In the Employment Department we regularly advise employers and employees on a range of matters including unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, redundancy situations, restrictive covenants, discrimination and contractual issues.
Lynsey Howes is our head of department, having trained with the firm, she now has over 16 years’ experience and has been a partner at the firm for over 10 years. She conducts her own advocacy on many issues, including an appearance in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Lynsey is assisted by Carly Haywood as paralegal. Carly is responsible for administrative tasks and is supervised throughout by Lynsey Howes.
Lynsey conducts matters from beginning to end, including the presentation of the case at Employment Tribunal Hearing. She occasionally refers matters to Counsel (a barrister) should the claim be listed for a significant period of time or where she believes the client would be best served by the use of Counsel.
In running a claim Lynsey ensures that client’s are guided through the process, from issuing a claim or defending a claim, to preparation. To discussing settlement options and evidential requirements. Clients are able to make informed decisions about the instructions they provide to reach desired outcomes.
Simple case: £4,000 – 6,000 excluding VAT (which equates to £4800-7200 including VAT) (1-2 days if the case progresses to a full hearing)
Medium complexity case: £6,000 – 12,000 excluding VAT (which equates to £7200- 14400 including VAT) (3-4 days if the case progresses to a full hearing)
High complexity case: £12,000 – 20,000 excluding VAT (which equates to £14400- 24000 including VAT) ( 5 days plus in hearing)
Factors that could make a case more complex:
There will generally be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal hearing of £1495 plus VAT per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow:
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 £1,000 to £2,000 plus VAT per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).
Counsel may also charge a fee when instructed, known as a brief fee, of between £1,000 to £3,600 plus VAT depending on the complexity of the case.
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the key stages of a claim:
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the 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.
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 1-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 20-52 weeks. 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.