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Information on our fees 2018-12-06T18:53:00+01:00

Information on our fees

Fixed Fees

Call us for a no-obligation discussion on your requirements. We offer fixed fees and capped fees for your peace of mind.

Legal Expenses Insurance

You might be covered for legal expenses under a domestic insurance policy. You should check whether you are covered under your household legal expenses insurance or other insurance policy for legal disputes concerning your employment contract or employment situation. Many household legal expenses insurance polices cover certain types of employment tribunal claims. If you have such a policy, you would generally need to obtain prior approval from the insurance company to instruct a solicitor of your choice. We are happy to assist you in providing your insurer with the relevant information for you to instruct us.

Time based fees

The practice maintains an hourly rate of £250 for legal services, being highly competitive in comparison to London based law firms.

Settlement Agreements

Employers always meet the costs of the employee obtaining independent legal advice on the terms and effect of the settlement agreement. Accordingly, there is usually no cash outlay for the employee receiving advice on the settlement agreement.

VAT

Remedy Solicitors is currently not registered for the purposes of VAT and, accordingly, VAT is not added to our rates.

Employment Tribunal Litigation – Wrongful Dismissal and Unfair Dismissal

Our fees for a first meeting of 90 minutes duration is £300. The purpose of this meeting would be to take your initial instructions, review your documents and provide you with initial advice on merits and your options.

We provide below a breakdown of the stages to an employment tribunal claim for wrongful dismissal (effectively a claim for notice pay) and unfair dismissal, together with our costs estimates for our service based on our experience of conducting employment tribunal litigation:

• Preparing more detailed initial written advice on merits and quantum:  £300 – £1,000 (depending on which stage you approach us for advice and the complexity of the potential claim).

• Preparing and lodging Acas early conciliation (a pre-requisite where an employment tribunal claim is contemplated) and negotiating through Acas to try and reach settlement:  £250 – £500.

• Preparing and lodging the employment tribunal claim form or response form £500 (simple cases) to £750 (more complicated cases).

• Preparing a list of your documents £150 – £250 (depending on the number of documents).

• Preparing a schedule of loss £250.

• Preparation of a witness statement £500 – £1,000 per statement (depending on the complexity and length).

• Preparation of instructions to counsel £250.

• Attendance at hearing with counsel £600.

Counsel’s fees for representation at a one day tribunal hearing generally range from £1,500 to £2,500 depending on the seniority of the barrister used. Subsequent days (known as refreshers) range from £1,000 to £2,000.

Accordingly, our pricing range for bringing and defending employment tribunal claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal through to the hearing are:

Simple cases: £6,000-£9,000 (based on a one day hearing)
Medium complexity cases: £9,000-£12,000 (hearing of up to two days)
High complexity cases: £12,000-£30,000 (three to five days hearing)

Factors that could make a case more complex include:

• 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

Generally, we would allow 1-2 days for simple cases but complex cases which include discrimination claims or whistle-blowing can be for 5 days or more.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. At present there are no fees for lodging an employment tribunal claim.

Counsel’s fees estimated between £1,000 to £2,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)

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 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 be arranged on your individual needs.

How long will my employment tribunal litigation 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 2 – 6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing, your case is likely to take 26-52 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.