Legal advice is expensive, and we won’t pretend otherwise. We believe that keeping you aware of how much our work is costing you, and letting you feel that you are in control of cost, is one of the most important aspects of good service.
We are up-front and open about our fees from the outset of our relationship with you. We will provide you with as much information on the potential likely costs of using our services as we sensibly can. We keep you regularly updated on how our fees are building up and we are happy to agree to cap them and the amount of work we are doing for you, to help your finances.
We are all senior specialists and experts in our field. We offer employees and executives a discounted fee rate of around 15% off our standard charges. Our discounted rate is a little more than tends to be charged by ‘High Street’ law firms and other advisory organisations who cannot offer the same level of service and experienced advice. However, our rates also undercut the larger commercial law firms, with whom we compete in terms of quality and service, by around 30% – that’s up to £100 + VAT less per hour.
You are therefore receiving the best quality of advice in the region for a significantly lower price than you would pay at many of our competitors.
For all our work for employees and executives – except for settlement agreement advice – we charge £395 + VAT for an initial consultation (see below). This fee is payable in advance.
After the 1.5 hours provided by the initial consultation, we can of course continue to help you – we will then charge you on a time-based approach using our hourly fee rates which are significantly discounted for our employee clients. With time-based work we invoice you at the end of each month or the end of a particular stage of our work for you. For some types of work we may be able to offer another fixed price option.
Initial consultation: what you get
We’ve thought carefully about what our clients need from us. You’re coming to us for specialist legal advice – choosing us, as specialists, rather than a High Street law firm. You want us to give proper, detailed thought to your employment situation and provide you with clear and detailed advice. You also, of course, want excellent value-for-money and, above all, to know precisely what it will cost you.
This is why we offer an initial consultation with us at a fixed price, as your first engagement with our firm.
You will receive:
- A consultation meeting (or phone call if you prefer) with one of our specialist employment lawyers.
- A senior, highly experienced lawyer who has specialised in employment law for over 20 years.
- Some time for your lawyer to read any documents you may wish to send us before the consultation.
Our aim is always that by the end of the consultation you will understand your employment law rights and the options open to you in your particular situation, having discussed it with one of our specialist employment lawyers.
(After the 1.5 hours provided by the initial consultation, we can of course continue to help you – we will then charge you on a time-based approach using our hourly fee rates which are significantly discounted for our employee clients.)
For advice and support on settlement agreements, as a specialist employment law firm we offer a premium service that is not available from most other law firms. See our Settlement Agreements page for more information, including cost.
Employment Tribunal claims
For an outline of the potential costs of an Employment Tribunal claim for unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal or wrongful dismissal, please see our Price guidelines. For information on the cost of any other type of Tribunal claim, such as discrimination, please contact us.
Our invoices are to be paid upon receipt, which in practice means we are happy to wait for 2-3 days after we’ve sent you our invoice. We need to receive payment in advance of us confirming the booking of your initial consultation. For additional work we prefer to receive payment for each additional invoice before we go on to provide you with further assistance.
We believe that this clear and business-like approach to payment sensibly manages your ability to pay and our ability to continue with your work, and avoids the embarrassment and difficulties that can arise with unpaid invoices building up during busy periods of legal work.
In order to make it as easy as possible for you, we accept credit and debit cards as well as bank transfers.
Please note that we do not offer ‘no win, no fee’, conditional or contingency fees and we do not offer free consultations. Unfortunately there is no ‘legal aid’ available for employment law advice. All advice and activity conducted by us on your case is chargeable.