Alderson Law

Employment Pricing



Who will be handling my Case?

Graham Shannon a Solicitor and Partner in the Firm. Graham is a graduate of the University of Essex and completed his Professional Training in the North East where he has remained since.

Graham has been Practicing Employment Law for over 20 years and represents Employers and Employees / Workers in Employment Tribunal claims across a broad spectrum of Employment Law and Practice. His cases have involved one which involved an issue relating to reasonable adjustments in a Disability Discrimination Claim in respect of which his interpretation was supported by the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Approximately 70% of Graham’s fee earning work is in Employment Law.

For most Cases Graham will represent you at Tribunal. For lengthy or complex cases we may recommend that you instruct a Specialist Barrister and we will discuss the payment of Barristers Fees with you and agree a reasonable fee before instructing them. Some Barristers may accept instructions to act on a Damages Based Agreement (see below).

 Damages Based Agreements (DBA)

Under a Damages based agreement we agree to act for Employees or workers on the basis that if you lose your claim we will not charge for the services we provide you (the cost associated with our advice and representation), but where we will ask you to pay some of your compensation to us as our fee for acting if you are awarded compensation which is also known as ‘damages’.

Our success fee will be no less than 20% and no more than 30% of your compensation. And we will deduct this from your compensation before paying the balance to you

Not every case will be suitable for representation on a DBA however and we may need to carry out some preliminary work before we can decide if we can offer a DBA. Investigative work may be carried out on a pro bono basis (without any charge), but in most cases we will charge you for the time spent is assessing your case either on an hourly rate basis (see below)  or for a fixed fee. A simple case is likely to be assessed with between 1 and 3 hours work being required and a complex case may involve between 10 and 20 hours of work and this would be charged at Graham’s hourly charging rate from time to time.

Under a DBA we will require you to, pay our time on an hourly rate basis if you decide not to continue with your claim against our advice or refuse to accept our advice on an offer you may receive

Fixed Fee Work

Where we agree a fixed fee with you this will be calculated with reference to the following 3 categories of case. The level of complexity associated with a case can depend on the number of legal issues in the case, the involvement of non- legally represented parties, the expected length of any hearing, the number and nature of witnesses involved, and the need to deal with applications in the course of the case

Less Complex Cases

Those likely to involve one issue and where the case is heard in less than one day.

Fee Range £ 3000.00 to £5000 plus vat

Medium Complexity Cases

Those involving more than one legal issue or claim where the hearing lasts between 2 and  5 days.

Fee Range  £5000 to £10000  plus vat

In addition you may be required to pay Barristers fees

Higher Complexity Cases

Those involving multiple issues or parties substantial documentation multiple witnesses and a hearing duration in excess of 5 days.

Fee Range £ 10000 to £25000 plus vat

In addition you would be responsible for payment of Barristers fees

Hourly Rate Work

Graham’s current hourly charging rate or ‘fee’ is £220 per hour. Our Charging rates are reviewed annually on 1st April. We charge or ‘bill you’ for the cost of our time

VAT will be added to our charges.


This is the word we use to refer to payments which are made to others in your case. They include for example any Tribunal or Court Fees, fees payable to expert or other witnesses, travelling expenses and Barristers fees. We will tell you what disbursements will be payable before they are paid and agree these with you in every case.

Other Means of Funding  your Case?

You may be eligible for funding provided by a Trade Union or Insurance Company. We will discuss this at your first meeting with us

Key Stages in Tribunal Cases

The following are the usual stages in claims involving typical wrongful or unfair dismissal cases. No two cases are the same, however, cases differ in complexity. Some are straightforward involving few issues or little application of Employment law but others may involve additional issues such as linked claims for discrimination and consideration of a lot of case law or research. Some cases may involve little documentation or involve few witnesses, others may involve substantial documentation and multiple witnesses. These are all factors which will necessarily involve more time.

Employee/Worker Cases

  1. Taking your instructions to advice on the strengths or weaknesses of your case
  2. Notification of Claim to ACAS. A mandatory requirement your claim can’t go ahead until ACAS have had the chance to see if your case can be settled without the need for a Tribunal Claim
  3. Preparing your Tribunal Claim form (The ET1) and supporting Particulars of the claim
  4. Considering Response to Claim and advising you further
  5. Considering Tribunal Directions Order and Timetable and discussing this with you

Attending Tribunal Case Management hearing and preparing for the Hearing

  1. Preparing Lists of Documents to be considered and witness statements to be used
  2. Preparing a Schedule of Losses
  3. Considering and advising on opponents witness statements and documents

Attending Pre Hearing Appointment at Tribunal

  1. Preparing Bundle of Documents to be considered at Hearing
  2. Preparing Submission or Skeleton Arguments for Tribunal 1-4 hours work
  3. Agreeing Statement of Issues and list of Cases to be considered by Tribunal
  4. Representation at Hearing (By Solicitor)
  5. Negotiations throughout the process between 1 and 14 above
  6. Instructing a Barrister for Interim Hearings
  7. Instructing a Barrister for final hearing

Employer Cases

The guidance above applies, however, the work in item 2 and 4 is not required, and the work in 3 relates to consideration of the ET1

How long will my Case Take?

