At Lincs Law Employment Solicitors, we understand clients are concerned about the cost of seeking legal advice. So, we have examples of our charges below.

Fees & Charges For Employers

At Lincs Law Employment Solicitors, we understand clients are concerned about the costs of obtaining legal advice. That is why we are completely transparent about our charges and fee options. At all times, you are in control and before you make any commitment, we will agree with you the work to be done and our charges.

The First Step

The first step is simply to contact us for a free enquiry. We are very happy to help in response to a telephone, email or web enquiry. We will take some basic information from you including your name, the name of the business, your position in the business, your contact details and brief information about your issue. We should be able to tell you, during your free enquiry, whether you should take the next step, which is a Fixed Fee Consultation. However, you are under no obligation to instruct us.

If you need help with an employment law problem, please call us on 01522 440512, use our webchat, send on email to enquiries@lincslaw.co.uk or use the contact form on this website.

Fixed Fee Consultation

A Fixed Fee Consultation is your choice of a telephone, video or face to face appointment of unlimited duration where a full assessment of your situation is undertaken by specialist Employment Solicitor. In summary we will:-

  1. Go through the full background of your situation and review relevant documentation;
  2. Discuss and identify your objectives – what do you want to achieve?
  3. Discuss and identify any potential Employment Tribunal claims;
  4. Undertake a risk assessment in respect of those Employment Tribunal claims;
  5. Provide an estimate of the value of those Employment Tribunal claims;
  6. Discuss any relevant time limits you need to be aware of;
  7. Identify and advise on the next steps you should take to put you in the best possible position;
  8. Discuss the funding options available to you if you require our assistance going forward (this is where we would discuss the possibility of using any legal expenses insurance or one of the funding options below); and,
  9. After the Fixed Fee Consultation we will confirm our advice in full and in writing so you have a comprehensive record of our discussions.

You are under no obligation to instruct us to undertake any further work following the Fixed Fee Consultation. If the information provided in your assessment was all the help you needed, that is no problem. If further assistance is required, funding options will be discussed with you (see this page for some of the options available).

The cost of your Fixed Fee Consultation depends upon which of our solicitors you would like to instruct. Our fees are set out in the table below. Please remember, these fees are fixed no matter how long your consultation takes.

Employment Law SpecialistExperienceFixed Fee Consultation
Director, Employment Law Solicitor15 years plus post qualification experience£360 (£300 plus VAT)
Associate, Employment law Solicitor5 years plus post qualification experience£300 (£250 plus VAT)
Employment Law SolicitorUp to 5 years post qualification experience£240 (£200 plus VAT)

More information about our Specialist Employment Solicitors is available from our website at lincslaw.co.uk/about/our-team If you would like to arrange a Fixed Fee Consultation, please call us on 01522 440512, use our online chat or fill out the contact form on this website.

Fixed Fees

At your Fixed Fee Consultation, your Employment Solicitor will have discussed with you the next steps you need to take. The type of funding option available to you will depend upon what work is necessary; what stage you are at in any process; and, what you want to achieve. Depending on your circumstances, you might be offered a Fixed Fee for a specific piece of work. For example, you might instruct your Employment Solicitor to draft your Employment Tribunal Response Form. Your Employment Solicitor will agree a Fixed Fee with you before you make any commitment.

Also, as the name suggests, the Fixed Fee is fixed and so you will only pay that amount for the piece of work. Many clients like the certainty of a Fixed Fee to help then budget for legal advice and assistance.

If you need help with an employment law problem, please call us on 01522 440512, use our webchat, send on email to enquiries@lincslaw.co.uk or use the contact form on this website.

Hourly Rate Fees

At your Fixed Fee Consultation, your Employment Solicitor will have discussed with you the next steps you need to take. The type of funding option available to you will depend on what work is necessary; what stage you are at in any process; and, what you want to achieve. Depending on your circumstances, you might be offered hourly rate funding. This might be for full representation all the way up to an Employment Tribunal hearing or might be for specific assistance, for example, advising and assisting through a redundancy process.

Whatever you have instructed your Employment Solicitor to do, they will provide an estimate of their fees before you make any commitment. If you decide to instruct your Employment Solicitor using this arrangement, you will only pay for the work actually done on your matter. Often, your Employment Solicitor will be able to offer a capped fee arrangement which means you know the absolute maximum you will pay. Capped fees offer greater security as you might well pay less than the cap, but you will never pay more.

