The aim of our price transparency is to ensure our clients have the information they need to understand what our fees may be.
The prices quoted on our website will not be binding, as personalised quotes and estimates will be provided to clients once they are formally engaged and have been provided with a Client Care Letter and our Terms and Conditions of Business.
The rate of VAT is currently 20%.
All fee quotes and estimates will be subject to review depending on the nature of the matter as it progresses. Where we refer to Partner, Senior Associate, Associate and Solicitor, they are all either Solicitors or Fellows of CILEx. At times, non-qualified members of the team such as Paralegals may assist on your matter but will be supervised at all times by qualified members of the team.
For new clients, we charge a one-time client setup fee of up to £150.
A copy of the SRA’s Transparency Rules can be found here.
These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.
Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:
· The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor.
· Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.
· The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the HCEO is needed to collect your debt.
· Sending a letter of claim in the first instance carries a separate fee of £60.00 (incl. VAT).
Our fee includes
· Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation.
· Undertaking appropriate searches.
· Receiving payment and sending onto you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim.
· Where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgment in default.
· When Judgment in default is received, write to the other side to request payment.
· If payment is not received within 7 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs.
Matters usually take 8-16 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgment in default. If enforcement action is required, the matter will take longer to resolve and additional costs will be incurred.
Our prices relate to the handling of an Employment Tribunal claim for either unfair or wrongful dismissal.
There will be additional charges if one of our colleagues is required to attend a Tribunal Hearing to take notes, of between £600 and £900 per day (excluding VAT), depending on their hourly rate.
What is included
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
· Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
· Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
· preparing claim or response;
· reviewing and advising on claim or response from the other party;
· exploring and negotiating settlement throughout the process;
· preparing or considering a schedule of loss;
· preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing;
· exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents;
· taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses;
· preparing bundle of documents;
· reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements;
· agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list;
· preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.
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, and its complexity (see above). If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 6 to 8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case will be heard on the date fixed by the Tribunal, often having regard to all parties’ availability. We would expect simple cases to be heard within 6
months. This is largely dependent also upon the resources of the Tribunal centre responsible for your case. More complex/longer cases could take over a year to be heard. Anything longer than 18 months for a full hearing is still regarded as unusual, though not unheard of. 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.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as travel, subsistence and accommodation expenses or counsel’s fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel's fees can vary significantly (depending on the experience and seniority of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). Counsel’s hourly rates can range from £150 to £450 + VAT. They tend to charge fixed fees for attending and preparing for hearings or advice meetings (conferences) or for providing written opinions or draft statements of case. When we instruct counsel, we will always agree their fees with you in advance and would ask for you to make a payment on account of their fees before the instructions are confirmed.