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Our Employment Law experience
Our firm acts both for businesses and employees in all types of employment work including Tribunal claims for wrongful and unfair dismissal. We have done this for some forty years but our work tends to be medium value or more complex rather than high volume routine. Nearly all our cases settle without going to a Tribunal.

Our Employment Law Team

Two partners work on employment law matters
Adrian Pellman has over forty years' experience in employment law and is a longstanding member of the Employment Lawyers' Association which regularly updates its members on developments in employment law. He covers the whole field of employment law including employment contracts.
He qualified (with Honours) in 1956 and obtained an Honours Degree in law from London University. After a period in industry and other fields he started this firm over forty years ago.

Gavin Clark has 10 years' experience in employment law and also covers the whole range of employment law issues. He qualified in 1998 and has an Honours Degree in law from Reading University.

Range of costs

We had a complex and expensive discrimination/dismissal claim involving medical expert witness which was only possible to pursue because of household insurance. You should also check whether your Trade Union or professional body provides legal assistance in this sort of case and enquire of them as soon as possible.

As to costs, Adrian Pellman's charging rate is between £200 and £225 per hour depending upon the complexity of the matter and Gavin Clark's is £200 per hour, in each case plus VAT.

It is always difficult to estimate the costs for a Tribunal case since it depends on the number of witnesses, the length of the evidence and whether, for example, expert evidence of medical condition or of loss of earnings has to be called.

Our pricing below assumes that a case has gone to a Tribunal and clearly the costs will be vastly less if the matter settles, particularly at an earlier rather than a late stage.

In a very simple case, costs are likely to be £1,200 to £1,500 excluding VAT. In a fairly simple case, £1,200 to £2,000 excluding VAT. In a medium complexity case, £2,500 to £10,000 excluding VAT and in a high complexity case £10,000 to £30,000 excluding VAT.

Factors that can make a case more complex are:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.
  • Defending claims brought by litigants in person.
  • Making or defending a costs application.
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether a claimant is disabled if this is not agreed.
  • Number of witnesses and documents.
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim, e.g., dismissal after whistleblowing on employer.
  • Allegations of discrimination linked to the dismissal.
  • Complex evidence, e.g., accounting

There will be additional charge for attending a Tribunal hearing. If a solicitor attends, it would £1,000 to £1,200 per full day plus travelling time at half rate, excluding VAT and if Counsel is instructed, there will be Counsel's daily rate at £1,000 to £1,200 plus VAT at least plus Counsel's brief fee for preparing the hearing and for the first day of attendance which is likely to be £2,000 to £4,000 plus VAT. We would normally allow at least two days for hearing but they can easily go to five or six days depending on complexity and the issues we have set out above.

These are costs that are payable to other people, e.g., Court or Tribunal fees and Counsel's fees. We pay these on your behalf but expect to recover them. We have already indicated above what Counsel's fees are likely to be and the brief fee as we have said includes preparation.

Key stages
The fees set out above cover all the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers, advising you on merits and likely compensation (we are likely to come back to you again on these issues throughout the matter and subject to change which is common as matters are gone into more deeply).
  • Entering into any pre-claim conciliation where we are required by current regulation to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
  • Preparing the claim or the defendant's response to it.
  • Reviewing and advising on the claim or the other party's response.
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process." Preparing or considering a schedule of loss.
  • Preparing for (and attending) any Preliminary Hearing.
  • Exchanging documents with the other party, examining them, possibly asking for further documents or raising questions and agreeing a bundle of documents.
  • Taking witness statements, drafting the statements and agreeing their content with the witnesses.
  • Preparing bundle of documents for the trial and for the Court or Tribunal.
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements.
  • Agreeing a list of issues with the other side to place before the Court or Tribunal and preparing a chronology of relevant dates and events and/or a cast list, i.e., identifying who is involved and why.
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructing Counsel.

The stages set out above are an indication and, 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 also be arranged on 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 whether by agreement or Tribunal order 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 six to ten weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take four to six 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.


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