Employment Claims Services and Pricing
- What Services do you provide in relation to employment claims?
We act for Claimant’s in employment law disputes, offering and advice and representation.
- What is the cost for these services?
Our work is charged per hour and our rates are as follows (plus VAT):
Grade A (£250) – Solicitors, Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) with over eight years post qualification experience including at least eight years litigation experience and senior legal advisers with equivalent experience.
Grade B (£200) – Solicitors and Legal Executives with over four years post qualification experience including at least four years litigation experience, senior legal advisers with equivalent experience and Costs Lawyers depending on the complexity of the work.
Grade C (£175) – Other Solicitors, Legal Executives, Legal Advisers of equivalent experience, Client Liaison Managers and Costs Lawyers depending on the complexity of the work.
Grade D £150) – Trainee Solicitors, Paralegals, other Legal Advisers, Trainee Costs Lawyers and Costs Draftsman.
For customers of our contracted Insurance partners we act under Legal Expenses insurance for a reduced hourly rate of £90 plus VAT. This is subject to the terms and conditions of the insurance policy being met. Customers can choose to use this cover to instruct a solicitor of their choice provided they enter into our terms and conditions in line with the policy.
- Can I claim through my Legal Expenses insurance?
If you can claim depends upon whether or not the terms of the policy are met for example this depends on factors such as;
– is the issue/claim covered under the policy
– does it have good prospects of success – over 50%
– is it proportionate to use the cover to pursue the case?
– The event occurs during the period of the policy of insurance
– Are all other terms of the insurance policy met?
- How will I know how much the costs of my claim are?
While your case is being dealt with by us we will provide you with an update in relation to the costs incurred on your matter every 6 months.
- How many hours would you expect to spend on an average employment case?
This can vary greatly depending on the facts and circumstances of the case. However, a standard unfair dismissal case may take in the region of 20 hours work to complete from issue of the claim to the final hearing. The final hearing would then take on average a further 7 – 14 hours.
A more complex matter, such as a discrimination claim may take around 40 hours work to complete from issue to final hearing. The final hearing would then take on average a further 21- 35 hours to complete.
- What might increase the costs incurred/time spent in my case?
There are various factors that can increase the cost of running a case, which may increase the risk that your insurance will not cover all the costs of your claim. These can include;
Matters that are legally very complex
The other sides poor conduct in defending your claim
Delays in the tribunal system/ court process outside our control
- How long does an employment tribunal case take to complete?
This very much depends on the complexity of the case and the geographical area the claim is brought in. There are regional employment tribunals all over the UK and the speed with which they deal with cases can vary enormously. However, on average we would estimate that a basic unfair dismissal case may take around 8 months to complete, while a more complex discrimination matter may take around 12 months to complete. If the matter is settled via negotiation then the timescale may be less than this.
- What are the key stages in an Employment Tribunal claim?
The first step in bringing an employment tribunal claim is to register the claim with ACAS Early Conciliation https://ec.acas.org.uk/ before the expiry of the deadline for the claim. A claim cannot be issued without having completed this process. ACAS contact the other side to try and reach an amicable solution via conciliation.
If the matter is not resolved via conciliation then a claim needs to be issued to the Employment Tribunal within the prescribed time limit. This is done online at https://www.gov.uk/courts-tribunals/employment-tribunal.
The Claim form is then sent to Respondent (employer) and they are given 28 days to formally response to the claim setting out if they admit or deny the claim.
Once the tribunal has the documents they can then make case management orders to progress the case. These include exchanging all relevant documents, valuing the claim, preparing documents for use at the hearing and preparing witness statements. This is either done by the Tribunal alone or at short hearing.
ACAS remain involved throughout the case to try and see if it is possible to reach a settlement (www.acas.org.uk). Many cases do settle after the claim has been issued but before a final hearing.
However, if the case doesn’t settle there will then be a final hearing to decide if you will win your case. This will be heard at the employment tribunal centre nearest to the Respondent’s premises. The hearing can take anything from a day to multiple days depending on the complexity of the matter and number of witnesses. The tribunal will hear from all witnesses and question them as well as considering the paperwork before reaching decision.
If you are successful the tribunal will then decide what compensation to award to you.
- Will my case be handled by a solicitor?
Yes, we have a mix of qualified solicitors. They are all experienced in dealing with employment law issues such as unfair dismissal, contract disputes, redundancy, wages, discrimination, TUPE and whistleblowing. The current employment team is;
Supervisor- Rachel Clayton, Associate Solicitor, Admission date 1 September 2008: Employment Solicitor. Practising in employment law since 2006. Currently spends 100% of time as an employment fee earner.
Liz Spooner, Solicitor, Admission date: 1 April 2003: Employment solicitor. Has practised employment law since 2011. Currently spends approximately 95% of time as an employment fee earner.
Briony Wood, Employment Solicitor, Admission date 1 August 2018: Employment Solicitor. Originally qualified as a Fellow of CILEx in 2016. Practising in employment law since 2009. Currently spends 100% of time as an employment fee earner.
Rosie Owen, Solicitor, Admission date 1 March 2018: Employment solicitor. Carried out a 6-month training seat with the team during her training contract. Currently spends 100% of time as an employment fee earner.
Sally Vasey, Admission date 1 November 2019. Employment Solicitor. Carried out a 6-month training seat with the team during her training contract. Currently spends 80% of time as an employment fee earner and also run consumer and property cases.
Breesha Loughran – Admission date 1 November 2019. Employment Solicitor. Carried out a 6-month training seat with the team during her training contract. Breesha also worked as a paralegal in the Employment Team for two years prior to starting her training. Currently spends 80% of time as an employment fee earner and also run consumer and property cases.
- What other means of funding are available for Employment Cases?
Claimants in employment tribunal cases can sometimes receive legal representation from their trade union.
You may also find that other solicitors offer Damages Based Agreements or ‘no win no fee’ agreements in relation to employment matters. This is not something that we offer.
It is also possible to obtain legal assistance via Civil Legal Advice who provide government funded assistance (‘legal aid’). This is in relation to discrimination matters only. https://www.gov.uk/civil-legal-advice
You could also engage a local solicitor and pay privately for this. Solicitors can be found via the law society website http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/