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Our Charges – Employment (for employees) Our Charges – Employment (for employees)

Our Charges – Employment (for employees)

Business

We act for businesses as well as the people who create, own and invest in them, building long term relationships with our clients to understand the unique challenges and opportunities they face. Our depth of experience and knowledge is focussed on providing practical advice designed to meet all our clients’ business needs.

Individuals & Families

We understand how important your case is, our experienced teams are on hand to provide practical and effective legal advice. With one of the largest teams of lawyers in North Yorkshire we work for wealthy individuals and their families, trusts and family businesses - your needs are at the heart of what we do.

Property

Our Commercial, Residential and Agricultural Property teams have the expertise to help you deal with the opportunities and challenges of the freehold and leasehold real estate market. We have substantial depth of experience of the property world and its demands which gives us the crucial ability to help you achieve your aims.

Resolving Disputes

Disputes are an unavoidable fact of life, but when they happen it is essential to find a quick, effective and practical solution to the situation. Whether your issues are commercial or business related, family or personal, we have the depth of experience, imagination and expertise to help you solve your problems.

Hourly rates

Our hourly rates for employment work range from £100 to £220 (plus VAT) based on the level of qualification and experience.

We will provide you with a fee estimate or a fixed fee depending on the type of work to be undertaken. Your work will be allocated to the most cost effective team member with the appropriate experience.

Below are examples of the types of work we undertake and the charges.

 

Settlement Negotiations

We are experienced in negotiating an exit package where appropriate.

 

Settlement Agreements

We can advise you in relation to a Settlement Agreement.

Our minimum fee for providing advice on a Settlement Agreement is £500 plus VAT.  Employers will often cover this fee and we can potentially negotiate a higher fee if this proves necessary depending on the amount of negotiation required.

Costs for advising on Settlement Agreements range from £500 to £3,000 plus VAT depending on the amount of negotiation and the number of amendments required.

 

Employment Tribunal Claims

Our charges for representing clients with a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal depend on the complexity and nature of the claims and the conduct of the ex-employer and their representatives.  In our experience the likely costs will be as follows:

  • Simple case: £1,000 – £5,000 plus VAT
  • Medium complexity case: £5,000 – £10,000 plus VAT
  • High complexity case: £10,000 – £20,000 plus VAT

Factors which could make claims more complex include:

  • Where a lengthy and complex disciplinary process has been conducted
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. a whistle-blowing allegation
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • If it is necessary to bring applications to amend claims
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • Defending a costs application

 

Other funding methods

Before commencing work we will ask you to check your household insurance policy. If it includes Legal Expenses Cover it may cover your costs, although you may be required to use the insurance company’s panel solicitors.

You may also be able to obtain legal representation if you are a member of a trade union.

 

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf.

We usually instruct Barristers to conduct an Employment Tribunal hearing. Barristers fees are between £600 to £1,500 plus VAT per day (depending on experience) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

 

Key Stages – what will Raworths do for you?

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation which could be recovered (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation to explore whether a settlement can be reached
  • Preparing the application and filing this with the Employment Tribunal
  • Exploring and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Preparing a schedule of loss
  • Preparing for and attending a Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Preparing bundle of documents
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues and a chronology
  • Preparation for Final Hearing, including instructions to the Barrister.

When we instruct a Barrister we do not normally attend the Employment Tribunal hearing.

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to only have our advice in relation to some of the stages.

 

Timescales

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends on the stage at which your case is resolved. For example:

  • If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 2-6 weeks
  • If the claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 4-12 months

This is just an estimate and we will give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

We will provide estimates for other types of Employment Tribunal claims after taking your initial instructions.