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The Solicitors Regulation Authority has brought in new Transparency Rules.  These rules require ALL FIRMS to publish information about the services they offer, the prices they charge and the protections that they have in place.   The new rules were brought in place to improve competition in the market. Pharaoh Law has, in accordance with these new rules, set potential costs and time-frames relating to Employment Cases ( for example unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal and wrongful dismissal cases and Litigation cases.  


EMPLOYMENT MATTERS ONLY

Consistent and exceptional legal advice from a specialist Employment Solicitor at a competitive price


Lisa Pharaoh, who has over 26 years experience in making and defending claims will advise and represent you throughout every stage of your case whether this be in relation to dispute resolution, litigation or employment matters.  Clients can be reassured that their cases will be conducted by her at all times providing a personal service which is second to none.  


Her qualifications, and experience, can be found in the "About Us" section of this website.  Further information about her expertise is included in the "Mediation" section of this website.


The requisite Information about the services we offer, the prices we charge and the protections we have in place are all contained on this site.  


In particular: 


  • Information relating to the services we provide for individuals, can be found under the "For you" tab.  


  • Information relating to the services that we provide for organisations and businesses, can be found under the "For your business" tab.   


  • Information relating to our prices  and fees can be found in this section.  


  • Information relating to the protections that we have in place can be found in the Legal and Regulatory section and our Privacy Policy sections.


Please contact us if you need any further information.  We are an open, friendly and honest practice and will provide you with as much information as you need to make an informed decision. 

Employment "For you" - Employee/Claimant cases

Bringing Wrongful and unfair dismissal claims


Hourly fee rate 

We use a competitive hourly fee rate.  Our current hourly fee rate (April 2019) for Claimants is £220 plus VAT per hour.  


Fixed price option

In some cases we can offer a fixed-price option.  


We will be able to discuss the options with you after we have reviewed your claim. 


The total cost of any claim will be dependant upon a range of factors which will include how long it will take us to complete the case and how complex the work is.  We have provided information as to what makes a case simple or complex at the end of this section.   As every case is different we are not able to set out an exact anticipated total cost for each case but we can provide you with an average cost. 


Based upon our extensive knowledge and experience of conducting employment claims we can provide an average range of prices for a claimant who brings a claim for unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal or wrongful dismissal and where the case is resolved at a hearing before an Employment Tribunal. 


Simple cases:  £7,000 to £15,000 plus VAT

Medium  complexity case:  £9,000 to £24,000 plus VAT

High complexity case:  £20,000 to £50,000 plus VAT


Only around 5% of claims which are commenced in the Employment Tribunal reach a final hearing before an Employment Tribunal.   This is usually because the parties resolve the case between themselves before they get to a hearing.


Other costs:

Barristers

Barristers/counsels fees

Advice and attendance at conferences with you

If you have decided to also instruct a barrister to help you with the case then you may need to meet with them either face to face or via a telephone conference facility.  They may even help by drafting documents for you.  Barristers usually charge an hourly fee for this service and these fluctuate given the seniority and qualification of the barrister and the amount, and type, of work that they have to do.   Barristers' hourly fee rates are in the range of £600 to £2,000 plus VAT.


Representation on your behalf before the Employment Tribunal 

If your case proceeds to a hearing before the Employment Tribunal (and the Employment Tribunal may require a hearing at important stages of the case before the final hearing) then you will need to pay advocacy fees for a barrister to represent you at the hearing if you have instructed one.  Advocacy costs range widely and are on average from £1,500 to £2,350 plus VAT per full day.  However, this rate does fluctuate given the seniority and qualifications of the barrister, the length of the case, the amount of work that they have to do before any hearing and at the end of each day at the tribunal in preparation for the next.    


 



Employment - "For your business" - Employer/Respondent

Defending and responding to Wrongful and unfair dismissal claims

 

Hourly fee rate 

We offer a competitive hourly fee rate to our business/Respondent clients.  Our current hourly fee rate (April 2019) for Respondents is £220 plus VAT per hour.  It is usual for solicitors firms to operate at a higher hourly rate for its business/Respondent clients.  However, Pharaoh Law do not see any reason why its rates should be inflated for business/Respondent clients and so their hourly rate is identical to the hourly rate it charges for individuals/Claimants. 

 

Fixed price option

In some cases we can offer a fixed-price option.  


We will be able to discuss the options with you after we have reviewed your claim. 

