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Employment Tribunal Matters For Employees

The Damage Based Agreement (“DBA”)

Full details of our DBA are contained in our DBA, which is sent for consideration in all applicable cases.

Broadly the DBA works as follows:

  1. We retain 35% inclusive of VAT of your winnings if we win and nothing if we lose unless you cancel the agreement.  If the client cancels the agreement, we reserve our right to charge the client for the hours spent on his/her case at £216.00 per hour, inclusive of VAT.
  2. Success is defined as receiving compensation for the client, a judgment in the client’s favour or securing a reinstatement.  If we secure a reinstatement for the client, this is deemed to have a value of £10,000.00 to which our 35% would attach.
  3. We do not include the following expenses that the client may incur:
    1. In most cases it is not necessary to attend a hearing in person, because the majority of cases settle before a final hearing takes place and interim hearings are usually by telephone.  However, if a hearing in person is needed, the above charges do not include arranging for representation. In these circumstances the client has the choice of attending with our remote support, at no extra costs, or paying for the additional cost of a representative to attend with the client.
    2. In the even that there are other expenses in the client’s case, beyond the expense of our advice and assistance, i.e. an expert’s report the client would need to pay for this cost.
  4. The average cost under our DBA is in the region of £1,750.00 inclusive of VAT based on an average settlement of £5,000.00.  

Conditional Fee Agreement (“CFA”)

Full details of our DBA are contained in our CFA, which is sent for consideration in all applicable cases.

  1. We charge £300.00 per hour inclusive of VAT subject to a minimum charge of £900.00 inclusive of VAT, if successful but nothing if we lose unless you cancel the agreement.  If you cancel the agreement, we reserve our right to charge the client for the hours we have spent on his/her case at £216.00 per hour. If the client goes on to win his/her case post termination we reserve the right to charge a further £84.00 per hour.   
  2. Success is defined as receiving compensation for the client, a judgement in the client’s favour or securing a reinstatement.
  3. We do not include the following expenses that you may incur in your case:
    1. In most cases it is not necessary to attend a hearing in person, because the majority of cases settle before a final hearing takes place and interim hearings are usually by telephone.  However, if a hearing in person is needed, the above charges do not include arranging for representation. In these circumstances the client has the choice of attending with our remote support, at no extra costs, or paying for the additional cost of a representative to attend with the client.
    2. In the even the event that there are other expenses in the case, beyond the expense of our advice and assistance, i.e. an expert’s report the client would need to pay for this cost.
  4. The average cost under our CFA is in the region of £3,000.00 inclusive of VAT based on an average of 10 hours work required.

Capped Fixed Fee

  1. We offer a capped fixed fee which is up to 10 hours for £1,200.00 inclusive of VAT.  This sum is payable no matter how much time is spent on the client’s case and whether we win or lose the claim.  We are obliged to undertake up to 10 hours’ worth of work under this arrangement. If more work is required after this period, a further pricing plan can be agreed.  This type of agreement is suitable for cases where the client and solicitor think at least 5-6 hours’ worth of work would be necessary. In the event that fewer hours are needed, the client would be better advised to look to a “pay by hour” plan.
  2. The above does not include attendance at hearings, unless specifically agreed.
  3. The above only relates to the matter to which we have been instructed in.
  4. The above does not include expenses.

Pay Per Hour

  1. Our standard hourly rate is £216.00 per hour inclusive of VAT, whether we win or lose.
  2. The above does not include attendance at hearings, unless specifically agreed.
  3. The above only relates to the matter to which we have been instructed in.
  4. The above does not include expenses.

Expenses

  1. The cost of a barrister is typically £1,800.00 for the first day of a tribunal hearing and £1,200.00 for each day thereafter.
  2. A typical tribunal hearing ranges between 1 to 5 days, depending on the complexities (however, relatively few cases reach a tribunal hearing).
  3. Experts’ reports vary depending on the type of expert required.

 

Time Frame

A typical tribunal case usually takes between 1 to 12 months, depending upon whether a settlement is reached or whether the matter goes all the way to a final hearing.  The above is not the minimum or maximum length of time that a tribunal takes.

Employment for Employers

We offer the same “pay per hour” and capped fixed fee option, as above.  

No win no fee arrangements are not suitable for employers.

We can consider regular retainers based upon individual employer’s needs.

Family Law and Other Matters

  1. For family law and other matters, we offer the capped fixed fee option and pay by hour option.
  2. We charge a standard rate of £480.00 inclusive of VAT for our legal fees in assisting with a divorce / dissolution of civil partnership.
  3. The known expenses in Family Law cases are:
    1. Court fee for a divorce = £550.00
    2. Court fee for a financial order by consent = £50.00
    3. Court fee for a financial remedy not by consent = £255.00
    4. Court fee for child arrangement order = £215.00
    5. Barrister fees, if necessary, are typically the same as barrister fees for tribunal matters.

Fee earners

  1. Tom Clements is a solicitor with over 9 years post qualification experience, with around 45% of his experience relating to employment, 45% in family law and 10% in other arears.
  2. Luca Liberti is a solicitor in his first-year post qualification, with around 80% of his experience in employment, 15% in family law and 5% in other arears.   Luca has had substantial experience in employment law prior to qualification.
  3. Nishma Shah is a trainee solicitor due to qualify as a solicitor in March 2019 with around 70% of her experience in employment law and the remaining 30% across a variety of areas to include conveyancing, cost drafting and general litigation.
  4. The firm has a commitment to ensure that that all work leaves the office at a consistently high quality.  As such we charge the same hourly rate for all fee earners, but if we feel owing to a lack of experience the job takes longer, discretion is applied to reduce the number of hours spent, and we do not charge additional time for proof reading and corrections, owing to lack of experience.

All of the above costing arrangements are subject to contract and suitability.

Other costing arrangements can be individually negotiated where suitable.