Being dismissed from work can be an extremely difficult time, particularly when you think the decision to dismiss has been unfair, or where the appropriate procedures have not been adhered to.

Decisions about what steps you might want to take after dismissal can often seem complicated and daunting. We can talk you through your options, and work with you to take steps to make a claim against your former employer.

DAMAGES BASED AGREEMENTS

Depending on the nature of the case, it may be suitable for us to enter into a damages based agreement with you. This means that fees will only be charged to you if your claim is successful, or if the case settles. A percentage of your settlement or award will be payable to us, and the percentage amount will be agreed prior to any work commencing and is typically between 20 and 30%. This percentage is inclusive of VAT.

Awards or settlement sums will be made to Kidd and Spoor Solicitors directly, and our agreed percentage will be taken and the remaining sum then paid to you.

In the event that you decide not to continue to pursue your claim, you will be liable to pay our costs

incurred up to the date of termination of our agreement, calculated as outlined in the paragraph below.

Clients should explore all other avenues of paying legal fees, such as insurance policies and free pro-bono legal work.

There are strict deadlines for making an application to the employment tribunal and therefore please see advice as soon as possible after your dismissal.

HOURLY RATE

The hourly rate for Employment work is £185.00 per hour plus VAT. Letters, telephone calls and email communications in or out are charged at ten percent of the hourly rate. VAT is charged at 20 per cent.

Likely costs for each case will be assessed and discussed with you on a case by case basis, and you will be kept regularly informed of costs throughout the process.

KEY STAGES

In the event that you decide that you want to make a claim in relation to your dismissal from work, there are several key stages. Firstly, ACAS will need to be contacted, and they will attempt to conciliate between the parties to see if settlement can be reached without the matter going to court. If settlement cannot be reached, ACAS will provide a certificate which then allows an employment tribunal claim to be completed then submitted. This is done by way of an ET1 form. The Employer then has the chance to respond via a ET3 form. In the event that the Employer does not respond, a judgement will be requested. In the event that the Employer does respond, a final hearing will be organised, and possibly a preliminary hearing beforehand. Throughout the process, ACAS will remain involved in an attempt to settle the case. The process from application to ACAS to final hearing can take between 6 to 12 months.

DISBURSMENTS

These may include barrister’s costs, including costs for representation at final hearing, and costs of conference (s) with a barrister during the process.

They may also include payment for expert witnesses/documents.

Any disbursements costs will be discussed with you in a timely manner.

WHO WILL CARRY OUT THE WORK?

Employment work would be carried out by Jill Owens, a solicitor with a background in Human Resources. The Employment Department is supervised by Noel Dilks, a Director at Kidd and Spoor Solicitors.