We provide employment law services to employers, employees, and trade unions across a range of issues, from advisory work, transactional advice to contentious claims in the Employment Tribunal and the civil courts.
We understand that our clients need to know the potential charges they may face in respect of us providing legal services. This applies whether they have a significant corporate budget to manage or are an individual with limited resources. When we commence acting on behalf of a client we will provide a clear and straightforward explanation about how we will charge for the services we provide. If a case involves bringing or defending a claim in an employment tribunal or in the civil courts we will provide details of the steps that might be needed, the likely timescale and the potential costs.
We generally charge on the basis of the time taken to deal with a matter. We apply agreed hourly rates which is determined at the commencement of a matter. VAT will be added to the hourly charge out rate quoted.
In some circumstances, we will agree a fixed fee for work that we are asked to undertake. This may be appropriate where the type of work is discrete and where there are unlikely to be unexpected contingencies. For example, a fixed fee may be appropriate where a client wants us to draft an employment contract or an employment policy.
Our hourly charge out rates for non-contentious work range from £250 to £375 per hour plus VAT depending on the nature of the work, the complexity of the matter, the timescale within which the work is required and the seniority of the person undertaking the work.
For contentious work i.e. when a dispute is to be litigated in an employment tribunal or the civil courts, our hourly charge out rates vary between £300 to £375 per hour plus VAT.
Some clients may have insurance that will cover the cost of an unfair dismissal claims and possibly other employment law claims. Clients need to check their insurance policy before instructing us to find out if their costs could be met by insurance. If a client proceeds to instruct us before receiving authorisation from their insurance company, they may find that their insurer is not willing to reimburse them for costs incurred.
Clients may be able to obtain services where no charge is made. For example the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Free Representation Unit or other free advice services may be available. We will refer clients to such service providers if we are not able to provide you with advice within your budget.
We do not provide services on a contingency basis.