Disputes in the Workplace
At Clarke & Son, our employment law solicitors are here to help businesses deal with a wide range of workplace dispute issues.
Ongoing disputes can seriously impact your business, and if not managed properly, can damage your business reputation and affect valuable employee relationships.
Our expert team can help you with:
- Employment Tribunals
- Unlawful and Wrongful Dismissal Claims
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Our employment law team are on hand to assist with a range of workplace dispute enquiries, get in touch to book an appointment.
Despite your best efforts, disputes between employers and employees can occur.
Firstly, it is vital to ensure the impact is managed carefully and that may mean reaching an agreement with an employee which is confirmed by a settlement agreement.
However, some disputes cannot be resolved and may lead to proceedings before an employment tribunal.
Should this arise then we are ready to assist. Therefore, depending on what you want, we can help with the settlement agreement process or in trying to find a way to resolve the dispute before an employment tribunal. We will advise you on your options throughout.
Unlawful and Wrongful Dismissal Price Guide for Businesses
All costs information given here is general and we will give more personalised information later when a full quote is requested.
We have received instructions from an employer in connection with a claim for unfair dismissal made by one of its former employees.
We meet our client. It appears that the claim is likely to succeed and the employer wishes to make a proposal to the employee to settle the claim on condition the employee enters into a settlement agreement. The employer reports that the employee is likely to agree this and indeed this is the outcome.
- Our fee for the initial consultation was £250 plus VAT. This is because we provide an initial one hour of advice at this rate in cases where no other assistance is required or where a client requires first stage advice only.
- We then charged between £600 and £900 plus VAT for preparing the settlement agreement. This cost is normally met by the employer.
- As part of this process the employer would normally pay the employee’s legal fees which will probably be in the range of £350 to £450 plus VAT.
- We would expect the work to be concluded within one to two months of instruction.
- Paul Cowdery is a Partner and his hourly rate is £300 plus VAT. Paul is an experienced litigator and has undertaken employment work for many years. His practice in this respect has developed specifically since 2012. He spends about 40% of his time on employment-related matters.
- Irfan Dad is his assistant and his rate is £118 plus VAT. Irfan has been doing employment work since 2017 working with Paul. About 40% of his time is spent on employment-related matters.
- Our fees are based on the hourly rates of the people dealing. The ranges given above take this into account as well as the complexity of the matter.
Legal Expenses Cover
- At the outset, always check your business insurances to see if you have cover to defend a claim against you in the ET. This will not normally cover costs until after the claim has been through the ACAS Early Conciliation process. The cover is not usually retrospective. Some insurers will not fund fees at our normal hourly rate.
Recovery of Costs
- Even if a claim is successfully defended, it is very unlikely that the tribunal will make an order requiring the claimant to pay your legal costs.
- The employment tribunal will only order that one party pay the other party’s costs in limited circumstances, usually where it considers that a party or their representative has acted “vexatiously, abusively, disruptively, or otherwise unreasonably”, or that they have been “misconceived” in bringing or defending the proceedings.
- It is still rare for the tribunal to make any costs order.
The information set out above is a guide only.
Therefore, please note that in all cases where we are asked to undertake work, we will give a more precise and personalised indication of costs in our retainer letter sent to you at the outset of the matter.