Employment 


Are You Prepared?

 
Employment law is fast moving, ever changing and can be a minefield for managers and business owners. Many employers are unaware of how far employment rights now extend.
 
We’re here to help you navigate the minefield; offering you specialist advice and support with HR planning to help you pre-empt potential legal problems, and resolve issues quickly if they do arise.
 
We work with a wide range of employers; from those managing small businesses with a just a few employees through to large companies employing hundreds of staff.
 

Helping Your Business Run Smoothly

 
Our focus is on providing proactive support to help you avoid claims; as well as advising you handle claims that may already have arisen, and our team’s expertise includes drafting employment contracts, terms and conditions, alongside other policies and procedures that will help you maintain a productive and stable workforce. They can also advise on redundancy procedures, if required.
 
We can help you develop and implement effective recruitment policies, to make sure you get the right people in the right roles and avoid discrimination; we can advise on employees’ rights;  as well as helping to prevent or deal with accidents or stress in the workplace.


The Cost of Tribunal Cases for Unfair Dismissal or Wrongful Dismissal


We are pleased to provide representation for clients in employment tribunals, in bringing or defending claims.
 
We will normally charge hourly rates, which vary between £195 and £250 an hour in each case plus VAT.
 
Clients bringing claims often find they have the benefit of legal expenses insurance to cover such costs. Such insurance is commonly part of your household/contents insurance.
 
If clients bringing claims do not have the benefit of insurance, we may be happy to represent you under a damages based fee arrangement where we may charge up to 35% of what you win (including VAT), alternatively no charge if your claim is not successful.
 
Otherwise, based on hourly rates, the total cost of bringing or defending a claim for unfair dismissal can vary according to the length and complexity of the case. Often cases resolve by agreement before the final hearing but typically a case resulting in a trial lasting one full day may incur fees of £4-6000 plus VAT.
 
Our employment tribunal lawyers include Claire Gibb, who qualified as a solicitor in 2013 and has undertaken employment work ever since, and Jeremy Pickworth, a solicitor-advocate, who qualified in 1981.

To find out more about our approach, please contact Jeremy Pickworth on 01937 547 001 or email jeremy@hartlaw.co.uk.

News From Our Blog

Coronavirus - update

Please be advised in accordance with Government guidelines we have taken the difficult yet important decision to prioritise our staff and clients’ health and wellbeing in light of the Coronavirus. As such we have made temporary changes to our working patterns. Please be assured so far as is possible we are still operating ‘business as usual’ although to protect everyone, we are now largely working from home and conducting meetings remotely/electronically. In order to minimise any potential risk to our staff and our valued clients, our main office will not be open to the public and we would appreciate where possible, any correspondence to be sent via email to your case manager directly or to our central address which is info@hartlaw.co.uk
 
Please avoid sending any payments by cheque and instead send all payments directly to us via bank transfer or make payments over the telephone to 01937 547004.
 
Please note any emails and/or telephone calls to your case manager will still be accessed as normal and your case will be progressed.  We are sure that you understand in the current circumstances, your case may be passed on to an alternative fee earner.
 
Please also note than any email communication during this time will automatically be copied to one of our partners as well as your case manager. 
 
Our central office telephone number 01937 547000 is still being operated as normal during our business hours of 9am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday.
 
On behalf of all of the partners and team at Hartlaw LLP, we thank you for your continued support during these difficult times. Please be assured we remain committed to providing the highest quality of service and legal advice to our clients and the local community and we hope that you all stay safe and look after each other.