Experts in the termination of employment.


If despite your best efforts your business ends up employing someone who is not up to the job, not pulling their weight or worse still guilty of misconduct you need do something about it. Apart from anything else this is likely to have a demoralising effect on other employees.

In the end having tried informal chats or formal warnings to the employees you may have no option but to terminate their employment. Alternatively in response to your actions the employee may have ended up resigning and claiming constructive dismissal.

Whatever the situation you need specialist advice from an expert employment lawyer. The earlier you involve us the better as getting it wrong can prove expensive. We have many years experience of advising employers both small and large across a wide range of industry sectors. Having taken the time to understand the issues involved we will outline your options and identify the best tactics to be used. With a view to achieving the best outcome we can for you in the circumstances we offer advice which is straightforward , practical and cost effective.

Although if your ex-employee ends up bringing an employment tribunal claim we have many years’ experience of defending such claims, if it is in your commercial interests to do so we will negotiate a settlement on the best terms we can with a view to protecting the future of your business.

To speak to an expert on termination of employment or any other employment law issue call, email or request a call back from a specialist employment lawyer.

Our Fees

Our costs for defending employment claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal cases:

Estimated Costs for a full employment tribunal case, based on an hourly rate of £312 (inclusive of VAT at 20%).

A straightforward case:  £6,240 –  £8,424 (inclusive of VAT at 20%)

Medium complexity case:  £9,360 – £12,480 (inclusive of VAT at 20%)

High complexity case: £14,352 – £20,280 (inclusive of VAT at 20%)

Our fees cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of an employment tribunal case:-

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the documents and advising you initially on the prospects of success.
  • Entering into a pre-claim conciliation process to explore with the claimant whether a settlement can be reached.
  • Preparing and delivering a response on your behalf.
  • Exploring whether there is an opportunity to negotiate a settlement as early as possible.
  • Considering a schedule of loss and preparing a counter-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 witness statements and preparing a bundle of documents for tribunal.
  • Reviewing and advising on claimant’s witness statements.
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or index for the bundle.
  • Preparation and attendance at the final hearing, including preparing written instructions for a barrister.

These key stages are listed as an indication only. If you do not require us to undertake all of the steps detailed above, we can reduce your fees accordingly.  For example, you may wish to handle the claim yourself and only engage us to advise on a specific stage. Please contact us directly for a personal quotation based on your unique requirements.

Extra factors that could increase the complexity of a case and affect the cost:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend an application to amend your response or to supply further information about an existing claim.
  • Defending claims that are brought by people representing themselves.
  • Making or defending a costs application.
  • Deciding complex issues such as a disability.
  • The number of witnesses and documents.
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim.
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.
  • There will be an additional charge for attending a tribunal hearing of £1,200 (inclusive of VAT at 20%) per day.

Other additional expenses that you can expect:

  • Costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We will handle the payment of the expenses on your behalf to ensure a smooth process.
  • Barristers fees are usually estimated between £1,800 to £2,400 (inclusive of VAT at 20%) per day for attending a tribunal hearing, depending on the barrister’s experience.

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 4 – 6 weeks.

If your claim proceeds to a final hearing your case is likely to take 12 – 27 weeks.  This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information as the matter progresses.

who to contact

Jane Crosby

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Jane Crosby

Jane specialises in commercial litigation and employment law acting for both employers and employees in both contentious and non-contentious matters. She has also over recent years carved out something of a niche in the field of mobile homes legislation acting for an owner with a number of sites.

Having studied geography at University College London Jane worked for a number of years in the aviation industry which has given her a real insight into the challenges faced by most businesses. Jane qualified as a Solicitor in 2004 before joining Hart Brown in 2011 and becoming a Partner in July 2018. Not only is Jane our specialist in employment law but she is also a prolific blogger within Hart Brown. You can find many of her articles on the 'News' section of the website.

Jane often receives praise from her clients:

“I appreciated the clarity of advice given at a stressful time”.

“A sensitive and highly professional approach and efficient work in the interests of the client”.

“Your advice, conduct and assistance have been indeed outstanding and very professional but also – and most importantly – very humane”.

And outside work:

1. What was your first car?

Mini Metro – I did not drive it much as it was always on the back of a tow truck.

2. Where is your favourite travel destination?

San Francisco because it has a relaxed atmosphere.

3. What advice would you give to a trainee solicitor starting their career now?

Be certain of the choices that you make.

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