Our employment lawyers advise clients who require quick and efficient support with their employment law matters. We focus on providing commercial and practical advice to support our clients’ aims and help them to achieve their goals.
We advise on a full range of employment law matters from the one-off issues our clients may face at any time to full support with more complex cases, including:
- Advice and support with handling grievances and conducting disciplinary processes
- Review and drafting offer letters; employment contracts; director’s service agreements; letters of appointment for executive and non-executive directors; and staff handbooks
- Advice on implementing changes to employment terms and conditions
- Drafting consultancy and secondment agreements
- Drafting settlement agreements / COT3 agreements. Download a questionnaire here.
- Advice and support with mergers, acquisitions and TUPE transfers
- Advice and support with business reorganisations, redundancies and collective consultations
- Responding to pre-action letters and dealing with Employment Tribunal claims
- Internal investigations
- Data protection & freedom of information requests
- Working for LA Fitness Ltd/Pure Gym Limited, our multi-disciplinary team (corporate, real estate and employment) provided advice and hands-on support with the TUPE transfer of employees as part of the sale of 33 health clubs to Sports Direct followed by the sale of 7 clubs to DW Fitness.
We have built our firm around delivering the highest quality legal services.
However, we also know that, together with quality, transparency and price are likely to be important to you when looking for an employment lawyer.
We have put together some information about our pricing and the costs you might incur if you instruct us to bring or defend an unfair and wrongful dismissal claim in the employment tribunal.
We hope you find this helpful. If you want to find out more, or would like to discuss your particular requirements, please contact us.
Whilst we are happy to discuss alternative fee arrangements with you, including fixed or capped fees where appropriate, our charges are usually calculated by reference to the time dealing with your matter.
Although we won’t always charge for the time we spend talking to you, ‘chargeable time’ includes advising, attending on you and others, dealing with papers, correspondence, telephone calls, travelling time and attendance at tribunal.
Our specialist employment lawyer, with over ten years’ experience, has a standard hourly charge out rate of £285 plus VAT.
To ensure that we provide you with the best possible and most cost-effective service, our employment lawyer can draw on support from:
- a partner in our dispute resolution team with over 25 years’ litigation experience, with a standard hourly charge out rate of £325 plus VAT; and
- a trainee or paralegal, with a charge out rate of £135 plus VAT.
Our typical fees
It can be difficult to predict the cost of work at the start of any project but we will always discuss fees with you before accepting your instructions. This includes giving thought at the outset to the scope of the work, including your objectives, and anything which you have told us is particularly important to you, for example, achieving early resolution/settlement, speed or simply keeping costs down.
Although the complex and variable nature of legal work can make estimates and assumptions difficult:
- If you’re an employee, our total fees to bring an unfair and wrongful dismissal claim against your former employer involving a one- or two-day tribunal hearing are typically in the range of £8,070 to £11,865 plus VAT. This assumes preparation time of 25 and 35 hours respectively, attendance by a trainee or paralegal for 7 hours each day at the hearing and that a barrister is instructed to present your case.
- If you’re an employer, our total fees to defend such a claim are likely to be higher. This is because, as the employer, you will usually be required to undertake more preparatory steps before the final hearing than if you’re the employee. You’re also likely to have more documents to disclose and will need to call more witnesses. Fees are typically in the range of £13,770 to £17,565 plus VAT. This assumes preparation time of 45 and 55 hours respectively, attendance by a trainee or paralegal for 7 hours each day at the hearing and that a barrister is instructed to present your case.
Preparation time can vary significantly from case to case and may be more or less than the time assumed above. It is dependent on a number of factors, including the factual and legal complexity of the matter, the number of witnesses, the quantity of documents which are relevant to the issues and the conduct of the other party in bringing or defending the claim.
The fee ranges above include advice and representation in relation to all key stages in bringing or defending a typical one- or two-day unfair and wrongful dismissal claim.
This includes (in order) taking your initial instructions, dealing with mandatory early conciliation, drafting your Claim or Response Form, dealing with case management and a short telephone hearing, disclosure of documents, preparing an index and hearing bundle (if you’re an employer), taking witness statements, preparing a schedule of loss (if you’re an employee), instructing Counsel, attendance by a trainee or paralegal at the final hearing and explaining the tribunal’s judgement to you.
The fee ranges do not include disbursements, travel or waiting time (which will depend on the location of the tribunal at which the claim is heard) or advising on any appeal.
Expenses we must pay out of your behalf
In addition to our fees, there may be certain expenses (known as disbursements) which will be payable. These are likely to include:
Counsel’s fees: to instruct a barrister to attend the final hearing, their fee (which will depend on the barrister’s location and experience) is likely to be in the region of £2,000 to £6,500 plus VAT.
Travel costs: if we need to attend any hearing on your behalf, we charge for our travel costs (usually in addition to travel time).
From start (date of dismissal) to finish (final hearing and judgement), we are currently finding that a one- or two-day tribunal claim can take between 12 and 18 months to complete. This varies from region to region and will depend mainly on the earliest date on which the allocated tribunal can hear the claim.
Unlike most litigation, the standard costs regime in the employment tribunal is that each party bears its own costs irrespective of the outcome. This means that you will be responsible for paying all your legal costs even if your case is successful.
We do not regularly act under damages-based agreements or conditional fee agreements for less complex unfair and wrongful dismissal claims but we are always keen to explore ways of delivering value to our clients and so would be happy to discuss funding methods with you.
We are usually happy to accept work funded by legal expenses insurance from both employees and employers although this may only provide a contribution to our costs and not cover them entirely. Further details can be discussed.
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Many of our clients have been with us for a long time: some since the firm began. We help them navigate matters to achieve the right outcome and we stay with them until everything has been resolved. By securing and protecting our clients’ interests, we give them the confidence and freedom to focus on their core business.
Our clients operate in different industries and sectors, but most of them have serious real estate interests, whether in the form of property in the traditional sense or other types of physical infrastructure.