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.

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