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Employment Law

As part of our commitment to doing law differently and changing lives, we are offering fixed fee pricing options. Ask us about how this works when you request a quote. Or, we offer an hourly rate too. As a guide, the amount varies from £240ph to £320ph + VAT, depending on the level of experience required from the HM3 Legal lawyers involved who are supporting you.

All costs will be clearly described and separated when we quote, so there will be no surprises.

How long will a case take?

Each situation is different. And during what can be a stressful and uncertain time, we treat each case with the sensitivity it deserves. The time taken from instruction to resolution depends on at what the stage the case is resolved. As a guide your case is likely to take:

  • 1 to 8 weeks – if a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation.
  • 6 – 12 months – if your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing (this timing depends on which tribunal office handles your case, as some are experiencing delays).

Each quotation matches each individual situation. As things can change as the matter progresses, we will keep you up to date if any changes affect the price – no surprise bills with us!

We will discuss fee options with you at the start. Depending on details of your claim (and that we’re satisfied it is likely to be successful), we may agree to enter into a Damages Based Agreement with you. Or, benefitting from existing legal expenses insurance cover may also be an option available for you. We will talk through your options with you at every stage.

What will it cost?

Example: Claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

  • Simple case: £0-£5,000 (excluding VAT).
  • Medium complexity case: £0-£10,000 (excluding VAT).
  • High complexity case: £0-£15,000 (excluding VAT).

There are various factors which can make bringing or defending a case more complicated. This includes defending claims by claimants who are not represented by a solicitor or barrister, or allegations of discrimination linked to the dismissal.

Additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £250 to £1,000 per day (excluding VAT). As a guide, allow 1-10 days depending on the complexity of your case. As each case progresses, things can change along the way. We will keep you up to date if any changes affect the price

Settlement agreements

Employers want to make sure that the Settlement Agreement is binding, so they often contribute to an employees’ legal costs in taking independent legal advice, usually for a fixed sum. A fee contribution of £500 + VAT or more is likely to cover an employee’s legal fees (unless the agreement needs to be amended or renegotiated as it will cost more to update). Additional costs may be agreed by the employer – if not, as our client, we would need to agree with you a fixed cost for the additional work.

Most settlement agreements end within a matter of weeks, but this timeline may be longer if the terms of the agreement need to be negotiated.

Associated costs (disbursements)

These costs are the same for any solicitor you choose to use. We pay these to third parties for you, such as court fees. Counsel’s fee is between £500 to £1,500 per day for attending a Tribunal Hearing (which includes preparation).

If you want to handle the claim yourself we can provide advice for some of the stages.

 

There are factors which can make bringing or defending a case more complicated. This includes defending claims by claimants who are not represented by a solicitor or barrister, or allegations of discrimination linked to the dismissal.

Additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £250 to £1,000 per day (excluding VAT). As a guide, allow 1-10 days depending on how complex the case is.

 

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