Josiah Hincks Employment Solicitors for Employees in Leicester offer advice on Settlement Agreements, Unfair Dismissal and Discrimination. We provide expert employment law advice to individuals and can deal with Employment Tribunal Claims. We aim to provide excellent service to all of our clients and deal with employment related matters on a variety of funding options.
Our Employment Law Team
How we can help
Josiah Hincks are employment law solicitors Leicester. Our employment lawyers can assist you in a wide range of employment law issues from our offices in Leicestershire.
If you are having problems with your employer, our specialist employment lawyers can help. We help employees deal with Employment Tribunal matters, whether at Leicester Employment Tribunal or elsewhere. We regularly advise on employment law issues such as unfair dismissal, discrimination and redundancy.
Our employment law solicitors in Leicester act for both employers and employees. This gives us a unique insight into the “mind” of a company, so that we can help you as employee get the best from your situation. If you’re a business looking for employment law advice, please view our employers page.
We can help employees in the following areas:
- Unfair Dismissal
- Wrongful Dismissal
- Discrimination, including sex discrimination, race discrimination, age discrimination, Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics
- Compromise Agreements / Settlement Agreements
- Pregnancy / Maternity rights
- Parental Rights
- TUPE Transfers
For employment law matters for employees, we are regularly instructed under with Legal Expenses Insurance from insurers such as DAS and Direct Line. We can also act on a private basis. Occasionally for will act on a “no win no fee” type agreement called a Damages Based Agreement under which the law allows us to take 33% of any damages you recover. This funding option is not guaranteed and requires an initial, paid for, assessment of your case. We will discuss funding options when we meet.
The fees set out below cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a typical unfair dismissal/wrongful dismissal claim:
- Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
- Entering into pre-claim conciliation through ACAS where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached
- Preparing the ET3 response to the Claim
- Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
- Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
- Preparing or considering 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 and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fees you need to pay may be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.
How long with the 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 up to 4 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take as long as 12-18 months, although many simple unfair dismissal cases will be dealt with within a period of 4-5 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.
Please note that the following estimates are for private paying clients. Many employee clients are supported by Legal Expenses Insurance, which covers Tribunal costs, or we agree a “no win no fee” type agreement. There is a £350 plus VAT minimum assessment fee before we can consider any such funding.
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal is typically based on the Solicitors relevant hourly rate, which range from £195-300 plus VAT per hour.
In our experience, the following range of costs may be typical in defending a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal. These estimates are to take a matter from start to conclusion, taking into regard the steps of an unfair dismissal claim mentioned above.
Simple case: £1,000-3,000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £3,000-£6,000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £6,000-£10,000 (excluding VAT)
Factors that could make a case more complex:
- 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 disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
- The number of witnesses and documents
- If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing based upon the hourly rate of the solicitor. Generally, we would allow 1-5 days depending on the complexity of your case. For most matters, we would likely instruct a Barrister to represent you at the Tribunal Hearing, likely costs are
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Tribunal fees and barristers costs. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Barrister’s fees estimated between £750 to £2500 per day plus VAT (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).
Why choose our employment law lawyers?
Why choose us?
We recognise that a large proportion of our work comes from recommendations and satisfied clients therefore for our aim is to give the maximum level of added value service at competitive rates. We accept we may not be the cheapest but we pride ourselves on the quality of service.
We provide clear and concise advice and ensure you are kept fully appraised throughout the transaction. 98% of our clients would recommend Josiah Hincks to friends, family and contacts.
In 2018 Josiah Hincks was recognised by the Leicestershire Law Society as Small Law Firm of the year 2018. This award reflects the excellent service our staff offer its clients and brings assurance to those clients working with us that we strive for excellence in all we do.