Here at Sarah Waddington Solicitors, we pride ourselves on providing clients with an array of varied services and even though we specialise in Timeshare and Consumer Law and Practice, we can also offer our clients advice on a range of other legal matters, including personal compensation claims, criminal defence, motoring offences and employment disputes. With our expertise and a lifetime of experience in the soliciting industry, you are guaranteed a high performance and success rate.
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Personal Compensation Claims
One of the many services we offer here at Sarah Waddington are Personal Compensation Claims. These are associated with personal injury claims that have been caused by another individuals carelessness and negligence – usually, these cases will take place abroad, in road traffic accidents, medical care, and generally where a high risk of injury may take place. If you have found yourself in a similar scenario, you are able to claim compensation from those responsible. However, if you are in any doubt, you may require some professional help and expert opinions from experienced solicitors found here at Sarah Waddington.
When we are approached by a client with an enquiry for a Personal Compensation Claim, we deal with the query in a logical manner, assessing all circumstances from the time the injury took place all the way to whose held responsible and how much compensation you can receive. If the defendant expects liability for your injury, our solicitors will directly settle the matter out of court, and no further action needs to take place. On the other hand, if the defendant denies responsibility for the claim, this will require legal action in court, challenging the perpetrator for the justice of your case.
Providing legal advice and representation is a matter for the professionals here at our soliciting practice. Criminal Defence is another of the many services we offer guidance and direction for, specialising in the defence of individuals and businesses charged with criminal activity. For a reputable company who has allegedly engaged in law-breaking, this can be detrimental towards the prospects of their future. Not only will you face a criminal conviction, your pride may also be scuppered, leaving you with no choice but to seek professional help.
Whatever the situation, we can guarantee that our solicitors have years of experience and a wealth of knowledge that can advocate your court proceedings to prove your innocence. Being the accused suspect can prove challenging, especially when trying to avoid conviction of the criminal offence you have been held accountable for. This is where our trusted legal practitioners are qualified to deal with violations and fundamental regulation of all laws.
If you have found yourself in an employment dispute, it may be that you are unaware of the rights you have within your job and feel at a loss with what to do. From unfair dismissal and redundancy to discrimination and harassment, our senior associates are on hand to offer in-depth support throughout the disagreement. Whether you are self-employed or work a 9-5 office job, your dispute will be handled professionally and efficiently to ensure optimal success.
As a highly regarded unit of solicitors, we operate under intense guidelines, ensuring you resolve the altercation with your employer formally and immediately, without experiencing grief. Not only may an employee raise concerns about any misconduct at work, but employees may also have disciplinaries in relation to your work, absence or conduct.
Pricing information for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal
Simple cases: £1,000 -£10,000 (excluding VAT, charged at 20%)
Medium complexity cases: £5,000 – £25,000 (excluding VAT, charged at 20%)
High complexity cases: £15,000 – £60,000 £X (excluding VAT, charged at 20%)
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)
Media involvement/risk of reputational damage
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 £750 per day (excluding VAT, charged at 20%). Generally, we would allow 1-4 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 are estimated between £750 to £5,000 with additional days estimated at between £500.00 and £1,750 (depending on 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 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 4-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take more than 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.
Who will deal with my case?
The professional details of the team are stated on the Employment Law page on our website. All work is undertaken under the supervision of a Director.
Need Some Expert Advice Today?
If you’re currently in a state of despair and need urgent advice about any of the above aspects, Sarah Waddington Solicitors are here to assist you in your journey. Whatever the situation, we are motivated by success and want to get a positive outcome – by formulating bespoke defence strategies, we represent all clients and ensure safeguarding in all areas.
To get in touch with one of our expert solicitors, you can give us a call on 01924 601112 or fill out our contact form to book your free, no obligation assessment. During this assessment we will review and investigate your case, acquiring important, yet essential information needed to help us obtain a clear and comprehensive understanding of the desired outcome for each client.