Employment Law Fees.

Our fee earners private hourly rates start at £100 plus VAT for paralegals, increasing to £250 plus VAT for our Partners. Whilst we ordinarily appear on behalf of our clients throughout their case, if you solely wish to have advice in relation to a certain aspect of your case, or at a certain stage in proceedings we will be happy to do this.

We aim to offer fixed fees where possible.

Initial Consultation £100.00 (excluding VAT)
Simple case £800.00 – £2,000.00 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case £1,500.00 – £5,000.00 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case £3,000.00 – £5,000.00 (excluding VAT)
Representation at Tribunal Hearings £1500.00 per day (excluding VAT)
Approving straightforward Settlement Agreements          £250- £500.00 (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

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as: court fees and Counsel’s fees.  Disbursements are not included in our fixed fee.

Counsel’s fees for attendance at Tribunal hearings, are estimated between £1,500.00 and £5,000.00 per day (depending on experience of the advocate).

Key Stages

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 the stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced.

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 approximately 6 weeks.  If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take approximately 3 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 the matter progresses.