The Employment Team advises employers on all aspects of employment law, including both contentious and non-contentious work. We ensure that our clients do all they can to prevent employment disputes arising and in the rare circumstances that they do, we can support you right through the Tribunal process.
Our services include:
- Drafting employment contracts
- Drafting service contracts
- Settlement agreements
- Office procedures & policies
- Handling performance issues
- Handling disciplinary and grievance matters
- Redundancy & dismissals
Example of our experience: Redundancies
A large consultancy company had to make some significant changes to their business in order to progress into the future. This required making redundancies and implementing a four day working week. They turned to Sewell Mullings Logie to advise and support them throughout this process. The firm advised on the redundancy consultation process, selection criteria and on how to handle the redundancy meetings. We also advised on the drafting and negotiation of settlement agreements with the members of staff affected.
Employment Tribunal Pricing Information
Our pricing guidelines for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal to hearing:
- Simple case £2,000.00 to £8,000.00 (plus VAT)
- Medium complexity case £8,000.00 to £15,000.00 (plus VAT)
- High complexity case £15,000.00 to £40,000.00 (plus VAT)
The costs for claims vary depending on the complexity of the case. The factors that could make a case more complex are:
- If the case takes longer to hear;
- 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;
- More witnesses and documents;
- If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim (e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer);
- A new or complex issue of law; and
- Where the other side deals with the case inefficiently.
Disbursements are costs relating 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.
You would also incur Barrister’s fees estimated at approximately £2,500.00 for the first day of the tribunal hearing (including preparation), and £1,000.00 for each of the second and third day (depending on the experience of the Barrister). You will also have to pay the travel expenses of your Solicitor and Barrister on standard fare public transport or mileage paid at HMRC rates.
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 the claim or response;
- Reviewing and advising on the claim or response from another party;
- Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process;
- Preparing or considering a schedule of loss;
- Preparing for (and attending) any Preliminary Hearing;
- Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents;
- Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with the witnesses;
- Preparing bundle of documents;
- Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements;
- Agreeing a list of issues and chronology; and
- Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.
The stages set out above are an indication only and if some of the stages above are not required, the fee may be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages.
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 up to four weeks to conclude. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing, your case is likely to take six to nine months. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate time scale as the matter progresses.