Why Taylor Law?
Employment law for employers
Employment law can be both time-consuming and complicated for employers, with rapidly expanding legislation and numerous risks to manage when dealing with employees and their rights.
At Taylor Law we understand the burden that this places on your business and we will work with you to remove it by providing expert advice and strategy to resolve disputes and difficulties, allowing you to focus on your commercial objectives.
Our employment team have in-depth experience in all areas of employment law as well as an excellent understanding of the needs of a business to be unencumbered by legal issues. We work with business owners, management teams and HR professionals to provide guidance, recommendations and representation.
From reviewing your employment contracts and staff handbook to dealing with complex transfer regulations, we can shoulder the load when it comes to legal compliance. By choosing to work with us, you can be sure that your employee matters will be dealt with quickly and effectively and that the right structures are in place to underpin your employee relationships.
Our advice to you will be practical, clear and focused. We work proactively to ensure that any legal issues are resolved without delay. The best way to avoid employee disputes is to ensure that your employment documentation is well- drafted and provides a strong legal framework. Our team will work with your business to put this in place where necessary.
We work hard to ensure that disputes are resolved before they escalate. If a disagreement becomes entrenched, it can be damaging to an organisation in terms of time, money, reputation and staff morale. We believe strongly in finding an acceptable agreement without recourse to the courts wherever possible. Our team are strong negotiators and experienced in finding solutions to difficult problems. If a case does progress to a tribunal, you can be sure we will represent you robustly.
Taylor Law legal services for employers
We offer a full range of legal services for employers, for both contentious and non-contentious issues, including the following:
- Discrimination, harassment, bullying
- Employment Tribunal claims
- Holiday pay, maternity and flexible working
- Settlement agreements
- Sickness, absence and disability
- Unfair dismissal
- Wages and deductions
- Confidentiality and restrictive covenants
- Disciplinary and suspension
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Our Employment Fees and Costs
Our employment solicitors are:
Scott Taylor (Solicitor with at least 8 years’ experience)
Ben Tighe (Solicitor with at least 8 years’ experience)
Max Hornigold (Solicitor)
Chris Bennett (Junior Executive - London)
Our hourly charges are as follows:
Private (Leeds and Middlesbrough) :
Partners/Solicitors with at least 8 years’ experience - 295.00
Solicitors with at least 4 years’ experience - 252.00
Solicitors, Legal Executives, Senior Executives - 205.00
Trainee Solicitors - 145.00
Junior Executives/Assistants - 145.00
Private (London) :
Partners/Solicitors with at least 8 years’ experience - 325.00
Solicitors with at least 4 years’ experience - 268.00
Solicitors, Legal Executives, Senior Executives - 215.00
Trainee Solicitors - 150.00
Junior Executives/Assistants - 150.00
Lesser complexity case
This would tend to be a case where unfair dismissal is the sole claim and the matter is limited to a one-day hearing.
It would be in the region of £15000-£18,000 plus VAT and disbursements (if we instruct counsel).
Medium complexity case
This would be a case where there are additional claims to unfair dismissal, such as discrimination. This would also apply where the case for unfair dismissal requires a Preliminary Hearing or where the case is listed for a Final Hearing of two or three days’ duration.
This would be in the region of £20,500- £23000 plus VAT, plus counsel fees of approximately £1,500 for the first day of the Final Hearing and £1,000 for the refreshers for the second and subsequent days of the Final Hearing. .
Higher complexity case
This would be a case where the unfair dismissal claim involves multiple discrimination complaints or complex matters such as whistleblowing/making of protected disclosures and where the case is listed for a Final Hearing of two or more days’ duration.
From £20,000 to £25000 plus VAT, plus counsel fees of £1,500 for the first day of the Final Hearing and £1,000 for the second and subsequent days of the Final Hearing.
The following factors can have an impact on the complexity of a case:
- Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
- Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
- The number of witnesses and documents
- If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim. For example if the reason for dismissal is because of a protected disclosure or an employee’s pregnancy or maternity leave
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
- Taking initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising on merits and likely compensation
- Entering into pre-claim conciliation
- Preparing a claim or response
- Reviewing and advising on a claim or response from other party
- Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
- Preparing a schedule of loss
- Preparing for and attending a Preliminary Hearing
- Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
- Taking witness statements, drafting statements, and agreeing their content with witnesses
- Preparing bundle of documents
- Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
- Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
- Preparation for the Final Hearing or instructions to Counsel
The stages are not fixed and guaranteed, and we will adjust our costs accordingly when some stages are not required.
How long will my matter take?
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. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 2-4 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 9-18 months. 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.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf. Disbursements incur a VAT charge of 20%.
Contact us if you would like to discuss how we can help you with your employment needs, we would be happy to hear from you. Time is often crucial in dealing with a contentious employee matter, and it is therefore advisable to seek legal advice as soon as you are aware of an issue arising.
For an initial discussion, call us on 0113 532 8100 (Leeds), 01642 221 108 (Middlesbrough) or 0203780 7646 (London) or fill in our Contact Form.
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