Lincs Law

Fees & Funding: Employees

At LincsLaw Solicitors, we understand clients are concerned about the cost of seeking legal advice. We therefore set out below examples of our charges. We believe in transparency for legal costs and we want you to have as much information as possible about our fees from the outset.

In the beginning:-

  • Free Telephone, Email or Website Enquiry
  • Fixed Fee Consultation
  • Settlement Agreement Fixed Fees

A little more help:-

  • Fixed and Capped Fee Arrangements
  • Hourly Rate Arrangements
  • Conditional Fee Agreements (reduced fee arrangements)

At the Employment Tribunal:-

  • Insurance Funded Employment Tribunal Litigation
  • Damages Based Agreements ("No Win, No Fee" arrangements)
  • Conditional Fee Agreements (reduced fee arrangements)

In the beginning:-

Free Telephone, Email or Website Enquiry

We encourage anyone who has a workplace issue to contact us. We will need some basic information from you including your name, address, contact telephone number, the name of your employer and brief details of your problem. We do not charge for enquiries and we will try and help as far as we can.

We can usually advise at this stage whether you should pursue your matter further. For example, we might go through the qualifying criteria and time limits for an Employment Tribunal claim of Unfair Dismissal with you. This would help you to decide whether to take the next step in pursuing such a claim. For a free, no obligation discussion, please contact Lincoln based LincsLaw Solicitors.

Fixed Fee Consultations

Following a free telephone, email or website enquiry; if your matter requires further assistance we will meet with you for a Fixed Fee Consultation. The cost of a Fixed Fee Consultation is £240.00 (£200.00 plus VAT).

The consultation includes a meeting with whichever one of our extremely experienced lawyers you choose. It is intended that your consultation should be a thorough consideration and assessment of your workplace issue: there is no time limit and you can relax in the knowledge that however long you are with your lawyer, the price is fixed and you will not be charged additional hourly rates or any additional fees. The consultation lasts as long as it takes for you and your lawyer to:-

  • Consider the full background of your situation
  • Discuss your circumstances
  • Advise whether you have any Employment Tribunal claims
  • Advise on the potential value of any Employment Tribunal claims
  • Suggest what action or steps you should take next
  • Advise on any fees or funding arrangements for assistance going forward.

Your lawyer will then confirm their advice in full and in writing. There are no additional charges as your written confirmation is included in the cost of the Fixed Fee Consultation.

For many clients, a Fixed Fee Consultation is all that is necessary and they consider they have all the assistance they need to progress their matter themselves. For others who may require further assistance or who are at the stage of pursuing their matter at the Employment Tribunal, we can offer a number of funding options depending on their situation.

If you wish to discuss a Fixed Fee Consultation please contact Lincoln based LincsLaw Solicitors.

Settlement Agreement Fixed Fees

If you have been offered a Settlement Agreement (previously called a Compromise Agreement) by your employer, you must obtain independent legal advice before signing. LincsLaw Solicitors charge £300.00 (£250.00 plus VAT) to advise you on your Settlement Agreement. The convention (although it is not a requirement) is that your employer will pay our fees for advising you.

Our fee includes a meeting with your solicitor to discuss the background of your situation and advise you on the terms of your Settlement Agreement. We put no time limit on your meeting as we understand the decision to sign a Settlement Agreement is important and has potentially life changing consequences. Put simply, we are happy for your meeting to take as long as you need. The fee also includes written confirmation of advice following the meeting.

For most people, a Settlement Agreement is dealt with at the first meeting and no further assistance is required. However, the reason we take the time to discuss the full background of your situation is to ensure you are being properly compensated for circumstances surrounding your being offered a Settlement Agreement. If you are not being properly compensated (for example, if you are being made redundant, but are being offered the same or less than the amount to which you are already legally entitled, your employer is asking you to sign away your employment rights under a Settlement Agreement for nothing) we will advise you fully on the alternatives available to you.

If you wish to discuss your Settlement Agreement, please contact Lincoln based LincsLaw Solicitors.

A little more help:-

Fixed and Capped Fee Arrangements

Following a Fixed Fee Consultation, you may require us to undertake some further work on your behalf. For example, you could ask us to draft a letter of grievance for you, or draft an appeal statement for a disciplinary matter, or simply assist with negotiations for a Settlement Agreement.

Depending on the nature of the work, we will provide a Fixed or Capped fee. A Fixed Fee will, as the name suggests, be a fixed price for the work. For example, we would normally expect drafting a grievance or a disciplinary appeal statement to be a Fixed Fee of £350.00 plus VAT (£420.00) to £525.00 plus VAT (£630.00) depending upon the complexity of your matter and the amount of documentation which needs to be considered.

