Employment Tribunal Matters
Our team of Employment lawyers would be happy to provide you with assistance in respect of your Employment Law matter. Our fixed fee charges for a 30 minute telephone assessment to review a standard claim* starts from £225.00 plus VAT for an initial assessment of your employment issue by telephone, with an Employment Law Solicitor.
The initial telephone assessment will not include a review of your documents and if you wish for these to be reviewed, our fees will be incurred by reference to our time costs. If you should require a written investigation report, depending on the complexity of your case, a ‘Complex Claims’* report can be compiled on your behalf, whether as an employee or employer, to assess the merits of your case. For such a report, we estimate our fees in the range of £850.00 plus VAT to £1,500.00 plus VAT. The fees, once agreed, will be fixed and we aim to complete a report within 21 days of receiving your documents.
ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) is an organization that provides advice, conciliation, and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve problems in the workplace. ACAS’ Early Conciliation is a process open to both employers and employees who must attempt to settle their dispute without first immediately lodging an employment tribunal claim. There are exemptions to this and we would be happy to advise you further as to cases where you are not required to attempt the Early Conciliation process before lodging an employment tribunal claim. If you instruct us to represent you as an employee to negotiate settlement of your case via ACAS Early Conciliation or directly with an Employer, our fees start from £650.00 plus VAT. Settlement negotiations through ACAS Early Conciliation will usually be completed within 1 month.
The above allows you to receive employment advice with the certainty of an agreed fixed fee for each stage of your claim.
From time to time, it may be necessary for us to instruct Counsel or a medical expert to support employees’ claims. The costs of these would be a disbursement in addition to our above indicated fees. Depending on the complexity and value of your claim, Counsel’s fees may range from £5,000.00 to £10,000.00 plus VAT in respect of reviewing your pleadings, advising as to the merits of your case and making representations at the Employment Tribunal at a first Pre-Trial Review or Directions Hearing. Should a medical expert need to be instructed, their fees are likely to be in the region of £2,000.00 to £4,000.00 plus VAT, depending on the extent of any physical or psychological injuries caused in the course of your employment.
* A standard claim is usually a money claim, unfair dismissal claim of breach of contract claim.
* A complex claim is usually a constructive unfair dismiss claim and discrimination based claim.
Employer Claims/Defence of Employee Claims
Each case brought by an employee will need to be assessed on a case by case basis. Our standard practice is to provide an estimate of fees upon receipt of documentation and to engage in an initial meeting to discuss the merits of your case. Subject to receipt of documentation, we would be happy to provide a fixed fee quotation to advise in respect of the merits of your case, but depending on the complexity of your case, Counsel’s opinion may also be required, particularly in claims relating to complex constructive dismissals and defining the differences between ‘employee/self employed/workers’ rights. Should Counsel’s opinion be required, we estimate costs of a written opinion to be in the region of £3,500.00 to £5,000.00 plus VAT.
ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) is an organization that provides advice, conciliation, and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve problems in the workplace. ACAS’ Early Conciliation is a process open to both employers and employees who must attempt to settle their dispute without first immediately lodging an employment tribunal claim. There are exemptions to this and we would be happy to advise you further as to cases where you are not required to attempt the Early Conciliation process before lodging an employment tribunal claim. Depending on the stage of your proceedings, we may either need to engage in the ACAS Early Conciliation procedure or enter into direct correspondence with employees to settle your claims. For this process, we estimate our charges to be in the region of £450.00 plus VAT to £900.00 plus VAT.
Should your matter proceed to the Employment Tribunal and further representation be required, fixed fees are agreed with a Barrister who will prepare for and attend the Employment Tribunal on your behalf. There are strict time limits that apply to all employment tribunal claims, and therefore, time is always of the essence. In most Employment Tribunal claims, the key stages may be summarised as follows:
- Taking your initial instructions, reviewing your papers and advising you as to merits of the likely compensation recoverable.
- Entering into ACAS’ Early Conciliation where this is mandatory.
- Preparing a claim or response.
- Reviewing and advising on claim or response
- Preparing a considering a schedule of loss
- Exchanging list of documents and agreement of bundles of documents
- Drafting and exchanging witness statements.
- Preparing a bundle of documents.
- Reviewing and advising on the opponent’s witness statements.
- Agreeing a list of issues/chronology.
- Preparation for a PTR/Directions Hearing if listed or requested.
- Preparation and attendance of your Final Hearing.
We at Links Legal Solicitors would be happy to advise you further if you should require further assistance in respect of a claim brought against you by an employee, or in respect of a claim you may wish to commence against an employee in respect of the following matters:
- Agency & Temporary Workers
- Bonus Disputes/Work Pay
- Bullying & Harassment
- Constructive/Unfair Dismissal Claims
- Grievance & Disciplinary Hearings
- Employment Contracts
- Employment Tribunals
- Equal Pay Claims
- Holiday Pay and Bonus Disputes
- Settlement Agreements