We have a three member strong employment law team with a combined total experience of over 90 years in the profession. The team has represented employees from every sector of business and industry including at every level of employment in the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Courts.
The team advises in all areas of employment law, including;
Employment contracts, restrictive covenants, unfair dismissal, status of employment, wrongful dismissal, transfer of undertakings, redundancy, unlawful deduction of wages, equal pay and whistleblowing.
Jarmans Solicitors runs an Employment Law Clinic for Employees offering a 30 minute appointment for £100 inc VAT, on Monday and Thursdays.
Barry read law at Birmingham University and qualified in 1978. Almost from the start and for the next twenty years his work covered large scale commercial litigation for companies and clients from around the world with employment law as an additional skill. He now deals with general commercial work advising small to medium size businesses on varied issues including sales, acquisitions and the like. With two other partners he founded Jarmans Solicitors in 1989 and took sole control in 1999 until 2017 when it passed into new ownership.
Having obtained a 2:1 degree in Law and distinction in Legal Practice, Emma trained at a small sole practitioner firm in Northamptonshire. This gave her a broad and varied experience and moulded her “can do” attitude to any problem presented to her.
From there, Emma moved to a Legal 500 Firm recognised by Lexcel in Kent where she spent the following 11 years as a partner working for a range of national and international clients, instructed in multi-faceted employment litigation for Plc’s, Limited companies and partnerships as well as private individuals in the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Chris is a very experienced litigator with experience over a broad range of cases including personal injuries, clinical negligence, property disputes, professional negligence, contract disputes, contentious probate to name but a few.
Simple case: £3,000.00 – £5,000.00 plus VAT (total: £3,600.00 – £6,000.00)
Medium complexity case: £5,000.00 – £10,000.00 plus VAT (total: £6,000.00 – £12,000.00)
High complexity case: over £10,000.00 - £20,000 plus VAT (total: £12,000.00 - £24,000)
These costs are based on a senior solicitor working on the matter with the hourly rate varying from £225 plus 20% VAT (total: £270) - £300 plus 20% VAT (total - £360p/h)
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 dismissal claim, e.g. you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer.
* Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.
* Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
In the case of fees payable to Barristers, their fees are largely determined by the level of their experience.
In most cases, Barristers’ fees for attending hearings will range between £1,500-£4,000 plus VAT (total £1,800 - £4,800). If a case runs on for additional time, which is not anticipated in the original brief fee, there may be further payments range between £750-£2,000 plus VAT (total £900 - £2,400) for each additional day.
How long will it take?
Time scales are dependant on whether a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation. If so, your case is likely to take 6 to 12 weeks to resolve. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26 to 39 weeks. Please note that a case may go beyond 39 weeks if it is particularly complex or if it is impacted by court backlogs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The key stages of a tribunal (currently borrowed from another website)
* 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 the compensation being claimed
* Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
* Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing the set of documents to be used in the case
* 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 any barrister instructed
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Excellent service here. Needed a one off legal document and they were able to accommodate us the next day. We were given good advice. Highly recommend.
Chris took the time to explain several items and offered some very good advice. I will definitely use them again.
Great service from Jarmans. Sought their advice for a personal matter and everything was handled efficiently, promptly and Tom was very thorough. Would highly recommend them!