We provide a full range of employment law services ranging from providing a free consultation when you have an issue at work, either as an employer or employee, to lodging an application for an Employment Tribunal acting for the Claimant or responding to an application when acting for a Respondent. Our fees vary on the work undertaken but an estimate of costs are: • Acting as a legal advisor on a Settlement Agreement – generally between £250 - £350 + VAT as stated in the Agreement and paid by your employer. • Lodging an Employment Tribunal Claim – if we feel that you have at least a 50% chance of being successful at Tribunal then we may take your matter on a No Win No Fee basis. You will pay nothing to us during the matter and we would take a percentage of the compensation received from your employer. Up to the point of directions being given by the Employment Judge we would take 30% of what you receive and after directions have been issued we would take 40% of what you receive • Providing an overhaul of your workplace policies and procedures – depending on the size of your firm this ranges from £1,000 - £2,000 + VAT There is a lot of work involved in any tribunal claims and this is reflected in the increase of our costs once directions have been issued. If we do not take your case on a No Win No Fee basis the estimated costs would be: • On a straightforward breach of contract case our estimated costs would be £3,000 + VAT • On a more complex case of unfair dismissal our estimated costs would be £6,000 + VAT • On a very complex case of discrimination our estimated costs would be £10,000 + VAT • The work you can expect to be covered within our costs are: • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing and considering the paperwork provided and advising you at the outset of the merits and likelihood of success. We would also advise you on the likely compensation involved. • Dealing with the pre-claim conciliation and trying to reach an early settlement for you. • Preparing your claim or response if conciliation fails. • Preparing/scrutinising a Schedule of Loss • Attending any court hearings or direction hearings • Preparing witness statements and bundle of hearing documents It may be necessary, depending on the complexity of your matter, to involve a barrister who specialises in Employment Law. The barristers fees will be a disbursement to you in addition to our costs. We would also seek costs information from the barrister and provide this to you before instructing them on your behalf. Barristers fees vary for the type of work required and this would be discussed with you in full. In relation to how long employment matters take depends totally on what you instruct us to do. A simple Settlement Agreement can be dealt with over a couple of days whereas a tribunal claim could take anything from 9 – 12 months.
Negotiations and court proceedings around children are almost always stressful, difficult and can be protracted. Our philosophy is to engage from the outset with the other parent or their solicitor to facilitate reasonable contact or residence with the child(ren) where possible. This can be the least expensive way to reach a satisfactory conclusion for everyone concerned. If this is not possible, for 1 of many reasons, then it may be that the court’s assistance is required. This can make matters even more stressful for some people and of course can lead to a significant increase in legal costs. Once we have taken your instructions, we should be in a position to give you a reasonable estimate of what may be required and the costs in your case, but there are always variables and we can never guess what the other parent may say or do in regard to advancing their argument for contact or residence of the child(ren). We will inform you of our estimated costs from the outset and update you along the way to avoid any nasty surprises.
There is no such thing as a 'typical divorce'. Every matter is different and estimating the cost is, at best, difficult. Finances on divorce could be limited to the value of the former matrimonial home, or may include numerous properties owned by one spouse or the other, or both. Similarly, there could be 1 or more business interest(s), significant pensions or savings. The list is endless and the process of crystallising matrimonial finances can be straight forward in some cases, or protracted, complex and of course expensive in others. This may then lead to cases requiring the court’s assistance, or a written consent order which would be sent to the court for a judge to approve. Once we have taken your instructions, we should be in a position to give you a reasonable estimate of costs in your case, but there are always variables and we can never guess what your former spouse may say or do in regard to finances etc. We will inform you of our estimated costs from the outset and update you along the way to avoid any nasty surprises.
Litigation, according to a dictionary is the “process of taking a legal action or claim.” This could be against someone who owes you money, is trespassing on your land, or has carried out work for you which you think is unsatisfactory. Some things can be relatively simple to remedy, others may require the court’s assistance, for example to prevent someone trespassing on your land or causing harassment to you personally. Our solicitors and fee earners charge out at a rate set at our first meeting with you and once we have taken the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your particular matter, we should be in a position to make an educated estimate of the work required to finalise you matter. We may even tell you that your claim is a ‘lost hope’ and advise that you do not make it to avoid the legal costs. If we feel that your case has merit, we shall set out our hourly rates and also estimate the costs of the anticipated work. This is, of course, only our best estimate because after all, we do not have a crystal ball to see into the future. We can however help and assist you through the difficult times ahead and hopefully reach a conclusion which is advantageous to you. Litigation can be risky and before launching into any matter which requires the court’s assistance, we will always attempt Alternative Dispute resolution such a round-table meetings or mediation. This can often provide a satisfactory resolution to matters without incurring the stress and cost of requiring the court’s assistance.
The costs of an estate probate matter often reflect how much of the work you want us to do and how much of the more practical tasks you or the executors want to take on yourself. It is therefore very difficult to state exact costs as each case is so very different. The following are an indication as to the likely costs involved in the administration of a simple estate, but please feel free to call us or make an appointment for a free consultation with us to discuss further so that we can provide a more specific estimate for you.
Dealing with the valuation of the assets of the estate, applying for a grant of probate, collecting and distributing the estate
For a simple estate this could take anything between 10 – 30 hours and therefore based on an hourly rate of £190 per hour the total estimated costs are between £1,900 - £5,700 + VAT. All work would be time recorded and you would be provided with a full printout of this so could see how the costs have accrued. Billing is carried out in 6 minute units, all of which is explained in our initial Client Care Letters.
For a simple estate with a couple of bank accounts and a couple of beneficiaries then the estimate would be at the lower range of the above estimate. However if there are multiple bank accounts, shares, insurance policies, properties and beneficiaries then you would be looking more at costs at the higher end of the estimate above. The more work involved the more costs will increase.
These costs are based on simple estates where:
• There is a valid will • There are no disputes between the executors and the beneficiaries. If there are disputes then the costs can rise significantly. • There is no Inheritance Tax payable and no need to submit a full account to HMRC • There are no claims against the estate.
Any costs in relation to the sale of any estate properties are not included in the probate costs and will be quoted for separately. You can see these costs in the conveyancing price list or by using our conveyancing calculator on our website.
In addition to our fees there are also disbursements due to third parties. In general these include:
• Probate Application Fee - £155 payable to the Probate Registry on your behalf plus 50p for any additional copies of Grant required • Notice in the London Gazette - £70 + VAT = £95.50 (to protect against any unknown creditors) • Notice in a local newspaper - £150 - £300 (to protect against any unknown creditors)
It is very difficult to say how long it will take to deal with an estate as there are so many external factors involved. We would envisage that generally a simple estate should not take any longer than 3-6 months. We would keep you updated at every stage of the process.