What it Costs...
We can often come to a payment arrangement to help you fund your case more comfortably. The options may include:
No win no fee – employment and discrimination law advice
If you would like to have your situation assessed call us on 01254 274 700, our advisers will find out a little more about your claim before passing this on to our specialist solicitors who will confirm whether or not we can assist you on a no win no fee basis.
If we can assist you on a no win no fee basis, we will guide you through the ACAS Early Conciliation, tribunal and court process to help you achieve the best resolution of your claim.
Our employment law and discrimination law experts have a strong track record, successfully recovering compensation from employers and other defendants when acting on a no win no fee basis.
For cases run on this funding basis, there is a maximum deduction of 35% payable to FMB which is governed in accordance with the Damages Based Agreement Regulations 2013.
Payment on an hourly rate
A solicitor’s hourly rate usually reflects their level of experience and seniority. Paying a solicitor on an hourly rate to deal with the whole of a claim in the tribunal or court is the most traditional method of funding. It secures you comprehensive assistance from day one, but you will need to consider whether the cost of proceeding with a claim outweighs the value of it. Typically speaking, a claim for unfair dismissal will cost at least £2,000 plus VAT and associated costs, such as barristers and tribunal fees. Fees in civil claims can exceed this amount. However, if your claim far exceeds the value of the estimated fees to be incurred and you are prepared to accept the risk that it may not succeed, then this could be a good method of funding for you. You should however be aware that only in a small minority of cases are legal costs recoverable from your opponent in tribunal proceedings.
From the outset we will outline the potential costs that you are likely to incur to take your claim to an Employment Tribunal or County Court. We will fully outline any risks to you and discuss the options available to you to successfully resolve the claim. We believe in transparency of costs and therefore provide regular updates as to the costs you are incurring on a monthly basis. We believe in taking a pragmatic approach to resolving complaints before proceeding with litigation and therefore will discuss all options available to you.
If you wish to pursue a claim and want to know more about costs of doing so, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01254 274 700.
Fixed price employment law advice
Fixed fee discrimination law advice
On occasions where there is a dispute in place, an employer may offer you a settlement agreement. It is usual for an employer to make a contribution towards your legal fees in obtaining advice about this. It is very important that you are aware of the implications of the settlement agreement wording you are agreeing to as sometimes the wording can contain indemnities and restrictive covenants which need to be fully explained to you by your solicitor. As your costs are likely to be covered by your employer, you may not need to contribute towards our costs. We will liaise with your employer directly on your behalf to negotiate the best settlement terms possible on your behalf.
Should you require further information relating to settlement agreements, our handy guide outlines the reasons for settlement agreements and the steps to be taken when concluding a settlement agreement.
If you have received a settlement agreement or are in discussions with your employer about circumstances which could lead to your termination and are being offered a financial package, we will be able to assist you.
If you wish to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01254 274 700.
How much does representation at an employment tribunal cost?
- Unpaid wages/breach of contract- Average £1,500 plus VAT and disbursements.
- Unfair dismissal claim- Average £4000+VAT (£4800 including VAT) + disbursements.
- Discrimination claim- Between £5000-£7000+VAT (£6000-£8400 including VAT) + disbursements.
Prices quoted are for representation throughout the full stage of proceedings up to a final hearing. Work would include the draft of initial pleadings, attendance at a preliminary hearing to discuss case management, dealing with the case management orders including; preparation of a schedule of loss; dealing with disclosure of documents/preparation of a bundle and drafting of witness statements. We would also instruct and liaise with a barrister for any final preparations before attending the final hearing.
Disbursements including a barrister attending the hearing can range from £400 – £2,500+VAT (£480 to £3000 including VAT) depending on the length of the hearing and experience of the barrister. Additional expert reports may be required depending on the circumstances of your case. Clients will be informed as early as possible about the costs of the barrister.
On average an employment tribunal can take up to 12 months to reach a conclusion, although this depends on the circumstances of each individual case.
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What should I do next?
If you wish to discuss any of our employment law services in further detail, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01254 274 700.