Avoid and resolve employment law issues with our straightforward, practical and commercial legal advice. From pre-recruitment to post-termination and everything in between.

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Greenwoods GRM has a highly regarded Employment law team with a number of household names as longtime clients.

Robert Dillarstone, an employment lawyer and The Managing Partner of Greenwoods GRM says ‘We work as an integral part of clients’ management teams, we aim to be accessible at all times and to provide a speed of response to meet clients’ needs efficiently.’

The team, well known for its advocacy skills and frequent tribunal appearances, provides a comprehensive employment law service including claims for wrongful and unfair dismissal, sex, race and disability discrimination claims, drafting of contractual documentation, transfers of undertakings, breach of confidentiality and restraint of trade including injunctions.

The team acts for organisations across a wide range of industry and service areas in both the public and private sectors including a number who are US owned.  Team members work hard to understand the issues clients face in the context of their business.

Members of the team are actively involved in the Employment Lawyers Association and our immigration law expert is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association.

To find out more about how our employment specialists can help you, please contact John Macaulay.  


The Legal 500 rates us as a first tier firm for our Employment advice:


“Greenwoods GRM is ‘very strong in the employment law area‘  and ‘advice is always pragmatic and timely‘.” (2019)

“The firm is ‘a valued business partner and has an experienced team that understands all the intricacies of employment law’.” (2017)


We can help you properly structure your remuneration arrangements to ensure your workforce is motivated and committed.

Employees are the most important asset for any business, but how to attract and retain key personnel to ensure the success of your business can be a challenge.

We aim to provide you with straight forward, accessible advice on the many options that are available to you. We can help you design and implement a remuneration plan to best meet your commercial needs, whilst advising you on the legal, regulatory and tax issues.

Existing share schemes and employee incentives are often a fundamental part of corporate transactions. We can advise you on the most effective and tax efficient way of dealing with share plans in mergers and acquisitions.

We can advise you on:

  • Share plans
  • Bonus schemes
  • Flexible benefits
  • Tax issues
  • Remuneration planning
  • Drafting appropriate performance measures for such schemes.

To find out more about how our employment specialists can help you, please contact John Macaulay.  

Avoid and resolve employment law issues with our straightforward, practical and commercial legal advice.

From pre-recruitment to post-termination and everything in between.

Having the right employees is critical to any business, and having the wrong ones can be costly. The right legal advice can help make sure issues don’t arise, but if they do, we find solutions to problems and help manage and resolve disputes in line with best practice, but never lose site of the commercial needs of your business.

We have real experience of providing focused, practical legal advice on day to day and strategic issues in the workplace.  We will work closely with you to gain an insight into your business, becoming an intrinsic part of your HR team and delivering advice that is tailored to what you want to achieve.

We are recognised for our employment law training. We offer seminars on important developments, as well as bespoke training tailored to your specific needs. In addition we can keep you up to date with important changes as they happen with our up to the minute email alerts.

We advise on all employment matters, including:

  • Employment Tribunal claims
  • Discrimination
  • Drafting and updating contracts, policies and procedures
  • Day to day HR advice including recruitment, discipline and grievance procedures, family friendly rights, holiday entitlement and exit strategies
  • Reviewing your employment contracts (and director’s service agreements), policies and procedures to ensure that they are up to date with ever-changing employment law
  • Restrictive covenants and protection of confidential information
  • Business reorganisations and redundancies
  • Employment law aspects of transfers of undertakings, including assisting employers in due diligence exercises and minimising the risk of consequent claims.

To find out more about how our employment specialists can help you, please contact John Macaulay.  

We advise on all aspects of pensions law and practice.

The team can also our clients on the pensions aspects of corporate acquisitions, disposals, mergers and reorganisations.

This includes:

  • advising on the design, establishment and restructuring of pension arrangements (approved and unapproved)
  • merging and winding up schemes
  • negotiating with the Inland Revenue and other regulatory bodies
  • pension related disputes.

Working closely with our Employment team we regularly advise on the pensions issues that arise at the beginning and end of an employment relationship.

To find out more about how our employment specialists can help you, please contact John Macaulay.  


The Legal 500 commends us for our Pensions advice


“Anning has more than 20 years’ experience in advising corporate entities, public authorities, trustees and unions on occupational pension schemes.” (2019)

“Consultant Pauline Anning is rated for her ‘attention to detail and clear advice’ to employers and trustees.” (2017)

In accordance with SRA Transparency Rules 2018, we have provided information on our approach to fees and service for bringing claims (individuals) or defending claims (small businesses) for unfair or wrongful dismissal below. For information about other areas of work not covered by the SRA Transparency Rules 2018 please get in touch.

Claims for wrongful or unfair dismissal

On average, our estimated costs for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal are likely to be:

  • Simple case: £10,000 (plus VAT and disbursements)
  • Medium complexity case: £25,000 (plus VAT and disbursements)
  • High complexity case: £55,000 (plus VAT and disbursements)

Factors that could make a case more complex and/or more expensive include:

  • A long employment history
  • 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 entitled to bring a claim
  • 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
  • Reputational risk and damage
  • Separate hearings for liability and remedy
  • The number of parties
  • Unreasonable conduct by an opposing party

We will instruct a barrister to represent you at the main Tribunal Hearing.  We may also instruct a barrister to represent you at complex Preliminary Hearings.  Barrister’s fees are estimated to be between £750 to £3,000 per day (depending on the barrister’s experience) for each day of preparing for and attending at a main Tribunal Hearing.

We will work with clients to determine whether a solicitor and a barrister both need to be present at the main Tribunal Hearing (or at a Preliminary Hearing), how long they may be needed to attend for and the seniority of the solicitor and barrister attending.

Assuming a solicitor needs to attend a main Tribunal Hearing or a Preliminary Hearing, there will be an additional charge of, on average (and depending on the seniority of the person attending), £2,000 per day (plus VAT).  There will also be an additional charge for our time spent travelling, which will be dependent on the location of the Tribunal.

Generally, we would allow 1-10 days for the main Tribunal Hearing depending on the complexity of your case.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as barrister’s fees, travel expenses and photocopying. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Key stages

The fees set out above cover all 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 is subject to change)
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation to explore whether a settlement can be reached
  • Preparing a claim or a response
  • Reviewing and advising on a claim or response from another party
  • Exploring and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  • Preparing a list of documents, exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing 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 a cast list
  • Preparation and attendance at the main Tribunal Hearing, including instructions to the barrister

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee may be less.  Likewise, if any additional stages are required, the fee may be more.  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 depend largely on the stage at which your case is resolved and the availability of the Tribunal.  If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 4-6 weeks.  If your claim proceeds to a main Tribunal Hearing, your case is likely to take 26-52 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.

Information correct as of December 2018

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