We offer legal advice and representation to members of the public and organisations across a range of employment disputes and these include.
- Taking initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (ongoing review of merits and prospects throughout the matter)
- Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached
- Drafting, reviewing and preparing claim or response Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
- Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
- Drafting & considering a schedule/counter-schedule of loss
- Preparation list of issues and attending Preliminary Hearing/s
- Considering, listing and 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 index & documents
For certain matters, especially non-contentious ones, we can work with you to arrange a fixed fee. We will endeavour to do this wherever possible, to give you certainty as to the fees involved.
We have always prided ourselves on being completely transparent, honest and open when discussing our fees. Therefore, we are one of the very few firms who publish our hourly rates. We see little point in keeping these fees from potential clients or competitors. We have also provided below the basis of of charges.
We aim to give you the best information possible about the fees and expenses that you are likely to incur. We have set out stages in order to understand our charges.
Advice and assistance for free. This is on initial assessment of the case findings. We would examine information obtained to provide you with any possible outcomes.
After assessment of the case findings, if we are required to submit your claim to ACAS for conciliation then there is a fixed fee of £500. This includes case review, investigation and presentation of your claim to ACAS.
After we have presented your claim to ACAS, we will continue to act on your behalf to attempt to reach an agreement. If a settlement is reached through our assistance there will be a fixed fee of £1000 (This excludes Stage 2 fees).
If no settlement is reached and the case is unresolved, ACAS will issue a certificate which will allow us to pursue the claim in an Employment Tribunal. Any work carried out between the date the certificate is issued and the date of the tribunal hearing will be referred to as ‘pre-hearing services.’ This will include continuous case review and/or negotiations. There are 2 fee options at this stage:
Option 1 – “Hourly rate”
You pay my fees based upon my hourly rate of £177 per hour. Letters sent and telephone calls made and received will be charged at 1/10th of my hourly rate. I will send you monthly interim invoices as your case progresses and only for work done. You will be responsible to pay my bill in full once work has been carried out.
Option 2 – “Fixed rate”
You pay my fees based on a fixed rate of £3500 leading up to the date of the final hearing or if settlement is agreed. This does not include legal representation at the final hearing. (Excludes Stage 3 fee).
There are 3 fee options at this stage:
Option 1 – “Damage Based Agreement”
If you decide to pursue your claim in a final hearing under a Damaged-Based Agreement. You will need to sign our Damaged Based Agreement.
Option 2 – You Pay My Fees
If you require legal representation at the final hearing you will be responsible to pay the bill in full upon conclusion of your final hearing. To give you an estimate of my likely costs, a full hearing lasting one day, my cost will be £3,500. Should the final hearing last for more than one day, my costs will be £500 for each additional day.
Option 3 – Legal Expenses Insurance
Several Household insurance policies now include Legal Expenses insurance. Subject to certain conditions being met we can act for you with our fees being met by your Insurers. If you wish me to investigate this possibility, then please let me have a copy of your policy.
This does have the advantage of you having not having to fund the case yourself or our fees reducing any compensation payment to you, subject to being able to satisfy the requirements of your indemnity insurance policy and provider.
Information will be updated as work progresses, and we will be happy to provide you with any additional information you request, in relation to fees and expenses. We will inform you when any stage has been finalised. There will be no confusion relating to progress of your case and no fees will be incurred without prior written confirmation from us.