We act for employers and employees in relation to a range of employment disputes including unfair and wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal (which is a form of unfair dismissal), discrimination and employment law matters generally. We also advise on settlement agreements (formerly known as compromise agreements).
Whether employer or employee it is very important that you get good specialist advice at an early stage and we can provide this.
Both employers and employees need to be aware of employees’ rights and employers’ obligations in respect thereof.
An employment relationship is specialist form of contract and as such it is important that basic principles are adhered to.
We place a great deal of emphasis on settling claims or potential claim at an early stage without the need for either party to revert to time-consuming and costly proceedings bought before either the Employment Tribunals of through the court system and actively promote alternative dispute resolution such as mediation.
Prices for the services we provide
Our fees for bringing claims in the Employment Tribunals
The fees stated below are for the period commencing 6th Dec 2018. It is our policy to review our fees annually.
Our prices for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal:
- Simple case: – £1,000 to £2,000 (excl VAT at 20%)
- Medium complexity case: – £2,000 to £4,000 (excl VAT at 20%)
- High complexity case: – £5,000 to £10,000 (excl VAT at 20%)
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 you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £750.00 per day (excluding VAT at 20%). Generally, we would allow 1 to 2 days depending on the complexity of your case.
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 £1,750 to £2,500 per day (depending on 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:
- 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 your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 6 to 12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 12 to 26 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.
Contact Paul Verlander by email at PaulV@carpenterssolicitors.co.uk or by telephone on 020 8669 5145 for further information.
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