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Our employment law and discrimination solicitors pride themselves on providing expert advice to employees and individuals to resolve all types of employment and discrimination issues. For advice on any kind of dispute, please call our legal advisers on 01616 966 229. Our employment law and discrimination specialists advise clients nationally from our offices in Manchester, Bolton, Wigan, St Helens and London.

We have specialist employment and discrimination solicitors recommended in their field who can provide advice to employees on: unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancyTUPE, equal pay and settlement agreements.

Our discrimination solicitors can also provide expert advice on all discrimination claims raised against other organisations which include civil claims against public bodies, service providers and private associations which can be brought within the civil courts. 

  • Employment law advice - Why choose us?

    Being involved in a work place dispute or disagreement can be a very stressful situation, specialist advice from employment law experts at the outset is crucial when considering pursuing a claim against your employer or if you are facing an employment tribunal.

    In this video Head of Employment Law at Stephensons, Philip Richardson talks about the services offered by his team, why he would recommend them and why he believes Stephensons are best placed to advise you if you are facing problems in the workplace. Philip also discusses the various funding options available should you go ahead with a claim against your employer.


What is no win no fee in employment law?

If you have a dispute at work or are considering pursuing a claim / have a live claim in an Employment Tribunal, we may be able to offer you legal support on a no win no fee basis. This means that if your case is not successful (i.e. doesn’t result in a favourable outcome for you such as being successful in the Employment Tribunal or settlement), you do not have to pay any legal fees incurred by us.   

There are various funding options explained below. We will work with you to find the best solution for your individual circumstances.

Funding your employment law or discrimination claim

There are several ways in which we can help you look to resolve a dispute with your employer or pursue a claim against an organisation in the employment tribunal or civil court. This can be achieved in one of the following ways:

We are one of a handful of firms nationally to advise employees and individuals on all areas of employment and discrimination law whilst offering affordable access to justice.

Employment law & discrimination - areas of specialism

Our specialist employment solicitors are held in the highest regard by the Legal 500. 

Funding options

No win no fee - employment and discrimination law advice

If you would like to have your situation assessed call us on 01616 966 229, our advisers will find out a little more about your claim before passing this on to our specialist solicitors who will confirm whether or not we can assist you on a no win no fee basis.

If we can assist you on a no win no fee basis, we will guide you through the ACAS Early Conciliation, tribunal and court process to help you achieve the best resolution of your claim.

Our employment law and discrimination law experts have a strong track record successfully recovering compensation from employers and other defendants when acting on a no win no fee basis. The following examples highlight what we have achieved for our clients.

Case Study 1: We acted on behalf of an employee who worked as a carer and was subjected to a series of detriments as a result of blowing the whistle on her employer's unethical practices. We issued a claim on her behalf and were successful in recovering £17,500 as well as the costs incurred by our client in seeking legal advice.

Case Study 2: Our client was unlawfully discriminated against due to her pregnancy whilst employed by a large supermarket chain. Following her resignation, we successfully negotiated compensation to enable her to retrain and pursue opportunities elsewhere.

Case Study 3: We represented an elderly, disabled client in a civil claim for disability discrimination against his landlord Housing Association. The case primarily involved a failure to make reasonable adjustments to his property to enable him to use his bathroom facilities which he had been finding impossible to do due to a degenerative condition. We successfully negotiated the immediate installation of relevant facilities to his home.

For cases run on this funding basis, there is a maximum deduction of 35% payable to Stephensons which is governed in accordance with the Damages Based Agreement Regulations 2013.

Clients are only liable for our fees in these circumstances:

Where we have acted for you under the agreement and you end the agreement where:

  • You have secured a settlement or obtained a successful judgment;
  • Your opponent admits liability;
  • It is within a week of trial and you end the agreement; or
  • It is deemed that as the client you behaved unreasonably (i.e. rejecting a reasonable offer of settlement or failing to co-operate regarding orders of the tribunal).

Payment on an hourly rate

A solicitor’s hourly rate usually reflects their level of experience and seniority. Paying a solicitor on an hourly rate to deal with the whole of a claim in the tribunal or court is the most traditional method of funding. It secures you comprehensive assistance from day one, but you will need to consider whether the cost of proceeding with a claim outweighs the value of it. Typically speaking, a claim for unfair dismissal will cost at least £3,000 plus VAT and associated costs, such as barristers and tribunal fees. Fees in civil claims can exceed this amount. However, if your claim far exceeds the value of the estimated fees to be incurred and you are prepared to accept the risk that it may not succeed, then this could be a good method of funding for you. You should however be aware that only in a small minority of cases are legal costs recoverable from your opponent in tribunal proceedings.

