It is in our interests, as much as yours, for there to be a clearly-agreed fee structure in relation to the work we do for you.
In all cases, any initial contact we have with you is free of charge and without obligation on your part. We need to obtain basic information to be able to understand whether we can help you at all and, if so, what form that is likely to take.
If it turns out that we are not able to help you ourselves, we will try to recommend the best way forward and also give you an alternative point of contact, if possible.
Basis of charge
There are a number of possibilities depending on your circumstances. We do not take a “one size fits all” approach. We will do our best to make sure you get the best value from the services we provide. We want our fee to be competitive as against other providers, for the results to be achieved.
Legal Expenses Insurance
As an individual, you may have home insurance which offers legal expenses cover in the event that you are involved in an employment dispute. Other types of insurance can include Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI) as an add-on as well, often with you being unaware of it. It is always worth checking any policies you have to see if they provide cover. There can be time limits for notification of relevant circumstances to LEI insurers so it is always worth checking this out as soon as possible if you have an employment issue on which you think you require legal advice.
Where a “free” funding option is not available, we like to offer a fixed fee wherever possible. It provides certainty for you and for us. If you are an individual, once we have agreed to accept your case, we will have a full discussion of your circumstances and provide detailed written advice on that for a fixed fee of £120.
In some circumstances, an hourly rate (or even a daily rate) may be appropriate. If we think this may be the appropriate way to proceed, we will discuss it with you in advance, always keeping the intended end result in mind. Where an hourly rate is agreed, we will keep detailed – to the minute – records of time spent on your matter.
Our normal hourly rate – for businesses and individuals – is £150. For individuals, this is the rate which will apply to work carried out, for example, beyond the initial £120 fee referred to above.
If you are going to need ad hoc advice over a period of time, we can offer packages which will allow you to purchase a fixed number of hours of advice in advance – at a reduced rate from our normal hourly charge. So, for businesses, these hours could be used for any employment law related issue. Examples include advice in relation to: compromise agreements and severance packages; business restructuring and redundancies; employment contracts and policies; grievance and disciplinary procedures.
Typically, for an employee, 5 hours of advice would be realistic whereas, for employers, depending on size, 20 hours of pre-purchased work by us may be more appropriate. We do not impose any time limit on the period within which the hours must be used.
Changes of circumstances
It is in the nature of life that things do not always progress as you expect. We will keep your situation under constant review and, where it becomes apparent that circumstances are evolving to the extent that the scope of the work originally envisaged has changed, we will discuss this with you as soon as possible and agree with you any alterations required to the feeing position.
Get in touch for a chat about your needs
Contact us if you would like to speak about a possible employment matter and any aspect of fees for proposed work.
All initial enquiries are free of charge and do not oblige you to take things further with us. Phone either Adelle Morris on 01343 564823, Neil Ross on 01343 564806 or Peter Brash on 01343 564813. Alternatively, complete and submit a Free Online Enquiry. Similarly you can click the button below to get in touch –