EAD is a long established firm of Solicitors based in Liverpool, known for providing expert and practical advice to our clients. Our approach is directed to a personal service for our clients and ensuring the right outcome. We work with our individual and business clients to ensure that access to legal advice is affordable and that the issue of legal costs should not be a bar to access to justice.
Employment law is a complex legal area, changing on a regular basis, and subject to technical legal rules, for example in the Employment Tribunal. Claims have short time limits to commence Court or Employment Tribunal proceedings, and require a careful approach and understanding of the law. Whether acting for individuals, trade unions or businesses our Solicitors specialise only in employment law, and have experience covering all legal areas.
The EAD Employment Law Unit provides advice to individuals and organisations across the UK, and in 2013 this was recognised when the firm received the award from Liverpool Law Society for Employment Law Firm of the Year. EAD’s reputation was built through working for individuals through our relationship with Trade Unions and EAD is rightly proud to represent members of both Unite the Union and USDAW. Over a number of years the advice and representation has expanded to involve legal work for individual clients and businesses. The work areas covered through our advice and representation is set out within the different sections of this website.
The employment law work is led by partner, Stephen Pinder, who has a national reputation in representing clients, providing advice and being involved in legal claims. The Employment Law Team will assist our clients involved in employment law disputes, in resolving issues and in providing other legal services such as training.
If you have an employment law problem let us be part of the solution. More detailed information about our work is included in this guide and if you need help contact EAD for an initial free discussion or interview:-
Contact EAD for an initial free discussion or interview:-
We’re always transparent and upfront about our costs, which we’ll discuss with you at the outset to avoid any surprises. We have different hourly rates, according to each Solicitors’ level of experience – and a discount may be offered for the first hour.
On settlement agreements, employers usually make a contribution to your legal fees, which may be sufficient to cover our costs. In more complicated cases, where we’re asked to carry out extensive negotiations to secure a better package, we seek a higher contribution from the employer.
Any additional charges will be discussed with you in advance.
Subject to gaining an agreement with your insurer, we may be able to act for you under the terms of your Legal Expenses Insurance policy.
At Simpson Millar, clear and open pricing is just as important to us as it is to you.
We understand that everyone has different needs, so instead of offering one pricing option to everybody, we provide pricing suited to your individual needs – don’t underpay, don’t overpay.
Pay the right fee in the right way for the service that you require.
So how does that work?
When you speak to Simpson Millar, we’ll take the time to understand your circumstances and the kind of help you need, as well as how you want to receive our advice. We’ll then provide you with choices.
Some examples of how you may like to pay for and fund your legal advice include:
A fixed hourly rate
A fixed quote for all the work
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal is as follows:
Simple case: £1,500-£4,000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £3,000-£7,000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £6,000-£10,000+ (excluding VAT)
Factors that could make a case more complex could include:
If it’s 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 isn’t agreed by the parties)
The number of witnesses and documents
If it’s an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g: if you’re dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as expert reports.
We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel’s fees are estimated at between £500 to £1,700 per day (depending on the experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).
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 aren’t 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.
The time 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 4-12 weeks.
If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 24-48 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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What others say about us
Extremely happy with the outcome of my Personal Injury Claim and can only thank Paul McCarthy and his team at EAD Solicitors and also Tim Trotman my barrister arranged by EAD, for all their work and efforts on my behalf. As such I would highly recommend EAD to anyone in need of their service. Once again thanks to all involved.
Brodie Martin, Merseyside
Excellent, very professional, approachable when I needed advice. I would just like to say thank you to your staff.