From the outset we will outline the potential costs that you are likely to incur to take your claim to an Employment Tribunal or County Court. We will fully outline any risks to you and discuss the options available to you to successfully resolve the claim. We believe in transparency of costs and therefore provide regular updates as to the costs you are incurring on a monthly basis.  We believe in taking a pragmatic approach to resolving complaints before proceeding with litigation and therefore will discuss all options available to you.

If you wish to pursue a claim and want to know more about costs of doing so, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01616 966 229 or complete the online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you to discuss.  

Insurance policy

Everyone who owns a house will have taken out buildings insurance, and as part of this type of cover you may also have the benefit of a legal expenses insurance policy which can sometimes cover legal assistance in the Employment Tribunal or County Court. You can check this by looking at your policy terms, or contacting your insurer directly.

You do have freedom of choice to select the solicitor you would like to instruct, and we have extensive experience of acting for clients with this type of policy. Upon becoming aware of a claim, you should contact your insurance company as soon as you can and advise that you wish to instruct your own solicitor to assist with the claim. We are able to liaise with insurers on your behalf to quickly secure cover.

If you believe you have the benefit of a legal expenses insurance policy, please contact us on 01616 966 229 and we will deal directly with your insurer to arrange cover so that your claim can be dealt with as soon as possible.  

Fixed price employment law advice

If you are experiencing difficulties at work we can provide you with practical advice on the options available to you as well as advice on potential claims. For a fee of £300 plus VAT we can provide an initial face to face meeting to discuss your concerns and identify the steps you can take to resolve these. For that fee we can consider documentation you have received from your employer and following the meeting provide you with a written advice outlining the options available to you. We often continue to advise clients following the meeting by looking to resolve the issue on their behalf.

Fixed fee discrimination law advice

If you believe that you are experiencing discrimination from a service provider, public body or private club or association then we can offer bespoke fixed price services at various stages of any complaint or claim.

Civil legal advice - legal aid

Although the scope of the assistance we are able to offer under the civil legal advice scheme has been greatly reduced as a result of recent legal changes, Stephensons are one of only three providers in the country who can offer help under this scheme. Individuals who have been subjected to unlawful discrimination in the workplace or otherwise and who are in receipt of certain benefits or on a low income can claim free legal advice and help. The first point of contact should be the civil legal advice team, who can assess your financial eligibility and transfer your case through to us. 

Settlement agreements

On occasions where there is a dispute in place, an employer may offer you a settlement agreement. It is usual for an employer to make a contribution towards your legal fees in obtaining that advice. It is very important that you are aware of the implications of the settlement agreement wording you are agreeing to as sometimes the wording can contain indemnities and restrictive covenants which need to be fully explained to you by your solicitor. As your costs are likely to be covered by your employer, you may not need to contribute towards our costs. We will liaise with your employer directly on your behalf to negotiate the best settlement terms possible on your behalf.

Should you require further information relating to settlement agreements, our handy guide outlines the reasons for settlement agreements and the steps to be taken when concluding a settlement agreement - Settlement agreements

If you have received a settlement agreement or are in discussions with your employer about circumstances which could lead to your termination and are being offered a financial package, we will be able to assist you.

If you wish to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01616 966 229. You can also complete an online enquiry form highlighting the fact you have been offered a settlement agreement in the enquiry details section and a member of the team will contact you directly to discuss.

How much does representation at an employment tribunal cost?

Unpaid wages/breach of contract - Average £2,000 plus VAT and disbursements.

Unfair dismissal claim - Average £4,000 plus VAT and disbursements

Discrimination claim - Between £6,000 - £8,000 plus VAT and disbursements

Prices quoted are for representation throughout the full stage of proceedings up to a final hearing. Work would include the draft of initial pleadings, attendance at a preliminary hearing to discuss case management, dealing with the case management orders including; preparation of a schedule of loss; dealing with disclosure of documents/preparation of a bundle and drafting of witness statements. We would also instruct and liaise with a barrister for any final preparations before attending the final hearing.

Disbursements including a barrister attending the hearing can range from £400 - £2,500 plus VAT depending on the length of the hearing and experience of the barrister. Clients will be informed as early as possible about the costs of the barrister.

On average an employment tribunal can take up to 6 months though this depends on each case.

What qualifications do the team hold?

All employment law work is supervised by a qualified solicitor. Specific experience can be seen in the individual staff profiles.

What should I do next?

If you wish to discuss any of our employment law services in further detail, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01616 966 229, you can also complete an online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you directly.

To browse a range of FAQs related to employment law and discrimination please click the following link: Employment law and discrimination FAQs

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