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Our Team

Ian Winrow

Ian founded Winrow Solicitors in 2018, he is experienced in Employment Law having appeared in his first Employment Tribunal hearing in 2002. Since then he has represented both employee and employer many times, and as a Solicitor Advocate (Civil) he conducts his client’s Advocacy himself. He will provide you with clear pragmatic ‘no nonsense’ advice without giving you false expectations about your claim. Ian is a member of the Employment Lawyer’s Association, and the Solicitor’s Association of Higher Court Advocates.

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He has an enviable success rate in claims he takes to Tribunal where his single‑minded stubbornness and tenacity see that clients are given every opportunity to achieve their aims. Until recently Ian lectured part-time at Bangor University’s Law School being module leader for Employment law.

Ian, was born and grew up in Yorkshire, in the then mining village of Askern. After leaving school he qualified as a teacher but in 1972 with his wife, Barbara, founded the well-known tourist attraction, Piggery Pottery and relocated to Wales in 1984. Until a few years ago, Ian played cricket for several clubs, latterly Bangor Cricket Club.

His hard-working, sports-oriented background has given him the desire to win, combined with a determination to see fair play.

Ian Winrow

Dr Tanya Herring

Dr. Tanya Herring is a Trainee Solicitor at Winrow Solicitors. Dr. Herring earned an LLM (honours) and Ph.D. in Law from Bangor University, focusing on International Criminal Law and International Human Rights, Transnational Law, Children’s Rights, and Refugee Law. She holds a Doctor of Management, an MBA, an MSA, and is a Certified Executive Manager. As a primary US Army (Retired Captain, Tanya has capacities that include contract specialist, labour relations with multiple federal agency collective bargaining organizations, mediation, and conciliation, as well as defending the rights of federal employees at the United States Employment Tribunals.

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At Winrow Solicitors, we welcome Dr. Herring as she brings a wealth of employment law, global experiences, and knowledge from her travels in addressing international and national conventions (International Labour Organization – ILO; United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child), State obligations of the United Kingdom, policies, and practices in protecting the vulnerable, and empowering unheard voices to receive justice. Dr. Herring’s focus on the Winrow Solicitors’ team will include employment law and immigration matters, among other areas. The skills that she gained while working in other sectors have directly transferred to her skills as a Solicitor on our team. When dealing with Dr. Herring, you will always receive exceptional service and incomparable communication throughout your legal matters.

Dr Tanya Herring

Bethany Cunningham

Bethany Cunningham is a Trainee Solicitor with a special interest in Family Law. Bethany obtained her law degree in 2022 and gained previously extensive experience working time in the family departments of various firms in the North-West of England focusing on all aspects of Divorce, Finances and Children matters including those arising from Domestic Violence.

Bethany prides herself on giving practical and realistic advice based on her clients’ personal circumstances. Her experience allows her to fully understand and guide clients through what can often be the most difficult process of their lives.

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Bethany is currently completing her Postgraduate Legal Practice Course at University alongside her Training Contract with ourselves at Winrow Solicitors.

In her spare time, Bethany enjoys various outdoor activities such as climbing, snowboarding, hiking and paddleboarding. When not outdoors she’s baking and spending time with her family.

Dr Tanya Herring
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    VAT

    We are not registered for VAT, so our charges currently do not include VAT; however, this may change during the course of the year. We will inform you as soon as the company becomes registered for VAT purposes.

    Additional Costs

    You may need to pay some additional costs, which are called disbursements. This includes Counsel (Barrister) Fees to prepare for and to represent you at an Employment Tribunal.

    Counsel Fees can vary between £800 and £3,000 per day plus 20% VAT. The amount you pay will depend on the expertise of the Barrister and how long the hearing will last. Counsel fees will cost more if a more experienced barrister is needed for a more complicated case and hearings always last longer on more complicated cases.

    Paying for your legal fees

    In some cases, we will be prepared to act for you under a Damages-Based Agreement, which means that we would recover our legal fee from the damages (compensation) that you recover if you win your case.

    Under a Damages-Based Agreement, we will deduct a proportion (limited to 35%) of your damages to reward us for the risk we assume in pursuing your claim under this type of agreement. This is because if your claim is not successful and you do not receive any compensation, and you have not agreed with us otherwise nor broken the terms of the Damages-Based Agreement, you will not have to pay our legal fees.

    If you do break the terms of a Damages-Based Agreement, or if we decide to terminate the agreement, you will be required to pay our costs.

    Please contact us if you would like to discuss funding your case on the basis of a Damages-Based Agreement.

    Disbursements

    Disbursements are costs payable to third parties, such as court fees or fees payable on the instruction of a barrister for advice or representation. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. In employment matters, there are no court fees to pay. Additionally, as Ian Winrow is a Solicitor Advocate, we often conduct our own representations, saving costs.

    You will be fully advised on any disbursements which may be payable at the onset of your case and throughout.

