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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.

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Amy Hughes

Amy Hughes is a Trainee Solicitor working towards her qualification whilst also undertaking further academic study of the law. After gaining a First-Class law degree from Bangor University but prior to her graduation, Amy attained her first legal role at a firm in the West Midlands where she grew up. It was in this role that she developed her skills across a wide range of areas of legal practice, including Employment Law, Dispute Resolution and Personal Injury. Amy then returned to North Wales and joined Winrow Solicitors to continue her pursuit in becoming a solicitor.

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Outside of the law, Amy’s hobbies include baking, embroidery, and taking care of animals. Since moving back to North Wales, she has particularly enjoyed exploring more of the area that she didn’t get to see whilst at university. Prior to her career in the legal profession, Amy worked in the retail sector as a customer service assistant for several years. The skills that she gained whilst working in that sector have directly transferred to her skills as a lawyer, meaning that when dealing with Amy you will always receive an exceptional service and incomparable communication throughout your matter.

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    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.

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    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

    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.

    Application fee payable to the Home Office

    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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