Employment law - WHN Solicitors

Employment legislation is among the most complex and constantly changing areas of law. So quick access to specialist employment law advice is essential to protect your financial position – as well as your reputation.

For employers, keeping pace with the constant flow of new rules and regulations can be very difficult and the financial implications of Employment Tribunals are often a worrying management distraction.

How can we help?

At Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall, we have wide-ranging experience and deep knowledge of this area of law. Our expert assistance means you can focus on the important role of running your business.

Your employees are essential to your business, but when things go wrong they can also represent huge costs. Making mistakes can be very expensive, but our approachable experts will help protect you as well as your employees.

We can advise on how to incorporate changes in employment law to ensure you are complying with all the necessary rules and regulations.

Whether you need to keep up to date with legislative changes, prevent disputes from happening, or require representation at an Employment Tribunal, our employment specialists can assist in every aspect of employment law.

Areas of specialism include:

  • Employment contracts and handbooks
  • Unfair dismissal/grievance and disciplinary procedures
  • Redundancy
  • Directors contracts and consultancy agreements
  • TUPE
  • Compromise agreements
  • Director/senior executive disputes and managed exits
  • Disputes with commercial agents
  • Enforcing post termination restrictions and bringing injunctions;
  • Defending all Tribunal claims
  • Performance and absence management
  • General employee rights such as maternity and paternity, holidays
  • Tailored staff training days on HR and employment issues

Our prices and costs explained

Our team has over a decade of experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to Employment law.

We have a number of solicitors within the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Michael Shroot, Head of the Employment Team.

The team is comprised of:

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

The price below excludes VAT which will be charged at 20% in addition to the indication of costs. We record all time spent and our charges will be determined by the value of time spent in relation to your case.

  • Simple case: £1,000 – £2,000 – where time does not exceed eight hours in total
  • Medium complexity case: £2,000 – £4,000 – where time does not exceed 16 hours
  • High complexity case: £6,000+- where time is 24 hours or over

Once we have details from you, we can be more specific.

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 of £750 per day. Generally, we would allow 1-3 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. Details of court fees can be obtained here.

Counsel’s fees estimated between £850 to £2,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). Counsel’s fees will attract VAT at 20% in addition.

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 1-4 weeks.

If not, then it can conclude at any time between around four weeks and six months. Cases can settle even when a court or tribunal case is issued at any time before the final hearing. It should take around six months to deal with a court or tribunal matter to final disposal. For simple matters the likely timescale will be at the lower end of the scale. Medium complexity matters are likely to be in the middle of the timescale. High complexity cases are likely to take the most time and will likely be towards the six month stage.

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.

Need expert advice? Let us help

To discuss any aspect of employment law please contact Michael Shroot at our Bury office on 0161 761 4611.