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
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
NOTE: IT IS QUITE POSSIBLE THAT YOUR
HOUSEHOLD AND/OR HOUSEHOLD CONTENTS INSURANCE WILL COVER LEGAL
EXPENSES AND IF SO YOU WILL NEED PROMPTLY TO NOTIFY THE INSURERS
TO SEE IF A POTENTIAL CLAIM IS COVERED.
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
- 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
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
- Entering into any pre-claim conciliation where we are required
by current regulation to explore whether a settlement can be
- 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
- 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
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
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.