Employment Law for Businesses

Employment issues can be tricky and they go to the heart of an organisation, no matter what its size. Employment law is constantly changing and it can be a full time job for the professionals to keep abreast of all developments. When workplace issues become disputes, we recognise that our clients need support from lawyers who will really fight their corner, in a cost effective way.

Our dedicated employment law team offers practical, cost-effective and tailored advice to businesses of all sizes on all aspects of employment law, from implementing compliant policies and contracts, to advising upon specific disputes within the workplace and where necessary, representing the interests of our clients in the employment tribunal or the courts. Our employment law service is headed up by one of our founders, Amanda Jefferies.

Amanda has extensive experience of advising a wide variety of businesses on all sorts of employment law issues and takes a keen interest in the businesses for which she acts to enable her to provide appropriate, common sense and cost effective advice. Amanda and the team like to work in partnership with their clients and build lasting relationships with them.

We can guide you through everything from recruitment to retirement and advise you upon strategic decisions involving your staff or offer advice on day to day problems within the workplace.

We are always happy to have an initial free telephone conversation with you to discuss how we can help and to discuss a range of funding options. We will always do our best to make you aware of anticipated costs at the outset of a case so that you can plan and budget for them. Many of our clients chose to work with us on a retainer basis. Please contact Amanda should you require any further details about this or alternative methods of funding.

We also provide in house training sessions for organisations on a wide variety of employment law topics and can design training courses specifically suited to the needs of your business. Please contact us for further details.

The areas covered include:

  • Absence from work
  • Contracts of Employment
  • Directors
  • Discipline and performance management
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Employment status and self-employment
  • Employment tribunals
  • Families and pregnancy
  • Flexible working
  • Grievances
  • National Minimum Wage
  • Parental Leave
  • Partnerships and LLPs
  • Pay and benefits
  • Policies and procedures
  • Recruitment
  • Redundancy and business reorganisation
  • Restraint of trade and confidentiality
  • Sickness and incapacity
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Termination of employment
  • Transfer of shares
  • Transfer of undertakings
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Whistleblowing
  • Working time and time off
  • Variation of contracts

 

In accordance with SRA Transparency Rules, our costs information relating to Employment Tribunals is as follows:

• Our costs in defending a claim for wrongful dismissal range from £5,000 plus VAT to £10,000 plus VAT.
• Our costs in defending a claim for unfair dismissal range from £7,000 plus VAT to £20,000 plus VAT.

Our time is changed on an hourly rate basis, and our hourly rates are as follows:

Solicitor - £235.00 plus VAT;
Paralegal - £145.00 plus VAT.

The Fees above cover the work required in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
• Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising on merits of the claim and likely compensation awarded if the claim is successful.
• Entering into ACAS conciliation where mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
• Preparing the response to the claim.
• Reviewing and advising on the claim.
• Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process.
• Considering a schedule of loss.
• Exchanging documents.

The timescales for dealing with a claim will be largely dependent on the stage at which the matter is resolved. If a settlement is reached during ACAS conciliation, the matter is likely to take up to 2 months to dispose of. If the claim proceeds to a final hearing, the matter is likely to take an average of 12 to 18 months to be disposed of.

The above timescales are estimates only, and more accurate timescales will be provided on a case-by-case basis.

Disbursement costs such as court fees and barrister’s fees incurred in a claim will be in addition to our fees as set out above. Barrister fees for attending a Tribunal Hearing are estimated to be between £1,500 plus VAT and £3,000 plus VAT, depending on the experience of the Barrister instructed.