At Masters Solicitors, we have devoted and professional employment law solicitors who provide approachable, fast and personalised legal service. Our legal representation caters both employers and employees. Our advisors extend their support and skills in handling all the key legal aspects of the UK’s employment law.
At Masters Solicitors, we understand the stressful conditions that you face at work and the hassle that comes with not understanding your legal employment rights. We value your concerns and our law firm provides assistance in all major areas of employment law which include, but are not limited to the following:
•Harassment at work/discrimination
For employees, our team of professionals offers advice and guidance in a wide range of legal issues including negotiating, disciplinary hearing and grievance on your behalf and your representation in employment tribunal claims.
For employers, it is imperative to defend themselves once the relationship goes wrong with the employees and when the employee initiate any action against them. Our solicitors help employers in successfully defending the action in complying with the UK’s employment laws and creating a positive working environment for their employees.
Our indicative costs for bringing and defending claims and appeals are as follows:
Simple case: £1000-£2000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £2500-£4000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £3000-£5000 (excluding VAT)
Factors that could 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 that are brought by litigants in person
Making or defending a costs application
Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
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
Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1600 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-3 days depending on the complexity of your case.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel's fees estimated between £2500 to £5000 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a 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 subject to change)
Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
Preparing claim or response
Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
preparing or considering a schedule of loss
Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
Preparing bundle of documents
Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements
Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of 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 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 1-4 months. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-14 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.