Employment & HR Services

CJCH’s employment team are highly experienced and skilled in all aspects of employment law and the provision of HR legal services.

We act for a wide range of employers from SMEs to household name companies, universities and public sector organisations. We form in-depth personal relationships with our clients to enable us to become an extension of your business and internal HR function.

We take the time to understand your business as well as the aims and outcomes you want and need to achieve.  We then advise you on all your available options and provide high quality, strategically effective advice at every step of the process.

Our efficient, and cost-effective services can be delivered on a retainer or fixed cost basis to suit your operational preferences and budgetary needs.

Employment law is rapidly changing and developing as a result of frequently altering legislation and case law. All employers need to be up to date with these changes to prevent unnecessary cost, adverse publicity and damage to your business.

We will provide you with all the specialist advice you need to ensure compliance and minimise risk.

Sound like the kind of expertise and added value you need to help you manage and control the personnel aspects of your business?  Good – we’re on the same page already.

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Practice Area – Employment Tribunals (Unfair/Wrongful dismissal)

Employment disputes require a range of interrelated services and, based on the approach of the apposing side, can escalate in timeline and associated costs. The Employment law team at CJCH Solicitors focuses on advising our clients on realistic expectations and keeping them informed and up to date.

Potential cost associated with a standard matter

Fees for the legal work associated with an Employment tribunal for a straight forward unfair dismissal are likely to be between £5,000.00 and £7,500.00 (ex VAT).

Services included in standard matter:

  • Advising on the circumstances (initial consultation)
  • Liaising with ACAS
  • Merits of the claim
  • Preparation of documentation
  • Negotiating (open and on a without-prejudiced basis)
  • Representation at tribunal (preliminary and final hearing)

Excluded:

  • Travel costs and expenses

Fee structure

Our Employment Tribunal fees are charged at an hourly rate ranging from £175.00 to £225.00 (ex VAT), depending on the level of seniority of the Solicitor. Costs will be estimated for the first three months and discussed and agreed in advance.

Potential extra associated costs (disbursements)

Currently, there are no court fees for tribunals, but disbursements would be added if Counsel (a Barrister) were instructed to advise on the matter (likely fees for a straight forward, unfair dismissal could be between £2000 and £3000). In addition, a standard matter does not typically include 3rd party reports, but if they are required these are at the clients’ expense.

When will payments be required?

  • Once the client has instructed the firm to act on their behalf, an up-front fee of £300.00 (ex VAT) would be required on account to start proceedings
  • The fees will thereafter be billed periodically during proceedings
  • The balance of fees will be expected prior to any final hearing

(In certain circumstances, we may consider taking on the matter on a contingency fee basis after initial assessment – T&C’s will apply. For conditional or damages-based fees, fees must be paid if the client choses not heed our advice, or if the client decides to stop proceedings).

What are the key milestones/stages to be aware of?

Time frame of proceedings is likely to be between six and twelve months (should it look like it would exceed this, we will advise accordingly).

Notes

Fees are not recoverable in tribunal hearings (i.e. costs are unlikely to be awarded). As a firm, we always endeavour to resolve the matter, but some matters do escalate to a full tribunal.  We always look for the best interests of our clients in terms of costs and fees.

Our Team

  • Nigel Daniel

    Nigel has over 25 years experience in Employment Law, and has been part of the CJCH team since 2012. Nigel specialises in both contentious and non-contentious employment matters including industrial relations, TUPE transfers, partnerships, shareholder agreements, internal disciplinary proceedings, contracts of employment and settlement agreements in addition, Nigel had four years as a trades union solicitor which gave him valuable experience in advising companies in trade union matters.

  • Max Wootton

    Max is a Solicitor at CJCH and specialises in Employment Law as well as Debt Recovery and Civil Litigation, advising and representing both individual and corporate clients.

  • Myles Thomas

    Myles became a specialist researcher in Anti-Piracy and Licence Compliance after joining CJCH in 2016. He now performs the role of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) liaison for the Firm and is responsible to the Firm’s alignment to data protection and compliance legislation.