Employee Legal Support
It may feel like a daunting prospect the thought of taking legal action against your former employer. However, sometimes it is necessary to protect your financial security, career prospects and legal rights.
Our employment law experts understand it’s natural to feel apprehensive and concerned about the financial implications of taking legal action, especially if you’re now out of work as a result of your dispute.
We would like to reassure you that most disputes can be resolved with quickly and cost-effectively. Our employment law solicitors will always endeavour to seek a compromise that it is your best interests. Of course, where this is not possible, Attwells will escalate the matter and do not shy away from taking employee disputes to court. Our approach is to forcefully defend your interests and get the result you deserve.
Our approach to employee law is to offer fixed fee advice and fixed fee employee law services. Therefore, you will never receive an unexpected bill. Equally as part of our jargon-free law promise, we will unravel the complex nature of employment law and the terms used.
Partner, Lloyd Clarke has significant experience in all types of workplace disputes, acting for employees. This includes the bringing and defending of Claims in the Employment Tribunal Court.
Price: £250.00 plus VAT
What is included in the price:
- Initial telephone conversation
- Review of documentation in advance of drafting letter of advice (subject to reasonable number of documents)
- Letter of advice setting out the legal position, our advice and an assessment of prospects of success for any potential claims
- Answering any questions subsequent to a letter of advice
What is excluded from the price:
Meeting at your local office with a specialist employment lawyer (can be arranged at additional cost)
- Tax advice
- Advice on benefits
- Legal advice outside of the service requested
How long will it take?
2-3 working days from instruction.
What can we cover in the advice letter?
We can provide advice to you on all areas, including but not limited to:
- All aspects of employment law / HR e.g. disciplinary, grievance, family-related rights, dismissal, redundancy/restructure, staff absence, poor performance, discrimination etc.
- Assessment of any potential claims
- Contract terms
- Defending breach of contract claims including those dealing with training fees
- Defending allegations of breach of restrictive covenants/post-termination obligations such as those dealing with working for a competitor, poaching former clients or colleagues
- Self-employed contracts including IR35
- Commission and bonus disputes
- Director disputes
- Shareholder disputes
Why choose Attwells Solicitors?
Employment disputes can be costly, distracting and time consuming. They can interfere with and damage your career and professional reputation. In the event that they do arise, you must act quickly to ensure you receive the correct advice and that the best case is put forward for you.
As an employee, you have in excess of 80 legal rights from day one. Our expert Employment Team can provide you with all the advice that you need to ensure your rights are property protected and advanced.
We can advise you on the whole employment cycle from interview, contract terms, probationary periods, promotion, sickness, holiday, disability, maternity, grievance, disciplinary, dismissal, appeal, restrictive covenants and the bringing of Employment Tribunal proceedings.
When will I pay?
Attwells Solicitors will ask you for money on account in advance of the reviewing of your documents and drafting the advice letter so that work can get underway on your matter immediately.
The table below provides clear and transparent fixed fee costings for the legal work on your potential claim and provides different costings depending upon whether your claim relates to unfair/constructive dismissal or discrimination.
The reason for this is that discrimination claims are more time consuming, generally require greater attendance at Tribunal hearing and therefore require a greater amount of resource. Unlike our competitors, we do not differentiate our costs on the rather opaque grounds of ‘complex’ and ‘simple’ claims.
All email and telephone correspondence between each step is included free of charge.
Around 80% of our client’s Employment Tribunal Claims settle before the final hearing and therefore, we have broken down the key steps in an Employment Tribunal claim, what is included within each step and the price applicable to the same.
All prices shown are exclusive of VAT.
Initial assessment of prospects
We take your initial instructions, review all relevant correspondence / documentation (not exceeding 100 pages) and advise you upon relevant time limits, the prospects of your potential claim and the likely compensation you will receive, if successful.
ACAS Early Conciliation
Before an employee can bring a claim in the Employment Tribunal, they must go through early conciliation. We will submit your application to ACAS, advise on settlement and at what sum (where in your best interests, represent you in all discussions with ACAS (4-6 weeks in duration), setting out your position clearly and effectively and where settlement is reached, ensuring that the terms of the COT3 agreement are favourable to you.
Issuing Claim with Employment Tribunal
We prepare, draft and submit your claim to the Employment Tribunal so as to ensure that the relevant deadline is met.
Response to claim
We receive, review and advise you upon the response that your employer has filed with the Employment Tribunal.
Where ordered, we draft, agree with your former employer’s solicitor and submit a preliminary hearing agenda to the Employment Tribunal further clarifying your claim and proposing dates for your claims timetable and attend the preliminary hearing to represent your interests.
Schedule of loss
We prepare your schedule of loss setting out fully the compensation you are claiming, collect from you all supporting evidence and submit to the Employment Tribunal on your behalf.
We collect from you all documentation relevant to your claim, produce copies, prepare a list and send to the employer.
