including the use of “workers”, self-employed contractors, interns, volunteers and agency workers.
- Strategic day-to-day HR advice.
- Advising on data protection issues with our commercial team.
- Grievance, disciplinary and dismissal processes.
- Advising on restructuring, including redundancies.
- Managing sickness absences and other absences.
- Advising on the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions, share sales and property transactions, including TUPE advice.
- Negotiating strategic exit packages and advising on settlement agreements.
- Assisting with maternity, paternity and parental rights and flexible working arrangements.
- Advising on bullying and harassment.
Costs for unfair or wrongful dismissal claims
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal will be in the region of the following:
Simple case: £10,000-£20,000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £30,000-£50,000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £50,000-£80,000 (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 approximately £1,500 per day (excluding VAT). A Tribunal hearing can range from 1 day to 20 days depending on the complexity of the case.
Please note all the above costs are exclusive of VAT. The current rate of VAT in the UK is 20%. The VAT treatment of disbursements may vary from case to case. Overseas clients maybe VAT exempt. Further details of the VAT position will be confirmed when providing quotes for a specific matter.
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 £1,500 per day (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 4-12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to up to 9 to 12 months depending on the length of the hearing and Tribunal listing requirements. 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.
PLEASE NOTE – THE FIGURES PUBLISHED ABOVE ARE INTENDED AS A GUIDE AND DO NOT CONSTITUTE A BINDING QUOTE. IF AN UNFORESEEN COMPLEXITY ARISES OR YOUR INSTRUCTIONS LEAD TO ADDITIONAL WORK, WE WILL ADVISE YOU OF THIS AND PROVIDE REVISED COST INFORMATION.