The best legal advice can be expensive – we won’t pretend otherwise. That’s why we have different ways to allow you to get expert employment law advice without worrying about the cost.
We like to know how much something will cost in advance just as much as you do. That’s why we are always up-front and open about our fees from the outset. We will provide you with as much information on the potential likely cost of using our services as we sensibly can.
Your first advice is always free. We will work out if we can help you and then take it from there. Call us on 08000 614 631 to discuss what we can do to help – without obligation and at no cost.
Annual retainer service
Many businesses prefer this. There are plenty of employment law and HR annual retainer services out there. Ours is one of the best, because of its expertise, flexibility and scope.
We like to keep things simple. For a fixed annual fee you will get pretty much unlimited advice and support from an expert employment law solicitor whenever you need it.
You only pay for the support you need. We build you a bespoke package around your budget. Whether a big business needing expert help or a small start-up needing basic assistance.
If you want to read more about how we can save you time and money, see our annual retainer page here.
Guaranteed fixed fees
Once we have worked out what you want us to do for you, we are happy to agree to work within a fixed budget and not go beyond it.
Some types of work lend itself to a fixed fee easily – like drafting a contract or reviewing some documentation, carrying out an investigation. Others – like defending a Tribunal claim can be more difficult, but if we can offer you the option, we will.
Legal Expenses Insurance
Many of our clients will have legal expenses cover for a dispute as part of their commercial insurance. It is generally the best option to follow if you have it.
We will help you apply to the insurer to cover legal costs at the start. As soon as we sign the insurance agreement with your insurers, funding will be in place.
We can represent you on a traditional hourly rate. How much you pay will depend upon the amount of time we spend on your instructions. We will provide you with an estimate of potential costs from the outset, giving complete clarity.
Our pricing for defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal if you choose to pay privately.
- Simple case: £1,000 to £,5000 (excluding VAT)
- Medium complexity case: £5,000 to £7,000 (excluding VAT)
- High complexity case: £7,000 to £10,000 (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 against employees who are not legally represented
- 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 or for a discriminatory reason
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees or medical or expert reports. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel’s (Barrister’s) fees estimated between £750 to £1500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)
The fees set out above cover all of 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 into 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.
How long will my matter take?
The time that it takes from taking 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 3 – 6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take between 26 and 52 weeks. 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 the matter progresses.
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