Employment law is as complicated for employers as it is for employees. We are here to unravel the complexity.

We provide advice for both employers and employees, which means you benefit from our experience in representing either side of an employment dispute. Our dedicated team of employment law specialists is led by Justin Sadler. We advise all employers to use written, rather than verbal, contracts, which we can prepare. We also help to draw up written disciplinary rules and procedures, often as part of a staff handbook. Additionally, our team can help you prepare your grievance procedures, as well as policies on data protection, use of email and the internet at work, discrimination and maternity, company car use and many other policies.

We have experience in advising on 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
  • Settlement agreements
  • Sick leave
  • Stress
  • Post termination restrictions
  • Pregnancy related issues
  • Redundancy
  • Staff Handbooks
  • Termination of employment
  • TUPE transfers of employees
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Working Time Regulations
  • Whistleblowing

Working with you

We normally charge a fixed fee for drafting documents. We are also happy to provide advice by telephone or email as required. We can arrange a site visit to help you and your employee(s) through disciplinary, complaint, restructuring, redundancy, transfer of undertakings, or insolvency processes.

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

Justin deals with all aspects of Dispute Resolution for both businesses and individuals, including including Contentious Probate, Employment Law ( for both businesses and individuals) and Commercial Litigation. This means that he is familiar with the many different courts and tribunal as well as the many different methods for resolving disputes, including alternative dispute resolution such as adjudication and mediation.

If you would like to know more or arrange a fixed fee appointment, please call us on 01189  589711. Or email Justin Sadler at [email protected]

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