Your matter will be dealt with by Paul Whitaker who is a solicitor and regulated sole practitioner (by the Solicitors Regulation Authority) with 35 years post qualification experience. His hourly charge rate is £150 per hour plus Vat.
Simple case: £5,000-£15,000 (plus VAT)
Medium complexity case: £8,000-£24,000 (plus VAT)
High complexity case: £12,000-£50,000 (plus VAT)
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)
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
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1000 per day (plusVAT). Generally, we would allow 1-10 days depending on the complexity of your case.
Where possible and if the merits justify it we can offer a “no-win-no fee” or “no-win – reduced fee” arrangement (a Conditional Fee Agreement) or a contingency fee arrangement (a Damages Based Agreement). We normally charge for carrying out the initial assessment of merits at our charge out rate of £150 per hour plus Vat and would estimate the costs for doing so before carrying out the work and agree that with you, but it would typically be between £600 and £1200 plus Vat. If we offer a “no win-reduced fee” you would still be liable to pay the reduced fee if you lost. Typically the reduced fee would not be less than £90 and may be more depending on the facts of the case and the degree of risk. We will discuss this and agree the reduced fee with you. If we offer to act under a Damages Based Agreement (Contingency fee) you would have to pay us a percentage of the damages if you won, which we would advise you about and agree with you before entering into the Agreement but which cannot be more than 35% (including Vat) plus expenses incurred by us, for example an expert’s or barrister’s fee.