The SRA Transparency Rules came into force on 6 December 2018 requiring all solicitors to publish price information for certain services which includes employment related work. Our usual daily or hourly rate applies to this work. Our current charge rates range from £200 for a newly/recently qualified solicitor to £360 for a senior partner/consultant. We will discuss with you an estimate of the costs for each stage of the work and provide you with a budget. In addition we will separately list all third party expenses such as barristers fees, court fees etc.
We will explain what costs may be recoverable from, or payable by the other party. Our fees and most third party expenses also attract VAT at 20%.
Employment – settlement agreements
We usually quote a fixed fee for advice in relation to employment related settlement agreements the fees range from £650-£2500.
Employment – advice on new contracts
We usually quote a fixed fee for advice in relation to a new employment contract the fees range from £500-£1500.
Employment – disputes
There are 4 stages
1. Pre commencement of Employment Tribunal proceedings
2. Commencement of Employment Tribunal proceedings
3. Preliminary Hearing
4. Main Hearing
We are usually able to quote a fixed fee for the initial correspondence in employment disputes and for conciliation prior to a claim being issued – the pre-commencement stage. The fee range is usually £500-£1500, after that our hourly rates apply. Once we know the issues in the case we will provide you with an estimate for the likely costs at each stage, together with the likely third party expenses and VAT.
Our fees for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal (stages 2-4) are likely to be in the range of
|TYPE OF CASE
||ESTIMATE OF OUR FEES
||£5,000- £10,000 plus VAT and expenses
||£10,000-£15,000 plus VAT and expenses
||In excess of £15,000 plus VAT and expenses
THIRD PARTY COSTS
These are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties that we incur in order to progress the matter such as Counsel fees and court fees. Third party costs are not included in our fee quote above. Counsel will charge an hourly rate for advice leading up to the Hearing. Counsel’s rates range from £200 to £650 per hour depending on their experience. Junior Counsel’s fees for preparing for the Tribunal Hearing are likely to be between £7,500 and £15,000 depending on the length and complexity of the case and after the first day they charge an additional daily rate of £1500 to £4000 depending on their experience. When Counsel is used, you are required to make a payment on account. Senior Counsel and Queens Counsel are likely to charge substantially more than Junior Counsel.
Occasionally, a case may require expert evidence or the appointment of an expert in order to provide evidence or an independent consultant to determine a grievance or disciplinary matter. Typically, an expert or consultant will charge between £1,000 and £1,500 depending on the level of their involvement and the complexity of the case. If the involvement of an expert or consultant is necessary, we will notify you of the additional expense as soon as reasonably practicable.
You don’t have to pay any fees to make an Employment Tribunal claim. If you lose an employment tribunal claim, there’s a small chance you may have to pay or contribute towards your employee’s costs of going to court.
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 4-8 weeks. Currently if your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 36-52 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. Timetables are generally set by the court or tribunal.