Your employer’s disclosure
We receive the employer’s disclosure, review and discuss our findings with you.
|Hearing bundle||We agree with the employer a bundle of documents that the Employment Tribunal will refer to at the final hearing and review upon receipt.||£250.00||£350.00|
|List of issues||We draft and negotiate with the employer a list of issues, chronology and cast list for the Employment Tribunal hearing (where ordered).||£250.00||£400.00|
|Witness statement(s)||We take a witness statement from you, draft the statement and agree with you its final content, ready for use at the Employment Tribunal Hearing (50% discount on any additional statements).||£650.00||£850.00|
|Exchange of witness statement||We undertake simultaneous exchange of witness statements with your employer and review each witness statement received and discuss the same with you.||£250.00||£400.00|
|Instruction of barrister||Where required, we instruct a barrister to represent you at the hearing and take all steps to ensure the Barrister is fully briefed on your claim.||£250.00||£400.00|
|Representation at Employment Tribunal (where no barrister instructed).||We attend the Employment Tribunal hearing and represent your interests (per day).||£850.00||£1250.00|
|Attend Employment Tribunal||We attend the Employment Tribunal hearing with your barrister (per day).||£450.00||£550.00|
|Employment Tribunal Judgement||We receive the Employment Tribunal’s judgment and advise you on the findings.||£250.00||£350.00|
* Our fixed fees do not include disbursements incurred by Attwells on behalf of client’s and will be added to our charges, including (but without limitation) barrister fees, expert witness fee, mileage (payable at £0.45 p/mile), accommodation or subsistence costs, bank charges and other administration charges.
* A Barrister will usually be required where a claim reaches a final hearing. The fees chargeable by a Barrister depends on their level, experience and location and also upon the complexity and time your claim will take. We will discuss and agree your budget for Barrister’ fees well in advance and always seek to obtain the best possible prices for our clients, taking advantage of the good relationships we have fostered with local chambers.
* Our fixed fees are based on a standard employment tribunal claim. We may, however, charge an additional amount if, for example, members of staff have to work outside normal working hours, or if your case is particularly complex. In all circumstances we will not incur costs beyond the above figures without your prior approval.
* Legal Expenses Insurance. Many insurance policies, including household insurance, come with legal expenses cover and therefore we would advise you to review your policy at the earliest opportunity and check if you have cover available. Such insurance could cover some or all of your legal costs (subject to your claim having sufficient prospects of success). We suggest you contact your insurer as early as possible. Most insurers will only cover the costs once approval has been given and, in some cases, once a claim has been issued. You will not be able to recover any costs incurred before cover is confirmed.
What is included in the price:
- See each step above
- Telephone and email advice throughout each step (subject to reasonable usage)
- Meeting at your local office with a specialist employment lawyer (where appropriate)
What is excluded from the price:
- Attendance at any additional hearings
- Any appeal
- Advice on the terms of any settlement agreement (payable by the employer in any event)
- Legal advice or services outside of the specific service(s) requested
- Mileage (in attending any meetings with yourself or Tribunal Hearings, for instance) is payable at £0.45 p/mile.
- Travel Costs (where public transport is used) by the cheapest means possible.
- Barrister’s fees for representation at any case management or final hearing. These costs range from £500-£1,500 per day dependent upon their experience and location.
- As stated above, in all circumstances we will not incur costs beyond the above figures without your prior approval.
- Unlike some firms, we do not charge for copying or standard postal costs.
How long will it take?
Generally speaking, an Employment Tribunal claim can take anywhere between 6-12 months, sometimes more, from the inception of the ACAS Early Conciliation process to the receipt of the Employment Tribunal judgment. Timescales are ultimately dependant on the complexity of the claim, the number of witnesses and their availability and the Tribunal’s listing diary.
How long do I have to start my claim?
Not long. In most claims, the start of the ACAS early Conciliation process must commence within 3 months (less one day), from the date your employment ended. For discrimination claims or complaints relating to unpaid wages or holiday pay, the 3 month (less one day) limit will start to run from the date of the act you are complaining of.
Can I just instruct you to do some but not all of the above steps?
Yes, of course. Clients can instruct us at any time throughout the Tribunal process. We can undertake any of the steps above and you are not obliged to use our services for the whole of the claim, or indeed at any time after we are instructed on one or several steps in isolation.
What if I pay for a step but my case settles before that step is finalised?
Where the step in question is not a hearing, you will not be charged unless the work is already in progress. Where possible, we will seek to charge you a fee proportionate to the amount of work undertaken at the time of settlement for that step e.g. if only half a witness statement has been drafted, we will only charge you 50% of the fee for that step.
Where the step in question is a hearing, so long as your case settles no later than 72 hours before the hearing is due to start, we will refund you the price paid for representation at that hearing (on the basis a Solicitor/Barrister will usually prepare for a hearing no less than two-three days beforehand). Where the case settles at any time thereafter, you will be liable to pay at least 50% of the price.
Why choose Attwells Solicitors?
Attwells are employment law specialists, having spent many years bringing and defending a whole range of claims in Employment Tribunals across the country. We provide expert and professional advice and guidance throughout the process, whilst also ensuring that you are properly advised of the full range of options available to you at every stage and that your claim is proactively managed. Litigation can be very costly but with our fixed fee pricing you will know, in advance, exactly how much you will have to pay, avoiding any unexpected costs or nasty surprises down the road.