The total cost of any claim will be dependant upon a range of factors which will include how long it will take us to complete the case and how complex the work is.  We have provided information as to what makes a case simple or complex at the end of this section.   As every case is different we are not able to set out an exact anticipated total cost for each case but we can provide you with an average cost. 


Based upon our extensive knowledge and experience of conducting employment claims we can provide an average range of prices for a claimant who brings a claim for unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal or wrongful dismissal and where the case is resolved at a hearing before an Employment Tribunal. 


Please note that although the hourly rate for a Respondent is identical to that of the Claimant the costs for Respondents in cases is usually higher because the Employment Tribunals usually impose more obligations upon the Employer business in the preparation of documentation for the hearing.  Also, it is usually the Employer/business/Respondent who has the majority of relevant documentation such as policies, performance records, copies of contracts etc.  Disclosure is usually more onerous for the Respondent as a result. 


Simple cases:  £11,000 to £19,000 plus VAT

Medium  complexity case:  £16,000 to £30,000 plus VAT

High complexity case:  £24,000 to £50,000 plus VAT


Only around 5% of claims which are commenced in the Employment Tribunal reach a final hearing before an Employment Tribunal.   This is usually because the parties resolve the case between themselves before they get to a hearing.


Other costs:

Barristers

Barristers/counsels fees

Advice and attendance at conferences with you

If you have decided to also instruct a barrister to help you with the case then you may need to meet with them either face to face or via a telephone conference facility.  They may even help by drafting documents for you.  Barristers usually charge an hourly fee for this service and these fluctuate given the seniority and qualification of the barrister and the amount, and type, of work that they have to do.   Barristers' hourly fee rates are in the range of £600 to £2,000 plus VAT.


Representation on your behalf before the Employment Tribunal 

If your case proceeds to a hearing before the Employment Tribunal (and the Employment Tribunal may require a hearing at important stages of the case before the final hearing) then you will need to pay advocacy fees for a barrister to represent you at the hearing if you have instructed one.  Advocacy costs range widely and are on average from £1,500 to £2,350 plus VAT per full day.  However, this rate does fluctuate given the seniority and qualifications of the barrister you choose, the length of the case, the amount of work that they have to do before any hearing and at the end of each day when they are appearing before the tribunal in preparation for the next.    




 

The factors involved in a more straightforward case

  

The work that is undertaken by us has an impact on the total cost of the case.  

The more straightforward the case is the less it will cost to be to bring or defend.  The factors which could make a case straightforward for both Claimants and Respondents are; 

  • Where the claim is clear and concise
  • Where there are few documents in existence which are relevant to the case. This therefore reduces reading time
  • Where documentation relating to the case is straightforward and needs no "special attention" such as redaction  (content blacked out) for legal reasons 
  • Where the volume of correspondence is required between the parties and their legal representatives , other legal professionals, witnesses, experts and the tribunal is straightforward and isn't voluminous 
  • Where there are few additional applications to make or to draft or hearings to prepare for
  • Where there are few attendances before the tribunal  
  • Where the respective positions and claims of the parties are clear and require no amendment
  • Where both parties have the benefit of legal representation with knowledge of the employment tribunal procedure.  
  • Where there are few witnesses involved in the case.
  • Where no experts are required.

The factors that could increase the level of cost

The work that is undertaken by us has an impact on the total cost of the case.  

The more complex the case is and the more work that we have to do increases the cost.  The factors which could make a case more complex for both Claimants and Respondents are; 


  • Where it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim
  • Where allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
  • a large amount of information and documentation is in existence which is relevant to the case and needs to be considered.
  • Where documentation needs to be redacted (words blacked out) for legal reasons 
  • Where a large volume of correspondence is required between the parties and their legal representatives , other legal professionals, witnesses, experts and the tribunal. 
  • Where it is necessary for a party to give more information about the claim
  • Where the case of either the Claimant or the Respondent requires amendment to better reflect the party's case.
  • Where the Employment Tribunal requires the parties (usually just its legal representatives) to attend  a hearing either at the Tribunal or on the telephone.
  • Where the parties have to resolve complex legal issues at the start such as 
  • whether the claimant is disabled, the capacity in which the parties are acting or where  the claim has been brought against the correct employer.
  • Where a party has no knowledge of the process, is having difficulty conducting their case and/or is without the benefit of legal representation.  
  • Where there are a large number of witnesses involved in the case.
  • Where experts are required


As expected,  the cost will increase as the days required to resolve the dispute increases.