EMPLOYMENT LAW

Employment law regulates the professional relationship between employees and employers. It governs an employee’s rights at work, what employers can ask employees to do and what they can expect from their employees. Our Employment Law team can provide immediate legal intervention and consultation as well as legal representation and support, should you require employment law advice.

Amendments to employment law can occur. When these changes are implemented, employers reassess their organisation’s methods of operation to protect the rights of their employees. If you believe that your employer has breached any aspect of employment law, our team of employment solicitors have the expertise and experience to help you make a successful claim against any employer wrongdoing.

Our employment lawyers offer practical advice in a straightforward manner for you to settle your dispute. We guarantee that our lawyers provide a realistic appraisal of your claim so that you are always clear about the merits of your claim.

There are various types of claims associated with employment law that we cover.

Unfair Dismissal

Unfair dismissal refers to a statutory right that allows an employee to file a claim against the employer in case he or she believes that they have been unfairly dismissed. Unfair dismissal claims usually arise from discrimination, whistle blowing, time off requests, bullying, harassment, unpaid overtime work, raising grievances, and more.

If you choose to file a case, you will have to provide evidence that you have been unfairly dismissed by your employer. When stating your case, make sure to show copies of all sent and received correspondence and show notes of all events and actions that surround your dismissal to confirm that you have been unfairly dismissed.

Maternity and Paternity Rights

By law, all employees are entitled to certain maternity and paternity rights regardless of their positions. Mums and mums-to-be in the UK are entitled to obtain free medical prescriptions and NHS dental care until a year after the birth of their baby. To receive free prescriptions, a maternity exemption certificate is required. For fathers-to-be, the maximum period for a paid paternity leave is two weeks.

Discrimination

Discrimination is one of the most recurring breaches that occur in the workplace. Discrimination can cause damage to businesses and emotional distress to employees. Employees must be aware of their rights in the workplace. Before taking action, you must be sure that unlawful discrimination has taken place according to the Equality Act 2010. Your employer must not discriminate against you in terms and conditions of employment, the way they offer opportunities for promotion and cannot put you at any other disadvantage without valid reason.

Pay

Employees are entitled to obtain their wages by law. They also have the right to receive a payslip that indicates the breakdown of the total amount of their salary. If you notice any discrepancy in your salary, you can check your payslip to know if your employer has deducted money that you were not expecting.

Employers are prohibited from making any deductions to an employee’s wage without his/her prior consent. We can help you understand the complexities of employment law and the correct procedures without confusing you with the legal jargon.

Sexual harassment

Unfortunately, sexual harassment occurs regularly in some workplaces. It is considered one of the most recurring issues when it comes to employment law.

Sexual harassment typically refers to unwanted verbal or even physical sexual advances from anyone, including another employee or the employer himself. It is classified as a form of unlawful discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. According to the law, sexual harassment can be considered if the motive of an individual is meant to or has the effect of violating one’s dignity or creating a hostile or humiliating environment.

If you feel uncomfortable in the workplace due to unwanted sexual advances, talk to us today and see how we can help.

Costs and Service Information

 

Employment claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

For individuals

 

Prices                       

Please note that there will be two elements to the prices as set out below:

  1. Fees charged by Seth Law Solicitors; and
  2. Fees payable to third parties.

Please ensure that you consider both parts of the price information.

 

Fees charged by Seth Law Solicitors

Case type Legal fee* VAT

(charged at 20%)

TOTAL
Simple case Up to £1,000.00 Up to £200.00 Up to £1,200.00
Medium complexity case £1,001.00 - £2,500.00 £200.20 - £500.00 £1,201.20 - £3,000.00
High complexity case £2,501.00 - £5,000.00 £500.20 - £1,000.00 £3,001.20 - £6,000.00
 

* basis of charging = fixed fee agreed within the ranges provided.

 

Factors that affect the complexity of a case:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.
  • 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.

 

We will be able to give you an idea of which case type you are likely to have once we receive details of your case from you.

 

Fees payable to third parties (‘disbursements’)

Disbursement Fee VAT

(charged at 20%)

TOTAL
Counsel’s fees £250.00 - £850.00 £50.00 - £170.00 £300.00 - £1,020
 

Note: counsel’s fees will vary depending on the level of experience of the barrister, the complexity of your case and the length of time needed for the hearing.

 

Work included and key stages             

The precise work and stages involved in bringing an unfair or wrongful dismissal claim vary according to the circumstances. However, we have set out the key stages involved in a typical claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers, and advising you on merits and likely compensation.
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
  • Preparing your claim.
  • Reviewing and advising on response from the 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 and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.

 

Services excluded

Our services (within the scope of this costs information) will not include any of the following:

  • Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal.

 

Approximate/ average timescales

The time that it takes from 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– 3 months. If the claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6 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 your case progresses.

 

Qualifications and experience of our team   

Our employment team includes:

Name Position Experience
Samira Seth Director | Solicitor Samira qualified as a solicitor in 2006.

She is dual qualified as a Solicitor and a Barrister and is the owner of Seth Law Solicitors.

Samira speaks the following languages: English, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu.

Robert Milner Litigation Executive Robert provides assistance to Samira on employment matters.
Syed Sartaj Litigation Executive Syed provides assistance to Samira on employment matters.

 

Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Samira Seth, who is a Solicitor and the Director of the firm.

 

Employment claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

For businesses

 

Prices                       

Please note that there will be two elements to the prices as set out below:

  1. Fees charged by Seth Law Solicitors; and
  2. Fees payable to third parties.

Please ensure that you consider both parts of the price information.

 

Fees charged by Seth Law Solicitors

Case type Legal fee* VAT

(charged at 20%)

TOTAL
Simple case Up to £1,000.00 Up to £200.00 Up to £1,200.00
Medium complexity case £1,001.00 - £2,500.00 £200.20 - £500.00 £1,201.20 - £3,000.00
High complexity case £2,501.00 - £5,000.00 £500.20 - £1,000.00 £3,001.20 - £6,000.00
 

* basis of charging = fixed fee agreed within the ranges provided.

 

Factors that affect the complexity of a case:

  • 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.

 

We will be able to give you an idea of which case type you are likely to have once we receive details of your case from you.

Fees payable to third parties (‘disbursements’)

Disbursement Fee VAT

(charged at 20%)

TOTAL
Counsel’s fees £250.00 - £850.00 £50.00 - £170.00 £300.00 - £1,020
 

Note: counsel’s fees will vary depending on the level of experience of the barrister, the complexity of your case and the length of time needed for the hearing.

           

Work included and key stages             

 The precise work and stages involved in defending an unfair or wrongful dismissal claim vary according to the circumstances. However, we have set out the key stages involved in a typical claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation.
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
  • Preparing your response.
  • Reviewing and advising on the claim from the other party.
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process.
  • 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.

 

Services excluded

Our services (within the scope of this costs information) will not include any of the following:

  • Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal.

 

Approximate/ average timescales

The time that it takes from 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– 3 months. If the claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6 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 your case progresses.

 

Qualifications and experience of our team   

Our employment team includes:

Name Position Experience
Samira Seth Director | Solicitor Samira qualified as a solicitor in 2006.

She is dual qualified as a Solicitor and a Barrister and is the owner of Seth Law Solicitors.

Samira speaks the following languages: English, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu.

Robert Milner Litigation Executive Robert provides assistance to Samira on employment matters.
Syed Sartaj Litigation Executive Syed provides assistance to Samira on employment matters.

 

Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Samira Seth, who is a Solicitor and the Director of the firm.

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