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When an employment problem arises, swift, knowledgeable and practical legal advice is not a luxury, but a necessity.

Adapt HR advice line

Adapt HR advice line

Bespoke employment law and HR advice 24/7 for a fixed annual fee.

HR advice and support services

HR advice and support services

Flexible and cost-effective HR support from conducting investigations to chairing disciplinary hearings.

Adapt Training

Adapt Training

Access to practical training sessions covering a broad range of key issues, delivered by our leading team of experts either on-site or in our offices.

Our employment solicitors

If you need practical, expert employment law advice, or assistance with day-to-day HR, our accomplished and highly respected team of employment solicitors and advisers should be your first point of call.

Offering first-rate legal advice at cost effective prices, we know employment law inside out and help our diverse range of clients navigate the complexity of an ever-changing legal landscape.

Our considerable strength and depth of knowledge is recognised by The Legal 500, the UK’s leading independent guide to law firms, in which partner and head of employment, Oliver Tasker and his team are highly ranked and recommended.

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What our employment solicitors can do for you

We work with businesses of all sizes, both locally and nationally, across a wide range of sectors and industries.

This includes household names, SMEs and everything in between, providing comprehensive services which protect reputations and brands. We solely specialise in employment law to ensure you receive practical, commercial and easy to understand advice tailored to your organisation.

Our employment solicitors all undertake their own advocacy at employment tribunal and are members of the Employment Lawyers Association. We help you find solutions to your employment law problems, quickly and effectively, and work with you every step of the way.

  1. Unfair dismissal

    As a business manager, director, or owner, you may need practical advice on the risks when dismissing an employee. We will mitigate the risks of any potential tribunal claim but sometimes this cannot be avoided. We will advise and represent you in defending any claims in a robust and cost-effective way.

  2. Disciplinaries and grievances

    Taking disciplinary action or dealing with complex grievances can be a difficult and delicate situation for all involved, with employers needing to be certain that they adhere to legal requirements and follow a fair procedure. We will guide you through the process, draft letters and advise you on options.

  3. Contracts of employment and employee handbooks

    Are your contracts of employment and policies fit for your organisation? We will carry out a thorough review of your current policies, procedures and contracts of employment to ensure you are legally compliant and protect you as a business.

  4. Equal pay

    The Equality Act 2010 ensures that both sexes should receive equal pay for equal work. If an employee believes they are being paid differently, while doing a comparable job, this could become an equal pay dispute or even a discrimination claim. We can advise you on complex equal pay claims and seek to limit the prospects of any tribunal claims.  

  5. Equality, diversity and discrimination

    The Equality Act 2010 protects employees from being discriminated against in the workplace because of a protected characteristic. Do you have robust policies in place and carry out relevant training to protect your organisation from any claims?

  6. Redundancy and reorganisations

    Our team will help you plan a reorganisation or redundancy process from the outset by providing clear and commercial advice. This will ensure you are fully prepared before the consultation process starts and have clear guidance on how to conduct consultations.

  7. Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE)

    The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations, known as TUPE protects employees in instances where changes to a business, such as a sale, result in a change to the employees’ employer. We support businesses during this process to ensure that the appropriate legal steps have been followed under TUPE.

  8. Mergers and acquisitions

    Employment law issues can arise in corporate transactions. We will support you at all times during the process and advise on any structural changes and legal implications. Our focus is to ensure the transaction is seamless for all involved.

  9. Terminating senior executives

    Our experienced employment solicitors will closely support you in the dismissing of senior executives, ensuring that you are fully advised on commercial considerations and options.  

  10. Employment tribunal claims

    Facing an employment tribunal claim is complex and often daunting. We have the experience to guide you through every step from ACAS Early Conciliation, to submitting your defence (ET3) and carrying out all steps up to representing you at the final hearing at the tribunal.

  11. Restrictive covenants

    A restrictive covenant protects your business against detrimental actions from an employee when they have left your organisation. Are you confident a former employee cannot poach staff, customers or join a competitor? Are the restrictions in your contracts of employment up to date, reasonable and enforceable? We can advise you on enforcing restrictive covenants against a former employee including springboard injunctions.  

  12. Settlement agreements

    We can draft a tailored settlement agreement to ensure that all potential claims are covered to provide the peace of mind that there is no come back when the employee has left. We will also provide commercial advice on the financial offer and carry out negotiations on your behalf.

  13. HR advice and support services

    Our specialist HR professionals provide flexible and cost-effective on-site HR advice and support, from conducting investigations to chairing disciplinary hearings.

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What can you expect from an employment solicitor at Wilkin Chapman?

We are proud that we have the largest and highest ranked employment team in the region. We immerse ourselves in our clients’ organisations to understand the culture and ethos, taking a hands-on practical and proactive approach to provide the tailored legal advice you require when you need it most.

