Employment Law

     

     

    Our Employment Law Experience

     
    Employment problems can be very stressful and clients need to know that their adviser has the experience to understand and guide them in some of the most difficult periods of their lives.  With many years’ experience of handling such problems, we will give you confidence that your case is being handled in your very best interests. 

    Sometimes you may have to stand up to an employer and even be prepared to take your case to an employment tribunal. We will represent you fearlessly and with determination.
     
    You may prefer to resolve a problem without it escalating into a full blown tribunal battle. We understand that many clients prefer that approach and need assistance to preserve their relationships and position in the work place. We will tell you how best to achieve this.
     

    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.
     
    If you have a problem at work that you’d like to discuss, please contact Jeremy Pickworth on 01937 547 001 or email him on jeremy@hartlaw.co.uk. 
     

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    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.