Employment Lawyers in Bishops Stortford
Employment law affects almost everyone, whether you are an employee, employer, director, contractor, agency worker, freelancer etc. Our employment law team advises employees and employers, and we work with you to resolve any employment related issues you may be dealing with. We work with employers to develop and implement good working practices across the board to avert problems.
Our Lawyers advise and assist on a range of employment law cases including:
- Drafting, reviewing and updating employment contracts and staff handbooks, policies and procedures
- Settlement Agreements (also known as Compromise agreements)
- Negotiating exit packages
- Termination of employment
- Unfair dismissal
- Disciplinary and grievance procedure
- Discrimination (Race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religious, and age)
- Deduction from wages
- Breach of contract
- Maternity/Paternity leave and pay
- Changes to terms and conditions
- Bullying in the workplace
- Stress at work
- Long Sickness absence
- Freelance workers
Employment tribunal claims for unfair/wrongful dismissal
We provide a wide range of employment law services including both pursuing and defending employment tribunal claims and appeals. These costs only relate to unfair/wrongful dismissal claims in the Employment Tribunal. Please contact us for information and costs for other services.
Our hourly rate of £250.00 per hour will apply. The more issues or complexities involved in a matter; the more time will be required. The final cost will depend on the individual circumstances, complexity and duration of the matter.
Case requires up to 20 hours of work, costs could be up to £5,000.00 excluding VAT
|Medium complexity case
Case requires up to 50 hours of work, costs could be up to £20,000.00 excluding VAT
|High end / Complex case
Case will require over 50 hours of work, and costs will be from £20,000.00 excluding VAT
Work included in fixed fee:
- 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 Early 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 trial including any separate hearing to determine compensation, including instructions to Counsel
Disbursements (i.e. expenses), are costs related to your matter that are paid to third parties, such as court, experts and barristers fees etc. These expenses are never included in our fees. We require funds on account, in order to handle these expenses to ensure a smooth process.
Counsel’s fees vary according to the experience of the individual counsel. Fees for a hearing are usually based on a brief fee which covers the cost of preparation and the first day of the hearing and “refresher” or a daily rate which is payable for the second and each subsequent day of the hearing.
Work included in fixed fee:
- Making or responding to additional applications, for example applications for specific disclosure, to strike out a claim, to seek additional time to take a step in the process, to seek an unless order to compel the other side to complete a step in the process.
- Joining additional parties or dealing with additional parties.
- Amending pleadings.
- Dealing with appeals
How long will my matter take?
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter will usually depend on whether your matter settles and if so at what stage. A settlement can be proposed at any time. The employment tribunal aims is to conclude all cases within 26 weeks of the claim starting but in reality most take longer.