Defence Discount

Keelys are pleased to offer a 10% discount to members of the armed forces, through the defence discount scheme.  This covers all of our services, including conveyancing, wills and probate, divorce and other family issues

Keelys Defend Agency Worker Case

We have successfully defended one of the first claims under the Agency Worker Regulations. The worker argued that he should be paid the same as a permanent employee, but he had signed a “Swedish Derogation” contract, waiving his right to pay parity in return for being guaranteed four weeks’ pay between assignments.

This case demonstrates the value of such contracts as a way of avoiding having to pay agency workers the same as their permanent colleagues. To find out how this could work for you, please contact Paul Roberts: proberts@keelys.co.uk

Keelys Costs and PI Conference

Our annual conference held on 28th June was once again a big success. Speaker included Professor Dominic Reagan on Part 36 offers, Alexander Hutton QC on Costs and Clinical Negligence, Andrew Hogarth QC on Secondary Victims and Robin Dunne on Costs Management and Budgeting.
For more information contact Robin Dunne on rdunne@keelys.co.uk

Employment Tribunal Fees Introduced

From 29 July 2013, employees will have to pay a fee to bring an employment tribunal claim.  Until now, there has been no fee for employment tribunal claims.  This is changing so that the cost to the government of running the employment tribunal service is reduced, and to try to reduce the number of claims.

The amount of the fee will depend on the type of claim being brought.  For basic claims, such as breach of contract, unpaid wages and holiday pay, the fee to issue the claim will be £160.  For claims for unfair dismissal and discrimination, the fee will be £250.  There will be a further fee for a tribunal hearing of £230 for the first category of claims and £950 for the second category.

These fees may deter some employees from making claims.  However, the impact will be limited since claimants who are receiving benefits (as many employment tribunal claimants are) will not have to pay the fees.

If you are considering making a claim, you should contact us as soon as possible so that we can submit your claim before you have to pay these fees.  If you receive a tribunal claim, we can advise on how these fees may affect your approach to defending the claim.