Employees

We know when your employment rights have been breached.

Employers

We know how to prevent you making costly mistakes.

Employment law is complicated. It also keeps changing, which often leads to confusion about where you stand legally. Our team, led by Barrett and Co partner Justin Sadler, makes things clear.

We provide advice for both employers and employees, which means you benefit from our experience in representing either side of an employment dispute.

We are upfront with fees

We always recommend that you come in and see Justin via a one hour fixed fee meeting for £95.

This is a great way for you to get an initial view on your legal case as quickly as possible.

After this initial meeting, we will give you an estimate of our fees if you want to go ahead and use our services and we will not exceed that estimate without getting your permission first.

If appropriate, we will offer you a fixed fee for a fixed amount of work.

We also offer Pay As You Go Legal Service, whereby you only pay for the legal services you want support with. It’s a service that gives you a helping hand, and allows you to do work you are capable of yourself, whilst providing legal support.

Book your £95 consultation with Justin Sadler here;

Making an employment claim – sooner rather than later

Many employment claims fail because people leave it too late.

For example, if your employer changes part of your job without asking you, they are entitled to assume you have accepted the changes if you do not make an official complaint within a reasonable period of time.

For other employment-related claims, such as harassment, discrimination and unfair dismissal, there is a limit of three months less one day from the date of the last event complained of.

Worrying about how a complaint might affect your future employment prospects should not stop you being treated fairly.

Our experience is that most complaints are resolved by discussions between the employee and the employer. Following advice from us, many of our clients have then carried out their own negotiations.

Of course, if you need further advice, we can provide you with help and assistance throughout the negotiations, disciplinary or grievance process. We also offer representation, support and guidance for bringing a claim at the employment tribunal and subsequent enforcement of any judgment made in your favour.

We have experience in the following areas of employment law:

  • Contracts of employment
  • Discrimination
  • Disciplinary matters
  • Grievances and Constructive Dismissal
  • Harassment
  • Flexible working requests
  • Minimum Wage
  • Non payment of bonuses
  • Post termination restrictions
  • Pregnancy-related issues
  • Redundancy
  • Settlement agreements
  • Sick leave
  • Stress
  • Staff handbooks
  • Termination of employment
  • TUPE transfers of employees
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Working Time Regulations
  • Whistleblowing

Fee Estimates for common employment cases

You can bring a claim in the Employment tribunal for all types of cases, but the most common is unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal (also known as breach of contract).

Typical fee ranges are summarised in the table below:

Initial advice Advice without representation (+VAT) Full Representation

(+VAT)

Simple case £95 £500-£3,000 £5,000 – £10,000
Medium complexity £95 £1000 – £6000 £10,000 – £20,000
High complexity £95 N/A £20,000 – £50,000

 

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 without legal representation
  • Making or defending an application regarding legal costs
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • Large numbers of witnesses or 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 counsel preparing for and attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,000 – 5,000 per day (excluding VAT) depending on their years of experience for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation) and the tribunal hearing will generally be between 1 and 10 days depending on the number of witnesses and complexity of the case.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees or barrister’s fees. If you opted for Full Representation then we would handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

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 may 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 case 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 2-6 weeks.

If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-18 months.

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.

Get in touch

For further information contact Justin Sadler or Paul Wild by telephone 0118  958 9711  or send an email to: [email protected] If this relates to settlement agreements send your email to: [email protected]

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