|Initial consultation with our Business Services Specialist||This is an initial call or in person meeting to provide basic information in relation to the dispute or Employment Tribunal claim received. After the consultation, we will identify the most suited legal adviser to assist, provide an estimate and funding options whilst providing some initial advice or feedback.||FREE||£0||Immediate||None
|Consultation with legal adviser and written confirmation of advice||This is a meeting with a qualified solicitor or legal adviser. Advice provided during the meeting will be followed up in writing by letter or email. ||£200 - £500 ||£0||Immediate||The fee will depend on the length of the meeting, nature of the enquiry and complexity of issues being considered.
|Review or assessment of prospects of success in defending the claim in the Employment Tribunal||This service is intended to provide an early review of prospects of success in defending the Employment Tribunal claim. The intention is to allow a business to make a fully informed decision as to its next steps||Option 1 - £500 - £1,500 plus VAT if the review or assessment is carried out by the legal adviser.|
Option 2 - £500 - £750 plus VAT if a barrister’s opinion is obtained.
|Option 1 – legal adviser deals with assessment £0 |
Option 2 – Counsel opinion £1,000 - £1,500 plus VAT for barrister’s opinion
|Option 1 - 1-2 weeks|
Option 2 - 2 – 4 weeks
|Option 1 is recommended in most cases. The fee will depend on the complexity of the factual or legal issues, number of documents and witnesses.
Option 2 is recommended only if the Employment Tribunal is complicated or very high value. Both the firm’s and barrister’s fees will depend on the complexity of the factual or legal issues, number of documents and witnesses.
|Settling a claim via early ACAS conciliation ||If after the meeting with the Business Services Specialist or legal adviser, the business decides it is commercially more sound to settle early, this service provides representation during early Acas conciliation and, if successful, drafting of the COT3 or settlement agreement.||£500 - £2,000 plus VAT||£0||1 - 4 weeks||The fees will depend on the complexity of the factual or legal issues, the value of the claim, whether the Claimant is represented or not, how protracted negotiations become and whether you require a COT3 agreement or settlement agreement to record the settlement.
|Employment Tribunal claim||Representation during an employment tribunal includes:|
- Identifying limitation dates
- lodging early ACAS conciliation
- drafting your claim form
- reviewing the defence
- attending a preliminary hearing
- agreeing list of legal issues
- drafting the schedule of loss
- exchanging documents
- agreeing a trial bundle
- drafting your witness statements
- preparing chronology and cast list
- appointing a Barrister
- conference with the Barrister
- preparing 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.||£6,000 - £8,000||£750 - £1,500||Up to 8 months||As above
|Medium complexity||Where the listing for the final employment tribunal hearing is 3 - 4 days.||£8,000 - £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 - £25,000||£6,000 - £15,000||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 - £40,000||£15,000 - £20,000||Up to 18 months||As above