Employment for Businesses – Funding your case

We provide comprehensive and understandable expert advice at very competitive rates, so you can be sure to receive a great value service with peace of mind over costs. We will always provide you with clear information about the costs involved in us handling your case.

Our services can be supplied at our competitive hourly charging rate, through our fixed fee packages or through an annual retainer.

Annual Retainers

You never know when an employment issue may arise, so to take the hassle out of agreeing fees, when really you just want answers and support, we can offer annual retainers for our service. Our quotes are tailored to your needs and your business.

Contact us now and we can provide bespoke quotes based on your exact requirements and your business set up.

Fixed Fee Packages

We can generally offer fixed fee packages for contracts, policies, grievance or disciplinary support and for defending Employment Tribunal claims. Please contact us for quotes.

Defending Employment Tribunal claims for Unfair/Wrongful Dismissal

Our pricing brackets for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal are;

Factors that could make a case more complex:
• If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
• Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
• Making or defending a costs application
• Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
• Complex valuation calculations such as those involving final salary pension schemes
• The number of witnesses and documents
• If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
• Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
• The existence of other claims such as non-payment of wages or holiday pay or the failure to consult about a redundancy or business transfer
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £750 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-5 days depending on the complexity of your case. Many simple cases would be resolved in a 1 day hearing.

Disbursements
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel’s fees estimated between £750 to £1,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

If an Unfair Dismissal/Wrongful Dismissal relates to capability, sickness or health, then medical evidence may be required. It is possible under GDPR for individuals to request their own medical records free of charge from their GP. If a medical report is required, this would range from £50 – £200 +VAT. Very occasionally, an expert report is required, though this is less likely in an Unfair Dismissal claim, this can range from £1,500 – £3,000 +VAT.

If the Preliminary Hearing and/or Final Hearing takes place other than in Sheffield, disbursements would be incurred in the form of travel expenses and accommodation depending on the length of the hearing and its location. Howells commit to obtaining the cheapest possible rail fares to any hearing.

Key stages
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 (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
• Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
• Preparing claim or response
• Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
• Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
• preparing or considering 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, a chronology and/or cast list
• Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

Howells Solicitors are able to offer a range of fixed fees, either for the conduct of the whole case, though more commonly, we can break these down into fixed fees for each section of the procedure that we have identified above.

Howells Solicitors ask for payment on account of our fixed fees or an agreed sum in respect of hourly paid work, at the commencement of each stage of the case.

How long will my matter take?
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 1-8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26-52 weeks. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

Payment

Howells Solicitors ask for payment on account of our fixed fees or an agreed sum in respect of hourly paid work, at the commencement of each stage of the case.

Our fees will be reviewed during the life of your case, if there are unexpected developments or complexities in your case, we reserve the right to vary our fees, subject to giving you advance notice of this.

These fees quoted do not include additional work required for other claims pursued alongside Unfair Dismissal/Wrongful Dismissal for example wages or discrimination claims. Please contact us for a bespoke quote.