We provide comprehensive employment law and HR support, including:
• Drafting and maintaining employment contracts, service agreements and HR policies and procedures to ensure they remain legally compliant
• Day to day advice and support for HR managers
• Advising on and enforcement of post-termination restrictions and protection of confidential information and intellectual property
• Negotiated exits, including the drafting of settlement agreements
• Redundancies and business restructures
• Defending claims brought by employees in the employment tribunals and civil courts
• Enforcement of post termination restrictions, including obtaining injunctive relief
• Due diligence, including the TUPE aspects of sales, acquisitions, mergers and outsourcing
• Dealing with workplace issues such as:
- Disciplinary and dismissal procedures
- Performance issues
- Long term sickness and frequent absenteeism
• Diversity and Equality and Discrimination
• Manager Training
Our services include:
• Reviewing directors’ service agreements and contracts of employment to ensure they reflect the offer of employment made and do not contain any hidden pitfalls
• Advising on and bringing a formal grievance against your employer
• Advising on and defending disciplinary, performance, capability and dismissal proceedings
• Negotiating exits and settlement agreements
• Advising on post-termination restrictions
• Advising on team moves
• Advising on discrimination issues
• Bringing a claim in the employment tribunal or civil courts against your employer including those relating to:
- unfair dismissal
- Bonus entitlements
• Defending injunctive action brought by a former employer
• Partnership advice and disputes
• Recruitment of Partners/members
• Advising on Partner/member departures
• Advising the Partner/Member in respect of their departure
The starting point for determining our charges is our hourly rate. We charge based on an hourly rate which varies depending on the member of staff dealing with your matter. Our lowest hourly rate is £150 and our highest hourly rate is £495. The seniority of the members of staff dealing with your case will depend on its complexity. We will discuss this with you when you instruct us. We will always consider with you the best approach for each project.
Our hourly rate (£):
Our Pricing Guidelines for our Employment Tribunal Litigation Services is based on our experience.
Please note that the vast majority of employment cases settle before reaching the tribunal, so our fees will not usually reach the levels set out below.
However, for cases that do reach the Employment Tribunal, our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal are between the following ranges:
Factors that could make a case more complex and could increase the overall cost are:
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing (whether a hearing on a preliminary issue or a final hearing should you require us
to do so) of £2,500 per day (excluding VAT charged at 20%). Generally, we would allow 1 – 3 days for a final hearing depending on the complexity of your case.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees (about £100 for each application). We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process, although we will usually require you to pay us in advance for any disbursements that we have to incur on your behalf.
Counsel’s fees are estimated at between £750 and £5,000 per day (excluding VAT charged at 20%, and depending on the seniority and 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:
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may alternatively wish to handle
the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged based on your individual needs.
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 6 – 9 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.
If you have concerns about a particular matter we are dealing with we will make every effort to resolve those concerns with you. If we are unable to resolve your concerns informally, you can download our complaints procedure. If you are still not satisfied with our handling of your complaint, you may be able to take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. Details of who can complain to the Legal Ombudsman are available at the Ombudsman’s website, at www.legalombudsman.org.uk. You may also complain to the Solicitors Regulation Authority at any time. For more information please visit this page https://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/problems/