HR/Employment Law Advice for Employers and Legal Costs
Managing human resources effectively is a huge responsibility, whatever the size or type of organisation you belong to. Workforce planning and development, compliance, employee engagement and reward, and managing HR budgets are challenging enough on their own, without the inevitable addition of employee problems, such as misconduct, dismissal, discrimination and redundancy. When your team needs to call in outside assistance then you need professional advisors you can rely on to handle any issue efficiently and effectively. We can help. With an established reputation for specialist employment law advice, recognised by the leading independent UK legal directories, Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, ThomasMansfield has a simple approach to client service. We aim to provide high quality, personal assistance, tailored to your specific needs, coupled with value for money.
Don’t just take our word for it – see what our current clients say about us. Client feedback is extremely important to us in developing and improving our services and recent commendations have included: “They’re very proactive; they come back to me quickly; they’re very approachable; they’re contactable out of office hours – that’s very useful when some of these issues come up quickly or you have to deal with them quickly.” – Terry Sullivan, BCM Construction Other employer clients value us for our “calm and professional manner” (Alastair Boyd, Country Manager UK, Ireland, Israel & South Africa, Linear Technology UK Ltd), “informed, very helpful and very efficient” advice (Wendy Peterman, Director, Petermans) and our results: “every case they’ve handled for us has turned out to have a satisfactory outcome” (Gerard Oates, Arcadia Group).
Employment Tribunals: information on pricing and the solicitors in our specialist team
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal Simple case: £7500-£15000 (excluding VAT) Medium complexity case: £12,000-£20000 (excluding VAT) High complexity case: £20,000-£60,000 (excluding VAT) 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 in person
- Making or defending a costs application
- Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
- The number of witnesses and 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 attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1500 to £4000 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-2 days depending on the complexity of your case. However, please note that, apart from some preliminary hearings we will usually instruct counsel (a barrister). We refer to their fees under the next heading.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. Counsel’s (barristers) fees estimated between £1200 to £40000 for preparation including the first day in tribunal and then £600 to £6000 per day for each additional day at the Tribunal hearing (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing. In addition (with your agreement) we may ask a barrister to review your case and advise in conference and or review witness statements. The cost of a conference would be in the range of £600 and £4000 depending on the amount of preparation required at that stage. Review of witness statements would be likely to be in the range of £600 to £7000.
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 will 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 matter 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 4-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 4-18 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. It should also be borne in mind that there are some periods when Employment Tribunals takes longer in dealing with cases because of the availability of Judges and other staff. A complex multi day case may take even longer than 18 months.
Qualifications and experience of our employment law team
All members of our team are qualified solicitors. We currently have had a specialist employment law team in place since the firm was established in 2004. We have advised both employers and employees in employment tribunal claims numbering the hundreds. All the below members of the team specialise principally in employment law including Employment Tribunal Experience.
|Our Team||Qualified||Exp Yrs||QualsProfile|
|Jonathan Mansfield||1996||22||BA, LLM, CPE|
|Neill Thomas||2000||18||MBA, CPE|
|Meredith Hurst||2001||17||BA, CPE|
|Bhupinder Devgon||2009||9||BA, CPE|
|Julie Goodway||2012||6.5||BA, MA, GDL|
|Employment Law||Health & Safety|