A Capped Fee is where we work on an hourly rate but agree to cap our fees at a certain amount. This type of arrangement is usually more appropriate where there is the possibility of some variation in the amount of work required. For example, if we were instructed to undertake compensation negotiations on your behalf, it would be difficult to predict how long these would take. We would normally suggest a Capped Fee of around £875.00 plus VAT (£1,050.00) to £1,750.00 plus VAT (£2,100.00) depending upon the complexity of your matter. If the matter is resolved quickly, you would only be charged for the work we had actually done, even though that might not be the full Capped Fee. If the matter became more difficult and protracted, you could relax in the knowledge that fees were not escalating and would never be greater than the Capped Fee agreed at the outset.

If you wish to discuss a Fixed or Capped Fee Arrangement, please contact Lincoln based LincsLaw Solicitors for a free, no obligation discussion.

Hourly Rate Arrangements

Following a Fixed Fee Consultation, you may have an issue which does not lend itself to a Fixed or Capped fee. For example, you could be in protracted negotiations with your employer, you could require our assistance responding to a grievance against you or you may have been given a lengthy disciplinary investigation report which you require us to review and assess.

In such circumstance we charge an hourly rate of £175.00 plus VAT (£210.00). We will always provide you with an estimate of what our fees are likely to be and explain the work we intend to do for the estimate. However, we prefer wherever possible to provide clients with Fixed or Capped Fee Arrangements and will discuss with you all your options so you can make an informed choice.

If you wish to discuss an Hourly Rate Arrangement, please contact Lincoln based LincsLaw Solicitors for a free, no obligation discussion.

Conditional Fee Agreements (reduced fee arrangements)

Following a Fixed Fee Consultation or an appointment to discuss a Settlement Agreement, you may need further assistance. LincsLaw Solicitors may be able to offer this type of agreement to you if you are in dispute with your employer. This could include a claim to the Employment Tribunal but not exclusively so. Such funding agreements could be used for the renegotiation of a Settlement Agreement, during the ACAS Early Conciliation Procedure or even for internal grievance, disciplinary or redundancy processes in certain circumstances.

Essentially, how these arrangements work is that you pay us a significantly reduced hourly rate to undertake our work on your matter. Then, if the matter ends successfully for you, you will pay us a success fee. If we don't achieve success for you, then the success fee is not payable.

At the outset, you will discuss with your lawyer what would be a "success" for you and would trigger the success fee to become payable. Success could mean a favourable renegotiation of a Settlement Agreement, financial compensation during the ACAS Early Conciliation Procedure, a successful appeal against your dismissal, winning your Employment Tribunal claim... this list goes on and is entirely dependent upon your circumstances.

Our usual rates are £175.00 plus VAT per hour (£210.00); such rates are already extremely competitive given the experience of the lawyers at LincsLaw Solicitors. However, under a Conditional Fee Agreement those fees would reduce to £100.00 plus VAT (£120.00) per hour. The Success Fee depends on your particular circumstances, but is usually somewhere between £1,500.00 plus VAT (£1,800.00) and £2,500.00 plus VAT (£3,000.00) depending on your situation and the type of dispute you need our assistance with. However, we would stress that the Success Fee is not payable until such time as we have achieved success for you in whatever form we have agreed.

By way of example, if you instructed us to negotiate a Settlement Agreement on your behalf using this type of funding, we would agree a Success Fee of £1,500.00 plus VAT (£1,800.00) and you would pay us for our work at a rate of £100.00 plus VAT (£120.00) per hour.

Continuing the example above, say we undertook two hours work for you negotiating your Settlement Agreement. If we were not successful in getting you a Settlement Agreement, you would pay us £200.00 plus VAT (£240.00) for our two hours work.

If we were successful in getting you a Settlement Agreement, you would pay us for the two hours at the reduced rate and £1,500.00 plus VAT (£1,800.00 plus VAT) success fee. Therefore, the total you would pay to LincsLaw Solicitors in the event we were successful would be £1,700.00 plus VAT (£2,040.00).

If you wish to discuss a Conditional Fee Agreement, please contact Lincoln based LincsLaw Solicitors for a free, no obligation discussion.

At the Employment Tribunal:-

Insurance Funded Employment Tribunal Litigation

It is often a surprise to clients to find they have insurance funding available for their Employment Tribunal claim. Such Legal Expenses Insurance policies can be hidden within Home and Contents Insurance, membership of an organisation (for example ASDA Club, the AA) or even some bank accounts. It is certainly worth blowing the dust off those policy documents or contact your insurer to see if you have this type of cover.

If you have Legal Expenses Insurance, this will usually cover all fees payable to the Employment Tribunal and all your legal fees incurred with LincsLaw Solicitors in pursuing your claim. Policies vary considerably, but few cover advice and assistance at the early stage of a workplace problem such as a disciplinary or redundancy situation. The cover usually begins when you are at the stage of issuing your Employment Tribunal claim.

For clients who have met with us for a Fixed Fee Consultation, we will happily complete your insurer's claim form and include our assessment of your Employment Tribunal Claim for free. For clients who have not instructed us previously and have not met with us for a Fixed Fee Consultation, we will need confirmation that your insurer has agreed to fund your claim before we can accept your instructions.

