Mark Serby leads our Employment Law team. As a practising solicitor and with over 25 years’ experience in employment law he can advise you on most aspects of your relationship with your employer. Mark is assisted by our administrative staff and student caseworkers. Our advice and representation is free of charge, although there are occasions when we will need to seek advice from a specialist barrister and details on this appear below. We are not able to represent you where you have already started your own claim in the Employment Tribunal or if you consult us when there is a tight deadline to meet. It is important to you and us that you consult us at the earliest opportunity; we are always pleased to hear from you as soon as you think that a difficulty is arising.
Transparency on costs
What are the costs?
Our legal advice and representation is free of charge. In other words, you do not have to pay for the time that our staff and students spend reviewing and progressing your matter.
You will have to pay any third-party costs associated with your claim and these are sometimes referred to as disbursements. This may include, for example, barristers’ fees to review the merits of your case and as a guide the cost of this could be anywhere between £200 – £800 plus VAT charged at an additional 20%. This is based on a guide hourly rate of £250 and can vary with the experience and skill of the barrister.
Similarly, we may instruct a barrister to represent you at the tribunal and this would cost in the region of £500 – £2000 per day plus VAT charged at an additional 20%. In some very rare cases you may have to pay your opponent’s costs.
CFA for barristers’ fees
In most cases we would endeavour to instruct a barrister who can provide services on the basis of a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). A CFA is an agreement between a legal representative (in this context the barrister) and their client whereby the legal representative will be paid a different level of fee depending on the outcome of the case. For example, if the agreed result is achieved the legal representative will be paid a higher fee and if it is not achieved the legal representative will charge a lower rate or in some cases will not charge the client at all. Your solicitor will discuss with you whether your case requires assistance and/ or representation by a barrister and if your case is suitable for a CFA.
Please note that we will not always instruct a barrister to review your claim but there is always a possibility that, depending upon the complexity of your matter, we will need assistance from a suitable barrister with experience in the relevant area of employment law.
Legal expenses insurance
You may already have legal expenses insurance (or you may wish to consider obtaining such a policy) as this could provide for the recovery of costs and disbursements. If you want to nominate us as your legal representative in order that we can make enquiries of an insurer, then please get in touch with us. We will ensure that you are advised about any likely costs relating to your matters before you are committed to using our services and the figures and the costs and stages as referred to below are merely a guide.
How long will my matter take?
If we can take on your matter, we will provide you with a retainer letter and our terms of business. After taking your initial instructions and giving initial advice on your particular circumstances, it may be that your case develops into a discussion or negotiation with your employer. Where that is not possible, or in more serious cases we will advise you to pursue the matter in the Employment Tribunal.
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. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 3-6 weeks. However, if your matter proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 9-12 months. These are estimates based upon our experiences to date. However, the timescales may change depending upon the complexity of your case and the Employment Tribunal at which your employment claim is issued.
Services that are not included and may incur additional fees:
Services included and key stages of an employment law claim
Stages of an Employment Tribunal Claim:
Initial review of the merits of your claim – Solicitor review only £0
Initial review of the merits of your claim – Barrister review- in the region of £200 – £800 plus VAT. As noted above, we will only instruct a barrister, at any stage of your matter, if we consider that it is necessary to obtain specialist advice and only after discussing and agreeing to do so with you.
Pre claim conciliation to explore settlement – £0
2- 4 Months
Preparing the claim – £0
Reviewing opponent’s response and advising further – Solicitor review £0
Reviewing opponent’s response and advising further – Barrister review- in the region of £200 – £800 plus VAT
Exploring settlement and negotiating – £0
Preparing a Schedule of Loss – Solicitor review £0
Preparing a Schedule of Loss –Barrister review- in the region of £200 – £800 plus VAT
Preparing for and attending a preliminary hearing – Solicitor only £0 plus travel costs based on either the cost of public transport or mileage at 45p per mile
Preparing for and attending a preliminary hearing – Barrister- in the region £500 – £2000 plus VAT per day
Exchanging documents – £0
Taking witness statements – £0
Preparing Bundle of Documents – £0
Reviewing Opponent’s Witness Statements and advising – solicitor review £0
Reviewing Opponent’s Witness Statements and advising – Barrister review- in the region of £200 – £850 plus VAT
Agreeing a list of issues/ Chronology – solicitor £0
Agreeing a list of issues/ Chronology – Barrister- in the region of £200 – £800 plus VAT
Preparation and Attendance at Final Hearing – Solicitor £0
Preparation and Attendance at the Final Hearing – Barrister- in the region of £500 – £2000 per day plus VAT
We look forward to receiving your enquiry and working with you to resolve your concerns.
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