Employment is an area of law that has seen constant development in recent times, often driven by EC directives. Employees have become more aware of their rights and are increasingly prepared to seek legal redress. It is vital that employers have efficient up to date working practises and that early advice is taken when potentially difficult situations arise.
With many thousands of applications annually by employees to Employment Tribunals in the UK, and with no minimum periods of employment required in some cases and no upper limits for some awards, employers need to be fully and properly informed of relevant laws and procedures.
We provide practical advice on all employment law issues including:
- Contracts of employment
- Data Protection
- Disciplinary action and grievance procedures
- Discrimination for sex, race, disability
- Employment Tribunals
- Family friendly policies
- Maternity leave
- Paternity leave
- Minimum wage
- Redundancy and dismissal
- Restrictive covenants
- Service agreements
- Trade unions
- Transfer regulations upon company acquisitions
- TUPE including indemnities and warranties
- Unfair dismissal
- Whistle blowing
- Wrongful dismissal and breach of contract
Our hourly rate is £300.00 + VAT per hour. As a general guide, we would expect our fees to be in the region of £1,000.00 - £15,000.00, depending upon the complexity of your case.
The charges outlined above do not take into account disbursements such as Tribunal and counsel’s fees.
Key Stages in most cases:
- An initial consultation to take your instructions and consider relevant facts and circumstances
- Consideration of pre-claim settlement opportunities
- Preparation of claim or response
- Consideration of documents provided by the opposite party (such as a claim or response) and supporting evidence
- Negotiations for settlement
- Preparation and attendance (with counsel) at a Preliminary Hearing.
- Compliance with Tribunal Directions
- Preparation and attendance (with counsel) at a Final Hearing.
All cases are different and it is therefore impossible to give a definitive estimate as to timescale. The length of time it may take to resolve a dispute will, of course, depend upon whether an early settlement can be reached. As a general guide, if your case were to proceed to a Final Hearing, it could take up to 50 weeks to be concluded. Alternatively, if the matter were to settle during the early stages, a timescale of roughly 10 weeks might be achievable.