Employment Matters

Regulatory Information relating to employment matters and the fixed fee pricing of such matters

The information provided below relates to both our representation of employers in defending claims for unfair dismissal in the Employment Tribunal in England and Wales as well as the representation of individuals.

Range of Costs

Our costs for defending claims for unfair dismissal could have a broad range.  For a simple matter, our costs could be as low as £7,500.  For the most complex cases, our costs could be as much as £50,000.  The costs for many cases are normally in the middle of this range.  The basis of our charges will normally be hourly rates.  These typically range from £350 to £500 per hour plus VAT and will vary depending on the seniority of the lawyers involved and other pricing factors.

An estimate can be obtained by contacting us with your requirements.  Sometimes cases can be more complicated if:-

  • We are obliged to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.

  • We are obliged to deal with a large number of witnesses and documents.

  • We are obliged to deal with allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.

  • We are obliged to defend claims that are brought by litigants in person.

 

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees.  We take money on account so as to handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure that third parties are paid.

Counsel’s fees estimated between £2,500 to £7,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

Key Stages

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim.

  • The work involved will largely follow the following pattern:-  Receiving your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on the merits and demerits and the likely compensation.  The prospects of success and likely outcome will be revisited during the course of matters.

  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached.

  • Preparing a response to any claim or a claim itself.

  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party.

  • Considering settlement proposals and negotiating settlements throughout the whole legal process.

  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing.

  • Taking witness statements and agreeing their content with witnesses.

  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements.

  • Agreeing a list of issues and the chronology.

  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing.

  • Instructing Counsel on matters.

 The stages set out above are only a rough indication and if some of the stages above are not required, the cost will be automatically reduced.  We are happy to enable clients to handle part of the claim themselves and only have our advice in relation to parts of the process if this is desired. 

How long will matters take?

The time that it takes, from taking the client’s initial instructions to the final resolution of the client’s matter, will depend largely on the stage at which your case is resolved or whether it has to be determined by a tribunal or a court.

EMPLOYMENT LAW FOR INDIVIDUALS

We act for individuals and advise them in connection with all employment matters including but not limited to the following:-

(1)         Redundancy and Unfair Dismissal

(2)         Race or Sexual Discrimination

(3)         Sexual Harassment

(4)         Bullying

(5)         Pregnancy

(6)         Whistle-Blowing

(7)         Restrictive Covenants

(8)         Sickness and Incapacity

(9)         Termination of Employment

(10)      Confidentiality

(11)      Contracts of Employment

(12)      Employment Tribunals

(13)      Mediation

 

As these issues can be complex we would advise you to consult Nigel Jackson on 020 7292 2060 so that the matter can be discussed and a quote given.  We can then usually fix a price for the matter concerned.  Sometimes we can act on a ‘No Win, No Fee basis’ but would have to assess your claim in detail.  The fees for fee earners in the firm vary from £250 to £500 per hour plus VAT.  Disbursements such as court fees for commencing tribunal claims and Counsel’s fees are charged extra.

Fixed Price Employment and Consulting Matters

Employment Contracts

  • Section 1 Employment Rights Act Statement of Terms of Employment:  £300

  • Senior Contract of Employment:  £750

  • Directors Service Agreement:  £750

  • For Private or Public Companies:  £900

  • Zero Hours or Fixed Term Contract:  £500

Staff handbooks

  • Long-form Staff Handbook:  £1,250

  • Contains all policies required for businesses

  • Short-form Staff Handbook:  £750

Termination of Employment

  • Preparation of Settlement Agreement

  • Preparation of Settlement Agreement for Senior Employee or Director including restrictive terms: We can only give a range of settlement figures for such matters depending on complexity, which is likely to be in the region of £1,500 to £10,000.

  • Preparation of Settlement Agreement for a General Employee: £750 to £1,000