  1. An extension to your team

    We proactively engage with you at the earliest opportunity to identify potential problems before they become legal claims. Working in partnership with your HR team or senior management we offer readily accessible guidance and advice tailored to your organisation to ensure a stable and effective workforce.

  2. Strategic approach

    Our employment advice and HR support is unique in offering a complete strategic service; seamless advice from the earliest sign of an issue, through careful strategic management, assessment of options and risks, to agreed actions or fully defended employment tribunal claims.

  3. Early intervention

    Our knowledge and experience as advocates in the employment tribunal over many years gives us valuable insight as to how a claim is likely to progress, informing the strategy, while minimising risk and cost. We are not here simply to deal with a legal claim when it arises, but to spot issues, track potential problems, guide early interventions and plan ahead.

Our employment law and HR packages

We’ve developed a range of packages so that you’re able to access the ideal level of advice and practical help to suit your business perfectly. You can access any of our services on an hourly rate basis or for a fixed annual fee.

Adapt HR advice line

Our employment law and HR advice line, Adapt HR provides cost-effective legal advice, 24/7, for a fixed annual fee. In addition to the core package of access via phone, email or face to face to our leading employment team, you will have six additional bespoke employment & HR solutions that we can adapt to suit your business, so you can confidently deal with any employment situation when they arise. We are here to provide swift, knowledgeable and practical legal advice when you need it most.

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Adapt Training

Our bespoke employment law training programme provides you and your team with a tailored service to suit your business requirements.

We believe that dealing with HR and employment law issues in the workplace does not always have to be reactive. A problem can be avoided by having well informed staff, who are aware of their responsibilities and adept at spotting and tackling a potential issue.

Our practical training sessions, delivered by our leading team of experts, can help you achieve this and prevent a possible situation before it even arises. The training covers a broad spectrum of key legal issues while providing hands-on advice and are CPD accredited.

We approach our employment law and HR services with total flexibility in terms of what we provide.

How much will it cost?

Our fees are calculated on an hourly rate basis, with the hourly rates being commensurate with the qualification and expertise of the team members. These range from £125 to £275 exclusive of VAT. When we meet with you we will discuss the most cost effective way for us to pursue your case and the suitable level of fee earner and their hourly rate.

Our fee estimates are provided on the basis that your claim progresses all the way up to and including a final hearing at the employment tribunal. Many cases do settle before this hearing takes place and as we calculate our fees on an hourly rate basis, this will affect the total amount you are billed by us. We will be happy to provide you with a full case specific estimate when we meet with you.

You should always check whether you have legal expenses cover on any of your business insurance policies to defend employment related claims as these may cover our fees.

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  1. Simple case

    The simple case estimate involves a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal only, with none of the complicating factors and is limited to a one day hearing.

    We estimate that these types of cases take between 30 to 35 hours at an average hourly rate of £200 plus VAT. This means on average costs are between £6,000 to £7,000 excluding VAT.

    VAT is currently charged at 20%

  2. Medium complexity case

    The medium complexity case estimate involves one other claim alongside a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal (e.g. discrimination, whistleblowing), as well as one of the complicating factors and is limited to a two day hearing.

    We estimate that these types of cases take between 35 to 75 hours at an average hourly rate of £200 plus VAT. This means on average costs are between £7,000 to £15,000 excluding VAT.

    VAT is currently charged at 20%

  3. High complexity case

    The complex estimate is based on a case which involves a number of types of claims alongside the unfair/wrongful dismissal claim, as well as two or more of the complicating factors, and a multi-day final hearing.

    We estimate that these types of cases take between 75 to 115 hours at an average hourly rate of £200 plus VAT. This means on average costs are between £15,000 to £23,000 excluding VAT.

    VAT is currently charged at 20%

  4. Disbursements

    Disbursements are payable in addition to our fees. These are payments made to third parties, such as counsel. The only disbursements we would anticipate are counsel’s fees should they be instructed to represent you at the final hearing.

    Simple case

    In a simple case we estimate these will vary between £850 - £1,500 plus VAT (on the basis of a one day hearing) depending on their experience, to prepare your case and represent you at the final hearing.

    Medium complexity case

    In a medium complexity case we estimate these will vary between £1,750 - £3,500 plus VAT (on the basis of a two day hearing) depending on their experience, to prepare your case and represent you at the final hearing.

    High complexity case

    In a complex case we estimate these will vary between £3,500 - £10,000 plus VAT (on the basis of a three day hearing) depending on their experience, to prepare your case and represent you at the final hearing.

    VAT is currently charged at 20%

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Partner & Head of Employment Oliver Tasker 01522 515987 Lincoln
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