This is dependent on many factors including the possibility of early settlement or Tribunal Waiting Lists. A less complex case is likely to take between 3 and 4 months. A Complex Case may take 6 months or longer. A case which settles during pre-claim conciliation may settle in a week or two. We will provide you with informed time estimates as your case progresses.

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Telephone Blyth:

01670 352293

Telephone Morpeth:

01670 519714

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Mary was born and has lived all her life in the North East of England. Her first interest was science and she originally studied Biomedical Science at Northumbria and worked in the scientific research field and the NHS, before studying part time, again at Northumbria University, to obtain her degree in Law. Since then she has enjoyed a varied career covering many different areas of law, before specialising in Children Law, which she has done almost exclusively for the past 5 years.

Mary loves reading and history and at a weekend can often be found at one of the many historical sites the North East has to offer and has even been known to play video games when she can find the time.

Chris was originally a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives from 1997 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2001.

He has over 25 years experience in private client work comprising Wills, Trusts, Probate, Powers of Attorney and other Court of Protection Work such as Deputyship applications. Chris has been a Partner in several firms in the North East, being Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate.

He brings a wealth of experience to his role and works closely with clients, providing them with a service tailored to their needs

Susan was born and bred in the North East, spending all of her working life in Blyth. She qualified in 1981 and, after some years at Alderson Law, began to specialise in family law, covering both private and legal aid. Susan was a member of the Law Society Family Panel and an accredited Resolution specialist, specialising particularly in private children law and domestic violence.

Susan took part-retirement in December 2018 but still works as a Solicitor here at Alderson Law. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, walking, reading, and spending time with her family. She has also been a Brownie leader for over 40 years.

Originally from East Yorkshire, Jasmine moved to the North East in 2012 to study at Northumbria University undertaking the M Law Exempting (BPTC) course (the only undergraduate course in England and Wales which incorporates the Bar Professional Training Course), graduating in 2016 with a First Class Honours and a Very Competent in the Bar Professional Training Course. Prior to joining Alderson Law Jasmine specialised in RTA Fraud in a Personal Injury firm, before moving to another firm to work as a Family Law Paralegal.

In 2018 she joined our team as a Family Law Paralegal and before qualifying as a Solicitor within the Family Law Department based at our Morpeth office. Jasmine represents clients in a wide range of matters including; divorce and matrimonial finance, disputes regarding the arrangements for children as well as parents who are subject to Local Authority involvement both before and during Court proceedings.

In her spare time Jasmine likes visiting the beach, going to the gym, watching live music and looking after her pet rabbit.

Julie is a highly experienced property solicitor. She studied Law at Northumbria University and, after qualifying in 2000, went on to work at national and international firms prior to joining the team at Alderson Law in 2017. She works alongside her clients, advising on residential and commercial property development, property investment, portfolio management, property finance, landlord and tenant, easements and restrictive covenants.

Fiona is a specialist private client lawyer providing advice and assistance with wills, trusts, tax planning, probate & estate administration, lasting powers of attorney, court of protection and elderly client work. Having previously worked with a number of Newcastle-based firms listed in The Legal 500, Fiona brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role. She is a full member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), the association for specialists in family inheritance and succession planning.

Fiona grew up in Northern Ireland and studied law at Durham University, and has remained in the North East ever since. She enjoys spending time with her family at their cottage in Northumberland.

Mark Hipkin, partner at Alderson Law LLP, has been advising businesses and claimants since he qualified as a solicitor in 1982.

Mark’s passion is for representing claimants on two wheels in complex, serious and catastrophic motorcycle, scooter and cycle injuries, but he also has extensive experience of acting for claimants in many other personal injury areas including occupiers and public liability work and accidents at work. He specialises in challenging and complex cases. Mark always puts the client first, looking from the first day of instruction to obtain the best and fairest outcome for a claimant, no matter how long a case may take. He is a fan of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and early neutral valuation as alternatives to litigation. Sometimes, however, litigation is the best option, together with the necessary drive to see every matter through to a fair conclusion.

Mark also, having started his own business, advises business clients, often with motorcycle-, scooter- or cycle-related businesses and also deals with complex commercial disputes, professional negligence cases, and general civil litigation.

Mark likes to spend what free time he has with his family and practising Tai Chi and Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate – in which he is a second Dan).

Having worked in family law for over 25 years, Julie is a highly accomplished specialist in her field. She has a vast body of experience in dealing with family law, from divorce and related financial issues to complex child-related cases. Julie was the first person in North Tyneside to achieve the status of an accredited advanced family law specialist, and is a member of the Law Society Advanced Family Panel, which demonstrates her experience in complex contested family cases and other subject-specific matters.

Though multi-talented and highly experienced, Julie’s particular speciality is in complex ancillary relief (financial settlement) claims and complex residence and contact disputes.

In her spare time Julie enjoys relaxing and spending time with her family and three grandchildren. She attends clients at our Whitley Bay and Blyth offices.

Tracey is one of our Partners and qualified as a solicitor in 1997. Throughout her career she has had a varied caseload undertaking matters in most areas of civil and private client law. Tracey can assist clients in a wide range of matters including: Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney, Debt Recovery, Residential and Commercial Conveyancing as well as Licensing and Landlord and Tenant matters.

Tracey is one of our most senior practitioners with over 20 years of local experience, having graduated from both Newcastle University and Northumbria University. When not in the office she enjoys walking, cycling, and cooking with her family.