(This page details our pricing, please see ‘Our Services’ page for details of the service)
Our Employment law fixed fees start from £150 including VAT for an initial assessment of your employment issue by a 20 minute pre-arranged meeting.
We will then get an overview and direct you further as to moving forward including costing.
Please call our office or message us through our website and we can contact you back. The telephone call does not include going through your documents.
Once we have spoken to you face to face and gone through relevant documents, we can decide if we shall conduct the matter for you.
Funding your employment law or discrimination claim:
There are many ways in which you can fund your claim against your employer or pursue a claim against an organisation in the employment tribunal or civil court:
We are selective on the cases we take and this can only be assessed during the first meeting. There must be chances of success over at least over 50% for us to consider taking the case on.
Depending on the case we may decide to deal with your case on a ‘damages based agreement’ basis or a ‘no win no fee’.
- Conditional Fee Agreement (‘No Win No Fee’):There is no financial risk to you. If you lose your case you will not have to pay for Solicitors fees and this is the risk we take on your behalf. If we win your case we take a percentage of the damages (up to 25%).
We will assess risk involved in the case also and advise you accordingly. The risk will also be assessed with a decision being made during the consultation.
- Damages based agreement: We may decide to carry out work based on this type of agreement in which you will be liable for our costs only on successful recovery of damage however will have to pay disbursements if requested. On conclusion we will deduct up to 35% for our costs as will be agreed in advance.
We usually are able to agree funding the case on a damages based agreement provided there are prospects of success as mentioned above.
Disbursements include the following:
- Counsel’s fees in relation to advice or a hearing attendance (hourly rates ranging from £150 – £300 plus VAT depending on experience. A full day hearing is likely to cost in the region of £800-£1000 plus VAT)
- Travel expenses
- Medical evidence, i.e. to address issue of whether or not a Claimant is disabled (estimated range between £250 – £450 plus VAT for report)
- Payment on an hourly rate charges usually reflect the seniority of the person dealing with the case. Although you may find a solicitor who will deal with your case on this basis, you should always consider the costs incurred as your claim may not always be worth more than the costs you could incur and so must be considered strongly before agreeing to hourly charges.
As an average, a claim for unfair dismissal will cost at least £2,000 plus VAT and other costs, such as barristers and tribunal fees. Fees in civil claims can exceed this amount.
If your claims is a large claim then it may be worth considering hourly basis costs but as mentioned you should assess this carefully first.
You should note that it is very rare that tribunals award you costs against the other party even if you win and you must show the other party has been unreasonable for the court even to consider costs against the other party.
- Insurance Cover; You may also have legal expenses insurance policy as part of house insurance or other insurance policy such as motor, which can sometimes cover legal assistance in the Employment Tribunal or County Court. You can check this by looking at your policy terms, or contacting your insurer directly.
You should have freedom of choice to select the solicitor you would like to instruct, however we do find that insurance policies require you to utilise solicitors on the panel and this should be checked.
Upon becoming aware of a claim, you should contact your insurance company as soon as you can and advise that you wish to instruct your own solicitor to assist with the claim. We are able to liaise with insurers on your behalf to quickly secure cover.
- Fixed Fee: This is available for initial advice face to face meeting only and our fee includes discussing the matter and providing you with formal advice regarding your case.
For that fee we can consider documentation you have received and provide you with a written advice outlining the options available to you.
- Legal Aid: Civil Legal Advice Scheme-Individuals who have been subjected to unlawful discrimination in the workplace or otherwise and who are in receipt of certain benefits or on a low income can claim free legal advice and help.
Unfortunately we are not part of this scheme and therefore Legal Aid is not available at N K Law Solicitors. YOU SHOULD ENSURE THAT YOU SPEAK TO A FIRM WHICH CAN OFFER YOU LEGAL AID IF YOU ARE ON LOW INCOME OR BEEN INFORMED THAT YOU ARE ENTITLED TO LEGAL AID FUNDING.
If you then instruct us to represent you for settlement negotiations through ACAS Early Conciliation or directly with your employer our fees start from £400 including VAT.
Settlement negotiations through ACAS Early Conciliation will usually be completed within 1 month.
This allows you to receive advice and legal support you need with the certainty of an agreed fixed cost for each stage of your claim.
We may need to instruct a Barrister or a medical expert to support your claim. These fees are disbursements and are in addition to our fees and shall discuss this with you beforehand.
We encourage Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) where possible and mediation and ACAS conciliation instead of rushing to formal litigation as sometimes matters settle quicker this route although not always.
Our Hourly Rate:
We may decide to carry out work on an hourly basis cost but will be agreed in advance:
Our hourly fixed rates as follows:
The charging structure of this firm is as follows:-
1.Partners, Solicitors and Associates with over 8 years’ experience (Grade A): £225.00 per hour
2. Solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years’ experience (Grade B): £195.00 per hour
3. Other solicitors or legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience) (Grade C): £170.00 per hour
4.Trainee solicitors, paralegals and other fee earners(Grade D): £136.00 per hour
Letters out and telephone calls will be charged at a tenth of this hourly charging rate. (Hourly Charges are plus VAT)
We will ensure that we fully explain:
- How we calculate our fees
- The likely costs involved to prepare and run your case
- Any additional costs that may be incurred
- Any costs that may be recoverable from, or payable by you to the other party.
Our pricing for bringing claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal
|Simple case||£2000 to £5000 plus VAT (Average of £4000 plus VAT plus Disbursements)|
|Medium complexity case||£5001 to £10,000 plus VAT|
|High complexity case||£10,001 to £20,000 plus VAT|
The above fees include the above services mentioned below but do not include attendance at Tribunal hearings which is estimated on average to be an additional £800-£1000.00 plus VAT per day. Final hearings can go on for 1-5 days or longer depending on the complexity of your case and the cost of this must be factored into funding when dealing with your case. Contact us and we can discuss this further with you.
As you can see unfair dismissal cases average cost of £4000 plus VAT plus Disbursements.
This can increase if there are elements of discrimination.
A Discrimination Case will average around £5000-£7000 plus VAT plus Disbursements.
This average price includes:
- the drafting of initial Court documents,
- attendance at a preliminary hearing to discuss case management,
- dealing with the case management orders including;
- preparation of a schedule of loss;
- dealing with disclosure of documents/preparation of a bundle and drafting of witness statements.
Factors that could make a case more complex and more expensive:
- 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
NOTE: We would also instruct and liaise with a barrister for any final preparations before attending the final hearing.
Who will Carry Out The Work:
The Work is carried out by Mr Mohammad Raza Javid with the Assistance of Paralegals Aneeq Khan and Ihsan Niazi under the supervision of Mr Nazakat Khan. All employment law work is supervised by a qualified solicitor. Specific experience can be seen in the individual staff profiles.