Employment

Employment

If you have been dismissed unfairly or wrongly by an employer, or your life is being made a misery, you may be entitled to compensation. If we do not believe you will benefit from pursuing a claim, we will tell you!

If you are an employer our team can advise you on all employment issues.

Contact our Employment department for some ‘no-nonsense’ common sense advice.

We can assist and advise you on;

  • Drafting Employment Contracts
  • Service Contracts
  • Directors agreements
  • Dismissal procedures and unfair dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Discrimination claims
  • General employment advice

Who will deal with my matter?

Your matter will be dealt with by Angela Shropshall-Clark who is a Solicitor and Partner within the Practice.  Angela has over 18 years post qualification experience in this area of the law.   Angela’s hourly rate is £195 per hour, plus VAT (currently 20%).

Fees Information

  Costs VAT @ 20% Total
Simple Case £2,625 to £5250 £525 to £1,050 £3,150 to £6,300
Medium Complexity Case £4,375 to £8,750 £875 to £1,750 £5,250 to £10,500
High Complexity Case £9,625 to £21,875 £1,925 to £4,375 £11,550 to £26,250

Our charges are based on the time we spend in dealing with a case.  Time spent on your affairs will include meetings with you and perhaps others; any time spent travelling; considering, preparing and working on papers; correspondence; and making and receiving telephone calls.   Routine letters that we write and receive and routine telephone calls that we make and receive will be charged as units of 6 minutes.    Other letters and calls will be charged on a time basis i.e. the time actually and necessarily spent dealing with them.  Our charges are calculated using our current hourly rate for employment cases of £195.00 plus VAT.

Possible Additional Charges and Disbursements 

Disbursement Cost
Identification Verification fee (including VAT (£2)) (per person) £12.00
Attending a Tribunal Hearing (per day) £750
Counsel’s fees (per day and depending on experience) £1,250 to £1,600

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

We would generally allow 1-5 days for a hearing depending on the complexity of your case.

Funding Options 

If you have taken legal expenses insurance with your insurer, your fees may be covered under that policy.  We will discuss this with you at our first interview.

What We Will Do and Key stages

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following work that we will undertake in respect 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.

Key Stages and How long will it 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 10-20 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 9 months or more. 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.