Employment Law

Carr & Co are one of the leading Employment Solicitors in Newcastle and Northumberland.

Problems at work can be very stressful for an individual and their family. It is important that an employee or an employer receives sound advice and the support that is required when dealing with any employment problems.

At Carr & Co we specialise in advising individual employees or employers on contractual rights, grievance and disciplinary procedures, discrimination and harassment, dismissal, redundancy or resignation. In addition to the above we also assist in pursuing or defending any claims in relation to equal pay, securing maternity, paternity, parental and dependant carers rights along with those listed above.

We also specialise in giving sound advice and representation at the Employment Tribunal. If you have not yet made a claim and are considering doing so it is important to act very quickly. Usual time limits mean that you are not able to make a claim to the Tribunal if it is three months or more after the dismissal or complaint. It is important to get tailored advices to the specific facts of your case.

If an agreement has been reached between an employee and their employer then it would be appropriate to have a Compromise Agreement in place. At Carr & Co we specialise in drafting such Compromise Agreements for employers and assisting and advising the employee in a Compromise Agreement that the employer may have asked then to sign. Such Compromise Agreements are popular in circumstances such as voluntary redundancy, early retirement or dismissal.

It is extremely important that you have the opportunity of taking independent legal advice if your employer has asked you to sign a Compromise Agreement to ensure that you understand the implications and the effect of signing the same.

If you are asked to sign a Compromise Agreement please do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment. It is customary for your employer to pay the costs of your legal advice and so it is likely that your legal costs would be covered by your employer.

Carr & Co provide comprehensive advice and packages to suit Employers. We can assist with drafting Letters of Appointment, Contracts of Employment, Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures, Redundancy Procedures.

As part of our packages we offer a free annual review to ensure you are still up to date and comply with current employment legislation.

Contact us further if you are an Employee or an Employer to arrange an appointment convenient to you.

Bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Simple case: £1000-£1500 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £2000-£3000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £3500-£10,000 (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 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

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1200 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-5 days depending on the complexity of your case.


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 £1500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)

Key stages

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 claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from 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 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 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 12-16 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 30-52 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 and as the matter progresses.

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