|Initial call - review and recommendation by support team||This is an initial call with the support team. They will request basic details, discuss with a legal adviser, confirm cost, facilitate an appointment and provide some provisional advice (if appropriate).||FREE||£0||Immediate||None
|Consultation with legal adviser and written confirmation of advice||This is a meeting with a qualified solicitor. There is no time limit on the length of meeting. Advice provided during the meeting will be recorded in an email or the client care letter. ||£150 - £300 ||£0||Immediate||The fee will depend on the nature of the enquiry and complexity of issues being considered. Where appropriate, we may waive this fee. We do so at our complete discretion.
|Consultation, review of contract and policies, strategy advice on contract of employment or other contractual dispute||This is a consultation, strategy advice only and confirmation of advice in writing. If further work is required, a quote will be provided by the legal adviser. ||£500 - £1,000||£500 - £1,000 for Barrister's fees – only required for a very complex or serious matter||2 weeks||This can vary depending on the complexity of the contract, policies or law involved. Costs can increase if a Barrister's opinion is required although this should be reserved for complex, high value dispute.
|Advice and guidance in relation to grievance, disciplinary, whistleblowing, sickness or other internal procedures||The service gets under the skin of “what’s wrong”. It looks at what you want or need to move forward, and puts in place an individual strategy designed to protect health and income. It helps you have the confidence to tackle and, hopefully, resolve your workplace problems. |
If at the end of the internal process, an Employment Tribunal claim is required, you will be provided with client friendly options for funding options.
|£500 - £2,500||£0||1 - 3 months||The fees and timescales vary depending on: your health; any sick leave needed facilitate your recover before tackling the issues head on; the complexity of the problem; and how proactive or effective your employer is at dealing with requests and internal disputes. The fees will also be measurable to the outcome achieved.
|Exit strategy||This is our famous and fantastic exit strategy or exit planning service. The service gets under the skin of “what’s wrong” and what you want or need to move forward. It puts in place an individual strategy designed to protect health and income while encouraging you to face the future. At the appropriate time, we will endeavour to secure terms to a settlement agreement so avoiding an Employment Tribunal and facilitating a clean break for both parties.||£1,000 - £5,000||£0||1 - 6 months||The fees and timescales can vary depending on your health, need for sick leave to facilitate your recover before tackling the issues head on, the complexity of the problem we are dealing with and how proactive or effective your employer is at dealing with your internal dispute.
For exit strategy work, the fees are outcome-dependant and measurable largely on the financial achievement. In many cases, the fees will be paid tax efficiently and in part by the employer.
|Settlement agreement (agreed)||This service is on the assumption that all terms in the settlement agreement are agreed and do not need further work. We advise on the suitability of the settlement offered whilst ensuring you understand what each clause of the settlement agreement means.||£250 - £500||£0||1 week||An employer should contribute towards this work. Employer contribution often ranges from £250 - £500 plus VAT.
For this work, we will cap our fees at the sum of money your employer is contributing towards the cost of the settlement agreement. If there is no contribution, we will charge you £250 plus VAT.
|Settlement agreement (negotiated)||Sometimes, an employer may offer a settlement which is too low for acceptance. We can come up with a strategy and negotiate improved terms on your behalf. |
Once terms are agreed, we will ensure you understand what each and every clause of the settlement agreement means whilst renegotiating on unreasonable or overly restrictive clauses.
|£250 - £1,500||£0||1 - 2 months||Like the exit strategy service, the fees are largely dependent on the outcome and what we are able to achieve on your behalf. Whilst negotiating, we will also seek improvement to the employer’s contribution towards the legal fees.
|Where an employment tribunal is necessary, assessment fee for suitability for no win / no fee agreement, legal expense insurance or advice in relation to existence of prospective employment tribunal claim||This service will include initial consultation, review of timeline and documentation with a view to identifying prospective employment tribunal claims, initial view on prospects and available funding options.||£350 - £1,000||£500 - £750 - highly unusual||1 - 2 weeks||The cost of the assessment will depend on the complexity of the matter, the volume of paperwork for review, whether any research or other work is required to complete the assessment.
Barrister’s advice will only be necessary for the highly complex or unusual claims or where circumstance justifies it.
|Employment Tribunal claim||Representation during an employment tribunal includes:|
- Identify limitation dates
- lodging early ACAS conciliation
- draft your claim form
- review the defence
- attend a preliminary hearing
- agree list of legal issues
- draft the schedule of loss
- exchanging documents
- agree a trial bundle
- draft your witness statements
- prepare chronology and cast list
- appoint a Barrister
- conference with the Barrister
- prepare and attend final hearing with the Barrister
- settlement negotiations.
|See below||See below||1 - 12 months||The cost and timescales can vary depending on the following factors:
- the claims being advanced
- complexity of the claims and legal issues
- amount of evidence presented by both parties
- number of witnesses presented by both parties
- length of the liability hearing
- whether the matter is listed separately for a remedy hearing
- seniority of the Barrister
- jurisdictional issues
- your needs
- funding options in place.
|Basic and straightforward||Where the listing for the final employment tribunal hearing is 1 - 2 days.||£4,000 - £6,000||£750 - £1,500||Up to 8 months||Most people are funded by legal expense insurance or no win / no fee agreement so reducing your financial risk in advancing these proceedings.
|Medium complexity||Where the listing for the final employment tribunal hearing is 3 - 4 days.||£6,000 - £12,000||£2,500 - £5,000||Up to 12 months ||As above
|High complexity||Where the listing for the final Employment Tribunal hearing is 5 - 10 days.||£12,000 - £20,000||£6,000 - £12,000||Up to 18 months||As above
|Very high complexity or very long listing ||Where the list for the final hearing is 11 - 20 days.||£20,000 - £35,000||£12,500 - £20,000||As above