Employment

At Bennett Richmond we provide a comprehensive range of employment law services to both employers and employees. We understand how disruptive it is to businesses to have to divert resources to deal with disputes with workers. We can give guidance to business owners and managers in all aspects of industrial relations.


Likewise we are able to advise and represent employees in all matters related to their employment rights. We can assist in a variety of ares including:-

  • Compromise Agreements - we can advise on the reasonableness of a compromise agreement and discuss with you your options such as whether to accept a compromise agreement or proceed with a claim.
  • Discrimination - we can advise upon discrimination in a relation to sex, race and disability as well as issues involving age, religion and sexual orientation.
  • Tribunals and Court proceedings - we can represent employees and employers in the Employment Tribunal, County or High Court. We can guide you through the litigation and advise you as to your prospects of success and help you settle your dispute in a timely and cost effective manner.
  • Termination of Employment - we can advise on matters relating to the termination of employment such as redundancy and unfair dismissal.

Where a dispute has arisen we can assist at all stages whether it be during a disciplinary process or post termination of employment, through to proceedings before an Employment Tribunal.

Contact us on 01207 504 141 to arrange a FREE 20 minute appointment where we will discuss your employment issues with you and talk you through your options.

EMPLOYMENT CASES

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TRANSPARENCY PRICING

 

COSTS IN EMPLOYMENT CASES

In employment cases there can be a considerable amount of advice and assistance needed before a claim is started in the Employment Tribunal.  The following is a guide to the range of costs which might be involved before proceedings are commenced in the Employment Tribunal:-

Advising   on settlement agreements (straight forward)

£250-£500   plus VAT

(Complex)

£500-£1,000   plus VAT

Advice   and guidance in relation to disciplinary proceedings

£500-£1,000   plus VAT

Advice   and guidance in relation to grievance proceedings

£500-£1,000   plus VAT

Other costs for advising and assisting clients in relation to proceedings in the Employment Tribunal will vary depending on the complexity of the case and the level of support provided.  Pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal are likely to fall within the following ranges:-

Simple   cases

£3,000-£5,000   plus VAT

Complex   cases

£7,000-   £10,000 plus VAT

The prices are intended to be for guidance only as the amount of costs will vary from case to case depending on the amount of work involved.  You will be given a costs estimate tailored to your particular case at the outset of the matter. 

DISBURSEMENTS

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as doctor’s fees or barrister’s fees.  We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.  If we advise you to consult a barrister for specialist advice then his fee for advising is likely to be in the region of £500 plus VAT.  A barrister’s fees for attending a tribunal hearing (including preparation) are likely to range from £1,500-£2,500 plus VAT per day, depending on the seniority of the barrister involved.

KEY STAGES

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  1. Taking your initial instructions, reviewing paperwork and advising on prospects of success and likely compensation (this is likely to be re-visited throughout the matter and subject to change).
  2. Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is required to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
  3. Preparing claim or response.
  4. Reviewing and advising on claim or response from opposing party.
  5. Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process.
  6. Preparing or considering a schedule of loss.
  7. Preparing for (and attending) a preliminary hearing.
  8. Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents.
  9. Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses.
  10. Reviewing and advising on the other parties witness statements.
  11. Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list.
  12. Preparing and attendance at final hearing, including instructions to pay barrister to do so.

The stages set out above are an indication of the stages which are usually involved.  If some of the stages 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 those stages.  This can also be arranged according to your individual needs.

HOW LONG WILL MY CASE TAKE?

The time that it takes from us receiving your initial instructions to the final resolution of your case depends largely on the stage at which the case is resolved.  If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation your case is likely to take 6-8 weeks.  If your claim proceeds to a final hearing in the Employment Tribunal, your case is likely to take 6-9 months.  This is just an estimate and we will be able to give you a more accurate timescale based on the circumstances of your case as the matter progresses.

CASE HANDLER

Mark Davies

Solicitor with many years experience in this work