Work undertaken by the Employment department in SHU Law Ltd:
- Unfair and wrongful dismissal claims
- Disciplinary action /suspension /warning
- Agency workers and atypical workers’ rights (zero hours contract- casual contracts)
- Discrimination in employment, including disability discrimination
- Sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace
- Pregnancy and maternity rights
- Change of terms and conditions
- Unpaid wages and national minimum wage
- Holidays entitlement and holiday pay
- Drafting, negotiating and advising on settlement agreements
- Advising and negotiating on early conciliation and COT3 agreements
- Whistleblowing issues
- Advising on employment status issues
- Advice on compensation for victims of modern slavery
- Employment law training and workshops and Public Legal Education
Work not currently undertaken by the Employment Law department in SHU Law Ltd:
- TUPE disputes
- Equal pay claims
- Advising Employers on business restructuring and redundancy processes
- Employment and damages claims in the Civil Courts
- Representation in the EAT Proceedings
- Claims already issued
- Claims with a limitation date within less than a month (as above)
- Disputes relating to trade unions/collective bargaining
- Judicial mediation
Transparency on costs for bring wrongful and unfair dismissal claims
What are the costs?
Our legal advice and representation is free of charge. In other words you do not have to pay for the time that our staff and students spend reviewing and progressing your matter.
You will have to pay any third-party costs associated with your claim and these are sometimes referred to as disbursements. This may include, for example, barrister’s fees to review the merits of your case and as a guide the cost of this could be anywhere between £200 – £800 plus vat charged at an additional 20%. This is based on a guide hourly rate of £250 and can vary with the experience and skill of the barrister.
Similarly, we may instruct a barrister to represent you at the tribunal and this would cost in the region of £500 – £2000 per day plus vat charged at an additional 20%. In some very rare cases you may have to pay your opponent’s costs.
CFA for barristers fees
In most cases we would endeavour to instruct a barrister who can provide services on the basis of a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). A CFA is an agreement between a legal representative and their client whereby the legal representative will be paid a different level of fee depending on the outcome of the case. For example if the agreed result the legal representative will be paid a higher fee and if it is not achieved the legal representative will charge a lower rate or in some cases will not charge the client at all i.e.: so called ‘no win no fee’ agreements. Your solicitor will discuss with you whether your case requires assistance and/ or representation by a barrister and if your case is suitable for a Conditional Fee Agreement.
Please note that we will not always instruct a barrister to review your claim at the stages referred to below but there is always a possibility that depending upon the complexity of your matter that we will need assistance from a suitable barrister with experience in the relevant field of expertise.
Legal expenses insurance
You may have already have legal expense insurance (or you may wish to consider obtaining such a policy) as this would provide for the recovery of these costs and disbursements. If you want to nominate us as your legal representative in order that we can make enquiries of an insurer, then please get in touch with us. We will ensure that you are advised about any likely costs relating to your matters before you are committed to using our services and the figures and the costs and stages as referred to below are merely a guide.
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 3-6 weeks. However, if your matter proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 9-12 months. Please note that this is an estimate.
All timescales as referred to below are an estimate based upon our experiences to date. However, the timescales may change depending upon the complexity of your case and the tribunal at which your employment claim is issued.
Factors that will determine the complexity of a claim include:
- If it is necessary to make or defend application to amend claims or to provide additional information about an existing claim
- If it is necessary to make or defend a costs application
- Complex preliminary issues in dispute (e.g. whether you are disabled or dispute in respect of employment status)
- 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 or for asserting statutory rights
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
Stages of an Employment Tribunal Claim:
Initial review of the merits of your claim – Solicitor review only £0
Initial review of the merits of your claim – Barrister review £200 – £800 plus vat
Pre claim conciliation to explore settlement – £0
2- 4 Months
Preparing the claim – £0
Reviewing opponent’s response and advising further – Solicitor review £0
Reviewing opponent’s response and advising further – Barrister review £200 – £800 plus vat
Exploring settlement and negotiating – £0
Preparing a Schedule of Loss – Solicitor review £0
Preparing a Schedule of Loss – Barrister review £200 – £800 plus vat
Preparing for and attending a preliminary hearing – Solicitor only £0 plus travel costs based on either the cost of public transport or mileage at 45p per mile
Preparing for and attending a preliminary hearing – Barrister £500 – £2000 plus vat per day
Exchanging documents – £0
Taking witness statements – £0
Preparing Bundle of Documents – £0
Reviewing Opponent’s Witness Statements and advising – solicitor review £0
Reviewing Opponent’s Witness Statements and advising – Barrister review £200 – £850
Agreeing a list of issues/ Chronology – solicitor £0
Agreeing a list of issues/ Chronology – Barrister £200 – £800 plus vat
Preparation and Attendance at Final Hearing – Solicitor £0 plus travel costs based on either the cost of public transport or mileage at 45p per mile
Preparation and Attendance at the Final Hearing – Barrister £500 – £2000 per day plus vat