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The Group contains a unique blend of public and private sector employment and governance law experience that means we can offer pragmatic and realistic advice rooted in your organisation’s needs. Our highly experienced solicitors are committed to giving prompt and cost-effective advice to public and third sector legal, HR and information professionals. Our clients include unitary authorities, first and second tier authorities, fire and rescue authorities, local authority trading companies, multi-academy trusts and school governing bodies.
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Areas of expertise

  • Employment
  • Information Law

Our specialisms

  • Defence of employment tribunal claims
  • Compliance advice for DLU, ESFA and HMT guidance on severance payments
  • Negotiation of agreed exits under settlement agreements
  • Referrals to professional regulators
  • Advice to senior officer panels hearing appeals against dismissal
  • Pre-dismissal advice
  • Advice on public interest disclosure investigations
  • Training HR teams on key issues
  • Advice on TUPE issues in outsourcing, insourcing and retendering
  • Advice on public sector pensions
  • Strategic advice on organisational change, restructuring and HR policies
  • Strategic advice on industrial relations
  • Advice on authority legal powers
  • Advice on DSAR and FOIA requests
  • Advice on Standards Investigations into Elected Members
  • Advice to governing bodies on handling parental complaints

Our approach

Under review. Information to follow soon.

Our team

We have four members of the team who may work on your matter including Head of Group, James Lynas. In accordance with the new Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) guidelines, we are now including information on some services we provide to ensure consumers have the information they need to make an informed choice of legal services provider, including understanding what the costs may be. You can find this information below on this page.

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Our Team

James Lynas

Head of Employment Group

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Nina Lingard

Senior Solicitor

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Mark Radford

Senior Solicitor

Mark prides himself on engaging with problems from the client’s perspective. Clients praise him for his efficiency, speed and technical expertise.

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Raphael Royo-Reece

Trainee Solicitor

Raphael is looking to develop his practical legal skills whilst supporting the team

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Price information

Employment tribunal: Range of costs

We believe it is vital for clients to receive sound advice from legal professionals that understand the needs of your organisation. Our employment team understands there is no “one size fits all” solution to employment law. Our team will consider the structure and size of your organisation and will tailor its services to meet your needs. Our fees will be based on the time spent on the matter and the hourly rates of our team which are between £53ph and £180ph plus VAT at current rates (20%). Guide pricing for defending claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination or whistleblowing are as follows:
   Fee (excluding third-party Disbursements, plus VAT charged at a rate of 20%)
Simple Case £6,000 - £8,000
Medium Complexity Case £10,000 - £20,000
High Complexity Case £20,000 +
Factors that could make a case more complex:
  • Multiple allegations.
  • 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 volume of documents.
  • Allegations of discrimination or whistleblowing.
  • Applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.
  • Making or defending a costs application.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Counsel’s fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. Counsel's fees are estimated to be between £750 to £2500 exclusive of VAT per day (depending on the experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). VAT will be charged at current rates (20%).

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; this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
  • Preparing the claim or response.
  • Reviewing and advising on the claim or response from the other party.
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process.
  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss.
  • Preparing for (and attending) a preliminary hearing.
  • Obtaining and considering all relevant documents.
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents.
  • Preparing a bundle of documents.
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses.
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements.
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list.
  • Instructing Counsel if required.
  • Preparation and attendance at a final hearing.
The stages set out above are only an indicator of typical key stages and some may not be required. 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 according to 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 up to 6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing, your case is likely to take 6-12 months. 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.

Client testimonials

“Sarah provides excellent advice, often off the cuff at the end of the phone when urgent matters arise. She is extremely good at explaining the intricacies of planning law in layman’s terms, which is very much appreciated. Sarah is a reliable and conscientious colleague who I do not hesitate to contact for guidance and clarity in often high-pressured situations. She is well respected amongst her peers and colleagues, and officers very much appreciate her knowledge and calming influence.”
Planning & Highways Client
“I am writing in praise of your support. As someone in the firing line of an ultra-aggressive legal team for the first time in my life, this was a traumatic and, at times, upsetting process. You were at my side, dispensing wise and calming counsel throughout. You have been readily available when crises occurred, have been a wonderful listener and, in the end, we reached an outcome that was highly satisfactory for our school and its pupils. I cannot speak highly enough of the way that you handled this case, and I thank you and your firm for the support you gave me. Being a chair of governors, sworn to confidentiality, can be a lonely business! You kept me sane.”
Chair of School Governors
“You’ve been incredibly helpful with this. Thanks for always replying so promptly and for being a star.”
Private Sector Town Planning & Development Consultancy
“The whole team at Invicta Law are really professional, efficient and courteous in their approach to our Development Agreement works. This I find makes my role much easier particularly when this is a specialist subject that I often need to seek their advice with.”
Planning & Highways Client
“The experience has been really top end. Rather than just offering the options, they have given some real solid advice on the best route. It's a good business 'partnering' approach.”
Kent Fire and Rescue Service
“Their employment advice has always proved to be sound. I’ve worked with lots of different lawyers in London boroughs and. I’d also say that Invicta Law is the most solution-focused.”
Kent Fire and Rescue Service

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