Support when you need it. 


Whatever aspect of people management or employment law you need help with, we can support you.

We pride ourselves on our responsiveness, and we want you to feel able to pick up the phone and talk things through, as and when you need legal help.  

We bring with us many years of experience in employment law, working with organisations of varying types and sizes. We can offer advice on the whole spectrum of HR, people management and employment law, as well as support with implementation, working with you as a flexible extension of your team. What matters to us is working with people who want to do the right thing, and empowering you to achieve that.

You can contact us for one-off legal assistance with a tricky disciplinary or grievance matter, a TUPE transfer, an employment tribunal claim, a change management project, or an internal dispute that needs an experienced mediator to facilitate a solution. You can ask us to act as your in-house HR and legal team, or to support you with a complex HR project. Or you might just want a sounding board to check the logic of a decision that you're about to make.

Whatever your needs, feel free to give us a call on 01342 347063. We'll be happy to talk things through and either let you know how we can help, or recommend others if we think that's what you need.

Services we offer

  • Change management projects

  • Performance management

  • Managing sickness absence

  • Workplace and employment mediation

  • Employment law training for managers and HR teams

  • Managing data subject access requests

  • General employment law advice and support

  • Managing employment tribunal claims

  • Investigating disciplinary and grievance matters

  • Restructuring advice and support

  • TUPE 


Pricing Model

Our lead solicitors will help you to manage non-complex claims using your own in-house resources and we can also support with more complex cases, including outlining the strategies available and the strengths and weaknesses of your position.

Our flexible business structure means that our fees are fair and won't hinder your growth. Our pricing model is based on timescales, which may vary depending on the complexity of each claim.

Typical Timescales

  • A claim managed through the Early Conciliation process might be resolved within four weeks or so of initial ACAS contact.

  • A claim might be amenable to mediation. Our managing solicitor is a qualified and experienced mediator.

  • Unfair dismissal claims might be heard within 3 to 6 months of the formal claim being submitted to the Tribunal.

  • More complex cases, such as those involving discrimination can take longer to complete, typically 6 to 12 months.

How Much Will It Cost?

We aim to resolve claims as smoothly and cost-effectively as possible for you. Our hourly rate for work undertaken is £150 plus VAT.

Charges arise from:

  • Distilling relevant facts from the contextual complexity of a claim.

  • Preparation of complex legal arguments to defend a claim.

  • Interviewing witnesses and documenting responses.

  • Identifying and collating relevant documentation.

  • Extended litigation between you and a claimant.

  • Requirements for additional procedural hearings arising from circumstantial complexities.

  • Specific additional preparation requested by an Employment Tribunal.

  • Costs of third parties required to support your defence; barristers, medical or other experts as appropriate.

Typical Claim Costs:

  • Non-complex claims with a one-day tribunal hearing: £2,000 - £3,000 plus VAT.

  • Non-complex claims involving unfair dismissal with a one-day tribunal hearing: £5,000 - £7,000 plus VAT.

  • Discrimination claims generally require more preparation and require a tribunal hearing of two to three days: £10,000 - £12,000 plus VAT.

We will endeavour wherever possible to agree a fixed fee for each required stage of work to provide you with cost assurance.  We will keep you apprised of the likely costs involved in completing each project and detail fully the time undertaken in resolving the claim.

To discuss pricing models for other legal HR projects, management consultant support or bespoke training sessions for your company, please contact the Starford team on 01342 347063 or email