Lincs Law

Fees and Funding: Employers

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. We also believe a fair price is a fair price for all. Therefore, we offer similar fee arrangements for both employers and employees. We don’t believe you should pay more for your legal advice just because you are an employer.

Whenever we can, we will give a Fixed Fee or Capped Fee estimate for our work, which will give you certainty about our fees before you instruct us. For some services (for example Employment Tribunal litigation) it is not possible to provide an accurate indication of fees without knowing the particular circumstances of the case. However, we have set out below some guidance about how we work, likely fee estimates and funding options.

In the beginning:-

  • Free Telephone, Email or Website Enquiry
  • Fixed Fee Consultation

A little more help:-

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

At the Employment Tribunal:-

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

In the beginning:-

Free Telephone, Email or Website Enquiry

We encourage any employer with a workplace issue to contact us to discuss their issue. We will need some basic information from you including your name, your position in the business, the name of your business, business address, contact telephone number and brief details of the matter. We do not charge for enquiries and we will try and help as far as we can. Please contact Lincoln based LincsLaw Solicitors for a free, no obligation discussion.

Fixed Fee Consultation

Following a free telephone, email or website enquiry; should your matter require further assistance we will meet with you for a Fixed Fee Consultation. The cost of a Fixed Fee Consultation is £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 situation: 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 fees. The consultation lasts as long as it takes for you and your lawyer to:-

  • Consider the full background of your situation
  • Advise on the circumstances and your intended actions (restructure, redundancy, disciplinary, grievance etc.)
  • Advise on the risk of any Employment Tribunal claims
  • Advise on the potential value of any Employment Tribunal claims
  • Suggest what next action or steps you should take to minimise risk
  • 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 defending 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 for a free, no obligation discussion.

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 for you dismissing an employee or draft a Response to an Employment Tribunal claim which has been issued against you.

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 Response to an Employment Tribunal Claim to be a Fixed Fee of £350.00 plus VAT to £875.00 plus VAT, depending upon the complexity of the matter and the amount of documentation 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 negotiations on your behalf, perhaps as part of the ACAS Early Conciliation process or with a view to your employee being offered a Settlement Agreement, it would be difficult to predict how long these would take. For the examples we have given, we would normally suggest a Capped Fee of around £525.00 plus VAT to £875.00 plus VAT depending upon the complexity of the matter. If the matter was resolved quickly, you would only be charged for the work we had actually done, even though that might not reach the amount of 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 may be undertaking a restructure and might be unsure of how much assistance you required from LincsLaw Solicitors.

For an Hourly Rate Arrangement we charge £175.00 plus VAT per hour. We will always provide you with an estimate of what are 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.

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, LincsLaw Solicitors may be able to offer this type of agreement to you if you are in dispute with your employee. This would include Employment Tribunal litigation but not exclusively so. Such funding agreements could be used for the ACAS Early Conciliation Process or even for internal disciplinary or grievance procedures 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.

Conditional Fee Agreements are a cost effective and flexible way of obtaining legal assistance and can be offered to clients in all types of situation. They are popular with clients as it is acknowledged the solicitor is taking on some of the risks of the matter and has pledged their own fees in reliance upon their own advice.

Essentially, to go forward on a Conditional Fee Arrangement you will discuss with your lawyer what would be a "success" for you and would trigger the success fee to become payable by you. Success could mean an employee withdrawing an Employment Tribunal claim against you, negotiating a Settlement Agreement below a certain amount or some other situation.

As stated above, our usual rates are £175.00 plus VAT per hour. Such rates are, in themselves, 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 per hour. The Success Fee depends on your particular circumstances, but is usually somewhere between £1,500.00 plus VAT and £3,000.00 plus VAT dependent upon the nature of the matter. However, we would stress that the Success Fee is not payable until such time as we have achieved success for you, in whatever agreed form.

By way of example, if you instructed us to represent you at the Employment Tribunal using this type of funding, we would first discuss what the "success" would be. Usually this would be successfully defending the claim, having the employee withdraw their claim or having the employee settle the claim for under an agreed amount. In those circumstances, we would agree a Success Fee of £1,500.00 plus VAT and you would pay us for our work at a rate of £100.00 plus VAT per hour.

Continuing the example, say we undertook ten hours work for you and then the employee won their Employment Tribunal claim.  This would not be a success and you would pay only £1,000.00 plus VAT for our representation.  However, if the employee withdrew their claim or, alterntively, their claim was dismissed at the Employment Tribunal, that would be a success.  In those circumstances, and you would pay us £1,000.00 plus VAT for our ten hours work and £1,500.00 plus VAT Success Fee, totaling £2,500.00 plus VAT.

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

At the Employment Tribunal:-

Hourly Rate Arrangements

Following a Fixed Fee Consultation, you may require representation to defend an Employment Tribunal Claim. One of the ways you can fund our advice and assistance for your defence would be through an Hourly Rate Arrangement.

We charge £175.00 plus VAT per hour. We will always provide you with an estimate of what are 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 certainly try and do so for your situation.

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, LincsLaw Solicitors may be able to offer this type of agreement to you to defend an Employment Tribunal claim. If necessary, such funding agreements could include the ACAS Early Conciliation Process.

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.

Conditional Fee Agreements are a cost effective and flexible way of obtaining legal assistance in Employment Tribunal litigation. They are popular with clients as it is acknowledged the solicitor is taking on some of the risks of the matter and has pledged a portion of their own fees in reliance upon their own advice.

Essentially, to go forward on a Conditional Fee Arrangement you will discuss with your lawyer what would be a "success" for you and would trigger the success fee to become payable by you. Success could mean an employee withdrawing an Employment Tribunal claim against you or settling the claim below a certain amount.

As stated above, our usual rates are £175.00 plus VAT per hour. Such rates are, in themselves, 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 per hour. The Success Fee depends on your particular circumstances, but is usually somewhere between £1,500.00 plus VAT and £3,000.00 plus VAT dependent upon the nature of the matter. However, we would stress that the Success Fee is not payable until such time as we have achieved success for you, in whatever agreed form.

By way of example, if you instructed us to represent you at the Employment Tribunal using this type of funding, we would first discuss what the "success" would be. Usually this would be successfully defending the claim, having the employee withdraw their claim or having the employee settle the claim for under an agreed amount. In those circumstances, we would agree a Success Fee of £1,500.00 plus VAT and you would pay us for our work at a rate of £100.00 plus VAT per hour.

Continuing the example, say we undertook ten hours work for you and then the employee won their Employment Tribunal claim.  This would not be a success and you would pay only £1.000.00 plus VAT for our representation.  However, if the employee withdrew their claim or, alterntively, their claim was dismissed at the Employment Tribunal, that would be a success.  In those circumstances, and you would pay us £1,000.00 plus VAT for our ten hours work and £1,500.00 plus VAT Success Fee, totaling £2,500.00 plus VAT.

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

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