We’ll fight your corner
At Slate Legal we regularly advise employees and senior executives on a wide range of employment law issues. We appreciate that problems at work can cause a great deal of stress. Whether you need legal advice on a proposed settlement agreement, feel that you have been treated unfairly by your employer and are considering bringing a claim, or need help with one of the other issues below, we can help you.
Employment Tribunal claims
Disciplinary hearings & appeals
Family related rights
Grievance hearings & appeals
Bullying & stress at work
Holiday pay issues
Employment Tribunal claims
If you are considering bringing an employment-related claim against your employer, do not delay in contacting us as claims must be brought within strict time limits. You can rely on us to provide clear advice from the start on your prospects of success, the likely compensation if the claim were to succeed, the likely costs and risks if you proceed and any tactical considerations. Where settlement is a possibility, we will use our experience to negotiate the best possible terms. A large number of the cases we handle are resolved to our clients’ satisfaction without the need for an Employment Tribunal hearing.
Where litigation is necessary, we have the expertise to conduct Employment Tribunal advocacy ourselves. We will fight your corner robustly and effectively and have a high success rate. We always seek to keep our costs proportionate to the potential financial compensation available. Our experience representing both employers and employees positions us to provide the best strategic advice to our employee clients — because we can better anticipate the employer’s next moves.
Our skills in dealing with Employment Tribunal cases were independently recognised by leading legal directory, the Legal 500 UK in its 2014 edition in which our Managing Partner, James Moss, was “recommended, for contentious work, and is noted for his ‘expert knowledge’ and ‘robust representation’”.
Our pricing for bringing claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal:
Simple case: £6,000-£8,000 plus VAT
Medium complexity case: £8,000-£12,000 plus VAT
High complexity case: £12,000-£15,000 plus VAT
Factors that could make a case more complex:
if it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend a claim or to provide further information about an existing claim;
making or defending a costs application;
complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties), who is the correct employer or whether the claim was submitted in time;
the number of witnesses and documents;
if it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim (e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer); and
allegations of discrimination and/or whistleblowing.
Our fees may increase or decrease as your case progresses. For example, if there are unforeseen complexities which mean we need to do additional work, our fees are likely to increase. We’ll discuss any fee increase with you in advance, providing you with a revised fee estimate.
Generally, we would allow 1-2 days for a simple case; 2-4 days for a medium complexity case and 5 days or more for a complex case.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees or a barrister’s fees. We normally handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process although we may require payment from you in advance of paying them. We will speak to you before we incur any disbursements and agree the cost with you in advance.
Barristers' fees are estimated between £750-£3,500 per day (depending on the experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation), although these could be significantly higher if, for example, you need a very senior barrister (known as a ‘QC’).
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of an unfair or wrongful dismissal 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 can be subject to change if new facts come to light);
entering into ‘pre-claim conciliation’ where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
preparing and submitting your claim;
reviewing and advising on response and any counter-claim from other party;
exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process;
preparing a schedule of loss or considering any counter-schedule of loss;
preparing for and attending a preliminary hearing;
exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents;
reviewing the other party’s documents and confirming whether they change our assessment of the claim and / or its value;
taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses;
preparing the bundle of documents;
reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements;
agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list; and
preparation at final hearing, including instructions to counsel.
The stages set out above are an indication of the typical stages involved in a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal. If some of the stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can be arranged according to your individual needs.
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, the matter is likely to take 4-8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing, the case is likely to take 6-12 months. 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. As a general rule, the longer the case is estimated to last, the longer it will take to get a hearing date: it is also the case that the Tribunal are experiencing some significant delays at the moment which could mean it will take in excess of 12 months for a claim to be resolved.
We are able to offer a range of funding options. Our hourly rates are highly competitive and significantly lower than those charged at larger commercial law firms. Where possible, we also offer a range of fixed fee services for employment advice. If you, or anybody in your family, has legal expenses insurance (e.g. with a home or car insurance policy), this may cover some or all of our fees — many of our clients fund their claims in this way. If you do not have legal expenses insurance and we consider that your case has good prospects of success, we may offer to take your case on a no win, no fee basis. We can discuss the full range of funding options when we take your initial instructions.
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