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The Employment Team regularly advise or represent clients on a range of employment issues including:

  • Directors’ service agreements
  • Proposed changes to terms & conditions
  • Settlement agreements on termination of employment
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Breach of contract
  • Discrimination
  • Loss of share options and pension rights

Example of our experience: Grievance

A senior executive required advice on raising a formal grievance, but at the same time negotiating a ‘without prejudice’ settlement agreement which concluded with the executive receiving a six figure settlement and an amicable departure from the organisation.

Key Stages

The fees set out in our fees page, 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.


Rachel Wooddisse

Rachel Wooddisse

Head of Commercial & Employment

"Rachel was fantastic, very professional, competent and her advice was invaluable. I have already recommended her to another business owner"

Nicki Severs

Nicki Severs


"Nicki was extremely helpful"

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