From the outset we will always be honest and upfront with you about how much our charges will be.

Where possible we will agree a fixed fee for work before it is undertaken. Sometimes it is not possible to agree a fixed fee because of the difficulty in predicting how much work will be required. In those circumstances we will give an estimate of our fees and we will continually update this estimate.

If you have the benefit of Legal Expenses Insurance we will contact your insurer to ask them to pay our fees.

Where we have not agreed a fixed fee we will always give a detailed breakdown of our charges.

We will always be honest and frank with our clients about whether they will be able to recover our fees from the opponent and about their prospects.

For advice or assistance contact Hastings & Co Solicitors on 01621 876 031.

Employment Tribunal Fee Guidance for Employees

This section applies where we act for employees bringing claims in the Employment Tribunal for either unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal.

All claims are handled by Liam Hastings who qualified as a solicitor in 2004.

We charge an hourly rate of £250 plus VAT.

The total cost of pursuing a claim in the Employment Tribunal for unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal will depend on a number of factors, including: the complexity of the case, the number of witnesses, the amount of documentary evidence, whether the claim is defended, whether there is a preliminary hearing, the stage at which the claim settles and the duration of the final hearing.

On average, our total costs for pursuing a straight forward claim that results in a one day hearing are likely to be in the range £2,500 plus VAT to £4,000 plus VAT. It may also be necessary to instruct a barrister to represent you at the tribunal hearing. The barrister’s fees are likely to be between £1,500 plus VAT and £2,500 plus VAT for a one day hearing (depending on the complexity of the case and the seniority of the barrister).

The above fee range includes the following work:

  • Considering the employee’s paperwork and taking detailed instructions.
  • Submitting a notice to ACAS using the ACAS Early Conciliation Notice procedure.
  • Drafting Claim Form and Details of Claim and submitting them to the Employment Tribunal.
  • Considering the employer’s response.
  • Attending any case management hearings which are conducted by telephone or video.
  • Preparing a list of documents.
  • Preparing witness statements and considering the employer’s witness statements.
  • Agreeing a list of issues with the employer and a bundle of documents for the hearing.
  • Instructing a barrister.

The length of time the claim will take will depend on a number of factors including: whether it is necessary to issue a claim in the Employment Tribunal, the stage at which the claim settles, whether there is a preliminary  hearing and how busy the Employment Tribunal centre. Claims can settle at any stage but if the matter proceeds to a fully contested hearing it is likely to take six to twelve months. It can take longer for cases requiring two or more dates at the final hearing.

We will consider acting under a conditional fee agreement so that we only charge if the claim succeeds. When considering whether to enter into a conditional fee agreement we will take into consideration a number of factors including the merits and value of the claim. We will continually review the prospects as the claim progresses and reserve the right to terminate the conditional fee arrangement in the event that the prospects are no longer considered reasonable.

Employment Tribunal Fee Guidance for Employers

This section applies where we act for employers defending claims in the Employment Tribunal for either unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal.

All claims are handled by Liam Hastings who qualified as a solicitor in 2004.

We charge an hourly rate of £250 plus VAT.

The total cost of defending a claim in the Employment Tribunal for unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal will depend on a number of factors, including: the complexity of the case, the number of witnesses, the amount of documentary evidence, whether the claim is defended, whether there is a preliminary hearing, the stage at which the claim settles and the duration of the final hearing.

On average, our total costs for defending a straight forward claim that results in a one day hearing are likely to be in the range £3,000 plus VAT to £5,000 plus VAT. It may also be necessary to instruct a barrister to represent you at the tribunal hearing. The barrister’s fees are likely to be between £1,500 plus VAT and £2,500 plus VAT for a one day hearing (depending on the complexity of the case and the seniority of the barrister).

The above fee range includes the following work:

  • Reviewing the employer’s paperwork and taking detailed instructions.
  • Liaising with ACAS and trying to negotiate a settlement of the claim (if the employer wishes to settle).
  • Drafting a Response to the claim and submitting the same to the Employment Tribunal.
  • Attending any case management hearings which are conducted by telephone or video.
  • Preparing a list of documents.
  • Preparing witness statements and considering the employee’s witness statements.
  • Agreeing a list of issues with the employee.
  • Preparing a bundle of documents for the final hearing.
  • Instructing a barrister.

The length of time the claim will take will depend on a number of factors including: the stage at which the claim settles, whether there is a preliminary  hearing and how busy the Employment Tribunal centre is. Claims can settle at any stage but if the matter proceeds to a fully contested hearing it is likely to take six to twelve months. It can take longer for cases requiring two or more dates at the final hearing.

Debt Collection Fee Guidance

For specific guidance regarding our charges for debt collection work please visit our Debt Collection page.