Fees Information – Employment Issues
In the employment field, we will provide clients with an option to fund the matter privately at the above hourly rate with reference to a fixed fee to assess their matter and proceed or where appropriate subsequent to a risk assessment being completed, it may be possible to fund the matter via a Damages Based Agreement (no win-no fee). If a DBA is agreed between the parties then 35% of the compensation recovered, if the claim is successful, will be taken to pay our fees but nothing will be payable if indeed the claim proves unsuccessful and compensation is not recovered. Many clients prefer the DBA arrangement upon the basis that this negates their initial liability to pay fees and that with regards to expenses, following a decision of the Supreme Court in July 2017, there are no longer fees payable to issue an Employment Tribunal Claim.
When dealing with compromise agreements, these are usually undertaken for a fixed fee of between £250 – £500 plus VAT and the employer will normally be liable for those costs associated with the provision of legal advice.
A standard case is likely to involve a claim for ordinary unfair or wrongful dismissal and may have a limited number of additional uncomplicated claims including a failure to provide a written statement of terms or reasons for dismissal, unpaid wages and in some cases, holiday pay.
In our experience, we would broadly expect standard cases to be dealt with at a Final Hearing lasting between 1 and 2 days.
Dealt with by an experienced employment law specialist
Average length of tribunal proceedings: 6-9 months
PRICE: £7,5000 to £11,500 including VAT *
Our charges are based on an hourly rate set out above. The above price range is based on the time we expect an average ‘standard’ tribunal proceeding to take.
The following services will be provided within the above pricing guidelines for a standard level Employment Tribunal claim:
- Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the relevant papers and documents of evidence and advising you on the merits and likely compensation (although this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and may be subject to change as the case progresses)
- Preparing your claim and/or your response and submitting this on your behalf to the Employment Tribunal
- Reviewing and considering the other parties representations and pleadings, taking your ongoing instructions and updating our advice to you in relation to those matters
- Where applicable, negotiating and concluding a settlement via ACAS and ensuring that such settlement documentation adequately protects your position
- Preparing all relevant bundles of documents for exchange with the other parties and for use at the Employment Tribunal hearing
- Preparing and advising you in relation to a schedule of loss or a counter schedule of loss
- Where applicable, preparing for and attending a telephone Preliminary Hearing to discuss case management
- Taking and preparing all relevant witness statements and drafting any amendments and exchanging these with the other side
- Considering, reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements and documents of evidence
- Agreeing and preparing a list of issues, as may be directed by the Employment Tribunal
- Agreeing and preparing a chronology of events and / or cast list, as may be directed by the Employment Tribunal
- Preparing and attending a Final Hearing, including, where appropriate, the preparation of any relevant instructions to Counsel.
The following factors are likely to affect the overall price of your quote, we encourage you to get in touch for a tailored quote based on your matters circumstances:
- The complexities involved in your case
- The volume of documents of evidence
- The number of witnesses likely to be called at the Final Hearing
- Whether or not a preliminary issue needs deciding by way of an “in person” Preliminary Hearing, in advance of the Final Hearing
- Whether there are multiple parties involved in the proceedings
- Any specific Employment Tribunal Directions that are given to the parties as the case progresses
- Defending claims which may be brought by a Litigant in Person
Our employment law specialist has over 20 years of experience of delivering high quality work within employment law.
Fee earner: Marc Turner
Year qualified: 1995
Hourly rate: £220 (plus VAT)