Resolving problems at work

02 February 2024
Volume 13 · Issue 1


Adam Bernstein explains why mediation is a useful rescoure for those looking to preserve professional relationships and deal with work-related issues amicably

It is a regrettable fact that from time-to-time, employers and employees fall out. Fortunately, most disagreements are resolved amicably, but there are situations where employees feel they have no choice other than to bring a claim in the Employment Tribunal. However, such claims can be expensive and time consuming to defend and as a result, more are turning to mediators to resolve issues informally.

Of course, some employers prefer to argue their way to a ‘resolution’, even if that means going before the Tribunal. However, they face elevated costs in doing so. One law firm charges £215-£600 plus VAT and disbursements to prepare a case before handing over to barristers who make their case in front of a judge. Its junior barristers charge £3,000-£4,500 plus VAT for a two-day hearing; more experienced barristers charge £5,000-£7,000 plus VAT; and highly experienced barristers cost £7,500-£12,000 plus VAT for the same (DMH Stallard LLP 2017).

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