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EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNALS (for Organisations)

We currently have a small employment department who undertake work for organisations and our team currently includes:

Partner

Michael Sandys (Grade A)

Michael has over 15 years’ experience in delivering high quality work in matters relating to Employment for individuals and organisations. He has particular expertise in Settlement Agreements and negotiations, Restrictive Covenants, Contracts, TUPE and Corporate re-structures.

Hourly Charging Rates (plus VAT at the prevailing rate)(20%)

Partner/Solicitors & Legal Executives with 8+ years’ experience                  £250.00

Solicitors/Legal Executives with 4+ years’ experience                                       £190.00

Other fee earners of equivalent experience                                                         £160.00

Trainee Solicitors/other fee earners                                                                        £125.00

PA/Secretarial and other non-fee earning/management                                 £  75.00

Please click on ‘Our People’ for more information

Additional Fees

Employment Tribunal Attendance

If your Solicitor/Fee Earner is required to, or you wish them to attend an Employment Tribunal hearing, there will be an additional fee.  Depending on the length of the hearing, this will be charged at that Solicitors hourly charging rate, plus VAT(20%). The number of days in attendance would be dependent on the level of complexity of the case and for how many days it is listed by the Tribunal. The fee would be agreed with you in advance.  We may agree a fixed fee for this but again this will be done in advance.

Employment Tribunal Hearings can also be undertaken by Counsel (Barrister Advocates). Our estimate of charges would be as follows (excluding VAT)(20%)

Brief Fee (this is for reviewing papers and preparation for Hearings plus

Attendance at the first day of the Hearing                                                     £750 – £3,000

Daily rate (for each day after the first day of Hearing)                                  £750 – £2,000

Other Counsel (Barrister) Fees

We may also involve Counsel in reviewing and/or draft the claim/response and/or witness statements. We will only do this with your prior approval and will agree the associated fees with you in advance.

Fixed Fees

In some circumstances we may be able to offer fixed fees for certain types of work completed, rather than charging an hourly rate

The following are indications of what charges may be payable depending on the complexity of the matter. These indications are not an agreement to a fixed fee.  All charges are exclusive of VAT(20%).

Drafting a contract of employment (Junior employee)                                  £750 – £1,250

Drafting a contract of employment (Senior employee)                                 £1,250 – £1,750

Simple Settlement Agreements (drafting)                                                     £250 – £500

Complex Settlement Agreements (drafting)                                                  £350 – £650

Drafting & submitting ET3 claim with a basic (e.g. unfair dismissal/wages) statement of claim  £500 – £1,250

Drafting & submitting ET3 claim with a complex (discrimination/whistleblowing) element  £1,250 – £1,500

Advice on TUPE including corporate re-structuring                                       £500 – £2,000

Advice on Restrictive Covenants and Post Termination Restrictions             £500 – £2,000

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs relating to your matter including, but not limited to, those that are payable to third parties. This includes costs such as travel expenses, photocopying charges and registered mail/couriers, where appropriate. We will handle such payments directly on your behalf to ensure a smooth process and we will invoice you for those disbursements.

Key Stages

Our fees agreed with you relate to key stages of your claim, including the undernoted. If all stages are not required, or you may wish to deal with certain stages yourself, then fees may be reduced. We will arrange and agree both elements with you in advance

  • Taking initial instructions and reviewing the papers. Advising you on merits and likely compensation (although this will be re-visited throughout the matter and may be subject to change)
  • Dealing with ACAS pre claim and early conciliation
  • Preparing a response
  • Reviewing and advising on a claim  from another party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Discussing options and tactic with you
  • Dealing and advising with any schedule of loss
  • Preparing for and dealing with a preliminary hearing
  • Dealing with disclosure of documents, including liaising with you, exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content
  • Preparing the bundle of documents
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party witness statements
  • Agreeing a list or statement of issues / chronology
  • Preparation for and attendance at a final hearing (this include providing instructions to Counsel)
  • Liaising and corresponding with you, the other side and the Employment Tribunal/ ACAS throughout.

How long will my matter take?

The time spent from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved.

ACAS early conciliation may last up to four weeks and can be extended by up to a further two weeks where they believe there is a reasonable prospect of reach settlement by the end of the extended period and both parties agree.

If your claim proceeds to Final Hearing, a typical two day unfair dismissal hearing in the Liverpool Employment Tribunal would currently expect to be heard within 6-9 months depending on the Tribunal resources at the time.

These time periods are only estimates and we will provide you with a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

Alternative Funding Sources

You may have other funding options available such as cover under an Office Insurance policy called Legal Expenses Insurance.

If you feel you have access to these arrangements, please let us know as you provide your initial instructions.

More Information

Employment Tribunal System – https://www.gov.uk/courts-tribunals/employment-tribunal

For more information re employment tribunals please visit:  https://www.gov.uk/courts-tribunals/employment-tribunal

If you are being taken to an Employment Tribunal – https://www.gov.uk/being-taken-to-employment-tribunal-by-employee