The hourly rate depends on the Employment Solicitor you instruct to help you. Again, we are completely transparent about fees and set out our charges below:

Employment Law SpecialistExperienceHourly Rate Fees
Director, Employment Law Solicitor15 years plus post qualification experience£240 (£200 plus VAT)
Associate, Employment Law Solicitor5 years plus post qualification experience£210 (£175 plus VAT)
Employment Law SolicitorUp to 5 years post qualification experience£180 (£150 plus VAT)

More information about our Specialist Employment Solicitors is available from our website at lincslaw.co.uk/about/our-team If you would like assistance with your employment law matter, please call us on 01522 440512, use our online chat or fill out the contact form on this website.

At your Fixed Fee Consultation, your Employment Solicitor will have discussed with you the next steps you need to take. If you are at the stage of defending an Employment Tribunal Claim, you may be able to utilise any Legal Expenses Insurance your business may have.

For those clients who do have Legal Expenses Insurance, this insurance can used to fund your Employment Tribunal Response Form all the way up to a final hearing. We assist our clients to obtain funding from their insurer in order to pursue their Employment Tribunal claim.

If you would like assistance with your employment law matter, please call us on 01522 440512, use our webchat, send on email to enquiries@lincslaw.co.uk or use the contact form on this website.

Employment Tribunal – Funding Your Defence

The cost to you of funding your Employment Tribunal defence will depend upon the options available and the complexity of your matter. Your Employment Solicitor will discuss those options with you at your Fixed Fee Consultation.

It is important to note that at the Employment Tribunal you will usually be responsible for your own costs and it is only in very rare circumstances that your opponent will be ordered to pay your legal fees. Therefore, you should expect to be responsible for your own legal fees and make informed choices when considering your funding options.

Most Employment Tribunals follow a structured process to completion and/or a final hearing. Below is a summary of the work which is likely to be required in an Employment Tribunal claim:-

  • Review and consideration of any Employment Tribunal Claim issued against you and/or the business;
  • Drafting and submission of your Employment Tribunal Response Form;
  • Review and consideration of the Claimant’s Schedule of Loss;
  • Review, consideration and disclosure to the Claimant of all relevant documentation;
  • Completion of a bundle of documents for the final hearing;
  • Drafting and submission of witness statements;
  • Review and consideration of any witness statements received from the Claimant;
  • Preparation for the final hearing of your matter (including preparation of List of Issues, Chronology and/or Cast List if required);
  • Representation at the final hearing;
  • Representation at any remedy hearing (if required); and,
  • Ongoing advice and assistance regarding settlement (if required)

The tables below set out possible fees for simple, moderately complex and complex claims. The chart assumes the Employment Tribunal matter progresses all the way to final hearing. However, a significant majority of cases settle long before a final hearing is necessary and, in such circumstances, are unlikely to reach the level of costs below.

Also, the following tables assume you have instructed one of our Employment Law Solicitors to assist you. If you have chosen one of our Associates or Directors, the fees may be higher in line with their rates.

Finally, the estimates below are simply a guide. Your Employment Solicitor will be able to provide a more bespoke and tailored estimate for you following your Fixed Fee Consultation.

Simple Case: Unfair or Wrongful Dismissal: One day final hearing at the Employment Tribunal.

Type of FundingFree EnquiryFixed Fee ConsultationFees to Final Hearing
Hourly Rate£000£240 (£200 plus VAT)20 hours x £180 (£150 plus VAT) being £3,600 (£3,000 plus VAT).
Insurance Funding£000£240 (£200 plus VAT)Your insurance company will pay our fees although there may be an excess to pay on your policy (usually £500 to £1,000).

Moderately Complex Case: Unfair Dismissal with additional element (whistleblowing, discrimination etc): Up to two days final hearing at the Employment Tribunal.

Type of FundingFree EnquiryFixed Fee ConsultationFees to Final Hearing
Hourly Rate£000£240 (£200 plus VAT)35 hours x £180 (£150 plus VAT) being £6,300 (£5,250 plus VAT).
Insurance Funding£000£240 (£200 plus VAT)Your insurance company will pay our fees although there may be an excess to pay on your policy (usually £500 to £1,000).

Complex Case: Discrimination, Whistleblowing etc: Three or more days final hearing at the Employment Tribunal.

Type of FundingFree EnquiryFixed Fee ConsultationFees to Final Hearing
Hourly Rate£000£240 (£200 plus VAT)70 hours x £180 (£150 plus VAT) being £12,600 (£10,500 plus VAT).
Additionally, with complex claims it is likely disbursements will be payable such as for medical reports and/or a barrister. Those disbursements would be agreed with you in advance and would be in addition to the estimates above.
Insurance Funding£000£240 (£200 plus VAT)Your insurance company will pay our fees and any disbursement (medical reports, barrister’s fees etc) although there may be an excess to pay on your policy (usually £500 to £1,000).

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