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Employment Law Pricing
The fees set out below cover the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
Wrongful dismissal (which is a claim for notice or pay in lieu of notice), up to two hours work up to £400 plus VAT - for brief advice and assistance with drafting a letter and dealing with a response.
Unfair dismissal:- 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) 4-8 hours, £800 - £1,600 We would enquire at this stage whether the client has legal expenses insurance.
Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached; 1 hour £200 plus VAT
We usually advise the client that they can carry out ACAS pre-claim conciliation work themselves.
Preparing claim or response to Employment Tribunal – 7 – 8 hours, £1,400 - £1,600
Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other side – approx. 2 hours £400 plus VAT
Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process – 1 – 3 hours £200 to £600 plus VAT hours depending upon whether or not the other side wish to engage in settlement discussions.
Providing representation at a preliminary hearing (if applicable) 2 - 4 hours, £400-£800
Drafting statement of loss – one to two hours £200 - £400 plus VAT
Assisting with gathering documents for the bundle, exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents, 2 to 8 hours £400 to £1600 plus VAT
Assisting with preparation of witness statement between 4 and 15 hours – depending upon how much assistance/input is required £800 - £3,000 plus VAT
Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements 2 – 4 hours depending upon how much assistance/input is required £400 - £800 plus VAT
Drafting a list of issues and Agenda for a Preliminary Hearing
Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list 1 hour - £200
Arranging Conference with Counsel and drafting brief to Counsel – 1-2 hours - £200 - £400 plus VAT
Attending Conference with Counsel with client 2 – 4 hours £200 - £800
Attending on the client whether in person, on the phone or via email/letter throughout the matter, corresponding with the ET, the client and the opponent 4 hours – 10 hours £800 – 2,000
Disbursements of barristers fees for a one day hearing between £850 - £1,500 plus VAT, for a 3 day hearing – day one £3,500 plus VAT plus £850 plus VAT each day for days 2 and 3.
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle part of the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can be arranged to suit your individual needs.
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 2 -6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing and it is a one day case, it is likely to take approximately six months from the date of dismissal, for a multiple day case your case could take up to eighteen months to reach a hearing. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.
Who will deal with your case:
Susan Mayall – Head of Department
Susan heads up our employment team and has worked for the firm since 2000.
Having qualified as a solicitor in 2004, Susan previously taught both business studies and adults with learning difficulties and believes her former work outside the law adds a useful dimension to her expertise, enabling her to quickly put clients at ease.
Susan represents both employers and employees on a whole host of employment issues including those related to: discipline and grievances, unfair dismissal, discrimination, harassment, bullying, redundancy, settlement agreements, breach of contract, parental rights, TUPE, non-payment of wages and benefits
In her work representing employers, Susan acts for many local companies as well as some major national companies and not-for-profit organisations on a whole host of employment issues. She delivers training and also runs in-house employment clinics for senior management teams and not-for-profit organisations.
Susan also advises employees who are experiencing workplace problems on all aspects of employment law.
Susan has wide experience of advising and negotiating settlements on behalf of both employees and a broad range of employers (including well-known companies and major national chains). This experience gives Susan a unique insight into both sides of employment law disputes.
Victoria Schofield – Solicitor
Before qualifying as a solicitor, and after her university education, Victoria worked for HM Customs & Excise as a VAT officer which gave her a great insight into the workings of the law on a practical level. She joined the Addleshaws law firm in Manchester as a legal assistant during which time she commenced a professional law conversion course.
She has in excess of 10 years’ experience of dealing exclusively with employment matters, and has successfully concluded hundreds of claims for clients. Her experience acting for employees means that she can apply a fresh perspective to identifying areas of risk for employers and bring a new approach to dealing with their concerns as well.
Sharon Walton - Legal Assistant in the Employment Department.
Her aims and goals at Pearson are to continue to be an essential cog within the department, consistently assisting the solicitors with the department's aim of helping employers and employees alike to enjoy good working relationships and to be treated fairly and equally.
Sharon has worked for Pearson since 2006 as a legal secretary and works within the employment team assisting clients with their queries both over the telephone and with file management. Clients have come to know and respect her as part of the team.