It is common for insurers to request that policy-holders instruct a panel firm of solicitors. These are solicitors that the insurers have selected. As a policy-holder you have the right to choose your own solicitor once you have issued your Employment Tribunal claim. The insurers are bound to respect that decision and allow you to use your insurance funding to instruct a solicitor of your choice.

Obviously we would like you to choose us and instruct LincsLaw Solicitors. However, if you are happy with the solicitor chosen for you by your insurer then you should think carefully before you change. If you are not happy (perhaps the solicitor is based miles away and you are unable to meet with them face to face, or the work they have been doing for you is rushed, last minute and pressured) then please contact us. Transferring your matter to LincsLaw Solicitors is a straightforward process. We will need you to sign some consent forms to transfer your file, but we will take care of the rest.

If you wish to discuss your Insurance Funded Employment Tribunal Litigation, please contact Lincoln based LincsLaw Solicitors for a free, no obligation discussion.

Damages Based Agreements ("No Win, No Fee" arrangements)

LincsLaw Solicitors does offer funding by way of Damages Based Agreements (or as they are usually known "No Win, No Fee" agreements) for clients needing Employment Tribunal representation for a final hearing. We do not offer these types of funding arrangements for general employment law advice or representation at any other type of hearing.

Essentially, the way such arrangements work is that you are not required to pay us for our work unless or until we win a settlement for you or win your Employment Tribunal hearing. If we do win a settlement or the hearing for you, we retain 35% of all and any monies you receive to cover our fees.

By way of example, if we represented you at the final hearing of your Employment Tribunal claim and you were awarded a total of £5,000.00, we would retain our fees of £1,750.00 (£1,458.33 plus VAT) and you would receive £3,250.00. If we were unsuccessful at the Employment Tribunal hearing you would not be required to pay for our representation.

LincsLaw Solicitors only offer these arrangements to clients who have begun Employment Tribunal litigation and certain eligibility criteria must be met. If you meet the following criteria, we would be delighted to hear from you to discuss representing you at the Employment Tribunal under a Damages Based Agreement ("No Win, No Fee" agreement):

  • you have submitted a claim to the Employment Tribunal; and,
  • your Employers have submitted a Response to the Employment Tribunal regarding your claim; and,
  • you have complied with all Employment Tribunal Case Management Orders (for example, bundles of documents, witness statements etc); and,
  • you have paid your Employment Tribunal fees, including your issue fee and hearing fee. Alternatively you have written confirmation from the Employment Tribunal that you do not have to pay those fees (this is called remission, for more information go to www.justice.gov.uk).

Please note, although Damages Based Agreements cover our fees, such funding arrangements do not include the fees charged by the Employment Tribunal to submit your claim or to have your case heard.

If you are eligible for a Damages Based Agreement on the above criteria, please contact Lincoln based LincsLaw Solicitors for a free, no obligation discussion.

Conditional Fee Agreements (reduced fee arrangements)

Following a Fixed Fee Consultation you may decide to bring a claim against your employer. Depending on the circumstances of the case, LincsLaw Solicitors may be able to offer this type of agreement to you.

Essentially, how these arrangements work is that you pay us a significantly reduced hourly rate to undertake our work on your matter. Then, if the matter ends successfully for you, you will pay us a success fee. If we don't achieve success for you, then the success fee is not payable.

At the outset, you will discuss with your lawyer what would be a "success" for you and would trigger the success fee to become payable. At the Employment Tribunal success will usually be winning or settling your claim.

Our usual rates are £175.00 plus VAT per hour (£210.00); such rates are already extremely competitive given the experience of the lawyers at LincsLaw Solicitors. However, under a Conditional Fee Agreement those fees would reduce to £100.00 plus VAT (£120.00) per hour. The Success Fee depends on your particular circumstances, but is usually somewhere between £1,500.00 plus VAT (£1,800.00) and £2,500.00 plus VAT (£3,000.00) depending on your situation and the type of dispute you need our assistance with. However, we would stress that the Success Fee is not payable until such time as we have achieved success for you in whatever form we have agreed.

By way of example, if you instructed us to represent you at the Employment Tribunal using this type of funding, we would agree a Success Fee of £2,500.00 plus VAT (£3,000.00) and you would pay us for our work at a rate of £100.00 plus VAT (£120.00) per hour.

Continuing the example above, say we undertook twenty hours work for you dealing with your matter. If we were not successful in winning your Employment Tribunal claim, you would pay us £2,000.00 plus VAT (£2,400.00) for our twenty hours work.

If we were successful and won your claim for you, you would pay us for the twenty hours at the reduced rate and £2,500.00 plus VAT (£3,000.00 plus VAT) success fee. Therefore, the total you would pay to LincsLaw Solicitors in the event we were successful would be £4,500.00 plus VAT (£5,400.00).

If you wish to discuss a Conditional Fee Agreement, please contact Lincoln based LincsLaw Solicitors for a free, no obligation discussion.

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