Employment law for individuals

To deal with an issue at work can be one of the most stressful experiences an individual can face. David approaches such matters in a firm, yet pragmatic, manner. Typical employment law issues faced by individuals include:

  • disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • sickness absence
  • capability procedures
  • settlement agreements
  • redundancies and reorganisations
  • unfair dismissal
  • discrimination and harassment
  • equal pay.

David provides a variety of charging options, allowing clients to control and budget for legal costs:

Free helpline – whenever you face an issue at work, please call David. You will not be charged for the initial telephone advice. If the matter cannot be dealt with in the initial call, David will discuss his charges with you.

Pay as you go – David recognises that a major reason for people not consulting solicitors is the fear of legal costs. David will be open and transparent about his charges and will work with you to apply a charging structure that suits you. Estimates will be given in all cases. In some cases, a fixed or capped charge might be appropriate. All cases (except for insurance and no-win, no-fee cases) are invoiced monthly so you can keep an eye on the costs that have been incurred.

Insurance cases – many individuals have the benefit of legal expenses insurance that will invariably cover employment tribunal cases. This is often bolted on to home, contents or motor insurance or is included with banking or credit card facilities. If you have such insurance, you are entitled to instruct a solicitor of your choice. You should call the insurance helpline as soon as you need legal advice and inform that you would like to instruct David. If your case has at least a 51% chance of success, you should be covered by the policy.

Settlement agreements – David has substantial experience of advising clients who have been presented with a settlement agreement by their employer. Such situations can range from simply signing off an agreement, the terms of which have been agreed in principle between the client and their employer, right through to negotiating an improved package. David’s fees for advising with regard to a settlement agreement start at £420 (£350 plus VAT) but would obviously be more if negotiation as to the severance package and/or the terms of the agreement were required.

Employment tribunals – David also has substantial experience in bringing claims to the employment tribunal. Please see the “About” page for the details of David’s experience and qualifications. His pricing for bringing claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal, culminating in a one-day tribunal hearing, is in the region of £9,000 and £12,000 (£7,500 and £10,000 plus VAT).

Factors that could make the case more complex include:

  • If it is necessary to make applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether you are disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties).
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim (e.g. whistleblowing).
  • If there are allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.
  • The number of witnesses and documents.
  • Making or defending a costs application.

There would be an additional charge for attending a preliminary hearing or a full hearing of more than one day. The additional charge would be between £1,800 and £2,400 (£1,500 and £2,000 plus VAT).

Generally, David conducts advocacy at any tribunal hearing himself. However, if a barrister is instructed, the barrister’s fees are likely to be between £1,200 and £3,000 (£1,000 and £2,500 plus VAT) per day, depending on the experience of the barrister.

Any travel expenses to tribunal hearings would also be chargeable.

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 ACAS Early Conciliation to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
  • Preparing claim to be filed at the tribunal.
  • Preparing a schedule of loss.
  • Exchanging documents with the other side and agreeing a bundle of documents.
  • Drafting witness statements.
  • Reviewing and advising on the other side’s witness statements.
  • Agreeing a list of issues, chronology and/or cast list.
  • Preparing and attending at final hearing, including instructions to any barrister.
  • Exploring and negotiating settlement throughout the process.

The stages set out above are an indication and, if some of the stages are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only take David’s advice in relation to some of the stages – this can also be arranged on your individual needs.

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the conclusion of the matter depends largely on the stage at which the case is resolved. If settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, the case like to stage between two and four weeks. If the claim proceeds to a final hearing, the case is likely to take between 9 and 18 months – it will finish sooner if it settles before a final hearing but will take longer if a preliminary hearing is required or if the final hearing is to last for more than one day. This is just an estimate and David will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once he has more information and as the matter progresses.

No-win, no fee cases – in exceptional circumstances, David might be prepared to represent you on a “no-win, no-fee” basis. No fee would be payable if the case is lost. If the case is successful or settles, David’s fee would be a percentage of the compensation you receive (up to 35% including VAT). Whether David would represent you on this basis and, if so, on what terms will depend on a variety of factors to be discussed with you.

Legal aid – Legal aid is not available in most work cases except for discrimination. David does not undertake legal aid work.

For more information contact David Parry on 01993 848247 or by email on david@parryemploymentlaw.com

Employment law for businesses

David Parry’s approach to employment law is understanding, pragmatic and cost-effective. He helps all types of businesses to achieve the best outcomes at the right price. With decades of experience David is a highly credible and trustworthy employment lawyer. He is friendly, professional, open and honest, and will work closely with you to help overcome your legal challenges.Read more ...


As the director of a small, educational charity working in Oxford, I have found David Parry’s cogent and common sense guidance to be invaluable. He has helped us immensely in dealing with a difficult case and has provided incisive advise that is sensitive to our needs and structure. His awareness of the differences between types and sizes of organisation and a clear understanding of the law has given us confidence to act. He has also helped us make sure we establish appropriate baseline practices for normal employment situations.Stanley P Rosenberg MA, PhD, Director, CCCU-UK
WRAP has worked with David for over five years, seeking his advice on a variety of employment law matters. He is both easily approachable and accessible. We value his ability to support us in analysing the critical points of our cases and advise accordingly. David excels in providing comprehensible advice. Really important for us is his skill in ensuring we understand any risks that we face in a situation or planned course of action, whilst recognising that we have a business to run, and then advising how we can manage these two sometimes contradictory aspects together.Eileen Anderson, Former Head of HR, Waste & Resources Action Programme
Key to David’s success and the reason that we have a great working relationship is that he understands our business models, he is prepared to get off the fence and challenge our thinking, but his priority remains the same which is to minimise risk and deliver cost-effective commercial solutions to our business.Nick Allen, Group HR Director, Absolute Taste Limited
David has guided us through the legal process with the sensitivity and experience that our case needed. We had not expected it to go as high as the Court of Appeal and definitely would not have been able to do that without David’s help. I would not hesitate to recommend David’s services.Angela Fox, Personal Representative of Claimant in Fox -v- British Airways plc
Fortunately, the quality of David’s legal advice is far greater than the quality of his golf!Alistair Booth, Former Executive Chairman, Frilford Heath Golf club
David has been providing us with advice and support on employment law issues for several years now. He has given us consistent, comprehensible and above all practical help across a wide range of issues, from recruitment to redundancies; from Directors' contracts to settlement agreements; and even seen us safely through a couple of tough TUPE issues. We could not envisage making key employment decisions without his advice.Fiona Strong, Group Managing Director, The Ark-H Group
Clifton High School was looking for a personal service based on a real understanding of the ever-changing nature of employment law, the demands of independent schools and the needs of our staff. David understands us, the independent sector and of course the law. David has been immensely helpful and reassuring to us all and we look forward to his termly visits.Guy Cowper, Former Director of Operations, Clifton High School
I am very pleased to recommend David. I have always found the advice he gives to be first-rate and pragmatic, based upon a good understanding of the employment issues faced by independent schools. He responds promptly to queries and provides good value for money.HR Manager, Independent School, South-West England
I just wanted to thank you enormously for dealing with this drama and giving me such good, balanced and direct advice. I trust your opinion and talent to the end so thank you.Fiona Morrison, Managing Director, TLA Medicolegal Limited
I am enormously grateful for your wisdom and calm, speedy help on this. Very lucky to have you assisting us.Jayne Norris, Managing Director, Edgars Limited

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