Employment Law 

Bates Wells and Braithwaite is recognised as one of the leading firms in East Anglia when it comes to safeguarding the interests of union members in the workplace. We have been working hand-in-hand with unions in these areas for more than 30 years. We act only for claimants in the Employment Tribunal so you can be sure that we will always be on your side. 
We can assist with all areas of employment law including: 
Unfair / Wrongful dismissal 
Disciplinary and Grievance issues 
Non-payment of wages 
All types of discrimination (including age) 
Equal pay and equal opportunities 
Transfers of undertakings 
Restraint of trade and confidentiality 
Maternity/paternity rights/flexible working 
Breach of contract / contractual disputes 
Employee status 
Employment Tribunal procedure 
Working Time 
Settlement agreements 
'Unfair or wrongful dismissal (range of costs) 
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal: 
Simple case: £4,500-£5,000 (excluding VAT) 
Medium complexity case: £5,000-£7,000 (excluding VAT) 
High complexity case: £7,000-10,000 (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 and preparation of a Disability Impact statement and sourcing medical records in support (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 arranging a barrister to represent you at a Tribunal Hearing of £1,000 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 3-8 days depending on the complexity of your case. 
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 to ensure a smoother process. 
Counsel's fees estimated between £1,000 to £1,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation) 
Key stages: 
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a 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 where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached; 
• Preparing claim or response 
• 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 fee will 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 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 3-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 12-18 months depending on the availability of your nearest Employment Tribunal. 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.' 
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