Our Charging Policy

It is our policy  to be clear on charges and we will always give you an indication up front as to what it will cost to pursue your matter.

 

Where we can we will give you a fixed quote but where that is not possible, because we cannot predict how a case will go or how long it will take to achieve the desired outcome,  we will give you our best estimate. We will provide you with information about the likely costs at each stage so you can plan ahead and make informed decisions. 

 

Guide to charges

 

Employers

     

Advice 

 

Charged at the hourly rate, according to the time spent (in 6 minute blocks)

Hourly Rate for all Advisers                               £ 280 plus VAT

Bespoke Documentation

 

Drafting Settlement agreements               from £ 300 plus VAT

Preparation of Contracts                               from £ 500 plus VAT

Preparation of employee handbooks        from £1000 plus VAT

Drafting Policies                                              from £  300 plus VAT   

Tribunal Representation

 

Because of the nature of litigation it is impossible to give a clear indication as to cost. All work is charged at the hourly rate according to the time spent. If the case settles at an early stage the fees may only be in the region of £1000-£2000 plus VAT but if it settles later your fees will be higher, perhaps in the region of £5000-£10,000 plus VAT depending on how late in the day the case settles. Where the case goes to a full hearing the cost can be substantially higher as there will be significant preparation and Tribunal attendance time involved.   For cases lasting several days it is normally possible to work on a day rate for the hearing and sometimes it will be more cost effective to instruct a barrister for the case. We will discuss all the options with you before undertaking work .

 

Training

 

F.I.T training solutions                                    from £ 500 plus VAT

 

Annual package

Tailored annual retainers based on a monthly or annual payment covering advice and assistance only or, where required, with documentation and/or training - quoted on enquiry. 

Employees

General advice and assistance

 

Initial consultation for new clients                     £ 95 inclusive of  VAT for up to 30 mins*                                           

Thereafter all work is charged at the hourly rate according to the time spent (in 6min blocks)

Hourly Rate for all Advisers                                  £280 plus VAT

*includes prep time such as reading your documents

Advice on Settlement agreements 

Our charges start at £250 plus VAT.

This fee covers 1 consultation of up to 45 mins for advice, suggesting amendments where appropriate for you to negotiate and signing off the agreement.   

Additional work including entering into negotiations on your behalf, redrafting the agreement, advising you after the initial consultation and dealing with reaffirmation agreements is charged at the hourly rate according to the time spent.

Except in particularly complex or time consuming cases, fees for dealing with a settlement agreement generally fall within £250 - £500 plus VAT.

The Employer normally pays the legal costs in connection with a settlement agreement and depending on how much their contribution is, more often than not, we can deal with the matter without you incurring additional costs.            

Tribunal cases

Because of the nature of litigation it is impossible to give a clear indication as to cost. All work is charged at the hourly rate according to the time spent. If the case settles at an early stage the fees may only be in the region of £1000-£2000 plus VAT but if it settles later your fees will be higher, perhaps in the region of £5000-£10,000 plus VAT depending on how late in the day the case settles. Where the case goes to a full hearing the cost can be substantially higher as there will be significant preparation and Tribunal attendance time involved.   For cases lasting several days it is normally possible to work on a day rate for the hearing and sometimes it will be more cost effective to instruct a barrister for the case. We will discuss all the options with you before undertaking work and you can place a limit on how far you are willing to purse the case based on our estimate of the costs at each stage.

 

No win no fee

We do not routinely take cases on a no win no fee basis, but in some instances we can make this arrangement available to you if your case is, in our opinion, strong enough on both merits and quantum (value). If we take a case on this basis we take, as our fee, one third of whatever we recover for you (inclusive of VAT) plus disbursements (charges we incur on your behalf such as barristers' or experts' fees)   

Legal expenses insurance

You are welcome to instruct us under your legal expenses insurance but please be aware that we can only act if you have first obtained your insurer's authority and they have confirmed that they are willing to pay us at our normal hourly rate.

 

The above costs information is intended as a general guide only and is based on our rates as at 1st February 2021. All charges are subject to change.