    Work included and key stages

    The precise work and stages involved in bringing an unfair or wrongful dismissal claim vary according to the circumstances. However, we have set out the key stages involved in a typical claim:

    Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation.

    Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached.

    Preparing your claim.

    Reviewing and advising on response from the other party.

    Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process.

    Preparing a schedule of loss.

    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 representation or instructions to Counsel.

    Services excluded within this estimate price

    Our service will not include any of the following:

    Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal.

    Approximate/ average timescales

    The time that it takes from 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 up to 6 weeks. This is because once we have put the referral in to ACAS, the respondent (your employer) will have one month to respond. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6 – 9 months depending on the Court’s timetable. 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 your case progresses.

    Factors that could increase costs

    In some circumstances we may increase our fees to account for additional time, work or skill required to meet your instructions. Examples include:

    If it is necessary to make applications to amend claims or provide further information about an existing claim.

    If we make a costs application.

    If there are complex preliminary issues.

    The number of witnesses and documents.

    If there are allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.

    Employer Information

    VAT

    We are not registered for VAT, so our charges currently do not include VAT; however, this may change during the course of the year. We will inform you as soon as the company becomes registered for VAT purposes.

    Additional Costs

    You may need to pay some additional costs, which are called disbursements. This includes Counsel (Barrister) Fees to prepare for and to represent you at an Employment Tribunal.

    Counsel Fees can vary between £800 and £3,000 per day plus 20% VAT. The amount you pay will depend on the expertise of the Barrister and how long the hearing will last. Counsel fees will cost more if a more experienced barrister is needed for a more complicated case and hearings always last longer on more complicated cases.

    Disbursements

    Disbursements are costs payable to third parties, such as court fees or fees payable on the instruction of a barrister for advice or representation. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. In employment matters, there are no court fees to pay. Additionally, as Ian Winrow is a Solicitor Advocate, we often conduct our own representations, saving costs.

    You will be fully advised on any disbursements which may be payable at the onset of your case and throughout.

    Work included and key stages

    The precise work and stages involved in defending an unfair or wrongful dismissal claim vary according to the circumstances. However, we have set out the key stages involved in a typical claim:

    Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation.

    Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached.

    Preparing your response.

    Reviewing and advising on the claim from the other party.

    Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process.

    Considering a schedule of loss.

    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 representation or instructions to Counsel.

    Services excluded

    Our service will not include any of the following:

    Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal.

    Approximate/ average timescales

    The time that it takes from 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 up to 6 weeks. If the claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6 - 9 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 your case progresses.

    Factors that could increase costs

    In some circumstances we may increase our fees to account for additional time, work or skill required to meet your instructions. Examples include:

    If it is necessary to defend applications to amended claims or provide further information about an existing claim.

    If we defend a costs application.

    If there are complex preliminary issues.

    The number of witnesses and documents.

    If there are allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.

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    Fees payable for third parties

    You may need to pay some additional costs, which are called disbursements. This could include Counsel (Barrister) Fees to prepare for and to represent you if a hearing is required.

    Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. Some examples of these disbursements are below. Although we do not charge VAT on our fees, disbursements are usually subject to VAT at 20%.

    Application fee payable to the Home Office (these are not subject to VAT).

    There is an application fee payable to the Home Office which will vary depending on the type of application being submitted. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table/2020 for further details about these fees and to determine the fee that may be applicable to your application.

    If you have any trouble locating an applicable fee, please contact us and we will help you to find it.

    We will of course also confirm any application fee payable once we have details of your matter.

    Immigration Healthcare Surcharge See https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application

    Translation Services

    It is common for supporting evidence to be in the form of documents which are not written in English. In these cases, a UK certified translation is required. The cost for this varies, but can usually be between £30 - £60 plus VAT per page, or £50 plus VAT per 150 words. However, this can vary drastically depending on the language and document. Before committing you to anything, we will always obtain quotes from at least 3 providers for your approval.

    Work included and key stages

    The precise work and stages involved in an immigration application will vary according to the circumstances. However, we have set out the key stages involved in a typical application:

    Discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other applications may be available to you.

    Giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria.

    If you do not meet the criteria, whether this can be overcome and how.

    Considering the supporting evidence you have provided.

    Where necessary, helping you to obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses.

    Preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf.

    If the Home Office asks you to attend an interview, we will give you clear advice and discuss the possibility of us attending with you.

    Giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.

    Services excluded

    Our service will not include any of the following:

    Where the Home Office refuses your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal.

    Approximate/ average timescales

    We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. In our experience it can take them up to 6 months and sometimes longer. Please read the current processing times here: https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times

    We will normally be able to submit an application within 2 weeks once we have received all of the documentation that we have requested from you.

    In some circumstances, there may be increased fees to pay to account for additional time, work or skill required to meet your instructions. Examples include:

    The length of time that an interpreter needs to spend on your case if it is complex.

    If independent expert reports are needed to support your case e.g. medical reports.

    If there is an interview with the Home Office and we attend with you, there will be additional charges to cover our travel expenses.

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