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Employment

When it comes to employment matters, experience tells us that things are resolved much more smoothly if you’re able to stand in the other person’s shoes. A little empathy goes a long way. Disputes in the workplace can be complex, costly and time consuming, but the ability to pause and look at things from different perspectives not only defuses the situation but gives you greater clarity to plot the most sensible way forward.

It’s this combination of legal knowledge, commerciality and empathy that has enabled our employment department to be consistently recognised as a “top ranked team” by The Legal 500.

We take real pride in partnering with our clients – be they household name PLCs, SMEs or high net worth individuals – across sectors including technology, retail, construction, manufacturing and education – to understand them and their ways of working and to ensure their goals are achieved.

How we can help

Litigation

Advising on all types of Employment Tribunal and High Court claims, including high value and complex disputes, and on how to minimise litigation risk.

Change Management

Strategic and commercial advice in relation to business re-organisations, redundancies and restructuring, TUPE, and the employment aspects of corporate deals.

Senior Appointments and Terminations

Advising high net-worth individuals in relation to appointments, exit strategies, restrictive covenants, team moves and use of confidential information.

Equality & Diversity

Assisting organisations with all forms of discrimination and harassment complaint and on any relevant reporting requirements.

Employment Contracts and Policies

Drafting and advising on best practice in relation to employment contracts and policies so that your organisation can remain up to date, ensure compliance and minimise risk.

Operational Issues –

Advising on all aspects of HR operations – both day-to-day matters and more complex issues – including recruitment, employment status, sickness absence, disciplinary matters, grievances, family leave and terminations.

Restraint of Trade and Confidentiality

Strategic advice on the enforceability of restrictive covenants, the drafting of confidentiality agreements and the risks associated with team moves, as well as advising on injunctions.

Advising on all types of Employment Tribunal and High Court claims, including high value and complex disputes, and on how to minimise litigation risk.

Strategic and commercial advice in relation to business re-organisations, redundancies and restructuring, TUPE, and the employment aspects of corporate deals.

Advising high net-worth individuals in relation to appointments, exit strategies, restrictive covenants, team moves and use of confidential information.

Assisting organisations with all forms of discrimination and harassment complaint and on any relevant reporting requirements.

Drafting and advising on best practice in relation to employment contracts and policies so that your organisation can remain up to date, ensure compliance and minimise risk.

Advising on all aspects of HR operations – both day-to-day matters and more complex issues – including recruitment, employment status, sickness absence, disciplinary matters, grievances, family leave and terminations.

Strategic advice on the enforceability of restrictive covenants, the drafting of confidentiality agreements and the risks associated with team moves, as well as advising on injunctions.

Testimonials
Testimonials

“Keith Williams is fantastic, extremely knowledgeable and experienced. He always looks at the people problem in a pragmatic and realistic way and considers the company’s needs as well as the legal aspects.”

(Employment Corporate Client in The Legal 500)

“The employment team at Greenwoods is exceptional – providing great events with up to the minute legal changes and guidance. The staff are very knowledgeable and always on hand to help. They are one of the easiest legal firms I have had to deal with and always one we can rely on to help us with a good result.”

(Employment Corporate Client in The Legal 500)

“Greenwoods came on board at short notice to support with a complicated issue involving an internal investigation, external investigation and a statutory regulator. They were swift in the analysis of the key issues, how to deal with them pragmatically and how to mitigate the associated risk. ”

(Employment Corporate Client in The Legal 500)

“Greenwoods works hard at developing close relationships with the sector and provide really helpful training and networking events. The depth of their understanding of the nature of clients’ organisations increases the value of the advice they give.”

(Employment Corporate Client in The Legal 500)

“The Greenwoods teams that we have worked with have taken the time to understand not only the organisation’s position but the very minute detail of each case they have supported us with. Without fail they have always provided well researched practical prompted advice. They have always been friendly, supportive and understanding, nothing is too onerous.”

(Employment Corporate Client in The Legal 500)

“We have worked on a range of employment-related scenarios and I have been very impressed with the breadth of their knowledge and their ability to help provide practical solutions to difficult internal issues.”

(Employment Corporate Client in The Legal 500)

Fees

In accordance with SRA Transparency Rules 2018, we have provided information on our approach to fees and service for bringing claims (individuals) or defending claims (small businesses) for unfair or wrongful dismissal below. For information about other areas of work not covered by the SRA Transparency Rules 2018 please get in touch.

 

On average, our estimated costs for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal are likely to be:

  • Simple case: £12,500 (plus VAT at a rate of 20% (as at 3 May 2022) and disbursements)
  • Medium complexity case: £30,000 (plus VAT at a rate of 20% (as at 3 May 2022) and disbursements)
  • High complexity case: £65,000 (plus VAT at a rate of 20% (as at 3 May 2022) and disbursements)

Factors that could make a case more complex and/or more expensive include:

  • A long employment history
  • 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 entitled to bring a claim
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • Instructing an expert witness
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
  • Reputational risk and damage
  • Separate hearings for liability and remedy
  • The number of parties
  • Unreasonable conduct by an opposing party
  • Making or opposing any appeal

We will instruct a barrister to represent you at the main Tribunal Hearing.  We may also instruct a barrister to represent you at complex Preliminary Hearings.  Barrister’s fees are estimated to be between £750 to £3,000 per day plus VAT at a rate of 20% (as at 1 May 2022) depending on the barrister’s experience, for each day of preparing for and attending at a main Tribunal Hearing.

We will work with clients to determine whether a solicitor and a barrister both need to be present at the main Tribunal Hearing (or at a Preliminary Hearing), how long they may be needed to attend for and the seniority of the solicitor and barrister attending.

Assuming a solicitor needs to attend a main Tribunal Hearing or a Preliminary Hearing, there will be an additional charge of, on average (and depending on the seniority of the person attending), £2,000 per day plus VAT at a rate of 20% (as at 1 May 2022).

There will also be an additional charge for our time spent travelling, which will be dependent on the location of the Tribunal.

Generally, we would allow 1-10 days for the main Tribunal Hearing depending on the complexity of your case.

Our fees are based on hourly rates, which vary depending on who is involved on the matter. The range of our hourly rates (exclusive of VAT at a rate of 20% (as at 3 May 2022)) are as follows:

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as barrister’s fees (see above), travel and hotel expenses, courier and photocopying charges. Travel costs are usually by rail (standard class open returns).

The rates charged for in-house photocopying/scanning (excluding VAT a rate of 20% (as at 3 May 2022)) are as follows:

We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Excluding barrister’s fees which are addressed separately above, disbursements are on average, likely to be in the region of £150 for a simple case, £400 for a medium complexity case and £800 for a high complexity case, in each case plus VAT at a rate of 20% (as at 3 May 2022).

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 and the availability of the Tribunal.  If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 4-6 weeks.  If your claim proceeds to a main Tribunal Hearing, your case is likely to take 26-52 weeks.  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. (Note that the Tribunal system is currently dealing with a backlog of cases which is resulting in delays in cases being listed for hearing in some areas of the country).

Your matter will be handled by a member of the Employment team, all of whom are qualified solicitors. Our solicitors are occasionally supported by trainees and paralegals whose work is appropriately supervised by a qualified lawyer.

The experience and qualifications of those carrying out the work on any particular case will depend on matters such as complexity and value and also whether any specialist knowledge is required.

Find out more about our team members here.




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