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    Facing a dispute with your employer? Let us iron out any HR issues to make life at work easier and protect your future career.
    We spend a lot of time at work, so when there is an issue, it can cause a huge amount of stress, worry and uncertainty. Will I lose my job? Will this affect my career? Will I be paid?
    Whether it’s a grievance or disciplinary, discrimination or harassment, holiday pay or redundancy problem, we can help. Our experienced employment team gives sound, practical advice, with an emphasis on resolving issues quickly, efficiently and with as little disruption as possible.

    Exit Strategies

    Relationships often have a natural end, and so do working relationships. If you are thinking it is time to move on, let’s discuss. We can help you figure out your next steps, from settlement, to post-termination restrictions. We also deal with shareholdings and directorships. Understanding the landscape before you make a move can assist a smooth transition.
    Call us today on: 01482 326666

    Settlement Agreements

    Although a common means of bringing the employment relationship to an end, settlement agreements can appear daunting, confusing and even upsetting. We’ll meet with you to read and advise on every paragraph, taking the uncertainty and anxiety out of the paperwork and providing guidance on your options.
    Call us today on: 01482 326666

    Dispute – Employment Tribunals

    If you do find yourself unable to resolve a workplace problem amicably, we can provide full advice, preparation and representation at Employment Tribunal, guiding you on your claim, prospects, compensation and funding.
    Call us today on: 01482 326666

    Price Transparency

    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.

    Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

    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:

    • if it is necessary to make or defend applications to
      amend claims or to provide 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 client
      is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties);
    • the number of witnesses and documents;
    • if it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim, eg if you
      are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer;
    • allegations of discrimination which are linked to the
      dismissal.

    There will generally be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal hearing of £1495 plus VAT per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow:

    • simple case 1-2 days
    • medium cases 3-4 days
    • high complexity case 5 days plus

    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 £1,000 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.

    Key stages

    The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the 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 for and 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 where necessary.

    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.

    How long will my application 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 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.

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