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Employment support for directors and senior executives

We can help you achieve favourable joining terms, negotiate your employment position or plan and maximise your exit. 

How we can help you

No matter what company or organisation you work for, legal issues can arise over the course of a career.

We have a specialist employment law team dedicated to resolving work-related issues and making sure you get the treatment and voice you're entitled to, from checking your employment contract to dealing with redundancy.

Grievances, disciplinary and discriminatory issues can be particularly distressing and we deal with them discreetly and sensitivity. We encourage a two-way conversation to get a complete understanding of the facts and how you'd like to move forward.

We will discuss the implications of any action with you before we proceed and keep you aware of costs at every step.

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Senior executives

I am looking for expert legal guidance to support a change in my employment.

Your responsibilities and statutory duties as a director, shareholder and employee are often intertwined. We specialise on advising you on concerns such as terms of appointment, severance packages, rights under bonus, share options and incentive schemes.

We can walk in your shoes. Our lawyers have held company director roles and we regularly act on behalf of businesses and HR departments. We understand how employers are likely to respond to requests and negotiations and can capitalise on this expertise to help you devise the right approach and get the outcome you want. 

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Settlement agreements

I have been offered a settlement agreement but need to ensure it is as good as can be.

We offer you independent, honest legal advice on the terms of your settlement agreement, including often overlooked aspects such as the impact on any shareholdings you may have, bonus entitlement and post termination obligations. 

We will talk you through your settlement agreement, help you understand it in full and advise you on how well this serves your needs. 

As a general approach, we will align ourselves with your objectives, which often means helping you reach a swift resolution but can also support you if you are trying to secure more favourable terms.

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Dismissal and employment tribunals

I am unhappy with treatment by my employer, what are my options?

If you’re having difficulties with your employer or need help with a legal issue, our employment team will support you and handle matters in a way that is sensitive and pragmatic. We advise directors and senior managers on a variety of concerns including terms of appointment, severance packages, rights under bonus, share options and incentive schemes.

We take time to understand your situation before we advise you on the best course of action and any possible implications. That includes understanding the details of specific procedures or documents, helping you negotiate a fair deal, ensuring your rights are protected or, where necessary, taking your case to court.

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Costs estimate for asb law defending the claim up to the employment tribunal hearing

Simple case £7,000 + VAT to £10,000 + VAT
Medium complexity case £10,000 to £15,000 + VAT
High complexity case £15,000 to £25,000 + VAT

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To assist you in deciding whether or not to instruct us to defend your business you will receive a detailed scope of work including fixed fees for each phase of the project. 

The above range of fees applies to claims for unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal raised in the employment tribunal only. If a discrimination claim is brought with the unfair dismissal claim, then this would be outside the above costs estimates and we would provide a separate fixed fee.

Our Employment team has over 50 years of collective experience in bringing and defending employment tribunal claims. The Team has particular experience in defending complex discrimination and dismissal claims. We have 5 members of the team who may work on your matter. See profiles for members of the Employment Team including number of years qualified and areas of specialism.


If you have any queries, please contact Rebecca Jorgensen, Partner and Head of Employment – we would be happy to discuss.


Full details of what is included, is available to download - Pricing sheet (pdf)


Factors that can make a claim more complex and affect pricing

The range of fees set out above and the level of fixed fee in your matter is based on a number of conditions and exclusions relating to your claim, which will include some or all of the below:

  • Whether whistleblowing is raised in the context of an unfair dismissal claim. These claims can be extremely complex. If the complexity is such that it is likely to exceed the costs estimates above, we will advise you of this at the outset. 
  • The number of days that the hearing in your claim is listed by the employment tribunal.
  • The number of witnesses for you and for the business.
  • Whether all relevant documentation is provided to us at the outset.
  • The volume of documentation relevant to the claim and the amount, if any, of redaction required.
  • The nature of the business and whether or not they are represented by a qualified solicitor/barrister.
  • The number of turnarounds with you before the defence is finalised.  1 turnaround = we provide you with a draft of the defence including requests for information and points to clarify; you respond addressing all the requests for information and points to clarify; we send you back a revised draft. 
  • The number of turnarounds with the other side before the list of issues and tribunal bundle index is agreed.
  • Whether the claim is listed for a preliminary hearing and if so, the length of the preliminary hearing and whether it is on the telephone or in person.
  • Whether there are any interim applications from either party, such as a request for specific disclosure.
  • Whether any witnesses you may have are willing to attend the hearing as a witness and are cooperative.
  • Whether witness statements are drafted from the documents and finalised with you and any other witnesses over the phone/email or face-to-face meetings are required.
  • The number of turnarounds with witnesses before the witness statements are finalised.
  • Whether supplemental witness statements are required.
  • The volume of additional disclosure from you and the business.
  • Whether the original hearing is postponed.

Key stages in the claim

The fees set out above cover all the work in relation to the following stages of the claim:

  • Take initial instructions
  • Review documents & arrange into tribunal bundle
  • Draft chronology
  • Merits advice
  • Draft claim
  • Finalise & file claim at the tribunal
  • Liaising with ACAS & settlement negotiations at appropriate times during the claim
  • Review of schedule of loss & related advice
  • Disclosure & finalise ET bundle
  • Updated merits advice
  • Drafting & finalising witness statements
  • Reviewing & advising on business' witness statements
  • Instructions to Counsel
  • Instructions to & liaising with Counsel
  • Final preparations for hearing

What is not included in our fee

  • Representation at hearing.  We outsource representation at the hearing to barristers with whom we have established relationships because this is more cost effective for our clients. Barristers’ fees will be between £950 + VAT - £3,000 + VAT per day, depending on the experience of the barrister and the complexity of the case.
  • The cost of any expert advice or evidence such as actuarial advice.
    Conference call with your barrister pre-hearing or witness familiarisation training.  If you require either we can agree a fixed fee with you.
  • The cost of the preparation for and representation at a further hearing in the event that the original hearing is part-heard or if a remedy hearing is required.
  • Any work relating to an appeal against the Tribunal’s decision at the final hearing

How long will the unfair/wrongful dismissal claim take to conclude?

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 and the employment tribunal where your claim is listed. 

If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 4 to 6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing, your case is likely to take 16-52 weeks. This is just an estimate and we will, of course, be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information, directions from the tribunal and as the matter progresses.

Get in touch

Rebecca Jorgensen Partner Head of Employment asb law Crawley

Rebecca Jorgensen

Partner, Head of Employment
Rebecca provides commercial advice to employers and senior executives on a full range of contentious and non-contentious matters.

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