Our Fees for Employment

OUR HOURLY RATES

We charge an hourly rate depending upon the level of fee earner. This is determined by the complexity of your matter. Our hourly rates vary from £121 plus VAT to £267 plus VAT according to location. We require payment for the initial meeting and then money on account if you decide to proceed. Our policy is then to bill all work in progress at the end of each calendar month. You can reduce the time we spend on your case by sending any relevant documents to us in advance together with a short description of the problem. We always like to see a copy of your employment contract if you have one. You will be charged for pre-reading any material in advance of the initial meeting.

Insurance Policy in Place

You should check your insurance policies such as home contents to see whether you have the benefit of a legal expenses insurance policy.

Membership of Union

Are you a member of a Trade Union? If so, the Union may fund your case.

Enforcement of Compromise Agreement

Your employer’s contribution will normally cover the cost of advice on the terms of a compromise agreement.

No Legal Aid

We have no legal aid franchise.

Limited Chances for No Win No Fee Agreement

We will arrange an initial meeting with you to consider whether your claim has more than 50% chance of succeeding at the employment tribunal and the compensation awarded will be enough to cover our costs. We always charge for the initial meeting. Because the costs of the case are not recoverable in the employment tribunal by the winning party, the scope for recovering enough compensation to pay our fees is limited so we tend not to undertake many no win no fee agreements.

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Our Fee for Employees at Employment Tribunal

Our estimating for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal for Simple case: £6500 to £14000 (excluding VAT), for Medium complexity case: £10,000 to £18000 (excluding VAT) and for High complexity case: £19,000 to £58,000 (excluding VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1200 to £3800 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-2 days depending on the complexity of your case. However, please note that, apart from some preliminary hearings we will usually instruct counsel (a barrister). We refer to their fees under the next heading.

The Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Counsel’s (barristers) fees estimated between £1200 to £38000 for preparation including the first day in tribunal and then £600 to £8000 per day for each additional day at the Tribunal hearing (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing. In addition (with your agreement) we may ask a barrister to review your case and advise in conference and or review witness statements. The cost of a conference would be in the range of £600 and £8000 depending on the amount of preparation required at that stage. Review of witness statements would be likely to be in the range of £600 to £6000.

Other Key Factors

The fees set out above cover all the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)

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

  • Preparing claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • preparing or considering a schedule of loss
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  • 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 instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

 

Our fees for Employers at Employment Tribunal

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal Simple case: £5000-£10000 (excluding VAT) Medium complexity case: £10,000-£15000 (excluding VAT) High complexity case: £16,000-£50,000 (excluding VAT) Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1200 to £38000 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-2 days depending on the complexity of your case. However, please note that, apart from some preliminary hearings we will usually instruct counsel (a barrister). We refer to their fees under the next heading.

The Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. Counsel’s (barristers) fees estimated between £1200 to £38000 for preparation including the first day in tribunal and then £500 to £5000 per day for each additional day at the Tribunal hearing (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing. In addition (with your agreement) we may ask a barrister to review your case and advise in conference and or review witness statements. The cost of a conference would be in the range of £500 and £3000 depending on the amount of preparation required at that stage. Review of witness statements would be likely to be in the range of £500 to £6000.

Other Key Factors

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

Captivating your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)

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

  • Preparing claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • preparing or considering a schedule of loss
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  • 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 instructions to Counsel

The phases set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.