Under what circumstances should I seek legal advice?
Perhaps you suspect that you are being bullied by your employer into accepting a situation or a pay-off that is unfair or, having already been dismissed, you are considering taking your employer to an Employment Tribunal.
At OGR Stock Denton Solicitors, one of the most experienced and best employment law solicitors based in Finchley, North London, we have built up an excellent reputation over the years as a firm you can rely on. Those we represent tell us our advice provides much-needed support and that our lawyers inspire total confidence. We are very proud of the feedback we have received from clients confirming that we offer high-quality, down-to earth-advice.
If a problem arises at work, we can advise you on the best way to protect yourself. We have acted in and won cases against many different types of employers, from big institutions to sole traders. We also have a proud record of taking on and winning against large City law firms.
Matters an employment lawyer for employees from our firm is able to assist with include:
- Discrimination on the grounds of age, gender, disability, religion, race, sexual orientation, parental status, and so on.
- Unfair dismissal.
- Breach of contract.
- Negotiating employment contracts and directors’ service agreements.
- Disciplinary proceedings.
- Raising grievances.
- Bonus disputes.
- Settlement agreements and compensation packages.
- TUPE transfers.
Employment Contract reviews and more
As employment solicitors, we can also advise on a range of non-contentious matters, such as assisting with the legal issues associated with employee shareholder arrangements and the terms of contracts.
If you have been offered a new role or are asked to sign an amended contract for your existing job and the document runs to pages and pages with a great deal of small print, it’s always well worth having a legal expert cast their eye over it before you sign it. Some clauses may be unenforceable or even illegal; while others may fail to adequately reflect the benefits that were offered to you when you accepted the job or negotiated your benefits package.
Another concern might be the inclusion of prohibitive restrictive covenants that may well hinder your career in the future if you and your current employer part ways, amicably or otherwise. It would be a mistake to overlook these or consider them unenforceable, as in the future, you could be subject to an injunction and/ or required to pay costly damages if you breach these terms.
Having experienced employment law solicitors review and discuss with you any documentation you are being asked to sign can pay dividends in the future.
How much will it cost to bring a case?
Understandably, you’ll be concerned about the cost of taking legal advice and bringing a claim against your employer, if it comes to that. It’s difficult to put a precise figure on it because every case is different, but as a guide, our fees for tribunal claims in unfair/ wrongful dismissal range from £225 to £335 per hour, depending on the complexity of the matter. The whole process can take around 6 months and include disbursements such as expert witness (£500 to £4,000 plus VAT per day), medical records (£50) and counsel fees (ranging from £125 per hour for a junior barrister to £500 per hour for a QC +VAT).
The total cost will depend on the amount of time incurred and the stage of the matter that is has reached. If the matter proceeds to a full hearing in the Employment Tribunal, the fees are likely to be in the region of £10,000 – £50,000 plus VAT, depending on the complexity of the matter. A full costs estimate can be provided once we have all the details of your case.
In addition, disbursements of the nature referred to above may be incurred.
The whole process can take around six months and include disbursements such as expert witness (£500 to £4,000 plus VAT per day), medical records (£50), and counsel fees (ranging from £125 per hour for a junior barrister to £500 per hour for a QC + VAT).
[Please note all VAT is charged at the prevailing rate of 20%]
Key stages of an employment matter
Where you are bringing a claim of unfair dismissal and/or wrongful dismissal up to and including the tribunal hearing, the key stages of work will involve the following:
- Taking initial instructions, considering the paperwork and advising you on the merits of your case, including any likely compensation.
- Engaging in pre-claim conciliation where this is required in order to explore whether a settlement can be reached between the parties.
- Preparing the claim.
- Considering whether a settlement can be reached and if so, negotiating settlement, either by liaising with ACAS or directly with your employer and/or their solicitor.
- Reviewing the employer’s defence and advising you on its merits.
- 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
- Drafting statements, including taking and agreeing witness statements.
- Attending a hearing (where appropriate).
- Reviewing and advising you on the other party’s witness statements and documentation.
- Agreeing a list of issues and list of those involved.
- Preparing and attending the tribunal hearing. This may include preparing instructions to Counsel and conference with Counsel prior to the hearing.
- Reviewing tribunal decision and agreeing any necessary actions (e.g. whether an appeal is appropriate).
Timescales for your employment matter
Timescales can vary enormously depending on the facts of each matter. The time it takes to bring your matter to a conclusion will be determined largely by the stage at which your case is resolved. This can be a few weeks if agreement is reached during pre-claim conciliation or, if it proceeds to a final hearing, it could take up to a year or more. Timing will also depend on things such as the complexity of your case, the number of days the hearing is listed for, when the case is listed for a hearing and on how quickly the other side responds to requests for information.
Operating for Over 50 Years
Our firm is well-established, having been in operation for over 50 years. Our solicitors are all highly experienced and will do all that they can to ensure your case is dealt with quickly and efficiently. We also promise to keep you fully updated on our progress at every step of the way.
You can find out more about what we do and how we operate on our website at https://www.ogrstockdenton.com/. Then, to arrange a no-obligation initial chat, free of charge, to discuss your case with one of the most highly trained and experienced employment law solicitors in London at OGR Stock Denton Solicitors, please visit our contact us page or call us on 020 8349 0321. We look forward to hearing from you.