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Employment

Our experienced employment team advise predominantly SMEs, large corporates and charities on a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters.

We provide day to day legal advice to employers on a variety of issues, helping you to navigate these complex employment laws, so that you can effectively manage and resolve workplace issues. We have expertise in advising on all aspects of the law relating to the workplace. We’ll work closely with you to give the best advice along with practical solutions. To find out more, please get in touch. Our employment expertise includes:

      • Recruitment
      • Advising on all day to day workplace issues
      • Drafting standard and bespoke documentation, variation of employment contracts, service agreements and policy documentation for individual employees
      • Redundancy and restructures
      • Termination of employment, including at senior executive and board level
      • Settlement agreements
      • Disciplinary and grievance procedures
      • Representing parties in Employment Tribunal claims – including for unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistle-blowing
      • Business transfers and TUPE
      • Working Time Regulations
      • Contractors, temporary and agency workers
      • Post-termination restrictions and enforcing such restrictions in the High Court.

Our team’s employment expertise includes:

    • Advised a national corporate in bringing High Court injunction proceedings to prevent an employee from commencing work for a competitor, in breach of restrictive covenants contained in her employment contract. The High Court issued an interim injunction and costs order in our client’s favour, preventing the employee from working for a competitor and recovering a sum towards legal costs. After the interim injunction order, we successfully negotiated a favourable settlement for our client.
    • Advised a leading UK food manufacturer/supplier in relation to the exit of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. This was a particularly complicated, high risk and high value termination, given the seniority of the employee involved.
    • Advised a recruitment business on the TUPE transfer process, where over 30 staff were transferred into its business. As a result of us working closely with the client in careful planning, the process ran smoothly with a successful integration of the staff into the client’s business.
    • Advised a leading events business in defending an Employment Tribunal claim brought by an ex-employee for religion and sex discrimination.
    • Advising a global retailer on ad hoc day-to-day employment issues arising, including disciplinary and grievance issues when they arise.

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal (excluding disbursements) are below:

  • Simple case: £15,000 – £20,000 (excluding VAT).
  • Medium complexity case: £20,000 – £35,000 (excluding VAT).
  • High complexity case: £35,000 – £150,000 (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 an employee is dismissed after blowing the whistle on an employer.
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.
  • Voluminous documentation.
  • Protracted negotiations over settlement.

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,750 – £2,800 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 2-10 days depending on the complexity of your case. For very complex matters, hearing length could exceed that.

Disbursements

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 £1,200 to £3,000 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:

  • 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 the case is resolved, as well as the Employment Tribunal’s diary (to schedule a hearing) and availability of witnesses. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, the case is likely to take a few weeks. If the claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, it could take up to 9-15 months. This is just an estimate and we would of course give a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

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