Legal & Regulatory
Greystone Legal is the trading name of Greystone Legal LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales under partnership number OC425972.
Registered office: 15 Parsons Court, Welbury Way, Aycliffe Business Park, DL5 6ZE. A list of members is open to inspection at the registered office.
Greystone Legal LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Our SRA identification number is 657177. To access the SRA's rules, please go to http://www.rules.sra.org.uk
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Defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissals
Paul Humble and Ben Healey have over 30 years of combined experience in dealing with employment disputes. They have experience in all aspects of employment law. Further details about Ben and Paul may be found here.
The basis of our charges
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal varied depending upon the complexity of the case. In most cases, we shall try to offer a fixed fee for either part of the case, or the case as a whole.
Simple case: £3,000-£6,000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £5,000-£9,000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £7,500-£20,000 (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 upon 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
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 £750 to £2,500 plus VAT per day (depending on the experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)
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 a claim or response
Reviewing and advising on claim or response from the 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 a 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 the 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 2-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take between 6 and 12 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.
The above pricing information is not necessarily a true reflection of the costs that may arise in your particular case - they may be higher or lower. If you wish to discuss your specific matter, we are able to provide a no-obligation consultation, after which we shall be able to provide a clearer and more accurate assessment of the costs that may be involved. To arrange a discussion, please contact us on 01325 787 007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service, we have provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.
In the first instance it may be helpful to contact the person who is working on your case to discuss your concerns and we will do our best to resolve any issues. If you would like to make a formal complaint, then you can read our full complaints procedure. Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.
What to do if we cannot resolve your complaint
The Legal Ombudsman can help you if we are unable to resolve your complaint ourselves. They will look at your complaint independently and it will not affect how we handle your case.
Before accepting a complaint for investigation, the Legal Ombudsman will check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first. If you have, then you must take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman:
Within six months of receiving a final response to your complaint; and
No more than six years from the date of act/omission; or
No more than three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint.
If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them.
Call: 0300 555 0333 between 9.00 to 17.00.
Legal Ombudsman PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ
What to do if you are unhappy with our behaviour
The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.
Visit their website to see how you can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.