What do we do?
Employment law is constantly evolving and staying ahead of the changes is critical to ensuring that your business is fulfilling its statutory obligations.
We offer up-to-date legal advice on a wide range of employment related issues such as employee contracts, redundancies, settlement agreements and tribunals.
How we do it?
Our job is simply to help solve your legal problems. To do this, we promise to explain complex legal matters in plain and simple English, provide you with regular updates on your matter and give you clear guidance on our fees, so there’s no nasty surprises.
Our friendly, knowledgeable solicitors are here to provide all the help and advice you need, freeing you up to get on with running your business. So if you’re looking for legal advice to support your business, call us today on 0121 511 2233.
At Silks Solicitors we understand that when running a business you need the peace of mind that you’re fulfilling all your legal obligations as an employer. You also need the right processes in place to maintain a happy, motivated and productive workforce. And we know that you don’t want employment law issues to take up more time than they need to.
That’s why our employment law solicitors provide a comprehensive service that lets you get on with running your business. We can help with day-to-day tasks such as managing contracts and employment checks, or if you need one-off advice when something’s gone wrong, we’re here for you too.
We make employment law easy to understand and straightforward to implement. We know that every business is different and our employment solicitors will work hard to address the particular challenges you face. We won’t baffle you with legal jargon but will always be on hand to provide help and support when you need it, keeping you informed every step of the way.
So if you’re looking for friendly, local employment law advice, give us a call. We offer a same-day response and with our free, initial, over-the-phone advice, you can talk to us in complete confidence and find out what your options are.
Employment documentation and policies
Good administration makes running business more straightforward. Having written terms of employment, an employee handbook, proper policies and procedures – like ones that take care of discipline and grievance – makes sure employees know what’s expected of them. And it makes sure you treat people fairly, consistently every time.
Silks Solicitors helps you get the basics in place. We draft documentation that is bespoke to you. Everything we do is tailored – our employment lawyers make sure they understand your business to best support your needs. All prepared in plain, simple English – not legal jargon. Before we start work we explain likely timescales and costs. If your administration is out of date, we can update as we go. And we can help you train in new policies and procedures too.
In almost every workplace, disputes between employers and employees can occur from time to time. As an employer, you’ll want to ensure that disputes don’t impact negatively on your business and wherever possible, it’s best to resolve differences directly with your employees. However, when disputes cannot be resolved internally, you may need to attend an employment tribunal.
Employment tribunals usually comprise a panel that includes an employment judge and two non-legal people who have experience in the world of business. Witnesses may be put forward for both the employer and the employee and after hearing the case, the panel will reach a legally-binding decision.
At Silks Solicitors, our knowledgeable employment solicitors are here to guide you through the entire process. We’ll help you avoid a tribunal where possible by finding alternative ways to deal with disputes. And if you do need to attend a hearing, we will ensure you are fully prepared – supporting you with everything from documentation to obtaining witness statements. We’ll clearly outline all of your options and responsibilities from the start so that together we can plan the best course of action. We’ll make sure you and your business are represented fairly and will ensure you are informed and in control throughout the process.
Employment law changes regularly and can sometimes seem complex but at Silks Solicitors we explain everything in straightforward terms, clearly addressing any concerns you may have. If you’d like to have an informal conversation to find out what your options are, we offer a free, initial over-the-phone chat.
Human resources advice
Some businesses have a Human Resources department. Some do not. Knowing there is an expert who can help your business with any Human Resources matter is reassuring. Drafting contracts of employment, writing policies and procedures, advising on or dealing with disciplinary issues, company handbooks and training are all topics a Human Resources service can assist with.
A Human Resources advice service fits around your needs. They can deal with your matters as and when they arise. Some businesses like to know they have someone retained. Whatever works for your business, you will know what the costs are, what this includes and how it operates. Advice is offered in simple terms without the legal jargon. And if you need to change the approach, your service can be adapted to your needs.
Restructuring and redundancy
There are certain legal requirements that have to be observed when a business is transferred. Failure to do so is a problem. Employees are protected and you need to know what this means. What you can do in a transfer, and what you cannot. If you are being transferred, it helps if you know what should happen.
Silks Solicitors helps many businesses to plan and mange a transfer. Employee rights are paramount in avoiding litigation. Our expert lawyers can meet with you to listen to what your plans are. We explain what you need to do, and help make it happen. We always explain your options and the issues using plain English. And we clearly say what the likely timescales and costs are. And if a problem should occur, we are always on hand to help find you a solution.
The Settlement Agreement is a written, legally binding, contract which records the terms on which an employer and its employee have agreed to settle a dispute. By signing a Settlement Agreement, the employee waives their legal rights, importantly including any future action through an Employment Tribunal or court.
We offer specialist advice and guidance on drawing up Settlement Agreements to protect you and your business. To help you resolve your dispute, and to talk about settlement agreements, call us today on 0121 511 2233.
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal (based on hourly charge rates).
Simple case: £2,500-£3,500 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £3,500-£4,500 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £4,500-£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
In the event of a case requiring more than one day of hearing there will be an additional fee of £1,500 (+VAT) per day.
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 £1,250 to £1,750 (+VAT) per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). One day of Tribunal Hearing attendance is included in the case fees above.
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 one day of 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 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 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 four months. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take six to twelve 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.
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